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Take action against the Herald’s lies

Written By: - Date published: 8:32 pm, June 25th, 2014 - 87 comments
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The Herald’s behaviour though the fake donations scandal has been appalling.

Frankly the journalist who has led the coverage, Jared Savage, deserves to be sacked. And Herald editor, Tim Murphy, who had the audacity to claim on RNZ that he wouldn’t release the statement because it was still being investigated, should probably follow.

There’s one thing you can do to help them along the way – make a Press Council complaint.

The process for doing so is simple. You start by emailing the editor (tim.murphy@nzherald.co.nz) with your complaint.

Make sure you specify the date and the title of the article. In this case there’s a few to chose from but the worst are here and here.

And make sure you are clear and to the point.

If you’re wondering exactly what to complain about you can consult the EPMU’s Journalist Code of Ethics (the EPMU has two members on the Press Council).

If you don’t get a satisfactory answer from the Herald within ten working days you can then file a complaint with the Press Council.

The Council says is only has to “consider” third party complaints. However it’s likely that any member of the Labour Party would be considered an immediate party to the complaint.

Update: There’s been some confusion about that last line. Labour members should make a complaint if they want to. As should non-members. If you are a member then specifying that fact may strengthen your case as members could be considered aggrieved parties rather than just third parties.

87 comments on “Take action against the Herald’s lies”

  1. riffer 1

    Done.

    Dear Sir,

    on Sunday June 22, 2014 you published an article on your website:
    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11279089

    with a subtitle stating “List includes $100,000 for bottle of wine signed by Helen Clark”

    This article is a clear violation of the Journalism Code of Ethics 41(a), which states:

    “They shall report and interpret the news with scrupulous honesty by striving to disclose all essential facts and by not suppressing relevant, available facts or distorting by wrong or improper emphasis.”

    I wish to register a complaint. The Herald has a vital role to play in New Zealand’s elections and this behaviour is bordering on corruption.

    Please can you provide an explanation that both the Press Council and I would deem acceptable.

    • Harry Holland 1.1

      “I wish to register a complaint.” …cut to parrot sketch.

      • greywarbler 1.1.1

        Norwegian blue – very funny.
        This potato is dead. No it isn’t. Yes it’s nailed to its computer. Well okay The Hairy doesn’t let down its customers. We can offer a slug. Does it talk? Yes, but only when it’s dark and over a beverage. I’ll take it says Mr Creosote.

  2. quartz 2

    I’m putting mine together. Bomber has a good list of clear lies: http://thedailyblog.co.nz/2014/06/25/7-falsehoods-in-donghua-liu-manufactured-smear/

  3. JK 3

    Yep – also done !

    Dear Mr Murphy

    Your newspaper – purportedly the leading paper in New Zealand – is reaching new lows with its reporting of Labour’s alleged gifts of donations of money from Mr Liu.

    I would like an explanation as to how your reporter can indicate that Labour still needs to justify the amount of $100,000 Mr Liu says he gave in donations when it is very clear from the article in today’s Herald that this amount includes payment for a Chinese staff dinner on the river Yangtze, and a $2000 donation to a rowing club.

    Your reporter’s other comment that David Cunliffe wrote a letter for Liu’s residency application also implies that this letter – a pro forma letter written 11 years ago seeking a time frame for a decision on the residency applicaton – is in fact a letter of support for that residency application. This is incorrect – as you very well know.

    I would like an explanation as to why you – editor of a so-called prestigious daily newspaper – should allow such implications to be made, when you know they are incorrect. If you refute this, I can – of course – quote from other NZ Herald articles which also indicate these implications, and which have distorted the general public’s knowledge of the integrity of Labour Party Leader, David Cunliffe.

    NB I also attached to this letter, copy of the statements made by Jared whatsit in his story, with date etc

  4. Anne 4

    Don’t forget this load of vicious crap by John Armstrong. Worthy of a specific complaint re-J.A.

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/john-armstrong/news/article.cfm?a_id=3&objectid=11278362

    I note he appears to have gone to ground. Not a peep out of him since Sat. He usually has 2 to 3 shorter pieces published during the week days.

  5. dimebag russell 5

    you cant make this sort of stuff up.
    too much fun already.
    how many complaints does tim murphy have to receive before it is front page news?
    I think bomber will probably end up with a fried wig!

  6. anker 6

    So as a member of the Labour Party, I shouldn’t complain? Just to clarify.

    I have two previous complaints with the Press Council from early March.

    They were finally heard on 16th June and I am waiting for the results which I am told will take two weeks from the date of the hearing.

