Open mike 15/01/2014

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205 comments on “Open mike 15/01/2014 ”

  1. Morrissey 1

    Sensible Sentencing Trust’s offender data base a bit threadbare
    High-profile criminals have not yet been included

    Yesterday I heard Garth “The Knife” McVicar on his publicly funded advertising outlet (Radio NZ National) announcing that the S.S. Trust Offenders Database was up and running again. I made a quick visit to the site to see just how thorough and comprehensive it was. One of the first things you notice is this laudable statement: “The Sensible Sentencing Trust believes in an open and transparent Justice System.”

    First up, I typed in the name Alan Titford and ticked the box for “Arson”. NO RESULT.

    Next, I typed in the name David Garrett and ticked the box for “Robbery/Attempted Robbery”. NO RESULT.

    Then I typed in the name Bruce Emery and ticked the box for “Murder/Manslaughter”. NO RESULT.

    Since these are all high-profile offenders, it seemed odd that their names were not yet on this database. Then I saw the following sign: “Submit Offender Information: Use the form below to get in touch and submit information about offenders.”

    I filled in the submission form with the following information….

    BRUCE EMERY. In late 2008, he chased down a boy on a South Auckland street, then stabbed him repeatedly, killing him.

    Perhaps other Standard readers may like to submit the same names (Titford, Garrett, Emery) to the database, with a résumé of their crimes, to remind the people at the S.S. Trust to get it up to date……

    • Rosie 1.1

      SST are particularly selective about who’s on their naughty list aren’t they? Emery’s victim, Pihema Cameron, for example, apparently not worthy of the same amount of outrage as others, yet, Pihema’s family received the least amount of justice. So why the silence?


      • Morrissey 1.1.1

        Emery’s victim, Pihema Cameron, for example, apparently not worthy of the same amount of outrage as others…

        It’s actually far, far worse than that, Rosie. Garth McVicar actually mounted a public campaign of traducing the reputation and memory of the dead boy and his family. He also loudly advocated for tolerance for and understanding of the boy’s killer, who he claimed was a decent citizen. Noelle McCarthy was struggling to hide her disgust for McVicar when she interviewed him in March 2011…

        • Rosie

          Oh that is truly despicable. Double standards, hypocrisy, and undisguised callousness. McVicar’s brain must be well and truly addled. He is no victims rights advocate, he is a vulture.

          And yes, he really is a vulture, the way he swoops when someone has been murdered – but only for a victim who fits his description of who is worthy of outrage.

          • phillip ure

            mcvicar is not only a ‘vulture’..

            ..he is a calculated/calculating/opportunistic ‘vulture’..

            ..the worst kind..

            ..phillip ure..

    • McFlock 1.2

      To be fair, Garrett isn’t a robber AFAIK.
      Thug, identity thief, drink driver: yes.
      But not a robber.

    • Murray Olsen 1.3

      I have let them know about Alan Titford:
      “Alan Titford is an extremely dangerous offender who has been convicted of arson. I believe you need to keep an eye on him, as he is very dangerous to women, children, minorities, and seems totally divorced from reality. ”

      They can probably keep an eye on him once he’s paroled, when he’ll be able to attend their meetings again.

  2. adam 2

    Hi folks – would like some help refining this argument. Please any criticisms and other input welcome , Thanks in advance.

    I have a problem with cars – a 100 years ago they had 4 wheels, a motor which ran on oil and a body – same as today really. A computer on the other hand was as large as a house, run on valves and need the operating system written in every day. Now your phone is a more powerful computer than the computer they used to land on the moon – but your car is still 4 wheels on a body, with a motor run with oil.

    • cricklewood 2.2

      not to mention much like computers, engines have become more powerful, more efficient and much smaller… anf computers still run on electric.
      To easily picked apart imo

      • karol 2.2.1

        And the car engines are pretty digitsed today – mechanics take all sorts of readings with electronic machines. My mechanic talks about how these days there’s all sorts of liquids that need monitoring and replacing at different times. Used to be that cars just mostly needed a main oil change.

        But, I reckon we should just go back to the horse and cart – maintenance would be far easier – fuel top ups every day, regular checks with the vet and of the wheels, cart and reigns, daily waste disposal…… most jobs we could easily do ourselves without expensive equipment to monitor fluids and parts.

        • KJT

          Unfortunately, horses emit more greenhouse gases per tonne/km, than trucks. 🙂

          • Bill

            Difference being that horses and what not are merely recycling the ‘natural sink’ of carbon whereas oil is an addition to that ‘natural sink’ – like the difference between burning wood and burning coal. 😉

            • McFlock

              right up until they add fertiliser to the soil to feed the horses, in which case the difference diminishes significantly 🙂

              • Bill

                And again, that depends on the source of the fertiliser and how we choose to manage soils, no? Pour oil derivatives on and we are adding external sources to the ‘natural sink’…allow pastures to lie fallow so that soil, its ecosystems and fertility build up and gasses from the ‘natural sink’ and natural cycle, that nevertheless contribute to warming are, at least temporarily, sequestrated.

        • Rosie

          “But, I reckon we should just go back to the horse and cart”

          Please no karol! Horses are treated appallingly here in NZ, the number of them that turn up half dead with their spirits broken at animal sanctuaries around the country are a testament to that. Even now days, Once a horse is deemed to have finished its useful life it is still sent to slaughter and ends up in Jimbo’s pet food. I kid you not. I have met these beautiful darlings who have been rescued at the last moment.

          And work horses that are used in other countries are used and abused and often die young from untreated injuries and illnesses. It’s the one time where you actually welcome those busy body types that get all judgemental with how other cultures operate, to come and set up horse hospitals, take the work horses of the hands of the “owner”, provide them with income lost for not having their horse or donkey working, treat the horse for diseases and injury, feed them up, get them well nourished and return to them to the owner with instructions on how to take care of them. (This happens in Egypt but may also be happening in other countries)

          Horses are highly sensitive, sociable and emotional herd animals that suffer so much at our hands and tolerate so much. They are also hugely expensive to look after and high maintenance.

          People that are supposed to be “horse people” can’t always be trusted to care for horses, let alone folks that know nothing of them.

          Instead, how about we overthrow Big Oil and create a vehicle that is simple to run and maintain and runs on water? Not much to ask eh? Lol.

          • veutoviper

            I absolutely agree, Rosie.

            A lot of people think that SPCAs were set up to look after pets such as dogs and cats, etc.

            The history of SPCAs is that they were established in the mid 1800s by Wilberforce and others to deal with the appalling treatment of horses in the days of the horse and cart, horses being used in coal mines etc etc. In fact, the establishment of SPCAs here in NZ for this purpose predates the establishment of a Police force.

            • Rosie

              Oh, that first scene in “Amazing Grace” where the character of William Wilberforce came across a pair of men who were beating a cart horse who had fallen from exhaustion was so awful.

              The Industrial Revolution saved the work horse from future harm and organisations like the SPCA helped to educate others as the horse transitioned from work to recreation in industrialised nations. So the Industrial Revolution improved the lot for the horse but being humans, we managed to stuff up our planet instead.

              • Ennui

                Its at this point I put my hand up for all the farm animals abused by the attitude of the NZ farmer. All livestock requires shelter from the sun, cold, rain and wind, and all livestock need sufficient space and freedom of movement. Go out of town, see all the cows and sheep in full sun with no shelter, or freezing in open paddocks during a southerly. Or pigs and chickens imprisoned in cages. We farm industrially and treat the stock appallingly.

                I might also add the farmers are matched in their disdain of living things by anglers (of whom I am one) who hold their catch up out of water for a photo, and who delight in the joys of “fighting” a distressed fish rather than making it short and sweet. Growl, things that make me mad……

                • Rosie

                  “We farm industrially and treat the stock appallingly’

                  Indeed we do Ennui. Our lack of basic compassion for “industrial” animals in our care demonstrates a lack of emotional intelligence, and certainly a lack of respect for the animal.

                  I wonder if there will ever be a government enlightened or willing enough to introduce decent standards of care for farmed animals. Funnily enough it may likely be economically advantageous for exporters if we could demonstrate that NZer’s were caring farmers, of both animals and the land.

                  Good on you for not mucking around with your fish either.

                • gsays

                  plus one ennui .
                  i would have a lot more respect for the spca if they started to agitate/educate/advocate about farmed animals that do not have shelter.
                  to see a cow in the height of summer, standing with its head in the shadow of a strainer post, to get some relief is kinda sad.
                  it is even more galling as there is dollars involved.

              • Descendant Of Sssmith

                Methinks horses are not the answer.

