The Northland coverup

Written By: - Date published: 9:32 am, March 16th, 2015 - 64 comments
Categories: by-election, humour - Tags: , , ,

Ooops…


If you missed it in the weekend, also catch up with Armstrong on the Nats in Northland:

Questionable tactics in race for Northland votes

“New” jobs which may or may not be full-time jobs; “new” road bridges which are not a priority; “new” promises on the roll-out of broadband which are old promises.

Is there no limit on the lengths to which the National Party will go to pull the wool over voters’ eyes and hope that prevents the seat of Northland from falling into Winston Peters’ clutches?

It would seem not. The prime lesson to be taken from the first week proper of the byelection campaign is to treat every utterance from National with a healthy and hefty degree of scepticism. …


Update: – And so a new meme is born?

64 comments on “The Northland coverup”

  1. saveNZ 1

    The Nats 7 step strategy for Northland –

    IGNORE -Ignore as expect it to be a safe seat and put a Nat stooge MP in.

    CHARM & BRIBE -Be surprised by strong support for Winston and then push out Brand Key for 3 visits with lots of talk of more money and projects in the area.

    THREATEN -Be even more surprised by Brand Key not working, and start to threaten the people of Northland with removal of infrastructure projects if they don’t vote National.

    BLAME -Blame, others for not keeping past National promises, Dotcom and Nicky Hager are always good bets to blame even if stretching even the most credible supporter.

    MANIPULATE MSM -Start manipulating by ‘encouraging’ pro National MSM for Northland, organise other parties support like ACT, try to split votes and manipulate Labour, (hey even try to help them like with Davis),

    SMEAR Winston Peters. (Winston too old, does not live in Northland). Always smear via others not directly.

    BUY- Buy, put as much money in as possible to out spend other parties.

    • Karen 1.1

      Nats 8th strategy
      Drive as many of your supporters to early voting as you can in case the truth about Sabin is revealed before the election

      • saveNZ 1.1.1

        @Karen
        True!
        But can they pull the rabbit out of hat and manipulate judiciary for Step 9?

        OMIT -Postpone Northland voters finding out what National MP’s really can be getting up to?

        When will we find out about Sabin? Will it be before the by election?

        • saveNZ 1.1.1.1

          Luckily there has also been a… wait for it…
          X Factor Scandal!
          Another investigative expose on Granddaddy Herald!

          The judges should resign!
          Bullying not allowed…

          You can’t help wondering if they have any self analysis between John Key, I will resign with mass surveillance and reality TV:)

        • Karen 1.1.1.2

          Should be this Thursday, although not guaranteed.

  2. adam 2

    Is it just me – or for the interests of Democracy – shouldn’t the media be talking about Sabin’s personal issues?

    Should not the public know – to make an informed choice, of the choices this government is willing to make – to hold onto power?

  3. Skinny 3

    This mornings cabinet meeting will be grim. Not made any better when Nationals full caucus get briefed tomorrow. Judith Collins to Campaign Manager Stephen Joyce “looks like John didn’t nail this one, the Teflon Don Peters is in control.”

  4. Penny Bright 4

    The Northland BUY-election and /or the Northland BRIBE-election?

    Is ‘brand KEY’ buggered?

    When Winston Peters takes Northland off National – it will be!

    Let’s do all we can to help make that happen folks 🙂

    Strategically vote Winston Peters for Northland!

    Penny Bright

  5. It would seem that the saying ” every dog has it’s day ” is coming true regarding J Key.

    Couldn’t think of a better Dog for it to happen to.

  6. weka 6

    Underneath the coverup is an even worse coverup!

  7. fisiani 7

    The biggest cover up is the dirty deal to shaft the Labour candidate and install the dementing Winston and a new mp from Invercargill

    • Lanthanide 7.1

      Please provide evidence that a deal has been undertaken.

      • fisiani 7.1.1

        Dirty deals do not leave evidence as well you know.

        • Skinny 7.1.1.1

          Fully expecting Prime to publicly endorse her supporters to vote for Peters once the next poll shows she is only vote splitting. Hope that poll result comes out in the next day or two.

        • Lanthanide 7.1.1.2

          “Dirty deals do not leave evidence as well you know.”

          Own goal, fisi.