    Initially when I complained to the Editor, I didn’t hear back. I put my complaint to the Press Council, who got back to me and said unfortunately the Herald had over-looked my email and would like the chance to respond. I gave them another ten days and heard nothing. I then went back to the press council copying in the Herald, who then responded. There response was pathetic. Then I responded and they were given another chance to respond, but missed their deadline. I think they do these delaying tactics, in the hope that people get busy or move on and so just give up.

    I am sincerely not meaning to discouraged anyone from complaining and its good to see what people have written already. I’ll let people know the results when I hear them.

    [lprent: As a member of the NZLP you should complain. In theory as an aggrieved party your complaint should carry more weight than just a member of the public. ]

    • Anne 6.1

      Yes, I had a similar experience with TV1 about 3 years ago. They upped their game though when I took the complaint to the BSA and I had the satisfying experience of observing that the TV1 celebrity concerned upped his game considerably following my complaint.

    • weka 6.2

      Thanks anker and Anne. Anker, I think what you did was very worthwhile, despite the poor response and timeframes. The more they are held accountable the more likely it is that things will improve. I agree that they probably just hope people go away, so perserverance will make them notice. I wonder if you can complain to the Press Council about such tactics.

  7. ianmac 7

    Written complaint to the Herald. Prepared one for the Press Council.

  8. Tautoko Viper 8

    Dear Mr Murphy,
    The University of California begins its explanation of the term “Fourth Estate” with the following paragraph.

    Media as the “Fourth Estate”
    Access to information is essential to the health of democracy for at least two reasons. First, it ensures that citizens make responsible, informed choices rather than acting out of ignorance or misinformation. Second, information serves a “checking function” by ensuring that elected representatives uphold their oaths of office and carry out the wishes of those who elected them.
    http://www.usfca.edu/fac-staff/boaz/pol326/feb12.htm

    The Herald has not served NZ citizens well in the Donghua Liu fiasco. Instead of providing a checking function to prevent misinformation, the Herald has (either wittingly or unwittingly) allowed itself to be used as a conduit for misinformation.
    Our citizens deserve better particularly this close to an election. I would hope that you would make every effort to ensure that the Herald upholds the integrity of the Fourth Estate in the next 3 months. We need a fair election based on voter choice of policies.

  9. the pigman 9

    I think this is a great initiative, Zet.

    It would be helpful if one of the Standard’s more talented researchers could review the material produced by the NZ Herald/Herald on Sunday since 18 June 2014 and identify the articles where those papers spit fell short of high standards of accuracy/fairness/balance. I think complaints should be as specific/targeted as possible.

    If people were feeling more adventurous/masochistic, a similar exercise could be undertaken with the other major papers (I realise the Herald has been the biggest offender here).

    I don’t find Bomber’s list of “7 falsehoods” (since when did he start doing Buzzfeed-style headlines, anyway?) that helpful or persuasive: http://thedailyblog.co.nz/2014/06/25/7-falsehoods-in-donghua-liu-manufactured-smear/ – while we’re in the Buzzfeed mood, the subtitle could be: “#4 is not even a falsehood” – however obviously NZH articles that present any of those claims either in headlines/without conducting sufficient inquiries to ascertain their veracity would be good fodder for complaints.

    Volunteers for trawling through the coverage thusfar? I know there are some abject masochists here 😉

    • weka 9.1

      It’s a good suggestion pigman, but if it doesn’t happen I think there is still ample in the links that Zet put in the post. Numbers of people putting in complaints will send an important message too, both to the Herald and the Press Council and its members.

    • JK 9.2

      Go to Frank Macasey’s blogsite – Frankly Speaking – he has a good list up there of all the Herald stories on the Liu saga. Forgotten the title of it but its one of the latest he’s put up.

  10. DH 10

    What’s the commercial setup re Sunday Herald and weekly Herald? I ask this because Tim Murphy is, I believe, editor only of the Sunday Herald and the whole paper is a party to this anti-Cunliffe activity.

    The weekly editorials are far more egregrious than the Sunday editorials, by & large Murphy has been a bit more balanced in the Labour/National stakes. (not excusing him here, just noting he’s not the worst transgressor)

    • karol 10.1

      They’re both owned by APN News – plus many other publications in Aussie and NZ.

      • quartz 10.1.1

        He’s the Editor in Chief of the whole group of Herald titles.

        • karol 10.1.1.1

          Thanks. Yes, says so on his twitter profile.

          Explained here

          Announcing this today, acting chief executive of APN NZ Media Matt Crockett said as editor-in-chief Tim Murphy will provide strategic content direction and leadership for the Herald’s daily, weekend, Sunday and online brands

          Pic of him here on the right

          From here

          • DH 10.1.1.1.1

            Thanks. Still a bit confusing. In the last link the pic bio says Murphy is editor-in-chief of Herald titles and Curry is editor of the New Zealand Herald. I guess that makes Murphy Curry’s boss but it is a bit vague.