                The motor vehicle saved humankind from horse manure and dead horses. If a horse broke down it was oft shot and left in the street for the city authorities to take care of the corpse.


                “The horse was no newcomer on the urban scene. But by the late
                1800s, the problem of horse pollution had reached unprecedented
                heights. The growth in the horse population was outstripping even the
                rapid rise in the number of human city dwellers. American cities were
                drowning in horse manure as well as other unpleasant byproducts of
                the era’s predominant mode of transportation: urine, flies, congestion,
                carcasses, and traffic accidents.Widespread cruelty to horses was a form
                of environmental degradation as well.

                The situation seemed dire.

                In 1894, the Times of London estimated that by 1950 every street in the city would be buried nine feet deep in horse manure.”

            • karol

              OK. I learned something. Thanks, Rosie and veuto.

              I like walking anyway.

              • alwyn

                I hope that there isn’t any leather in your shoes karol.
                If there is I hope you will think of the poor animal that died in order that you might walk comfortably in your leather (uppers or soles) shoes.

                • felix

                  Yes alwyn, treating animals cruelly while they’re alive is exactly the same as making shoes out of them when they’re dead.


                  • it’s more that it is part of the same uncaring continuum..felix..

                    ..that belief that animals are there for our pleasure/use/exploitation..

                    ..and yep..!..when you haven’t worn animal skins for a long time..

                    ..yr standard pair of shoes is kinda gross..

           look at it..and you don’t think..’mmm!..leather.!’..

           think..animal skin taken/used as the final indignity in their miserable/tortured lives..ew..!

          ’s all a matter of…

                    ..phillip ure..

                    • karol

                      I think my footwear is mostly rubber & synthetic – I’d have thought hardly any kinder to the environment than leather – what am I going to do – stay home, go barefoot on todays pavements?

                    • Bill

                      I think my footwear is mostly rubber & synthetic –

                      Ah, nothing to beat that old vegan stinkfoot syndrome…especially hingy when synthetic socks are thrown into the rubber/canvas/nylon shoe mix 😉

                    • alwyn

                      You are forgiven Karol. Sackcloth and ashes are not required.
                      I was only trying to get a little lightness into life with the remark.
                      My god, but the stuff before your comment, on the origons of the SPCA and the treatment of horses, was depressing wasn’t it?

                    • @ alwyn..

                      ..that recoiling in disgust re the historical treatment of horses..

                      ..if vehemently stated today..while wolfing down some veal/w.h.y….

                      ..does take black-irony to a new

                      ..i call it the greenpeace-bbq-syndrome..

             the planet..!

                      ..(but first..excuse me while i chow down on some animal-flesh..)

                      ..phillip ure..

                    • Arfamo

                      Phil …

                      you seem to be …

                      posting more frequently…


                      Are you…

                      leaving enough room…



                • McFlock

                  If we don’t crush the souls of animals as we walk, how do we absorb their vitalistic powers?

              • Rosie

                Lol. I may have been a bit reactive karol, but it wasn’t aimed at you at all 🙂

        • miravox

          Believe me, you wouldn’t go back to a horse and cart if you lived in a city where they regularly run tourists around. The roads they use and the park-up spots are to be avoided. Although the poo is capture in horsey bags, the stench of horse-piss is unbearable in summer (barely bearable in winter).

    • jcuknz 2.3

      In the past hundred years I think it is correct to say that the human cargo they are designed to carry has got taller and considerably bigger with over eating, in countries where cars are produced so it is understandable that their size has not reduced …. there has for a long time been the alternative motorbikes and shanks pony .. the latter is miniscule.

    • Bill 2.4

      Why would car manufacturers want to produce more efficient, and therefore less profitable cars? Maybe trace the connections between the oil industry and car manufacturers? Also…why the hell were cars ever introduced as a means of mass transport? Oh yeah…the conspiracy (charged in court as such and found guilty) of the rubber industry, oil industry and car industry, whereby they bought up public transport networks and deliberately trashed them to create a market for the automobile.

  3. Sanctuary 3

    15,000+ people registered to attend Kim Dotcom’s party launch, which due to wild interest has been moved from the Cloud to Vector Arena.

    I hope John Key has got his party pants, because it looks like we are in for a German Sparkle Party.

    • re 15,000 vector..

      could you give the link/source for than information..


      ..i wd like to report on it..

      ..but can’t just take yr word for

      ..nothing personal…

      phillip ure..

      • Sanctuary 3.1.1

        “…However, more than 15,000 people registered for tickets, forcing Dotcom to move the party to Vector Arena…”

        • phillip ure

          @ sanctuary..


          ..just that fact should have politicians of all stripes reaching for the anti-depressants..

          phillip ure..

          • veutoviper

            You might also be interested in reading Chris Trotter’s take on the possible ramifications of the launch of KDC’s political party, PU, on his blog site, Bowalley Road and in The Press today.



            Trotter’s view is that it may well appeal a lot to the younger generation of voters as a fresh option unencumbered by the past – an extract from his article
            “Statistics New Zealand estimate that on June 30, 2013, there were 333,840 New Zealanders aged 20-24 – more than enough to surmount the 5 per cent MMP threshold.”

            With over 15,000 people already registered for tickets to The PartyParty next Monday night in less than 24 hours, IMO they will get the 500 registered members very quickly to qualify for registration of the political party.

            UPDATE; KDC has just tweeted that the name of the party will be the “Internet Party”, not the Mega Party. He has also tweeted the logo


            • KJT

              KDC is popular up north.
              He was doing rather a good job of redistributing his wealth, locally.

            • phillip ure

              lousy logo..

              you’d think they’d de-capitalise..drop the stop..

              ..and centre ‘party’ under ‘internet’..

              ..or run both on same line..

     feels not in the slightest bit..’modern’..

              ..and that was the best shade of purple to hand..?

              ..i don’t mean to be picky..but..

              ..there is so much to pick at..

              ..phillip ure..

              • Molly

                Guessing the reason for capitalising both words and putting Party directly under Internet is so that you have a vertical acronym IP – Internet Protocol which fits the agenda – such as it is.

                Have no idea about the purple though.

                • karol

                  Purple is a Suffragette colour. – or lesbian – or just a mix of red and blue signifiying it’s neither totally left or right wing – which, IMO, usually means centrist according to the centre ground of the time.

                  • QoT

                    Purple = United Future in my brain.

                    Someone on Twitter noted it’s also close to the colour palette for Orcon.

                    [ETA: I see BM also made the Orcon connection downthread.]

                  • lprent

                    … or just a mix of red and blue signifiying it’s neither totally left or right wing …

                    Bill the galactic hero

                    From memory, his drill sadist used to wear that colour. It was meant to be a mixture between the bright red of arterial blood and the “blue” blood of veins. Actually the blood in veins are also red – a dark red of deoxygenated haemoglobin. Veins just look blue from the outside… But hey it is a just a book.. 😈

                    Of course if KDC starts to transplant large incisors then I’d start worrying what fictional universe he wants to live in.

                    Looking around it appears that this red/blue thing is still a popular myth.

            • Chooky

              my 18 year old son is voting for KDC…otherwise he said he wouldn’t vote

              • alwyn

                I knew that reducing the voting age from 21 to 18 was a mistake.
                I fear that your son is proving it.

                • QoT

                  Because there won’t be hundreds of hipster 25-year-olds voting for KDC. 🙄

                • Chooky

                  @ alwyn lol…yes he has been called a fuckwit ……but he has the vote so you cant ignore it

                  ….the way of youth is totally different from the way we oldies think…the internet has provided another parallel universe for them …and I am afraid for good or ill it is a revolutionary change

                  imo KDC could mop up a lot of votes from cynical youth who would not otherwise vote

            • BM

              Suspicious use of purple, same color as the Orcon logo, hmmmm.

              Is the internet party just a advertising gimmick for Orcon?

              • veutoviper

                KDC already has a relationship with Orcon – and features on some of their advertising.


                Oops, that link doesn’t work. See the link to KDC’s Twitter site in my earlier comment. There is a picture of KDC in an Orcon ad on a bus.

                • BM

                  I know, that’s why I mentioned it.

                  It’s all hypothetical, but Dot com’s a business man first, l reckon, he’d be trying to make as much money out of this political lark as possible.

                  There’s some really dumb gullible mofos out there that hang off his every word, great opportunity for Orcon to gain a heap of new customers and for Dot com to make some coin.

                  • Arthur

                    Like John Key isn’t

                  • bm..

                    ..the picture of a perfectly modern/nervous green…


                    ..and these ‘he’s only in it for the money!’..are laughable..

