Awatere-Huata & Garrett, what’s the difference?

Written By: - Date published: 9:24 pm, September 19th, 2010 - 74 comments
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Having a List MP leave the party is not a new situation for ACT. In 2003, Donna Awatere-Huata was evicted from the caucus and let her membership lapse after the fraud that would later see her sent to jail were revealed. After being kicked out of ACT, Awatere-Huata refused to step down as an MP.

What did ACT do? Understandably, they demanded she resign from Parliament so they could get the next person on their list, Kenneth Wang, in instead. They invoked the now-lapsed Electoral Integrity Act (the Waka-jumping Act) to force her out of Parliament. Rodney Hide was one of the appellants against Huata in the court case.

That’s a bit of a contrast with how Hide is acting now. He says it’s up to David Garrett whether he wants to leave Parliament and he’s not putting any pressure on Garrett either way.

Why the difference? Why would Hide forgo a vote in his caucus? What could be worth more to him?

His leadership – out goes Garrett, in comes Hilary Calvert, goodbye Hide’s leadership.

It shows how much ACT has devolved under Hide’s leadership. It used to be a party of warped principles. Now, it is egos at war. Hide and his weird mate John Boscawen on one side. Heather Roy’s camp – who obviously leaked the stories that led to Garrett’s downfall – in the other. Both sides are willing to destroy the Party to put the knife into the other lot.

Grab some popcorn. This ain’t over.

PS. In researching this post I found a press release from Tariana Turia backing Awatere-Huata with a ‘us Maori have to stick together‘ line. Jesus, Tariana.

PPS. the image is from a reader who thinks Garrett is a Hide with a hairpiece and asks ‘has anyone ever seen them in the same room together?’ Of course, Hide hopes we’ll be seeing them in the same chamber together for some time to come.

74 comments on “Awatere-Huata & Garrett, what’s the difference?”

  1. George.com 1

    Can some please put a stop to this ACT in fighting, temporarily. Gives me time to go and grab a chair and make a thermos of tea and some sandwiches to enjoy the spectacle.

  2. Outofbed 2

    How things have changed in 7 years, now its more likely to be : Us right wingers have to stick together

  3. Bob Stanforth 3

    Maybe the difference is that Garret didn’t employee a tiler who needed / wanted a work permit.

    Deniability, CIA, hey, who knows, it could be the reason. No, really, it could.

  4. RobertM 4

    No it about more than ego. How many supporters did the bolsheviks have in l913 (400?) or the National Socialists workers party have in l928. Bank robbing is an established way of financing left wing political movements and I regard Act as an extreme left wing party rather than an extreme right wing party. Donna Awatere’s crimes can be seen in this light like Stalins method of financing his party before WW1 or Christopher Boyce hitting 40 banks in Oregon and Washington state in the late l970’s.
    The war within Act is about two modes of applying a more severe social control to NZ. The Garrett sensible trust is you need social control through a severe judicial system, executions and tough prisons- essentially the method in Texas, the USA and China. It is arguable you need a pratorean guard and severe judicial system if you are going to allow a free 24hr society which Rhiana, Lady Ga Ga and Christopher Hitchens are shock troops driving towards.
    The alternative Act idea is social control through psychiatry and social workers. The social worker mass medication model of society campaighed for by the Roys and Murel Newman. It could be argued this is a far crueller method which restrict far more people.
    Neither Act faction really stands for capitalism of even creative destructive or Chicago school . The polices or Douglas and Richardson were basically stalanist in there pure destructiveness and really beyond in the same school as Sue Bradford and Keith Locke. Sort of the ultimate socialist levelling on a variant of the Soviet or North Korean model

  5. Rex Widerstrom 5

    Why the difference? Why would Hide forgo a vote in his caucus? What could be worth more to him?

    His leadership – out goes Garrett, in comes Hilary Calvert, goodbye Hide’s leadership.

    Could happen in any small party. It’s why Lhaws got rid of so many of the NZF originals and stacked the 1996 list with his lickspittles like Deborah Morris.

    Yet one of the benefits on which MMP was sold to us (and is currently being re-sold to us) is the encouragement of small parties. Ironically, as I write this a free ad to the right is exhorting me to “campaign for MMP” and “vote for electoral stability” and calling STV, which would ensure an electorate had the final say on the likes of Garrett, “a gerrymander”.

    Stability? This? Oh the satire is coming thick and fast today.

    • Outofbed 5.1

      Nothing wrong with MMP
      less middle aged white males like you Rex 🙂
      I just needs tweaking so a few thousand voters in Epsom can’t wreak havoc on the country

      • mcflock 5.1.1

        My current speculative thought is to set the threshhold at either 5% or the percentage of the vote that the lowest polling party to gain an electorate achieved.

        Yes, Winston would have been back in this term, which is not necessarily a bad thing: he won’t get my vote, but he does tend to shake things up a bit. But more importantly for the long term it gives parties another avenue to cross the parliamentary boundary and create a bit more positive fluidity into parliament. At the moment under-performing parties can slip below 5% and get kicked out, but it’s more difficult for emerging parties to reach 5% and get in.

        And to be fair, more people voted Winston1st than ACT.

        • Lanthanide 5.1.1.1

          While an interesting solution to the problem, it is too complex and really leaves election results completely up in the air – the results of a single electorate can change the outcomes of the party vote for other, completely unrelated parties.

          As it currently stands, it would be Dunne or Anderton that would be setting the lower threshold value, not Act.

          What would be better, IMO, is lower the threshold to 4% or maybe 3.5%, and alter the rules for “brings extra list MPs through” to something where only a single additional MP can be brought through, but only if that they get sufficient party votes for 80% of that MP. Eg if Anderton won Wigram and got party votes worth 1.4 MPs, only he would be seated. If he got party votes sufficient for 1.81 MPs, he would get a list MP in addition. If he got votes sufficient for 2.81 MPs and still under the 4% (or 3.5%) threshold, he would still only get himself and a second list MP.

