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Ben Guerin: a dirty politics fuckwit

Written By: - Date published: 5:11 pm, July 13th, 2015 - 104 comments
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howkiwiareyou

Young National “Labour” site

That is curious, suddenly a website pops up “how kiwi are you”. (updated: site has been removed) Full of slurs against Chinese. WTF!

It has a Labour logo? But that is linked to the YoungNats.org.nz (see below).

Oh. It appears we have some young fool trying to make a name for themselves. Lets dig out who.

YoungNats have a labour logo

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Someone called Ben Guerin

Ben Guerin - dickhead admin

The admin contact. Click for whole registration

Ok. So who is this young nat bozo? Linkedin shows him as being a young dickhead with a smirk.

Ben Guerin - dickhead admin2

And his current job?

Ben Guerin - dickhead admin3

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Well apparently he works doing MP support at parliamentary services. Working for some unknown National list MP “Brent Hudson”. Perhaps he thinks he is Jason Ede’s replacement.

But I’d never take tech advice from him… Yeah, I can just see how this “supports” the MP who employs him.

FFS: Could someone inform the pathetic dickhead that Dirty Politics was so last year. That he shouldn’t reuse his old last years condoms because it is very very unhygienic. He should especially not leave his fingerprints all over the results of his pulling. Or even better still – just don’t play those stupid games. Especially when being employed by the taxpayer while working for a MP. They don’t add anything to the political debate.

Also that he is a complete fuckwit and so are his National party employers

 

104 comments on “Ben Guerin: a dirty politics fuckwit ”

  1. lprent 1

    7:00pm…

    Just a wee warning. Because of the amount of diversion trolling going on on my post (some people like to live dangerously), I’ve put a full moderation on this post.

    I’m letting through any half way reasonable comment and mostly answering them. But it’d inadvisable for the usual trolls to try diversion trolling. I’m really not in the mood for it, but I am finding it hilarious to do permanent bans for the fools who do it.

    I will pop this comment at the top of the list by putting a earlier time.

    • Thom Pietersen 1.1

      This is the norm now – And an output of the American consultants.

      Just don’t click bait – Kiwi’s are actually better than this.

  2. Roflcopter 2

    Or maybe *gasp!* he didn’t give a rats arse if people knew who he was, and was enjoying putting together something that pokes fun at Twyford’s racism.

    Everyone knows he’s a Young Nat, please keep up.

    • lprent 2.1

      Well you might know being around such a dork in Wellington and the people of this ilk at Whaleoil and Kiwiblog – the home of dirty politics in NZ.

      I have no idea who such simple idiots of the National party are.

      I juts find it incomprehensible that anyone would do such a dumb thing. I’m pretty sure that his employers will also find that to be the case as well.

    • Karen 2.2

      Really? I’ve never heard of him. Maybe you mean everybody doing comms for the National Party has heard of him.

    • Roflcopter – “please keep up” = attempt to sound authoritative?

  3. Goodshepherd 3

    Oh dear.
    What a twat.
    And on the public dime…
    Master Guerin, grow up and grow some ethics.

  4. SHG 4

    Amazing how even though the Young Nats’ Ben Guerin has been commenting online about what it was like to whip the site up on a Sunday afternoon, he was unable to hide the fact that identity behind the site is someone named “Ben Guerin”. Thanks for your Internet detective work there Captain Sysop.

    • lprent 4.1

      So you approve of a parliamentary employee employed by a National MP doing this kind of trash?

      Surely that wasn’t what you have been saying for years about the imaginary Labour party staffers who don’t write here….

      You really are a hypocritical idiot.

      • SHG 4.1.1

        So you approve of a parliamentary employee employed by a National MP doing this kind of trash?

        100%, because it’s nice to see that at least one side of NZ’s political spectrum knows how the Internet works.

        • lprent 4.1.1.1

          And that says all we need to know about your sense of ethics.

          Rather than leaving it there, perhaps you should explain why you think this is a good idea for our local politics or anything else with some examples of what you think is permissible with people controlling data.

          Define the edges of what you think is permissible..

          Publishing other peoples posts under your own name – wait that’s been done – Cameron Slater..

          Coming to think of it – is there anything that Cameron Slater has done which you think would be over the edge?

          • SHG 4.1.1.1.1

            It’s funny, and it makes Labour look stupid. Therefore it’s a good idea.

            [lprent: Ok now you are just trolling my post. You can justify anything with “but I found it funny”. Including rape, serial murders, medical misadventure, …

            Banned permanently. I’m not really interested in hosting psychopaths on this site. ]

        • tko 4.1.1.2

          Knows how the internet works? not very well, or at least not more than the average year 10 IT student.

          • lprent 4.1.1.2.1

            He does know, very well. That was why he picked up a permanent ban when he persisted in deliberate diversions.

  5. dv 5

    BUT BI+UT BUT there is a disclaimer at the bottom!!!!

    This website is not run by the NZ Labour Party.

    • lprent 5.1

      And yet it has a logo that has to be in copyright eh?

      Interesting. Basically this twerp seems to be positively stupid. I bet that his mates follow him here…

  6. James 6

    deleted – asked and answered above

    • Weepus beard 6.1

      Hard to read when the biggest thing in the whole page is the Labour banner.

  7. Weepus beard 7

    He shouldn’t be using the Labour banner for this. That is the property of the Labour party in their function as a current opposition party in New Zealand’s parliament.

    It’s a bit like Steven Joyce using an Eminem song for an election campaign.

    I suspect there will be a swift telling off from the speaker of the house…

    …oh wait, he’s a Nazional party apologist.

    • SHG 7.1

      He shouldn’t be using the Labour banner for this. That is the property of the Labour party in their function as a current opposition party in New Zealand’s parliament.

      You don’t think parody should be an exception to the Copyright Act? How very Big Business of you.

      • lprent 7.1.1

        How can you parody something that hasn’t happened?

        Show me a site where Labour has done anything like this……

        Fuckit – you are just trolling – bye – permanent.

      • Weepus beard 7.1.2

        They are not too bright, are they. A red banner and “Labour” in a generic typeface would have done the trick but they were arrogant and lazy like their master Steven Joyce.

        I’d go further, SHG, but you are permabanned so I need not.

  8. North 8

    “Ben Gurion” you say ?……oh well, vast knowledge of racism there. Another wee Tory bites the dust !

    [lprent: Huh? I just searched the page – where did that show up? ]

  9. fisiani 9

    Dirty Politics is hidden. Comedy is not. Labour dug the hole. Young Nats are just helping them dig it deeper.

    • lprent 9.1

      Ok, so explain why this is humorous to you. I can’t see anything about it that is.

      Unless of course you want to make up some weird tale that the National strategists has passed to you to say (when I see several known trollers passing the same PR spun line, I get deeply suspicious).

      I’d also suggest that you think carefully about what you say. I’m really not interested in diversion trolling on my post.

      • Atiawa 9.1.1

        I just sent him a text letting him know what a shit head he is. Can’t see much harm in anyone else telling him the same.

        • Izzy 9.1.1.1

          I can’t stand the Nats, but I really don’t think this is dirty politics.

          It’s a fairly obvious parody of Twyford’s foreign ownership work, clearly registered to Guerin, who makes his place of employment abundantly clear on LinkedIn and various other places online, and talked openly about making the site. One of the main things about ‘dirty politics’ was that those involved went to great lengths to hide their identities and their involvement, e.g. Jason Ede multiple email identities.

          As for use of the Labour logo – possibly a poor choice, but it didn’t take much looking at the site to realise it wasn’t actually a Labour Party site, and it’s not exactly the first time a political party logo has been used to parody that party, e.g. http://thestandard.org.nz/not-quite-beyond-parody/

          I think it was poor judgement by Guerin to do this when he is an employee of the Parliamentary Service – while he has every right to be involved in political activities in his spare time, the unfortunate reality for PS employees is that it’s pretty risky to do so in any public way, because of perception issues like this. He’ll presumably learn from this mistake, which is an easy one for young activists to make when they start working for MPs.