            They do throw these titles around. Was reading about another O’Sullivan (Cathy) moving to Fairfax. “Currently the editor of nzherald.co.nz and head of news at the New Zealand Herald”

            http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/industries/10190536/Fairfax-appoints-Auckland-boss

            (I thought it was a bad dream come to life, fortunately she’s not related or doesn’t appear to be)

            Interesting they call John Roughan a journalist in the puff piece about Key. He was a journalist, many years ago, but I’m pretty sure he isn’t one now. It’s not a title for life.

            Roughan seems a man of many roles. Herald also describe him as;

            “John Roughan is an editorial writer and columnist for the New Zealand Herald ”

            The Press Council describe him as;

            “John Roughan New Zealand Herald Assistant Editor, Auckland”

            And now he’s a journalist as well….. busy man.

  11. Harry Holland 11

    And small things count.
    Don’t ever buy the Herald.
    Remind people that’s its days of serious journalism are over.
    Circulation is falling.
    Desperation is setting in.
    No respect.

    • Richard Christie 11.1

      Remind people that’s its days of serious journalism are over.

      Yeah, its integrity certainly matches its new format.
      I stopped the family daily subscription 3 years ago.
      Now I even walk right past it in the supermarket.

  12. Jrobin 12

    Can you clarify Zetetic what you meant by your last paragraph. Did you mean that members of the Labour Party as immediate parties would be more able, or less able, or not permitted, to make a complaint to the EPMU? Ambiguous for those wanting to make a complaint.

    • Richard Christie 12.1

      If you are LP member you will be regarded as a party to the matter complained about, therefore your complaint will/may ruled inadmissible/unactionable as they don’t need to consider it. I’m unsure if they are able to exercise discretion on this.

      edit oops, apologies, I see my name isn’t Zetetic.

      • Colonial Viper 12.1.1

        How are they going to know that you are a Labour Party member? And, it doesn’t hurt for them to know that Labour Party members are active and give a damn.

      • Lanthanide 12.1.2

        No, it’s the exact opposite: if you are a party member, your complaint will have more weight behind it.

  13. Jrobin 13

    Thanks Richard. I can’t help but think though that even though the editorial policy of the Herald at the moment has turned it ino propaganda, I would still miss it if it goes under. Wouldn’t that be kind of throwing the baby out with the bathwater. How about applying pressure to journalists to grow some ethics. There are legal channels for complaint, like this suggestion by Zetetic, perhaps every one who cares about an active Fourth Estate needs to start resisting this more regularly. Without journalists who are regulated by Press Council, we will only have bloggers. As we all know some blogs are great but have limitations. Some are just gutter snipes. I still like reading
    a number of the regulars in the Herald. Even the ones who have a totally different view to mine, that’s life, freedom of speech is fine with me. Maybe the downward spiral has originated from the most abusive bloggers and infected the old school papers. They need a good dose of legal challenge to remind them of their role in safeguarding privacy and honest reporting.

    • Huginn 13.1

      Jrobin

      Agree with you you.
      Thanks for reminding me.

    • Huginn 13.2

      Jrobin

      Agree with you you.
      Thanks for reminding me.

    • Harry Holland 13.3

      Jrobin, your faith in the tory scumbag press’ ability to reform itself with a bit of legal pressure, against the tide of falling circulation, journalist salaries, staff numbers, time for and commitment to research, and intellectual capability (these days most journalist undergrads are attracted by the chance to be on TV I hear – will check my source on that point when home broadband comes back up) is optimistic at best. The triumph of hope over experience.

  14. Harry Holland 14

    Waiting for the inevitable announcement..

    “NZ Herald Appoints Cameron Slater as Editor”

    • McFlock 14.1

      actually, that would be awesome – how long was the slug editor before Truth went into the ground (the paper, not the relationship it had to reality)?

    • Populuxe1 14.2

      Why not? Green stalwart Lucy Lawless has already had a go.

      • Lanthanide 14.2.1

        That was a guest spot for 1 day only.

        • Populuxe1 14.2.1.1

          Still happened though. If their market were all right wing conservatives they would be shedding subscriptions in droves.

          • Colonial Viper 14.2.1.1.1

            The job of the commercial media appears to be to influence political sentiment and where possible to entrench it. And in NZ it has to be a little more subtle than the Fox News approach.

            • weka 14.2.1.1.1.1

              Lucy Lawless would give the Herald some cred it wouldn’t have otherwise. Got to keep those middle class liberals hooked in.

    • dv 14.3

      What has happened to his case in court?
      Reporting has disappeared.

  15. Jrobin 15

    Welcome to my nightmare……..

  16. And, it doesn’t hurt for them to know that Labour Party members are active and give a damn.

  17. philj 17

    xox
    Doesn’t JK have a list of Labour members somewhere?

