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Key on the Teina Pora compensation

Written By: - Date published: 11:24 am, June 16th, 2016 - 74 comments
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Do the Nats have a decent, compassionate bone in their collective bodies?

74 comments on “Key on the Teina Pora compensation”

  1. gsays 1

    On a rare occasion I watched TV news.

    I was struck by the footage of teina pora.
    He was smiling in each clip.

    Wonderful ‘framing’ by the ptb.

    • AsleepWhileWalking 1.1

      That’s the plan by the look of it. Nothing to see here… not even the man who lost a couple of irreplaceable decades.

      I think 8 million is fair.

  2. Richardrawshark 2

    Don’t hate me understand the counter argument

    What about the mongrel mob, what about his family who set him up. what about taking the blame for a crime you did not commit, usually for the promise of a patch and the 10k reward.

    what about the victim losing justice because he chose to take the blame. This was also way before his fetal alcohol syndrome was even known as a problem, what about all the others convicted over the years for lesser crimes that could claim the same defence.

    2.5 mils pretty damn good considering he walked into a polioce station and diverted police resources at a time when results were all that mattered dare I say encouraged by government?

    This is all BS. we have bigger fish to fry and I don’t want to see the opposition stooping too this beat up when we have bigger issues like a government like national.

    Teina is not saying this, everyone else is using it as a political football. give me a break.

    • BM 2.1

      Another sensible comment there, Richard.

    • Bullfuckingshit Richard – injustice is injustice

      Go get your bigger fish if you want – no one is stopping you, what are you waiting for?????

    • M. Gray 2.3

      Actually I don’t agree with you Richard when we see something is wrong, should we just ignore it or challenge it. Too many people have expressed racist and discriminative views on Teina Poras compensation. Unlike you I have grown up with this sort of bull-shert you get sick and tired of this happening so you speak out and take a stand. National need to be accountable for all their policies and actions. I listen to Adams talking this morning and she was saying for compensation they don’t follow the other compensated cases as they are all different. But the law is suppose to follow precedents but they don’t. Funny how the Government can move the goal posts when it suits them. And now we have all these nasty right wing d -heads with their outrageous nasty and entrenched racist/discriminative comments this is not acceptable in our country any longer and people like myself and others will not stand for it.

    • Rosemary McDonald 2.4

      Another way of looking at this is that you’d have to have a significant level of fuckwittedness not to see that Teina Pora had at least a learning disability…if not actually spot that he was seriously affected by FASD/FAD.

      This was most definitely a recognised ‘disorder’ back then…the police should have seen that they were dealing with a person with ‘special needs’.

      Instead, the police exploited his disability and vulnerability.

      For a quick and easy conviction. Picking low hanging fruit.

      Again.

      Double the compensation.

      • JonL 2.4.2

        and take it out of the police budget!

      • framu 2.4.3

        lets not forget that the police had to show pora what house the crime was commited in – he had no idea when asked to point it out

        regardless of whatever sins pora might have done at the time the police had ample chances to pull the plug – they didnt

    • Rae 2.5

      Absolutely none of which makes it okay to imprison someone for a crime they did not commit, especially, as is pretty damned clear, they were fitted up, and none of which means that adequate redress should not be taken once they slow lumberous process of righting the wrong reaches its end.
      This is not Minority Report

    • Tim 2.6

      Agreed richard, the opposition really shouldn’t waste their time on this

  3. Greg 3

    It would mean he doesnt have to work.

  4. shorts 4

    “Do the Nats have a decent, compassionate bone in their collective bodies?”

    No – well not unless it concerns one of their own

  5. Lanthanide 5

    There have been some who are saying he never could have earned that much money in 21 years (given his “poor prospects”), so it’s more than enough for him.

    I think there’s an alternative angle there – would any 18 year old agree to be imprisoned for 21 years, to get a payout of $2.5M at the end of it?

    I doubt it.

    • Richardrawshark 5.1

      Depends on your prospects in life, I actually know plenty around here that would consider it. I know one who was given a house to murder someone in jail, who was already on a murder charge. At that time the house was worth about 100k, you remember the mr Asia’s associates stabbings in the mount don’t you.

      Plenty have done major time for financial assistance.

      you know the police actively or used to do a thing called TIC, taken into consideration, when they ask people they arrest for a crime to take other crimes on themselves for sentence and cooperation browny points in front of the judge?

      good way of fudging stats and making a small number of the population responsible for most of the crimes.

      time people stopped talking shit on justice.

