Nats’ smear machine steps up attack on Len Brown

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The National Party smear machine is stepping up its attack on soon-to-be Auckland mayor Len Brown. Worried that Key’s handpicked candidate John Banks is falling behind, the right is resorting to smearing his left-wing rival.

The National Party’s David Farrar is even suggesting a “cover-up” and “fraud” at the Manukau Council. Is panic setting in at the thought of losing Auckland?

The right-wing spin machine is referring to an article in the Sunday Star Times, which states that council staff asked a restaurant to “make up” a receipt for a dinner that was held by Brown. Of the right conveniently ignore general usage, that to “make up” a bill simply refers to writing one out.

It may very simply be the case that council staff could not find the original receipt, so asked the restaurant to make one up for them (not as in ‘invent’ but ‘do’). As those facts read, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that state of affairs.

Brown has already agreed that using his Council credit card and paying back the bill was unacceptable. Trying to drag this issue out by further making ridiculous insinuations without any concrete proof won’t work. The polls show the people of Auckland like Len Brown.

Under the assumption that Banks would win National gave the Super City Mayor huge powers. Now that their candidate looks like he isn’t going to cut it, their attempts to smear Brown just look petty.

77 comments on “Nats’ smear machine steps up attack on Len Brown”

  1. tc 1

    If the overall approach and structure isn’t bad enough…..to give Banksie those huge powers sitting on top of Wodneyville is yet another scary thought.

    Does anyone remember this idiot doing anything positive and intelligent in his nat days as well as mayor for remuera…….this job requires a cohesive intelligent individual nor Mr Hasbeen or more likely Mr Nevereverwas.

    • toad 1.1

      Luv the Farrar pic on the frontpage excerpt Eddie – looks much like Kim Jong Il, but with a lot less hair!

  2. IrishBill 2

    And again it’s Jonathon Marshall writing the story. Is he on the SST’s payroll or John Banks’?

  3. wyndham 3

    Yes, they show no mercy now that the “new” image of Banks isn’t working for them. On Q+A this a.m. Michelle Boag couldn’t resist having a dig at Len Brown although it was totally unnecessary to even bring his name into the discussion.
    We can expect more of the same as it becomes more and more apparent that the well-oiled right-wing machine is not going to deliver Auckland to them in order that it may be plundered.

  4. This is going to be a really dirty campaign. Hopefully Len will continue with his normal ways and not reply in kind.

    I thought the same. They are asking for a replacement because they cannot find the original. What a beat up.

    Farrar ought to consider the law of defamation as should the SST. They are treading really close to the line.

    As for Michelle Boag she is the biggest waste of space the National party has. When was she last involved in a sinning campaign?

    • andy (the other one) 4.1

      When was she last involved in a sinning campaign?

      Heh! all of em!

      Wow, Mike Williams body language when she dropped that was classic. He wasted an opportunity to remind her she was sacked for a conflict of interest in the Supercity. You can recruit the new execs and work for the Banks campaign.

      Stage 1. release through the blubbery one.
      Stage 2. Farrar, refreshes with a slightly more pragmatic tone refuting Whales’ intemperate tone.
      Stage 3. Lazy journo picks up and runs with it.

      Banksie lies about his height, send me a letter full of spin and BS and rips us all off over Monte Cecilia School at a massive cost to rate payers and the SST is pretty quiet. It was North Shore Mayor first, Manukau second, Bob Harvey look out.

      http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10651535

      http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10646146

      EDIT: Forgot Banks’ stinky Bee Pollen stuff and Hulich Kiwisaver activities with Brash and co.

    • Well for years I have been “raving on” about the Right’s dirty trick brigade.
      Who are they, Crosby/Textor, Democratic Pacific Union ( Chair Lord Michael Ashcroft and through that Union the USA Republican Party,
      That’s the worst other are involved. So of course they have money and knowledge .Nothing gets past them regarding members of the Left and what they do not get they make up. It’s a burden we must combat.The present charade over credit cards is a windfull for these snakes.
      As for Boag don’t pass her bye ,she’s a dangerous woman with lot’s of connections. Not ever to be trusted .she will not miss any chance to slag Labour. We must be prepaired for a very dirty campaign ,Local Body and the

    • Don’t underestimate Boag M/S she may look like mutton with mint sauce ,but under that painted face is a shrewd cunning woman. She has has a wide range of media /news outlets and she never misses a chance to slag Labour.
      She will use every dirty trick in the book ,if she has too for getting the vote for Banks. Then she will get the same theme going for the General Election.
      The other problem is that the Nats have a number of Boag simulars the problem being we do not know who they are . But I bet The Nats have a number of people in the spotlight who will start praising the Right.
      I’m picking that there may be a top Rugby player who will come out in favour of Banks and the Right coalition in the local elections. Let’s be aware and ready for this certain attack.

  5. Graham 5

    Um, gonna have to call you on selective quotes here.

    Yes, I totally agree that “to make up a bill” is commonly used to refer to writing a bill up and printing it out – not fabricating it. BUT, reading the SST article, I think the worrying bits come a little later.

    Council officials working for Manakau mayor Len Brown approached a restaurant asking its staff to “make up” a dinner receipt that excluded details of beer and wine purchased during a $810 dinner.

    The tax invoice is different from the usual invoices given to diners at the South Auckland eatery.

    The Star-Times has learned that council officials contacted the restaurant last week – 36 weeks after the visit – and asked them to produce a new receipt and fax it to council headquarters. Volare owner Daniel Nakhle yesterday confirmed “a new receipt was requested” just a few days ago.

    And just for the record, I don’t want John Banks in the job either, having just read the stuff he mailed out to me.

    • Michael Foxglove 5.1

      Hmm… I think Graham’s point is worth making, but I completely get it why Eddie didn’t perpetuate an unproven fact.

      If you look carefully, there’s no source whatsoever to back up that claim. And it’s so ambiguous, you’ve got to wonder were they asking that beer and wine they purchased personally shouldn’t be included?

      • IrishBill 5.1.1

        I wouldn’t trust a thing Marshall wrote anyway. He was the one that stalked Andy Williams and wrote a story about him being a drunk (complete with claims that were proven wrong), he was the one that got fired from Queer TV for stalking Mike Hosking (and then proceeded to stalk his kids), he is also the idiot who pulled the fake bomb at the rugby stunt. In short, he’s a joke and his stories are a joke too. The sooner somebody sues him into oblivion the better.

    • felix 5.2

      He’s mailing stuff to you? Aren’t you in the South Island?

  6. Anne 6

    @ mickysavage
    Winebox scandal? Didn’t she arrange for a private camera crew to film Winston Peters in court giving evidence to the Royal Commission of Inquiry? She was working for Fay Richwhite and co. at the time.