          I think it’s disappointing that you saw fit to publish his contact information, which apparently commentators here have now used to send him abusive messages.

          He said something about your team that you didn’t like, which pissed you off, and that’s chill. You don’t have to like it, you don’t have to like his politics, you’re allowed to question whether the site was made in a work capacity or done independently (which he has answered). But he doesn’t deserve the level of vitriol in this post, and he doesn’t deserve texts and emails telling him he’s a piece of shit. Being a Nat doesn’t make him immune to being hurt by this kind of thing. Be kind.

          Disclaimer: In the interests of transparency, I know Guerin through Wellington youth political circles – he’s friends with some of my friends so I’ve met him a few times and follow him on social media.

          • lprent 9.1.1.1.1

            The information that was published was the public information that every registrant for a domain must make public. If you want to change that then I suggest that you talk to IANA.

            It is there specifically to allow people to find out who is responsible for uses of that domain. Perhaps you should bestir yourself to find out what the responsibilities are for a domain name holder.

            The “voitrol” was because he didn’t provide any information on the site to identify who was responsible for it. As far as I’m concerned he was concealing who was responsible from the public. All that would have been required for me to make a quite different type of post would have been a prominent notice or an about at the top of the site that said this was put up by the Young Nats.

            So I made my rapid searches public and expressed by thoughts of a politically aware fool who would do this complete lack of public transparency, along with a reasonable explanation of why he did it. Since he’d neglected to provide that information, I feel that he should wear the consequences like any responsible adult

            Bearing in mind the search engine optimization on this site and the interest in this post, that will probably be for some time.

            Suffice it to say that the next site that I spot of this non-transparent dirty politics ilk will at least redouble that level of vitriol if I can trace it back. So you should suggest to your wellington “team” that they’d better learn to be responsible before I make them.

            BTW: I don’t play for any “team”. Many around the blogs and anyone who knows me will happily attest to that. I’ve worked and cooperate with people and organisations from the army to this blog, but I’m not into silly juvenile pack games.

            • tinfoilhat 9.1.1.1.1.1

              “So you should suggest to your wellington “team” that they’d better learn to be responsible before I make them.”

              🙄 really ? 🙄

            • Peter Green 9.1.1.1.1.2

              You’ve made a bit of a logic fail here.

              Choose one of:

              (a) The contact details were clearly linked to the website and easily available to anyone who’s interested. If this were the case, Ben’s involvement would have been perfectly transparent and there’s nothing to criticise.

              (b) People aren’t likely to know that the Young Nats were behind the website, because most people don’t know how to find whois details. In this case you get to criticise Ben for hiding the site’s provenance, but you don’t get to make his contact details easily available. I’m guessing the intersection between “people who can lookup domain registration information” and “people who send abusive messages” is small.

              I’m strongly in camp (b) on this, and I’m in favour of involuntary transparency for anyone engaging in two-track politics. But that shouldn’t include personal email addresses and phone numbers.

              • lprent

                In other words, you are into being a elitist and would like Ben to avoid the personal responsibility that he undertook by taking the domain.No particular surprises there

                The whole point about the transparency on the domain names is that the information is available to anyone. It is published because it is meant to be available. Specifically because people using domains are meant to be personally responsible for them. That has been the principle behind them since IANA started publishing them – probably before you were born.

                Since he was too irresponsible (or gutless) to publish it. I did it for him.

                But I am intrigued. Could you explain exactly where you draw the line. For instance addresses must be published in court documents. Many of those are also public documents. Do you disapprove of those as well? Property ownership and rates are public documents. That have contact details on them. Do you disapprove of those as well?

                Or is it just people you know that did something completely stupid that you want to protect?

                • Peter Green

                  I don’t know Ben, I was born before IANA was formed, and if it’s elitist to believe that logical consistency is important, then fine.

                  [A] “The information that was published was the public information”

                  [B] “Since he was too irresponsible (or gutless) to publish it. I did it for him.”

                  A or B, pick one. You can’t have it both ways.

                  • lprent

                    Why? Your logical position seems to be that of an elitist.

                    It essentially says that the only people who should be able to get public information are those with the skills to get it. Now I could understand that attitude for someone setting up a business based on information scarcity and wanting people to pay for free information.

                    But otherwise [A] + [B] id perfectly consistent.

            • Izzy 9.1.1.1.1.3

              I know the information is in the public domain (hence my comment about Ben not exactly hiding who owned the site). There’s also a difference between contact details being available, in the public domain, for the small number of people who bother to look for it, and those details being actively published in full as part of a scathing blog post on a popular blogsite.

              That’s encouraging harassment. It goes well beyond making someone responsible for not making affiliation clear on a website about the issue of the day. The site should have been clearly labelled as Young Nats, it wasn’t, that’s not great. The Young Nats and Ben did take credit for it all over social media, but it should have been clearly displayed on the site. Absolutely. It doesn’t make the way this post was written ok. I really hope that at some point you’ll read over this and go “wow, did I really call the kid that? yikes!”

              BTW: I like your work, always have (I’ve read TS on and off for 8 years). I shouldn’t have implied that this is just tribalism, as it’s clear from comments here you really do see this as dirty politics – a point on which I guess we’ll have to agree to disagree.

              And the Young Nats are hardly in my Wellington “team” if that’s a thing I have.

      • Lanthanide 9.1.2

        I don’t think it’s funny, or even really clever. Just stupid, really.

    • Tracey 9.2

      and yet tony alexander agrees restrictions on foreign buyers are needed and that an influx when china loosens restrictions is going to be like a tsunami… is he racist too

  10. mikesh 10

    By his employer you presumably mean Brett Hudson, who, at the last election, bestrode the streets of Johnsonville telling everyone to vote for his opponent, Peter Dunne.

  11. sabine 11

    would the new cyber bullie law fit an action like this?

    • lprent 11.1

      Hard to see how. From what I saw of the bill (I haven’t read the act yet), that was pretty specific about it being a person as a victim, so Labour couldn’t use it. Furthermore I think that the act doesn’t take effect until 2017.

      And I’m pretty sure that my comments were completely justified opinion, and all of the facts are correct. I even showed my workings for each point leading to those opinions based on those facts.

      • sabine 11.1.1

        i am more thinking as a “clearly misleading’, ‘ impersonating a group’ etc etc case.

        Free speach is one thing, parody is another thing, but this is as close to impersonating a political group for personal gain and amusement it gets. I can see quite a few people not realising that this page is a fake.

        i guess it is a case of bullying a party?

    • Roflcopter 11.2

      Why? LPrent was only making an observation…. oh wait, you meant Ben?

  12. UpandComer 12

    Hold on,

    What’s more dirty, some young talented guy throwing up an obviously humorous satirical website on an issue of the day that I ‘presume’ amounts to an exercise of free-speech that he’s publicised to be the same.

    Or publishing on the internet his photo, his address, apparently his phone number, his post code… ? There are a number of adjectives one could use in relation to that. And for what purpose? What do you want to achieve by marking a big ‘X’ on where this young guy can be found?

    What’s more dirty? This is actually hilarious. Carry on.

    • lprent 12.1

      You really are a bit stupid aren’t you…

      1. What is talented about throwing up a micro website? On average I seem to do one every other week, and I do it for free without charging taxpayers for it.

      Writing code requires talent. Elegant designs require talent. But I can’t see any real signs of that in the site. It looks like pretty standard, and there are less than 50 lines of substantive code and a few pirated graphics. It looks like he was using a primitive design tool rather badly.

      2. The information that I used here is ALL public.

      3. The domain registry requires that people getting domains put their contact name sand details in public specifically so others can find out who is responsible for whatever they use the domain for – which is what I did. This includes valid addresses and phone numbers. Here look at mine for this site. http://dnc.org.nz/whois/thestandard.org.nz

      4. The Linkedin site requires that you explicitly turn on information so that it is public. Ben G obviously did.

      The next parrot using this argument (because I envisage that it will be the next National party line) will also get dumped.

      • TheContrarian 12.1.1

        He charged the taxpayers? Didn’t the site go up on Sunday?

