Dom protecting its favoured mayoral candidate

Written By: - Date published: 7:27 am, September 19th, 2013 - 58 comments
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Did you know that Wellington mayoral candidate John Morrison told an audience at an arts awards ceremony that he would see a body-painted model in the shower later? Did you know he’s engaged in voter suppression of young voters? Did you know at a recent debate he told Celia Wade-Brown to be quiet, saying ‘the men are talking’? If you do, it’s not from reading the Dompost.

The Dom has decided that Morrison is going to win the mayoral election and they’re going to warp the coverage any way they need to to make it happen.

They barely mentioned it when Morrison was caught plagiarising speeches.

They credited him with getting a call centre moved from Australia to Wellington, when he didn’t.

They didn’t mention it when Morrison got voting points at the university banned – a classic voter suppression tactic.

And they didn’t bother to publish Morrison’s gross comments about the body-painted model. Why, because he denied making them to the Dom reporter (having already admitted making them to the Herald)… Remember that guys, if you’re ever in trouble for saying something, just tell the Dom you didn’t say it and they won’t cover the story! Well, they probably will, because that exemption only applies to favoured mayoral candidates.

As Michael Joseph Savage once mockingly said of the Dominion – ‘that’s the voice of democracy!’

58 comments on “Dom protecting its favoured mayoral candidate”

  1. infused 1

    I don’t care who gets in. She is useless.

    • Rich 1.1

      He’d be worse – I’m putting him last and Wade-Brown above him, but not first.

      When will we get a decent mayoral candidate – maybe Grant Robertson will run.

      Or a future government will abolish the stupid mayoral beauty contests and have councillors elect a mayor with majority support – same system as used nationally.

      • Enough is Enough 1.1.1

        Do we need a Mayor at all?

        Maybe a chair to run meetings but why is there any need for a Mayor?

  2. bad12 2

    Yes, i too am not the happiest with Wade-Brown’s performance as Mayor, one point of major concern is Her presiding while yet another over-seas manager of the council is employed,

    My second point is Celia also presiding over a Council that further gutted the council workforce by outsourcing more of it’s work,

    Having said all that i, along with plenty more will be voting for Wade-Brown and also attempting to gain a larger Green voice in council with our selections…

    • ghostwhowalksnz 2.1

      A Mayor only has the same vote as a Councillor in making decisions. Shes not a dictator

      • bad12 2.1.1

        Gosh thanks for informing me, reading the third little paragraph of my comment above would tend to suggest what…

  3. Outofbed 3

    whilst Celia hasn’t been a stellar performer
    Do we really want a misogynist as mayor?

    • I wonder how Morrison would feel if someone said that about his wife or daughter?

      If Wellingtonians vote for this misogynistic dinosaur, they can have Michael Laws as a “package deal”.

  4. Rosie 4

    Thanks for highlighting Morrison’s bad behaviour. What an arse. I know little about him, except that he gives off a whiff of superiority and authoritarianism. What words I have heard, I felt at the time, belonged to another era. Thanks for confirming it.

    Has anyone noticed the weekly anti council rant in the editorial of the mini me fairfax paper, The Wellingtonian? It is relentless. The editor, Joseph Romanos doesn’t even pretend to be ‘balanced’. When we finally got rid of Prendergast he was heart broken and mourned for months but since then has put his energies into bad mouthing Wade Brown. Fairfax, like their promotion of the Nat govt, promote a right wing business as usual agenda at a local level too, it would seem

    Like bad, I am not too pleased with Celia’s appointment of Ken Lavery (I guess thats who you mean by over seas manager bad?) and was disappointed by the moves to outsource more of its work. Also displeased with the alternate giving campaign. So many kinds of wrong there.
    Oddly at the same time at the same they are introducing a living wage to council staff. A bit of inconsistency there? However I think Celia is good in the area of Green policy. Her talks at events I been to have been full of substance, intent, and good knowledge of the subject. This is my reason for voting for her.