    • Pascal's bookie 6.1

      Yes, she did.

    • Yep, same one.

      She also masterminded the 2002 campaign which saw National crash to their worst ever election defeat.

      She is on Jim Mora’s show in the afternoon occasionally. Every time I hear her talk I have this urge to shove sharpened pencils into my ear drums.

  7. marsman 7

    Maybe they’ve got Crosby Textor on the case, Smear is their forte. They did it for Boris in the last London mayoral election.

  8. Sadly, the blame it on the nat blogger meme will not work this time Eddie.
    Firstly, the staff member who asked the restaurant to create a new non-itemised account.. Who was it? Who pays their wages? Are they a council employee, campaign staff or (as I sincerely hope) Both at the same time.
    Do they work for the TelstraClear events centre?
    The restaurant has broken the law and IRD WILL be getting involved over this invoice, Brown has had somebody try and deceive the reporter and despite the gilbert and sullivan theatrics of cutting up the credit card this scandal will not go away.
    Might be time to put Bob Harvey through the fleetwash methinks.. Or the Tiz? Bwahahaha.

    I fully expect this one to be deleted.. The hard questions are a bit dificult to stomach on a sunday aren’t they?

    [lprent: Why exactly would we delete it?

    Admittedly your comment sounds rather confused and lacks a lot of coherency (like much of your writing). It makes little sense except in terms of unsubstantiated innuendo (like most of your writing). I suspect that your idea of the legal aspects is as usual based more on hope than reality – but that isn’t unusual either.

    In short your comment makes you look like a bit of a numbnuts fool – but hey we knew that anyway. That isn’t an offense that we zap comments or ban for. These are usually left to the commentators to comment on (if they can be bothered).

    You know all of this, so I guess you tacked that last para in as some kind of pathetic attention seeking. That really isn’t a good look if you want to be taken seriously. ]

  9. axeman 9

    Aah the old ‘Crosby Textor Conspiracy Theory’. Just like the myth perpetuated on Red Alert. Must be puttin’ your tinfoil hats on too tightly over here as well.

  10. Buster 10

    How come no journalist has asked John Banks to repay the $8,000 it cost to expand the Auckland City Council carpark to fit his Bentley in? That sounds like more of an extravagant personal expense than anything Brown has done:

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=227999

    And how come Banks hasn’t been forced to ask if he’s been reimbursed for anything during his time as mayor or how much all his receptions and activities have cost?

    It seems the only thing that is manufactured here is the outrage by one attack journalist and his repeater blogger allies.

    • How come no journalist has asked John Banks to repay the $8,000 it cost to expand the Auckland City Council carpark to fit his Bentley in?

      Because they expect the left’s standards to be so much higher …

      I think all mayors should have $5k to spend on anything without question just so that we can get away from this endless gazing at visa statements.

      And talk about real issues like public transport, the need to retain water in public ownership and control and maintain older adult housing, you know important stuff like that.

      The right wing do not debate these issues because they don’t believe in them but they know that their views are really unpopular. It is much better to push the sleaze button.

      • ghostwhowalksnz 10.1.1

        What about the $700,000 Auckland City spent on the bugled attempt to to get the V8 Super Cars running around the inner city – at Banks insistence.
        A complete fiasco, as they never did the detailed work .

    • Tigger 10.2

      There are a lot of questions that should be put to Mr Banks that no one will.

      And the problem with smearing is that you tend to get some pooh on you…Banks has been around a long time and has buried a bunch of bodies. Sooner or later someone’s gonna start digging…

  11. Bob Stanforth 11

    It is possible, as has been noted, that this is an attempted ‘smear’. If it is, it will be undone by Mr Brown coming forth with the relevant documentation – a tax deductible, itemised receipt. It does seem a tad strange that it is being asked for now, many months after the fact – maybe a review highlighted a missing receipt, who knows, but again, production of an original will make the issues go away. Will it not? Or is that too simplistic a view?

    Surely claiming its all a smear even before it has been refuted is premature? Why not let the truth out first, then highlight that self same truth, rather than claiming smear right from the outset? Isn’t it good we have this type of public accountability for those who hold public office? I for one would like to know that someone spending $800 of public funds had been doing it for a relevant, public oriented purpose, rather than for his or her own reasons.

    [lprent: I haven’t bothered to look at this topic at all as it looks to me more like a group masturbation by the wingnut right (the porn festival from the likes of Farrar and the other dog whistling spinsters of the right).

    However since I have to release you from first-time moderation, I’ll comment that you appear to have a bit of a logic problem in your comment. If the reason for requesting a new receipt is to replace a missing one – then how in the hell could he produce the original? Can you see how stupid your comment looks? Or are you too much of a stupid troll to move past the moronic line you are spouting?

    It is a characteristic signature of a political smear that 1+1 = 11. This is the Whaleoil (or Barnsley Bill) level of political mathematics. Your comment appears to encapsulate quite successfully. In essence you appear to be saying that because there hasn’t been a refutation (on a Sunday when most media and for that matter the relevant accounts are not available) that the presumption has to be that there is malfeasance.

    I hope that any comments you write in the future aren’t going to be as boneheaded as this one. Because you’ll certainly fall foul of the policy – which I suggest you read immediately.

    This all wastes my time, which is why I’ve spent time now to set you on a path that is less of the sewer, and more on the higher debate level you’ll need here. Hopefully an investment of my time now will make you someone I don’t have to exert moderation effort on later. ]

    • Bob Stanforth 11.1

      Gee, nice welcome, thanks 🙂

      Put it this way – if a business sells something, they have to keep a record of that sale. Its the law. They have to note what was sold, to whom, and when. Details. So that if the tax man comes knocking, they can supply that level of detail. They also, in the retail trade, tend to keep details because it matters from a stock perspective. A business produces THEIR original as a copy, to back up that produced at the time of sale – hence, the original.

      I did not say that because there is no refutation its true, I said the claim will be undone when such refutation takes place. Surely that’s obvious? Isn’t what Im stating giving Mr Brown the time to put it right? How is it stupid to ask for someone to be able to show themselves to be right, not wrong, and then to be able to stand on that right?

      You seem to think that because I dont blindly support the claim that its a smear that Im for it, or approve of it? That is so far from the truth to be laughable. My point is, I think, quite simple – its not true until proven, and we all have the right to so prove – no matter what someone claims. And if someone claims ‘rort’ when the opposite is in fact true, then their argument is lost, as is some degree of their credibility? And then the person so claimed against has their reputation not only supported, but also strengthened. Yes? Oh, and please refrain from another attack, Im not stupid. You might be able to see that, I hope. Oh, and I read policy – could do with a spell check 🙂

      • lprent 11.1.1

        I’ve run a few accounting systems in my time. It always freaks me out how easy it is for paper to go astray. Especially when the bill doesn’t go directly to the accounting office (in my case sales reps, in this case (presumably) politicians at a meal). It gets stuffed in someones pocket and usually winds up going through the wash.

