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Gwyn Report to confirm dirty politics

Written By: - Date published: 6:32 pm, November 24th, 2014 - 201 comments
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Looks like the Gwyn report, due tomorrow, will confirm the Key government’s abuse of power / dirty politics. From The Herald.

PM’s office pushed Slater to dig up dirt on Goff – report

A report by New Zealand’s intelligence watchdog Cheryl Gwyn has found attack blogger Cameron Slater requested and published politically damaging material about former Labour Leader Phil Goff from the SIS after being instructed to ask for the material by Prime Minister John Key’s staff.

What did Key know and when did he know it?

The Herald understands that after being briefed on the material by Dr Tucker, Mr Key’s then deputy chief of staff Phil de Joux suggested to Jason Ede, another staffer in Mr Key’s office, that he contact Slater suggesting he request information about the Goff briefing.

It is understood the report recommends the SIS apologise to Mr Goff.

From RNZ:

The report apparently showed that Mr Slater was on the phone to Mr Ede as he filed the OIA request.

Links don’t get much closer than that.

Those findings appear to confirm much of what was in Dirty Politics.

The book said Mr Ede was used to pass on information to Mr Slater, who then used it to mount attacks against the Government’s political foes.

The report will be released at 10am tomorrow and Mr Goff was to receive an apology from the new director of the SIS, Rebecca Kitteridge.

It will come on the day that the Government introduces the Countering Terrorist Fighters Legislation Bill, which will give the SIS much greater powers than it has at the moment.

Key is pushing to expand the powers of the agency that has been used to mount attacks on his political opponents. What could possibly be wrong with that?

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201 comments on “Gwyn Report to confirm dirty politics”

  1. McFlock 1

    There’s no evidence, the tories said, we’re just paranoid, the tories said…

    Bets on whether Little gets his passport revoked if he tries to see what our chaps end up doing in the Middle East?

    • AmaKiwi 1.1

      This is the smoking gun and Key pulled the trigger.

      • McFlock 1.1.1

        maybe so, but (like banks) key will only go when charges are just around the corner.
        He’s got a nice hidey-hole in hawaii when that time comes.

    • Tracey 1.2

      When will the police be investigating who leaked the report or its findings early?

    • Bob 1.3

      The report is out, nothing has changed “no indication of collusion with the PM’s office” now back to your paranoia

      • framu 1.3.1

        except for the bit where they talked to keys office (who im pretty sure arent meant to have access to such info) and failed to uphold political neutrality just before two elections of course

        shit bob – just how do YOU reconcile a failure to uphold political neutrality with a claim of non partisanship?

        does 2 + 2 = bollocks in your world?

  2. Paul 2

    Let’s hope the story doesn’t get minimised by the corporate media again.
    Mr Little, time to show your mettle.
    No quarter must be given.

  3. Anne 3

    Bloody disgraceful!!
    Is this got something to do with Key’s apology to Slater? Does Slater have something over Key?

    I thought he looked like he’d been on the turps all night at his weekly TV stand up today – slurring his words even more than usual.

    • Paul 3.1

      Yes I reckon Slater has stuff on many politicians and also members of the media.
      A lot of people are scared of him as he could break their careers.

    • whateva next? 3.2

      The model we have as Prime Minister is not programmed to apologise, so it comes out slurred

    • Tracey 3.3

      My partner thought he was slurring the other day and send he sounded like he had been drinking. She is not a political animal.

  4. dave 4

    apoligies we want keys [r0b: no violence even in jest please] the bastard is corrupt his government is corrupt

  5. just saying 6

    We really need the oppostion to catch this ball and run with it.
    They need to be crystal-clear: that this is serious, why this is serious and that action must be taken to stop such abuses in future. And also, that more investiagtion must be undertaken into other information contained in the book, and the bigger picture that has been uncovered.

    People need to understand what this kind of abuse of power means.

    • Ad 6.1

      Much more effective if TV1 and 3 and Radiolive do it.

      National put the blood in the water; let the sharks come.

      Finally, popcorn for the left.

      • just saying 6.1.1

        The picture needs to be painted by the left.
        No more popcorn.
        Enough letting everyone else frame the narrative and then pitching-in with some patetic little comment that effectively validates that framing.

        • Tautoko Mangō Mata 6.1.1.1

          I agree, Just Saying. Lead the narrative, Labour. Phil Goff told the true story.
          It is interesting reading the earlier accounts.
          “Mr Key suggested yesterday that Mr Goff had simply forgotten the briefing. “Phil Goff is a busy man; I’m busy. People forget things. It happens.”

          But Mr Goff insists he would have remembered if Dr Tucker had raised it. He said Dr Tucker rang him last week to tell him he was releasing the document to Slater.

          “I said, ‘What – I haven’t even seen the bloody document.”

          He said Dr Tucker told him he had a legal obligation to release it. Mr Goff asked to receive it in advance but thinks he got it at the same time as Slater.

          A spokesman for Mr Key said last night that he had not contacted Slater about the matter.

          “At no stage did the Prime Minister’s Office direct how the SIS should treat the OIA request.”
          http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10743290

          • politikiwi 6.1.1.1.1

            “At no stage did the Prime Minister’s Office direct how the SIS should treat the OIA request.”

            Weasel words if ever I heard them. How much wiggle room is there in that?

            :: “The Prime Minister’s office” might not have, but the Prime Minister and his office are clearly two separate entities whenever it suits the Government. (Be very clear when you next invite John Key over for dinner – you might have 15 people turn up.)

            :: “Direct” meaning “order” I presume? There is scope for some sort of “free and frank advice not amounting to an order/direction” then?

            :: “How” and “when” are different, so the PM’s office could still direct the SIS to release the memo “immediately.”

            etc etc etc…. *sigh*

        • marty mars 6.1.1.2

          +1 Yep – this is an example of filth pure and simple and the hard work has been done – the left (or labour) have to show the general public, step by step, soundbite by soundbite, how utterly unacceptable this is.

        • Tracey 6.1.1.3

          Nats have had days to plan their framing… It will blow over…again…

          Presumably nats leaked it so farrar can do some polling last night so they can frame their response at 1030am today?

          • karol 6.1.1.3.1

            RNZ online report:

            However, Cheryl Gwyn has found that Dr Tucker did not release all the relevant information. There is apparently a note signed by Mr Goff and Dr Tucker which confirms there was no briefing on the Israeli spies.

            Also, this:

            Radio New Zealand has been told the report shows that Dr Tucker regularly briefed Mr Key’s then-deputy chief of staff Phil de Joux.

            When the political squabble about the Israeli spies became public, Mr de Joux told another staffer, Jason Ede, that the office needed to get Dr Tucker’s briefing note released under the Official Information Act.

            The report was expected to show that Mr Slater was on the phone to Mr Ede as he filed his OIA request.

      • In Vino 6.1.2

        Are you joking? Do I need a sarcasm alert more than I thought I did?

    • Red Rosa 6.2

      Well said. This needs to be laid out, chapter and verse.

      Real corruption, and right from the top.

  6. Hopefully many New Zealanders will see what is more than a little off here. Mr Key is pushing to expand the domestic powers (48 hour sneak & peek) of the very agency (NZSIS) that he or rather “his office” no doubt, used to gain political advantage over a rival party.

    Heres to many more enquiries until dear leader is nailed. Hagar’s only mistake imo was the title of the book. “John Key’s office and Whalespew Slater’s Dirty Filthy Politics” would have focused people beyond any doubt on what was inside.

  7. b waghorn 9

    Not excusing key and slater but why did Goff lye?

    [lprent: Why do you think that he wanted to use a strong alkali solution? Please amuse us. In other words please learn to spell – spell checkers cannot improve stupid users…. ]

    • Anne 9.1

      b waghorn… he didn’t lie!

