National must be very afraid

Written By: - Date published: 4:30 pm, September 1st, 2014 - 75 comments
Categories: john key, Judith Collins, national - Tags:

Rawshark has continued his or her terrorism of the John Key government by a further dump of screenshots of emails.

Something interesting struck me about the latest dump which contains a series of emails which were collected in a folder called “Mark Hotchin”.

The emails are fascinating and justify Matt Nippert’s articles on the subject. But Judith Collins is not mentioned once in any of the emails, at least as far as I can see.

When the story was raised National obviously feared the worst and went looking for it. But I wonder if the Cathy Odgers email had not been released to National if they would have dumped Collins. From the look of the emails in the latest whaledump I do not think so. Although the behaviour is sleazy and worthy of a police prosecution there appeared to be no link to Collins in what was happening.

It probably would not have saved her. The Herald has just reported that Collins communicated with Slater via facebook about the impending release of the SFO SIS information concerning the Goff interview to Slater.  Obviously she should be considered as a potential witness in the intelligence inquiry. You get the feeling that there is further information to come out about her and at some stage her tenure would have been untenable. Maybe Mike Smith is right and this particular email was a pretext for Key to get rid of Collins.

They must also be worrying if there is anything to directly leak Key to Slater.

But this does put National in a terrible bind. Either it anticipates what information is going to be released, proactively does something so that Key can show he is in charge, and potentially does more than it could have got away with once the actual information has been released. Or it waits for Whaledump and the media to break a story, loses control of the framing of the issue and looks disorganised and reactive.

It must be a real bugger knowing that there is someone selectively feeding information to the media who can then present the story in the worst possible light. This is the sort of thing that National through Slater has been doing for years. Karma really is a bitch sometimes.

The simple solution of course is to engage in ethical politics, not the sort of politics which is currently being broadcast to the nation leak by leak by leak.

Edit: took a bit of text out of a paragraph that did not make sense.

75 comments on “National must be very afraid”

  1. weka 1

    Recapping the theories on Collins’ resignation

    1. It’s a distraction, Collins will be found to not have been involved in the SFO affair, and Key will come out vindicated for not sacking her earlier, and will then be able to refocus the election back on Brand Key (Bill’s theory, not sure how that works with the timing of the inquiry)

    2. The email was used as a way of getting rid of Collins because internal polling showed she was a liability.

    3. The email was released by Key’s office because they were afraid that the story was bigger than it was and they wanted to stay ahead of it (their mistake, but you have to wonder what else they thought was going to come out).

    4. It’s all a big right wing conspiracy to make Hooton have a meltdown and/or play all his cards, so they can finally take him out.

    5. Key is really a reptile and we’ve all been brainwashed. The real story is going on behind the screen we can’t see.

    • emergency mike 1.1

      I think its 1, 2, 3, and 5 together. 4 sounds a bit far fetched.

    • Anne 1.2

      No. 2 – in the main.

      • disturbed 1.2.1

        Why did John Key not inform the citizens of this Country in 2011 when he attended a NAZI founded organisation called the Bilderberg group, in Europe?

        This group is well known as one of the most secretive clandestine organisations globally, that specialises in weakening Governments with Black Ops special forces.
        Below he was in attendance as John Key Prime Minister of New Zealand.

        Attended by most the biggest industrial and richest elite globally their aim is to dominate the globe and control all activities.

        http://twochurchesonly.com/supmat/03/most_influential/bilderberg_group/
        list_of_bilderberg_attendees.pdf

        List of Bilderberg participants 4
        New Zealand
        • John Key (2011-2012), Prime Minister of New Zealand
        http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=Bilderberg

        No Bilderberg meeting agenda has ever been made public. “It is the epitome of low-profile dark ops, a shadow government hidden in a doorway.” According to critics and close observers, it’s agenda is to weaken all world leadership but their own. It is also, according to a U.S. law called the Logan Act, [15] illegal:

    • Bill 1.3

      Weka, that wasn’t really what I was saying at all. The first bit, (distraction and no involvement) yes. Then it’s all about hoping the media run off in the wrong direction (where he’s pointing to) so the heat comes off him, and so he can, post inquiry, somewhat bury Hager allegations by association, and (I guess he hopes) save his own sorry arse. And as I also said in the post I put up, I don’t think it will work. Regardless, I’d hate the media to get bogged down in the minutiae of a distraction; one that could play out in a way that would see Collins and Key get off the hook to some extent. Cactus, Whale and Hotchin ain’t going nowhere. They can wait.

