Open mike 29/07/2014

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  1. Jenny 1

    MEDIA ADVISORY: Annette Sykes to launch campaign for Waiariki
    Annette Sykes, MANA candidate for Waiariki
    Monday 28 July 2014

    At midday tomorrow, Annette Sykes will officially launch her campaign to win the Waiariki electorate seat for MANA in the upcoming general election.

    “A key goal for MANA this election is to mobilise our people to vote, especially rangatahi, and win Waiariki. To help with this we’ve got Maisey Rika, Cliff Curtis, and our MANA Youth Ambassador, Wairangi Koopu, all lending their support for the launch and the wider campaign” said Ms Sykes.

    “MANA is committed to changing the government and here in Waiariki we’re fully geared up for the task. We’ve already got our billboards up and from next week we’ll be knocking on every voter’s door in the electorate asking them for their support” said Ms Sykes.

    “Creating new jobs, and ensuring existing jobs – including those in forestry – are safe and paid at least a living wage are a top priority for MANA, and I’ll be talking more about this at the launch” concluded Ms Sykes.

    When: 12 noon, Tuesday 29 July (POHIRI)
    Where: Apumoana Marae, Tarawera Road, Rotorua

    When: 6:00-8:00pm, Tuesday 29 July (PUBLIC MEETING)
    Where: Distinction Hotel, Rotorua
    House DJ: Hone Djporoufessor Ngata
    Guest performance by Maisey Rika and appearances by Cliff Curtis and MANA Youth Ambassador, Wairangi Koopu.

    All media welcome.


    For further information please contact Te Ringahuia Hata, (021) 236-0931.

    • Jenny 1.1

      Oops the above just arrived in my inbox now. Just noticed the date. Can anyone give a report of this event?

      • veutoviper 1.1.1

        Don’t you actually read before you post, Jenny?

        The media advisory is dated Mon, 28 July BUT the actual events are today, Tues, 29 July.

  2. Paul 2

    Espiner’s interviews Cunliffe on Morning Report
    Another miserable effort by the state broadcaster.
    Not one question about policy, just polls.

    • mickysavage 2.1

      I had to laugh at Cunliffe’s comment that he preferred Rush Limbaugh to Mike Hosking to run the leader’s debate but Limbaugh was unavailable!

    • Lanthanide 2.2

      Seemed like a perfectly fine interview to me.

      Politics is about more than just policy.

      • Draco T Bastard 2.2.1

        About more than just polls as well.

      • framu 2.2.2

        it depends on how the follow up is framed for me

        much like “cunliffe only aims to get 40%” thing where rnz claimed they were paraphrasing even though cunliffe pointed out that guyon was attempting to put words in his mouth

        this interview had the same hallmarks

    • Wreckingball 2.3

      But he wouldn’t answer the question about tactical voting of Labour supporters in Epsom. Dodge, dodge and dodge.

      Lanthanide is right, politics is more than just policy.

  3. mickysavage 3

    The Herald have announced two new columnists for the election period Cactus Kate on the right and Josie Pagani on the supposed left. The trouble with this choice is that if you averaged out where they are on the political spectrum you would get someone in the same space as John Key.

    What a surprise …

    • Colonial Viper 3.1

      The one thing Josie is excellent at is managing her media career.

      • Tiger Mountain 3.1.1

        whacka thump whacka thump … sound of flat tyre approaching

        many regular Standard posters and commenters could do a way more useful job

      • swordfish 3.1.2

        I see she’s already beginning to construct a post-Election narrative that blames Labour’s putative “swing to the Left” under Cunliffe for what she obviously presumes will be a substantial Electoral Defeat and calls for the Restoration of the Party’s ABC Grandees to their rightful place on the Labour throne.

        “The party made David Cunliffe leader for his strategy of shoring up the base with a more militant tone. He’s delivered on that strategy but it hasn’t worked……It’s too late to ditch some of the rhetoric that made people doubt whether you would put them ahead of sectarian interests……”

        Conveniently overlooking, of course, the fact that back in the days when Cunliffe really was pushing core Labour values, the Party’s support conspicuously soared to 37% (reaching a monthly average of 35% for 3 of the last 4 months of 2013, something Shearer managed to do in just one of the 20 months in which he was leader).****

        What’s more, it’s clear that for Josie, “people” = equal those employed who are currently supporting National. In contrast, Benies, the Undecided and the Missing Million presumably = equal “non-people” who deserve little if any electoral consideration.

        ****(Important to remember this, incidently, whenever Jane Clifton, Matthew Hooton or various Tory Tr*lls turn up to tell us Labour were on the way up under Shearer and if only the Party had stuck with him…I’ll be posting about this on sub-zero in the very near future)

        • phillip ure

          “..I see she’s already beginning to construct a post-Election narrative that blames Labour’s putative “swing to the Left”..”

          pagani did that last time..

          ..she blamed labours’ defeat on that ‘radical’-policy..of including the families of the poor in working for families..

          ..and to fast-track that change into place…by 2021….(only ten yrs/3 elections after that election..)

          ..if ya didn’t’d fucken weep….

          • Lanthanide

            “..she blamed labours’ defeat on that ‘radical’-policy..of including the families of the poor in working for families..”

            It was radical in the context of the electorate. It was also completely tone-deaf to the messaging of what extending “Working for Families” to families who don’t work would sound like to the electorate at large.

            Politics is the art of the possible, not the art of the good or just.

            • phillip ure

              isn’t labour just a ‘scared’ party..?

              ..and you..lanth…u agree with pagani..?

              ..that the undoing of the demonising of the poorest by clark etc. was too hard a task…?

              ..that ‘the electorate’ wd rather our shameful levels of poverty/inequality should continue..?

     i said..herein/therein labours’ problems are crystalised..

              ..and lest i be accused of more ‘hate-campaigns’..i will note that it benefits internet/mana for labour to not have any real poverty-busting policies..

              ..when they do…

     shd support labour not having poverty-busting policies..(yet again..)..

              ..but i don’t..

     me it just symbolises how lost in neo-lib-land labour still are…

              • The Al1en

                “the demonising of the poorest by clark ”

                Citation needed.

                “it benefits internet/mana for labour to not have any real poverty-busting policies..”

                And your 1% party is booming because of it, neck and neck with the credible parties of the left they are.

                • … you scoff at 1%, sneer at the support to date for a new grouping and a new vision for the future and then have the puffery to go all ‘credible parties of the left’ onit. Vote for whoever you want but why not let the rest of us do that too eh? Don’t be a spiteful arsehole. As for what phil is saying – it is his view and that is that – there is an argument that he is putting forward – I’m not sure I 100% agree with it but it is a valid line imo.

                  • The Al1en

                    Get to 10 or 15% and I’ll believe you’re on to something.
                    Until then you’re just a party with a voter base less than the conservatives, using PU as an example, telling everyone else what to do and think, without any public backing or support.

                    I don’t care if you or phil don’t agree or like it, but it’s still good to talk.

                    Kia ora. 😉

                    • Good to know you’re a follower not a trailblazer – we’ll welcome you onboard once the hard work has been done.

                    • swordfish

                      Voter base less than the conservatives ? Not any more.

                      2014 – Average Support
                      First Quarter
                      IMP 0.6% Cons 1.9%

                      Second Quarter
                      IMP 1.6% Cons 1.4%

                      Most Recent Polls (June/July)
                      IMP 2.0% Cons 1.5%

                      Best called a 2% party these days.

                    • The Al1en

                      I won’t ever vote for HH or have anything to do with kdc, so doubt very much you’ll be piping this admiral onto your battleship, but if you ‘trailblazers’ are still a nothing party like craigs in years to come, I’ll give a sympathetic awww bless just for you. 🙂

                    • The Al1en

                      “Voter base less than the conservatives ? Not any more.”

                      It was more figuratively speaking based on both being nothing much to see here parties in the big scheme of things, but thanks for that anyway.
                      Election night will tell all for real.

                    • Good you are finally being truthful allen when you say, “I won’t ever vote for HH or have anything to do with kdc” so basically, out of spite, you’ll just try to disrupt those that do want to vote for them – sad bastard that you are – but truthful at last, you at least have that lol

                    • The Al1en

                      “Good you are finally being truthful allen”

                      With respect, I always am.

                      “when you say I won’t ever vote for HH or have anything to do with kdc” so basically you’ll just try to disrupt those that do want to vote for them”

                      I’ve never stopped anyone wanting to vote for HH or kdc doing so, but I do feel obliged, especially in election year, to tell them there are better, less criminal, less self serving, less misogynistic, less divisive politicians and parties on the left who offer much better homes for potential votes.

                      “sad bastard that you are”

                      What’s the matter? Don’t you mip blokes like choice?

                      “but truthful at last, you at least have that lol”

                      And always have and always will be, unlike your party benefactor. :halo:
                      Without who, and let’s be realistic and honest, hone and mana would be just a winston with a much smaller voter base and much less charisma and pull.

                    • Yay – another trailblazer

                      Actor Cliff Curtis has become the latest celebrity to publicly declare support for the Mana Movement.

                      Curtis, the star of films including The Dark Horse and Once Were Warriors, joins former Warrior player and TV personality Wairangi Koopu and hip-hop star King Kapisi in Mana’s celebrity stable.

                      Curtis will attend the campaign launch of Mana’s Annette Sykes in Waiariki tomorrow, the party said.

                      Singer Maisey Rika will also be there.


                    • The Al1en

                      “Yay – another trailblazer”


                    • wiki definition of sad bastard – “but I do feel obliged, especially in election year, to tell them there are better, less criminal, less self serving, less misogynistic, less divisive politicians and parties on the left who offer much better homes for potential votes.”

                      Fuck no one would have known if it wasn’t for you (and all the right-wing spinners) telling us – thanks and praise be to you, rejoice, rejoice, allen has given his wisdom and his utter truthfulnessness – we are saved at last!!!

                    • The Al1en

                      “wiki definition of sad bastard”

                      Are you sure it’s not just politics in election time? Or are you projecting for a reason?

                      “Fuck no one would have known if it wasn’t for you (and all the right-wing spinners) telling us”

                      Ah, to counter, there’s the link to the right wing. Come on Marty, you know better than that by now 🙄 But just in case, more working class/left wing than your multi millionaire man, or I’d bet your very own HH.
                      Just because a right winger comes up with the correct answer once in a while, doesn’t mean all those who hold the same view are of a similar political ilk.
                      Like I wrote, disingenuous.

                      “thanks and praise be to you, rejoice, rejoice, allen has given his wisdom and his utter truthfulnessness

                      You’re most welcome, even if not a little insincere and begrudging.

                      “we are saved at last!!!”

                      Can’t do much about that one yet, but watch this space, man. 🙂

                    • Last one for a while – got to do some homeschooling with my son…

                      “Just because a right winger comes up with the correct answer once in a while, doesn’t mean all those who hold the same view are of a similar political ilk.”

                      Are you sure about that? If the reason for the view is based upon the same rationale, and the purpose of espousing that view is the same, then we are in the, looks like, sounds like, situation methinks – no matter how much it hurts your ‘right-on’ ego to admit.

                      But I’m really glad you’re a Green voter – good for you! See that is being nice by offering praise rather than just moaning and shitting on anothers view and opinion – see the difference to “And your 1% party is booming because of it, neck and neck with the credible parties of the left they are.”

              • left for dead

                A very good interview on National Radio now,after ten slot.

            • The Al1en

              “It was also completely tone-deaf to the messaging of what extending “Working for Families” to families who don’t work would sound like to the electorate at large.”

              Quite right, it was never going to bring the voting masses flocking, it didn’t even bring out the 100,000 disaffected voters who stayed at home in 2011, so dead dodo of a turd policy.