        • lprent 12.1.1.1

          That is actually a reasonable argument.. I’ll let it through despite the ban.

          1. As far as I can see, there is nothing on this site that says he did it on a weekend or on his own time. Since his job is doing communications for his employer, and this is quite clearly a communication that benefits his employer, I have to consider that he probably did it in work time OR did it on a weekend for plausible deniability.

          2. Besides, most of the parliamentary services employees working directly for MPs that I have ever met (and I have met a lot) work weekends as well as weekdays. That is because constituents and political activities don’t stick to a weekday schedule.

          This is why we don’t allow party political parliamentary staff to write here except under their own name. Like MP posts, Mike Smith or Rob Salmond when he does contact work. This is to ensure that there is absolutely no question about who they are working for at the time.

          This fuckwit didn’t put his own name on his work, and I suspect that he did it for his work. I can’t see any way that he could “prove” that it wasn’t done for the benefit of his MP employer.

          • McFlock 12.1.1.1.1

            As for being done on the weekend:

            domain_dateregistered: 2015-07-12T14:42:42+12:00
            domain_datebilleduntil: 2016-07-12T14:42:42+12:00
            domain_datelastmodified: 2015-07-13T13:07:46+12:00

            i.e. domain last modified at a quarter to eight on monday morning.

            Personally, rather than going for “plausible deniability”, I give him a 40% chance that he’s just done the standard tory thing of mixing business with pleasure and the resulting conflict of interest.

            • lprent 12.1.1.1.1.1

              I did notice that. However that in itself doesn’t prove much either. It could be that he did it at lunch (see the timezone is NZ).

              But it was somewhat indicative. I wonder if the Domain Name Commission is OIA’able. Because they may collect IP addresses from the registers.

        • te reo putake 12.1.1.2

          Be interesting to see who paid the set up costs.

  13. Ron 13

    Mmm I wonder if that site would be an offense under the new Digital Bill?
    Anyone familiar with the new bill that could comment?

  14. TheContrarian 14

    I thought political satire was a good thing.

    Take a deep breath Prentice. It is a joke site, kind of like ImperetorFish and his Martyn Bradbury Real Estate. Kinda of like The Civilian. Pretty sure you are taking this Waaaaaaaay to seriously.

    [lprent: So I don’t think Dirty politics is funny. And so far no-one has managed to explain why they think it or this was funny. Like Nicky Hager, I view this particular kind of political crap by taxpayer funded political party staffers to be quite unfunny. Doesn’t matter if it is Jason Ede or this idiot. I don’t tolerate it here because I really don’t want my taxes funding National being spent on this kind of stupdity.

    But hey, lets give a concrete example. I warned in comments that I wasn’t that interested in this particular line. So I think this is funny.

    Banned until the next amnesty for diversion trolling.

    Laughing laughing…. Oh yeah that is FUNNY! I can see you rolling in it from here. Funny looks different to different people eh? ]

    • Lanthanide 14.1

      This website is pretending to be Labour, by using the Labour party logo.

      So it’s not satire or parody like The Civilian obviously is.

  15. whateva next? 15

    and if some person pulled similar stunt using National’s logo? would there be uproar? Paddy and his gang would have a field day! or just a visit from lots of policeman for several hours while you are out?

  16. upnorth 16

    I found it funny and entered in my name – i have a very english name with two sirs in my family tree and came out at 6.6%.

    Now just a few questions – can i person who works parliament and do there own politictiking outside work hours?

    why didn’t they ask the real estate company permission to use or participate in the analysis – I mean this does smack of stolen data syndrome

    • lprent 16.1

      …can i person who works parliament and do there own politictiking outside work hours?

      Turn that around. Can you or he or anyone else prove that he didn’t do it in work time or that he didn’t do it for his MP/party employer. There is a reason why parliamentary services makes people in his type of role sign the types of contracts that they do.

      That is why at the very least, he should have had his name prominently on the work and had some kind of disclaimer on the site. He didn’t. H just had a figleaf proclaiming what it wasn’t display right at the bottom of the site.

      He was being a stupid fuckwit

  17. Heartbleeding Liberal 17

    I’m a leftie who thinks Phil is on to something. I find this a light hearted and jab at the butchered communication.

    • lprent 17.1

      I may do as well if it wasn’t being done by a employee of a MP. As soon as I see that, it flips it from being satire to dirty politics. There is a reason that parliamentary services writes those contracts with some pretty severe restrictions about activities.

  18. TheContrarian 18

    My ban was completely out of order. It wasn’t diversionary in the slightest nor is it a case of Dirty Politics given he made the site publicly with himself as the domain registrant on the DNC.

    You also seem to have forgotten this….

    http://www.3news.co.nz/nznews/colin-craig-mocked-by-fake-website-2014072914#axzz3fkjHM1OO

    Don’t be such a precious little flower.

    [lprent: Don’t be such a dickhead. But we will let that stand as your reply to the ban.

    Was parody that done by a the parliamentary political staffer? That was the point of my post. The dirty politics book had a point because of the way that it was being directed by parliamentary political staffers running clowns like Jason Ede.

    I find it unfunny because that particular meme is so destructive of the political process (look at the US congress for the extreme examples of the partisan logjams it produces). Having people paid to poison the political process. So you are still trying to divert it as a funny rather than an issue.

    So I will count that as a fail when it comes to an explanation.

    Besides – I told you would find my ban funny. Laugh damn you !!!! I’m sure everyone else finds it funny. I found it funny. ]

  19. James 19

    There is the strong possibility that this was just done as an individual and not part of his National appointment. After all he is also linkedin as a current director of codesmashers.

    The domain was registered to Codesmashers before it was put to his name yesterday.

    And he did say that it was shipped up on a Sunday afternoon.

    So – perhaps not in his role of a taxpayer funded staffer when he did this.

    • lprent 19.1

      So why was he still playing around with the domain registration at midday today?
      Wasn’t at work?
      Or was doing the final touches?

  20. Lucy 20

    seems to have been taken down. The boy is an idiot who thinks he is smart!

  21. rhinocrates 21

    So the little snot gets to have his cake and eat it too – indulge in racist jibes and blame Labour for it – the perennial “But Labour….” excuse.

    And you didn’t see this coming Twyford, you goddamned idiot? What were you doing, loading walnuts into your blunderbuss to shoot down the enemy’s homing pigeons?

  22. tinfoilhat 22

    🙄

  23. Looks like it went up recently. He had Google index the site on 12th, 9.30 GMT.
    http://bit.ly/howkiwinat
    It’s such an amateurish attempt, there’s been real no effort to hide anything. As you did, it’s there for anyone that knows how the internet works. However the offending site is offline now so suspect his boss or other had second thoughts.

    • lprent 23.1

      It’s such an amateurish attempt, there’s been real no effort to hide anything.

      Agreed. But you’d be surprised at the number of people, particularly recent codebunnies working on other peoples sites who have no idea how the web actually works. The domain and site is set up for them by whoever is paying for it because they have to carry on paying for it long after the bunny is gone.

      However the offending site is offline now so suspect his boss or other had second thoughts.

      I would hope so. I generally find that once they get highlighted prominently enough that the serious politicians become aware of consequences that stupidity gets removed.

      • rhinocrates 23.1.1

        the serious politicians become aware of consequences that stupidity gets removed.

        You mean they invoke “plausible deniability”?

  24. millsy 24

    Probably has a big pic of Deng Xiaopeng on his mantelpiece.

  25. Kevin 25

    Dirty Politics? More like Dumb Politics.

  26. Michael 26

    I hope someone complains to Parlaimentary Services (Guerin’s employer) about him conducting Dirty Politics on the taxpayer’s $$$. I reckon that’s serious misconduct.

    • ian 26.1

      [deleted]

      [lprent: Try another post this was way off-topic. This one is about a taxpaid parliamentary political staffer employed by a National MP putting up a ‘parody’ site. without any acknowledgement of who he is. A classic dirty politics technique, just like the poison of Jason Ede pulling the strings from John Key’s office and running remote smear campaigns using various right wing bloggers as brainless puppets.]