      • Anno1701 5.1.1

        A little bird told me Teina went down to protect an important police informant at the time

        dont know how true that is , but its certainly feasible

      • North 5.1.2

        Time you stopped talking shit instead of talking Justice, Richardrawshark. According to your ‘argument’ a miscarriage of justice is more or less objectionable according to how high or low the victim of that miscarriage of justice sits on the social spectrum.

        Well done on your big fail. However it arises. Racism, scorn for a perceived underclass, or just plain stupid nastiness, it’s a fail. Compounded by your mindless speculation about where Teina Pora would have ended up.

        Amy Adams tells the lie that the Cabinet has implemented Justice Hansen’s report. It has not. Justice Hansen’s report recommended 2.5 adjusted for inflation. While it has discretion to implement that recommendation the cabinet has refused to do so. So hag Adams lies. And you talk the strangest shit.

        • Richardrawshark 5.1.2.1

          Not at all north,

          My points are this.

          He was not that innocent he was an MMM prospect or hanger on. He had connections with Rewa through the gang.– take into consideration for remuneration

          He has already been awarded 2.5 million which is a shit load of money.

          We all know the police cocked up but so did he by perverting the coarse of justice etc.

          Some people act as if the police took advantage of a dumb deaf mute with 3 arms. 70’s early 80’s fetal alchohol syndrome, well known please he’s not a moron.

          The police should have known something was up when he didn’t even know the house.

          His Family should not have encouraged and even went along with the police to get him reconvicted on his appeals where are they held responsible?

          They, Teina and the mob, stuffed up an investigation, and the culture of advancement in the police force for results is not mentioned either.

          everyone including I am sorry to say Teina are at fault and 2.5 mills a load of cash, he’s sorted for life as long as he follows financial advise and isn’t used again.

          How much do you really need? 10 mill? why not 20, how about 21 whats a year in jail worth over that 21 years he may have won lotto twice.

          2.5 mil, he doesn’t want it give it too me then.

          Oh P fkn S, you know who’s moaning, his fkn lawyers straight away, you know why, it’s not about Teina is it? perhaps a little truth about the cut his lawyers are getting. Of coarse THEY want more.

          • McFlock 5.1.2.1.1

            There’s a long history of mentally vulnerable people being coerced into false confessions by police for a “result”.

            Sometimes the cops genuinely thought they had the right person, and got a successful confession.

            Other police just figured they needed someone and the person they had was close enough – if they actually got the right guy it was a happy coincidence.

            The one person in this case who was definitely not at fault was Teina Pora: he was way out of his depth before he even fell in with the MMM crowd, let alone the police.

            • Richardrawshark 5.1.2.1.1.1

              I’ll meet you half way then McFlock give him 5, but heck if 2.5 mil ain’t a fortune, and how can you put any value on any of it? Too even value a year lost of your life when you only get one is immeasurable against the age of the universe and the miniscule amount of time you are alive to enjoy it.

              I just think this is greedy lawyers, and vested interests. How about give him the money already stop bothering him anymore and let him live the rest of his life, or at least make the decision himself.

              • McFlock

                As I said somewhere else, as soon as you start quibbling over the cash, it cheapens the apology.

                It’s like putting money in a charity box, and then demanding change.

                The sum set for Arthur Allan Thomas was $100,000 for every year. That was a nice round number, and maybe half a million in today’s money if he was paid in 1980 so geninely lifechanging.

                So, really, you could simply adjust for inflation or round it up afterwards. But sticking with a thirty year old total is just cheap. Tacky.

          • Trey 5.1.2.1.2

            Yes Richardrawshark Malcolm Rewa had Mongreal Mob connections. No it would be highly unlikely that he would have had contact with Rewa through the gang as Rewa was a patched member of Highway 61.

          • North 5.1.2.1.3

            You’re still talking shit arsehole. The question is whether he did what they said he did and he fucking didn’t so your rave is patent racism and classism. So fuck you little John Key and little Amy Adams. You don’t have an ounce of credibility…….you or one of yours who served 21 years for horrendous crimes you/they didn’t do……would you be giving us racist, classist raving as you are now. No. A plague on you……and yours. Not that yours deserve penalty for your thick outlandishness.

            • Trey 5.1.2.1.3.1

              I totally agree that Teina was wrongfully convicted and deserves compensation.
              My point to richard was that in that Teina was mongrel mob and rewa was highway 61 it further proves that there was no way that he committed the crime.
              Teina should never have been convicted in the first place but “IF” it was just a mistake once Rewa was convicted of the rape Teina should have been automatically released as this proved his innocence.

    • North 5.2

      Excellent point @ 5 Lanth’.