                    ..d’yareckon he’s jonesing for that opposition party president honorarium..?


                    ..i’m surprised at the amount of irrational/ill-informed hysteria i am seeing here from some..

                    ..if he supports the centre-left..(and no..he won’t support his mortal-enemy key..)

                    ..what is the problem..?..

                    ..and this is not f.p.p…

           unlike a previous equivalent on the right..jones/nz party..

                    ..under mmp this political-vehicle has the chance of a much longer life than the nz party had..

           those moaning/bitching had better get used to it..

                    ..or it could be a flash-in-the-pan/this election only..

                    ..but i doubt it..

                    ..there are a lot of people out there who feel un-represented..

                    ..(some 800,000 odd..i believe..)

                    ..with chookys’ sons’ assertion a dotcom party is the only one he will drag himself away from his monitor for..

                    ..surely being a policy-alarm-bell for labour/grns/mana..?

          ’d think..?

                    ..i said it the other day..and i’ll say it again..

                    ..i reckon this will be the first real mmp-election..

                    ..where the policies of the minor and major parties is/will be more to the fore than ever before..

                    ..and those parties that think they in the past..just cruise in/get by..on their traditional ‘brand’ a bit of spin..

                    ..are in for a serious/unpleasant shock..

                    ..(and i most certainly include labour in that prescription..

                    ..i see them in more danger than most..

                    ..of seeing their support leach away to parties that are offering not just more of the same..but exciting/innovative/game-changing ‘policies’..

                    ..and with this formal announcement of the dotcom-gig..and that 15,000 sign-up for his opening party party..

                    ..david cunnliffes’ state-of-the-nation speech suddenly swings much more into focus/import)…


                    phillip ure..

    • karol 3.2

      The politics of partying: Dotcom’s celebrity circuses. Not much about the bread distribution to all.

      • phillip ure 3.2.1

        @ karol.. sense of jury out/wait ’till the evidence appears..?

        ..just that rush to

        ..i prefer to wait ’till i see the policies..

        ..then..if needed..i’ll pile in..

        ..but really karol..

        ..’judgement-rush’ is how you are coming across on this dotcom-thing..

        ..why the beef..?..(excuse the non-vegan metaphor..)

        phillip ure..

        • karol

          KDC’s values are conveyed by his way of promoting the party – all we see so far is that it’s got his brand on it and it’s about the internet. Little about what his party stands for in all that, other than what we already know about KDC. So I’m not optimistic. Celebrity branding and partying.

          Not even a glimmer of what his party will do for Kiwis in general, other than from what we know of KDC’s focus and interests.

          Edit: and on the basis of just as much (or as little evidence), many on the left are uncritically cheerleading KDC’s party move, which I find worrying

          • Bill

            same thoughts and fears here

          • felix

            Me too karol.

          • kenny

            A move away from the sad-old,same-old, failed policies, maybe? Something new on the horizon?

            • karol

              Well, I’m not hopeful about it being anything “new” – just the same old same old “neoliberal” celebrity culture of infotainment led by a libertarian type wanting in on the big time capitalist action – old story, new window dressing – remake for the digital age.

          • phillip ure

            um..!..i’m not ‘cheerleading’ his move..

   i don’t yet know what his policies will be..

            ..depending on them will define the level of any ensuing ‘cheerleading’..

            ..i don’t know..

   don’t know..

            ..this is the only point i am making..

            ..and rushing to judgement..about anything..without the facts..

   both a folly..and not a good look..

            phillip ure..

            • karol

              Well, f the Internet Party surprises me I’ll say so. But there are some facts as I’ve laid out, and they don’t give me cause for optimism.

              • veutoviper

                “But there are some facts as I’ve laid out, and they don’t give me cause for optimism.”

                I may be missiing something, Karol, but IMO your comments in this thread at 3.2;; and this one seem to be personal opinion/perception – not facts – and based on a lot of assumptions.

                Personally, I am keeping an open mind on the Internet Party until we have actually seen their vision, policies etc, and who else is involved – presumably next week.

                I have followed the KDC saga closely over the last two years – because of the legal and other ramifications rather than as a cheer leader for KDC. But in so doing, I have come to the opinion that KDC may be a very clever businessman/entrepreneur; but also has a softer side to him also. Loves his wife, children, pets dearly; is very loyal to his friends, work colleagues; and can appreciate the simplicity of a beautiful tree in flower etc. Yes, he has done some bad things in the past; but he was (at the time of his application for residency)and has continued to be open about these (although his German convictions were actually ‘clean slated’ under German legislation similar to our own Clean Slate Act).

                As I said, I await fuller details about the Internet Party with an open mind.

                • karol

                  The facts are in KDC’s past record. They are also in the way the party is named, and what is so far missing – nothing about what the party or KDC will do for NZers, except for his desire for internet “freedom”.

                  Many right wingers have their soft family side – means little.

                  KDC is first and foremost an Entrepreneur – he is out to make money using the Internet – he sees it as an under-utilised platform for business. He is ultimately a capitalist (and very competitive) – and a fairly libertarian one. I have heard nothing from him about being concerned for the plight of the less well off, or of low paid workers, etc.

                  He may be useful to the left in challenging Key and splitting the right wing vote. But he is not of the left.

                  But, whatever, ….my views are not going to influence the outcomes. And time will tell what KDC’s party is really about.

                  • Colonial Viper

                    Dotcom’s political party is brand new. It’s still very early days and I am guessing that it still has a lot of policy development work to do.

                    But I will bet that it’s political posture will not fall easily into analysis via the traditional Left/Right dimensions.

          • SHG (not Colonial Viper)

            One presumes, being launched by Kim Dotcom, that it will be a “fuck John Key / the government / big business / ties to the USA” party aimed at young people.

            Chance of this hurting National in election year: zero

            Labour and the Greens, on the other hand…

            • phillip ure

              you are wrong shg..

              ..dotcom has most appeal to that disenfranchised 800.000 +

              ..and as a centre-left supporter after the outcome..

              ..this will have key/the right worried..

              ..they would be fools if they weren’t..

              phillip ure..

              • karol

                Well WO is claiming Martyn Bradbury is part of the party and will be a candidate – Bradbury is distancing himself somewhat.

                I’d be disappointed if Bradbury moved from supporting Mana (or was it Cunliffe) to the Internet Party.

                But it depends on who else is involved.

                • SHG (not Colonial Viper)

                  Bradbury just changed his twitter profile image to this:


                  If you don’t feel like clicking: it’s Bradbury standing at Dotcom’s right hand as Dotcom makes his announcement.

                • SHG (not Colonial Viper)

                  Bradbury just posted at TDB that he has stood down from his role with Mana.

                  • karol

                    But that he hasn’t joined the Internet Party – will let us know if/when he does.

                    • SHG (not Colonial Viper)

                      I for one cannot wait to see whether or not the hairy fat bespectacled white guy joins the hairy fat bespectacled white guy.

                  • veutoviper

                    How about stating what Bradbury said in full on TDB, and not just one sentence ?

                    What Bradbury said in full (its not long) is;

                    Good old Cameron. Thank you for the publicity.

                    Couple of things.

                    1: I stood down from my role as a consultant with the MANA Party last year.

                    2: What Cameron is showing is an early draft of a proposal tabled at a meeting with a whole bunch of other ideas late last year.

                    3: The idea of me as a candidate was more to kick around ideas.

                    I am a Political consultant, this is what I do, this was a proposal I was asked to submit. The moment I start working for the Internet Party if I am offered a role I will be shouting it from the rooftops as I think the ideas of an Internet Party focused on civil rights in the online 21st Century and the economic prosperity that could generate for NZ is the future and anything that moves us away from a dairy dependent, drill and mine economy is a good thing.

                    But all it was, was a proposal. If that changes, I will let you all know.”

                    • SHG (not Colonial Viper)

                      Bradbury goes with the highest bidder. Thus he’s busy right now telling us who he’s NOT working for. The moment he tells us he IS working for someone, he’s not worth anything to anyone else. Like a good capitalist he’s just trying to maximise his own asking price.

                      Still, I note that Bradbury sure ain’t posting any pictures of himself standing in support next to Harawira, Cunliffe, or Norman and Turei.

                      PS: oh lol at the leaked document: “Bradbury recommends the party pay him $8000 a month to run a campaign in the Auckland Central electorate.

                      Mr Bradbury also asks for a one-off payment of $5000 to upgrade his computer, cellphone and tablet devices.”


                      SLURP SLURP SLURP

                  • Murray Olsen

                    Good. Mana will do a lot better without him. I hope they never paid him. A dead moray eel would be too high a payment for the services of the poor man’s Hooten.

