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Key calling in police over tea tape

Written By: - Date published: 4:31 pm, November 14th, 2011 - 101 comments
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Way to keep the story rolling John:

Key going to police over ‘teapot tapes’

John Key will complain to police over the ‘teapot tapes’, even though he says they contain nothing that would be a game-changer. The Prime Minister is making the complaint to police because he fears it could lead to more News of the World tactics. Police will visit his office at 4pm this afternoon.

“I am not bothered in the slightest about the tape,” he told media at a news conference this afternoon. ….

He’s “not bothered in the slightest about the tape”, but he’s laying a complaint with the police. OK then. Is the tape a “game changer”?  Some people think so:

Paper says teapot tapes a ‘game-changer’

The newspaper at the centre of the teapot tape affair could make a strong public interest argument for its release if the contents really are “explosive”, a leading media law commentator says.

Herald on Sunday editor Bryce Johns says a recorded conversation between Prime Minister John Key and ACT’s Epsom candidate John Banks is “potentially game-changing”.

Also:

EMBARRASSING FOR THE PM

The recording was embarrassing for the Prime Minister and was likely to change the way some people vote, the Herald of Sunday editor claimed this morning.

Is it just me, or is John Key starting to look like he has something to hide?

101 comments on “Key calling in police over tea tape”

  1. I think he is making an important point for all politicians.

    I wouldn’t like to see “accidental” recording going open slather, and I doubt any serious party people would either once they see past point scoring opportunism.

    • Draco T Bastard 1.1

      All political discussions should be public. They do, after all, affect everyone and so everyone has a right and a need to know.

      Politicians having “private” conversations should be done for treason.

      • insider 1.1.1

        Even caucus discussions say on Chris Carter or Taito, or Pansy or Worth? Similarly a civil servant will never have a free and frank discussion under your rules.

      • Pete George 1.1.2

        I don’t agree, politicians have to be able to have private discussions. A cafe with a media frenzy is a stupid place to have a private discussion but al politicians should have the same legal rights to privacy as anyone else.

        This is a bad precedent – and I’d bet that all parties will agree after the election.

        • Lanthanide 1.1.2.1

          I agree that politicians should be able to have private conversations in public places like cafes.

          But not if that conversation is part of an election stunt that they specifically invited the press to attend.

          • Tigger 1.1.2.1.1

            And where the press are one foot away and the detail of the conversation is designed to be public (ie. this wasn’t a secret meeting, we all knew what they were there to discuss).

            Getting sick of News of the World crap from Key. He has no fucking idea how rank they were. If he thinks this is on par with what they did then he’s pathetic.

            • Lanthanide 1.1.2.1.1.1

              “Getting sick of News of the World crap from Key. He has no fucking idea how rank they were. If he thinks this is on par with what they did then he’s pathetic.”

              I’m sure Key knows it’s not in the same ballpark as NotW. But that’s not the point. It’s what the punters out there in punter-land know about NotW that counts, and for Key equating this with NotW is a valid strategy.

              IMO it’s a bad strategy, because enough people know enough about the NotW scandal (particularly anyone from the UK) and what they were doing to know that this is in a different league, thus making Key look stupid to them.

          • Jackal 1.1.2.1.2

            Lanthanide

            But not if that conversation is part of an election stunt that they specifically invited the press to attend.

            That’s what makes Keys Police complaint so stupid! The media were invited to attend… the recording was what is termed incidental and under the law can be used. Key has no legal rights here… a competent PM would know that.

        • Draco T Bastard 1.1.2.2

          I don’t agree, politicians have to be able to have private discussions.

          If they’re discussing actions that they’re going to take that affects everyone else why should those conversations be private?

          A cafe with a media frenzy is a stupid place to have a private discussion…

          The two Johnies weren’t having a private discussion – they were having political discussion. Yes, it was probably a bad place to have said discussion but we still should hear it.

          …should have the same legal rights to privacy as anyone else.

          Where have I said that they shouldn’t? It’s only in association with their job that I say that they should be recorded and the recording made public.

          Even caucus discussions say on Chris Carter or Taito, or Pansy or Worth?

          Perhaps a small time lag for sensitive discussions.

    • ron 1.2

      You know what? I try to be reasonable in the forums(a?). I try to respond reasonably with evidence for my arguments and analysis of the other’s case. But you know what? Jonkey and Banksy made a bloody great song and dance about their cuppa. “hoho see us Righties having a jolly PR time together – cmon Epsom, cmon”.
      They looked like the dicks they are and showed what dicks they are by saying something they don’t want us to hear in f^*king public!
      Bullshit, Pete. Jonkey hasn’t called the cops because he trying to protect some shonkey concept of privacy and fair play.. He’s grandstanding to protect his smelly Tory arse. OF COURSE I’d be pissed of if the Tories bugged a meeting of my party.
      This isn’t a bug in their office. This isn’t someone sectretly recording a meeting. This is the same as Smith’s “dead rats”. The conversation could just as easily have been reprted by someone overhearing the conversation. The only difference is that Shonkey jonkey can’t lie about it because there’s evidence.

      If we can roll these f*^kers by using a bit of accidental audio – i reckon go for it and see if Jonkey can fight it off, the ballless little prick.