      Demonstrates the ludicrousness of the speculation that Teina was headed nowhere anyway and accordingly the miscarriage of justice he suffered is markedly less egregious than it would be for those whose prospects we speculate to be much brighter.

      To the extent that Bill Hodge of Auckland University engaged that speculation and produced an obviously misbegotten analysis suggests a classism in him which I can barely believe lives there. He must have been having an off day.

  6. Skinny 6

    Mr Key says “there are plenty of people who think Mr Pora didn’t deserve $2.5 million.”

    Who are these people saying this? 20 years wrongfully locked up behind bars and plenty of people say Pora is deserving of nothing.

    What a deceitful liar Key is!

    • Yep + 1 on that skinny

    • M. Gray 6.2

      Compulsive liar and so is his Minister of Social development its a prerequisite for being part of the party

    • Johan 6.3

      Mr Key doesn’t hide “being an idiot” very well;-)))

    • gsays 6.4

      Hi skinny, dunno about you.. I would prefer my ‘leaders’ to operate with higher principles than ‘ what some people think’ or ‘I reckon’.

      • M. Gray 6.4.1

        Its interesting that people have not talked much about the culprits here and that is our Police force. Our taxes are paying for their f …ups and how many have they made and continue to make.

  7. fisiani 8

    Key was correct “the cabinet does not have to pay compensation”
    Factually correct.
    Choosing to make a payment was a compassionate choice.

    • Rosemary McDonald 8.1

      “Choosing to make a payment was a compassionate choice.”

      NO.

      If anything, it was a cold, cynical PR exercise.

    • “the cabinet does not have to pay compensation” may well be “Factually correct” but your;
      “Choosing to make a payment was a compassionate choice” is nothing more than opinion. I note, fisiani, that your opinions are given little credence here and I can see why that is.

    • Richardrawshark 8.3

      You got your shades on Fisiani, you know the sunshine beaming out of John Keys arse is blinding don’t you?

    • Clare 8.4

      go away nasty person

  8. ankerawshark 9

    I really object to Key’s comments “If he doesn’t like it he can give it back” or words to that effect.

    Kind of like, “like it or lump it”. A terrible thing to say to somebody wrongfully imprisoned for 20 years. Disgusting and heartless.

  9. Mark Wilson 10

    Just because you don’t agree with someone’s point of view does not make them lacking a “decent, compassionate bone in their collective bodies” or :”disgusting and heartless.”
    The left get bogged down in a fantasy world where reality doesn’t intrude.
    The issue is that the right understand that wishing and hoping gets zero results.

    For a start Pora will not get to see all but a fraction of the money by the time his feral relatives (read what the judge said about them) and the Mongrel Mob take the money – what hope has someone with his mental abilities of keeping the money – nil!

    Why should the taxpayer fund the Mongrel Mob?

    • North 10.1

      The damp squib PM effetely witters on with “I do worry…… ” about the little prince getting responses to his “look at me look at me…..” show-off antics. Yet in respect of Justice for Teina (and, therefore, for the nation) it’s pretty much yawn……followed by a dog whistle to racist sociopaths. Suggestion…….Teina is bloody lucky to be getting anything, more or less. Again……no parent would hold out as a role model this characterless detritus Key.

    • North 10.2

      Ladies and Gentlemen………I give you the fetid racist and sociopath, Mark Wilson !

    • McFlock 10.3

      isn’t it going into a trust for him? Thought I saw that on the news last night.

      So try again, marky mark

      • North 10.3.1

        Actually, it’s not the business of fucking racists where the fucking money goes. Of course the racists (and there’re a few call themselves Lefties who’ve shown themselves to be racists on this thread) will underline their racism by questioning every fucking aspect of things……point is none of these wiseacres spent 21 years banged up and wore the stamp of “murderer……rapist”, as TOTALLY undeservedly did Teina.

        Whom EVERYONE now knows was never a murderer or a rapist. Thank you very much Super-Vanity-Cop-Steve- Rutherford now living in deservedly ignominious retirement in the Bay of Plenty or somewhere. You stole 21 years of a man’s life, arsehole. And I’m very sad to learn that it was Paul Davison QC now a High Court judge who twice ‘successfully’ prosecuted Teina. Twice sent him to jail for crimes we all now know he never committed. That’s where ‘The Law’ loses all it’s meaning.

        And thank you very much racist fucking idiots who somehow overlook the fact that he never never never fucking did it. Idiots. It’s like they think he’s ‘sort of’ guilty. No wonder that Ponce Key keeps getting re-elected in this country. With thinking like that spoofing all over. No respect. None at all. Especially for shits who call themselves Left.

