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Why drop on Len today?

Written By: - Date published: 9:22 pm, October 15th, 2013 - 177 comments
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Len’s acknowledged affair can’t have been a secret until today – there are apparently affidavits involved. It can’t have been about affecting the campaign for mayor – otherwise the Slaters, dad and boy,  would have dropped it  well in advance of the election date.

I’m speculating too but I think there is possibly a bigger story that may come out tomorrow, involving Len’s opponent in the previous mayoral election. Judge Gittos will release his decision tomorrow as to whether there is sufficient evidence for John Banks to stand trial for  making  a declaration that he knew to be false relating to anonymous donations whose source he knew. A court may get to test whether the defence that he did not look at what he signed exonerates him from falsity.

His campaign finance manager’s assertion that Banks  was kept away from the finances is ludicrous, when evidence was brought forward that not only did he solicit donations, he knew who had given them, he wanted them kept secret so when he did favours for his donor there would be no comeback. If John Banks has to make his case in court, the implications are much more severe. It will be a much bigger story.

For what it’s worth, I don’t think Len’s affair is a hanging offence or a matter for resignation. He’s a good man and has been a very good mayor, for Manukau and for Auckland. He’s not the first political leader, or follower for that  matter, who has strayed, nor will he be the last. It almost comes with the territory. There is no evidence that there was any question of suborning, quite the opposite in fact.

The other lesson is that we are in for a dirty year in politics.

177 comments on “Why drop on Len today?”

  1. BM 1

    The latest allegation that Brown may have given his flooz the clap could be a sign that this sort of behavior isn’t a one off.

    Having seen how Slater operates I’d say he’s got an ace up his sleeve and he’s just waiting for the right time to play it.

    The chances of 4/10 Len surviving this are slim to none, also there’s no connection to the sad old has- been Banks.

    This is about building the Slater brand.

    • gobsmacked 1.1

      Just to clarify, BM …

      Is it your view that candidates who have affairs should be ineligible for public office?

      Do you think the National Party will agree? Are they planning to lose the election next year?

      • BM 1.1.1

        No not at all, difference with Len is that he made himself out as a good Christian family Man which is why all the South Auckland Polys voted for him.

        Bet a few of those voters are feeling a bit misled.

        • karol 1.1.1.1

          Yeah. It would’ve been better if Slater had gone public before the election, then voters could have made an informed choice. #slaterclearlyisbeingverymanipulative

        • Jilly Bee 1.1.1.2

          Goodness me BM – I thought the Slater whanau was a good Christian – God fearing family as well. Whale Oil has, I believe, commented on his Christianity in the past. Pot/kettle.

    • weka 1.2

      “The latest allegation that Brown may have given his flooz the clap could be a sign that this sort of behavior isn’t a one off.”

      Honestly, who gives a shit.

      • BM 1.2.1

        Probably a lot of people who voted for him.

        Boning some young chick while your wife is fighting off cancer really isn’t vote winning material.

        If this had come out during the election I doubt he would have got quarter the votes he ended up with.

        • TheContrarian 1.2.1.1

          “Boning some young chick while your wife is fighting off cancer really isn’t vote winning material.”

          Echoes of Newt Gingrich.

        • TheContrarian 1.2.1.2

          “Boning some young chick while your wife is fighting off cancer really isn’t vote winning material.”

          Echoes of Newt Gingrich.

        • weka 1.2.1.3

          You really think people want the details of who has what sexually transmitted diseases?

        • gobsmacked 1.2.1.4

          If this had come out during the election I doubt he would have got quarter the votes he ended up with.

          Again, classic Fox-Republican line.

          “It is easier to discredit than to defeat”.

          One election is real, the other isn’t, so it can never be disproved.

      • Tamati 1.2.2

        Unless Mrs. Brown had been indulging in a few affairs of her own…

        • Colonial Viper 1.2.2.1

          So this is what the orbit of our political discourse is sinking to? Basically a big fuck off to the NZ Herald for reporting on an irrelevant extramarital affair.

    • Rogue Trooper 1.3

      Brand Hate

  2. gobsmacked 2

    It can’t have been about affecting the campaign for mayor – otherwise the Slaters, dad and boy, would have dropped it well in advance of the election date.

    Consider the timeline: if the Slaters dish dirt before the election, Brown is embarrassed but … Palino is the alternative, and he has his own “baggage”. So Brown still wins, and can thus claim a mandate. The story goes away because “the people have spoken”.

    Doing it after the election is an attempt to invalidate an election they couldn’t win. It’s a time-honoured tactic from the US Republicans, a school the NZ Right know well.

    • Sanctuary 2.1

      Slate has over-played his hand in this. Displaying all his panty-sniffing detail delights his sewer and revolts everyone else. More to the point, the main broadcast media in general is not that interested in politicians private lives.

      Talkback radio will have a field day, but they’ve never been a friend of Len Brown anyway.

    • karol 2.2

      The other argument I’ve seen is that SleazeOil withheld the release of info til after the election because Bevan Chuang was also standing for a local board. She lost.

      Graeme Edgeler reckons the following happen re-resignations:

      Could resign and still be mayor next week:

      If Len Brown resigns now, he resigns as the old Mayor and still wins the election #HilarityEnsues

      Or, in answer to a question.

      Luciajh ‏@Luciajh

      @GraemeEdgeler so can the mayor decline his new job? And if so wd it go to second placed candidate or trigger a fresh election?

      Graeme Edgeler ‏@GraemeEdgeler 1m

      @Luciajh no. He has to be elected to resign. But I’m sure he could announce it early and have it take effect straight after.

    • Steve 2.3

      Agreed Gobsmacked. Slater dishing the dirt prior to the election would have certainly been a fail as Len had a huge lead. While he may have lost some votes many of those voting for the minor left-leaning candidates (Penny Bright and John Minto had more than 20,000 between them ) would have probably moved to Len in his defence. Plus those that couln’t be bothered because Len was “certain to win” would have been mobilised.

      Also, there was no “election day” – this was a postal ballot. When do you play the card? Too early and Len can minimise the damage. Too late and you risk that most people have alrteady voted.

      I believe Slater and the right knew they couldn’t win by playing this grubby card prior to the election so had prepared their slimy little scheme for launch immediately afterwards. Won’t work though – Len’s big enough to see this one off.

  3. Swan 3

    Gobsmacked is close. This will weaken Brown’s standing and make him far less effective. The councillors will now have to think a lot harder about getting in beside Len. Noone on the right wants a bunch of wet fair weather centre right anyway. They won’t be any better than Brown. This weakens him for next time when a real alternative is mobilised.

  4. NattyM 4

    All I can say that if any politicians, either national or local, were to be disqualified from holding office because they had an affair, the ranks would have been considerably thinned over the years.
    It scares me to see elements of the hypocritical, shrill American fundamentalism becoming so visible here.

  5. karol 5

    I’m very interested in the Banks’ decision tomorrow.

    And, yes, we’re in for a dirty year.

    The right have difficulty in winning with un-propagandised policies.

  6. TheContrarian 6

    The story is worthy of breaking (if an author at The Standard had something similar on Bridges/Joyce/etc would they not break it?) but the level of detail displayed by Slater is pretty horrific.

    That goes from “breaking a story” to “lets throw shit – a hard as we can. Fucker.”

    It was the first time I had read WhaleOil for some months. Wish I hadn’t

    [lprent: Would we break such a story. Actually that answer to that is usually no.

    We've had a number of similar stories provided over the years about various public figures. This includes ones about Cameron Slater and some of his extramarital affair(s) (some have been subsequently made public) and various non-public legal difficulties. Like the Len Brown story the authors here generally don't consider them to be either political nor in the public interest. There are quite a few stories like that which lie forgotten in the Drafts.

    They belong to the pantie-sniffers like some of the more untalented jonolists and of course that supreme hypocrital dickhead Cameron Slater himself.

    It does get politically interesting when people subsequently start to actively lie or make up stories about whatever their activities are. At that point their political judgement has to be called into question. But it doesn't look like Len Brown is going to be a Weiner.]

    • miravox 6.1

      “The story is worthy of breaking”

      Yeah, it’s not the breaking… it’s the timing. I mean, why wouldn’t you manage the release of something like this, if you could?

      Sounds like WO has a problem with the story getting too big, from your comment? Too much sleaze may bring in ‘the poor Len’ sentiment? I’m not going over to have a look, so will rely on your considered opinion…

      • TheContrarian 6.1.1

        Agreed. The timing is certainly…interesting. But the level of detail I think speaks to something more insidious. Just fucking sleazy ‘jounalism’

  7. Tamati 7

    The timing off this scandal was more more orchestrated than a North Korean military parade.

    I for one, reckon karol is right on why it was delayed. She was running for office and would have been a no show if this came out. Sadly for her she’ll always be remembered as Len’s girl. Public service career over!

    • TheContrarian 7.1

      Yeah the timing is very suspect indeed. Len Brown telling his family last week also looks like he knew there may be something on the horizen

    • Anne 7.2

      She’s finished. Blowing the lid like that won’t do her any favours in the long run. She’s either being used by the sleazeball and his mates or she is complicit. I’d be interested to know how long she has known them and when her nomination form was submitted.

      • TheContrarian 7.2.1

        I thought complicit made more sense when Brown said it ended just before the campaign started on Campbell and seemed reticent when it came to her current employer.