      It was Warren Tucker (former head of the SIS) who did the lying. There was a briefing note containing the information that Phil Goff was not allowed to keep, so he never got a chance to read it. He had to rely on Tucker’s verbal briefing. Tucker CHOSE not to mention it to him. Hence, Phil Goff was NOT informed.

      • alwyn 9.1.1

        You can prove this of course, can you?
        No doubt you were there and know that Tucker never mentioned it?
        What is your “evidence” for your claim?

        • McFlock 9.1.1.1

          Did you bother to read the post?

          • Paul 9.1.1.1.1

            rwnjs don’t read.

          • alwyn 9.1.1.1.2

            I did read the post.
            I have since read the report.
            There is nothing at all that shows that “Tucker CHOSE not to mention it to him”
            The nearest you can find is Phil’s hand-written note where you have Tucker saying that it was discussed with Goff and Goff denying it.
            I see why Phil, or at least someone on Phil’s side of the fence would have wanted to leak an interpretation of the document early.
            I don’t know it was Phil but it smells like him, doesn’t it?

    • SDCLFC 9.2

      He didn’t lie – he was mistaken and he admitted it. However what the report is saying is that Tucker was very casual in his briefing of Key’s office and that he misled them over what both Goff and Key were briefed about.

    • Tautoko Mangō Mata 9.3

      Goff did not lie.

      “But the investigation found not all the relevant information was released.

      There was, apparently, a note signed by Mr Goff and Dr Tucker which confirmed there was no briefing on the Israeli spies.”
      http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/political/260144/report-set-to-criticise-agency,-pm's-office

    • b waghorn 9.4

      If you don’t like me here ban me

      • lprent 9.4.1

        Why? You haven’t done anything wrong. You are just a consistently sloppy speller and have a habit of using actual words incorrectly.

        At some point it will cause issues that will draw my attention. Just check your comments *before* pressing submit.

        • b waghorn 9.4.1.1

          Actual words? I’ll keep it in mind although I put manners ahead of spelling.

          • McFlock 9.4.1.1.1

            That’s what the pilgrim thought until he offered to let a fellow traveller ride his ass.

            • Clemgeopin 9.4.1.1.1.1

              That is so funny!…

              Worthy of Confucius (551–479 BC) the very wise Chinese teacher, editor, politician and philosopher of the Spring and Autumn period of Chinese history,

              or at least John Marwood Cleese, English actor, comedian, writer and film producer,

              or, Mark Twain, American adventurer, wily intellectual, author of classic novels, riverboat pilot, journalist, lecturer, entrepreneur and inventor.

            • b waghorn 9.4.1.1.1.2

              Took me all day to get that one very good 🙂

          • In Vino 9.4.1.1.2

            You lack sound knowledge in both areas, judging by contributions so far. Given the recent admissions, explain how Goff ‘lyed’.

            • b waghorn 9.4.1.1.2.1

              Would I of asked the question if I knew. Little was just asked on TV 3 about it and he dodged the question.

          • lprent 9.4.1.1.3

            When I’m moderating I’m unconcerned about manners except where I see *pointless* abuse. What I am concerned about is when I see things that are likely to cause dumb and pointless discussions.

            One of those things is consistent misspellings. Usually it is of people’s names and often deliberate. So I get heavy handed over them, because persistence in that area pays off for moderators. Whereas trying to prevent people from expressing their feelings does not.

    • greywarshark 9.5

      lprent
      Please allow b waghorn some slack – he/she makes good cogent comments even if you have to ‘read between the letters’. And the lye: I think this was actually inventing a new word, sort of portmanteau, for a lie by Key. A really egregious one!

      (This comment went into moderation – as did the ones yesterday.)

      • b waghorn 9.5.1

        Thanks greywarshark some of what you said is right I hope but it was a spelling mistake plane and simple , one of the reasons I come here is to try to get the dust out of the corners of my mind . I truly had no idea Goff hadn’t told a fib today’s news has cleared that up.

  8. Matthew Hooton 10

    These reports can’t be right because on 18 August 2014 John Key told the media pack that his office has nothing to do with the Goff OIA release.

    • Peter 10.1

      ……. we good Kiwis’ all know that whatever Mr Key says goes …. no need to question …… we are in good hands ………. this conversation can now cease

    • Mark 10.2

      Slide that knife a bit deeper there Matthew. You haven’t got any of the major organs yet. But don’t stop trying.

      • greywarshark 10.2.1

        @ Mark
        Oh. I thought you might be talking about a cake-knife, possibly a ‘Let them eat cake’ moment.

    • Anne 10.3

      Stop your stirring MH… even in jest. Yeah, contrary to your public claims, many on the left have a very good sense of humour – perhaps a bit too subtle for rwnjs at times.

      But this is no joke. It goes to the heart of the corrupt practices involving this government and it’s toadies.

      • ghostwhowalksnz 10.3.1

        Obviously MH hasnt checked his inbox, he possibly cant comment now that all those government jobs he tendered for have all come back accepted.

        There is especially the comms work for Rennie and SSC, as there regular is on extended sick leave.

        • Matthew Hooton 10.3.1.1

          Oh, don’t worry. I am very much looking forward to commenting on this. It’s disgraceful and I’m quite pleased to have picked it right back in August.

          • geoff 10.3.1.1.1

            A stopped clock is right at least twice a day.

            Now didn’t you also say the election was going to be incredibly close? Powerpoint presentations and everything, right?

            • Matthew Hooton 10.3.1.1.1.1

              The election was close. Epsom, Ohariu and TTT decided it.

              • Tracey

                Are you so sure nzf would go with the left?

                Will you be calling for the PM to resign? Will you say there is no proof that Key knew so he can stay?

                • karol

                  Hooton, almost calls for Key to resign, but tweeted it in a very qualified way:

                  If IGIS report as bad as media says, @johnkeypm will be under pressure to resign. Allegations worse than what @JudithCollinsMP sacked for.

                  In a “Some people might say that, but I couldn’t say”, kind of way.

    • b waghorn 10.4

      Key must of had one of his other hats on,on the day he told slater what to ask for

    • whateva next? 10.5

      Mathew, why don’t you say SOMETHING that actually counts, that contributes to the greater good, something that is relevant or means something…….?

      • Matthew Hooton 10.5.1

        Like, this is the worst crisis of Key’s prime ministership because it shows either his office and spy agency were completely out of control or he is lying? That’s what I wrote back in August. See my Metro piece “Key and Friends” from 28 August.

        • whateva next? 10.5.1.1

          we already knew that, but the “business as usual” model overrides all apparently in your world

    • Shrubbery 10.6

      That moment, fast approaching, where a prominent political commentator finally realises that his idol lies. Hopefully you do it on public tv for extra entertainment.

      • Peter 10.6.1

        The new book about Lance Armstrong’s continual denials “Cycle of Lies” appears to have a few parallels in this saga.

    • Tracey 10.7

      Heeheehee

  9. RedBaronCV 11

    And is it not time that the SIS reports to a parliamentary committee of the prime minister, the leader of the opposition and one other opposition leader selected from the smaller parties. That would keep the SIS and the tories honest.

    • SDCLFC 12.1

      A link for the unwaged?

    • RedBaronCV 12.2

      On a commission Matty?

    • Lanthanide 12.3

      Or, apparently, we didn’t read it, because of the paywall.

      • Matthew Hooton 12.3.1

        There was no paywall on this one: http://metromag.co.nz/city-life/columnists/key-and-friends/

        PS. Metro’s lawyers are more cautious than NBR’s. They made me change “This can’t possibly be true.” to “Could this be true?” But it still makes the point I think.

        • RedLogix 12.3.1.1

          Still the line is going to be that Key had nothing to do with it. It was only the department he was responsible for after all – and that doesn’t count.