    • bad12 4.1

      Yes Rosie, Him the one, since when have we not had the skill to run our own cities, our own country,

      While happy to point out the negatives i have seen from Celia’s leadership of Wellington City Council i will be voting for Her again as Mayor and hopefully my vote will also help install other Greens into the make-up of the next Council…

    • JT 4.2

      He didn’t say “quiet men are talking” – He said ‘pipe down’ which does not infer gender superiority and he was not the only one getting talked over.

      I imagine the Dominion Post didn’t cover the story until they had a quote from the two main leads John and Louise. They have since published a story having maintained quotes from both. That is journalism, not a report from someone in the crowd with a political agenda.

      Also Youth Voters are not suppressed, there is a post box at the university and one on Salamaca Road – if they are suppressed then so is the rest of Wellington.

      Go to journalism school and learn to get your facts correct before you start criticising other journalists.

  5. TheContrarian 5

    “Did you know at a recent debate he told Celia Wade-Brown to be quiet, saying ‘the men are talking’?”

    Which debate was this? I was at the one last week Thursday and I didn’t hear that.

  6. TheContrarian 6

    Not too mention the Dompost actually called Wade-Brown the debate winner:
    http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/9159687/Rhetoric-barbs-and-a-few-boos

    • TheContrarian 6.1

      “And they didn’t bother to publish Morrison’s gross comments about the body-painted model.”

      Ah yeah they did.

      http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/9174683/Morrison-apologises-for-shower-quip

      • richard 6.1.1

        I looked for an article about it on stuff after seeing the item on the herald’s homepage. Couldn’t find anything.

        Now there is an article but … I could only find the article from a search. It certainly isn’t linked from the dom’s news page – http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/politics/ or http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/politics/

        • TheContrarian 6.1.1.1

          It was headlined:
          http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/more_headlines

          Back a couple days. DomPost did publish it and headlined it. That is where I saw it a couple days ago.

          • Intrinsicvalue 6.1.1.1.1

            More sloppy work from the standard.

            [lprent: Banned one week to give you an opportunity to rectify your obvious deficiencies in reading our policy. The Standard is a program. It doesn’t think. Address your remarks to a person. ]

            • Ramsay 6.1.1.1.1.1

              Hey – does the Dominion Post think? Fair is fair, seems to me. Don’t count me down as a fan of either Morrison or the Com-Post but it does seem the latter has been wrongly accused of not covering a story it did – and with no correction in sight.

              • Hayden

                It covered his apology, but not the incident itself, if I remember correctly.

                • Populuxe1

                  Well which is more likely to have a press release? The event is still a matter of public record.

                  • felix

                    Eh? You mean they just print whatever Morrisson issues a press release on?

                    • Ramsay

                      “The Dominion Post understands Mr Morrison made a comment in his speech in which he thanked the models and said he would be meeting up with one of them in the showers after the show.

                      Ms Cormack, a programme manager for Plunket, was reportedly upset by the remark.”

                      Isn’t that covering the incident? It’s not like they reported “Cr Morrison apologised for an unspecified comment the details of which we have chosen not to divulge.”

                      You don’t have to like Morrison to want a “higher standard” of commentary than this.

                    • Hayden

                      I meant at the time, i.e., they didn’t report it until after the apology had been given whereas other outlets did; then, when they did report it, it was framed in a more positive light, leading with the words “Morrison apologises”.

                    • Colonial Viper

                      Correct. There’s no journalism there, no attempt to speak to the people involved, no attempt to ascertain what might have actually happened. Just BS.

                    • felix

                      Hi Ramsay, you should take that point up with Populuxe.

                      He/she claimed it was probably reported on because Morrisson sent them a press release.

          • Pascal's bookie 6.1.1.1.2

            Wasn’t in the print edition but.

      • Populuxe1 6.1.2

        Shhhh. You’ll upset their confirmation bias

      • andyS 6.1.3

        Wellington mayoral hopeful John Morrison has apologised for a bad taste quip about showering with a body-painted model that landed him in hot water.

        Why do newspaper articles have to read like Frankie Howerd gags?

      • @ The Contrarian…

        Interesting…

        The Herald published the story on 15 September.

