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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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    A Labour Government will promote physical activity, back our top athletes and help foster Kiwis’ love of the great outdoors by upgrading tramping and camping facilities. Trevor Mallard today released Labour’s sports and recreation policy which will bring back a...
    Labour | 29-08
  • Pacific languages recognised under Labour
    Labour will act to recognise the five main Pacific languages in New Zealand including through the education system, said Pacific Affairs spokesperson Su’a William Sio. Announcing Labour’s Pacific Island policy he said that there must be a strong commitment to...
    Labour | 29-08
  • No healthy economy without a healthy environment
    Labour recognises that we cannot have a healthy economy without a healthy environment, says Environment spokesperson Moana Mackey announcing Labour’s environment policy. “New Zealand’s economy has been built on the back of the enormous environmental wealth we collectively enjoy as...
    Labour | 28-08
  • Better protection, fairer deal for Kiwi consumers
    Tackling excessive prices, ensuring consumers have enough information to make ethical choices and giving the Commerce Commission more teeth are highlights of Labour’s Consumer Rights policy. “The rising cost of living is a concern for thousands of Kiwi families. A...
    Labour | 28-08
  • Media Advisory – MANA Movement Candidate for Waiariki Annette Sykes, Waia...
    Media are advised that this coming weekend, the MANA Movement Candidate for Waiariki, Annette Sykes, will be on the Internet MANA Road Trip within the electorate of Waiariki. Speakers confirmed are Annette Sykes, Hone Harawira, John Minto, Laila Harre and Kim...
    Mana | 27-08
  • Internet MANA – Waiariki Road Trip: 29, 30, 31 Aug 2014
    The Internet MANA Road Trip hits Waiariki this weekend. It would be great if all MANA members in Waiariki could especially attend the public meetings and show their support for our Waiariki candidate Annette Sykes. Confirmed speakers Hone Harawira (except Taupo), Annette...
    Mana | 27-08
  • First home buyers $200 a week better off with Labour
    A couple earning around $75,000 a year would be $200 a week better off buying a two bedroom terraced Labour KiwiBuild home instead of an equivalent new build under National’s housing policy, says Labour Leader David Cunliffe.  “National’s policy to...
    Labour | 26-08
  • Another Day – Another big power profit
    The latest profit announcement from Genesis Energy shows that the power company was sold for a song to the detriment of the country’s power consumers, says Labour’s Energy spokesperson David Shearer. “A net profit of $ 49.2 million follows hard...
    Labour | 26-08
  • Labour embraces the rainbow
    Labour will work hard to ensure all New Zealanders enjoy the freedom to grow up and live their lives in dignity and security. Labour’s Rainbow policy, released tonight in Wellington, focuses on International Relations, Human Rights and Education....
    Labour | 26-08
  • National gets fast and loose with the facts
    In their desperation to make it look as though they are doing something about the housing crisis, National is playing fast and loose with the facts, says Labour’s housing spokesperson Phil Twyford....
    Labour | 26-08
  • Labour will drop power prices for Kiwi families
    New Zealanders will get cheaper power prices under NZ Power, says Labour Leader David Cunliffe. “The electricity market is clearly broken. With falling demand for electricity, prices should be going down. Instead prices are going up and companies are extracting...
    Labour | 26-08
  • Labour: Promoting sustainable tourism
    Ensuring New Zealand’s clean, green status continues to be an international tourism benchmark and reviewing MBIE’s oversight of the tourism sector will be on the radar under a Labour Government. Releasing Labour’s Tourism policy today, spokesperson Darien Fenton said tourism...
    Labour | 26-08
  • Skills shortage a result of National’s complacency
    The fact that there is still a severe shortage of skilled tradespeople, despite a growth in the number of apprentices, is a result of National’s failure to plan and develop the workforce, Grant Robertson, Labour Employment, Skills and TrainingSpokesperson says."The...
    Labour | 26-08
  • How much tax does John Key pay compared to a minimum wage worker?? – Mint...
    MANA Movement Economic Justice spokesperson John Minto is calling for a radical overhaul of New Zealand’s taxation system with calculations showing that a minimum wage worker pays a ten times higher tax rate than the Prime Minister. o Minimum wage...
    Mana | 25-08
  • Labour’s culture of science and innovation
    Labour will create a culture of science and innovation in New Zealand that will be the envy of the world, says Labour’s Innovation, Research and Development spokesperson Megan Woods. “Labour believes that good science lies at the heart of a...
    Labour | 25-08
  • Improving life for our new New Zealanders
    New Zealand’s international standing as a community that encourages and fosters all cultures will be bolstered under a Labour Government with an upgrade of the present Office of Ethnic Affairs to a Ministry. Releasing Labour’s Ethnic Affairs policy, spokesperson Phil...
    Labour | 25-08
  • South Auckland housing crisis
    National’s HomeStart package is nothing more than a political stunt designed to beguile South Auckland voters, said Labour’s Pacific Affairs spokesperson Su’a William Sio. “Few working Pasifika and Maori workers in South Auckland will be able to buy their own...
    Labour | 25-08
  • Home buyer subsidy discredited in Oz
    Treasury advised against National’s policy of ramping up home buyer subsidies after it was discredited in Australia because it pushed house prices even higher, Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford says. “Documents released under the OIA (attached) show Treasury advised the...