      • Colonial Viper 1.2.1

        Now that’s fighting talk 🙂

      • Rodel 1.2.2

        What you say is spot on! so true and well said!
        How dare they invite the media on mass for such a shallow publicity stunt then try to limit what the media can or cannot report.
        It smells of dictatorship censorship. You vill report only vat I vant you to report.!!!

        But seriously folks, who gives half a sh*t what these two jonhywankers said to each other?

        Shame donnybrash couldn’t get invited to the teaparty. He would have been frankly.

        I wish we had a John Stewart in NZ. Is there anyone?

  2. Draco T Bastard 2

    Is it just me, or is John Key starting to look like he has something to hide?

    Definitely and he’s going to a lot of effort to hide it. The tape should have been released as soon as HoS got it that’s what would have happened in a credible fourth estate but we don’t have one of those.

    • insider 2.1

      yeah but you guys think he can’t lie straight in bed so it is hardly a high bar you are setting.

    • Jim Nald 2.2

      This recent incident has even prompted a response from my staunch Tory brother who half sighed, saying Brand Key is imploding.

  3. All politicians go insane during election campaigns.  So much is on the line and they have to be perfect.  I have witnessed many pollies’ decision making go to pot in the last couple of weeks.
     
    The pressure is especially bad for Key because he is carrying all of National’s hopes and expectations on his back.  The strain is showing.
     
    He has now given oxygen to the story and everyone in the country is thinking “what was on the tape?”
     
    The slithery one calls it the Barbara Streisland effect.
     
    Major mistake by Key.  He should have laughted it off.

    • Lanthanide 3.1

      Actually I think by reporting it to the police, they’ve now effectively made it impossible for the mainstream journalists to release it. So it’ll sit with the police until after the election, when it won’t matter anyway.

      • Colonial Viper 3.1.1

        No charges have been laid, so no problem.

        Especially since the Herald already has a legal opinion to that effect. The recording was made in a public place, with invited media present, with the heads of two main political parties performing in a public show and tell.

        Release it and sort it out in the courts afterwards.

        • Lanthanide 3.1.1.1

          The police have registered the complaint.

          TV3 news says they have a copy of the recording but were advised by the police before going to air not to play it.

          Watching Campbell Live now, they just had a 3-4 minute interview with Winston Peters. Giving Peters press time is in itself a huge own-goal by Key on this issue.

        • TighyRighty 3.1.1.2

          You are such a toad. I can only imagine th lengths to which you would scream criminality if this was against someone you supported. I understand partisan, but without reason? Again, through are the reason that the average labour voter is of lower intelligence than the average nat voter.

          • mickysavage 3.1.1.2.1

            Again, through are the reason that the average labour voter is of lower intelligence than the average nat voter

            Well tight righty I think you just confirmed two things:

            1.  You are really stupid.
            2.   If you are the average nat voter then the average Labour voter is way more intelligent.  And more passionate.

      • Hami Shearlie 3.1.2

        Exactly Lanthy! That was the reason JK complained to police. Still, look for it sent to someone overseas on a computer file, who will then upload it on to Youtube. By the time it’s taken off, many will have it stored on their computers! Technology rules!!

  4. Armchair Critic 4

    Of course he has some things to hide:
    1. A lack of policy in some areas.
    2. Unpopular policy in other areas.
    3. A pretty poor track record in government.
    This teapot recording provides a great distraction from National’s weak points and takes the attention away form Labour – they really need to stay in the spotlight for the next two weeks (and for the right reasons).
    The only other alternative I can see is a brief discussion of upcoming personal issues with John Banks, but I doubt either of them are dumb enough to even refer to such things in public. Well, I doubt John Key is that dumb. It’s only a possible subject because if National form a government after the election they will do so with a slim majority (one or two), and John Key does not want and can not afford another MP from Epsom resigning under undisclosed circumstances.

  5. McFlock 5

    Hmmm.
    Because there was a clearer recording of an already semi-audible conversation, it’s a police matter?
    If a camera operator recorded the visual of them speaking through the windows of the restaurant, would lipreading be illegal as well?
    I reckon they might be doing a big hoopla over this so that it’s a fizzle just before the election.

    • i wonder that too, better have voters focus on non-issue than the many many holes in nat policy

      OTOH so far its only helped to reinforce perceptions of secrecy, hypocritical pettiness and mismanagement – and pissing off media. it’s a dangerous strategy if it’s set-up

  6. tc 6

    It’s a massive staged managed distraction…..HOS is granny b*&ch after all, I don’t think he’s that stupid but on the other hand Banks is so maybe just maybe. key’s media managed to within a micron by his many support crew.

  7. anne 7

    In this case the ‘public interest’ outweighs the ‘private interest’,remember ‘watergate’ recordings, the public interest factor allowed them to be released to the public.

  8. felix 8

    I wonder when we’re going to stop calling it a “tape”…

    • Lanthanide 8.1

      Not for another 20-30 years until all the oldies have knocked off and we’re left with the digital generation in charge of the media and public discourse in general.

    • mike 8.2

      “The Teapot Tape” is catchy tho. It also has a pleasing “Watergate” feeling to it.