        My feeling is, as wrong as it could be but based on the initial comments, is she started getting involved with Browns opponents – who may have known already (like the sort of ‘open secret’ we see in political circles) and he got worried. Worried enough to tell his family.

        I dunno. Politics is a filthy business.

        • karol 7.2.1.1

          I think Chuang has been involved with Brown’s opponents for quite a while. She is more politically aligned with them.

          Hmmm… interesting, I had a scroll through Bevan Chuang’s twitter feed within about the last hour or two. They were open to the public. Now they are locked.

          During the election campaign she tweeted about Palino’s campaign rather than Brown’s – tweeted about the launches and interviews with Palino.

          And she was critical of Brown not improving Auckland’s bus service.

      • Draco T Bastard 7.2.2

        She’s either being used by the sleazeball and his mates or she is complicit.

        Both by the looks (why not go to the police?) but no matter what happens, she will be the loser in this.

      • muzza 7.2.3

        Jilted, because she had to move along when the raunchy picture spread came out, and there was stench of duplicitous activity, as it became too obvious Chuang was only in for one thing!

        *Herself*

        http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10778625

        http://www.vote.co.nz/2013/candidates/bevan-chuang-8902

        BC is far out of her depth on this one, and in no way should this hide the stupidity of Brown, but there is going to be some fallout around this, the shite is going to be well spread!

    • karol 7.3

      Chuang has done quite a few things on her own behalf. I don’t know why news reports mention she stood for Albert-Eden Board, but don’t mention the ticket she stood on: Communities and Residents.

      More politically aligned with Slater’s mob than Brown’s.

    • Murray Olsen 7.4

      If she gets rid of Len and none of the shit bounces back on NAct, she’ll be well looked after. There won’t be a lot of public service, but something like what they did for Devoy perhaps?

  8. peterlepaysan 8

    Definitely dirty politics going on if slater is involved post election result.

    What is achieved?

    Another launching pad for slater to abuse Brown? Sigh!

  9. karol 9

    On John Banks, Graeme Edgeler’s tweet:

    Russel Norman ‏@RusselNorman

    And John Banks defence is that he didn’t read the document he signed! So if he signs a contract and doesn’t read it he’s not bound by it?

    Graeme Edgeler ‏@GraemeEdgeler

    @RusselNorman no, but it may mean he’s not criminally liable under the particular section of the act he is charged under.

    • McFlock 9.1

      yes – it comes down to an almost accidental turn of phrase – along the lines of “knowingly signs incorrect return” as opposed to “signs incorrect return”.

      Of course, it wouldn’t have been phrased that way if parliament at the time had known what a steaming turd like banks would do with it. Not even finance company directors would have been brazen enough to sign a document bindfolded while loudly saying “lalalalalalala”.

      • Draco T Bastard 9.1.1

        Of course, it wouldn’t have been phrased that way if parliament at the time had known what a steaming turd like banks would do with it.

        I wouldn’t count on that. Sometimes it seems like the law is riddled with loopholes that allow people who can afford expensive lawyers to get off.

        • McFlock 9.1.1.1

          Oh, a few possibly expected a nod and a wink.

          But refusing to read it after personally soliciting donations in split cheques? That’s as crass as it is corrupt.

          • ghostwhowalksnz 9.1.1.1.1

            The back story about Banks ‘arranging’ for the donations to be anonymous doesnt fit with the ‘silly me’ defence about signing the papers

            • Tracey 9.1.1.1.1.1

              Was pondering this.

              IF he received anonymous donations from Dotcom and Sky directly, he would have then done what? Given the cheques to the treasurer and said what? “these are anonymous donations?”

              Then when asked to sign the form which he knew would contain lists of anonymous donations he would do what? Check to see if the funds he got from Sky and Dotcom were, or were not listed there?

              I would love Graeme’s view on whether his reading of the law allows someone to abdicate (as Banks is claiming) to someone else, rendering his signature, irrelevant to what it is deemed to be assenting? If not reading it, absolves him from any discrepancies, why require his signature?

  10. Simeon 10

    I don’t know why you all say this isn’t a big deal when the man himself only chose to tell his wife last week. According to Len the affair ended mid year. Why did he wait so long? Did he think it wasn’t something worth sharing to her and his family?

    Regardless of when Cameron Slater released the story Len has always known and no doubt knew the Slater knew. If he released it before the ballot papers went out we would have known at the same time as his wife.

    So why not question Len on why he decided to disclose this information so late? Or better yet why didn’t hr just keep it in his pants?

    I am sure if anyone of us were to shag something at work there would be huge consequences. So why not Len?

  11. Tangled_up 11

    I don’t think that the affair itself is a big deal. Though it was pretty stupid of Brown to be boinking her on the job.

    • Harry Young 11.1

      It shows how much he can be trusted, Like his misuse of a certain credit card. Yeah, same as Shane.

      • McFlock 11.1.1

        Seriously, who the fuck is dumb enough to trust politicians?
        We keep them accountable via elections and publicly-available information. The only people who need to trust politicians are tories, because they hate elections and publicly-available information. But then tories also get off on knowing about other people’s sex lives.

        • The Al1en 11.1.1.1

          Shearer couldn’t open his mouth without fu*king it up, yet some trusted he would come right in the end.
          Is that what you mean by “who the fuck is dumb enough to trust politicians”?

          Probably not :lol:

          • McFlock 11.1.1.1.1

            Even if that comment had any basis in fact (rather than being an idiot swipe in lieu of a point), trust didn’t come into the equation.

        • Rogue Trooper 11.1.1.2

          who the f*ck is dumb enough to trust bloggers, that’s what we all want to know.

  12. Paul 12

    Does everyone realise that Slater’s Dad was a key help behind Palino’s campaign?
    Interesting detail……

    Michele Hewitson Interview: John Palino – National – NZ Herald News

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10897453

    “John Palino, mayoral candidate, restaurateur, businessman and actor, spent some time this week giving me a lesson on acting techniques……..
    ……This is a good thing, he says; he has no political baggage; he is a “breath of fresh air”. Not being a politician might also make him sound like a dreamer, a not very serious one. He introduced me to his campaign manager, former National Party president John Slater. So he’s serious, all right. And his political naivety might work in his favour, who knows?”

    • newsense 12.1

      Yes this is a Bond Story:

      a femme fatale, a big Yank businessman who wants to shake things up in a small banana republic, a shadowy plutocrat pulling strings, his outgoing son trying to run the family business

      • Huginn 12.1.1

        Not so much Bond. Brown doesn’t have the style-chops for Flemming’s sado-masochistic fetishism. Maybe Graham Greene ( Asian mistress; depressive scion; American ‘friend’) or John le Carré (faithless mistress, depressive scion, American ‘friend’).

      • Chooky 12.1.2

        or …Wendy Deng @/vs Rupert Murdoch

    • Ron 12.2

      Did I see that Palino was marrying a young Asian woman soon. Wonder what it is with these middle aged right wing politicians hunkering after Asian women.

      • Chooky 12.2.1

        @ Ron ..or vice versa?

        …there are big vested interests in Auckland…it could now be called an Asian city…and the old white boys ‘ rules /social mores don’t necessarily apply

    • Rogue Trooper 12.3

      like father…

  13. Simeon 13

    Another thing there was a story on here within 60 minutes of Simon Bridges interview on Campbell Live and comments were firing in. However it took The Standard nearly 6 hours to post something. Bias much?

    • Rogue Trooper 13.1

      wotteva!

    • Colonial Viper 13.2

      If you wanted to write a post and submit it, why didn’t you? Idiot.

    • karol 13.3

      There used to be an unwritten rule amongst NZ journalists. I worry that sleazeoil’s malicious bit of smear mongering breaks that rule.

      If Len Brown had been involved in some kind of financial-based corruption, or lies about policies that damaged large numbers of Aucklanders I would have been posting right away.

      But this kind of sleaze? Please. It’s time for sleazeoil and his sewer rats to crawl back in the sewer.

    • Murray Olsen 13.4

      Good evidence that we think before we post, unlike the premature ejaculators at WhaleSpew, who spoof up the first hate thoughts that come to mind, all over their cheap keyboards. You should try it sometime, and we’ll await your next post, which should be some time around 2037.

  14. Murray Olsen 14

    Dunno about the timing, but I always get a laugh at the 1950s schoolboy language used by WhaleSpew and his rabid army. FFS, I haven’t heard anyone talk about rooting ratbags or dodgy ratbags since I lost contact with an ex’s mentally challenged 80 year old mother. Is that really how Lusk talks? Whenever I hear anyone talking about rooting, I immediately think their shoe size beats their IQ hands down. “Gis a root, darl” might be silvery tongued seduction in the sickness that passes for amorous adventures in the sewer, but it just makes me cringe.

    Just had a small thought on timing, which obviously couldn’t have anything to do with the paragons of virtue in this case, but would this have been saved for even later if dragon mum had been rewarded by the voters at the local body elections? Does more than one participant share the right wing desire for instant gratification?

    Hinting that any threats about dragon mum’s career prospects would come from Brown’s camp doesn’t make much sense either. She’s firmly on the Slater/Lusk/Cactus/Collins side of the fence and would be more likely to look in that direction for personal advancement.

    If she gave Len 4/10, why doesn’t Blubber Boy make his score public as well? If he’d done better than Len, he’d be so proud he’d be shouting it from the rooftops.

    Disclaimer: anything written above has nothing to do with any people whom I would classify as actually living and human.