          This rule would have the effect of ‘wasting party votes’ if the small party failed to achieve more than 1 electorate or more than the 4% threshold, as they would only get 2 MPs yet might, on straight party vote, have been entitled to 4. This is essentially saying that while the party did achieve some national success in the party vote, it is mostly the members from a single electorate that got them in, so removes the excessive drift-net effect from a single electorate while still giving them more standing than an electorate winner that had low party vote. It also gives a bit of a boost to smaller parties that manage to poll very well in a single electorate (like Anderton and Dunne) to the point where they can get a list MP seated at a slight discount.

          • Rex Widerstrom 5.1.1.1.1

            Just playing with numbers, but 2,233,146 party votes were cast in the 2008 general election. If I’m doing my maths roght (and believe me, there’s every chance I’m not) then 1/120th of that vote is around 18,609.

            If that were the criteria for one list MP, then NZF would definitely be in Parliament with 5 MPs and Bill and Ben would have come relatively close and even the Kiwi Party would see itself with a chance next time.

          • Draco T Bastard 5.1.1.1.2

            IMO, the problem is the electorate seat combined with the threshold. A party with less than 5% support doesn’t get in unless it gets an electorate seat and then the number of seats it has is boosted to it’s full representation. This results in parties with more overall support than others missing from parliament just because the lesser party won an electorate.

            The only way to prevent this is to drop the threshold down to 1/120 of the total number of votes but that would still have the problem that an electorate seat can be won with less than 1/120 of the total vote meaning that electorate votes would have more power than party votes. The answer to that, of course, is to get rid of electorates or to have the electorates be voted for after the general election from the pool of 120 parliamentarians (which I think is just more unnecessary complication – we just don’t need the electorates).

            • mcflock 5.1.1.1.2.1

              As a Dunedinite, I reckon electorates are highly important. People tend to forget that the South Island exists when they’re talking policy.

              Another way-out option is to have list MPs in the general election and local MPs voted on at the time of local body elections. I.e. you vote for mayor and MP. Especially if electorates were a bit smaller, say 1:15-20000. That should ameliorate the “yay we’re dictators for three years” factor a bit, because it would enable people to shuffle MPs around if they don’t like how it’s going. Wouldn’t affect the overall vote, but it would reshuffle the parties a bit, and maybe make the opposition a bit keener if it was underperforming.

              • Draco T Bastard

                I reckon electorates are highly important. People tend to forget that the South Island exists when they’re talking policy.

                That’s why you have city and regional councils. Just need to have them to be heard by the parliamentarians which doesn’t appear to be the case ATM.

                • mcflock

                  A direct line to parliament for the citizenry has got to be a good thing – not of this “list MP responsible for…” crap.

    • Draco T Bastard 5.2

      Take note of the unstable periods thus far:

      1996-1999 and 2008-ongoing…

      It’s not that MMP is unstable but that the right of the political spectrum are.

  6. M 6

    What’s the difference?

    Could it be Donna was a woman and brown and more likely to stir up Rodder’s favourites, wealthy rednecks?

  7. The Act party is founded by members who had gutted out the labour party by treacherously infiltrating it and turning it from within.

    With it’s modus operandii, then it is no suprise that it is attracting the criminal element.

    Their philosophy is extreme and danerously flawed in a number of ways (1) to privatize as much of the government as possible and (2) giving tax breaks to their rich buddies at the expence of workers.(3) breaking of promises like putting a cap on local body rates (4) establishing phoney lobby groups; the two in question Sensible sentencing Trust???? and No More Rates???????

    Their backers are the worst sort of employers.

    No, I won’t be sorry to see the end of the ACT party.
    Yes, I will be getting out the bottle of wine and celibrating their demise I hope the whole house of cards collapse (including National)
    Well here it is, bottoms UP! (have you all got your glasses?)
    CHEERS!!!!

    • Jum 7.1

      I hoped you checked the glass bottom of your modern version of the ale tankard or you may have unwittingly accepted the King’s/Queen’s shilling and will be bounced on to some ship complete with parrot – aargh, I see blood, blood… and off to the slave market, the modernised version being the unemployment line for any non-unionised worker.

      captcha: contents

  8. The difference? How about, Awatere was facing serious criminal charges and Garrett isn’t?

    You’re right though, a party leader without principle will pull shit like sheltering a criminal for the sake of remaining in power – just look at how Helen Clark handled Field and Peters…

    • lprent 8.1

      Or that Garrett had already been convicted and all of the others hadn’t? What he is getting done for is hiding previous convictions, especially in debates where those convictions were highly relevant.

      In each of the other cases people were stood down or stood aside from their positions of responsibility when the accusations arose. When charges were laid by the police was when they were forced to leave their party and/or parliament.

      There is this interesting legal principle called a presumption of innocence that you seem to avoid looking at. But of course the members of lynch mobs such as yourself don’t need such niceties. All you braying morons need is an assumption of guilt without going through the exercise of proving it. Probably because that would involve work of judgment that you’re pretty much incapable of doing.

    • There is this interesting legal principle called a presumption of innocence that you seem to avoid looking at.

      There are also interesting legal artifacts called “discharge without conviction” and “name suppression” that you seem to avoid looking at, when it comes to “braying lynch mobs.”

      • lprent 8.2.1

        …“name suppression”…

        Which Garrett abrogated by speaking in parliament ….

        Discharge without conviction means exactly what it says – that he was found guilty by a court – but the court wasn’t going to impose a conviction. It is pretty clear from the transcript of the judgment that I looked at, that the only reason he got a discharge and name suppression was because he’d concealed previous convictions.

        • Psycho Milt 8.2.1.1

          Which Garrett abrogated by speaking in parliament ….

          You want it both ways. When he was correctly observing name suppression he was “hiding previous convictions,” but when the media publishes the story and breaches name suppression, suddenly it’s his fault because he then addresses the issue in Parliament. This is just partisan bullshit.

          • lprent 8.2.1.1.1

            Nope, we’re not having it both ways. You’re just acting like a legally illiterate dork.