              That doesn’t mean the poorest and most vulnerable couldn’t and shouldn’t have been given an economic boost to raise them out of poverty, but to frame a workers package over non workers was just silliness. Thank fuck those days are over.

              • North

                Very sweet of you to acknowledge non-working (because they don’t have job-holding, wage earning Mum and Dad)……’give them a boost by all means’ sort of shit.
                You remind me of the lounge-fucks whose morals get a twinge the occasional night at 6.00 pm over Gaza.
                Live with your bitterness over Hone Harawira, punkarse. Who cares ?

                • The Al1en

                  So agreeing that non workers should get the same economic boost as wff recipients I’m a lounge-fuck moralist?
                  As a non working family man, I say shove it up your arse you misunderstanding, misreading, misrepresenting numb nut.

                  “Live with your bitterness over Hone Harawira, punkarse. Who cares ?”

                  Ahh, a mip fuckwit 🙄 Explains it all.

                  “Both yourself Al1en and Lanth are spot on. “Working for Families for non-workers” was always going to be an obvious piss take from the Right Wing.”

                  You going to share that criticism with others with a similar view? Or just take out your mip loaded vendetta on me?
                  Shit, some of you people are touched in the head with your gang mentality. 🙄

            • fender

              I wish it was possible for people to get over the word “working” in WFF. I know it was implemented to boost the income of people with children who have a paying job but there’s a serious need for extra resources for single parents who are unable to work. Would be great to see something that has the aim of Working For ALL Families..

              • The Al1en

                “there’s a serious need for extra resources for single parents who are unable to work.”

                I agree, but I wish people would stop linking it to the working for families policy which is intended to boost the income of working families, as any connection with non workers sends the same dodo policy message of 2011.

                I recommend assistance called working for children.

                • fender

                  “I recommend assistance called working for children.”

                  I’d support scrapping WFF and implementing WFC.

                  • The Al1en

                    Quickly thinking about it, under present benefits, I’d have the dole paid as is, with a tax free working for children payment kicking in to increase the family take home to the same minimum take home level used in wff, which I believe is around $26k pa.

                    I’d keep wff as it’s a help to low income earners under the median wage, but I would heavily reduce the eligibility of wff above a lower income cutoff threshold to help pay for some of wfc.

                    I’d also have a package for invalid beneficiaries too. Wfi

                    • fender

                      But if those low income earners with children received WFC instead of WFF there would be no need for the discriminatory WFF.

                    • The Al1en

                      “But if those low income earners with children received WFC instead of WFF there would be no need for the discriminatory WFF.”

                      If you are having a ubi like some here want, I don’t think it matters what name it’s called.
                      In context of selling a working family tax credit for the unemployed or sick to the populace, wff isn’t the vehicle.
                      End result is the children and reduction of poverty, so if the final dollar level is the same, the name change negates any discrimination yet becomes instantly more palatable to ma and pa voter.

              • and of course..the adult non-childbearing poor are invisible..

                ..just don’t exist…

       need to even mention them..

                • fender

                  That’s a separate issue that needs addressing for sure but a policy that claims to work for families but only applies to people with both children and a job, is discriminatory.

                • The Al1en

                  What’s with you wanting something you’re not eligible for. Are you jealous?

                  Adult non child bearers or parents of children over 18 don’t get wff or wfc.
                  They can of course supplement their benefit with work or special assistance based on need.

              • Lanthanide

                Which is the utter crazyiness of it – Labour was proposing extending the scheme, but not changing the name in any way shape or form. Stupid.

                • The Al1en

                  Which is why it’s a crack arse crack head policy that won’t ever fly with mum and dad voters.
                  Frame it for the children and invalids and it’s caring, considered policy.

                  • Colonial Viper

                    Both yourself Al1en and Lanth are spot on. “Working for Families for non-workers” was always going to be an obvious piss take from the Right Wing.

                    • The Al1en

                      Hey mate, if you know anyone still alive from the neck up in the org, pass it on with my compliments.

                    • Murray Olsen

                      They would have been more honest to calling it “Subsidising Employers so Their Families Have More.” I shake my head when I see Labour bringing in yet another subsidy for employers or landlords.

            • bad12

              Lanth, semantics semantics semantics, the Working for Families package was designed with the ‘deliberate’ view that benefit reliant children would be shut out,

              The policy did not ‘have to’ be designed in such a fashion, it could have been designed for all children who’s parent(s) earned up to X amount of dollars,

              Labour had that choice, it chose in my opinion the wrong options, including those with incomes far up into the comfortable middle class in the WFF policy while at the same time cutting the rate of tax for business simply told me, and, 1000s of others like me, that Labour no longer valued or wanted my vote,

              That said, in the year 2014, they wont be getting either of them…

              • The Al1en

                “including those with incomes far up into the comfortable middle class in the WFF policy”

                A major flaw in my opinion. The cutoff threshold should have been/should be much lower.

          • Murray Olsen

            Phillip, your contributions are getting easier to read. Thank you.

        • Puddleglum

          Hi swordfish,

          We must be dopplegangers.

          I made almost an identical point over at The Daily Blog.

          • swordfish

            Ha ! – SNAP !

            Believe me, Puddleglum, I honestly hadn’t seen your TDB comment or, indeed, Michael Woods’ guest post until I clicked on your link just now. I only read TDB on an occasional basis, averaging about once every fortnight or so and, even then, I usually only have time to quickly skim a handful of posts. So I probably miss close to three-quarters of the various posts and associated comment threads.

            We obviously had precisely the same visceral reaction to Pagani’s Pundit post. I certainly muttered a few sarcastic words (and, just possibly, the odd four-letter expletive) when I read the sheer audacity of her argument.(mind you, one of those four-letter expletives was: Spin, Spin, Spin !!!).

            As I said we not only have the same interests but think along very similar lines (not only on Left politics, Opinion Poll analysis, but even extending to a fondness for Chomsky and Finkelstein on Israel/Palestine).

            I should also add that we’ve even been carrying out similar/parallel research on political opinion in Christchurch. Last year, anticipating a close Chch East By-Election, I went through all the Candidate-Vote and Party-Vote results for all of the Christchurch seats for the last 3 Elections, compared them with the swing in the Country as a whole and then did something similar for both Enrollment and Turnout.

            In the process, discovering (as I’d suspected) that both Farrar, John Armstrong and one or two others in the MSM had got things hopelessly wrong. I also managed to get my hands on some of that polling data carried out specifically in Christchurch earlier last year, as well as the census figures detailing the massive population movements in both Chch East and Central (and, to a somewhat lesser extent, Port Hills, if I remember rightly). Indeed, the original motivation for setting up a blog was to use all of this research on Chch to counter any Farrar/Slater/MSM spin on what I anticipated would be this knife-edge By-Election result. And, of course, Labour won handsomely – and so the Blog’s inauguration got postponed until this year. So, the thing is, the parallels go way beyond the Undecideds.

            • swordfish

              Start of third para should read: As I said in response to your latest impressive post on The Political Scientist

      • Hami Shearlie 3.1.3

        And that self-interest would be the only thing she’s “excellent” at – she is NOT Labour!

    • cactus kate and pagani..?

      ..the media just took yet another further lurch towards the right… we have the far-right musings of ck..(pasteurise/export orphans/the poor..?..sell nz to china..?..)

      ..and the hard-arse neo-lib from pagani…(‘we have no real poverty..!..let’s just do nothing about that..’)!!.. could narrow labours’ current problems/policy-deficits down to the fact..

      ..that so many in the labour caucus..are side-by-side with their (still!) neo-lib pimping..

      ..labour won’t really change until they are all fucked off…

    • felix 3.3

      That’s great news. Those two love bashing the Labour party but they’re both hopeless at it. Who are they going to get from the left for balance?

      oh wait, what?

      • mickysavage 3.3.1

        It will be goldilocks approach for anything Key does, one will say he is doing too much, the other will say not enough and the conclusion readers will expect to each is that Key is being just right.

        • felix

          That’s very optimistic of you, expecting Pagani to criticise anything Key does.

          Usually she criticises Labour for not being more like him.

          • Populuxe1

            “Usually she criticises Labour for not being more like him.”
            What, criticising Labour for consistently fucking up election campaigns?

    • tc 3.4

      Even partisan Nat voters I chat to are appalled at the bias being shown by granny rnz and tv.

      TVNZ are so far up themselves they dont see the danger in appointing a moderator who happily admits his bias.

      A public broadcaster is sadly needed to be built by dismantling TVNZ which is simply a joke now.
      Anyone catch that “hilarious” new show called the late breakfast with wells, hart etc…..I rest my case.

      • phillip ure 3.4.1

        i blame hart…the other two have been the past..

        ..hart never has..

        ..he seems to have built a career from walking around in his underpants..

        ..nothing more..

        (and the show itself feels (surprisingly!) like that show havoc/wells did on mtv..way back in the mid-nineties..

        ..except that one was funny..had its’ moments…)

    • Olwyn 3.5

      It looks as if they are preparing for a gloat-fest, doesn’t it. “Ah well, if only they had stayed with Shearer…” “But look at Key, his uncanny political instincts, etc, etc…” “The people have spoken, and sadly for Cunliffe…” It is up to us to get our vote out and deprive them of their fun.

    • Draco T Bastard 3.6

      That would be Cactus Kate on the right and Josie Pagani on the other right.

    • Clemgeopin 3.7

      The only dubious connection she has for Labour is that some years ago she stood as a candidate for Labour! Her so called ‘expert’ analysis and comments are so superficial, weak and actually biased and unsympathetic towards Labour and Cunliffe! The political bosses NZH seem too thick and perhaps too biased themselves not to to see this! If they have a genuinely right wing commentator, Cactus Kate, there, surely, they should get a genuinely left wing commentator for balance.

      One thing is clear to me. Going into this election, Cunliffe and Labour are stacked against a pretty hostile and unfair media in front of them.

      • Populuxe1 3.7.1

        All the more reason to stop deliberately fucking up, then. Perhaps they are aware of some economic hot potato Labour don’t want to be left holding.
        Seriously, how difficult is it? National’s pants are showing. Why frighten the voters? Get in power first and then bring about change. Where are the billboards?

    • Tom Jackson 3.8

      Two more useless, thickhead columnists for the Herald. Be still my beating heart.

      • vto 3.8.1

        truth is I have never rated anything that pagani banana has uttered… at all….. dim …. 2c

  4. Jenny 4

    This is happening now

    My contacts in Gaza tell me that everyone who has a phone has just been phoned with a message from the IDF for everyone to leave their houses and to congregate in the city centre.

    This can only mean that the Israeli army and airforce are planing to demolish large areas of the city.

    This is already happening




  5. tc 5

    So whilst nick smith bullies fish and game about being political I noticed a Nat election billboard on DHB property, bet thats not considered political in the eyes of certain senior hospital officials recently appointed against official advice.

    • mickysavage 5.1

      Where abouts TC?

      • tc 5.1.1

        Sh1 mickey, I maybe wrong but I thought the waikato hospital owned all the way down to sh1 from their recently added A&E and other developments. Looked odd in passing.

      • Skinny 5.1.2

        oh great not thinking of joining the fool of a Labour campaign person who took a photo of bent Bankie chatting on his mobile phone while driving a car. But wait there is more, that clown apparently went to the cop shop to file a complaint in person.

        That just smacks of pity little drama’s, I mean Banks has been dealt to and is history. Who gives a fuck about Banks anymore?

        Come on mate let’s just work at lifting the vote and forget about the small stuff.

