Equal before the law?

Written By: - Date published: 10:32 pm, July 26th, 2012 - 53 comments
Categories: crime, john banks, law and "order", police - Tags:

Police will not lay charges over the so-called banks.com saga. Assistant Police Commissioner Malcolm Burgess held a press conference this afternoon at Police National Headquarters in Wellington. Minister John Banks would be issued with a warning over the matter, Burgess said. While he only received a warning, Banks’ actions were illegal and future occurrences were likely to be prosecuted.

Oh, wait. That’s what happened when the Police investigated a member of the press after he accidentally recorded a conversation between John Banks and John Key in a public cafe to which they had invited the media (I seem to recall that several major news organisations’ offices were raided during an election campaign too…)

When the shoe was on the other foot, when it was Banks being investigated, the Police quietly dropped the issue with a letter to Trevor Mallard. They didn’t say that Banks hadn’t broken the law, just that they couldn’t prove for sure that he had known that the statutory declaration he had signed was false because they couldn’t prove that he had checked the thing he was signing before he signed it and realised ‘hey, this donation from SkyCity and these donations from Dotcom are down as anonymous but I know I got donations from them – SkyCity handed me the cheque!’

Pretty fucken weak. Banks was all over the news denying that he had known that he had received donations and the Police investigation found that he was personally handed the cheque by SkyCity’s CEO and that Banks personally solicited the donations he received from Dotcom.

The fact that he has been caught lying about knowing about soliciting and receiving the donations surely creates a prima facie case that he knew what he was doing when he signed a declaration that listed those donations as anonymous.

To believe otherwise, we have to assume that then former minister and serving mayor, who is now a minister again, signs important statutory documents without bothering to check them.

There’s only one conclusion: if you’re a minister, the Police will treat you as above the law (speaking of which, where’s Paula Bennett’s punishment for breaching the privacy of those DPB mums). And if you’re a member of the public who gets on the wrong side of a minister, then the Police will be all over you.

But I predict this isn’t over for Banks. He’s told an awful lot of lies that the Police investigation has exposed…

53 comments on “Equal before the law?”

  1. Kotahi Tāne Huna 1

    Perhaps that is the best punishment – the exposed lies, and opprobrium, etc.

    It’s an opportunity to damage the Hollow Men and their interests. The National Party now has to protect this man, to turn a blind eye to his manifest unfitness for Ministerial responsibility.

    For two long years, bleeding support all the while, flailing around with bene-bashing and bullshit and Bill English and the shonky, bored, aggrieved whining Prime Minister.

    Almost better than a bought one.

    • McFlock 1.1

      And before every vote he should be asked if he’s read what he’s voting on.

    • Fortran 1.2

      You mean same as Helen Clark did for Winston Peters over the Glenn lies.

      • Kotahi Tāne Huna 1.2.1

        No doubt you see it that way. Doesn’t change how it will play out. He’s the gangrenous little finger you can’t cut off 🙂

  2. Eddie 2

    Politically, you’re probably right. There are other avenues for investigations and embarrassment. It will be a weeping sore (like asset sales, like skycity etc)

    I guess I just wish the cops would do their job. It’s shades of Field. They’re didn’t lay charges against him until he had been booted from the government.

  3. tracey 3

    The law, as usual around such matters, is too gray and gave the police little or no wiggle room. The law is never grayer than in relation to political actions… Surprise surprise!

    Banks has been shown up for what he is. Politically he is guilty, and most people recognise that.

    Mr Key looked weak with his setting of acceptable behaviour at the law, which rather begs the question of why Ms Bennett is spending money chasing accomodation grants legitimately received….

  4. Phil 4

    Possibly dealt with on the square methinks.

  5. ak 5

    Yeah gee what a surprise in modern New Keyland. Rich white male inserted by electoral rort to become crucial support for knife-edge tory govt, blatantly lies and is let off police charges. Heck no, golly, couldn’t see that coming….. whaddaya doin for lunch?

  6. Steve Wrathall 6

    Outrageous! Instead, Labour party standards of election funding ethics should have been followed: Public money should have been stolen to fund credit cards and then the law retrospectively changed to make such pilfering legal.