      • weka 1.3.1

        Ok, I’m confused now, because that’s what I thought you were saying and I don’t see a huge difference between that and my off the cuff synposis above. My brain is overloaded though, so I should probably stop reading things for a while.

    • yeshe 1.4

      see post #10 below .. collins will need to houdini to escape these …

    • disturbed 1.5

      Time for a two track policy as the politicians & black ops are still doing unchecked.

      Penny has laid a compliant to police today over Collins see at 13.

      Woo Goode Penny,

      Can we arrange to get someone to start a global corruption petition to use as backup?

      We get someone to start a site using Global corruption as a theme but use our worst case in history in NZ as the lead charge?

      That way we can hopefully get it to go viral?

      Their is a site already setup where someone could piggy back a Global petition on that site, can you arrange it?

      http://www.thepetitionsite.com/create.html

  2. infused 2

    Regardless, Collins was an idiot and had to go anyway. I’m surprised Key didn’t boot her sooner.

    • One Anonymous Bloke 2.1

      What’s your theory on how Cameron Slater and Judith Collins came to be discussing confidential SIS information before its official release?

      It’s because John Key told them, eh.

      • infused 2.1.1

        Who knows. But hey, why don’t we make up a ton of unsubstantiated theories to show off our superior intellect!

        • McFlock 2.1.1.1

          It was SIS information.
          The avenues are either via the responsible minister, or via a security leak so bad (at best unauthorised leaks to a blogger by the intelligence services, at worst third-party spying -of an intelligence agency- to tip off the blogger) that the responsible minister should probably resign.

          Whatever the precise avenue, there is no good excuse for a blogger to have knowledge of classified intelligence agency records.

        • Tracey 2.1.1.2

          Don’t worry infused, you are safe.

      • Tracey 2.1.2

        Not Key but someone told Slater before he got the OIA release that the contents would harm Goff and enable Slater to boast that it would end Goff.

        As for who tipped the wink to Slater. It needed to be someone who had seen a previously classified document (not declassified until after OIA received (is that right?), so someone with authority to view classified SIS material told Slater or someone with no authroity illegally obtained access to a classified document and leaked the details. Either scenario warranted a police investigation and Inquiry long before now.

  3. Anonymous NZ 3

    John Key – all your bases are belong to us.

  4. Awww 4

    Glad there are other people to read this stuff and sum it all up. It’s getting hard to keep up with it all. Cheers.

    • disturbed 4.1

      You musy be getting to close to that smart meter microwave UHF frequency

      Those meters are known to cause lowered IQ confusion and derange your thinking capacity.

      Try sleeping away from the wall where outside the meter is mounted.

  5. Bill 5

    If Key had acted against Collins due to anything contained within ‘Dirty Politics’, then his long running denial that it contains anything of substance would have fallen over. Then he would have been more or less bound to accept that other allegations contained in the book were credible.

    The problem is that he had to dump Collins. (Was it 70%+ in opinion polls saying she had to go?)

    The solution then, is to ‘dump’ her (temporarily…he most definitely did not rule her out of cabinet at some future date) on the pretext that she may have been involved in something very specific and serious that is not contained in the book. Better, something that comes from emails by the same person as in the book. This way he gets to mollify public concern (to a degree), get her out of the picture with regards the media and, later, to slam everything in ‘Dirty Politics’ as conspiratorial crap off the back of her not being involved in some serious shit to do with the SFO etc…. that he always knew she had no dealings in.

    The whole thing is a feint, a dummy pass….call it what you will.

    • emergency mike 5.1

      Bill’s theory has a lot of credibility. Key hopes that the Collins issue can now go away until after the election. Then later when the inquiry finds no evidence linking Collins, Key can say, “See, I told you that Hager book was BS. Welcome back to cabinet Judith.”

      In this scenario Collins still thinks she can be PM, she just has to wait a bit longer than planned.

      Hager thinks that Whaledump is about done. I hope he’s wrong. If not it’s up to our journos now to dig for the truth about Key, Ede, and Slater. God help us. I hope Dotcom’s got something on the 15th.

    • Tracey 5.2

      I agree. He thinks she willbe cleared by the Inquiry SO he has said she’s out for now (mollify the polls and gets he and she re-elected and doesn’t piss off her strong faction too much) and then when she is cleared she is back in Cabinet (but certainly not as Minister of Justice or Police or Corrections).

      Cathy Odgers is ACT aligned and wanted Nats in to get David Seymour in and prolly hoped that any spill from nats would go to ACT, cos she doesn’t think having 17% of your MPs convicted of crimes of deceit is a bad thing.