    • bad12 5.2

      Slippery the Prime Minister is quoted in Grannies online version this morning as describing Smith’s threats against Fish and Game as ”silly” and ”unproductive”,

      In other words the PM gives Smith a ”pull your head in notice”…

  6. Rosie 6

    That hindsight thing.

    Quite some time ago there was a discussion on TS about the idea of Kelvin Davies standing aside in Te Tai Tokerau to allow Hone Harawira to win the seat. It was an idea I was cheer leading for.

    Some time later LPrent cited an author (sorry can’t remember who, it was ages ago)who looked at how successful democracies function. Among three key points was a country’s ability to run a fair and honest contest between candidates. Contest being the key word.

    Transferring that concept of contest into the NZ MMP environment puts a bit of stain on the idea of doing deals – and some may go so far as to say it undermines the voters right to make an educated choice as the sense of contest has diminished, ie they don’t get the full picture, rather their preferred party tells them who to vote for.

    Labour haven’t done any deals.

    National have. The bag o’ flour in Epsom and the hairdo in Ohariu. (Got to come up with another name for Dunne as that lush mane is no longer)

    So, now, who looks desperate and manipulative?

    • that will be scant consolation if that is the fulcrum around which a centre-left defeat

      ..that refusal by labour to accomodate..where it is called for..

      ..(i don’t think it will i see internet/mana doing much better than the experts/pundits are predicting..)

      ..but it does show up the logic-shortfalls currently bedeviling labour..

      (and their ridiculous claims to win all the maori seats..makes them look as deluded/’barking’ as does flavell..when he makes that same farcical-claim for his sunset-party..)

      ..where really it is in their hands to both guarantee a stronger centre-left bloc..

      ..and to see off act/dunne..

      ..but because of their deeply-flawed first past the post thinking..

      ..they seemingly wd rather purposefully enhance their chances of defeat…

      ..beyond fucken my mind…

      • Rosie 6.1.1

        I also see IMP doing surprisingly well. They can stand on their own feet and contest their seats far and square, without any help from Labour – stepping aside. Good luck to them too. I want to see a healthy amount of IMP MP’s IN Government

        Rather than hindering their chances phil, I think they come out looking better off. I heard some where on TS, feedback from the Epsom electorate suggesting the voters were tiring of being told what to do and treated like puppets.

        Having another deal pushed on them might be too much. Might there might be a backlash and former ACT voters all vote Goldsmith in protest?

        I don’t think the deal is going to go down well here in Ohariu. I will have me ear to the ground in coming weeks……………

        Off out now. Back in a few hours.

    • Bearded Git 6.2

      Want to get rid of Key? The left’s simple guide to tactical voting:

      Green Party Supporters-Party Vote Green
      Labour Party Supporters-Party Vote Labour
      Internet-Mana Supporters-Party Vote Internet-Mana

      Te Tai Tokerau Constituency
      Green, Labour and Internet-Mana supporters Candidate Vote Mana-Hone Harawira

      Epsom Constituency
      Green, Labour and Internet-Mana supporters Candidate Vote National-Paul Goldsmith

      East Coast Bays Constituency
      Green, Labour and Internet-Mana supporters Candidate Vote National-Murray McCully

      Ohariu Constituency
      Green, Labour and Internet-Mana supporters Candidate Vote Labour-Virginia Andersen

      • Te Reo Putake 6.2.1

        You missed a bit:

        All other electorate seats, Vote Labour.

        • bad12

          TPR, Why???…

        • Kiwiri

          TRP: Labour’s proposed policy, similar to ACT’s, to push up the retirement age is the elephant between the ballot box and me.

          • Lanthanide

            It is going to happen sooner or later. Better for it to be done sooner, with plenty of notice and a very gradual increase, rather than later in a hurry.

            Labour is proposing lifting the age by 2 years between 2020 and 2033. National, in 1992, increased the age by 1 year immediately and 4 years between 1993 and 2001.

            If Labour’s proposal doesn’t get adopted soon, we’ll be looking at a similar rerun of National’s.

            • Colonial Viper

              Why does it make sense to force worker to stay in an excess labour pool even longer, when there aren’t enough jobs to go around?

              Why not just fund the future shortfall by putting more into the Cullen fund now?

        • marty mars

          TRP – lol – onya mate – tenacious, dedicated, focused – the qualities of all good supporters – good luck for labour – the left need them there – “get your motor(s) running, head out on the highway…Fire all of your guns at once, And explode into space…”

          • Te Reo Putake

            Yep, I’m a true nature’s child, Marty! Thanks for the comment, made my morning.

            And, to the others, the short version is that Labour electorate MP’s work hard to help their constituents, Nat MP’s don’t. As we know from the Cunliffe letter issue, electorate MP’s deal with thousands of requests. Labour MP’s actually give a shit about the battlers in their area and can and do make a difference. It’s not glamourous, it’s not often newsworthy, but it does give the poor and downtrodden some hope.

            To give an example, if you were a Waitakere beneficiary needing help, do ya reckon Paula Benefit would lift a finger to assist you? The answer’s obvious, and the fact that she is an electorate MP is entirely down to left voters not using their electorate vote effectively.

      • marty mars 6.2.2

        Pretty good there BG – I agree that the Party vote is where it is at – please correct me if I’m wrong but unless you are on the Māori Roll you can’t ‘candidate vote’ Hone in Te Tai Tokerau. But you can give the Party Vote where ever you wish, I think. I wonder if someone can confirm – if a Party doesn’t have a candidate in a Māori Electorate, you can still give them a Party vote? Does every Party standing in the election give access to their Party vote or do they have to have a candidate? Probably only applicable to Māori seats but would be good to know – for academic purposes only of course 🙂

        • swordfish

          Hell yeah ! All parties standing at this Election are listed under the Party Vote section of the ballot paper in each and every seat.

        • karol

          I thought the party listed for the party vote will be IMP, and not Mana separately.

          • Colonial Viper

            Yes it will be for IMP. Or at least it better be, because if its not, they’re screwed.

      • Clemgeopin 6.2.3

        Correct, except if by some remote chance that in Epsom and ECB it is the Labour candidate that is actually leading (and not the Nat or ACT or the Cons candidate)! Not impossible, Huh?

        • Clemgeopin

          Keep an eye out at Clutha Southland, ex English’s very occasional stomping ground.

          I suspect National-ACT are playing a cunning and tricky game here,

          National has put up a young unknown, an ex tobacco business peddler, Todd Barclay 23 as their lack lustre candidate, while ACT has put a well known Southland farmer and former Federated Farmers president Don Nicolson as their candidate!

          I think they are playing the Epsom game here quietly under the radar hoping that not many will notice! What do you think?

          • Rosie

            I’m a little bit frowny brow about the Don Nicholson scenario.

            Folks from the Southland area, give us your thoughts and the word on the street or paddock gate. Better the devil you know? A well known Fed Farmer ex Prez Vs. the corporate fag trade kid. Would they not be inclined towards Nicholson as a known and one of their own?

            Won’t the ACT line of Grr grumble, scrap the RMA, burn the rule book, freedom to pollute the waterways! go down well with the farming set?

            (No disrespect intended to the farmers that are working very hard to take care of the environment and their animals. You are a growing number but it needs to be each and every farmer that takes this approach)

            • Colonial Viper

              as the former Labour candidate, I can assure all that Don Nicholson will get no more votes this time around than last time around i.e. fuck all.

              Also, the National Party could instruct their blue supporters in the electorate to vote ACT, but they’ll all still vote blue. Just the way it is. Southern principles vs Epsom expediency, you see.

    • Puckish Rogue 6.3

      By all accounts Kelvin davis is a good, intelligent man who’ll do a good job representing his electorate, he knows Labours numbers are in the toilet and that theres a good chance he might not get in on the list if he loses so whats in it for him to stand aside?

      If Labour wanted him to stand aside they should have given him a more certain place on the list, like National did with Goldsmith

      • Bearded Git 6.3.1

        From memory I worked out Davis gets in on the list if Labour gets about 28.5%. IMO Labour voters are safe voting for Hone in the knowledge that they will probably get Davis too.

        It does depend to a certain extent on electorate results.

        • Puckish Rogue

          Its quite a bet to make really: Labour gets at least 28.5% (depending on electorate votes) or campaign for the seat yourself

          Especiallyly when its your (potential) job on the line

    • Clemgeopin 6.4

      “The bag o’ flour in Epsom and the hairdo in Ohariu. (Got to come up with another name for Dunne as that lush mane is no longer)’

      How about the ‘Ohariu Dunny’?

      • Rosie 6.4.1

        He does get “the dunney” a bit around here. I tend to think of him as ol dunney boy, or The Dunner – roo.

        Hopefully it will all be over for him after 20th September and he can further known as “Dunne and Dusted”.

      • Ennui 6.4.2

        Reminds me of Kunstler on John Kerry..”a haircut looking for a brain”.

    • Hami Shearlie 6.5

      What about the name “Hair-Don’t” for the Ohairyooh seat?

  7. bad12 7

    Lolz @ ”Flyover finally over, sky about to fall in” the headline accompanying an opinion piece looking at the decision by the independent commissioners to can the proposed ‘white elephant’ the Basin Reserve flyover in today’s DomPost,

    The evil little child in me was hoping that this piece of roading insanity would get the nod as from my look at the proposal it would have created gridlock for all of the traffic in the lower eastern sector of actual city traffic,

    Only the supremely stupid would attempt to design a roading network by speeding traffic flows toward a major choke point,(the Mt Vic Tunnel), a) with the now defunct proposal of the Basin flyover, and b), with work about to begin on drilling the second Terrace Tunnel,

    Perhaps such design is deliberate where the inevitable clusterf**k results in an enraged public demanding yet another ‘fix’ thus keeping the planners on the gravy train,

    The only logical means of increasing the flow of traffic across the network is to in fact double lane the piece of road on the eastern side of the Mt Vic tunnel and then drill another tunnel through Mt Vic itself,

    Of course, all that being said, the ‘planners’ could probably achieve most of their aims at far less cost by building a system where Park’n’Ride from public transport hubs becomes a viable option for all the outlying Wellington City suburbs…

    • Te Reo Putake 7.1

      I always wondered why the bus tunnel wasn’t widened to divert Hataitai/Evans Bay traffic away from the main flow. Ok, there’d be an increase in traffic up one street in Mt Vic, but surely it would help?

      • bad12 7.1.1

        Yeah true TRP, i doubt the bus tunnel needs have anything ‘done to it, at rush hour, the only time the network becomes ‘stuck’, the bus tunnel could be simply utilized by having an unimpeded flow of traffic through it Eastward in the afternoon and Westward in the morning,

        (as kids we used to risk life and limb by roaring through that particular tunnel in our Mk1 Zephyrs and PA Vauxhaulls as our personal shortcut),

        i can tho see any attempt to convince people on both sides of that particular structure,(the bus tunnel), that their quiet streets should suddenly become a major part of the roading network getting petty ‘hot’,

        A budget option for the removal of a significant part of the traffic flow that now passes the Basin Reserve it would surely be tho…

        • Te Reo Putake

          You went through in a car? What a softy! I used to wait for a bus to enter then cycle frantically behind it hoping to get out the other side before the next bus turned up. Good times!

          • bad12

            Riii-iight, you must have been out to really impress the opposite with your choice of ride TRP, if you will excuse any unintended sexism, a real ‘babe magnet’ your bike must have been,

            Soft i doubt, on occasion our ride through that tunnel was more to do with desperate needs, one particular jaunt being one of my many convictions, i can tell you that the bus tunnel was favored as the means of transport/distribution for the contents of a Toops truck in the early hours of one Wellington morning…

            • felix

              lolz no need to rush.