  15. Harry Young 15

    I reckon Whale Oil simply held off from publishing until he had proof. The affadavit was dated today 15th October 2013. Why? Because she was also an election candidate and held off with the affadavit until after HER campaign. If Slater had the proof a week ago, I’m betting Brown would not have been elected by the one-eyed religious voters of South Auckland.

    • karol 15.1

      If Slater had the proof a week ago, I’m betting Brown would not have been elected by the one-eyed religious voters of South Auckland.

      Who knows? There could have been a number of possible scenarios. South and West Aucklanders mainly vote for Brown because they prefer him to someone who is more right wing and who would be more likely to do the government’s bidding.

      And if this affair had have been made public, the campaign would have got more coverage and probably a lot more people would have voted. More lefties who voted for a truly left wing candidate, may have diverted to voting for Brown to keep Palino out.

    • Rogue Trooper 15.2

      one-eyed you appear

  16. AsleepWhileWalking 16

    SleezySlaterHater does it again. His bitterness and spite have become the skidmarks of the NZinternet.

  17. Disraeli Gladstone 17

    My opinion on the timing isn’t that it has anything to do with Banks. While Slater Sr might have been helping Palino, Whaleoil is a pretty good friend with Cameron Brewer. He’s pretty much the heir-apparent for the right in Auckland for the next election. He didn’t run this time around because he didn’t have the profile to go up against Len. He would lose and there goes his dream of being Mayor of Auckland.

    So you wait until after the election. Then you attempt to take Len down, have another election, where Brewer can run against someone with a similar lack of name recognition.

    I also think the fact that Chuang was running, might have played a hand in it. But I find it hard to believe Whaleoil and Cook would have sat on the story if she had won.

    On the topic itself. I don’t really care if Len Brown has been sleeping around. I think, possibly, it would be easier if he stepped down for his family. It’s not going to be nice to go through this in the limelight and its the wife and kids that are going to suffer. Especially his kids. I feel quite ill at the prospect of the next couple of weeks for them.

    And the media has been horrendous. Full of racism and sexism. Most of New Zealand doesn’t come out of this well, quite frankly.

    • miravox 17.1

      Comment of the day, imo.

    • weka 17.2

      How old are his kids?

      • Tamati 17.2.1

        20s-30s, i’m guessing. One has kids of her own.

      • Disraeli Gladstone 17.2.2

        I think one is in their 20s and the other two are teens. Teenager at schools aren’t the most understanding at the best of times.

        • Tamati 17.2.2.1

          I’m only guessing from the news item tonight, looked a bit older. I feel really sorry for them, if they are still living at home.

          • Rob 17.2.2.1.1

            Yes, poor poor Len Brown. Didn’t stand a chance did he with such a well orchestrated right win plot put together over many years. Poor wee little lamb

            I mean its not like he is a man of elected standing with a suposed long history of being able to make wise decisions and all. No , its everyone elses fault and the issue of blame lies elsewhere, that will be opicked over ad nauseum here no doubt.

            You know , he has shat on his family and his Sth Akl supporters from a big height. Ive seen him at church and spoken to him.

            If he is so easily sucked into supposed plots like this, then why the fuk do we think he can run a city.

            • Colonial Viper 17.2.2.1.1.1

              Uh….what? Clinton ran the USA before, during and after Monica. What’s your problem?

    • Rogue Trooper 17.3

      well shifted DG

    • Tracey 17.4

      Good analysis

  18. the pigman 18

    Why drop on Len today? Pretty obvious that it provides some distraction from the John Banks hearing, but I think it’s more simple than that.

    Chuang was a C&R candidate who was not elected. Having failed in her campaign, but probably not yet realizing that she had no political future, she provided the material to people she thought were her friends (the kind of people that gently encourage Melissa Lee that she’s MP material) in the Right. And she got dumped on, seriously, and will have made herself fairly undesirable to any political movement or local government employer.

    Having worked with her previously while a student (although not closely), I doubt that spite or simple “sour grapes” was her motivation. It is a damn shame for her how this has all panned out.

    • Colonial Viper 18.1

      Used and abused by…the Right

    • karol 18.2

      Ultimately the whole business just confirms what a manipulative sleaze SleazeOil and his allies are.

    • Tracey 18.3

      What do you guess was in it for her?

      • the pigman 18.3.1

        Attention/”fame”.

        I don’t want to sound misogynistic (handle gets that accusation levelled at me pretty readily), and I’m not in touch with her at all (although we have some mutual friends) but I think she is quite a naive/damaged person, who has as much as laid out her objectives.

        Listen to her interview with (I think) Sapna Samant: http://www.stuff.co.nz/lightbox/national/videos/9286162/Bevan-Chuang-radio-interview?KeepThis=true
        (Still not sure of the source of this – if they did it as post-scandal PR for her I think it was sadly misguided)
        Read her affidavit (I couldn’t find anywhere hosting it except whaleoil, so here’s the link if you’re prepared to give that slimeball traffic: http://www.whaleoil.co.nz/2013/10/exclusive-affidavit/#axzz2hqQM8Ndj (hope there have been no changes to policy making this sanctionable? :D)
        She has a note published on her (private) facebook profile (although the note is public) from 30 December 2012. I’m not going to repeat the contents here for privacy reasons, but let’s just say she doesn’t seem to be too far down the path of self-awareness.

  19. Tigger 19

    When slinging shit one tends to get soiled. If we are throwing open doors then throw them all open.

  20. infused 20

    wow, what low standards you have. shagging a chick in council offices for two years isn’t a big deal?

    • karol 20.1

      Lolz. I do think they had a break or to in those two years, and most of it wasn’t spent together in the council offices.

      • infused 20.1.1

        I don’t really care about it apart from those points. He was just being retarded and deserves to go because of that.

        • karol 20.1.1.1

          Well. We’ll see.

          I’ prefer Brown to the other main candidate, but am not a great Brown fan.

          I always thought Penny Hulse would make the best Mayor.

          But failing that, I prefer a flawed Brown to the nasty Brewers, and Palinos. They would do too much damage to Auckland. Their flaws are far worse, IMO, as they would do far too much damage to too many people.

          And I prefer Brown as Mayor way more than I like having scumbag Banks as an influential MP. He’s financially corrupt, even if he follows the letter of the law – kickbacks for funding!

          But, this will play out as it does.

          If there’s any justice Brown will stay mayor for now, Banks will be told he faces trial tomorrow, and Cameron Brewer and John Palino will never be mayors… and journalists will stop paying attention to Sleaze Oil.

          • RedLogix 20.1.1.1.1

            The really interesting thing of course is that today the New Zealand media has trashed the long held rule about politician’s private lives being … private.

            If this succeeds in bring about Len’s resignation then it will be Open Season from here on in. Nothing off limits.

            • Colonial Viper 20.1.1.1.1.1

              Time to reign in the press. Classify yourself as press or as tabloid, and license to the relevant standard.

            • karol 20.1.1.1.1.2

              The right are looking a bit desperate. They know they can’t win elections on policies alone. The last few years have been won on the back of slick John Key and Crosby Textor PR, spin, divert, attack, etc. That is now losing it’s power, so what do this unscrupulous lot have left? Sex scandals?

              Time to call in Olivia Pope.

              • RedLogix

                It won’t be just sex scandals. Many people aren’t all that fussed by a spot of consensual non-monogamy these days anyhow.

                The next level down will be families.

        • Tracey 20.1.1.2

          shagging a chick
          retarded

          Are you really representative of what passes for a right wing voter?

    • Huginn 20.2

      No. It isn’t a big deal.

      • infused 20.2.1

        Odd world we live in. What if it had been key? I’m sure there would be 4 posts on here now about it and how he stand down.

        • karol 20.2.1.1

          There are many reasons Key should stand down. Having an affair doesn’t come close to the damage he has done to this country.

          • Colonial Viper 20.2.1.1.1

            These Righties always seem overly concerned with other peoples genitals.

            • infused 20.2.1.1.1.1

              I’m concerned about the cleaners. They will need more than the living wage now.

              • Tamati

                Haha!

              • fender

                “I’m concerned about the cleaners. They will need more than the living wage now.”

                Yeah because sex is so dirty! No wonder right-wingers get so little, it takes so much cleaning between romps they need to water-blast the inside of their houses.

        • Huginn 20.2.1.2

          If it had been Key, we would all have been . . . . astonished.

  21. Agree 100% with the OP.

  22. muzza 22

    Micky Savage Open Mike 14/10

    Brewer on Nine to Noon this morning was awful and he sounded rather petulant. You just have to look at the list to see that Len has given support to a number of people who are not lefties.

    Prophetic, Micky!

  23. ropata 23

    This is exactly the kind of shit that Key will force the GCSB to wallow in

  24. Hypericum 24

    There is nothing acceptable about the Mayor of a large city in relentless pursuit of a girl young enough to be his daughter. There is nothing acceptable about that after having persuaded her to engage in his sordid fantasy he proceeded to scheme, connive and carry on with her for the better part of two years – often in rate payer funded hours, have sex with her in rate payer funded council offices and use rate payer paid staff to pass on hotel room keys for sexual encounters.

    Rewind to a few years ago and recall/google the fuss made by the press, the left blogs (and whaleoil) about Mr Worth, a man of considerably less importance to Auckland City, a man who inappropriately approached, fantasised about and texted women. The noise over this was deafening and Worth’s position became untenable. Using that yardstick it’s hard to imagine how Len Brown can have any personal or professional integrity after his monumental character-questioning cock up.

