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Nicky Hager announces new book release

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Nicky Hager’s new book release is imminent.  The book is said to not be a sequel to Dirty Politics nor related to the election.

The Government will be pleased if this is the case.  The sight of the former Prime Minister standing up during the last election campaign and continuously denying the allegations contained in Dirty Politics which have been verified on every occasion there has been a formal investigation will not be repeated.  It has been said to me that the reporters at the time knew that Key was fibbing and he knew that they knew that he was fibbing.

Hager’s previous books include analysis of the GCSB, the anatomy of an anti environmental PR campaign, genetic modification and the Government cover up of an accidental release,  Exclusive Brethren secret funding of National Party election advertising during the 2005 general election, New Zealand’s actual role in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq compared to what we were told, and Dirty Politics.

What will this book cover?  I have no idea although I wonder if a review of the GCSB is the subject.

The launch is at 5:00 pm at Unity Books in Wellington.  Hopefully there will be a video link.

160 comments on “Nicky Hager announces new book release”

  1. Tory 1

    Dirty Politics; political activism, enabled by crime, a book most commonly seen in the $2 bin.

    • ianmac 1.1

      Dirty Politics went through about 3 reprints didn’t it ? In spite of the number of Nat Disciples who refused to read it fearing disenchantment.

    • Paul Campbell 1.2

      Really? I see it regularly, but mostly on people’s bookshelves

      • Tory 1.2.1

        You should get out more, can’t be much fun eating sawdust sausages or drinking wheat germ cocktails with misguided Greens or Labour supporters.

        • Carolyn_nth

          Non-evidence-based smears by Nat supporters on a left wing blog?

          Surely not?

          Surely Hager cannot have been correct about the Nats’ two track politics?

          • One Anonymous Bloke

            Sawdust is one of the ingredients used to make the cellulose casing for sausages, and Tory’s amygdala.

        • Paul Campbell

          Looks at humongous cast on my left foot – yes I should get out more – the surgeon says I have to keep it elevated – I guess I could walk on my hands ….

          If I did get out more I would obviously see it on other people’s bookshelves more often, I’m not sure exactly what your point was, other than to point out my obvious disability

        • What exactly about the book is misguided? Have the nats been able to falsify anything said in the book? If so, why aren’t they suing Hager for defamation?

          I’ll tell you why, because then he would be entitled to discovery of evidence that would confirm the leaked information, and they like the deniability of simply attacking him personally.

          Hager is an internationally recognised investigative journalist, Tory. He is in fact literally the only one in NZ. (https://www.icij.org/journalists/nicky-hager) I’ve also met him personally, and it’s hard to imagine a more down-to-earth guy. He’s a bit of a lib, like I am, sure, but he’s no conspiracy theorist.

    • Carolyn_nth 1.3

      Is why the NZ mainstream media are very quick to report Hager has a new book out.

      I did get the impression, as stated by Micky in the post, that journalists new Hager’s Dirty Politics book was accurate – and Duncan Garner said at the time, he already had worked out there were smear campaigns coming from the PMs office, and then via WO.

      Hagaer was the first to provide evidence of 5 Eyes (Eschelon). Journos know if Hager is writing about an undisclosed topic, there’ll most certainly be something significant in the book.

      • Skeptic 1.3.1

        Indeed he did, and also showed how unethical influence has soured NZ politics to the extent that it now rivals Aussie for bottom place in the “robust” politics stakes with “Hollow Men” – although that was mainly about how Brash got suckered. Dirty Politics was more about “orchestrated litanies of lies” by Nat supporters trying desperately to imitate US Tea Partyists – and failing dismally. I’m looking forward to Nicky’s next book. For any Pols student – past and present – with an interest in the reality of NZ Politics, he’s a must!

      • Siobhan 1.3.2

        Duncan Garners a strange fish, that sort of carry on didn’t exactly dent his belief in National Policies. Just last week on TV he was banging on about there being 50 000 fewer solo parents on benefits, but then maybe he’s just a Paula Bennett fan, I mean whats not to like…


    • Wensleydale 1.4

      I’ve never actually seen it in the $2 bin. In fact, I had to purchase an electronic copy because whenever I tried to purchase a physical one, I was told they’d all sold out and there were none available. But I understand your desperate need to perpetuate the narrative that Hager’s an irrelevant conspiracy theorist, if only to preserve the myth of Key the Messiah.

      • tory 1.4.1

        just remind me again of the effects of the ‘Dirty Politics’ attacks against John Key by Hager and Dot com?, thats right, a successive 3rd National Government. and so the juggernaut shall roll on….

        • Carolyn_nth

          Whatever happened to Whaleoil? When did it last feed a story to the mainstreamm media?

          What happened to the two track smear machine run from key’s office?

          Where is Jason Ede?

          • SpaceMonkey

            Exactly. Dirty Politics had more of an effect than we think.

            • Draco T Bastard

              Yep, it’s just been well glossed over by the corrupt National Party.

          • marty mars

            The oil beef hooked just like his pet pollies key and collins – a lot of that was the light shone on the scuttling rats by Nicky’s books. The hollow men is such a great read on the vacuous right and their pathetic agendas.

          • Whispering Kate

            “Where is Jason Ede” – I love that phrase, it has become part of the NZ vernacular like “Bring Back Buck” although not in a positive vein like the latter.
            You are so correct – where is he and what slime is he crawling in now.

            • One Anonymous Bloke

              Where is he? He went to work for Teamtalk, who have fallen on hard times, (lol) and look like being acquired by Spark.

              Fairfax today revealed that Mr Ede is now a contractor for Teamtalk, a listed telecommunications company.

              The company has strong links to the National Party and managing director David Ware told Fairfax the decision to use Mr Ede as a contractor was not a political decision.

            • Mrs Brillo

              And where is Cacky Kate?

        • weka

          “just remind me again of the effects of the ‘Dirty Politics’ attacks against John Key by Hager and Dot com?, thats right, a successive 3rd National Government. and so the juggernaut shall roll on….”

          From what I remember the election was close. My own perspective is that Labour lost the election because they didn’t have their shit sorted out (esp the still obvious conflict over their leader) and swing voters in particular are looking for competency above most other things. I doubt that Dirty Politics gave NACT any votes, but by all means see if you can make an argument for that beyond the trolling you have done so far in this thread.

          • Tory

            Clearly your “rose tinted glasses” are smeared

            • adam

              You know what Tory, just 5 photo’s to back your claim would be all you need.

              As for rose tinted, yours seem to be that ugly type of yellow brown.

            • weka

              “Clearly your “rose tinted glasses” are smeared”

              Well thanks for confirming that you are just here to troll. Or perhaps you are just incapable of mounting an actual argument.

            • lprent

              Tory: If you are just here to troll, then I suspect I will give you a pass direct to post-election when I see it while moderating.

              You know the rules.just reading down your comments so far in this post, I have seen you do 3 or 4 diversion or near diversio comments.

              I’d suggest you that start writing rational comments rather than acting like a dumb dickhead.

              • Skeptic

                It’s quite clear he’s a troll – a nasty one at that.

                I wonder when he’ll get banned.

                If he had an ounce of common sense he’d stick to his own kind – but then just like a dog pissing on a lamppost isn’t being a vandal – he’s being a dog – so to with Tory troll. We’ve all been at this long enough to smell the stench a mile off.

        • peterh

          And this time Hager & dotcom are going to win big time this is there turn

    • Cinny 1.5

      Dirty Politics …

      ‘Four days after release, it had sold about 10,000 copies, in addition to 1,000 e-book sales.
      Robbie Burton, executive director of Craig Potton Publishing, said: “I’ve never seen anything like this before, in terms of the speed at which it’s happening.”
      A week after release, sales had reached approximately 15,000, and by mid September, sales were at almost 20,000. The first two chapters are available free on-line’

      One of my favourite reference books, the handy dandy index in the back, love that.

      • Tarquin 1.5.1

        A fool and his money are easily parted.

        • Carolyn_nth

          Tarquin: A fool and his money are easily parted.

          I don’t think Hager’s latest book will be about Cabinet Club.

        • Cinny

          Indeed Tarquin, which is why I’ve been waiting for some time to add a new book to my collection.

          Often I purchase books second hand, but Hagar books are impossible to find second hand or on sale.
          Haven’t purchased a brand new book for a couple of years, however I was given a new book for Christmas, Wilbur Smith is my fav fiction writer.
          Informative non fiction books are always my preferred choice, and that is what Hagar writes 😀

          Heading to the local book store to see if I can pre-order. Teleporter is still not up and running so I won’t be able to make it to the book launch.

          I’m excited, one of my favourite authors is releasing a new book. ONE MORE SLEEP! It’s cool, if you’re not excited, I’m happy to be excited for you 😀

          • Tarquin

            Good on you Cinny. It’s our differences that make the world a better place. Good luck with the teleporter!

    • Onya Nicky – funny Tory – you can get 5 copies of keys seminal work ‘what John Key believes in and how he made a difference’ for a dollar – great for lighting the fire or lining the longdrop.

      I am looking forward to Nicky’s new book.

    • mauī 1.7

      Sounds like you put all the right wings denials and attack lines into one sentence. Well done.

    • Tophat 1.8

      Did you ever see a bookcover that boasts 2000 000 sales @ $x ? No it is always sold 2000 000 copies and that is all that counts.

      • One Anonymous Bloke 1.8.1

        Current lowest “buy now” price on Trademe: $42.54.

        Amazon has it at $20.02 for digital edition.

        By comparison, Cultural Amnesia by Clive James is ~$15 for digital.

        You were saying?

        • Tophat

          I was saying, a book’s price does not dictate it’s popularity . It doesn’t matter if a book sells at $2 or $42.50.
          For instance the bible ( the planets most circulated book,) has 100 million+ copies world wide and it is given away.

        • Tophat

          You too OAB? I mean really, you edited that post after my reply and did not even make note of it. If you can’t stand by your original post at least make an edit note!
          Now irregardless your edited statement is a case of apples and oranges.

          • One Anonymous Bloke

            In this case the test of popularity is Tory’s crude measure: the bargain bin.

            My examples merely prove that should you see a copy of Dirty Politics in a bargain bin, you can turn a profit.

            As for editing, obviously this is something you feel strongly about, from an ethical perspective that is. Ethics, eh. A nice to have. Where is Jason Ede?

            • Tophat

              WTF has Jason Ede to do with this other than serve as a diversion from your piss poor ability to relate a position? At no time did you mention profit… If that were your platform you’d have replied to Tory and not I.
              My point being is that to judge a book by it’s price may be a little erroneous. Simple huh?
              As for the editing. just be fair and note it in the future if you will, I know ethics are challenge you.

              • One Anonymous Bloke

                I’ll keep your high ethical standards in mind.

                [you’re straying into obscure soundbite verging on trolling there OAB, please don’t go down that path – weka]

                • Tophat

                  To me, you arguing that making a simple courteous note in regard to your low act edit would be a tax on your ethics and in turn using that as a point of ridicule for me, is about as low brow, tittle tattle as you can get. I’ll talk to you again when you reach puberty.

          • lprent

            There are 10 minutes to edit specifically to allow changes in comments.