            We’re simply following the legalities. We’re pretty careful doing that – even when we disagree with them (for instance with the suppression orders on the ‘terrorism’ trials that I suppressed rocky on earlier this year).

            We didn’t publish any posts until after Garrett himself addressed the suppression order issue in parliament.

            1. The one person that can break a suppression order (without the courts getting too upset) is the person on whose behalf it is made. There are probably a number of legalities involved in that. But certainly I’ve never seen any cases where that has been overturned. However it is probably a bit dicey if a judge chooses to get irritated.
            2. Anything that is stated under parliamentary privilege is public domain and is able to be commented on despite any suppression orders made in a lower court. If it hadn’t been Garrett doing it himself then I’d have probably been a bit more cautious.

            Since Garrett himself did the details under parliamentary priv, it is completely trashed the suppression order.

            I don’t really care much about what the MSM did. They would have argued public interest in that they were exposing that the suppression order was granted on the basis of invalid information. I’m interested in what this site and its authors did, not what whoever broke the story did. I suspect that you’re confuting the two without bothering to engage your brain.

            What you’re appear to really be saying is that you don’t understand the legal principles involved and/or have not real respect for the legalities. Perhaps you should examine them so you don’t look quite so dorkish.

          • Psycho Milt 8.2.1.1.2

            You seem to be arguing with someone else now. I can’t really relate any of that back to what I’ve posted.

            • lprent 8.2.1.1.2.1

              Or as I suggested – you simply have no idea what you’re talking about… Empty phrases on your part and the legalities of the situation from me.

              Or you’ve simply moved on to stirring.

            • Psycho Milt 8.2.1.1.2.2

              Yeah, those are certainly possible. However, you left out a third possibility: that you have (yet again) jumped immediately to the conclusion that someone who disagrees with you is either stupid or a troll. My money’s on number three.

              For the record: the post author asked “Awatere-Huata & Garrett, what’s the difference?” I pointed out the rather obvious difference that one was facing serious criminal charges and the other isn’t.

              I also pointed out the difference between the author’s attitude to this incident and the lack of similar outrage from lefty bloggers to similar incidents involving Taito Philip Field or Winston Peters. Sure it was a cheap shot, but it served to highlight the partisan nature of the attacks on Garrett from left-wing blogs. You find the “legalities of the situation” very different between these cases. Well duh, every political scandal is different – but the partisan nature of the responses from various quarters certainly seems uniform.

              • lprent

                Yep, and I pointed out that the most significant difference was that Garrett is being pilloried over concealing two existing guilty verdicts and one conviction that were directly relevant to his area of responsibility in ACT. Whereas the others hadn’t been even charged at the time they were being pilloried. They were stood down from their responsibilities while the investigation proceeded. Field and Awatere got charged and eventually convicted. In the case of Winston he was never charged with anything (apart from the partisan kangaroo court at the privileges committee). Benson-Pope was never charged. Worth was never charged etc etc…

                My point was that while there are obviously partisan attitudes, the real difference is in the presumption of innocence. You aren’t considered to be guilty in a legal framework until you are found guilty. IMHO, generally the left tends to respect that and gets pilloried by the wingnuts for not wanting to lynch people on accusation. The idiots in the sewer are just a lynch-mob who don’t respect the legal system and the process of law. That is the ‘partisan’ difference.

                It was particularly noticeable for me during the Worth affair.

                • mcflock

                  Suppression counts towards publication, I can see that. But does it apply to private conversations, e.g. Garrett telling his mum or the party leadership about his past?

                  Didn’t Hyde say he knew beforehand about Garrett’s wrongdoing (although he ummed and ahhhed on the details when saying this)?

                  If it doesn’t apply to 1:1 conversations, all they had to do was say “oh we’ll pretend we never offered you the job, because this could blow up in all our faces. Let’s get someone else from the SST and hire you as an advisor”.

      • Jum 8.2.2

        you and your ilk, milt, have a nerve telling anybody off about lynch mobs – being the natural form of attack by the lying parties of the right – fanatics in a fit.

    • bbfloyd 8.3

      Psycho…..you’re gonna need much stronger arms to pull that bow sonny.

  9. HitchensFan 9

    My two cents’ worth is as much as I loathe the hypocrisy of the whole stinkin’ thing (Rodders admitted yesterday on TV1 that the whole caucus and the senior ACT board knew about the passpost scam! They’re all as revolting as each other), I hope Garrett DOES stay in Parliament. Every time he opens his mouth the opposition can shout something about “dead babies” or “hypocrisy” at him, he’s completely lost any credibility. And ACT will be tarred by association, so that will ensure their demise (which couldn’t make me happier).
    But if he goes, in will come Hilary, Rodders will get rolled, they’ll go back to their scary, dangerous Douglas neo-lib roots, the country will forget in a year and the nasty party of rich white bullies will remain.
    Personally I think Garrett leaving Parliament is the worst possible outcome for those of us who hate ACT.

  10. Tigger 10

    When talking to Holmes Hide actively volunteered the fact that the board knew. He is spreading the blame to dilute the pressure on him. All he’s done is turn the SS ACT into the Titanic.

  11. kerry 11

    Looking at some comments its nice to see the right are still intimidated by Helen Clark…..the right so hate intelligence and decency and good political management.

    • Tigger 11.1

      Not to mention women who don’t know their place is in the kitchen…

    • burt 11.2

      the right so hate intelligence and decency and good political management.

      And that relates to Helen Clark how ?

      • Blighty 11.2.1

        3 election victories.
        4 years of below 4% unemployment.
        Record pay increases.
        Unbroken growth.
        Working for Families.
        The Cullen fund.
        Interest-free student loans.
        Modern apprenticeships.
        20Free ECE.
        Keeping NZ out of Iraq.
        More doctors, nurses, teachers.
        An ETS.
        Government net debt below zero.

        I can go on….

        • burt 11.2.1.1

          Do go on, it’s great to see just one side of the story. I bet you wet your pants with excitement everytime you heard the phrase ‘Not in the pulic interest to prosecute’.