      • mickysavage 26.1.1

        Labour actually really likes Chinese people and has a long positive relationship with them. Labour is concerned at the prospect that the wealthy’s bank deposits in China will swamp our small real estate market and prevent the young and the poor from ever owning a house again. So Labour wants there to be some limits. Chinese people can continue to buy and own houses. Rich Chinese corporations should however not have the expectation that they can increase their holdings over here.

        Besides you are off point. You should make this comment in one of the other posts.

        [lprent: Indeed. He only just missed a permanent ban because you warned him 😈 ]

    • lprent 26.2

      I am sure that it will be raised.

  27. keyman 27

    couldnt standard throw up the john key lie o meter

  28. millsy 28

    [deleted]

    [lprent: Divert this off-topic topic to Open Mike ]

  29. millsy 29

    [deleted]

    [lprent: Divert this off-topic topic to Open Mike ]

  30. JohnKeyMustGo 30

    You can see my post about this at. https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=853372488051625&id=531591143563096

    There is more to this. Like the person they were bragging to this morning was Gwynn Compton, John Key’s Senior Social Media Advisor. The person who you may remember threatened me a few months ago and then was found to be the owner and designer of the site http://www.changetheflag.nz. All shows a very similar MO.

    Since this morning, National MP Brett Hudson, who Ben Guerin works for has openly supported his actions. Or at least the actions of young Nat’s with reference to this situation.

  31. Sable 31

    Not much of a coder if you ask me. Made it all too easy to find out who created the site. Smug little twit….

  32. Kipcha 32

    [deleted]

    I sincerely hope this message gets through, though i doubt it will.

    [deleted]

    [lprent: you are right. If you don’t say anything related to the post, then why do you expect to be heard? Try OpenMike. There you can talk about your own topics, and provided you don’t trip over the bounds of the policies, then you can talk mindless dribble. If you want to speak on one of my posts, then stick to the topic and forget about diverting down to whatever interests your teeny prepubescent brain. ]

  33. adam 33

    Silly question, but who the hell is Brett Hudson? I mean apart from maiden speech the guy is a nothing. 17 posts on his web page – and he’s creaming it from the public purse. Now a staff member has done more work than him.

    This the real face of a third term national government – staff members doing the work, (albeit in this case juvenile – but maybe that’s part of it too) whilst Tory MPs do nothing.

    • Rosie 33.1

      “………….who the hell is Brett Hudson?”

      A twat. See my comment at 35.

  34. NZJester 34

    I was just wondering if the said plonker has broken copyright law by the use of the Labour Party logo in his attempt at a non parody political hatchet job?

  35. Dirty Politics Fuckwit 35

    Good morning! As the subject of this post, I felt it was only appropriate that I provide a response.

    Last night I tweeted the following: https://twitter.com/bjhguerin/status/620538187501277185

    Monday 13th July 2015
    Ben Guerin

    Comment on How Kiwi Are You website

    On Sunday the 12th of July I was a member of the Young Nats team that produced the Kiwi-O-Meter on the url http://howkiwiareyou.nz. I would like to publicly state that this website is not at all affiliated with the New Zealand National Party, New Zealand Parliament, or any National Party MPs; and is not endorsed by, or representative of, the views of my employer.

    The Kiwi-O-Meter was developed solely by the Young Nats, with no financial compensation, for distribution on the Young Nats Facebook and Twitter pages.

    Within 6 hours of launching, more than 25,000 people visited the site. Feedback from users was overwhelmingly positive, with people from all over the political spectrum indicating their support for a light-hearted, satirical website that lampooned the racist and ill-conceived statements made by Phil Twyford and Andrew Little regarding the Auckland housing market over the weekend.

    As the registrar of the domain my details were publicly available. Perhaps this was a mistake, but I am a supporter of transparency, and made no secret of my involvement. The fact that the site was made by Young Nats was publicly acknowledged by myself personally and on the Young Nats social media pages.

    Unfortunately, after my personal details including phone number, postal address and email address were published on an article on The Standard, I receive a significant amount of hatred-filled vitriol directly at me personally via txt message, phone calls, emails and messages sent to my personal Facebook and Twitter accounts.

    As a result of these communications, the Young Nats have pulled the site from the http://howkiwiareyou.nz domain, and we have no plans to re-launch it.

    ENDS

    • Anne 35.1

      Oh boo hoo, hoo, hoo. My heart bleeds for you.

      As a result of these communications, the Young Nats have pulled the site from the http://howkiwiareyou.nz domain, and we have no plans to re-launch it.

      Serves you right. Shows what a bunch of mentally challenged, inconsequential, puerile minded itsy bitsy twats you all are. May your days be awesomely fruitful and enlightening. 😀

    • lprent 35.2

      I have been busy this morning and lunch is a bit short for a full reply.

      However….

      As the registrar of the domain my details were publicly available.

      As is required for all Domain names. If you check the http://dnc.org.nz you will find my up to date details for this site. Just as they have been for 7 years. Here is me, registrant

      Here is Pete George, registrant of yournz.org.nz (just because I am thinking about complaining to him about his stupid and ignorant post this morning pushing this PR line)

      This is explicitly public information to allow people to be able to check who is responsible for a domain, and for them to be able to contact them if there is an issue. This is a concept known as personal responsibility. Get used to it.

      …but I am a supporter of transparency…

      The fact that the site was made by Young Nats was publicly acknowledged by myself personally and on the Young Nats social media pages.

      Great idea. Unfortunately for you I didn’t see that. What I saw was a link to it sent to me by a concerned green supporter. So there were no notices or warnings

      The relevant and most appropriate place to ensure transparency would have been ON the site. Why wasn’t it? Could you please explain this oversight in the use of transparency – a principle that you claim to support, but clearly do not practice.

      Why do you think I called you a fuckwit? You ignored the most basic rule of transparency, that the disclaimers and attributions should be ON the object. They should not be somewhere else that people cannot see.

      However I assisted you by rectifying your lapse of principle. I published the data that you didn’t make clear on the site.
      1. That it had been developed by you.
      2. That the young nats were involved.
      3. That you were employed by parliamentary services and therefore may have done it while being employed by them. Somehow in your comment here you appear to have overlooked commenting on that.
      4. You should probably have had a close look at your contract with PS and throught about the impacts on your direct and indirect employers before developing the site.

      Unfortunately, after my personal details including phone number, postal address and email address were published on an article on The Standard, I receive a significant amount of hatred-filled vitriol directly at me personally via txt message, phone calls, emails and messages sent to my personal Facebook and Twitter accounts.

      Welcome to my world. In the last 7 years I have amassed a very large collection myself.

      That information is available for ALL domain names and their registrants, admins, and technical contacts. That is because domain names are a privilege requiring personal responsibility. If you put up a website or mail server or anything else under a domain, then you are responsible for the content published under it. The contact details are there for people to contact you. Sometimes that contact may be unpleasant.

      From your whinging, personal responsibility appears to be something you are uncomfortable with. Perhaps you should not put up websites until you are better able to bear the burden.

      BTW: If the site hadn’t had valid contact details, then I’d have asked the DNC to drop the domain and/or the registrant.

      As a result of these communications, the Young Nats have pulled the site from the http://howkiwiareyou.nz domain, and we have no plans to re-launch it.

      Good. I’d suggest that if you decide to put up future sites like it that you should ON the site
      1. Put in a disclosure statement that says who the site was set up by.
      2. Think carefully about using copyright material that you do not have permission for.
      3. Do not attempt to deceive the public.
      4. In your case make sure that you do not cause issues for your employers or employment.
      5. Think through the consequences for the body politic before acting like a political fuckwit. I’d suggest reading Dirty Politics, or having a look at the partisan high inertia morass that the US congress has steadily falling into over the last 30 years, and consider that short-term stupid acts at various equivalent to you did are what triggers that.

      In short – you acted like a fool. Take some personal responsibility for it and learn from it.

      Updated: with some images.

      • Lanthanide 35.2.1

        It’s notable in his statement that he says the site was not affiliated with Young Nats, National Party etc.