                • Murray Olsen

                  Bomber’s main interest seems to be the media and getting a role for himself. I think he’s a natural fit with Dotcom, much more so than with Mana. I can’t see the Dotcom party doing much good at all, except for in the area of regulation of the internet and maybe the surveillance society. Mana would be much stronger in fighting the surveillance society, because their activists have known for years what it’s like to be watched and persecuted. I think it’s a dangerous distraction, and no, I don’t have to look at their policies to have an opinion, any more than I need to read the ACT manifesto to condemn them.

                  • McFlock

                    aye, I tend to agree re: bradbury. Loves being the voice of the left, as long as “the left” agrees with whatever he says – so now he’s working for a Banks supporter.

                  • + 1 So true Murray – Mana don’t need him and never did – he was never a natural fit there and TIP is much more his cup of tea

                  • karol

                    Bomber’s main interest seems to be the media and getting a role for himself.

                    heh – 3 News claims the Int Party so far have 3 main policies, including intenet business for NZ and supporting a public broadcasting service – they need to be able to show it will be free from KDC money manipulations.

            • The Al1en

              I was right about Bomber all along then!


              So the best way, according to 3 news website, that Bomber could help fight against a national third term is to whore himself out for 8,000 a month and a new i rig for a rich prick with a penchant for super cars and shite music, who awaiting extradition on piracy charges, sets up mega, which has dodgy copyright content on it as I type.
              Great way to make a contribution, comrade, by filling your own pocket with dirty money.

              Apart from that, not a lot really.

          • marty mars

            yep I agree too karol – I’m not sure where the votes are going to come from but I can’t imagine many Mana voters are going to jump ship to partyparty.

            edit: bomber is a political consultant – he consults for a crust – good luck to him I say although I do think Mana wasted their money on him.

          • Draco T Bastard

            I will wait to see what the policies are before I decide about the party but I am supportive of him actually making a party especially one that looks like it will bring the young into politics.

        • kenny


      • Sanctuary 3.2.2

        People today don’t like being party cannon fodder. If you want someone to do something for you, you have to give them some fun before, during and after. A party that is also a PARTY appeals to people who are turned off by the idea of earnest discussions about Saturday morning (Sunday morning? Are you nuts? I’ve got a hangover/get my only sleep-in on Saturday mornings sayeth the youth of today) leaflet drops by pensioners in drafty halls on a rainy Monday night in July.

      • Bill 3.2.3

        I kinda foresee nicely dressed up, but really quite nasty right wing tosh oozing out from this. The challenge for left leaning parties is to grasp the opportunity to pull newly ‘engaged’ Dotcommers into a more honest realm of politics. Will they? Doubt it. And so we’ll wind up with a NZ version of that Italian guy whose name escapes me or a NZ version of the Pirate Party. Not good.

        • miravox

          +1 Bill, The political interest it will generate is to be welcomed. But in the long run I can only see it hurting the left unless they re-engage with the public in a meaningful way.

  4. Adrian 4

    And a computer is still a keyboard and a screen, and if cars shit themselves as often as computers and needed ” upgrading” as often, car companies would have been sued out of existance.

    • lprent 4.1

      a computer is still a keyboard and a screen

      There is a teeny bit more than that in them. But typically the failure components are hard disks and on the printed circuit boards (PCB)

      PCBs have a few orders of magnitude more components than the entirety of any production car and are made up of hot or warm components that are densely packed and typically react to each other and their environment. Selecting the right motherboard and case for cooling, maintaining and replacing them for your task makes a hell of difference. Just as it does with a car. Which is why my motherboards typically last until I *upgrade* them – usually about every 5 years. I just replaced the one in my workstation that I brought in 2009.

      Hard disks typically operate at sustained movement speeds far in excess of any car apart from Formula one racing cars – which seldom last a year. The best way to think about them is that they are a consumable like brake pads or tyres. You should expect to replace them every few years and build that into your maintenance schedule.

      I suspect that you’re mostly complaining about portable computers and handhelds.

      Yes it is possible to get longer lasting laptops – for instance a Toughbook. Paying for them is a completely different matter.

      The last laptop I brought was in 2009, a sony vaio Z series. It is still happily running and in daily use. My partners old laptops from the last two decades used to litter the household until we disposed on them on moving into less storage space. None of them ever died, they just got new hard disks. Of course these were all rather expensive apples..

      I suspect that you’re getting what you pay for.

      • Naturesong 4.1.1

        Standardisation of components also makes a big difference in enabling rapid development and reducing cost. You don’t see this with cars, apart from obvious things like wheels, tyres etc.
        You can’t just grab any old gearbox off the shelf and whack it in your car.

        I had hoped one day to see someone start a project for an open source (and open standards) car design. However given that car manufacturing is now a sunset industry (or will be soon) it’s probably not worth doing.

    • SHG (not Colonial Viper) 4.2

      cars shit themselves as often as computers and needed ” upgrading” as often

      You should stop buying shit computers then. My cars need far more attention than my computers.

  5. Saarbo 5

    Eric Roy is the 9th National Party Caucus member to resign at the end of this term. Colin James and Michelle Boag (on RNZ this morning) reckon that these people are being tapped on the shoulder to f.o. I reckon the National Party cant be a happy camp at the moment, but it is a very corporate way of running things, interesting.

    • cricklewood 5.1

      It’s a good thing really I could name several high profile labour mp’s that should have been ‘shoulder tapped’ years ago.
      I doubt things are too unhappy i’m sure most of them will wash up with a few cushy board positions or similar…

      • Paul 5.1.1

        That’s the problem. Labour don’t have the corporate jobs to bribe their MOs with to leave.
        Anyway, if Labour don’t get rid of their neoliberal rump they are toast.
        There are far too many timid or compromised people in the party.

        • Saarbo

          Yes. Labour is much more democratic though, im not convinced that the National’s Corporate approach is the right way, it might get rid of the deadwood but it also has its downsides. It does lead to a lot to people conforming to what the leader wants, so a lot of sucking up…but I still reckon that it is probably a much unhappier party than what is been let on.

        • jcuknz

          I gather that most Labour MPs simply do not have the workskills to perform in the real world outside of Parliament.

          • greywarbler

            If you did jcuknz you wouldn’t be on the blog so much as aRWNJ. After all there is no money in it for you, is there? Or are you too old to be a judge? (shades of Cook and Moore.)

          • Draco T Bastard

            jcuknz, I gather that you’re talking out your arse.

        • greywarbler

          +1 National is showing the way. Labour get to work.

    • SHG (not Colonial Viper) 5.2

      It’s called rejuvenation. Look for more long-serving MPs to retire as National positions itself as a future-facing party in election year.

      And on the other side of the political spectrum, we have the party going to the election with David Cunliffe, Phil Goff, Annette King, and Trevor Mallard. All Clark-era Cabinet ministers.

      For bonus dotage: Mallard and King entered Parliament in the election that ousted Rob Muldoon.

      But wait there’s more: Goff has been an MP since the election that ousted BILL ROWLING.

  6. Morrissey 6

    We are all Palestinians by JOHN MINTO [deleted]

    Plenty of sickening things happen every day but one of the worst this week has been the singing of Ariel Sharon’s praises at his funeral by Israeli politicians and an assortment of international butchers and war criminals such as former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair. Our own Minister of Foreign Affairs Murray McCully was marginally less cringe-worthy saying Sharon had acted out of love of his country but at least acknowledged Sharon as “controversial” – a euphemism for “bloody butcher” in this case.


    Sharon was one of the most vicious and gruesome political leaders from the 20th century.

    – See more at:

    [lprent: The quoting was excessive – relevant quoted *teasers* yes – not a copied page and a half. Opinion from yourself is what I’d usually expect as the main teaser anyway. Don’t make me have to do this work again. See the policy on cut’n’paste.

    BTW and before you ask: The only reason that Penny Bright gets away with her massive screeds is because I can’t find them on google. Probably means that wherever else they are published has crappy search engine optimisation. BLip’s lists are original. ]

  7. (why aren’t we screaming from the rooftops about this one.)


    “..For a few years – the UK enjoyed a once-in-a-lifetime windfall –

    – only – unlike the Norwegians –

    – we’ve got almost nothing to show for it..”


    ..( we don’t take this as a cautionary-tale..a ‘whoop-whoop..!..pull-up!-moment..

    ..then we have sawdust between our ears..

    ..’cos this govt..using super-negotiator/hard-man browning..

    ..signed off on one of the most pathetically low oil the world.. britain..if a gusher is found..

