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Why the left despair about NZ’s main stream media

Written By: - Date published: 9:03 am, June 24th, 2014 - 257 comments
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John Key is a phenomenally good politician.  This is not a compliment in a conventional sense.  A politician should aspire to being more than just successful.  There ought to be a public benefit arising from their stewardship.

Key is from a long line of brutal National leaders who have damaged New Zealand society.  Leaders such as Sid Holland, Rob Muldoon and Jenny Shipley.  Muldoon said once that he hoped to leave New Zealand in no worse a state than when he inherited it.  If only he had been successful in this.

There is a difference with Key however.  He is affable and obviously has a high emotional quotient level.  He can make people laugh and knows how to engage at a personal level.  This pleasant surface hides a cold ruthless calculating reality.  His years in the shark infested waters of Wall Street working for Merrill Lynch have taught him well.

The media are obviously enamoured with him.  It is clear that he has been keen to cultivate a relationship with them, free bottles of wine from his vineyard for christmas being an example.

But the media’s role is vital in a democracy.  It is up to them to report the news fearlessly and without favour and to ask the tough questions.

The Herald this morning had as its latest headline concerning the Donghua Liu matter “Liu should reveal his evidence, says Key“.  It is a positive sounding headline and suggests that he is being magnanimous.  The article contains video of an interview during which Key said the following:

  1. He refused to disclose who told him about the rumours of the donations.
  2. He said there was “plenty of discussion out there” about how Liu had donated to both National and Labour and he conceded that it was normal for donors particularly Chinese donors to give to both parties.
  3. He agreed that Liu should “put up or shut up” and said that he did not know the merits of the case.
  4. When it was pointed out that he had chosen to jump into the dispute he did not answer this but said that Cunliffe had shown a fair degree of hypocrisy and when National get donations it is cash for access but when Labour does this it is not.
  5. When asked if it was dirty tactics he said that Labour and Cunliffe had for the last six years been engaged in “gocha politics” and when they put the blowtorch on Oravida, on John Banks and on Donghua Liu “that was apparently legitimate questioning”.
  6. He then said that when Cunliffe had said he had had no involvement with Donghua Liu the record seemed to indicate that is different.

So where were the Guyon Espiner tough questions, or the Paddy Gower in your face cross examination?  The exchange was incredible.  Key was the one to publish the claim that Liu had given Labour Party over $100,000 yet seems completely indifferent to the repercussions.  He and Woodhouse had Cunliffe’s letter from so long ago and clearly attempted to set up Cunliffe with the media yet there were no questions about his role or involvement.

As for Key’s gocha statement, I am sorry but where a Minister on an overseas Ministerial trip openly supports her husband’s company, when a minister is found guilty in Court of deliberately filing a false electoral return and when a Minister is immediately sacked for interfering in a police prosecution these are not examples of “gocha politics” they are perfectly legitimate areas for an opposition to investigate further.  Members of Parliament, particularly Ministers should be held to the highest standards and this is the job of the opposition.

Key has this habit of stretching the truth virtually to breaking point and looking totally relaxed as he does this.  His claim that Cunliffe said he had no involvement with Liu is an example of his stretching the truth to the extreme.  Cunliffe has said in the past that he could not recall meeting Liu, and denied that he had advocated for Liu’s residency.  There is no proof that Cunliffe has ever met Liu although anything is possible.  And the letter did not advocate for Liu’s residency.

And the Liu issue is frustrating in the extreme.  There has been for Labour a week of attacks and negative media about a matter where there is still no credible evidence that a donation has been made.  And even if a donation was made it is clear that there was no services provided, such as the interference in a police prosecution by a Minister and I am astounded that the media do not reflect on this.

Is politics in New Zealand at such a low level that the Prime Minister can use rumours that lack any verification to attack the opposition without repercussion and the main stream media will fall dutifully in behind to repeat his claims?

257 comments on “Why the left despair about NZ’s main stream media”

  1. King Kong 1

    If you are going to cry about it then I suppose we should stop.

    • mickysavage 1.1

      Care to address the post?

      • King Kong 1.1.1

        I thought I did.

        Just another massive whinge about how unfair politics is when your team is on the receiving end of some (completely reasonable) press scrutiny.

        • appleboy 1.1.1.1

          Oravida? Happy there’s nothing to raise?

          Williamson? Nothing wrong?

          Key’s lies – nothing wrong, he always tells the truth?

          Who’s a blind right whinger?

        • Jackal 1.1.1.2

          Reasonable press scrutiny would include them pointing out that there has actually been nothing wrong done by Labour even if the alleged donations are uncovered. It would in the least have one of them mention the fact that this is clearly a smear campaign being orchestrated by National.

          This issue certainly doesn’t compare with the ones mentioned above. It doesn’t warrant the amount of press attention they’ve given it. It’s now over a week on the Liu/Labour drama, while they spent mere days on Maurice Williamson trying to interfere in a police investigation on behalf of the same man.

          As for Key whinging about David Cunliffe conducting ‘gotcha’ politics we only need to remember his recent love fest with Cameron Slater. The Prime Minster seems to be BFF’s with that sleaze merchant…a guy who was in court only yesterday for receiving stolen property and not wanting to tell the police who provided it to him.

          There is a stench emanating from politics at the moment and most of it is coming from the right wing.

          • Gosman 1.1.1.2.1

            Except it was Labour with Cunliffe to the fore who was attacking National over links to Mr Liu. They were implying impropriety beyond Maurice Williamson ‘ s dealings without hard evidence. Seems to me if you follow such an attack line expecting the media to do the hard yards to get the evidence you are at risk of the sort of blowback that happened.

            • Jackal 1.1.1.2.1.1

              Example of Labour implying impropriety beyond Maurice Williamson‘s dealings please?

              • grumpy

                Mallard’s allegation in Parliament about mystery cash……

                • framu

                  which got him removed from the chamber – yes using privilege like this is crap – but that was the biggest punishment avail (as far as i know)

                • Jackal

                  Mallard makes an allegation about mystery cash and John Key starts a rumour about mystery cash…only one of these events caused the media to go troppo!

                • One Anonymous Bloke

                  No fair putting such hard questions to Grumpy. She’s already carrying Gosman’s bags.

            • One Anonymous Bloke 1.1.1.2.1.2

              That’s why Maurice resigned – there was no impropriety. That’s why Key blamed the Cabinet Manual rather than Labour.

              Sure, the flailing retaliation was inevitable; it relies on the pretence of moral equivalence between Williamson’s and Cunliffe’s action – when a child can see there is none.

              It makes a mockery of your lip-service to personal responsibility, and demonstrates that you can’t compete on policy.

              Bravo. Well played. That shit all over your face is what you get from lying in a sewer.

            • McFlock 1.1.1.2.1.3

              They were implying impropriety beyond Maurice Williamson ‘ s dealings [...]

              Lol.

              The man is clearly a murderer, m’lud, but that’s no reason to accuse him of petty vandalism as well…

      • Ronnie Chow 1.1.2

        If you tremble with indignation at every injustice, then you are a comrade of mine.

  2. karol 2

    The right wingers’ ethics are on display for all to see.

    Some I talk to at work at not convinced with the whole line the Nats and the media are running. They see it for the smear campaign it is.

    The left needs to talk directly to the people.

    The media and the right wing pollies are all just talking to each other.

    • King Kong 2.1

      That’s strange. The lefties that work for me all say Cunliffe is unelectable, sneaky and incompetent.

      Anecdotes eh?

      • framu 2.1.1

        yeah – i think your making stuff up

        but how do you feel about the PM engaging in defamation of his opponent via the media?

        • King Kong 2.1.1.1

          New to politics?

          • mickysavage 2.1.1.1.1

            Care to answer the question and address the post? Do you think it right that the PM should defame his opponent through the media?

            • King Kong 2.1.1.1.1.1

              If there is any actual defaming going on you do have legal recourse.

              I suspect that you are talking about pointing out flaws in your opponent and speculating on ill conceived actions. This of course is run of the mill politics.

              Would I prefer if it was all touchy feely and just about the policy and not the man? Probably not.

              • Crunchtime

                Yes, there is defaming. Key has constantly been trying to make Cunliffe look “tricky” and “hypocritical” while lying and being utterly hypocritical himself, and all the media does is quote Key. Completely uncritical of Key’s behaviour, making horrendous allegations then distancing himself from them.

                • And nobody as yet has said that our nuclear free policy is in danger.
                  US warship invite certain if the Nats are returned so how long beforte neither conform or deny is accepted.

                  • Lanthanide

                    What a lot of people don’t seem to understand, is that US warships have never been banned from NZ. Only those with nuclear weapons and/or reactors are banned.

                    The US in turn has refused to “confirm or deny” if any particular ship has nuclear weapons and/or nuclear power on it, despite this information being widely available to any of their adversaries anyway.

                    The US are voluntarily not sending their ships here. It’s not a matter of us extending permission to them – they already have it.

                    Furthermore NZ is not strategic anyway.

                    • Colonial Viper

                      Furthermore NZ is not strategic anyway.

                      This was partially true, and only several years ago.

                      1) Our unique position allows us to monitor communications and satellites that would otherwise not be covered.

                      2) We are a friendly anglo-saxon nation in the Pacific at a time when the US feels like it has to counter China’s interests in this region.

                      3) The US Christchurch base will allow the US faster, easier access to mining in Antarctica than any of the other great powers can easily manage.

                    • Lanthanide

                      I’m not sure that either 1 or 2 rule out Australia.

                      #3 seems like a very long shot, given the treaties protecting Antarctica. I guess when peak oil bites hard, we may very well see it.

              • fender

                Yeah good one KK, lies are where it’s at. Guess it’s time to contact the Herald and tell them John Key sodomised my kitten…

              • framu

                Defamation

                Any intentional false communication, either written or spoken, that harms a person’s reputation; decreases the respect, regard, or confidence in which a person is held; or induces disparaging, hostile, or disagreeable opinions or feelings against a person.

                key knew it was a bogus claim or he didnt bother checking – neither is good for a grown adult, let alone the fucking PM

                do you think key made the accusations he did knowing that they were true, or that he had enough info to warrant further digging? – keys own words here show that he was spreading unsubstantiated gossip for political gain and that he didnt have anything to back him up or have any actual proof

              • Bob

                And right there Mr Kinky Kong – you unmask yourself…yuck! Stupid AND a bit sick.

            • Bob 2.1.1.1.1.2

              Do you think it is right for Tevor Mallard, and Winston Peters to defame people in the house under parliamentary privilege and refuse to make the same comments outside of the house? At least the PM has the cahone’s to make his claims in the public domain through the media where he is liable for defamation if he is making things up….

              • framu

                he didnt make any claim – all he did was insinuate and gossip

                thats not having balls – thats behaving like your 12

                and no – its not right to hide behind privilege – but thats just a distraction

                but how do you feel about the PM engaging in defamation of his opponent via the media?

                • Bob

                  Brilliant, I am sensing a theme here, “but thats just a distraction”, so when the opposition does it in a gutless way through Paliamentary privilege we turn a blind eye, when David Cunliffe does it (‘this is just a smear campaign organised by National’ while providing no proof) we turn a blind eye, John Key does it “the left despair about NZ’s main stream media”.

                  What do you think about David Cunliffe engaging in defamation of his opponent via the media?

                  • blue leopard

                    Bob,

                    Are you o.k about voters being misinformed prior to making their decision on who should be in government or not?
                    Do you like the idea of informed voters or not?

                    • Bob

                      No, I’m not, I would love the media to do their job and research every story and give a balanced view on every situation. Instead, all we get is press releases of extreme views both ways (Trade Unions, Tax Payers Union, Round Table, Greenpeace etc.) with no backround check to see if the information being released is even correct let alone asking for a retort from whoever is being singled out!
                      The media in this country has a lot to answer for, I just think it is funny when posts like this come out claiming the media is Right wing, when you go on Whaleoil or Kiwiblog and you get just as many posts claiming the media are Left wing. They are all wrong, the media is just either lazy, or have given up on real reporting to chase viewership numbers through pissing EVERYONE off.

                    • blue leopard

                      Good, it is always nice to find agreement and I believe we are in pretty solid agreement over this one.

                      I wonder how this tragic situation can be changed. Any ideas?

                      There is always the internet – but that doesn’t address the people who still watch/read the media articles in question and believe them.

                      Edit: I assume you have heard of the Coalition for Better Broadcasting but in case you haven’t the link is here:
                      http://www.betterbroadcasting.co.nz/

                      Perhaps this isn’t a left/right issue and we can all unite over this one?

                      It is pretty important that when people wish to be informed there is media easily assessable where we can do just that

                    • Bob

                      The only idea I have is to force them to change through their back pocket, if the media are inundated with official complaints everytime they put up a lazy, biased (either way) piece of work they might find it more profitable to change. If they end up having to spend more time responding to these complaints they may actually find it is cheaper and easier to simply do their job!
                      I am struggling to see what grounds I can complain on if they just re-post a press release though, even though this is one of the things that annoys me the most, how hard is it to make a phone call and ask for a response!!!

                      Edit: I wasn’t aware of this, thanks for the link. I really don’t think this is a left/right issue, it simply pisses us both off via different articles. I for one would love to see a balanced media come out of this whole debacle.

                    • blue leopard

                      Perhaps if you go to right-wing blogsites you might share that link with them too?

                      Thanks for the suggestion, that is a good idea.

                      I relate with what you say re ‘grounds on what to complain’ – I just recently complained over a matter of inaccurate reporting on a News program, and so am slightly familiar with the rules they have, and I too am a bit puzzled as to what grounds one can complain.

                      It appears that some of the rules make it so they can easily cancel out a complaint (i.e you suggest it is biased and yet if they play something at another date that ‘balances’ it out then this is enough for them to reject your claim).
                      With my complaint they were pretty keen to put it in the ‘expressing an opinion’ category (which allows them to deflect from/ negate the criticism of the ‘opinion’ expressed).

                      Also having just spent time about a week ago reading (on the BSA website) some of the outcomes to previous complaints there seem a remarkable number that are not upheld….(some, of course rightly so – some are pretty pedantic!)

                      However I believe you are suggesting that it doesn’t matter about the outcome – simply keep them busy and spending their money on that might get them to change their ways – not a bad idea I reckon – at least worth a try!

                      It would be brilliant if left and right wing citizens united over this and ‘turned’ on the media – its time that something was done about it.

                    • One Anonymous Bloke

                      Bob, your naivety is charming, really. Or insincere.

                      On Earth, the National Party will describe any attempt to improve media behaviour as a left wing attack on democracy and press freedom.

                    • blue leopard

                      @ OAB,

                      Sure that may be the attack, however does that mean that it can’t be addressed?
                      No

                      a. If enough people have noticed there is a serious problem – such attacks won’t go down very well.

                      b. If you know the attack beforehand there can be a strategy devised to deal with it.

                      I agree that it is a sensitive issue but what is going on now is an attack on democracy – this is a reason for why there is serious need of improvement – not for why it shouldn’t be addressed!

                      Not addressing this serious problem because you are afraid of the attacks that are likely to occur isn’t actually much of a response – how about coming up with how to deal with such attacks instead?

                    • One Anonymous Bloke

                      Blue, then Bob has a prob: he openly supports these low life scum, and exhibits no shame, let alone personal responsibility.

                      Watch him side with them when push comes to shove.

                      How do you suppose the media got that way in the first place?

                  • framu

                    a theme of you righties not being able to tell the difference between things? – yes ive noticed that too

              • dimebag russell

                only morans spell cojones as cahones.

          • framu 2.1.1.1.2

            new to morals and ethics?

            but how do you feel about the PM engaging in defamation of his opponent via the media?

            answer the question

      • Anne 2.1.2

        The lefties that work for me….

        I guess they know which side of the bread is buttered. They wanna keep their jobs.

        • ianmac 2.1.2.1

          Would you believe me if I told you that all of the Righties who work for me are switching their vote to Labour or Greens because they are fed up with Key’s dishonesty? Every one of them!