        But he fails to mention it wasn’t affiliated with Labour either, despite using their logo.

    • Rosie 35.3

      “I would like to publicly state that this website is not at all affiliated with the New Zealand National Party, New Zealand Parliament, or any National Party MPs; and is not endorsed by, or representative of, the views of my employer.”

      OK Ben, can’t you see your actions, are by their nature, political and your actions DO taint your party? You can’t magic it away with a disclaimer.
      And you can’t distance yourself from your employer either, especially as he DOES endorse ‘howkiwiareyou.nz on his facebook page.

      I’ve had a couple of emails with the local paper regarding their continuing receiving weekly advertising dollars from Brett Hudson, in light of this murky activity of yours and his endorsement of it. I’ve been informed they are looking into it.

      Probably nothing will happen. But who knows? Either way, it’s probably not the kind of attention your boss needs though is it? Maybe you can both learn from this.

    • Rosie 35.4

      Hi Lynn. I’ve been trying to reply to Ben Guerin at 35 but I keep getting a message saying I’m making a duplicate comment, but the comment hasn’t actually showed up…………….

      [lprent: I have left my post on full moderation after getting tired of the sad old trolls from past eras reappearing in 2008 diversion trolling mode. I have been putting about a quarter of the comments into spam because they don’t address the post and/or the comment they are replying to. Silly buggers have a selection of other posts to put comments about Chinese into, but I guess that they ignore warnings. ]

  36. Rosie 36

    Oh wow. That is gold.

    I feel a letter coming on. Brett Hudson, ex software salesperson, for Oracle if I recall correctly, came over all political all of a sudden in recent times and decided to go into politics because Labour.

    When asked by Wallace Chapman in Back Benches a couple of weeks ago why he entered politics he simply replied “I didn’t like what Labour were doing when they were in government last so instead of complaining I did something about it” (words to that effect).

    Well good for you Mr Hudson, very deep thinking there.

    Then he read from prepared notes in the “I’ve been thinking” section…….much to everyone’s amusement.

    Honestly, the guy is an egg, he even looks like an egg.

    During the election campaign he made a fool of himself during the first candidates meeting for the Ohariu electorate by not being able to answer questions from the audience beyond the scope of the party line, demonstrated general naivety and slagged Labour off in his opening statement. It was very clear he was out of depth.

    He has an office in the Ohariu electorate and has an ad in the local paper every week. He’s getting his feet under the table, ready to step in to Dunnes shoes once he’s gone.

    I may write an open letter to Mr Hudson in our local paper asking him whether his staffer Ben Guerin act’s of Dirty Politics comes under the heading of “developing a data driven constituent engagement strategy” and how Mr Hudson feels about being associated with such a creep and whether he thinks this is legitimate use of tax payer money.

  37. odot 37

    Step 1) Take data
    Step 2) Give data to specialist in data/statistical analysis
    Step 3) Make data public

    On the flip side:
    Step 1) Accuse data leaker of targeted racism
    Step 2) Mount massive campaign to make the public think data is inherently racist
    Step 3) Get cronies to make random number generator website
    Step 4) Put ads on website
    Step 5) Profit

    The original story is about foreign investment in NZ, specifically how it is driving up the property market and making homes and renting unaffordable in Auckland…but hell we cant have a reasonable public debate about that, it will ruin me and my friends chances of making millions in yet another property boom! You’re trying to take money out of my pocket!

    If anything, this saga should be about the need for accurate data, or even better a registrar on foreign buyers of homes in NZ. Wait for this government to do absolutely nothing about it, and use the line “Oh well actually this is the market at work here….it has nothing to do with easy access to low interest loans or offshore buyers needing an easy and relatively tax exempt method of acquiring high return investments.”

  38. Rosie 38

    Brett Hudson was promoting the fake site on his fb page yesterday:

    https://www.facebook.com/bretthudson.national

    • lprent 38.1

      Indeed. I may have to write about him as well since he seems to have been encouraging this young twerp to be an idiot.

      However I had other things to do this morning.

  39. saynowtodrugs 39

    i outed ben guerin on reddit yesterday lunchtime. popcorn tastes good.

    here’s ben guerin’s personal blog forever preserved on the wayback machine.
    http://web.archive.org/web/20131208083935/http://bjhguerin.com/

    it seems he’s recently battled depression so you might want to ease off a bit, i dunno.

    perhaps you could try direct some of your vitriol at this jerk as well – https://twitter.com/horrobinnz – apprently he was co-responsible.

    ben has also registered this domain – http://www.bjhguerin.nz/ (he mentions it in the archived blog) but it doesn’t live yet.

  40. Tracey 40

    bnz chief economist tony alexander agrees with twyford that we need restrictions on foreign ownership. funny that despite all attempts to make this issue important to this govt it took this to get their usual supporters (economists) speaking out.

  41. Rosie 41

    Hi Lynn. I’ve been trying to reply to Ben Guerin at 35 but I keep getting a notice that I’ve made a duplicate comment but the comment isn’t actually showing……………

  42. Weepus beard 42

    Has a complaint been made to the house over Ben Guerin’s use of the official Labour Party logo in his fake website?

