Wait, didn’t he say ‘women’?

Written By: - Date published: 10:51 am, June 6th, 2009 - 50 comments
Categories: corruption, crime, john key, national, national/act government, richard worth, sexism - Tags:

There’s still a lot of confusion on the Right, in particular, about the sequence of events in the Worth saga, so I’ve tried to reconstruct it below (btw, thanks to John Armstrong for using his time machine and advising us “The [Dover] Samuels case had negligible impact on the new [Labour-led] government’s subsequent fortunes. The same applies to Richard Worth’s fall from grace” Could he also tell us the results of the next five elections, so we can just can them? You old hack). Anyway, the timeline:

November 2008-February 2009: Worth offers a woman, who happens to be a Labour member, two jobs in return for sexual favours and leaving Labour to join National. This a clear case of corruption and abuse of power. He makes contact about 100 times over this period becoming more sexually aggressive. He is sometimes apparently drunk and sexually harasses her. Phil Goff becomes aware of this late last year and offers to take the matter up privately with John Key but the woman does not want to take the matter further fearing publicity.

Late February: Worth visits India as a minister. During that time he promotes the business activities of several enterprises with which he is associated. A classic conflict of interest for which ministers are routinely sacked.

Early (?) March: Worth entertains a woman as minister in Wellington, gets her drunk, and books her into a hotel room. He stays and something of a sexual nature happens. The woman, as is common in cases of a sexual nature, does not lay a complaint initially.

Late March/early April: Labour raises issues over Worth’s conflict of interest in his visit to India. Key gives him a ‘bollocking’ but no punishment. So much for one strike. This contrasts with his idol, Keith Holyoake, who was once asked permission by a minister to go on a trip that would have raised a conflict of interest. Holyoake denied permission and sacked the minister.

mid-April: Worth visits Jamil Sandhu after he is allegedly assaulted by the son of the mate of Worth’s. The purpose of Worth’s visit is never adequately explained although his version of events is at odds with the family, who say he introduced himself in his ministerial capacity. Clearly, he was trying to use his power to do a favour for his mate.

May 6: The first woman has a change of heart and takes up Goff’s offer. Goff speaks to Key on the phone, relating the woman’s complaint. Key is not surprised. he has heard rumours of similar behaviour by Worth. Key (or his office, he’s not clear) confronts Worth on the issue. Worth denies all and signs a file note that he would sign an affidavit to that effect and threatens to sue the woman and Labour if the issue is made public.

May 7 or 8: Key’s office reports to Goff’s office that Worth denies the events but has been placed on notice about this kind of behaviour. The woman wants to avoid publicity. The matter is allowed to rest on the assurance that Worth will not be behaving like this in the future.

Mid May: The woman who alleges Worth committed a sexual offence against her take her complaint to Police.

May 26: Key informed of Police investigation over Worth. Keeps suspected sex offender, whom he has also been told was earlier using his power corruptly in relation to least one other woman, in his portfolios and keeps the news quiet so as not to spoil the Budget.

June 3: Worth announces resignation. Key initially refuses to give any details and says he won’t be giving any. That lasts two hours. He acknowledges there is a ‘criminal matter’ involving Worth. Later he says that Worth had “been making a nuisance of himself towards women” (note, women). Phil Goff confirms rumours that he had taken a complaint about sexual harassment by Worth to Key on behalf of a complainant.

June 4: Key refuses to believe the veracity of the story from woman who claims sexual harassment. In perhaps the worst performance by a Prime Minister since the schnapps election, Key insists to National Radio’s Mary Wilson that the complainant needs to go public and says he will make public any information he gives her. Eventually Wilson gets him to agree that a private meeting will suffice. His office calls NatRad to complain about Wilson (better to be interviewed by his mate Plunket than some uppity sheila).

June 5: Key says that he didn’t sack Worth because of the alleged sexual offence but for another, non-criminal matter relating to the same events as the alleged sexual offence (this is at odds with previous statements when he has said Worth’s sacking is over a “criminal matter”). Key won’t reveal what the non-criminal matter is. Goff recounts his phone conversation with Key over the sexual harassment issue. Says Key was not surprised as he had heard rumours of such activity. Goff arranges private meeting for Key with the woman. Key pulls out at the last moment.