              On foot through the tunnel one only needs to duck into any of the alcoves built into the walls as the bus flies past.

              • bad12

                Riii-iiight Felix, try telling that to these two,


                Notice the Ad, InternetMana by the way, the aim world domination, the plan unfolds,

                This one was too busy looking good to see either the bus or ‘an alcove’ coming,


                Kids definitely shouldn’t try this at home…

                • felix

                  Meant to be a reply to TRP.

                  Don’t know why you doubt me about the alcoves though, they’re spaced along the walls at even intervals. The trick is to count your paces. You start counting again every time you pass one so you always know how many steps forward to the next one or back to the last one.

                  They’re only about a foot deep and be a bit tricky to see when you’re running toward the lights of an oncoming bus.

                  • bad12

                    Felix, personal replies to specific commenters are better denoted with the use of the commenters username to avoid confusion,

                    Secondly, point to where in my comment ”i doubt you about the alcoves”…

                    • felix

                      Not in the mood for your bullshit tonight. Suck it.

                    • bad12

                      Felix, it is glaringly obvious is it not that i made no reference to any ”doubt about alcoves”

                      Your latest little spurt of invective is simply Pointless Abuse, brainless at that, to be expected of course considering your commenting history,

                      You lack style, grace, and intelligence, you should find a child’s website to practice your commentary within,

                      Here at the Standard you are way way out of your depth…

                    • bad12

                      Alien’s knitting needle strikes wickedly and i laughs, its too late in the piece for me to inquire at whom such wickedness is directed, as i do not plan on spending the next 3 hours trading handy hints on how best to darn socks at this particular time of night…

                    • The Al1en

                      Not you me old mucker, not you. 😉

                      And I even included a wiki link to head off any crack head crack pot theories I was being homophobic.

                      Late, yes it is, but 108 for 3 is keeping me awake until luncheon.

          • phillip ure

            “..You went through in a car? What a softy!..”

            you should try it on a skateboard…

            • Te Reo Putake

              Heh! I feel a four Yorkshiremen sketch coming on …

              • swordfish

                Well, of course, we had it tough. We used to have to get up at 3 in the morning, half an hour before we went to bed, get down on hands and knees at city end of Mt Vic Road Tunnel, lick pavement clean with our tongues, then crawl bare-kneed all way through to t’other side of tunnel while singing hallelujah chorus. And if we beat all odds and made it to t’other side before being slammed by two Big Reds coming from opposite directions then Our father would belt hell out of us wi’ shovel and dance on our graves whilst whistling old Tex Morton ballads, if we were lucky!!!

      • Ennui 7.1.2

        Me too, I think that the good burghers of Hataitai might not like the extra traffic. I often thought that the basin problem would go away if the two tunnels were made part of a one way system each way.

    • karol 7.2

      That’s the way I feel about the Waterview Connection in west Auckland. The hold up is getting onto the motorway in peak times. Improving the connection to the motorway, will just rearrange the way motorists queue to get onto the motorway.

    • swordfish 7.3

      And the all too predictable partisanship from the Dom Post. Front Page headlines shouting DISASTER !!! for two consecutive days. With former Labour MP/Mayor-turned-ACT-zealot, (Wellington Regional Council Chairwoman) Fran Wilde, given enormous space by the editor to bullshit away……

      • bad12 7.3.1

        The sky is falling, the sky is falling, Laughable, the frigging Wellington Regional Council is growing proof to that old adage about Lefties jerking to the Right as they grow older…

  8. swordfish 8

    Norman Finkelstein on the Method in Israel’s Madness…see both videos (Gaza: Is there method in the Madness July 28 and Gaza: Ceasefire or Surrender ? July 27) here…

    • silverbullet 8.1

      To bring some balance to the issue:

      “In Berlin, police had to step in to protect an Israeli tourist couple at the weekend after protestors turned on them when they spotted the man’s yarmulke. Demonstrators reportedly charged towards the couple shouting “Jew! We’ll get you!..

      …In Paris, hundreds of protestors have attacked synagogues, smashed the windows of Jewish shops and cafes, and set several alight, including a kosher grocery store which reportedly burned to the ground…

      …There have been reports of protestors in Germany chanting “Jews to the gas chambers”, and police in Berlin have banned protestors from using another popular slogan: “Jew, Jew, cowardly pig, come out and fight alone..

      Police have opened an investigation into the imam of a Berlin mosque after he allegedly called on Muslims to murder Jews in a sermon. “.

      Also there is a hashtag #HitlerDidNothingWrong trending big time in the Middle East


      • Tom Jackson 8.1.1

        Some of these will likely be false flag JDL ops.

      • Molly 8.1.2

        Not defensible – but understandable.

        Don’t know what you do about human desperation and anger when it is en masse….

        Perhaps, if more synagogues and Jewish congregations were seen to be publicly against what is going on, the focus would remain where it belongs – with the Israeli government and the IDF.

        • swordfish

          @ Molly and Tom Jackson…Spot on !!!

          Meanwhile, here’s a good rebuttal of current Israeli apologetics on Gaza (often using Israeli and US sources to make the point)…

          • silverbullet

            More interesting Finkelstein has approvingly posted an article that basiclly sums up what I think needs to happen:

            “The only durable solution requires dismantling Gaza, humanitarian relocation of the non-belligerent Arab population, and extension of Israeli sovereignty over the region.

            That is the only approach that can solve the problem of Gaza.

            That is the only approach that will eliminate the threat to Israel continually issuing from Gaza.

            That is the only approach that will extricate the non-belligerent Palestinians from the clutches of the cruel, corrupt cliques who led them astray for decades.

            That is the only approach that will preclude a need for Israel to “rule over another people.””


            • Colonial Viper

              Ah yes, the solution you endorse is 100% ethnic cleansing by the colonisers, why am I not surprised.

              • silverbullet

                Finkelstein seems to approve and he isnt exactly a rabid right wing supporter of Israel is he?

                • Colonial Viper

                  I was talking about you – not about Finkelstein.

                  • silverbullet

                    Actually my bad, I missed Finkelstein’s sarcasm in the title – it was kind of obscure and the article posted without comment.

                    You may call it “ethnic cleansing” but neither of these two groups want to live with each other – way to much blood under the bridge, way to much fear about what they might try to do to each other in the future.

                    • Colonial Viper

                      It’s not about Finkelstein; it’s about your support for the most right wing of Israeli ethnic cleansing positions, saying that it sums up “what you think”.

                    • silverbullet

                      To Colonial Viper above ( the reply link is missing in your post again ) –

                      The Jews need their own country after what happened to them, you can not deny that.

                      Unfortunately it ended up on the Palestinians when probably it should have been part of Germany that got handed over. Definitely not going to happen now.

                      So better to bite the bullet than continue this never ending conflict.

                      Your Muslim mates burning Israeli flags on NZ streets or attacking Jews on European streets is no answer.

                    • Colonial Viper

                      Oh I don’t care about any of your cover up after-story.

                      I just noted that complete destruction of the Palestinian state, transportation of all indigenous people away from their homes en masse (protip: you should do it by rail cars, they’re very efficient), and a complete takeover of all Palestinian lands by Israel “basiclly sums up what [you] think needs to happen”

                      You said it yourself at

            • swordfish

              “…Finkelstein has approvingly…”

              Hilarious stuff !!! You don’t understand Finkelstein’s sense of humour too well, do you ?

              Now let’s see, an internationally respected scholar and human rights activist who has given most of his adult life to fighting for the basic rights guaranteed to Palestinians by International Law (first and foremost by brilliantly demolishing the on-going stream of Israeli propaganda through systematic forensic analysis of the factual/diplomatic record) “APPROVINGLY” posts a rant by a deeply racist Far Right Israeli Zionist, IDF Officer and one-time ministerial advisor to the right-wing former terrorist and Israeli PM Yitzhak Shamir, does he ?????

              I think not, me old luv. Norman Finkelstein regularly posts some of the loonier Israeli propaganda so readers can see the nutters they’re dealing with. Why do you think he added the sarcastic “(While we’re on the subject of dismantling)” to Sherman’s rant ? I would suggest it was a reference to dismantling Sherman’s Right-Wing Zionist Think-Tank (with the amusingly ‘academic’ and bona fide-sounding name) – The Israel Institute for Strategic Studies

              • silverbullet

                You are right, my mistake, however Finkelstein does make some of his titles obscure and posts the article without comment in this case.

            • Draco T Bastard

              Why should the Palestinians be driven out of their land for a bunch of greedy, authoritarian psychopaths?

        • silverbullet

          What Israel is doing is not entirely defensible, but it is understandable.

          Perhaps if they hadn’t been on the receiving end of endless vicious beatings culminating in the attempt to exterminate them entirely in Europe, the Jews wouldn’t have needed their own country.

          • Molly

            No. It’s not interchangeable.

            What Israel is doing is understandable, but indefensible.

            They might have an excuse, but it is not a good one.

            • Colonial Viper

              The reasoning is pretty simple – the ultra right wing militarist/ultra religious settler 10% of the population is dictating the direction of the entire nation. Wag the dog. It is leading to insanity amongst the Israeli power elite and it is undermining Israel as a free and democratic Jewish state.

            • silverbullet

              You logic is exactly the same, you have interchanged it.

  9. fambo 9

    I see the British government is going to make those on the unemployment benefit prove they have applied for 40 jobs every month and work around 25 hours a week. A totally impractical rule that is going to make the unemployed ‘s lives even more hellish.

    • swordfish 9.1

      Mind you, I believe there’s more than a touch of that here in NZ. Those applying for the unemployment benefit, for instance, are required to prove conclusively to WINZ that they have been steadily applying for jobs over previous weeks. And then, it seems, they have to jump through a whole series of other hoops before they get even a sniff of the benefit.

  10. blue leopard 11

    The Labour Party has a new blogsite for the campaign.

    (perhaps others have already shared a link?)

  11. I spit on these two

    “A former principal and her husband who scammed $30,000 from a decile one school have abandoned their appeal after a judge told them they may be jailed.

    Colleen Margaret Gray, 66, and Bruce Kenneth Gray, 65, siphoned the money from Mayfield Primary School in Otara, using it on overseas trips and lavish meals between 2005 and 2007.”

    The herald calls them ‘scammers’ – to me that term does not convey how low they are with what they did.

    “The increased funding given to lower decile schools is to provide additional resources to support their students’ learning needs.”

    They took the money/resources from the children that need it the most and spent it on themselves.

    • Draco T Bastard 12.1

      Why aren’t they in jail? A beneficiary who defrauded the government of that amount would be.


    So now we can definitively say the racist Clarkson.

    Will TV3 commit to having him as an election night pundit to join the racist Paul Henry?

  13. northshoreguynz 14

    Any idea what are these “dark rumours that Pablo is talking about?

    “One thing is certain. If dark rumours are correct, the government has some unpleasant surprises for the IP in the weeks leading to the election. If that happens, it may take more than Glenn Greenwald and his revelations about John Key and the GCSB to redeem the IP in the eyes of the voting public. I would hope that both Dotcom and his IP candidates are acutely aware of what could be in store for them should the rumours prove true, and plan accordingly.”

    Full post here,

    • Weepus beard 14.1

      One thing is certain. If (…) If (…)

      Not sure what his point is there but he appears to be qualifying certainty, which isn’t the way to do it. Just sloppy.

    • Murray Olsen 14.2

      Blubber Boy Whalespew reckons he has something to release that will destroy both Dotcom and Hone. I doubt if there’s anything to it. His Whalespew army will probably get all overexcited and double their masturbatory frequency, but that’ll be it. The fool thought he was going to get rid of Len Brown, and as far as I can see, he’s lucky he didn’t end up sharing a cell with Wewege. Then the morans who read his crap could make their sick Bubba jokes about him.