  9. Cin77 9

    I dont know what to think. Originally I figured it for a PR stunt but with the hoopla Keys raising maybe there is some substance to this.

    I rekon it’ll be mostly drivel anyway and what we get to know eventrually will be a well scrubbed version. Hope the guy that caught it kept a copy, I think that would make some interesting listening (or reading, transcript please kind sir 🙂

    • Tigger 9.1

      I do love a good conspiracy theory and I’m in knots trying to figure this one out.

      I think it all comes down to what is going on, rather than what was intended. What’s going on? Key is saying one thing (I don’t care) but doing another (going to the police). And he’s stuck talking about a secret recording and what he said rather than focusing on the issues. All in all what’s going on is bad for him.

      • Lanthanide 9.1.1

        Yeah I agree.

        Overall the handling by Key is poor. Either it’s not a big deal, or it is. He’s trying to have both and is so looking foolish. It’s definitely put the tea party in a negative light and spun it into the headline news for tonight, which is a bad outcome for Key.

        It gives Labour ammunition to mock him with for the rest of the campaign too.

      • Dan1 9.1.2

        Initially Key said he didn’t mind it going public, quite relaxed. Then it is now so serious that it requires a complaint to the police.
        It confirms to me that Key has no idea of what is important and what is not. It was not until someone else heard the tape and pointed out some inconsistencies that Key realised he was in the crap.
        My initial reaction was it was all a distracting setup to diminish the need for policies. Now the old rule of conspiracy vs stuffup: pick stuffup every time.

        Key’s face and body demeanour changes when he is lying. Fascinating stuff!

        • Hami Shearlie 9.1.2.1

          I’ve noticed Key’s face-changes too. Love it when he’s questioned about his links with Lord Ashcroft. Really sick looking!

  10. Neil 10

    Tapes ill-gotten, but only accidently, revealed information of “public interest” that would affect votes, according to Herald on Sunday editor Bryce Johns.

    So what exactly what were John Key and John Banks talking about so candidly in front of the nation’s media, as part of a stunt they themselves organised in order to pull democracy’s pants down in Epsom?

    http://fearfactsexposed.wordpress.com/2011/11/14/key-and-banks-take-the-piss-out-of-democracy/

  11. felix 11

    Looks like the “tape” has been leaked: http://bit.ly/vqSter

  12. Craig Glen Eden 12

    So we have John Key having a private conversation with his Gimp that was recorded in a Public place in a spot that the media was told about before hand so they could witness it. This meeting is to have cup of tea which symbolizes Nationals support for the gimp, Key is not telling Nat voters how to vote but he wouldnt be upset if they voted for the Gimp. he wont vote for the Gimp but others should? The conversation was about not much and Key is not bothered about it, but he is going to the police to stop it being made public. SSHHHish. So is Key waisting Police Time or what? To think people voted for this goober.

  13. outofbed 13

    So Brash gets rolled and Act is a branch of the National party eh?

    • felix 13.1

      Act is already a branch of the National party. Brash has already been rolled.

    • Treetop 13.2

      “So Brash gets rolled and Act is a branch of the National party eh?”

      Well to me it is looking like there are two National candidates running in Epsom.

      I have to give Brash his dues as I am able to tell that he is representing Act.

      As a side issue I said on 11 November 2011 on Banks & Peters 9. “… Brash will get rolled as leader by the end of the year if Act get back in.”

      If Key discussed Brash being rolled, it indicates that Key has crossed the line, as he always says that certain matters are the concern of the party and not for him to comment on. Yeah right, but only when it suits Key!

  14. McFlock 14

    lol – maybe the idea was for banks to leave act and stay in as an independent? 🙂

  15. Hey Key you gutless wimpish creep the cops got better things to do than wipe your yellow burnside arse!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    And I thought Aunty Helen was bad.

    Only a fuckwit would bother voting in this election. Fact!!

    • ghostwhowalksnz 15.1

      Well he getsthe Police to come to him in his office…. the next day.

      Its just a bit of push back … so when hes asked about the contents … he can say

      “Sorry police investigation …no Comment”, or some mangled version thereof

  16. Blue 16

    Key really is a dork isn’t he?

    Calling the police in, as if they have nothing better to do than to investigate this.

    The HOS has already said over and over again that it was accidental, the cameraman has explained how it happened, and it’s pretty clear that it was just a consequence of being caught up in the Key-created media frenzy.

    But loser-boy has an ego the size of a small planet and thinks it’s all about him.

    • Jackal 16.1

      The cops even call the media up to ensure they wont broadcast the recording. Meanwhile they’re ignoring my formal complaint regarding Owen Glenn trying to buy peoples votes… pisses me right off.

  17. mike 17

    “We can’t tell you what’s on the tape.”

    “John Banks is it true you are planning to restructure ACT after the election?”

    Nice one TV3.

    • felix 17.1

      Heh.

      • Lanthanide 17.1.1

        Interview between Brash and John Campbell, he ended it up by asking Brash about whether Banks supports him as leader.

        TV3 have the tapes but were told by the police not to air them.

