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The bad blogger

Written By: - Date published: 5:27 pm, November 2nd, 2014 - 183 comments
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This morning, Cameron Slater celebrated his birthday this morning by inventing a story in a pretty typical mixture of whining, blustering, and maudlin self-pity. In fact anything except for looking to himself as the author of his own miseries.

But nope, in a classically paranoid fashion, Cameron thinks that because other people don’t like him or his tactics that

But one sinister aspect of the whole plot was that a core group of people who were deeply involved in the planning and dissemination of the hacked details had as one of their goals for me to experience so much pressure personally, and isolation and media scrutiny that they thought they could get me to kill myself….to “Do a Dawson”.

Yeah right. As egotistical and self-centered as it is possible to get. To dislike Cameron is to want him dead? Normally people don’t think like that.

But that just displays Cameron  at his egotistical self-centered best. He projects the things that he does on to others. Cameron once commented that it was a pity that I’d failed to die of a heart attack. I really don’t wish the same of him. Normal people also don’t say that a kid getting killed in a car accident in the West Coast was good because it got rid of a “feral”. Cameron in his child-like manner apparently does think both of those.

There is no secret that I don’t like the arsehole. There have been a lot of personal reasons for that over the last 7 years, but it is mostly because he is a lousy and quite lazy blogger. Rather than understanding the issues and explaining his view on them, it was obvious years ago that Cameron preferred to be paid for expressing the views of someone else. If you look on this site you will find posts that speculated on who was writing posts using his name as far back as 2009.

He has been willing to lie and walk over the legal bounds that govern everyone in this society in the process. That isn’t the actions of a responsible blogger or “journalist”. It is the behaviour of someone that I don’t want besmirching the reputation of blogging.

I do think that Cameron would be better off looking for a more suitable lifestyle than blogging or “journalism” because he is clearly incompetent at doing either successfully. The amount of time that he wastes in front of courts, inquiries, and tribunals probably should have made anyone with a more self-reflective viewpoint to realise that he was screwing up.

Anyhow, it looks like Cameron Slater has finally awoken to a few of the legal consequences of his past behaviour. But rather than dealing with how much of a arsehole he is to both friends and enemies, he just wants other people to bail him out of his own stupidity.

At a guess that he has just gotten the demand for costs from the court for starting an injunction action against the media, and then not following through with the threatened court action. Unlike his usual rather pathetic blustering followed by premature withdrawals on the blogs, doing so in the legal world carries considerable consequences.

The bills from confronting the media were considerable. It cost more than $60,000. I have exhausted all my funds and now I need some help.

Of course it may simply be the bill from his lawyers for getting a temporary injunction. But after the way he slagged off the professional reputation of erstwhile ‘friend’ Jordan Williams after the district court hearing in the Blomfield defamation case, I would be surprised if any lawyer would want to help him on any basis apart from upfront payments.

What is curious and more than a little hypocritical about the injunctions that Cameron sought against various media organisations was that they were to prevent potential breaches of his family’s privacy. This is not something that Cameron has ever been particularly noticeable for respecting in the past

For instance, he also appears to be worried about the possibility of a tribunal looking at his privacy breaches against Matthew Blomfield

Any surplus funds will be applied into defeating the case before the Human Rights Review Tribunal who are seeking to fine me $50,000, the largest amount ever awarded against a person. The previous highest award was $40,000 against a doctor who revealed the private medical records of one of his famous patients.

Of course what Cameron fails to mention is that instead of a few titbit details going to media, Cameron published a lot of private and personal information from a hard drive and a filing cabinet. This included publishing privileged documents to and from lawyers. But I suspect that Cameron should embrace the opportunity of the mandatory course in privacy that the Human Rights Review Tribunal is also seeking for him to do.

He is also facing a defamation case for publishing fictions about Matthew Blomfield that were expressed as facts – in other words deliberately lying.

But naturally now that the courts are likely to rule against him, that other people don’t like getting lied about, and that even his friends didn’t like what he said about them in the rawshark email dumps – none of those are things that Cameron Slater is interested in. He just wants others to give him money so he can carry on doing these same actions.

I wish any foolish contributors a lot of luck. The only thing that you can be sure of with Cameron is that the closer you get to him, the more likely you are to get damaged. I have never met the fool, and I intend for it to stay that way.


Updated: I see that Pete at Whaleoil wrote a post as well. Amusing

183 comments on “The bad blogger”

  1. coaster 1

    Although I dont like how he acts, what he says and who he seems to support, I do feel sorry for him. He does represent a portion of our society, and some of his blogs I agree with, but there is a real diiference in the way some of his posts are written.

    you would think that for all the work and support he has given national and others that they would help him out, if only for his families sake.

    • lprent 1.1

      The legal bills and judgements that Cameron Slater is likely to get over the next year or two as the processes wend through the courts probably amount to hundreds of thousands of dollars.

      Those are just for the cases and actions that we currently know about. It would not surprise me if we find other actions proceeding from some of the revelations in “Dirty Politics” where instead of it being a simpleton blogger blustering in posts, it proved to be a PR organisation working on behalf of corporate(s).

      How much money do you want to contribute to bail this lazy bad blogger out from his mistakes when he finally gets pulled up on them? Instead he wants to continue to make the same bloody stupid screwups that he has always made.

      This site has never had more than a few threatening emails over years. There is a reason for that. We don’t walk over the edge of the legal limits. Do you want to protect someone who routinely has done so, and who wants to do so again?

      I’ll contribute to Nicky Hager because I don’t think that that he walked over any legal limits, I suspect that the police may have, and I think that Nicky Hager operated in the best traditions of a journalist working for the public good. But why anyone would want to support such and arsehole blogger to repeat his screwups is beyond me.

      The best thing that Cameron could do for his family at this point is to declare bankruptcy and stop blogging so it doesn’t happen again.

      • One Anonymous Bloke 1.1.1

        What’s his brand worth? He might give up “blogging”, I expect that “blog” will be around for a while longer.

    • Paul Campbell 1.2

      coaster: In Dirty Politics Hager explains that much of what he ‘writes’ is actually stuff that he publishes for money under his own name, hit pieces for various industry and political groups – that’s why there really is a difference between what he publishes, and why his crying poor after taking so much dosh is, well, rather a bit rich

      • karol 1.2.1

        In Dirty Politics Hager explains that much of what he SLATER ‘writes’ is actually stuff

        FIFY – just for clarity’s sake – the way you wrote it sounded like Hager was writing hit pieces for commercial interests.

      • KJS0ne 1.2.2

        Money that rumour has it, was never taxed. IRD should really investigate that.

        • ghostwhowalksnz 1.2.2.1

          Send them your evidence !

          Not really possible, he is sole director and shareholder of his business – Social media Consultants Ltd. Unlikely to be a massive revenue earner.
          Previous business went bust and his web site Gotcha.co.nz was a failure too.

          Cant see how hes going to turn into a local version of Breitbart, as he has no money nor real journalism ability. Was Editor of truth when it closed, so he couldnt make that work even with heavy promotion on his website

          • KJS0ne 1.2.2.1.1

            You make a good point, I don’t think there will ever be evidence, but it’s the worst kept secret that he was taking money from Tobacco & Alcohol groups in return for them being able to ghostwrite favourable pieces under his name. Figures of $5000 ‘donations’ per piece were being bandied about not too long ago. I think he was bragging about it in the emails revealed by Dirty Politics too, although I can’t reference that right now, I’ll go back through the book and see if I can hunt out the passage.

    • ED40 1.3

      Its not in the Tories nature to help their wounded. Thats the down side of being the mouth piece of the unempathetic, hate valtures of the right, He is a pariah.

      Now he’s begging for sympathy. pfffffft, cry me a river. sociopaths dont commit suicide, they usally go on killing spree’s.

      [lprent: I believe you are thinking about psychopaths rather than sociopaths. See http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:s5s9UucanLwJ:www.researchgate.net/publication/11843042_Psychopathy_antisocial_personality_and_suicide_risk/links/09e415065b79da3add000000+&cd=1&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=nz ]

    • Murray Rawshark 1.4

      Tories don’t help anyone except themselves. Slug Boy was expendable and went too far, so they cut him loose. I don’t feel sorry for the prick at all, and I don’t even feel sorry for his stupid wife. They have dug their own hole and can rot in it.

      I had a look at the two posts mentioned. With Pete he’s found someone as fucked in the head as himself. I think they actually believe the crap they write, and a few people seem gullible enough to give the prick money. I somehow doubt that they’re the rich who have a few bucks to spare thanks to Key’s tax cuts.

    • peterlepaysan 1.5

      Slater’s only hope is the National Party (fat chance!). There will be some that might donate, the NZ libel laws deter me from suggesting who they could be.

  2. CnrJoe 2

    scroll down comments and this doozy

    “The plotters involved politicians, party activists, bloggers, and in a
    couple of instances people who I once thought were friends. I know all
    the names, I will be coming for them”.

    ‘Cam would it be possible to provide a approx number of people so I can get my head around it without you having to provide names at this point so you retain your position of strength in bringing the scum to account.

    The US released a deck of cards for the most wanted in Iraq with Saddam being the Ace of Spades.You could give them nick names like Chemical Ali so your readers can follow you through your 47 year and beyond.How many cards would be in your deck.