Key has handled this appallingly. He has failed to do the bare minimums expected of a Prime Minister. There are more questions that need answering:

  • Why did Key say women, are there other women that Worth has been sexually harassing?
  • What rumours had he heard before Goff came to him?
  • Had he investigated these rumours, if not why not?
  • Why did he keep a man he at least suspected of committing a sexual offence on as a minister (not even suspending him) for a week after learning of the allegation?
  • What was the other non-criminal matter that Key now says actually caused him to lose confidence in Worth?
  • Why the week between losing confidence and forcing Worth to resign, other than the obvious – that he didn’t want to wreck the Budget?

50 comments on “Wait, didn’t he say ‘women’? ”

  1. tsmithfield 1

    I have posted this post here as well as it is probably most relevant to this topic:

    IrishBill: use a link next time.

    • Anita 1.1

      My response is back in the place you originally posted this comment. I can’t see a lot of value in recopying everything everywhere.

    • Zetetic 1.2

      Do you really think that this woman would just make all this up? Do you think Goff would put so much of his political capital on the line if he wasn’t sure?

      You pick up a few mis-speaks from Goff and build a fantasy world on that.

      According to Garner, Goff has the texts. He implies he has seen them.

      Remember, fool, that Goff and the lady were keen to meet Key with the texts yesterday. It was your hero that didn’t have the balls.

    • felix 1.3

      Desperate.

  2. Kaplan 2

    All Key had to do was meet with her like he said he would. Very easy one would think. But yet again he shows how appallingly he handles himself by letting a very easy task spiral into something that makes him look like a fool.

    TS you can spin your version of events out as much as you like, quite frankly it doesnt really matter. Key had the ability ot make this a quick, clean affair.

    He has failed miserably.

    Can you here that noise? It’s the right’s share of the centre vote joining the centre Auckland, Maori and female vote trickling on back over to the left.

    • felix 2.1

      Hard to hear it when you’re bleeding from the ears from the sound of your own voice going “LALALALALALALALA”

    • RedLogix 2.2

      Key had the ability ot make this a quick, clean affair.

      And at little to no apparent political cost.

      This is the really odd thing about the whole sordid little mess; either Key is an inexperienced fool for failing to take obvious steps right from the beginning; OR it gets really interesting to speculate as to the hidden costs Key has been reluctant to incur by acting sooner.

      • doc whose asking 2.2.1

        excellent final point to make…

        rumors, as I have argued to TS elsewhere on the same topic are a two-way street.. or if we might illustrate it thus, a party/counterparty affair.

        But since it was the PM’s word TS’s lack of response leaves both himself and his hero somewhat open to their own failings.

        His expressed moral outrage – backbone and all that – now looks deviant. A demon must be found and thus—nothing else matters—making intelligent let alone sentient discussion with this rather forlorn soul* a waste of time.

        For all.

        * sawol may have been the olde english worde for this in the bro bible TS’s fiber hath been cast in.

        • doc whose asking 2.2.1.1

          addendum: the hidden costs Key has been reluctant to incur by acting sooner.

          Having just heard a news bulletin with its PM pronouncement( gasps there suggest how unexpected this was) for the Auckie throne, as it were, one is left wondering at the prescience you appear to have displayed.. yes?

  3. giggles 3

    it’s obvious you’re very keen to tie something negative to key here and considering you’re a left wing blog, you wouldn’t be doing your cause justice if you didn’t.

    it’s also looking increasingly obvious that you could be dragging your own leader down the dunny with your attempts.

    Are you asking yourselves if goff acted responsibly by not coming forward earlier or will you continue to stick with your “change of heart” defence?

    • felix 3.1

      Yeah, people all over the country are starting to piece this together and they’re all thinking the same thing: “What a weak leader and sexual deviant that bastard Goff must be”.

      Oh no hang on, that’s retarded.

    • gobsmacked 3.2

      Giggles

      When you say Goff “coming forward”, do you mean privately (to Key) or publicly (to the media)?

      Which of the two should he have done earlier, and should he have done it against the wishes of the woman?

    • Zetetic 3.3

      Not my leader. I’m RAM to the bone.

      Anyway. Would you be praising Goff if he had raised this in the House to attack Key against the wishes of the woman? No, you munter, you wouldn’t.