    ..these clowns that rule over us..

    ..have guaranteed that – like britain..

    ..we will be screwed over by the oil-companies..

    ..all the profits will flow offshore..

    ..directly to them..

    ..and we will get s.f.a..

    ..and if a political party doesn’t seize on this populist-hand-grenade as an election-issue..

    ..well they all also have sawdust between their ears..

    ..and don’t believe nathan ‘clutch cargo’ guy when he bangs on about how wonderful it will be..

    ..and when he throws out actual figures/amounts.. aware they have been massaged so much..

    ..they are black and blue from the bruises..

    ..and they added in the gst on the packet of gum the courier driver bought on his way to this oil-field nirvana.. deliver a package.. is all just a cover-up to conceal their traitorous sell-out of our interests as a country..”


    phillip ure…

    • Paul 7.1

      This government is working for foreign corporate interests.

      • Jan 7.1.1

        Absolutely, and as long as they stay in power, the more irreversible damage they will do

        • Paul

          And if Labour retain their neo-liberal hue, nothing will change.
          Just three examples off the bat:Goff supports the TPP and Jones supports off shore drilling and Labour MPs take gifts from Sky City
          It’ll just be a slower death for workers’ rights in NZ and, more dangerously, more disaffected voters. The UK already suffers from this fact as there is no party there you can vote for that challenges neo-liberal economics.

    • jcuknz 7.2

      I doubt if Labour would be doing anything different so I would crit the politicians not just the current government.

      • phillip ure 7.2.1

        @ jcunz..

        ..i agree..labour cannot preach on this.. they are guilty of the same..(they showed the oil companies how easy we are to negotiate out the door..

        ..they set the bar so low you get back-strain reaching for it..

        ..the greens cannot..lest they be seen to have accepted drilling as a fait-accomplit.. i see this as yet another populist issue dotcom can ride to parliament..

        ..(and,,ahem..!..the negotiating-stance i wd go

        ..if oil is found..the state gets 50% of the gusher…

        ..that’s the deal..

        ..take it or leave it..

        ..50%..or nothing…)

        phillip ure..

        • Draco T Bastard

          (and,,ahem..!..the negotiating-stance i wd go

          ..if oil is found..the state gets 50% of the gusher…

          ..that’s the deal..

          ..take it or leave it..

          ..50%..or nothing…)

          Bad move. Rescind the license completely and then set it up so that the drilling is either done directly by the government or under contract to the government for a fixed price. The government would own all of the oil/gas.

          And do that with all the mining and resource extraction in the country.

      • Paul 7.2.2

        Labour were infiltrated in the 80s by the neo-liberal virus.
        Looks like the grassroots are trying to purge the party of this disease, but it’s hard work to oust these 5th columnists out of their comfortable rotten boroughs.

        • greywarbler

          Interesting you use that rotten boroughs term. That came to my mind as a comparison a while ago when thinking of what is happening here.

      • KJT 7.2.3

        Another reason why we need Democracy instead of our blind faith in the loons in power.

    • newsense 7.3

      this seemed fairly familiar:

      So where did our billions go? Hawksworth writes: “The logical answer is that the oil money enabled non-oil taxes to be kept lower.” In other words: tax cuts. When the North Sea was providing maximum income, Thatcher’s chancellor, Nigel Lawson slashed income and other direct taxes, especially for the rich. The top rate of tax came down from 60p in the pound to just 40p by 1988. He also reduced the basic rate of income tax; but the poor wouldn’t have seen much of those pounds in their pockets, as, thanks to the Tories, they were paying more VAT.

  8. Rosie 8

    Where is Rogue Trooper these days?

    • Chooky 8.1

      Yes where is he?…and Rhinocrates?….Maybe they are sunning themselves on a tropical island just listening to the lap of the waves….. and hoping that there wont be a cyclone…..

      [lprent: Resting apparently. See
      Rhinocrates has been around. ]

      • freedom 8.1.1

        Rhinocrates was around yesterday, but Rogue?

        • Rosie

          Yes, I’ve been reading Rhinocrates – and you too, Freedom by the way. I enjoyed your see saw metaphor for FFP vs. MMP. I support what you said.

          Often I don’t have the time or the energy to reply to topics raised here at TS but I do read the majority of articles. Always thought provoking stuff.

          I do miss Roguey’s unique style.

      • greywarbler 8.1.2

        If one follows the link lprent put up there is some good links I think, though I haven;t caught up yet. Frankly I will always be running behind with the shovel as I think lots of the best stuff gets dropped unnoticed.

  9. Let's Boogie 9

    On the Phenomenon of Bullshit Jobs by David Graeber. (Author of Debt: The First 5000 Years)

  10. Morrissey 10


    Surely this writer, i.e., moi, is not the first to notice the uncanny similarity of these two notorious right wing gentlemen….



  11. jcuknz 11

    People who fight to establish a country are terrorists who become honoured citizens when they succeed in their endeavours. War, official or not, is a horrible and nasty business [irrespective of if you are the respected winner or the despised looser] and Arik succeeded but with age apparently became more sensible and tolerant of what is likely to succeed in the longterm.
    As a man of his times and his situation he should be respected rather than reviled. But the past eight years illustrates the foolishness of quantity versus quality as practiced by the medical profession with the support of the rest of us.

    • @ jcunz..


      ..he was a war-criminal who butchered unarmed/defenceless women and a palestinian refugee camp..

      ..he deserves all the reviling he gets..

      phillip ure..

    • Morrissey 11.2

      What you say does make some sense. Sharon—or “Arik” as he was known to his friends and to hapless political makeweights like Joe “Kinnock” Biden—was a war criminal, and at his his funeral he was eulogized by war criminals. But he is not some monster who was running out of control; he was a faithful servant of a criminal, scofflaw regime. Nothing more, nothing less.

    • Naturesong 11.3

      I was working in Palestine when Ariel Sharon rocked up to the Temple of the Mount with armed soldiers in tow, a few months out from the election.
      Rioting ensued. So began the second intifada.
      Sharon then rode the subsequent tide of racist nationalism to win the election

      Most Israelis I spoke to at the time were disgusted that he would forment violence simply to stoke the fears of the Israeli populace. Several mentioned that he should be tried as a war criminal for his role in the Sabra and Shatila massacre. Even more believed he should have been court marshalled for disobeying Golda Meir during the Yom Kippur War which led the the deaths of many of the soldiers under his command (and Golda Meirs resignation).

      His career should have ended in a court marshall in 1973. Or at the very least in the Hague after 1982.

  12. One Anonymous Knucklehead 12

    Weak as piss from the Labour party.

    “Labour corrections spokeswoman Jacinda Ardern said [SERCO} should lose its contract to run Mt Eden.”

    What was wrong with saying: “The next Labour-led government will cancel all contracts and/or close all private prisons. SERCO investors take note: you will lose 100% of your investment every single time you interfere in New Zealand penal policy”?

    There are ways to Tory proof this country. Compulsory return of public property without compensation is a tool that needs to come out of the shed more often.

  13. Morrissey 13

    Noam Chomsky: Sabra & Shatila massacre recalls worst Jewish Pogroms

    We look at one of the most shocking incidents in the career of the late former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon: the Sabra and Shatila massacre. Up to 2,000 Palestinians died on Sept. 16-17, 1982, when the Israeli military allowed a Christian militia to attack the camp. Then-Defense Minister Ariel Sharon was forced to resign after a special Israeli investigative panel declared him to be “personally responsible” for the massacre. We air a description of the killings by Ellen Siegel, a Jewish-American nurse who was working at Gaza Hospital at the Sabra camp at the time of the attacks, and speak with Rashid Khalidi, Edward Said Professor of Arab Studies at Columbia University, and Noam Chomsky, world-renowned political dissident, linguist, author and Institute Professor Emeritus at Massachusetts Institute of Technology….

  14. greywarbler 14

    A couple of thoughts.
    Apparently there is a lowering crime rate, yet it is a time of increased deprivation of many.

    A possible flow on from increased deprivation. Thomas Belmonte in his sociological study of the very poor people of Naples , in his book The Broken Fountain noted that the police were kept away from this area. Their presence usually meant more problems, no-one would want to give them information because of peer pressure and because it drew them personally to police attention. To live they reverted to stealing, it was endemic. The children were adept at getting into car boots of cars stopped at intersections. They might be as adept at climbing as monkeys. The author when new to the area, turned in his room, and found a young boy who had scaled the balcony to the first floor to check him out. They stole from each other, the family possibly, their friends and neighbours, probably. The Catholic church was their first port of call when having difficulties. A cosa nostra scenario really.