  18. hoom 18

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11281836

    a biography of National’s leader published today.
    …the book’s author – senior Herald and former parliamentary journalist John Roughan

    Seriously WTF???
    How can you have a standing senior journalist writing a biography on the PM & releasing it just before the Election???

    Can we complain to the Electoral Commission for the absence of an ‘Authorised By’ notice?

    • Colonial Viper 18.1

      Yeah the Tories are really good at this stuff, specifically getting soft media.

      Having a book written about yourself after a miserable 1.5 terms as PM is so naff however.

      Labour should spin “most PM’s usually write these books after retirement when they have finally accomplished something useful for the people, but I guess John is already planning his long holiday in Hawaii!”

      • James Stephenson 18.1.1

        Do you think that spin line is a good strategy, considering that Brian Edwards’ Hagiography of Helen Clark was published in 2001 a “miserable” 1.5 years into her tenure?

    • Wonderpup 18.2

      I don’t think this is a problem. This is a very risky move for the author, as the work will be deeply scrutinised, and anything out of place turns it into a huge liability for them and their subject.

      From the brief media I’ve heard about the book, the Queef of Queen St shares the same profile as the Wolf of Wall St, their egregious lack of a consistent set of values other than those of the financial bottom line seems entirely reasonable to them. They simply don’t see how it makes them appear to those who are more principled and empathic.

      Oh, and my use of queef is merely for alliterative purposes, and my apologies for any queefs who may be offended by comparison to John Key.

      • ghostwhowalksnz 18.2.1

        A Queef is the term for a ‘discharge of air from the vagina after intercourse’ according to Urban dictionary.

        see also South park season 13 ‘Eat, Pray, Queef’ ( its on Utube)

  19. Darwinist 19

    Does it matter if it was $5000, $10 000, $86 250, or $100 000? The principle, which you are all so elegantly avoiding, is that Labour was taking money from Liu while criticising National FOR TAKING MONEY FROM LIU. The difference is that National has declared at least some of it. Labour has not. This makes me want to vote for neither.

    • One Anonymous Bloke 19.1

      And your comment is either evidence of ignorance or mendacity. Maurice Williamson was criticised for interfering in a police investigation. The National Party is in the shit for selling access to Ministers.

      Not for accepting donations: for offering services (product endorsements – cf. Oravida, access to Ministers – cf. Cabinet Club, New Zealand legislation – cf. Sky City) in return.

      And here you are demanding that Labour had to obey laws that hadn’t been passed yet. Let’s do unto you as you would to them shall we, and make spreading lies on the internet a criminal offence as of yesterday.

      We need better wingnuts.

      • Darwinist 19.1.1

        Really? But the outrage appears to be over the fact that there was no $100k bottle of wine. The headlines and opening paragraphs in the links about which we are invited to be outraged are:

        Businessman gifts $150k to Labour Party
        Millionaire businessman Donghua Liu spent more than $150,000 on the previous Labour government, including $100,000 on a bottle of wine signed by former prime minister Helen Clark at a party fundraiser.

        And:

        Donghua Liu’s new statement on Labour donations
        Controversial businessman Donghua Liu has issued a new statement to the Herald confirming “close to” $100,000 in total payments to Labour and its MPs – including anonymous donations – but clarifying that the money was not for one bottle of wine.

        Liu, to whom Labour gave permanent residency against official advice, says his earlier signed statement on the wine auction was “capable of two meanings” and after repeated inquiries from the Herald he says he wants to clarify what he spent the $100,000 on.

        Then there is the whole Rick Barker thing, if you want to link this solely to Maurice Williamson’s complete lack of judgement. Did Rick, as immigration minister, not accept and then not declare lavish gifts from Mr Liu?

        • ghostwhowalksnz 19.1.1.1

          What lavish gifts ? A company staff river cruise , a visit to his cement works ?
          A small amount for local rowing club ?

          Did he get a gift to the party of $60,000 for a round of golf ? I think you better find out what lavish gift really means

        • Tracey 19.1.1.2

          reading is a skill. 50 to 60k is for the hire of a boat for a shipfull of guests including barker…

          collins helps husbands company
          williamson pressures police

          that is why the link between donors and parties.

          john key said shu gave 50k to a charity to play golf with him. it wasnt a charity it was the national party.

          I hope that clarifies the difference…

        • One Anonymous Bloke 19.1.1.3

          “The whole Rick Barker thing:”

          Yeah, where Liu spent $50-60k on his own staff and then falsely claimed he’d donated it to Barker.

          Reading, as Tracey says, is a skill.