      • Bearded Git 2.1.3

        KK-perhaps you should look at Cunliffe’s interview last Sunday on Q and A where he was superb. Charming, intelligent, honest, and sounding like someone who had the interests of all NZ’s at heart.

        On the other hand Key has lied continuously through his five and half years, either blatantly, through numerous convenient brain fades, by omission or by (as the post above says) stretching the truth to breaking point. And he certainly doesn’t have the interests of all NZ’s at heart.

        I believe this will come through in the election debates if Key fronts face to face with Cunliffe-don’t put your house on Key turning up.

        • King Kong 2.1.3.1

          I think this may be a case of beauty being in the eye of the beholder.

        • David H 2.1.3.2

          That was when he could get a word in side ways, from the bullshit Wood was spouting trying to keep the story on the liu bullshit and not the policies that Labour want to promote. I think this could be the way they kill Labours policy announcements with crap.

          Edit: But if you read the Granny I usually prefer to read the comments that are scathing of the writer, and TricKeys lies. I also link to Blips list every time I can, but they usually don’t publish those comments. But I’ll keep trying.

      • Interesting that you know your workers politics. I would like to know if your workers are unionised. Or do you only offer a job if they do not join the union.
        Anyway no worker is going to express their political beliefs to a rabid Right-Winger like you in a time of unemployment like we have under your government,

      • dimebag russell 2.1.5

        king king you are just a f*cking liar.
        nobody in their right mind would work for someone like you.

    • mpledger 2.2

      I agree – let the nats and the msm playing their own little games together – remove Labour from it an get them talking to the people directly.

  3. Colonial Viper 3

    Hi MS, I suggest a minor round of editing of this great piece, and then submission to the NZ Herald as an op-ed.

    • King Kong 3.1

      Maybe they could title it “you guys are really mean!”

    • swordfish 3.2

      Yep, CV, this is a very succinct and incisive post by Mickey.

      The idea of a proud, independent Fourth Estate fearlessly holding those in power to account has become utterly corrupted and debased. While it’s true that privately-owned media have always favoured the Right, they’ve become noticeably more aggressively-partisan over recent years (arguably from before the 2005 Election, but particularly after Key took the leadership off Brash) and have now reached an absolute nadir.

      In fact, you could almost say the MSM have transformed into the public wing of the National Party comms unit.

      It’s not that they don’t cover scandals like the Oravida/Te Kohanga reo/Williamson sagas but they do so with a lot less aggression and enthusiasm and only after robust evidence is available and obvious. With Labour and Cunliffe, they’re happy to attack in the most over-the-top way on the scantiest of pretexts. See my outline of John Armstrong’s contrasting approach to Key and Cunliffe…http://thestandard.org.nz/the-anatomy-of-a-smear-campaign/#comment-834898

      It’s all very 80/20 – overwhelmingly negative and aggressive towards Labour and the Left Bloc as a whole, occasionally critical of National within very circumscribed parameters.

  4. Key (no pun intended) words in understanding the Smear Campaign mayhem are Malignant Narcissism and Flying Monkeys.

    • blue leopard 4.1

      This article is well worth the read

      • mike 4.1.1

        Yes it is. How I despise the Psychopath Key. Hiding behind the pretend bovine eyes is a monster, prepared to endlessly lie and deceive for an international political agenda that is destroying the West.

        NZ is one of the last western democracies left that still has a decent and fair society. God help us if this cuckoo in the nest gets another term as PM. NZ does not deserve this.

        • mike 4.1.1.1

          The people of the world becoming aware.

          The young bloke with the beanie fills me with hope. His integrity obvious for all to see.

          http://www.gilad.co.uk/writings/awakening-in-germany-must-watch.

            • blue leopard 4.1.1.1.1.1

              Thanks for the link Mike,

              Despite now being on an expensive and limited wifi connection (can’t get cheaper version where I am) I decided to watch it and it was well worth it; it was very interesting. Good to see what is happening in the world and amazing how the media twists what is going on. Germany seems like a very switched on Nation to me – somehow they seem more politically aware – this impression is based on the German people I meet here in NZ I guess there are plenty in Germany who aren’t that way – yet that video gave me that impression that there is a lot of political awareness in Germany too!

              +1 to your 4.1.1 comment, thoroughly agree and well said.

              • Once was Tim

                FYI … Check out the latest Keiser Report

                • blue leopard

                  Aww I can’t afford to watch an hour long (or is it half hour long) program. What did it cover?

                  • Once was Tim

                    Interview in the second half with the guy from “We are Change”
                    Approx 15 mins.
                    I understand your predicament with the digital divide.

  5. Ant 5

    It does seem like a pretty impossible task to counter those kinds of stories when you are playing by a different set of rules.

    But it’s not just that. The media have National’s back, but National’s messaging and engagement with the media is far more sophisticated than Labour. Key is clever, but the team supporting him is obviously far better across the board and has greater resources than Labour. Key’s talking points are better crafted, and he works with much more accurate polling information than David Cunliffe can access. They know when to run, hide, and fight. Labour has been woefully inadequate in comparison.

    If this election doesn’t go well, one focus of Labour should be actually building up a decent support team for the leader. As demonstrated for the last 6 years, the current team(s) just don’t operate in the same league as National.

    They might be well meaning, their hearts might be in the right place, but across the board they consistently under perform.

    • BM 5.1

      National is a professional team, while labour is a amateur outfit.
      It’s like a super 15 team playing against a NPC team, no contest

      That’s the crux of the issue.

      • mickysavage 5.1.1

        Actually it is closer to the referee refusing to call offsides and not pulling out the yellow card when sin binning offences occur repeatedly. FFS the media is meant to get to the truth on issues not unquestionably accepting one side’s spin.

        • BM 5.1.1.1

          So, you don’t think National has had any bad press over the last 3 years?
          No times where National has ever copped it unfairly from the media.

          It happens, you’ve got to suck it up and get on with it.

          This Liu incident though, I get the feeling the media thinks there’s more to go and are shaking the tree to see what falls out.

        • Jackal 5.1.1.2

          I put it down to laziness really. It’s too much work to do a proper investigative piece when deadlines are looming and turn arounds are tight. Basically it’s whatever will grab the most attention without getting them sued seems to be the mantra of today’s media.

          There’s lot’s of instances where Key’s team has stuffed up. The way they failed to properly cooperate with the investigation into the leaking of the GCSB report being a prime example. So I wouldn’t buy into this whole ‘Key’s team is all professional’ rubbish.

          Such instances of Key’s team being entirely incompetent, or worse yet ignoring due process to protect their leader, just don’t compare to David Cunliffe’s team not finding an 11 year-old-letter because it was filed incorrectly.

          A badly devised and executed smear campaign that many right winger’s are starting to question.

          • Ant 5.1.1.2.1

            That’s rubbish, it was a freaking excellent smear campaign, it might be unraveling now but the damage is already done to David Cunliffe. The people National wanted to convince will never hear about how baseless it was.

            • Jackal 5.1.1.2.1.1

              It was an excellent smear campaign? Really! How many people actually believed it?

              • Lanthanide

                Er, a huge number of the voting public who just see John Key calling Cunliffe dodgy or tricky and internalise it as truth without any further questioning because John Key said it.

                You really have to realise, the 2% of the population that comment on political blogs really do not represent the typical NZ voter at all.

          • Lloyd 5.1.1.2.2

            Does this mean that the way for the left to get a balanced reporting is to sue every news organisation that suggests something incorrect about left politicians?

            • Jackal 5.1.1.2.2.1

              Only where there’s clearly a case of defamation and probably not a good look during an election campaign. They wouldn’t want to appear to be like Collin Craig or Judith Collins, so some excellent legal advice for an airtight case would be appropriate.

        • Gosman 5.1.1.3

          You play to the ref. There is a non commercial state owned media outlet that also reported on this issue. Why are they so biased against Labour do you think?

          • framu 5.1.1.3.1

            are you happy with an MSM that cant do political reporting correctly

            forget who you vote for – if we have an MSM that is more interested in polls, gossip and gotcha politics is this good or bad for the electorate?

            • Gosman 5.1.1.3.1.1

              I enjoy all aspects of politics even this sort of stuff. As stated above this all started because Labour decided to go after National ‘ s supposed close links with potentially dodgy Chinese business people. The reason they did so was because they saw a weakness they could exploit after their hits on Collins and Williamson. Unfortunately Labour didn’t have anything concrete to hit National with so was expecting the media to dig up the dirt. This opened up an opportunity for blowback though and this is what happened. The media largely reported the situation as it occurred. Why would anyone have a problem with that unless you are trying to always spin things your way.

              • Jackal

                National‘s supposed close links with potentially dodgy Chinese business people? Donghua Liu is dodgy and National, particularly Maurice Williamson and Michael Woodhouse, have close links with him.

                What planet are you on when you claim this is just a potential or supposed thing? Planet Key sure needs some toilets so that you can relieve yourself of the excrement coming out your mouth Gosman!

                • David H

                  @Jackal And don’t forget there’s another Bill Liu donating to the Nats as well so they can muddy the waters that way as well. Also every time that Labour release policy I foresee a wave of bullshit and innuendo, everytime the policy announcements come out. Because the Natsd know they have nothing to offer the voters except CHCH and milk stuff.

              • framu

                ” The reason they did so was because they saw a weakness they could exploit after their hits on Collins and Williamson”

                which story or allegation are you referring to and explain how if there is one its the same as the PM feeding the press gossip that he cant back up

                i think we can all accept that theres a certain amount of low blows fired from all parties – but your sticking up for not just the PM being a 12 year old little gossipy prick, but also the media failing to do their job.

              • One Anonymous Bloke

                Bollocks Gosman. Liu only looks bad because of his links with Williamson. The Left criticised Williamson for interfering in a police investigation, and National because it sells access to Ministers.

                If not, you will certainly be able to provide a link to someone from Labour criticising National links to “dodgy Chinese business people”, or risk strengthening the perception that you can’t do logic for love nor money.

  6. Marg 6

    How will these changes improve the news do you think? Russell Brown gives a quick overview of proposed changes http://publicaddress.net/hardnews/radio-new-zealand-changing-the-channel/

  7. Blue 7

    The Herald has had over a week now to substantiate their bullshit tirade against Labour and they still haven’t managed to prove even one single thing they have alleged.

    • they haven’t proved David Cunliffe met Donghua Liu
    • they haven’t proved David Cunliffe advocated for Donghua Liu
    • they haven’t proved that Donghua Liu donated money to Labour
    • they haven’t proved that Donghua Liu was given special treatment by Labour in return for donations

    Of course, it’s usual practice that you substantiate a serious allegation before you publish it, but the Herald hasn’t even managed to do so post-publication.

    But with National, it’s different.

    • it is known that Donghua Liu was given special treatment by National
    • it is known that Donghua Liu donated at least $22,000 to National
    • the National Party president refused to confirm if Liu donated any more

    And my bet is the Herald will accept that. That National does not have to front up on any further Liu donations, while Labour has to trawl through their records endlessly. David Cunliffe gets it in the neck for something that allegedly happened seven years ago but no one can find any trace of. John Key gets to skate along smirking and being vague and saying it’s all someone else’s problem.

    • appleboy 7.1

      Where’s BM and King Kong the bull shitters to reply on your excellent post.

      • Gosman 7.1.1

        There is really nothing new in that post to respond to that hasn’t already been stated.

        • framu 7.1.1.1

          There is really nothing new in your diversion tactics to respond to that hasn’t already been used.

      • David H 7.1.2

        @appleboy. Bullshit Man is probably feeding the monkey his next lines, and a banana for being such a good monkey.

    • I think we can safely make the case that if we judge the kind of smearing perpetrated by the Herald and other MSM by the same standards as Cameron Slater we would not be able to claim we had a professional fourth estate in this country

    • greywarbler 7.3

      @Blue
      It’s interesting the extensive coverage of Liu and his damn wine-whine has had as it shows up on Google. And of course Whaleoil oozing all over it.
      In the last 24 hours listings –

      Prime minister’s lips sealed on Liu leaker
      Stuff.co.nz‎ – 45 minutes ago

      Liu’s $100k wine news to Rick Barker
      New Zealand Herald ‎- 17 hours ago
      The Labour Cabinet minister who handed over a bottle of wine to Donghua Liu’s partner at a … New Zealand Herald. … Liu said he would not make any further comments about political donations or swear an affidavit outlining dollar amounts.

      There are –
      3 Herald items.
      2 Stuff
      2 TVnz
      2 Tv3
      1 NZnewsYahoo
      1 kiwiblog

      Then another 5 listings on another page including Radionz –

      RNZ summary – Labour Party releases list of candidates
      Radio New Zealand-19 hours ago
      The New Zealand Herald says it has a signed statement from Mr Liu which says he paid $100,000 for a bottle of wine signed by Helen Clark in 2007. … The party says the donation claims have demanded media time, which delayed the list …

      And the usual spin from –
      Donghua Liu Archives – Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil …
      http://www.whaleoil.co.nz/tag/donghua-liu/
      13 hours ago – Politicians in New Zealand need to understand that paying politicians in the Mainland to … When Donghua Liu paid $100,000 for that bottle of wine or book with Helen … It’s also entirely feasible that the Liu donations to Labour were funnelled …

    • ianmac 7.4

      Too True Blue. And that alleged gift of $150,000 to Labour is supposed to be the same for National. Show me the money National!

    • Tom Gould 7.6

      The National Herald is corrupt in journalistic terms. They make Fox look ‘fair and balanced’. Folks just need to approach it for what it is, a National Party daily newsletter and part of the Tory sleaze machine.

    • David H 7.7

      The Herald don’t care the fix is in, and the Smear campaign will happen everytime Labour release policy or start to rise in the polls wait for the smears to get desperate and hysterical. Me I’m waiting for the Debates.

  8. hoom 8

    Key & the Nats looking more ‘Tricky’ on this than Cunliffe did at the worst of it.

  9. TeWhareWhero 9

    We live in a world in which appearance rules. People have been conned into thinking that what something looks on the surface is an accurate measure of its essential worth. Key is the political equivalent of a useless object made by sweated labour, wrapped up in a huge glossy package with a big glittery bow.

    The airheads have triumphed – and what a glorious world they and their economic masters have bequeathed to future generations.

  10. John Chapman 10

    There is only one way out of this for Labour and that is to make a complaint to the Press Council regarding the Herald’s publication of the Liu allegations and put a marker down that the allegations are in fact untrue. Otherwise the mud will stick and we will lose. We can chat amongst ourselves about how ill served we are by our media until the next election, but unless an effective refutation is made its game over..

    • One Anonymous Bloke 10.1

      If there is to be a formal complaint it must not come from Labour.

      Refutation is pointless, facts merely harden false beliefs, cf. Nyhan & Reifler and a host of other studies that document this phenomenon.

      The right know they haven’t got a shit-show of winning on policy: their only hope was always going to be the referee, and you’re wrong: the game is far from over.

    • mickysavage 10.2

      It would take far too long and the worry is the instantaneous impression that is being manufactured.

      • weka 10.2.1

        I don’t think timeframes should put us off. This is serious beyond this election. I agree it shouldn’t come from Labour, but what about a blogosphere/social media wide campaign?

        Remember Bill’s post about Gower?

        http://thestandard.org.nz/well-done-paddy/

        A clear, concise piece on how to make a complaint about the Herald, what the points are, what the process is, posted on ts and asking other blogs etc to pick it up? Maybe somewhere to collate/report responses?

        Despair yes, but it’s time to push back.

        btw micky, kia kaha mate. You guys so don’t deserve this.

    • ffloyd 10.3

      The thing is that the herald did not allege anything. They printed everything as fact. Armstrong straight in with ‘Cunliffe MUST RESIGN’ backed up by nothing but innuendo and unsubstantiated hearsay. Initiating from that little man masquerading as an ‘honourable prime minister .’ He who has said he will be VERY SURPRISED!!!! if donations to the tune of HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS were not found to have been donated to Labour. Well I wonder if he is surprised that nothing has been found, or if he is still trying to manufacture some evidence to show him to be right. And as usual his source appears to be his backside. Farting crap as usual.