          • ghostwhowalksnz 12.3.1.1.1

            Doesnt work when the SIS and his office were in the attack together.

            Plus hes used up his ‘poor judgement’ cards this last week.

          • Pascals bookie 12.3.1.1.2

            That doesn’t get him out of his statements after Dirty Politics was released though. He denied his office had had anything to do with it.

          • Tracey 12.3.1.1.3

            Agree.

            Anyone want to bet there will be headlines calling for Key to resign? I wont take that bet.

        • SDCLFC 12.3.1.2

          Just read the metro article. You say Goff was no angel because he misled the public about what he was briefed. However as I read it the report is set to say that Tucker misled Goff over what was in the report, or that he didn’t disclose all to Goff that he did to the Prime Minister. Does that change your view on Goff’s initial response.
          In the middle of the campaign when Goff was discussing this issue and English was responding to questions regards Dirty Politics I wondered what an election between these two career politicians would be like. Me thinks a lot better for the country than the last one we just had.

          • karol 12.3.1.2.1

            RNZ reports:

            However, Cheryl Gwyn has found that Dr Tucker did not release all the relevant information. There is apparently a note signed by Mr Goff and Dr Tucker which confirms there was no briefing on the Israeli spies.

  10. Clemgeopin 13

    There is ONLY one honourable and CORRECT course of action for Key. He must RESIGN. The government should resign. The government’s coalition support parties should withdraw their support. A new government should be formed, preferably Labour led, or a re-election should be held by March.

    The very minimum is that Key should resign and leave parliament. No other BS will do. This is a very serious issue.

    • les 13.1

      you just won the Supreme Optimist Award!

    • Blue 13.2

      They’re not going to get Key on this. He’ll just come out with the usual BS as follows:

      “Ackshully, I was on holiday and knew nothing about it. My (former) chief of staff and my (former) employee Jason Ede may have misjudged the situation. Cam Slater is nothing to do with me. No, it doesn’t mean anything that I call him Cam. Or that I call him. You know, my office just relied on what the (former) head of the SIS, Warren Tucker told them. The SIS is apologising to Goff and I will tell my office to behave themselves in future. Yes, I will tell them that in my capacity as Prime Minister. I will not do it while I’m putting the cat out. Look, I don’t think this is the sort of thing that matters to most New Zealanders. Maybe you should have a chat to Chris Finlayson, I am only the (former) Minister in charge of the SIS, you know, and I’ve got some terrorists to go catch now. Big, bad Islamic terrorists hiding right here in Nu Zilland, so if you’ll excuse me…”

      • Clemgeopin 13.2.1

        I hope the opposition and more importantly the media and the political commentators will do their job and call Key on this very important issue. If not, shame on them and will be a permanent disgrace to the nation.

      • Weepus beard 13.2.2

        They’re not going to get Key on this. He’ll just come out with the usual BS

        This.

        Nothing will happen because the seriousness of it has already been re-framed by the govt and media.

        The sheeple of NZ will continue to be infatuated with The Block.

        Expect the flag debate to get some serious promotion in the next while to further distract from any negative thoughts about John Key. They might even give Buck Shelford’s jersey to a Chinese dictator as a marketing stunt.

        Oh wait…they did that already.

    • dave 13.3

      instead protesting up queen st we need to protest outside keys house with no respect at all for this corrupt crook

  11. Jrobin 14

    Did John Key mislead Parliament about this?

  12. RedLogix 15

    The fun part will seeing how Farrar spins it. It will be masterly to watch.

  13. Macro 16

    Meanwhile The Greens are calling for a Royal Commission
    http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA1411/S00293/royal-commission-needed-pms-office-in-dirty-politics.htm
    One hopes Labour, and NZ First, will also join the call.
    The opposition need a united voice on this.

    • Macro 16.1

      Furthermore, in another instance of abuse of power – this time just before the past Election – Key is at it again!
      http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA1411/S00187/key-used-gcsb-for-political-ends-prior-to-2014-election.htm
      This sort of behaviour is completely unacceptable and an arrogant abuse of power and privilege. He got away with it with Goff, and then he runs similar attack lines – using “his” spies for his own political ends.

    • ghostwhowalksnz 16.2

      The greens ALWAYS call for a royal commission, its the sort of thing the powerless do.
      The investigation had the powers to compel witnesses to testify, no RC needed.

      We have found the guilty, its time for judgement, not to kick the can down the road for 9 months.

      Dont you really want the JoKey to say cant comment, its in the hands of a Royal Commission!
      The greens are wrong on this , as they so often are. Some think they are a government in waiting, they arent even up to an opposition in waiting

      • Macro 16.2.1

        Sorry – don’t agree with you on this!
        And this is a prime example of why Labour will NEVER get back the support from the people it held in the past. It’s arrogance and we know best attitude (well displayed by yourself) is guaranteed to get peoples backs up. People have had enough of it. Until Labour can learn to work with other parties on the left, and discard the deadwood from its neo-liberal past, it will continue to be a party in decline.
        Everything you say may well be true, but the fact remains that a Royal Commission has a status in the public eye that even a formal investigation does not have. Furthermore it has greater powers and will not be so easy to lead to a whitewash.

      • Tracey 16.2.2

        The reason we have this report is the Greens laid an official complaint.

  14. emergency mike 17

    Ok so, the SIS worked with John Key’s office to use priviledged information in a way that would damage the govt’s political opponents. I’m sure Key of course knew nothing about what his office and the department he was then minister of was up to. Nothing to do with John Key. Oh noes.

    It’s fine though, relax folks: the SIS is going to say sorry. All sorted.

    Go back to watching Gary and Jen renovating their kitchen on telly. Sleep now. The spy bill is fine, giving them even more unaccountable power is fine, nothing to hide, nothing to fear. Sleeeeepppp. Sure it seems as if NIcky Hager was right, but we told you it was rubbish then, so just keep on believing that, just hold on to that, just because. And what about the flag, terrorists, kitchens… ok? Good. Labour did it too.

  15. Jrobin 18

    Forget the royal Commision too slow and open to corruption. Key is a lame duck now, he needs pushing hard by Little. He will make a mistake under pressure and forget which of his cover ups he is onto. Resign now Key and take Rennie and Kibblewhite with you.

  16. Paul 19

    sslands, c73, BM et al will be receiving the spoonfed lines as we speak.
    Expect them to foul this site soon.

  17. Zolan 20

    Dirty Politics? Oh, that’s old news. We heard about it months ago and decided it wasn’t a big deal, remember? We got on with business as usual and had an election.
    All this inquiry stuff is just filling in trivia for geeks who are into that sort of thing. Booooring.

    /sarc

  18. NZJester 21

    If they gave Cameron Slater a heads up about still classified at the time information then they should be charged with leaking classified information.

    As for Key he has the old “see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil” defense that he will bring up again. Considering it is his office he seams to be the only person who has no idea what is going on within it. Does he even know who works for him in that office? After all he seamed to not know when Jason Ede stopped working for him.
    By the way is using a card you are no longer entitled to use because you no longer work there to enter parliament and use its resources less or greater than the crime of bypassing security at an airport?

    Maybe just like how some times John Key is a private citizen and not the Prime-minister when talking to Cameron Slater, perhaps Phil De Joux and Jason Ede where just private citizens at the time they spoke to him also and the fact they miss-used government equipment to learn about the information and inform Mr Slater of its existence has nothing to do with the Prime-ministers office at all.

    Maybe John Key is the poor dumb fool who knows nothing at all that he makes out he is in his press conferences when asked questions about what he knew and when.

  19. fisiani 22

    The rabid Left will want to make this seem like the worst ever example of politics when all it turns out to be is a rapid disclosure of of a lie by Phil Goff. Does anyone think it will have legs? Will anyone care?