        One of the reasons to use a credit card is because the value still shows up on the credit card, which does go directly to the accounting office. So you can request request a copy of a receipt from the company listed on the credit card statement.

        Seems a hell of a lot simpler than the convoluted conspiracy theories I’ve scanned in comments today. But probably not as entertaining.

        You get used to having me around providing the outside bounds of behaviour. I generally prefer not to get involved in comments.

        But I figure that if I have to intervene, then I prefer to ensure that people don’t want a repetition of my treatment. This saves me time later (and who really cares about the lusers).

        I set the moderation policy to always show me peoples first messages. It limits people who like changing identities frequently because I look to see if they’re already banned through their IPs. It also allows me to preemptively comment on first time users who look like they may incur my immoderate wrath later during moderation sweeps. On average the latter reduces my workload in running the site.

        • Bob Stanforth 11.1.1.1

          You aren’t my ex wife are you? 🙂 She used the preemptive strike philosophy as well, had more headaches than a clutch of Labour ministers and their credit card expenses 🙂 Ditched her for the childhood sweetheart, best move ever.

          I digress.

          Paper does go missing, of that there is no doubt. Im an accountant, been involved with selecting and implementing financial systems for years, large corporates here and o/seas, and keeping those bits of paper is a nightmare, but it needs to be done. Still strikes me as odd that a long long time after the expense was incurred there was a need to go find a detailed receipt, but then it might have been in response to an OIA request. We shall have to wait and see – and reserve judgment, of course.

          I think whats been forgotten is that its not about the fact that there are bigger issues for our politicians to deal with, there are. This goes to the very heart of trust. We believe that our elected representatives are capable of doing the job we elected them for, that for most of us (I think) is a no brainer. What we have to be (re) assured of is our trust in them to act both within the law / rules, and also with honour. The latter seems lacking – on both sides – at the moment, and historically. The former also seems to have been waived by some as well.

          Putting it succinctly, some, not all, have been taking the piss. Its our money, there are rules, and they are there to protect our money. You don’t get the right to feather your nest just because you are our representative.

    • infused 11.2

      So touchy lpent. You obviously have no idea how it works, keep reciepts.

      • lprent 11.2.1

        Yeah right. Even have to manage sales reps or programmers or engineers? Not exactly the worlds greatest keepers of annoying bits of paper.

        I suspect you’re thinking of some ideal world where everyone is an obsessional wingnut with a paper fetish. Ummm called “accountants” from memory.

  12. i am not surprised its what tories always resort to when losing

  13. tsmithfield 13

    Sure the right is probably milking this for all its worth, as the left would in similar circumstances.

    I think a fair point here is that Len Brown (and possibly his officials by latest revelations) have opened the door for these sort of attacks in the first place. So they have created the opportunity for the right to gain some advantage here.

    • Pascal's bookie 13.1

      ” So they have created the opportunity for the right to gain some advantage here.”

      True, and it’s a shame, coz the right are hardly going to campaign on policy. They could do like the national Nats did… “Those policies you know we favour? We sincerely promise not to implement them immediately”, but nah, even that’s too honest for the banksta. It’s just gonna be wall to wall nickel and dimeing with near daily diversions from any thing policy related.

  14. really 14

    Smear or not you must admit it is very very very dodgy for a staffer to ask for a new receipt with all references to booze removed, and 36 months later (so its hardly ooops we lost it and need it for the financial years audit).

  15. Micky Savage, your call to give them 5k to spend on anything they like is a good one. Oh, hang on a minute. I think they get substantially more than that already. I think it is called their salaries..
    Pretty good ones too. It stuns me that the ex labour ministers, current nat ministers, rodney and the the north shore and manukau mayors can’t manage to get by on what they are legally paid without having to treat tax payers and ratepayers as interest free credit unions.

    The money quote this weekend for me was this one from the herald about the scandal.

    “Most gallingly, he used his ministerial card to buy flowers for Lianne Dalziel after she was sacked as Immigration Minister for lying about having leaked documents to a television channel.
    The logic by which he could regard it as a ministerial duty to console a colleague who had sought to deceive the public remains obscure to everybody but him, it appears.”

    Obviously it is about the member for Te Atatu.
    No doubt somebody will chirp up blaming a staffer or him not having his personal card in his wallet..

    • felix 15.1

      I tend to agree about the salaries, BB. Who buys flowers to comfort a friend and doesn’t want to pay for it? What a frickin tightwad.

      I’m sure someone will say they’re not paid that much compared to similar positions in the private sector, but this is a spurious comparison. The nature of the job entails public service. If you’re not willing to make sacrifices for the greater good then you don’t belong in parliament, sorry.

      (Besides which there really are no comparable jobs in the private sector – they’re not managers and the country isn’t a business).

    • ghostwhowalksnz 15.2

      Well Key got around the housing allowance which English tried to rort, which was ruled illegal by the A-G, by changing the rules and ‘giving’ all his ministers a maximum no questions asked housing allowance

      The gall

  16. Felix, surprisingly we have not heard the low pay argument this time. That is probably because they are all paid mulitples of the average wage and low pay does not wash as an excuse for helping yourself. You could also look at each one on a case by case basus and see what thye were doing and actually earning prior to winning the golden kiwi card to free food and booze and christs knows what else.

    • ghostwhowalksnz 16.1

      Oh come on Heatley showed your lot were no different. Yet he was not seen as a grasper.

      McCully has spent $2000 on dry cleaning , which is a personal expense, as the clothes are his.
      Whats the difference from the flowers to dry cleaned suits and shirts

      • Dry-cleaning when travelling on official business is used as a specific example of permitted expenditure in the governing document “Travel, Accommodation, Attendance, and Communication Services Available to Members of the Executive”.

        Of course, so too are flowers 🙂

        • ghostwhowalksnz 16.1.1.1

          When travelling you would normally use the hotel laundry service, so it would be added to the bill – like the porn.
          Is there evidence that all McCullys dry cleaning bills were ‘overseas’ and not Wellington as well ?

  17. Adolf Fiinkensein 17

    National smear machine? Are you off your heads?

    National have needed to do not a thing. Your idiots have done it all on their own.

    • Michael Foxglove 17.1

      But they have done “a thing”. They’re smearing Len Brown before the facts are known.