    • Tom Gould 19.2

      Yes, it does matter because the National Herald is a newspaper that is covered by privilege to protect sources and suchlike, the flip side of which is an absolute obligation to tell the truth in reportage.
      Unless you were in a coma for the past week or so, this beat-up pseudo-scandal has inflicted massive damage on Labour and on Cunliffe, with even Collins spitting venom on Radio Live news bulletins and every Tory running their focus-grouped “tricky” line, and every Tory shock jock having a feeding frenzy on whether Cunliffe should resign or be sacked.
      None of this has ever been inflicted on John Key in the seven years he has been leader of the National Party, yet somehow Labour and Cunliffe are fair game because they ‘brought it all on themselves’ and the Herald can’t be blamed because the facts somehow got ‘lost in translation’?
      I believe this media-driven and media-contrived non-scandal is in fact a tipping point for the inherent bias of the MSM towards John Key and National. It should be the beginning of the end of their media honeymoon with Key and his cronies. But it won’t be.
      A complaint to the Press Council, a largely toothless industry-controlled back-slapping club, is a good start, never-the-less. As for your vote, maybe it’s best you do stay home.

    • ghostwhowalksnz 19.3

      It was not not the ‘taking of money’ that was the problem. National gets way way more money from people and businesses we never hear about.
      It was the money and the favours, so ably demonstrated by Maurice Williamson. There was quite a list of favours returned ending up with Williamsons sacking by his own PM.

      Williamson ended up as Lius poodle

  20. appleboy 20

    Read this shit from the article above!!!!!!

    Roughan writes that at the end of 2012, Mr Key had a “quiet discussion” with his wife, Bronagh, during which they “kicked the tyres” after his four years of running the country and asked themselves, “Are we still committed to all this?”

    Mr Key’s strong belief and confidence in the progress the country was making under his prime ministership prevailed. “Sure I could walk away, but the test of being a successful Prime Minister in my mind is doing the best job I could do in the circumstances we faced,” he told Roughan.

    • ghostwhowalksnz 20.1

      So I guess he sounded out the US about heading the World Bank ( its usually their choice) and the answer was a NO.

      Back to plan B

    • Linz 20.2

      Then it goes on:
      …One of his first acts on his return was to sack two lower-ranked Cabinet ministers – as Roughan puts it – “for nothing in particular that they had done”.

      Kate Wilkinson and Phil Heatley would have had no inkling of their fate when they were summoned to the Prime Minister’s office, because Mr Key talks to every minister about the work programme in their portfolios for the 12 months ahead.

      Of Ms Wilkinson’s interview, Mr Key told Roughan: “I said, ‘Look, you’ve done a great job as a minister, but it’s over.’ She said, ‘What have I done wrong?’ I said, ‘Nothing. You have done four years and I want to refresh.’ I said the same thing to Phil.”

      Question: Has Wilkinson got grounds for a wrongful dismissal case?

      When our neighbour’s under stress or has had a row with his wife, he gets on his farm bike and goes out and kills a few goats. Perhaps it’s a National Party thing.

  21. Chooky 21

    what about red stickers …saying the “Herald Lies and Smears” ….or “Boycott the Herald”…or “Herald Against the Truth” …or some such, which people can stick on telegraph poles , notice boards, and miscellaneous Sunday Heralds and Heralds left on cafe tables?

  22. ianmac 22

    Another post at the Herald from Jared Savage re Mr Liu. Still no better!
    “He said the figure included the wine auctions, a $2000 donation to the Hawkes Bay Rowing Club, the Yangtze River trip and anonymous donations to MPs.”
    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11281832

    • greywarbler 22.1

      How come everybody else seemed to have got something and I was left out! Wider and shallower graft is what I am calling for so that it goes further. Fair do’s!

  23. Sable 23

    Another approach is to encourage people to boycott sites that fail to maintain journalistic standards of objectivity and integrity or to push for legal amendments that would require journalists apply higher standards when reporting information. This could be enacted through Facebook and other sites that provide a platform for people to demand change such as Avaaz.org.

    Personally I do not believe the current framework offers much by way of enforcement or penalty.

    • Chooky 23.1

      personally i will never buy another Sunday Herald …and I will be telling the rest of the family not to either

      …will also encourage my Mother to boycott their most unprofessional smirking polling

      • Sable 23.1.1

        That’s a start. Personally I do not bother much with any of the MSM sites, its simply a waste of time and mental energy…

        • freedom 23.1.1.1

          It is a circumstance fraught with difficulties but don’t forget War 101 Sable, know thine enemy.

  24. Barnsley Bill 24

    Keeping this story alive is definitely a winning strategy. More posts like this please.

    • grumpy 24.1

      The story is cetainly not dead yet. Every day it carries on people are wondering what all the fuss was about from Labour raving about a glass of milk.
      The subject is UNDECLARED gifts and donations, not whether they were $100 or $150k. “Undeclared” is like being “slightly” pregant, they either were declared or they were not.