    Labour | 25-08
  • Nursing hours explain turnover and high-stress culture
    A staff survey supports concerns nursing staff at Dunedin Hospital are under increasing pressure and that the emergency department is in a critical state, says Labour’s Associate Health Spokesperson David Clark.  “An ED nursing survey at Dunedin found that 80...
    Labour | 24-08
  • Underhand tactics prove case for axing donations
    Revelations that schools are using underhand tactics to coerce donations from cash-strapped parents further highlights the need for Labour's plan to increase funding so they aren't dependent on contributions from parents, Labour's Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “By law New...
    Labour | 24-08
  • National applies band-aid to housing crisis
    The Government’s flagship housing announcement is a band-aid approach that will push up prices rather than solve the housing crisis, says Labour Leader David Cunliffe. “House sales to first home buyers have collapsed as a direct result of the Government’s...
    Labour | 24-08
  • Climate change focus on the now for the future
    A Labour Governmentwill put in place a comprehensive climate change strategy focusing on bothmitigation and adaptation, establish an independent Climate Commission andimplement carbon budgeting, says Labour Climate Change spokesperson MoanaMackey."This is about future-proofing our economy. Making the transition to alow-carbon...
    Labour | 24-08
  • Labour’s 21st century transport pledge
    The next Labour-led Government will create a 21st century transport system for New Zealand that promotes the most efficient and sustainable combination of transport options, says Labour’s Transport spokesperson Phil Twyford. “Labour will rebalance the Government's transport spending away from...
    Labour | 23-08
  • Housing under National: the facts
    1.       House prices in Auckland Council valuations indicate Auckland house prices have gone up by one-third over the last three years. (Auckland Council) The average Auckland house price has gone up by nearly $225,000 since 2008, up over $75,000 in...
    Labour | 23-08
  • Labour irons out low income tax issue
    The increasing casualisation of work has led to many New Zealand families being disadvantaged through the tax they pay, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. "Many low paid workers are having to work two or three jobs to make ends meet...
    Labour | 22-08
  • Cornered Government comes out swinging
    The National Government is so desperate to keep its dead-in-the-water expert teachers policy alive, it has refused to rule out forcing schools to participate through legislation, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “John Key today attacked the Educational Institute for...
    Labour | 22-08
  • Pacific people continue to go backwards under National
    A report from Victoria University highlights the fact that Pacific people are continuing to go backwards under a National Government, said Labour’s Pacific Affairs spokesperson Su’a William Sio.  “The report shows the largest inequality increases were in smoking, obesity, tertiary...
    Labour | 22-08
  • Wellington transport plan needs to keep moving
    The failure of the Transport Agency to properly look at alternatives to the Basin Reserve flyover is not a good reason for further delays to improving transport in Wellington, Labour MPs Grant Robertson and Annette King say. “The Board of...
    Labour | 22-08
  • Labour’s focus on inequality, kids and better job prospects
    Tackling child poverty and removing barriers to people working part time to enhance their prospects of moving into a fulltime job are highlights of Labour’s Social Development policy. Releasing the policy today, spokesperson Sue Moroney said while part-time work was...
    Labour | 21-08
  • Political staff should give answers under oath
    The Inspector General of Security and Intelligence should use her full statutory powers to question witnesses under oath about the leak of SIS information, says Labour MP Phil Goff. “Leakage of confidential information from the SIS for political purposes is...
    Labour | 21-08
  • High dollar, hands-off Govt sends workers to dole queue
    The loss of up to 100 jobs at Croxley stationery in Auckland is devastating news for their families and the local Avondale community, Labour’s Employment, Skills and Training spokesperson Grant Robertson says. “The company’s inability to compete in international markets...
    Labour | 21-08
  • National’s flagship education policy dead in the water
    National’s plan to create executive principals and expert teachers is effectively dead in the water with news that 93 percent of primary teachers have no confidence in the scheme, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “The fact that teachers are...
    Labour | 21-08
  • Dunedin will be a knowledge and innovation centre under Labour
    Dunedin will become a knowledge and innovation centre under a Labour Government that will back local businesses, support technology initiatives and fund dynamic regional projects, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. “Nowhere has the National Government’s short-sightedness been more apparently than...
    Labour | 21-08
  • Inquiry into SIS disclosures the right decision
    Labour MP Phil Goff says the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security has done the right thing by launching an inquiry into the disclosure of SIS documents about a meeting between himself and the agency’s former director-general. “This inquiry is necessary...
    Labour | 20-08
  • Labour – supporting and valuing carers and the cared for
    Placing real value on our elderly and the people who care for them will be a priority for a Labour Government, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. Releasing Labour’s Senior Citizens policy today David Cunliffe promised that a Labour Government would...
    Labour | 20-08
  • By Hoki! It’s Labour’s fisheries policy
    A Labour Government will protect the iconic Kiwi tradition of fishing by improving access to the coast, protecting the rights of recreational fishers and reviewing snapper restrictions, Labour’s Fisheries spokesperson Damien O’Connor says. “Catching a fish from the rocks, beach...
    Labour | 20-08
  • Mighty River – Mighty Profits – Mighty hard to swallow
    Mighty River Power’s profit increase of 84 per cent is simply outrageous, says Labour’s Energy spokesperson David Shearer. “Demand for electricity is flat or declining yet the company has made enormous profits. It is the latest power company to celebrate...
