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Bracing for the book

Written By: - Date published: 10:40 am, August 13th, 2014 - 104 comments
Categories: accountability, capitalism, democracy under attack, election 2014, john key, Spying, us politics - Tags: ,

Nicky Hager has certainly got the attention of political circles in NZ, by announcing his (untitled) book launch today at 5.15pm – time to make the 6pm TV news.

John Key is bracing for the release, suspecting, like many of us, that the book will relate to the GCSB, 5 Eyes and the Edward Snowden leaks.

Nicky Hager book launch

Hager has had a journalistic interest in the Snowden leaks, the “Echelon network” (otherwise known as the 5 Eyes, US, Canadian, UK, Australia, NZ surveillance network).

Key has tried to blunt any potentially damage the book may do to him, by smearing Hager.

GCSB Key

 

Tracey Watkins reports on Stuff:

The Government is bracing itself for revelations about the extent of New Zealand’s role in the Five Eyes spy network as author Nicky Hager prepares to unveil his latest book.

Hager is keeping silent on the subject of the book but Prime Minister John Key yesterday said he could not rule out the likelihood that Hager had obtained leaked documents from former American defence contractor Edward Snowden.

[…]

The Government appears certain that Snowden has documents detailing New Zealand’s spying activities as part of the United States-led Five Eyes surveillance network and that they will eventually come out.

[…]

Key said it was well known that Snowden had accessed a huge number of files, some of which related to New Zealand and Five Eyes. Asked if Hager was likely to reveal New Zealand had spied on other countries, he responded: “He might do.”

[…]

Key said he did not believe it was a coincidence that Hager was releasing his book now.

“Most people know that Nicky Hager is a screaming Left-wing conspiracy theorist. He’s hardly an authority on these matters . . . I’m not terribly worried.”

However, contrary to Key’s claims, Hager is a thorough research of international repute.

Back in December last year, security and strategic analyst, Paul Buchanan, warned:

It is not a matter of if but when Snowden makes damaging revelations about New Zealand’s role in the 5 Eyes network, including whom the GCSB spies upon at home and abroad. Prime Minister Key has already admitted as much, but maintains that he is unconcerned.

[…]

Given that possibility, the Government needs to prepare contingency plans for the diplomatic fallout that inevitably lies ahead.

There are many things about NZ’s current state surveillance services that are of concern: the lack of sufficient oversight (checks and balances that it is operating for the benefit of all Kiwis, in ways that do not undermine democracy); mission creep from a focus on security that protects against physical attacks on/in NZ, to a focus on “economic security” in ways that privilege multinational corporates; and from focus on external threats, to concerns about spying on New Zealanders.

gcsb-scum

While waiting for the launch, many have been tweeting possible Hager book tittles, as reported by Toby Manhire.  Suggested titles include:

Smiley Wavey’s People

2 Hollow 2 Furious

An Agent at My Table

O Brethren, Where Art Thou

‘Seeds of Distrust – A Manual for the Sceptical Gardener’

[update: Livestream of book launch]

So far it sounds like a lot of squeaky to me.

3 News livestream

Update #2] Title is “Dirty Politics”  Iwas wrong.

It’s on attack politics, Key, Slater, Jason Ede.

104 comments on “Bracing for the book”

  1. Puckish Rogue 1

    I’d call it “Damp Squib”

    • Once Was Tim 1.1

      you would! (@PR) Standard procedure.

      infused and others are busy consulting their spin doctors and holding evening prayers – with or without Jamie Lee or his disciples. (Jamie Lee is unavaliable and still taking instructions from above)

      Jason and Blubber have got past thinking “shit!”, and are now thinking – “how do we get out of this?” – Answer: KEEP BULLSHITTING, ramp up the spin – nothing to lose (Nicky H is a well known conspirissy theeerist, etc., etc. – Mind the lithp Dear Leader – some people might think you’re g-g-GAY)
      Pop is still clutching his pearls and thinking of something ‘deep and meaningful’ to comment on – being the expert on all and sundry, and the master/mistress of the Universe, and in consideration of how his/her ‘minority’ status might pass the RW prejudice test – sugar daddies aside. (never mind – wipe it up wipe it up with XLO …… next …. next ….. get back to the stove bitch)
      john and a few others are a bit challenged – but Yeah, but Nah – couldn’t happen here – we’re decent blokes
      troll
      troll
      troll

  2. grumpy 2

    I reckon Karol knows exactly what’s in the book, otherwise why risk so much credibility on a guess?
    Anyway, the only thing needed to be done to justify GCSB and SIS surveillance is to print the photo of the 7yr old Aussie kid holding a guy’s head.

    • Tracey 2.1

      you reckon do ya grumpy? I reckon you are wrong. Or are you saying you reckon John Key knows too?

    • vto 2.2

      “the photo of the 7yr old Aussie kid holding a guy’s head.”

      It was a soldiers head.

      Using a 7 year old is certainly child abuse.

      How many children have the Israeli government just intentionally killed in Gaza grumpy?

      horse dung

      • grumpy 2.2.1

        It may well have been a “soldier” but ISIS have also been hacking children’s heads off too. I realise you are quite pro Hamas but are you also pro their allies, fellow Sunni terrorists ISIS?

        • vto 2.2.1.1

          Actually I don’t believe pretty much all the shit that comes out of those places, and nor do I believe the shit that comes out of Washington or Canberra or the Herald or the Times or whatever.

          What I do believe is that hundreds of children were deliberately killed in Gaza last week.

          I also believe the word “terrorist” is bullshit in almost all cases including the one you just mention.

          I mostly believe that from our little corner of the world it is virtually impossible to take sides in most conflicts around the world – unless one still believes in cowboys and indians, which is about the level of knowledge, debate and consideration around these issues imo.