    • Paul 22.1

      The tr***s have arrived.
      zzzzzzzzzzz

    • Macro 22.2

      Ok! So the lie is to be that Goff lied – hoping that no one will read the report and see that it was Tucker who lied and the PM and his toadies were complicit in all this.
      Thanks for the heads up fis

    • dave 22.3

      wrong your key wanker used a government security service for political gain that is corrupt and if you think that ok your as corrupt as he is

    • Puddleglum 22.4

      Hi Fisiani,

      It’s often a good idea to read the links in a post thoroughly before commenting.

      See >this previous comment in the thread.

      It seems that Goff did not lie.

    • Inky 22.5

      @ fisiani

      Those with principles will care quite a lot, I should think.

    • halfcrown 22.6

      As a rabid right winger, I bet if it was a Labour government in power you would be the first to howl “communist takeover” or something similar.
      “Will anyone care?” We should all be concerned over this, irrespective what political colour we are, if in the future we don’t want somebody similar to the KGB, Stazi, or Gestapo giving us a visit at 5.0am in the morning.

  20. Gruntie 23

    Make no mistake – if this was happening in Australia, Key would be slaughtered not only by the media but also public opinion / here in Planet Key, the media and the public act like they are stoned on dope they are so relaxed about it all

  21. Penny Bright 24

    Seems that this report of the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security is going to prove that the Office of the Prime Minister is completely out of control.

    Last time I heard from Wayne Eagleson, John Key’s Chief of Staff, this nest of spin-doctor vipers, whose job is to cover John Key’s butt as Leader of the National Party, had 30 staff.

    But the role of the Office of the Prime Minister is not covered by statute or regulation, protocol or procedure.

    Their role is intensely party-political, they are NOT impartial, top level public servants, as are supposed to be the DEPARTMENT of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (DPMC).

    It is an absolute outrage to democracy that the SIS should be having ANY direct contact with ANYONE from John Key’s own effectively personal PRIVATE office.

    End of story.

    Penny Bright

    • Paul 24.1

      There are only 2 options.
      Either the government is utterly incompetent..they don’t know/ cant control these agencies
      Or they are utterly corrupt.

      Whichever, it’s hardly the week to be extending the spy agency’s powers.

  22. chris73 25

    Haven’t received my check yet so I shouldn’t really comment except…yawn, no one cares but it won’t stop the left pushing this

  23. Murray Rawshark 26

    I’d like to see Key resign over this. If we had a functioning democracy, he’d have to.

    • Ditto, the Nats run on hubris and the fumes of their own rhetoric.

      But there will likely be some detail, a weak link or snitch that sinks them but it would be nice to have some left unity too and the odd strike and occupation to keep the pressure on while researchers and lawyers do their thing.

  24. Whateva next? 27

    Watergate was a slow burner, and Nixon was re elected before being impeached…….

  25. One Anonymous Bloke 28

    The Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security has the power to make the SIS say sorry. I hope she doesn’t get dizzy.

    …The bulldogs all have rubber teeth…

  26. The spotlight and pressure will be on Key over this, as it should be, especially with the SIS being involved.

    This is newsworthy because it has been exposed, and Whale Oil has painted a very large target around his blowhole.

    But I doubt it’s the first time a Prime Minister’s office, or any political office, has colluded with some sort of journalist to try and embarrass opponents. I think it’s been quite common.

    If bringing this to attention leads to cleaning up politics a bit – Whale’s fins have already been clipped – then it will be worth it, but I suspect it’s just the time that it was found out rather than an isolated or unusual political tactic.

    • Paul 29.1

      Obfuscation as ever.

      “But I doubt it’s the first time a Prime Minister’s office, or any political office, has colluded with some sort of journalist to try and embarrass opponents. I think it’s been quite common.”

      Have you read Dirty Politics?
      Provide evidence that previous PMs/ governments/ministers have done anything like what is documented in Hager’s book.

      This is unprecedented.

      Key is either utterly incompetent or utterly corrupt.
      You pick,

      • Pete George 29.1.1

        “Have you read Dirty Politics?”

        Yes. Some of it highlights some very unsavoury stuff involving Slater and associates (if links directly to the PM are proven it will be correctly be a big issue), some of it is overblown, and some of it appears to be incorrect (Hager has admitted at least one mistake).

        • karol 29.1.1.1

          Wow! Way to take a very slanted position!

          This Goff-smear attack, in which the SIS colluded with the PM’s office, is one of the big allegations in the book, and it now looks to be being shown to be correct. It is very damning stuff.

          • Sacha 29.1.1.1.1

            Pete, you’re being ridiculous. Hager got wrong the gender of one of the PM’s behind-scenes advisors. That’s all.

        • framu 29.1.1.2

          “But I doubt it’s the first time a Prime Minister’s office, or any political office, has colluded with some sort of journalist to try and embarrass opponents. ”

          well that statement from you proves that you either didnt read it, didnt understand it or are deliberately trying to minimise the issue

          explain how the PM using the power of the state to launch covert attacks on political opponents using a known hate blogger, interferring in local selection processes and manipulating the media is in any way remotely close to, or even accurately and honestly described as, “colluding with some sort of jounalist”?

        • lprent 29.1.1.3

          Hager has admitted at least one mistake

          That must be a shock to you. Providing an example for others to follow.

          But it’d also be true to say that so far most of his book, where alternate sources have become available, has proved to be completely accurate at a factual level? Perhaps you could enlighten us about that rather than spinning to the negative.

          It is what I have come to expect of Hager. I might disagree with his interpretations and conclusions (and frequently do). But he nails down the facts before he publishes.

        • Tracey 29.1.1.4

          One mistake is not some mistakes. Post the other things hager got wrong?

    • lprent 29.2

      Last time I can remember such a clear breach of the seperation between prime ministerial politics and the state apparatus was Muldoon with Colin Moyle and others. There was no way that Jason Ede should have even known about the contents of a SIS briefing. His source must have been Key or someone who Key had (illegally) given access to that information.

      Perhaps you’d like to check some facts and point to instances rather than making foolish blanket assertions?

      • RedLogix 29.2.1

        Still Muldoon survived the Moyle business quite unscathed.

        Everyone will just run the line that Key was ‘not involved’. There will be zero mention of him being the Minister responsible for the SIS or anything like potentially messy that.

        Key is popular and has just won a landslide election – and looks like winning several more. No way he’s a crook!

        Or to put it another way – the unwashed punters in voterland either don’t care or are secretly pleased the Key has used his position to attack Labour like this.

        • Macro 29.2.1.1

          Which is why there has to be a more formal investigation into this, so that Key can’t weasel his way out of it. It may shut him up while the commission is in session – but that is all to the good as he will not be able to give his spin.

          This is a huge abuse of power and NZ as a whole needs to understand its implications.

          • RedLogix 29.2.1.1.1

            Yes – on reflection you are right.

            There was quite a bit of reaction at the time of the Moyle affair. It has to be one of my earliest political memories – even back then I knew it wasn’t right.

            My residual concern with an investigation is that it’s a pretty narrow basis – albeit a serious one – to topple a government. (I’m thinking if Key did resign it would likely force a no-confidence vote in Parliament.)

            Unless such an investigation could establish a wider pattern – it might turn out fruitless.

        • rawshark-yeshe 29.2.1.2

          RedLogix .. being picky, sorry … not sure Muldoon survived unscathed. Eventually, it led to his removal with the election of David Lange who replaced Colin Moyle after his forced resignation in the Mangere electorate.

          It was a slow burn but remarkable in its justice. It was a filthy, filthy business.