          • Blighty 11.2.1.1.1

            I don’t even know what you’re referring to. Let alone how it negates all this proof of the Fifth Labour Government and Clark’s intelligence and good political management

            • The Voice of Reason 11.2.1.1.1.1

              C’mon, Blighty, leave Burt alone. You know how badly facts confuse and annoy him. Just pat him on the head, tell him it’ll be alright and leave him to his fantasy world in which he restrospectively changes history to suit his own beliefs.

          • Jum 11.2.1.1.2

            learn to spell sonny. It was too close to ‘pubic’ and then I would start to worry about your reasons for outing yourself on public blogs.

      • bbfloyd 11.2.2

        Burt… don’t be silly. if you want to indulge yourself in a hate session, then it’s kiwiblog for you son…

  12. Umm, I’d thought the difference was that the Electoral Integrity Act expired. When Huata left, there was a legal mechanism in place by which ACT could get her expelled from Parliament so the next one on the list could come in. That would have taken a vote in caucus. Now, there’s no such mechanism. No matter what ACT says or does, the decision is Garrett’s.

    As nice as the conspiracy theory sounds, it’s not the binding constraint.

    • Blighty 12.1

      Um. Hide is not even pressuring Garrett to leave. He is happy for him to stay.

      Hide doesn’t need the Electoral Integrity Act to be able to call on Garrett to resign.

      Muppet.

    • Draco T Bastard 12.2

      IIRC, Act was instrumental in getting that act into law so that they could throw Huata out.

    • bbfloyd 12.3

      is it just my imagination, or are all the right leaning apologists writing on this site indulging in more than the usual semantic game playing?

      • Draco T Bastard 12.3.1

        The usual semantic game playing from the right has been increasing for some time in direct proportion to how far right National have deviated from their Labour Lite election campaign. Now that National are showing themselves to be hard-right authoritarians they have gone into DDD (drastic disinformation and distraction) mode.

  13. Why the difference?

    A buckletload of reasons:

    1. He expects David Garrett will resign.
    2. The law now states it is solely David Garrett’s decision. When Donna was around, it didn’t.
    3. Donna’s matter was more serious.

    etc.

    • Blighty 13.1

      Missing the point young fella. Hide could call on Garrett to resign if he wanted but he isn’t.

      • Missing my point: if David Garrett decides to stick around, Rodney may well publicly call on him to resign. Giving him a few days to publicly come to that conclusion himself is, well, humane. David Garrett won’t come out of this well, allowing him to be seen to “do the decent thing” off his own bat is the least Rodney can offer a loyal MP whom Rodney completely dicked around.

        • bbfloyd 13.1.1.1

          Graham…you’re getting yourself tied up here son. an argument based on what you would like to happen is actually not an argument. it is wishful thinking. your affection and loyalty is commendable, if misplaced, and a little naive.

          garrett has discredited himself, and the right wing cause in the process. is he so slow witted as to need days/weeks to come to the obvious conclusions that he has no credible alternative to resignation from parliament? i don’t think so, do you?

        • Eric Crampton 13.1.1.2

          Mr Hide said he was not putting pressure on Mr Garrett in terms of whether he should quit Parliament. “But it seems to me the people elected five ACT MPs — not four and an independent,” he said. The allocation of five MPs came after Mr Hide’s successful Epsom electorate win and will only be retained if Mr Garrett quits Parliament.

          It’s gentle for now, would be less gentle in a month’s time.

          Just for fun, I hit “taito” in the search field here. Amazing how loud the calls are for Garrett’s immediate departure compared to how little shows up in searches on a minister who was engaged in corruption as part of his portfolio.

          • lprent 13.1.1.2.1

            …compared to how little shows up in searches…

            Probably because you searched on a first name compared to a surname. If you searched for Garretts first name you’d be amazed at how many other people there are with the same first name. If you read your own comment I notice that you didn’t use Garretts first name yourself.

            The sign of someone who doesn’t know how to conduct a relevant search…. I think that you should relegate yourself to the ranks of the technically incompetent?

            • Eric Crampton 13.1.1.2.1.1

              First off, Taito wasn’t his first name, it was his title. Also searched on “Philip Field” and didn’t find it. But I picked Taito as most likely unique identifier. Just “Field” could bring up anything, “Philip Field” would miss anything that didn’t have the name in that exact order, (Philip AND Field) would be too broad. I’ll trust you can point me to your post arguing that Field ought to have been booted both from Labour and from Parliament…preferably something before he came out saying he’d stand as independent.

              A straight google search on Taito, no modifiers, gives a Herald piece on the corruption and bribery investigation as sixth hit. Only stuff I find here on searches on Taito is comments from folks mad about Field.

              I’ll agree with y’all that Garrett ought to be out of Parliament. But I’d have the amp turned up to like 2 when saying that; the amp ought to have been up to about 8 or 9 for Field.

              • lprent

                There is of course a pretty simple reason why there were few posts on Field. Apart from the conviction, everything was done and dusted long before this site started in August 2007. Read the timeline from wikipedia

                In 2005, Field was stood down from his ministerial posts following controversies around allegations that he had improperly used his influence as an MP to receive material gain. In particular, it was alleged that he had used his position as a Member of Parliament to obtain a work permit for a non-resident who had worked as a tiler at reduced hourly rates on his home in Samoa. It was also alleged that Field had used his position to obtain a discounted price for a property deal he had constructed with low-income welfare beneficiaries in his electorate. An inquiry cleared him of any conflict of interest, but did criticise his judgement over the events.[4]
                Further allegations of improper behaviour were made by the Television New Zealand Sunday program on 27 August 2006, which led to Prime Minister Helen Clark saying that Field should reconsider his future as an MP.[5] Police launched an investigation the following day into claims that Field had benefited from helping people with immigration applications. Field was put on indefinite paid leave from Parliament by the Labour Party.[6] After Field made comments to the media that he might run against the Labour Party in a future election, steps were taken on 13 February 2007 by Labour to expel Field from the party.