    • Colonial Viper 17.2

      How come Key is helping Banks get rid of Brash? Isn’t ACT an independent political party? What’s National got to do with it?

      There must be rules around these situations. Where a political party is shown not to be truly independent but is actually a puppet wing of another larger party.

  18. I guess I know why Nutional and the wimpish Key mean when they say we are building a brighter future with the help of the pigs. Oh great maybe crusher can break another finger nail. No wonder the Kahui twins and Kirsty Bentley have no closure. Give the cops a ring John, oh don’t worry if you get a smack in the head by a angry bro eh mate………………..

    I am disgusted with these creeps.  

  19. Terry 19

    Interesting to see the police spring so quickly into action! ?? This event could hardly be both private AND public, Key cannot have it both ways (as hard as he tries). Key is calling into the question the integrity of the Editor of the H-on-S it appears. Bryce is beyond reproach. Of course, the countless thousand of “nice Mr Key” lackeys will be staggered to hear the meeting described as potentially “explosive”!

  20. tsmithfield 20

    Several points:

    1. The herald had plenty of time to publish if they thought it was in the public interest. The didn’t. Even TV3, who have heard the tape, commented tonight that the claims of it being a “game-changer” were over-blown, and described it as merely “interesting”. So talk of there being some cover-up is ridiculous. However, I can imagine that Key would prefer not to have the distraction of having to deal with unnecessary intrusion and distortion from the media over what the evidence suggests does not pass the test of public interest.

    2. Ambrose has admitted that he intentionally placed the recorder where it was without the consent of either Key or Banks, so his position looks fairly shaky.

    3. Key was quite right to go to the police if he felt the discussion he was having was no longer privy to media attention, and the boundary had been crossed. Surely he is entitled to the same rights as everyone else. And why the hell should he make his own private discussions public just to please the bleatings of the left anyway?

    • Stanley 20.1

      With reference to your second point, I took Ambrose’s comments to mean he put a mic on the table at a time at the beginning of the meeting when the media were inside the room, and Banks (at least) was answering questions. He got squeezed out of the group around the table because of the sheer number of media trying to get a shot or audio, and when he tried to get a wide shot, the scrum got moved outside by the media minders, and he couldn’t get/forgot to get his transmitter. As a reference, I put a mic and transmitter in front of the PM last week, on a lectern. I didn’t ask permission or consent. It was in plain view, at a Grey Power meeting with a number of other media present.

    • Draco T Bastard 20.2

      And why the hell should he make his own private discussions public just to please the bleatings of the left anyway?

      1.) When two politicians are talking concerning the interactions of their parties that will have a direct effect upon people and so they have a right to know what was said.
      2.) It was a discussion in a public space which means, by default, that the conversation wasn’t private.

    • mik e 20.3

      own goal by HOs

    • Colonial Viper 20.4

      And why the hell should he make his own private discussions public just to please the bleatings of the left anyway?

      I dunno, maybe to convince voters that him and Banks aren’t pre-planning a contrivance to screw voters and screw Brash in one go?

      If they making confidential plans now contrary to their public statements, or which could affect how people view their parties pre-election, then it needs to come out now, the whole lot, lock stock and barrel.

  21. mike 21

    Who saw Winston Peters on Campbell Live before Campbell asked Brash whether “John Banks supports me absolutely,” meant that John Banks really, really, really supports Brash?

    Winston was glowing. Did he implying he had heard this ever-more mysterious tape? Did I miss something? Why are we talking to Winston? He was firing on all cylinders. He reckons it will show a John Key the public doesn’t see. The one who says one thing in public and another in private. Here’s hoping. Or maybe he’s just taking the chance to grab himself a slice of John Key is a shifty liar pie.

    Goff is right this is farcical. So it begins – with two weeks to go, it’s always a silly fun-farm surreal circus monkey on party pills from here folks.

  22. gobsmacked 22

    Yes, the journos don’t need to publish what was said. They just need to have heard or seen what was said (TV3, Herald) and then ask Banks and Key about it, without explicitly referring to it. No law against asking those questions.

    You don’t ask “Did you say on the tape …”

    You ask “Can you confirm / rule out that you will … ” “Have you ever discussed …” “So are you saying that you’ve never …” etc.

    Unfortunately the number of political journos in NZ who have the skills or desire to do this can be counted on one hand, but still.

  23. If this tape was damaging, wouldn’t silence form key be the best, wouldn’t he just let it die out, I kinda think the left is being played, that Goff will scream and yell like a circus chimp to have it released, and when it comes out and its nothing, he will end up looking foolish, not to hard for Goff I guess.

    • So why would Key go to the police about it then?  Wouldn’t this make him look like a dork if he was trying to play Goff?

    • felix 23.2

      Have you seen Goff screaming and yelling before Brett?

      Have you ever seen him over-reacting with inappropriate outbursts of emotionally charged fervour?

      Are you sure you’re thinking of Phil Goff?

      Do you spend a lot of time with your own thoughts, Brett?

  24. Treetop 24

    I can now see why Brash was not invited along for a cuppa and a chat when Banks and Key met to appease the voters of Epsom. The day for the cuppa was probably picked when it was known that Brash had an engagement in the South Island.