    Labour | 19-08
  • Collins’ actions were wrong, not unwise
    John Key’s moral compass remains off-kilter as he cannot bring himself to declare Judith Collins’ actions outright wrong, not simply ‘unwise’, said Labour MP Grant Robertson. “Under pressure John Key is finally shifting his stance but his failure to condemn...
    Labour | 19-08
  • Public servants behaving with more integrity than their masters
    The State Services Commission's new report on the integrity of our state services reflects the yawning gap between the behaviour of public servants and that of their political masters, Labour's State Services spokesperson Maryan Street says. “This report, which surveyed...
    Labour | 19-08
  • Phil Twyford Speech to NZCID
    "Labour's plan to build more and build better: how new approaches to housing, transport and urban development will deliver cities that work" Phil Twyford, Labour Party spokesperson on housing, transport, Auckland issues, and cities.  ...
    Labour | 19-08
  • Labour commits to independent Foreign Affairs and Trade
    “Labour is committed to New Zealand’s Foreign Affairs and Trade policy being independent and proactive, Labour’s Foreign Affairs spokesperson David Shearer says. “We are a small but respected country. Our voice and actions count in international affairs. Labour will take a...
    Labour | 19-08
  • Key must sack Collins over abhorrent actions
    The latest revelations that Judith Collins sent the contact details of a public servant to WhaleOil in a desperate attempt to divert media attention from a bad story is abhorrent, Labour MP Grant Robertson says. “John Key and Judith Collins...
    Labour | 19-08
  • It’s downhill from here under National
    The forecast drop in exports and predicted halving of growth shows that it’s downhill from here with National, Labour’s Finance spokesperson David Parker says. “Growth under this Government peaked in June and halves to two per cent in coming years....
    Labour | 19-08
  • John Key loses moral compass over Collins
    John Key has lost his moral compass over Judith Collins’ involvement with Cameron Slater and lost touch with New Zealanders’ sense of right and wrong, Labour MP Grant Robertson says. “Whoever is Prime Minister there are expectations they will not...
    Labour | 18-08
  • Mana Movement General Election 2014 List confirmed
    The MANA List is now confirmed with all the candidates as below (the numbers are the respective Internet MANA rankings). Candidate, Electorate, Internet MANA List Position Hone Harawira, Te Tai Tokerau (1) Annette Sykes, Waiariki (3) John Minto, Mt Roskill (4) Te Hamua Nikora, Ikaroa-Rawhiti...
    Mana | 18-08
  • PREFU likely to confirm dropping exports
    National’s economic management will be put under the spotlight in tomorrow’s PREFU given clear signs the so-called rock star economy has fallen off the stage, with plummeting prices for raw commodity exports, Labour’s Finance spokesperson David Parker says. “Under National,...
    Labour | 18-08
  • Record profits while Kiwis face a cold winter
    The record profits by two of New Zealand’s largest electricity companies will be a bitter pill for New Zealand households who are paying record amounts for their power, says Labour’s Energy spokesperson David Shearer. “No doubt the Key government will...
    Labour | 18-08
  • Time for John Key to answer yes or no questions
    John Key’s train-wreck interview on Morning Report shows he is no longer capable of a simple yes or no answer and has lost touch with what’s right and wrong, Labour MP Grant Robertson says. “John Key has become so media...
    Labour | 18-08
  • Key must clarify who signed out SIS OIA
    Yet again John Key is proving incapable of answering a simple question on an extremely important issue – this time who signed off Cameron Slater’s fast-tracked SIS OIA request on Phil Goff, said Labour MP Grant Robertson. “John Key’s claim...
    Labour | 18-08
  • BREAKING: Rumours Judith Collins gone at lunchtime
    Brook Sabin first of the mark with rumours Judith Collins is about to resign – PM announcing a statement at 12.30pm… …Paddy follows… …Vance confirms..   …if Collins is gone by lunchtime, it will be because the PM understands the...
    The Daily Blog | 29-08
  • BREAKING: UPDATE on DIRT ALERT!
    Thanks to the information passed to Chris Trotter by “Idiot/Savant” from No Right Turn it is now possible to identify at least some of the persons involved in this latest example of attack politics. What follows is Chris’s response to Idiot/Savant’s timely assistance: Well done...
    The Daily Blog | 29-08
  • Comparing burning puppets, hip hop lyrics and drunk student chants to black...
    Watching the mainstream media try and obscure Cunliffe’s surprise win in the leaders debate  is a reminder the Press Gallery is in depressed shock. The current spin line from the Wellington bubble media in the wake of Dirty Politics is that...
    The Daily Blog | 29-08
  • Why has it all gone quiet on Charter Schools?
    They’re one of ACT’s flagship policies and the National Party have been gung ho in supporting them. So how come we’re not hearing Hekia Parata, Jamie Whyte, Catherine Isaac, et al singing from the rafters about what a resounding success charter...
    The Daily Blog | 29-08
  • Moment of Truth – September 15th – Auckland Town Hall
    Moment of Truth – September 15th – Auckland Town Hall...
    The Daily Blog | 29-08
  • EXCLUSIVE: Dirt Alert! Are the Greens and Labour about to become the target...