            Live with it. And please read the site policy on trying to tell us how to run our site. It is listed under self-martyrdom.

            • Tophat

              Sorry Lyn I fail to see where I attempted to tell you how to run your site.

              • lprent

                Of course you are. You are trying to tell someone else how they should operate on our site.

                Moderators can do that. You cannot.

                You may whine or complain about it. You may not in anyway state what someone else should do. If you do then the moderators will express their viewpoint on Mrs Grundy behavior.

                We really couldn’t be clearer about how we feel about this particular freeloader behaviour.

                From the about..

                No – you must….
                Have you read this page? We must do nothing. The posters post on the topics they want to (with a few limitations from the sysop). If you really absolutely want your ideas to be heard, then start a blog and start learning to write. You can probably find a more compatible blog on our blogroll. Or you can comment on the posts that our posters write and follow our rather lenient rules.

                From the policy

                A partial list of these self-martyrdom offenses include:-

                Generally wasting a moderators time is just not a good idea. We’re there to deal with isolated problems. People persistently sucking up our voluntary time won’t like the results.
                Abusing the sysop or post writers on their own site – including telling us how to run our site or what we should write. This is viewed as self-evident stupidity, and should be added as a category to the Darwin Awards.

                • Tophat

                  oh whatever lyn. I have no interest in posting on your site any longer as it is. I did not ever say, ” You must…” You’re just another idiot trying to place words in my mouth, something that is common in attacks on this site. A poster cannot stand on an argument so they attack the personage not the substance of the posts. I have posted on 3 topics in particular over the last few weeks, my posts may have been substandard, but I was never once taken to task on the posts but rather tagged as a conformist, a liar and aspersions cast on myself due to ethics. I see now why people are hesitant to post here along with the exodus for the door, which I am happy to follow.
                  You sir can take your blog and shove it!

      • In fact if the OP knew anything about hardcopy books, (which I do as I would like to publish some of my fiction one day) they’d know that it’s actually normally more economical to print too many books to sell at full price, because that way you make a better margin on the full-price books than you do by selling out at any point. If you sell out, your publisher actually failed to print enough books in the first place and potentially missed out on some profit. You don’t want to sell out until your book is already in the bargain bin.

        So any well-managed publication of a hardcopy should end up on discount months or years after its first publication. In fact, if it’s still available in bargain bins for years afterwards, that means the tail end of its run is still selling, which can be a very good thing.

    • NZJester 1.9

      Why is it that you guys paint Cameron Slater a victim of hacking because someone got access to his emails by finding a security flaw yet say he did nothing wrong when Slater himself hacked into a server through a back door security flaw and took confidential information?
      Then there is the case of the Police raiding Nicky Hager to try and find out the source of his information yet not raiding Cameron Slater to find out who gave him a hard drive and a set of files from an actual physical office break-in and not even charging him for receiving stolen property. Property, I might mention that he used to print paid for attack pieces on the person the hard-drive and files got stolen from.
      The police just brushed all that under the rug because of who his friends and father are.

      • adam 1.9.1

        You mean the slater who paid money to hack this site, then got hit with a wet bus ticket. No wait he did not even get that, he got away Scott free in his attempt to get our information, and use it nefariously.

        That slater, the scum sucker who abuses the dead, the racist, and low life.

        Who ever thinks that the Tory scum don’t look after their own, is kidding themselves.

        • NZJester

          Yep, the one that has broken a number of laws with his most popular one to break being naming people under name suppression and being given far more leniency than people who have committed similar crimes. Leniency for a first offense I can understand, but when you keep deliberately breaking the same law showing your destain for the New Zealand legal system, how come they keep treating him like it is his first time committing that crime?

  2. ianmac 2

    There was talk/mention I think from Nicky maybe a year ago or so, that he was doing something on the Police. It was hinted that that might have influenced the way that he was treated. My vague memory doesn’t matter really as all will be clear on Tuesday.

    • Anne 2.1

      I remember it too ianmac. He talked of being approached by police officers or former officers with information. So, there might be a link into police practices including the Dotcom case in the new book.

  3. Carolyn_nth 3

    Notice on the Daily Blog says it will be live streaming the launch.

  4. Tui 4

    at last! the REAL reason shonkey quit! (fingers-crossed)

    ~ Tui

  5. veutoviper 5

    Calling MS – Pedant here

    Last sentence should read 5.00pm not 5.30pm

    I will get my coat and show myself out!

    [No need thanks for that. Would be terrible to show up half an hour late – MS]

  6. Wayne 6

    It seemed to me that the combination of Nicky Hagar’s book and Kim Dotcom political party, both intended to influence the election, actually boosted support for National.

    The response of the MSM during the campaign, using weeks of time asking about the book, infuriated many National supporters, and people inclined to vote National. It seemed that the MSM was totally obsessed about their concerns and could not care less about the issues that actually affected peoples lives.

    The book was certainly seen as dirty politics, but not in the way that Standardnistas think.

    As a consequence voter turnout increased in 2014 from 2011, and mostly in favour of National.

    It is surely evident in recent years, both here and overseas, that many in the MSM elite are tone deaf to the issues that affect many voters. That is why they miss voting trends because they are ignoring many of the voters. Their concerns are not those of the MSM, and therefore must be ignored or denied.

    But the one thing the voters have is their vote. which is why National did better than anticipated in 2014, why Brexit occurred and why Trump is president.

    Of course the new book may not be as politically/electorally focussed.

    • Carolyn_nth 6.1

      And, of course, the current National-led government have been doing so much to ease the housing affordability crisis, the poverty gap, under-employment, etc.

      BTW, throughout most of John key’s tenure, the concern of the MSM tended to be to show what a great guy Key is.

      Meanwhile, more and more Kiwis have been struggling to get by.

    • Did I really just see a wealthy lawyer and ex-National Party cabinet minister dismissing jounalists as an elite who are out of touch with ordinary people? I can’t have, can I?

    • Reality 6.3

      Wayne, regardless of whether or not Dirty Politics influenced the outcome the election result, I would be interested in your opinion of Jason Ede, right there in the Prime Minister’s own personal office, carrying out his nasty scurrilous role on behalf of your former colleagues. Do you have any respect for him? Would you like someone like him to be a friend knowing what his role was?

      • Tory 6.3.1

        Jason Eade “walked through the open back door of a web site” and Nick Hager used stolen material from a website…

        • McFlock

          So if I find an open back door and take your telly, it’s not stealing? Good to know.

          • adam

            You forgot to take the credit card details McFlock.

            • One Anonymous Bloke

              They’re buried, along with the tv, under a pile of double standards.

          • Bob

            What Labour did was akin to leaving the telly on the footpath and wondering why it went missing. No-one broke in anywhere, no-one needed any extraordinary talents to access it, and anyone who found it could legitimately think it was free to a good home.
            That clearly wasn’t the intentions of whoever found it, but the fact that Labour left it on the sidewalk meant they were in the wrong not the person that came across the information

            [lprent: That is completely wrong. Read the relevant sections of the crimes act. Merely knowingly accessing a system without the authority and permission of the operators and owners is a crime. It doesn’t matter if the access was left open. It is exactly the same as entering a house without authority to do so.

            Simply to have done it is the criminal act. That the police decided not to prosecute Ede, Slater and others who accessed the Labour party site was largely because the NZLP chose initially not lay a complaint. When that (finally) happened retroactively, they could have but chose not to prosecute.

            To conspire to hire someone else to do it (as Cameron Slater found out with this site) is a criminal act. In that case we put enough pressure on the police to prosecute. Cameron Slater had to plead guilty to get a diversion.

            And yes rawshark will almost certainly be prosecuted if the police can find enough evidence to tie him to the crime.

            So stop deliberately lying – you have been told this before (including I suspect by me). I am really tired of this particular lie. If you’d like the law changed, then state this as an opinion. Do not assert wishful thinking as a fact.

            Banned 2 weeks and if I see you do this again, then you will be banned for a LONG time. ]

            • McFlock

              Labour were in the wrong, yes. They should have taken better care of my TV, rather than leave it on the footpath.

              But also wrong the slimy little tory fucks who stole the data, because if someone leaves a TV on the footpath, it still doesn’t mean that it’s anyone’s to take.

              The only reason the slimy little fucks recorded themselves wandering around the website backend was because they knew they shouldn’t be looking at that info in the first place.

        • mauī

          If someone else has acquired your emails they aren’t considered “stolen material” or “stolen property” under law. They’re digital conversations that involve you as a person and that’s about all the ownership you’ve got over them.

          • lprent

            Not correct. It depends how they were acquired and what jurisdiction you are in.

            In NZ under the Crimes Act:
            If you went into a computer that you didn’t have permission and authority to be on, then you’d have committed a criminal act.
            If you hired someone to do the above then you have committed a criminal act.
            If you paid for stolen property, then you’d have almost certainly have committed a criminal act (as far as I am aware that hasn’t be tested in NZ).

            If they were given to you, then you may be liable for an expensive civil suit if you inflict harm using them. It is unlikely that it would be viewed as a criminal act. However whoever got the emails in the first place would still be on the hook for criminal charges and I suspect that the harm would be a factor in additional charges and sentencing.

            If you figure that through, you’ll see that there is a consistent legal thread joining them.

    • weka 6.4

      That’s an argument for how the MSM influenced elections, not that the book Dirty Politics made some people vote National.

      The last election was close. I think many factors affect voting and I would guess that there were people who didn’t vote based on the mess that happened before the last election. You can assert that the book boosted NACT’s vote, but there is no actual evidence to support that one way or other. We’re all just guessing.

      Personally, I think Labour still being a mess cost them the election (I subscribe to the theory that swing voters in particular vote according to perceived competency).

      • rhinocrates 6.4.1

        I agree. Polling consistently shows that Labour policies are popular, but the party is not. Perceived competence to govern is a prime concern for most voters and Labour was a very public shambles. Idiots like Goff and Robertson must have been congratulating themselves on their cleverness by leaking and undermining their leadership but they made it abundantly clear by their actions that Labour as an entity was completely unfit to govern. I’m amazed those clowns actually got as many votes as they did.

        • weka

          I also have a theory, not based on terribly much, that some people vote for the party they think is going to win because they want to be on the winning side. So if the MSM are trumpeting that National will win, then that will garner them votes. Not so much last election but there has been at least one where the MSM all but declared in the week before. Not doubt that ups the non-vote too. We have a poor version of democracy given the structures in place.

          • rhinocrates

            Yes, I think that’s a feature of human nature – voting is often at least partially a statement of solidarity and aspiration.

            I think it hurts parties like the Greens who are seen as junior coalition partners at best and hence a party vote for Green is perceived as being worth ‘less’ than a vote for one of the two major parties.

            • weka

              in that sense we really screwed MMP up. So much wasted potential. I guess it takes time for such a big cultural change.

              The Greens reckon their internal polling shows that something like 28% of people want to vote for them.

    • Anne 6.5

      The book was certainly seen as dirty politics, but not in the way that Standardnistas think.

      You seem to be very one-eyed about ” Standardnistas”. To begin with, the people who write posts and comment here are a diverse grouping extending from the so-called Far Left through to the Centre. Using the word Standardnistas in an attempt to gather them together under one political roof is a misnomer.