    • Hanswurst 10.4

      Just because you don’t agree with someone’s point of view does not make them lacking a “decent, compassionate bone in their collective bodies” or :”disgusting and heartless.”

      You’re absolutely right. What makes them disgusting and heartless is publicly treating an issue of ruining somebody’s life purely as a matter of accountancy, and lying by saying that the government’s hands were tied in setting the sum.

      One of the biggest problems with the Right is that they live in a fantasy world in which arguments from principle and reason are seen merely as assaults on their God-given “freedom” to have things happen as they please.

    • Halfcrown 10.5

      “The left get bogged down in a fantasy world where reality doesn’t intrude.”

      No they don’t mate, what they like to see is a bit of justice and fair play. But I realise fair play and justice to you right wingers is treated as a fantasy, you don’t know the meaning of, because in the Ayn Randian dreamworld there are no such things as fair play or justice – Oh, yes there is, I forgot, the more money you have, the more fair play and justice you will be shown. It is survival of the fittest, fuck you Jack get out of the fucking way as there is a dollar to be made (note, made not earned) and as I have a few dollars I have an overwhelming sense of entitlement.
      Sure you are right saying it could end up in the hands of the Mongrel Mob, but hopefully his team of lawyers who appear to be very compassionate are advising him on how to safeguard his money.
      I also would not like to see my contribution to the tax take ending up in the hands of the Mongrel Mob, no more than Rio Tinto or A J Hacket, or Warners, Jackson, or private schools, or Charter Schools, etc but he well deserves compensation like lots and after he has been paid wherever it ends up is not our concern.

    • One Anonymous Bloke 10.6

      The left get bogged down in a fantasy world where reality doesn’t intrude.

      Meanwhile, on Earth, the question of whether right wingers in general are heartless is a matter of opinion. Personally I think they’re incompetent, corrupt, greedy and dishonest, because I can measure those things against objective criteria.

      I note your utter disregard for Teina Pora’s human rights. and venture to suggest that, since you seem literate, and possibly therefore, educated, your ethics may be lower than even the Mongrel Mob’s.

      What’s your excuse for promoting your pathetic vengeance fantasies over his right to compensation?

      • Halfcrown 10.6.1

        Nice one Anonymous

      • North 10.6.2

        The telling point however is this……see one of ‘their’ little boys or girls in the shit…….up in court or whatever…….oh there are a thousand reasons why it’s just a terrible mistake……why this good kid really shouldn’t be proceeded against, or at least must be treated advantageously differently. Yes I see it daily and daily I see District Court judges finding reasons why this little darling shouldn’t be treated roughly like the next defendant called……the little Maori boy or the little Island boy. And oh how they the judges congratulate themselves nevertheless.

        I’m 40 years in practice now and to my discredit it’s only been in the last two or three years that I’ve recognised the foul discriminatory essence of it. Why else do we have this extraordinary over-representation of brown people in the hinaki ?

  10. Ross 11

    Apparently National told Pora that he had to make an “immediate” decision whether to accept or decline its miserly offer. WTF?

    Anyway, Amy Adams has now said that the offer isn’t time bound. All National has to do is adjust the offer for inflation and give Pora $4.5 million. That’s what a compassionate government would do.

    Labour-Greens could of course state unequivocally that when elected it will fairly compensate Pora and won’t be so miserable as to short-change successful applicants. National were quick to pay millions to Rio Tinto but a guy who’s spent 21 years in prison for a crime he didn’t commit, meh.

    http://www.pundit.co.nz/content/why-isnt-cabinet-doing-what-it-says-it-should-for-teina-pora

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/81141316/teina-pora-may-challenge-25-million-compensation-offer-from-government

    • Colonial Viper 11.1

      We are not asking for Government to act “compassionately” – we are asking Government to act justly.

    • North 11.2

      Yeah, that’s what I want. In the next election campaign level up against that effete thing The Ponce Key a promise to make a further payment of at least 2.5 mill’. To sheet home that we are a nation concerned with righting injustice as best we can, as opposed to further slighting the victim of that injustice. And of course the victims of the injustice include that poor woman and her family. In that their emotions and their pain were commandeered and so disrespected as to have them understand and believe at least initially that Teina Pora took their loved one from them. An outrage which they are now wise to.

    • North 11.3

      How much did the Saudi ‘sheep farmer’ get ?

      • M. Gray 11.3.1

        21million spent on Keys flag pet project and millions on the Saudi farm bribe and NZ women can’t and won’t get more paid maternity leave and we have low birth rates so we have to rely on immigration very sad indeed.
        Family violence on the rise and no money for our Womens refuges.