      • alwyn 29.2.2

        Helen Clark’s claims about Peter Doone would seem to be fairly similar.
        Mind you Helen learned from that and was very cautious from then on in actually getting herself involved.
        She tended to have Trevor Mallard throw the manure after that.
        http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10122718
        http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10123931

        • Tracey 29.2.2.1

          Did you think that behaviour was ok?

          • alwyn 29.2.2.1.1

            No I don’t think the behaviour was OK.
            I think that both Rob Muldoon and Helen Clark were terrible in their behaviour.

        • Murray Rawshark 29.2.2.2

          It is not “fairly similar” at all.

          1. The fact that a cop abused his authority and the PM confirmed it had happened.

          2. Classified information was mentioned to a scummy attack blogger, by a prumsteral staffer who should never have none about it. A subsequent request to the SIS sees inaccurate information provided, edited to show the leader of the opposition in a bad light.

          If they’re similar, readers should have a hard job identifying which is which.

          • alwyn 29.2.2.2.1

            Unfortunately, although Helen Clark may have told the Herald that it happened it hadn’t. She was making it up.
            I suggest you look at the story I linked to where it says
            “Mr Doone has always denied he said that and the newspaper later apologised, saying it accepted the comment was not made.”

            • Murray Rawshark 29.2.2.2.1.1

              Senior police officers lie all the time. So do newspapers. They are extremely careful about printing anything negative about police actions, because the first thing that happens is that their invitations to press conferences get withdrawn.

              Your leader lies as well, so this information may not surprise you.

              I have had contact with both Helen Clark and Ngati Poaka. Helen never lied to me. Ngati poaka seldom told the truth.

    • Tracey 29.3

      Sources??

  27. Dont worry. Be happy 30

    Important to always keep in mind the report that started all this…..that Israeli spies may have been working in Christchurch and been caught out by the earthquake. Keep your eye on the ball.

    • Chooky 30.1

      Yes didn’t they have a stash of multiple passports also….which were hastily retrieved by the Israeli authorities who ferreted the Israeli spies out of Christchurch and the country very fast…. before they could answer any questions

      … also very suspicious given Israeli agents former history in New Zealand

      identitieshttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2004_Israel%E2%80%93New_Zealand_passport_scandal )

    • greywarshark 30.2

      Don’t worry
      Good point. There is so much fog swirling around that one can lose sight of the substance of the matter.

  28. Chooky 31

    Andrew Little is a very good communicator:

    The new Labour leader Andrew Little says any apology made today on behalf of the SIS, won’t go far enough.

    http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/morningreport/audio/20158520/andrew-little-says-sis-apology-wouldn't-go-far-enough

    http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/morningreport/audio/20158517/sis-report-likely-to-show-dirty-politics-book-right

    http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/morningreport/audio/20158516/radio-new-zealand's-political-editor-on-sis-report

    …and Paul Buchanan is absolutely damning of John Key’s office using the SIS to their own personal political ends …link not yet up

    • Tracey 31.1

      And the herald quotes little extensively demanding an apology from key to goff but frankly key needs to apologise to nzers for the behaviour at the time and the lying about it during the recent campaign.

      Remember someone from keys office flew to suttons press conference. We still dont know why

      • Zolan 31.1.1

        In the RNZ interview, Little insisted precisely that: “It’s he who needs to apologise to the public of New Zealand.”
        It’s the interviewer who framed the question as Key apologising to Goff, but Little didn’t affirm that framing at all, focusing primarily on who should apologise and why, and sticking to the wider context of public interest.

  29. philj 33

    @srylands
    .” I deny that anyone has ever fed me any lines to use on this site.”
    Which sites are you fed lines to use on?

  30. Ad 34

    More New Zealanders will see Key as tainted, granted. But these remain administrative issues best left to mainstream media to unravel. Revenge of the righteous for electoral loss isn’t enough.

    Unless Little can make a broad theme of it that translates to concrete public wellbeing, I see only minor corrosion.

    • Chooky 34.1

      imo it is very serious for democracy and John key should be held accountable…there MUST be a wide ranging independent inquiry …. Key, as head of his Prime Minister’s Office and with oversight of the SIS , should be called to account under oath

      …. as Mike Williams points out on Ninetonoon

      (http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/ninetonoon/audio/20158544/political-commentators-on-the-gwyn-inquiry )

      Phil Goff was made to look incompetent or a liar just before an Election which was lost by Phil Goff and Labour by only a few thousand votes

      ( this undermining of Goff could have swung the Election)

      ….and this undermining/ smearing of Goff was a set up

      ( he did NOT receive the FULL report on the Israelis…he received an EDITED report by the Head of the SIS…this is why he did NOT remember it! …he did not get the FULL report!)

      …not only this, but Cameron Slater ‘Whale Oil’ was leaked the report from the Prime Ministers Office and he proceeded to attack Goff on a report which Goff had never read in its entirety

      This is VERY SERIOUS !

    • Inky 34.2

      @srylands
      “I deny that anyone has ever fed me any lines to use on this site.”

      I did not have sexual intercourse with that woman.

  31. Macro 35

    You have to admire the weasel Matthew H on RNZ just now! Key had

    NOTHING

    to do with it

    Yeah Right!

    • Tracey 35.1

      But he said any leader who knows as little about the poor behaviour going on around him, in his cabinet, his office and his portfolios is not fit to lead a country, right?

      • Macro 35.1.1

        But notice how he was quick to make the distinction that this was NOT the PM’s department but the National Party appointment so therefore not the role of PM. (You know – one of the many roles our dear leader assumes.) So really it’s not as bad as if it was actually the PM’s office. Kathy was quick to agree!

        Of course, our dear leader is not actually responsible for any of the things those in his many offices do! I mean how could he be, he has far too many things to be doing to be responsible for people who work in his office. And of course they never tell him anything because he is soooo busy, so how could he know! We know this, because he either knows nothing, or has forgotten. So we can’t expect him to actually take any responsibility at all! It’s amazing that we give him the responsibility of running the Government.

  32. greywarshark 36

    I thought it was quite a good discussion between Kathryn Ryan Matthew and Mike. Yes Matthew did make sure that there was a scenario put forward that would show Key in a better light, but then he is a RW and expected to look after his side. Both men wanted the full information to come out and be properly pursued.

    Goff is being interviewed around 10 this morning.

    • Chooky 36.1

      +100 @greywarshark…yes I agree….i thought it was a good airing of the issues….and Mike Williams was particularly good (…i didnt find Matthew Hooton too bad either…)

  33. Tracey 37

    did Key announce Edes resignation straight after the election, when he had actually resigned the day before the election!?

    “… Key said this morning he understood Ede had resigned, but that he had not suggested he Ede so.

    “[Ede] decided the time has come for him to leave,” Key said on TV3’s Firstline.

    Key said on RadioLive that he would not agree with how Ede was characterised in Dirty Politics, but after 11 years of loyal service, Ede had decided it was time to move on and do something different.

    Slater has previously slammed Ede’s refusal to front over the allegations, describing him as “squeamish” and gutless”.

    “You are all claiming there is this vast conspiracy – it simply doesn’t exist. That Jason Ede is some sort of ringmaster? In my view, Jason Ede is squeamish, and gutless,” he told the New Zealand Herald.

    “And the fact he has gone to ground and hiding and not speaking to anybody suggests that’s true.”

    The National Party is refusing to elaborate this afternoon on Ede’s resignation, declining a Fairfax request to speak with party president Peter Goodfellow.
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    Instead it issued a short statement.

    “Jason Ede advised of his resignation, effective immediately, on Friday. Along with the Prime Minister and his office, we thank Jason for his 11 years of service to the National Party and wish him well for his future.” …” stuff.co.nz 22 September

    “.Prime Minister John Key confirmed the resignation on TV3’s Firstline this morning.