  6. karol 6

    Isn’t the Herald story by David Fisher about Goff about the SIS, not the SFO?

    [Yep my bad now corrected]

    • One Anonymous Bloke 6.1

      Collins and Slater discussing information it was illegal for either of them to have. Who told them?

      • Tracey 6.1.1

        it really IS that simple. Labour? Greens? Mana? Dunne (he of the family morals)? Peters? start putting it THAT simply.

        Mr Slater and Ms Collins are discussing information which at that time was CLASSIFIED

  7. One Anonymous Bloke 8

    It’s pretty obvious that Hager was telling the truth (well duh!) when he said he hadn’t published everything.

    National will wish he had by the time Rawshark is finished with them.

  8. disturbed 9

    Rawshark is drawing them into her/his net bit by bit.

    PM is cocky tonight, guess he wont be sleeping to well with all the stuff ahead plus someone snitching on his dealings ?

  9. yeshe 10

    Rawshark has new dump to the Herald only; published at 4.25

    Damning Collins, poor wee daisy.

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11317385

    • karol 10.1

      Denial from Collins on Twitter.

      I have no record of any FB conversations with Whaleoil. Cam Slater has advised that he had no FB conversations with me. Forgeries?

      • Tigger 10.1.1

        Well of course she has no ‘records’ – she deleted them.

        Collins should be staying quiet. That she’s not speaks volumes. About her state of mind. Her guilt. Her isolation (she’s clearly out of National’s control).

        • karol 10.1.1.1

          Good point. Didn’t WO go through his FB after the hack and delete a load of stuff?

        • disturbed 10.1.1.2

          Get Karol to invite Judith for a cup of tea in Epsom, maybe she will spill all?

        • Tracey 10.1.1.3

          As Minister of Justice (former) and former high standing law Society Representative Ms Collins has an easy option to sort all of this out. Surrender all her IT devices to an independant and supervised IT specialist. Let them go through everything, including retrieving deleted stuff and tell us if she is telling the truth. She won’t mind will she?

      • Huginn 10.1.2

        This denial from Collins is troubling.

      • Chrissy 10.1.3

        [Collins] said she had ” no record of any Facebook conversations” with Slater. “Cameron has advised me that he has now gone through all his Facebook conversations and there are none with me. I am now considering lodging a complaint to Police regarding what I believe to be forgeries.”

        Hager, Dirty Politics pg 45: “[Collins and Slater] talked often by phone, and in the evenings and weekends they chatted via Facebook’.

        Now, who do you believe?

    • Bill 10.2

      Good to see they are focusing on that OIA request. That be the Big Red Button. This other stuff that Collins isn’t involved in, absolutely serious as it is, isn’t party political material. It needs to be separated out entirely.

  10. Flipnz 11

    What are the chance that SIS are trying to figure out who Rawshark is and find him? Odds?

  11. kenny 12

    Why did Cathy Odgers send that letter/email to the beehive?

    • Anne 12.1

      It was either a heads up for Key or it was utu. I’m inclined to go with the former and if it was, then there was likely more people involved in the decision to send it to the ‘PM’s Office’ than just Odgers.

      • Chrissy 12.1.1

        I’d say Key/ Nats were desperate to get some control back over the issue (which they didnt have as the emails were being dripfed, and they were fearful about what was out there), and put out a call to those involved (including Cactus) to go and look for any awful emails that Rawshark might be holding. This one- the smoking gun as Cactus called it- was retrieved and proferred, and they acted. Would it have been more devastating if it had come out a week closer to the election, after further denials from Key etc. Dunno. The simpler answer that they wanted an excuse to get rid of Collins and asked for help? could be.

    • disturbed 12.2

      Hissy fit?

    • Kev 12.3

      Interesting question Kenny. Maybe she is Whaledump or Rawshark or knows who that person is.

  12. Penny Bright 13

    FYI today I have emailed the Auckland District Commander, Michael Clement, making a formal complaint to Police against former Minister of Justice Judith Collins for alleged violations of s. 116 and s. 105 of the NZ Crimes Act 1961.

    The evidence upon which I am relying to support this complaint is the same evidence upon which Prime Minister John Key was purportedly relying to remove Judith Collins from her Ministerial responsibilities.

    Penny Bright

    • Tigger 13.1

      Good work, Penny. Always appreciate you plugging away for democracy – goodness know it needs people fighting for it at the moment.

  13. disturbed 14

    Woo Goode Penny,

    Can we arrange to get someone to start a global corruption petition to use as backup?