      John Key succeeded in convincing a majority of people he was telling the truth. None of these people read “Dirty Politics” so, whilst they helped give him another term in office, their conclusions were/are irrelevant because they were based on lies and innuendo.

      You can analyse and argue to the contrary as much as you like Wayne, but John Key is a consummate liar and its my hope that is what Nicky’s latest book is going to prove beyond a shadow of doubt.

      • Wayne 6.5.1


        Obviously Standardnistas does not cover all posters on this site.

        It is intended to cover all those who start their economic and social critique with something like “The neo-liberal experiment of the last thirty years has wreaked havoc on New Zealand…”

        I am sure you know the derivation of the term, so it is obviously aimed at leftists, but a little bit tongue in cheek!

        • One Anonymous Bloke

          The World Bank, IMF et al wouldn’t use those terms, Dr. Mapp.

          Obviously you prefer to discuss the subject as though the only people concerned about the damage you helped do, were New Zealand citizens.

          I am sure you know the truth of these matters, whether your tongue is in your cheek or somewhere else entirely.

        • WILD KATIPO


          ” all those who start their economic and social critique with something like “The neo-liberal experiment of the last thirty years has wreaked havoc on New Zealand…”

          If the cap fits , – wear it , son.

          Good to see that pang of conscience there as well… some would call it a Freudian slip ,… others are compelled to tell the truth… like you just admitted to.

        • mickysavage

          It is intended to cover all those who start their economic and social critique with something like “The neo-liberal experiment of the last thirty years has wreaked havoc on New Zealand…”

          Guilty …

      • Skeptic 6.5.2

        I seem to recall that the sharp analysis of the last election was that after Dirty Politics was released Labour/Greens polling showed a significant boost. It was the later shenanigans for the Mana/Dotcom Party that both split the left vote and turned a lot of ordinary non-political people either off voting or switching to NZ First. I may be wrong – if so I stand corrected.
        Either way the timing of Nicky’s latest should be better coming a good six month’s out from the election – gives people time to read AND digest in an unhurried fashion.

        • Anne

          Nicky’s latest should be better coming a good six month’s out from the election – gives people time to read AND digest in an unhurried fashion.

          It used to be said that the length of time it takes for the majority of people to catch up with a big story or major policy announcements is at least two months. When the 2014 election day arrived, the D.P. book had only been launched one month sooner – not nearly long enough for most people to digest the reported contents. Once the election was over people shrugged their shoulders… oh well, the election’s over now so won’t bother to find out what all that Dirty Politics stuff was about.

    • Banjo 6.6

      “It seemed to me that the combination of Nicky Hagar’s book and Kim Dotcom political party, both intended to influence the election”

      It seemed to me the dirty politics crew & the people who chose to be involved with them intended to influence the election, Hagar’s book just shone some sunlight on their underhand and manipulative behaviour, and their lack of integrity.

      And peoples lives WERE affected by dirty politics. Maybe not National supporters sure, but all the people who were targeted by that toxic crew in order to intimidate them into silence were negatively affected, their reputations falsley smeared. That should be a concern to you.

      • Skeptic 6.6.1

        Yeah – too true – us armchair critics tend to forget that real people got hurt in that rather nasty fight. A lot more suffered indirectly because of the result. Just imagine how the Housing crisis might have played out if Key lost the last one? Or a Livable wage policy? Would that make a great “alternative facts” fiction novel?

    • Wayne

      ” But the one thing the voters have is their vote. which is why National did better than anticipated in 2014, why Brexit occurred and why Trump is president.”

      There’s no way globalists such as yourself can claim Brexit or Trump. That was riding on a wave of Nationalism and the peoples disgust at classic neo liberalism and its vulgar unpopularity .

      And one of the things that sank Keys boat was the mass mobilization against Grosser and Key – both sell outs to American economic and military hegemony.

      He knew it, we knew it , and the National party knows it.

      And last time we had a look at the 2002 election results ? ,- we can pretty much guess the Double Dipper from Dipton is going to do it all over again.

      His viciousness is in full glare for all to see… Key the second hand used car salesman isn’t holding his hand anymore to help him push through his hideous little globalistic plans.

      Have you noticed the popular contempt for both English and Bennett recently?

      Or is Key’s leaving still filling you with denial ?

      • WILD KATIPO 6.7.1

        And one of the things that sank Keys boat was the mass mobilization against Grosser and Key – both sell outs to American economic and military hegemony.

        Edit for those who were not paying attention over Key being the poor loser hes always been :

        ” And one of the things that sank Keys boat was the mass mobilization against Grosser and Key over the TTPA – both sell outs to American economic and military hegemony.”

        Too much to live down…. never mind… we got a bicycle track… maybe the homeless and their family’s can park up on that if Bunning’s run out of space…

    • NZJester 6.8

      National spun the stories to paint themselves as victims and used it as a cover to hide the fact that yet again they had no real meaningful policies. They also had the help of the MSM not calling them out on their lies and continued broken promises.

      When you look about what John Key talked about fixing in his maiden speech as the National Party leader in parliament you have to then wonder why under his leadership they all actually got far worse.

      As with a lot of the jobs he has had in the past he has got out just before the brown stuff hit the fan.

    • WAYNE.

      Your efforts to downplay and discredit Nicky Hager pales into significance with regards to the seething mass of obvious corruption of core members of the National party under John Key – off which English was the but the skulking instigator and failed PM of 2002.

      This is why Key was brought in.

      Because English was never popular, isn’t now or never will be.

      For that they needed a liar and a confidence trickster.

      Hence Key.

      1 ) March 8th 2011 – Jerry Mateparae is stepped down as head of the GCSB.

      2 ) March 15th 2011 – Top NSA spook, James Clapper, flies to NZ to meet with Key to discuss ‘synchronicity’ between the NSA and GCSB.

      3 ) March 22nd 2011 – High level intelligence meetings

      4 ) May 2011 – McCully visits Washington

      5 ) June 17th 2011 – Key meets with Ian Fletcher for breakfast at Stamford Plaza.

      6 ) July 22nd 2011 – Key is invited to Washington as pay back for this new ‘synchronicity’.

      7 ) July 26th 2011 – Key side steps normal protocols and appoints his old school friend Ian Fletcher to take over at the GCSB.

      8 ) October 2011 – John Key, the head of the SIS and NZDF join Ian Fletcher, the MFAT Head, and the DPMC boss for a secret dinner at the British High Commissioner’s home

      9 ) December 8th 2011 – A letter states that Key is going to meet Ian Fletcher on 12th December

      10 ) December 12th 2011 – Key meets with Ian Fletcher.

      11 ) December 14th 2011 – The Police boss responsible for spying on Dotcom meets John Key with other intelligence agencies present.

      12 ) December 16th 2011 – Kim Dotcom starts to be illegally spied upon.

      13 ) January 2012 – Raid on Kim Dotcom.

      Campbell Live Review: Extraordinary new GCSB … – The Daily Blog


      And something I wrote about Dotcom at one time a few years back.



      Most relevant to the work Nicky Hager has written or else these National party criminals would have gotten away scot free.

      They didn’t.


      It would be wise to remember we are dealing with two issues here.

      One …the political issue and that of the IMP , and two…the appalling and illegal treatment of a person in this country.

      Of the former…it is easily divided into two areas of govt and media attack.


      1) The obvious ideology of the neo liberals in action in order to derail any chance of social democratic traction and reform. This was borne out in the Kelvin Davis saga whereby the National PM even advised his own National supporters to vote for their arch enemies Labour to destroy Hone Hawiras seat of Te Tai Tokerau.

      Totally unheard of and unprecedented.

      Had the IMP gained seats in parliament , we could very well have been looking at a govt of the Left. With people such as Laila Harre ,John Minto ,Hone Hawira among others.

      The neo liberals knew this was incredibly dangerous to Keys implementation of the TTPA and USA hegemony.


      2) The media harassment and negative reporting on Dotcom and the IMP.

      Graphically displayed by Brook Sabin and the reporter from TV1 who colluded in a devious set up of the IMP launch . Their goal was not to report on policy at all but use it as an opportunity to smear Dotcom in particular.

      Many of the photo shots were in fact staged and didn’t represent what actually took place at all. The manner in which the reporting- if one could call it that – was conducted resembled more the European Paparazzi than any semblance of responsible journalism.


      Brook Sabins father at that time was Mike Sabin. Mike Sabin was the MP for Northland. Hone Hawira held the Te Tai Tokerau seat.


      And now the for the ever deeper level of skulduggery carried out under the auspices of the John Key govt by which John Key himself played an important role.

      1) Under instruction from the Minster of Immigration the SIS was told to reverse its decision to deny Kim Dotcom entry into NZ.

      2) This was done around the time when the chief of the American NSA arrived into this country in the early hours of the morning to meet with high ranking NZ officials . John Campbell ran a programme that clearly demonstrated that the timing and the issue almost certainly was in regard to entrapping Kim Dotcom in NZ for the purposes of extradition to the USA.

      3) John Key from a shortlist chose Ian Fletcher for the job of head of the GSCB. Despite more qualified submitter’s for that job , Fletcher was chosen by Key. Key deny’s he even knew Ian Fletcher… yet later admitted they were boyhood friends and that a few hours before Fletcher was chosen they actually had breakfast together. After the police raid on Kim Dotcoms home it was found to have been an illegal operation and Fletcher resigned from the GSCB . To this day Fletcher refuses to discuss details about his role while head of the GSCB.

      4) Incidentally …the Hollywood Motion Picture Industry has had an important part in drafting up the foundations of the TTPA deal , which is then submitted to Congress before it was ratified. It was the Hollywood Motion Picture Industry that used the FBI to charge Dotcom with copyright , – and if that wouldn’t pass the criteria for extradition – trumped up charges of criminal money laundering and conspiracy to commit a crime was added. It was the Hollywood Motion Picture Industry that used the copyright law change of 2010 so that copyright infringement became an issue of ‘national security’ … however copyright laws are different in each country and as it is a civil case not a criminal case …and as New Zealand is a sovereign nation …there are no grounds for extradition.

      5) It has been established that at the time prior to Dotcoms raid by the NZ police , that 88 people had been illegally spied on by the GSCB. Dotcom was one of them.

      6) Because of this fact … John Key moved to have laws amended after the fact. Both in the SIS and the GSCB. One can see quite clearly that it is simply shifting the goal posts to hold the advantage against Dotcom , – whilst still using an illegal former situation to carry out the campaign against Dotcom on behest of the USA’s FBI – who lack jurisdiction in this sovereign nation.

      7) At the time of the raid … advise given to the Police Commissioner was that it was legal. It was later found that the warrant for the whole raid was invalid – thus making the raid illegal – as was the surveillance carried out against Dotcom.

      8) Breaches of legal protocol and entitlements were denied Dotcom . An example was he was denied access to a phone to contact his lawyers . Later it was found many of the police actions such as impounding his vehicles , freezing his assets and finances and other items was illegal.