    Happy Birthday ( from )
    Mine it,Drill it,Sell it.

    ‘twould appear The bloggers not for turning!

    • Anne 2.1

      “The plotters involved politicians, party activists, bloggers, and in a
      couple of instances people who I once thought were friends. I know all
      the names, I will be coming for them”.

      Beat me to it. I should be deeply humiliated and hurt if I was not on the list. :mrgreen:

    • Predictably, the wingnut is a Thatcher fan.

      Clark and Dawe review Thatcher’s heroic legacy: http://youtu.be/PHBRjERga38

      Saving the Whale: http://youtu.be/ILPq3IO6tus

    • Sanctuary 2.3

      That comment, the one that follows it, and the picture of a playing card with a bullet hole in it amount to death threats. Last time I looked that was an offense under NZ law. Slater’s band of crazies will never learn.

      • anon 2.3.1

        Referring to “Double M”.

        Well I suppose Eminem did bring a lawsuit against the National Party for copyright breach, but surely, even Spanish Bride wouldn’t be so loopy as to think Eminem was in on this big “conspiracy”?

  3. dad4justice 3

    How come Whale Oil is allowed a gun license? The fat prick should be in a straight jacket.

    • weka 3.1

      afaik being a prick doesn’t disqualify someone from being given a gun licence.

      • felix 3.1.1

        It really kinda should though.

        • Yes, given Slater’s erratic behaviour and sociopathic aggression, there is an elevated risk he will go postal God forbid! 😥

          Although our study focused on incarcerated criminal offenders, it is important to note that the existence of the externalizing suicidal type is most certainly not limited to criminal or antisocial populations. There also exist chronically hostile and impulsive individuals in the general population who possess the temperament disposition (high NEM, low CON) of the antisocial personality but who do not commit (or at least are not apprehended for) criminal offenses. Such persons are likely to be at heightened risk for hostile and aggressive behavior toward self or others, particularly under conditions of accumulating stress (Verona, Patrick, & Lang, 2001). Rage-related murder-suicide acts may represent an extreme manifestation of these tendencies.

          • weka 3.1.1.2.1

            The only people that know if Slater is a risk are the police and any psychiatric people involved in his care, and probably his family/close friends. Everyone is speculating based on supposition. If you want to do that I’d like to know if you would like gun licence laws to be applied routinely on the basis of what people see on the internet/MSM about someone?

            • ropata:rorschach 3.1.1.2.1.1

              I just hope the Police are paying as much attention to Mr. Slater as they did to Mr. Hager. NZ is not immune to rampaging lunatics.

              • weka

                True, and I hope they are too. My point is that you can’t apply gun licence laws based on internet speculation. Or psychiatric diagnosis.

                Having said that, I just looked at the gun licence application online and see that you don’t have to declare convictions or mental health history there. Looks like it’s up to the assessor to pick up on those things. Don’t know if they routinely request medical records (the application form requires an incredibly broad waver for access to personal information), or if they rely on the applicant being truthful in the interview.

                http://www.police.govt.nz/advice/firearms/standard-new-zealand-firearms-licence

                • Slater’s personal issues are public knowledge, by his own admission. His machiavellian streak is also pretty clear from Hager’s exposé. The cops should be concerned.

                  • weka

                    You believe what Slater tells you?

                    • Hell no, but it’s fun to do amateur psychoanalysis!

                    • weka

                      right, which legitimises anyone playing internet psychiatrist on anyone they want. Which sucks, damages people and makes a mockery of the left’s supposed values of respect, fairness and tautoko for vulnerable people.

                    • Slater dishes it out but can’t take it. Rather than face the consequences of his actions, he hides behind some kind of medical issue. Cry me a river.

                    • weka

                      That may very well be true, but what does that have to do with my comments?

                      You’ve basically said that if Slater treats people like shit, you are allowed to too, and vice versa.

                    • Who dares to treat Slater this way? Off with their heads!
                      Jeez mate, having a few problems doesn’t make him immune to criticism.

                    • If you read Dirty Politics you might understand why a lot of people are infuriated at Slater and others… they have pissed all over democracy, media integrity, science and education in this country.

                    • weka

                      Of course Slater has done a whole bunch of shit that is despicable and of course people should feel angry about that. Please reread what I have said, because you seem to be under the impression that I am defending Slater and I am really not. I’m also not saying don’t critise him. I’m saying don’t play psychiatrist because when you do you support a culture that puts people at risk.

                    • Advice noted and declined, thanks.

                      Trying to understand another human being is absolutely basic to human interactions. Every functioning human constructs a ‘theory of mind’ in order to relate to others and to model their mental state. It’s a powerful mechanism for co-operation and survival.

                      Every single thing people say or do reflects their mental state, and I think it’s pretty obvious that all is not well in the land of Whaleoil.

                    • weka

                      Yes all is not well, but you have no way of knowing what is mental illness and what is Slater’s personality and what is shit he made up. So any speculation at this distance is based on false information. It leads to stigmatisation of people with mental health problems. I don’t care about Slater, I do care about people who are vulnerable who aren’t arseholes like him. You are legitimising attacks on them. This is real world prejudice that affects people and makes their lives and their mental health worse.

                      If it’s alright for you to challenge Slater’s rights based on your perception of his mental state, then presumably other people, including Slater can do the same to other people.

                      Let’s put this another way. Do you think that all people with mental health issues should be declined a gun licence? If not, what’s the criteria?

                    • I am stating opinions about one odious blogger. If it hurts your feelings please stop reading.

                    • weka

                      You’re not hurting my feelings. I’m pointing out the politics of mental health and the problems with people feeling like they can diagnose other people online and then make suggestions based on that. This is a political blog, I don’t think you can expect people to not talk politics.

                    • you are way off topic and I don’t give a crap.

                      I’m not going to walk on eggshells worried about offending someone. That’s not what this forum is for.

  4. mickysavage 4

    What really irks is his feigned victim status. He is as much a victim as I am a John Key fan.

    • weka 4.1

      it’s an interesting dynamic from and for the pathological liar who mixes truth and falsehood. How can anyone tell which bits are true and which bits are lies and which are a bit of both?

    • lprent 4.2

      It is part of his standard pattern.

      Bluster, threaten, and gloat when on the front foot and particularly use any signs of weakness in his victims as an excuse to go in harder.

      As soon as he starts losing – claim he is a victim, start whining, and then claim he won anyway because of some ridiculous and stupid reason.

      For instance after he pathetically lost to Mallard in a bike race

    • One Anonymous Bloke 4.3

      Yeah, because it’s totes ok for the Prime Minister to use his position to impress and exploit balloon-heads.

    • ghostwhowalksnz 4.4

      Totally his style:

      When his security business went broke, it was all his business partners fault !

      When Fidelity Life stopped paying his sickness benefit because he was ..cough.. working, it was all their fault and he was going to sue their pants off. Never went to court of course.

  5. MrSmith 5

    Oh Dear Cammy has to resort to Begging, Ha, but for a Con man like yourself Cammy it will be seen as just another income stream. Just as well it’s not on the street tho Cammy, as begging on the St will most likely be against the law soon, due in-part to the pressures exerted by people just like yourself, we can’t have those dirty Beggers/Bloggers making the place look untidy can we.

  6. Neil 6

    Everytime I hear Slater’s name or see his picture in the news it makes me want to throw up, [deleted]
    Slater’s act that he is a victim is a load of rubbish & asking people for money is just a big con job & there are plenty out there who will fall for it.

    [karol: not acceptable]

    • Huginn 6.1

      Neil:

      Very uncomfortable with your wish list. Hope it gets moderated out of the conversation.

      • weka 6.1.1

        +1. Even if you don’t care about Slater, there are other people to consider, plus the wider ethic of if you can wish that on someone then it’s ok for someone to wish that on vulnerable people.

    • Anne 6.2

      Slater’s act that he is a victim is a load of rubbish & asking people for money is just a big con job & there are plenty out there who will fall for it.

      I wonder if his “many” supporters will pick up the irony. Nicky Hager didn’t have to ask for money to help him pay his legal bills. It just happened naturally and continues to happen. Cameron Slater has to put out a begging post.

      • weka 6.2.1

        I was appreciating the irony. I haven’t read his post, how is intending to gather the money? Is he using the fundraiser that the woman used for Hager? 😉

        • Anne 6.2.1.1

          @ weka
          If you want 10 minutes of entertainment read his post and that of his mate, Pete. lprent has linked to them. Warning: not for the too faint hearted. 🙂

          …how is he intending to gather the money?

          He wants 100 people to cough up $500 each. We don’t do things by halves in Slater’s fantasy world.

          • weka 6.2.1.1.1

            Ok, I’m looking now via donotlink (I love how everytime I put one of Slater’s posts in their system, someone has been there before me and already labelled the post as offensive).

            Slater – http://www.donotlink.com/framed?575361

            Pete – http://www.donotlink.com/framed?575490 (his was labelled ‘nonsense’)

            • weka 6.2.1.1.1.1

              Anne, Pete is hilarious but way too ironic for me to read the whole thing. I got as far as this,

              “Occasionally a post to warn people to choose which side of history they want to be on.”

              And then skimmed down through the conspiracy stuff (irony oh irony!). I can’t figure, do they really believe this stuff, or is it just part of the game?