  14. Pablo 15


    Nothing sloppy in my writing. I simply stated the fact that there are well-known rumours about some damning unpleasantness the government may or may not have on Dotcom, and that whatever it is will be revealed in the lead up to election day. Others have already alluded to this, to the point of speculating that it could be part of a disinformation or smear campaign against Dotcom. Whatever the case, such revelations could serve as a trump on anything Dotcom plans to reveal about Key, the GCSB etc., and could terminally hurt by association the image of the IP and its candidates.

    • did he ‘do’ 9/11…?

    • Puddleglum 15.2

      It’s odd that National are going to that amount of trouble if they think Dotcom has absolutely nothing on Key and that the IP will be an irrelevance in the election being so ‘far left’ and ‘radical’ that New Zealanders will pay no notice.

      I thought Key’s strategy was to ignore Dotcom?

      It’s either petty personal vengeance on Key’s part or an attempt to spike guns (which suggests they think the guns need to be spiked).

      Interesting that rumours are being seeded at this stage – by whom? Has anyone asked Key directly about what he knows and why it’s not being released now?

      And isn’t it vital that ‘we’ know now if it’s vital ‘we’ know just before the election? (I think that was the argument used against the 15 September timing for Dotcom’s ‘bomb’, wasn’t it?)

    • Weepus beard 15.3

      Sorry, Pablo. Didn’t know you posted here.

      Are you saying you’re certain the government may or may not have damning unpleasantness on Dotcom?

      Good to know.

      • Colonial Viper 15.3.1

        Matters of democratic process, misuse of intelligence capabilities, and gaming of nationwide elections are big fucking deals. I don’t think Pablo’s style is that of yanking our chain just for the hell of it.

        KDC’s given Key plenty of warning. And Key is head of the SIS and well connected with a whole lot of machinery beyond the SIS. Do you really think he’s sailing into Dotcom’s trap without a plan of his own.

        • Weepus beard

          No, I don’t. What is very concerning to me is what you pointed out. John Key is not above using the SIS, GCSB, the Police and the judicial system to gather information against his political opponents. He has referred to the GCSB as “my agency” previously, and I suspect he considers it his own Private Eye firm to use for whatever he sees fit in his own view of New Zealand’s security.

      • Pablo 15.3.2


        I have heard the rumours but am loathe to repeat them because I have no first hand way of ascertaining their veracity. The rumours have two parts: 1) the unpleasantness; 2) the government’s knowledge and intention to use it should it be deemed necessary. CV’s second paragraph pretty much captures the gist.

        TBH my concern in this regard is not so much Dotcom but IP candidates, a couple of who I know personally, being tarred by association. The idea, if I read the rumour mill correctly, is also twofold: first, to discredit the IP by revealing the unpleasantness, thereby demonstrating that those who jumped on the Dotcom bandwagon were venal opportunists or naive fools who either did not check or choose to ignore Dotcom’s purportedly darker baggage (and are thereby unfit to hold political office); and second, to neutralise any Snowden furnished revelations about the GCSB’s role in Echelon and/or John Ky’s prior knowledge of the US plan to capture Dotcom. Since some of the IP candidates are people of integrity who would be valuable contributors to NZ’s political life now or in the future, I would hate to see them be destroyed by National’s hard nosed machinations (in the event the scenario plays out as described).

        However, the way things are shaping up National should not have to use this trump card, so if it does it will be done out of spite rather than as a political manoeuvre.

      • Pablo 15.3.3

        I have heard the content of the rumours but prefer not to repeat them since I am unable to independently ascertain their veracity. But the thrust is twofold: 1) the unpleasantness involving Dotcom; 2) the government’s knowledge of and intent to use it if deemed necessary. CV basically has the gist down in his second paragraph.

        National’s intent is also twofold. The first is to discredit by association the IP and its candidates. They will be shown to be venal opportunists or naive fools who choose to jump on the Dotcom bandwagon ignorant or in spite of his darker baggage, thereby making them collectively unsuitable for public office. Secondly, revelations of an unpleasant sort regarding Dotcom will counter any Snowden derived exposure of GCSB activities in Echelon or Key’s knowledge of the US intent to capture Dotcom in NZ. The reasoning is that the Dotcom revelations will have a more visceral impact on the public, which is already pretty much “over” the spying controversies. It remains to be seen if any of these assumptions prove true in the event the scenario plays out as described.

        However, because I know two IP candidates personally and find them to be people of integrity who can contribute positively to NZ political life now and in the future, I do not want to see their reputations besmirched by National’s hard ball machinations. The irony is that as things are presently shaping up, National’s resort to this tactic will be done out of mean spirited spite rather than perceived political necessity.

        • Weepus beard

          How is National and its bloggers gathering this information? Do you believe, as I do, that government spy agencies are being used to unearth this darker baggage, as you call it? If so, it could bring spying controversies back on the table for the New Zealand public.

          Kiwis generally like fair play – or at least we used to.

          • Pablo

            Some of the supposedly dark information may have come from US authorities, not necessarily from the NSA or one of the local spy agencies. Think of who pushed for the raid. Wherever it may have come from, there is no doubt that, at least up until the Kitteridge report on the GCSB and her subsequent appointment as director of the SIS, NZ spy agencies did traffic in personal information for political purposes, and that under Key this information was passed to National-linked hatchet bloggers. You can make your own conclusions about such practices and how they impact on organisational professionalism within the intelligence community.

            The question remains as to whether they continue to do so in spite of the pledges of reform (something called for in a recent State Services Commission report in the wake of the GCSB scandal). Absent effective independent oversight authority, we may never know the answer.

            PS: Sorry for the double post above. The first one disappeared after posting so I re-wrote it more or less along the same lines. The wording is a bit different but the thrust is the same. No sooner had I written the second version than the first one popped up on the thread, and I have no means of deleting it. Oh well.

  15. Karen 16

    Check out the fake Colin Craig website before he gets it taken down.

  16. One Direction star gets death threats for pro-Palestinian tweet

    Get out and vote, Lorde urges youth

    Come on Yella, tell the kids who to vote for.

    • Colonial Viper 17.1

      Lorde can’t even vote herself, time to drop the voting age to 16.

      • The Al1en 17.1.1

        But able to promote voting, and herself, for being involved in the campaign.
        I know she was at a rich kid school, spotted by a fellow rich kids record company dad, so what’s the real deal Yella? Pro royal or pro pauper?

        I have to say I admire that 1d lad for not removing his pro Palestinian tweet.

        • marty mars

          my god you are disgusting allen – why don’t you just leave her alone you bully

          • The Al1en

            Bully? Oh ffs Mars, that’s lame, it’s a perfectly valid comment to ask of the decile 10 school kid who got famous when her royal song was co-written, bearing in mind the lyrics to that tune and the gist of the song.
            I half expect a photo with JK, but she can always come out and say how she really relates to the meaning behind her breakthrough hit and show support for the underdogs in society, just like the 1D kid has.
            Billy Bragg she aint, but who knows.

            You accused me the other night of being a one trick pony. Now just because you got upset about what I wrote about kdc and hh you’re on one. 🙄

            For the record (no pun), when I’m famous I’m giving all my money away… And you already know who I’m voting for – The depressed and hungry people of NZ.

            • marty mars

              You are full of shit allen – just a nobody with envy of others because imo you don’t really like yourself very much – it’s okay I can understand why you’d feel that way 🙂

              And the last time you tried to ‘bully’ lorde I said the same thing so your anti IMP opinions today are no big thing other than I can’t really let your ‘views’ stand without some corrections – hope you don’t mind 🙂

              • The Al1en

                Totally unnecessary first paragraph.
                I’ve established it isn’t bullying by clearly laying out the points.
                And a bit of a wah wah second effort verse to finish.

                Yep, you got some up you alright, but no fear, it’s all fair in love and war.
                You’ve no right to the high ground, so get down from your perch 😉

                But if you want to side with a rich kid and go gaga, I wouldn’t be surprised, I mean look how hone ran and dribbled after kim’s moolah 😆

                • You try and besmirch a seventeen year old young woman when she is trying to get young people to vote and think you have the moral high ground – lol you are a dim fellow indeed.

                  • The Al1en

                    Besmirch, hark at you. And moral ground, no, not mine to hold, just like you.

                    If the consensus is widespread that I’m a bully for asking the Royals hitmaker to come forward and reveal who she’d vote for while promoting herself and the youth vote, given her wedge and various commercial contracts, and is followed by bold text of doom, I’ll walk away and never return.

                    If it isn’t, you pledge to do the same. 😉

                    • You try and besmirch a seventeen year old young woman when she is trying to get young people to vote and think you have the moral high ground – lol you are a very, very, very dim fellow indeed.

                    • The Al1en

                      You already said that, to which I countered.

                      To be clear, if you have the numbers, get the big boss to bold type me for it and I’ll walk.
                      Otherwise cork your faux outrage and agree to clear off yourself for pulling the bullying attack line.

                      What you got Mars?

                    • lol guess what spot – you can’t bully me like you try to bully others – try to keep up sunshine

                    • The Al1en

                      So you’ve nothing, including no balls. 😀

                      No worries, you just keep sniding your bully insults from the sidelines.
                      You can’t say I didn’t give you a fair crack at a full frontal shot. I suppose you can always wait until I’ve got my back turned if you think it will improve your chances, but I wouldn’t count on it.

                      Anyway, big ups to that 1 direction dude. Kudos bruv for not letting your handlers or your bank balance or your projected earnings get in the way of doing the right thing.

                    • signs of a thicko – insulting someone with the same insults recently used against them by the same person, and pretending they are original – lol – “say hello to my little friend…”

                    • The Al1en

                      “signs of a thicko – insulting someone with the same insults recently used against them by the same person, and pretending they are original”

                      Erm, you are the snide, calling me a bully, hence “No worries, you just keep sniding your bully insults from the sidelines”.
                      Obviously I can’t call you a thicko now, not that I would, but chuckling an irony laugh for posterity. 😆

                      Anyhow, off to download lorde’s co-written album now :snort:

                    • You know I’m feeling generous especially after standing room only in Rotorua for the roadshow so I’m not going to reply to you again (after this one). Stop picking on Lorde, especially when she is trying to get young people to vote – it shows your petty, foolish side and is most unbecoming.

                    • felix

                      I love how you use “co-written” as a term of disparagement, as if working with others is a sign of weakness.

                    • The Al1en

                      “You know I’m feeling generous”

                      Translated that means I got fuck all and everyone knows it, except pu and felix, who also bear long time grudges, making you the limping three legged lame attack donkey from hell. 😆

                      Goneski, comrades.

                    • felix

                      I don’t begrudge you a damn thing. I just find it amusing to watch you tie yourself in knots over things and people you know nothing about.

                    • Oh allen what a weak little man you are – you have shown your true colours – picking on a seventeen year old because you are jealous of their success and then prattling on making demands, confirming your dimness – lol – stick to trying to bully and besmirch a successful young women who is getting young people to vote but even then I’m sure Lorde would dispatch you like mowing a weed if she could be bothered with a envious thicko like you.

                    • The Al1en

                      You have nothing but the backing of a couple of village idiots.
                      You don’t have to agree with me about Yella, hell, she might even surprise and vote mip, but it still doesn’t mean the question is bullying or besmirching.
                      You’re just tossing off slinging shit in the hope it sticks.

                      I thank the 1d guy for having the nads to be political and stick to the correct side of right. I wish you had the fortitude to do the same.

                    • Lorde was working to get young people to vote even though she can’t – you are a sad dim thicko if you can’t see the value in that – but oh know it’s all about how she is successful and how you’ll donate 100% of your money when you are – lol do you realise what a loser argument you have there?

