Key’s shameful attack on journalist

Written By: - Date published: 10:01 am, February 26th, 2008 - 81 comments
Categories: john key, national, workers' rights - Tags: , ,

One of the more unsavoury aspects of Key’s “we would love wages to drop” saga is the unwarranted attacks by Key and his allies on the journalist who quoted him, Greg Robertson.

Key referred to Robertson as some “young guy who was taking notes“. Key said Robertson’s quote was wrong, or that he was joking, or that he was talking about Australia. All of Key’s excuses attack Robertson’s credibility as a journalist. For reasons known only to themselves, the senior political journalists seem happy to believe Key’s contradictory tales, rather than their colleague.

So, is Robertson just “some young guy”, an inexperienced country reporter? I did some digging:

Greg Robertson is 35 years old. He has been a journalist for 10 years, 5 years as editor of The New Zealand Hardware Journal. He has been published in the NZ Herald, Northern Advocate, as well as trade magazines in New Zealand and abroad.

“Some young guy”, indeed. This is an experienced journalist who knows how to transcribe a quote. No wonder both the Northern Advocate and the Bay Report are standing behind their man on this issue. One has to wonder why others haven’t.

Key needs to apologise for his shameful attack on an experienced journalist and come clean on his wages policy.

81 comments on “Key’s shameful attack on journalist ”

  1. Sheesh Steve – thus far you guys have been scraping tha barrel on this story – but today you are scraping the scrapings!! Imagine your outrage (faux or genuine lol) if Key had called him a “little creep”!

  2. milo 2

    Calling somebody “some young guy” is hardly a shameless attack. No, I would think a shameless attack would be calling them “haters and wreckers” or “cancerous and corrosive” or “chinless scarf wearers” or actually punching them.

    That’s why the phone is off the hook

  3. Santi 3

    Steve Pierso, are such a delicate person? “Young guy” can hardly be considered an attack, as you call it.

    Time to find something of substance, or is panic settling in?

  4. the sprout 4

    sounds like Robertson is a much more experienced journalist than Key is a politician.

    so that’s Audrey Young and Greg Robertson. who’ll be next?

  5. Which would be a pity, don’t you think, if the message turned out to be important?

    Well Rob, 13 posts on a topic at Teh Standard obviously doesn’t rate as ‘important’ to anyone but the authors here.

  6. Tane 6

    milo it wasn’t the ‘young guy’ comment in isolation, that was merely indicative of Key’s attitude to the reporter. The issue here was in Key’s attack on the journalist’s professionalism.

  7. mike 7

    I only hope JK openly apologises for the “young guy” diatribe before it brings him down.

  8. westmere 8

    To be fair, if you’re under 55 you’re eligible for the Young Nats.

  9. Glenn 9

    “Shameful attack’? c’mon guys! I trust you’ll also be calling on Helen Clark to apologize for today’s “shameful attack’ on the media? Accusing them of a “herd mentality’ strikes at a journalist’s tools of trade: independence and integrity.

  10. Murray 10

    I wonder if the “young guy” is a “rich prick”

  11. Murray 11

    Hey where the fuck has my last post gone

  12. Murray 12

    I repeat, I wonder if the “young guy” is a “rich prick”

  13. Steve Pierson 13

    Murray. It can take time for a post to appear. sometimes you need to push refresh. we don’t remove posts without notice, and we only do it then when the commentator makes the kind of statements one associates with the Kiwiblog Right. Cheers.

  14. the sprout 14

    Murray, you’re both boring and stupid

  15. Steve Pierson 15

    The attack is in saying that this experienced reporter is some young guy who can’t even take a quote properly.

  16. Matthew Pilott 16

    Well Murray, you’re clearly not a “young guy” based on your interbeb skills :p

    Why did you repeat that comment, it was inane enough the first time around?

    Key and his camp apparently put a lot of pressure on the reporter to retract the story and apologise, but trust the toadies from the Right to focus on a sound-bite as if that was the main issue – good on you guys, you’re following Key’s handbook to a tee.

  17. Billy 17

    “”we would love wages to drop’ saga”.

    So it’s a “saga” now? It’s a a medieval Icelandic or Norse prose narrative of achievements and events in the history of a personage, family?

    I doubt that.

  18. Monty 18

    An obvious case of KDS – in your case I think it will be fatal – with death expected sometime in October 2008.

    I think the only remedy is a snap election to put you out of your misery.

    You obsession with Key cannot be healthy – you need to go out for a walk and get some fresh air. Hell even my socialist cousin was asking me this morning if there is any hope for Labour. I advised that in politics nothing stinks as much as a desperate yet decaying corpse – and that is exactly what Labour has turned into.