        • Tracey 2.2.1.2

          Explain how the secret services of the world helped that soldier

          • grumpy 2.2.1.2.1

            The soldier has helped the world. He has exposed the true evil facing civilisation. The Australian jihadist’s use of his 7yo son shows that we need to be super vigilant of the extremists in our midst. This is why Australia is ramping up it’s anti terrorist laws and why the vast majority of Kiwis want the same.
            So, go ahead with this anti GCSB/SIS ranting, it just drives New zealand further way from the left.

            • fisiani 2.2.1.2.1.1

              I totally agree grumpy.
              The book will be published.
              NZ spies on the bad guys.
              The bad guys are really bad.
              The world likes NZ for spying on the bad guys.
              Hagar likes the bad guys Quelle surprise……

              • tricledrown

                5eyed fishy so if Key used 5eyes for his own political gain that would thrill you no doubt!

              • tricledrown

                You were so Right Fishy Hager likes the bad guys !
                i.e. John Key is the bad guy using the SIS to usurp democratic processes can’t wait for McCready with crowd sourcing to prosecute!
                Cameron Slater should be arrested along with John Key for breaking the laws of the land this is far worse than a couple of cheques!

            • Tracey 2.2.1.2.1.2

              you used the awful beheading of the soldier to justify gcsb spying on us to keep us safe but you didnt answer my question about how spying to keep us safe, kept the soldier safe. It failed him didnt ir?

              • Grumpy

                Because that family, the father, his brother and now his children will now be constantly monitored by our allies, including Australia. As Australian citizens, they have free access to New Zealand so it is good to know that they, and hundreds of others like them will be identified and stopped at the border. Likewise, those already in our midst, as shown at the anti Israel demo, will now be identified, tracked and monitored.
                Good thing!

            • Descendant Of Sssmith 2.2.1.2.1.3

              So in the 70’s there was a poster around of an American soldier in Viet Nam holding the head of an enemy (civilian or combatant unclear cause it’s only a head) with the caption:

              Join The Army – Get A Head

              I also remember pictures of US soldiers with collections of ears.

              I assume that exposed the true evil facing civilisation as well.

              Or maybe go and watch The Act Of Killing and be reminded us of the evil right wingers who tortured and killed those of the left in Indonesia.

              All wars are shit and both sides in all wars can do (maybe even must do, cause it’s war for goodness sake) shitty things.

              It seems to me that picking out one particular group of extremists on one side is rather odd.

        • Graeme 2.2.1.3

          With you all the way on your posts on this spying issue Grumpy!!

    • karol 2.3

      Well, grumpy, you now have given me a very good idea of how much credibility to attach to your opinions/guesses.

      You really do wildly mis-understand my lack of powerful connections to the likes of Nicky Hager. That is way out of the realms of my networks.

      Note in my post, I said there is an important security role for the state surveillance services.
      Do you have any comments about the parts of my post that refer to mission creep, sovereignty, and poor level of oversight of the surveillance services.

      • grumpy 2.3.1

        Well……I can say that I EXPECT our government to keep tabs on those who would destroy our country and way of life. I realise that attitude might not be popular on this site but the extreme hatred displayed at the anti Israel march and the threat of radical Islamism mean any government would be negligent not to “spy” on citizens who are a threat.

        • karol 2.3.1.1

          I EXPECT our government to keep tabs on those who would destroy our country and way of life. I realise that attitude might not be popular on this site

          Again – did you read (and comprehend) the parts of my post on that.

          And (alleged) threats of radical Islam would destroy our country and way of life, how?

          • Tracey 2.3.1.1.1

            he prefers to deflect which is why he editted his first post to add something about the boy and thexhead to seem on topic

            • grumpy 2.3.1.1.1.1

              Now you really making shit up. I did not edit that post.

              • Tracey

                apologies. I didnt recall the bit about that awful man wi th his nephew holding a head when i first read your post

                • Grumpy

                  About as awful as this. Which is why we need security services.
                  catallaxyfiles.com/2014/08/12/a-victim-of-tyranny/

                  The real world, coming to you soon.

                • Grumpy

                  Now do you see why we need the GCSB and SIS?

              • Tracey

                apologies. I didnt recall the bit about that awful man wi th his nephew holding a head when i first read your post

        • Tautoko Viper 2.3.1.2

          “I EXPECT our government to keep tabs on those who would destroy our country and way of life.”
          Unfortunately those who are keeping tabs on us ARE those who would destroy our way of life. The TPPA, which will destroy our way of life by inflicting US Corporate Rules on NZ by writing many of our laws, is being pushed by the US to gain control over our country. The NSA, with its puppet GCSB, will be tracking those activists who are putting up resistance against this “economic colonialism” (Idiot Savant’s apt term.)
          Grumpy- you are looking in the wrong direction.

          • grumpy 2.3.1.2.1

            Most blokes (as we have seen in UK and Aussie) are quite adaptable and don’t have any strongly held religious beliefs. We could eaasily join the Caliphate, Islam is quite a cool religion for guys (unless you like booze a bit much). However for the rest, women, gays, bible bashers etc. the outlook is not so rosy.
            Islam is a religion for guys, made by guys, if you feminists are happy with that, then fine…………..

        • Murray Olsen 2.3.1.3

          What extreme hatred displayed at the Gaza Peace march? Demanding that Zionists stop killing civilians is hatred? Saying “God is great” is hatred?

          I didn’t see any calls for anyone to be gut shot. That would be hatred. Oh, and FJK.

      • Graeme 2.3.2

        “You really do wildly mis-understand my lack of powerful connections to the likes of Nicky Hager. That is way out of the realms of my networks”

        And who would be scared of your connections? Bring them on I say
        Why are you trying to impress cos it doesn’t impress me . Like climate changes, etc you are full of unproved and incorrect theoretical rubbish.

        • karol 2.3.2.1

          Mate, you really have misunderstood my comment – My point was, I don’t have any such powerful connections. So there’s nothing to be impressed by. It was grumpy who was implying that I do have such powerful connections.

          If you read my posts, you will see that I usually base my arguments on evidence and information that is in the public domain.