    So if people are likely to be questioned about their own life if they report a crime, they will think twice. And it has to be serious, to be reported. To people in these conditions, the police are not an option. Police are sometimes unfriendly but fair, sometimes not, always a complication. Community building and support are needed to overcome this in NZ and help with the young delinquents on diversion properly handled could be the best option. That is until, or if, the government sets in place an economy that allows people to strive and to better themselves, and gives them plenty of inexpensive opportunities.

    Another thought.
    The present parliamentary system is no better than committees I’ve been on for community organisations. A new committee comes in,. and proceeds to overturn decisions made previously that people spent time thinking and arguing and deciding on, and which are of benefit. A new group has a better idea and considers itself automatically better than the past, particularly if as is common in community organisations that don’t have rich patrons or funding, they are just cranking along doing some good.

    The government can overturn good policies of the past. To avoid this, there has to be a burst of energy against it. The whole thing can be re argued. There is no cause to do this unless the thing is fundamentally wrong and is likely to be so because of the lack of checks in the system.

    It seems to me that there should be a stay on change, though new legislation should go ahead in its processes. There should be panels of people who can put their names forward and are drawn like a jury at random. The lists would be of people who would have passed a test of basic knowledge about the country and its economy and political system. This would result in a highly ordered random selection of people being drawn from say five strata to get a range of backgrounds.

    The process of making decisions about changes or new legislation should have a checklist of questions about the cost, the value added, who needs it and why, who doesn’t think they need it and why, the likelihood of unintended consequences, whether it is just a deterrent, an example of a small step to change societal attitudes – and there must be a consideration of under 100 words for each check, and all to be filled in and collated and published. This would slow down legislation immensely, but a lot of what is passed now is repairing badly prepared stuff, or puts new bad law that has immediate advantage to a small group in, later to be mourned by those picking up the pieces. It would cut down on externalities being greatly resorted to, as less could be blithely passed over by the irresponsible.

    • Draco T Bastard 14.1

      Or we could just go to referenda rather than looking for a new set of people to put up on pedestals.

    • Flip 14.2

      I like the thoughts. A more ‘informed participatory democracy’ getting a wider range of views, experience and knowledge. It would reduce the influence of well funded individuals, politicians, narrow minded civil servants, ideologists, vested interests and lobbyists. I’m of the view that too much power is vested in too few people.

  15. captain hook 15

    who read the angry pro-smacking tirade in the dompost this one of Craigs acolytes.
    people like this should not be allowed to have children in the first place.

  16. Paul 16

    The media is definitely doing a beat up on Colin Craig so far this year. It’s amazing how money can get you some much media space.
    Why? The Tories are definitely trying to bait the NZ electorate on this one, as it represents their best hope of power in 2014.
    I suggest that editors at newspapers and producers at TV and radio stations are being told to include this as content as much as possible. It’s a bit like having a playlist at a bad music radio station. You get no independence to select your own tracks. The owners of this country tell the media what to play.

    • freedom 16.1

      “The media is definitely doing a beat up on Colin Craig so far this year”
      you are missing what is really going on Paul
      It is an election year and the Nat supporters who want even more hate to flood NZ need to be told where they can safely vote without scaring the pollsters too much

    • “..The owners of this country tell the media what to play.”


      ..the most recent odious example of this was the advertorial penned by the head of the bankers’ cartel..

      ..posing as an opinion-piece on stuff..

      ..and the kicker..? was headlined on that site..

      ..for a week..

      phillip ure..

    • bad12 17.1

      Brendon Who???, ah what choices for the people of Tauranga, (1) do they vote for the bloke who if watched closely when under pressure shows clear signs of being in possession of a serious disease of the mind, or (2), cast one for the bloke what can switch on and off at will a smile of such radiance that the sun pales into insignificance, said smile all the while never quite being translated through the eyes making one wonder if He who bestows such has an axe concealed somewhere about their person…

      • phillip ure 17.1.1

        i think note should be made that horan has been officially cleared of all the allegations made against him..

        ..there was no wrongdoing in his handling of his mothers’ estate/assets..

        ..and given all the shit that was thrown at him around that..(by me too..)

        ..i think fair-justice be that the clearing of his name is widely broadcast..

        ..and peters deserves a premature-ejaculation-award..

        ..for throwing horan out of his party..

        ..based purely on allegations..

        ..peters comes out of this looking the worst..

        phillip ure..

        • bad12

          Phillip Ure, raking the ashes of what is past, tell me something, as a leftist what use do you see of a NZFirst Party that could just as easily decide to prop up a National Government as a Government of the left,

          Now tell me something, Winston cannot carry on forever,(unless He has found some substance the rest of us have so far missed), so who of the 2011 intake of NZFirst could have possibly kept the NZFirst Party alive after Winston,

          Who in that Party had an ounce of the charisma, the mana if you will to be able to carry that Party forward after Winston,

          Brendon Who??? don’t be such a soft mug Phillip, this is the long game of politics and the knee-capping of Brendon Who is simply a small move in the game,

          i don’t think you will find me having commented on Brendon Who’s honesty at any point, simply because as i insinuate that wasn’t the point…

  17. karol 18

    And so goes Sky City – multinational investment mamangement company slowly growing their slice of the shares.

    The world’s biggest investor has taken a 5 per cent stake in casino operator SkyCity, worth more than $111 million.

    New York-listed BlackRock is an asset management leviathan, with more than US$4 trillion (NZD$4.8t) of funds under management.

    • bad12 18.1

      The joys of US ‘quantitative easing’ washing across the borders into New Zealand perhaps, meanwhile back in the jungle as the US leviathans flash the cash the US congress is hell bent on slashing it in the form of cancelling unemployment benefits for 100’s of thousands in the US still suffering from the unemployment brought about the Global Financial Crisis,

      The hypocrisy of this which cannot escape any of us except perhaps the most hardened of wing-nuts…

  18. amirite 19

    So we keep hearing how business confidence in NZ has hit an all time high.
    After mass sacking of workers, slashing of workers’ rights and pay, after total dis-empowering of unions, after blackmailing workers into submission by threatening them with job losses, and making massive profits which are being distributed only among the management, with the help and support by a compliant government, no wonder the business confidence is so high.

    • karol 19.1

      Yes, the celebrating of business confidence implies that we all benefit. In fact, things like the GFC are exploited by the coporate plutocracy, so that, when there is a recovery, wages are lower, jobs more preacarious, and workers’ rights have been further whittled away.

  19. amirite 20

    Also, why do people so hate Martyn Bradbury? I don’t know the man at all apart from what he writes in his blogs, so more insight would be helpful.
    He’s apparently joined Kim Dotcom’s party. WTF?

    • Naki Man 20.1

      Yes he is working for Krim.con and the Mana party.

      • One Anonymous Knucklehead 20.1.1

        You know the extradition case is in tatters, don’t you Funi Man? The evidence the police presented proven false, the warrant illegal, the provision of access to sealed court evidence to unauthorised foreign nationals, do you think all those things have just sort of gone away now they aren’t in the media so much?

        What sort of weight do you suppose the court will give to this sad litany when considering its decision? Do you suppose it will affect the degree of trust the court is prepared to invest in the rest of the Yankee request much?

        Clearly you are of the sort that believes the accused are always guilty whether proven innocent or not, and your opinion is utterly irrelevant, but I care, Funi Man. I’m looking forward to your chagrin 🙂

    • karol 20.2

      Source WO. Bradbury was a consultant to the internet Party early on. Ditto Graeme Edgeler. Trotter as alleged cheerleader.+

      I don’t hate Bradbury. Sometimes I totally agree with his comments/analysis. Sometimes I think he’s not a very in-depth thinker. He also can be a bit contradictory. He’s a good publicist – can use the media quite well.

      Some find him too opinionated and too focused on his own publicity.

      • Arfamo 20.2.1

        Yup. Can’t see KDC and Bradbury being a comfortable mix for long.

        • karol

          Interesting though. WO has scored a bit of an own goal with this. He’s added to the Internet Party publicity, and aligned it with the left.

          • Arfamo

            The only thing I like about KDC is the way he makes John Key squirm on the end of his bayonet. Millionaire vs Millionaire battle just another gormless media distraction really.

          • SHG (not Colonial Viper)

            Own goal? Seems like he’s handled it perfectly.

        • One Anonymous Knucklehead

          I don’t know, Arfarmo. I can’t see them treading on one anothers’ toes that much. Dotcom wants to be a celebrity billionaire, not a politician.

          • Arfamo

            I’ve concluded Bomber’s much the same. Their supporters will each claim their hearts are in the right place. But their egos will clash I reckon.