    As for castigating the messenger, it’s disingenuous – the right time was only when the woman provided an affidavit. Commentators on the left might try to imagine their outcry were this John Key or Gerry Brownlee who screwed a woman 25 years their junior and had their wicked way with her all about the beehive, all the while trotting out the wife and family to campaign. Would they be apologists then?

    • Colonial Viper 24.1

      So a 32 year old woman and political candidate isn’t mature and independent enough to make her own life decisions?

      Who are you, the Pope?

    • Adele 24.2

      Kiaora, Hyperbole Hypericum

      “There is nothing acceptable about the Mayor of a large city in relentless pursuit of a girl young enough to be his daughter.”

      Len Brown is too old to relentlessly pursue anyone, and with his heart condition he would probably cark it before taking too many steps. Although relentlessly pursuing someone using a mobility scooter could work. And the woman in question is not a young girl. Obviously you don’t hang around 30 year olds much.

    • Delia 24.3

      Yeah and like no other pollies are hiding affairs. I thought it was the left who were supposed to get all morally uptight about this stuff, turns out many on the right are great arbiters of everyone elses morals. It is just kind of handy, don’t you think? It is between two people only, Brown and his wife.

    • Tracey 24.4

      ” pursuit of a girl”

      32!

      Go back to 1872.

    • Sable 24.5

      Sanctimonious twit. I’ll bet if it was Brash you would have very little to say on the matter.

    • Tracey 24.6

      Worth

      …and passing himself off as being on a diplomatic mission when he was acting for his private business…

      …sexual harassment is against the law, having an affair isn’t.

      You seem quite confused, first she’s a girl, then shes “the woman”… “sordid fantasy”…. Callouses much?

    • Mac1 24.7

      I do not wish to have this person’s name mentioned because the point I am about to make depends not on the politician’s actual name but on the facts and the outcome. Where I live, our MP, a certain National MP, had an affair and fathered a child.

      We of the Labour Party consciously chose not to make any political capital of that. Our candidate, a practising Catholic, was in agreement. This electorate has a strong Christian base. The facts of the matter had been published in the local paper.

      The MP in question was returned with a much reduced majority and Labour won the election nationally. The majority was the lowest ever held by that MP. It is possible that a vigorous ‘hate’ campaign might have toppled him.

      The local wags were saying, “Old bloody ****, never thought he had it in him.” Others were disapproving. We will never know, of course, whether a negative campaign would have worked.

      I am still convinced our collective decision was correct in not making this issue a campaign issue. This story is related to put the lie to Hypericum’s final question.

      The actions of Cameron Slater are not correct. They reflect the content and kaupapa of the “Truth” of which he was the failed and final editor.

  25. amirite 25

    I found this exchange on Twitter:

    Martyn Bradbury ‏@CitizenBomber 11h
    I care more that Len implements living wage, urban density & better public transport than his sex life. If his whanau can forgive him, I can

    Kelvin Davis ‏@NgatiBird 8h
    @CitizenBomber what about the senior National MP who cheats on his boyfriend by occasionally going home and shagging his wife

    hehe

  26. bad12 26

    Yawn, Auckland local body politics, as if the rest of us could care, actually we could only wish forlornly to have such a ‘sex scandal’ rocking our Mayoral election, here in Wellington it would be cause for massive celebration should either the incumbent Celia or the challenger (snigger) John have been found to be having a heated tryst with an attendant round at the Freyberg pool,

    This is really a story of loser’s isn’t it, Blubber boy the senior the poor loser of the National Party Presidency, the campaign manager for the loser of the Auckland Mayoral race,

    Blubber boy junior, hell where to start with this legend of losing, apparently His mind went first and after that it was downhill all the way, at birth an angel looked down upon wee Cam and annointed Him with the reverse Midas touch, since then everything Blubber boy has touched has turned to shit and if there is a lesson to be learned from this gross waste of oxygen, it’s the one where you point Him out to your kids with an admonition ‘son don’t do what He has done’,

    Bevan Chuang, or is that said Chuang Bevan, is She more peeved about the gifts of ‘cheap’ undies Len the tight-arse old fool showered upon Her, god only knows what She expected to gain from outing the little bedroom,(boardroom), affair with Len at this late stage of the game,

    A real loser sad to say, Bevan, or is that Chuang, lost Len and i am picking this as two years worth of Len’s Lust where as these affairs go, decrepid old bloke fiery young woman, there’s likely to have been that ongoing promise of divorce and marriage at some point in the future, i distrust Lens version of when this relationship actually ended and just when He informed the Wife, but if there are revelations to come, come they will,

    Blubber’s both senior and junior have now had their USE of Ms Bevan and a further loss was her failure to gain election to the particular community board, the last straw perhaps, where to now for Ms Bevan who culturally may have lost much face from such revelations,

    My pick for Ms Bevan’s belated outing of Len as a cheap philanderer is that politics have little to do with it, Hell having no fury such as a woman scorned would seem to be the lesson here, and of course where-ever shit happens to be gathered in sufficient quantity it’s odds on that Blubber boy will be found wallowing in it…

  27. Sable 27

    I see shit shoveller Slater is down in the gutter again, digging dirt on people.

    Its interesting that this seems to be all Slater can muster, certainly no tangible policies to oust Brown from office and legitimately replace him with a right wing politician.

    Maybe Cameron should take up an editorial role at a cheesy tabloid paper. Oh that’s right, been there, but, oh dear, didn’t work out. Seems hiding behind a far right blog is all the poor little twit has to offer.

  28. Pete 28

    It looks bad. I doubt Brown can win in 2016, but I don’t think he should step down over this. He’s hardly unique in having a bad marriage.

    • Sable 28.1

      Yep voters hired the man based on his policies not his personal life. Still watch the MSM throw as much mud at him as they cn muster in the hope he will step down and maybe a preferred right wing troll can slither into the role.

  29. greywarbler 29

    I’ disappointed in John Minto speaking against Len Brown and suggesting he step down. John is always campaigning for fairer and ethical treatment. This is Len Brown’s private ‘affair’ and doesn’t mean that he can’t do his job.

    He has spoken about it clearly and honestly. John refers to Bill Clinton and his troubles. The big reason he had the bloodhounds after him was that he lied about it so blatantly, and didn’t have the chutzpah to say go to hell it’s my business. He would have won a lot of people over if he had just said that a gentleman wouldn’t discuss his private relationships with a bunch of gossipy voyeurs and scandal hounds.

    And thinking about his support from religious and family-oriented Pacifica people being lessened. They can be very understanding of people’s failings, including their own, and forgiveness also.
    I think they will respond to his admission and his contrite message. And also the desire of a bottom-feeding political player in the revelation.

    It is interesting to hear how news from Radionz altered what John said when reporting to give the story more bite. John said he was afraid that the matter might impact badly on Pacifica support and leave him a lame duck mayor. The report said Len had become a lame duck mayor.

    I had a look at doco on Tuhoe Operation Eight. And there was this method of spiking up the story both from news media and in reports by private investigator spies Thompson and Clark
    in reports they make to business people who under scrutiny by protesters. It is an advantage to the company to dramatise and distort the reports, which are a profitable line of business for them.

    This is a very unhealthy environment and it’s not a clean and fair democracy. And I don’t think that John Minto should be resorting to questionable methods to oust a rival using the argument of possibe less effective implementation of the mayor’s duties as an excuse.

  30. greywarbler 30

    Moderation at 10.04am, can’t edit to tidy up meaning. 2 minutes yesterday trying to get onto The Standard and had to resort to going through Google – took few seconds. There are barriers to jump over to get comment up.

    • lprent 30.1

      Site is a bit busy.

      • greywarbler 30.1.1

        Thanks lprent this long wait happened yesterday, maybe busy then too and my equipment is getting dated so I don’t know whether that’s a feature. Thinking about checking line for noise I think, or something?

        • lprent 30.1.1.1

          Yesterday was the biggest day this year – nearly double a normal weekday.

          There was an amazing amount of social media interest in the Simon Bridges post. It was nearly three times the page views of the next post (Open Mike) and almost the size of the front page.

          Today it is running strong fourth which is amazing for a post put up two days ago.

          • greywarbler 30.1.1.1.1

            lprent
            Amazing but could be an indication that John Campbell is highly watched and talked about, so that anyone on his show doing a good performance gets some stardust. And Simon is very nice looking. A winner for NACTs Got Talent – for looks anyway.

            Simon was (is) a lawyer and a Crown prosecutor. Might have Boston Legal pretensions. Perhaps Parliament is just to sit out before he finds his true calling. Dealing with the legality and rightness of putting our country of vulnerable long coastlines at risk for a mess of pottage and mumbles, such are promises (whether legally encapsulated or not) is taking him to the Edge of Reason. Into which he might fall and then he would be out of the NACTs kete of fish.

            • lprent 30.1.1.1.1.1

              Amazing but could be an indication that John Campbell is highly watched and talked about..

              I wouldn’t know. Still haven’t connected the TV aerial. Lyn is getting a bit antsy about it. Don’t know why. After all it has only been a year since she last saw wall to wall advertising.

  31. Brian 31

    Not sure if anyone has mentioned it but… does anyone remember this:-?