              • Anne

                …do they really believe this stuff, or is it just part of the game?

                I think they manage to convince themselves that what they’re saying is (sort of) true. I was associated with someone like that years ago. Such people can cause an immense amount of damage. They are so convinced they’re always right, they come across as plausible to other people. In my view, it’s a form of psychopathy/sociopathy.

                • Anything to keep the horrible truth at bay…

                  (that slater is utterly full of sh*t, unable to do a real job, totally self absorbed, and his paid-for ‘opinions’ are worth less than used toilet paper)

            • ropata:rorschach 6.2.1.1.1.2

              Thanks for the links, the whale will not get a single click from my IP. Added a couple of comments to the donotlink frame 😛

              It’s pretty unbelievable the utter lack of conscience or introspection displayed in those posts. They are in right wing fantasy land

            • David H 6.2.1.1.1.3

              OOpps sorry lol

          • Ben adam 6.2.1.1.2

            Well, Eazypeezy! He just needs to beg all the National party MPs, current National party president, ex-National party presidents, Ex-National/ACT party MPs and ministers, his wealthy female lawyer friend in Hong Kong, KDC, Labour party, Cunliffe, Hager, all the corporate CEO’s he supported, the shady journalists that liaisoned with him, the police, the tobacco lobby, Collins, all the filthy editors and publishers of News Papers that used his nasty articles as mainstream news, to contribute not less than $500 each to his legal fund. His fund should easily have hundreds of thousands in no time at all!

            • ropata:rorschach 6.2.1.1.2.1

              whale’s sponsors have already paid for his corporate PR fluff pieces and overseas junkets, but now their cosy arrangement has been exposed, so his wealthy ‘mates’ need to find greener pastures to cover with astroturf

          • Rodel 6.2.1.1.3

            Strange how the positive comments and ‘donation’ messages to Wailoil all have the same ring about them…… ‘Good on yer Cammy. I’m a war veteran pensiner but I threw $200 in the bucket..etc.etc.etc.etc….. ad ridiculum’

            I guess some fools will be fooled some of the time and others all of the time and some will donate.

        • lprent 6.2.1.2

          Wants people to send money directly to a solicitor’s trust account.

          Coming to think on that. It is interesting. I can think of several explanations. But the one most interesting is that it is them completely anonymous, non transparent, and has a great deal of protection by law.

          One of the features of the GiveAlittle campaign for Hager was its level of transparency. You could literally see the money being added in public.

          • weka 6.2.1.2.1

            “Nicky Hager has the same people who tried to kill me fronting fundraising efforts on his behalf.”

            The first time I read that I thought is that libellous? But I see it’s cleverly worded, he’s not actually accusing Hager of having someone try and kill him. Maybe Slater’s getting better legal advice now.

            • Stephanie Rodgers 6.2.1.2.1.1

              On the other hand he does say “fronting”, so maybe people who have been starting the Givealittle or international fundraising for him would have good cause?

              • weka

                True, but legally wouldn’t he have to either name someone, or be specific about Givealittle so that it was clear who’s reputation was being smeared?

                • lprent

                  Nope. All that would have to be shown is that he knew who it was. That was public info.

                  And it appears that an interesting amount of scrubbing been done on his site on that topic.

                  One of the things that I hate about Cameron Slater is the degree that the gutless coward alters his site when he senses he is in trouble.

            • lprent 6.2.1.2.1.2

              Nope but he is defaming the person who setup the GetALittle.

            • Paul Campbell 6.2.1.2.1.3

              Wait – isn’t the same guy who was involved in getting information about where Hager lives to Hong Kong gangsters?

          • weka 6.2.1.2.2

            “But the one most interesting is that it is them completely anonymous, non transparent, and has a great deal of protection by law.”

            It also means that if he doesn’t get many donations his humilation is private. I’d guess at this point that’s a significant issue too.

          • Pascals bookie 6.2.1.2.3

            Exactly LP, this way he gets to claim some huge figure was raised from thousands of people and who’s to say otherwise.

    • ankerawshark 6.3

      Disagree Neil.

      Don’t want Slater to die. By his own or someone else’s hands. Just want him to stop.

      Can’t we bring back Pep jobs? They were great in a time of high unemployment.

      Get him rolling up his sleeves and doing something physical. Good for depression. Calms the mind!

  7. cogito 7

    What did Slater call that poor guy on the West Coast – a feral, wasn’t it? What goes around comes around. No-one’s going to shed any tears over Slater when he goes down.

    [karol: I’d prefer if people didn’t sink to Slater’s level]

    • MrSmith 7.1

      [karol: I’d prefer if people didn’t sink to Slater’s level]

      Fair enough Karol, but some probably feel they now have no choice because nothing else seems to work, the Media are complicit, the Government have him on speed dial and the Police appear to be doing stand-over for him.

      • karol 7.1.1

        Just a warning. A comment above was getting into dangerous ground legally.

        I get the impression a lot of Slater’s powerful friends are deserting him. I think it’s more that the govt & some journos are covering their own backs, in the light of their past dealings with Slater.

        And, as Hager often pointed out, Dirty Politics is really about John Key. i find it shocking that a PM would have dealings with the likes of Slater.

        • Rodel 7.1.1.1

          Karol
          “And, as Hager often pointed out, Dirty Politics is really about John Key. i find it shocking that a PM would have dealings with the likes of Slater.”

          This is the real point.

        • Manuka AOR 7.1.1.2

          “A comment above was getting into dangerous ground legally.”

          Possibly intentional?
          Things that make you go “Hmmmm…”
          The person who made that comment has earlier made these comments on TS:
          “Typical vile language from a left winger. Play the ball not the person.
          The Standard is a disgrace for discourse.”

          And, “We won the election Jenny exLabour MP you lost !!!!”
          (Those from the discussion under “David Cunliffe Announces Withdrawal…”, 18.8.1 & 18.11.1)

          Now he has left this comment that was published on the W/O blog faster than The Standard Mod could find it. There, it is displayed as an example of the ‘comments on TS’, with supporting notes linking it all to the Labour Party and rounding it off with, “They really feel this way”.

          Trouble is, “They” is NOT someone who represents The Standard and is NOT a representative of the Left, but is a instead a right wing/ Nat supporter.

  8. North 8

    Slater, the archetypal bully/thug….some (not all) of his own back….”Poor, poor me….I am SO cruelly wronged !”

    SO Mistress Collins, though with credit to her the sooky floating of the prospect of self-harm really must be considered a pathological up-size.

    So many weirdos from the leafy suburbs nowadays !

  9. moto-riser 9

    interesting to read that he has gotten a lot of people saying that they have donated. why do people like him so much?

    • karol 9.1

      What, in the comments on his blog? Have you read Dirty Politics? One of the tricks of WO writers (Slater & his ghostwriters) was to comment under their own posts, using a different handle.

    • bruhaha 9.2

      Sockpuppets. He’s put them in the thread to get others to feel they should donate. it’s very close to fraud IMHO.

    • felix 9.3

      There are very few real commenters on whaleoil.

  10. Look out lprent, Pete George is gunning for you. Attack of the beige cardigans!!! 🙄

    For some reason he believes whale’s and dpf’s claims that they are NOT funded by National?!?!
    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAAA

    • lprent 10.2

      Yeah it is because he is too stupid to understand what “indirect” means. Hell, I don’t think he understands “direct” either.

      Pete George is very very good at lying to himself with a convoluted and meaningless theory whenever it suits his endemic bigotry. He is a very sad clown.

      • lprent 10.2.1

        Left this on Pete George’s site. I expect that he will write another stupidly post based on it.

        So you can’t point to a single case where we walked over legal bounds. Instead you act like any other gutless coward on the net – you make groundless insinuations with weasel words and no facts. How unexpected. It is your usual slimey style.

        I see that you don’t understand what “indirectly” means. David Farrar’s polling business does the majority of its business from the National party or from the ministries of the National government. Amongst other things that means he has the time to run a blog in the way that virtually no-one else does.

        Well except for Slater who has a lot of time to run a blog as well. He appears to have built a business from contacts in the National apparently doing all of the dirty work for people like Collins, Graham, Lusk, and others. Most of the “Dirty Politics” was about that. Knowing you, I suspect you haven’t bothered to read the book.

        I suspect that they have money being fed through from National and the government. They are welcome to sue at any point in time. Discovery motions are such pain when you are trying to hide finances. I don’t have any such issues.

        We have a quite complete disclosure statement on our about about our finances. Somehow in the last seven years you appear to have been too stupid to understand it. That doesn’t surprise me. Just at present I’m paying most of the site expenses. Hopefully the minimal advertising we do will get some money through sooner rather than later. But we don’t require much to run our site.

        John Key and Josie Pagani are simply deliberately and maliciously lying. We don’t. But what I find interesting is what they claim to have as a source of information. Somehow I don’t think either has ever bothered to say. I wonder why that is? Apparently you are too incurious to look at such issues.

        Mike Smith was quite open that he was doing occasional consulting work for the Shearer leadership. Somehow when David Farrar sucks on the government and National party contracts and has a card to the 9th floor of the Beehive, it is somehow not an issue. But when Mike Smith employs his expertise as a contractor it is completely different.