        The DomPost published theirs two days later.

        Were they embarressed at not presenting the news story?

        • TheContrarian 6.1.4.1

          Dunno but it was headlined nonetheless. And I was at the mayoral debate and can tell you Morisson never said “the men are speaking” to Wade-Brown or anyone else nor can I find any link to substantiate that claim on the off chance he did make the comment while I was in the bathroom or otherwise distracted.

          And interesting that “warping the coverage” means declaring Wade-Brown the debate winner, which the DomPost did. On the front page I believe.

          This post is sloppy, as mentioned above.

        • JT 6.1.4.2

          I think Frank, they were waiting for a comment from either Morrison or Louise to draft a substainal story it might help to get a quote from atleast one of the main subjects? Not from some bystander with a political agenda.

  7. Auto_Immune 7

    Thank goodness for STV. Celia is the lesser of evils compared to Morrison and will be ranked as such. Jack Yan is still getting my ‘1’ though.

  8. Crunchtime 8

    I’m not overly impressed with Wade-Brown either but she is not nearly as bad as the press likes to make out.

    …and there is not a single candidate running against her who is worth voting for.

    Nicola Young is an elitist who is just about as unpleasant as John Morrison.

    All of them are pretty right-wing compared to Celia…

  9. tracey 9

    at last, a topic infused has enormous experience… uselessness

    • fender 9.1

      +1 tracey
      I don’t care how few words his comment limit is, he is boring.

      And why anyone would vote for Morrison is a ‘mystery’, he’s a horrible creep.

  10. js 10

    It was also his sporting colleague/friend in Australia who was implicated in and then laughed when the ‘little’ person team mascot was set on fire.

    • Greywarbler 10.1

      js
      Is there a link you can give for this? Or some keyword?

      • Greywarbler 10.2.1

        Thanks richard.
        This is a comment on stuff with background on John Morrison who has a sporting background, not one that is very concerned about other’s rights or concerns. He comments on the dwarf incident in richard’s link.
        As a former New Zealand cricketer, and commentator of some note, John Morrison has seen a few sports people do daft things. …..
        The Wellington City Council sport portfolio leader is the man responsible for signing AFL club St Kilda to a three-year playing deal at Westpac Stadium. So when he heard Saints player Clinton Jones had set dwarf entertainer Blake Johnston’s clothes alight during the team’s ‘Mad Monday’ celebrations, he was appalled.

        And the Herald Sun link gives some detail about the company where you can hire a dwarf to entertain you. But of course some hearty fellas don’t know the difference between innocent fun and dangerous attacks. (Remember the guy who set a hawaiian skirt on fire with sad results. Very haha. – Apr 24, 2001 CNN.com – Grass skirt fire prank proves fatal – A New Zealand man who set fire to his colleague’s fancy dress costume … synthetic grass skirt a company Hawaiian theme Christmas Party in …)

        Blake Johnston, who works for the entertainment firm Dwarf My Party, claimed he was set alight with a cigarette lighter while talking to a group of players at South Melbourne pub Bells Hotel yesterday.
        It’s understood his jumper and pants were significantly burnt in the alleged attack….
        Bells Hotel management said the incident was a “storm in a teacup”.

        A spokesman for the pub said that Johnston stayed at the event after his outfit caught fire.
        “He was fine with everything and shook my hand as he left,” the pub’s manager said.
        But Johnston has denied the claim through his unnamed friend.

  11. You men its being biased like Susan Pepperell is for the nzherald.

  12. expatriot 12

    They have strong form in this regard – last election they never once hinted that Prendergast was anything but a shoo-in for re-election.

  13. Sable 13

    No surprises really. Again the best move is don’t buy their shitty little rag (I wont read it on principle most of the time-save the occasional doctors office visit) and it will fail.

    Its already gone from being a twice daily newspaper to a once a day proposition. When I was doing some post grad study at VUW in 2009 it was free. Maybe the university loos were short of paper.

    They have even taken to trying to “hawk” the crappy thing by door knocking around my neighbourhood to drum up subscriptions and no doubt its the same elsewhere.