      This is but a small list of the abuses leveled against Kim Dotcom and his colleagues . In this incidence , it is not a criminal case at all but a civil case brought against people by a foreign power in collusion with this govt for geopolitical purposes. In this case , the ultimate motive for this geopolitical co operation was to safeguard the dubious interests of the very group that drafted up the conditions for the TTPA – the Hollywood Movie Industry. And ,- being a civil case – hardly grounds for extradition at all.


      Another related set of issues is the manner in which John Key lied to the NZ public about the XKEYSCORE programme.

      It was not until it was exposed by The Moment of Truth meeting at the town hall that we learnt that in fact , being part of the 5 eyes spy network , we had indeed been part of the international spy rings surveillance programme.

      We leant that there was the XKEYSCORE programme in operation from Edward Snowden – and it was this very data that Glen Greenwald used to not only prove but bring the NSA of America to court – a matter which found that the NSA had indeed been indulging in illegal spying and data collation of the American public.

      Before this became public …. John Key labelled Glen Greenwald merely as one of ‘Dotcoms little henchman ‘… a desperate rear guard action to mask and obfuscate the existence of the XKEYSCORE programme. We further learnt that in fact this country has 3 servers dedicated to the 5 eyes spy networks in this country.

      After this was made public… John Key even threatened national security by dragging out irrelevant data against the wishes of the SIS to try and validate his lies about there being no mass surveillance… which , – not only were they irrelevant and failed to have the desired effect – only served to force him to admit that yes , – indeed the programme does exist.

      Furthermore…that not only do they exist ….but several months later there was a political storm with China and several Pacific Island nation over New Zealand’s role on spying on foreign govt’s . It turns out that this country is used to spy on country’s that others such as the USA cannot gain access to. And this includes our biggest Free Trade Agreement partner …..China.

      So in conclusion… if this sham of a a circus of extraditing several individuals on bogus trumped up charges – charges that were ramped up for political purposes and originating in a foreign nation which has no natural jurisdiction on these shores – goes ahead …. it will demonstrate that not only our democratic sovereignty has been affected by this subversive political activity but also our very legal system as well…..particularly when viewed against the backdrop of the type of political dark tactics that have been used in the Dotcom affair.

      What we are witnessing now playing out in our courts is not about just one individual’s plight …

      But is in fact all about we as a sovereign nation , – in that it is more about us and our legal and democratic system in all its totality being put on trial before our very own courts , – and infinitely less about Kim Dotcom.

      What we are witnessing today is the slide into the loss of national sovereignty and the subservience to foreign rule. What happens to Kim Dotcom has now become the litmus test of that loss of national sovereignty and the gauge informing us of just how far down that road we have let ourselves travel.

      • WILD KATIPO 6.9.1

        Oh… should read… ‘ pales into insignificance’…

        Just letting you know, WAYNSEY.

        Old chum.

      • Skeptic 6.9.2

        Pretty good summary WK – I like the linkage. I might just – but only a tad disagree slightly on your conclusions, in that I don’t think we’re past the point of no return just yet. Agree totally about loss of sovereignty and unethical overseas influence, but there always has been that in NZ politics to a greater or lesser degree – either from the US, Aussie, UK or EU. I’d tend to think Nixon’s troll – Milton Freedman and his ideological neo-con/neo-lib Chicago School of Economics misread for Adam Smith, had more to do with the destruction of NZ equitable society that I grew up in, than anyone else. But that’s just a personal opinion.

        • WILD KATIPO

          Its a lot easier now the conman has taken flight, and perhaps it will be easier in future happier times to reclaim the ground taken by that immoral liar. But the fact remains this scenario needs addressing. It wouldn’t have come to light if Nicky Hager had remained silent.

          Even the recent Dotcom issue should not be left for right wing manipulators to contain the narrative.

          They have proven their vested interests time and again to the detriment of the beguiled and unawares NZ public.

          They cannot be trusted.

          So when guys like ‘ Dr ‘ ,… Wayne Mapp try to go into bat for the indefensible,…

          It all ends up looking like someones got something to hide.

          And it certainly doesn’t look like its Dotcom.

          So that just leaves the other camp.

          Hopefully ,… Labour will learn from this. This is NOT 1876 and Custer isn’t fighting the Sioux.. this is 2017 … and if you’re a liar, if you’re a corrupt politician… the cards are stacked against you.

          Liars and apologists like ‘ D r ‘ … Wayne Mapp have increasingly less and less ground in which to manoeuvre , all they can do is evade… hopefully they will realize that fact and upskill.

          This is the age of the internet. And word travels fast and is up there for all time for all to see.

      • gsays 6.9.3

        Hey cheers wild katipo, thanx for the potted history.

        Seems to be the big $, the old models of media entertainment (music and film) were used to, are under threat from modern technology.
        Tis surprising to see prime minister jumping so enthusiastically to their tune.

      • Xanthe 6.9.4

        THANK YOU wild kat !

        All that needed to be said and you did so very clearly

      • Mrs Brillo 6.9.5

        Re : point 3
        No, it was not Ian F that Key had been a school friend of, it was his younger brother Alistair. This is true.
        No ex-spy heads ever talk about their job, whether during or after, so no surprises there.
        Disclaimer: I do not know Ian Fletcher or John Key.

        • WILD KATIPO


          But you know as well as I do that if your friends with one sibling you are more often than not at least knowledgeable of the others. Particularly if you have spent any time around at their family home.

          Another way of putting it is that Key was splitting hairs when he denied he knew Fletcher.

          In other words he was twisting the truth .

          Otherwise known as lying.

      • Wayne 6.9.6

        Wild Katipo

        Just to take one item of your conspiracy list, which is the reason why conservative Maori voted for Kelvin. Given I know many on the conservative side of Maori politics, I know it wasn’t like that.

        The people I know were infuriated that Hone had lined up with KDC and voted accordingly, that is strategically. That meant Kelvin, since he was the only candidate who could beat Hone. They did not need instruction, they did it themselves.

        Remember many of them had previously voted for Hone, either in the Maori Party or in Mana, so they felt that he had betrayed them.

        • WILD KATIPO

          So your accusing Maori as being fickle as the wind.

          Great move, mate.

          You know as well as I do that was a case of collusion . So do the rest of us.

          As for the rest on the ‘conspiracy’ list , I notice you too , like JAMESEY WAMSEY fail completely in being able to present a case for any of the other points. Thus proving that Nicky Hagers ‘Dirty Politics’ has had a massive impact on the NZ political scene in exposing unethical practices particularly within the National party and more particularly the then PM ( John Keys ) office.

        • weka

          Wayne, I’m sure that’s true to an extent (others with Northland connections say similarly). But it would be ridiculous to also claim that the actions of Labour and National had no effect on the TTT vote.

          And let’s not forget that Harawira lost by a relatively small margin and that Mana’s overall party vote increased.

    • It failed to deliver a knockout punch to Key, sure.

      But remember, the polls were significantly more friendly to National pre-election than the election result was. Now, they could all have been off by more than the margin of error, I suppose, or it could be that there was some political effect from late-breaking debate around the issues, which might possibly include Dirty Politics.

      The thing is, I don’t think it moved very many Nats, and a lot of centrists heard the general subject matter and thought it wasn’t going to be as nasty as the actual content of the book indicates it was. There’s been studies in the US (such as this one: http://www.cjr.org/analysis/breitbart-media-trump-harvard-study.php) suggesting that right-leaning (and don’t kid yourselves, a lot of centrists lean in a particular direction) people are more politically polarised than left-leaning ones, and thus more likely to ignore legitimate criticism if it comes from a source they dislike. I suspect it moved a few more left-leaning voters who were part of the Nats’ soft support away from voting for the government, and prevented them from governing outright.

      There’s not much Nicky can do about that polarisation trend on his own. The stories still need to be told, and I hope as they come to him he continues to cover them, and given he’s probably not being paid to do much investigative journalism by news outlets anymore, that pretty much necessitates selling books.

      • Skeptic 6.10.1

        There was a significant body of work done covering political polls,media and influences done in the late 1980s and early 1990s that I saw in the late 90s, but I can’t for the life on me remember where. All of what you say here and considerably more besides is quite true – especially about distrust of sources when they expose truths contrary to conditioned political persuasion. It all has to do with the body of work and studies about”Group Think” and how it influences ordinary people who are unaware of being manipulated. Your comment Matt, is right on the money with an up to date example of how this phenomenon works.

  7. Greg 7

    How exciting like a bomb waiting to go off and shonky is getting out of dodge

    • aerobubble 7.1

      Arguably Hager is a flop. Given he’s supposed to be taking on systemic power, the govt. And every govt surviveso go on and win the election forewarned. An opposition would us a crisis to slowing push the knife in, Hager just dumps it all out and like the good capitalist takes the book profits. English will use all the distractiin, like Key and Clark before him.

      • Anne 7.1.1

        Silly, ignorant talk.
        1) Hager writes for a living. It’s his only source of income. Is that a crime? He doesn’t make a huge heap of money out of it but that’s not his motivation anyway.
        2) He’s been internationally acclaimed by investigative journalists from around the world. Some years ago he received a prestigious journalist award for his work “Secret Power” – an exposé of the then highly secret Echelon surveillance system and the hitherto unknown Five Eyes network operation. Quite the coup of the day.

        • Mrs Brillo

          And while we’re at it, the spelling is

          (not Hagar)
          Thanks for spelling it correctly this time round, everyone – the persistent misspelling makes you despair for NZers’ eyesight, reading and comprehension skills.

        • aerobubble

          It takes time to write a book. Parliament does not have to fact check, its got protected. speech. So my point stands, Hagar obviously a writer, and a good one, still does the job of dumping a issue into the public and has never undone the govt in power. This is because there is a vacuum that Hagar, dotcom, can fill. As i have said before our parliament is more senate that commons, its filled with long serving senator types, who are practice in the art of boring people from the ballot box. Hagar parasiticism is highly commendable at supporting the status quo, like those sterilized moz they are now using to castrate the whole press gang of mozzies out there.

      • WILD KATIPO 7.1.2


        WHY … did Judith Collins get sent to the backbenches for a period on the naughty seat ?

        Why , aerobubble?

        Was it because she was just so darn cute and fluffy little bunnies to everyone she meets ?

        Or did it have more to do with MILK POWDER, SWAMP KAURI AND NOW , – BOTTLED WATER?…

        Or was John Key just jealous of Judiths special little relationship with Slater?

        And BTW …. WHERE is Jason Eade?

      • left_forward 7.1.3

        I guess its pretty much the same flawed argument made by Tory and Wayne – Hager publishes book presenting technicolor evidence of the dishonest and dirty politics practiced by National and supporters -> yet National still wins election -> therefore Hager is a flop.

        Yes it was a tragedy for NZ that National won the election, but at least we are all, thanks to Dirty Politics, aware about the unethical standards of the current Government.

        If you choose to vote for them again in the future, you will do so knowing that you are fully supporting such standards with the hope that they be replicated throughout this wonderful country of ours. You will have this to thank Hager for.

      • Skeptic 7.1.4

        What a crock of crap! Hager is a respected investigative author, both here and overseas, with several well researched, impeccably sourced and soundly referenced material for his books. His works – plural – have significantly influenced NZ Politics – especially for Gen X and today’s “babes in arms”. For people who’d vote a blue painted postbox (or a red one), he’s not read, but for serious Pols people, he’s a must.