        • tricledrown 7.1.1.3

          But they do leave a fisihy smell.as you know well.
          Why is it that only National party MP,s get name suppression

        • David H 7.1.1.4

          So in other words it’s all in your not so very good imagination then aye Fizzy?

        • Hayden 7.1.1.5

          Of course, lack of evidence of a dirty deal is in fact itself evidence of a dirty deal. The less evidence, the dirtier it is. QED.

        • Anno1701 7.1.1.6

          they actually wrote a book about it…

          #dirtypolitics

        • Rodel 7.1.1.7

          fisi-child..childish …must try harder

    • thatguynz 7.2

      The Wellington boot is a type of boot based upon leather Hessian boots. They were worn and popularised by Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington. This novel “Wellington” boot became a staple of hunting and outdoor wear for the British aristocracy in the early 19th century.

      Wellington boots are also known as rubber boots, wellies, wellingtons, topboots, billy-boots, gumboots, gumbies, gummies, rainboots, gavin’s, Alaskan Sneakers, kboots.

    • Hateatea 7.3

      And even were that claim true, what is the matter with M.P.’s from Invercargill?

      You do remember that we operate under MMP now?

      • tricledrown 7.3.1

        Hateatea.
        He might be from dipton.
        Fisisanil scoring more own goals.
        Yesterday it was I predict trends showing Osabinourne losing 10% support every 2 days.
        Simple Simons Bridges.
        PorKey barrel of laughs
        Desperate Disasters.
        National have bought all their big gun’s so far they have drawn a blank.
        Fisianil time to head back to South Africa.
        Pathetic propaganda I would fire you for being so useless and unoriginal.
        But it looks like National are used to having fanboys on their payroll.

        • Hateatea 7.3.1.1

          Southland certainly owes New Zealand an apology for that son of the South but we have also had some quite respectable reps , both blue and red over times past 🙂

          • Tracey 7.3.1.1.1

            and lets not forget those poor bastards in hellensville having the hawaiian parneler in parliament

          • tricledrown 7.3.1.1.2

            Burt Munro’s brother was once the labour MP for Invercargill.

    • lprent 7.4

      I would call the real story as being that Sabin was likely to have been protected by the National hierarchy and probably the Northland National candidate since 2011. According to various reports, that was when complaints were first made to the police, and probably reported to them.

      I gather from rumours that this cover may (or may not) get lifted at or about the 20th. You can see why National has been pushing their people to vote early before the dirt becomes clear.

      But it does sound like the awareness of what has been going on is pretty widespread in Northland already, even if you don’t know about it

      • Olwyn 7.4.1

        There is something I don’t understand re the “prominent New Zealander” or “New Zealanders:” I thought that all details of a case involving a case against a certain PNZ were suppressed. Now I see there is a case in which the charges against a PNZ, who has name suppression until March 19th, are listed. So, either the blanket suppression in the first case has been partially lifted, allowing the charges but not the names to be published, or two prominent New Zealanders are currently facing charges with differing suppression orders. Does anyone know which is true?

        • Tracey 7.4.1.1

          was not suppression ended except stuff that can identify victims and such lift of suppression is being appealed. i dont think identifying the charges is a way to identify victims or perpetrator?

          • Olwyn 7.4.1.1.1

            Thanks – I thought that the blanket suppression included the charges, and did not realise that it had ended.

          • tricledrown 7.4.1.1.2

            This is a crock perpetrators such as Rolf Harris ,Bill Cosby would not have been outed for multiple crimes.
            This is about Power the very reason thesr Men think they can get away with these type of crimes had these Men had been a local nobody teacher scout master priest.
            There would be no reprieve the publicity would bring other victims forward.
            That is why these powerful well connected people pay for the best lawyers .
            Last year the laws around name suppression were changed to make it much harder to obtain suppression.
            You wouldn’t believe so when it comes to the National party.

            • Tracey 7.4.1.1.2.1

              There are times when suppression is a good idea for the protection of victims. And in doing so it “protects” the identity of the accused.

      • Anno1701 7.4.2

        Dont forget being protected by the NZPD IMO

        The cops always look after there own

      • Murray Rawshark 7.4.3

        I agree. National’s connivance in suppressing everything and keeping Sabin in a powerful position, then endorsing him for a second term, is the real story. It’s a story that goes to the heart of the National Party and demonstrates what hollow men they all are.