  19. r0b 19

    That’s why the phone is off the hook

    Which would be a pity, don’t you think, if the message turned out to be important?

  20. the sprout 20

    this is interesting, a Herald readers’ poll on “Who’s to blame for Labour’s fall in the polls?”

    Labour 82%
    National 4%
    The Media 14%

    more than 3 times as many consider the media, rather than National, have brought Labour down

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/section/index.cfm?c_id=280

  21. slightlyrighty 21

    So what is worse, Key calling into question one journalist’s comment or Clark attacking journalism in NZ just 2 months ago?

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominionpost/4319092a6479.html

    Raise you game guys, our memory is just a little bit better than you give us credit for!

  22. r0b 22

    Well Rob, 13 posts on a topic at Teh Standard obviously doesn’t rate as ‘important’ to anyone but the authors here.

    You miss the point TDS. It could turn out to be important for the entire working population, if it happens that National wins the next election, and goes on to implement this policy.

  23. Good find slighltyrighty. Let’s just reflect on the PM’s words:

    “Prime Minister Helen Clark has criticised the media, accusing journalists of lacking general knowledge and being too young to remember seminal events in New Zealand’s history.

    Speaking at the opening of a two-day journalism conference at Wellington’s Massey University yesterday, Miss Clark also criticised a newspaper campaign against the Electoral Finance Act. She said the Government had put up with weeks and months of full-blooded attacks from the New Zealand Herald.

    Journalism was a profession that carried with it a duty to act professionally and to adhere to an ethical base. The rights of the press carried responsibilities – truth, fairness and balance.

    “Fairness and balance is in the eye of the beholder and … we put up with quite a lot, especially when newspapers are in full campaign mode as the New Zealand Herald is at the moment.

    “There have been weeks, if not months, with full-blooded attacks, front-page headlines, editorials, attack stories, cartoons, you name it.”

    Miss Clark said that, in her experience, complaining to the Press Council “just doesn’t get you anywhere … but that’s life”.

  24. My goodness! The Prime Minster accused journalists of “lacking general knowledge and being too young to remember seminal events in New Zealand’s history”

    What a shameful attack!!

  25. Tane 25

    SR- please, there’s a difference between criticism and analysis of the entire media (See Mediawatch, 9.06am every Sunday on RNZ), and a party leader using his position to smear the professionalism of an individual journalist when he doesn’t like what’s reported.

  26. Phil 26

    Yeah Sprout, and the 82% who say Labour have ballsed it up all by themselves are irrelevant…

  27. r0b 27

    Yes Monty, someone here needs to take a walk in the fresh air, that’s for sure.

  28. Tane said “SR- please, there’s a difference between criticism and analysis of the entire media (See Mediawatch, 9.06am every Sunday on RNZ), and a party leader using his position to smear the professionalism of an individual journalist when he doesn’t like what’s reported.”

    Hey Tane, have you forgotten about the party leader who used her position to smear a journalist by calling him a “lille creep”?

  29. Phil 29

    Seriously Steve, you are becoming a bit of a laughing stock with this crusade.

    Will we soon see a post from you demanding apology from the PM for her comments that the media have a “herd mentality’? or a post questioning the appropriateness of claiming that journalists are “lacking general knowledge’?

  30. whoops – make that “little creep”

  31. Only the sufferers of KDS would fail to note that the fault of Labour’s decline isn’t the Media from the online survey but the fault of Labour running at 82%.

    Wake up, people aren’t listening any more to either Clark or to Labour and certainly not to you guys.

  32. Tane 32

    KDS? This whole ‘Key Derangement Syndrome’ meme Whale’s peddling is rather humorous considering it comes from a man who has photoshopped dozens of nasty and frequently sexual images of Helen Clark for his website.

    What’s that latest one Whale? Helen Clark shopped onto a pair of naked breasts and suckling Winston Peters and Peter Dunne, if I recall correctly. Isn’t that slightly, um, deranged behaviour?

  33. Occasional Observer 33

    Steve, I haven’t seen Helen Clark ever apologise for calling John Campbell a “little creep”. Referring to a journalist as a “young guy” is extremely mild, given that the Standard is parroting the PM’s talking points that the professionalism of the press gallery is compromised because the media is responsible for Labour’s drop in the polls.

  34. AncientGeek 34

    Hey Tane, have you forgotten about the party leader who used her position to smear a journalist by calling him a “lille creep’?

    From memory – wasn’t that Campbell organizing a on-screen interview about a specified topic, advertising the interview as being on that topic, and then questioning Helen:-

    1. on a completely different topic to that advertised and organized.
    2. on a topic that wasn’t in one of her portfolios

    In other words it was ambush journalism, questioning someone on something they weren’t briefed for, or directly responsible for.