      • newsense 10.3.1

        It did rather seem that the Herald was a cog in the wheel of the smear machine which we already knows may include: Glucina, Whaleoil and Ede. So more members of the N team is not surprising.

  11. Lefty 11

    The domination of the media by the right is nothing new.

    The big question is why don’t the left do anything about it when they are in government?

    I know they can’t control the privately owned media but their are still significant publicly owned media outlets that could be used to set better standards.

    It would require admitting all this state owned enterprise bollocks about having to get a financial return from publicly owned assets is a mistake, scrapping them and developing different models and criteria for success though.

    Not likely from any of the neo liberal social democrat parties.

    They prefer to moan about things they lack the courage to change.

    • Tom Jackson 11.1

      I don’t know. I have never seen it this bad or this obvious in my life.

      • Lefty 11.1.1

        Bill Rowling was treated worse when he opposed Muldoon than Cunliffe is at present so I don’t think it is necessarily worse. In fact it easier to establish an alternative narrative now than it has ever been.

      • David H 11.1.2

        @Tom Jackson Forget the rubbish ‘stories’. Read the comments they are a way better way to judge the feelings of the readers (I have noticed that they are not having as many ‘stories with them, or they close the debate early) and they are mainly scathing of the Granny’s jonolists.

  12. fisiani 12

    Each day passes and people are talking more about the extra 84,000 people who have gained jobs in the last year. This Liu business just taints Labour as dodgy and incompetent. So no change. It will not lose or gain them a vote. It simply sucks more oxygen from their campaign and lackluster list. You ain’t seen nothing yet.Each week there will be a scandal or stupid policy exposed.
    A Labour/Greens/NZF/InternetMana win would be disastrous for New Zealand which would be plunged into reverse gear. It could happen if something unexpected happens in the last48 hours. I rate it thought about a 20% possibility. 87 days to go.

    • One Anonymous Bloke 12.1

      :roll:

      Another fire-and-forget distraction.

    • Lloyd 12.2

      Neo-liberal policies are so reverse gear.

      If you want an example of how successful neo-liberal policies are just look to that wonderful country, Iraq, where EVERYTHING was privatised within 100 days of the USA ousting Saddam.

    • NickS 12.3

      All through the rebuild and it’s knock on effects, rather than government policy.

      Meanwhile manufacturing is down due to a continued high NZ dollar, while dairy is running into fun with lower milk solids prices and the property bubble is still sucking money out of the national economy with higher mortgage repayments, thus lowering disposable income.

      While increased child poverty under National is busy causing long term problems and funding for rape crises centres has become scarce despite an up-tick in use.

      But hey, why bother with reality when you can lie your arse off?

      And still waiting fisi: http://www.thestandard.org.nz/open-mike-21062014/#comment-835915

    • David H 12.4

      King Dong and co disappear and in comes Fizzy. It’s tag team Trollss today.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OO-5KgcfHmI

  13. thecard 13

    Brilliant satire Mickey, even Scott Yorke would struggle to come up with anything better.

  14. Linz 14

    Despair is the right word to use. We are in desperate times because so much is at stake. It’s not a game, it’s not sport, although some of the folks leaving comments here seem to get puerile glee from the point-scoring argy bargy. Unless there is a huge change in public opinion, New Zealanders are on the point of making the worst electoral decisions they have made ever. Worse than they did when they elected and re-elected Muldoon. Just as history has shown Muldoon for what he was, history will show Key for what he is, but the damage he will have done by then will take generations to undo, if indeed it can be undone. I despair. I can remember saying in 1978, “I’ll willingly eat shit on the side of the road, if the shits who voted for Muldoon are there eating it with me.” I’m an old woman now, and I can no longer find consolation in anger. All I feel is desperation and profound sadness.

    • Jackal 14.1

      Demoralization has been one of the core goals of this right wing government. National’s propaganda is specifically designed to try and make people believe their environmental or socially beneficial causes are unachievable.

      If they cannot divide and rule they will do their best to demoralize and persecute anybody who dares speak out. They will pretty much do anything to undermine activists who fight back against the status quo.

      I suspect you’re justifiably feeling despondent about this sad state of affairs because of that reason and the mindset of those currently in power.

      Unfortunately the left feel a loss of moral even more than the right. That’s because we hold our leaders to higher standards and require accountability when things go wrong.

      However we need to keep in mind that things will be a hell of a lot worse if National gets a third term. That alone should be enough to galvanize the left into doing what it takes to save New Zealand from the neoliberal ideology that is causing all the damage.

    • Marg 14.2

      +1 linz, I really identify with what you are saying, a dismal affair!

  15. Ad 15

    One of the secrets to Key is behind him in the form of Eagleson and Ede.
    Clark had the combination of Mike Munro and Heather Simpson. Cunliffe needs that same magic combination in his office – better than it’s been but needs improving.

    I can understand Mickey’s frustration (and my personal political gloom) but it amounts to complaining about getting your ass kicked all over the park. Better to stop getting you ass getting kicked all over the park.

    Hunger for Labour’s content is what Labour’s leadership need to build. They cannot run an effective attack – or we would have seen a good scalp over the last six years. They need to stop what they are bad at.

    Firstly they should focus only on building hunger for content. Building hunger for Labour’s content is done through ensuring that thired sector and NGOs start debating the need for x policy, then after a few weeks you launch it. Textbook was Labour’s housing policy. Good work, and well supported by Twyford. Labour can learn the lessons of its few successes.

    Secondly journalists have careers that need feeding – so Labour’s office should choose well the ones they want to feed stories, promote, and turn into stars. Many MSM leaders are hungry for the full-fat content debates. Content and well orchestrated policy announcements that respond to public demand are the only way of decreasing the importance of the ‘gotcha’ journalists and increasing the status of the ‘content-hungry’ ones.

    This can be done – not sure if it can be done in time, but it’s been done before and it plays to Labour’s strengths.

    • Tom Jackson 15.1

      This won’t help at all.

      It has been plainly evident since Cunliffe was elected leader as a person who had been saying what are by recent standards very left wing things, that the right would do anything to prevent him from being elected Prime Minister.

      I’m finding it hard to recall a week in which there hasn’t been a ridiculous hit piece on TV3 news about Cunliffe, and it’s been echoed in most other media outlets. TV One news hasn’t been as bad, but they’ve often followed along. It reached the point of absurdity long ago.

      Were Labour to get rid of Cunliffe and elect a more right wing leader, or if Shane Jones had won instead of Cunliffe, we wouldn’t be hearing any of this stuff.

      The answer to this is that next time Labour is elected, they should go after the media. Legislation breaking up large media companies should be a priority. Watch them scream.

      • Ad 15.1.1

        Attacking the media is the most naive and flat dumbest political advice I have ever heard.

        The hit pieces have been largely about Cunliffe’s klutzy managerial problems. Only he can deal with those. He has to earn their respect like it or not. Journalists are not elected and will most of them be around long after he’s Prime Minister indeed long after he’s retired. They owe him nothing – not even the truth or neutrality.

        Labour’s recent fundraising and managerial problems would also have been around with Jones – and don’t be fooled into thinking it’s some vast right-wing monetarist conspiracy colouring journalists’ coverage. That’s simply another excuse for getting one’s ass kicked across the park.

        Weeping and blaming and looking for the ref is what losers in politics do. This is a no-ref sport, largely. Labour has to learn how to win the MSM back.

        Labour needs to figure out what its’ strengths are and play to those. The answer is in good policy with strong NGO partners shifting the debate through specifically briefed journalists, over many weeks.

        • mickysavage 15.1.1.1

          Yeah but we are in the middle of a manufactured crisis and there still is no evidence about it. How is a manager meant to handle this?

          • Ant 15.1.1.1.1

            Better than it has been handled, Labour’s message has really only got good in the last few days. Specifically: “John Key’s Minister interfering in DOMESTIC VIOLENCE investigation”, say that 10 times over, and then say it again. Digging in and fighting it was the right decision, but they needed the good talking points a lot quicker than they got them.

            The first few days were all over the place. Even having to fluff around on having the support of Caucus.

            Also, Ad has excellent points, it’s essentially what National has been doing with seeded problems in the media, then establishing commissions or what not, and then shoving through whatever they wanted to in the first place because the narrative has been set and followed through on.

            It’s a method for progressive social democratic parties to be progressive without leaving the public behind in the conversation, which has often happened in the past.

          • veutoviper 15.1.1.1.2

            MS, Are you at work? You have an email.

        • BM 15.1.1.2

          This.

          Cunliffe had to be able to demonstrate he can lead the country and he’s failed dismally, it’s just been cock up after cock up and he’s been justifiably crucified.

          No one wants Cunlife as the PM of NZ, he just hasn’t got what it takes.

          • Jackal 15.1.1.2.1

            Your grandiose statements are getting a bit lame there BM.

            • john 15.1.1.2.1.1

              Then how do you explain polls that have Labour on 30%, but Cunliffe on just 11% as preferred PM?

              Two out of three labour voters don’t even want him.

              He’s simply not PM material.

              • One Anonymous Bloke

                Like a sewer parrot, John spends his time searching through other people’s effluent looking for remarks to pass off as his own work.

                Polly wanna cracker?

                • john

                  Obviously a question you are unable to answer.

                  It takes a lot less brainpower to be a stuck record.

                  The question was “Then how do you explain polls that have Labour on 30%, but Cunliffe on just 11% as preferred PM?”

                  • One Anonymous Bloke

                    What’s wrong with the answers that were provided to the person who asked the question originally, John?

          • Ad 15.1.1.2.2

            I need no convincing that David Cunliffe would be a superior Prime Minister to John Key. Most of all because only Cunliffe has the capacity to corral whole policy realms that will improve New Zealand over the long term. Key understands the next thing; Cunliffe understands the whole thing.

            Key certainly has the political courage to lead specific policy, and forecasts it well before the election, such as the asset sale debacle. It’s simply the wrong policy.

            Labour’s competitive advantage will always be that it stands for unifying positive change with the policy credentials to achieve it.

            Cunliffe’s defences after the media mess are honest and straightforward. But they will not turn the public mood.

            What will turn the public mood is new policy stories, which are grounded in the lives of New Zealanders and the thousands of Trusts and NGOs and data projections that appear regularly as news cycles, and seek to lengthen the lives of those policy-focussed stories for as long as possible. Alerting their friends in the progressive groups so that the media ground can be sown is somewhat missing. But that is what Labour should adopt as a media strategy – and as I noted they can do it, with a favourable wind and an awkward pole-vaulting action. They also need some luck.

        • Tom Jackson 15.1.1.3

          This is a no-ref sport.

          Oh dear, not another political ITG.

          zzz

        • Colonial Viper 15.1.1.4

          Attacking the media is the most naive and flat dumbest political advice I have ever heard.

          NB breaking up corporate media and setting new standards and public media institutions maybe considered “attacking the media” but it could also be considered “establishing good journalism.”

          If it doesn’t happen, you can can expect about 50 influential people in and around the media to be able to hold elected political parties to hostage over what is and what is not, acceptable public policy.

          • Ad 15.1.1.4.1

            They already do, they are more powerful than the democratic order, and nothing will ever break their power because democracy and media are utterly and permanently codependent.

  16. ianmac 16

    Remember when the video showing Mr Key visiting the GCSB and talking about Kim Dotcom, but the video failed to materialise. The media and National gave Shearer hell because it failed to be available. Now Mr Liu’s money failed to materialise and Key, the one who lit the match, is untouched by the media.

    • Gosman 16.1

      What was the general reaction of the left to the media reporting that allegation over the reported video? Was it that they should never have run with the story in the first place?

      • One Anonymous Bloke 16.1.1

        RedLogix described it as Shearer having fallen into an “elementary trap”, Sash opined that “Shearer looks bad” and speculated whether Fran Mold was working for the National Party. Anthony Robins on the other hand thought that the public would believe Shearer over Key.

        The left doesn’t do “general reactions”, Gosman: broad church, remember? You’re projecting values from the Echo Chamber.

        • Gosman 16.1.1.1

          No. I asked what was the lefts general reaction to the media running the story in the first place. As far as I can see there was no view that the media shouldn’t have run the story. Just that Shearer might well have handled it better. John Key has handled this situation better because he didn’t imply something existed. He just stated that he had heard there was more to come out. That was entirely accurate.

          • framu 16.1.1.1.1

            did the press base an entire, multi day story on the video without first checking any provable facts or without highlighting that it was unproven assertion, and then refuse to own their mistakes when shown to have not done proper process first?

            pretty sure that was “theres a video?” – “cool lets go looking for it”
            not “someone said theres a video!” – “therefore theres a video”

          • Bob 16.1.1.1.2

            Give up Gosman, you can give them a dozen examples of their own hypocracy and they still won’t see it. I mean this post comes four days after David Cunliffe goes on The Nation and states the whole Liu situation is just a smear campaign by National with no proof at all, this is run on Stuff, NZ Herald, TVNZ, TV3, Radio NZ, Newstalk ZB, even the Daily Mail picked it up, no calls for the media to research before they print things over this situation though is there.

            • One Anonymous Bloke 16.1.1.1.2.1

              The last thing Gosman needs is your witless flailing.

              Hypocrisy, you embody it: now take personal responsibility and learn to spell it.

            • framu 16.1.1.1.2.2

              the thing is bob – neither of yours or gossmans examples actually prove what you want them to. Each time someone points out why in their opinion your wrong… yet you dont take the chance given to prove yourself right

          • One Anonymous Bloke 16.1.1.1.3

            What Framu said: the media reported Shearers accusation as an accusation and Key’s as fact.

            Apples, meet oranges. In any case, if the best you can do in answer to a story of media incompetence is to point out that they do it all the time I don’t think you’re doing them any favours.

    • Ant 16.2

      Key has been careful to distance himself, and just chucks in dispassionate seeming comments along the lines of “it’s not a good look”, “its hypocritical”. Labour has always been way too desperate for the king hit that will bring down John Key in one shot, their leaders always get too deep into it.

      Key is happy for a death by 1000 cuts scenario, to take down Labour through letting a negative narrative develop. It looks to be working a lot better.

      It is part of a intentional positioning of Key for maximum effect and minimum exposure, it’s fricking galling that after this long people inside Labour still haven’t clicked on to it.

      • One Anonymous Bloke 16.2.1

        Or perhaps the reason people on the Left can’t think this way is because we tend not to have the distended amygdala handicap and other bugs features of the right wing brain.

  17. (excuse the double-posting..this is in openmike..but fits here..

    ..and to my mind..could not be a clearer example of the inattention/incompetence of most of the mainstream-media..)

    the only comment i have heard re promises from national re their plans for a third-term..

    ..was english ..promising ‘the most serious shake-up of state spending..in the last 50 yrs’..

    ..(and if that doesn’t make yr blood run fucken cold..i dunno what wd..?..)

    ..and i have watched/waited for those ‘warriors’ of the mainstream-media/political-pundits..

    ..to ask further/query this..

    ..but yeah..!..nah..!..eh..?

    ..lost in the liu..all of them…

    • Ad 17.1

      Wait until the actual election begins and National actually gets some policy published.
      They were admirably clear about what they were going to do this term, and they did it.
      I would expect the same next term.

      • One Anonymous Bloke 17.1.1

        Charter schools.

        • Ad 17.1.1.1

          Clearly signalled by Act prior to the election.

          • One Anonymous Bloke 17.1.1.1.1

            So clearly that their leader had to be provided with details by the PM.

            • Gosman 17.1.1.1.1.1

              Was it ACT party policy prior to the election?

              • One Anonymous Bloke

                …and if so, what does that have to do with Ad’s assertion that the National Party were up front about them before the election? The choice to implement them was theirs.

                While you’re at it, remind me where National clearly signalled that they would erode human rights and allow the military to spy on civilians.

      • One Anonymous Bloke 17.1.2

        The employment relations amendment act won’t get top billing that’s for sure.