  20. Brett Dale 21

    There is not a chance in hell that dot com gets 5% of the party vote.

    What a waste of his money and his supporters time.

    • Arfamo 21.1

      He’s a capitalist. He knows that’s what they’re there for. Big fun.

    • One Anonymous Knucklehead 21.2

      A lot of people are pissed off about being spied on, Brett. I’m struggling to seeing him make 5%, but the New Zealand Party…

      • Brett Dale 21.2.1


        He wont get 5% though, and do his supporters really think this guy actually has their best
        interests at heart?

        • One Anonymous Knucklehead

          Says you. As for NZ interests, I note he is funding a political party and has apparently hired (or at least called for expressions of interest from) some quite serious players to run it.

          The last time someone tried something of this nature, The New Zealand Party got 12% of the vote.

          I won’t be surprised if he fails, but I won’t be surprised if he doesn’t.

        • QoT

          do his supporters really think this guy actually has their best
          interests at heart?

          If they didn’t they probably wouldn’t be supporters. #logic

        • felix

          “do his supporters really think this guy actually has their best
          interests at heart?”

          Dunno. Do John Key’s supporters?

      • Draco T Bastard 21.2.2

        I’m struggling to seeing him make 5%, but the New Zealand Party…

        I’m not. The Greens got 6.8% in their first election. Act got 6.9% in their first election.

        I see it as highly probably that, in their first election, The Internet Party will get over 5%. The question is if they will be able to maintain that. Act hasn’t but The Greens are going strong.

    • so..brett..are you so sure of yr claim..

      ..that you will do a keith locke..?

      ..and walk naked down a main thoroughfare naked..

      ..if you are wrong..?

      phillip ure..

      • Brett Dale 21.3.1


        I think its best for all concern that I keep my clothes on.

        Secondly again he wont get near 5%.

        Thirdly I find it beyond belief that there are kiwis who think Kim dotcom actually cares about

        He will end up doing what that Irish gimp did.

  21. bad12 22

    Nice little ‘jolt’ felt in Wellington just now, maybe 2.5-3 on the rickety scale, a minor isolated movement or more from the series shaking the top of the South???…

  22. hellonearthis 23

    It doesn’t add up. Looking at the numbers from the msd site, the $10.3 billion decrease doesn’t add up to the figures on the site. It only shows $7.3 billion. There was $1.5B was added that was a methodology correction to the 2012 liability figures. So it should have been $8.8 billion. But that’s still $1.5 billion more than the numbers published on the MSD site.

    Most of the savings was due to cheaper service rates $3.0 billion.
    While only $180 million was due to lower than expected benefit payments.

    Take this from the msd site,

    The June 2012 total liability was $86.8 billion, compared with the June 2013 liability of $76.5 billion.

    That’s there $10.3 billion figure. But in the notes at the bottom of the page is this,

    [ii] The starting liability at 30 June 2012 was reduced to $85.3 billion due to methodology correction.

    Oh look, there’s $1.5 Billion they are still counting even though they had corrected the figure due to methodology. Can’t trust there numbers if they make such a simple error

  23. Colonial Viper 24

    I just noticed on that the benchmark Baltic Dry shipping indexing is collapsing at historic rates. That implies massive dry bulk carrying over capacity on 23 of the world’s major trade routes.

    I don’t think that the global real economy is going to do any good this year, at all.

    • Draco T Bastard 24.1

      That was mentioned in a article I read a year or two back on shipping. The article mentioned that there was an awful lot carrying capacity coming on line in the next year or two and that competition would drive prices for shipping to below cost.

  24. newsense 25

    Haven’t noticed any pictures or mentions about David Cunliffe on holiday with his family etc etc…Key’s boys been getting high fives from Obama on the golf course in Hawaii…absolute elitism but also very hard to attack as that…

  25. philj 26

    hmmmm? CCC or KDC? What interesting times we live in! I suppose it should come as no surprise that we see a plethora of minor parties applying for the tail role of, not just wagging the dog, but potentially choosing the pooch to be promenaded by. Fun and doo doors ahead folks. Keep shoveling and smile!

  26. Herodotus 27

    It costs a lot to live in Auckland, and the reason is ?….
    Auckland Tourism Events and Economic Development tourism manager Jason Hill said the city billed itself as a top-quality holiday spot.
    “Auckland doesn’t profess to be a budget destination, but delivers on other aspects of visitor experiences and consistently ranks highly as a desirable place to visit,” he said.

    How about those of us who reside perminately within Auckland and are captured within this low wage economy ? Perhaps as a cup of coffee, a beer , dinner our are so expensive, then those working within the industry could expect to see an uplift in their wages, at least there in no reason for working conditions to be attacked!!
    Common sense and logic fail as to why it is soooo costly to live within New Zealand. Perhaps it is all that money bring exported out as dividends in the banking sector:-)

  27. NZ Femme 28

    Hey Dunedin Standardista’s, is the Off The Pages meet up still happening on Saturday?