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10813552

    • Puckish Rogue 31.1

      He mentioned it himself talking to marcus lush this morning but good attempt at diverting attention (even though Cameron Slater isn’t an elected official)

  32. amirite 32

    The best that has been said on the whole sorry affair and the state of our so called media:

    http://pundit.co.nz/content/the-unwritten-rule-re-politics-sex-does-the-len-brown-story-write-a-new-rule

  33. clifford wright 33

    Yes! It does reflect badly on the media and also on that notorious group the “Citizens and ratepayers”
    around out way they have almost disappeared as everyone was becoming wise to their National party connections. However they were not ALL bad, just like other politicians.
    But I differ in that I have NEVER trusted Len Brown, in fact my experience is that he is just a pinkish John Banks. Auckland has a long history of bad Mayors that the noticeable exception of Myer Robinson makes all the clearer.
    In the end he will be remembered as “White Elephant” Brown for his ludicrous transport policies.
    Judging by some comments on radio this AM it has indeed damaged Brown quite badly in South Auckland.
    BTW I just love the way that Xtians love to characterise their behaviour as CHRISTIAN.
    Poor old Jeshua would be absolutely horrified to see what his teachings have been twisted into and how it was used to justify truly immoral behaviour.

  34. captain hook 34

    I would not look at it like that.
    Len Brown has got the “cojones” and he will get a third term.
    The public will know that he isn no suffed capon with his tubes tied.
    And I mean the ones between his ears.
    Slater and his cronies need to get some looser underpants and start dsome deep breathing exercises.

  35. Disabled Liberation Aotearoa NZ 35

    According to last nites TV Auckland’s own ‘Loose head Len’ did the damage in the Ngati Whatua Room…SHAAME…One should not fool around on sacred grounf….its like telling a lie on a Marae…a breach of trust…Structural Integrity is Important

    I feel sorry for the families…they are innocent bystanders….good luck to them

  36. RedBaronCV 36

    What does the Herald think it’s doing. They are absolutely hounding the man – see the numbers of the stories on the web page about it. It goes far beyond a basic paragraph or two

    What’s going to satisfy them – some family member trying to harm themselves?. It’s happened before.

    At this point could I suggest that people ring the news media outlets and suggest they shut up. Perhaps the Standard could also start closing comments that are not to do with the motives of the disclosers – Whale oil etc.