    Sort of a wimpish version of the Ian Wishart style of journalism – way down in the gutter.

    I’d have called the arsehole something more severe than being a little creep.

    Would you describe that as ‘responsible’ journalism?

  35. Tane 35

    I don’t recall any of The Standard’s authors, or The Standard collectively, saying the media is responsible for Labour’s drop in the polls.

    Personally, I think it’s fair to say the media are going a lot easier on Key and his crowd than they are on the government. That by itself doesn’t explain the gap in the polls though.

  36. Daveo 36

    I’d add r0b that the power relationship between Clark and Campbell is nothing like that between a journalist for a provincial paper and (on current polling) the future Prime Minister of New Zealadn.

  37. Matthew Pilott 37

    Isn’t Key into tough love (the Iti hongi incident excepted)? Maybe this is his way of helping out the little guy – a bit of a Harden The Fuck Up kind of message.

    So what’s KDS, Key Derangement Syndrome apparently? That’s a bit harsh Whale, don’t be such a wanker. He may have ulterior motives, may even be disingenuous and dishonest, but even here at The Standard people don’t say he’s deranged. Save those comments for your cesspit thanks 😉

  38. Ray 38

    The New Zealand Hardware Journal
    Cutting edge journalism there
    A “youg guy taking notes” is “shameful attack on an experienced journalist”
    Get a life boys, you are way out of your depth if you feel that is an attack

  39. r0b 39

    OO and others, yes, Helen called Campbell a “little creep”, and it was a seriously silly thing to do (even though Campbell was, at the time, behaving like one).

    The point is, she got called on it, and has been chastised for it ever since. Should Key not be held to the same standards?

  40. Steve Pierson 40

    Ray. santi. etc. read the post “All of Key’s excuses attack Robertson’s credibility as a journalist”

  41. Phil 41

    “All of Key’s excuses attack Robertson’s credibility as a journalist’

    Erm, no, they don’t… unless you believe that journalists are divine in the infallibility. Poloitico’s make mistakes, you and I make mistakes, and so do journalists.

  42. higherstandard 42

    Don’t you find it somewhat duplicitious to on one hand slag off the media for not being nicer to Labour and on the other get stuck into Key for saying the reporter got the quote.

    Take off the blinkers boys and girls this is a dead story Key has put the record straight move on and find a real smoking gun.

  43. insider 43

    Didn’t the PM attack Duncan Garner personally last year and didn’t Cullen claim the gallery were motivated by personal gain in their coverage of tax cuts?

    WHere has Key actually attacked this reporter by name or called into question his professionalism, apart from saying he made a mistake, which is hardly a professional attack.

    If he wanted to attack him he could have said the reporter was incompetant because he did not accurately transcribe the what his own paper says is an accurate transcript (go and compare the two) and did not accurately or consistently report the names of the two people quoted.

  44. Tane 45

    You people just don’t get it do you?

  45. Billy 46

    …and neither, apparently Tane, does anyone else.

    Captcha: abandoned them. I am not making this up.

  46. I don’t recall Cullen apologising for this little idealogical burp.

    http://tvnz.co.nz/view/page/488120/737759

  47. Occasional Observer 48

    Funny this. The Standard defames and smear John Key from anonymous sources which we know to actually be the labour party, and ping sJohn Key for referring to a 35 year old reporter in a minor provincial newspaper as “some young guy”. But when Helen Clark claims that the New Zealand Herald, and its journalists, have suffered from professional bias–about as large a professional smear you can launch at a journalist (Key only said Robertson was mistaken, rather than motivated by bias), the Standard remains silent.

    One standard for the Labour Party, and one standard for everybody else. Hypocrites.

  48. Tane 49

    The criticism was of the editorial line of the paper, not denigration of any individual journalists. There is no comparison.

    Do you understand how a newspaper works?

  49. insider 50

    The funny thing is every time they lock onto an issue it turns around to bite them in the bum when the govt they are in the main defending is found to be doing the same thing they are criticising. Iraq, wealthy donations and now attacks on the media.

    There also seems to be a relationship with how hard the Standard go on an issue the more likely it is that the govt is not only doing it too, but even more aggressively.

    Case in point the above issue. How many posts have we seen on this John Key “attack” on the media? Yet how does that attack compare in intensity and directness to those of the PM’s reported today (is there a connection)?

    Instead of being Murphy’s law perhaps it should be Standard’s Law or Tane’s Law (a good NZ feel to that one)? It could go along the lines of:

    “the number of Standard posts on a National Party ‘scandal’ is directly proportional to the likelihood that an even bigger but similar ‘scandal’ is about to break around Labour”

  50. insider 51

    SO Tane you don’t consider an attack on the editoiral line of a paper the equivalent of a direct attack on the editor of said paper?