    We get someone to start a site using Global corruption as a theme but use our worst case in history in NZ as the lead charge?

    That way we can hopefully get it to go viral?

    Their is a site already setup where someone could piggy back a Global petition on that site, can you arrange it?

    http://www.thepetitionsite.com/create.html

  14. philj 15

    xox
    Thank goodness for bloggers and hackers to expose the corruptocracy of Kiwi MSM and the present government. Bless em.

  15. Harry Holland 16

    However, poll results suggest that Nat support is so far largely undented. Key has been a hugely polarizing influence in NZ politics and so far this issue has just polarized people more. I’m not sure even a smoking gun would be enough to deter his supporters – he is their champion. They won’t cut left although maybe some will drift to ACT, Conservative, or NZF. Disarray on the right does not necessarily mean more votes for the left.

    • Olwyn 16.1

      I recently heard from someone who has been working with poor people in Spain and Italy that even under the conditions of austerity, people are not as wretched there as they are in New Zealand. Key’s government has created a deeply divided society, and I think a lot of middle class people fear that any attempt to address this will cost them. They feel bad about it, but cannot get much past wringing their hands, putting a packet of weetbix into the food bank collection and voting for the status quo. At the same time, the people who have drawn the short straw are getting more politicised, and last election, when Key was at the height of his popularity, the right won by a whisker. So much depends on this election, but it is very hard to see how it will go.

    • Tracey 16.2

      Colmar had him shedding 2% and labour gaining 2%. And remember that as an historical guide Nats shed up to 5% on election day from poll results and labour gains about 3% (Greens lose about 1-2%)

  16. Penny Bright 17

    It would help if folks vote sensibly and strategically in the Helensville electorate and all possible parties encourage their members and supporters to give me their ELECTORATE vote and focus on their PARTY vote – so I can take John Key’s Helensville seat off him.

    How can YOU help make this happen?

    Penny Bright

  17. Inky 18

    They stick to Key like dog poo on your shoe heel. Is it total greed or total stupidity among Nats supporters?

  18. tricledrown 19

    Put something in the water penny!
    stop people from voting!
    have bogus voting papers in each booth!
    good luck with that penny
    how big is his majority!
    you would be better trying the reverse and get some National Party list voters to change their vote !
    If every electorate had a small change that would change govt!
    you would be better off trying to change Epsom or Ohariu!

  19. Inky 20

    (I don’t expect you to answer that, Penny, lol)

  20. Penny Bright 21

    The fact is that I polled 4th in the Auckland 2013 Mayoral campaign with 11,723 votes.

    The Helensville electorate fits within the boundaries of the Auckland not-so ‘Supercity for the 99%’ .

    Many Helensville folk whom I have met HATE the Auckland ‘Supercity’ and a number have told me that they voted for me.

    Going out and about in the electorate, I’m getting a very positive response from most folk I’m meeting and it was a KING hit finally getting to speak as an Independent candidate at the meeting held at the Kumeu Baptist Church on 11 August 2014.

    History has already been made with the resignation from Parliament of dodgy John Banks, the resignation of Minister of Corruption Judith Collins, so why can’t the trifecta be won with my taking of him the seat of shonky John Key ?

    I’m GOING FOR IT and I need YOUR help!

    Most important is WORD of mouth / email / text.

    It’s time to get the proven anti- corruption / anti-privatisation Public Watchdog INSIDE the House, asking the stinking HARD questions no one else does under Parliamentary privilege!

    Cheers!

    Her Warship 😉

  21. philj 22

    How will the election go? Who would’ve picked 7 – 1 to. Germany v Brasil. This election could be a rout. It’s really a test of this countries collective wisdom. Here’s hoping ….

  22. Rodel 23

    Anyone noticed how John Key’s shrill voice is starting to sound linguistically similar to David Farrar? Same nasal inflections, consonant blurring and vowel imperfections. Is it the same panic response or is it a DNA thing?