  25. felix 25

    Notice how irrelevant Brash is these days?

    TV3 tonight showed Banks and Key on the campaign trail, all busy and bustling.

    Then when they talk to Brash – nominally the leader of the party at the centre of the scandal – it’s at what looks like a family bbq.

    Retired already.

    • Draco T Bastard 25.1

      Notice how irrelevant Brash is these days?

      Brash hasn’t been relevant since he lost the 2k5 election due to dithering with the EB and lying about it.

  26. gobsmacked 26

    A conservative curmudgeon (who usually gets stuck into lefty-liberals) is not impressed by Key on this one …

    http://karldufresne.blogspot.com/2011/11/funny-business-at-cafe-urban.html

    Generally, I reckon that “News of the World” line from Key/Joyce is backfiring. Most people can work out the difference between publicity-seeking politicians and the family of a murdered girl or a dead soldier.

    • Jim Nald 26.1

      … in this latest case, Honesty has been murdered

      • rosy 26.1.1

        Anything I thought about Key being intelligent… scrub that.
        1. meeting in a public place with reporters and camera operators in tow – fine for the PR purpose
        2. not noticing a stray black bag on the table after everyone shooed out – what??
        3. Talking about anything other than ‘how’s the weather today?’ in such a setting – crazy
        3. Identifying said black bag as a recording device at the end of the discussion – All righty, light bulb moment.
        4. Handing it over to be handed back to the owner without checking it – a wtf moment, really how stupid can a slick PR whore be?

        Surely handing back an object identified as a recorder is a form of permission for the owner to do what he likes with it? It was GIVEN to him.

        And if I was a betting person I’d bet it has the word ‘sheeple’ on it. That fits the stories of Key – that the conversation was pretty boring – and the editor who used ‘game-changer’ to describe it. As in, for example, ‘nothing to worry about Johnny the sheeple of Epsom will vote like they’re told to’.

  27. There’s always a plan B.

    John Key was ‘plan B’ for when Brash became leader of National. Banks is ‘plan B’ for when Brash became the leader of ACT.

    Sadly, ‘plan A’ just kept on failing.

    Or was ‘plan A’ always just ‘bait and switch’? The main thing was to dislodge Rodney Hide from Epsom – that could be done once Brash acted as the battering ram. Banks could then take over.

    Rodney Hide – in his custodianship of ACT – was a bit like Saddam Hussein’s custodianship of Iraq; a useful proxy but a bit too independent at times. It was inevitable that the time would come when he needed to be removed.

  28. ianmac 28

    And keep in mind that the Brash take-over was maybe a connivance between Steven Joyce and Act and as strategist for National he no doubt has responsibility for the tea party. And therefore the stuff up. Shadows suit him.

  29. It may well be the tone that is so damaging rather than content. What if Key was portrayed as something quite different to the scripted, ‘likeable’ John the public think they know…using cynical, disparaging language – of Brash, of the media, of the public, that undermines his public image just enough to turn the undecided swingers away and suddenly it’s all on as National fall to mid 40’s.

    Maybe this explains the change of heart by MonKey..not about the content but he’s recalled the tone that may undermine his image.

    • felix 29.1

      …of the public…

      That’s what I reckon too. He’ll be saying something about the “little people” or the “plebs” falling in line and doing what they’re told and voting for Banks.

      Half-jokingly of course, but it’s hard to report only the joking half.

      • burt 29.1.1

        I totally agree with you. However I think that as the blue stripe from Epsom do act as sheep I think pointing out that Key and Banks discuss them as such will make them chuckle. FFS, if they are prepared to take one for the team and put Banks into parliament then they are not going to be to fussed about being momentarily mocked for it. They’ll be mocking each other about it for decades.

        • felix 29.1.1.1

          Could be so. If I were Key I wouldn’t want to risk it though.

          While you’re here, what if anything do you reckon – as an ACT supporter/former supporter – about Banks being the face of the party, and potentially the leader?

    • burt 29.2

      Look ummm, can someone remind me again why the surveillance evidence in the Urewera 18 case was inadmissible? That’s right it wasn’t done legally.

      Seems appropriate that as gossip of a recordings gained traction that Key should push the ‘consequences’ button. He’s so recently been strongly reminded the consequences of not following legal process with making recordings so he’s right to ensure the law is vigorously adhered to.

      • Lanthanide 29.2.1

        There’s quite a big difference between the police installing surveillance video cameras for months knowing that it wasn’t within the existing laws, and someone ‘accidentally’ leaving a microphone in front of the PM for 8-9 minutes during a staged media event.

        • burt 29.2.1.1

          Yes, a big difference – one was months of video and one was minutes of audio. However both are illegal recordings.

          Is there really people in NZ who think they can “secretly” record the PM and not face legal consequences ? Really…

          • Colonial Viper 29.2.1.1.1

            However both are illegal recordings.

            Not according to the Herald’s legal team, mate. Trust them more than I trust you. And that’s really saying something.

      • fmacskasy 29.2.2

        Burt – because the Urewera 18 aren’t standing for Parliament? Because they’re not stitching up deals to win electorates? And because the Urerwera 18 won’t be elected to pass laws in the House that affect us all?