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    Tena Koe, Mr Speaker. I would like to take this opportunity to speak a little of the past, the present and the future. The privilege to serve in this Parliament was given to me by all those who gave their...
    Greens | 31-10
  • Feed the kids members bill
    Education is the best route out of poverty. But hungry kids can't learn and are left trapped in the poverty cycle. Let's break that cycle lunchbox by lunchbox. We can feed the country's hungry kids, if we work together.I have...
    Greens | 31-10
  • Feed the kids members bill
    Education is the best route out of poverty. But hungry kids can't learn and are left trapped in the poverty cycle. Let's break that cycle lunchbox by lunchbox. We can feed the country's hungry kids, if we work together.I have...
    Greens | 31-10
  • National’s “Auckland housing boom” a fizzer
    Falling Auckland consent numbers show the Government’s housing policy is going backwards contrary to wild claims by Building and Housing Minister Nick Smith that we are on the cusp of a massive construction boom, says Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. ...
    Labour | 31-10
  • Job losses major blow to Bay community
    Job losses at Wattie’s Hastings plant will hit families and the community hard, Hawke’s Bay-based Labour MP Stuart Nash and MP for Ikaroa-Rawhiti Meka Whaitiri say. “I know a number of the Wattie’s staff and these job losses will be...
    Labour | 31-10
  • Local job losses major blow to Bay community
    Job losses at Wattie’s Hastings plant will hit families and the community hard, Hawke’s Bay-based Labour MP Stuart Nash and MP for Ikaroa-Rawhiti Meka Whaitiri say. “I know a number of the Wattie’s staff and these job losses will be...
    Labour | 31-10
  • Zero tolerance for forestry accidents a must
    The Government must adopt a zero tolerance approach to workplace accidents in the forestry sector to stop people being killed, Labour’s Forestry spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “It is time for the Government and the forestry sector to put an end...
    Labour | 30-10
  • Return to less holidays on the cards?
    John Key needs to lay his cards on the table regarding the Government’s intentions around holiday pay and annual leave entitlements, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says. “A day after National pushed through laws that take away the legal...
    Labour | 30-10
  • Forest Safety report first step in making our forests safe to work in
    Our forests are a very dangerous place to work. Between 2008 and 2013 there have been 32 fatalities and more than a thousand serious harm incidents in this industry. The Council of Trade Unions and First union have been doing...
    Greens | 30-10
  • Catherine Delahunty Speaks on the Employment Relations Amendment Bill
    Kia ora, Mr Assistant Speaker. He mihi nui ki te Whare Paremata. Welcome to the glorious 19th century, dressed up in the not-so-new flexibility-speak. At the final moment of this bill, let us drop the charade. The Government has a...
    Greens | 30-10
  • Ruataniwha Feds refuse to present a balanced view
    A bid to sell the Ruataniwha water project to Hawkes Bay farmers has turned in to an incredibly one sided affair, says Labours spokesperson on Water Meka Whaitiri.  “It’s being promoted as ‘Ruataniwha it’s now or never’ and it promises...
    Labour | 30-10
  • Worker’s rights dealt severe blow with Bill’s passing
    The passing of the Employment Relations Amendment Bill is another blow to workers' rights in New Zealand, the Green Party said today.This afternoon, National's Employment Relations Amendment Bill passed with the support of Act and United Future."This bill will force...
    Greens | 30-10
  • Barriers to reporting sex crimes must go
    Both the Government and police need to take action to ensure that, in future, sexual abuse victims know they will be taken seriously, Labour’s Associate Police spokesperson Kelvin Davis says. “The young women involved in the Roast Busters case, and...
    Labour | 30-10
  • Te Wakaputanga – What we did not learn at school
    This week saw the 179th anniversary of the signing of Te Wakaputanga, the Declaration of Independence of the United Tribes of Niu Tireni. Most of us did not learn about this fundamentally critical document at school, we barely learned about...
    Greens | 30-10
  • NZ goes backwards on gender equality
    It is no coincidence that in the same week New Zealand is singled out for going backwards on child poverty under National,  we’ve also dropped in global rankings for gender equality. In one year New Zealand has dropped from 7th...
    Greens | 30-10
  • Kevin Hague questions the Minister of Health on management of Katherine Ric...
    Is he satisfied that all conflicts of interest that arose by the head of Food and Grocery Council Katherine Rich being a member of the Health Promotion Agency were managed in accordance with the provisions of the Crown Entities Act...
    Greens | 30-10
  • Bennett parks numbers on social housing
    Social Housing Minister Paula Bennett admitted today that well over 1000 families have been subsidised through the accommodation supplement to stay in the Ranui campground, somewhere she has previously described as not the right place for children to be growing...
    Labour | 30-10
  • 50,000 sign petition against anti-worker law
    More than 50,000 Kiwis have signed Labour’s petition against the Government’s scrapping of tea break entitlements, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says. “That’s the equivalent of five people signing our petition every minute for a week. It shows the...
    Labour | 30-10
  • Address in Reply Debate – Dr Kennedy Graham on UN Security Council- 2...
    In the Speech from the Throne last week the Prime Minister identified the usual domestic goals for his Government. I counted 17. They are not my subject today. I wish instead to focus on matters beyond our shores. In the...
    Greens | 30-10
  • Climate change harming ocean health
    New Zealand is responsible for one of the largest areas of sea in the world – an area 14 times the size of our land area. The National Government is promising new marine protected areas legislation with a discussion document...
    Greens | 30-10
  • Key misled public over Jason Ede
    Information contained in a new chapter of the book Key: Portrait of a Prime Minister, that Jason Ede stopped working for the National Party on the night the book Dirty Politics was released, shows Mr Key and senior ministers hid...
    Greens | 29-10
  • Greenpeace report highlights better path for NZ agriculture
    A Greenpeace International report highlights a better way forward for New Zealand agriculture than the GE and chemical mutation technologies supported by Federated Farmers, and the National Government through its research funding packages, the Green Party said today. "This report...
    Greens | 29-10
  • BNZ post record profits while leaving savers vulnerable
    A small part of the $850 million record profit posted by the Bank of New Zealand (BNZ) today needs to be set aside to protect savers' deposits in the future, said Green Party Co-leader Dr Russel Norman today.Dr Norman was...
    Greens | 29-10
  • RBNZ U-turn shows monetary settings were wrong
    The Reserve Bank's U-turn on interest rates today shows monetary policy settings were wrong and New Zealanders have suffered unnecessarily through the loss of jobs and having to pay higher interest rates, the Green Party said today.Reserve Bank Governor Graeme...
    Greens | 29-10
  • Ports must take responsibility for shameful death toll
    Port companies must step up and take responsibility for a shameful toll of seven deaths and 133 serious accidents in the past three years, Labour MP Iain Lees-Galloway says. The frightening figures – released by the Rail, Maritime and Transport...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Please help me get my Feed the Kids Bill to Select Committee
    Last week I took over the Feed the Kids Bill that Hone Harawira had introduced to Parliament. If passed, my Bill will provide government-funded breakfast and lunch in all decile 1 and 2 schools. Hungry kids can’t learn and are...
    Greens | 29-10
  • TVNZ Outsourcing Pasifika and Maori Programmes
    I’ve always been a big fan of our state broadcaster and I’ve particularly liked their range of current events programmes. But after Friday’s announcement that TVNZ will be sacking up to 40 staff by contracting out the Pacific and Maori...
    Greens | 29-10
  • Labour urges iwi leaders to meet with National
    Labour’s Māori Caucus has called on iwi leaders and national Māori organisations to seek urgent meetings with the National Government to directly express their concerns about employment law changes which will harm Māori workers. In an open letter sent today...
    Labour | 29-10
  • ACC’s reputation needs fix, not glitz
    Restoring public trust and confidence in ACC will take a lot more than a new communications strategy or social media blitz, says Labour’s ACC spokesperson Iain Lees-Galloway. “Under National, ACC has come to be perceived as insensitive, difficult to deal...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Lessons to be learned from police investigation
    The outcome of the so-called Roast Busters case should not put victims off reporting sexual crimes, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says. “This case has been mishandled from the start. Within days of police initially saying no charges had...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Anti-worker legislation is anti-Pacifica
    The Minister for Pacific Peoples, Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga, will go down in history as being part of a Government that harmed his own people through anti-worker legislation, says Labour’s Pacific Island Affairs spokesperson Su’a William Sio.  “Pacific people are among...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Five-year tax holiday for overseas tax dodgers
    National has just gifted a five-year tax holiday for foreign companies dodging their tax payments, says Revenue spokesperson David Clark. “Todd McClay has pretended he is doing something about overseas companies dodging their tax duties by joining an international initiative...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Traffic Jam Tax must be given the red light
    Auckland Council’s proposed Traffic Jam Tax could cost some households thousands of dollars a year just to use roads they had already paid for with their taxes and must be rejected, says Labour’s transport and Auckland Issues spokesperson Phil Twyford....
    Labour | 29-10
  • National has chance to show leadership on limos
    The National Party has the opportunity to show leadership by transitioning our vehicle fleet towards renewable electricity when a new contract to supply Government limousines for VIPs goes to tender next month, the Green Party said today. "This is a...
    Greens | 29-10
  • The Māori Party can’t have it both ways over labour laws
    The Māori Party has to fess up over its voting record on the Employment Relations Amendment Bill, says Labour’s Māori Caucus.  “It’s simply not good enough to oppose the bill at the same time  as they helped speed up its progress through...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Equal pay and the aged care sector
    Today the High Court upheld the historic ruling by the Employment Court that our Equal Pay Act could be used to consider work of equal value cases; the government has been telling the UN and ILO that it could for...
    Greens | 29-10
  • Court case perfect opportunity for Government to improve gender pay gap
    If the Government wants to halt New Zealand’s slump in international rankings on the gender pay gap it should act on the court finding that women deserve equal wages, Labour’s Women’s Affairs spokesperson Sue Moroney says. “The World Economic Forum’s...
    Labour | 28-10
  • All Auckland transport options should be considered
    All options for meeting Auckland's transport needs should be considered, including reprioritising the transport budget away from wasteful spending on motorways, the Green Party said today.Auckland mayor Len Brown is today releasing a transport report by the Independent Advisory Board,...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Another report highlights Govt failure on child poverty
    An international report measuring the impact of the Global Financial Crisis (GFC) on child poverty rates, showing children in New Zealand have done worse than children in other countries, is further proof the Government needs to urgently take additional steps...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Address and Reply Debate Part 55: Inequality and Disability
    I rise on behalf of the Green Party to talk about inequality and disability.The recent census showed that nearly one in four New Zealanders lives with a disability—up from one in five in the previous census. These figures include some...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Address and Reply Debate Part 55: Inequality and Disability
    I rise on behalf of the Green Party to talk about inequality and disability.The recent census showed that nearly one in four New Zealanders lives with a disability—up from one in five in the previous census. These figures include some...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Child poverty: No more wake-up calls
    A new report which shows the National Government has made no inroads whatsoever into child poverty should do more than just set alarm bells ringing, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says. “UNICEF’s  latest Innocenti Report Card highlights the fact...
    Labour | 28-10
  • Eugenie Sage speaks in the 2014 Address in Reply Debate
    I congratulate you, Assistant Speaker Mallard, as Assistant Speaker and look forward to your knowledge, your fairness, and your light touch in being a referee of proceedings in this House. I congratulate also the other Assistant Speaker, Lindsay Tisch; the...
    Greens | 28-10
  • James Shaw’s Maiden Speech
    Tena Koe, Mr Speaker. I would like to take this opportunity to speak a little of the past, the present and the future. The privilege to serve in this Parliament was given to me by all those who gave their...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Govt airs real views on public broadcasting
    An admission by the Government that it is happy to experiment with Pacific and Maori audiences shows just how weak its vision for public broadcasting in New Zealand is, Labour’s Broadcasting spokesperson Kris Faafoi says. “National today admitted it doesn’t...
    Labour | 28-10
  • Does Judith Collins have a get out of jail card?
    Former justice minister Judith Collins appears to have been gifted a get out of jail free card based on the Prime Minister’s answers in Parliament today, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says. “Judith Collins claimed in an Official Information...
    Labour | 28-10
  • The Final Fifth: The Last Great Task for Progressive New Zealand.
    MOST OF NEW ZEALAND’S social problems are concentrated among those living at the margins of what is otherwise a relatively wealthy society. Recently released international data on child poverty has exposed an acutely stressed social strata encompassing roughly 20 percent...
    The Daily Blog | 31-10
  • Myth Busting Rape Boasters
    In just one week a case that galvanised a nation into discussing rape culture is now being reframed as mischievous teen hi-jinx. One year ago the Roast Busters case came to the attention of the media and the public. This...
    The Daily Blog | 31-10
  • Workers rights weakened by new laws – fightback needed