          In the case of Hager’s about to be launched book, I am not basing my posts on any secret insider information. I am just going with the main body of opinion, as available online, that Hager’s book will be of some significance, and that it more than likely will focus on surveillance issues.

        • minarch 2.3.2.2

          you understand what the words “lack of” actually mean ?

    • This attempted smear is so funny now we know the book has nothing to do with GCSB/Five Eyes/Snowden.

  3. Tracey 3

    ““Most people know that Nicky Hager is a screaming Left-wing conspiracy theorist. He’s hardly an authority on these matters . . . I’m not terribly worried.”

    Worth noting he made this statement before the others attributed to him about it having Snowden stuff… so not terribly worried to spending time surmising what it might be about, and sharing it with the media.

    In the past Hager has focused on issues and from his investigations highlighted people’s behaviours, be they Helen Clark (Corngate) or Brash, key, Joyce, Hooton) The Hollow Men and so on.

    I don’t expect it to be some kind of rabid assault on John Key. I do expect it to have been researched and to have evidence to back his assertions.

  4. Puckish Rogue 4

    My guess is the left will say its a game breaker and John Key must resign, the right will say its nothing and business as usual, the media will stoke the fires of controversy as much as possible and the general public will be bored of it after a couple of days

    • Craig Glen Eden 4.1

      Yeah you wish, Puckish Rogue

    • karol 4.2

      I’m always interested in Hager’s writings, whatever the topic. He is one of the best, if not THE best, investigative journalists in NZ.

      Such journalists are essential to democracy.

      • grumpy 4.2.1

        Have you forgotten about Ian Wishart 🙂

        • karol 4.2.1.1

          Ian Wishart doesn’t even come close. He did some good work in his younger days, but became more of a tabloid journalist after that. His hatchet job on Clark was part of a homophobia and misogynist-pandering smear campaign.

          His evidence was thinly stretched associations that went well beyond even being in the realms of circumstantial evidence.

          • grumpy 4.2.1.1.1

            So you like who you agree with politically?

            • karol 4.2.1.1.1.1

              I have read the Wishart book quite closely and looked at his evidence. It doesn’t hold up.

              And you seem to be praising him purely because of his politics. Hager has a strong international reputation as an investigative journalist. Wishart, on the other hand, is a legend in the minds of a few NZ right wingers.

            • Chris 4.2.1.1.1.2

              Clark was Hager’s target in 2002.

          • Anne 4.2.1.1.2

            He was okay until he became a born-again (read fundamentalist) christian.

        • Shrubbery 4.2.1.2

          You mean the guy who [deleted]

          [lprent: That is defamatory. Banned 6 weeks. Read the policy. ]

        • Macro 4.2.1.3

          Ian Wishart!!!

          The man’s a complete and utter fool!

          You can take ANYTHING he writes and know that the complete opposite is most likely true.

        • Murray Olsen 4.2.1.4

          Wishart is a delusional nutter. I suspect that, whatever his condition is, it has been worsening. At the end of his winebox writings he started making some weird claims that seemed full of paranoia. Everything he has written since (that I’ve looked at) has gotten worse. You can see the progression. I think the voices in his head interview each other.

          Nicky Hager, on the other hand, is very careful with his research and what he claims. He is getting better with time.

      • Tracey 4.2.2

        yup, he shines a light into dark places that make grumpy and puckish feel uncomfortable ( so prefer to prefer to avert their gaze).

        His naysayers seem to overlook the documents he posts in support.

  5. philj 5

    xox
    Or it could be titled ” The Spy Who Shagged Us”

  6. TeWhareWhero 6

    Anyone who thinks that the surveillance state and its paramilitary gangs of faceless cybermen are there to protect us from Islamists needs to think again.

    The ‘threat’ of radical Islam has been carefully constructed and these images coming out of Syria are very useful to a government which is trying to change its already strong ‘anti-terrorism’ laws.

    The US and its allies have used radical Islam in their attacks on any forces that they deemed to be detrimental to ‘western’ interests: Iran, Indonesia, Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria and Israel, given that the Israeli state provided arms to Hamas in its sectarian struggle against the PLO.

    The problem with religious fanatics is that they have a habit of biting the hand that armed them – but for the warmongers it’s win win – because the threat that extremists pose (some real, some fictitious) are then used to justify the erosion of democracy, the increase in surveillance and the militarisation of the police.

    • Tracey 6.1

      which might explain the inability to save those 300 girls in africa…. Not a territory they give a shit about.

      • Puckish Rogue 6.1.1

        Bollix, take your blinkers off for a change.

        “Nigeria is the 12th largest producer of petroleum in the world and the 8th largest exporter, and has the 10th largest proven reserves. (The country joined OPEC in 1971). Petroleum plays a large role in the Nigerian economy, accounting for 40% of GDP and 80% of Government earnings.”

        So yeah its a territory they probably do care about but more importantly Nigeria didn’t invite the USA in to rescue the girls

        Had the americans invaded Nigeria (without the permission of Nigeria thats what it would have been) it would have been an act of war and then lefties all over the word would have had something extra to whinge about

        • Tracey 6.1.1.1

          how long after they were kidnapped did the west start to notice? When was the last update? 300 black girls.

      • grumpy 6.1.2

        I thought Michell Obama had that sorted with he card with #bringourgirlsback on it. The extent of leftie concern.

        • felix 6.1.2.1

          I thought you had dismissed the whole affair by asking what were they wearing and had they been drinking.

    • tinfoilhat 6.2

      “The ‘threat’ of radical Islam has been carefully constructed…”

      That might be very true in relation to ourselves here in NZ but I don’t think we can underestimate the appalling tragedy that’s unfolding throughout some of the middle eastern countries and asian countries

  7. Graeme 7

    What a waste of time all this rubbish is.

    We are getting “spied” on everyday through CTV in cities and towns, malls, banks etc. Following the use of EFTPoS and mobile phones is continuous and these avenues are used to solve many crimes and finding lost people.
    It all goes to keep me safe as I go about my LAWFUL business and long may it last!!