  51. Tane 52

    Insider – it’s a matter of balance of power. An editor of a newspaper is fair game and has the means to defend him- or herself. Criticism of the entire media is called a structural analysis and is not an attack on any individual.

    Repeatedly denigrating the professionalism of a provincial reporter to cover for your own mistakes is just slimy.

  52. slightlyrighty 53

    So Accusing a major newspaper of 91 years of bias after a poor showing in the polls is what if not slimy?

  53. Tane 54

    It’s an analysis, and a fair one if you look at the history of New Zealand’s print media. Whether it was politically wise is up for debate.

    Criticising the Herald for its traditional hostility towards the Labour Party and the wider labour movement is not comparable to beating up on a provincial journalist to cover for your own mistakes.

  54. Steve Pierson 55

    Slightyrighty etc. You need to learn more sophisicated argument. I am not arguing that journalists are always above criticism. I am arguing that Key has groundlessly attacked the professional competence of a journalist in inventing excuses for his “we would love to see wages drop” quote, and that is not on.

    If he had manned up, accepted he said what he said and, say, criticised the angle the article took, that would be something else

  55. Matthew Pilott 56

    It’s not so much a sophisticated argument, Steve, as a tacit acceptance that Key was wrong in his actions – that’s all it can mean when someone takes the ‘they started it’ or ‘s/he did it too’ approach…

  56. insider 57

    MAtthew

    What you miss is that the criticism being levelled here is not of the journalist or of Clark, but of the selectivity of the Standard which has been baying like wolves and labelled an entirely innocuous phrase – a mild criticism at worst – as an attack on someone’s professional integrity/competance, yet justifies Clark’s open attack on the Herald and its complete history/integrity as just “an analysis”, and then claims Key’s is worse because of a supposed “power imbalance” when no power has been exerted as demonstrated by the fact that no-one but the Standard has inferred any imprecation on mr Robertson’s character.

    The arguments you are using are becoming almost Williamsian in their pretzel-like logic.

  57. burt 58

    Steve

    On the subject of attacking Journalists.

    Clark and Davis attack NZ Herald

    Do you think Helen & Peter were trying to go one better and attack Journalists & Editors for the last 91 years – rather than just one botched incident.

    It’s not a good look, I’m sure in the spirit of being even handed and credible you will blog about this and I’ll save my opinions for that thread.

    captcha Mrs Dyck

  58. Tane 59

    Burt, you’re a bit late on that one. We’ve already discussed it and dismissed your argument.

  59. bit quicker next time please burt. good lad.

  60. burt 61

    Oh, I must have skipped over the bit where it said “It was a Labour person doing what we are beating a National party person up for so it’s fine”.

    Sorry. Must try harder to understand partisan twats. Achieved.

  61. burt 62

    TDS

    Great link.

    It’s not the public that want tax cuts, just the Journalists.

    $8.5b Surplus and still no tax custs – So – wots the connection between the two – none. Right! There’s no connection… I’m quite angry about this” “I absolutely believe it’s a person issue for some members of the press gallery”…

    Cullen will prove there is no connection between a surplus and tax cuts this year when he delivers tax cuts come hell or high water. His only saving grace will be that he can say “Helen made me do it – waaaa waaaa”.

  62. Matthew Pilott 63

    insider, I guess you missed all the parts where John Key’s office put pressure on the journalist and the paper to retract the piece and apologise, when you speak of the power imbalance. I can try and find the link if you wish, but as has been pointed out, the media isn’t interested in holding Key to account for his actions, so I might take a while (if you did genuinely miss that point).

    You’re also running a typical attack-dog line, which has rightly been denigrated. Over and above calling the journalist some young guy, he siad it was hurried notes taken in a cafe and so on – the intent was to make the reporter seem incompetant.

    Later, the full transcript has shown the journalist to be correct, and yet you still focus on that one line. What about Key’s attack on the journalist’s professionalism – do you support what Key has done, given he’s been proved incorrect?

    Furthermore, I’ll be happy to admit that Clark is wrong about criticising the Herald’s editorial staff – prove to me that there is no pro-right bias. I can reference a plethora of anti-Labour articles, but I’d struggle to find two that criticised Key.

    The only flawed logic is yours – The Standard is correct in criticising Key, and justified in its approach to Clark’s comments. The only resemblance of anything to a pretzel is your contortions in trying to present The Standard’s posts as such…

  63. Matthew Pilott 64

    Cullen will prove there is no connection between a surplus and tax cuts this year when he delivers tax cuts come hell or high water.