        Howzat for a few differences?

  30. Jan 30

    My take on cuppagate? It’s an evil plot to distract the MSM from an in-depth analysis of policy proposals and therefore potentially alerting voters as to which party’s policies might be in their best interests ;-).

    [always assume fuckup over conspiracy. People fuckup all the time. Conspiracies that work and stay secret are a special level of not fucking up that comes along very rarely. Zet]

    • burt 30.1

      I think so. If Key and Banks (and all their minders) were so completely inept as to let this happen by accident then they should all fricken resign right now!

      Happy to be called wrong on this, but I think they utterly knew it was there and they are now playing it to their advantage.

      • Colonial Viper 30.1.1

        Happy to be called wrong on this, but I think they utterly knew it was there and they are now playing it to their advantage.

        So they knew the radio mic was there, and deliberately left it anyway, which means that the recording made is not illegal.

        • burt 30.1.1.1

          Yes, indeed. If you think for a moment Key knew it was on then you might want to stop giving him oxygen over it.

      • rosy 30.1.2

        Yeah I know Burt, it’s so hard to work out if they were really stupid or really manipulative *sigh* I’m going for stupid.

    • fmacskasy 30.2

      [always assume fuckup over conspiracy. People fuckup all the time. Conspiracies that work and stay secret are a special level of not fucking up that comes along very rarely. Zet]

      Precisely.

      Cases in point, to prove how real conspiracies end up;

      * Iran-Contra Deal.

      * Watergate.

      * Assassination of Julius Caesar.

  31. burt 31

    Another possibility. Key told Banks that his clash over decriminalising marijuana ends after the election. That if he wants the nod for 3 year in Epsom he’s got to at least tow his own party leaders line.

    That would probably meet the criteria for the media to say it would change the way people see the govt.

    • Colonial Viper 31.1

      2 follow on scenarios

      1) The clash over decriminalising marijuana ends because Key assists in getting Brash gets dumped.

      2) The clash over decriminalising marijuana ends because Key says he will come out in support of it.

      Yes both scenarios would change how the public votes and we should be told now.

  32. Jan 32

    It’s a joke! However there is a serious point – nearly all of the MSM election news is diversionary and uninformative – the analysis of trivia like body language that – that frankly I can see for myself. The polls are indicating that 30-40% of people in NZ – possibly more – are reporting that they are just about to vote against their own best interests. There seems to be a connection here!

  33. mik e 33

    Can someone just lip read the news reel and we can get some transparency from our transparent PM PinoKeynose

  34. Tigger 34

    “But Mr Key has today maintained the recording of his conversation with ACT’s Epsom candidate John Banks was no different to the hacking of a dead girl’s phone by defunct British tabloid News of the World.”

    Really JK, it’s as bad as the hacking of a dead girl’s phone? What else is it no different to – genocide, serial killing, rape and torture?

  35. Richard Down South 35

    I thought i had posted this, but here goes again… do the police have the right to ‘usher’ the press out of a cafe, without a request to do so by the business owner… what if they wanted a coffee and a muffin?

  36. Rodel 36

    Meanwhile back in the jungle…Bill English is formulating plans to sell Kiwibank and ACC…and no one is noticing….