    WE’VE SEEN IT ALL BEFORE. In 2005 pamphlets began appearing all over New Zealand attacking Labour and the Greens. For a couple of days both the parties targeted and the news media were flummoxed. Who was behind such an obviously...
    The Daily Blog | 29-08
  • The Donghua Liu Affair: the Press Council’s decision
    . . 1. Prologue . The Donghua Liu Affair hit  the headlines on 18 June, with allegations that David Cunliffe wrote a letter in 2003,  on  behalf of  business migrant, Donghua Liu. Four days later, on Sunday 22 June, the...
    The Daily Blog | 29-08
  • The difference between Cunliffe & Key in the debate
    It was with much interest that I watched the leaders debate on Thursday night.  I watched with an open mind, always happy to have my opinion changed.  Maybe John Key is all the wonderful things that many say about him,...
    The Daily Blog | 29-08
  • GUEST BLOG: Denis Tegg – When Did We Agree To Our Data Being Shared with ...
    New shocking evidence has emerged from Edward Snowden’s trove of documents about a program called ICREACH under which data collected by the GCSB is shared with 23 US spy agencies. Under new sharing agreements which appear to have commenced immediately after...
    The Daily Blog | 28-08
  • Why Internet MANA are the best political friends the Greens could ever get
    Metiria at last nights #GreenRoomNZ: standing on the shoulders and camera cases of giants  NZers, regardless of political spectrum or apathy level, have a wonderful beach cricket egalitarianism about us. If we can objectively conclude a winner, then that person...
    The Daily Blog | 28-08
  • Sick of the Sleaze? Protest against National’s dirty politics THIS SATURD...
    Sick of the Sleaze? Protest now dammit! Three weeks before the election, action is being taken across the country voicing a rejection of the National Government’s track record and direction. Rallies are being held in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin...
    The Daily Blog | 28-08
  • GUEST BLOG: Sir Edmund Thomas – Address at Nicky Hager public meeting
    I regard it as privilege to chair this public meeting. I have long had the greatest admiration for Nicky Hager’s work, and nothing I have read or heard in the media over the past week or so has caused me...
    The Daily Blog | 28-08
  • Labour and New Zealand Superannuation
    The kerfuffle in the wake of Nicky Hager’s Dirty Politics has had a detrimental impact on our discussion of economic policies. Signs are that the main beneficiaries of the dirty politics revelations will be Winston Peters and Colin Craig; certainly National suffered...
    The Daily Blog | 28-08
  • Coalition for Better Broadcasting – Mike Hosking and the Leader’s Debat...
    A few weeks ago I blogged that Mike Hosking was a terrible choice as moderator for the TV One Party Leader’s Debate, because he is so embarrassingly biased in favour of John Key. So I watched the show with curiosity,...
    The Daily Blog | 28-08
  • Democracy and Cancer: A critical analysis of Dirty Politics
    Twenty years ago, England’s renowned television playwright Denis Potter died of pancreatic cancer.  Readers may recall his two masterpieces ‘Pennies from Heaven’ and ‘The Singing Detective’.  During a final television interview with Melvyn Bragg, Potter declared that he had named...
    The Daily Blog | 28-08
  • Cunliffe beats Key in First Leaders debate
    I watched the First Leaders debate at the Green Party #GreenRoomNZ, they were very kind to include me and the atmosphere was great. The debate was a resounding victory to Cunliffe. He won Round 1, Round 2, Round 3 and...
    The Daily Blog | 28-08
  • LIVE STREAM: The Green Room Leader’s Debate from 6:30pm
    The Green Room will be hosted by media commentator Russel Brown, and will feature Green Co-leaders Metiria Turei and Russel Norman responding to the debate live, along with comment from thought leaders and commentators. ‘The Green Room’ 6pm – 8.30pm...
    The Daily Blog | 28-08
  • How many taxpayer funded staff does John Key need to prepare for a Leaders ...
    John Key is currently at the Auckland Stamford Plaza with 40 staff, 4 undercover police cars and an entire floor booked out in preparation for tonights Leader’s debate. Isn’t 40 staff including coms, flown up to Auckland for a debate...
    The Daily Blog | 28-08
  • A brief word on National Party Rodney MP, Mark Mitchell
    MP considers legal action against Nicky HagerThe National MP says he is considering taking a defamation case after the September 20 election.“Someone needs to be held accountable,” he said. Oh really champ? Brothers and sisters, there is a long way...
    The Daily Blog | 28-08
  • Greens advertise on Whaleoil – but not on The Daily Blog?
    PaknSave have shown ethical compass and blocked adverts on Whaleoil, yet the Greens are advertising on Whaleoil, and not The Daily Blog? I would imagine there are far more potential Green voters on The Daily Blog then ever are on...
    The Daily Blog | 28-08
  • It’s about the stupid economy stupid
    In focus group meetings, the sleepy hobbits of NZ by a staggering amount all believe that National are better economic stewards of the country than Labour, that’s why, instead of answering questions about blackmailing MPs, trawling brothels for dirt on...
    The Daily Blog | 28-08
  • Labour Policy vs National Policy
    John Key’s favourite defence spin at the moment is people want to talk about policy and not hear answers on the ethics of trawling brothels, why Slater was given SIS information, blackmailing MPs into standing down, rigging candidate elections and hacking...