      And we don’t have any “idiots”. Do you?

  18. Rharn 18

    I’m surprised that the Nats have not done an ‘ecan.’ That is suspend democracy and appoint a commissioned mayor. But hey…………….it’s early days………….and given Key’s and Hide’s democratic agenda for the Supercity…………….it’s still possible.

  19. really 19

    PhilU …………period………….abuse…………. alert.

  20. Rosy 20

    If left-wing politicians are happy with calling right-wingers ‘rich pricks’ they are on some level associating themselves with ‘hard working kiwis’. If right-wingers rort the system it is hardly unexpected that they might spend up without a thought to what that means for people with lower living standards. If a left-wing politician does the same it tends to come as a complete surprise to those who believed in them, and seems entirely hypocritical – in a similar way to the ‘family values’ person being associated with sexual impropriety. A ‘rich prick’ who spends other people’s money cannot, on the same level, be accused of being a hypocrite. I suspect this is at the heart of the outrage over spending.We can defend all we like, be angry over the double standards, and rail against the headlines without explanation or detail, but Labour has to acknowledge this, and handle it well, no matter how unfair. (Just summarising what floating voters I know are saying)

    • felix 20.1

      Well that fails at the first “if”.

      Cullen called Key a rich prick. Presumably because he knew Key to be rich and also believed him to be a prick.

      The rest is fantasy.

    • My exposure to swinging voters leads me to believe they are not concerned with any of the points you made, what ever they are, all they know is that things are not good and Jones watched porn paid for by his Ministerial card and maybe there is a link.

      Stunning politics, but totally unrelated to reality.

  21. RedLogix 21

    Shorter Rosy…I’d sooner vote for a rich prick who I can pretend isn’t massively screwing me over…than a fellow poor prick who’s a little prone to getting ideas above his station.

    Finish off with a round of vigorous forelock tugging woncha all.

    • ghostwhowalksnz 21.1

      A rich prick – like Richard Worth ? Your metaphors about whos was screwing who are more apt than you think

  22. Rosy 22

    Redlogix , I agree entirely with your link, but you got it in one, – your post is how a lot of people I talk to think – and they all vote! Some were slowly coming round especially after the budget, but these spending headlines really are a step back in the world I live in.

    • RedLogix 22.1

      Sadly there’s something in what you’re saying Rosy. Call the politics of envy if you will, but not quite in the way most people mean it.

  23. Anne 23

    In the short term you might be right Rosy and if so, we can look forward to seeing it show up in the next opinion poll. But come the next election – whenever it turns out to be- the swinging voters won’t be casting their vote based on blue movies and booze. It’ll be a darn sight more fundamental than that. Like… how their pocket is being affected, and who they think will give them the best monetary deal.

    By the way, someone – think it might have been Mike Williams on Q&A – said the story is far from over. There’s more revelations to come, and at least one involves another Nact minister.

  24. That is it. I am now convinced. Len Brown should not be Mayor of the Super City because the Manukau City Council misplaced a bit of paper.

    It was a relatively insignificant bit of paper. Someone looked at it before and thought it was OK and reimbursed Len for a Dinner which may have been a dinner for Councillors and senior Officers.

    But hell that bit of paper is missing.

    There is also a Criminal Conspiracy because a Council Officer tried to replace the bit of paper with another bit of paper.

    Franz Kafka eat your heart out …

  25. Nick C 25

    “When Keys hand picked candidate John Banks.”

    Since when did John Key pick Banks? He was obviously going to run already being the mayor of the Auckland city council.

    Its ironic that you deride smears when you give away that this blog is nothing more than a smear blog with these lame attacks laced in your posts.

  26. Cactus Kate 26

    Irrelevant if the MCC don’t have the details.

    The restaurant has to keep records for 7 years, they will have a copy of the original (first made) receipt with itemised detail on it. As per standard when you go out, you pay and they give you the original usually and keep the carbon or computer printed copy. May take a while but it will be sitting with their accounts staff/accountant. Simple to ask for that if there are issues.

    Would be more interesting to find out who goes out on a Sunday night for $810 and for what purpose. Has Brown explained that yet?

  27. Herodotus 27

    Does anyone really think that this wee attack will prevent Len from becomming mayor?
    For me only if Manukau does not vote would Len lose, the greater the vote count the greater will be Lens victory.
    If anything has been learnt over the last week, If you are in politics Do Not use the credit card supplied, use your own and get costs reimbursed signed off by a senior neutral civil servant. I am sure regarding National politics that under secretaries (I think this is the person) will pick up the bill and then the costs will work there way thru the system, also that ministerial credit cards will be cut up permanentely.

    • RedLogix 27.1

      If you are in politics Do Not use the credit card supplied,

      Which kind of tells you something. Like what sane person would go anywhere near politics?

      also that ministerial credit cards will be cut up permanentely.

      Melting down the weapon they have just used on their opponent will turn out to be a temporary expedient. The credit cards were never the issue, no-one really cared about the relatively piffling sums involved…it was all a debased political pantomine to serve another purpose.

      And that’s a plot that can only thicken.

      • Herodotus 27.1.1

        So as both side make personnel attacks on the opposition and digs deep into peoples pasts, how do we then get quality people on both sides of the spectrum to stand. There was only 1 person in history who had a unblemished past, and I think even he would not want a job as a MP so who has the credintals to stand. S.Jones will never live down what has just been revealed, but if he walks what will follow to replace him?
        We now have posts attacking the lovely man bill English for complying with the rules then commenting on the morality of his actions. As we are ever becomming a legialistic country (moving closer to USA,unfortunately) what standards do we wish our politicians and the rest of us to follow. A moral code or the law ? and what form of cardboard cutout will parliament be filled with?
        They will definitely not be representive of the community.

  28. James 28

    Brown behaves like a typical socialist with other peoples money and the comrades can’t spin fast enough…..good times! 😉

  29. randal 29

    who heard quax whining on the radio this morning.
    I dont care how much coffeee Len Brown Chraged up he will always be twice the man that john banks or quax will ever be.

  30. coge 31

    I guess when it comes to the ballot box, it’ll come down to one thing. Who would you trust with the cheque book? Len Brown or John Banks? John Banks may not be to everyones taste, but we do know he is honest. At the end of the day serious doubts have been cast on Len Brown’s fiscal prudence, & this will be a concern to every Auckland rate payer.

    • Lew 31.1

      Depends what the A-G finds, doesn’t it? After all, if he’s exonerated by the investigation that he invited, doesn’t he come out smelling of roses?

      Of course, he might not. But then, he knows what the investigation will find, and he called it.