  7. ghostwhowalksnz 7

    There is still the lie John Key made when he made a false declaration saying he ‘had been living in his electorate for the past month’ way back when he was selected as National candidate for Helensville.

    As he does now and did so at the time , he has all ways lived in either Remuera or Parnell.

    When this was last raised some years ago, National has said it was OK since the Clerk of the House approved ( no written documentation supplied)

    Needless to say, the Chief Electoral Office who handles enrolment matters wasnt asked

  8. grumpy 8

    Good, now the cops have put the Banks saga to bed, maybe they can look at the 28 cases reported to them by the Electoral Commission.

    Hang on, those cases were sent to them well before Banks – how come they haven’t done anything yet????

    • ghostwhowalksnz 8.1

      Dont forget the cases referred to them for the local body election before that

  9. Treetop 9

    Were I to require a payout from an insurance provider and I did not read the fine print before signing and later realised that I was not covered, there is no way that the insurer would cover me or refund my premium payments.

    About a decade ago Banks said, “There’s one law, it’s for you, it’s for me, it’s for everyone.”

    No, there is one law for me and another law when you are John Banks.

  10. KJT 10

    Still waiting for Banks to join Petrovic, for doing the same things as a finance company director.

    • ghostwhowalksnz 10.1

      Another one convicted just the other day. Her defence too was she just signed it and didnt know anything about what was in the prospectus.

  11. Tom Gould 11

    Exactly when did Banks sign the declaration? The one he knew about but couldn’t recall and remembered but forgot. Was he a Minister then?

  12. tsmithfield 12

    The problem for Banks was he didn’t have a very clever way of hiding the fact he knew who the donors were.

    If he had followed the example of Len Brown, he could have given his donors the option of donating into a trust which subsequently donated to his campaign. Then, it is only the donation from the trust that is declared, not the various donors who contributed to it, even though he may well know who they were.

    • Kotahi Tāne Huna 12.1

      All the more reason to outlaw the practice and fund political parties via a central body – you want to donate? Donate to that.

    • Colonial Viper 12.2

      So Banks is not only a fraud, but an incompetent fraud?

      • McFlock 12.2.1

        yep.
        As well as being an incompetent liar (‘oooo, I don’t remember a helicopter ride to a mansion’).
                  
        With friends like that, it just shows how low national has sunk.

        • Colonial Viper 12.2.1.1

          Perhaps it is senility setting in? Banks seems very confused from time to time; some of the interviews he did during the election campaign were shocking.

      • tsmithfield 12.2.2

        Incompetent? On this occasion, certainly.

        A fraud? Probably as much as any local body politician who uses some method to avoid having to declare donations that they have knowledge about.

        The problem seems to me to be the rules more than anything else.

        • felix 12.2.2.1

          The Police didn’t say he was within the rules though. They said it was too late to lay charges.

          • McFlock 12.2.2.1.1

            Indeed – the only problem with the rules seems to be an absurdly short statue of limitations.

  13. AmaKiwi 13

    Who would you trust?
     
    MP’s of both parties loathe referendums.
     
    Who would you trust to make a decision in the best interest of ALL of us?  One hundred and twenty people picked at random from the electoral roll or the people now in parliament?

    Who would you trust to pick the party leader most likely to bring us to victory in 2014? All the party members or the caucus and the unions?
     
     
     

    • KJT 13.1

      The answer should be pretty obvious.

      Any important decision that affects all of us, should be made, or be reversible, by all of us.

      What gives 61 people in Parliament the right to dictate to the rest of us.

      Even if we get it wrong, it is still our decision to make.

      It is time we ended Government by revolving dictatorship and introduced democracy.

      It is no coincidence that Switzerland is one of the most stable and prosperous countries on earth.

      http://kjt-kt.blogspot.co.nz/2011/06/democracy-recap.html

      “I find myself on the Standard again defending the principle of Democracy against the same old arguments”.

      Politicians like Banks prove that we should never entrust them with important decisions.

      • Draco T Bastard 13.1.1

        +1

        It really is time to get rid of the elected dictatorship that we have. Sure, there were valid arguments for it a couple of centuries ago but modern technology has made it possible to engage everyone in decisions.

  14. xtasy 14

    The police say they will “warn” Banksie, and in future they will likely prosecute if they come across a similar incident! What does that tell a common person with a bit of brain?