      • Do you see anyone advertising jobs for investigative journalists nowadays, Aerobubble? Because I don’t. It would be great if Hager could make a living publishing things for the public good in newspapers or online. But media orgs aren’t paying for that. So it’s books or bust, and books have worked out pretty well for him.

  8. mosa 8

    I had trouble with trying to buy a copy of the Hollow men in 2005 in Whangarei.

    When my wife tried at Whitcoulls the manager told her that nobody would want to read it so it was not ordered for sale.

    Dirty Politics was the same although it was available to buy but limited copies were ordered, yet John Keys book was nominated by Whitcoulls as one of its must reads and plenty were available if you are interested in a good fiction novel.

    The good thing is that Whitcoulls have at least been open about their political preferences and sympathies.

    I am sure Nicky will have another well researched book that can shed light and expose the corruption and secret agenda’s of the subject he has chosen and there are plenty to choose from.

    • Cinny 8.1

      Experienced the same Mosa, at Paper Plus when D.P came out.

      Went down there this morning asking when they would have Hagers book in, they’re going to give me a call.

      Might be easy to just order through the publisher, wonder if he will use Potton & Burton for this book?

    • Mrs Brillo 8.2

      We were quite amused at the time to watch the so-called New Zealand Book Blog (Grahame Beattie’s) perform arabesques and cartwheels and all sorts of acrobatics trying not to mention the fastest selling NZ book and biggest local publishing story of the year.
      A certain amount of self censorship going on in the NZ book publishing and bookselling industries, then. Wonder if matters will have improved with Hager’s latest book?

  9. McFlock 9

    When his home was raided post-DP, didn’t people say that the book he was working on at the time concerned NZ police corruption?

    • weka 9.1

      That rings a bell. There was def something about material for a new book, can’t remember the topic though. Just having a look back through the DP site to see if it was mentioned.

  10. Ethica 10

    Whistleblowers are a threat to the establishment, and always get a hard time from them. The louder the put downs the more effective the whistleblowing.

  11. I hope there’s a book in future about THIS :

    The Rise and Rise of Daddy State: MSD blackmails NGOs for private …

    And THIS :

    Shocking new revelations about CIA breaking 1951 Union Waterfront …

  12. Antoine 12

    Funny if it turns out to be about butterflies or something


    • National party butterflies…. yes… that would be funny ,… however I would say they’ve displayed that over Jacina Adern , recently… and if I was roped in with such a corrupt crew… I too would start getting butterflies…

  13. james 13

    Well, Got to give it to him – he plays the media well.

    Hes getting in the news all for writing a book that nobody knows what its about – so good on him for that – he’s smart.

    As for the book – Meh. The fact that he dosnt print ‘everything’ but just keeps to his ‘targets’ makes him a lot less credible imho (which I know a lot of you couldn’t care less about). But the fact of the matter is that he is not balanced. Not even close.

    Using the hacked / stolen material was disgusting – but hey – its all OK until it happens to you? Would have held more weight if he released the all – hell then I might have purchased a copy (or downloaded off Kim Dotcoms website 😉 .

    End of the day – its a book that will target the right, will sell quite well (for a NZ book) but will generally only be of interest to beltway types.

    Will it change an election – I think he would like to think it would – but it wont.

    • One Anonymous Bloke 13.1

      An author chooses to write about their subject. In researching the material, they will come across much that is irrelevant to the subject or repetitious. That’s what editing is for.

      If Hager says the coming book isn’t related to the election, you’d be a fool not to believe him.

      The police use “hacked and stolen” material all the time: they call it “evidence, which may be used against you”.

      • james 13.1.1

        True – to a point.

        If for example he found two people doing exactly the same thing, but only mentioned one, then its more bias and targeting than editing. Not necessarily irrelevant or repetitious.

        “The police use “hacked and stolen” material all the time: they call it “evidence, which may be used against you”.”

        LOL – indeed this is true – but they get warrants etc and are subject to oversight. Somewhat different if a criminal enterprise or individual did it.

        • One Anonymous Bloke

          Unless that individual is a journalist exposing wrongdoing or other items of public interest.

          That’s the law, James, no matter how inconvenient for you.


      Refer my comments 6.9

      Refute it if you can.

      Do you LIKE liars and corrupt individuals running our country?

      I don’t.

      Are you a foreign operative?…. or do you just have a few vested interests of your own you don’t want brought into the light?…

      • james 13.2.1

        I went and had a look – but Jesus – its written like a Penny Bright spam post – so sorry – cannot be bothered with it.

        “Are you a foreign operative?…. or do you just have a few vested interests of your own you don’t want brought into the light?…”


        • WILD KATIPO

          Oh so…you dont like Penny Bright.

          Poor you.

          Then again… I notice you haven’t ONCE tried to refute a thing in that post.

          Scared perhaps?… lacking in anything of worth to say on the issue?… no follow up?

          That is precisely WHY I posted to set the record straight on those such as yourself who would try to twist the truth / are too lazy to to do your own research and be honest / or lack the social conscience to know when your beaten.

          The facts remain , son.

          Refute history if you can.

          Deny the internet and the facts revealed and recorded for all time at your own publicly noted stupidity.

          So come on… refute the facts.

          If you can.

          And we all know the answer.

          You cant.

          Resort to deflections and veiled insults , – no one cares , – we can all see your opinion on this matter is worthless.

          And worth a laugh.

          • james

            I was commenting on his book launch. You dont get to tell me what to reply to and I owe you nothing – least of all a reply to a rambling post.

            I didnt refute anything, because I wasn’t commenting on it.

            As for calling me son, thats just condescending.

        • One Anonymous Bloke

          Your vested interests include your political affiliations, James. You don’t want Dear Leader dragged into the light.

        • WILD KATIPO

          I’m still waiting, JAMSEY WAMSEY …

          Going to try and dig up research that refutes the post of 6.9 ?

          No .

          Didn’t think so.

          That all you got?

          Not a lot , then really ,… is it.

          I think you better retire , then , sonny boy.

          Failed troll.

          Big time.

          • james

            you know that your post at 6.9 – far from being a masterpiece of investigating journalism isn’t worth the bits and bytes.

            Sonny boy? really?

    • AB 13.3

      “its a book that will target the right”
      Nope – the right make targets of themselves by subscribing to a sociopathic ideology and generally behaving badly

    • Paul Campbell 13.4

      He “played the media” exactly this same way when Dirty Politics was announced, announced he was releasing at Unity Books an hour before the 6pm TV news, wouldn’t tell anyone what it was about. It worked well then, I’m not surprised he’s repeating what has been a successful way of getting publicity for his new book – more power to him

  14. Oh …and perhaps you or others at The Standard would care to dig this up from TV3’s John Campbell… funny how after the Key / Joyce team got rid of John Campbell and put in their own failed idiots it was strangely hard to find the original interview Campbell did…

    Funny that,… eh.

    If you live in a glass house JAMSEY WAMSEY … learn not to throw stones… just learn to keep your head down instead , son , until you know what you’re talking about.



  15. Still waiting ,… JAMSEY WAMSEY…

    That’s OK ,….

    We can understand there’s a lengthy process and time lag between you’re liaising with your ‘ HQ’ David Farrar focus groups and receiving word for the latest slant, … but really…

    How about some intelligent word from either you or ‘ Dr ‘… Wayne Mapp on answering post 6.9 ?

    All we are getting is a Roaring silence.

    Little bit gutless for such an important issue as Dotcom , don’t you think?

    Bad look , JAMSEY WAMSEY…

    It looks like you’ve got nothing to say. Speak up , boy.

    Well I suppose if you were a Key supporter and watched his arse getting kicked over the TTPA, you’d be a little bit shy in answering as well,… still, … you were bold enough to try and lead the charge with ‘ Dr Wayne Mapp about the veracity of Nicky Hager…

    Why the big silences , son?

    • james 15.1

      With all the “Jamesey Wamsey” comments and “speak up boy” type comments along with your demanding I comment on a rambling comment of yours that really dosn’t have anything to do with this post is getting boring.

      Your behaviour is out of order, condescending, and just plain rude

      It has all the hallmarks of starting a flamewar – and I know thats something the policy and mods dont like – so Im out.

      • WILD KATIPO 15.1.1

        Yes… spoken like a true loser… deflect and defer to mercy from the mods…

        Typical gutless neo liberal supporter when they know their on the losing side.

        CRY ME A RIVER , SON.

        Braveheart – The mad irishman – YouTube

  16. Ad 16

    I’m personally hoping this book has nothing to do with parliamentary elections at all.

    Instead I hope it has a good go at the relationship between the NZ Police and Westpac.

    And from there does some analysis about the value of secrecy, and hopefully some discussion about the difference between secrecy under law, and confidentiality under law.

    That would be worth reading.

  17. Rae 17

    ***Thinks*** tomorrow Nicky Hager releases his new book, tomorrow John Key gives valedictory speech in parliament ***thinks again*** could this be more than just coincidence?

  18. Sassy S 18

    Expect it’s about how Murdoch Stephens and others run astroturf campaigns but ultimately work for the SIS.

    Lol lol conspiracies abound!

  19. Fuck you all, PC policeman. We know your game!


    Bye bye fake leftists!

  20. Cinny 20

    Today is the day, today is the day, WOOO HOOOOOO. Roll on 5pm, just a little bit excited 😀