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    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    1 week ago
  • Going High, Going Low: An Assessment Of The First Leaders’ Debate.
    Uncrushed: Jacinda Ardern knew exactly what was expected of her in the first Leaders' Debate. Labour’s dominant position, three weeks out from the general election, is constructed out of the admiration and gratitude of hundreds of thousands of New Zealanders who, more often than not, vote National.  Nothing she said ...
    1 week ago
  • The smokefree policies of political parties: Do they care about people who smoke?
    George Thomson*, Nick Wilson, Janet Hoek, Andrew Waa, Richard Edwards In this time of Covid-19, helping people who smoke to quit their addiction has an even greater importance. Smokers are more vulnerable to many harmful health effects, including severe effects from the virus. Policies that support people who smoke to ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    1 week ago
  • The Fog Of Economic Policy Is Starting To Clear…
    Bryan Bruce, https://www.facebook.com/www.redsky.tv, 19 September 2020 National’s economic policy of temporary tax cuts yesterday proved, if proof be needed, that they are unapologetic neoliberals. While their claim that with more money in their pockets people will spend more might sound attractive, the reality is that tax cuts always benefit the ...
    Closing the GapBy Tracey Sharp
    1 week ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #38, 2020
    Highlighted article: Carbon pricing and planetary boundaries  Engström et al take what might be called a systems approach to evaluating carbon pricing, taking into a account various economic sectors affected by and affecting paying for emissions. The conclusions are overall a rare pleasant surprise— a feature predicated on cooperation.  Abstract: ...
    1 week ago
  • Humans ignite almost every wildfire that threatens homes
    Nathan Mietkiewicz, National Ecological Observatory Network and Jennifer Balch, University of Colorado Boulder CC BY-ND Summer and fall are wildfire season across the western U.S. In recent years, wildfires have destroyed thousands of homes, forced hundreds of thousands of people to evacuate and exposed tens of millions to harmful ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: China steps up
    China has increased its climate change ambition, and set a target to be carbon-neutral by 2060: China will reach carbon neutrality before 2060 and ensure its greenhouse gas emissions peak in the next decade, Xi Jinping has told the UN general assembly. “China will scale up its intended nationally ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Humans have dealt with plenty of climate variability
    Climate Explained is a collaboration between The Conversation, Stuff and the New Zealand Science Media Centre to answer your questions about climate change. If you have a question you’d like an expert to answer, please send it to climate.change@stuff.co.nz How much climate variability have humans dealt with since we ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • Indigenous perspectives on unrestricted access to genomic data
    By Genomics Aotearoa researcher Maui Hudson, University of Waikato It is vital that genomics research respects genomic data and genetic heritage from indigenous communities. Genomics research is a rapidly growing field of study, and there is a strong push to make the huge amount of data being produced open ...
    SciBlogsBy Genomics Aotearoa
    1 week ago
  • Terrible luck: lockdowns on learning and youth job prospects
    What is bad luck? Bad luck is spilling spaghetti sauce down your shirt right before an important meeting. When the person in front of you gets the last seat on the bus, that’s bad luck. Bad luck is when it’s sunny outside, so you leave the house without a coat, ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • Ian Powell: Does private healthcare threaten public healthcare in New Zealand?
    Is the private health system impacting negatively on the public health system? Health commentator Ian Powell evaluates a recent NZ Herald article by Natalie Akoorie (“Public v private healthcare: Moonlighting, skimming, duplication – should NZ do better”), and looks at how the dual system works, and concludes that the answer ...
    Democracy ProjectBy bryce.edwards
    1 week ago
  • A rabbit-hole election debate: So do you want more avocado orchards?
    We live in strange and unusual times. It’s been a century since we’ve endured a global pandemic like this, more than half a century since we’ve had economic woes like this. So maybe we got an opening election debate for the times - because that was a strange and unusual ...
    PunditBy Tim Watkin
    1 week ago
  • LIVE: Jacinda Ardern vs. Judith Collins, First Debate
    Tonight, The Civilian will be live-blogging the first of too many debates between Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and National Party leader Judith Collins, and also the last fifteen minutes of the news. Be sure to tune in from 6:45pm for regular updates, which can be accessed by refreshing this page ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • Hundreds of Aucklanders arrested after illegal mass gathering on Harbour Bridge
    An enormous drive-in party, shown here, was held this morning on Auckland’s Harbour Bridge, where police were forced to intervene. Hundreds of Aucklanders were arrested this morning on public health grounds, after an apparent illegal mass gathering on the city’s Harbour Bridge. Police say hundreds of Aucklanders gathered in their ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • The Looming Fight.
    Social Distancing Be Damned - It's Jacinda! Shortly after ascending to Labour’s leadership, Jacinda described herself as a “pragmatic idealist”. It was an inspired oxymoron – packing into just two words the essence of the social-democrat’s dilemma. It was good to know that she knew what lay ahead of her. ...
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Moving faster
    Back in 2017, the UK announced that it would ban the sale of new fossil fuel vehicles by 2040. Its a basic climate change measure, aimed at reducing emissions by shifting the vehicle fleet to cleaner technologies. Now, in the wake of the pandemic, they're planning to bring it forward ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • The Australian courts have had enough of refugee detention
    For the past decade, Australia has had a racist, anti-refugee policy. Those claiming refugee status are imprisoned without trial and left to rot in the hope they would "voluntarily" return to be tortured and murdered. When the courts have granted them visas, the government has immediately revoked them on racial ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Friction and the Anti-lock Braking System
    Yesterday afternoon I had to call on my car’s anti-lock braking system (ABS). For reasons best known to its driver, a car pulled out of a side road right in front of me while I was driving home after work, and I needed to stop in a hurry. I rather ...
    SciBlogsBy Marcus Wilson
    1 week ago
  • The Inside Word: New Zealand Quarantine
    There are a fair few misconceptions about conditions within New Zealand’s Quarantine Hotels. Madeline Grant’s misplaced accusations being one prominent example, though she is not alone. Today, I thought I’d share the inside word, so to speak. A friend of mine has recently returned to New Zealand from overseas, and ...
    1 week ago
  • Hard News: ASA: Let’s not talk about this
    Last week, major newspapers carried a full-page ad as part of the campaign for a "No" vote to the referendum question about supporting the Cannabis Legalisation and Control Bill. The ad was authorised by the SAM NZ Coalition, which takes its name from a controversial American anti-cannabis group and includes ...
    1 week ago
  • This is not kind
    New Zealand has a serious homelessness problem, due to skyrocketing rents and a lack of state houses. One of the ways we stick a band-aid on it is to put people up in motels. Previously, they were charged full commercial rates, saddled with odious debt due to the government's failure ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Wokies are the establishment
    by Ani O’Brien In the absence of a better word with which to refer to the rabid activists who claim progressivism while demanding adherence to an increasingly prescriptive set of political beliefs, I call them “woke”. With its roots in Black American slang, the term originally denoted a person or ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • How to strengthen the post-isolation Covid rules
    Over the weekend, the Ministry of Health reported a case of Covid-19 in Auckland that is not related to the current Auckland cluster. Before we start to panic, here’s how I think the case happened and how we can strengthen our current border controls. The new Covid-19 case is someone ...
    SciBlogsBy Siouxsie Wiles
    1 week ago
  • Neuralink and You: A Human-AI Symbiosis
    Becky Casale Elon Musk reckons his Neuralink brain implant is much more than a medical device–that one day it will drive a symbiosis between humans and artificial intelligence. “Good morning! I’m Dr Benedict Egg and I’ll be supervising your Neuralink insertion today. Do you have any questions?” “Yes, Doc. ...
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    1 week ago