      L

    • Who said he’s honest? I doubt if all the money he has was made honestly.
      He was either fiddling, insider trading or screwing the workers ,I will never ever believe a person can make double million figures by the sweat of their brow or by exercising their brain.

  31. jaymam 32

    Well I’m really unimpressed by what politicians put on credit cards. Enough to give up supporting them. However since the right wing does it too and rorts in many other ways, I suppose I should choose the lessor of two evils. Maybe not. I shall chose between the greater of two goods. And that sure aint John Banks.
    I was all ready to spend my usual months putting up billboards, repairing the vandalism, taking them down again and denailing and storing them for years.
    I’m coming around to doing that again. Or I could just watch TV or something.
    Note to our elected representatives: – please do better.

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    Keir Starmer has hinted that Labour might vote in favour of the Johnson government's shoddy deal, with the proviso that a second referendum is attached:Speaking to BBC One’s The Andrew Marr Show, he said: “We will see what that looks like but it makes sense to say that by whatever ...
    3 hours ago
  • Hard News: Dealer’s Choice, an oral history from Planet 1994
    In 1994, I was the editor for an issue of Planet magazine focused on cannabis, its culture and the prospects for the end of its prohibition. Part of that issue was an interview with 'Ringo', an experienced cannabis dealer.I recently posted my essay from that issue, and I figured it ...
    2 days ago
  • The invasion of women’s sports by men: some facts
    Dr Helen Waite, sports sociologist and former elite athlete, on the invasion of women’s sport by men and the anti-scientific and misogynist ideology used to rationalise it.   ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 days ago
  • Remainers starting to sound like fascists
    As Brexit comes to a grisly conclusion (perhaps) people on all sides are saying intemperate and uwise things.  Some, like the Daly Mail, have been doing it for years.People as normally level headed as Jon Lansman are calling for automatic deselection of MPs who vote against a (likely) Labour three ...
    2 days ago
  • Labour MPs supporting Johnson’s turd-sandwich deal?
    I find this unbelievable:
    I've got one source saying more Labour MPs than expected are mulling whether to vote for the deal - including names who were not on the letter to Juncker and Tusk— Emilio Casalicchio (@e_casalicchio) 17 October 2019 I've compiled a list of possible reasons why Labour ...
    3 days ago
  • Why do we need control orders again?
    On Wednesday, the government was loudly telling us that it needed to legislate to allow it to impose "control orders" - effectively a parole regime, but imposed without charge, prosecution, conviction or real evidence - on suspected terrorists because they couldn't be prosecuted for their supposed crimes. Today, it turns ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Bullshitting the Minister
    On Monday, the Hit and Run inquiry heard from NZDF's former director of special operations, who claimed that the defence Minister knew everything about the Operation Burnham raid. Today, the inquiry heard from that (former) Minister - and it turns out that he didn't know nearly as much as NZDF ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Speaker: Extinction Rebellion is not a cult (but ecstasy for the people)
    Yoga gurus and cult leaders – I’ve seen a few. Two weeks ago, I unknowingly joined an alleged new-age cult at the Kāpiti coast, together with a giant kraken and some neatly dressed pensioners who would make any book club proud.They were among the two hundred people of all ages ...
    3 days ago
  • We need to bring the police under control
    The last decade has seen a trend of increasing weapons availability to police. Assault rifles. Tasers on every hip. Guns in cars. And following the march 15 massacre, pistols on every hip, all over the country. At the same time, its also seen an increase in the abuse of force: ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • If you can’t measure it, does it exist?
    In the last couple of weeks, I’ve been busy preparing for our summer paper on Science Communication. Looking for something amusing about ‘risk’ in science, I came across this neat xkcd.com cartoon about why so many people come knocking on my door (or phoning me, or emailing me) desperately wanting ...
    SciBlogsBy Marcus Wilson
    3 days ago
  • Swinson’s swithering
    Jo Swinson is doing even worse at this Being Sensible lark that I'd thought.  I've just become aware of the following utterance
    .@KayBurley presses Lib Dem leader @joswinson on whether she would agree to a #Brexit deal 'no matter how bad a deal it is' as long as it had ...
    4 days ago
  • Women’s rights, trans ideology and Gramsci’s morbid symptoms
    by John Edmundson The International Socialist Organisation (ISO) have recently reposted a February article, by Romany Tasker-Poland, explaining ISO’s position in the “trans rights” debate.  It is available on their website and on their Facebook Page.  The article sets out to explain why “socialists support trans rights”.  It reads more ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    4 days ago
  • We need to take guns off police
    Today's IPCA report of police criminality: a police officer unalwfully tasered a fleeing suspect who posed no threat to anyone:The police watchdog has found an officer unlawfully tasered an Auckland man who broke his ankle jumping off a balcony to escape arrest. [...] To avoid arrest, the man jumped over ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • “Bringing kindness back”
    "Auckland City Mission: 10% of Kiwis experiencing food insecurity", RNZ, 16 October 2019:About half a million people are experiencing food insecurity, according to new research from the Auckland City Mission. Food insecurity, or food poverty, is defined as not having enough appropriate food. The City Mission said over the last ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Press Release: “Fake News” from Auckland City Council CCOs Board Chairs re pay and performance b...
    Media Statement for Immediate Release 16th October 2019 “Fake News” from Auckland City Council CCOs Board Chairs re pay and performance bonuses for top managers Despite comments from Auckland City Council CCOs Board Chairs re pay and performance bonuses for top managers—Herald Newspaper Tuesday Oct 15th–there is very little evidence ...
    Closing the GapBy Tracey Sharp
    4 days ago
  • Ever-So-Slightly Bonkers: Simon Bridges Plays To His Base.
    Would You Buy A Used Propaganda Video From This Man? Bridges and the National Party’s strategists have discovered that the ideas and attitudes considered acceptable by today’s editors and journalists are no longer enforceable. The rise and rise of the Internet and the social media platforms it spawned means that ...
    4 days ago
  • Asking for food
    There is plenty of evidence of the way the business mentality has permeated every level of society since the recrudescence of market liberalism 35 years ago. You only need to think of how citizens in need of help from their government, their state, their country, are now routinely described as ...
    Opposable ThumbBy Unknown
    4 days ago
  • Forty years of change in the jobs Kiwi do and the places they call home
    John MacCormick Over the last 40 years, New Zealanders – and people in other countries – have experienced big changes in the jobs they do and where they live and work. These changes include: a decline in manufacturing jobs an increase in jobs in ‘information-intensive’ industries (which are better paid ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    4 days ago
  • Protecting Fresh Waterways in Aotearoa/NZ: The Strong Public Health Case
    Nick Wilson, Leah Grout, Mereana Wilson, Anja Mizdrak, Phil Shoemack, Michael Baker Protecting waterways has the benefits of: (1) protecting water from hazardous microbes; (2) minimising cancer risk and other problems from nitrates in water; (3) avoiding algal blooms that are hazardous to health; (4) protecting mahinga kai uses (cultural ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    4 days ago
  • Massey University triggered to rebrand
    by The Council of Disobedient Women In a press release today Massey University announced it has decided to rebrand and reorientate after struggling to be a University for grown-ups. For some time the University has wanted to be a safe play space for wee-woke-misogynists who have been really badly triggered ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    5 days ago
  • Swinson backing calls for a second referendum (again)
    After a brief dalliance with 'hard Revoke' it looks like the Lib Dems are changing ground on on Brexit, with leader Jo Swinson reverting to calling for a second referendum on Johnson's deal.The party has tabled an amendment to the Queen’s speech requesting that any deal brought back from Brussels ...
    5 days ago
  • An odious bill
    The government has decided that someone has done Something Bad. But despite their belief, there seems to be no evidence that they have actually broken the law. So the government's solution is to pass a retrospective law allowing them to be punished anyway, on a lower standard of proof. If ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • National is now the party of climate arson
    So, Judith Collins has done a Facebook rant about climate change, peddling the same shit National has been shovelling for the past twenty years: the impacts are overstated, there's no need to do anything about it, and its too hard anyway (oh, and its so unfair that people who peddle ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • The environmental footprint of electric versus fossil car