    I love it – now that Cullen has said that he will deliver some for of tax cuts, the thoroughly neutral and impartisan bloggers who aren’t remotely from the right, such as burt, are suddenly howling that it’s the wrong time!

    Give me a break 😉

  64. cynthia 65

    What a pathetic and desperate post! Obviously signs of desperation and boredom.

    I can remember Helen Clark being downright abusive of people in her 9 year reign….

    “geriatric generals”
    “feral and inbred” referring to West Coasters

    Get a life

  65. slightlyrighty 66

    When Key alledgedly said we would love to see wages drop, in what context was he saying this?

    Was he saying he want’s to see NZ workers paid less? OF COURSE NOT!

    Key want’s NZ workers to get more by helping businesses become more productive, and to stop the tide of NZers going to Australia. Perhaps he would like to see the wage gap between NZ and Australia drop but because this remark appears to have not been reported in the proper context we won’t know.

    With regards to the “young guy who was taking notes” comment, Key never refferred to the journo by name, yet you assume that the individual key was talking about and the journo were one and the same.

    Armed with 2 sentences, you at the standard have filled in the gaps to suit your own beleifs and painted Key to sut your own picture of him. Whereas in the space of 2 days, we have Helen Clark lambasting Fiji for deporting the publisher of a newspaper and the next day lambasting the herald for a percieved 91 years of bias.

    I’m sorry but if Helen Clark can have a go at a whole newspaper because she doesn’t agree with how she is portrayed and can do so with impunity in your eyes, then Key should be able to speak out against being misreported by one journalist.

  66. Matthew Pilott 67

    Key should be able to speak out against being misreported by one journalist

    Yeah, if he was.

    As for your OF COURSE NOT diatribe, please recall this is a man who (unless he has sold out the ethos of National to be a popularist but useless centrist party, truly Labour Lite) then he does not support intervention in the market.

    If he sees wages as artificially inflated by minimum wages and collective bargaining and so on, then there’s every reason why he would want wages to drop. If you don’t understand this, either you don’t believe Key is right wing, or you shouldn’t be batting for him because you don’t understand what right wing policies are.

    Now, what a pathetic argument – ‘he wasn’t referring to the journalist by name’. You’re probably right, by ‘some young guy taking notes’ I bet he was talking about Neil Armstrong, or perhaps Lindsay Lohan.

  67. insider 68

    So Matthew, what you are saying is that calling someone young and taking notes (which I assume as a reporter he was) and saying he made an error is an attack on his professionalism.

    Well is this then an attack on his professionalism and integrity? – he inaccurately reported from his transcription and he inaccurately reported the names of those he was reporting on.

  68. slightlyrighty 69

    Matthew.

    What I am saying is that Key refers to what he saw around him, and you and your fellow posters fill in the gaps to suit your view of the world.

    For gods sake the initial article talks about how John Key wants to raise wages by raising productivity, and not by direct intervention. Surely the security of wage rises secured by real growth is superior to wage rises imposed on an industry that may not be able to cope with such rises, resulting in NO wages as the job losses start.

    Now Matthew, can you answer one question. Why is it OK in your eyes for Helen Clark to lambast a whole newspaper while John Key cannot question one journalist? Take of your red coloured galsses for a minute and look at the two situations.

    And another thing, if a person of Clark’s position feels that the reportage of her is biased in a particular publication, is it a good thing to publically say so? I have always respected Clark’s political acumen but now that the pressure is one her greatest asset appears to be missing.

  69. Matthew Pilott 70

    For gods sake the initial article talks about how John Key wants to raise wages by raising productivity, and not by direct intervention.

    You seem to be deliberately ignoring everything I’m putting across, to thepoint that I don’t understand why you’re replying – it has nothing to do with what I’m saying!

    Check out what I said at 3:16. I’ve already explained how you can want wages to drop (for one reason, as he is from the Right, he will oppose Government intervention, which includes minimum wages and favouring collective bargaining) and have them rise by another method(productivity gains). The latter is not a bad thing (and this is where it would be nice to hear both parties state what they’ll do to help. Remember the wage gap opened under National, and has been steady under Labour, so National has a bit more to explain), but leaves vulnerable employees at the whims of their employers. The former is to correct for this problem.

    I can’t really simplify it any more.

    As has been expounded above – Clark is criticising the Herald’s editorial direction, and in a professional sense. Key is basically stomping on a single reporter. The Herald is in a position to fight back (and it probably will continue to do so, at Clark’s detriment – no disagreement with your last point but I can understand her frustration), our Bay reporter doesn’t write front page editorials to a disturbution of tens of thouands. How are those blue tints working out?