      • Ergo Robertina 17.1.3

        In some ways, like asset sales, yes.
        But National uses proxies like Health Benefits Ltd, the $6 million + a year ponzi scheme, to privatise health by stealth, about which they certainly weren’t ‘admirably clear’.
        Act, with 1.07% of the 2011 party vote, was the proxy for charter schools.
        And a raft of government departments and statutory bodies whose overpaid CEOs have no public service ethos are the proxies for many undemocratic and unsignalled actions on behalf of this delinquent regime.

    • JK 17.2

      ” the only comment i have heard re promises from national re their plans for a third-term..

      ..was english ..promising ‘the most serious shake-up of state spending..in the last 50 yrs’..”

      Phil – can you provide a link to this comment please

  18. irascible 18

    When it comes to media laziness and bias it would be an interesting exercise to survey the suburban news-sheets that Auckland suburbs rely on for local news. As far as they are concerned there is either no election being fought within their circulation areas or there is only the National party candidate to be reported on. Their editorial policy has been stated to local Labour organisers as “There is no news from Labour unless Cunliffe is in the area and does something controversial….” When asked to clarify controversial the reaction is “whatever will fit between our advertorial content.”
    A reaction as lazy and omplacent as the Press Gallery around the PM.

  19. Craig Glen Eden 19

    Sadly the media will print what ever National put out, I dont think it would matter who there leader was. Although it is hard for me to say it Cunliffe has not handled this well, I am not sure who is advising him but clearly they have no idea.Cunliffe should have gone on the attack on this issue instead he was defensive and apologetic when there was no need.

  20. infused 20

    Every time something blows up, you (collective left) blame the media.

    The media were all over National with oravida scandal. The problem was, Labour don’t know what the hell they are doing. Labour failed to push it, and it lost traction. That went on for months. You were all praising paddy back then.

    Now the tables are turned, and your crying like babies.

    The same thing will happen with this story. If Lui doesn’t produce any more evidence, this story will sink.

    Harden up. This stuff is pathetic.

    • framu 20.1

      “Now the tables are turned, and your crying like babies.”

      bullshit – oravida had a paper trail, evidence, a credible line of questioning and a provable series of events to research

      there was never a story with many accompanying opinion articles calling for collins head based solely on an unproven claim by labour

      please explain how thats the same as the PM spreading gossip without any backup

      what really pathetic is you guys cheering on the PM when hes acting like a 12 year old

  21. dimebag russell 21

    not only the left despairs at the dumbing down and the mediocre offerings of the MSM. Television is fronted by a gaggle of hair and teeth jobs who have completely lost any sense of objectivity and the print media is filled with either juveniles who know nothing or greybeards who have forgotten everything. And RadioNewZealand is a basket case at the moment. They have employed a horrid little squib with no maners or charisma to front their flagship programme morning report and a real noo noo head to front 9-noone.
    The problem lies in the teachers at J-school who fill these little twerps up with a whole lot of nonsense about pilger and the other disgruntled who think their revelations are scoops and then the little geniuses think thats all there is to it. Then you have nitwits like mark shrewsbury who insisted on pronouncing however as howrever and kathryn ryan who insisits on pronouncing syndrome as sindrum even when she is politely corrected by a real doctor.
    We are living in a time where the schools promoted the post modern bullshit of only your own truths count and now we have a whole generation of little arsewipes who have never done anything in their whole lives but are being gladhanded by their employers because they know they will do what they are told and produce the required amount of piffle.

    • Gosman 21.1

      Tell me how the British are more informed and politically engaged than us with their non commercial state funded media outlets?

  22. tsmithfield 22

    By and large the MSM isn’t biased. MSM is just interested in what is good for ratings. At the moment it is good for ratings to be tormenting Labour. If National was in the same situation the media would be treating them in the same way. Hence why people on both sides of the right and left divide are continually complaining about the media being biased.

    • Gosman 22.1

      Exactly. The art is knowing how to feed the media to further your own political agenda.

      What I find interesting though is that many lefties keep going on about how this is an example of why we need to reform the media in this country. The solutions for this generally all fall back to having more state funding non commercial TV and Radio. However when you look at places that have this like the UK and to a lesser extent Australia politics and people don’t seem much different or more informed than here.

      • framu 22.1.1

        and the MSM should be doing what with those lines?

        a) simply repeat them?
        or
        b) do some checking of their own to make sure they are doing their jobs properly?

        cmon goss – its a multi choice question

        what i find interesting is your total inability to talk about the medias behaviour and turn it into a political game of one up

    • framu 22.2

      i agree that the MSM are sensationalist attention whores more than anything else, but the coverage of this case has some very obvious issues. The first one being the MSM not doing any journalism in the first place and running a political parties lines for them

  23. Mr Oh Well 23

    Now I wonder what requires more attention, John Keys head in a Looo or the failure of electricity market in NZ. Now what again is getting all the media attention, something real and important, or something appears to be out of a cheap magazine. There is definitely asymmetry here in terms of what the media devotes its attention to. They suck, in fact tooo much debate even on the standard.

    Lets get off the loo and back to something at least more important and statistically significant (factual)

    Quote RNZ
    “New figures show power prices have risen by 19 percent since 2009 despite flat or falling demand during the period. Labour’s Energy spokesperson David Shearer said the figures reveal power price rises four times the rate of inflation. ”

    Just taking some raw data from Stats NZ (Feb 2010 to Feb 13) , Powershop (Source: MBIE actullay) and having a play I wonder how much money is going to be lost to mum and dad investors? This analysis by myself is probably crap, but what the hell

    Daily Cost Electricity 365 days Private Dwellings
    Feb-10 $4.80 $1,752.00 1708500 $ 3,093,681,600.00
    Feb-13 $5.60 $2,044.00 1765800 $ 3,609,295,200.00
    -$ 515,613,600.00

    Lets assume a 5 and 10% profit (so that is money lost to NZ schools, hospitals etc)

    5% Profit -$25,780,680.00
    10% Profit -$51,561,360.00

    How many peoples lives could be made better by focused use of this money?

    Maybe I shouldn’t think, Id rather have my head in a looo

    There seems to be no debate on The Standard about 19% increase in power prices (a massive failure by John Key and his special commandos?).

    References:
    http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-01-03/german-power-costs-seen-dropping-for-fourth-year-energy.html
    https://www.powerswitch.org.nz/powerswitch/price-trends/tracker
    http://www.stats.govt.nz/browse_for_stats/population/estimates_and_projections/dwelling-and-household-estimates.aspx
    http://www.med.govt.nz/sectors-industries/energy/energy-modelling/data/electricity
    So if http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/political/247814/power-market-not-working-shearer

    • john 23.1

      The big five power companies averaged a total profit of
      – $855 million per year in the last four years under Labour (05-08) and
      – $515 million per year in the first four years under National (09-12).

      • Bearded Git 23.1.1

        John-Interesting numbers if true and comparing apples with apples.

        I’d like your source and to know whether the numbers quoted take into account capital write downs/write ups and extraordinary items please.

        • Colonial Viper 23.1.1.1

          bearing in mind that power usage always goes up in good economic times, and drops in recessions.

        • john 23.1.1.2

          The source is getting the reported annual after tax profit from each of the “big five” companies from their annual reports – all publicly available.(Genesis, Meridian, Mighty River, Trustpower, Contact).

          It started out as an investment exercise. Whenever a company or sector is accused of raking in massive profits I usually have a look at it from an investment point of view. With the electricity sector, most of the last ten years gross dividends have averaged around 5% – i.e. around 3.5% after tax.

          And share price for the likes of Contact has been static for five years, and quite a bit lower than it was six or seven years ago. Similarly Trustpower has largely traded stagnantly in the band of $6-$7 for the last seven years.

          How can that be for companies who are repeatedly accused of raking in obscene profits?

      • Lanthanide 23.1.2

        Let’s conveniently forget the $520M special dividend National clawed out of Meridian, shall we?

        • john 23.1.2.1

          Lets conveniently try to mislead people that the special dividend was profit.

          (when it was funded from Genesis borrowing to buy Tekapo off Meridian)

          • Lanthanide 23.1.2.1.1

            And that borrowing will have to be paid back from future revenue that would otherwise have been profit.

            • john 23.1.2.1.1.1

              Of course – just like borrowing for schools, health care, or benefits.

              Which gets us away from the original point – that in recent years power companies have made much several hundred million LESS per year on average than in the mid 2000s.

              • felix

                Don’t worry john, now that Key and English have sold our assets we don’t have to borrow any more.

                Isn’t that brilliant, john? No more borrowing. Just awesome.

                Wait, did you say one year‘s worth of borrowing? We sold our fucking ENERGY assets, forever, to buy us ONE YEAR??

                • john

                  I used to have energy assets too (Contact Energy shares).

                  I sold them too, back in about 08 or 09.

                  They gave a piddly dividend and the price is still much lower now – years after I sold them.

                  It’s absolutely laughable that people think they are the goose that lays golden eggs.

                  And if the Greens Labour power plan ever came in, it would decimate both their value, and their dividends.

                  Which totally undermines the Greens/ Labour OWN arguement for keeping them.

                  • Colonial Viper

                    Only fuck wits keep valuing the strategic energy assets which underpin our nation in “dollars”

                    It’s absolutely laughable that people think they are the goose that lays golden eggs.

                    Are you calling the heads of billion dollar hedge funds and investment banks liars?

                  • felix

                    It’s our ability as a nation to produce energy. To have democratic control over the decisions of how to use our own resources.

                    Economic sovereignty. That’s the “golden egg” you fucking moron.

                    • john

                      Duh – the govt still has 51%, which means they still have control.

                      Some advice – when you call someone a fucking moron, best not to preface it with a statement that backs THEIR position.

                      Otherwise you’ll look like a …..well I think you can guess.

                    • McFlock

                      Duh – the govt still has 51%, which means they still have control.

                      you moron, it’s not a sole shareholder so (under the companies act) all directors are required to work in the interests of the SOE, not in the interests of the country (e.g. foregoing profits so old ladies can afford a heater in winter – or a life support machine).

                      THAT is what we gave up when we sold the assets.
                      Oh, that and the profits that paid more than the cost of the debt we paid down with the sale income.

                      You’re a fucking idiot.

                    • john

                      What a load of nonsense. It’s a regulated industry.

                      And the govt owning it didn’t stop Mercury Energy shutting off power to someone on life support in 2007.

                      Apparently in your delusional world that can’t happen when govt owns it, but will happen if it’s privately owned (when the opposite happened).

                      Again, if you going to call someone a fucking idiot, it doesn’t carry much weight when it follows an idiotic comment.

                      That’s like David Cunliffe calling someone a hypocrite.

                    • Ergo Robertina

                      ‘(e.g. foregoing profits so old ladies can afford a heater in winter – or a life support machine).
                      THAT is what we gave up when we sold the assets.’

                      Did they do this though? Nope, wholly owned the power cos were just as avaricious in profit seeking, but as you point out the proceeds were returned in full to state coffers.
                      If they had indeed been run as public sector entities (foregoing profits etc), the distaste people felt for the asset sales would have been much more vociferous – National would not have got them through.

                    • Colonial Viper

                      No problem, easy enough to legislate a couple of voting public interest directors on to the Boards of the power companies, as well as requiring that the power companies dilute the private ownership by issuing an additional 5% in shares to the government annually.

                      Should solve the ownership problem in about 15 years. Private shareholders would of course be advised to get the fuck out of dodge before waiting that long.

                      If they had indeed been run as public sector entities (foregoing profits etc), the distaste people felt for the asset sales would have been much more vociferous – National would not have got them through.

                      Thanks Michael Cullen and Labour 5 /sarc

                    • McFlock

                      learn to read.

                      I never said it couldn’t or didn’t happen under govt ownership.

                      I said that govt ownership and moving away from the market mechanism was necessary to ensure it didn’t happen.

                      You moron.

                      Was my description of the duties of directors in a company with multiple shareholders as opposed to a sole shareholder incorrect?

                      edit: that was to john

                      Ergo – My perspective is that public ownership is required, but also removal of the market mechanism and the bradford “reforms”. I chose the life support example specifically because of that.

                    • Draco T Bastard

                      What a load of nonsense. It’s a regulated industry.

                      Regulation costs more than simple state ownership for the most social good. Throw in the faux market we have and the costs go up (i.e, we have 5 electricity CEOs @ ~$2m a piece instead of one @~$250k).

                      And the govt owning it didn’t stop Mercury Energy shutting off power to someone on life support in 2007.

                      That happened because our SOE’s follow the psychopathic precept of making a profit instead of being there for the social good. It had nothing to do with it being government owned because the government had removed most of it’s control from the SOE and requires it to make a profit.

                    • john

                      And when Telecom was being run by the govt for the “public good” it was a disaster.

                      It took weeks just to buy a phone – you had to APPLY to get one.

                      Faults took days to get fixed on average.

                      Our technology was years behind the rest of the world.

                      It cost a days wages to make a call from one end of the country to the other.

                      And a weeks wages to make an international call.

                      When telecom was privatised, service levels improved dramatically, and prices went down 60%.

                      “Toll prices came down by 60% between 1987 and 1992. ” From Encyclopedia of NZ
                      http://www.teara.govt.nz/en/telecommunications/page-6

                    • Colonial Viper

                      Nonsensical argument. NZ’s been ripped off daily by under-investment in its telecoms infrastructure, as Telecom itself ships $1B pa to foreign shareholders instead of investing that $1B pa here onshore, in NZ, in NZ companies.

                      In addition Telecom continues to lay off Kiwi employees even though it is incredibly profitable, simply because it wants to take those salaries off workers and ship that money overseas into foreign hands instead.

                      Frankly, you are a traitor to your country mate get fucked.

                    • john

                      Colonial Viper shows his total ignorance with ” as Telecom itself ships $1B pa to foreign shareholders”

                      1/ Telecom is forecast to make $316.9 m this financial year. It made $369 last year.
                      2/ A large number of the shareholders are NZ, including ACC and the NZ super fund.

                      So your claim of $1b going offshore is made up nonsense.

                    • McFlock

                      drag out your copy of I’ve been thinking john, your bullshit is that old…

                    • Draco T Bastard

                      And when Telecom was being run by the govt for the “public good” it was a disaster.

                      Actually, it was pretty good.

                      It took weeks just to buy a phone – you had to APPLY to get one.

                      And some places still don’t have broadband – at all. They did have phones though.

                      Our technology was years behind the rest of the world.

                      Yes and no. It takes time to roll out new equipment. What you’re complaining about there is simple physical constraints. The private sector, as the last 20 years have proven, would actually have taken longer.

                      When telecom was privatised, service levels improved dramatically, and prices went down 60%.

                      Actually, service levels had nothing to do privatisation but the roll out of new technology that had started in the 1980s. And I certainly don’t recall prices dropping. I can remember talking to a customer just after privatisation began and he was complaining about the prices going up.

                      Ah, toll prices – yeah. We’d just finished the new fibre cable running the length of the country which meant we actually had bandwidth that we’d never had before. You do understand the basic concept of supply and demand don’t you?

                      Basically, privatisation of Telecom happened at just the time that everyone’s complaints about Telecom were about to disappear because all the investment and hard work had been done. Great PR for the privatisers not so great for NZers who then got massively ripped off by the new private owners.

                    • Draco T Bastard

                      BTW John, you should probably read this to get some idea as to how much we’ve lost since Telecom was privatised.

                    • Lanthanide

                      john, if you think Telecom when run as a public service was a disaster and that things were terrible and would never have gotten better under government ownership and it was only private ownership that gave us a first-world telecommunications system, then surely that same logic must apply to our health service?

                      The only thing in common after all is government ownership, which must be fucking it up, so if we sell it off, things will get better?

                      Or, is it perhaps, that Telecom when owned by the government was mis-managed? There’s one fix for that: change the management. But that fix does not require the government to sell it, instead the government can change the management themselves. Easy.

        • Kiwiri 23.1.2.2

          Btw, how much do the board members, CEO and senior executive team get paid?
          Has someone got the itemised amounts and grand total?