        As you are a rather stupid conservative bigot, I don’t expect you to understand.

        • weka 10.2.1.1

          broken link

        • ropata:rorschach 10.2.1.2

          Another classic lprent rant… Ouch!

          • Rodel 10.2.1.2.1

            r r
            classic |ˈklasik|
            adjective
            judged over a period of time to be of the highest quality and outstanding of its kind: a classic novel | a classic car.

            True

        • RedLogix 10.2.1.3

          Farrar, Slater and George form the dark-triad of NZ blogging.

          Every interaction I’ve had with them confirms that essentially we are dealing with very real and harmful personality disorders.

          Having lived with one for many years I can testify how very baffling, manipulative and damaging these people are. Normally over time they simply burn off so many people that their reputation is tattered and they are ‘ring-barked’. Isolated so as to cause the least harm, to others and ultimately themselves.

          But to make matters much worse there are other people willing to use these damaged individuals for their own ends, which has only amplified and exacerbated matters. This story will not have a happy ending.

        • framu 10.2.1.4

          hes back stalking this thread – and reposting that which does not met his approval

          oddly though – he chose my rather timid one liner to repost, but not anything more problematic for him to discuss (which is ood – PG can discuss anything for weeks)

          the guys a stalker

    • weka 10.3

      At the risk of exposing us all to the risks of speculation about what goes on inside Petey’s head, why is the word lies in quotation marks in the title of that post?

      • a) PG is too thick to use proper punctuation, b) PG has no evidence to support his wacky theories about The Standard’s funding, c) PG can’t admit that he’s been conned by farrar and slater’s bullshit, d) PG is losing his marbles ??

      • Murray Rawshark 10.3.2

        I see it as an attempt at legal cover in case lprent decides to sue. Pete George is a “slimy” “coward” after all. Mainly he’s just incredibly boring, no quotation marks needed.

    • framu 10.4

      loved this from “old whiney” (pete george)

      in reply to iprents musings on wether PG had even read dirty politics

      “I bought the book as soon as it was available (I actually pre-ordered a copy) and it’s open right beside me now, on page 13.”

      so it nov and PGs only made it to pg13?

      • PG is a strange bird, trying to be relevant with his boring brand of concern tr0lling and self-martyrdom. Annoying but ultimately a waste of time engaging with the silly old bugger.

      • Tracey 10.4.2

        how do you pre order it when no one knew it was becoming available?

        • framu 10.4.2.1

          good point

        • Murray Rawshark 10.4.2.2

          You retrospectively preorder it, otherwise known as lying.

        • Pete George 10.4.2.3

          I suspected it was becoming available when Hager launched it in Wellington and media covered the launch (late in the day). First thing the next morning I rang a local bookshop and they said they were waiting for delivery, so I ordered one.

          They rang and advised when stock arrived later in the day so I went and picked my ordered book up.

          It’s odd that something so trivial and straightforward as that results in accusations of lying.

          • McFlock 10.4.2.3.1

            I suspected it was becoming available when Hager launched it in Wellington

            By god, Holmes, however did you deduce that?

            In actual fact, you merely ordered a copy.
            Fact-checking’s not all that hard, after all.

            • weka 10.4.2.3.1.1

              Fish in a barrel.

            • Tracey 10.4.2.3.1.2

              lololol

              whereas i, having heard of the launch on the weds night, went to a bookshop the next morning and bought it. i guess it was a misunderstanding that he seemed to impky he got one of the first run.

              so, i guess what pete meant, but didnt write was he ordered from the second run, unable to get the first run.

          • framu 10.4.2.3.2

            Theres nothing odd about you saying dumb shit, having people point out whats odd about it then have you drone on for weeks dithering and reclarifying everything down to where the comma goes.

            Thats why you get called a liar.

            But what is odd, you boring old stalker, is that you decided to focus on one of the most benign and somewhat irrelevant criticisms made of you in this thread

            low hanging fruit and all that

            And what exactly were you trying to prove by going “see look what this guy said about me”?

            You didnt even make a damn point! You just cut and pasted
            me into your dumb little circle jerk

            get a life

  11. NZJester 11

    I do not wish him dead.
    I do however wish him to pay legally for his transgressions.

  12. Higherstandard 12

    Zzzzzzz Lynn hates Cameron zzzzzzz

    • lprent 12.1

      I don’t *hate* him. I just don’t like him. I think he taints all of the better bloggers with the fecal bacteria from the lowest stratum of our society. The incompetent and angry fools who perform well below their capabilities. Those who like to whine and blame everyone else.

      That is the current occupancy of the Whaleoil.

      • higherstandard 12.1.1

        “That is the current occupancy of the Whaleoil.”

        ….and The Standard and The Daily Blog.

        ..although in fairness I’m not sure how many of those here perform well below their abilities as one doesn’t get to know most of them outside their web personas.

        • karol 12.1.1.1

          I think being critical of the government/political opposition, is different from CS’s whining that is more focused on himself.

        • Murray Rawshark 12.1.1.2

          Haha, lowerstandard. There are some very high achievers commenting here. I don’t think you’re one of them.

          • Higherstandard 12.1.1.2.1

            Your use of irony is truly magnificent.

            • ropata:rorschach 12.1.1.2.1.1

              The MSM have dismally failed the people of NZ. The critiques expressed on this blog may not be elegant or conform to your ‘higher’ standard but at least this is a place where other views may be expressed.

              I don’t care for packaged corporate messages or government by carefully managed deception (otherwise known as PR), I am interested in the truth and the best for NZ.

              Unlike you HS, the people on TS are actually interested in a democracy that works for all Kiwis especially the most vulnerable. As far as I can see, you and your whaleoil buddies are only interested in elevating yourselves at the expense of everyone else.

              In other words, you come across as lazy, gloating, and arrogant. Please try and make a sensible comment that refutes this thesis. Here is a tip on how to do it honestly: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dialectic

      • Ian 12.1.2

        You are one deluded fool .No wonder the labour party is disintegrating,when your ravings are center stage.

        • One Anonymous Bloke 12.1.2.1

          You have a point: fecal bacteria are useful, whereas Mr. Slater is only useful to the National Party.

  13. Sanctuary 13

    One line struck me –

    “…I do think that Cameron would be better off looking for a more suitable lifestyle than blogging or “journalism”…”

    Slater is typical of a particular type of aggrieved poor little rich boy. Well off family, moved in the right circles, followed by utter failure to make the income to match his expectations. I suspect that when his old man dies and he picks up enough family money to keep him in the style he feels entitled to without every having to work again we’ll never hear from him again.

    PS I just read the two posts from Slater and his “sidekick” Pete.

    They are utterly nuts, the rantings of sociopath and a narcissist. I am amazed the police allow Slater to own a firearm.

    • ghostwhowalksnz 13.1

      Hes far from that, hes born in a modest home in Fiji. His old man wasnt rich, merely a suburban accountant type. I think his wife is more well off than him.

  14. Sable 14

    I really don’t know why you even bother mentioning this character. In one sense it just gives him more publicity. Probably the best thing to do is just ignore him if what you say is true.

  15. ghostwhowalksnz 15

    When you look at Slaters political circle its pretty blighted to match the Oily Orca.

    John Banks, long time associate of Slater, convicted and likely to be wearing ankle bracelet for 9 months.

    Maurice Williamson: sacked for trying to play police prosecutor for a rich mate, unlikely to ever be in Key government role again.

    Judith Collins: Another one sacked/stood aside for misleading and or deceptive conduct

    Cactus Cate: Lost her lucrative career as Hong Kong based dodgy tax promoters

  16. Hone 16

    I think the oily whale will need to find another bank account for his birthday money.

    From his “blog”
    “That’s until we received an email, written by Tim Allen from Grove Darlow & Partners asking for the removal of their company and trust account details from the articles asking for your financial support.

    Their reasoning? They do not care to be associated with Cameron Slater’s opinion, and he had not sought prior approval to publish their trust account details”.

    • Tracey 16.1

      perhaps because theyve already been paid…

      will slater put up on his site the invoices made out to him, for his legal bills to date, should be simple enough… and give permission to donors to seek confirmation from the solicitors that they are unpaid and due?

  17. Tracey 17

    perhaps he just saw how much hager raised through megs fundraising and decided he wanted some money too. concoct his story, on his birthday and crowdfunding here he comes…

    he seems to have forgotten his treatment of bhatnagar who was his friend, while bemoaning being back stabbed by friends.

    • AsleepWhileWalking 17.1

      He has asked for contributions before when he named sex abusers. He was successful for at least a few thousand as I recall.

  18. Hone 18

    Doesn’t seem they have been paid,i don’t want to link to the post, but they now are using a kiwibank account and going nuts they can’t use the lawyers one.

    • Tracey 18.1

      that does assume that what is being posted is true. just post the invoices and a legal statement saying they are unpaid. simple. people who want to help feed him rather than poor kids can know exactly why they are giving.

      • weka 18.1.1

        details and clean link here,

        Open mike 03/11/2014

        • Tracey 18.1.1.1

          thanks. so no actual invoices uploaded and no statement by the law firm that they are unpaid.

          it is NOT unusual for a law firm to run from something like this when no one bothered to tell them about it first?

          this is a joke and so is PGs conspiracy theory. he is overlooking one important thread. law firms want to be paid. they will have damned good reason to be responding as they are.