    • framu 7.1

      history test graeme

      Has there ever been a single point in history, in any country, where the state used vast powers of monitoring and information gathering for the purposes of 1) demonising those it disliked or spoke up against the state – 2) maintaining power and – 3) controlling the general populace through fear and intimidation?

      Is it foolish to consider that those who lust for and attain power havent really changed that much over the years?

      for the crowd who love to whinge about getting the state out of your personal life you lot are really weird about the state doing the exact opposite

    • tricledrown 7.2

      Graeme You are using a pathetic propaganda technique using a 1/2 truth to spin out a lie!
      Using the spy network for one sides political gain where paid bloggers try and undermine free speech
      The leader of the country uses the network for his own political gain proves we need more transparency around the GSCB.
      After all you Conmen keep saying its all about defending our freedoms Yeah Right wing nut jobs!

      • politikiwi 7.2.1

        We don’t need freedom anymore. Haven’t you heard?

        The world is perfect.
        There is no need to dissent.
        We have no need for radical ideas which challenge the status quo.
        We don’t need journalists to be able to protect their sources when uncovering the wrongdoings of the powerful. Those willing to reveal such wrong doings are traitors to Dear Leader and must be punished!

        We must not question Dear Leader.
        We must not disagree with the prevailing orthodoxy.
        We must trust that those in power know what is best for us.
        We must understand that those in power make these decisions behind closed doors in order to keep us safe.
        We must understand that they have our best interests at heart, and – unlike you and I – Dear Leader is perfect and infallible and never makes a mistake: Not of policy. Not of identity. Not of implementation.
        We must understand that Dear Leader’s men will find security flaws in every day systems we all rely on to transact and communicate securely. We must understand that in the interests of keeping us safe those security flaws will not be fixed.

        We must trust Dear Leader when he tells us who the enemy is. After all, he is perfect and must be correct.

        We must understand that never in history has a powerful spying apparatus been used for political ends.
        Never in history has a previously legal action or belief subsequently become illegal or a cause for persecution.
        Never in history has a detestable character risen to power and attempted to use that power to eliminate those they consider to be inferior. We must know that that would never happen in a democracy.

        We need only to trust that Dear Leader will keep us safe, that the things they do in secret are necessary and proportional, and that they do not require any oversight for they act solely in our interests.

        We need not think the thoughts they do not want us to think.
        We need not read the books they do not want us to read.
        We need not freely discuss whatever we wish, with whomever we wish, whenever we wish.

        If we can all close our eyes and blindly believe what we are told, we will be safe from those whom Dear Leader labels “terrorists.”

        (It’s just a shame Dear Leader can’t do anything about stair cases – after all, stairs injure more people than terrorists. Perhaps we should invest billions of dollars replacing all stairs with elevators? Then we can all feel really safe!)

    • minarch 7.3

      but graeme it doesnt keep you safe at all

      none of those would stop anyone from perpetrating some awful act on you , it only assists in their prosecution AFTER the fact..

      so your dreams of security are just that , dreams…

  8. karol 8

    Some have already scored on the Nicky Hager Spin Bingo card. I expect a lot more before the next day or two are over.

  9. dale 9

    Both Labour and National will look bad in the book. The public are over GSBC stuff anyway.

  10. Alias Smith & Jones 10

    I don’t understand this paranoia about the GSCB by Hager & co when 100s of thousands if not millions of kiwis willingly give away information about themselves to corporate entities every time they go on the internet

  11. mickysavage 11

    The book is called dirty politics and it is about the use of Farrar and Slater by the National Party and John Key to promote an extremely vile sort of politics.

  12. Pasupial 12

    Going by the audio of that Livestream, I would say that the book is an expose of ShonKey being an Amphibious Shape-shifting Alien bent on World Domination, and is written in the language of his home planet. He only denied being Reptilian, not the “Shape-shifting Alien bent on World Domination” part.

    Release the vet records now, if you dare!

    • karol 13.1

      Yes, I updated my past to use that link.

      • Anne 13.1.1

        Oh wow!!

        I’m so glad Nicky has had the guts to write the story. Only caught the last bit of his interview but we’ve all known there was very dirty, underhand and probably illegal activity going on in the back-ground and that they included the top floor of the Beehive.

        I have found it distressing at times – especially not being able to do anything about it.

        Hurrah for Nick Hager!!

        Edit: and thank-you again to the decent, principled members of the National Party who have apparently (once again) helped him to reveal the truth.

  13. karol 14

    When Slater’s site was hacked and went down. Someone came away with thousands of documents they gave to Hager.

  14. r0b 15

    Thank you Nicky Hager. Shine that sunlight…

    • mickysavage 15.1

      Yep r0b there must be a god!

    • vto 15.2

      he who speaks least says the most

    • r0b 15.3

      I’ve been out of the political loop (rebuilding my house, no power or internet at various times). But I’m nearly done, and about ready to start taking an interest in politics again. Hager’s book certainly puts a cat amongst the pigeons!

      • miravox 15.3.1

        Hopefully Hager will be pushing Cameron and Farrar off the MSM and back to their blogs. Key will have to distance himself from the lot of them.

        Good luck with finishing the house r0b. It will be good to see you back.

  15. yeshe 16

    breaking now on Prime News .. it’s on dirty politics .. Jason Eade and the two nasty bloggers ///

    • karol 16.1

      Yes. I’ve published another post on the book as the topic is not what I expected – see, Grumpy – I had no inside knowledge at all.

      • Lanthanide 16.1.1

        You should be flattered that random wingnuts on the internet think you’re more of an insider than you are. They’d only think that because you’re effective in your advocacy.

  16. risildowgtn 17

    Slater aint said a word yet bahhahahahahaha ,
    Whats wrong o great lump ?

  17. TeWhareWhero 18

    In response to tinfoilhat 6.2 – no-one can understate the tragedy of the MIddle East, my point is who is primarily responsible for it.