    The Daily Blog | 28-08
  • The Green Room live streamed on TDB 6.30pm tonight for First Leaders debate
    The ‘Green Room’ will stream 6.pm tonight on The Daily Blog during the TV One leaders’ debate.Use #GreenRoomNZ to join in. The Green Room will be hosted by media commentator Russel Brown, and will feature Green Co-leaders Metiria Turei and Russel Norman responding...
    The Daily Blog | 27-08
  • Manukau East – the next Coalition in action
    A couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure of opening Voice Up – a youth forum run by young people in Otara. I had been asked as Chair of the Local Board to set the scene, encouraging young people...
    The Daily Blog | 27-08
  • GUEST BLOG: Kelly Ellis – The Big Bang Theory
    It’s a shame that it took a brain injury for me to start seeing things with such startling clarity. The realisation that lawyering, fishing, parenting, selling cars and racing yachts had common themes was stunning. Not perhaps as stunning as...
    The Daily Blog | 27-08
  • Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today, how much Key aro...
    Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking on Radio Hauraki...
    The Daily Blog | 27-08
  • 5AA Australia – New Zealand’s Dirty Politics Aftermath and Polls
    MIL OSI – Source: Selwyn Manning – Analysis Headline: 5AA Australia – New Zealand’s Dirty Politics Aftermath and Polls 5AA Australia: On this week’s Across the Ditch bulletin on 5AA Australia, host Peter Godfery and Selwyn Manning discuss the aftermath...
    The Daily Blog | 27-08
  • La’o Hamutuk calls for inquiry into Timor GAP ‘mismanagement’ of oil ...
    The Suai project on the South Coast … “liberated” land but confused communities.Photo: La’o Hamutuk David Robie also blogs at Café Pacific. AN INDEPENDENT Timor-Leste development and social justice agency has called for an inquiry into the Timor GAP corporation...
    The Daily Blog | 27-08
  • What Is Nicky Hager?
    WHAT WILL HISTORY MAKE of Nicky Hager? That slight, perpetually boyish, journalist who descends periodically, like the admonishing angel in a medieval mystery play, to trouble our consciences and wreak merry havoc with the orderly conduct of our political affairs....
    The Daily Blog | 27-08
  • Can anyone in msm explain how after Dirty Politics that they all got played...
    Would you not think, that after reading Dirty Politics, that our mainstream media wouldn’t allow themselves to get tricked and played again by the VERY SAME discredited pundits? The best new feature on Radio NZ is their ‘Blog Watch’ and their...
    The Daily Blog | 27-08
  • Crusher Collins caught out lying about Privacy Commissioner – is this her...
    Crusher angry. Crusher smash own career. Crusher more angry. You would think that after getting outed as such a nasty, vicious piece of work in Dirty Politics, that Crusher would be scrambling to dial back the lies and manipulations. Apparently...
    The Daily Blog | 27-08
  • Cunliffe vs Key – first leaders debate
    This is your election ‘moderator’ – just one more reason an incoming Government need to sack everyone at TVNZ and reform it into an actual public broadcaster. The first leaders debate happens this Thursday, 7pm on TV One. I have...
    The Daily Blog | 26-08
  • GUEST BLOG: Kate Davis – An Old and Honourable Profession
      When Dirty Politics started to reference an ex-prostitute I began to get antsy. My first response was “come on Nicky, we decriminalised in 2003. Its sex worker.” My second response was “Ah oh. Who was it and did they...
    The Daily Blog | 26-08
  • Bought and paid for: the dirty politics of climate denial
    Has climate denial in New Zealand been bought and paid for by corporate interests? We already know that the ACT Party’s routine denial is closely linked to the financial support the party receives from wealthy free market fundamentalist Alan Gibbs,...
    The Daily Blog | 26-08
  • If the msm read The Daily Blog, THIS wouldn’t be a surprise – explainin...
    Yawn. How embarrassing for Hamish Rutherford and Andrea Vance, their breathless article today suggests that the idea of Labour and NZ First cutting a  deal over the buy back of assets  is some how new news. Silly mainstream media  journalists. If...
    The Daily Blog | 26-08
  • How much tax does John Key pay compared to a minimum wage worker??
    Yesterday I did some calculations to find out what tax John Key pays compared to a worker on the minimum wage. And I put out this media release for the Mana Movement: MANA Movement Economic Justice spokesperson John Minto is...
    The Daily Blog | 26-08
  • Hip hop death threats – the selective outrage of our media
    PM death threat in hip hop songAn Auckland hip-hop crew slammed for releasing a song with lyrics that apparently include a threat to kill Prime Minister John Key are urging young people to enrol to vote. Kill The PM, by...
    The Daily Blog | 26-08
  • Watch Slater turn into Key right before your eyes
    Watch Slater turn into Key right before your eyes...
    The Daily Blog | 26-08
  • I don’t always agree with Patrick Gower – but he didn’t deserve this!
    I don’t always agree with Patrick Gower – but he didn’t deserve this weird spear tackle from behind by his own company. I was listening to this interview at the time, and the awkwardness of it must be the worst...
    The Daily Blog | 26-08
  • Is it weird Radio NZ ban me yet still have….