      • IrishBill 3.3.1

        RAM are splitters. Go the Workers Party!

        • Ari 3.3.1.1

          I’m so disappointed I can’t remember that line from Life of Brian right now. 🙂

          On a more serious note: It doesn’t matter if they’re splitters. His vote is his, and nobody gets to tell him what to do with it. 🙂

          • QoT 3.3.1.1.1

            Judaean People’s Front? Judaean People’s Front? We’re the People’s Front of Judaea!

  4. tsmithfield 4

    You are all moaning about Key. Yet none of you have actually disputed my logic.

    It seems absolutely clear that either Goff or the woman are lying.

    Goff stated on the news last night that it was unfair to have to supply the texts alone because in isolation the texts do not prove anything. The womans own statement says the same.

    Yet, I have given examples from the very statement that the woman gave that contradicts that position. For example, not only was there one text inviting the woman to go swimming, there were “texts”.

    Any one of these texts would be enough to torpedo Worth right out of the water. Plus, clearly these texts would add a lot of validity to the claimed content of the phone calls.

    So why is Goff now backing away from the texts as evidence in themselves?

    Common, instead of abusing me, challenge my logic.

  5. tsmithfield 5

    The paucity of your response indicates your inability to give one.

    You obviously realise I have exposed a major contradiction and evidence of lying otherwise you would come back with something worth reading.

    • gobsmacked 5.1

      Tsmithfield

      One problem with your logic is that it ignores how this began.

      Goff approached Key. He did so after a very long time, months after he first heard from the woman. Indeed, he has been criticised for taking so long.

      So he approaches Key and … lies? Fantasises? Why? Remember: that is how the story began. Otherwise, Key – and the media – would never hear about all these mystery texts and calls. So why did Goff do it? If he had only half-truths, and just wanted to score points, he could have gone down the usual route: Parliamentary privilege, questions to Worth or Key, using an attack dog (Mallard) instead of the leader. That way you don’t need proof, just perception.

      But instead he goes to Key, privately. Why on earth would he do that?

      Alternatively: the woman has led Goff along for months. She has lied and/or fantasised. A Labour party member who wants to set up her boss? A far-left mole who wants Goff out? Lots of conspiracy theories … but no logic.

      It is extremely rare for sane people (and Goff surely is, the woman we cannot know) to fabricate to such a degree, in such detail, for so long, and for so little reason. Worth wasn’t (sorry) worth it. And he’s gone anyway.

      Either the woman is seriously deluded, and very creative, or Worth was harrassing her. Believe what you want.

      • indiana 5.1.1

        …I still can’t work out why Goff simply didn’t hand over the copies of the texts at the the time of notifying Key…

        • Anita 5.1.1.1

          A simple possibility: because the woman harassed by Worth didn’t want him to, and he respected her wishes (unlike Worth who didn’t). If that is the actual answer then Goff’s choice was the right one.

          • indiana 5.1.1.1.1

            originally yes, five months ago yes, but now?

          • Anita 5.1.1.1.2

            Still now. They’re her email messages, they contain things about her, she will be affected by other people reading them, she will be judged, criticised and attacked for their contents.

            So the decision is hers not Goff’s.

    • gobsmacked 5.2

      Tsmithfield

      One problem with your logic is that it ignores how this began.

      Goff approached Key. He did so after a very long time, months after he first heard from the woman. Indeed, he has been criticised for taking so long.

      So he phones Key and … lies? Fantasises? Why? Remember: that is how the story began. Otherwise, Key – and the media – would never hear about all these mystery texts and calls.

      Alternatively: the woman has led Goff along for months. She has lied and/or fantasised. A Labour party member who wants to set up her boss? A far-left mole who wants Goff out? Lots of conspiracy theories … but no logic.

      It is extremely rare for sane people (and Goff surely is, the woman we cannot know) to fabricate to such a degree, in such detail, for so long, and for so little reason. Worth wasn’t (sorry) worth it.

      So either the woman is seriously deluded, and very creative, or Worth was harrassing her.

      In the end, you believe what you want.

      • gobsmacked 5.2.1

        Sorry, I’ve no idea how 2 different versions of that got posted. The first one is the director’s cut.

    • felix 5.3

      You obviously realise I have exposed a major contradiction and evidence of lying otherwise you would come back with something worth reading.