                On 14 February 2007, Field was formally expelled from the Parliamentary Labour Party. This was announced by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Margaret Wilson. To forestall moves to expel him from the Labour Party, Field resigned on 16 February 2007, returning to Parliament as an independent, but promising to support the Government’s legislative programme;[7] However, on 21 February, he voted against the Labour Party on Green MP Sue Bradford’s Members’ Bill to amend Section 59 of the Crimes Act 1961 (see Child Discipline Act 2007).

                The Sunday Star-Times reported on 15 April 2007 that Field would form a new political party based on family values.

                On 24 May 2007, police announced that they would seek the leave of the High Court to lay corruption charges against Field (a necessary procedural step when such are laid in New Zealand). The offence, corruption and bribery of a member of Parliament, carries a maximum sentence of 7 years’ imprisonment. If Field was convicted while still a member, his Parliamentary seat would be vacated.[12][13]

                It was pretty clear that he wasn’t going to get before the high court before the election and the probability of him winning either his electorate seat or 5% were minimal. So he simply wasn’t that interesting to the writers here…. Furthermore he was before the courts, and our authors don’t tend to second-guess the judicial process without a particularly good reason. That piece of idiocy we leave up to the seriously deranged, the idiots in the lynch mob at the sewer and other lawless RWNJ blogs.

                There have been quite a few posts on Garrett because he has of current interest to the authors when the site has been running. Most of the posts were about his connections to the sensible sentencing trust or the self-evident fact that the guy was monumentally not suitable to be an MP.

                Now the question is really how much of an idiot are you? Do I have to explain this in any more depth? What is the bet that you have problems counting between dates?

  14. randal 14

    garret is a faiure as human being yet hide persists in treating him as a morally upright person.
    so therefore there is a failure of ethics and morals permeating the whole party.

  15. Treetop 15

    Whats the difference: The Act Party are part of the coalition. Hide is not yet off the hook. To the person who had the guts to expose Garrett good job, well done! Does this person know what Garrett told Hide? I want to hear from Garrett what he actually told Hide about the identity theft?

    • bbfloyd 15.1

      Treetop… good question… i assume you already know that we won’t get an answer on that until act are already in the dustbin of history

  16. Nick K 16

    There is no comparison.

    When a MP, Donna stole taxpayer funds destined for maori charities and used it for stomach stapling operations.

    Twenty six years before becoming a MP Garrett performed a stupid student prank.

    • mcflock 16.1

      … when he wasn’t a student, was sober and in his (late?) twenties. He didn’t nick a pie from the late night dairy! Then he campaigned on “law & order” after an assault conviction and applying for name suppression when he finally got caught.

      • Draco T Bastard 16.1.1

        And also not telling the court 2005 that he did have that 2002 conviction.

        Garretts forgery of a passport was no prank – you just don’t do something that bad and involved as a prank.

    • felix 16.2

      Nick K,

      If by “student prank” you mean “serious crime committed by a 28 year old adult” then yep.