  24. Populuxe1 24

    If the media is so biased to the right, why on earth did Granny H make Lucy Lawless guest editor?!?!
    Actually given the amount of complaining from both sides about media bias it’s probably fairly safe to say that left and right suffer from serious confirmation bias and the media carries on it’s merry way covering what ever gets it clicks, sells issues, makes it appealing to advertises without having a political agenda one way or the other.

    • Lanthanide 24.1

      By and large I don’t think the media does have a political agenda, but they are simply just bad at reporting and at being critical of the information they’re told by the government.

  25. Tanz 25

    Q and A was good this week, DC presented very well on that. No doubt, the MSM is biased, they never stop licking JK’s boots. Agree, behind the smiley veneer, is a ruthless, heartless and greedy money trader.
    ps. why in moderation?

  26. fisiani 26

    Posting about alleged media bias is looking for someone to blame. This normally happens after an election. I predict that the finger pointing will continue apace as Labour still think they are winning hearts minds and votes and are thus baffled by their abysmal polling. Looking for an external reason for failure this far out suggests that they are blind to the fact that they are just not wanted.

  27. Mr Oh Well 27

    John, great, thanks (a break away from media focus on Lui), you said

    “The big five power companies averaged a total profit of
    – $855 million per year in the last four years under Labour (05-08) and
    – $515 million per year in the first four years under National (09-12).”

    Where did you get the stats from?

    Does it also mean that Labour are actually better at turning a profit and as a result kept New Zealand’s debt down? How wonderfully ironic. Yeah, I’m being simplistic.

    Does that mean, we (domestic market) should be paying less not more for our energy (i.e. show me the money, if the Nats are not making more of a profit, where has the money gone). Also if demand falls, shouldn’t price? or is that only for industrial clients (i.e. the domestic market keeps the man happy?). Whats happened to the demand, whats happend to the money (privatization cost too much?.

    Not being an accountant, I am not experienced enough to pull apart the figures, however, note these 2 points

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/industries/8584367/Power-profits-not-unreasonable-analysts

    “1. Operating earnings before interest, tax, depreciation, amortisation and other fair value movements have risen 5.6 per cent across the sector on a compound annual growth basis since 2008.

    1. But over the same period, average profitability across the sector has fallen 3.6 per cent …”
      End Quote

    Also note, commercial and industrial prices have remained fairly flat relative to the domestic market. See Electricity Consumer Prices (Real 2012 Prices)

    http://www.med.govt.nz/sectors-industries/energy/energy-modelling/data/prices

    It does not matter if you love national or labour when looking at that graph, basically, the domestic market appears to be hurting relative to the commercial and industrial?

    Also, the real kicker for me, again,

    New figures show power prices have risen by 19 percent since 2009 despite flat or falling demand during the period. So demand and price are not linked??? ehhh.

    This is a hell of a lot better than talking about Lui, cheers John. I definitely know National are not managing the debt well. Are you trying to infer that less profits in Nationals years have been passed onto the consumer. Its funny we have one less mechanism to reduce debt now that we have partially sold assets.

    Tick Tock Debt Clock
    $81,997,817,155
    Who is gonna pay the man?
    http://www.nationaldebtclocks.org/debtclock/newzealand

    • john 27.1

      You quote “average profitability across the sector has fallen 3.6 per cent …”

      In other words, the reason prices have gone up is NOT because of bigger profits. Which makes a lie of the claims by Labour and Greens.

      It’s not rocket science. There’s been huge costs passed on to generators by lines companies, and Transpower. Transpower alone has spent billions on upgrades which have been passed onto generators, and through to power bills.

      In fact the cost of transmission, and cost from lines companies, is nearly the same as the cost of initial generation.

      The generators themselves have also spent many billions in the last few years on new generation including wind farms, geothermal, and hydro upgrades.

      If the generation companies were making as much today as they were under Labour, prices would be much higher than they are now.

      • Colonial Viper 27.1.1

        Cut the profits by 2/3 and pass on the savings to NZ households and businesses.

        • john 27.1.1.1

          And you’d collapse the electricity sector and end up with power outages again.

          No one would invest money in new infrastructure for nearly zero return, but an even greater risk.

          Cutting profits by 2/3 would not make much difference to prices for households. The average profit from over the last few year for the big five generators is $515m. Your 2/3 saving is therefore $343m.

          But just 33% of power generated in NZ is consumed by households, so that gives a saving of 0.33 x $343 = $113m, giving a saving of $25/ year per person, or 48 cents per week.

          I reckon it’s worth paying 48 cents a week to have reliable power. Especially when a good chunk of that 48c would have been taken off government anyway..

          • McFlock 27.1.1.1.1

            Hell, the bulk of “investment” in infrastructure was done by the government, anyway.
            Nationalise the sector.

  28. Ant 28

    The current NZ Herald Headline is pretty fucking dirty:

    “Liu Donation Confirmed”

    To those just browsing it looks like his Labour donation has been confirmed, when in fact it is:

    “Liu donation to rowing club confirmed”

    Their story has turned to shit but they seem committed to it. Talk about trying to save face.

    • Blackcap 28.1

      It is only the beginning. That is the chinese way. More will come.

    • The Al1en 28.2

      By Jared Savage, Adam Bennett

      And it took monkeys to pen.

      • Jack 28.2.1

        What the f*** has Labour got to do with the Hawles Bay Rowing Club, the should have passed the Libel Act in 1892 and these guys would watch the s*** they are writing in MSM.

        MSM still madly in love with Key

    • kenny 28.3

      Despicable! The NZ Herald is nothing but a rag – those who work there should be ashamed.

  29. Papa Tuanuku 29

    Despair is a waste of time, anger and action aren’t. What strategies are in place by the left to fight back? A media watch/attack group?

  30. lurgee 30

    The left also despair about the Labour Party’s inability to get a simple, compelling message out and control the media narrative.

  31. felix 31

    It’s not rocket surgery. The opposition is supposed to attack the govt and force the govt to defend.

    1. Key’s strategy is to turn this around and force the opposition to defend.
    2. Key understands the goldfish-like media cycle. He knows he can throw any amount of bullshit around and by the time anyone questions him on it he’s on to the next bucket.
    3. Key isn’t going to run out of buckets. If Labour wants to spend the campaign defending then they may as well concede now.
    4. Every day spent responding to Key’s bullshit is a day that should have been spent attacking the govt.
    • BM 31.1

      Key’s pretty good at this game.

      Shame for the left that massive egos get in the way of seeing his, therefore dooming them to failure once again.

      Maybe next time, or more than likely, when Key calls it a day undefeated.

  32. dimebag russell 32

    anyway the media in new zealand are pampered little infantilised prigs.
    I look at them on the tv and there isn’t one of them I would trust or go into battle with.
    They are hothouse flowers and need to be exposed which will be september 20th.

  33. Chooky 33

    ‘The Narcissists Weapon Of Choice: The Smear Campaign Or Why Labor Is Tanking In The Polls’
    24/06/2014 · by Travellerev

    One of the most confounding and malicious weapon human beings have is not the whole array of military hardware used to kill thousands of people every day. While the people killed with them may not agree the killing is not the worst people can do to each other. The killing, believe it or not is just a useful byproduct of the people wielding the most devastating of all weapons. The name of the weapon?

    Ostracism. Also known as the Smear Campaign or the Silent Treatment. And here is why:…..

    …….Over the last couple of weeks a rumor originating from a disgraced National financier and millionaire who is in court for domestic abuse and whose case brought down a long term National politician who crossed the line when lobbying on behalf of this person with the chief of police has been used and promoted to slander and accuse the leadership of the opposition of being involved in similar behavior.

    While I applaud keeping politicians honest and abuse of power and corruption should be dealt with harshly and swiftly here is why it seems to me we are dealing with a narcissistic smear campaign of epic proportions:

    Through a controlled “flying monkey” network of extremely controlled and limited free press we have been bombarded with unproven and unsubstantiated “rumors” of behavior unbecoming (but not illegal) behavior by named persons such as David Cunliffe and others in the top of the party.

    When requesting proof of these accusations this is not given. When the party shows that it’s records do not show any of these accusations to be true (+ they play out over a long period in the past and may or may not really be connected to the people involved) the media is not equally fore coming in their publications of that information.

    The damage done to the party has nothing to do with their politics or policies but everything with an extremely nasty dysfunctional kind of behavior which should be rejected by everybody who thinks that politics should be about facts, policies that serve or don’t serve the greater good and the parties engaging in this should be shunned and rejected because they promote a dysfunctionality and dishonesty which serves nobody other than a few extremely personality disordered and malignant individuals.

    http://aotearoaawiderperspective.wordpress.com/2014/06/24/the-narcissists-weapon-of-choice-the-smear-campaign-or-why-labor-is-tanking-in-the-polls/

  34. Chooky 34

    The Narcissists Weapon Of Choice: The Smear Campaign Or Why Labor Is Tanking In The Polls
    24/06/2014 · by Travellerev

    http://aotearoaawiderperspective.wordpress.com/2014/06/24/the-narcissists-weapon-of-choice-the-smear-campaign-or-why-labor-is-tanking-in-the-polls/

  35. fisiani 35

    Explaining is losing and in Liu of reality.

  36. Penny Bright 36

    In my considered opinion, ex-Wall St banker – John Key must be one of the most spin-doctored politicians on the planet.

    Which is one of the main reasons I’ll be standing against him in Helensville, to keep the blowtorch on the FACTS about his background, and CORRUPTION at central and local government level.

    File under “You couldn’t make this sh*t up?”

    https://www.facebook.com/3news?fref=nf

    Prime Minister John Key says the jail terms handed to Al Jazeera journalists by an Egyptian court are completely unjust.

    “In my view there’s no way any of these journalists, from what I’ve seen, should be being locked up for what’s fundamentally doing their job,” he said.

    “The way that you define a decent society, in part, is through freedom of the press, and also the fact that you have an open, fair and transparent judicial system.”

    Yep – the ‘poodle of Wall St’ – John Key talking about a ‘decent society’?

    Give me a break!

    Who has seen the ‘Wolf of Wall Street’?

    It’s based on a true story and shows how Wall Street follows NO laws, regulations, ethics or morals – unbridled capitalism at its most debauched.

    Seriously – you need to see it – it’s a documentary on unregulated, ‘free-market’ madness, and Wall Street is where OUR Prime Minister John Key did his ‘apprenticeship’ in self-serving greed and avarice …..

    http://www.beehive.govt.nz/minister/biography/john-key

    “John launched his investment banking career in New Zealand in the mid-1980s.

    After 10 years in the New Zealand market he headed offshore, working in Singapore, London, and Sydney for United States investment banking firm Merrill Lynch.

    During that time he was in charge of a number of business units, including global foreign exchange and European bond and derivative trading.

    In 1999, John was invited to join the Foreign Exchange Committee of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and on two occasions undertook management studies at Harvard University in Boston.”

    So – if NZ Prime Minister John Key – lacKEY of Barrack Obomber – is suddenly so supportive of an ‘open, fair and transparent judicial system’ – then why doesn’t he advocate for THAT, at international level, instead of supporting extra-judicial ‘death by drone strikes’???

    (I do however, of course, oppose the jailing of the Al Jazeera journalists, and understand that even a stopped clock is right twice a day …. )

    Kind regards,

    Penny Bright

    • fisiani 36.1

      Pay your rates or just bring further dishonour on the Far Left.

      • McFlock 36.1.1

        … because you just spurt credibility and respect all over dunnokeyo and his cronies… /sarc

      • Chooky 36.1.2

        @ fisiani ….i am sure she will pay her rates when the body to which the rates are paid is no longer corrupt…she is making a political and ethical stand …one which i dont think you are capable of understanding

      • fender 36.1.3

        Provide proof you’ve paid your bills you far right fascist fucker

    • Chooky 36.2

      +100 Penny

    • NZJester 36.3

      If John Key is so concerned about Journalists not being jailed for doing their job, why did he try to get Bradley Ambrose jailed for doing his by laying a police complaint against him back in 2011?
      After all Ambrose maintains he only inadvertently left the recorder on the table but was unable to retrieve it when he and other media were ordered to leave. It is not like it was hidden out of site!
      It was only after he rolled over and apologised to Key and Banks that the police decided to issue a warning rather than prosecute.
      They basically forced him to choose between his freedom or of doing his job as a Journalist and he chose his freedom.

      • seeker 36.3.1

        Just what my family said today NZJ. Key is so brazenly two faced. Unbelievable spouting over and over again. He has to go. His careless, damaging utterances and lies and behaviour offend me so much that at times I feel my head will explode. The banality of evil is certainly hideous stuff.

        • mike 36.3.1.1

          Yes, a shell of a man. A disgusting and contemptible liar, without any redeeming principles. The only politician that rivals him in my estimation is Blair. However, I don’t believe the majority of New Zealander’s are fooled by him, despite what the “opinion polls” are saying , and expect John will be gone come the election.

    • Blackcap 36.4

      Some pretty outrageous statements being made there Penny. You cannot tar everyone with the same brush. Every industry has its “wolves” and wall street is no different but to say they are all like that is well just ludicrous.

  37. Pete 37

    Oh pah-leeze – the left get so many MSM gifts and wrap-arounds and the first time the love is extended rightwards and you scream like pigs thrown out of the trough! Truly risible. Really!

    • Draco T Bastard 37.1

      Ah, another nonsensical utterance from Planet Key.

    • framu 37.2

      pete – pete. repeating unsubstantiated claims from a politician without bothering to even check might sound like a love in to you – but most of us can see that its propaganda and not journalism

      and the 8 year john key circle jerk just didnt happen did it

      get a fricken grip – even the most glancing inspection of the historical record shows you up for a shill or an ignoramus with that comment

      ie: your either thick or bought

  38. dimebag russell 38

    The media is run for what in the USA is called main street. i.e. Retailers. It is the same in new zealand except there is no countervailing power. The actual media practioners if male are little weasels and the females are all looking for a gravy train or a chance to take dictation from some stricken maven.
    Whatever they all have kathrun ryun sindrum which is a version iamthebigiamitis which by its corrosive vitiating effects is very serious indeed.

  39. He refused to disclose who told him about the rumours of the donations.

  40. Chooky 40

    By Martyn Bradbury

    “How the media worked this week (in less than 25 words)”…..