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    Introducing legislation which shits on the public's right to know seems to have become a daily occurrence for this government. Today's example is the Infrastructure Funding and Financing Bill. The bill establishes a framework for the establishment of "special purpose vehicles" (SPVs) to hide debt from local government balance sheets ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    10 hours ago
  • Hard News: Public Address Word of the Year 2019: Time to vote!
    Below is the longlist of words and phrases generated in the korero phase of Public Address Word of the Year 2019, with some editorial moderation. Now it's time to vote. As you'll doubtless be able to see, you get three ranked choices. Use your power wisely. Or frivolously, whatever.As usual, ...
    10 hours ago
  • Encryption, passwords, and self-incrimination
    The University of Waikato and New Zealand Law Foundation have released a report today on the law around encryption in New Zealand. There's stuff in there about principles and values, and how proposed government policies to provide for "lawful access" by creating backdoors would destroy the trust which makes encryption ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    11 hours ago
  • Drawn
    A ballot for two Member's Bills was held today, and the following bills were drawn: Insurance (Prompt Settlement of Claims for Uninhabitable Residential Property) Bill (Stuart Smith) Social Security (Exemption for Ex Gratia and Compensation Payments) Amendment Bill (Willow-Jean Prime) Neither bill seems likely to be particularly controversial. This is ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    12 hours ago
  • Bougainville votes for independence
    Earlier in the month, Bougainvilleans went to the polls in a landmark referendum to decide on whether they would remain part of Papua New Guinea or become independent. Yesterday, the results came in, with over 97% support for independence. The referendum wasn't binding - instead it means negotiations with the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    12 hours ago
  • Bus strikes, suspensions and solidarity
    by Daphna Whitmore This week 800 unionised bus drivers in Auckland were suspended from work after they refused to collect fares as part of a campaign of industrial action. Drivers working for Auckland’s largest bus company NZ Bus are asking for more pay and better working conditions after being offered ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    14 hours ago
  • How to support after the Whakaari/White Island volcanic eruption
    As details emerge about what unfolded on Whakaari / White Island two days ago, my thoughts go out to all the families affected by this terrible event. My thoughts are also with the first responders who worked in perilous circumstances to assist and protect those affected. Both local and ...
    SciBlogsBy Sarb Johal
    15 hours ago
  • Final BMG poll – nothing to see here
    BMG research have unleashed their final poll of the 2019 campaign:Westminster voting intention: CON: 41% (-)LAB: 32% (-)LDEM: 14% (-)GRN: 4% (-)BREX: 3% (-1)via @BMGResearch , 06 - 11 Dec Chgs. w/ 06 Dec That's a bit of a "Dunno why we bothered" sort of poll. "Phillip, I'm afraid I've been a ...
    16 hours ago
  • Grant Robertson Spends Up Large – On The Establishment!
    Grant Keeps On Trucking: Out of the $12 billion Robertson has announced for infrastructure investment, $8 billion will be allocated to specific projects, with the balance of $4 billion held in reserve. What does it say about this Government's "transformational" ambitions that 85 percent of that $8 billion is to ...
    17 hours ago
  • Boris Johnson … Hides … In a Fridge
    I am not making this up.First few lines of the Dail Mail write up:Boris Johnson's exasperated media minder swore on live TV today as the PM refused to speak to Good Morning Britain before trotting into a fridge as he started an early milkround in Yorkshire. Piers Morgan was visibly ...
    1 day ago
  • Shy Labour Voters?
    In previous elections pollsters have bemoaned the 'shy Tory' - the respondent who is so fearful of being judged as a cruel and heartless bastard by an anonymous pollster, or their spouses, workmates and friends, that they lie about their intention of voting Conservative, skewing the poll figures in Labour's ...
    1 day ago
  • Seven reasons to be wary of waste-to-energy proposals
    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 I was in Switzerland recently and discovered that they haven’t ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 day ago
  • Reviewing the whitewash
    Back in 2015, then Ombudsman Beverley Wakem conducted a review of the OIA, Not a game of hide and seek. The "review" was a whitewash, which found no need for legislative change, and instead criticised the media and requesters - which destroyed Wakem's reputation, and undermined that of the Office ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 day ago
  • You Gov MRP Poll Out
    So, You Gov's MRP poll - the weird one that tries to reflect what will happen at a constituency level and which pretty much nailed the hung parliament in 2017 - is not looking too good for Labour:
    UK #GE2019 MRP seat projection:CON: 339 (-20)LAB: 231 (+20)SNP: 41 (-2)LDEM: 15 ...
    1 day ago
  • Climate Change: Accountability?
    We've known about climate change for over forty years now,and it has been a major political issue for twenty. And yet fossil fuel companies have kept polluting with impunity, while government have looked the other way and twiddled their thumbs and refused to do anything because "the economy", or just ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 day ago
  • Delusional And Irrational: The Rise Of Paranoid Politics In New Zealand.
    Sheer Loopiness: Many of those expressing bemusement at the antics of these #turnardern effacers, were convinced that they were yet another expression of the National Party’s increasingly spiteful anti-government propaganda campaign. They marvelled at the oddness of the perpetrators’ mindset and questioned the common-sense of allowing the rest of New Zealand ...
    2 days ago
  • Things to know about Whakaari/White Island
    Brad Scott, GNS Science VolcanologistThis post was originally published by GeoNet. Following the 9 December devastating eruption at Whakaari/White Island we have put together some information about the island. New Zealand’s most active volcano Whakaari/White Island is currently New Zealand’s most active volcano, it has been since an eruptive episode ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 days ago
  • Status quo supports status quo
    The Justice Committee has reported back on its Inquiry into the 2017 General Election and 2016 Local Elections, with a host of recommendations about how to improve our electoral systems. Some of their recommendations are already incorporate din the Electoral Amendment Bill currently before Parliament, but there's also a recommendation ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • The Greens abandon NeoLiberalism
    Back in 2017, in order to make themselves "electable" in the eyes of rich people who oppose everything they stand for, the Greens signed up for NeoLiberalism, adopting a restrictive set of "Budget Responsibility Rules" which basicly prevented them from using government to make things better. Now, they're finally abandoning ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • Lying about a failed war
    Since invading in 2001, the US has consistently claimed that their war in Afghanistan has been going well, even when it continued year after year after year. Of course, they were lying, and thanks to the Washington Post and the US Freedom of Information Act, we get to see just ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • Artificial Intelligence and You
    How should we think about artificial intelligence and the implications that it has for our work and leisure? There are many articles on artificial intelligence and its potential impacts on jobs, and the ethics of applications. These are important topics, but I want to focus on some less discussed aspects, ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert Hickson
    2 days ago
  • Statistical manipulation to get publishable results
    I love data. It’s amazing the sort of “discoveries” I can make given a data set and computer statistical package. It’s just so easy to search for relationships and test their statistical significance. Maybe relationships which ...
    3 days ago
  • More lies on the Twitter (Dan Hodges edition)
    The other big story concerning Leeds Hospital is Boris Johnson's bizzare behaviour at Leeds Hospital, where he was confronted by a journalist and challenged about a four year old boy with suspected pneumonia who was left sleeping on the floor, rather than getting  abed like a sick kid would in ...
    3 days ago
  • LabourActivistPunchedMattHancock’sSPADGate
    So, for a brief period of history, it was alleged that a protester had punched Matt Hancock's SPAD (not a euphemism; special adviser) when Hancock visited Leeds Hospital.This was reported by the likes of Robert Peston and Laura Keunssberg, as well as the less credible Guido Fawkes.  It also quickly ...
    3 days ago
  • France’s anti-Zionism is anti-liberté
    by Daphna Whitmore Last week France passed a law that equates anti-Zionism with anti-Semitism. It is based on a definition of anti-Semitism that includes criticism of Israel such as: “Denying the Jewish people their right to self-determination, e.g., by claiming that the existence of a State of Israel is a racist ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    3 days ago
  • Another bus lockout
    Over the past year we've seen major bus problems in Hamilton and Wellington, as drivers have sought better wages and an end to the bullshit of split shifts, which basicly see them "married to the job". And now its Auckland's turn. When NZBus's drivers planned low-level strike action of not ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Climate Change: Showing us how its done
    The government has been congratulating itself over the passage of the Zero Carbon Act, which sets out long-term emissions targets. But those targets are insufficient. Meanwhile, Denmark is showing us how its done:Denmark’s parliament adopted a new climate law on Friday, committing to reach 70% below its 1990 emissions in ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • New Fisk
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Public sector dysfunction should not be allowed to undermine freedom of information
    Another day, another piece of legislation with a secrecy clause. This time its the innocuous-seeming Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission Bill, which (after establishing a new body and making it subject to the OIA in three different ways) includes the rapidly-becoming-standard clauses enabling it to request information from other public ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • “This is England, this knife of Sheffield steel…”
    The state of the United Kingdom is fractured, torn up, shredded. The Empire is gone, it died a long time ago. And yet, the country is still tracking with a lead in favour of the ones who play to the ingrained, class-bound division for political gain. It is a disgrace ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    5 days ago
  • CORSIA, coming soon to an airport near you
    On 27 September, Greta Thunberg addressed a crowd of 500,000 at the School Strike for Climate in Montreal, saying: “You are a nation that is allegedly a climate leader. And Sweden is also a nation that is allegedly a climate leader. And in both cases, it means absolutely nothing. Because ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert McLachlan
    5 days ago
  • Cloaking hate speech and fake news in the right to free expression.
    It should be obvious by now but let’s be clear: The same folk who regularly traffic in disinformation, misinformation and “fake news” are also those who most strongly claim that their freedom of expression rights are being violated when moves are made to curb hate speech (as opposed to protected ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    5 days ago
  • The Physics (and Economics, and Politics) of Wheelchairs on Planes
    Michael Schulson When Shane Burcaw flies on an airplane, he brings along a customized gel cushion, a car seat, and about 10 pieces of memory foam. The whole arsenal costs around $1,000, but for Burcaw it’s a necessity. The 27-year-old author and speaker — who, alongside his fiancée, Hannah ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    6 days ago
  • To Advance Civil Rights, Oppose Transgender Extremism
    We are very pleased to publish this submission is from Lucinda Stoan. She is a social justice activist, mother, and educator, based in Washington State in the  US.   This detailed and comprehensive source-linked overview of trans issues and what is at stake will be useful for many people, especially in ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    6 days ago
  • Faafoi should be fired
    Newshub last night reported that Broadcasting Minister Kris Faafoi had apparently promised to help out a mate with an immigration issue. While its normal for people to approach MPs for assistance in this area, when you're a Minister, the rules are different: as the Cabinet Manual says, Ministers must "at ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Adrian Orr – The Reserve Bank’s Revolutionary Governor?
    New Zealand's Underarm Banker: It bears recalling that the “independence” of the Reserve Bank Governor was for decades held up by neoliberal capitalists as the most compelling justification for passing the Reserve Bank Act. Interesting, is it not, how the ruling class’s support for the Bank’s independence lasted no longer than ...
    7 days ago
  • Driving Us Up The Poll.
    Rubbish In, Rubbish Out: Put all this together, and it’s difficult to avoid the conclusion that anyone who responds positively to a pollster’s request to “answer a few questions” is just ever-so-slightly weird. Desperately lonely? Some sort of psephological train-spotter? Political party member primed to skew the poll for or against ...
    7 days ago
  • Jordan Williams, Colin Craig podcast series announced