    John Banks is let off, probably because he is a “well connected” man with “friends” (of convenience and more) in many places.

    Maybe someone had a soft heart for him within the force? Or maybe the top heads in Wellington though, ah, we may not be all too happy with some cuts to the police in future, but we prefer this lot than an alternative government.

    Anyway, fact is, the talk about “before the law” means little, as some are treated as having to abide “under the law” and others get away with very, very much “above the law”.

    Bot can be “before the law”, I presume, but one may be a few levels higher than the rest – at the bottom and “before the law”. Equality before the law is a total farce in NZ as in most other places. I have had my own experiences in that regards too, so I know full well what I am talking about.

    Collins brought in a law to “crush” boy racer cars, Tolley went crushing a car, but who is going to “crush” a running wild liar and law breaker with white shirt, suit and tie on. I’d like to see some real “crushing” (of sorts) there perhaps.

    • McFlock 14.1

      Um, no, they didn’t even do that to banks.
      Read the post again. 

      • xtasy 14.1.1

        “Minister John Banks would be issued with a warning over the matter, Burgess said. While he only received a warning, Banks’ actions were illegal and future occurrences were likely to be prosecuted.”

        It may not have happened yet, but I read the above and take it as meaning that he will be “warned” over the matter.

        So that is what I relied on.

        • Kotahi Tāne Huna 14.1.1.1

          Even when the very next paragraph starts with “No, wait…”?

  15. blue leopard 15

    Look, let’s face it, Banks got off because it would cause too much problems for the Government to find a replacement; there is no-one else in the WORLD who would agree to being part of the Act Party.

    • tracey 15.1

      the act party is crucial to nats because it allows them,

      To appear moderate
      Blame act for policies it actually supports by blaming the coalition agreement.

      • Murray Olsen 15.1.1

        Banks is also a good ACT member from National’s point of view because he can’t remember whether the policies are ACT policy or not, but will claim credit for anything pushed his way.
        I also wonder if, as ex Minister of Police, he knows a little too much to be prosecuted.

  16. AmaKiwi 16

    Recall elections.
     
    A recall is when a set percentage of enrolled voters in an electorate sign a petition to have a bi-election to determine if their MP should be replaced.  The vote is binding.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Recall_elections
     
    John Banks “has issues” around telling the truth as well as documented memory loss.
     
    The people of Epsom are entitled to decide NOW if Banks should remain or be replaced.
     
     
     

    • Colonial Viper 16.1

      Not a bad idea at all.

      • McFlock 16.1.1

        Nah – the downside is that it put arnie into california.

        It’s easier for money to get people to vote against something, rather than for. The 40% candidate will always be kicked, even though the other six only got 10% each in the actual election.
        I would go for binding referenda against specific acts, though.

        If we are talking about legal tweaks, though, wtf is with the six month limitation in the electoral act? We didn’t even find out he’d cheated until month what – 8?

        • Draco T Bastard 16.1.1.1

          More than 10 months after I believe. This case proves that there should be no such limit in the electoral rules as it makes it too easy for a politician to get away with a crime.

    • Murray Olsen 16.2

      The people of Epsom would vote Louis Crimp in. Some of them have never eaten kumara because it’s not white food. Maybe they should have to eat hangi food on a marae before they’re allowed to choose someone who’s allowed to make decisions for all New Zealanders?

  17. AmaKiwi 17

    McFlock on Recall Elections.
     
    If you oppose recall elections, how would you suggest handling a problem of Banks and Epsom?  Aren’t the people of Epsom entitled to decide whether they still want to be represented by Banks?  
     
    If they can’t recall him, they have to put up with him for two and a half more years.  Even if you don’t think he’s useless as a person, he’s definitely useless as an MP.  He no longer has any leverage.
     
    We need a solution, folks.  Why not the Parliament Fair Trading Act?  If the voters decide the MP is not as advertised, they can get a replacement.
     
     
     
     
     

    • McFlock 17.1

      If the electoral act limitation wasn’t so farcical, it wouldn’t be an issue.
      If the people don’t want him, he’ll be gone in less than 2.5yrs. Even a recall election would probably take 6 months to sort, so that’s less than 2 years difference. Meh.  