  19. Nebman 19

    I’m going to go out on a limb here and guess that none of the commentators on this post have actually met Slater? I note the writer points out that he never has.

    Before anyone replies with I didn’t need to meet person X (substitute whichever Blaggard from history you prefer), to know I despised and loathed everything they stood for, it’s telling that so many have taken an opportunity to level very personal attacks on someone they’ve never met.

    I’ve never met met him and don’t agree with a lot of what he say’s but the visceral and deeply personal posts about him, his appearance, his friends and family, and acquaintances by many here is striking.

    The level of vitriol and the dubious linking of Slater’s mental state and status to his legal possession of a firearm also leads me to conclude that while some of you have read the requirements of the NZ Arms Act, few, if any of you have actually been through the process of obtaining your licences.

    It’s neither a simple or “easy” process and involves interviews with immediate family and associates and can be revoked at any stage by the Police.

    Why stop with revoking his firearms license? Let’s take his drivers license off him as well – after all he could rampage through a Mall in his car.

    His legal woes are his own issue but to portray Hager’s public acceptance of crowd funding his legal expenses as somehow better or more noble than Slater’s public request for assistance seems asinine.

    By all means disagree with what he says, take an opposing position which many of you have but the inane, personal attacks I don’t get. Justifying it by saying “he started it” just makes your position weaker.

    DISCLAIMER – I have never financially contributed to Mr Slater’s blog or his legal defence.

    • I’ve met Slater and his online persona matches his real life attitude. Not pleasant to be around. Utterly convinced of his own infallibility and contemptuous of people he considers to be lesser than himself. Constitutionally incapable of looking in the mirror to figure out the source of his woes. I was attempting mild conversation when he expressed his disdain for Christchurch earthquake victims. Fuck him.

      • greywarshark 19.1.1

        Concern troll Nebman. People can be judged by what they do and say. You may like anyone who will shout you a drink, and spend some time talking to you, but that is not sufficient standard for someone doing a job serving our democratic society.

        And we find that WO has been up to some very fishy business doing a job for people in a Party which is carving us up, not serving us. Some of us don’t like that. Of course we aren’t being offered free booze and a part in the play that Jack wrote. What is your pay-off for defending Cam? What has he got on you?

    • One Anonymous Bloke 19.2

      The feeble pretence of some sort of equivalence between Hager and Slater is suggestive of malice.

      Hoist, meet petard.

    • Weepus beard 19.3

      Hi Pete. Welcome to The Standard.

    • Murray Rawshark 19.4

      I agree with you, Nebman. He should lose his driving licence as well. And call me asinine, because there is no comparison between citizens concern for our democracy putting in a few bucks for Hager and a vile slug who’s poisoned his own nest begging for finance. None whatsoever.

    • Rodel 19.5

      nebman
      Your logic is deficient. Suggest you study spin 101 before trying this line again.

    • Tracey 19.6

      thanks for your deeply ironic or parady post. if this was a genuine post then i can only conclude that you

      a. have never read slaters website
      b. never read his enails
      c. never met him

  20. repateet 20

    The Pete post on WhaleOil includes some real gems among the delusions.

    Fancy writing a description, “Cam Slater is generally considered to be a loud mouthed boorish angry idiot with a blog” and failing to include “sociopathic, misanthropic egotistical or arsehole”.

    And “It is time for the ‘good guys’ to be counted.” Well it wont take a big abacus to count them if that’s where they’re collecting them.

  21. Pascals bookie 21

    So in a new post over there, Pete posts a screen grab of that moderated “neil’ comment from upthread and spins it into a yarn that the Standard, Fish, other Herald journos, Hager, contract hackers, the Labour party and possibly Obama and that Pinko Pope they’ve got now met up at some point to plan Slater’s death. Send money meow!

    How many comments had ‘Neil’ made previously?

    • r0b 21.1

      That was username Neil’s 7th comment.

      • Pascals bookie 21.1.1

        well.

        • Karen 21.1.1.1

          If you look at Neil’s contributions they are all right wing – so I suspect that comment was planted here deliberately so that it could be used on the WO site to blacken the name of the Standard. Karol had removed Neil’s comment soon after it was posted, so they had to be quick.

          • Weepus beard 21.1.1.1.1

            They only know one way to operate – dirty.

          • Anne 21.1.1.1.2

            There have been two Neils contributing here in recent times. The ‘yellow’ gravatared Neil – the one in question – started commenting on October 9th. He has produced short comments (one or two liners in the main) and appears to be a leftie. The second ‘blue’ gravatared Neil started commenting on Oct 13th and he’s a rabid right winger.

            Interesting they both started within a few days of one another. Perhaps lprent should do a bit of research.

            Edit: you have to go back to 2013 before you find another Neil (plum coloured gravatar this time) commenter. Interesting!

          • Ian 21.1.1.1.3

            I read whaleoil every day,and havn’t seen a reference to this echo chamber for months.

  22. AsleepWhileWalking 22

    They are ONLY considering a $50K fine? This really embodies all that is wrong with the HRRT. They can go up to $200K, and should consider this to act as a deterrent for other bloggers considering abusing others privacy for a living.

    Hope his ACC levy is through the roof and his insurer finds him too much of a risk.

  23. donotlink to Pete’s longwinded rant in response to this thread (and Neil’s moronic comment above) :

    http://www.donotlink.com/framed?576031

    The bully who gloats about poor people in car accidents and despises earthquake victims, is overcome with shock to find people saying mean things about him. Diddums precious wee flower! The comment in question was probably planted to help build his ridiculous conspiracy theory.

    • karol 23.1

      The comment on this thread went up at 7.24pm. I had deleted it before 7.38pm.

      That’s hardly “leaving it lying around”.

      interesting that Pete got a screen shot of it in that small window of time.

      • les 23.1.1

        see if Pete still has a screenshot of Slaters ‘Freedom A/C, a Kiwibank a/c, after Slater had been attacking Kiwi Bank relentlessly.A faux pas that ‘Pete’ said he could explain…but never did!

      • weka 23.1.2

        There seems to be a lot of confusion in the past day between the two Petes. I wish people would be more clear.

      • Weepus beard 23.1.3

        As Karen proposes above, it looks like Neil’s comment was a deliberate plant by Slater’s men.

        It wouldn’t surprise me if in the not too distant future Slater faked his own demise in order to blame the left.

      • lprent 23.1.4

        It is most likely Pete has been misusing the comments feed.

        Ok, turning comments feed off and disabling access to it entirely.

        I can’t see how it helps the site at all.

        I think that the only people who use the comments feed a lot are some trolls, and obviously the idiots at Whaleoil. They can blame the removal on Neil and Pete at Whaleoil. Neil has been commenting here since late June.

        If anyone has a particularly good reason to get it, then let me know and I will figure out a site to person way of giving you a feed.

        • karol 23.1.4.1

          I don’t think I know what the comments feed is/was. Does that mean the full Neil comment was still visible there, even after I deleted that bit?

          • weka 23.1.4.1.1

            The RSS feed (link still at top of comments). And yes, it stays visible in people’s RSS reader even after you have deleted it.

            • karol 23.1.4.1.1.1

              Where the “articles RSS is now? – with links only to the posts, plus the latest comments?

              How many people use that? I’ve never looked at it before?

              • lprent

                Yes. There used to be a Comments RSS just below that. They are designed to be picked up with a RSS reader which reads their particular file format. Once they collect them then they are stored on the client machine.

                In this case I suspect that Pete probably knew about the comment “Neil” wrote from the RSS as it’d usually pop at the top of the list for a new comment.

                The alternative would have been that he managed to “see” it within the very short interval for the moderation. Which would have been a hell of a coincidence.

                Not that many people use the comments RSS. No-one will be able to do it now.

                • weka

                  “Not that many people use the comments RSS”

                  Because of the good long comments list on the right? I’ve taken to using the RSS comments feed at Ontheleft because their comments list is only ten comments long and there doesn’t seem to be any other easy way of keeping track.

                  • lprent

                    Yeah. I timed our one at approx 1-2 hours when we are running at peak. I need to increase it or provide another display. Some days during the election campaign we were doing several hundred an hour and there was less than half an hour in the list.

  24. Following the example of whaleoil (the people’s hero), Imperator Fish has the begging bowl out too. It’s a pretty close analogy to this whole farce.

  25. JeevesPOnzi 26

    It seems to me that so righteous is their belief in themselves and the world their Granpappies and Daddies built for them- that they think it is okay to sequester a Law firm’s trust account without so much as the courtesy of requesting permission to do so, at most likely considerable effort required on the part of said firm.

    THEN they ( or at least their acolytes) launch into full scale attack mode against the firm for having the audacity to suggest that this is not quite cricket thanks.

    It seems to me that this firm represents Slater’s QC, and not Slater. THey are just used as a decontamination unit to handle his toxic checks each month to his QC, yet he felt he could commandeer their services. Now their name is all over the sphere and Slaters demented little worlocks are threatening ‘never to give them my services’ lol…. as if any of his trolls could afford them anyway.