    “Free at last, Free at last, Thank God almighty we are free at last.” ― Martin Luther King Jr. A long and bitter court feud between former Conservative Party leader Colin Craig and Jordan Williams has been settled, with an apology and compensation from Williams. On Tuesday, Craig sent out ...
    The PaepaeBy Peter Aranyi
    1 week ago
  • How plant-based meat is stretching New Zealand’s cultural and legal boundaries
    Samuel Becher, Victoria University of Wellington and Jessica C Lai, Victoria University of Wellington Earlier this year, the New Zealand-based pizza chain Hell Pizza offered a limited-edition “Burger Pizza”. Its customers weren’t told that the “meat” was plant-based. Some customers complained to the Commerce Commission, which enforces consumer law in ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • Scientific integrity requires critical investigation – not blind acceptance
    Some people seem to want to close down any critical discussion of the current research into the relationship between water fluoride and child IQ. They appear to argue that claims made by researchers should not be open to critical review and that the claims be accepted without proper consideration ...
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: The shameful reality
    The government has been congratulating itself over the passage of the Zero Carbon Act, which sets out long-term emissions targets. Meanwhile, Climate Action Tracker has the shameful reality: those targets are insufficient:While New Zealand is showing leadership by having passed the world’s second-ever Zero Carbon Act in November 2019, under ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • More secrecy
    The government introduced a Racing Industry Bill today. As an urban who horse racing as pointless-to-cruel, and gambling as a tax on stupidity and/or hope, this isn't normally a bill which would interest me in the slightest, beyond grumpiness at more government money for a dying industry. But there is ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Unlikely online bully, Liam Hehir
    Check. Check. One, two, three, four. Is this thing ON? Hello readers, I logged in last night (yeah, it’s been a while) to mark THE END of the landmark legal case, Jordan Williams v Colin Craig, which (gulp) reached The Supreme Court, in which New Zealand’s most-defamed man was suing the politician he ...
    The PaepaeBy Peter Aranyi
    1 week ago
  • The Birth Of Israel: Wrong At The Right Time.
    Before The Birth: Israel’s most fervent supporters set their clocks ticking in Biblical times. They cite the kingdoms of David and Solomon as proof that, in the words of the Exodus movie’s theme-song: “This land is mine.” The majority of Israel’s backers, however, start their clocks in 1933 – the year Adolf ...
    1 week ago
  • Hard News: Public Address Word of the Year 2019: Korero phase
    In an unreliable, strange and confusing world, Public Address is proud to present a measure of comfort and stability by annually asking everyone what words or phrases sum up the year that's been – and then giving some of them consumer goods as prizes for being clever or simply lucky.Well, ...
    1 week ago
  • Generalist to specialist
    Both my parents are pretty handy – and they seem to have the right tools for most jobs in the garage and they know how to fix practically anything. A similar story could be told about their generation’s experience in the workforce – being a generalist was not unusual and ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • A “coincidence”
    When it was revealed that NZ First had tried to enrich itself from public office via the Provoncial Growth Fund, the Prime Minister assured us that everything was OK as Shane Jones, the Minister responsible for the fund, had recused himself. Except it seems that that recusal came very late ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Member’s Day
    Today is a Member's Day, and probably the last one of the year. After the marathon of the End of Life Choice Act, most of the bills up for debate today are uncontentious. First up is the second reading of Chlöe Swarbrick's Election Access Fund Bill. This will be followed ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Worse than I thought
    The Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee has reported back on the government's odious and tyrannical control orders bill. As expected, the fraudulent select committee process has made no significant changes (partly because they couldn't agree, but mostly because it was a stitch-up from the start, with no intention of ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • The cannabis bill and the referendum
    Yesterday, the government released its draft Cannabis Legalisation and Control Bill, which will be put to a non-binding referendum at the next election. I'm not a drug policy expert, but Russell Brown is, and he thinks its pretty good. And pretty obviously, it will be a massive improvement on the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Hard News: The Cannabis Legalisation and Control Bill: pretty good so far
    As you're probably aware, the draft bill outlining the proposed legal cannabis regime to be put to a referendum late next year was published yesterday, and has already attracted a flurry of comment. It's notable that a good deal of the comment is about proposals that aren't actually new.A minimum ...
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Alignment
    One of the big problems in New Zealand climate change policy is the government working at cross-purposes with itself. It wants to reduce fossil fuel use, but encourages oil and gas exploration. It wants to reduce transport emissions, but then builds enormous new roads. The problem could be avoided if ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • How climate change will affect food production and security
    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 According to the United Nations, food shortages are a threat ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • More bad faith
    Last year, the government announced it was ending offshore oil exploration by no longer issuing new permits. The idea was that the industry would then die off as permits expired. Except almost immediately the government revealed its bad faith, by saying they would extend permits and alter conditions to keep ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Banning foreign money from our elections
    The government has said it will ban foreign donations to political parties and candidates, and will be introducing legislation to be passed under all-stages urgency this afternoon. While I agree with the goal, I don't see a particular case for urgency, unless the government is concerned about a flood of ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Reforming the Education Acts
    The government introduced the Education and Training Bill to Parliament yesterday. Its a massive bill, which replaces both existing Education Acts, as well as various other bits of legislation (including some which are still proceeding through the House). I'll leave the serious analysis to teachers and people who actually know ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Bite-sized learning
    Amelia SharmanThere’s no one-size-fits-all when it comes to micro-credentials, those bits of bite-sized learning that can help workers stay on top of technological change.  What’s a micro-credential? While definitions vary, micro-credentials can be understood as short courses that allow people to learn new skills or have an existing competency recognised. ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • “Not The Labour Party We Once Knew.”
    All Smiles Now: Claire Szabo is taking up her presidential role after serving as the CEO of Habitat For Humanity. Which is absolutely perfect! After KiwiBuild was so comprehensively mismanaged by Phil Twyford, the party has not only elected a new president from a thoroughly respectable not-for-profit, but one who ...
    1 week ago
  • Marxist versus liberal methodology on transgender ideology/identity politics
    While much of the NZ left has transitioned to postmodern and identity politics in relation to transgender ideology, there are some very good articles about that deploy Marxist methodology in relation to this subject.  The one below is from the British marxist group Counterfire and appeared on their site here ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Book review: The Farm by Joanne Ramos
    by Daphna Whitmore At Golden Oaks, a luxurious country retreat in the Hudson Valley, pregnant women have the best care money can buy. From the organic food, personalised exercise programmes, private yoga instruction and daily massages Golden Oaks looks like a country lodge for the upper class. Set some time ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Loosening the purse strings
    When Labour was running for election in 2017, it felt it needed to demonstrate "fiscal responsibility" and signed itself up to masochistic "budget responsibility rules". It was a fool's errand: the sorts of voters who demand fiscal responsibility are also the sorts of voters who believe that labour can never ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: How to get there
    Writing in Stuff, Joel MacManus looks at what we need to do to meet the Zero Carbon Act's targets. The core of it:1. Convert 85 per cent of vehicles on the road to electric. 2. Eliminate fossil fuels from all industrial heating up to 300 degrees Celsius. 3. Double our ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • anti-vaxxers in a measles epidemic: so many ways to be untruthful
    “Anti-vaxers are a pro-death movement,” those comments from Dr Helen Petousis-Harris speaking about six more Measles related deaths in Samoa over the past twenty-four hours. “Anti-vaxers are a pro-death movement,” those comments from Dr Helen Petousis-Harris speaking about six more Measles related deaths in Samoa ...
    SciBlogsBy Alison Campbell
    1 week ago
  • Is Youth Vaping a Problem in New Zealand?
    Professors Janet Hoek and Richard Edwards, Emeritus Professor Phil Gendall, Jude Ball, Dr Judith McCool, Anaru Waa, Dr Becky Freeman Recent media reports have presented conflicting evidence on youth vaping in NZ. While some NZ school principals report concerns about increasing vaping on school grounds and confiscating vapes, ASH Year ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    2 weeks ago
  • In pursuit of “Freedom and Democracy”: Forever Wars in “America’s backyard”.
    “America the Beautiful!”, staunch defender of democracy, freedom and… a whole lot of despotic tyrants that play nice with what is called “the Washington Consensus.” America is indeed capable of immense good, but like any Nation, and most assuredly any aspirant to the mantle of Empire, great, immense evil. All ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    2 weeks ago
  • November ’19 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
    Image credit: The beginner’s guide to blogging I notice a few regulars no longer allow public access to the site counters. This may happen accidentally when the blog format is altered. If your blog is ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Whodunnit? Finding the mystery 1080 testing lab
    1080 is used to control pests in NZ. Its use is contested by a noisy few. A new report claims high levels of 1080 in rats washed up on a beach. Flora and Fauna of Aotearoa (F&F) won’t name the laboratory that did their testing. It has sparked a hunt ...
    SciBlogsBy Grant Jacobs
    2 weeks ago
  • Authoritarian Friends, Democratic Enemies.
    What Kind Of Empire? The thing for Kiwis to decide is what kind of empire they want to belong to. The kind that, while offering its own citizens democratic rights, demands absolute obedience from its “friends”? Or, the kind that, while authoritarian at home, takes a relaxed attitude to the ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Boris Johnson Goes Down
    It hasn't been a good week for the Conservatives, pollwise.  All major recent polls are showing their lead shrinking.Comparing each pollster's current (between 29/11 and 22/11) and previous most recent poll.Com Res - Conservative lead down 3 points.You Gov - Conservative lead down 1 point.Kantar - Conservative lead down 4 ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Interesting
    Within quick succession, Countdown maths wizard and twitterer Rachel Riley, alleged comedian David Baddiel and prominent lawyer Andrew Julius have all expressed very similar opinions / ideas:
    These #3billboards are going round London today, organised by ex-Labour people, horrified by what their party has become. Their principles haven’t changed, they’re ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Damn the Polls
    So, there have been a bunch of bad polls out for Labour, and even the Leftie's friend, Survation, have recently given the Conservatives a rip-snorting 11% lead.  You Gov's much vaunted MRP poll - which pretty much nailed the result in 2015 - is currently predicting a comfortable majority for ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: Europe declares an emergency
    The European Parliament has voted overwhelmingly to declare a climate emergency:The European parliament has declared a global “climate and environmental emergency” as it urged all EU countries to commit to net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. The vote came as scientists warned that the world may have already crossed ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • A Bi-Partisan Commitment To X-ing “P”.
    Pure Fear: Worse than Heroin, this drug’s addictive power was terrifying. People under its influence didn’t drift off to Elysium. Nor did it persuade inadequate individuals that they could conquer the world. No, this drug – pure crystal methamphetamine, “P” for short – unlocked the gates of Hell itself. It ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Advice about measles: when ignorance is definitely not a virtue
    As the rate of measles infection, and of deaths, continues to climb in Samoa, antivaccination activists infectious disease proponents seem intent on doubling down on their claims about vaccination. (Check pretty much any news-media FB post about measles & you’ll see exactly what I mean.) Unfortunately, some of them have ...
    SciBlogsBy Alison Campbell
    2 weeks ago