    “… He’s given 11 long years to the party and loyal service to the party. There are some comments made in the [Dirty Politics] book that I think we would all strongly disagree with. His primary role really started out as a media person for us and part of his role was talking to bloggers,” Mr Key said… …” nbr

  34. tricledrown 38

    Mac yet later MH says Key is both incharge of the SIS and Wayne Eagleston who are deeply involved for Key to claim he didn’t know anything is not possible.
    Then During the election recently kept spinning the Crosby Textered lie this is all a left wing conspiracy.
    Key must resign!
    Colluding to rig 2 Elections by Corruption and Lying.

    • geoff 38.1

      Hooton is gunning for Wayne Eagleson who has previously done him out of getting government contracts. He talked about it in detail on Radio Live a few months ago.
      He may be correct but he does also have an axe to grind.

  35. Murray Rawshark 39

    Not too many leaders since Ancient Rome have had a government security agency working directly for them. Nixon tried it and Gadaffi probably had one, but the most famous example is the Schutzstaffel. This is the territory into which FJK is boldly leading us, and the Godwin chain has been considerably shortened.

  36. barry 40

    Key! Lying and Spying since 2008

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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days 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
    1 week ago
  • Imperialism and the iPhone
    This is the third of the 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. Unlike the humble cup of coffee and t-shirt that we looked at in ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • The freshwater mussel housing crisis: eviction by invasive weeds?
    Tom Moore Traditionally a food source and cutting tool, freshwater mussels/kākahi are now widely valued as water filters that help clean our waterbodies and maintain ecosystem health throughout Aotearoa. The improvement they provide in water quality can make it easier for other animals to live in streams and rivers, as ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week 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
    1 week ago
  • Good riddance
    National MP and former Conservation Minister Maggie Barry will not seek re-election next year. Good riddance. Because in case anyone has forgotten, barry is a bullying thug who terrorised both public servants and fellow MPs. She is one of the people who makes Parliament a toxic workplace, and our country ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week 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
    1 week ago
  • Winston is right
    Winston Peters is in court today, suing a bunch of former Minister and civil servants over their pre-election leak of his superannuation repayment. He's characterised the leak as malicious, and said that it is repugnant that his information was passed on to Ministers to use for political advantage. And he's ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Media impartiality
    Sky's economics editor, Ed Conway has posted a Twitter thread responding to a claim that - as far as I can see - Labour never made:
    Are NHS operation cancellations at an all-time high? That's the impression you might have been left with if you read this story from the ...
    1 week ago
  • Finish what’s on your plate
    Murray Cox Do I have to finish my favourite genome? That’s an often-asked question. Geneticists generally strive to produce high-quality genomes that sequence every last gene, making full use of the state-of-the-art technologies coming on stream. Sequencing DNA means determining the order of the four chemical building blocks – called ...
    SciBlogsBy Genomics Aotearoa
    1 week ago
  • Gainful Employment: A Cautionary Tale.
    Transformative Politics: The idea is to turn each recipient into an unwitting accomplice in their own transformation. From interested observer to hyped-up activist, sharing our messages promiscuously with ‘friends’. You’ll be part of an ever-expanding circulatory system, Jennifer, for the ideas that will win us the election.”JENNIFER SKITTERED her chair ...
    1 week ago
  • New Zealand should not fund bigotry
    Two years ago, the Cook Islands government announced that it was planning to join the civilised world and decriminalise consensual homosexual sex between men. Now, they've reversed their position, and decided to criminalise lesbians into the bargain:Two years ago, in a step welcomed by many people including the gay and ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • New Fisk
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • More tyranny in Australia
    The boycott is a fundamental tool of protest. By choosing who we buy from, we can send a message, and hopefully change corporate behaviour. Historically, boycotts have been effective, for example over apartheid in South Africa and Israel, in forcing divestment from Myanmar, and in ending bus segregation in the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Submission for rationality and science against the assaults of pre-modernism and post-modernism
    Jan Rivers spoke at the Abortion Legislation Select Committee in favour of the bill, but in opposition to calls from other submitters to exchange the word ‘woman’ for ‘person’ throughout the bill. Jan is a supporter of the feminist group Speak Up For Women and has recently written an excellent ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • My loyal readership of … Cam girls and Pornbots?
    I checked my traffic stats:I was intrigued by 'monica29' - who was this very dedicated individual?  I clicked on the link, to be greeted with ...Ho, hum.Spreadin' the word, spreadin' the word.  Doesn't matter who hears it, as long as it gets out there. ...
    1 week ago
  • Worth repeating forever
    There have been three polls since the election was announced, and I will shamelessly steal YouGov / UK Polling Report's Anthony Wells' summary of them:Survation – CON 34%, LAB 26%, LDEM 19%, BREX 12%, GRN 1% Ipsos MORI – CON 41%, LAB 24%, LDEM 20%, BREX 7%, GRN 3% YouGov ...
    1 week ago
  • Lutte Ouvriere on the explosion in Chile
    The following article is translated from Lutte Ouvrière, the weekly newspaper of the organisation usually known by the same name in France. When, for the second time this year, Chilean President Piñera announced an increase in the price of Metro tickets from 800 to 830 pesos, students in the high ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Wage theft – I’m fucking over it.
    Today, a worker contacted me asking if she could go to the police over her employer stealing thousands of dollars from her in unpaid wages. The employer also did not pay this worker’s taxes or student loan which amounts to tax fraud. As a workers rights activist, who founded the ...
    PosseBy chloeanneking
    2 weeks ago
  • On The Rebound.
    Signed, Sealed, Delivered, They're Yours: Is there any person more vulnerable than a jilted lover on the rebound? Or, anything more certain than that the charmer, the predator, the glib spinner of lies and promises will seek such broken people out? Yes, of course, he will love every one of ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Rabbi urges congregation to vote against Corbyn
    Though Jonathan Romain is a fairly high profile Rabbi, writing in several papers and popping up on TV and the radio, this story doesn't seem to have made it to the Guardian yet, so I'll take the unusual step of linking the Stephen Pollard edited Jewish Chronicle:Rabbi Dr Jonathan Romain ...
    2 weeks ago
  • My absurdly optimistic prediction
    There's an election afoot, and that is when noted opinion formers such as myself get to make wild fools of ourselves by pretending we have the faintest idea what will happen.So, here is my absurdly optimistic prediction:Labour - 285Conservative - 262SNP - 53Lib Dems - 20PC - 5Ireland - 18 ...
    2 weeks ago
  • October ’19 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
    Image Credit: Increase Social Media Traffic & Website Traffic 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
  • A mountain of a challenge in banning glyphosate
    Belinda Cridge I was reading my son a story last night. A great tale of derring-do of five mountaineers scaling the Matterhorn for the first time. One in the party had tried six times previously and failed, this was the last attempt before winter closed another season. They tried a ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • This government has a problem with secrecy
    As introduced, the Zero Carbon Bill included an expansive secrecy clause, which would have covered virtually all decisions by the Climate Change Commission over our most important policy area. The Ministry for the Environment admitted this was a mistake (or as they put it, an "oversight"), and the select committee ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • A small New Zealand songbird that hides food for later use provides insights into cognitive evolutio...
    Rachael Shaw, Victoria University of Wellington When we think about animals storing food, the image that usually comes to mind is a squirrel busily hiding nuts for the winter. We don’t usually think of a small songbird taking down an enormous invertebrate, tearing it into pieces and hiding these titbits ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • Referenda on Euthanasia – NZ First’s Victory – or a Major Miscalculation?