    In an effort to create a warchest to extract revenge against the ‘Drive for Suicide Conspirators’ (lol- can’t wait to see who they are- and the surprise on their faces)- he’s managed to add yet another player ( the law firm) to the milling throng of identities that probably resent him- without ever having to meet him.
    In this his hour of need- he still manages to cut a swathe through the innocent bystanders of his pathetic life.

    Lets not blame his madness for his badness. I wonder when , perhaps in a year or two will we see Corin Dann interviewing a tragic Spanish Bride about being a victim caught up in the maelstrom that was Cam Slater…

    • A voter 26.1

      Of course at one time we had a mental health and justice system that could contain people who were a danger to society on such a level you know the violent and insane with a corrupt sense behaviour towards others

    • Tracey 26.2

      no. barristers cannot be engaged by the public directly. accordingly slater or his backers engage the firm of solicitors and then the barrister. in strict terms the client is represented by the firm and the barrister. the firm in no way represents the barrister

  26. A voter 27

    Isnt nice to know that the Law of Karma is real and working
    Couldnt have happened to a more deserving person except Slippery

  27. vto 28

    What flabbergasts me about this is that the fat slug didn’t ask or speak to the law firm before putting their account details up for all and sundry to see….. lack of basic judgment there

    Fail on base level. No wonder he has fallen flat on his face.

    Useless pile of shithead feral scum.

  28. Ian 29

    I have just spent 20 minutes of my life reading all the comments here and I am not a troll. I have followed Camerons blog for 9 difficult years,and have been on the receiving end of his viper tongue on numerous occasions. I have also contributed financially to keep him going in the blogosphere,and will do so again.
    You guys need to clean your act up. I have just read some of the most hatefull and vile posts directed to an individual I have ever read on a NZ website. If the labour party thinks the opinion of iprent and dad4justice will guide you into the future you are doomed.

    • mickysavage 29.1

      You seem to be a new commentator.

      In your first comment you called lprent a deluded fool. In your second you said that you read whale oil every day and have not seen a reference to the Standard for months when there are a multitude of references. And in your latest comment you say TS needs to clean its act up and that the posts are some of the most hateful and vile on a website. And you think that dad4justice is a labour supporter.

      I do not know where to start …

    • Weepus beard 29.2

      He started it, so there.

      • Weepus beard 29.2.1

        And by that I mean Slater introduced divisiveness and cyber-violence to the new medium.

        He and his wife (because it is a family affair), generated and harboured racism and intolerance on a large scale and were proud of it.

        The Prime Minister liked what he saw.

        Judith Collins was enamoured too.

        This done, we can only assume Slater is ok with the backlash…

        • Ian 29.2.1.1

          So the new medium in cyber space needs us to ALL think the same.You are attacking family and spouting nasty lies without any references to sources and pushing our defamatory laws to the edge.Keep it up. I’m sure the Nats will love another 3 years. But if any political party decides to try and ban fireworks,they will be doomed.

          • Weepus beard 29.2.1.1.1

            Excuse me? How am I attacking family, and how am I lying?

            I don’t expect or demand everyone think the same way, I just don’t like a shock jock and hate campaigner like Slater and his wife inciting division for profit.

          • RedLogixFormes 29.2.1.1.2

            Ian,

            For many years most of us here have done our level best to ignore Slater. While Farrar is sly and hypocritical, Peter George tedious and self-absorbed – Slater has repeatedly stepped over the line. Most of us wanted nothing to do with him.

            In the normal course of events he would have eventually been isolated and ignored. But sadly for him there have been other actors happy to exploit his behaviour and lack of restraint – which has drawn him in to some dark waters indeed.

            Now it’s come to this, Slater’s latest ‘poor me’ victim-hood bleating is the last damn straw. It’s the classic behaviour of a sociopath when confronted. Absolutely classic. I’m not surprised your seeing more than a few people come out and express their disgust.

  29. JeevesPOnzi 30

    Ian, Hi there.

    I guess you haven’t read the book then…

    Oh, what’s the point- anybody who can read whaleoil for nine fucking years is beyond help.