    Insider – Key’s office put pressure on the reporter to withdraw the story and apologise. There’s more to it that you are trying to make out. Read my post at 2:27 if you missed it earlier… You’re doing the same as sligtlyrighty and bypassing what I’m saying, so why bother to attempt to answer my posts if you say nothing that’s related to them?

  70. insider 71

    MAtthew

    All I’ve seen is our claim of that pressure. Got any verification? Given the standard is getting increasingly extreme in some of its claims you’ll have to forgive me if I don’t accept a blog post as evidence of such.

  71. Matthew Pilott 72

    Insider, I suppose this could be all made up…

    http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0802/S00390.htm

  72. insider 73

    MAtthew

    That is a press release from Shane Jones. You might not realise but he is a government minister who is politically opposed to John Key. I see no evidence in there that “Key’s office put pressure on the reporter to withdraw the story and apologise.”

    I saw this comment “numerous attempts by the National Party to force the journalist and the publication to retract the comments made by Mr Key, and having failed in that attempt, tried to discredit both the journalist and the publication.” but nothing to back the claim.

    Similarly this week I saw a claim from a person called Gerry Brownlee, who is apparantly the opposition energy spokesman, claiming that “Labour’s emergency stand-by power generator at Whirinaki is running flat out burning up to one million litres of diesel every 24 hours.” again there was no substantiation.

    So of these which am I to believe is true? DO you believe every media release that comes out of Parliament?

  73. Matthew Pilott 74

    As said – it could all be made up. With things like that you have to judge for yourself, but remember that such press releases are for the Press – and are thus liable to recieve a fair bit of scrutiny. Blatant lying wouldn’t be too bright.

    I didn’t realise those two press releases were mutually exclusive though 😉

    If I’ve got time I’ll dig around (saw a couple of other things a week or so back), but you gotta ask why the paper in question had to release a story backing up their reporter – that wouldn’t have happened without due cause, and I’m sure it wouldn’t have happened purely because Key said the reporter was young and a guy, don’t you think?

  74. insider 75

    MAtthew

    I listened to Key and Havoc on BfM. It appears National have been talking to the Northern Advocate. Unsurprising really if they were trying to find out what happened where and when. Moreso if they were concerned about what happened. One man’s complaint could be another’s political pressure.

    PS I can tell you Brownlee didn’t necessarily lie but he did put out a release two days later saying it was actually burning 1m litres a month! No hint of a “i was wrong’ though

  75. Matthew Pilott 76

    I thought that was a lot of diesel! Did he also mention that it wasn’t Labour’s plant? I know that Labour advocates State Ownership of infrastructure and all, but Party ownership – that’s a bit too USSR even for my liking 😉

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    1 day ago
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    1 day ago
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  • Come on Darleen.
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  • How the Northwest was lost and may be won
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    2 days ago
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    2 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Tuesday, July 16
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    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    2 days ago
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    2 days ago
  • Can we air condition our way out of extreme heat?
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  • Review: The Zimiamvian Trilogy, by E.R. Eddison (1935-1958)
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    3 days ago
  • Media Link: AVFA on the Trump assassination attempt.
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  • Gordon Campbell on the Trump shooting and a potential hike in fees for visiting the doctor
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    3 days ago
  • The Kākā's Chorus for Monday July 15
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    3 days ago
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    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • City Centre Rebuild: How Soon Is Now?
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    3 days ago
  • Peril, dismay, resolution
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    3 days ago
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    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
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    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • Was The Assassination Attempt Fake?
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    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    3 days ago
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  • Unsurprising, but Trump shooting creates opportunity for a surprising response
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    4 days ago
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    4 days ago
  • Questions from God
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    4 days ago
  • Auckland & Transport Minister Simeon Brown's insanity
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    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    5 days ago
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    5 days ago
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  • Learning From Brexit
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  • Bernard’s Chorus for Friday, July 12
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    6 days ago
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  • When an independent expert / advisory group is anything but ..
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    6 days ago
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    6 days ago
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    6 days ago
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    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
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    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
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  • Casey Costello strikes again
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    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    7 days ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #28 2024
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    7 days ago
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Gordon Campbell on Luxon in the NATO pressure cooker
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    1 week ago
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    1 week ago