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    10 hours ago
  • Index of Power Update, 2018-19: China #2
    We reprint below an article from the excellent website the Economics of Imperialism by Tony Norfield This is an update of the statistics for my Index of Power, using data for 2018-19 and discussing what a country’s ranking reflects. The major change is that China’s rank has shifted up and ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    12 hours ago
  • Climate Change: A history lesson
    Why is New Zealand climate change policy so crap? The Herald this morning has a long article on the twists and turns of climate change policy in New Zealand [paywalled / depaywall script], which shows where we've been. The short version is that the government first began worrying about this ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    13 hours ago
  • What the All Blacks Mean to Us
    The All Blacks have been, for more than a century, arguably the most successful International sports team in the world. But they are more than that; even for those Kiwis who are immune to the charms of rugby (and there are more than a few), the All Blacks are ambassadors ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    16 hours ago
  • No one is born into the wrong body
    A short and incredibly powerful speech from a young lesbian woman. No one is born in the wrong body. ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 day ago
  • Contempt
    Back in June, the UK Court of Appeal ruled that that country's continued arms sales to Saudi Arabia were unlawful. So you'd expect that the UK government stopped approving them, right?Of course not:The government has apologised for breaching a court ruling against the sale of weapons to Saudi Arabia that ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 day ago
  • Covering up the cover-up
    Yesterday NZDF officials were put on the stand about the lies they had told over Operation Burnham, making implausible claims that it was all a big mistake. But along the way, we learned they had already been put on the spot about it by a previous Defence Minister, who had ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 day ago
  • Not as important as they think they are
    Farmers have been whining a lot lately, about the methane targets in the Zero Carbon Bill, about Canterbury's proposed nitrogen limits, and about the government's new proposals to stop them from shitting in our lakes and rivers. These policies are "throwing farmers under the tractor", they will force farmers off ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • Behind Every Good Woman Should Stand – Another Good Woman.
    Alone, Alone, All, All, Alone: To argue that the Prime Minister is the victim of her advisers’ failure to keep her informed may offer Jacinda some measure of exoneration – but only at the cost of casting her as a hopeless political ingénue. A star-dusted muppet, whose only purpose is to ...
    2 days ago
  • Poor quality, poorly educated kiddie ‘Journalists’ spreading fake news
    In times of hysteria about the “World coming to an end” and “rising sea levels” so-called ‘Journalists’ who can barely spell words longer than four letters are having a ball! Though the majority of the Public have worked out that manmade climate change is nothing short of pseudo-science, and the ...
    An average kiwiBy admin@averagekiwi.com
    2 days ago
  • Chris Trotter on the BFD
    I don't want to give pblicity to certain parts of the internet that are better left to fester in their own irrelevance (I know, a bit like this place) but the listing of Chris Trotter as a 'author' on Cameron Slater's spinoff website, the BFD requires some explanation.Now, I don't ...
    2 days ago
  • Sex is not a spectrum
    The text below is a Twitter thread by Heather Heying that explains the essence of sexual reproduction and it long evolutionary history. She is an evolutionary biologist and a “professor-in-exile” after she and her husband, Bret Weinstein, stood up to supporters of an enforced “Day of Absence” for white staff and teachers ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 days ago
  • Climate Change: Trees, aviation, and offsets
    With crunch time for new Zealand climate policy approaching, most of the New Zealand media have got on board with a global reporting effort to cover the issue. There's one strand of stories today about polling and what it shows about changing public attitudes to the crisis, but the strand ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • Pissing-Off The Israelis Is A High-Risk Strategy.
    Dangerous Foes: For those readers of Bowalley Road who feel disposed to dismiss any prospect of an Israeli destabilisation of New Zealand politics, the example of the United Kingdom repays close attention. Ever since the election of Jeremy Corbyn as leader of the British Labour Party, the Israelis have sanctioned, funded and ...
    2 days ago
  • Something to go to in Wellington
    Make It 16, the youth-led campaign to lower New Zealand's voting age, is holding an official campaign launch at Parliament this Friday from 16:30. If you'd like to attend, you can register using EventBrite here. ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • A founding member responds to Peace Action Wellington
    by Don Franks It was a lovely sunny Wellington afternoon with blue skies above  the beaches.  In Courtenay Place, political activists packed out a stuffy upstairs room for an important meeting. The assembled pacifists, anarchists, communists and independent young radicals of Peace Action Wellington felt the need for a mission ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 days ago
  • “Mistakes and errors”
    Current and former NZDF top brass are being publicly grilled this week by the hit and run inquiry over their public responses to allegations of civilian casualties. Previously, they've claimed there were no casualties, a position which led them to lie to Ministers and to the public. Now, they're saying ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • “Homosexuality is same-sex attraction and relationships, not heterosexuals with delusions of gende...
    by Rafael D. Quiles (gender-critical gay man from Puerto Rico) The writing on the wall is right in people’s faces and people just don’t see it or don’t want to. What could actually possess a heterosexual male to want to feminize himself and claim that he is a lesbian? Because ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    3 days ago
  • Trump: “Where’s my favourite dictator?”
    From the Wall Street Journal:Inside a room of the ornately decorated Hotel du Palais during last month’s Group of Seven summit in Biarritz, France, President Trump awaited a meeting with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi. Mr. Trump looked over a gathering of American and Egyptian officials and called out in ...
    3 days ago
  • Magdalen Burns, 1983-2019, fighter for women’s liberation
    by the Redline blog collective At Redline we are very saddened to hear of the death of Magdalen Burns who passed away on the morning of Friday, September 13 (British time). Magdalen was a great fighter for the rights of women in general and lesbian women in particular, a defender ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    4 days ago
  • Parliament and the Executive
    The Brexit issue has certainly brought with it a series of apparently difficult constitutional issues, many of them concerning the respective roles of the executive and parliament. Most of them arise because of the unwillingness of MPs, despite their professions to the contrary, to be bound by a constitutional rarity ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    5 days ago
  • The Abigail Article; Martyn Bradbury’s Article, and My Response
    . . This blogpost is different to my usual format of reporting on issues… Since July 1011, I have blogged on a variety of political issues; near always political and/or environmental; mostly highly critical of the previous National Government. Other issues included Israeli occupation of Palestinian lands and repression of ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    5 days ago
  • Police will have to wear silly Buckingham Palace hats from now on, says Police Minister
    Those close to the Police Minister believe the initiative may be the result of Nash “seeing a great deal” on AliExpress. In a move that comes seemingly out of nowhere, Police Minister Stuart Nash announced this afternoon that he expects all frontline staff to don bearskin hats, famously worn by ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    5 days ago
  • A sensible crackdown
    The government has released its Arms Legislation Bill, containing the second tranche of changes to gun laws following the March 15 massacre. And it all looks quite sensible: a national gun register, higher penalties for illegal possession and dealing, tighter restrictions on arms dealers and shooting clubs, and a shorter ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • California bans private prisons