  • Modern hospitals, quality care: Labour’s record on health
    We believe that when New Zealanders need healthcare, they deserve to have it delivered in a safe and healthy environment. Patients and staff shouldn’t have to worry about mould or rot in hospital walls – but that was the reality when Labour came into Government in 2017. We inherited a ...
    19 hours ago
  • Why we support increasing the minimum wage
    Labour has a proud history of standing for fairness at work, supporting the development of high-quality, high wage jobs and for improving the quality of life for New Zealand workers. ...
    19 hours ago
  • Working with farmers for a better future
    Farmers play a key role in our economy and in our communities, and will be at the forefront of our COVID recovery. Labour has worked in partnership with Kiwi farmers over the past three years and together we’ve tackled Mycoplasma bovis, worked through droughts and flooding, started cleaning up our ...
    19 hours ago
  • Is National really better than Labour with the economy? Yeah, nah.
    National tells New Zealanders to trust them with the economy, but recent data shows they’re not the strong economic managers they like to claim. Labour has a strong track record of keeping debt under control. We’ve worked hard over the past three years to pay down the debt we inherited ...
    19 hours ago
  • Minimum wage increases vs. tax cuts – what really boosts the economy?
    This election, Labour and National have set out very different proposals for growing our economy and supporting New Zealanders through our COVID recovery. But when it comes to real results, the experts are clear – only our plan will keep New Zealand moving. ...
    19 hours ago
  • Do Kiwis trust Labour more than National on the economy? Three polls say yes.
    As our economic rebuild gets underway, New Zealand needs a strong, responsible government to lead our recovery. National bills itself as the Party with economic credibility, but that’s not what the numbers show or what voters believe. In the past five months, three polls have consistently shown that more New ...
    21 hours ago
  • Better healthcare for Kiwis
    From mental health support in every primary and intermediate school to more publicly-funded medicines, Labour’s plan for health will ensure New Zealanders can get quality care. ...
    2 days ago
  • Green Party responds to NZ First Foundation SFO charges
    Green Party spokesperson on Electoral Issues Golriz Ghahraman said: “We’re glad to see the SFO has laid charges before the election, so voters have more clarity on what is going on before they cast a vote. ...
    2 days ago
  • Greens announce bold transport plan for Auckland to tackle climate change and congestion
    The Green Party has today outlined a major transport plan for Auckland including new investments in light rail, busways, an expansion of regional rail services, and quick improvements to buses. ...
    2 days ago
  • Greens announce bold transport plan for Wellington to tackle climate change and congestion
    The Green Party has today outlined a major transport plan for Wellington including investments in light rail, an expansion of regional passenger rail, and fast-tracking improvements to buses. ...
    2 days ago
  • Greens announce bold transport plan for Christchurch to tackle climate change and congestion
    The Green Party has today outlined a major transport plan for Christchurch including new investments in commuter rail, a high frequency bus service to the airport, and cycleways. ...
    2 days ago
  • Greens announce bold plan to ensure NZ transport tackles climate change
    The Green Party will transform how New Zealanders get around to address the climate crisis, with a comprehensive climate-focused transport package.  ...
    2 days ago
  • Reports of great whites finned alive cement case for cameras on boats
    Claims of illegal fishing and live finning of great whites in New Zealand waters show once again that cameras on fishing boats are long overdue, and must be urgently rolled out. ...
    3 days ago
  • We must investigate COVID-19 retraining support that skews towards men: Greens
    The Green Party is calling for a review into the gender split of training programmes offered by government to help New Zealanders retrain following COVID-19 job losses. ...
    4 days ago
  • Labour’s plan for plastic and waste
    As part of our plan to build back better, we’re taking action on waste and improving recycling to protect our environment, create jobs and future proof our economy. ...
    4 days ago
  • Labour’s plan for plastic and waste
    As part of our plan to build back better, we’re taking action on waste and improving recycling to protect our environment, create jobs and future proof our economy. ...
    4 days ago
  • Week that was: Three weeks to go!
    Today marks three weeks until the election, and the campaign is ramping up. This week, we’ve continued to focus on our economic recovery, announcing our plan to reduce costs for farmers and growers. We also set out our commitment to continuing our partnership with Māori as we rebuild together. ...
    5 days ago
  • Labour’s Māori Manifesto: Working together in partnership
    Together, Māori and Labour have walked a new path in our first term of Government. Based on the articles of the Treaty and the promise of equality, this path has been one of partnership and collaboration. Our Māori Manifesto builds on the work we’ve undertaken with Māori during our first ...
    5 days ago
  • Healthy, affordable homes a Green Party priority for Wellington
    The Green Party would push to ensure everyone in Wellington has a warm, safe and affordable place to live as part of the next Government. ...
    6 days ago
  • Environment and climate will be decimated by National’s dangerous agriculture policy
    The Green Party is slamming National’s agriculture policy as a huge step backwards which puts future generations at risk. ...
    1 week ago
  • Reducing costs for Kiwi farmers
    New Zealand’s farmers and growers play a key role in our economy and in our communities. Labour has set out a clear vision to transition to a carbon-neutral economy and today we committed to supporting our farmers and growers to achieve this goal. ...
    1 week ago
  • Jacinda Ardern sets out Labour’s plan in first TV debate
    Tonight was the first Leaders’ Debate, broadcast live on TVNZ 1. It was the first time New Zealanders have seen Jacinda Ardern side-by-side Opposition Leader Judith Collins this campaign. ...
    1 week ago
  • Helping Kiwis into homes
    Everyone deserves a warm, dry place to live. As part of our plan for housing, Labour’s making sure more New Zealanders have a healthy place to live, while tackling long-term issues like homelessness and housing affordability. Here’s how we’re helping Kiwis into homes. ...
    1 week ago
  • Our plan to keep New Zealand moving
    Last updated 30 July 2020. The whole world is battling with COVID-19, and no country is immune. In New Zealand, our focus is getting the latest resurgence under control and making sure we put in place immediate financial supports to cushion the economic blow. As before, the best economic response is ...
    1 week ago
  • Our Achievements
    Led by Jacinda Ardern, our strong, stable government has delivered results and put people first every step of the way. In health, housing, education and more, we've got a strong track record of delivering for New Zealanders. Now, we’re continuing to put people first with our decisive response to COVID-19. ...
    1 week ago
  • Why should I vote for Labour?
    Labour has a strong track record of making progress on the big issues facing our country. Now, as we recover and rebuild from COVID-19, we’re rolling out our plan to grow our economy, support businesses and communities, and keep New Zealand moving. If you’re still undecided ahead of this year’s ...
    1 week ago
  • Labour’s plan to create jobs
    Creating jobs is a key part of our plan to grow the economy, support communities and seize the opportunities created by our world-leading COVID response. We’ve already started rolling out initiatives that are creating thousands of jobs right around the country, and we’ll keep up this momentum as we continue ...
    1 week ago
  • Labour’s plan to tackle unemployment
    New Zealand is not immune to the global economic impacts of COVID-19, but our strong health response means we’re now in a better position than many other countries. We’re taking advantage of this headstart by rolling out our plan to protect jobs, create new ones and grow our economy – ...
    1 week ago
  • Labour’s plan for reducing child poverty
    Child poverty is a complex issue that won’t be fixed overnight, but so far under Labour’s leadership seven out of nine child poverty indicators have already started to improve. Under National’s nine years of neglect, seven out of nine indicators got worse. ...
    1 week ago
  • Labour’s health response to COVID-19
    We went hard and early in our health response to COVID-19 – and it worked. After a short period of lockdown, we were able to safely ease restrictions and open up our economy much quicker than many other countries. We had a plan in place to combat a resurgence, which ...
    1 week ago
  • Labour’s plan for managing our borders
    As COVID-19 continues to spread around the world, robust border controls are essential to protect New Zealanders and keep our economy moving. Labour will continue to carefully manage our borders to keep New Zealanders safe, while ensuring businesses can access the skilled workers they need for our recovery. ...
    1 week ago
  • Labour’s infrastructure investment
    One of the key ways we’re keeping New Zealand moving through our COVID-19 response is by investing in shovel-ready infrastructure projects. No country is immune to the economic impact of COVID-19, but with targeted infrastructure projects throughout New Zealand, we are creating new jobs and ensuring our communities have the ...
    1 week ago
  • Who should I vote for?
    It’s now less than one month until election day. If you still haven’t decided who you’re voting for, check out our handy guide below to help you make up your mind! ...
    1 week ago
  • A vote for National is a vote for putting on the brakes
    Thinking about voting National in this year’s election? Here are five reasons you might like to reconsider ahead of 17 October. ...
    1 week ago
  • How Labour’s team is leading New Zealand
    During our time in Government, the Labour team has worked hard to improve the wellbeing of New Zealanders while making progress on the long-term challenges facing our country. There’s still more to do, but our track record shows that our team is leading New Zealand in the right direction. Read ...
    1 week ago
  • What’s the difference between National and Labour?
    Still weighing up who to vote for in this year’s election? Here are five key differences between National and Labour to help you make your decision. ...
    1 week ago
  • Greens call for a bus lane to bypass congestion on Harbour Bridge
    The Green Party is calling for Waka Kotahi the NZ Transport Agency to convert a lane over the Auckland Harbour Bridge to bus-only and make buses free to use across the bridge until all lanes are back in operation. ...
    1 week ago
  • Greens to protect Aotearoa’s oceans with marine sanctuaries, bottom trawling and set-netting restr...
    The Green Party has released its Thriving Oceans Plan, which would dramatically increase marine protected areas and ban bottom trawling on seamounts.  ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Week that was: Jobs, trades training and supporting Kiwi workers
    It was another busy week out on the campaign trail, with Labour focused on jobs, training, and supporting Kiwi workers. As we continue to roll out our five-point plan for recovery, we’re investing in our people, businesses, communities and vital services, so we can keep our economy moving as we ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Labour is backing our regions for recovery
    Our regions are a vital part of our economic recovery plan. They’re home to innovative and creative businesses, and the backbone of our export economy - which is why Labour will continue to support our regions to grow as together, we rebuild better. ...
    2 weeks ago