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    2 days ago
  • Media Release: TIME TO TURN UP THE PRESSURE ON CANDIDATES
    For Immediate Release Tuesday 15 August 2017 TIME TO TURN UP THE PRESSURE ON CANDIDATES Polls are showing that inequality is a top voter concern (Roy-Morgan and UMR Polls). The income equality group Closing the Gap is urging New Zealanders ...
    Closing the GapBy Marino Smith
    2 days ago
  • Ardern stands up for kiwis
    Today politics seems to be dominated by Australian ridiculousness, after the Australian government blamed Chris Hipkins (rather than hard-working Australian journalists) for exposing Barnaby Joyce as a New Zealand citizen, and Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop interfering in our election ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Editors put the boot into National
    There is no question that a resurgent Labour party has closed the National party out of the media limelight. What else could Bill English do but pander to his ageist supporters by proposing boot camps and spot fines for the ...
    3 days ago
  • Civil Disobedience Against Big Irrigation
    Construction has started on huge irrigation schemes in Canterbury. When they start working, it’s going to be disastrous for our rivers - most of which are already struggling. More irrigation means more cows and that means more pollution.A few weeks ...
    3 days ago
  • Climate change: The Cullen fund divests
    Climate change is now undeniable, and if we are to survive it, the fossil fuel industry has to die. And now the Cullen Fund has recognised that fact, and started divesting its risk:The New Zealand Superannuation Fund has sold shares ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Dirty farmers
    Surprise, surprise - Waikato's dairy farmers are failing to comply with their resource consents:The Waikato Regional Council says dairy farm effluent compliance rates are heading in the right direction despite less than one quarter of farms monitored last year deemed ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • National’s policy hardly Christian
    It’s often amazing to see the ill-conceived political arguments that make it to print in New Zealand sometimes. Perhaps one of the least canvassed areas of voting preference is that of religious beliefs, and where those beliefs coincide with a ...
    3 days ago
  • “As soon as reasonably practicable”
    The Official Information Act requires agencies to decide on requests "as soon as reasonably practicable, and in any case not later than 20 working days after the day on which the request is received". But over the decades that the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Wijkontsluitingsweg
    This is another post about my recent trip to the Netherlands. The Netherlands has a standard road classification system with ideally three types of roads: flow roads (motorways), distribution roads (arterials), and local roads (residential roads). This system does not ...
    Transport BlogBy Kent Lundberg
    3 days ago
  • Eyewitness report from Charlottesville by Redneck Revolt
    REPORTBACK: CHARLOTTESVILLE: August 13, 2017 by Redneck Revolt members The situation on the ground in Charlottesville, Virginia, is still developing and unstable, but a few of our Redneck Revolt members on the ground took some time to provide the ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    3 days ago
  • Treating young people differently
    The Labour party has hit the ground running with Jacinda Ardern. Not only has she shown immense capability as leader, the Labour party has clearly got its game on and returned to its core values, values that once made New ...
    3 days ago
  • Looking to the past to understand the Politics of Love
    We need to transcend us vs them struggles, writes Philip McKibbin.   Image: The Prophet Te Whiti Addressing a Meeting of Natives from The Graphic (1881) In 1881, the peaceful village of Parihaka was invaded. Fifteen-hundred men, led ...
    3 days ago
  • Power imbalances in local vs central government
    Local government in New Zealand is a creature of statute, so it’s subservient to powers bestowed upon it by central government. From the creation of its mandate and structure, to the reforms imposed through time, local councils are, and will ...
    Briefing PapersBy Christine Rose
    3 days ago
  • The Greens’ Campaign Reset: Normal Ideological Transmission Is Resumed.
    Who Loves Ya Baby? “I didn’t come to Parliament to act like other political parties. But this week that’s where we ended up. We have not been our best selves, and for that I am sorry.” But who are your best ...
    3 days ago
  • Victory on Victoria
    The Victoria St Linear Park has been saved from the clutches of Auckland Transport. You may recall that we’ve been concerned about ATs plans for the future of many of the streets in the city centre for some time. In ...
    3 days ago
  • MSM catches up on Unemployment stats rort
    .   . The mainstream media – or at least one clever journalist working for Mediaworks/Newshub – has finally caught up with a story broken by this blogger last year that unemployment data from Statistics NZ was no longer reliable; ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    3 days ago
  • When is Lying Justified?
    Among the sinners the drunk porter in Macbeth welcomes into hell is the ‘equivocator, that could swear in both the scales against either scale’. Equivocation is a theme of the play; Shakespeare is thought to have been influenced by the ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    4 days ago
  • Has National gone Full Metal Jacket?
    Is bootcamp the government's solution for hardened young criminals?   Photo: 123rf. National plans to solve the problem of serious youth offending by sending people to a remote, army-run boot camp for a year. But opponents of the ...
    4 days ago
  • Yale Climate Connections: America’s beacon of climate science awareness