    Smear Cunliffe over fictional $100k wine
    Smear Cunliffe over fictional $15k book
    Smear Cunliffe over fictional $150k
    L-o-v-e the new John Key book –

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    I've been trying to publish a post for the past couple of weeks.  Although I have several in draft form, when I try to finish them I find myself overwhelmed by a deep lassitude - an uncharacteristic gloom which is only relieved...
    Te Whare Whero | 24-10
  • De-industrialisation and the prospects for socialism
    Is the world really de-industrialising? by Michael Roberts Last week I spoke on a panel that debated De-industrialisation and socialism.  The panel was organised by Spring, a Manchester-based group in England that has become a forum for the discussion of...
    Redline | 24-10
  • De-industrialisation and the prospects for socialism
    Is the world really de-industrialising? by Michael Roberts Last week I spoke on a panel that debated De-industrialisation and socialism.  The panel was organised by Spring, a Manchester-based group in England that has become a forum for the discussion of...
    Redline | 24-10
  • Looking back with pride – Maryan Street
    Maryan Street joined the Labour Party in 1984, was President from 1995-1997 and became an MP in 2005. She talked to Labour Voices about her Labour journey and the people, events and achievements she recalls with the greatest pride....
    Labour campaign | 24-10
  • Strong and comprehensive
    DEVELOPING “a very strong and comprehensive” Women’s Affairs policy going into the 2014 election is one of the achievements Carol Beaumont is most proud of. And being unable to implement it one of her regrets....
    Labour campaign | 24-10
  • Christchurch’s rebuild should be decided by Christchurch, not Welling...
    Radio New Zealand has an appalling story this morning about the government's interference in the Christchurch rebuild over the new District Plan. Normally district plans are decided by elected local councils accountable to the voters who will live under them....
    No Right Turn | 24-10
  • Turning a blind eye to corruption
    As we are constantly reminded, New Zealand consistently leads the Transparency International Corruption Perceptions Index as the "least corrupt country in the world". And as we are increasingly becoming aware, that reputation may be undeserved. Today there's another nail in...
    No Right Turn | 23-10
  • Police Association off target with call to arm Police
    Arming our Police will lead to more crime, more violence, and more killings – by criminals, and potentially even by police. The Police Commissioner is correct in pointing out that the Police Association’s recent call to arm all officers is...
    frogblog | 23-10
  • Political interference at Maori Television
    A government-owned television channel arranges an interview with a former opposition MP, but the government-appointed CEO spikes it. Something from Russia or Cuba maybe? No - according to Hone Harawira its happening right here in New Zealand:“[Maori TV CEO Paora]...
    No Right Turn | 23-10
  • September 14 Patronage
    Auckland’s Transport’s patronage results for September are now out and they show that the city is experiencing spectacular PT growth, growth which is also setting a number of records. The big news was earlier in the week was that when it was announced...
    Transport Blog | 23-10
  • Maiden speech – Jenny Salesa
    Jenny Salesa, Labour MP for Manukau East, has given her Maiden Speech in Parliament....
    Labour campaign | 23-10
  • Maiden speech – Adrian Rurawhe
    Adrian Rurawhe, Labour MP for Te Tai Hauāuru, has given his Maiden Speech in Parliament....
    Labour campaign | 23-10
  • Roastbusters, one year on (almost)
    March in Wellington against rape culture, from Stuff.co.nz Content warning: contains discussion of rape and sexual assault You can literally get away with rape in this country. You can be a serial rapist, with photographic and video evidence you willingly...
    On the Left | 23-10
  • Labour Needs To Stop Saying What People DON”T want to hear.
    A Freight Train called Key: On election night 1975 Bill Rowling said Muldoon's landslide victory felt like being hit by a bus. Oh what David Cunliffe would have given for that bus on 20 September 2014!THE ANGUISH of Labour supporters...
    Bowalley Road | 23-10
  • And if you have to carry a gun to keep your fragile seat at number one R...
    What happened at Canada's war memorial and parliamentary buildings is a pretty bad thing. It should, however, be kept in some sort of perspective. ...
    Pundit | 23-10
  • Beware the sucker ploy.
    A few years back I wrote about the strategic utility of terrorism. One thing I did not mention in that post was the use of a tried and true guerrilla tactic as part of the terrorist arsenal: the sucker ploy....
    Kiwipolitico | 23-10
  • Hard News: Friday Music: An accompanied korero
    I'm chairing the LATE at the Museum event next month, under the title The Age of Slacktivism. We've picked a strong lineup -- Nicky Hager, Matthew Hooton, Marianne Elliot, Laura O'Connell Rapira -- and it should be a rousing hour's...
    Public Address | 23-10
  • 6 amazing renewable energy projects that we love
    Here's a few renewable energy projects from around the world -- ones that we totally love.1. Germany has invested big in solar and wind. And in the first six months of 2012, the amount of electricity produced using renewables jumped from...
    Greenpeace NZ blog | 23-10
  • China’s coal use actually falling now (for the first time this centur...
    Coal use in China is falling this year - according to official data reported in the Chinese press.It is the first time this century that China has seen year on year quarterly falls in coal use. The Chinese economy continues to grow...
    Greenpeace NZ blog | 23-10
  • Can new roads pay for themselves?
    It’s common to hear people say that because roads are paid for by their users (fn 1), we should build more roads. After all, the new roads will fund themselves! At first glance, this seems convincing. But a closer look...
    Transport Blog | 23-10
  • As a nation drowned in the PM’s lies, sons & daughters were sent to d...
      As a nation drowned in the PM’s lies Sons & daughters were sent to die Meanwhile at home democracy cried But his government crowed Everything’s fine.   Other peoples’ children signed up for his war While at home in comfort...
    Politically Corrected | 23-10
  • Why I am on the left
    (For our opening week, we asked all our contributors to think about why they’re On The Left, and what the next three years holds for the left, the government, and New Zealand.) Post by Jem I am left first and...
    On the Left | 23-10
  • Minister to attend TPP Ministers’ Meeting
    Press Release – New Zealand Government Trade Minister Tim Groser will depart today for Sydney to join Ministers from countries participating in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) for the next round of negotiations.Hon Tim Groser Minister of Trade 24 October 2014...
    Its our future | 23-10
  • On The Nation this weekend
    Press Release – The Nation This weekend on The Nation with dairy prices falling, China growing its agriculture sector, and the environmental costs piling up, we ask the Fonterra chief executive Theo Spierings if New Zealand is too dependent on...
    Its our future | 23-10
  • Agri-Food Producers Call for Strong Outcomes through the TPP
    Press Release – Federated Farmers International Agricultural and Agri-Food Producers Call for Strong Outcomes through the TPP At the round of Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations taking place this week in Australia, agri-food producer and processor groups from Canada, Australia …International...
    Its our future | 23-10
  • Grant Robertson is not as much like Joseph Stalin as some would have you th...
    It’s not often you see a New Zealand political figure compared favourably to Stalin, but this is what Chris Trotter has done to that decidedly non-genocidal non-lunatic Grant Robertson.  ...
    Pundit | 23-10
  • Food, Fossil Fuels and Filthy Finance
    It is depressingly apparent that powerful forces in the global economy are set to carry on with the exploration for and use of fossil fuels ass a primary source of energy for decades to come. Oxfam has produced a report...
    Hot Topic | 23-10
  • 2014 Arctic sea ice extent – 6th lowest in millennia
    The National Snow and Ice Data Center has reported that this year we saw the 6th-lowest minimum Arctic sea ice extent on record. Research has shown that most of the long-term decline in sea ice, or the “death spiral” as...
    Skeptical Science | 23-10
  • How low can you go? Mining the depths
    Today I made my oral submission to the Environmental Protection Authority on Chatham Rock Phosphate’s application to mine phosphate from the seabed approximately halfway between the mainland and the Chatham Island. In a nutshell this application is for the deepest...
    frogblog | 23-10
  • Surrounded sex offender still won’t come down from roof
    While they would still appreciate him coming down, police say they’re confident the man has “nowhere to hide.” After an agonising 54-year wait, it is beginning to appear as though a notorious sex offender dressed as Santa may not, in...
    The Civilian | 23-10
  • Stuart’s 100 #46 On the Way or Already There?
    46: On the Way or Already There? What if we dropped the pseudo-word “roading” from Auckland’s vernacular? Roads are on the way somewhere; streets are already somewhere. This simple difference in understanding and perspective between movement and place often results...
    Transport Blog | 23-10
  • Fed Farmers defend GE Agriculture
    Federated Farmers, which represents a minority of farmers, appears to be captured by a pro-GE clique hell bent on increasing unsustainable technologies for the benefit of the herbicide and patent controlling seed companies. That there are better more sustainable farming...
    frogblog | 23-10
  • More police misconduct
    Another day, another IPCA report - this one into a police officer who unjustifiably set a police dog to savage a surrendering suspect:A police dog was set on a man who had his hands in the air in what is...
    No Right Turn | 23-10
  • Media Link: The revolution will not be televised.
    I had the opportunity to do a long interview with Olivier Jutel, host of the Dunedin Radio One show “The revolution will not be televised.” It is a rare occasion when one gets to converse at length about a variety...
    Kiwipolitico | 23-10
  • Key spoke to Cameron Slater ‘not as Prime Minister’, but as a sponge
    Cameron Slater (left), and John Key (right), presumably in his capacity as a kitchen sponge. Facing fresh criticism about the details of his relationship with Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater, Prime Minister John Key today claimed that, on the occasions...
    The Civilian | 23-10
  • No freedom of speech in Turkey
    Musa Kart is a Turkish cartoonist. In February he published a cartoon criticising Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's cover-up of a corruption probe. Now, he's being prosecuted for it:Turkish prosecutors have filed an indictment against a famous cartoonist working for...
    No Right Turn | 23-10
  • Workers’ rights under attack
    Now that 51st Parliament has been officially opened and sworn in, the government’s first order of business is to ram through an amendment to the Employment Relations Act. These legislative changes represent a massive assault on the rights of everyday...
    On the Left | 23-10
  • Assaulted for protecting olive trees
    Villagers and activists were assaulted, handcuffed and hospitalized today while protecting olive trees at the site of a proposed coal plant in Turkey.The Kolin Group wants the olive trees cut down to make way for a new coal power plant....
    Greenpeace NZ blog | 23-10
  • Shell Oil Cowboys Caught Drilling Illegally in New Zealand
    “There be trouble in town sheriff, some cowboys is coming into town”. It could be a line from a grainy old western from our childhood (well, mine anyway) when the good, clean living people of a well to do town...
    Greenpeace NZ blog | 23-10
  • Freedom of information: How it works in Norway
    While we're all wailing and gnashing our teeth about the corruption of our Official Information Act, the Open Government Partnership has a great piece on how Norway does it better. Key to their approach is proactive publication of the metadata...
    No Right Turn | 22-10
  • Low inflation – time for meaningful wage increases
    With inflation low, now is a good time for workers to negotiate for pay increases that outstrip price rises and deliver real increases in wages and salaries. “For too many people, real pay increases have been missing for several years...
    CTU | 22-10
  • There appears to be an off button
    John Key’s ability to turn his Prime Ministership on or off as he pleases raises a number of troubling issues for the general public....
    Imperator Fish | 22-10
  • The 500 hats of Bartholomew Cubbins – the John Key edition
    It’s standard practice for Ministers and Prime Ministers to wear different “hats” in the course of their work. Work done as a Minister can obviously be separate and distinct from an MP’s ordinary functions on behalf of the constituents in their electorates....
    Occasionally erudite | 22-10
  • The many hats of John Key
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    On the Left | 22-10
  • Want lower rates? Cut back on urban sprawl
    Suburban sprawl is a radical, government-led re-engineering of society, one that artificially inverted millennia of accumulated wisdom and practice in building human habitats. Charles Marohn In the recent article The Conservative Case Against the Suburbs Charles Marohn (@StrongTowns) takes on the awkward relationship...
    Transport Blog | 22-10
  • National’s failed commodities export strategy exposed
    National's strategy to rely on commodities such as milk powder and logs has been exposed in the September trade figures released today, the Green Party said."National's strategy to hang all economic hope on exporting ever-increasing volumes of milk powder and...
    Greens | 23-10
  • Caution needed on calls to arm police
    There is no justification for routinely arming our police and doing so would change forever the way officers interact with their communities, Labour’s Associate Police spokesperson Kelvin Davis says. “As one of the few organisations distinguished by its unarmed status,...
    Labour | 23-10
  • Govt strains to get tea break law through
    The Government has been left with egg on its face - failing to get its much-vaunted, but hugely unpopular, meal break law passed in the first week of its new term, Labour spokesperson on Labour Issues Andrew Little says.“National desperately...
    Labour | 23-10
  • How low can you go? Mining the depths
    The company says there will be economic benefits, which the EEZ Act says the EPA must consider, but even these benefits are in doubt. The royalties while not set will be tiny, the profits will flow offshore, and whatever phosphate...
    Greens | 23-10
  • Fed Farmers defend GE Agriculture
    Federated Farmers, which represents a minority of farmers, appears to be captured by a pro-GE clique hell bent on increasing unsustainable technologies for the benefit of the herbicide and patent controlling seed companies. That there are better more sustainable farming...
    Greens | 23-10
  • Government loses the affordable housing race
    Nick Smith is dreaming if he thinks he can deliver affordable housing to Cantabrians on his current figures, says Labour’s Associate Housing spokesperson Poto Williams. “The Minister’s announcement that the Government will build 237 new homes, most of which will...
    Labour | 23-10
  • Labour’s thoughts with Canadians
    Labour has offered its sympathies to the family and friends of the Canadian soldier who died in what appears to be a premeditated and unprovoked attack while standing at guard at the Ottawa National War Memorial. “Our thoughts are also...
    Labour | 23-10
  • What next for TVNZ? Outsourcing the news?
    Television New Zealand’s decision to outsource Māori and Pacific programming is a real blow to the notion that our state broadcaster is a public broadcaster, says Labour. “CEO Kevin Kenrick has said today that TVNZ has ‘a very long and...
    Labour | 22-10
  • Green Party expresses sympathy for Canadian shooting victims
    The Green Party expressed its solidarity with Canadians and the Canadian Parliament today, offering its sympathy for family and friends of the soldier killed in the attack. "Our thoughts are with all those caught up in the shooting in Canada...
    Greens | 22-10
  • Prime Minister must honour his promise
    It’s time for John Key to honour his promise to the Pike River families, says Labour MP Damien O’Connor.  “International mine experts have confirmed the view of WorkSafe New Zealand and many miners on the West Coast that it is...
    Labour | 22-10
  • Kevin Hague questions the Minister of Health about Katherine Rich’s c...
    KEVIN HAGUE to the Minister of Health : Is he satisfied that there is no conflict of interest in the head of the Food and Grocery Council, Katherine Rich, being a board member of the Health Promotion Agency; if so,...
    Greens | 22-10
  • Kennedy Graham to the Prime Minister on the Deployment of New Zealand Speci...
    Dr KENNEDY GRAHAM to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement that the risks to New Zealand from any commitment of military assistance to counter Islamic State militants in Iraq would be "no greater than I think the...
    Greens | 22-10
  • EPA finds Shell Oil illegally drilled two wells
    The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) has concluded that Shell Todd Oil Services (STOS) broke the law by drilling two wells without a marine consent off the coast of Taranaki, the Green Party said today. The EPA conducted an inspection of...
    Greens | 22-10
  • Soaring rail use in Auckland shows need for rail link now
    News that Aucklanders overtook Wellingtonians as the biggest train users is further evidence the Government needs to start work on the Auckland City Rail Link now, the Green Party said today.Auckland Transport said today that in the year to September,...
    Greens | 22-10
  • Tea breaks gone by lunch time
    Labour is calling for an eleventh hour reprieve to employment law changes which could see thousands of Kiwi workers not covered by collective agreements lose their smoko breaks, its spokesperson on Labour Issues Andrew Little says.“How cynical that on the...
    Labour | 21-10
  • Metiria Turei to lead fight on feeding hungry children
    Green Party Co-leader Metiria Turei is urging all political parties to support the Feed the Kids Bill which she inherited today from Mana leader Hone Harawira.Mrs Turei, who leads the Green Party's work on child poverty, will pick up Mr...
    Greens | 21-10
  • Otago dairy farms fail basics
    I’m really privileged to take on the responsibility of the water portfolio. Eugenie Sage has done excellent work in this area in the last term of parliament and provided a great platform for further work. Last Parliament my bill to...
    Greens | 21-10
  • A mighty totara has fallen across the Tasman
    The New Zealand Labour Party expresses deep sadness at the death of former Australian prime minister Gough Whitlam, aged 98. “Today a great totara has fallen across the Tasman,” Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says....
    Labour | 21-10
  • Note to National: Must deliver on child poverty
    John Key and his Government will be held to its promise to make child poverty a priority, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says. “In its priority-setting speech today the Government stated child poverty would be a major focus for...
    Labour | 21-10
  • New Analysis show Government cut tertiary education funding
    New analysis done by the Green Party today shows the Government has made cuts to funding of tertiary education since 2008.Figures compiled by the Parliamentary Library show that between 2009 and 2015 Government funding to Tertiary Institutions dropped by 4...
    Greens | 21-10
  • Students doing it tough as fees rise again
    The Government is making it increasingly difficult for Kiwis to gain tertiary education as fees continue to rise and access to student support becomes even more restricted, Labour’s Tertiary Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “Steven Joyce is shutting a generation...
    Labour | 20-10