    The government’s changes to the employment laws are designed to weaken workers bargaining power – at both the individual and collective level.   30-day rule The old law required an employer with a collective agreement in place to employ new...
    The Daily Blog | 31-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Simon Buckingham – Where are Labour Candidates on disability?
    For the few people who know me (hello Mum), I am proudly New Zealand’s first Autistic Spectrum Lawyer, as well as being the very bottom Candidate on the Labour Party List. (64 out of 64). Being honoured like this is...
    The Daily Blog | 31-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Blockade the Budget
    The ‘Independent’ Police Conduct Authority’s report into the policing of student protests in 2012 is a whitewash The report released by the Independent Police Conduct Authority into the policing of student protests in 2012 is a whitewash riddled with inaccuracies....
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • When National claim new anti worker laws provide ‘flexibility’ they mea...
    And so it comes to pass. The first law National ram through as part of their victory march are new anti worker laws they pretend will generate ‘flexibility’. The new law denigrate the unions ability to protect workers and provide...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • City Transport: A Taxing Matter
    This week the prospect of paying tolls on Auckland motorways became a hot topic. (See Mathew Dearnaley:Motorway tolling could hit some hard, NZ Herald, 30 Oct 2014.) As we might expect, the kneejerk response has been quite negative. But, as with...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Open Letter to Amy Adams: Please Reopen The Review Into Sexual Violence Cou...
    Ms Amy Adams, Justice and Courts Minister, Right now in this country it seems that although rape is illegal, it is not being prevented by the agents who uphold the law. It almost feels like rape is only illegal on paper,...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • MEDIA WATCH: Does ‘No-Surprises’ Also Apply To TVNZ News?
    When you stand back and look at NZ media outlets, most of them have at least one or two people who attempt to hold the government to account: John Campbell on TV3, Guyon Espiner and others at Radio NZ, David...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Things That Make You Go Hmmmmmmm
    Every so often in politics, a public figure comes out with something so absurd and so outlandish … that it really does just make you go “Hmmmmmmmmmm”. We’re accustomed to this from certain quarters – by mid point through the...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Poverty & inequality don’t need protest marches – they need a riot:...
    The global level of inequality continues to skyrocket… Number of billionaires doubled since financial crisis The number of billionaires has doubled since the start of the financial crisis, according to a major new report from anti-poverty campaigners. According to Oxfam,...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • If Key knows who Rawshark is…
    I’m sorry, what? John Key ‘given Rawshark’s name’The Prime Minister believes he knows who hacked Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater’s computer and produced the source material for Nicky Hager’s Dirty Politics, according to a new edition of a recently published...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Child Poverty stats in NZ
    Child Poverty stats in NZ...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Crimes Act + Police Investigation = WTF
    Just to frame the farce that is the Roastbuster’s investigation and conclusion – here are the parts of the Crime Act http://www.legislation.govt.nz/act/public/1961/0043/latest/whole.html#DLM329057  the Roastbusters are proven to have violated – that the police (and some suspects!) themselves acknowledge occurred: Crimes...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Publishing Journalists’ Home Addresses Is A Tactic Of The Right, Not The ...
    I think I’m starting to get rather annoyed with the conduct of some pro-MANA people over this ongoing Parliamentary Services crew complement issue. Yes, we get that there are legitimate issues to be raised with how some political reporters in...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Aucklanders caught between a tarseal-addicted government and a weak mayor
    Len Brown’s proposal for motorway tolls to reduce congestion and provide funding for better public transport is a weak response to a critical issue. The $12 billion dollar shortfall on transport funding he talks about is mainly for projected new...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • A Very Weird Story: Deconstructing Darren Aronofsky’s Noah.
    NOAH is a curious movie. Conceived as a biblical epic, it’s target audience was originally the millions of Americans who regard the Bible as God’s inerrant word. With the sin-filled works of Hollywood forbidden to these true-believers, Christian movie-makers have developed...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • You Can Get Away With Rape In New Zealand
    Jessie Hume with last years petition against rape     The police have sent a strong message today.  In fact they’ve been sending a strong message for a while; a message that our government supports. “You can literally get away...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Roast Buster case – no charges. In the immortal words of NWA…
    Roast Busters case: No prosecutions Police are to make an announcement this afternoon on Operation Clover, the investigation into the “Roast Busters” allegations. The Herald understands the victim has been told that the alleged offenders will not be prosecuted due...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Key’s flag change distraction to cost $26million!
    No. Way. Bid to change NZ flag to cost millions The cost of holding two referendums and consulting on a change of flag has been estimated to be just under $26 million. Look. We all appreciate that the sleepy hobbits...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Why NZ Herald’s Labour Party crocodile tears are so audacious
    The front page the NZ Herald would use if they thought they could get away with it No one can take the recent columns by NZ Herald seriously… John Armstrong: Shadow lingers on National John Roughan: Labour’s leadership vote matters...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • The beginning of the end of Cameron Slater?
    Slater postings on man bizarre, court told A businessman has changed his appearance and had to install extra security at his home after Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater posted his business and personal documents online, he says. Mr Slater has...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • We are a milk power republic and Fonterra our unelected senate
    Wow. Just wow… Deputy mayor says he’ll be sacked South Taranaki deputy mayor Alex Ballantyne says he expects to be sacked because he has spoken out about the impact gasses coming from dumped Fonterra dairy products have had on his...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • MEDIA WATCH: “…But *actually* this is about ethics in political-game jo...
    Yesterday, a piece of mine on the recent revelations about Hone Harawira employing several gentlemen either accused or convicted of sex offences was published on The Daily Blog. Predictably, given the fierce loyalty which Hone inspires in his party faithful and...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • Privilege cheque
    There was no race problem in my childhood. Living in central Wellington I was well-insulated from what was going on not so far away. This was the 60s and 70s, where the teachers enjoyed free love in the staff room...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • A brief word on Key’s claim that it will be raining carnage
    Isis will ‘rain carnage on the world’ – John Key Left unchecked Isis would “rain carnage on the world”, Prime Minister John Key says, but he has yet to make a decision on whether New Zealand troops will join a...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • Meanwhile…
    ...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • How does Andrew Little win Labour Leadership and unify the caucus?
    Audrey Young’s excellent column on how the Caucus vote  is shaping up shows how Andrew Little becomes the next leader of the Labour Party. She identifies the factions as the following… Andrew Little 6: Andrew Little, David Cunliffe, Iain Lees Galloway,...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Joe Trinder – Right of response to Curwen
    You have asked that Hone Harawira deserves to explain what happened, how would he explain when his next door neighbour is an alleged sex offender. What explanation can Hone offer he wasn’t involved, Hone had no idea this offending was...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • MEDIA WATCH: That Hella-Weird Feeling When You Defend Tova O’Brien
    Oh dear. Yesterday morning I blogged that Hone deserved a chance to explain what exactly had happened as applies his office’s Parliamentary Services crew complement – and, importantly, that we deserve to be able to judge him on the strength of...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • Canadian Green MP warns against harsh anti-terror measures
    Canada’s Green Party has provided a welcome counterpoint to Prime Minister Harper’s call for tougher anti-terrorism laws in the wake of a soldier outside the Canadian Parliament. On October 22, while she was still locked in her parliamentary office, Green...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • When is an asset sale not an asset sale? When it robs from the poor and ste...
    National have turned state housing on its head. At no time during the 2014 election did the Key Government even hint that they were going to privatise 30% of the Housing NZ stock of state homes. Not once. Key even...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • Housing; broken promises, families in cars, and ideological idiocy (Part To...
    . . Continued from: Housing; broken promises, families in cars, and ideological idiocy (Part Rua) . Bill English comes clean on National’s intentions for HNZ privatisation . On 14 October, in a report on The Daily Blog, I wrote, In...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • The Questions Have Been Asked – They Deserve An Answer
    A few days ago, allegations that had been percolating for some time about Hone Harawira employing three either accused or convicted sex offenders on his Parliamentary pay-roll came to light. (one imprisoned before working for MANA; one who found himself convicted and...
    The Daily Blog | 26-10
  • I have seen one future, and it is bleak
    . . Back in  March 2012, I wrote this story regarding a march to support striking workers at Ports of Auckland. It appears there was some prescience about some of my observations at the time… . | | 18 March...
    The Daily Blog | 26-10
  • US air strike war Key wants us in has killed a civilian a day so far
      The US air strike war that John Key wants us to join has killed a civilian a day so far. From the Washington Post... The United States launched its first airstrikes on militants in Syria on Sept. 23, and has continued...
    The Daily Blog | 26-10
  • The instant Jihad syndrome
    My favourite new term is ‘self-radicalised’ – it suggests the reasons for terrorism are totally divorced from the actions of the West. This need to suddenly ramp up terror laws because of lone wolf, self-radicalised Jihadists seems convenient and counter-productive....
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • We have nothing to fear from Ebola but fear itself
    I suspect most Americans perceive Ebola like this   I can’t work out if the fear being spread within the media about Ebola is deliberate or just ignorance. Yes Ebola is a terrible plague that kills a large percentage of...
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Anjum Rahman – “Meritocracy? I wish.”
    I’d like to start by linking to a post I had published at another site in support of Nanaia Mahuta for the Labour Party leadership election.  She has a reasonable chance, given that she already has the endorsement of Te...
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • Chocolate milk shortage and creepy Santa? Let’s talk about real news
    Child poverty is still a scarily serious problem in this country and house prices are soaring through the roof to the point where it is simply impossible for the average New Zealander to buy a home. There is also little...
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • It’s time to celebrate Kiwi schools and teachers
    Some would have you believe that New Zealand’s schools are in a state of collapse, that your children are not being educated well and that things are going to hell in a hand basket.  That there is no innovation, no...
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • Ideological Blitzkrieg – Privatization of state housing, more charter sch...
    Pundits in pundit land will tell you that this Government is boring, that Key is the great pragmatist and that it is his ability to create elegant solutions that keeps him the firm favourite in many Kiwi eyes. This ability...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • Hegemony rules but resistance is fertile
    The Prime Minister is a puppet. Not just our current Prime Minister, but given the forces of multinational globalisation, the role of any head of state, is less as independent actor, and more as a puppet of international trends and...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • An open Letter to Sir Bob Jones: demanding a ‘liveable wage’ is not “...
    How out of touch with reality is Sir Bob Jones? You know, that white dude who invested in privatised SOEs after the selling off of our assets in the eighties and made a ludicrous and disgusting amount of money and is...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • My insecurity about the Security Council
    As I write this (on 24 October) it is international UN Day. Of course, you all knew that already, right? Well, the day celebrates the entry into force of the UN Charter in 1945. With the ratification of this founding...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Catherine Delahunty – Back in That House
    Parliament opened this week and I still find it a very odd place. Most of the people are reasonably courteous and friendly, but the rituals are archaic and the rules around issues like the swearing in oath are oppressive and...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • Marae Investigates No More
    TVNZ yesterday announced the closure of their Māori and Pacific programmes department. That means they’ve chosen to stop making Fresh, Tagata Pasifika, Waka Huia and Marae Investigates to let independent producers get their hands on these lucrative contracts. This is...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • BLOGWATCH: An Un-Civil War in Labour, eh?
    Earlier today, my attention was directed to an entry that’s just recently appeared on the Slightly Left of Centre blog. It purports to contain the ‘inside word’ from a highly placed NZF source – which is funny, because I’m pretty sure...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • Santanomics 101
    Santanomics could mean a number of things. It could be the study and practice of giving. Or it could mean the study and practice of rampant end-of-year commercialism. However, for me today it is the economics of erectingAuckland’s giant Santa...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • SkyCity boss misleads public over workers lost shifts