    Climate Explained is a collaboration between The Conversation, Stuff and the New Zealand Science Media Centre to answer your questions about climate change. If you have a question you’d like an expert to answer, please send it to climate.change@stuff.co.nz There is a lot of discussion on the benefits of ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    5 days ago
  • “Manifest” by Andrew Bird – A Song For The Times.
    I came across this song quite by accident. If it isn't one of Greta Thunberg's favourites - it should be.Video courtesy of YouTube.This post is exclusive to Bowalley Road. ...
    5 days ago
  • Passing the buck
    Last month, NZDF's shoddy coverup of what it knew about civilian casualties in Operation Burnham began to fall apart, with the revelation that a report on the matter, which NZDF claimed not to have, had been sitting in an NZDF safe for the past nine years. Yesterday, the man responsible ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • India a major player in Earth observation satellites
    While many imagine that countries like the USA and Europe dominate space activities, in fact India is now a major player on this stage. It launches satellites for its own purposes and also commercially, and has constellations orbiting our planet and returning data of vital importance to that nation in ...
    SciBlogsBy Duncan Steel
    6 days ago
  • The rot at the top (2).
    Thanks to a report from the Acting Inspector General of Intelligence and Security following a complaint by Nicky Hager, we have come to find out that the SIS illegally spied on Mr. Hager on behalf of the NZDF after publication of Hager’s 2011 book, Other People’s Wars. The NZDF justified ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    6 days ago
  • Common misconceptions about “Global Warming”
    COMMON MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT GLOBAL WARMING MYTH 1: Global temperatures are rising at a rapid, unprecedented rate. FACT: The HadCRUT3 surface temperature index, produced by the Hadley Centre of the UK Met Office and the Climate Research Unit of the University of East Anglia, shows warming to 1878, cooling to 1911, ...
    An average kiwiBy admin@averagekiwi.com
    6 days ago
  • A climate of tyranny
    For the past week, Extinction Rebellion has been peacefully protesting in London to demand action on climate change. The British government's response? Ban their protests:Police have banned Extinction Rebellion protests from continuing anywhere in London, as they moved in almost without warning to clear protesters who remained at the movement’s ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Collins crushes climate
    An essay by Judith Collins MP reported on Carbon News yesterday seems to show an alarming shift in attitude within the National Party. Collins argues against the Zero Carbon Bill, the Paris Agreement, and downplays the magnitude of climate impacts. The Paris Agreement was adopted in December 2015 and ratified ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert McLachlan
    6 days ago
  • More disappointment
    When they were running for election, Labour promised to overhaul the Employment Relations Act and introduce fair pay agreements to set basic pay and conditions on an industry level, preventing bad employers from undercutting good ones. They followed this up by establishing a working group, which reported back in January ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • What do these mother-child studies really say about fluoridation?
    A list of indicators of bad science – many of these are found in articles promoted by anti-fluoride activists. Anti-fluoride activists have been pouring money into a scaremongering campaign warning pregnant women not to drink fluoridated water. They claim fluoride will lower the IQ of their future child. Fluoride ...
    6 days ago
  • Losing Labour’s Mills-Tone.
    Nothing Left To Say: Labour's pollster, Stephen Mills, remains swaddled-up in the comforting myths of the 1980s. As if the experience of Roger Douglas’s genuinely radical post-Muldoon policy agenda was literally a once-in-a-lifetime thing – as much as the party could possibly absorb for at least the next 50 years.MEMO ...
    6 days ago
  • Speaker: Disability and the Royal Commission of Inquiry into Historical Abuse
    The Royal Commission on abuse in care is very significant for the disability community. For many decades last century, thousands of disabled children, and adults who managed to survive, were locked away from families and communities. This was not for anything they had done, but for the perceived threat their ...
    6 days ago
  • Spain is not a democracy
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • UK Conservatives hate democracy
    With an unfair voting system, uneven electorates and an un-elected upper house, the UK's "democracy" is barely worthy of the name. But now the government wants to make it worse:The government has been accused of suppressing voters’ rights with the potential disenfranchisement of tens of thousands of people after plans ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • What is wrong with our building industry?
    Back in the 90's and early 2000's, the building industry was building leaky homes which should never have been granted consent. Now it turns out they've been building dodgy office blocks as well:New imaging technology has revealed hundreds of major buildings nationwide have defective or missing concrete or reinforcing steel. ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Local bodies
    Local body election results were released over the weekend, to joy or despair depending on where you live. In Auckland, Phil Goff trounced John Tamihere, who is muttering darkly about running for Parliament again (but which party would want him?) Wellington is now a wholly-owned subsidiary of Weta Workshop, except ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • A future of government
      How could government evolve over the next decades? Reports of democracy’s imminent demise are greatly exaggerated.  However, satisfaction with political systems in many countries is low, so there is much to do for governments of all political stripes to improve relevance and trust. Digital technologies are seen as one ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert Hickson
    1 week ago
  • Speaker: Catalonia, interrupted
    Two years have now gone by since the Friday afternoon when my university-student son and I headed out of our Barcelona flat to a nearby primary school, designated as a polling station for the vote that was to be held the following Sunday: the referendum on Catalonia’s independence from Spain ...
    1 week ago
  • Sage Decisions Unwisely Over-Ruled.
    Overruled: The joint decision of Finance Minister, Grant Robertson (Labour) and his Associate Minister, David Parker (Labour) arguably the two most powerful ministers in Jacinda Ardern’s government, to grant OceanaGold the consents which Land Information Minister, Eugenie Sage (Greens) had earlier denied them, offers bitter proof of how hard fighting ...
    1 week ago
  • Government may ban voting in effort to get more people to do it
    More than double the number of people who will vote in this year’s local body elections have tried marijuana or urinated somewhere they shouldn’t have. As local elections look set for the lowest turnout in decades, with many regions falling well short of 40%, the Government is exploring a number ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • Woman: Deleted.
    A Statement on Abortion Law Reform by the Council of Disobedient Women   On the eve of bringing an end to antiquated, anti-women abortion laws Green MP Jan Logie intends to write women out of the Bill. With a stroke of the pen, the woke are aiming for total erasure ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • The Hollowest of Men Ride Again… SURPRISE!
    Musings continue apace about “the experienced businessman!” soon to be taking up a National Party MP position. Or to be more accurate, being parachuted into a seat to shut down their former MP Jamie-Lee Ross, who despite his own shortcomings shed at least some more light on the inner workings ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    1 week ago
  • Barbaric
    The Ugandan government wants to murder gay people:Uganda has announced plans to impose the death penalty on homosexuals. The bill, colloquially known as “Kill the Gays” in Uganda, was nullified five years ago on a technicality, but the government said on Thursday it plans to resurrect it within weeks. The ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Is this study legit? 5 questions to ask when reading news stories of medical research
    Hassan Vally, La Trobe University Who doesn’t want to know if drinking that second or third cup of coffee a day will improve your memory, or if sleeping too much increases your risk of a heart attack? We’re invested in staying healthy and many of us are interested in reading ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • Fighting Monsters.
    Freedom Of Speech? The Säuberung (cleansing by fire) was the work of the German Student Union which, on 10 May 1933, under the watchful eye of the Nazi Reichminister for Propaganda, Joseph Goebbels, consigned 25,000 books to the flames in a ritual exorcism of “un-German thought”. According to the logic of the ...
    1 week ago
  • The next wave of kaupapa Māori politics: its constitutional, it must be.
      “There can be no such thing as kaupapa Māori political parties or politics in Aotearoa” (Willie Jackson, Labour Party (2017). Māori TV, General/List Election Special) I begin with that claim because at the time, I was confounded at first that it fell out of Willie Jackson’s mouth, and then ...
    EllipsisterBy Ellipsister
    2 weeks ago
  • Night lights of NZ from orbit
    New Zealand has prided itself for decades with regard to its lack of pollution, and all will be aware that the ‘100% Pure New Zealand‘ meme is under threat through land, water and air pollution of various causes. There is another type of contamination that the country also faces: light ...