      • fender 24.1.1

        People DO see a conflict of interest in the way Collins has conducted herself.

        Hard to declare donations that don’t exist, but I’m sure the affidavit will materialise any day now..

        It’s amusing and a little sad to see National throw their donor under a bus though, shame Mr Liu didn’t do his homework on the nasty Nats prior to his donations to them.

      • Hayden 24.1.2

        It wasn’t about a glass of milk, but about using Ministerial travel and status to promote a company of which the relevant minister’s husband is a director, as has now been pointed out to you more than once.

        http://img.scoop.co.nz/media/pdfs/1405/020520141724330001.pdf (PDF)

        Particularly page 83 (85 in the PDF).

        Event

        Visit and tour of Oravida facilities

        Purpose

        To increase the profile of a successful importer and distributor of New Zealand products into China

        Are you Judith Collins?

      • William 24.1.3

        The subject at this stage is whether any donations were actually made to Labour.

        So far there’s corroborated evidence of $2000 given to a rowing club, not Labour.
        There’s a claim of $60,000 or so paid for a dinner cruise for his workers, not Labour. One MP ate a meal, less than the $500 required to declare a gift.
        And it seems a bottle of wine was purchased in an auction, where it’s quite likely the beneficiary was a Hawkes Bay Hospice, not Labour.

        All other claims currently depend on the word of someone who has pleaded guilty to domestic violence in NZ, and who was involved in a bribery case in China. Hmm, I know where the credibility lies!

    • ghostwhowalksnz 24.2

      Do you think the Herald will run story- Deluge of Press council complaints ?

      Hardly! They have moved back to licking John Keys boots.

      Just because its on The Standard doesnt mean its the public at larges concerns. But for the commentators the ‘facts’ means its no longer labour getting $100,000 which was false.

      National wont be so easy to spin another story like this and get swallowed hook line and sinker.

  25. Paul 26

    The Herald sufficiently aware of the situation to write an editorial on the matter.
    But no apology.
    What a disgraceful rag.
    A total puppet for foreign corporate interests, so well represented by its owners.