  • Government takes bite out of loan sharks
    The days of vulnerable consumers falling victim to loan sharks, truck shops and other predatory lenders are numbered, following the Credit Contracts Legislation Amendment Bill passing its third reading tonight. “Too many Kiwis are being given loans that are unaffordable and unsuitable, trapping them in debt and leaving their families ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 hours ago
  • New Zealand safer as Terrorism Suppression (Control Orders Bill) becomes law
    A Bill that prevents terrorism and supports the de-radicalisation of New Zealanders returning from overseas has passed its third reading, Justice Minister Andrew Little says. The Terrorism Suppression (Control Orders) Bill is a carefully targeted response to manage the risk posed by a small number of New Zealanders who have ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 hours ago
  • Foreign Minister and Pacific Peoples Minister to visit Samoa
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters and Minister for Pacific Peoples Aupito William Sio will travel to Samoa on Friday, where New Zealand medical teams are helping Samoa respond to an outbreak of measles. “New Zealand has been working closely with the Government of Samoa and offering our assistance from the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    8 hours ago
  • New Pastoral Care Code will support tertiary students in 2020
    The Government has changed the law to improve student safety and welfare in university halls of residence and other student accommodation. The Education (Pastoral Care) Amendment Bill passed its third reading this afternoon and details of an interim Code of Practice setting out the Government’s expectations of tertiary providers have also been released. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    8 hours ago
  • New infrastructure funding tool to build housing developments faster
    A new tool to help councils fund and finance infrastructure could mean some housing developments happen a decade earlier than currently planned, Urban Development Minister Phil Twyford said today. “This new tool, developed by the Government in partnership with industry and high-growth councils, will allow councils to access private debt ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    10 hours ago
  • Vision to unite the primary sector launched today
    Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor has welcomed the release of a bold new vision for the country’s vital food and fibre sector. “I’m delighted that New Zealand’s major farmer and grower organisations are today supporting the Primary Sector Council’s vision – Fit for a Better World,” he said. “The international consumers ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    12 hours ago
  • NZ congratulates PNG and Autonomous Bougainville Government on referendum
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters has congratulated the Government of Papua New Guinea and the Autonomous Bougainville Government for completing a well-conducted referendum on the future political status of Bougainville. “New Zealand supported the referendum process by providing technical advice through the New Zealand Electoral Commission and leading a Regional Police ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    13 hours ago
  • Next steps for Upper North Island logistics
    In light of Cabinet’s position that freight operations on prime land in downtown Auckland are no longer viable, the Government will now embark on a short work programme to enable decision-making in the first half of next year, Associate Transport Minister Shane Jones says. Minister Jones is today releasing the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    13 hours ago
  • Surgical mesh restorative justice report received
    Associate Health Minister Julie Anne Genter has received the report back from a surgical mesh restorative justice process undertaken by Victoria University. The process heard stories, either in person or online submission, from more than 600 people affected by surgical mesh. “The report made for heart-breaking and confronting reading,” says ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    14 hours ago
  • The Water Services Regulator Bill – Taumata Arowai a milestone for drinking water safety
    The Water Services Regulator Bill – Taumata Arowai , introduced to Parliament today, is a milestone for drinking water safety in New Zealand and will help improve environmental outcomes for urban waterways, rivers and lakes.  “This is a breakthrough for New Zealanders in terms of providing safe drinking water throughout ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    15 hours ago
  • Speech to new direction for criminal justice reform announcement
    Kia ora koutouE ngā mana, e ngā reo, e ngā matā wakaTēnā koutou katoaHaere ngā, moe maiKoutou ma ngā Rangatira Ko Anaru ahauKo au te Minita mo ngā TureHe Honore tino nui kei roto I ahau No reira tena koutou katoa Today, we are releasing two reports that are the ...
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  • New direction for criminal justice reform
    The Government is looking to turn around the long-term challenges of criminal justice by taking a new approach to break the cycle of offending to ensure there are fewer victims of crime. Justice Minister Andrew Little released two reports today, Turuki! Turuki! from Te Uepū Hāpai I te Ora, and ...
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  • New law sets up $300m Venture Capital Fund
    New Zealand firms expanding beyond the start-up phase are set for more support after today’s passage of the Venture Capital Fund Bill, Associate Finance Minister David Parker said. The Bill, which establishes a $300 million Venture Capital Fund, puts in place a key initiative of the Wellbeing Budget’s economic package. ...
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    1 day ago
  • New Zealand’s National Statement to COP25
    E ngā mana, e ngā reo, e ngā iwi, e ngā rau rangatira mā. Tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou katoa. Señora Presidenta, Excellencies, Delegates. International action A common thread that runs through the Paris Agreement is the commitment we have made to each other to do what we can to ...
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  • $12 billion in extra infrastructure investment
    The Government is lifting capital investment to the highest level in more than 20 years as it takes the next step to future-proof New Zealand. Finance Minister Grant Robertson has announced $12 billion of new investment, with $8 billion for specific capital projects and $4 billion to be added to ...
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  • Strong economy, careful spending gives $12bn of surpluses
    The Government is forecast to run $12 billion worth of surpluses across the four years to 2023/24 as the economy continues to grow. The surpluses will help fund day-to-day capital requirements each year. These include fixing leaky hospitals, building new classrooms to cover population growth and take pressure off class ...
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  • Priorities for 2020 Wellbeing Budget outlined
    Budget 2020 will continue the Coalition Government’s focus on tackling the long-term challenges facing New Zealand while also investing to future-proof the economy. When the Government took office in 2017 it was left with crumbling infrastructure, severe underinvestment in public services, degraded rivers and lakes, a housing crisis and rising ...
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  • Minister welcomes data-rich coastline mapping tool
    The Minister responsible for the Marine and Coastal Area (Takutai Moana) Act 2011 (te Takutai Moana Act 2011), Andrew Little has welcomed the launch of an online geospatial tool that provides data-rich, dynamic coastline maps that will significantly boost research and evidence-gathering under the Act. Te Kete Kōrero a Te ...
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    2 days ago
  • Chief Victims Advisor reappointed for a further two years
    The Chief Victims Advisor to Government Dr Kim McGregor, QSO, has been reappointed in her role for a further two years. Dr McGregor has held the role since it was established in November 2015. She provides independent advice to government on how to improve the criminal justice system for victims. ...
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    2 days ago
  • New Zealand tsunami monitoring and detection system to be established
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters and Civil Defence Minister Peeni Henare have today announced the deployment of a network of DART (Deep-ocean Assessment and Reporting of Tsunami) buoys. “New Zealand and the Pacific region are particularly vulnerable to natural disasters. It is vital we have adequate warning systems in place,” ...
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  • DART Buoys Announcement
    DART Buoys Announcement Aotea Wharf, 9.30am 11 December 2019   Acknowledgements Acknowledgements to Minister for Civil Defence Hon Peeni Henare also here today. White Island It is with regret that this event shadows the tragic natural disaster two days ago. The volcanic eruptions on White Island have claimed 5 lives, ...
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  • Final steps for racing industry reform
    Racing Minister Winston Peters has welcomed the first reading of the Racing Industry Bill in parliament today. This is the second of two Bills that have been introduced this year to revitalise New Zealand’s racing industry. “Our domestic racing industry has been in serious decline.  The Government is committed to ...
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  • Funding to promote New Zealand Sign Language initiatives
    Minister for Disability Issues, Carmel Sepuloni, is pleased to announce that $291,321 is to be awarded to national and local community initiatives to maintain and promote the use of New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL). “New Zealand is one of the few countries  in the world where Sign Language is an ...
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    2 days ago
  • How New Zealand defines and recognises veterans
    Minister for Veterans Ron Mark has announced today the Coalition Government’s initial response to work completed by the independent statutory body, the Veterans’ Advisory Board. “When Professor Ron Paterson completed his review of the Veterans’ Support Act in 2018, he made a number of recommendations, including one which I referred ...
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    2 days ago
  • Government to fund lion’s share of Ohakea water scheme
    The Government will fund the bulk of the cost of a rural water supply for the Ohakea community affected by PFAS contamination, Environment Minister David Parker announced today at a meeting of local residents. This new water scheme will provide a reliable and clean source of drinking water to the ...
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    3 days ago
  • Prime Minister statement on White Island eruption
    I have had the opportunity to be briefed on the details of the volcanic eruption of Whakaari/White Island, off the coast of Whakatane in the Bay of Plenty.  The eruption happened at 2.11pm today.  It continues to be an evolving situation.  We know that there were a number of tourists ...
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  • Govt funds $100k for weather-hit communities
    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Minister of Civil Defence Peeni Henare have today confirmed initial Government support of $100,000 for communities affected by the severe weather that swept across the South Island and lower North Island over the weekend. The contribution will be made to Mayoral relief funds across the ...
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    3 days ago
  • Death of NZ High Commissioner to Cook Islands
    New Zealand's High Commissioner to the Cook Islands, Tessa Temata, died in Palmerston North over the weekend, Foreign Minister Winston Peters said today. Ms Temata, 52, had recently returned to New Zealand for medical treatment. "On behalf of the Government and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, we extend ...
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    4 days ago
  • Wellington rail upgrade full steam ahead
    Transport Minister Phil Twyford today announced construction is underway on Wellington commuter rail upgrades which will mean more frequent services and fewer breakdowns. The upgrades include converting the Trentham to Upper Hutt single track section to a double track, with a new signalling system, upgraded stations and level crossings, and ...
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  • Defence Climate Change Implementation Plan released
    Minister of Defence Ron Mark and Minister for Climate Change James Shaw have announced the release of a Defence Climate Change Implementation Work Plan, titled Responding to the Climate Crisis: An Implementation Plan.  The plan sets out a series of recommendations based on the 2018 New Zealand Defence Assessment, The ...
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  • Govt releases funding to support South Canterbury
    A medium-scale adverse event has been declared for the South Canterbury district, which will see up to $50,000 in funding made available to support farming communities which have been significantly affected by recent heavy rain and flooding in the area, says Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor. “Two weeks of solid rain ...
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  • Speech at launch of Rethinking Plastics Report
    Thank you Professor Juliet Gerrard and your team for the comprehensive and extremely helpful report and recommendations. Thank you too to all the stakeholders and interested parties who have contributed ideas and thinking to it. “Making best practice, standard practice” is a great framework for change and the action plan ...
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    5 days ago
  • Govt pledges next steps on plastic waste
    The Government will phase out more single-use plastics following the success of its single-use plastic bag ban earlier this year and the release today of a pivotal report for dealing with waste. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has welcomed the Rethinking Plastics in Aotearoa New Zealandreport, released by her Chief Science Advisor ...
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  • International student enrolments grow in universities and the regions
    International education continues to thrive as the Government focuses on quality over quantity, Education Minister Chris Hipkins said. The tuition revenue from international education increased to $1.16 billion last year with the average tuition fee per student increasing by $960. The total number of international students enrolled in New Zealand ...
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    5 days ago
  • Speech to Government Economics Network 2019 Conference
    I want to talk about one of the most pressing issues in our national life: the housing crisis and the poor performance of our cities. The argument I want to make to you is that generations of urban land use policy have lacked a decent grounding in economics. The consequences ...
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    5 days ago
  • DHB leadership renewed and strengthened
    Health Minister Dr David Clark says new appointments to DHBs represent a significant changing of the guard, with 13 new chairs including four Māori chairs. Today 76 appointments have been announced to complement elected board members, as well as eight elected members appointed as either chair or deputy chair.  Four ...
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    6 days ago
  • Tabuteau to advance New Zealand’s trade and political interests with European partners
    Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Fletcher Tabuteau, is travelling to Germany, Poland, Austria, and Spain next week to bolster New Zealand’s political and trade relationships in Europe. While in Spain, Mr Tabuteau will represent New Zealand at the 14th Asia-Europe (ASEM) Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in Madrid. “New Zealand strongly supports ...
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    6 days ago
  • Statement from the Prime Minister on Kris Faafoi
    “I’ve spoken to Minister Faafoi, who has apologised for his poor handling of this issue,” Jacinda Ardern said. “I have confidence in Kris as a hardworking and effective Minister, but this should have been dealt with in a much clearer manner, and I’ve made my views on that very clear ...
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    6 days ago
  • Tonga-New Zealand Joint Ministerial Forum
    Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters met with Tongan Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pohiva Tu'i'onetoa in Wellington today. The pair signed a Statement of Partnership setting out joint priorities for cooperation out to 2023.  “We welcomed Prime Minister Tu'i'onetoa on his first visit to New Zealand as Prime Minister. Tonga ...
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  • Shooting in Kurow
    The Minister of Police Stuart Nash says his sympathies are with the family of a man who died after being shot by Police in Kurow. “Initial reports are that Police were called by a family member to help the man who was threatening to harm himself,” Mr Nash says. “However ...
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