        As for Northland, the story is pretty widespread, but there are also alternatives being promoted. One is that it was a bit of wife bashing, another that it was a bashing of drug dealers for the civic good. I don’t know who’s spreading them because I don’t think NAct have blubber boy onside with this one. Maybe penguins are involved?

      • Nick K 7.4.4

        Yes, that date coincides with something.

  8. Murray Simmonds 8

    ” . . . . treat every utterance from National with a healthy and hefty degree of scepticism. …” ???

    My advice is “treat every utterance from National with total disbelief.”

    • Brutus Iscariot 8.1

      You could follow that advice, but then you’d be as stupid as those who blindly swallow the National party line. Remember that your brain is your brain, not a partisan tool.

  9. Winston Peters has been a far better speaker than Mark Osborne, as he’s got a wealth of experience to call on obviously, plus he’s charismatic and he does not have the skeletons in the closet to contend with that National MP’s have to deal with.
    I believe this by-election is going to Winston Peters, unless the voting is rigged.
    I shot this footage at Wellsford and Kerikeri. The latter shows all the Northland candidates during a question time.

    Wellsford

    Kerikeri

    • Emalitza 9.1

      Do you have footage of the question time in Kaikohe also?

    • Clemgeopin 9.2

      “I believe this by-election is going to Winston Peters, unless the voting is rigged”

      I hope the Nats do not bring up, in the week of the election, some nasty/distracting dirty trick to derail Winston’s chances. I just don’t trust them much at all now.

    • swordfish 9.3

      Appreciate your efforts, Clare. High quality video/sound. Provides a very useful insight into the campaign.

    • Murray Rawshark 9.4

      Wow. Winston is head and shoulders above the rest as a public speaker. Osborne is like a schoolkid trying to impress adults.

    • felix 9.5

      It looks like the ACT candidate has literally pinned a blue ribbon over his yellow one.

  10. Penny Bright 10

    I have this morning, phoned the Electoral Commission regarding my inquiry as to whom a complaint should be made regarding the National candidate for Northland – Mark Osborne for alleged ‘bribery’ under s.216 of the Electoral Act 1993.

    I was advised that they had received my email and ‘were looking at it’.

    Hopefully I will receive a reply this afternoon.

    That is what I requested.

    Penny Bright

  11. Tracey 11

    Who is writing under Armstrongs by line????

  12. Incognito 12

    I do hope that that photo is both symbolic and prophetic: “Northland turning over another leaf”.

    • Murray Rawshark 13.1

      If the suppression goes, FJK’s presence there will do more harm than good. I have a feeling that, even with suppression, the same will happen. People know. Every day more Northlanders know what he did.

      • Nick K 13.1.1

        I’m on the North Shore of Auckland and even I know what he is *alleged* to have done.

        • Murray Rawshark 13.1.1.1

          Have you told anyone who gets to vote? I tried, but everyone I knew up there had already heard about it. I have posted on Winnie’s FB page a few times, with messages like “Vote National out to keep our children safe.”

      • b waghorn 13.1.2

        If the nats do loose now after all this extra work the embarrassment level is going to be off the scale.

  13. gsays 14

    hi there,
    sorry to perhaps appear to be a little naive about this but i have been sucked in before.
    is the image to go with his post original or has it been photoshopped?

    if original then a picture says a thousand words.

    sabin cover-up.
    same politics just papered over.
    national unstuck in northland.
    its sticky, john, just not sticky enough.
    nationals half-arsed efforts in northland.
    national not handling the heat.
    another cheap fix up in northland.

  14. SMILIN 15

    Headless chickens running around on taxpayers money instead of the Nats money Pork Barrel bullshit promises Burying the truth about Sabin Key trying to find a 1950S MAGIC BULLET THAT DOESN’T EXIST what a shyster throw his capitalist cover up which is totalitarianism out of this country for good and lets get some democracy back in this country before we all have a mental breakdown at the garbage that this govt calls progress and governance before we have no country at all to look after Key is no leader he’s a parasite

  15. Brewer 16

    http://img.scoop.co.nz/stories/images/1503/42036460f70478b84074.jpeg
    Has the aspiring National Party Northland candidate, Mark Osborne, earned the title of “Porky Osborne” for telling us that he knew nothing about the accusations directed at former Northland MP Mike Sabin before late December last year? I find it very strange that Mark Osborne, in his role as the National Party Northland Branch treasurer in 2014 was so much out of the loop that he knew nothing about Mike Sabin’s situation earlier in the year. Telling porkies during an election campaign will not help him hang onto this safe National seat, that’s for sure.