    SkyCity CEO Nigel Morrison has defended the employment practices at his company in an “Opinion” piece entitled “Human Capital key to corporate success” in the NZ Herald on Thursday. A number of his claims are misleading, contain only partial truths...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • David Parker event – the future of work, Sun 2 Nov
    Labour leadership candidate David Parker, an experienced lawyer and businessman as well as a former senior government cabinet minister in the Helen Clark Government, will join three prominent New Zealanders in a panel discussion on Sunday to address...
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Roast Busters: Turn Indignation into Action
    People raged about the Roast Buster case. The indignation was justified – it was horrible. “Where were their parents!?” Fair question. I am sure the Roast Busters’ parents and the victims’ parents all wish they had been more proactive in...
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Stats NZ only have themselves to blame for postponement
    The Public Service Association (PSA) says Statistics NZ only have themselves to blame for the indefinite postponement of the release of the Food Price Index: November 2014....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • NZ Diversity Survey – benchmarking workplace diversity
    AUT University’s New Zealand Work Research Institute (NZWRI) has released a report on diversity in New Zealand workplaces....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Māori Language (Te Reo Māori) Bill
    Tutehounuku Korako, Chair of the Māori Affairs Committee, is inviting further public submissions on this bill. The closing date for submissions is Friday, 5 December 2014....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • ERA amendments a mixed bag
    The Employment Relations Amendment Act has the potential to put vulnerable workers in a more precarious position, says Equal Opportunities Commissioner, Dr Jackie Blue. However, the commissioner says the right for all to request flexible work hours is...
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Sensible Sentencing calls for appeal of judicial activivism
    The Sensible Sentencing Trust is appalled that Justice Jill Mallon has today refused to apply the Life without Parole (LWOP) provisions of the Three Strikes law as enacted by Parliament....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Global Rally against ISIS – for Kobanê – for Humanity, Nov 1
    The New Zealand Kurdish Community will march in solidarity with Kurdistan as part of the “GLOBAL RALLY AGAINST ISIS – FOR KOBANÊ – FOR HUMANITY” on 1 November 2014, 2pm....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Does ‘No-Surprises’ Also Apply To TVNZ News?
    When you stand back and look at NZ media outlets, most of them have at least one or two people who attempt to hold the government to account: John Campbell on TV3, Guyon Espiner and others at Radio NZ, David...
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Safer roads are better for everyone
    Recent pedestrian versus vehicle incidents highlight the real issues being addressed by delegates as the 2Walk and Cycle conference concludes....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Law change creates more flexible labour market
    The Employment Relations Amendment Act, passed yesterday, will bring new flexibility to the labour market and will reduce the ability of unions to organise and to recruit....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Bumper ANZ profits mean no excuse for insecure hours
    A big rise in profits at New Zealand's largest bank needs to be reflected in a better pay offer and more security around hours of work, the bank workers’ union said today....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Count down to lowered alcohol limit
    With just a month to go until a new lower alcohol limit for adult drivers comes into effect, Police and road safety agencies are reminding drivers of the impending change....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • WorkSafe Supports Forestry Review Findings
    WorkSafe NZ says the Independent Forestry Safety Review has clearly identified the problems facing an industry in which ten workers were killed last year. “The Review’s analysis matches our own view and leaves no doubt about the need for comprehensive,...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • CTU welcomes forestry review recommendations
    The CTU is welcoming the today's release of the independent forestry safety review panel findings. "These recommendations must be implemented to ensure that everything possible is done to make forestry safer." CTU President, Helen Kelly said....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Activists will confront animal abusers
    Today animal rights activists will confront a group of wealth advisers who want to build the biggest egg factory-farm in New Zealand....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Turia: Women’s Refuge Conference 2014
    This is a milestone moment in my life. This will be my last official address as Co-leader of the Maori Party. On Saturday night at our Hui-a-Tau, I will be standing down from that role and enabling a new co-leader,...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Rodeo Code of Welfare ‘Sick Joke’
    Animal advocacy organisation SAFE says the revised Code of Welfare for Rodeos just released is nothing but a sick joke. “Rodeo animals are goaded, tormented and forced to endure needless suffering and gross mistreatment, all for the sake of so-called...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Conservative Party applauds binding referenda on flag
    The Conservative Party are congratulating the Government on the decision to hold two binding referendums to decide the fate of New Zealand’s flag – and believes it will pave the way for binding referenda to form part of New Zealand...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Walk the Talk – Opposing violence against women
    Soroptimist International of Auckland have organised a walk on 22 November from Silo Park at the Wynyard Quarter through the Viaduct and back to Silo Park, to show their opposition to violence against women. This event hopes to raise awareness...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Recommendations on the Design of Pecuniary Penalties
    The Law Commission has reviewed the use of pecuniary penalties as a regulatory tool. Pecuniary penalties are financial penalties that policymakers are increasingly opting to use in place of criminal sanctions in order to punish and deter misconduct in...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Every worker will be affected by employment law changes
    Every worker will feel the effects of the government’s new employment laws and should join a union if they want to maintain and increase their wages and conditions, says New Zealand’s largest private sector union, the EPMU....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Shameful attack on all workers
    The Government has passed the Employment Relations Amendment Act slashing the rights of all Kiwi workers. “These changes are shameful. New Zealand now has some of the worst employment protections in the OECD. It is embarrassing that a country which...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Unnecessary law changes more to do with ideology
    The government’s employment law changes are simply ideological and are at odds with its approach in the related areas of health and safety and immigration law, FIRST Union said tonight....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • CTU Runanga calls on iwi leaders
    Maori workers are calling on iwi leaders to speak out against the employment law changes expected to go through today. “Iwi leaders have previously spoken out when workers in Aotearoa have been under attack, we believe they should do so...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Educating children not the best solution to alcohol harm
    Alcohol Healthwatch says we need to look beyond educating children and young people to address deeply embedded attitudes and behaviours concerning alcohol....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • New code of welfare for rodeos released
    New standards to strengthen the animal welfare requirements for rodeos have been issued today by the Minister for Primary Industries, Nathan Guy....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • IPCA report riddle with inaccuracies, say students
    A report by the Independent Police Conduct Authority into the policing of student protests in 2012 is riddled with inaccuracies, say students who laid the original complaint with the IPCA....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • CT v The Queen – indecency convictions quashed
    This summary is provided to assist in the understanding of the Court’s judgment. It does not comprise part of the reasons for that judgment. The full judgment with reasons is the only authoritative document. The full text of the judgment...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Rameka v The Queen – murder convictions quashed
    This summary is provided to assist in the understanding of the Court’s judgment. It does not comprise part of the reasons for that judgment. The full judgment with reasons is the only authoritative document. The full text of the judgment...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Auckland Council Out of Control
    Responding to the NZ Herald article that some Auckland households will face a rates rise of up to 9.6 per cent next year, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says: “Len Brown’s pledge to cap rates rises at 2.5 per...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Stats NZ staff escalate action with ‘no more meetings’ rule
    Statistics NZ staff have voted to escalate their ongoing industrial action in an effort to get Stats NZ back to the bargaining table with a reasonable offer. The staff, who are members of the Public Service Association (PSA), have been...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Rape Crisis calls for changes to criminal justice system
    Wellington Rape Crisis has added its voice to the public outcry following the announcement that there will be no charges in the teen rape gang case. Butterworth says the decision not to lay charges will not have been a surprise...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Police action justified in Blockade the Budget demonstration
    Police actions in dealing with a demonstration in Central Auckland known as Blockade the Budget on 1 June 2012 were justified and appropriate, an Independent Police Conduct Authority report released today found....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • NZDF Joins with Australia to Commemorate WWI Centenary
    A contingent of New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) personnel will join their Australian counterparts at Australia’s first major commemoration of the First World War centenary in Albany, Western Australia this weekend....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Reserve Bank should reduce interest rate
    “The Reserve Bank should be reducing its policy interest rate, the OCR”, says CTU Economist Bill Rosenberg in response to the Bank’s announcement today that it is not increasing it....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • 2015 Stout Fellow will write about Māori & Criminal Justice
    Kim Workman, founder and advocate for the Robson Hanan Trust, which administers the Rethinking Crime and Punishment and Justspeak initiatives, has been awarded the 2015 John David Stout Fellowship at Victoria University....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • What John Key thought about ‘dirty politics’
    On September 20, John Key swept to victory to become one of New Zealand’s most successful and popular Prime Ministers. Rocked by scandal, the 2014 election campaign was one of the most brutal – and riveting – in recent history....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Trade Deal Threatens Farmers and Food Businesses
    The secret Trans Pacific Partnership negotiations are a direct threat to food businesses and farmers, and a moratorium on the release of GE crops must be enshrined in law before the TPP is signed....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • CTU announces election of new Secretary
    The contested election for the position of CTU Secretary has been won by Sam Huggard. Sam officially takes office on Monday 1 December 2014. Sam has worked in the union movement and brings a wealth of experience and a commitment...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Kim Workman awarded 2015 J.D. Stout Fellowship
    The Victoria University of Wellington 2015 J.D. Stout Fellowship, funded by the Stout Trust, has been awarded to justice reform advocate Kim Workman. Mr Workman (Ngati Kahungungu ki Wairarapa, Rangitaane) is well known for his work on criminal justice,...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • TPPA causing concern
    Concern over the secretive Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) negotiations is being expressed in two public meetings over the next week; one at a presentation on 5th November by former councillor Robin Gwynn to the Napier City Council, the...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Kiwis rally to demand justice for ‘Roast Buster’ survivors
    Over 1,500 kiwis have rallied to demand justice after the announcement of the NZ Police decision not to lay charges in the ‘Roast Busters’ saga....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • New employment law will hurt the most vulnerable NZers
    The Public Service Association (PSA) says changes to the Employment Relations Act, expected to be passed in Parliament tonight, will hurt vulnerable workers and their families more than anyone....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Consultation to close on proposed place names
    The New Zealand Geographic Board (NZGB) Ngā Pou Taunaha o Aotearoa today advised that only one month remains before public consultation closes for 18 name proposals for geographic features and places around Te Ika ā Māui (the North Island)....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Operation Clover – Statement from Police Commissioner
    I have taken a close interest in this investigation and I am confident police have conducted a thorough and professional enquiry in what has been a challenging and complex case. The Operation Clover team has ensured that victims have been...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Better policy would have protected children from recession
    Child Poverty Action Group says an international report released by UNICEF today shows good policy can protect and improve child well-being, even during a recession....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Outcome of Operation Clover investigation
    Police have completed a multi-agency investigation, Operation Clover, into the activities of a group calling themselves “The Roast Busters”. The 12 month enquiry focused on incidents involving allegations of sexual offending against a number of girls...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • False birth registration brings home detention
    A Whangarei woman who attempted to register the birth of a fictitious child to claim a sole parent benefit was sentenced to six months home detention in the Whangarei District Court today....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Family of Robert Ellis demand a proper investigation
    The family of a New Zealander killed in Indonesia are growing increasingly concerned at the lack of information they’ve received, and the handling of the investigation into his murder....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
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