      Is this another example of your “logic”?

      I think you can destroy your last remaining shreds of credibility without my help. Go to it.

  6. tsmithfield 6

    Correction. It was TV1 not TV3 news.

    Here is the link:

    http://tvnz.co.nz/politics-news/worth-faces-further-allegations-2770275/video

    Goff clearly states that it is unfair to have to provide the texts to prove her case because the damning stuff is in the phone calls.

    I have demonstrated on the basis of the woman’s own statement that this is clearly not true. There is also sufficiently damning stuff in the texts to make a sufficient case, according to the woman.

    • gobsmacked 6.1

      You made an error. You contradicted a previous comment. TV1 is not TV3. So I will now spin my hardest, through every organ and orifice, claiming your credibility is shattered.

      No, that isn’t “logical” in my book, but it is in yours.

      • felix 6.1.1

        He MUST have known that TV1 and TV3 are different channels, surely? This OBVIOUSLY points to a deliberate deception etc etc

  7. Steve 7

    You’d have to say this was Keys Weak Week. Where is his strong leadership if he can’t at the very least, suspend a minister he knows is under suspicion. Helen Clark did this and then waited for natural justice to take its course. At that time key was leading the charge to deny natural justice but now he’s in the hot seat he’s expecting others to give him the options he didn’t give Clark. How the screw turns.

  8. tsmithfield 8

    Felix, look at the link to the news article I have just given. Goff appears towards the end with the comments I have referred to.

    http://tvnz.co.nz/politics-news/worth-faces-further-allegations-2770275/video

    He clearly states that it is unfair to have to supply the text records first because the sexually explicit stuff is in the phone-calls.

    I have given an example from the womans own statement of an example of what she referred to as sexually explicit messages. This was “texts” not just one text, enquiring about when they could go swimming together.

    Goff has clearly lied, or has discovered that the woman has lied. There is no other way to interpret this. A text message enquiring about going swimming together is clearly sexually loaded and would be enough to destroy Worths remaining credibility if any is left to destroy.

    Why is he now backtracking on the texts Felix?

    • gobsmacked 8.1

      He is not backtracking. Goff and the woman wanted (and still want) to meet Key. Key is trying to avoid the meeting he promised.

      Key wants Goff and the woman to meet – and trust – his chief of staff.

      The same man who has already accepted Richard Worth’s word that this is all false.

      Tui time, I think.

    • Zetetic 8.2

      He never said there was explicit material in the texts. He always said most of that was in the phone calls. The texts are more subdued. So Goff mispoke and said emails once rather than texts. Big deal.

      You still can’t get past the logic that Goff and the woman want to meet Key and give him this evidence. If they didn’t have it they wouldn’t be lining up to give it to him. Would they, genius?

  9. Ianmac 9

    TSM wrote:”He clearly states that it is unfair to have to supply the text records first because the sexually explicit stuff is in the phone-calls.”
    I am damned if I can read the above quote into the comments of Goff. It is TSM’s use of the word “because” I think. The woman wanted to meet and show with Key like he had promised. I too would be a bit dubious about handing over the documents to a staff person who had apparently mishandled the affair from the beginning. Imagine the spin that could ensue from that! TSM You are not convincing me anyway. Dumb.

  10. Outofbed 10

    I think that fact Smithfield’s is a meat market in London, says it all

  11. Zetetic 11

    I’ve just borrowed Armstrong’s time machine and gone a week into the future. Key has seen the texts and the phone logs. Accepted the woman’s story. Smithfield is now attacking the women for not coming forward earlier. ‘It must mean they are liars’

  12. tsmithfield 12

    Go back to the womans statement. She was complaining about the sexual content of both the texts and the phone conversations.

    A text enquiring about “swimming together” can be seen as nothing other than sexual. Goff has clearly said the sexually explicit stuff was only in the phone calls, and that the texts were inoffensive without that context. The womans own statement clearly conflicts with this.

    As I said, just one text asking about “swimming together” should be enough. Goff is backing away from the texts very clearly.

    • Anita 12.1

      tsmithfield,

      Not wanting, in any way, to defend anyone’s actions in all this. But still wanting to say “wtf?!”

      A text enquiring about “swimming together’ can be seen as nothing other than sexual.

      WTF?!