    The Americans and their allies have been happy to use radical Islam, which is essentially reactionary, to counter movements that were perceived to be a threat to US interests – i.e. nationalists, communists, socialists.

    In the eyes of extreme fundamentalist Muslims (a tiny minority) secular political movements are heretical and they easily persuaded that fighting/killing heretics is their religious duty. Arm them and point them in the direction of people deemed to be apostates, sit back and watch the mayhem and then try to take political and military advantage of it. It doesn’t always work out as planned of course – but what always does happen is that innocents die – millions of them and often horribly.

    Now that radical Islam has become a nuisance, it has been labelled a threat to our way of life – to our very existence – and in the ensuing heat of moral outrage and panic – governments grant themselves powers they would never dare attempt in more temperate times.

    Only a fool or an ideologue would deny the possibility of those powers being used to stifle legitimate dissent.

    We must guard democracy and we must counter anti-Islamic propaganda because the only way we all get to win is if all shades of intolerance, bigotry and religious / political extremism lose.

    • TeWhareWhero 18.1

      And in response to Puckish Rogue 6.1.1 “Bollix, take your blinkers off for a change.”

      5 giant multinationals (US, Anglo-Dutch and Italiian) dominate oil production in the Niger Delta – and run the dirtiest, most polluting oil fields in the world in one of the most ecologically sensitive regions. Gas flares in the Delta are reckoned to be the largest single emitter of greenhouse gases – as well as pumping out vast clouds of toxins and carcinogens which are impacting hugely on local human and animal populations. Because of the wasteful and ecologically harmful way oil production is managed, the country’s increasing reliance on the product and the appropriation of profits by a economic and political elite instead of reinvestment in the country, agriculture has declined as oil exports have risen. Agriculture employs 90% of the rural population so its decline is causing a depopulation of the rural areas and massive poverty and unemployment. The wealth from oil does not even trickle down to the base of Nigerian society – it goes into the pockets of western investors and technocrats and the Nigerian elite while 61% of Nigerians live in poverty.

      The country has high unemployment and poverty, a huge gap between rich and poor, endemic corruption and intense ethnic and religious divisions. The kidnapping of Christian girls by Islamic militants did not result in western intervention or even extensive use of the situation as fuel for anti-Islamist propaganda because intervention by the West could spark off a civil war – and a civil war, (for at the moment at least) in Africa’s largest oil producer which exports most of its oil to the US, is to be avoided at all costs.

      The world is run by and for a bunch of vile and venal bastards – not to put too fine a point on it.

  18. Ponsonby Dog 19

    Nicky is one of a few very courageous writers we have . We need more . All power to him and those as brave. I will be buying the book tomorrow .

  19. infused 20

    Was expecting more to be honest.

    Kind of a let down.

    • One Anonymous Bloke 20.1

      If the allegation that Key fed Slater info he got from the SIS proves true, then I’m afraid Dear Leader has committed a criminal offence.

      I’m looking forward to the excuses flowing thick and fast and affecting the verdict not one jot 🙂

      • infused 20.1.1

        Even if that was true, Key wouldn’t be that stupid. No one of that ‘power’ directly engages in this sort of stuff, for this exact reason.

        So far here, no one has read it. Will wait to see what comes out.

  20. TeWhareWhero 21

    And back to the topic. It’s very interesting that TV3 did a poll (it was also Yahoo!Xtra’s news poll) on National’s reliance on the Key factor just in advance of Hager’s book release.