    As to the spat, well I have to say its comes as no surprise. This paper has a long history of supporting the right and no doubt Morrison is a right leaning candidate.

    As to Wade Brown, well I have to say no fan of hers either. She has hiked rates at a time when people are really suffering economically, wants to slug people with more charges for visiting the Wellingtons Botanical Gardens and waste money on ridiculous bicycle lanes (her personal hobby horse) to the tune of $1.8 million.Meantime she wont offer compensation for lost earnings to small business owners in Kilbernie after the Council stuffed up road works costing these people considerable lost revenue. Again in times of economic hardship.

    If she gets the boot I wont be shedding any tears.

  14. captain hook 14

    Morison is one of those dweebs who always had his socks pulled up and his underpants too tight.
    A sneak and a bully.

  15. Michael mckee 15

    I wrote to Celia wade Brown and Ken Lavery with regard to the Kilbirnie upgrade.
    I asked them why it wasn’t council policy to offer a rates holiday 25, 50, 75 or 100% during the time of the work planned providing they could show Turnover affected.
    Celia didn’t reply and Ken Lavery’s letter said “it wouldn’t be fair to other ratepayers”.

    They know they are going to affect businesses around the works but still ask for the same rates!
    Same thing for yellow and red stickered buildings.

    My letter in the Dompost posited that WCC and our officers were actually committing fraud as they were charging rates on the old value when the building wasn’t stickered and they were in charge of the whole process as they are the territorial authority.

    Iona Pannet and I had an email correspondence about it which prompted me to write the letter after Rex Nicols had a letter published about it.
    I do not know Rex Nicols but what he had to say about the stickered buidlings being less in value as a result made sense and I questioned the councillors. Only Iona and Celia replied.
    Iona Pannet and Celia Wade Brown do not see it that way, but “rich prick landlords” who are getting their just deserts because they have allowed their buildings to not meet the new standards.

    so glad to see some stuff about Morrison as I always thought he is in Kerry’s old guard and I gather Wade Brown has had a devil of a job with the Prendagast group at times.
    Michael

    • Dem Young Sconies 15.1

      Celia and Iona are quite correct with regards to earthquake prone buildings. Commercial landlords are in fact rich pricks, and have happily earned high income and ridiculous untaxed capital gains from these properties. Now they have to pay for a wee bit of strengthening, so their precious “investment” is no longer a death trap. Well boo hoo for them. If it was up to me, they would be either compelled to have all commercial buildings to 100% of the current building code, or face confiscation.

      As far as rates go. Commercial rate payers are largely subsidised by residential. And poorer residential in turn subsidise richer. Commercial rates should be doubled. The additional revenue should be used to reduce the residential rates burden, and to finally fund a world class light rail service from the railway station to the suburbs.

  16. peterlepaysan 16

    Morrison is a dangerous loose cannon in the John Banks mode, all ego and no ethics.

    Winning is all! A la Denis Connor.

    Morrison is brown nosing business backers, he does not give a …. about the citizens of Wellington

    Actually he was a pretty crap cricketer as well.

    Morrison has an undoubted ability for making snide remarks but that is where his talents and abilities start and stop.

    He would make an excellent sledging coach for Australian Cricket teams.

  17. RedBaronCV 17

    Yeah, I saw what you mean about Morrison – but his support group was worse. Rod Goulden’s style didn’t have much going for it either.

  18. Martin 18

    Swallow the blue pill and vote National or its local variants
    – Fearfacts media

  19. JT 19

    University voters are not supressed. They have the same voting rights as everyone else.