    SciBlogsBy Duncan Steel
    2 weeks ago
  • Reporters deliver uplifting news to fleeing Japanese residents: they won’t miss any rugby
    New Zealand’s media is doing its part in Japan, reassuring those in the path of the storm that they won’t miss any rugby while away from their flooded homes. New Zealand sports reporters stationed in Japan for the Rugby World Cup have had the rare and heartwarming opportunity to inform ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Government in contentious discussions about whether to put surplus on red or black
    Regional Development Minister Shane Jones is the only Cabinet member in favour of putting it all on green. As Finance Minister Grant Robertson finds himself with an enormous $7.5 billion surplus, the Government has begun intense, at times contentious conversations about whether to put the money on red or black at ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Jordanian teachers’ successful strike has lessons for here
    by Susanne Kemp At the start of September close to 100,000 school teachers went on strike in Jordan.  They demanded a 50% pay rise.  A pay rise actually agreed to by the regime back in 2014. In early October, however, in the face of government repression and threats, the teachers’ ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Why some people still think climate change isn’t real
    Climate Explained is a collaboration between The Conversation, Stuff and the New Zealand Science Media Centre to answer your questions about climate change. If you have a question you’d like an expert to answer, please send it to climate.change@stuff.co.nz Why do people still think climate change isn’t real? David ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • The SIS unlawfully spied on Nicky Hager
    Back in 2011, journalist Nicky Hager published Other People's Wars, an expose on NZDF's activities over the previous decade of the "war on terror". NZDF didn't like this, and especially didn't like the fact that it was base don leaks from their own. So, they had the SIS investigate him ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • October 2019 – Newsletter
    https://mailchi.mp/7d9133add053/closing-the-gap-october-2019-newsletter ...
    Closing the GapBy Tracey Sharp
    2 weeks ago
  • And they wonder why we think they’re environmental vandals…
    The Zero Carbon Bill is due back from select committee in two weeks, and will likely pass its final stages in November. So naturally, farmers are planning a hate-march against it. But they're not just demanding lower methane targets so they can keep on destroying the planet; they're also demanding ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: Paying the price in California
    Last year, California burned. This year, to stop it happening again (or rather, to stop themselves from being found liable if it happens again), Pacific Gas and Electric is cutting power to half the state for a week:Schools are closed. Traffic lights down. Tunnels dark. Businesses unopened. Hospitals running on ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Let’s Hear It For Up-Close-And-Personal, Hard-Copy Democracy!
    The Best Way: Missing from the on-line voting debate is any reference to the voting system that produces turn-out figures ranging from 77 to 93 percent of registered voters. The voting system used to collect and count the votes cast in our parliamentary elections. The system that involves citizens making ...
    2 weeks ago
  • 10/10: World Day Against the Death Penalty
    Today, October 10, is the world day against the death penalty. Out of 195 UN member states, 84 still permit capital punishment. Today is the day we work to change that. This year's theme is children. Having a parent sentenced to death or executed causes long-term trauma and stigmatization which ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Talking Freer Lives: a Marxist gender-critical perspective from Australia
    Among the great new bunch of political friends we have been making recently is the excellent Australian-based Marxist gender-critical site, Freer Lives.  So we asked the comrade who set up that blog to write something for Redline on the blog, himself, his analysis of the rise of gender politics and ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Government spin accepted by union leadership
    by Don Franks  The Auckland City Mission is struggling with a 40 percent increase in demand for food parcels this year. A total of 23,020 were needed by June. Last month Missioner Chris Farrelly told the Herald the “cupboards are bare” and without an emergency food drive, he can’t see ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • Forbidden Thoughts
    by The Council of Disobedient Women   Massey Wellington Student Association had a sit-in today. Imagine a sit-in. On a campus. Against a women’s rights meeting. Did the ’60s really happen or did we fucking dream it? They gathered in the student square, an echo chamber. Sitting on soft pillows ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • Much love to my loyal Ukrainian readership
    For some reasons, my post about the mystery message from inside the Downing Street bunker seemed to catch people's attention.  Quite a lot of hits from NZ (unsurprisingly) and the USA (a bit more puzzlingly, but hi there, USAians!!) and 76 views from the Ukraine.I've celebrated my Ukrainian readers in ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Another day of bonkers GNUmours (again, sorry)
    First, almost a score of Labour MPs seem to have sent a letter to the EU basically begging them to accept a deal - any deal - just so Britain can get the Heck on with Brexiting instead of being trapped in limbo:
    To avoid no deal, deliver on the ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Labour vs working class immigrants – again!
    by Phil Duncan In 2016 the National-led government suspended the Parent Visa Category, through which migrants were able to bring their parents into New Zealand.  Since then over 5,700 people have been in immigration limbo, stuck on the visa wait list. Labour is now bringing back the scheme.  Well, sort ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Speak Up for Women press statement: on Massey University and Feminism 2020
    The following was released yesterday (Tues, October 8) by the women’s liberation organisation Speak Up for Women. On 23 September Speak Up For Women announced that we would be holding an event at the Massey University Theaterette in Wellington. The event is called Feminism 2020. The intention of the event ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Farmers support dirty rivers
    The government is currently consulting on plans to improve freshwater quality. So naturally, farmers oppose it:South Taranaki farmers are preparing to fight proposed national freshwater changes that some fear will bankrupt them. The Government's proposed National Environment Standard on Freshwater Management, released in September, rated the Waingongoro River as one ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • No-one cares about local government
    Yesterday was the last day for (reliably) posting your vote away in local body elections. Turnouts are mostly much lower than the equivalent time last year (Palmerston North is down 2.3%), and so naturally people are pushing their online-voting snake oil again. Because the online census worked so well, lets ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • The political ghosts of eugenics may matter more than the genetic
    This essay, on the political legacy of the eugenics movement, by Kenan Malik was originally published in the Observer on 6 October 2019, under the headline ‘The spirit of eugenics is still with us, as immigrants know to their cost’. Birth control. Intelligence tests. Town planning. Immigration controls. It’s striking how ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • “Surplus” again
    Another year, and the government has announced another enormous government "surplus". And just like last year, its nothing of the sort. When we have people homeless and sick and hungry, when we have schools and hospitals still falling down, when we have underpaid public servants and infrastucture unmaintained or unbuilt, ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Inside the Downing Street bunker
    James Forsyth at The Spectator (I know, I know) has tapped one of his contacts inside Number Ten for an insight into the Johnson administration's thinking and strategy.It is fascinating, unsettling and quite, quite mad.  Some key points:Negotiations have stalled and the Johnson administration are keen to blame the EU: ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Taking Control Of The Nation’s Story.
    Fatal Contact: With the arrival of captain James Cook in October 1769, the islands of what would become New Zealand ceased to be the preserve of Polynesian navigators and settlers and became a part of both the world’s map and the world’s history.THE MAORI NATIONALIST assault upon the historical meaning ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Are GNUs extinct?
    Another round of tactical talks about forming a Government of National Unity have come to nothing with the Liberal Democrats still refusing countenance putting Jeremy Corbyn into Downing Street:Opposition talks on Monday made little headway over when to try and vote down Boris Johnson's government and who might succeed him as ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Labour chickens out again
    When the government was elected, it promised to lead the way on electric vehicles, and specifically to make the government vehicle fleet emissions-free where-practicable by 2025.They lied:There are 15,473 vehicles in the government fleet and only 78 are electric. When the coalition Government came into power in late 2017, the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago

  • Government announces 27 percent increase in Trades Academy places
    Two secondary-school initiatives are being expanded as part of the Government’s plan to see more young New Zealanders take up a trade to help close the skills gap.   This includes the largest single increase in Trades Academy places in recent years. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Education Minister Chris ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    41 mins ago
  • Methane reducing cattle feed one step closer
    The Government today announced its support for a project that could substantially reduce agricultural greenhouse gas emissions from cattle. The announcement was made as part of Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s and Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor’s visit to Nelson’s Cawthron Aquaculture Park. The Cawthron Institute will receive $100,000 from the Government’s ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Bill to refresh superannuation system passes first reading
    Social Development Minister Carmel Sepuloni has welcomed the first reading of the New Zealand Superannuation and Veteran’s Pension Legislation Amendment Bill. “Every New Zealander has a stake in New Zealand Superannuation and Veteran’s Pension,” says Carmel Sepuloni. “They are our most common form of social assistance – nearly 800,000 New ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Government announces next steps in fight against measles
    Babies in Auckland aged six months and over can receive a free vaccination and children will all have access to vaccines, Associate Minister of Health Julie Anne Genter announced today at Papatoetoe High School.   The move comes as part of Government efforts to step up the fight against measles. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Speech to the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs, Pacific Futures: Connections, Identity...
    ***Check against delivery*** Good morning. It is a pleasure to be here, and to have the honour of opening this important conference on behalf of the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs. Let us take the opportunity to acknowledge all the people who have helped make today possible, including our special ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Police trial new response to high risk events
    Police Minister Stuart Nash says the safety of frontline officers and members of the public will be the focus of a new trial of specialist Police response teams in three of our largest urban centres. Police have this morning released details of an initiative to be trialled in Counties Manukau, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • New awards celebrate fisheries sustainability
    The Minister of Fisheries is calling for entries for a new public award to celebrate innovation in our seafood sector. “I have established the Seafood Sustainability Awards to recognise and celebrate those throughout industry, tangata whenua and communities who demonstrate outstanding dedication and innovation towards the sustainability of New Zealand’s ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • More progress for women and we can do more
    Minister for Women Julie Anne Genter welcomes leaders in the private sector taking action on closing their gender pay gaps to ensure a fairer workplace for all New Zealanders. Ms Genter today launched a new report, Addressing the gender pay gap and driving women’s representation in senior leadership, from the Champions for ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Proposals to curb environmental damage help our coasts and the oceans
    Government Ministers today welcomed the release of a marine environment report highlighting the four key issues affecting our oceans, estuaries and coastlines.  The release underlines the importance of government proposals to combat climate pollution, ensure clean freshwater, protect biodiversity, make land use more sustainable, and reduce waste and plastic.    Environment ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • New mental health facility for Waikato
    The Government has approved funding for a new acute mental health facility for Waikato which will provide better care and support to people with mental health and addiction issues. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Health Minister Dr David Clark announced the $100 million project to replace the aging Henry Rongomau ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
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