                    • felix

                      I pledge to donate ALL of my giraffes to a zoo of Lorde’s choosing.

                      Let’s see her match that.

                    • The Al1en

                      I’ve never said there isn’t value in her getting first timers out to vote, so strike one for the sad thicko barb.
                      I would like to know who she’d vote for this election, if she could, as I wonder if the money and fame had eroded the (false?) image of urban battler from Royals, or if she’d stay true to the message she sold the kids. No biggie, but a valid question nonetheless. I like credible heroes and heroines.

                      The rest is just you getting arsey over mip, like you get arsey over race, like you get arsey when disagreed with, like you get arsey when confronted with differing opinion. I don’t need to flag you for it, it’s historically obvious.

                      I’d still donate any money I made from my music, as I have publicly stated before. Loser argument or not, I’m guessing it’s an eye of the beholder thing, or most likely for you, a green eyed beholder thing, which is all good, I’m arrogant enough to take it as a compliment 😉

                    • You’re chucking my insults at you back at me again fool.

                      btw – it’s a fucken song mate and the lyrics are words for the song not a manifesto for a life – bloody hell are you completely clueless and up yourself?

                    • The Al1en

                      You know what marty, I suspect a few expected more from you, but your line and angle of attack have been pretty shonky all through this exchange.

                      As for fucken song and not a manifesto etc… She made a mint, well half a mint, off it, and kids bought into it big time apparently, so again, the interest in whether she’d be a sell out and vote nat or be with the poor kids and be a lefty remains valid, especially in context of the 1 direction tweet from a young man willing to do/say the right thing.

                      Everything else is your sideshow and distraction because you got your arse in your hands over me. You know it’s true ’cause you got the form.

                    • pathetic allen – bully tactics never work laddie especially when tinged with envy and spite – the exchange is here for people to read I have no worries at all about that but I wouldn’t say the same if I was you…

                    • The Al1en

                      You’re out to ‘win’ and fair play to you, but it shouldn’t be at whatever cost. Slinging around terms like bully and bullying young women, just to get that net ‘victory’ is still lame as that three legged donkey, especially when it’s clear it’s not about the girl at all, but your vanity and agenda.
                      I too am content with the dialogue, and as always, rest easy on my laurels.

            • phillip ure

              “..when I’m famous I’m giving all my money away..”

              ..that’s really funny…!

              ..and if we all had fucken horses..nobody’d be walking…..

     any more like that..?

              ..definitely ‘dim’..and deluded…


              • The Al1en

                Talking of no balls snidey back door merchants 😆

                I’ve nothing now, but if I had, I’m on record and I’m a man of my word. The end.

                • felix

                  Nah, that’s not the end. I haven’t even called you a twattish hack with no heart yet.

                  • The Al1en

                    Female parts, how very misogynist of you.
                    But seeing I couldn’t give a crap, go for it puddycat. It’s still the end as far as that particular statement goes.

                    • felix

                      Evidently not.

                      And men have hearts too you dullard.

                    • The Al1en

                      “I’ve nothing now, but if I had, I’m on record and I’m a man of my word. The end.”

                      Yep, it really is the last word on it.

                      “And men have hearts too you dullard.”

                      You lucky QOT aint here to slap you down, you sly old misogynist, you.

                    • felix

                      The end of any statement is the end of that particular statement.

                      Yours though is open ended. You’ve used a faceless pseudonym to made an unverifiable pledge to give away some undefined thing at some unspecified time.

                      ps QoT and I are the same person. Everyone knows that.

                    • The Al1en

                      “ps QoT and I are the same person. Everyone knows that.”

                      Clearly not, because she has class and can elucidate.

                      “You’ve used a faceless pseudonym to made an unverifiable pledge to give away some undefined thing at some unspecified time.”

                      Nobody is faceless with their own web page.
                      It’s not unverifiable pledge because it’s in the public domain and has been since my first post here.
                      It’s not undefined, because I’ve stated it’s money.
                      It’s an unspecified time until that time arrives.

                      I am a man of my word. The End.
                      But feel free to try and prove me wrong by getting me signed, buy my songs and see if I stay true to my pledge or not. 😉

                    • felix


                    • The Al1en

                      I answered every point you made and it’s hilarious. How so?
                      I made that same pledge to the site admin here, in an email before I even started posting, in the hope someone would help me set up a trust to do just that.
                      My fault a lack of talent got in the way of a good idea, but if that email was on record and presented, you’d look like a sack of shite.

                      Like I said, I’m a man of my word. Any money I make from music would be given away, 100% or I’d be damned.

                      Now get to fu8k, unless you go to LP and ask if the email still exists.

                    • felix

                      Hilarious that you think you answered anything.
                      Hilarious that you think it would matter if you had.
                      Hilarious that you’re still going on about it.
                      Hilarious that you ever started.
                      Hilarious that you’re so upset over others’ successes.
                      Hilarious that you pretend you’re above such silliness.
                      Hilarious the chasm between what you say
                      and what you present.

                    • The Al1en

                      “Yours though is open ended. You’ve used a faceless pseudonym to made an unverifiable pledge to give away some undefined thing at some unspecified time.”

                      I’ve answered and you’re circle jerking your way around it.
                      If you believe I’m not a man of my word, like I claim, and it’s all rather hilarious, go hunt for my first post, try around December 2012 just before xmas. I made a request for help in setting up a charitable trust.
                      Better still, seek confirmation of the email I sent via this sites contact button. If it exists, I don’t mind it’s publication, bad English and all.

                      Nothing open ended about my word.

                    • felix

                      Faceless pseudonym makes same unverifiable pledge twice.

                      Must be true then 🙄

                    • The Al1en

                      It’s only unverifiable if you don’t go and seek out the information I’ve presented you with.
                      It’s only faceless pseudonym if you don’t know how to use a whois site.

                      “Must be true then”

                      Of course, just like I’ve been saying, I’m a man of my word.
                      I’ve even had a phone conversation with a trusted contributor from this very place about my plans.

                      You have all the info you need to verify, but I’m picking, by form, you’d rather wank yourself stupid in denial rather than get proved wrong, which is of course fine by me.

                    • felix

                      It’s unverifiable because you haven’t specified anything. You’ll donate all your money when you’re famous? Is that what you said? ffs man how the hell is that ever going to be measured, quantified, qualified or verified?

                      Meanwhile, a 17 year old girl stands up and does some good in the world and you try to knock her down.

                      What a sad little man you are.

                    • The Al1en

                      See, you’re circle jerking marty’s bit now and getting away from finding those posts and getting hold of that email.

                      True to forum type form, which is a bit sad.
                      Everything can be verified, even if it’s just an ‘if I ever’.
                      That you won’t is all good.

                    • felix

                      Oh ffs, you said “when I’m famous I’m giving all my money away”

                      What does that mean? You haven’t defined or specified anything that would let anyone know whether you’ve become “famous” or not.

                      It’s utterly meaningless.

                      Meanwhile, the young girl you heap scorn on is trying to make positive change in her society.

                    • The Al1en

                      “Oh ffs, you said “when I’m famous I’m giving all my money away”
                      What does that mean? You haven’t defined or specified anything that would let anyone know whether you’ve become “famous” or not.”

                      How many The Al1ens do you think there are? I think a best seller would be a bit of a clue, a sort of give away don’t you think? True in all likelihood to not happen, but ‘if’ it did, I’d would be true to my public stated pledges.

                      “Meanwhile, the young girl you heap scorn on is trying to make positive change in her society.”

                      I’ve not scorned her. I have questioned who the decile 10 schooled kid with wedge would vote for, which isn’t really the same thing at all.
                      But getting first time voters in the polling booths is admirable and I’ve no issue with that, why would I? It is commendable aim on behalf of all those involved.

                    • felix

                      So define it then.

                      If it’s so obvious and so easy then go ahead and define precisely what constitutes you being “famous” so we know when to check up on you and your charitable status.

                      If you can’t define it, then you haven’t pledged anything.

                    • The Al1en

                      Are you for real, catflap? I wrote hours ago if I make any money from my music. If you see The Al1en cds in the shops, or on itunes or even on my own site, then I reckon that’s somewhat conclusive as ‘famous’ or making money.

                      I wouldn’t ever sign a deal unless all my share of the royalties were paid in (or for) perpetuity into a charitable trust, because, fucking funny enough, I’m a man of my word.

                      Could you imagine the scandal if some fuckwit from a blog, with a grudge, out to settle scores exposed me as a fraud 🙄 😆

                    • felix

                      It’s difficult to take anything you say seriously when according to your last comment, releasing music on your own website means you’re famous.

                      So I won’t.

                • checklist:..

                  ..likes winston peters..

         jealous of lordes’ success…


                  ..’back door merchant’ a favourite ‘insult’ of yrs..?

                  • don’t forget the “crotchless panties” line – so classy that one

                  • The Al1en

                    “checklist:….likes winston peters….is jealous of lordes’ success… homophobic….’back door merchant’ a favourite ‘insult’ of yrs..?”

                    0/4 And I have to say, with the permission of the guvnor, you’re half as dim as I thought you were.

                    “no balls snidey back door merchants”
                    “You can’t say I didn’t give you a fair crack at a full frontal shot. I suppose you can always wait until I’ve got my back turned”

                    Go on, try really hard and make that link 🙄 😆
                    (A clue, it’s not about where your brainbox is).

    • marty mars 17.2

      “In the 2011 election 42 per cent of 18-24 year-olds did not vote – compared with just 5.2 per cent of those over 65.”

      Good on Lorde for helping to get the youth out voting – who they vote for is irrelevant imo.

  17. Hmmm why did he mention The Māori Party? Peters fires first overture to the gnats? I hope winstonfirst fails miserably.

    “We are not going to be in any combination that is race-based,” Peters said.

    “That is with the Maori Party or the Mana Party. We’ve made it very clear. We think that separatism is extraordinarily damaging for this country.

    Trust winston? I don’t think so and I hope labour aren’t thick enough to.

    • The Al1en 18.1

      If he’s in government with the greens and labour he’ll do a good job as foreign minister, just like last time.
      Winston ruling out mip takes some pressure of DC. Maybe they’ve been chatting, which like the decision to exclude kdc and his puppets, is a good thing with a view of forming a stable government post election.
      I’m not discouraged.

      • vto 18.1.1

        problem is that IMP is going to bolt home with a solid handful of MPs.

        • The Al1en

          Well if that’s the case, there isn’t a problem and mars is getting his crotchless panties in a twist for nothing.

        • Tangled_up

          I wonder if Labours loss in support because they won’t rule out working with IMP is greater than the 3 seats IMP ‘may’ bring in??

    • Draco T Bastard 18.2

      And Mana isn’t a race based party.

  18. harre is standing in keys’ seat..!

  19. Clemgeopin 20

    I am interested to hear your thoughts on Winston’s stand today when he said that he will not work with either of the what he termed, ‘racist’ parties, Mana and Maori Parties.

    What do you think is his strategy here?

    I am thinking that there may actually be not a single Maori Party MP after this election anyway, while there will most certainly be Internet-Mana MPs! So, Winston is probably more likely to marry Key/National rather than support Labour and the progressives. Isn’t that the more likely scenario, unless he stays outside with C and S which is not his style though!

    • i think peters will go with national..

      ..(key will offer him whatever it takes..)

      ..and it amazes me how many on the left have the short-term memories of fucken goldfish..

      ..and are somehow confident peters will go with labour…(!) peters..?..yeah right..!