    This is an unabashed endorsement of an important group. I have no affiliation with them or conflict of interest. They are great, period. The ability to convey complex climate science to a wide-ranging audience is a golden attribute, something very ...
    4 days ago
  • On Mike Hosking – Don’t Say I Never Warned You
        Hi, my name is Brian. Edwards to be precise. You may remember me. I used to be on television. Started in Christchurch on a magazine show called Town and Around. Went North to Wellington to audition for ...
    4 days ago
  • PM lied about Greenpeace spies
    The Todd Barclay affair, where the unelected Prime Minister claimed seven times that he couldn’t recall if Barclay had told him about the secret recording of a National party staffer, proved without a doubt that Bill English is dishonest!But if ...
    4 days ago
  • I watched Miss Universe NZ 2017 so you don’t have to
    Beauty queens, magic, dangly bits and nip slips - Miss Universe NZ had it all.   The top five Miss Universe NZ contestants (L-R): Shekinah Delos Santos, Sarah Hensby-Bennett, Harlem-Cruz Ihaia, Holly Waghorn and Brooke Houia. Screenshot: Miss ...
    4 days ago
  • NZ Post spied on the public
    Last night we learned that NZ Post had been spying on the public, using microphones on its delivery vehicles to record and listen to conversations between its employees and random members of the public without the consent of either party. ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Aspirational fluff from Ardern 
    by Daphna Whitmore Although women got the vote in the late 19th century, now well in to the 21st century we still do not have pay equity. While overt discrimination against individual female employees is no longer legal or socially ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    4 days ago
  • National party dead in the water
    The last week in New Zealand politics has been extraordinary. But there’s one political party in particular that appears to be missing in action… the National party.The unelected PM Bill English has failed to gain any real traction in the ...
    4 days ago
  • Barnaby Joyce is a New Zealand citizen
    Over the last few weeks the Australian Parliament has been rocked by a succession of resignations and court referrals over various Senators falling foul of s44 of the Australian constitution, which bars dual-citizens from the legislature. Today, that clause appears ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Dual Modes and Axle Loads
    Last year KiwiRail made the decision to replace the 16 current 30-year-old EF class electric freight trains currently in use on the North Island Main Trunk with the procurement of more DL Class Diesel Trains. These EF Class trains use ...
    Transport BlogBy Harriet Gale
    4 days ago
  • What’s Going On? with Lucy Zee: Beervana
    Eye-popping beer infusions and drinking games with the bros. Lucy Zee heads to New Zealand's biggest beer festival, Beervana.   Produced and presented by Lucy Zee, and filmed and edited by Eddy Fifield. Made with the support of NZ On ...
    4 days ago
  • National resorts to racism on water
    National knows it can't defeat the Labour-Green policy on water charging on fairness grounds, so they're now appealing to racism, with Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Minister Chris Finlayson scaremongering that making farmers pay their fair share will mean reopening historic ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • A Weak Man Trying to Look Strong
    Donald Trump would not be the first political leader to try to build his popularity, or divert attention from his troubles at home, by seeking a diversion – usually by means of a military adventure of some sort – overseas.  ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    4 days ago
  • Keeping tiny humans alive
    Science is helping more premature babies survive, but for parents it's still a journey marked by fear, pain and joy.   Inside of what looks like a giant Ziploc bag filled with water, the hoof of a tiny lamb ...
    4 days ago
  • The left shouldn’t fear Greg O’Connor
    When Greg O’Connor was a young Police officer he did a stint undercover and has lamented having to arrest gang members he viewed at the time as his mates. This is perhaps the main problem for the left, being that ...
    4 days ago
  • ATAP Revised
    The Auckland Transport Alignment Project (ATAP) released just last year has been already been one of the most influential transport documents Auckland has seen. That’s because for the first time Auckland and the Government agreed on the future of transport ...
    4 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on North Korea, neo-Nazism, and Milo
    First published on Werewolf With a bit of luck the planet won’t be devastated by nuclear war in the next few days. US President Donald Trump will have begun to fixate on some other way to gratify his self-esteem – ...
    4 days ago
  • National Party: young offenders need to be dealt with
    PRESS RELEASE: NATIONAL PARTY ANNOUNCE LAW AND ORDER POLICY The National Party of New Zealand is pleased to announce a ground-breaking new law and order policy that draws ideas from some of the finest talkback minds of their generation. Today ...
    My ThinksBy boonman
    5 days ago
  • US mass murder in Korea, 1950-1953
    The following piece is an extract from a longer article by Phil Hearse that appeared in International Viewpoint, an online Marxist publication, last Thursday (August 10). For the people of North Korea, warnings from their leadership about the United ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    5 days ago
  • Labour’s water tax is going to kill us all
    This week new Labour leader and … Jacinda Ardern announced her party’s new plan to steal the Green Party’s old plan to place a charge on commercial users of water. This surprised many New Zealanders, mainly because since we’ve had ...
    My ThinksBy boonman
    5 days ago