  • Residential building sector growing stronger
    Figures released by Statistics New Zealand today show healthy growth in residential building consents in an environment of Government support for the sector during COVID-19, says Housing Minister Dr Megan Woods. Statistics New Zealand reported today that a record 10,063 townhouses, flats, and units were consented in the August 2020 ...
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    19 hours ago
  • PGF helps Bay of Plenty youth find jobs
    Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) support for a pathways to work hub in Tauranga will help address high youth unemployment in the Bay of Plenty by connecting young people with training and meaningful employment opportunities, Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Regional Economic Development Fletcher Tabuteau has announced. “Priority One Western Bay of Plenty ...
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    21 hours ago
  • Government confirms new acute mental health facility for Lakes DHB
    A new acute inpatient mental health facility at Rotorua Hospital will provide more patient-centred and culturally appropriate care to better support recovery, Health Minister Chris Hipkins says. “Improving mental health and addiction services remains one of the biggest long-term challenges facing New Zealand,” says Chris Hipkins. “Lakes DHB’s existing Whare ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Community Languages Fund to increase support for Pacific community language projects
    Round two of the Community Languages Fund (CLF) will provide even more support for Pacific grassroots community and family language projects with the introduction of a second funding tier of $10,000, in addition to the $2,500 tier, says Minister for Pacific Peoples Aupito William Sio.  During the first round of the ...
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    1 day ago
  • Government puts teacher wellbeing at the centre
    The Government is committing nearly $9 million to ensure educators in early learning services and schools get the wellbeing support they need. Education Minister Chris Hipkins made the announcement, which includes providing frontline counselling and advice services for educators, during his address at the Post Primary Teachers Association (PPTA) annual ...
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    1 day ago
  • Pasifika churches gain from PGF funding
    Pasifika churches around the country will receive a total of nearly $10 million in government funding for renovations and improvements which will improve facilities for the communities they serve and create jobs, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones and Pacific Peoples Minister Aupito William Sio have announced. The funding will ...
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    2 days ago
  • Job numbers up in August
    New data from Stats NZ today shows a rise of more than 9,000 filled jobs from July – driven mostly by the education and training sector, Grant Robertson says. Filled jobs were up 9,147 to 2.2 million in August 2020 compared with July – with 7,409 of those in education ...
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    3 days ago
  • Māori development receives funding
    Māori development projects across the country will receive a total of $18.8 million from the Provincial Growth Fund that will create infrastructure and permanent jobs, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. “These projects will support economic development in Northland, Bay of Plenty, Tairawhiti, Manawatū-Whanganui, Waikato and Southland to ...
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    3 days ago
  • Hand-up for owners of earthquake-prone units
    From today, owner-occupiers of unit and apartments living in earthquake-prone buildings can apply for financial support to fix their homes, Minister for Building and Construction Jenny Salesa says. The Residential Earthquake-Prone Building Financial Assistance Scheme will help unit owners facing financial hardship over earthquake strengthening costs. “We understand how complicated ...
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    3 days ago
  • PGF backing successful Māori enterprise
    Whanganui will benefit from a Provincial Growth Fund investment in a local food-processing company which will help the company increase production and create jobs, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones says. Kii Tahi Ltd, which is owned by South Taranaki iwi Ngaa Rauru Kiitahi, will receive a Provincial Growth Fund ...
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    3 days ago
  • Hokitika Landmark earmarked for $22m restoration
    Seddon House in Hokitika, once a hub for government on the West Coast, has been earmarked for government use once again. “Today we’re announcing a $22 million investment from the Government’s $3 billion infrastructure fund for shovel ready projects for the purchase and restoration of Seddon House in the heart of ...
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    5 days ago
  • Town halls and war memorials in PGF renovation programme
    Town halls, war memorials and other community landmarks across the country will be renovated thanks to grants totalling just under $12.4 million from the Provincial Growth Fund. Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones says more than 1000 jobs are expected to be created during the renovation programme. “Town halls, other ...
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    5 days ago
  • Minister of Foreign Affairs makes two diplomatic appointments
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters has announced two new diplomatic appointments: •         Michael Appleton as New Zealand’s first resident High Commissioner to Sri Lanka. •        Tredene Dobson as New Zealand’s next Ambassador to Viet Nam.  Sri Lanka “New Zealand is opening a post in Colombo in 2021 because we are ready ...
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    6 days ago
  • NZ’s most prestigious conservation award – Loder Cup presented to Graeme Atkins
    The Minister of Conservation Minister, Eugenie Sage, today presented Aotearoa New Zealand’s most prestigious conservation award, the Loder Cup, to the 2020 winner Graeme Atkins while in Gisborne/Tūranga-nui-a-Kiwa. “Graeme Atkins of Ngāti Porou is a Department of Conservation ranger whose contribution to conservation goes well above and beyond his employment,” ...
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    6 days ago
  • Early help for whānau who need extra support
    The Government is investing in a new, whānau-centred early intervention prototype designed to strengthen families and improve the safety and wellbeing of children. The new programme, Ngā Tini Whetū, is a collaboration between Oranga Tamariki, Te Puni Kōkiri, ACC and the Whānau Ora Commissioning Agency (WOCA) and was announced today ...
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    6 days ago
  • Parliament to install solar and cut carbon
    Parliament is leading by example by taking action to cut its carbon footprint by installing solar and improving energy efficiency, the Minister for Climate Change, James Shaw said today. The Minister confirmed that Parliamentary Services will receive support through the Clean-Powered Public Service Fund to install solar PV and LED ...
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    6 days ago
  • Tuvalu Language Week theme promotes community resilience in the face of COVID-19
    The Minister for Pacific Peoples, Aupito William Sio says the 2020 Tuvalu Language Week theme of “Fakatili Te Kiloga Fou” which means “Navigating the changing environment” is a call on all Pacific peoples to be strong and resilient in the face of COVID-19. “This theme is a reminder to us ...
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    6 days ago
  • International sport back up and running in New Zealand
    The Government is welcoming today’s announcement that the West Indies and Pakistan cricket teams will tour New Zealand this summer.  “A lot of hard work has been undertaken by sports officials including New Zealand Cricket, Netball New Zealand and government officials to ensure that international sport can return safely to ...
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    6 days ago
  • 1BT funds for Northland forest taonga
    Northland’s indigenous tree canopy is set to grow for the benefit of mana whenua and the wider community thanks to nearly $2 million in One Billion Trees funding, Forestry Minister Shane Jones announced today. Te Komanga Marae Trust has received more than $1.54 million to restore and enhance the native ...
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    6 days ago
  • Better health care for West Coasters as Te Nikau Hospital officially opened
    The Government has delivered a new hospital for Greymouth and is starting work on a much needed new health centre in Westport, ensuring local communities will benefit from better access to high quality integrated health services. Today, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Associate Health Minister Peeni Henare officially open Te ...
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    6 days ago
  • Government backing local with PGF loan
    A West Coast distillery will benefit from a Provincial Growth Fund investment that will enable it to expand its operations and create jobs in the town of Reefton, Rural Communities Minister Damien O’Connor and Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones have announced. The Reefton Distilling Co will receive a $928,000 ...
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    6 days ago
  • Primary sector exports and jobs up again
    Primary sector exports and jobs are up again, demonstrating the sector’s underlying strength amid the COVID-19 global pandemic and US-China trade war, and supporting New Zealand’s economic recovery. Stats NZ today reported New Zealand’s merchandise exports in August were up 8.6% on a year ago, driven by an increase in ...
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    7 days ago
  • Clean energy future for more schools
    Schools across Aotearoa New Zealand will be supported by the Government to upgrade to run on clean energy, the Minister for Climate Change James Shaw announced today. The Minister has allocated $50 million from the Clean Powered Public Service Fund to replace, or convert, coal boilers in schools with clean ...
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    1 week ago
  • Building business strength with digital tools
    New training and tools for digital commerce will give small businesses, especially in the tourism sector, the support they need to adapt and innovate in a COVID world. Tourism Minister Kelvin Davis and Small Business Minister Stuart Nash have announced details of how $20 million digital capability funding set aside ...
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    1 week ago
  • New pest lures to protect nature
    The Department of Conservation (DOC) is investing $1.4 million to develop new predator lures that would be game-changers for trapping and surveillance towards a predator-free Aotearoa, the Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage, announced in Christchurch today. The proposal is to develop long-life lures attractive to a range of predators—rats, mustelids ...
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    1 week ago
  • Support for innovative Pacific education responses to COVID-19 needs
    Supporting new and creative Pacific education practices as part of our COVID-19 response and recovery is the focus of a new $28.5 million Pacific Education Innovation Fund announced today by Associate Minister of Education Jenny Salesa.  “There is already an incredible amount of innovative and creative work going on in ...
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    1 week ago
  • Eligibility expanded for COVID-19 leave support
    The expanded scheme will cover: People who have COVID-19 like symptoms and meet the Ministry of Health’s criteria, and need to self-isolate while awaiting the results of a COVID-19 test. People who are directed to self-isolate by a Medical Officer of Health or their delegate or on advice of their ...
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    1 week ago
  • Seasonal work visa available to more people
    The Government is putting in place a range of immigration policy changes to help fill labour shortages in key industries while ensuring New Zealanders, who have lost jobs due to COVID-19, have the chance to find new employment. “Two key sectors we are moving to help are horticulture and wine ...
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