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    Local body elections are coming up next month. And it looks like all Palmerston North candidates for Horizons (the Manawatu-Whanganui Regional Council) want to take action on climate change:Climate change is set to be a key issue in Palmerston North for the next three years if those wanting to get ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • BORA reform is stalled
    Eighteen months ago, the government promised to strengthen the Bill of Rights Act, by explicitly affirming the power of the courts to issue declarations of inconsistency and requiring Parliament to formally respond to them. So how's that going? I was curious, so I asked for all advice about the proposal. ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Corbyn and Brexit
    As the Brexit saga staggers on, the focus is naturally enough on the Prime Minister and his attempts to achieve Brexit “do or die”. But the role played by the Leader of the Opposition is of almost equal interest and complexity. The first problem for Jeremy Corbyn is that he ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    1 week ago
  • A ditch for him to die in
    Last week, English Prime Minister Boris Johnson boldly declared that he would rather die be dead in a ditch than delay Brexit. Unfortunately for him, the UK parliament accepted the challenge, and promptly dug one for him. The "rebellion bill" requires him to ask for and secure yet another temporary ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Warning! Warning! Danger Jacinda Ardern! Danger Marama Davidson! Warning!
    Lost In Political Space: The most important takeaway from this latest Labour sexual assault scandal, which (if I may paraphrase Nixon’s White House counsel’s, John Dean’s, infamous description of Watergate) is “growing like a cancer” on the premiership, is the Labour Party organisation’s extraordinary professional paralysis in the face of ...
    1 week ago
  • Union solidarity with Ihumatao land occupation
    by Daphna Whitmore Every Sunday for the past two months unionists from First Union, with supporters from other unions, have set out to the Ihumatao land protest, put up gazebos and gas barbeques, and cooked food for a few hundred locals and supporters who have come from across the country. ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: The wrong kind of trees?
    Newsroom today has an excellent, in-depth article on pine trees as carbon sinks. The TL;DR is that pine is really good at soaking up carbon, but people prefer far-less efficient native forests instead. Which is understandable, but there's two problems: firstly, we've pissed about so long on this problem that ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • No freedom of speech in Turkey
    Canan Kaftancioglu is a Turkish politician and member of the opposition Republican People's Party (CHP). Like most modern politicians, she tweets, and uses the platform to criticise the Turkish government. She has criticised them over the death of a 14-year-old boy who was hit by a tear gas grenade during ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Speaker: Tadhg Stopford: Why I’m standing for the ADHB
    Hi there, just call me Tim.We face tough problems, and I’d like to help, because there are solutions.An Auckand District Health Board member has nominated me for as a candidate for the ADHB, because her MS-related pain and fatigue is reduced with hemp products from Rotorua.  Nothing else helped her. If I ...
    1 week ago
  • Good little vassals
    The Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security has published their report on whether the SIS and GCSB had any complicity in American torture. And its damning. The pull quote is this:The Inquiry found both agencies, but to a much greater degree, the NZSIS, received many intelligence reports obtained from detainees who, ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Who Shall We Turn To When God, And Uncle Sam, Cease To Defend New Zealand?
    Bewhiskered Cassandra? Professor Hugh White’s chilling suggestion, advanced to select collections of academic, military and diplomatic Kiwi experts over the course of the past week, is that the assumptions upon which Australia and New Zealand have built their foreign affairs and defence policies for practically their entire histories – are ...
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  • The Politics of Opposition
    For most of the time I was a British MP, my party was out of government – these were the Thatcher years, when it was hard for anyone else to get a look-in. As a front-bencher and shadow minister, I became familiar with the strategies required in a parliamentary democracy ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    1 week ago
  • More expert comments on the Canadian fluoride-IQ paper
    The Green et al (2019) fluoride/IQ is certainly controversial – as would be expected from its subject (see If at first you don’t succeed . . . statistical manipulation might help and Politics of science – making a silk purse out of a sow’s ear). Anti-fluoride campaigners have been actively promoting it ...
    1 week ago
  • The return to guerrilla war in Colombia
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    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Air New Zealand identifies this enormous plot of unused land as possible second airport site