  • Consultation opens for the Emissions Reduction Plan
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    4 hours ago
  • Benefit stats highlight need for welfare reset
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 hours ago
  • School attendance continues to increase
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 hours ago
  • $22.7m of West Coast resilience projects underway
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 hours ago
  • Migrant school leavers to get part-time work rights
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    20 hours ago
  • Inflation data shows progress in economic recovery
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    1 day ago
  • Experts to advise Minister on Oranga Tamariki
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    2 days ago
  • Expectations set for improved medicines access
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    2 days ago
  • Regional Development Minister to host summits
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  • Government delivers new school for Rolleston
    The Coalition Government is addressing growing demands on Canterbury’s school network, by delivering a new primary school in Rolleston, Education Minister Erica Stanford says. Within Budget 24’s $400 million investment into school property growth, construction will begin on a new primary school (years 1-8) in Selwyn, Canterbury.  Rolleston South Primary ...
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  • New speed camera signs to improve safety
    The Government is welcoming the rollout of new speed camera signs for fixed speed cameras to encourage drivers to check their speeds, improving road safety and avoiding costly speeding tickets, Transport Minister Simeon Brown says. “Providing Kiwis with an opportunity to check their speed and slow down in high crash areas ...
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  • NZ, Korea strengthen relationship
    New Zealand and the Republic of Korea continue to strengthen their relationship, Foreign Minister Winston Peters says.   “New Zealand and Korea have a long history – from New Zealand soldiers fighting in the Korean War, through to our strong cooperation today as partners supporting the international rules-based order.    ...
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  • Investing for future growth in tourism and hospitality
    The Government is moving forward with recommendations from the Tourism Data Leadership Group, beginning with establishing a Tourism Data Partnership Fund says Tourism and Hospitality Minister Matt Doocey. “The Tourism Data Partnership Fund is funded through the International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy (IVL) and will provide up to $400,000 ...
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  • 4000 more job seekers to get case managers
    A new over-the-phone employment case management service will see thousands more job seekers under the age of 25 supported to find work, Social Development and Employment Minister Louise Upston has announced. “MSD case managers provide valuable support to help people into work, but less than a third of those receiving ...
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  • Trade Minister to attend G7 meeting in Italy
    Trade Minister Todd McClay will attend the Group of Seven (G7) Trade Ministers meeting in Reggio Calabria, Italy next week. This is the first time New Zealand has been invited to join the event, which will be attended by some of the world’s largest economies and many of New Zealand’s ...
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  • Ministers reveal consequences for unruly Kāinga Ora tenants
    Ministers are pleased to see Kāinga Ora taking a stronger approach to managing unruly, threatening or abusive tenants, Housing Minister Chris Bishop and Associate Housing Minister Tama Potaka say.    “For far too long, a small number of Kāinga Ora tenants have ridden roughshod over their neighbours because, under Kāinga ...
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  • Prime Minister wraps up US visit in California
    Prime Minister Christopher Luxon has finished a successful four-day visit to the United States with meetings in California on his final day focusing on innovation and investment.  “It has been fantastic to be in San Francisco today seeing first-hand the deepening links between New Zealand and California. “New Zealand company, EV Maritime, ...
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  • Prime Minister leads Indo-Pacific Four at NATO
    Prime Minister Christopher Luxon today chaired a meeting of the Indo-Pacific Four (IP4) countries – Australia, Japan, the Republic of Korea and New Zealand. The IP4 met in the context of NATO’s Summit in Washington DC hosted by President Biden. “Prosperity is only possible with security,” Mr Luxon says. “We need ...
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  • District Court judges appointed
    Attorney-General Hon Judith Collins today announced the appointment of three new District Court Judges.   The appointees, who will take up their roles in July and August at the Manukau, Rotorua and Invercargill courts, are:   Matthew Nathan Judge Nathan was admitted to bar in New Zealand in 2021, having previously been ...
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  • Urgent review into Wairoa flood response begins
    Environment Minister, Penny Simmonds today announced the terms of reference for a rapid review into the Wairoa flood response. “The Wairoa community has raised significant concerns about the management of the Wairoa River bar and the impact this had on flooding of properties in the district,” says Ms Simmonds. “The Government ...
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  • NZDF’s Red Sea deployment extended
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  • Government provides support to tackle tax debt and compliance
    New compliance funding in Budget 2024 will ensure Inland Revenue is better equipped to catch individuals who are evading their tax obligations, Revenue Minister Simon Watts says. “New Zealand’s tax debt had risen to almost $7.4 billion by the end of May, an increase of more than 50 per cent since 2022. ...
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  • Taking action to reduce road cones
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  • Celebrating 100 years of progress
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  • Foreign Minister to travel to Korea and Japan