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11282539

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    2 days ago
  • Hip and knees surgery takes a tumble
    The statistics for hip and knee electives under this Government make depressing reading, says Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King.  “Under the last Labour Government we achieved a 91 per cent growth in hip and knee elective surgery. Sadly under this ...
    2 days ago
  • Parata’s spin can’t hide cuts to early childhood education
    No amount of spin from Hekia Parata can hide the fact that per-child funding for early childhood education has been steadily decreasing under the National government, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “In the 2009/10 year early childhood services received ...
    2 days ago
  • Nats will jump at chance to vote for KiwiBuild Bill
    National will welcome the chance to vote for a real solution to the housing crisis after their many, many failed attempts, says Labour MP for Te Tai Tokerau Kelvin Davis. Kelvin Davis’s Housing Corporation (Affordable Housing Development) Amendment Bill was ...
    2 days ago
  • Million dollar houses put homeownership out of reach of middle New Zealand
    35% of New Zealanders now live in places where the average house costs over a million dollars, and it’s killing the Kiwi dream of owning your own place, says Labour’s housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. Latest QV stats show that Queenstown ...
    2 days ago
  • Opportunity for political parties to back Kiwi-made and Kiwi jobs
    The First Reading in Parliament today of his Our Work, Our Future Bill is a chance for political parties to ensure the government buys Kiwi-made more often and backs Kiwi jobs, says Leader of the Opposition Andrew Little. The reading ...
    2 days ago
  • Solid Energy must open the drift
    Solid Energy is showing no moral spine and should not have any legal right to block re-entry into the Pike River drift, says Damien O’Connor MP for West Coast-Tasman.  “Todays failed meeting with  representatives from the state owned company is ...
    3 days ago
  • 20,000 at risk students “missing”
    A briefing to the Minister of Education reveals 20,000 at-risk students can’t be found, undermining claims by Hekia Parata that a new funding model would ensure additional funding reached students identified as at-risk, says Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins. ...
    3 days ago
  • Crime continues to rise
    Overall crime is up five per cent and the Government just doesn’t seem to care, says Labour’s Police Spokesperson Stuart Nash. ...
    3 days ago
  • Treasury fritters $10 million on failed state house sell off
    The Treasury has wasted $10 million in two years on the National Government's flawed state house sell off programme, including nearly $5.5 million on consultants, says Labour Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson. "New Zealand needs more state housing than ever, with ...
    3 days ago
  • National slow to learn new trade lessons post TPPA
    Yesterday, the Minister for Trade misused economic data in order to try to make the case for more so-called ‘trade agreements’ like the TPPA which are actually deregulatory straitjackets in disguise. In welcoming a Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade ...
    GreensBy Barry Coates
    3 days ago
  • Skilled migrant wages plummeting under National
    Wages have plummeted for people with skilled migrant visas working in low-skilled occupations, driving down wages for workers in a number of industries, says Labour’s Immigration Spokesperson Iain Lees-Galloway. “Documents acquired by Labour under the Official Information Act reveal that ...
    3 days ago
  • Child abuse apology needed
    The Government's failure to act on recommendations from Judge Henwood, based on years of work by the Confidential Listening and Assistance Service (CLAS) will further undermine any faith victims may have put into the process, says Labour’s Children’s Spokesperson Jacinda ...
    3 days ago
  • Reserve Bank again highlights National’s housing failure
    National’s failure to deal with the housing crisis in New Zealand is once again being exposed by the Reserve Bank today, in a scathing assessment of the Government’s response, says Labour Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson “Governor Wheeler is clearly worried ...
    3 days ago
  • Palm Oil Labelling: Possible Progress?
    On Friday, the Minister for Food Safety, along with her Australian colleagues finally looked at the issue of mandatory labelling of palm oil. We’ve been calling for mandatory labelling for years and we were hoping that the Ministers would agree ...
    GreensBy Mojo Mathers
    3 days ago
  • National: Fails to achieve
    The ineffectiveness of the National Government’s approach to schooling has been highlighted by the latest Trends in International Maths and Science Study (TIMSS) report released overnight, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. ...
    3 days ago
  • Faster into Homes – a new pathway for first home buyers
    This week Parliament will select another members’ bill from the cookie tin (I kid you not, it really is a cookie tin) and I’ve just launched a new bill I’m hoping will get pulled – to help people get into ...
    GreensBy Gareth Hughes
    3 days ago
  • Selling off our state housing stock isn’t working for NZers
    I want to end homelessness and ensure that everyone has a warm, safe, dry home. This National Government has let down New Zealanders, especially the thousands of New Zealanders who are struggling with something so basic and important as housing. ...
    GreensBy Marama Davidson
    3 days ago
  • Government needs to ensure fair deal on EQC assessments
    Kiwis affected by earthquakes might not get a fair deal if the Government pushes ahead with secret plans to let private insurers take over the assessment of claims, says Labour’s Canterbury spokesperson Megan Woods. “Under questioning from Labour the Government ...
    4 days ago
  • Key’s priorities the real ‘load of nonsense’
    The Prime Minister’s fixation with tax cuts, despite a failure to pay down any debt and growing pressure on public services is the real ‘load of nonsense’, says Labour Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson.  “We’re getting mixed messages from National. John ...
    4 days ago
  • Free Speech and Hate Speech
    Last week we were very concerned to hear that an Auckland imam, Dr Anwar Sahib, had been preaching divisive and derogatory messages about Jewish people and women during his sermons. It was a disturbing incident coming at the end of ...
    GreensBy James Shaw
    4 days ago
  • Young Kiwis struggling under record mortgage debt
    The Government needs to step in and start building affordable homes for first homebuyers now more than ever, says Leader of the Opposition Andrew Little. ...
    4 days ago
  • Tairāwhiti says No Stat Oil!
    Tairāwhiti says yes to a clean environment for our mokopuna today and for generations to come. Tairāwhiti are have a responsibility to uphold their mana motuhake over their land and their peoples and are calling on the Government to honour ...