  18. xtasy 18

    Where is KIM, Dotcom that is, on this?

    I suggest someone contact him and send some message to him to further enlighten us on this whole Banksie affair!

    I got these links by the way:
    https://twitter.com/KimDotcom/
    kim.com

    Somehow the latter appears to have been “sabotaged” or is “over loaded” for some reason, no surprised there, aye?

    Kim Dotcom could perhaps assist immensely to shine more light on the Banks and Key consorts affair, could he not? Maybe he is motivated enough (in between sound casting and recording of the newest and hottest candidate hits for the top 10 or 20) to speak out?

    Campbell Live anyone? I thought he got a bit of a hot line to dottery Dot.Com?

    We need answers, we need amunition, we need freedom, democracy and accountability. Where is your so well renowned “German honesty”, dear Kimbo?

    I have LOTS more to tell and share, but I will not for now. Thank you, dear all! It is time for others to “share” now!

  19. xtasy 19

    So where does all this leave us yet again? Questions above questions, fine lines and less fine lines, I presume:

    Been there before, I am afraid. NO comprendo? Nada, nix, certainty of nothingness?

    Dumb, repeat history, and learn or learn nothing, I suppose. Viva el pueblo, sin el pueblo unida, esta es or nada?

    Buena Aventura

  20. Jenny 20

    He’s told an awful lot of lies that the Police investigation has exposed…

    EDDIE

    An awful lot of police hypocrisy has also been exposed.

    The partisan behaviour of our senior police officers must be a worry for a democracy.

    EDDIE contrasted the extreme, needless and expensive lengths taken against the TV 3 photographer who (inadvertently we are told), treaded on Banks privacy, vs. the light handed approach to Banks himself, is very close to political influence and corruption operating within the police force.

    In my opinion these glaring differences warrant, if not an inquiry, at the very least questions in the house for the Minister to answer of police political impartiality.

  21. aerobubble 21

    So Banks didn’t read what he was signing…. ….and Key still has confidence in him as a Minister.

  22. Perhaps the Police recognised that John Banks had onset Alzhemers.

    But where does that leave New Zealand when the Ministers of the Crown have such dibilating diseases, should they morally be allowed to continue in their post.

    I think that is the question we should be asking now.

    • blue leopard 22.1

      Lol
      Maggie May
      +1

      Hope someone in the Government is reading this, they might put a bill through to address such a serious issue.