    . . NZ First’s success in putting the euthenasia bill to a public referenda may not be the victory they believe it to be. They may even have sounded the death-knell for a second Labour-NZ First-Green coalition. On 23 July this year, NZ First MP, Jenny Marcroft, submitted a Supplementary ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    2 weeks ago
  • Corbyn the Mighty vs BoJo the Clown
    Interesting contrasting pictures in the Guardian:Corbyn gets the classic positive shot - low angle and a clear background, making him look authoritative (of course, being Corbyn, he doesn't do authoritative very well).Where as Johnson gets pictured with children at some sort of mad-hatters' tea party:Begging the question, who is the ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Public health, externality, and vaccination
    Paternalism is contentious. Arguments for state action to protect us from ourselves are fraught. I come down pretty heavily on the anti-paternalism side of the argument, but I’ve heard respectable defences of paternalism. But policy around vaccination is hardly paternalistic. There’s a clear market failure that could be pointed to ...
    SciBlogsBy Eric Crampton
    2 weeks ago
  • Happy Halloween
    Its Halloween, so its time for annual pumpkin trepanning and chocolate eating ritual. ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Twenty thousand leagues under the sea
    I’ve been reading Jules Verne’s novel Twenty thousand leagues under the sea, considered as one of the very earliest science fiction stories. In brief, Monsieur Aronnax and a couple of sidekicks are taken prisoner by Captain Nemo and his mysterious crew and treated to an underwater voyage around the world ...
    SciBlogsBy Marcus Wilson
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: Disclosing the risks
    The climate crisis is going to mean some pretty big changes in our country, both from its impacts and the policies required to address them. Most obviously, whole suburbs are going to be underwater by 2100, meaning people and businesses are going to have to relocate to higher ground. But ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • MPI fails again
    Yesterday a dairy company was fined $483,000 for repeatedly failing to report listeria in its facility. Its a serious fine for a serious crime: listeria is a serious disease, and they were effectively trying to kill people with it. But there's another story hidden in there, and its not a ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Gay Men Address Gender Identity
    Gay men see the excesses of trans activism and are increasingly speaking out.  A new Facebook group addressing ‘gender identity’ and contemporary trans activism has been set up for gay men, by gay men. The following is the group’s Statement of Intent, Group Rules, and link to the group for ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks 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 ...
    1 hour 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 ...
    5 days 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 ...
    5 days 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 ...
    6 days 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 ...
    1 week 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 ...
    2 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 ...
    2 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 ...
    2 weeks ago
  • PGF backing Dunedin’s waterfront ambitions
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) will support local plans to revitalise and stimulate economic development opportunities in Otago, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones has announced. The four Regional Economic Development Ministers have approved an in-principle investment of $19.9 million towards the region’s ...
    2 weeks ago
  • M. Bovis eradication progress welcomed
    Mark Patterson, Spokesperson for Primary Industries New Zealand First is pleased to have received the Technical Advisory Group (TAG) report on the Coalition Government’s Mycoplasma bovis eradication efforts, which shows significant progress in the fight against the disease. New Zealand First Spokesperson for Primary Industries, Mark Patterson, says the report’s findings ...
    2 weeks ago
  • PGF boosts Otago’s engineering and manufacturing sector
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development Hon David Parker, Minister for Trade and Export Growth The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) is investing to support economic growth opportunities for Otago’s engineering and manufacturing sectors, Regional Development Minister Shane Jones and Trade and Export Minister David Parker announced today. Almost $20 million ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Minister Peters discusses Pacific challenges and denuclearisation in Seoul
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs Foreign Minister Winston Peters and his South Korean counterpart, Kang Kyung-wha, discussed in Seoul today opportunities to work more closely in the Pacific and the situation on the Korean Peninsula. Mr Peters and Minister Kang confirmed New Zealand and the ...
    2 weeks ago
  • PGF supports high speed broadband for marae at Parihaka Pa
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development  Hon Nanaia Mahuta, Minister for Māori Development The three marae in the historic Parihaka Pa complex in Taranaki have been upgraded to high speed broadband with the support of the Provincial Growth Fund (PGF), Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. “Connecting the ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Advancing Pacific Partnerships 2019 launched
    Hon Ron Mark, Minister of Defence Minister of Defence Ron Mark will today launch the Advancing Pacific Partnerships 2019 Defence Assessment  during a speech at Te Papa.  The Assessment outlines how Defence will partner with our Pacific Island neighbours and invest in Pacific regional security architecture. The Plan aligns with the Coalition ...
    2 weeks ago
  • PGF funding could transform Gisborne company into “beacon of employment” in two years
    A new Provincial Growth Fund investment could create about 80 new jobs in Gisborne over the next two years, turning a local small business into a “beacon of employment” in the process. Regional Economic Development Parliamentary Under-Secretary Fletcher Tabuteau said the PGF’s Te Ara Mahi funding stream would provide $1.6m ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Week That Was: Two years of progress
    This week, we’re taking action on climate change, expanding trades education – and celebrating two years of progress! ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Minister of Foreign Affairs to visit the Republic of Korea and Japan
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs Minister of Foreign Affairs Winston Peters will travel to the Republic of Korea and Japan next week. “The Republic of Korea and Japan are two of New Zealand’s closest partners in the region with whom we share common values and ...
    3 weeks ago
  • New Zealand to lead Bougainville Referendum Regional Police Support Mission
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs Minister of Foreign Affairs Winston Peters has announced today that New Zealand is leading a police support mission in Bougainville as the region prepares to vote in a non-binding referendum on its political future. “New Zealand has accepted an invitation ...
    3 weeks ago
  • We’re taking action on climate change
    “I refuse to accept the challenge of climate change is too hard to solve.” – Jacinda Ardern ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Shane Jones annoyed at “elevated sense of entitlement from a lot of immigrant leaders”
    New Zealand First MP Shane Jones is defending Immigration New Zealand (INZ) after it instructed officials to stop granting visas as an exception to instructions. He has also lashed out at immigrant leaders upset with the tightening of the rules, saying they had an “elevated sense of entitlement”. Members of ...
    3 weeks ago
  • New Zealand public likely to vote on euthanasia bill thanks to NZ First
    A change to the End of Life Choice Bill was passed in Parliament, meaning if politicians decide to vote for the law it must be approved by the public first. A binding referendum was a condition insisted on by New Zealand First, and Jenny Marcroft’s supplementary order paper (SOP) successfully ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Tairāwhiti Workforce development projects get $1.6m PGF boost
    Fletcher Tabuteau, Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Regional Economic Development The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF), through its skills and employment programme, Te Ara Mahi, is investing a further $1.6m into Tairāwhiti’s workforce development, said Parliamentary Under Secretary for Regional Economic Development Fletcher Tabuteau. “This PGF funding follows on from significant PGF investment earlier this ...
    3 weeks ago
  • NZ First welcomes primary sector support for climate change plan
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, New Zealand First Leader New Zealand First Leader Rt Hon Winston Peters says the Government’s steps to reduce farm livestock emissions are necessary and timely. Today the Government and farming leaders announced a plan to measure and price emissions at the farm level by 2025. “Many farmers ...
    3 weeks ago