    GreensBy Marama Davidson
    5 days ago
  • Swimmable Rivers tour – Ōkahukura/Lucas Creek
    When Environment Minister Nick Smith said in Parliament that some waterways – like Auckland’s Lucas Creek – are not worth saving because no-one wants to swim in them, he forgot to ask the locals we met last week who have put ...
    GreensBy Catherine Delahunty
    5 days ago
  • Wellington business relief package needs flexibility
    The Government’s Wellington business support package is welcome news but needs to be implemented so that all affected businesses get the help they need, says Labour MP for Wellington Central Grant Robertson. “Wellington businesses will be pleased that the Government ...
    5 days ago
  • EQC’s staff cuts show disregard for quake victims
    The Earthquake Commission’s stubborn insistence on slashing its workforce and its operational funding by nearly half shows callous disregard for victims of the Kaikoura earthquake and the thousands of Cantabrians still waiting to resolve claims, says Labour’s Canterbury spokesperson Megan ...
    5 days ago
  • Maori Land Court job losses must be delayed
    Māori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell must request that pending job losses at the Māori Land Court are put on hold until the Māori land reform process is resolved and the risk of losing centuries of collective institutional knowledge is ...
    5 days ago
  • Financial support needed for urgent earthquake strengthening
    The Government must provide urgent support to residents for important earthquake strengthening work so that it happens quickly, says Grant Robertson, Wellington Central MP.  "I support the call from Wellington Mayor Justin Lester to bring forward work to strengthen the ...
    1 week ago
  • Labour welcomes equal pay
    Labour has long appreciated the value of women’s work and welcomes the Government’s decision to address pay equity for women, say’s Labour’s associate Workplace Relations and Safety spokesperson Sue Moroney. ...
    1 week ago
  • Surgeons’ letter a damning indictment
    A letter from Waikato Hospital’s orthopaedic surgeons claiming that hospital managers are stopping them from making follow-up checks on patients is a damning indictment of the health system, says Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King.  “It’s terrifying that one woman’s elective ...
    1 week ago
  • Out of touch Nats continue state house sell-off
    The Government should be focused on building houses for families to buy and more state houses for families in need, not flogging them off, says Leader of the Opposition Andrew Little. “National’s state house sell-off does nothing to help people ...
    1 week ago
  • Joyce drags feet while Capital businesses suffer
     Wellington businesses affected by the earthquake are continuing to struggle while the Government drags its feet on getting a business assistance package up and running, says Grant Robertson, Wellington Central MP.  “Steven Joyce needs to front up with an assistance ...
    1 week ago
  • Health and Safety Act fails to reduce work fatalities
    After the Pike River tragedy, New Zealanders realised that workplace health and safety culture needed to change. Last Saturday marked the 6th anniversary of the tragedy that killed 29 miners at the Pike River mine on the West Coast of ...
    GreensBy Denise Roche
    1 week ago
  • What is the point of education?
    The proposed Education (Update) Bill is the Government’s statement about what the point of education is, and what it means to people. This week we had a day of Select Committee hearings in Auckland on the Bill. It’s a huge ...
    GreensBy Catherine Delahunty
    1 week ago
  • Earthquake exposes training shortfall
    Kaikoura’s earthquakes have exposed the Government’s under investment in critical building and construction skills training, says Labour’s Building and Construction spokesperson Phil Twyford. “The Government needs to urgently ramp up the training of Kiwis in construction and engineering in the ...
    1 week ago
  • More cops needed to get P off our streets
    National’s cuts to Police funding and drug enforcement officers has seen a surge in cheap P on our streets, says Labour’s Police spokesperson Stuart Nash. ...
    1 week ago
  • Who’s calling the shots? Bye bye surplus
    I would love to know who is calling the shots in the National government’s cabinet when it comes to deciding how best to spend taxpayers’ money.  On the evidence of the last few weeks, it definitely isn’t Finance Minister Bill ...
    GreensBy David Clendon
    1 week ago
  • Urgent rethink needed on workplace safety
      An urgent rethink is needed on the Government’s new workplace safety laws with the number of deaths this year already at the same level as at the same time in the 2015 calendar year, says Labour’s Associate Workplace Safety ...
    1 week ago
  • Rubble and rubbish: spending time in post-quake Kaikōura
    I visited Kaikoura over the weekend – basically to see how the community was coping with all the rubbish and rubble created by last week’s 7.8 magnitude earthquake, and to see my brother Rob. I may have mentioned before that ...
    GreensBy Denise Roche
    1 week ago
  • Time to pull the plug on state house sell-off
    The collapse of the planned sell-off of state houses in Horowhenua is an opportunity for the Government to call time on its troubled state house sell off policy, says Labour’s housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Treasury sounds warning bell – but National’s not listening
    Today's long term fiscal outlook issued by The Treasury is a welcome wake-up call on the need to dramatically improve and diversify our economy and properly plan for the future, Grant Robertson, Labour’s Finance Spokesperson says. “Through our Future of Work ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Don’t believe the hype – debt has skyrocketed under National
    The reckless dangling of tax cuts by the National Government is all the more irresponsible when it is put alongside the failure to pay down debt or put money aside for future superannuation costs, says Labour’s Finance Spokesperson Grant Robertson. ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Our kids deserve better
    We don’t know how many children are affected by having learning support needs. I do know that far too many children are not getting the support they deserve for conditions like autism, dyslexia, and dyspraxia. When these conditions are not ...
    GreensBy Catherine Delahunty
    2 weeks ago
  • Talk of tax cuts is plain crazy
      John Key’s talk of tax cuts when the Government has $63 billion of debt, superannuation costs are rising by $1 billion a year and the cost of meeting another natural disaster, is just plain crazy, says Labour Leader Andrew ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Green policies support Labour’s housing plan
    The Green Party’s housing package is a welcome complement to Labour’s plan to fix the housing crisis, says Leader of the Opposition Andrew Little. “It’s clear that, to get the affordable homes we need and save the Kiwi dream of ...
    2 weeks ago

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