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    6 days ago
  • No freedom of speech in Turkey
    Canan Kaftancioglu is a Turkish politician and member of the opposition Republican People's Party (CHP). Like most modern politicians, she tweets, and uses the platform to criticise the Turkish government. She has criticised them over the death of a 14-year-old boy who was hit by a tear gas grenade during ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Speaker: Tadhg Stopford: Why I’m standing for the ADHB
    Hi there, just call me Tim.We face tough problems, and I’d like to help, because there are solutions.An Auckand District Health Board member has nominated me for as a candidate for the ADHB, because her MS-related pain and fatigue is reduced with hemp products from Rotorua.  Nothing else helped her. If I ...
    6 days ago
  • Good little vassals
    The Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security has published their report on whether the SIS and GCSB had any complicity in American torture. And its damning. The pull quote is this:The Inquiry found both agencies, but to a much greater degree, the NZSIS, received many intelligence reports obtained from detainees who, ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Who Shall We Turn To When God, And Uncle Sam, Cease To Defend New Zealand?
    Bewhiskered Cassandra? Professor Hugh White’s chilling suggestion, advanced to select collections of academic, military and diplomatic Kiwi experts over the course of the past week, is that the assumptions upon which Australia and New Zealand have built their foreign affairs and defence policies for practically their entire histories – are ...
    6 days ago
  • The Politics of Opposition
    For most of the time I was a British MP, my party was out of government – these were the Thatcher years, when it was hard for anyone else to get a look-in. As a front-bencher and shadow minister, I became familiar with the strategies required in a parliamentary democracy ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    6 days ago
  • More expert comments on the Canadian fluoride-IQ paper
    The Green et al (2019) fluoride/IQ is certainly controversial – as would be expected from its subject (see If at first you don’t succeed . . . statistical manipulation might help and Politics of science – making a silk purse out of a sow’s ear). Anti-fluoride campaigners have been actively promoting it ...
    1 week ago
  • The return to guerrilla war in Colombia
    by Gearóid Ó Loingsigh On August 29th a video in which veteran FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia) commander Iván Márquez announced that they had taken up arms again was released. There was no delay in the reaction to it, from longtime Liberal Party figure and former president Uribe, for ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Air New Zealand identifies this enormous plot of unused land as possible second airport site
    Air New Zealand couldn’t believe its luck that this seemingly ideal piece of real estate had so far gone entirely unnoticed. Air New Zealand’s search for a site to build a second Auckland Airport may have made a breakthrough this afternoon, after employees scanning Google satellite imagery spotted a huge, ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • Redline on the Labour Party
    No-one on the anti-capitalist left in this country today puts forward a case that Labour is on the side of the working class.  There are certainly people who call themselves ‘socialist’ who do, but they are essentially liberals with vested interests in Labourism – often for career reasons. Nevertheless, there ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • New Fisk
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Labour’s failure
    When National was in government and fucking over the poor for the benefit of the rich, foodbanks were a growth industry. And now Labour is in charge, nothing has changed: A huge demand for emergency food parcels means the Auckland City Mission is struggling to prepare for the impending arrival ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Ardern attempts to vaccinate Clarke Gayford live on television to prove that it’s safe
    Gayford, pictured here on The Project, before things got wildly out of control. A bold public relations move by the Government to encourage parents to vaccinate their children has gone horribly wrong. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern appeared on tonight’s episode of Three’s The Project, where the plan was for her ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • Has Mr. Whippy gone too far by parking on our front lawns?
    Mr. Whippy’s business model has driven it down a dark road of intimidation. Residents in major centres around the country are becoming disgruntled by the increasingly aggressive actions of purported ice cream company Mr. Whippy, who have taken to parking on people’s front lawns and doorsteps in a desperate attempt ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • Cleaning up the water
    Today the government released its Action Plan for Healthy Waterways, aimed at cleaning up our lakes and rivers. Its actually quite good. There will be protection for wetlands, better standards for swimming spots, a requirement for continuous improvement, and better standards for wastewater and stormwater. But most importantly, there's a ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Fronting up
    Today I appeared before the Environment Committee to give an oral submission on the Zero Carbon Bill. Over 1,500 people have asked to appear in person, so they've divided into subcommittees and are off touring the country, giving people a five minute slot each. The other submitters were a mixed ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Politics of science – making a silk purse out of a sow’s ear
    Anti-fluoride activists have some wealthy backers – they are erecting billboards misrepresenting the Canadian study on many New Zealand cities – and local authorities are ordering their removal because of their scaremongering. Many New Zealanders ...
    1 week ago
  • Democracy – I Don’t Think So
    So, those who “know best” have again done their worst. While constantly claiming to be the guardians of democracy and the constitution, and respecters of the 2016 referendum result, diehard Remainers (who have never brought themselves to believe that their advice could have been rejected) have striven might and main ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    1 week ago
  • Government says it will now build just one really nice home
    Following publication of this article, the Ministry has requested it to be noted that this supplied image is not necessarily representative of what the final house will look like, and it “probably won’t be that nice.” As part of today’s long-anticipated reset of the Government’s flagship KiwiBuild policy, Housing Minister ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Imperialism and your cup of coffee