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    17 hours ago
  • Climate resilience packages for regions
    The Government is providing an investment totalling more than $100 million for regions to protect against and mitigate the effects of climate change, Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters and Infrastructure Minister Shane Jones have announced. Six regions will receive funding from the $3 billion allocated to infrastructure projects from the ...
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    21 hours ago
  • Southern Waikato shovel ready projects get the green light
    Three major local projects at Te Kuiti and Otorohanga have been given the money to get moving after the impact of Covid 19, says the Minister of Māori Development Hon Nanaia Mahuta.  The projects range from a Sports Centre for Te Kuiti, a redevelopment of the Otorohanga  Kiwi House and ...
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    22 hours ago
  • New Zealand extends Middle East and Africa peace support deployments
    The Coalition Government has extended three New Zealand Defence Force deployments to the Middle East and Africa by two years, Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters and Defence Minister Ron Mark announced today.  “These deployments promote peace in the Middle East and Africa by protecting civilians and countering the spread of ...
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  • Govt progress on climate change essential, risk assessment shows
    The release of the National Climate Change Risk Assessment shows that the progress this Government has made to solve the climate crisis is essential to creating cleaner and safer communities across New Zealand. “Because of this report, we can see clearer than ever that the action our Government is taking ...
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  • $10m sport recovery fund open for applications
    The second round of the Community Resilience Fund is now open for applications for sport and recreation organisations experiencing financial hardship between 1 July and 30 September 2020. “The fund opens today for five weeks – closing on September 6. The amount awarded will be decided on a case-by-case basis ...
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  • Rakitū Island declared latest predator free island
    Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage today declared Rakitū Island, off the coast of Aotea/Great Barrier Island, predator free. “I’m delighted to announce that with rats now gone, Rakitū is officially predator free. This is a major milestone because Rakitū is the last DOC administered island in the Hauraki Gulf Marine ...
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  • Funding to restore significant Māori sites in the Far North
    The Provincial Growth Fund is investing $8.75 million to restore significant historic sites at Ōhaeawai in the Far North, upgrade marae and fund fencing and riparian planting. Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones made the announcements following a service at the historic St Michael’s Anglican Church at Ōhaeawai today.  Just ...
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  • Big boost for Chatham Islands’ economy
    The Chatham Islands will receive close to $40 million for projects that will improve its infrastructure, add to its attraction as a visitor destination, and create jobs through a planned aquaculture venture, Infrastructure Minister Shane Jones has announced. “The COVID-19 pandemic has had a devastating impact on the islands, first ...
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    2 days ago
  • More initiatives to reduce energy hardship
    The Government is delivering more initiatives to reduce energy hardship and to give small electricity consumers a voice, Energy and Resources Minister Megan Woods said today. “In addition to the initiatives we have already delivered to support New Zealand families, we are responding to the Electricity Price Review with further ...
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    2 days ago
  • Turning the tide for hoiho/yellow-eyed penguin
    Government, iwi, NGOs and rehabilitation groups are working together to turn around the fortunes of the nationally endangered hoiho/yellow-eyed penguin following a series of terrible breeding seasons.  The Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage helped launch the Five Year Action Plan at the annual Yellow-Eyed Penguin symposium in Dunedin today. “I ...
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    3 days ago
  • Taskforce ready to tackle tourism challenges
    The membership of the Tourism Futures Taskforce has now been confirmed, Tourism Minister Kelvin Davis announced at an event at Whakarewarewa in Rotorua today. “The main purpose of the independent Tourism Futures Taskforce is to lead the thinking on the future of tourism in New Zealand,” Kelvin Davis said. Joining ...
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    3 days ago
  • Investing in the tourism sector’s recovery
    More than $300 million in funding has been approved to protect strategic tourism businesses, drive domestic tourism through regional events and lift digital capability in the tourism industry, Tourism Minister Kelvin Davis announced today. A $400 million Tourism Recovery Package was announced at Budget 2020, and with today’s announcements is ...
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    3 days ago
  • Permits to be required for exporting hard-to-recycle plastic waste
    From 2021 permits will be required for New Zealanders wanting to export hard-to-recycle plastic waste. The Associate Minister for the Environment, Eugenie Sage, today announced the requirements as part of New Zealand’s commitments to the Basel Convention, an international agreement of more than 180 countries which was amended in May ...
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    4 days ago
  • Growth in new building consents shows demand is still high
    The building and construction sector is still showing strong growth, with the number of new dwellings consented up more than 8 per cent compared to last year, reflecting a welcome confidence in the Government’s COVID-19 response package, Minister for Building and Construction Jenny Salesa says. “While it is still too ...
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    4 days ago
  • $23 million for Bay of Plenty flood protection
    Government investment of $23 million for Bay of Plenty flood protection will allow local communities to address long-standing flood risks and provide jobs, Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters and Under-Secretary for Regional Economic Development Fletcher Tabuteau announced in Rotorua today. These projects are being funded by the Infrastructure Reference Group’s (IRG) shovel ...
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    4 days ago
  • Rotorua benefits from over $62 million boost
    Investment for projects that will create hundreds of jobs in Rotorua were announced today by Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters and Under-Secretary for Regional Economic Development Fletcher Tabuteau. These projects will provide opportunities for economic development in a region that has been hard hit by COVID-19,” Winston Peters said. Fletcher ...
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    4 days ago
  • Increased counselling support for all students
    For the first time, primary schools will have access to funding for counsellors for their students, Associate Education Minister Tracey Martin announced today. “A major investment of $75.8 million will provide greater access to guidance counsellors to help primary and secondary school students deal with mental health and wellbeing issues,” ...
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    4 days ago
  • Report of the Government Inquiry into Operation Burnham released
    Defence Minister Ron Mark today welcomed the release of the Report of the Government Inquiry into Operation Burnham and related matters, and the Government response.  “I thank the Inquiry for their thorough and detailed report, on a highly complex issue. I accept the recommendations of the report, and fully support ...