    Private prisons are a stain on humanity. Prison operators explicitly profit from human misery, then lobby for longer prisons terms so they can keep on profiting. And in the US, prison companies run not only local and state prisons, but also Donald Trump's immigration concentration camps. Faced with this moral ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Why PPPs are a bad idea
    When National was in power, they were very keen on Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) - basicly, using private companies to finance public infrastructure as a way of hiding debt from the public. They were keen on using them for everything - roads, schools, hospitals. But as the UK shows, that "service" ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • A Movement That No Longer Moves.
    Moving And Shaking: There was a time when people spoke matter-of-factly about the “labour movement” – a political phenomenon understood to embrace much more than the Labour Party. Included within the term’s definition was the whole trade union movement – many of whose members looked upon the Labour Party as ...
    6 days ago
  • NZ ‘left’ politically embracing extreme postmodernism
    by Philip Ferguson Much of the left, even people who formally identify as marxists, have collapsed politically in the face of postmodern gender theory of the sort pioneered by American philosopher Judith Butler. For Butler even biological sex is socially constructed. “If the immutable character of sex is contested, perhaps ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    6 days ago
  • The obvious question
    The media is reporting that the (alleged) Labour party sexual assaulter has resigned from their job at Parliament, which means hopefully he won't be turning up there making people feel unsafe in future. Good. But as with everything about this scandal, it just raises other questions. Most significantly: why the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • The moment I found out that you found out, I acted swiftly
    By Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern I am every bit as angry as you are. I am every bit as disappointed as you must be. The people with power, oversight and the ability to do something about these processes within the Labour Party should be ashamed. Whoever those people are, I ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    6 days ago
  • This is why people hate property developers
    Property developers think there is an "oversupply" of houses in Auckland:High turnover rates and falling prices may be a sign that there are too many new houses going in to some parts of Auckland, commentators say. [...] Property developer David Whitburn said there was a "bit of an oversupply" in ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Australia to Pacific: “Fuck you, you can all drown”
    World leaders are meeting in New York in two weeks for the 2019 Climate Action Summit, where they are expected to announce new and more ambitious targets to stop the world from burning. But the Australian Prime Minister won't be there, despite being in the USA at the time:Scott Morrison ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • Implausible ignorance
    Labour Party president Nigel Haworth resigned yesterday over the party's sexual assault scandal. But while that's good news, its unlikely to take away the stench of a coverup. Because according to Paula Bennett in Parliament yesterday, pretty much everyone in the Prime Minister's office was involved as well:I have been ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • Labour’s Fatal Flaw.
     Two-Faced? Labour insiders' commitment to the neoliberal status quo puts them at odds with their party’s membership; its trade union affiliates; and a majority of Labour voters, but this only serves to strengthen the perception they have of themselves as a special elite. Among the lesser breeds, they’ll talk up a ...
    7 days ago
  • Ten reasons the Tories do NOT want an election
    There has been a lot of talk about Boris Johnson wanting an election, and he has blustered with great gusto about 'chicken' Jeremy Corbyn refusing one, but I think there are many reasons why he is secretly glad he has been refused the opportunity:The Tories are an utter rabble,tearing themselves ...
    1 week ago
  • Prorogation Illegal, rule Scottish judges
    Scottish appeal court judges have declared that Boris Johnson’s decision to suspend parliament in the run-up to the October Brexit deadline is unlawful. The three judges, chaired by Lord Carloway, Scotland’s most senior judge, overturned an earlier ruling that the courts did not have the powers to interfere in the prime ...
    1 week ago
  • Let me explain what I meant by Everyday New Zealanders
    By Simon Bridges. The following is a press release from the office of Simon Bridges, leader of The National Party. Key ora, New Zealand. Happy Maori Language Week. Look, I’m writing to you today because I want to clear something up. There’s been a lot of kerfuffle around some things ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • Yes, the SIS is subject to the Public Records Act
    I understand there's some stuff going round about how the SIS "was removed from the list of public offices covered by the Public Records Act in 2017". The context of course being their records derived from US torture, which will be disposed of or sealed. The good news is that ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • An evidence-based discussion of the Canadian fluoride/IQ study
    Dr. Christopher Labos and Jonathan Jarry discuss the recent Canadian fluoride/IQ research. They provide an expert analysis of the paper and its problems. Click on image to go to podcast. The critical debate about the recent ...
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Australia in denial
    Australia is burning down again, and meanwhile its natural disaster minister is denying climate change:Australia’s minister responsible for drought and natural disasters, David Littleproud, has said that he doesn’t “know if climate change is manmade”. Clarifying earlier comments that the question is “irrelevant” when considering the Coalition government’s response to ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Philippines activist speaking on the Duterte tyranny
    Auckland Philippines Solidarity is excited to host Professor Judy Taguiwalo for a speaking tour of NZ in September. She is a well-known activist in the Philippines and was a political prisoner under the Marcos dictatorship. Professor Taguiwalo briefly served as a Cabinet member under President Duterte but was forced from ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Disgust
    I have no special insights to offer on the Labour sexual assault coverup. All I have is disgust. Disgust that an organisation could fail its people so badly. Disgust that they punished the victims rather than the perpetrator. Disgust that its party hacks are apparently blaming the victims for demanding ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Speak Up for Women calls out Greens’ censorship
    This open letter to the Green Party was penned after an opinion piece by Jill Abigail, a feminist and founding member of the party, was censored by the Greens’ leadership. (Redline has reprinted her article here).The intolerance of the Green Party leaders and their acceptance of the misogyny of gender ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Member’s Day: End of Life Choice, part 3
    Today is a Member's day, and David Seymour's End of Life Choice Bill continues its slow crawl through its committee stage. They're spending the whole day on it today, though the first hour is likely to be spent on voting left over from last time. After that they'll move on ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Flight to Los Angeles turned back after passengers decide they don’t want to go anymore
    An ambitious plan to fly to Los Angeles petered out into a brief sight-seeing trip and a desire to return home and get some sleep before work tomorrow. Air New Zealand has confirmed a flight to Los Angeles last night was turned back about a quarter of the way into ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • Indigenous Futures: defuturing and futuring – an analytical framework for policy development?
    There appears to be consensus – by omission – that the concept of indigenous futures should be accepted at face value. So I scavenged the internet to see if I could locate an academic descriptor or a framework around how we think about it as a concept, and whether it ...
    EllipsisterBy Ellipsister
    1 week ago
  • Cadbury rumoured to be releasing the Pineapple Trump
    Here’s another novelty chocolate to shove in your gob, New Zealand Cadbury could be seeking to make itself great again with a rumoured new release: Pineapple Trumps, a spin on its classic chocolate-encased pineapple treat and do-it-yourself tooth remover. The global confectionery manufacturer and bumbling “before” character in an infomercial, ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • The coming resource war.
    During my time in the Pentagon I had the privilege of sitting down with military leaders and defence and security officials from a variety of Latin American nations. Sometimes I was present as a subordinate assistant to a senior US defence department official, sometimes as part of a delegation that ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    1 week ago