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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • A founding member responds to Peace Action Wellington
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    RedlineBy Admin
    7 days ago
  • “Mistakes and errors”
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • “Homosexuality is same-sex attraction and relationships, not heterosexuals with delusions of gende...
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    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Trump: “Where’s my favourite dictator?”
    From the Wall Street Journal:Inside a room of the ornately decorated Hotel du Palais during last month’s Group of Seven summit in Biarritz, France, President Trump awaited a meeting with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi. Mr. Trump looked over a gathering of American and Egyptian officials and called out in ...
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    RedlineBy Admin
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  • Parliament and the Executive
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    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
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    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
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    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • A sensible crackdown
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • California bans private prisons
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • A Movement That No Longer Moves.
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    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • The obvious question
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • The moment I found out that you found out, I acted swiftly
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    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • This is why people hate property developers
    Property developers think there is an "oversupply" of houses in Auckland:High turnover rates and falling prices may be a sign that there are too many new houses going in to some parts of Auckland, commentators say. [...] Property developer David Whitburn said there was a "bit of an oversupply" in ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Australia to Pacific: “Fuck you, you can all drown”
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Implausible ignorance
    Labour Party president Nigel Haworth resigned yesterday over the party's sexual assault scandal. But while that's good news, its unlikely to take away the stench of a coverup. Because according to Paula Bennett in Parliament yesterday, pretty much everyone in the Prime Minister's office was involved as well:I have been ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Labour’s Fatal Flaw.
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    2 weeks ago
  • Ten reasons the Tories do NOT want an election
    There has been a lot of talk about Boris Johnson wanting an election, and he has blustered with great gusto about 'chicken' Jeremy Corbyn refusing one, but I think there are many reasons why he is secretly glad he has been refused the opportunity:The Tories are an utter rabble,tearing themselves ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Prorogation Illegal, rule Scottish judges
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    2 weeks ago
  • Let me explain what I meant by Everyday New Zealanders
    By Simon Bridges. The following is a press release from the office of Simon Bridges, leader of The National Party. Key ora, New Zealand. Happy Maori Language Week. Look, I’m writing to you today because I want to clear something up. There’s been a lot of kerfuffle around some things ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Yes, the SIS is subject to the Public Records Act
    I understand there's some stuff going round about how the SIS "was removed from the list of public offices covered by the Public Records Act in 2017". The context of course being their records derived from US torture, which will be disposed of or sealed. The good news is that ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • An evidence-based discussion of the Canadian fluoride/IQ study
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    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: Australia in denial
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Philippines activist speaking on the Duterte tyranny
    Auckland Philippines Solidarity is excited to host Professor Judy Taguiwalo for a speaking tour of NZ in September. She is a well-known activist in the Philippines and was a political prisoner under the Marcos dictatorship. Professor Taguiwalo briefly served as a Cabinet member under President Duterte but was forced from ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • Disgust
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Speak Up for Women calls out Greens’ censorship
    This open letter to the Green Party was penned after an opinion piece by Jill Abigail, a feminist and founding member of the party, was censored by the Greens’ leadership. (Redline has reprinted her article here).The intolerance of the Green Party leaders and their acceptance of the misogyny of gender ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • Member’s Day: End of Life Choice, part 3
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Flight to Los Angeles turned back after passengers decide they don’t want to go anymore
    An ambitious plan to fly to Los Angeles petered out into a brief sight-seeing trip and a desire to return home and get some sleep before work tomorrow. Air New Zealand has confirmed a flight to Los Angeles last night was turned back about a quarter of the way into ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Indigenous Futures: defuturing and futuring – an analytical framework for policy development?
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    EllipsisterBy Ellipsister
    2 weeks ago
  • Cadbury rumoured to be releasing the Pineapple Trump
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    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • The coming resource war.
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    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    2 weeks ago
  • Māori Language Week with The Civilian
    Kia ora, Aotearoa. It’s that magical time of year. Te Wiki o te Reo Māori. In English, the week that frightens talk radio. As you probably know by now, all your favourite media outlets are participating, some more successfully than others. Stuff has changed its name to Puna for the ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Will Horizons act on climate change?
    Local body elections are coming up next month. And it looks like all Palmerston North candidates for Horizons (the Manawatu-Whanganui Regional Council) want to take action on climate change:Climate change is set to be a key issue in Palmerston North for the next three years if those wanting to get ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • BORA reform is stalled
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Corbyn and Brexit
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    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    2 weeks ago

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