      • tsmithfield 12.1.1

        I would think that most women, if they got a text from a man they hardly knew, would regard that as sexual, Anita, don’t you think?

        The point is, it would corroborate her story and the therefore add weight to what she was saying about the phone calls. I just can’t see why Goff is unwilling to have the texts put forward. They can only help not hinder the womans position.

        • Ari 12.1.1.1

          Or he could be a swimmer in his spare time. Trying to say there’s only one way to interpret a text message is like saying there’s only one way to solve a Rubik’s cube.

  13. tsmithfield 13

    Also why did Goff make the following comment reported in a Herald article?

    “Mr Goff said yesterday that the woman was strikingly beautiful.”

    Maybe he want to go swimming with her too.

    Maybe he was having a “Mills and Boon” moment.

  14. Outofbed 14

    TMS
    Me thinks he doth protest too much
    He has the same style as DPF btw

  15. tsmithfield 15

    Outofbed: “He has the same style as DPF btw”

    Na. I’m not worthy to clean his shoes.

    What was really interesting was what the Herald article didn’t quote. The full version went something like this:

    “Mr Goff said yesterday that the woman was strikingly beautiful. The sun sparkled and danced off her long, silken black hair. She was tall and slender like a poplar tree swaying in the wind…”

  16. Maynard J 16

    Tsmithfield, can I just get this in one statement from you: you think there is lying because the texts were mainly suggstive (wearing see-through clothing and going swimming) and it is the calls that were worse, according to the story you reference. So:

    – What is this in contrast to – i.e. is there another statement that says otherwise.

    – Is this a major change in the story – does it greatly affect it?

    – If you think so, what do you think the implications are and why?

    You changed your story from one TV channel to another, but, for instance, that is a small thing that does not affect the point you are trying to make. Intersting time for you to make such a small mistake.

    Without really wanting to bring the nazis into it, some people have studied gas chambers and could not find non-permable door seals. They concluded that the whole thing was a jewish fraud. I am always sceptical of people who question the veracity of a large point, because of something that while important, is not overarching. I am not comparing you to that type of denialist, but note that your methodology is similar.

  17. tsmithfield 17

    Maynard J “Intersting time for you to make such a small mistake.”

    I remembered seeing it on the news last night. Couldn’t find it on the three-news clip, then I remembered I had watched the one news. Not a biggee. Corrected it as soon as I realised I had made the mistake and before anyone pointed it out to me.

    Maynard J “can I just get this in one statement from you: you think there is lying because the texts were mainly suggstive (wearing see-through clothing and going swimming) and it is the calls that were worse, according to the story you reference”

    Thats where you are wrong. You are mixing up the texts with the phone calls. Go back and read the statement from the woman. The conversations, not the texts, were about see through clothing, him meeting her at the airport etc. These were the calls she felt uncomfortable about. They seem to be on the same level to the texts she had received (going swimming together and texts ending in xxx)

    So I think Goff was at least being deliberately misleading when he claimed that the phone calls had the juicy stuff but the texts did not. It seems from the examples given that they were all at a similar level.

    Therefore, it seems to me that Goff was trying fudge having to produce the texts because according to him they couldn’t be viewed in isolation from the phone calls, hence the meeting was needed. However, the woman’s statement suggests the texts were just as damning as the phone calls. So there seems no reason why the texts, if they exist, can’t be produced in isolation from everything else.

  18. felix 18

    I think it’s pretty clear that “tsmithfield” is actually DPF.

    Think about it – if he is DPF he would definitely deny it. Which is exactly what he does, above!

    What other reason could he possibly have for denying it?

    (Heh, I see why he uses this retard version of reasoning now, you can explain ANYTHING this way.)

    • Pascal's bookie 18.1

      Exactly.

      And he held off on denying it until someone made the specific accusation. He’s been twittering away here for days conveniently sitting on that info about him not being dpf,

      Very fucking suspicious in my view.