  • Government caves to multi-national tax avoiders in the shadows
    News that the Government has secretly caved in to the demands of multi-national tax avoiders come as no surprise, but will disappoint Kiwi taxpayers, says Labour’s spokesman for Revenue Michael Wood.   “It has been revealed that a United States ...
    14 hours ago
  • Cheaper to stay at The Langham than emergency housing motels
    Labour’s comprehensive plan to fix the housing crisis and ensure there’s enough state housing, means we won’t be paying through the nose for emergency accommodation like the current Government has to, says Labour’s Social Development spokesperson Carmel Sepuloni. “National has ...
    15 hours ago
  • Government must come clean on water
      News that the National Government is secretly working behind closed doors on its own water charging schemes shows their utter hypocrisy on this issue, says Labour’s water spokesperson David Parker.  “They have been carping on about Labour’s plan for ...
    19 hours ago
  • Government pays twice the price for emergency housing motels – with two more on the way
    Under Labour’s plan to build at least 1000 state houses each year, New Zealand wouldn’t be paying more than double the valuations for motels to house Kiwis needing emergency housing, says Labour’s Social Development spokesperson Carmel Sepuloni. “Under questioning today, ...
    2 days ago
  • HAM shows country needs Labour on housing
    The latest Housing Affordability Measure report shows affordability dramatically worsening for Auckland first home buyers, says Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. ...
    2 days ago
  • Canterbury kids get more support for mental health
    Children in Canterbury and Kaikoura will get dedicated mental health support to help them overcome the trauma of the earthquakes, says the Leader of the Opposition Jacinda Ardern. “We’ll fund an extra eighty mental health professionals for the next three ...
    2 days ago
  • Statement on Julie Bishop’s comments
    It is highly regrettable that the Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has chosen to make false claims about the New Zealand Labour Party. I have been utterly transparent about this situation. I stand by my statements this morning that I ...
    3 days ago
  • Labour stands with Pike families
    A Labour Government will stand with the families of Pike River and reaffirm its commitment to safe workplaces by ensuring there will be a Minister responsible for Pike River, says Leader of the Opposition Jacinda Ardern. “The Pike River disaster ...
    3 days ago
  • Yes to Sallies – Labour will build more state houses
    The Salvation Army’s latest report ‘Taking Stock’ shows why New Zealand needs a Labour-led Government committed to a massive house building programme, says Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “When the Sallies say the country needs 2000 extra state houses a ...
    3 days ago
  • New Zealanders deserve better than scaremongering over water
    New Zealanders need to hear from National about how they will fund the clean-up of our rivers and lakes for future generations. Instead, National has broadened its scare-mongering, says Labour’s Water spokesperson David Parker. ...
    4 days ago
  • School Leavers’ Toolkit to equip young people for adult life
    Labour will give school leavers the practical skills and knowledge they need for adult life with a new School Leavers’ Toolkit, says Leader of the Opposition Jacinda Ardern. “Our teachers and schools do a great job of teaching our children ...
    4 days ago
  • Pay equity to be a priority for Labour
      Labour will make sure that the country’s mental health workers are a priority when it comes to pay equity negotiations, says the Leader of the Opposition Jacinda Ardern.  “It is very important for me to right the wrong created ...
    6 days ago
  • Labour’s positive education plan
    Today’s announcement on learning support is more tinkering and proof that only a Labour Government will deliver the resources that schools and parents are crying out for, says Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins.  “We have a positive vision for a ...
    7 days ago
  • Pike footage raises questions over government’s actions
    The Government’s seeming determination to turn a blind eye to new questions about what happened at Pike River Mine is troubling, says Labour’s West Coast-Tasman MP Damien O’Connor. ...
    7 days ago
  • Solution to rent rises lies in building houses and stopping speculators
    The spread of rental increases from the big cities to the surrounding regions shows why we need to get on top of the housing shortage build homes our families can afford, and lock out the speculators, says Labour’s Housing spokesperson ...
    1 week ago
  • Clean rivers don’t cost $18 a cabbage
    National is falling into a bad pattern of promising the world and not saying how they will fund it, says Labour’s Water spokesperson David Parker. ...
    1 week ago
  • Time for honest answer on transport funding
    National needs to explain how they will fund the $6 billion funding gap in their 10-year Auckland transport plan, says Labour’s Auckland Issues spokesperson Phil Twyford. ...
    1 week ago
  • Time for true numbers on overseas speculators
    It’s time for the Government to give accurate figures on the number of houses being bought by overseas speculators, says Labour’s Land Information spokesperson Raymond Huo. ...
    1 week ago