      ..a vote for likely a vote for key…

      ..lab/grns/int-mana are the only safe votes for the left…

      • Ergo Robertina 20.1.1

        A neolib cadre in the 90s who as a senior government member pushed for the break up of ECNZ, removed tariffs destroying car assembly, and helped punish the poor.
        He now profits from bemoaning the state of the world, and no-one hardly questions it!

        “A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murderer is less to fear.” Marcus Tullius Cicero.

        • phillip ure

          that is quite a tidy summary of peters/his career…

        • Clemgeopin

          I most certainly do not agree with your assessment of Winston. He is NOT that sort of a person at all. You can not demean him so unfairly for some of the policies you oppose that he has supported in his career. He has shown he is a very concerned caring patriot in many ways, including walking out of the National party for their Neo liberal capitalist policies/support of big business/corrupt practices/asset sales etc. While in coalition with Labour, he supported ALL the revolutionary social and economic policies and programmes of Helen and Cullen.

          It is true that now no one knows for sure if he will support Nats or Labour after the election. But that is his prerogative and political strategy. That does not make him evil. People are free to decide and vote accordingly.

          The quote you wrote is of course such a great quote and so true. Does not apply to Winston though.

          • bad12

            i laughed and then i laughed a lot more @ ”revolutionary social and economic programs of Helen and Cullen”

            ( i can hear a violin concerto in the background as a voice-over explains how child poverty and homelessness was non-existent during this golden era)…

          • Draco T Bastard

            While in coalition with Labour, he supported ALL the revolutionary social and economic policies and programmes of Helen and Cullen.

            Nothing that the 5th Labour government did was revolutionary. Most of it didn’t go against the ingrained neo-liberal paradigm that’s tearing our country apart.

            • Clemgeopin

              The WFF, Kiwi Bank, Kiwi Saver, Paid parental leave, Rise in minimum wage, Early childhood funding, Increases in health care, Free doc visits for kids, Dental clinics in schools, Employment relations act etc etc were Neo-liberal and not social/economic revolutionary bold programmes?

              • Colonial Viper

                They were reasonable initiatives to take the edge off of Ruth Richardson neoliberalism.

                WFF – a tax cut for the working class and comfortable middle class. (Not revolutionary or bold).

                Kiwi Bank – which Anderton made Labour do. NZ has had a Post Office bank for decades. (Nor revolutionary or bold).

                Rise in minimum wage. Standard social democratic thing to do. (Not revolutionary or bold).

                ERA. Rolled back some of the capitalist excesses of the ECA. But gave workers next to no assistance in organising or striking. No mention of penal rates for overtime. (Not revolutionary or bold).


          • phillip ure

            clem said..

            ..”..It is true that now no one knows for sure if he will support Nats or Labour after the election…”

            ..and therein lies the reason why a vote for peters is not a safe vote for any left/progressive/anyone wanting key gone….

            ..why their only choices can be lab/grn/int-mana..

            ..(and boredom-alert!..i intend to hammer this message right up to election day…)

            ..imagine how sick in yr guts you wd feel..

            ..if you voted for peters..

            ..and then he decided that key was offering him the best deal…

   you had essentially voted key back into office..

            ..think about it..!

        • Draco T Bastard

          Good description of Key and National.

      • bad12 20.1.2

        Yep, for once i can agree with you Phillip, my longer comment on this hit moderation, but, Labour 33%, Green 12%, Internet Mana 5% isn’t to hard to imagine, and if either Annette or Hone win their seats,(i expect both to), then it can be done with InternetMana accruing 4%,

        Labour/Green doing any % higher than attributed above simply makes it that much easier…

    • bad12 20.2

      Labour 33%, Green 12%, Internet Mana 5% would make Winston and NZFirst null and void, while Winston is ‘talkin tough’ about both the Maori Party,(which i do not expect to gain any seats anyway), and, InternetMana i think that NZFirst may be in a far weaker position than Winstons ravings would indicate,

      Obviously the latest from Winston is a nod toward Slippery the Prime Minister for kicking the electoral legs out from under Colon and the Conservatives and will be seen by many as an indication of an inclination toward National, (myself included in the latter group),

      Winston’s problem here is that with some Big Bucks Colon the Conservative is likely to attract an even bigger buzzy bee into His bonnet fighting all that much harder for the loose frilly bits of lace hanging from the pretty coat of National and thus may send both down in a ball of electoral fire with neither party quite being able to attain the magic 5%,

      Winston’s other problem, there were at the 2011 contest one hell of a lot of people that had one thought in mind as Phill Goff first fumbled and then stumbled during that campaign, that thought?, ”no way were National getting to Govern alone”, and despite having to hold firmly their nasal protuberances For NZFirst they voted,

      That vote, who can ever really know its size, simply will not be ticking the NZFirst box on the ballot papers in 2014,

      Labour 33%, Greens 12%, InternetMana 5%, its doable and it might be time to retire Winston from the game…

      • bad12 20.2.1

        Lolz, i was wondering why this particular comment hit ‘moderation’, its the ‘A’ in gmail i got my fat little fingers to mangle into the wrong position…

  20. Just off facebook – “Hundreds in Rotorua listening to the Internet Mana Roadshow!! Wow HUNDREDS!”

    These meetings are awesome!!!!!

  21. Ergo Robertina 22

    Yesterday Nine to Noon covered the digital devices in classrooms issue with American computer scientist Kentaro Toyama.
    Key point is that digital devices amplify the school environment’s existing culture: high functioning schools do even better; in schools with behavioural/learning issues the devices are a distraction.
    The assumption that tech devices will somehow close the gaps between high and low decile schools is wrong.

  22. Clemgeopin 23

    ‘NICK SMITH’S crude intimidation of the Fish and Game Council points to the bleakest of environmental futures should National be re-elected on 20 September.’–Chris Trotter.

    Read that again. What a great quote!

  23. joe90 24


    BEIT HANOUN, Gaza — This narrow strip of land that used to be called “the Gaza Strip,” already one of the more densely populated places on earth, is growing dramatically smaller. The Israeli military, relentlessly and methodically, is driving people out of the three-kilometer (1.8 mile) buffer zone it says it needs to protect against Hamas rockets and tunnels. According to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, the buffer zone eats up about 44 percent of Gaza’s territory.

    • vto 24.1

      Well it does accord with the rumours been heard around these parts.

      No joke. This is a big thing. Must be money in it.

      Disgusting that the jews have to kill children and imprison them and their parents though. I guess maybe, , , is it revenge? Is that what Israel is doing? Is it simple revenge?

      From places frequented the Israelis have a pretty poor reputation so perhaps this is just their natural setting.

      Where is god in all of this?



  24. ianmac 25

    Inspirational program from Nigel Latta. No doubt Key will condemn it which would indicate that it is powerful and refutes the Government position.
    The Unequal Society. With facts and figures.
    The Rich get Richer while the Poor get beaten.
    Must watch before Key conspires to have it banned!
    TV1 9:30pm.

    • greywarbler 25.1

      @ ianmac 10.22
      Naturally the much touted freedom for the public to watch tv on demand has to have a catch, a barrier which I have to climb over. A block sign comes up and when I click on it I have a window with and various settings. It is harder to get government to give you anything in a straightforward and simple way than it is for a rich man to ride a camel through the eye of a needle and get to heaven. Or something. I probably am confused.

      Will flag down my computer-literate white knight. (Not being racist – it’s just a saying! I would find a brown black red or yellow one just as useful as a spotty pink one. Though perhaps I would not welcome a blue-green one.)

  25. nigel latta has earned some brownie-points..

    .,his doco on inequality is worth a look…

  26. idlegus 27

    a few ppl on facebook are saying they just turned 18 & then received a letter from national pimping for their vote. they are curious as to how they would have gotten that information, because both ppl didnt think they put it anywhere (knowingly) public. weird?

    “Our recents studies show you have just turned 18 which means you can vote.
    Here are 3 Reasons why we reckon we are better than the rest,
    1. We spend our money wisley in your community.
    2. We believe Christchurch depends on us.
    3. Most of all, as a whole New Zealand are going to need National in the next three years to boost the income and just become a better place to live.

    • Beryl Streep 27.1

      Sounds like bullshit to me. National might be dodgy but they’re not illiterate.

  27. greywarbler 28

    5 film companies want to sequester (I think that’s the word) all of Dotcom’s assets to hold for three years. Usually can be done in a criminal prosecution but this is at a civil
    stage. The guns are out.