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    I know the feelingIt is the real thingThe essence of the soulThe perfect momentThat golden momentI know you feel it tooI know the feelingIt is the real thingYou can't refuse the embraceNo?Sometimes we face the things we most dislike. A phobia or fear that must be confronted so it doesn’t ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    3 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on how moderates empower the political right
    Struth, what a week. Having made sure the rural sector won’t have to pay any time soon for its pollution, PM Christopher Luxon yesterday chose Fieldays 2024 to launch a parliamentary inquiry into rural banking services, to see how the banks have been treating farmers faced with high interest rates. ...
    3 days ago
  • Bernard's Dawn Chorus and pick 'n' mix for Thursday, June 13
    In April, 17,656 people left Aotearoa-NZ to live overseas, averaging 588 a day, with just over half of those likely to have gone to Australia. Photo: Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: My six things to note in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy around housing, climate and poverty on Thursday, June 13 ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • Our guide to having your say on the draft RLTP 2024
    Auckland’s draft Regional Land Transport Plan (RLTP) 2024 is open for feedback – and you only have until Monday 17 June to submit. Do it! Join the thousands of Aucklanders who are speaking up for wise strategic investment that will dig us out of traffic and give us easy and ...
    Greater AucklandBy Connor Sharp
    4 days ago
  • The China puzzle
    Chinese Premier Li Qiang arrives in Wellington today for a three-day visit to the country. The visit will take place amid uncertainty about the future of the New Zealand-China relationship. Li hosted a formal welcome and then lunch for then-Prime Minister Chris Hipkins in Beijing a year ago. The pair ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    4 days ago
  • Fossil fuels are shredding our democracy
    This is a re-post of an article from the Climate Brink by Andrew Dessler published on June 3, 2024. I have an oped in the New York Times (gift link) about this. For a long time, a common refrain about the energy transition was that renewable energy needed to become ...
    4 days ago
  • Life at 20 kilometres an hour
    We are still in France, getting from A to B.Possibly for only another week, though; Switzerland and Germany are looming now. On we pedal, towards Budapest, at about 20 km per hour.What are are mostly doing is inhaling a country, loving its ways and its food. Rolling, talking, quietly thinking. ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    4 days ago
  • Hipkins is still useless
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Exercising with the IDF.
    This morning I did something I seldom do, I looked at the Twitter newsfeed. Normally I take the approach of something that I’m not sure is an American urban legend, or genuinely something kids do over there. The infamous bag of dog poo on the front porch, set it on ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    4 days ago
  • Helm Hammerhand Anime: First Pictures and an Old English ‘Hera’
    We have some news on the upcoming War of the Rohirrim anime. It will apparently be two and a half hours in length, with Peter Jackson as Executive Producer, and Helm’s daughter Hera will be the main character. Also, pictures: The bloke in the middle picture is Freca’s ...
    4 days ago
  • Farmers get free pass on climate AND get subsidies
    The cows will keep burping and farting and climate change will keep accelerating - but farmers can stop worrying about being included in the ETS. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: My six things to note in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy around housing, climate and poverty on Wednesday, June 12 were:The ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • Six ideas to secure Te Huia’s Future
    This is a guest post by our friend Darren Davis. It originally appeared on his excellent blog, Adventures in Transitland, which features “musings about public transport and other cool stuff in Aotearoa/ New Zealand and around the globe.” With Te Huia now having funding secure through to 2026, now is ...
    Greater AucklandBy Darren Davis
    5 days ago
  • The methane waka sinks
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    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    5 days ago
  • At a glance – Does positive feedback necessarily mean runaway warming?
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    5 days ago
  • Climate Change: Farmers get what they wanted – for now
    Since entering office, National has unravelled practically every climate policy, leaving us with no effective way of reducing emissions or meeting our emissions budgets beyond magical thinking around the ETS. And today they've announced another step: removing agriculture entirely. At present, following the complete failure of he waka eka noa, ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Presumed Innocent?
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    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    5 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on our doomed love affair with oil and gas
    What if New Zealand threw a fossil fuel party, and nobody came? On the weekend, Resources Minister Shane Jones sent out the invitations and strung up the balloons, but will anyone really want to invest big time in resuming oil and gas exploration in our corner of the planet? Yes, ...
    WerewolfBy lyndon
    5 days ago
  • Building better housing insights
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    Greater AucklandBy Guest Post
    6 days ago
  • Putin would be proud of them
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Resources for debunking common solar and wind myths
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    6 days ago
  • Juggernaut
    Politics were going on all around us yesterday, and we barely noticed, rolling along canal paths, eating baguettes. It wasn’t until my mate got to the headlines last night that we learned there had been a dismayingly strong far right result in the EU elections and Macron had called a ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    6 days ago
  • Numbers Game.
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    6 days ago
  • Media Link: AVFA on post-colonial blowback.
    Selwyn Manning and I discuss varieties of post colonial blowback and the implications its has for the rise of the Global South. Counties discussed include Palestine/Israel, France/New Caledonia, England/India, apartheid/post-apartheid South Africa and post-colonial New Zealand. It is a bit … Continue reading ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    6 days ago
  • Policy by panic
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • PSA: NZ's Richest Company, Zuru, Sucks
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    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    6 days ago
  • Bernard's Dawn Chorus and pick 'n' mix for Monday, June 10
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    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    7 days ago
  • In Defence of Kāinga Ora
    Given the headlines around the recent findings of the ‘independent’ review of Kāinga Ora by Bill English, you might assume this post will be about social housing, Kāinga Ora’s most prominent role. While that is indeed something that requires defending, I want to talk about the other core purpose of ...