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters will travel to the Republic of Korea and Japan next week.    “New Zealand enjoys warm and enduring relationships with both Korea and Japan. Our relationships with these crucial partners is important for New Zealand’s ongoing prosperity and security,” says Mr Peters.    While in the ...
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  • Government creates MAG for retail crime victims
    The coalition Government is establishing a Ministerial Advisory Group for the victims of retail crime, as part of its plan to restore law and order, Justice Minister Paul Goldsmith and Associate Justice Minister Nicole McKee says.  “New Zealand has seen an exponential growth in retail crime over the past five ...
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  • Huge opportunity for educators and students as charter school applications open
    Associate Education Minister David Seymour says today is another important step towards establishing charter schools, with the application process officially opening.  “There has already been significant interest from groups and individuals interested in opening new charter schools or converting existing state schools to charter schools,” says Mr Seymour. “There is ...
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  • Decreasing gas reserves data highlights need to reverse oil and gas exploration ban
    MBIE’s annual Petroleum Reserves report detailing a 20 per cent reduction in New Zealand’s natural gas reserves shows the need to reverse the oil and gas exploration ban, Energy Minister Simeon Brown says.“Figures released by MBIE show that there has been a 20 per cent reduction in New Zealand’s natural ...
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  • Providers of military assistance to Russia targeted in new sanctions
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters has announced further sanctions as part of the Government’s ongoing response to Russia’s illegal invasion of Ukraine.    “Russia’s continued illegal war of aggression against Ukraine is a direct and shocking assault on the rules-based order. Our latest round of sanctions targets Russians involved in that ...
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  • OECD report shows New Zealand is a red tape state
    Minister for Regulation David Seymour says that the OECD Product Market Regulation Indicators (PMRI) released this morning shows why New Zealanders sorely need regulatory reform. “This shocker result should end any and all doubt that the Government must go to war on red tape and regulation,” says Mr Seymour.  “The ...
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  • Government unveils five-point climate strategy
    The coalition Government is proud to announce the launch of its Climate Strategy, a comprehensive and ambitious plan aimed at reducing the impacts of climate change and preparing for its future effects, Climate Change Minister Simon Watts says. “The Strategy is built on five core pillars and underscores the Government’s ...
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  • National Bowel Screening Programme reaches 2 million life-saving screening kits
    The National Bowel Screening Programme has reached a significant milestone, with two million home bowel screening kits distributed across the country, Health Minister Dr Shane Reti announced today.   “This programme, which began in 2017, has detected 2,495 cancers as of June 2024. A third of these were at an early ...
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  • Granny flats popular with all ages
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  • $25 million boost for conservation
    Toitū te taiao – our environment endures!  New Zealanders will get to enjoy more of our country’s natural beauty including at Cathedral Cove – Mautohe thanks to a $25 million boost for conservation, Conservation Minister Tama Potaka announced today.  “Te taiao (our environment) is critical for the country’s present and ...
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  • New Zealand increases support for Ukraine
    Prime Minister Christopher Luxon and Foreign Minister Winston Peters have announced a further $16 million of support for Ukraine, as it defends itself against Russia’s illegal invasion. The announcement of further support for Ukraine comes as Prime Minister Luxon attends the NATO Leaders’ Summit in Washington DC. “New Zealand will provide an additional ...
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  • Country Kindy to remain open
    Associate Education Minister David Seymour says that Country Kindy in Manawatu will be able to remain open, after being granted a stay from the Ministry of Education for 12 weeks. “When I heard of the decision made last week to shut down Country Kindy I was immediately concerned and asked ...
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  • Government lifts Indonesian trade cooperation
    New export arrangements signed today by New Zealand and Indonesia will boost two-way trade, Trade and Agriculture Minister Todd McClay says. Mr McClay and Dr Sahat Manaor Panggabean, Chairman of the Indonesia Quarantine Authority (IQA), signed an updated cooperation arrangement between New Zealand and Indonesia in Auckland today. “The cooperation arrangement paves the way for New Zealand and Indonesia to boost our $3 billion two-way trade and further ...
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  • Carbon capture framework to reduce emissions
    A Carbon Capture, Utilisation and Storage (CCUS) framework has been released by the Coalition Government for consultation, providing an opportunity for industry to reduce net CO2 emissions from gas use and production, Energy Minister Simeon Brown says. “Our Government is committed to reducing red tape and removing barriers to drive investment ...
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  • Faster consenting with remote inspections
    The Government is progressing a requirement for building consent authorities to use remote inspections as the default approach so building a home is easier and cheaper, Building and Construction Minister Chris Penk says. “Building anything in New Zealand is too expensive and takes too long. Building costs have increased by ...
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  • Revision programme presented to Parliament
    A new revision programme enabling the Government to continue the progressive revision of Acts in New Zealand has been presented to Parliament, Attorney-General Judith Collins announced today. “Revision targets our older and outdated or much-amended Acts to make them more accessible and readable without changing their substance,” Ms Collins says. ...
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