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    Different Strokes: If a multicultural immigration policy imposes no obligation on immigrant communities to acknowledge and ultimately embrace their host nation’s most cherished traditions and values, then how is that nation to prevent itself from being reduced to a collection of inward-looking and self-replicating ethnic and cultural enclaves?THE COALITION GOVERNMENT’S ...
    2 days ago
  • Could There Be Method In Massey University’s Madness?
    Protective Zone: Reading the rules and guidelines released by Massey University, it is impossible to avoid the conclusion that its governing body considers the whole concept of free speech a disruptive threat to the orderly imparting of orthodox academic knowledge.IN TRUE ORWELLIAN fashion, Massey University has announced its commitment to ...
    2 days ago
  • Climate Change: We need more trees, not less
    Farmers held a hate-march on Parliament today, complete with MAGA hats, gun-nut signs, and gendered insults. While supposedly about a grab-bag of issues - including, weirdly, mental health - it was clear that the protest was about one thing, and one thing only: climate change. And specifically, forestry "destroying" rural ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • The IGIS annual report: Dead letters and secret law
    The Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security released their annual report today, and I've been busy reading through it. In amongst the usual review of what they've been doing all year, there's a few interesting bits. For example, a discussion on "agency retention and disposal of information", which points out that ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • A referendum on bigotry
    The End of Life Choice Bill passed its third reading last night, 69 - 51. Thanks to a compromise with NZ First - which looks to have been necessary on the final numbers - the commencement of the bill will be subject to a referendum. Given the ugliness of the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Political parties and GMOs: we all need to move on
    Recently more than 150 post-graduate students and young scientists presented an open letter to the Green Party via The Spinoff, encouraging them to reconsider their position on genetic modification. Their target is tackling climate change issues.[1] Can any party continue to be dismissive about genetic modification (GM) contributing to ...
    SciBlogsBy Grant Jacobs
    3 days ago
  • Class, Identity Politics and Transgender Ideology
    by Deirdre O’Neill Under Thatcher and then Blair and continuing up until our contemporary moment, the working class has seen its culture slowly and progressively destroyed. The change from an industrial society to a service society produced a marked shift in focus from the working class as the backbone of ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    4 days ago
  • Irony
    Since 2013, the Australian government has detained refugees without trial in Pacific gulags, where they are abused, tortured, and driven to suicide. The policy is not just an abuse of human rights and possible crime against humanity; it has also had a corrosive effect on the states Australia uses as ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • An age of protest.
    It seems fair to say that we currently live in a problematic political moment in world history. Democracies are in decline and dictatorships are on the rise. Primordial, sectarian and post-modern divisions have re-emerged, are on the rise or have been accentuated by political evolutions of the moment such as ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    4 days ago
  • Another captured agency
    Last month, Greenpeace head Russel Norman surrendered his speaking slot at an EPA conference to student climate activist Sorcha Carr, who told the EPA exactly what she thought of them. It was a bold move, which confronted both regulators and polluters (or, as the EPA calls them, "stakeholders") with the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • NZ First’s dodgy loans
    The core principle supposedly underlying New Zealand's electoral finance regime is transparency: parties can accept large donations from rich people wanting to buy policy, but only if they tell the public they've been bought. Most parties abide by this, so we know that TOP was wholly-owned by Gareth Morgan, and ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Member’s Day: The choice on End of Life Choice
    Today is a Member's Day, probably the second-to-last one of the year, and its a big one, with the Third Reading of David Seymour's End of Life Choice Bill. last Member's Day it was reported back from committee, after MPs voted narrowly to make it subject to a (rules TBA) ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • How growth in population and consumption drives planetary change
    Climate Explained is a collaboration between The Conversation, Stuff and the New Zealand Science Media Centre to answer your questions about climate change. If you have a question you’d like an expert to answer, please send it to climate.change@stuff.co.nz The growth of the human population over the last 70 ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    4 days ago
  • The disappearing Women …
    by The Council of Disobedient Women In her excellent oral submission to the Abortion reform select committee on 31st October on behalf of Otago University’s Department of Public Health, historian and public health researcher Hera Cook stated: “We would ask that the committee not use the term ‘pregnant persons’ and ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    5 days ago
  • “A Passage to India”: enduring art in changing times
    by Don Franks In 1957, E M Forster wrote, of his greatest work: “The India described in ‘A Passage to India’ no longer exists either politically or socially. Change had begun even at the time the book was published ( 1924) and during the following quarter of a century it ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    5 days ago
  • Contemptuous
    The Referendums Framework Bill was due back from select committee today. But there's no report on it. Instead, the bill has been bounced back to the House under Standing order 29593) because the Committee didn't bother to produce one. They probably tried. But given the membership of the committee (which ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Zero Carbon: It’s not just a good idea, it’s the law
    Two years into New Zealand’s Labour-led government, the long-delayed Zero Carbon Bill became law on 7 November. Passed essentially unanimously, the lengthy public debates and political manoeuvring faded away until the final passage was even anticlimactic: Flipping through the @nzstuff @DomPost I was starting to wonder if I’d dreamt ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert McLachlan
    5 days ago
  • Climate Change: What happens next?
    Now the Zero Carbon Bill is law, what's next? Obviously, the ETS changes currently before select committee are going to be the next battleground. But we're also going to get a good idea of where we're going, and if the progress the Zero Carbon Act promises is good enough, during ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Climate change will fuel bush fires
    Grant Pearce The effects of the current Australian bushfires in New South Wales and Queensland (and also again in California) are devastating and far-reaching. To date, the fires have resulted in several lives being lost and many homes and properties destroyed. Here in New Zealand, the impacts have been only ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    5 days ago
  • Participation rates
    A passing comment in a post the other day about the labour force participation rates of older people prompted me to pull down the fuller data and see what we could see about various participation rates over the decades since the HLFS began in 1986.   As it happens, the ...
    SciBlogsBy Michael Reddell
    5 days ago
  • Not So Much “OK Boomer” As “OK Ruling Class”.
    Distract And Divert: The rise of what we have come to call “Identity Politics” represents the ideological manifestation of the ruling class’s objective need to destroy class politics, and of the middle-class’s subjective need to justify their participation in the process.THE RELIEF of the ruling class can only be imagined. ...
    5 days ago
  • Asking for it …
    "I saw a newspaper picture,From the political campaignA woman was kissing a child,Who was obviously in pain.She spills with compassion,As that young child'sFace in her hands she gripsCan you imagine all that greed and avariceComing down on that child's lips?" ...
    5 days ago
  • New Zealand’s Poor Pandemic Preparedness According to the Global Health Security Index
    Dr Matt Boyd, Prof Michael Baker, Prof Nick Wilson The Global Health Security Index which considers pandemic threats has just been published. Unfortunately, NZ scores approximately half marks (54/100), coming in 35th in the world rankings – far behind Australia. This poor result suggests that the NZ Government needs to ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    6 days ago
  • Climate Change: Thank Winston
    The Zero Carbon Act is inadequate, with a weak methane target designed to give farmers a free ride. But it turns out it could have been worse: Climate Change Minister James Shaw was so desperate to get National on board, he wanted to gut that target, and leave it in ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Illicit markets and Bali Booze
    The Herald reprints an Australian story on a couple of tragic deaths in Bali from drinking cocktails that had methanol in them.  The story argues that methanol is likely the result of home distillation. But what the young tourists were experiencing was far from a hangover. They’d consumed a toxic cocktail ...
    SciBlogsBy Eric Crampton
    6 days ago
  • This is not what armed police are for
    Last month, the police announced a trial of specialist roaming armed units, which would drive round (poor, brown) areas in armoured SUVs, armed to the teeth. When they announced the trial, they told us it was about having armed police "ready to attend major incidents at any time if needed". ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Spain’s failed electoral gamble
    Spain went to the polls today in the second elections this year, after the Socialists (who had come to power in a confidence vote, then gone to the polls in April) rejected the offer of a coalition with the left-wing PoDemos, and instead decided to gamble n a better outcome ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • The astroturf party
    National has finally rolled out its "BlueGreen" astroturf party, fronted by an array of former nats and people who were dumped by the Greens for not being Green enough. Its initial pitch is described by Stuff as "very business-friendly", and its priorities are what you'd expect: conservation, predator-free funding, a ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • How to cheat at university
    A couple of days ago I attended (and spoke at) the University of Waikato’s “LearnFest” event. There were lots of talks and sessions on very diverse aspects of teaching, mostly at tertiary level. One was by Myra Williamson from Te Piringa Faculty of Law here at Waikato, on Contract Cheating ...
    SciBlogsBy Marcus Wilson
    6 days ago
  • How NZ was put on world maps using a transit of Mercury
    There will be a transit of Mercury – the planet Mercury will pass across the face of the Sun – taking place at sunrise in New Zealand on Tuesday, 12th November. It was by observing such an event 250 years ago that James Cook and his scientist colleagues were able ...
    SciBlogsBy Duncan Steel
    7 days ago
  • Georgina Beyer: We need to be able to talk without being offended
    Since becoming the world’s first openly transexual mayor and member of parliament, Georgina Beyer has been recognised as a trailblazer for trans rights. Daphna Whitmore talks with her about where she sees the current trans movement We start out talking about legislation the government put on hold that would have ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    7 days ago
  • The anti-fluoride brigade won’t be erecting billboards about this study
    If FFNZ really put their faith in “Top Medical Journals” they would now be amending their billboards to recognise new research results. Image from FFNZ but updated to agree with the latest research. ...
    1 week ago
  • Chosen To Rule? What Sort Of Christian Is Chris Luxon?
    National Messiah? Chris Luxon identifies himself as an evangelical Christian. If he is genuine in this self-characterisation, then he will take every opportunity his public office provides to proselytise on behalf of his faith. He will also feel obliged to bear witness against beliefs and practices he believes to be ...
    1 week ago
  • War of the worms
    I'm going to make a Reckless Prediction™ that the Tories have 'topped out' in the 'poll of polls' / Britain Elects multipoll tracker at about 38%, and in the next week we will start to see Labour creep up on them.In fact, we might just be seeing the start of ...
    1 week ago
  • Marvelly shows us how to be a feminist without feminism
    by The Council of Disobedient Women Lizzie Marvelly: “I may have missed this… has @afterellen gone all terf-y? Or am I reading something incorrectly? “ https://twitter.com/LizzieMarvelly/status/1191840059105742849 After Ellen is a lesbian website that is unashamedly pro-lesbian, as you’d expect. So why is Ms Marvelly so bothered about lesbians having their ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Out of the past – Tories to revive racist laws from the 16th century
    Did you know there once was a time when it was illegal to be a gypsy (aka Romani) in Britain?That was between 1530, when the Egyptians Act was passed, and 1856, when it was repealed.Amongst other things, the act forbade the entry of 'Egyptians' into England, ordered those already there ...
    1 week ago
  • 1000 of these now
    Some days I sit and think, “what will I write…?” What do you say when you get to 1000 posts? Maybe you just start where you are, diverge to where this all began, then offer a collection of reader’s favourite posts, and a few of your own? (And throw in ...
    SciBlogsBy Grant Jacobs
    1 week ago
  • Has Shane Jones Just Saved NZ First?
    Counter-Puncher: The “activists” and “radicals” (his own words) from the Indian community who took such strong exception to Shane Jones’ remarks about Immigration NZ’s treatment of arranged marriages, may end up bitterly regretting their intervention. Jones is not the sort of person who turns the other cheek to his critics.SHANE ...
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: As predicted
    Yesterday, when National voted for the Zero Carbon Bill, I predicted they'd gut it the moment they regained power, just as they had done to the ETS. And indeed, they have explicitly promised to do exactly that within their first hundred days in office. What would their amendments do? Abandon ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Let this never be forgot
    In the spirit of Remember, remember the fifth of November, let's keep this in mind FOREVER.
    Oh dear. Extraordinary interview on PM with Andrew Bridgen and @EvanHD just now. Bridgen was defending Jacob Rees Mogg’s Grenfell comments. Evan asked him if JRM had meant to say he would have left ...
    1 week ago
  • Too Late To Change Capitalism’s Flightpath?
    Collision Course? In conditions of ideological white-out, the international bankers’ “Woop-Woop! Pull Up!” warning may have come too late to save global capitalism.WHAT DOES IT MEAN when international bankers are more willing to embrace radical solutions than our politicians and their electors? At both the International Monetary Fund and the ...
    1 week ago
  • Whooping cough vaccine works well despite its imperfections
    Pertussis (whooping cough) is a conundrum. It is a disease that was described hundreds of years ago and the bacteria that causes it (Bordetella pertussis) isolated in 1906. We have had vaccines for about 80 years but this disease is defiant in the face of human immunity. I wanted to ...
    SciBlogsBy Helen Petousis Harris
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Passed
    The Zero Carbon Bill has just passed its third reading, uanimously. In the end, National supported it - but we all know they'll turn around and gut it the moment they regain power. Meanwhile, I guess ACT's David Seymour didn't even bother to show up. I am on record as ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Retailing of vaping products – New NZ Research
    Dr Lindsay Robertson, Dr Jerram Bateman, Professor Janet Hoek Members of the public health community hold divergent views on how access to vaping products or electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) products should be arranged. Some believe ENDS should be as widely available as smoked tobacco and argue for liberal ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    1 week ago
  • Justice for Bomber
    When the Police were trying to cover up for the National Party over Dirty Politics, they went all-in with their abuses of power. They illegally search Nicky Hager's house, violating his journalistic privilege and invading his privacy. They unlawfully acquired Hager's bank records. They did the same to left-wing blogger ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Britain’s climate tyranny was unlawful
    Last month, in response to a wave of protests by Extinction Rebellion, the British government purported to ban their protests from the whole of London. It was a significant interference with the freedoms of expression and assembly, and another sign of the country's decline into tyranny. But now, a court ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • More crime from the spies
    Last year, the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security reported on significant problems with the intelligence warrant system. While they were unwilling to declare any warrant "irregular" (meaning unlawful) due to the recent law change, they were also not willing to give the system a clean bill of health. Now, they've ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Vaccination, compulsion, and paternalism for the lower orders
    The National Party has come out in support of encouraging greater vaccination uptake. But it sure isn’t the way I’d do it. National’s suggested docking the benefits of those on benefit whose kids aren’t keeping up with their vaccinations. Some in National have suggested extending that to payments under Working ...
    SciBlogsBy Eric Crampton
    1 week ago
  • Global Protests Rage On: But Slogans Are Not Plans.
    Feeding The Flames: It is simply not enough to demand an end to “corruption”, or “inequality”, or the overbearing influence of the authorities in Beijing. These are just “lowest common denominator” demands: the sort of slogans that pull people onto the streets. They are not a plan.WHERE’S THE PLAN? Across ...
    1 week ago
  • 11,000 employed under Labour
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Boycott this democratic fraud
    The Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee has called for submissions on Andrew Little's tyrannical Terrorism Suppression (Control Orders) Bill. Normally I encourage participation in the democratic process. I am not doing so in this case. Instead, I encourage all of you to boycott this submissions process, and to post ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Why Mars is cold despite an atmosphere of mostly carbon dioxide
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    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: Ban private jets
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: Untold Suffering
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • The left and violent misogyny
    by Phil Duncan Here’s just a few of the kind of threats issued day in and day out against gender-critical women – feminists, marxists, etc – overwhelmingly by MEN (albeit men identifying as women). “Kill all Terfs”. “Shoot a Terf today”. “All terfs deserve to be shot in the head”. ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Imperialism and the iPhone
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    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • The freshwater mussel housing crisis: eviction by invasive weeds?
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    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • Back it up Luxon: endorsing the destructive past is not actually the way forward
    And to think he gave all the potential goodwill away with that moronic, cult-like statement (repeated ad nauseam by many National hardliners) that Key is quite simply “the greatest PM we ever had”… Installation complete: this was nothing ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    2 weeks ago
  • Good riddance
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: D-Day
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Winston is right
    Winston Peters is in court today, suing a bunch of former Minister and civil servants over their pre-election leak of his superannuation repayment. He's characterised the leak as malicious, and said that it is repugnant that his information was passed on to Ministers to use for political advantage. And he's ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Media impartiality
    Sky's economics editor, Ed Conway has posted a Twitter thread responding to a claim that - as far as I can see - Labour never made:
    Are NHS operation cancellations at an all-time high? That's the impression you might have been left with if you read this story from the ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Finish what’s on your plate
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    SciBlogsBy Genomics Aotearoa
    2 weeks ago
  • Gainful Employment: A Cautionary Tale.
    Transformative Politics: The idea is to turn each recipient into an unwitting accomplice in their own transformation. From interested observer to hyped-up activist, sharing our messages promiscuously with ‘friends’. You’ll be part of an ever-expanding circulatory system, Jennifer, for the ideas that will win us the election.”JENNIFER SKITTERED her chair ...
    2 weeks ago
  • New Zealand should not fund bigotry
    Two years ago, the Cook Islands government announced that it was planning to join the civilised world and decriminalise consensual homosexual sex between men. Now, they've reversed their position, and decided to criminalise lesbians into the bargain:Two years ago, in a step welcomed by many people including the gay and ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • New Fisk
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • More tyranny in Australia
    The boycott is a fundamental tool of protest. By choosing who we buy from, we can send a message, and hopefully change corporate behaviour. Historically, boycotts have been effective, for example over apartheid in South Africa and Israel, in forcing divestment from Myanmar, and in ending bus segregation in the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago

  • Kiwis to have their say on End of Life Choice
    Jenny Marcroft MP, Spokesperson for Health New Zealand First backs the public to decide on the End of Life Choice Bill via a referendum at the 2020 General Election. The Bill, with New Zealand First’s referendum provision incorporated, passed its final reading in Parliament this evening. New Zealand First Spokesperson for ...
    3 days ago
  • Addressing miscarriages of justice
    Darroch Ball, Spokesperson for Justice New Zealand First is proud that a key Coalition Agreement commitment which will provide for a more transparent and effective criminal justice system has been realised. Legislation to establish the Criminal Cases Review Commission, an independent body focused on identifying and responding to possible miscarriages of ...
    4 days ago
  • Week That Was: Historic action on climate change
    "Today we have made a choice that will leave a legacy... I hope that means that future generations will see that we, in New Zealand, were on the right side of history." - Jacinda Ardern, Third Reading of the Zero Carbon Bill ...
    1 week ago
  • Tax-free deployments for Kiwi troops
    Darroch Ball, New Zealand First List MP A Member’s bill has been proposed that would provide income tax exemptions for all New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) personnel while on operational deployment overseas. The Income Tax (Exemption for Salary or Wages of NZDF Members on Active Deployment) Amendment Bill proposed by New Zealand First ...
    1 week ago
  • A balanced Zero Carbon Bill passed
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, New Zealand First Leader New Zealand First is proud to have brought common sense to the Climate Change Response (Zero Carbon) Amendment Bill, which passed its final reading in Parliament today. Party Leader Rt Hon Winston Peters says months of hard work went into negotiating a balanced ...
    1 week ago
  • Paramedics’ status to be recognised
    Jenny Marcroft MP, Spokesperson for Health New Zealand First has listened to calls to recognise paramedics as registered health professionals under the Health Practitioners’ Competence Assurance Act (the Act). Today, the Coalition Government announced plans for paramedics to be registered as health practitioners under the Act, and the establishment of a ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Week That Was: 2,000 teachers in two years
    We began the week by commemorating the New Zealand Wars and celebrating a major increase in the number of teachers. Then, we were busy supporting offenders into work and getting our rail back on track after years of underinvestment. And that's just the start! ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Winning an election one conversation at a time
    In October I was sworn in as the Mayor of Lower Hutt. It’s the privilege of my life to serve Hutt people as their Mayor. There is something really special to be able to serve the community where I was raised, and where I live.   ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Closer cooperation with Korean horse racing industry
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for Racing Racing Minister Winston Peters met with Korea Racing Authority Chairperson Nak Soon Kim in Seoul today to discuss closer cooperation between the New Zealand and Korean horse racing industries. As part of the visit to the Seoul Racecourse, Mr Peters witnessed ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Otago to lead digital creativity
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) is investing $10 million to establish Otago as the centre of New Zealand’s creative digital industry over the next ten years, Regional Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. “The initiative will bring us closer to the vision of ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Young Otago students encouraged to take on forestry careers
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF)’s skills and employment programme will help young Otago people into long-term forestry careers, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. Te Ara Mahi will invest $63,000 in the 2020 school year to support eight 17 and 18 ...
    3 weeks ago
  • PGF backing Dunedin’s waterfront ambitions
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) will support local plans to revitalise and stimulate economic development opportunities in Otago, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones has announced. The four Regional Economic Development Ministers have approved an in-principle investment of $19.9 million towards the region’s ...
    3 weeks ago
  • M. Bovis eradication progress welcomed
    Mark Patterson, Spokesperson for Primary Industries New Zealand First is pleased to have received the Technical Advisory Group (TAG) report on the Coalition Government’s Mycoplasma bovis eradication efforts, which shows significant progress in the fight against the disease. New Zealand First Spokesperson for Primary Industries, Mark Patterson, says the report’s findings ...
    3 weeks ago
  • PGF boosts Otago’s engineering and manufacturing sector
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development Hon David Parker, Minister for Trade and Export Growth The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) is investing to support economic growth opportunities for Otago’s engineering and manufacturing sectors, Regional Development Minister Shane Jones and Trade and Export Minister David Parker announced today. Almost $20 million ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Minister Peters discusses Pacific challenges and denuclearisation in Seoul
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs Foreign Minister Winston Peters and his South Korean counterpart, Kang Kyung-wha, discussed in Seoul today opportunities to work more closely in the Pacific and the situation on the Korean Peninsula. Mr Peters and Minister Kang confirmed New Zealand and the ...
    3 weeks ago
  • PGF supports high speed broadband for marae at Parihaka Pa
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development  Hon Nanaia Mahuta, Minister for Māori Development The three marae in the historic Parihaka Pa complex in Taranaki have been upgraded to high speed broadband with the support of the Provincial Growth Fund (PGF), Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. “Connecting the ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Advancing Pacific Partnerships 2019 launched
    Hon Ron Mark, Minister of Defence Minister of Defence Ron Mark will today launch the Advancing Pacific Partnerships 2019 Defence Assessment  during a speech at Te Papa.  The Assessment outlines how Defence will partner with our Pacific Island neighbours and invest in Pacific regional security architecture. The Plan aligns with the Coalition ...
    3 weeks ago
  • PGF funding could transform Gisborne company into “beacon of employment” in two years
    A new Provincial Growth Fund investment could create about 80 new jobs in Gisborne over the next two years, turning a local small business into a “beacon of employment” in the process. Regional Economic Development Parliamentary Under-Secretary Fletcher Tabuteau said the PGF’s Te Ara Mahi funding stream would provide $1.6m ...
    3 weeks ago

  • Food industry asked to step up fight against obesity
         The Government is asking the food industry to step up work to tackle obesity including reducing sugar, fat and salt in their products, better information for consumers, and tighter restrictions on advertising to children. Health Minister David Clark and Food Safety Minister Damien O’Connor have responded to a ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Modern emergency care for Queenstown area
    ew, modern emergency department and outpatient facilities at Queenstown’s Lakes District Hospital mean better emergency care for the growing tourist mecca’s visitors and locals, says Health Minister David Clark. Today Dr Clark officially opened the hospital’s redeveloped Emergency Department and Outpatient facilities. The new facilities include: •    An extended Emergency Department ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
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