    Greater AucklandBy Connor Sharp
    7 days ago
  • Baby You're A Rich Man
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    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    7 days ago
  • Stopping a future Labour government from shutting down gas exploration
    A defiant Resources Minister Shane Jones has responded to Saturday’s environmental protests by ending Labour’s offshore oil exploration ban and calling for long-term contracts with any successful explorers. The purpose would be to prevent a future Labour Government from reversing any licence the explorers might hold. Jones sees a precedent ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    7 days ago
  • 2024 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #23
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    1 week ago
  • Fission by the river
    This is where we ate our lunch last Wednesday. Never mind your châteaux and castles and whatnot, we like to enjoy a baguette in the shadow of a nuclear power plant; a station that puts out more than twice as much as Manapouri using nothing more than tiny atoms to bring ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    1 week ago
  • Fact Brief – Is the ocean acidifying?
    Skeptical Science is partnering with Gigafact to produce fact briefs — bite-sized fact checks of trending claims. This fact brief was written by John Mason in collaboration with members from the Gigafact team. You can submit claims you think need checking via the tipline. Is the ocean acidifying? Acidification of oceans ...
    1 week ago
  • 20,000+ on Queen St.
    The largest protest I ever went on was in the mid 90s. There were 10,000 people there that day, and I’ve never forgotten it. An enormous mass of people, chanting together. Stretching block after block, bringing traffic to a halt.But I can’t say that’s the biggest protest I’ve ever been ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • Josh Drummond's Columns
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    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    1 week ago
  • Bernard’s Saturday soliloquy and weekend Pick ‘n’ Mix for June 8/9
    Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: On reflection, the six things to note in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy around housing, climate and poverty this week were:The Government-driven freeze in building new classrooms, local roads and water networks in order to save cash for tax cuts is frustrating communities facing massive population ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • The no-vision thing
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    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    1 week ago
  • When Journalists are Disingenuous
    Hi,One of the things I like the most about Webworm is to be able to break down the media and journalism a little, and go behind the scenes.This is one of those times.Yesterday an email arrived in my inbox from journalist Jonathan Milne, who is managing editor at Newsroom.I don’t ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    1 week ago
  • Me, elsewhere: Just say you’ll do the thing
    Wrote something over at 1/200 on a familiar theme of mine: The way we frame the economy as a separate, sacred force which must be sacrificed to, the way we talk about criminals as invaders who must be repelled, the constant othering of people on the benefit, people not in ...
    Boots TheoryBy Stephanie Rodgers
    1 week ago
  • A Voyage Among the Vandals: Accepted
    A nice bit of news today: my 4600-word historical fantasy-horror piece, A Voyage Among the Vandals, has been accepted by Phobica Books (https://www.phobicabooks.co.uk/books) for their upcoming Pirate Horror anthology, Shivering Timbers. This one is set in the Mediterranean, during the mid-fifth century AD. Notable for having one of history’s designated ...
    1 week ago
  • Ministerial conflicts of interest
    Since the National government came to power, it has been surrounded by allegations of conflicts of interest. Firstly, there's the fast-track law, which concentrates power in the hands of three Ministers, some of whom have received donations from companies whose projects they will be deciding on. Secondly, there's the close ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • The 2024 Budget Forecasts Are Gloomy Prognosis About The Next Three Years.
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    PunditBy Brian Easton
    1 week ago
  • A government that can't see twenty feet ahead
    There are two failings that consistently characterise a National government. One is a lack of imagination, the other is their willingness to look after their mates, no matter what harm it might do to everyone else.This is how we come to have thousands of enormous trucks carving up our roads. ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    1 week ago
  • A post I hope is incorrect
    In May, we learned that National MP David MacLeod had "forgotten" to declare $178,000 in electoral donations. Filing a donation return which is false in any material particular is a crime, and the Electoral Commission has now referred MacLeod to police, since they're the only people who are allowed to ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Māori Cannot Re-Write New Zealand’s Constitution By Stealth.
    The Kotahitanga Parliament 1897: A Māori Parliament – at least in the guise of a large and representative body dedicated to describing the shape of New Zealand’s future from a Māori perspective – would be a very good idea.THE DEMAND for a “Māori Parliament” needs to be carefully unpicked. Some Pakeha, ...
    1 week ago
  • Cowpats and Colonials.
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    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • Gordon Campbell on cutting the sick leave of vulnerable workers
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    WerewolfBy lyndon
    1 week ago
  • Nobody Move: Ageing Boomers, Laurie & Les, Talk Politics.
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    1 week ago
  • In Search Of Unity.
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    1 week ago
  • Weekly Roundup 7-June-2024
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    Greater AucklandBy Greater Auckland
    1 week ago
  • The Hoon around the week to June 7
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    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • Did we boil the oceans by cutting pollution?
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    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #23 2024
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    1 week ago
  • Fragments
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    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    1 week ago
  • March for Nature
    Do do do do do do do doDo do do do do doDi di di di di di di di di di diNature enter me…In 2018 the Labour lead government banned new oil and gas exploration in Aotearoa. A change welcomed by those who care deeply for our environment and ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • Bernard’s Dawn Chorus and pick ‘n’ mix for Thursday, June 6
    The Transport Minister is trying to push through urgent legislation that would allow him to change emissions standards for car imports without approval from Parliament, after only consulting car importers. Photo: Lynn GrievesonTL;DR: Just as two major reports showed fossil fuel burning was warming the planet to dangerous levels and ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago