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    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    17 hours ago
  • Road rage at Kia Kaha Primary School
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    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    17 hours ago
  • Road rage at Kia Kaha Primary School
    It is not the school holidays yet at Kia Kaha Primary School!It can be any time when you are telling a story.Telling stories about things that happened in the past is how we learn from our mistakes.If we want to.Anyway, it is not the school holidays yet at Kia Kaha ...
    More than a fieldingBy David Slack
    17 hours ago
  • Hipkins fires up in leaders’ debate, but has the curtain already fallen on the Labour-led coalitio...
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    Point of OrderBy tutere44
    18 hours ago
  • Govt is energising housing projects with solar power – and fuelling the public’s concept of a di...
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    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    18 hours ago
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    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    20 hours ago
  • FROM BFD: Will Winston be the spectre we think?
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    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    21 hours ago
  • California’s climate disclosure bill could have a huge impact across the U.S.
    This re-post from Yale Climate Connections by Andy Furillo was originally published by Capital & Main and is part of Covering Climate Now, a global journalism collaboration strengthening coverage of the climate story. The California Legislature took a step last week that has the potential to accelerate the fight against climate ...
    1 day ago
  • Untangling South East Queensland’s Public Transport
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    Greater AucklandBy Guest Post
    1 day ago
  • Try A Little Kindness.
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    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 day ago
  • What makes NZFirst tick
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    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    1 day ago
  • September AMA
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    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    1 day ago
  • Bludgers lying in the scratcher making fools of us all
    The mediocrity who stands to be a Prime Minister has a litany.He uses it a bit like a Koru Lounge card. He will brandish it to say: these people are eligible. And more than that, too: These people are deserving. They have earned this policy.They have a right to this policy. What ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    2 days ago
  • More “partnerships” (by the look of it) and redress of over $30 million in Treaty settlement wit...
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    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    2 days ago
  • ALEX HOLLAND: Labour’s spending
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    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    2 days ago
  • If not now, then when?
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • THE FACTS:  77% of Kiwis believe NZ is becoming more divided
    The Facts has posted –        KEY INSIGHTSOf New Zealander’s polled: Social unity/division 77%believe NZ is becoming more divided (42% ‘much more’ + 35% ‘a little more’) 3%believe NZ is becoming less divided (1% ‘much less’ + 2% ‘a little less’) ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    2 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on the cynical brutality of the centre-right’s welfare policies
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    2 days ago
  • Wednesday’s Chorus: Arthur Grimes on why building many, many more social houses is so critical
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    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    2 days ago
  • Old habits
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    Real ClimateBy rasmus
    2 days ago
  • Bennie Bashing.
    If there’s one thing the mob loves more than keeping Māori in their place, more than getting tough on the gangs, maybe even more than tax cuts. It’s a good old round of beneficiary bashing.Are those meanies in the ACT party stealing your votes because they think David Seymour is ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    2 days ago
  • The kindest cuts
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    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    2 days ago
  • Green right turn in Britain? Well, a start
    While it may be unlikely to register in New Zealand’s general election, Britain’s PM Rishi Sunak has done something which might just be important in the long run. He’s announced a far-reaching change in his Conservative government’s approach to environmental, and particularly net zero, policy. The starting point – ...
    Point of OrderBy xtrdnry
    2 days ago
  • At a glance – How do human CO2 emissions compare to natural CO2 emissions?
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    3 days ago
  • How could this happen?
    Canada is in uproar after the exposure that its parliament on September 22 provided a standing ovation to a Nazi veteran who had been invited into the chamber to participate in the parliamentary welcome to Ukrainian President Zelensky. Yaroslav Hunka, 98, a Ukrainian man who volunteered for service in ...
    3 days ago
  • Always Be Campaigning
    The big screen is a great place to lay out the ways of the salesman. He comes ready-made for Panto, ripe for lampooning.This is not to disparage that life. I have known many good people of that kind. But there is a type, brazen as all get out. The camera ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    3 days ago
  • STEPHEN FRANKS: Press seek to publicly shame doctor – we must push back
    The following is a message sent yesterday from lawyer Stephen Franks on behalf of the Free Speech Union. I don’t like to interrupt first thing Monday morning, but we’ve just become aware of a case where we think immediate and overwhelming attention could help turn the tide. It involves someone ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    3 days ago
  • Competing on cruelty
    The right-wing message calendar is clearly reading "cruelty" today, because both National and NZ First have released beneficiary-bashing policies. National is promising a "traffic light" system to police and kick beneficiaries, which will no doubt be accompanied by arbitrary internal targets to classify people as "orange" or "red" to keep ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Further funding for Pharmac (forgotten in the Budget?) looks like a $1bn appeal from a PM in need of...
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    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    3 days ago
  • Bryce Edwards: The Vested interests shaping National Party policies
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    Democracy ProjectBy bryce.edwards
    3 days ago
  • Labour may be on way out of power and NZ First back in – but will Peters go into coalition with Na...
    Voters  are deserting Labour in droves, despite Chris  Hipkins’  valiant  rearguard  action.  So  where  are they  heading?  Clearly  not all of them are going to vote National, which concedes that  the  outcome  will be “close”. To the Right of National, the ACT party just a  few weeks  ago  was ...
    Point of OrderBy tutere44
    3 days ago
  • GRAHAM ADAMS: Will the racists please stand up?
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    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    3 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on whether Winston Peters can be a moderating influence
    As the centre-right has (finally!) been subjected to media interrogation, the polls are indicating that some voters may be starting to have second thoughts about the wisdom of giving National and ACT the power to govern alone. That’s why yesterday’s Newshub/Reid Research poll had the National/ACT combo dropping to 60 ...
    3 days ago
  • Tuesday’s Chorus: RBNZ set to rain on National's victory parade
    ANZ has increased its forecast for house inflation later this year on signs of growing momentum in the market ahead of the election. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: National has campaigned against the Labour Government’s record on inflation and mortgage rates, but there’s now a growing chance the Reserve ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • After a Pittsburgh coal processing plant closed, ER visits plummeted
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    3 days ago
  • September-23 AT Board Meeting
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    3 days ago
  • Electorate Watch: West Coast-Tasman
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    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    3 days ago
  • Big money brings Winston back
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    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    3 days ago
  • 20 days until Election Day, 7 until early voting begins… but what changes will we really see here?
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    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    4 days ago
  • A night out
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    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    4 days ago
  • A pallid shade of Green III
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • A coalition of racism, cruelty, and chaos
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • More migrant workers should help generate the tax income needed to provide benefits for job seekers
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    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    4 days ago
  • Letter To Luxon.
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    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    4 days ago
  • LINDSAY MITCHELL: Alarming trend in benefit numbers
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    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    4 days ago
  • BRIAN EASTON: Has there been external structural change?
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    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    4 days ago
  • CRL Progress – Sep-23
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    4 days ago
  • Monday’s Chorus: Not building nearly enough
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    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • Game on; Hipkins comes out punching
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    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    4 days ago
  • Tax Cut Austerity Blues.
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    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    5 days ago
  • MIKE GRIMSHAW:  It’s the economy – and the spirit – Stupid…
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    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    5 days ago
  • 2023 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #38
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    5 days ago
  • The End Of The World.
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    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    6 days ago
  • Climate Town: The Brainwashing Of America's Children
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    7 days ago
  • Has There Been External Structural Change?
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    PunditBy Brian Easton
    7 days ago
  • Another Labour bully
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • Climate Change: Ignoring our biggest problem
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • JERRY COYNE: A good summary of the mess that is science education in New Zealand
    JERRY COYNE writes –  If you want to see what the government of New Zealand is up to with respect to science education, you can’t do better than listening to this video/slideshow by two exponents of the “we-need-two-knowledge-systems” view. I’ve gotten a lot of scary stuff from Kiwi ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    7 days ago
  • Good news on the GDP front is accompanied by news of a $5m govt boost for Supercars (but what about ...
    Buzz from the Beehive First, we were treated to the news (from Finance Minister Grant Robertson) that the economy has turned a corner and New Zealand never was in recession.  This was triggered by statistics which showed the economy expanded 0.9 per cent in the June quarter, twice as much as ...
    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    7 days ago
  • The Scafetta Saga
    It has taken 17 months to get a comment published pointing out the obvious errors in the Scafetta (2022) paper in GRL. Back in March 2022, Nicola Scafetta published a short paper in Geophysical Research Letters (GRL) purporting to show through ‘advanced’ means that ‘all models with ECS > ...
    Real ClimateBy Gavin
    7 days ago
  • Friday's Chorus: Penny wise and pound foolish
    TL;DR: In the middle of a climate emergency and in a city prone to earthquakes, Victoria University of Wellington announced yesterday it would stop teaching geophysics, geographic information science and physical geography to save $22 million a year and repay debt. Climate change damage in Aotearoa this year is already ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    7 days ago
  • CHRIS TROTTER: Calling the big dog’s bluff
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    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    7 days ago
  • The electorate swing, Labour limbo and Luxon-Hipkins two-step
     Another poll, another 27 for Labour. It was July the last time one of the reputable TV company polls had Labour's poll percentage starting with a three, so the limbo question is now being asked: how low can you go?It seems such an unlikely question because this doesn't feel like the kind ...
    PunditBy Tim Watkin
    7 days ago
  • A Womance, and a Nomance.
    After the trench warfare of Tuesday night, when the two major parties went head to head, last night was the turn of the minor parties. Hosts Newshub termed it “the Powerbrokers' Debate”.Based on the latest polls the four parties taking part - ACT, the Greens, New Zealand First, and Te ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • When The Internet Rushes To Your Defense
    Hi,You can’t make this stuff up.People involved with Sound of Freedom, the QAnon-infused movie about anti-child trafficker Tim Ballard, are dropping like flies. I won’t ruin your day by describing it here, but Vice reports that footage has emerged of executive producer Paul Hutchinson being inappropriate with a 16-year-old trafficking ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    1 week ago
  • Doubts about Robertson’s good news day
    The trading banks yesterday concluded that though GDP figures released yesterday show the economy is not in recession, it may well soon be. Nevertheless, the fact that GDP has gone up 0.8 per cent in the latest quarter and that StatsNZ revised the previous quarter’s figure to show a ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    1 week ago
  • The Votes That Media Dare Not Speak Its Name
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    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    1 week ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #38 2023
    Open access notables At our roots Skeptical Science is about cognition of the results of climate science research in the minds of the entire human population. Ideally we'd be perfectly communicating understanding of Earth's climate, and perfectly understood. We can only approximate that, but hopefully converging closer to perfection. With ...
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    1 week ago

  • New community-level energy projects to support more than 800 Māori households
    Seven more innovative community-scale energy projects will receive government funding through the Māori and Public Housing Renewable Energy Fund to bring more affordable, locally generated clean energy to more than 800 Māori households, Energy and Resources Minister Dr Megan Woods says. “We’ve already funded 42 small-scale clean energy projects that ...
    22 hours ago
  • Huge boost to Te Tai Tokerau flood resilience
    The Government has approved new funding that will boost resilience and greatly reduce the risk of major flood damage across Te Tai Tokerau. Significant weather events this year caused severe flooding and damage across the region. The $8.9m will be used to provide some of the smaller communities and maraes ...
    1 day ago
  • Napier’s largest public housing development comes with solar
    The largest public housing development in Napier for many years has been recently completed and has the added benefit of innovative solar technology, thanks to Government programmes, says Housing Minister Dr Megan Woods. The 24 warm, dry homes are in Seddon Crescent, Marewa and Megan Woods says the whanau living ...
    2 days ago
  • Te Whānau a Apanui and the Crown initial Deed of Settlement I Kua waitohua e Te Whānau a Apanui me...
    Māori: Kua waitohua e Te Whānau a Apanui me te Karauna te Whakaaetanga Whakataunga Kua waitohua e Te Whānau a Apanui me te Karauna i tētahi Whakaaetanga Whakataunga hei whakamihi i ō rātou tāhuhu kerēme Tiriti o Waitangi. E tekau mā rua ngā hapū o roto mai o Te Whānau ...
    3 days ago
  • Plan for 3,000 more public homes by 2025 – regions set to benefit
    Regions around the country will get significant boosts of public housing in the next two years, as outlined in the latest public housing plan update, released by the Housing Minister, Dr Megan Woods. “We’re delivering the most public homes each year since the Nash government of the 1950s with one ...
    5 days ago
  • Immigration settings updates
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    6 days ago
  • Poroporoaki: Tā Patrick (Patu) Wahanga Hohepa
    Tangi ngunguru ana ngā tai ki te wahapū o Hokianga Whakapau Karakia. Tārehu ana ngā pae maunga ki Te Puna o te Ao Marama. Korihi tangi ana ngā manu, kua hinga he kauri nui ki te Wao Nui o Tāne. He Toa. He Pou. He Ahorangi. E papaki tū ana ...
    7 days ago
  • Renewable energy fund to support community resilience
    40 solar energy systems on community buildings in regions affected by Cyclone Gabrielle and other severe weather events Virtual capability-building hub to support community organisations get projects off the ground Boost for community-level renewable energy projects across the country At least 40 community buildings used to support the emergency response ...
    7 days ago
  • COVID-19 funding returned to Government
    The lifting of COVID-19 isolation and mask mandates in August has resulted in a return of almost $50m in savings and recovered contingencies, Minister of Health Dr Ayesha Verrall announced today. Following the revocation of mandates and isolation, specialised COVID-19 telehealth and alternative isolation accommodation are among the operational elements ...
    7 days ago
  • Appointment of District Court Judge
    Susie Houghton of Auckland has been appointed as a new District Court Judge, to serve on the Family Court, Attorney-General David Parker said today.  Judge Houghton has acted as a lawyer for child for more than 20 years. She has acted on matters relating to the Hague Convention, an international ...
    7 days ago
  • Government invests further in Central Hawke’s Bay resilience
    The Government has today confirmed $2.5 million to fund a replace and upgrade a stopbank to protect the Waipawa Drinking Water Treatment Plant. “As a result of Cyclone Gabrielle, the original stopbank protecting the Waipawa Drinking Water Treatment Plant was destroyed. The plant was operational within 6 weeks of the ...
    1 week ago
  • Govt boost for Hawke’s Bay cyclone waste clean-up
    Another $2.1 million to boost capacity to deal with waste left in Cyclone Gabrielle’s wake. Funds for Hastings District Council, Phoenix Contracting and Hog Fuel NZ to increase local waste-processing infrastructure. The Government is beefing up Hawke’s Bay’s Cyclone Gabrielle clean-up capacity with more support dealing with the massive amount ...
    1 week ago
  • Taupō Supercars revs up with Government support
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    1 week ago
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    1 week ago
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    1 week ago
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    1 week ago
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    2 weeks ago
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    2 weeks ago
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    2 weeks ago
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    2 weeks ago
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    2 weeks ago
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    2 weeks ago
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    2 weeks ago
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    3 weeks ago
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    3 weeks ago

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