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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 hours ago
  • Another NZDF coverup
    In 2003 New Zealand sent a Provincial Reconstruction Team to Afghanistan to support America's doomed war there. While there, they conducted regular weapons practice on local firing ranges, littering the landscape with unexploded ammunition. These ranges weren't secure - they're on land used by locals for animal herding - so ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 hours ago
  • A loss for the Greens
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 hours ago
  • New era for Ngāti Kuri and Auckland Museum
    Words and images by Jacqui Gibson Gone are Auckland Museum’s days of doing science using a museum-centric academic approach, after Māori land rights holders Ngāti Kuri gave the museum an ultimatum.
    Tom Trnski holding a fossilised whale tooth from the Far North.Aussie-born Head of Natural Sciences at Auckland Museum ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    4 hours ago
  • Circling vultures: Why MediaWorks TV is really in trouble
    MediaWorks announced in October 2019 that it intended to sell off its struggling television business and cancel or cut back on several popular local programmes, including New Zealand Today, Married at First Sight New Zealand and 7 Days. Its radio and outdoor advertising arms are currently performing well, but MediaWorks’ ...
    Briefing PapersBy Peter Thompson
    8 hours ago
  • Scary Opinium Poll
    Westminster voting intention:CON: 44% (+3)LAB: 28% (-1)LDEM: 14% (-1)BREX: 6% (-)via @OpiniumResearch, surveyed this weekChgs. w/ 08 Nov— Britain Elects (@britainelects) 16 November 2019 This, of course, doesn't look good.  Labour have been chucking big, headline grabbing policies left, right and centre ... Well, maybe not right.  Left, left ...
    16 hours ago
  • A coward’s ploy.
    Some readers may remember that I mentioned last year that I was applying for NZ citizenship. I filled out the paperwork and had my original citizenship interview in February. Everything went well until they discovered that, because I had spent five months in the US in 2017, I had not ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    1 day ago
  • Left censorship and exclusion against gender-critical women: a Marxist critique
    by Deirdre O’Neill It is becoming quite acceptable for certain sections of the left to declare that people like me – women who are ‘gender critical’ – should not be allowed in leftist or anarchist spaces. Leaving aside the arrogance and implicit authoritarianism of this claim, its lack of critical ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 day ago
  • “Uncertainty” can be better solved with a better grasp of life’s inherent complexities…
    There is an article in The Conversation, written by Jeremy P. Shapiro (Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychological Sciences, Case Western Reserve University), about what he sees as the psychologically-based underpinnings of three main matters that seem to vex people all around the planet. The article is titled “The Thinking ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    2 days ago
  • Citizens vs the Rogue Deep State
    . .   Blogger Martyn Bradbury has won his case against unreasonable search and surveillance against the NZ Police; and subsequent Police attempts to produce evidence in secrecy, in a closed Court. His case highlights a disturbing growing trend in Aotearoa New Zealand for State power to be used against ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    2 days ago
  • Massey University’s free speech policy double-plus-good
    The Committee of Disobedient Women has intercepted an email from Dr Emma Eejut, Senior Lecturer in Sociology, Massey University to the university’s Vice-Chancellor, Jan Thomas. Dear Jan, Thank you for your courageous move.  I think 10 pages of blether** should tie any of the students game enough to try holding ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    3 days ago
  • Unacceptable
    That's the only response to the findings of the Ombudsman's investigation into LGOIMA practices at the Christchurch City Council:My investigation identified serious concerns about the Council’s leadership and culture, and its commitment to openness and transparency. In particular, Council staff raised concerns with me about various methods employed by some ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • There is what corruption looks like
    NZ First seems to be nakedly trying to enrich itself from public office:A powerful New Zealand First figure helped establish a forestry company that then pushed for money from two key funding streams controlled by a New Zealand First Minister. An RNZ investigation has found Brian Henry, lawyer for Winston ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Escape from Manus Island
    Behrouz Boochani is an award winning author and journalist. He is also a refugee, who for the past six years has been detained in Australia's offshore gulag on Manus Island, and in Papua New Guinea. But last night, with the cooperation of the WORD Christchurch festival and Amnesty International, he ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • When World’s Collide.
    Different Strokes: If a multicultural immigration policy imposes no obligation on immigrant communities to acknowledge and ultimately embrace their host nation’s most cherished traditions and values, then how is that nation to prevent itself from being reduced to a collection of inward-looking and self-replicating ethnic and cultural enclaves?THE COALITION GOVERNMENT’S ...
    3 days ago
  • Could There Be Method In Massey University’s Madness?
    Protective Zone: Reading the rules and guidelines released by Massey University, it is impossible to avoid the conclusion that its governing body considers the whole concept of free speech a disruptive threat to the orderly imparting of orthodox academic knowledge.IN TRUE ORWELLIAN fashion, Massey University has announced its commitment to ...
    3 days ago
  • Climate Change: We need more trees, not less
    Farmers held a hate-march on Parliament today, complete with MAGA hats, gun-nut signs, and gendered insults. While supposedly about a grab-bag of issues - including, weirdly, mental health - it was clear that the protest was about one thing, and one thing only: climate change. And specifically, forestry "destroying" rural ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • The IGIS annual report: Dead letters and secret law
    The Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security released their annual report today, and I've been busy reading through it. In amongst the usual review of what they've been doing all year, there's a few interesting bits. For example, a discussion on "agency retention and disposal of information", which points out that ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • A referendum on bigotry
    The End of Life Choice Bill passed its third reading last night, 69 - 51. Thanks to a compromise with NZ First - which looks to have been necessary on the final numbers - the commencement of the bill will be subject to a referendum. Given the ugliness of the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Political parties and GMOs: we all need to move on
    Recently more than 150 post-graduate students and young scientists presented an open letter to the Green Party via The Spinoff, encouraging them to reconsider their position on genetic modification. Their target is tackling climate change issues.[1] Can any party continue to be dismissive about genetic modification (GM) contributing to ...
    SciBlogsBy Grant Jacobs
    4 days ago
  • Class, Identity Politics and Transgender Ideology
    by Deirdre O’Neill Under Thatcher and then Blair and continuing up until our contemporary moment, the working class has seen its culture slowly and progressively destroyed. The change from an industrial society to a service society produced a marked shift in focus from the working class as the backbone of ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    5 days ago
  • Irony
    Since 2013, the Australian government has detained refugees without trial in Pacific gulags, where they are abused, tortured, and driven to suicide. The policy is not just an abuse of human rights and possible crime against humanity; it has also had a corrosive effect on the states Australia uses as ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • An age of protest.
    It seems fair to say that we currently live in a problematic political moment in world history. Democracies are in decline and dictatorships are on the rise. Primordial, sectarian and post-modern divisions have re-emerged, are on the rise or have been accentuated by political evolutions of the moment such as ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    5 days ago
  • Another captured agency
    Last month, Greenpeace head Russel Norman surrendered his speaking slot at an EPA conference to student climate activist Sorcha Carr, who told the EPA exactly what she thought of them. It was a bold move, which confronted both regulators and polluters (or, as the EPA calls them, "stakeholders") with the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • NZ First’s dodgy loans
    The core principle supposedly underlying New Zealand's electoral finance regime is transparency: parties can accept large donations from rich people wanting to buy policy, but only if they tell the public they've been bought. Most parties abide by this, so we know that TOP was wholly-owned by Gareth Morgan, and ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Member’s Day: The choice on End of Life Choice
    Today is a Member's Day, probably the second-to-last one of the year, and its a big one, with the Third Reading of David Seymour's End of Life Choice Bill. last Member's Day it was reported back from committee, after MPs voted narrowly to make it subject to a (rules TBA) ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • How growth in population and consumption drives planetary change
    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 The growth of the human population over the last 70 ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    5 days ago
  • The disappearing Women …
    by The Council of Disobedient Women In her excellent oral submission to the Abortion reform select committee on 31st October on behalf of Otago University’s Department of Public Health, historian and public health researcher Hera Cook stated: “We would ask that the committee not use the term ‘pregnant persons’ and ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    6 days ago
  • “A Passage to India”: enduring art in changing times
    by Don Franks In 1957, E M Forster wrote, of his greatest work: “The India described in ‘A Passage to India’ no longer exists either politically or socially. Change had begun even at the time the book was published ( 1924) and during the following quarter of a century it ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    6 days ago
  • Contemptuous
    The Referendums Framework Bill was due back from select committee today. But there's no report on it. Instead, the bill has been bounced back to the House under Standing order 29593) because the Committee didn't bother to produce one. They probably tried. But given the membership of the committee (which ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Zero Carbon: It’s not just a good idea, it’s the law