  • Māori Language Week with The Civilian
    Kia ora, Aotearoa. It’s that magical time of year. Te Wiki o te Reo Māori. In English, the week that frightens talk radio. As you probably know by now, all your favourite media outlets are participating, some more successfully than others. Stuff has changed its name to Puna for the ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • Will Horizons act on climate change?
    Local body elections are coming up next month. And it looks like all Palmerston North candidates for Horizons (the Manawatu-Whanganui Regional Council) want to take action on climate change:Climate change is set to be a key issue in Palmerston North for the next three years if those wanting to get ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • BORA reform is stalled
    Eighteen months ago, the government promised to strengthen the Bill of Rights Act, by explicitly affirming the power of the courts to issue declarations of inconsistency and requiring Parliament to formally respond to them. So how's that going? I was curious, so I asked for all advice about the proposal. ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Corbyn and Brexit
    As the Brexit saga staggers on, the focus is naturally enough on the Prime Minister and his attempts to achieve Brexit “do or die”. But the role played by the Leader of the Opposition is of almost equal interest and complexity. The first problem for Jeremy Corbyn is that he ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    1 week ago
  • A ditch for him to die in
    Last week, English Prime Minister Boris Johnson boldly declared that he would rather die be dead in a ditch than delay Brexit. Unfortunately for him, the UK parliament accepted the challenge, and promptly dug one for him. The "rebellion bill" requires him to ask for and secure yet another temporary ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Warning! Warning! Danger Jacinda Ardern! Danger Marama Davidson! Warning!
    Lost In Political Space: The most important takeaway from this latest Labour sexual assault scandal, which (if I may paraphrase Nixon’s White House counsel’s, John Dean’s, infamous description of Watergate) is “growing like a cancer” on the premiership, is the Labour Party organisation’s extraordinary professional paralysis in the face of ...
    1 week ago
  • Union solidarity with Ihumatao land occupation
    by Daphna Whitmore Every Sunday for the past two months unionists from First Union, with supporters from other unions, have set out to the Ihumatao land protest, put up gazebos and gas barbeques, and cooked food for a few hundred locals and supporters who have come from across the country. ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: The wrong kind of trees?
    Newsroom today has an excellent, in-depth article on pine trees as carbon sinks. The TL;DR is that pine is really good at soaking up carbon, but people prefer far-less efficient native forests instead. Which is understandable, but there's two problems: firstly, we've pissed about so long on this problem that ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • No freedom of speech in Turkey
    Canan Kaftancioglu is a Turkish politician and member of the opposition Republican People's Party (CHP). Like most modern politicians, she tweets, and uses the platform to criticise the Turkish government. She has criticised them over the death of a 14-year-old boy who was hit by a tear gas grenade during ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Speaker: Tadhg Stopford: Why I’m standing for the ADHB
    Hi there, just call me Tim.We face tough problems, and I’d like to help, because there are solutions.An Auckand District Health Board member has nominated me for as a candidate for the ADHB, because her MS-related pain and fatigue is reduced with hemp products from Rotorua.  Nothing else helped her. If I ...
    1 week ago
  • Good little vassals
    The Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security has published their report on whether the SIS and GCSB had any complicity in American torture. And its damning. The pull quote is this:The Inquiry found both agencies, but to a much greater degree, the NZSIS, received many intelligence reports obtained from detainees who, ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Who Shall We Turn To When God, And Uncle Sam, Cease To Defend New Zealand?
    Bewhiskered Cassandra? Professor Hugh White’s chilling suggestion, advanced to select collections of academic, military and diplomatic Kiwi experts over the course of the past week, is that the assumptions upon which Australia and New Zealand have built their foreign affairs and defence policies for practically their entire histories – are ...
    1 week ago
  • The Politics of Opposition
    For most of the time I was a British MP, my party was out of government – these were the Thatcher years, when it was hard for anyone else to get a look-in. As a front-bencher and shadow minister, I became familiar with the strategies required in a parliamentary democracy ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    1 week ago
  • More expert comments on the Canadian fluoride-IQ paper
    The Green et al (2019) fluoride/IQ is certainly controversial – as would be expected from its subject (see If at first you don’t succeed . . . statistical manipulation might help and Politics of science – making a silk purse out of a sow’s ear). Anti-fluoride campaigners have been actively promoting it ...
    1 week ago
  • The return to guerrilla war in Colombia
    by Gearóid Ó Loingsigh On August 29th a video in which veteran FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia) commander Iván Márquez announced that they had taken up arms again was released. There was no delay in the reaction to it, from longtime Liberal Party figure and former president Uribe, for ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Air New Zealand identifies this enormous plot of unused land as possible second airport site
    Air New Zealand couldn’t believe its luck that this seemingly ideal piece of real estate had so far gone entirely unnoticed. Air New Zealand’s search for a site to build a second Auckland Airport may have made a breakthrough this afternoon, after employees scanning Google satellite imagery spotted a huge, ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Redline on the Labour Party
    No-one on the anti-capitalist left in this country today puts forward a case that Labour is on the side of the working class.  There are certainly people who call themselves ‘socialist’ who do, but they are essentially liberals with vested interests in Labourism – often for career reasons. Nevertheless, there ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • New Fisk
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Labour’s failure
    When National was in government and fucking over the poor for the benefit of the rich, foodbanks were a growth industry. And now Labour is in charge, nothing has changed: A huge demand for emergency food parcels means the Auckland City Mission is struggling to prepare for the impending arrival ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Ardern attempts to vaccinate Clarke Gayford live on television to prove that it’s safe
    Gayford, pictured here on The Project, before things got wildly out of control. A bold public relations move by the Government to encourage parents to vaccinate their children has gone horribly wrong. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern appeared on tonight’s episode of Three’s The Project, where the plan was for her ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Has Mr. Whippy gone too far by parking on our front lawns?
    Mr. Whippy’s business model has driven it down a dark road of intimidation. Residents in major centres around the country are becoming disgruntled by the increasingly aggressive actions of purported ice cream company Mr. Whippy, who have taken to parking on people’s front lawns and doorsteps in a desperate attempt ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Cleaning up the water
    Today the government released its Action Plan for Healthy Waterways, aimed at cleaning up our lakes and rivers. Its actually quite good. There will be protection for wetlands, better standards for swimming spots, a requirement for continuous improvement, and better standards for wastewater and stormwater. But most importantly, there's a ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Fronting up
    Today I appeared before the Environment Committee to give an oral submission on the Zero Carbon Bill. Over 1,500 people have asked to appear in person, so they've divided into subcommittees and are off touring the country, giving people a five minute slot each. The other submitters were a mixed ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Politics of science – making a silk purse out of a sow’s ear
    Anti-fluoride activists have some wealthy backers – they are erecting billboards misrepresenting the Canadian study on many New Zealand cities – and local authorities are ordering their removal because of their scaremongering. Many New Zealanders ...
    2 weeks ago

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