  11. Ross 12

    Let’s not forget that former Justice Minister Judith Collins had the opportunity to pardon Teina Pora but she preferred that he spend more time in prison.

    Collins of course was a big supporter of Peter Ellis and, when she was in Opposition, signed a petition requesting a Commission of Inquiry into his case. But as soon as she became a Minister, she quickly lost interest in Peter Ellis.

    She doesn’t seem to have any political will or moral courage where miscarriages of justice are concerned.

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/comment/9020990/Govt-must-not-intrude-on-courts

    • M. Gray 12.1

      Her and her husband are too busy plundering our swamp Kauri up North and selling our water overseas

  12. dave 13

    the is no justice with national bain and pora should walk away from any dealing with this rotten corrupt government you will only get justice from a government that has principles it tisn’t the key government.

  13. dave 14

    key has basically said stiff shit to pora ,bain ,and rest of the wrongly convicted and the homeless god this fuckin government has to go .

  14. vto 15

    .

    key has no soul

    .

    • Mosa 15.1

      Or decency ,morals, honesty, compassion,sincerity, self respect, courage, a concience, decency, or principles.

  15. vto 16

    Amy Adams cringing justification mincespeak two days ago, and her explanations of how the system works.. well ……..

    Adams said “The system works well with its appeal processes in that it picks up cases such as Taina’s. However, this proves the system works to avoid injustice because 99.999% of cases never get overturned.”

    ….. jeeezzuz….

    Did Adams suggest that the system only gets it wrong 0.001% of the time?????

    Does anybody believe that?????

    I would suggest that the 99.999% of the time statistic indicates that the system is NOT working, not that it IS working… That 99.999% figure indicates that there are many more people suffering injustice as that figure should be significantly lower…

    Does anybody know where else in human society and history, people and their systems get things right 99.999% of the time??? If so, I would like to hear it..

    It
    does
    not
    happen

    the 99.999% figure indicates failure not success

    never trust the crown

  16. Ross 17

    Now police are saying that Pora is in fact guilty! Breath-taking. Is it any wonder that miscarriages of justice don’t get corrected or, for those that do, can take a very long time.

    Detective Superintendent Andy Lovelock – who holds the Burdett homicide file – told Stuff’s investigative team in a phone conversation on June 3: “The police position is that Teina Pora is a co-offender with Malcolm Rewa. That hasn’t changed.”

    By then, police had a copy of the report which has declared Pora innocent.

    The pursuit of Pora appears to have been relentless, with detectives seeking new evidence right up until the case went to the Privy Council in late 2014.

    Then, in February this year, on hearing one of the witnesses who assisted Pora’s case was dying “the police approached him to see if he wanted to change his evidence”, McKinnel says.

    “It was at the time when the case was in the hands of Justice Hansen. They had all the evidence pointing towards Teina’s innocence in their hands. And yet here they are approaching a man who they knew was dying – and did die soon after that – to see if he would change his evidence. That to me says everything you need to know”.

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/81164960/teina-pora-police-continued-to-seek-evidence-to-get-him-at-all-costs

  17. North 18

    The Police adopted a similar ‘never say die and stuff justice’ approach in the David Dougherty miscarriage of justice. As I recall in the second round their pose was that if Dougherty wasn’t the sole offender then he was present as a criminal accomplice who did not himself physically offend. “If he didn’t do it he facilitated it…..” sort of thing. Now the same pose with Teina apparently. How do they sleep at night ? I know……reflexive resort to their essential racism and their detestation of those they perceive as a perpetually guilty underclass.

  18. Mosa 19

    I would like to acknowledge that the victim Susan Burdett died a horrible death in what was supposed to be the safety of her own Home where she should have been safe.
    This seems to be forgotten here and the anguish for her family never goes away.