  • Key misled New Zealand on Iraq deployment
      John Key was misleading New Zealanders prior to the election when he ruled out New Zealand special forces being deployed to Iraq, says Labour Defence Spokesperson Phil Goff.  “Post-election he has cynically disregarded that by saying that deployment of...
    Labour | 20-10
  • Swearing about swearing the oath
    Yesterday, I was swearing. Swearing the Parliamentary oath, that is. But, under my breath, I was also quietly swearing about the archaic, colonial form of that oath and its inappropriateness for today’s Aotearoa New Zealand. To be permitted to speak...
    Greens | 20-10
  • Kevin Hague speaks in the 2014 Address and Reply debate
    Thank you very much, Mr Deputy Speaker, and, like others, can I begin my contribution by congratulating you and the others in the Speaker's team: the Rt Hon David Carter, Lindsay Tisch, and the Hon Trevor Mallard. I also want...
    Greens | 20-10
  • Damning report on Ruataniwha dam numbers
    When I presented my submission to the Board of Inquiry on the Tukituki Catchment Proposal I compared the proposed 83 metre high Ruataniwha dam with the Clyde Dam and noted the risk of cost blowouts in the construction process.  The...
    Greens | 20-10
  • Church congratulated on child poverty stand
    The efforts by the bishops of the Anglican Church to ensure that the issue of child poverty is not forgotten is a call to all New Zealanders to take action, says Labour’s Interfaith-Dialogue Spokesperson, Su’a William Sio.   “I think...
    Labour | 19-10
  • Labour names Review Team
    Labour’s New Zealand Council has appointed Bryan Gould as Convenor of its post-General Election Review.  He will be joined on the Review Team by Hon Margaret Wilson, Stacey Morrison and Brian Corban (see further biographical details here). The Review Team...
    Labour | 19-10
  • Labour backs urban development plans
    Auckland Council’s plan to set up an urban development agency is to be applauded and central government should get behind it to make it a success, Labour’s Auckland Issues spokesperson Phil Twyford says. Auckland Council CEO Stephen Town has indicated plans...
    Labour | 18-10
  • New Zealand can be rightly proud of seat on Security Council
    Gaining a seat on the United Nation’s Security Council shows the sort of standing that New Zealand has in the world and the quality of the long campaign that we ran over nearly a decade, says Foreign Affairs spokesperson David...
    Labour | 16-10
  • NZ has opportunity on UN Security Council
    New Zealand has an opportunity to make a major contribution to the strengthening of international law and institutional capacity through its upcoming two-year tenure on the United Nations Security Council, Green Party spokesperson on global affairs, Dr Kennedy Graham said...
    Greens | 16-10
  • MPI still dragging the chain over causes of food bug
    The Ministry of Primary Industries’ release of Environmental Science and Research’s initial reports regarding the sources of a nasty stomach bug will be little comfort to the 127 people affected by it, Labour’s Food Safety spokesperson Damien O’Connor says. “This...
    Labour | 16-10
  • Treasury officials should try working without food
    The Green Party is challenging Treasury officials to work for a week without eating properly, in light of their advice to Government that a food in schools programme is not needed."Treasury's advice was that providing food for children in schools...
    Greens | 15-10
  • Councils need to better protect our drinking water
    Environment Canterbury (ECan) is proposing several variations to its regional land and water plan that will allow for increased nutrient and other pollution from irrigation and intensive agriculture on the Canterbury Plains. Commissioners are hearing submissions on Variation 1 to...
    Greens | 15-10
  • National needs to commit to making NZ workers safe
    The National Government must do more to help make New Zealand workplaces a safer place to work in, Green Party industrial relations spokesperson Denise Roche said today.Data released by Statistics New Zealand today showed that workers in the fishing and...
    Greens | 15-10
  • Key commits to deployment before consultation or analysis
    John Key’s offer to consult Opposition parties on whether to deploy New Zealand forces against ISIS looks increasingly like a PR exercise only, says Labour’s Defence spokesperson, Phil Goff. “The presence of New Zealand’s Chief of Defence Force at a...
    Labour | 15-10
  • National must end ideological opposition to raising income
    If John Key is serious about tackling child poverty he must approach it with an open mind, and overcome his ideological block to raising incomes as a solution, the Green Party said today.Papers released to Radio New Zealand today show...
    Greens | 14-10
  • Pentagon links climate change and terrorism
    Yesterday the Pentagon launched a plan to deal with a threat that “poses immediate risks to national security”; one that “will affect the Department of Defense’s ability to defend the nation”. It wasn’t referring to Ebola or ISIS. It was...
    Greens | 14-10
  • Four Nominees for Labour’s Leadership
    As at 5pm today four valid nominations had been received for the position of Labour Leader, as follows: Andrew Little(nominated by Poto Williams and Iain Lees-Galloway) Nanaia Mahuta(nominated by Louisa Wall and Su’a William Sio) David Parker(nominated by Damien O’Connor...
    Labour | 14-10
  • Green Party calls for consultation over terrorism law changes
    The Green Party has today written to the Prime Minister asking him to engage in wider consultation prior to changing any laws as a result of the recently announced terrorism law reviews, said the Green Party today. In a letter...
    Greens | 14-10
  • MPI must name product and supermarket chain
    The Ministry of Primary Industries must name the product responsible for severe gastroenteritis affecting people around the country, and the supermarket chain distributing it, Labour’s Food Safety spokesperson Damien O’Connor says. “The Ministry seems to be more concerned about protecting...
    Labour | 13-10
  • John Key dishonest about reasons for wanting to change terrorism law
    John Key is misleading the public to push through terrorism law changes under urgency, the Green Party said today. On Sunday, John Key stated that it is not illegal for someone to fight overseas for a terrorist group, such as...
    Greens | 12-10
  • Law changes shaping up to be worse than first thought
    The Prime Minister needs to be up front about exactly what changes he is planning to make to the Employment Relations  Amendment Bill, Labour's spokesperson on Labour Issues Andrew Little says.Interviewed on Q&A yesterday John Key said he did not...
    Labour | 12-10
  • Rapists, not Tinder, the threat to women
    Blame for rape and sexual assault should only ever be laid at the door of the perpetrator, not dating services or the actions of women themselves, Labour’s Associate Police spokesperson Kelvin Davis says. “Tinder is not the problem and women...
    Labour | 09-10
  • Safer Journeys For People Who Cycle
    You have a rare opportunity to tell the people who are making the decisions on cycling how to make it better. The Cycling Safety Panel is seeking feedback on their draft recommendations for improving the safety of cycling in New...
    Greens | 08-10
  • Subsidising more pollution will undermine water clean-up plan at Te Waihora...
    In 2010, NIWA found Canterbury’s Te Waihora/Lake Ellesmere had the worst nutrient status of 140 lakes around New Zealand that it measured. In 2011, the National Government committed to spending $15 million across the country through the Fresh Start for...
    Greens | 08-10
  • Adding value not herbicides
    The HT swedes, and other brassicas, might seem like a good idea to farmers struggling against weeds but like the GE road, is this the path we want our agriculture to be treading? The Federated Farmers President, Dr William Rolleston...
    Greens | 07-10
  • ‘Blame the Planner’ bizarre approach to child poverty
    The National Government is stooping to a bizarre new low in blaming "planning processes" for poverty and inequality, after spending six years doing nothing about either the housing market or child poverty, the Green Party said today. Finance Minister Bill...
    Greens | 07-10
  • Media Advisory
    MANA Leader, Hone Harawira will not be available to speak with media today regarding his release “Recount Just One Step To restoring Credibility”. He is however available for media comment tomorrow, Tuesday the 8th of October, all media arrangements are...
    Mana | 07-10
  • RECOUNT JUST ONE STEP TO RESTORING CREDIBILITY
    “I have applied for a judicial recount of the votes in the Tai Tokerau election because it is one step in trying to restore credibility to the electoral process in the north, and, I suspect, in all other Maori electorates...
    Mana | 07-10
  • MANA SEEKS TAI TOKERAU RECOUNT
    The MANA Movement is supporting Leader Hone Harawira’s application for a judicial re-count in the Te Tai Tokerau electorate for the 2014 general election. President Lisa McNab says there are a number of serious issues of concern regarding the ability...
    Mana | 07-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Catherine Delahunty – Back in That House
    Parliament opened this week and I still find it a very odd place. Most of the people are reasonably courteous and friendly, but the rituals are archaic and the rules around issues like the swearing in oath are oppressive and...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • Marae Investigates No More
    TVNZ yesterday announced the closure of their Māori and Pacific programmes department. That means they’ve chosen to stop making Fresh, Tagata Pasifika, Waka Huia and Marae Investigates to let independent producers get their hands on these lucrative contracts. This is...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • BLOGWATCH: An Un-Civil War in Labour, eh?
    Earlier today, my attention was directed to an entry that’s just recently appeared on the Slightly Left of Centre blog. It purports to contain the ‘inside word’ from a highly placed NZF source – which is funny, because I’m pretty sure...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • Santanomics 101
    Santanomics could mean a number of things. It could be the study and practice of giving. Or it could mean the study and practice of rampant end-of-year commercialism. However, for me today it is the economics of erectingAuckland’s giant Santa...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • SkyCity boss misleads public over workers lost shifts
    SkyCity CEO Nigel Morrison has defended the employment practices at his company in an “Opinion” piece entitled “Human Capital key to corporate success” in the NZ Herald on Thursday. A number of his claims are misleading, contain only partial truths...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • Review: Perfect Place
    I went to a Perfect Place on Tuesday night, and what a delight it was. The marshmallows sweetly (and forcefully) handed out pre-show, set the tone for the next hour. Walking up the stairs at The Basement was a complete...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • 5AA Australia – NZ on UN Security Council + Dirty Politics Lingers On
    5AA Australia: Selwyn Manning and Peter Godfrey deliver their weekly bulletin Across The Ditch. General round up of over night talkback issues: Thongs, Jandals and flip-flops… ISSUE 1: New Zealand has been successful in its campaign to become a non...
    The Daily Blog | 22-10
  • When I mean me, I mean my office & when I call whaleoil I mean not as m...
    This. Is. Ludicrous. Green Party co-leader Russel Norman put the first of what are likely to be many questions about Mr Key’s relationship with Slater, asking him how many times he had phoned or texted the blogger since 2008. “None...
    The Daily Blog | 22-10
  • A brief word on describing the Government as ‘boring and bland’
    The narrative being sown is that this Government will be a boring and bland third term. Boring and bland. Since the election, Key has announced he is privatising 30% of state houses without reinvesting any of that money back into housing society’s most...
    The Daily Blog | 22-10
  • More Latté Than Lager: Reflections on Grant Robertson’s Campaign Launch.
    BIKERS? SERIOUSLY! Had Grant Robertson’s campaign launch been organised by Phil Goff? Was this a pitch for the votes of what few Waitakere Men remain in the Labour Party? Was I even at the right place? Well, yes, I was....
    The Daily Blog | 22-10
  • About Curwen Ares Rolinson
    Curwen Ares Rolinson – Curwen Ares Rolinson is a firebrand young nationalist presently engaged in acts of political resistance deep behind enemy lines amidst the leafy boughs of Epsom. He is affiliated with the New Zealand First Party; although his...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • About Kelly Ellis
    Kelly Ellis.Kelly Ellis – As a child, Kelly Ellis didn’t so much fall into the cracks, but willfully wriggled her way into them. Ejected from Onslow College – a big job in the 70s – Kelly worked in car factories,...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • About Kate Davis
    Kate Davis.Kate Davis – Having completed her BA in English and Politics, Kate is now starting her MA. Kate works as a volunteer advocate at Auckland Action Against Poverty and previously worked for the New Zealand Prostitutes Collective. Kate writes...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • Parker does a Shearer – oh for a Labour Leader who can challenge msm fals...
    Sigh. It seems David Parker has done a Shearer… Like a cult and too red – Parker on LabourLabour leadership contender David Parker says Labour borders on feeling like “a cult” and must look at its branding – including its...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • A brief word on the hundreds of millions NZ is spending on the secret intel...
    The enormity of the mass surveillance state NZ Government’s have built carries a huge price tag… Kiwis pay $103m ‘membership fee’ for spyingThe $103 million taxpayer funding of New Zealand’s intelligence agencies is effectively a membership fee for joining the...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • Where. Is. Jason. Ede?
    Where. Is. Jason. Ede?...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • Labour’s Din of Inequity
    Watching Labour’s leadership candidates on Q+A on Sunday, I noticed the ongoing use of terms like “opportunity” and “aspiration”, and “party of the workers”. What do these mean? We glean much from Labour, and from the media about Labour, but not...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • “Blue-Greenwash” fails the test when it comes to endangered dolphins
    National’s pre-election promises saw some wins for the environment – perhaps as the party sought to appease its “Blue-Green” voters and broaden its popular appeal. Some of the ecological gains were a long time in the making, overdue even– such...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • Reasons not to be cheerful, Part #272b
    Why don’t you get back into bed? The next few years — the rest of this century — are not going to be pretty. There is an obvious disconnect between any remaining political ambition to fix climate change and the...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • OIA protocols and official advice ignored to hide Child Poverty
    It might not seem so now, but child poverty was a major election issue. What a pity we did not have the full debate. In that debate it would have been very helpful to have seen the Ministry of Social...
    The Daily Blog | 20-10
  • Previewing the 4 candidates for Leader of the Labour Party
    The extraordinary outbursts by Shearer last week highlights just how toxic that Caucus is. Shearer was on every major media platform as the ABC attack dog tearing into Cunliffe in the hope of diminishing Cunliffe’s support of Little by tearing...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Kate Davis – the sudden explosion of ‘left’ blogs
    Time to Teach or more people will suffer from P.A.I.D. Political And Intellectual Dysmorphia.I was on the Twitter and a guy followed me so of course I did the polite thing and followed him back. He wrote a blog so...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • Ego vs Eco
    Ego vs Eco...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • We can’t let the Roastbuster case slip away
    Those of us (like me) left with hope that the police would aggressively follow through on the large amount of evidence on offer to them (let’s not forget they forgot they even had some at one point) in the Roastbusters...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • Food, shelter and medicine instead of bombs and bullets
    The on-going conflict across the Middle East – due in large part to the US-led invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq – has created another humanitarian crisis of biblical proportion. The essentials of life are desperately needed in Iraq and Syria...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • The politics of electorate accommodations
    National’s electorate accommodations with ACT and United Future were a big factor in it winning re-election. Interestingly, there is another electorate accommodation scenario whereby the centre-left could have come out on top, even with the same distribution of party votes....
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • Why you should join the TPPA Action on 8 November
    On 8 November 2014, thousands of Kiwis will take part in the International Day of Action to protest the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA). The rally cry for us is TPPA – Corporate Trap, Kiwis Fight Back. Why should you join...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • GUEST BLOG – Patrick O’Dea: no new coal mines
    Green Party and Mana Party policy is “NO NEW COAL MINES!” Auckland Coal Action is trying to put this policy into action on the ground. ACA after a hard fought two year campaign waged alongside local residents and Iwi, in...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • Comparing Police action – Hager raid vs Roast Buster case
    This satire had the NZ Police contact TDB and threaten us with 6months in prison for using their logo.   The plight of Nicky Hager and the draconian Police actions against him has generated over  $53 000 in donations so...
    The Daily Blog | 18-10
  • Malala Yousafzai, White Saviour Complexes and Local Resistance
    Last week, Malala Yousafzai was the co-recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. Since her exposure to the worldwide spotlight, her spirit, wisdom and strength have touched the hearts of people everywhere. However, there have been cynics who have argued that...
    The Daily Blog | 18-10
  • Jason Ede is back – but no media can interview him?
    Well, well, well. Jason Ede, the main figure connected to John Key’s office and the Dirty Politics black ops is back with a company with deep ties to the National Party. One thing you can say about the right –...
    The Daily Blog | 18-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Curwen Rolinson – Leadership Transitions In Other Parties: A ...
    As cannot have escaped anyone’s attention by now, the country is presently in the grips of an election and campaign that will help determine the fate of the nation for years to come. It’s gripping stuff – with clear divides...
    The Daily Blog | 17-10
  • SkyCity worker says she faces losing her house
    SkyCity worker Carolyn Alpine told the company annual shareholder’s meeting today that she faced the prospect of losing her house because the company had cut her shifts from two a week to one without consultation. The solo mother, has worked...
    The Daily Blog | 17-10
  • Greg O’Connor’s latest push to arm cops & 5 reasons not to
    I was wondering at what point within a 3rd term of National that Police Cheerleader Greg O’Connor would start trying to demand cops be armed. O’Connor must have thought to himself, ‘if bloody Key can get us and the GCSB vast new...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • You can’t have crisis without ISIS
    So the new scary bogeyman ISIS might have chemical weapons that the US secretly found in Iraq, but America didn’t want to expose this find because the WMDs were actually built and made by the US and Europe, the two powers...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • NZ WINS UN SPIN THE BOTTLE! Privately sucking up to America for a decade me...