    Over the next week or two we will be running three synopses of parts of the opening chapter of John Smith’s Imperialism in the 21st Century (New York, Monthly Review Press, 2016).  The synopsis and commentary below is written by Phil Duncan. Marx began Capital not with a sweeping historical ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Still juking the stats
    The State Services Commission and Ombudsman have released another batch of OIA statistics, covering the last six months. Request volumes are up, and the core public service is generally handling them within the legal timeframe, though this may be because they've learned to extend rather than just ignore things. And ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Hard News: Time for a New Deal: 25 years on
    In 1994, I was editing an ambitious street mag called Planet, from a fabled office at at 309 Karangahape Road. The thirteenth issue of the magazine was published in the winter of that year and its cover embodied a particularly ambitious goal: the end of cannabis prohibition.I wanted to do ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Not impressed
    KiwiBuild was one of the Ardern government's core policies. The government would end the housing crisis and make housing affordable again by building 100,000 new homes. Of course, it didn't work out like that: targets weren't met, the houses they did build were in the wrong place, and the whole ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Solar beats coal
    As the climate crisis escalates, it is now obvious that we need to radically decarbonise our economy. The good news is that its looking easy and profitable for the energy sector. Wind is already cheaper than fossil fuels, and now solar is too:The levellised cost of solar PV has fallen ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • A Step Too Far.
    A Crown Asset? For reasons relating to its own political convenience, the Crown pretends to believe that “No one owns the water.” To say otherwise would re-vivify the promises contained in the Treaty of Waitangi – most particularly those pertaining to the power of the chiefs and their proprietary rights ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Where Money Comes From
    Most people would say, no doubt, that they have a pretty good idea of what money is. They live with the reality of money every day. It is what is needed to buy the necessities of life and to maintain a decent standard of living. You get money, they would ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    2 weeks ago
  • Banned by the Green Party leadership: Jill Abigail on women’s rights and trans rights
    The article below was an opinion piece that appeared in the Spring 2019 issue of Te Awa (the NZ Green Party’s newsletter) and on the Greens website.  In keeping with their policy of hostility to women defending women’s right to female-only spaces, Green bureaucrats have since removed the opinion piece.  ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • The fallacy of the proximity argument.
    Longer term readers may remember my complaining that, as a political scientist, it is burdensome to have non-political scientists wanting to engage me about politics. No layperson would think to approach an astrophysicist and lecture him/her on the finer details of quarks and black holes, but everybody with an opinion ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    2 weeks ago
  • Where We Stood: Chris Trotter Replies To Stevan Eldred-Grigg.
    Joining The Fight: Stevan Eldred-Grigg's argument for New Zealand staying out of the Second World War fails not only on the hard-headed grounds of preserving the country’s strategic and economic interests; and not just on the soft-hearted grounds of duty and loyalty to the nation that had given New Zealand ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Universities back the climate strike
    On September 27, School Strike 4 Climate will be striking for a future to pressure the government for meaningful climate action. This time, they've asked adults to join them. And now, Lincoln University and Victoria University of Wellington have signed on:Victoria University of Wellington has joined Lincoln University in endorsing ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Another constitutional outrage
    Another day, another constitutional outrage in the UK. This time, the government is saying that if parliament passes a law to stop Brexit before being prorogued, they may just ignore it:A senior cabinet minister has suggested Boris Johnson could defy legislation to prevent a no-deal Brexit if it is forced ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Ending dairy in Canterbury
    Environment Canterbury has finally proposed nitrogen limits to stop dairy farmers from poisoning Christchurch's water supply. And naturally, farmers are whining about it:A proposed move by Environment Canterbury (ECan) to protect Christchurch's drinking water by setting tough – some would say, draconian – nitrate reductions in the decades ahead and ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Is National the party of climate arson?
    The Zero Carbon Bill is currently before select committee. While its targets are weak, its a generally sensible bill that promises to establish a long-term framework to guide emissions reductions. But National hasn't made up its mind on whether it will support it - and according to Andrea Vance in ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Experts warn Harold the Giraffe “well past” typical giraffe life expectancy, may not have long
    Dum-de-doo. Children across New Zealand have known him for generations as the lovable giraffe who tells them to exercise, hydrate and not to shove lit cigarettes up their nostrils. But a world renowned giraffe expert says we shouldn’t be getting attached to Life Education’s Harold the Giraffe, as he is ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • August ’19 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
    Image credit: 22 BLOGGERS WITH ADVICE FOR RESEARCHERS AND EVALUATORS, ILLUSTRATED I notice a few regulars no longer allow public access to the site counters. This may happen accidentally when the blog format is altered. If your ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Bye, bye to the collusion lie
    Sums it up, really. ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Opinion: Treat your car by buying extra petrol to snack on while you aren’t driving
    By Mike Hosking. Yesterday morning, I waltzed into work, and as I walked past the drones aggressively typing out news on the computers I’ve repeatedly asked to be moved further away from, I caught a glimpse of the words “climate change”, and noticed that suspiciously they weren’t in condescending quotation ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago

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