    Is it weird Radio NZ ban me for life because I criticised the Prime Minister yet still have Matthew Hooton, David Farrar and Jordan Williams, 3 of the main protagonists revealed in Dirty Politics as part of their ongoing political...
    The Daily Blog | 25-08
  • Christchurch GCSB meeting – why mass surveillance matters in 2014
    This is the video for last weeks GCSB meeting in Christchurch. Don’t forget Nicky Hager’s public meeting Wednesday night in Auckland, TDB will live stream the event in the interests of our democracy. Broadcast starts 7.30pm here on TDB....
    The Daily Blog | 25-08
  • Assange, Greenwald to appear at Town Hall meeting? + KDC is not the hacker ...
    Wikileaks founder and the engineer of revealing some of the largest abuses of power in the modern era, Julian Assange, is rumoured to be appearing at the September 15th Town Hall meeting. Assange would join award winning investigative journalist Glen...
    The Daily Blog | 25-08
  • Why Paula Bennett will be the next leader and Hooton throws the Prime Minis...
    I don’t think the public have any idea of the behind the scenes meltdown now occurring within National. There are plenty of decent right wingers who all have ethical standards who have looked at what their leaders have been doing and...
    The Daily Blog | 25-08
  • GUEST BLOG: Curwen Rolinson – That Awkward Feeling When Your Campaign Goe...
    Urgh. It’s a thankless and nearly impossible task politically firefighting some days. Somebody (who isn’t you, but who’s in your care, or whom you’ve got a close professional relationship with) does or says something stupid; somebody from the Media’s there...
    The Daily Blog | 25-08
  • GUEST BLOG: Joe Trinder – Dirty politics goes viral
    Join the latest social networking craze this election that every Dog Cat and Jabba is putting on their facebook pages.     Joe Trinder – Ngāti Awa Born and born in Ōtepoti Ōtākou, Ex RNZN he is an Information Technology...
    The Daily Blog | 25-08
  • Blogwatch: An open letter to David Farrar: Please, be that guy
    Dear David, In light of  Nicky Hager’s book Dirty Politics, you wrote a blog entitled ‘Some changes on Kiwiblog’ and you suggested it was time to tighten up ship on your website, saying “I want to improve trust in myself,...
    The Daily Blog | 25-08
  • What The Hell Was That! Reflections on the media’s coverage of the Intern...
    WHAT, EXACTLY, DO WE KNOW about the confrontation outside Internet-Mana’s campaign launch? Well, we know the news media was there in force. We also know Internet-Mana’s media person, Pam Corkery, blew her stack. We know that Corkery’s outburst led the...
    The Daily Blog | 25-08
  • NZ First candidate – homophobic, bennie bashing anti-intellectual clown
    Oh God, apart from Ron Mark, Tracey Martin, Curwen Rolinson and Winston before midday, the woeful cavalcade of political circus freaks NZ First seem to attract has picked up another hitchhiker. This time Epsom candidate Cliff Lyon who said this about Labour… “If...
    The Daily Blog | 25-08
  • Nicky Hager Public Meeting LIVESTREAM on The Daily Blog 7.30pm Wednesday 27...
    As part of our commitment to the 2014 Election debate, The Daily Blog will Livestream the Nicky Hager public meeting in Auckland, 7.30pm live from the Mt Eden War Memorial this Wednesday on this site. Doors open at 7pm. It...
    The Daily Blog | 25-08
  • GUEST BLOG: Curwen Rolinson – Opening Night. It’s like an opera!
    On Saturday night just gone, we collectively experienced one of the premier panegyrys of political pageantry in our three yearly electoral cycle. For one glorious weekend evening every three years, it’s not the All Blacks or some Super 14 team, or...
    The Daily Blog | 25-08
  • New Zealand’s biggest problems are Economic Issues
    New Zealand’s biggest problems are Economic Issues (41%) while the World’s most important problems are War & Terrorism (35%) just three weeks before NZ Election...
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • NZ 2014 Leaders Index – week ending 29 August
    Below is iSentia’s first weekly Leaders’ Index, showing the relative amount of coverage of nine Party Leaders in the lead up to the National Election across news media and social media. We will produce these reports for the next three...
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • Judgment in Paki v Attorney General
    Tamaiti Cairns said that today’s Supreme Court decision is complicated, but, in essence opens the door for Maori people to go forward with their essential claims to water. Further work is required and Pouakani Trust will continue to pursue its...
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • Supreme Court Decision on Maori Water Rights
    “ … the Supreme Court refused to give Pouakani people what they asked for, but may have given them something much, much better instead. The Appellants had argued that the Crown’s ownership of the River was as a fiduciary for...
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • Leaders Dinner with Campbell Live, Dessert with RadioLIVE
    John Campbell is hosting Colin Craig, Winston Peters, Laila Harre, Metiria Turei, Peter Dunne, Jamie Whyte and Te Ururoa Flavell LIVE from Auckland’s Grand Harbour Restaurant on Wednesday 3 September at 7pm....
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • Credit unions in the political spotlight
    Dirty politics was put aside last night as senior politicians outlined their universal support for growing the cooperatively owned credit union and mutual building society sector in New Zealand....
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • Maryan Street on issues of importance to older people
    Liam Butler interviews Hon Maryan Street MP on issues of importance to older New Zealanders...