  • Fair and sustainable trade: A Green Party vision for New Zealand’s trading relationships
    Trade is a cornerstone of the New Zealand economy. It provides us with the things we want and need, and enables us to pay for those with exports that generate business opportunities and jobs. However, it should be recognised that ...
    GreensBy Barry Coates
    1 week ago
  • Clean rivers for future generations
    Labour will lead a nationwide effort to restore our rivers and lakes to a clean, swimmable state, says Leader of the Opposition Jacinda Ardern. ...
    1 week ago
  • New Zealand really can do better on health
    Labour’s commitment to affordable access to high quality healthcare will provide a better service for New Zealanders than the current Health Minister, who will not apologise for statements that he made that wrongly criticised hard-working staff in the Southern DHB’s ...
    1 week ago
  • Labour’s plan the answer to motorway chaos
    Labour’s plan to build a light rail network and improve heavy rail and bus services across Auckland is the only answer to the kind of motorway congestion Aucklanders endured this morning, says Labour Transport spokesperson Phil Twyford. ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Labour to build rail to Auckland Airport
    A world class city needs a rail connection from the CBD to its international airport – that’s why Labour will build light rail to Auckland Airport as a priority, says Leader of the Opposition Jacinda Ardern.  “Let’s get Auckland moving ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Is pay equity just too hard for this Govt?
    You are hard pressed these days to find someone that openly admits their misogyny, that men should still be paid more than women. Politicians proclaim that they want to see women paid more, but do their actions back it up? ...
    GreensBy Jan Logie
    2 weeks ago
  • Labour’s commitment to our Rainbow nation
    The Labour Party has reaffirmed its commitment to New Zealand’s rainbow community with its 2017 Rainbow policy, featuring the goal to end HIV in New Zealand by 2025. Grant Robertson says Labour continues a long and proud tradition of advocating ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Labour’s vision for Auckland more than reheated roads
    Labour is more ambitious for Auckland than the reheated set of transport projects proposed by National, says Labour’s Auckland Issues spokesperson Phil Twyford. ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Waiting urology patients are the tip of the iceberg
    The 10 patients waiting for urology surgery at Dunedin Hospital are just the tip of the iceberg, says Labour’s Health spokesperson David Clark.  "Hundreds of patients are waiting for follow-up appointments, but they are not deemed serious enough to be ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Maori Landowners Misled by Maori Party
    Māori landowners are being misled by Government hui being held throughout the country promoting the troubled Māori Land Service (MLS), which underpins the Crown’s unpopular Ture Whenua reforms, says Labour’s Ikaroa-Rāwhiti MP Meka Whaitiri. ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Government’s Johnny-come-lately approach to multinational tax won’t wash
    It’s a case of baby steps for a Government that still allows multinational companies to avoid paying their fair share of tax, says Labour’s Revenue spokesperson Michael Wood. “After nine years in government, five years after the issue of multinational ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Auckland congestion up there with the world’s worst
    Traffic congestion is costing Auckland up to $2 billion in lost productivity according to the latest report from the New Zealand Institute of Economic Research, says Labour’s Transport spokesperson Michael Wood.  “This is a disaster and underlines the need for ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Experience in Youth Parliament 2016
    Being a Member of Youth Parliament was an unexpected, but fabulous opportunity for me. It provided me a way to connect with other young people who have some things in common, and to learn what it is like to be ...
    GreensBy NZ Green Party
    2 weeks ago
  • Labour backs renters’ call for warm, healthy homes
    80 per cent of renters wish their home was warmer and drier, and that’s what Labour will deliver, says Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. ...
    2 weeks ago
  • We can – and must – do better for Kiwi jobs
    Labour has the plan to get more young New Zealanders into jobs and tackle concerns raised in the latest statistics which show an extra 3000 young Kiwis are neither earning or learning compared to the same time last year, says ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Statement from Jacinda Ardern, Leader of the New Zealand Labour Party
    I want to start by giving my thanks to Andrew. His announcement today and the situation we have found ourselves in is not what anyone expected or wanted In my time working with Andrew I know one thing to be ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Better homes for Maori under Labour
    Labour’s vision is that Māori enjoy an equal playing field and have the same home ownership opportunities as non-Māori, says Labour’s Māori Development spokesperson Kelvin Davis. “Today Labour is proud to announce a detailed Māori housing policy from South Auckland’s ...
    3 weeks ago

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