    Air New Zealand couldn’t believe its luck that this seemingly ideal piece of real estate had so far gone entirely unnoticed. Air New Zealand’s search for a site to build a second Auckland Airport may have made a breakthrough this afternoon, after employees scanning Google satellite imagery spotted a huge, ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Redline on the Labour Party
    No-one on the anti-capitalist left in this country today puts forward a case that Labour is on the side of the working class.  There are certainly people who call themselves ‘socialist’ who do, but they are essentially liberals with vested interests in Labourism – often for career reasons. Nevertheless, there ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • New Fisk
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Labour’s failure
    When National was in government and fucking over the poor for the benefit of the rich, foodbanks were a growth industry. And now Labour is in charge, nothing has changed: A huge demand for emergency food parcels means the Auckland City Mission is struggling to prepare for the impending arrival ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Ardern attempts to vaccinate Clarke Gayford live on television to prove that it’s safe
    Gayford, pictured here on The Project, before things got wildly out of control. A bold public relations move by the Government to encourage parents to vaccinate their children has gone horribly wrong. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern appeared on tonight’s episode of Three’s The Project, where the plan was for her ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Has Mr. Whippy gone too far by parking on our front lawns?
    Mr. Whippy’s business model has driven it down a dark road of intimidation. Residents in major centres around the country are becoming disgruntled by the increasingly aggressive actions of purported ice cream company Mr. Whippy, who have taken to parking on people’s front lawns and doorsteps in a desperate attempt ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Cleaning up the water
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Fronting up
    Today I appeared before the Environment Committee to give an oral submission on the Zero Carbon Bill. Over 1,500 people have asked to appear in person, so they've divided into subcommittees and are off touring the country, giving people a five minute slot each. The other submitters were a mixed ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Politics of science – making a silk purse out of a sow’s ear
    Anti-fluoride activists have some wealthy backers – they are erecting billboards misrepresenting the Canadian study on many New Zealand cities – and local authorities are ordering their removal because of their scaremongering. Many New Zealanders ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Democracy – I Don’t Think So
    So, those who “know best” have again done their worst. While constantly claiming to be the guardians of democracy and the constitution, and respecters of the 2016 referendum result, diehard Remainers (who have never brought themselves to believe that their advice could have been rejected) have striven might and main ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    2 weeks ago
  • Government says it will now build just one really nice home
    Following publication of this article, the Ministry has requested it to be noted that this supplied image is not necessarily representative of what the final house will look like, and it “probably won’t be that nice.” As part of today’s long-anticipated reset of the Government’s flagship KiwiBuild policy, Housing Minister ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Imperialism and your cup of coffee
    Over the next week or two we will be running three synopses of parts of the opening chapter of John Smith’s Imperialism in the 21st Century (New York, Monthly Review Press, 2016).  The synopsis and commentary below is written by Phil Duncan. Marx began Capital not with a sweeping historical ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Still juking the stats
    The State Services Commission and Ombudsman have released another batch of OIA statistics, covering the last six months. Request volumes are up, and the core public service is generally handling them within the legal timeframe, though this may be because they've learned to extend rather than just ignore things. And ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Hard News: Time for a New Deal: 25 years on
    In 1994, I was editing an ambitious street mag called Planet, from a fabled office at at 309 Karangahape Road. The thirteenth issue of the magazine was published in the winter of that year and its cover embodied a particularly ambitious goal: the end of cannabis prohibition.I wanted to do ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Not impressed
    KiwiBuild was one of the Ardern government's core policies. The government would end the housing crisis and make housing affordable again by building 100,000 new homes. Of course, it didn't work out like that: targets weren't met, the houses they did build were in the wrong place, and the whole ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Solar beats coal
    As the climate crisis escalates, it is now obvious that we need to radically decarbonise our economy. The good news is that its looking easy and profitable for the energy sector. Wind is already cheaper than fossil fuels, and now solar is too:The levellised cost of solar PV has fallen ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago

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