  • Resource management reform options released
    The panel undertaking a comprehensive review of the Resource Management Act has identified the main issues to be addressed and options for reform and is calling for feedback to inform its final report.  In July the Government announced the comprehensive review of the resource management system, including the RMA - ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 hours ago
  • Criminal Cases Review Commission established
    An important safety valve has been added to New Zealand’s criminal justice system with the third reading of the Criminal Cases Review Commission Bill today. The Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC) will investigate claimed miscarriages of justice. “We’ve seen how our justice system can very occasionally get things spectacularly wrong, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    13 hours ago
  • Racing Industry destined to be on-track
    Racing Minister Winston Peters welcomes the tabling of the Racing Industry Transition Agency (RITA) 2019 Annual Report in Parliament today. He says the 2019 Annual Report marks the point when New Zealand’s racing industry’s decline was arrested and a turnaround started. RITA’s 2019 Annual Report recorded an industry net profit ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    19 hours ago
  • New Zealand firefighter support to Queensland
    The New Zealand Government is today sending 21 firefighters to help fight the ongoing catastrophic Australian bushfires. “The fires in Australia are in some of the toughest, most challenging conditions ever,” says Internal Affairs Minister Tracey Martin.  “As of yesterday morning, there were 100 active bushfire-related incidents across Queensland and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    21 hours ago
  • Supporting all schools to succeed
      More frontline support for schools through a new education agency, as part of a redesigned Ministry of Education More support for principals and school boards including through a new centre of leadership and local leadership advisor roles New independent disputes panels for parents and students Management of school property ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    22 hours ago
  • Reform to support better outcomes for Māori learners and whānau
    The Government’s reform of the Tomorrow’s Schools system is a watershed moment in education and an opportunity to create meaningful change for ākonga Māori and their whānau, Associate Education Minister Kelvin Davis said today. “Last year through Kōrero Mātauranga | Education Conversation, Māori teachers, parents, ākonga, whānau, hapū and iwi ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    23 hours ago
  • Infrastructure pipeline growing
    Infrastructure Minister is welcoming the first of many updated project pipelines from the newly established New Zealand Infrastructure Commission today. The New Zealand Infrastructure Commission, Te Waihanga, has released an expanded pipeline of major capital projects – another crucial step towards delivering better infrastructure outcomes. “The first iteration of the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Tighter firearms law to further improve safety
    Tougher gun laws designed to improve public safety through firearms prohibition orders are proposed in a new document released for public input. Police Minister Stuart Nash says firearms prohibition orders (FPOs) would give new powers to Police to ensure high-risk individuals come nowhere near firearms. “We have already prohibited the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • New TVNZ chair & directors confirmed
    Andy Coupe has been confirmed as TVNZ’s new Board Chair. “Mr Coupe has strong commercial and capital markets experience and TVNZ has benefited from his technical knowledge of business and finance, as well as his extensive governance experience,” the Minister of Broadcasting, Communications and Digital Media Kris Faafoi said.  Andy ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Hutt Road cycle path officially opened
    Associate Minister of Transport Julie Anne Genter today officially opened a separated pathway, following the completion of the Kaiwharawhara Stream bridge, which will improve safety for cyclists and pedestrians along Hutt Road.  The $6.8m Hutt Road project provides a separated path for cycling and pedestrians, the replacement of informal parking ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Announcement of new Ambassador to Russia
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters today announced the appointment of career diplomat Si’alei van Toor as New Zealand’s next Ambassador to Russia. “I’m pleased to appoint Ms van Toor to this position. She brings a wealth of experience to the role having previously served as Senior Trade Adviser to the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Half Year Economic and Fiscal Update
    The Treasury’s 2019 Half Year Economic and Fiscal Update (HYEFU) will be released on Wednesday December 11, Finance Minister Grant Robertson says. The Coalition Government will publish the 2020 Budget Policy Statement at the same time, outlining the priorities for Budget 2020. Further details on arrangements for the release will ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Giving a Boost to Kiwi small businesses
    A new initiative to better support small businesses through hands-on mentoring and advice has been launched by the Minister for Small Business. The first event in the Kiwi Business Boost series of regional workshops and online tools has been launched in Wairoa by Stuart Nash. “The Business Boost initiative combines ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Nearly three quarters of Rolleston connected to UFB
    The latest Quarterly Connectivity Report shows that more and more New Zealanders are moving to Ultra-fast Broadband (UFB), with Rolleston having the highest uptake at 74 per cent, as at the end of September. “This means that nearly three quarters of Rolleston’s households and businesses have moved to ultra-fast services. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Historic day for landmark climate change legislation in New Zealand
    The passing of the Climate Change Response (Zero Carbon) Amendment Bill will help ensure a safe planet for our kids and grandkids, the Minister for Climate Change James Shaw said today. The landmark legislation which provides a framework to support New Zealanders to prepare for, and adapt to, the effects ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Release of Oranga Tamariki Practice Review
    The review of Oranga Tamariki practice around the planned uplift of a Hastings baby in May shows significant failings by the Ministry and that the planned and funded changes to shift from a child crisis service to a proper care and protection service need to be accelerated, Children’s Minister Tracey ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Minister wishes students success in exams
    Education Minister Chris Hipkins has wished students the best of luck for this year’s NCEA and New Zealand Scholarship exams which start tomorrow. Around 140,000 students will have participated in 119 NCEA and New Zealand Scholarship exams by the end of the exam period on 3 December. “I want to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • New High Commissioner to the United Kingdom announced
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters today announced the appointment of Bede Corry as New Zealand’s next High Commissioner to the United Kingdom. “The appointment of a senior diplomat to this important role underlines the significance New Zealand places on our relationship with the United Kingdom,” said Mr Peters. “The United ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • New Police recruits making Auckland safer
    An innovative approach to boosting the number of frontline Police has seen 20 new officers graduate from one of the uncommon training wings in Auckland. Police Minister Stuart Nash says the graduation of 20 constables today means that 1,765 new Police officers have been deployed since the coalition government took ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Over 1.2 million hours of community work helps local communities
    Corrections Minister Kelvin Davis says the 1.2 million hours of community work completed by offenders in the last financial year has helped local communities right across the country. “Community work sentences are a great way for people to pay something positive back to society. There is a massive benefit to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Te Huringa o Te Tai – Police Crime Prevention Strategy
    "A pathway for Police in leadership with Iwi Māori, to achieve the aspirations of Māori whānau." Police launch of Te Huringa o Te Tai, Pipitea Marae,  Thorndon Quay, Wellington Nau mai, haere mai. Tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, ka nui te mihi, ki a koutou. Hello everyone, warm greetings to you all. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Kiwis getting higher pay
    Working New Zealanders are getting more in their back pockets under the Coalition Government’s economic plan. Stats NZ data today shows average weekly ordinary time earnings are up by $83 since the Government took office. This shows that working New Zealanders are getting higher take-home pay, and that employers are ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • More support for schools to reduce energy consumption and environmental impact
    The Government is supporting schools to cut down their energy consumption and reduce environmental impacts, with a quarter of all schools having their lights replaced with LEDs, a sustainability contestable fund and a plan to improve the environmental sustainability of all schools in the future. Education Minister Chris Hipkins and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • New Zealand’s manaakitanga highlighted in China
    Tourism Minister Kelvin Davis heads to China on Friday to lead the New Zealand Government presence at the China-New Zealand Year of Tourism closing ceremony. The ceremony will take place at Canton Tower in Guangzhou on Sunday 10 November. “The Year of Tourism has been mutually beneficial for both New ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Climate change research boost
    Should we plan for drought or deluge and how is CO2 released from the ocean’s floor? Several climate change projects were given a boost in the latest Marsden Fund investment of $83.6 million, Research, Science and Innovation Minister Megan Woods said today. “Climate change is long-term challenge that requires out-of-the-box ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Significant progress on Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP)
    Leaders of 16 countries negotiating the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) have announced the completion of negotiation on the text as well as agreement on virtually all market access issues between 15 countries. The leaders said they will work with India to resolve its outstanding concerns in a way that ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Learn how to stay safe on World Tsunami Awareness Day
    Civil Defence Minister Hon Peeni Henare says World Tsunami Awareness Day today (5 November) is a chance for all New Zealanders to learn more about the tsunami risk in our regions and the right actions to take to stay safe. “All of New Zealand’s coastline is at risk of tsunami. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Formal recognition at last for paramedics’ frontline medical role
    New Zealand’s more than 1000 paramedics are to have their role as key frontline health professionals formally recognised and regulated in the same way as doctors and nurses, Health Minister David Clark says. The Government has agreed to regulate paramedics under the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003. “Paramedic leaders ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
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