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • John Hanita Paki and others v The Attorney-General
    JOHN HANITA PAKI, TORIWAI ROTARANGI, TAUHOPA TE WANO HEPI, MATIU MAMAE PITIROI AND GEORGE MONGAMONGA RAWHITI v THE ATTORNEY-GENERAL OF NEW ZEALAND FOR AND ON BEHALF OF THE CROWN (“THE CROWN”) (SC 7/2010)...
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • Last Nights Leaders Debate Drives The #nzpol Wordcloud
    Following last nights leaders debate on TV One between John Key and David Cunliffe, the data insight organisation Qrious collected all tweets that used the hashtag #nzpol from approximately the last 24 hours to produce this wordcloud....
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • Campaign suggests reason behind suicide gender statistics
    An online campaign about meaning and belonging has revealed an interesting connection with the difference in suicide rates between men and women....
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • Act Policy Vindicated by Sensible Sentencing Data
    ACT Leader Dr Jamie Whyte says the Sensible Sentencing Trust's just released analysis of 3 Strikes legislation "proves ACT was right to promote the policy and that it has made New Zealand a much safer country. The figures show beyond...
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • “Robin Hood tax and other clever ways to help our kids”
    It’s time to talk about tax. Not just income tax but other kinds of tax too....
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • Cannabis Laws Breach Treaty – ALCP
    Cannabis prohibition is neo-colonial oppression resulting in the disproportionate imprisonment of Maori, the Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party says....
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • 2014 Variation Broadcasting Allocation Decision Released
    The Electoral Commission has released a variation decision on the amount of time and money allocated to political parties for the broadcasting of election programmes for the 2014 General Election....
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • New Zealand Shoppers- Demand Blue Tick Accredited Products
    Following ongoing concerns surrounding the issue of animal welfare in farming, particularly in the layer and broiler chicken sectors, the RNZSPCA is now asking consumers to purchase only eggs, pork, turkey and chicken that have been Accredited by the Blue...
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • EDS welcomes Labour’s Environment Policy
    The Environmental Defence Society has welcomed Labour’s Environment Policy which recognises that New Zealand cannot have a healthy economy without a healthy environment....
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • Candidate calls for an end to institutional racism
    29 AUGUST 2014 Tāmaki Makaurau candidate, Rangi McLean has spoken up in support of Irie Te Wehi-Takerei who was wrongfully accused of shoplifting at a Warehouse store in Manukau. "Over the last month, two different supermarkets have been...
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • Making tertiary education more accessible to Māori
    29 August 2014 The Māori Party launched its tertiary education policy today at Te Huinga Tauira o Te Mana Ākonga, the national hui for the Māori Teritary Students Association in Palmerston North. Te Tai Hauāuru candidate Chris McKenzie says the...
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • NZ Sign Language programmes receives $11 million boost
    Deaf Aotearoa are thrilled with Education minister Hekia Parata’s announcement this week that $11 million in funding will go towards a range of New Zealand Sign Language initiatives, including First Signs – a programme that involves sign language...
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • Abortion violates the Human Rights of Fathers
    Fathers1Right to Life is concerned at the glaring imbalance that exists in law, in regard to the rights of men to defend the lives of the children they have fathered. Fatherhood commences at conception. Children in the womb, just like...
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • Hundreds to join march against male violence in Auckland CBD
    Hundreds of supporters are expected to join the 'Take Back the Night' march through central Auckland streets tomorrow night in solidarity with making the streets safe for women and the rainbow community to walk without fear of male violence....
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • Classic example of need for Conservative policy
    The Conservative Party Justice Spokesman, Garth McVicar believes the sentencing of killer Aaron McDonald is a classic example of why an overhaul of the parole and sentencing system is required.”...
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • Greens & Labour Politicising Bullying in Schools
    Family First NZ says that both the Greens and Labour are wanting to politicise and sexualise school children under the guise of bullying programmes rather than deal with the school bullying issue as it should be dealt with....
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • Wellington National Is Not Our Future Rally 30/8/14
    Thousands of people will march and rally at National is not our Future events on Saturday. Auckland is the main rally centre with supportive actions in Wellington, Dunedin, Christchurch and Hamilton. In Wellington, marchers will assemble at Te Papa...
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • EPA grants marine consent for OMV exploration well
    The Environmental Protection Authority has granted a marine consent to OMV New Zealand Ltd for its Whio-1 exploration well in the Taranaki Basin....
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • First anniversary of the horrific chemical attacks on Syria
    Members of the Syrian Community and friends are commemorating the first anniversary of the horrific chemical attacks on Syria, in Aotea Square on Saturday 30 August 2014, between 11-3 pm. The Assad regimes chemical attacks on al Ghouta were responsible...
    Scoop politics | 28-08
  • Anniversary of the NZ Occupation of German Samoa
    Today, 29th August 2014, marks the 100 years centenary of the occupation of Samoa by New Zealand forces at the request of the British empire, ending the German rule of Samoa. It is also the starting point for the special...
    Scoop politics | 28-08
  • Submissions sought on mosquito repellent
    The Environmental Protection Authority is calling for submissions on a portable mosquito repellent for use outdoors. The repellent consists of a strip impregnated with metofluthrin, a substance from the pyrethroid family....