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    Finance Minister Nicola Willis has met with Australian Treasurer Jim Chalmers to discuss the opportunities to lower business costs and increase the ease with which businesses and people can operate across the Tasman.     “I have met with Treasurer Chalmers and shared our new Government’s ambitious economic goals, our plans ...
    19 hours ago
  • Government to address business payment practices
    The Government will repeal the Business Payment Practices Act 2023, Small Business and Manufacturing Minister Andrew Bayly announced today. “There is a major problem with large market players imposing long payment terms and routinely paying invoices late. “However, the Business Payment Practices Act is not an effective solution and would ...
    19 hours ago
  • Greater focus on work will reduce child poverty
    Worsening child poverty rates support the Coalition Government’s focus on reducing the cost of living and getting people into work, Child Poverty Reduction Minister Louise Upston says. Figures released by Stats NZ today show child poverty rates have increased, with the rising cost of living, driven by inflation, making it ...
    22 hours ago
  • NZ announces new support for Ukraine
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters and Defence Minister Judith Collins have marked two years since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine by announcing further support and sanctions, and extending our military assistance. “Russia launched its illegal, full-scale invasion of Ukraine, in blatant violation of international law, including the UN Charter,” Mr Peters says. ...
    22 hours ago
  • Finance Minister to meet Australian Treasurer
    Finance Minister Nicola Willis will travel to Australia today to meet her Australian counterpart, Treasurer Jim Chalmers.    “New Zealand and Australia have an incredibly strong trade and investment relationship. The Closer Economic Relations and Single Economic Market are powerful engines for growth on both sides of the Tasman.     “I will ...
    1 day ago
  • PM shocked and saddened at death of Efeso Collins
    “I am truly shocked and saddened at the news of Efeso Collins’ sudden death,” Prime Minister Christopher Luxon says. “Efeso was a good man, always friendly and kind, and a true champion and advocate for his Samoan and South Auckland communities. “Our thoughts and deepest sympathies go to his family, ...
    2 days ago
  • Greater support for social workers
    The Coalition Government is enhancing the professionalism of the social work sector and supporting the vulnerable people who rely on them, Social Development and Employment Minister Louise Upston says.  The Social Workers Registration Legislation Amendment Bill passed its third reading in Parliament today. It amends the Social Workers Registration Legislation ...
    3 days ago
  • Government delivers greater freedom and choice for sick New Zealanders
    The coalition government is delivering on its commitment to making principled decisions by getting rid of red tape that doesn’t make sense and allowing sick New Zealanders greater freedom and choice to purchase effective cold and flu medicines. A bill amending the Misuse of Drugs Act 1975 is being introduced, and changes to the Medicines ...
    3 days ago
  • Government begins reset of welfare system
    The Coalition Government is taking early action to curb the surge in welfare dependency that occurred under the previous government by setting out its expectations around employment and the use of benefit sanctions, Social Development and Employment Minister Louise Upston says. In 2017, 60,588 sanctions were applied to beneficiaries who ...
    4 days ago
  • State of the Nation
    Ka nui te mihi kia koutou. Kia ora, good morning, talofa, malo e lelei, bula vinaka, da jia hao, namaste, sat sri akal, assalamu alaikum. Thank you for coming to my first State of the Nation as Prime Minister. Thank you for coming to a speech where I don’t just ...
    5 days ago
  • West Coast tourism attractions officially open
    Regional Development Minister Shane Jones will attend the official opening of two highly anticipated tourism projects on the West Coast today – Pike29 Memorial Track, dedicated to the memory of the Pike River miners, and Pounamu Pathway. “The Pike29 Memorial Track is a way to remember and honour the men ...
    7 days ago
  • Independent ferry service advisory group in place
    Appointments to the Ministerial Advisory Group tasked with providing independent advice and assurance on the future of KiwiRail’s inter-island ferry service have been made, State Owned Enterprises Minister Paul Goldsmith says. “It’s important for New Zealand that KiwiRail is focused on ensuring safe, resilient, and reliable ferry services over the ...
    1 week ago
  • Joint statement from the Prime Ministers of Australia, Canada, and New Zealand
    The Prime Ministers of Australia, Canada and New Zealand today issued the following statement on reports of Israel’s planned military operation in Rafah. We are gravely concerned by indications that Israel is planning a ground offensive into Rafah.   A military operation into Rafah would be catastrophic. About 1.5 million Palestinians ...
    1 week ago
  • Govt will deliver on expanded breast screening
    The coalition Government has made the first steps in delivering on its promise to  extend free breast screening to women aged 70-74, Health Minister Shane Reti says. “As part of the 100 day plan, the Government has now met with officials and discussed what is needed in order for the ...
    1 week ago
  • Government announces woolshed roadshows in support of sheep farmers
    The Government celebrates National Lamb Day (15 February 24) and congratulates sheep farmers on the high-quality products they continue to produce. Agriculture Minister McClay hosted bipartisan celebrations of National Lamb Day with industry representatives at Parliament this week to mark the anniversary of the first frozen lamb exports that left ...
    1 week ago
  • Speech: Address to the NZ Economics Forum
    It’s great to be back at the New Zealand Economics Forum. I would like to acknowledge everyone here today for your expertise and contribution, especially the Pro Vice-Chancellor, Head of the Waikato Management School, economists, students and experts alike. A year has passed since I was last before you, and ...
    1 week ago
  • Government tackling high construction costs
    The Government is focused on reducing sky-high construction costs to make it more affordable to build a home, Building and Construction Minister Chris Penk says.  Stats NZ data shows the cost of building a house has increased by 41 per cent since 2019, making housing even more unaffordable for Kiwi ...
    1 week ago
  • Labour’s Three Waters legislation repealed
    The Coalition Government’s legislative plan to address longstanding issues with local water infrastructure and service delivery took an important step today, with the repeal of Labour’s divisive and unpopular Three Waters legislation, Local Government Minister Simeon Brown says. “Repealing this legislation is a necessary first step in implementing our Local ...
    1 week ago
  • Cost of living support for beneficiary households
    The Coalition Government is delivering on its commitment to ease the cost-of-living by increasing main benefit rates in line with inflation and ensuring the Minimum Family Tax Credit threshold remains aligned with this change, Social Development and Employment Minister Louise Upston says. The Social Security (Benefits Adjustment) and Income Tax ...
    1 week ago
  • Government announces agriculture delegations to better support Primary sector
    The coalition Government has announced ministerial delegations to support key areas across the Primary sector to deliver for New Zealand’s food and fibre sector, Agriculture Minister Todd McClay announced today. “I will be supported in my roles as Minister of Agriculture, Trade, Forestry and Hunting and Fishing, by three Associate ...
    1 week ago
  • Waikato MoU reinforces Govt’s commitment to increase NZ doctors
    The Government has taken an important step forward in addressing a critical shortage of New Zealand-trained doctors, with today’s signing of a Memorandum of Understanding for a third medical school, Minister of Health Dr Shane Reti has announced.  “Today’s signing by the Ministry of Health and the University of Waikato ...
    1 week ago
  • Speech – Lunar New Year 2024
    Annyeonghaseyo, greetings and welcome all. It is my pleasure as the Minister for Ethnic Communities to welcome you to the first Lunar New Year Event in Parliament. Thank you to our emcees for greeting us in the different languages that represent the many cultures that celebrate the Lunar New Year. ...
    1 week ago
  • More funding to Hawke’s Bay and Tairāwhiti
    Urgent work to clean-up cyclone-affected regions will continue, thanks to a $63 million boost from the Government for sediment and debris removal in Hawke’s Bay and Tairāwhiti.                                                                                                   The funding will help local councils continue urgent work removing and disposing of sediment and debris left from Cyclone Gabrielle.   “This additional ...
    1 week ago
  • Budget will be delivered on 30 May
    Plans to deliver tax relief to hard-working New Zealanders, rebuild business confidence and restore the Crown’s finances to order will be unveiled on 30 May, Finance Minister Nicola Willis says. The plans will be announced in the Budget which is currently being developed by Ministers.  “The last government’s mismanagement of ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Government advances Local Water Done Well
    The Coalition Government is continuing work to restore council ownership and control of water assets by repealing Three Waters and appointing a Technical Advisory Group to provide expert advice on the implementation of Local Water Done Well, Local Government Minister Simeon Brown says. “The Government will pass a bill to ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Minister congratulates NZQA Top Scholars
    Education Minister Erica Stanford congratulates the New Zealand Scholarship recipients from 2023 announced today.  “Receiving a New Zealand Scholarship is a fantastic achievement and is a testament to the hard work and dedication the recipients have put in throughout the year,” says Ms Stanford.  “New Zealand Scholarship tests not only ...
    2 weeks ago
  • New diplomatic appointments
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters has today announced five new diplomatic appointments.  "Strong and effective diplomacy to protect and advance our interests in the world is needed now more than ever," Mr Peters says.  “We are delighted to appoint senior diplomats from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade to these ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Speech to the Committee for Auckland
    It is great to be here today at this event as Minister for Auckland and Minister ofTransport. Let me start by acknowledging each one of you and thanking the Committee forAuckland for hosting this event and inviting me to speak here today. The Committee for Auckland has been a symbol ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Getting Transport Back on Track in Auckland
    Transport Minister Simeon Brown has today confirmed his high-level transport priorities for Auckland, in the lead up to releasing the draft Government Policy Statement on Land Transport. “Our economic growth and productivity are underpinned by a transport network that enables people and freight to move around safely and efficiently. At ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Government to axe Auckland Regional Fuel Tax
    Transport Minister Simeon Brown has confirmed that the Auckland Regional Fuel Tax will end on 30 June 2024. “Today, I can confirm that the Government has agreed to remove the Auckland Regional Fuel Tax in line with our coalition commitments, and legislation will be introduced to parliament to repeal the ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Minister Calls for Work to Tackle Kina Barrens
    Changes to fishing rules and a significant science programme are being undertaken to address kina barrens, says Minister for Oceans and Fisheries Shane Jones. “There has been tremendous interest from iwi, communities and recreational fishers who had raised concerns about such kina infestations being a major threat to Northland’s marine ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Government law and order crackdown begins
    The coalition Government is making good on its promise to restore law and order by removing government funding for Section 27 reports and abolishing the previous Labour Government’s prison reduction target, Justice Minister Paul Goldsmith and Corrections Minister Mark Mitchell say.  “In recent years, the development of Section 27 reports ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Greater focus on getting people into work
    The coalition government will refocus employment efforts and the welfare system so that supporting people who can work into jobs is the number one priority, Social Development and Employment Minister Louise Upston says. “Of concern in the labour market statistics released by Stats NZ today was the number of youth not ...
    2 weeks ago
  • One year on, NZ appeals for release of Phillip Mehrtens
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters has appealed to those holding New Zealand pilot Phillip Mehrtens in remote Papua, Indonesia, to release him immediately.  Phillip Mehrtens was taken hostage a year ago on 7 February in Paro, Papua, while providing vital air links and supplies to remote communities. “We strongly urge those holding ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Ministers reaffirm Pacific connections this week
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters and Health Minister and Minister for Pacific Peoples Dr Shane Reti are reaffirming the importance of New Zealand’s connections to the Pacific by visiting Tonga, Cook Islands and Samoa this week.  “New Zealand enjoys strong and long-standing relationships with our Pacific partners - especially in Polynesia, where we ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Rt Hon Christopher Luxon – Waitangi speech
    E ngā mana, e ngā reo, e ngā iwi, rau rangatira ma. Tēnā koutou katoa. He tino mihi ki te mana whenua o tēnei rohe.  Mihi mai, mihi mai, mihi mai. Te whare e tū nei, tēnā koe.                               He-wāhi whakahirahira tēnei mō Aotearoa. Ka huri nga whakaaro, ki nga mate. ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Government awards primary sector scholarships to students
    Six university students studying agriculture and science have been awarded scholarships as part of the coalition Government’s efforts to boost on-the-ground support for farmers and growers. “The coalition Government is committed to improving support and operating conditions for farmers and growers,” Agriculture Minister Todd McClay says. “We’re backing a range ...
    3 weeks ago

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