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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Another NZDF coverup
    In 2003 New Zealand sent a Provincial Reconstruction Team to Afghanistan to support America's doomed war there. While there, they conducted regular weapons practice on local firing ranges, littering the landscape with unexploded ammunition. These ranges weren't secure - they're on land used by locals for animal herding - so ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • A loss for the Greens
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • New era for Ngāti Kuri and Auckland Museum
    Words and images by Jacqui Gibson Gone are Auckland Museum’s days of doing science using a museum-centric academic approach, after Māori land rights holders Ngāti Kuri gave the museum an ultimatum.
    Tom Trnski holding a fossilised whale tooth from the Far North.Aussie-born Head of Natural Sciences at Auckland Museum ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    3 days ago
  • Circling vultures: Why MediaWorks TV is really in trouble
    MediaWorks announced in October 2019 that it intended to sell off its struggling television business and cancel or cut back on several popular local programmes, including New Zealand Today, Married at First Sight New Zealand and 7 Days. Its radio and outdoor advertising arms are currently performing well, but MediaWorks’ ...
    Briefing PapersBy Peter Thompson
    3 days ago
  • Scary Opinium Poll
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    3 days ago
  • A coward’s ploy.
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    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    4 days ago
  • Left censorship and exclusion against gender-critical women: a Marxist critique
    by Deirdre O’Neill It is becoming quite acceptable for certain sections of the left to declare that people like me – women who are ‘gender critical’ – should not be allowed in leftist or anarchist spaces. Leaving aside the arrogance and implicit authoritarianism of this claim, its lack of critical ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    4 days ago
  • “Uncertainty” can be better solved with a better grasp of life’s inherent complexities…
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    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    5 days ago
  • Citizens vs the Rogue Deep State
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    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    5 days ago
  • Massey University’s free speech policy double-plus-good
    The Committee of Disobedient Women has intercepted an email from Dr Emma Eejut, Senior Lecturer in Sociology, Massey University to the university’s Vice-Chancellor, Jan Thomas. Dear Jan, Thank you for your courageous move.  I think 10 pages of blether** should tie any of the students game enough to try holding ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    6 days ago
  • Unacceptable
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • There is what corruption looks like
    NZ First seems to be nakedly trying to enrich itself from public office:A powerful New Zealand First figure helped establish a forestry company that then pushed for money from two key funding streams controlled by a New Zealand First Minister. An RNZ investigation has found Brian Henry, lawyer for Winston ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Escape from Manus Island
    Behrouz Boochani is an award winning author and journalist. He is also a refugee, who for the past six years has been detained in Australia's offshore gulag on Manus Island, and in Papua New Guinea. But last night, with the cooperation of the WORD Christchurch festival and Amnesty International, he ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • When World’s Collide.
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    6 days ago
  • Could There Be Method In Massey University’s Madness?
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    6 days ago
  • Climate Change: We need more trees, not less
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • The IGIS annual report: Dead letters and secret law
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • A referendum on bigotry
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • Political parties and GMOs: we all need to move on
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    SciBlogsBy Grant Jacobs
    7 days ago
  • Class, Identity Politics and Transgender Ideology
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    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Irony
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • An age of protest.
    It seems fair to say that we currently live in a problematic political moment in world history. Democracies are in decline and dictatorships are on the rise. Primordial, sectarian and post-modern divisions have re-emerged, are on the rise or have been accentuated by political evolutions of the moment such as ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    1 week ago
  • Another captured agency
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • NZ First’s dodgy loans
    The core principle supposedly underlying New Zealand's electoral finance regime is transparency: parties can accept large donations from rich people wanting to buy policy, but only if they tell the public they've been bought. Most parties abide by this, so we know that TOP was wholly-owned by Gareth Morgan, and ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Member’s Day: The choice on End of Life Choice
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • How growth in population and consumption drives planetary change
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    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • The disappearing Women …
    by The Council of Disobedient Women In her excellent oral submission to the Abortion reform select committee on 31st October on behalf of Otago University’s Department of Public Health, historian and public health researcher Hera Cook stated: “We would ask that the committee not use the term ‘pregnant persons’ and ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • “A Passage to India”: enduring art in changing times
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    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Contemptuous
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Zero Carbon: It’s not just a good idea, it’s the law
    Two years into New Zealand’s Labour-led government, the long-delayed Zero Carbon Bill became law on 7 November. Passed essentially unanimously, the lengthy public debates and political manoeuvring faded away until the final passage was even anticlimactic: Flipping through the @nzstuff @DomPost I was starting to wonder if I’d dreamt ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert McLachlan
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: What happens next?
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Climate change will fuel bush fires
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    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • Participation rates
    A passing comment in a post the other day about the labour force participation rates of older people prompted me to pull down the fuller data and see what we could see about various participation rates over the decades since the HLFS began in 1986.   As it happens, the ...
    SciBlogsBy Michael Reddell
    1 week ago
  • Not So Much “OK Boomer” As “OK Ruling Class”.
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    1 week ago
  • Asking for it …
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    1 week ago
  • New Zealand’s Poor Pandemic Preparedness According to the Global Health Security Index
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    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Thank Winston
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Illicit markets and Bali Booze
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    SciBlogsBy Eric Crampton
    1 week ago
  • This is not what armed police are for
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Spain’s failed electoral gamble
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • The astroturf party
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • How to cheat at university
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    SciBlogsBy Marcus Wilson
    1 week ago
  • How NZ was put on world maps using a transit of Mercury
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    SciBlogsBy Duncan Steel
    1 week ago
  • Georgina Beyer: We need to be able to talk without being offended
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    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • The anti-fluoride brigade won’t be erecting billboards about this study
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    2 weeks ago
  • Chosen To Rule? What Sort Of Christian Is Chris Luxon?
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    2 weeks ago
  • War of the worms
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    2 weeks ago
  • Marvelly shows us how to be a feminist without feminism
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    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • Out of the past – Tories to revive racist laws from the 16th century
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    2 weeks ago
  • 1000 of these now
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    SciBlogsBy Grant Jacobs
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  • Has Shane Jones Just Saved NZ First?
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    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: As predicted
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Let this never be forgot
    In the spirit of Remember, remember the fifth of November, let's keep this in mind FOREVER.
    Oh dear. Extraordinary interview on PM with Andrew Bridgen and @EvanHD just now. Bridgen was defending Jacob Rees Mogg’s Grenfell comments. Evan asked him if JRM had meant to say he would have left ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Too Late To Change Capitalism’s Flightpath?
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    2 weeks ago
  • Whooping cough vaccine works well despite its imperfections
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    SciBlogsBy Helen Petousis Harris
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: Passed
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Retailing of vaping products – New NZ Research
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    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    2 weeks ago
  • Justice for Bomber
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago

  • Cowboy clampers will be stymied
    Clayton Mitchell, Spokesperson for Consumer Affairs The ‘wheel clamping’ Bill that will cap clamper fees to $100 passed its third reading in Parliament today. New Zealand First welcomes The Land Transport (Wheel Clamping) Amendment Bill to combat predatory wheel clamping behaviour in what is currently a largely unregulated business. Cowboy clampers are: gouging ...
    22 hours ago
  • Mental Health Commission back on track
    Jenny Marcroft, Spokesperson for Health New Zealand First welcomes the passage of the Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission Bill through its first reading in Parliament. “Today’s progress takes serious action on the mental health and addiction crisis the country is facing,” says New Zealand First Health Spokesperson Jenny Marcroft. “The re-establishment ...
    23 hours ago
  • New Zealand’s key assets are not for sale: national interest test delivered
    Mark Patterson, Spokesperson for Primary Industries Today the Government announced the delivery of the promise to protect New Zealand interests by applying a new National Interest Test to the sales of our most sensitive and high risk assets to overseas buyers. This further strengthening of the Overseas Investment Act will ...
    2 days ago
  • National interest test added to protect New Zealanders’ interests
    The Coalition Government is delivering on its promise to protect New Zealanders’ interests by applying a new national interest test to the sales of our most sensitive and high-risk assets to overseas buyers. Under current Overseas Investment Act (OIA) rules, assets such as ports and airports, telecommunications infrastructure, electricity and ...
    2 days ago
  • Electoral law breach allegations
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    2 days ago
  • Wayne Brown hits back at critics: Ports of Auckland has to move
    The chairman of the Upper North Island Supply Chain Strategy (UNISCS) working group, Wayne Brown, has hit back at critics of his group’s recommendations to relocate the Ports of Auckland cargo operations to Whangarei’s deepwater port of Northport. The working group's recommendation to close Auckland waterfront to all but cruise ...
    3 days ago
  • Week That Was: Supporting our schools
    We're setting our young people up for success, investing in education around the country.  ...
    3 days ago
  • Kiwis to have their say on End of Life Choice
    Jenny Marcroft MP, Spokesperson for Health New Zealand First backs the public to decide on the End of Life Choice Bill via a referendum at the 2020 General Election. The Bill, with New Zealand First’s referendum provision incorporated, passed its final reading in Parliament this evening. New Zealand First Spokesperson for ...
    7 days ago
  • Addressing miscarriages of justice
    Darroch Ball, Spokesperson for Justice New Zealand First is proud that a key Coalition Agreement commitment which will provide for a more transparent and effective criminal justice system has been realised. Legislation to establish the Criminal Cases Review Commission, an independent body focused on identifying and responding to possible miscarriages of ...
    1 week 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 ...
    2 weeks 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 ...
    2 weeks ago
  • A balanced Zero Carbon Bill passed
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    2 weeks ago
  • Paramedics’ status to be recognised
    Jenny Marcroft MP, Spokesperson for Health New Zealand First has listened to calls to recognise paramedics as registered health professionals under the Health Practitioners’ Competence Assurance Act (the Act). Today, the Coalition Government announced plans for paramedics to be registered as health practitioners under the Act, and the establishment of a ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Week That Was: 2,000 teachers in two years
    We began the week by commemorating the New Zealand Wars and celebrating a major increase in the number of teachers. Then, we were busy supporting offenders into work and getting our rail back on track after years of underinvestment. And that's just the start! ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Winning an election one conversation at a time
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    3 weeks ago