    Scoop politics | 28-08
  • Spot the difference – the leaders debate
    I watched the Leaders' debate last night and was struck by the fact that John Key accepted all of David Cunliffe's basic assumptions. For example, he did not say that the government should not tell farmers who they could sell...
    Scoop politics | 28-08
  • Colin Craig’s tax figures do not add up and are dishonest
    “Colin Craig’s tax plan is to have two rates of income tax: 0% up to $20,000 and 25% above that. This will leave a $6.4 billion hole in the budget even before the new spending proposed by the Conservatives. The...
    Scoop politics | 28-08
  • Dirty Politics Impacts National Party Support
    Media Release – For Immediate Release Dirty Politics Impacts National Party Support Support for National has dropped by 4.3% to 50.8%, the latest stuff.co.nz / Ipsos political poll shows....
    Scoop politics | 28-08
  • Labour’s environment policy welcomed
    The independent conservation organisation Forest & Bird says that overall the Labour Party’s newly released environment policy would go a long way towards protecting New Zealand’s natural heritage....
    Scoop politics | 28-08
  • National: Not our Future Marches across New Zealand
    Three weeks before the election, action is being taken across the country voicing a rejection of the National Government's track record and direction. Rallies are being held in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin to oppose National's...
    Scoop politics | 28-08
  • Tune in to tonight’s debate from 7pm
    The countdown is on! You can watch the first leader’s debate for 2014 tonight, 7pm, on TV One ....
    Scoop politics | 28-08
  • Gamblefree Day 1 September
    It's Gamblefree Day this Monday 1 September, the national awareness day for problem gambling in New Zealand. While traditionally celebrated on the first day of September, many events and activities are held both before and after this day to raise...
    Scoop politics | 28-08
  • Success through captioning should be a given as a Right
    Success through captioning should be a given as a Right per the Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities...
    Scoop politics | 28-08
  • Alcohol Marketing Committee Questions Government’s Motives
    An Independent Expert Committee on Alcohol Advertising and Sponsorship (IECAAS) has been formed out of concern amongst alcohol and public health researchers about the government’s Ministerial Forum on Alcohol Advertising and Sponsorship (MFAAS)....
    Scoop politics | 28-08
  • How Much Higher Can Auckland Prices Go?
    National's plan to liberalise the use of Kiwisaver funds and its proposal to raise ts cheap "Welcome Home" loan thresholds to help buyers purchase a new home has been welcomed by home building companies but attacked as a "welfare scheme...
    Scoop politics | 28-08
  • OPC submission period extended
    We have extended the submission period for the modified reassessment of a bee control affecting five organophosphate and carbamate insecticides (APP202142)....
    Scoop politics | 28-08
  • Vinay Deobhakta struck off roll of barristers and solicitors
    The New Zealand Lawyers and Conveyancers Disciplinary Tribunal has ordered former Tauranga lawyer Vinay Deobhakta to be struck off the roll of barristers and solicitors....
    Scoop politics | 28-08
  • Major parties to front up for Climate Voter election debate
    New Zealand’s main political parties will take part in ‘The Great Climate Voter Debate’ on September 3....
    Scoop politics | 28-08
  • Family violence… too big to be ignored
    As Annah Stretton gears up for her New Zealand Fashion Week show on Thursday she is utilizing her spotlight to help change the face of family violence in this country saying “the problem is far too big to ignore”....
    Scoop politics | 28-08
  • Candidate’s SOS to northern Maori voters: Save our seats!
    (Extract from address by Rev Te Hira Paenga to Kura Hourua Maori Political Leaders hui, in Whangarei this evening)....
    Scoop politics | 28-08
  • Mary O’Neill to Stand for the Alliance in Napier
    The Alliance Party has confirmed Mary O’Neill as the Alliance candidate in the Napier Electorate for the 2014 election....
    Scoop politics | 28-08
  • TONIGHT [28/8/14]: The Great Political Comedy Debate
    It's a night for debating. You could stay home frowning at tonight's Leaders debate, or laugh it up with us at BATS!...
    Scoop politics | 28-08
  • Cunliffe against personal responsibility over billboards
    The accusation by David Cunliffe that the Conservative Party is subscribing to a surveillance society by protecting its billboards via the use of motion sensor cameras reveals an anti-personal responsibility position by the about-to-be-retired Leader...
    Scoop politics | 27-08
  • Groundbreaking health and climate conference
    The World Health Organization (WHO) is holding its first conference on climate change and health at its headquarters in Geneva this week, with New Zealand health experts in attendance....
    Scoop politics | 27-08
  • Te Tai Tokerau Party
    Last night at the Leadership Academy of Company A debate Clinton Dearlove announced the creation of a new political party supported by Whanau and Hapu....
    Scoop politics | 27-08
  • Significant fallout from Dirty Politics allegations
    Dirty politics ... costing National up to 3.8% of its pre-publication support Large numbers of New Zealanders are aware of and talking about the issues raised as a result of the publication of Nicky Hager’s book, Dirty Politics, according to...
    Scoop politics | 27-08
  • Colin Craig is “deluded and dangerous” – Act
    “Colin Craig is proposing a radical transformation of our constitution. The Conservatives are proposing to overthrow of one hundred and fifty odd years of parliamentary democracy and replace it with binding referenda” said ACT Leader Dr Jamie Whyte....
    Scoop politics | 27-08
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