    Oh, we are loved! Little old NZ, the 53rd state of America after Israel and Australia, gets to sit at the adults table for the special dinner party that is the UN Security Council. How delightful, a decade of privately...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • MEDIA BLOG – Myles Thomas – A World Without Advertising
    Non-commercial broadcasting and media. It’s a solution for all manner of problems ailing our tender nation… voter engagement, unaccountable governance, apathy, stupefaction, public education, science in schools, arts appreciation, cultural cringe… But no-one could’ve guessed that non-commercial media might solve...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • March against war – 2pm Saturday 25th October
    March against war – 2pm Saturday 25th October...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • Whack a mole as US govt foreign policy
    Whack-A-Mole was a popular arcade game from my youth.  It consisted of a waist high cabinet with holes in the top. Plastic moles seemingly randomly pop out of these holes. The purpose of the game was to hit as many...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • In Paean of Debt
    This week is ‘Money Week’. It’s an opportunity to promote to the middle classes, and anyone else who will listen, the virtues of wise ‘investment’. The aims are to promote the mystical (and indeed mythical) virtues of saving for the...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • The last 48 hours – Poverty denial, war denial and unapologetic abuse of ...
    The bewildering speed of events that simply end in Key shrugging and proclaiming he doesn’t really give a shit is coming think and fast as the Government suddenly appreciate the full spectrum dominance they now enjoy. Here is Radio NZ...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Pat O’Dea – Mana 2.0 Rebooted
    Internationally the news is that Evo Morales of Bolivia won big with Left Wing policies But what are the chances that the Left will make a resurgence in this country? As the internecine struggles between the Left and the Right...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • The Blomfield IPCA letter – Has Dirty Politics leaked into the NZ Police ...
    It’s difficult to know what to make of the IPCA letter to Matthew Blomfield over Slater’s continued insistence that the hard drive taken from Matthew wasn’t stolen.  Slater has selectively cherry picked the Police referring back to his claim that Blomfeild perjured...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • ​Media release: Rail and Maritime Transport Union – Auckland move for K...
    The Rail and Maritime Transport Union is questioning a KiwiRail proposal to progressively relocate its Zero Harm personnel from Wellington to Auckland. “The purpose of the Zero Harm team is to drive KiwiRail’s performance in health and safety.  Rail is a...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • Amnesty International – Friend request from an IS militant
    There’s always that one person, that one Facebook friend, usually a musician or event promoter, who, when you so foolishly accept their friend request, will completely inundate your news feed with copious event invitations and promotions. The person who, despite...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • NZ should follow the UK and recognize the Palestinian state
    Over the past two weeks, the United Kingdom and Sweden have made headlines through their decisions to recognize the state of Palestine. They are hardly the first nations to do so. Indeed, 134 countries have, in various ways, given formal...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • The Discordant Chimes of Freedom: Why Labour has yet to be forgiven.
    WHY DOES THE ELECTORATE routinely punish Labour and the Greens for their alleged “political correctness” but not National? It just doesn’t seem fair. Consider, for example, the Crimes (Substituted Section 59) Amendment Act 2007 – the so-called “anti-smacking legislation” –...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • Hosking or Henry – Which right wing crypto fascist clown do you want to w...
    So Mediaworks are finally going to make some actual money from their eye watering contract with Paul Henry by launching a new multi-platform Breakfast show over TV, Radio and internet. This is great news for Campbell Live who have dodged...
    The Daily Blog | 14-10
  • Families need more money to reduce child poverty
    Prime Minister John Key is mistaken to rule out extending the In Work Tax Credit to all poor children (The Nation 11th Oct) and Child Poverty Action Group challenges government advisors to come up with a more cost effective way...
    The Daily Blog | 14-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Kelly Ellis – Don’t shit on my dream
    Once were dreamers. A large man, walks down the road and, even from 200 yards there’s light showing between his big arms and bigger body. It’s as if he’s put tennis balls under his arms. Two parking wardens walk out...
    The Daily Blog | 14-10
  • Pike River Families Group Press Release
    The Families can now but hope that Solid Energy will consider closely the response of the Families’ expert mining advisers, Bob Stevenson and Dave Creedy, and the independent legal advice by Hugh Rennie QC as to why re-entry to the...
    Scoop politics | 24-10
  • On The Nation this weekend
    This weekend on The Nation… with dairy prices falling, China growing its agriculture sector, and the environmental costs piling up, we ask the Fonterra chief executive Theo Spierings if New Zealand is too dependent on milk powder and if we’ve...
    Scoop politics | 24-10
  • NZ Government Urged to Do More to Fight Ebola
    As Ebola continues to tear through West Africa, Save the Children NZ is urging the government to do more in the fight against the deadly virus....
    Scoop politics | 24-10
  • Korero Mai Ki Ahau – Saturday 25 & Sunday 26 October 2014
    Broadcast on Waatea 603AM Saturday 12.00 - 12.30pm Sunday 12.00 - 12.30pm Both shows repeated 5.00pm – 6.00pm On Sunday...
    Scoop politics | 24-10
  • Putting whānau foremost in Family Dispute Resolution
    Dispute resolution company, FairWay Resolution, has developed a uniquely New Zealand approach to family dispute resolution (FDR) that is underpinned by the cultural needs and values of the parties to a family dispute. In support of its role as a...
    Scoop politics | 24-10
  • Anglican Family Care staff to rally industrial action rises
    Public Service Association (PSA) members working at Anglican Family Care (AFC) in Dunedin will hold two rallies in Dunedin next week as they seek a fair pay offer, following a week of low-key industrial action....
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Flying Visit for Adventuring Kiwi Socialpreneur
    12 Months on, this former Alexandra barista is changing lives in Buenos Aires Slums with free lunches, music, art, drama and toothbrushes...
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • March in Solidarity with Kurdistan Against ISIS Attacks
    The New Zealand Kurdish Community will march in solidarity with Kurdistan in light of the heinous genocidal attacks in Kobanê by ISIS. We will begin with silent demonstrations then commence marching. We will start from Britomart, Queen Street (outside Dick...
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • No Problem for Henare & Jones, But “No Way” for Harawira
    “Just before the election I broke the story about the gutting of Maori Television’s News and Current Affairs department by MTS’ new CEO Paora Maxwell. I pointed out that Carol Hirschfeld and Julian Wilcox, two of the country’s most experienced...
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Corruption: Positive developments for NZ but more to be done
    Global anti-corruption group Transparency International today released a report on OECD Anti-Bribery Convention enforcement and called for New Zealand to implement draft legislation to ratify the United Nations Convention against Corruption....
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Government to Blame as Much as Council for Marryatt Payout
    The Taxpayers' Union is calling on the Government to fix the employment law regime that has forced Christchurch ratepayers to fork out $800,000 to former Council boss Tony Marryatt....
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Unanimously Call for Commissioner to Arm Police Full Time
    In the wake of a series of recent armed offender incidents, delegates to the Police Association Annual Conference today called unanimously on the Commissioner to arm Police full time....
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Bank gets behind NZ wildlife icon with sizable donation
    It will be easier than ever this summer for holiday-markers to dip into their pockets to support the yellow-eyed penguin....
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • WorkSafe report raises concerns about asbestos
    The union representing construction workers in the Canterbury rebuild is surprised at WorkSafe’s conclusion that no action needs to be taken against EQC and Fletcher EQR over asbestos exposure in Canterbury homes. “This report was an opportunity...
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Union accuses SkyCity CEO of misleading public
    Unite Union has accused SkyCity CEO Nigel Morrison of misleading the public over the cut in hours for a staff member who raised the issue at the company's AGM....
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Last Hurrah on the Taxpayer
    Responding to the NZ Herald report that Hone Harawira spent up $54,000 on the taxpayer in his last three months as an MP, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says: “It is absolutely disgraceful that an MP managed to rack...
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Press statement in relation to search of Nicky Hager’s home
    On 2 October 2014, Nicky Hager's home in Wellington was searched by police. Mr Hager asserted that documents kept at his house were protected by privilege, including because they contained information that might identify confidential sources....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • The Sam Simon arrives into Auckland for new campaign
    This morning Sea Shepherd ship, the Sam Simon, arrived into Auckland harbour after its journey from Melbourne. The ship and its 25 crew from around the globe have come to New Zealand to source supplies and prepare for the upcoming...
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Low inflation – time for meaningful wage increases
    With inflation low, now is a good time for workers to negotiate for pay increases that outstrip price rises and deliver real increases in wages and salaries. “For too many people, real pay increases have been missing for several years...
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Auckland Rates Rises Out of Control
    Responding to the NZ Herald report that Auckland ratepayers will face an average of a 29 percent rates increase, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says: “These rate rises show that Len Brown's spending is out of control.”...
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Protest at New Plymouth Oil and Gas Expo
    About 30 protesters from Climate Justice Taranaki, Frack-free Kapiti, Te Uru Pounamu Action Group, Oil Free Wellington, Frack-free Manawatu and the east coast protested yesterday outside New Plymouth's biennial Oil and Gas Expo at the TSB Stadium....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • FMA warns consumers about cold-calling investment offers
    The Financial Markets Authority (FMA) is warning New Zealand consumers and investors to be wary of cold-calls asking them to buy shares or put their money into offshore firms....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Comprehensive plan needed to end child poverty
    Child Poverty Action Group says it is vital the newly re-elected National government takes a planned and comprehensive approach to reducing child poverty in New Zealand....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Metiria Gets Feed the Kids
    Yesterday the Speaker of the House advised that he had accepted my request to transfer my Feed the Kids (Education (Breakfast and Lunch Programmes in Schools) Amendment) Bill to Metiria Turei of the Green Party....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • DIA undercover investigation leads to jailing
    An undercover Internal Affairs investigation has led to a Hastings man being jailed for three and half years....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Call on Minister McCully to pursue the case of Balibo Five
    Media Information: Call on Minister McCully to pursue the case of journalist Gary Cunningham and the Balibo Five...
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Australia and NZ actions on press freedoms alarming
    Global support for investigative journalism in Australia and New Zealand is a welcome response to law changes and a police raid, says the Pacific Freedom Forum...
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Call for release of French journalists in West Papua
    West Papua Action Auckland, the EPMU Print and Media Council and the NZ Media Freedom Network call on the Minister of Foreign Affairs to speak out in support of the two French TV journalists whose trial has just begun in...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Court of Appeal: Dotcom v 20th Century Fox Film Corporation
    A The appeal is dismissed. B The 20 August 2014 order of the High Court dealing with confidentiality and the 29 August 2014 order of this Court dealing with confidentiality are set aside. C The confidentiality orders set out in...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Glassons Blasted For Glamourising Animal Cruelty
    Clothing brand Glassons have found themselves embroiled in another controversy after launching a new advert featuring a girl riding a bull. Animal advocacy organisation SAFE have asked them to remove the ad immediately as it glamourises animal cruelty....
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Smuggling honey into New Zealand isn’t sweet
    Smuggling honey into New Zealand isn’t sweet Federated Farmers Bee Industry Group applauds the tough line taken by Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) Border Staff at Auckland Airport. In deporting the couple found trying to smuggle bee products...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Taxpayers’ Union Responds to Joyce on Corporate Welfare
    Responding to Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce’s defence of corporate welfare , Jim Rose, the author of Monopoly Money , a Taxpayers Union report on corporate welfare since 2008, says:...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Speech from the Throne brings welcome focus on children
    Today’s speech from the Throne confirms the Government’s focus on children, youth and their families in the areas of health, education, youth employment, poverty alleviation and Whānau Ora; now the challenge is to ensure every child in New Zealand...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • John’s Job Fairs no fix for unemployment and poverty
    “John Key has clearly been looking to the US for his latest bright idea on dealing with employment issues,” says Auckland Action Against Poverty coordinator Sue Bradford. “Job fairs where the desperately unemployed queue in their corporate best to compete...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Speech From the Throne Foreshadows More Corporate Welfare
    Responding to the Governor General’s Speech from the Throne, which outlined that the Government’s intentions for the next Parliamentary term would include further Business Growth Agenda initiatives, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Green MP to speak at panel on Rainbow Mental Health
    Hamilton, New Zealand: Recently re-elected Green Party MP Jan Logie will be a guest speaker at a panel on the mental health of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Trangender, Takataapui and Intersex people taking place on November 1st as part of the...
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Evidence Supports GE Moratorium
    Federated Farmers spokesman Graham Smith's call for a 'rethink' on release of GeneticallyEngineered organisms is misguided, and instead it is time for a formal moratorium on GMOs in the environment.(1)...
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Chatham Rise mining could have impact on whales and dolphins
    Wellington, 21 October 2014--Mining phosphate on the Chatham Rise, off the east coast of New Zealand’s south island, could potentially have many impacts on marine mammals like whales and dolphins, the Environmental Protection Agency was told today....
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Council endorses Nanaia Mahuta as the next Labour leader
    Te Kaunihera Māori, the Māori Council of the New Zealand Labour Party, have passed a resolution to endorse the Hon Nanaia Mahuta as the next leader of the Labour Party...
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Kaumatua to organise petition to end Maori seats
    Ngapuhi kaumatua David Rankin has announced that he will be organising a nationwide petition to seek support from Maori voters to end the Maori seats. “These seats are patronising”, he says. “They imply we need a special status, and that...
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Announcing a New Voice for The Left
    Josh Forman is pleased to announce the creation of a new force on the Left of politics in New Zealand....
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Public services held back by poor workplace culture
    A new report by Victoria University’s Centre for Labour, Employment and Work shows that public servants are working significant unpaid overtime to ensure the public services New Zealanders value are able to continue....
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • iPredict New Zealand Weekly Economic & Political Update
    Andrew Little’s probability of being the next leader of the Labour Party has reached 70% and Jacinda Ardern is favourite to become his deputy, according to the combined wisdom of the 8000+ registered traders on New Zealand’s predictions market, iPredict....
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Prison Drug Treatment Unit marks a milestone
    Christchurch Men’s Prison’s Drug Treatment Unit (DTU) celebrated the completion of its 50th six month Drug and Alcohol Programme today, with the graduation of a further twelve offenders....
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Security Council seat a chance for NZ to empower women
    The UN Women National Committee Aotearoa New Zealand (UN Women NCANZ) welcomes New Zealand winning a seat on the United Nations Security Council and is calling on New Zealand to use its position to proactively promote effective implementation of the...
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Waipareira and ACC sign Partnership
    Waipareira and The Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding at Whanau Centre, Henderson – marking a special day for the West Auckland Urban Maori organisation....
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Humanitarian aid desperately needed in Iraq and Syria
    Global Peace and Justice Auckland is calling on the government to provide humanitarian funding for non-aligned NGOs (non-governmental organisations) in the Middle East rather than give any support whatever for the US-led military campaign in the area....
    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • Court Judicial Decision: Dotcom v The USA: 17 October 2014
    The United States of America is seeking the extradition of Messrs Dotcom, Batato, Ortmann and Van Der Kolk. The matter has been before the Courts on numerous occasions, and no further recitation of the facts is needed....
    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • Marshall Island poet speaks at UN climate summit
    “The fossil fuel industry is the biggest threat to our very existence as Pacific Islanders. We stand to lose our homes, our communities and our culture. But we are fighting back. This coming Friday thirty Pacific Climate Warriors, joined by...
    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • Many tourist car accidents preventable
    Simple steps could dramatically reduce the number of accidents involving tourists, says the car review website dogandlemon.com ....
    Scoop politics | 19-10
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