    Two years into New Zealand’s Labour-led government, the long-delayed Zero Carbon Bill became law on 7 November. Passed essentially unanimously, the lengthy public debates and political manoeuvring faded away until the final passage was even anticlimactic: Flipping through the @nzstuff @DomPost I was starting to wonder if I’d dreamt ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert McLachlan
    6 days ago
  • Climate Change: What happens next?
    Now the Zero Carbon Bill is law, what's next? Obviously, the ETS changes currently before select committee are going to be the next battleground. But we're also going to get a good idea of where we're going, and if the progress the Zero Carbon Act promises is good enough, during ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Climate change will fuel bush fires
    Grant Pearce The effects of the current Australian bushfires in New South Wales and Queensland (and also again in California) are devastating and far-reaching. To date, the fires have resulted in several lives being lost and many homes and properties destroyed. Here in New Zealand, the impacts have been only ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    6 days ago
  • Participation rates
    A passing comment in a post the other day about the labour force participation rates of older people prompted me to pull down the fuller data and see what we could see about various participation rates over the decades since the HLFS began in 1986.   As it happens, the ...
    SciBlogsBy Michael Reddell
    6 days ago
  • Not So Much “OK Boomer” As “OK Ruling Class”.
    Distract And Divert: The rise of what we have come to call “Identity Politics” represents the ideological manifestation of the ruling class’s objective need to destroy class politics, and of the middle-class’s subjective need to justify their participation in the process.THE RELIEF of the ruling class can only be imagined. ...
    6 days ago
  • Asking for it …
    "I saw a newspaper picture,From the political campaignA woman was kissing a child,Who was obviously in pain.She spills with compassion,As that young child'sFace in her hands she gripsCan you imagine all that greed and avariceComing down on that child's lips?" ...
    6 days ago
  • New Zealand’s Poor Pandemic Preparedness According to the Global Health Security Index
    Dr Matt Boyd, Prof Michael Baker, Prof Nick Wilson The Global Health Security Index which considers pandemic threats has just been published. Unfortunately, NZ scores approximately half marks (54/100), coming in 35th in the world rankings – far behind Australia. This poor result suggests that the NZ Government needs to ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    7 days ago
  • Climate Change: Thank Winston
    The Zero Carbon Act is inadequate, with a weak methane target designed to give farmers a free ride. But it turns out it could have been worse: Climate Change Minister James Shaw was so desperate to get National on board, he wanted to gut that target, and leave it in ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • Illicit markets and Bali Booze
    The Herald reprints an Australian story on a couple of tragic deaths in Bali from drinking cocktails that had methanol in them.  The story argues that methanol is likely the result of home distillation. But what the young tourists were experiencing was far from a hangover. They’d consumed a toxic cocktail ...
    SciBlogsBy Eric Crampton
    1 week ago
  • This is not what armed police are for
    Last month, the police announced a trial of specialist roaming armed units, which would drive round (poor, brown) areas in armoured SUVs, armed to the teeth. When they announced the trial, they told us it was about having armed police "ready to attend major incidents at any time if needed". ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Spain’s failed electoral gamble
    Spain went to the polls today in the second elections this year, after the Socialists (who had come to power in a confidence vote, then gone to the polls in April) rejected the offer of a coalition with the left-wing PoDemos, and instead decided to gamble n a better outcome ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • The astroturf party
    National has finally rolled out its "BlueGreen" astroturf party, fronted by an array of former nats and people who were dumped by the Greens for not being Green enough. Its initial pitch is described by Stuff as "very business-friendly", and its priorities are what you'd expect: conservation, predator-free funding, a ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • How to cheat at university
    A couple of days ago I attended (and spoke at) the University of Waikato’s “LearnFest” event. There were lots of talks and sessions on very diverse aspects of teaching, mostly at tertiary level. One was by Myra Williamson from Te Piringa Faculty of Law here at Waikato, on Contract Cheating ...
    SciBlogsBy Marcus Wilson
    1 week ago
  • How NZ was put on world maps using a transit of Mercury
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    SciBlogsBy Duncan Steel
    1 week ago
  • Georgina Beyer: We need to be able to talk without being offended
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    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • The anti-fluoride brigade won’t be erecting billboards about this study
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    1 week ago
  • Chosen To Rule? What Sort Of Christian Is Chris Luxon?
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    1 week ago
  • War of the worms
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    1 week ago
  • Marvelly shows us how to be a feminist without feminism
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    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Out of the past – Tories to revive racist laws from the 16th century
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    1 week ago
  • 1000 of these now
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    SciBlogsBy Grant Jacobs
    1 week ago
  • Has Shane Jones Just Saved NZ First?
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    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: As predicted
    Yesterday, when National voted for the Zero Carbon Bill, I predicted they'd gut it the moment they regained power, just as they had done to the ETS. And indeed, they have explicitly promised to do exactly that within their first hundred days in office. What would their amendments do? Abandon ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Let this never be forgot
    In the spirit of Remember, remember the fifth of November, let's keep this in mind FOREVER.
    Oh dear. Extraordinary interview on PM with Andrew Bridgen and @EvanHD just now. Bridgen was defending Jacob Rees Mogg’s Grenfell comments. Evan asked him if JRM had meant to say he would have left ...
    1 week ago
  • Too Late To Change Capitalism’s Flightpath?
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    1 week ago
  • Whooping cough vaccine works well despite its imperfections
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    SciBlogsBy Helen Petousis Harris
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: Passed
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Retailing of vaping products – New NZ Research
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    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    2 weeks ago
  • Justice for Bomber
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Britain’s climate tyranny was unlawful
    Last month, in response to a wave of protests by Extinction Rebellion, the British government purported to ban their protests from the whole of London. It was a significant interference with the freedoms of expression and assembly, and another sign of the country's decline into tyranny. But now, a court ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • More crime from the spies
    Last year, the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security reported on significant problems with the intelligence warrant system. While they were unwilling to declare any warrant "irregular" (meaning unlawful) due to the recent law change, they were also not willing to give the system a clean bill of health. Now, they've ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Vaccination, compulsion, and paternalism for the lower orders
    The National Party has come out in support of encouraging greater vaccination uptake. But it sure isn’t the way I’d do it. National’s suggested docking the benefits of those on benefit whose kids aren’t keeping up with their vaccinations. Some in National have suggested extending that to payments under Working ...
    SciBlogsBy Eric Crampton
    2 weeks ago
  • Global Protests Rage On: But Slogans Are Not Plans.
    Feeding The Flames: It is simply not enough to demand an end to “corruption”, or “inequality”, or the overbearing influence of the authorities in Beijing. These are just “lowest common denominator” demands: the sort of slogans that pull people onto the streets. They are not a plan.WHERE’S THE PLAN? Across ...
    2 weeks ago
  • 11,000 employed under Labour
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Boycott this democratic fraud
    The Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee has called for submissions on Andrew Little's tyrannical Terrorism Suppression (Control Orders) Bill. Normally I encourage participation in the democratic process. I am not doing so in this case. Instead, I encourage all of you to boycott this submissions process, and to post ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Why Mars is cold despite an atmosphere of mostly carbon dioxide
    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 If tiny concentrations of carbon dioxide can hold enough heat ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: Ban private jets
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: Untold Suffering
    That's what we face if we don't stop climate change, according to a warning from 11,000 scientists:The world’s people face “untold suffering due to the climate crisis” unless there are major transformations to global society, according to a stark warning from more than 11,000 scientists. “We declare clearly and unequivocally ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • The left and violent misogyny
    by Phil Duncan Here’s just a few of the kind of threats issued day in and day out against gender-critical women – feminists, marxists, etc – overwhelmingly by MEN (albeit men identifying as women). “Kill all Terfs”. “Shoot a Terf today”. “All terfs deserve to be shot in the head”. ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Imperialism and the iPhone
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    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • The freshwater mussel housing crisis: eviction by invasive weeds?
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    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • Back it up Luxon: endorsing the destructive past is not actually the way forward
    And to think he gave all the potential goodwill away with that moronic, cult-like statement (repeated ad nauseam by many National hardliners) that Key is quite simply “the greatest PM we ever had”… Installation complete: this was nothing ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    2 weeks ago
  • Good riddance
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: D-Day
    The Zero Carbon Bill is back in the House today for its second reading. While this isn't the final stage, its still effectively D-Day for the bill. Because today, at around 5pm, is when we're going to find out if it has a majority, whether National will support it or ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago

  • Week That Was: Supporting our schools
    We're setting our young people up for success, investing in education around the country.  ...
    5 hours ago
  • Kiwis to have their say on End of Life Choice
    Jenny Marcroft MP, Spokesperson for Health New Zealand First backs the public to decide on the End of Life Choice Bill via a referendum at the 2020 General Election. The Bill, with New Zealand First’s referendum provision incorporated, passed its final reading in Parliament this evening. New Zealand First Spokesperson for ...
    4 days ago
  • Addressing miscarriages of justice
    Darroch Ball, Spokesperson for Justice New Zealand First is proud that a key Coalition Agreement commitment which will provide for a more transparent and effective criminal justice system has been realised. Legislation to establish the Criminal Cases Review Commission, an independent body focused on identifying and responding to possible miscarriages of ...
    5 days ago
  • Week That Was: Historic action on climate change
    "Today we have made a choice that will leave a legacy... I hope that means that future generations will see that we, in New Zealand, were on the right side of history." - Jacinda Ardern, Third Reading of the Zero Carbon Bill ...
    1 week ago
  • Tax-free deployments for Kiwi troops
    Darroch Ball, New Zealand First List MP A Member’s bill has been proposed that would provide income tax exemptions for all New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) personnel while on operational deployment overseas. The Income Tax (Exemption for Salary or Wages of NZDF Members on Active Deployment) Amendment Bill proposed by New Zealand First ...
    1 week ago
  • A balanced Zero Carbon Bill passed
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, New Zealand First Leader New Zealand First is proud to have brought common sense to the Climate Change Response (Zero Carbon) Amendment Bill, which passed its final reading in Parliament today. Party Leader Rt Hon Winston Peters says months of hard work went into negotiating a balanced ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Paramedics’ status to be recognised
    Jenny Marcroft MP, Spokesperson for Health New Zealand First has listened to calls to recognise paramedics as registered health professionals under the Health Practitioners’ Competence Assurance Act (the Act). Today, the Coalition Government announced plans for paramedics to be registered as health practitioners under the Act, and the establishment of a ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Week That Was: 2,000 teachers in two years
    We began the week by commemorating the New Zealand Wars and celebrating a major increase in the number of teachers. Then, we were busy supporting offenders into work and getting our rail back on track after years of underinvestment. And that's just the start! ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Winning an election one conversation at a time
    In October I was sworn in as the Mayor of Lower Hutt. It’s the privilege of my life to serve Hutt people as their Mayor. There is something really special to be able to serve the community where I was raised, and where I live.   ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Closer cooperation with Korean horse racing industry
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for Racing Racing Minister Winston Peters met with Korea Racing Authority Chairperson Nak Soon Kim in Seoul today to discuss closer cooperation between the New Zealand and Korean horse racing industries. As part of the visit to the Seoul Racecourse, Mr Peters witnessed ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Otago to lead digital creativity
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) is investing $10 million to establish Otago as the centre of New Zealand’s creative digital industry over the next ten years, Regional Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. “The initiative will bring us closer to the vision of ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Young Otago students encouraged to take on forestry careers
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF)’s skills and employment programme will help young Otago people into long-term forestry careers, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. Te Ara Mahi will invest $63,000 in the 2020 school year to support eight 17 and 18 ...
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