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    4 days ago
  • 1BT funds create jobs and lasting benefits
    Forestry Minister Shane Jones has announced $6 million of One Billion Trees funding for seven regional initiatives to create jobs and provide long-lasting environmental and economic benefits. The projects range from improving one of the poorest-quality water catchments in Otago to restoring 52km of waterways around Hokianga Harbour. Six of the ...
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    4 days ago
  • Kawerau projects to receive $5.5 million from Provincial Growth Fund
    Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters today announced $5.5 million in funding from the Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) for two Kawerau projects and says this is a significant boost for the people of Kawerau. “These projects will bring much-needed investment and will create up to 60 jobs for locals,” Mr Peters ...
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    4 days ago
  • $5 million for Kaingaroa Village Redevelopment
    Kaingaroa Village in the Bay of Plenty is to get $5 million to help fund a comprehensive upgrade of its infrastructure, facilities and housing, Under-Secretary for Regional Economic Development Fletcher Tabuteau announced today. Mr Tabuteau travelled to the remote village to make the announcement, telling Kaingaroa residents how the funding ...
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    4 days ago
  • $18 Million Funding Boost for Bay of Plenty Business Park
    The Rangiuru Business Park project near Te Puke is getting $18 million from the Provincial Growth Fund (PGF), Under-Secretary for Regional Economic Development Fletcher Tabuteau announced today. “This is all about unlocking the potential of this region. When it’s finished, the Rangiuru Business Park will be the Bay of Plenty’s ...
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    4 days ago
  • Town revitalisation and aquaculture investments create jobs in Ōpōtiki
    Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters has today announced that a $26 million investment in Ōpōtiki will see important public amenities upgraded and further progress made on new aquaculture opportunities. “The people of Ōpōtiki have been waiting decades for real investment in key infrastructure, and support for the incredible aquaculture opportunities ...
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    4 days ago
  • Minister congratulates the Cook Islands community for its 9th year of Language Weeks
    The Minister for Pacific Peoples, Aupito William Sio wishes to congratulate the Cook Islands community throughout Aotearoa for the 9th year of Te ‘Epetoma o Te Reo Māori Kūki ‘Āirani, the Cook Islands Language Week.  “This is a proud milestone that reflects on the huge effort made by the Cook ...
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    4 days ago
  • Construction underway on longest section of Glen Innes to Tāmaki Drive Shared Path
    Aucklanders in the Eastern Suburbs will soon have more ways to get around, with Transport Minister Phil Twyford and Associate Transport Minister Julie Anne Genter kicking off construction on Section 2 of Te Ara Ki Uta Ki Tai, the Glen Innes to Tāmaki Drive Shared Path today. The Glen Innes ...
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    4 days ago
  • 350,000 More Measles Vaccines for Massive Immunisation Campaign
    The Government is stepping up the fight against measles and protecting hundreds of thousands more young adults by investing up to $40 million for a year-long measles-catch-up campaign and $23 million to fully fund and develop the National Immunisation Solution, Associate Minister of Health Julie Anne Genter announced at Mangere ...
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    4 days ago
  • Operation Burnham report released
    Attorney-General David Parker has today released the findings of the Government inquiry held into Operation Burnham and related events. The operation took place on 21-22 August 2010 in Tirgiran Valley, Afghanistan, and was carried out by NZSAS troops and other nations’ forces operating as part of the International Security Assistance ...
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    4 days ago
  • Locally-led solutions at centre of new community resilience fund
    From tomorrow, community groups around New Zealand can apply to a $36 million fund established to encourage locally-led solutions as communities rebuild and recover from COVID-19, announced Minister for Social Development Carmel Sepuloni and Minister for Community and Voluntary Sector Poto Williams. “The Community Capability and Resilience Fund (CCRF) builds ...
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    4 days ago
  • Securing healthy futures for all Māori
    The Government has committed to improving Māori health and wellbeing over the next five years. The Associate Minister of Health (Māori Health) today released Whakamaua: Māori Health Action Plan 2020-2025 which sets the pathway towards achieving healthy futures for all Māori. “As kaitiaki of the system, the Ministry of Health ...
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    4 days ago
  • Porirua Development delivers more new public housing
    The first of nearly 70 new state homes have been opened in Cannons Creek, Porirua by the Associate Minister of Housing, Kris Faafoi, as part of an increase in public housing being delivered through the Porirua Development.  “Completion of the first 10 of 53 new two and five bedroom homes ...
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    4 days ago
  • New standards for existing marine farms provide consistency
    New environmental standards will make the re-consenting of existing marine farms more consistent across the country.  The new regulations for the National Environmental Standards for Marine Aquaculture (NES-MA) will come into effect on 1 December, Environment Minister David Parker and Fisheries Minister Stuart Nash said.   “The NES-MA removes complexities and ...
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    5 days ago
  • Government signs Accord reinvigorating commitment to Far North iwi
    Today marks a milestone as the Minister for Social Development Carmel Sepuloni and Minister for Māori Development Nanaia Mahuta co-sign an Addendum – with the Iwi Chairs of Te Rarawa, Ngāi Takoto and Te Aupōuri – to the Te Hiku o Te Ika Iwi-Crown Social Development and Wellbeing Accord (the ...
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    5 days ago
  • Veterans Support Amendment Bill No 2 passes third reading
    The Veterans’ Support Amendment Bill (No 2) passed its third reading today and will become law, announced Minister for Veterans Ron Mark.  This amends the Veterans’ Support Act 2014 in response to recommendations from the 2018 review of the operation of the Act by Professor Ron Paterson.  “Veterans have been ...
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    5 days ago
  • Racing Safety Development Fund open for applications
    Minister for Racing Winston Peters says race courses can improve safety with this year’s first round of funding from the Racing Safety Development Fund. The Racing Safety Development Fund makes available $990,000 for distribution over two funding rounds for the 2020/21 financial year. “The racing industry is integral to the ...
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    5 days ago
  • Boost to agri-education with reopening of Taratahi
    The Government’s commitment to increase primary sector jobs and opportunities has been further boosted today with the re-opening of the Taratahi Agriculture Centre, says Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor. The Wairarapa-based training centre is reopening its doors after two years to deliver industry taster and familiarisation courses, to help workers displaced ...
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    5 days ago