  • APEC 2021 Bill passes first reading
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters has welcomed the first reading of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation 2021 (APEC 2021) Bill in Parliament today. The temporary bill supports New Zealand’s security preparations for hosting the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Forum in 2021. “APEC is the leading economic and trade forum ...
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    15 hours ago
  • Making progress for our kids
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    20 hours ago
  • Māori women in business contribute to our economy, whānau and communities
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    21 hours ago
  • Two schools on the way for Omokoroa
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    22 hours ago
  • Families Package helps over 1 million New Zealanders in first year
    1 million New Zealanders warmed by the Winter Energy Payment 36,000 families bank the Best Start Payment in first year 6,000 more families received the Family Tax Credit, 220,600 in total   They receive an increase too – from an average of $117 to $157 a week for Inland Revenue clients, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Clamp down on wheel clamping passes third reading
    New rules to clamp down on overzealous wheel clamping and extortionate fees charged in order to release a vehicle have passed their final stage in Parliament today. The Land Transport (Wheel Clamping) Amendment Bill has now passed its third reading. “These changes mean $100 will be the maximum wheel clamping ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission Bill passes first hurdle
    An independent Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission is a step closer after it unanimously passed its first vote in Parliament today.  The Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission Bill lays the groundwork for establishing the Commission as a fully independent crown entity – delivering on a key recommendation of He Ara ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Boosting border security with electronic travel authority – now over 500,000 issued
    We’ve improved border security with the NZeTA, New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority, which helps us to screen travellers for border and immigration risks off-shore before they travel to New Zealand. It was launched in August and became mandatory on 1 October 2019. More than 500,000 NZeTAs have been issued since ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Plan of action to protect seabirds
    A proposed national plan of action to reduce the number of seabirds caught in fisheries is being circulated for public feedback. Fisheries Minister Stuart Nash and Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage say New Zealand is a global centre of seabird diversity with about 145 species in our waters. It has more ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • National interest test added to overseas investment rules
    The Government is delivering on its promise to protect New Zealanders’ interests by applying a new national interest test to the sales of our most sensitive and high risk assets to overseas buyers. Associate Finance Minister David Parker said under current Overseas Investment Act rules, assets such as ports and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • New housing part of support for Kaumātua
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Forestry helps prisoners into jobs
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  • Reform of public service a step closer
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  • Donations scheme to relieve pressure on families
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  • Further support for Samoan measles outbreak
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  • Speech to the Child Poverty Action Group 2019 Summit
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  • Speech to the New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing Annual Conference
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  • Two decades of marine protection celebrated at Te Tapuwae o Rongokako in Tairawhiti
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  • Disability Action Plan 2019 – 2023
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  • Joint Statement – Third Singapore-New Zealand Defence Ministers’ Meeting
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  • New Chair for Royal Commission into Abuse
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  • Better mental health facilities for Palmerston North
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  • More vaccines for meningococcal disease
    The Government welcomes PHARMAC’s decision to fund a vaccine to protect young people from meningococcal disease from 1 December this year. “Meningococcal disease is a serious threat which people at higher risk should be protected from,” says Associate Health Minister Julie Anne Genter. “The combined pharmaceutical budget was increased by ...
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  • Fisheries innovation projects supported
    Groups involved with innovative fisheries research projects are encouraged to apply for government support in the latest funding round from the Sustainable Food and Fibre Futures programme. Fisheries Minister Stuart Nash says the SFF Futures funding is designed to be flexible enough to support small or large projects across a ...
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  • Government fixes culturally arranged marriage visa issue
    The Government has fixed an issue affecting how Immigration New Zealand has processed visa applications for culturally arranged marriages, which will now see a consistent process applied which ensures people with legitimate arranged marriages can visit New Zealand while also preventing any rorting of the system. Earlier this year Immigration ...
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  • Extension for Royal Commission into Mosque attacks
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  • Terrorism and Trade on agenda as Foreign Minister visits the United States
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  • Hoiho get extra support alongside 168 community conservation groups backing nature
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  • New safety measures for modified pistols
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  • Minister of Defence to visit Singapore and Thailand
    Minister of Defence Ron Mark will travel to Singapore today to conduct a counterpart visit and to co-chair the third annual Singapore-New Zealand Defence Ministers’ Meeting with his counterpart, Minister for Defence Dr Ng Eng Hen. “Singapore is one of our most important defence partners in the region, and our ...
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