  • High Court Judge appointed
    Attorney-General Judith Collins today announced the appointment of Auckland King’s Counsel Gregory Peter Blanchard as a High Court Judge. Justice Blanchard attended the University of Auckland from 1991 to 1995, graduating with an LLB (Honours) and Bachelor of Arts (English). He was a solicitor with the firm that is now Dentons ...
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    2 days ago
  • Health workforce numbers rise
    Health Minister Dr Shane Reti says new data released today shows encouraging growth in the health workforce, with a continued increase in the numbers of doctors, nurses and midwives joining Health New Zealand. “Frontline healthcare workers are the beating heart of the healthcare system. Increasing and retaining our health workforce ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Government to overhaul firearms laws
    Associate Justice Minister Nicole McKee has today announced a comprehensive programme to reform New Zealand's outdated and complicated firearms laws. “The Arms Act has been in place for over 40 years. It has been amended several times – in a piecemeal, and sometimes rushed way. This has resulted in outdated ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Government delivers landmark specialist schools investment
    The coalition Government is delivering record levels of targeted investment in specialist schools so children with additional needs can thrive. As part of Budget 24, $89 million has been ringfenced to redevelop specialist facilities and increase satellite classrooms for students with high needs. This includes: $63 million in depreciation funding ...
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    2 days ago
  • Major health and safety consultation begins
    A substantial consultation on work health and safety will begin today with a roadshow across the regions over the coming months, says Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Brooke van Velden.  This the first step to deliver on the commitment to reforming health and safety law and regulations, set out in ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Growing the potential of New Zealand’s forestry sector in partnership
    Forestry Minister Todd McClay, today announced the start of the Government’s plan to restore certainty and confidence in the forestry and wood processing sector. “This government will drive investment to unlock the industry’s economic potential for growth,” Mr McClay says. “Forestry’s success is critical to rebuilding New Zealand’s economy, boosting ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Government cancels forestry ETS annual service charges for 2023-24
    Annual service charges in the forestry Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) will be cancelled for 2023/24, Forestry Minister Todd McClay says. “The sector has told me the costs imposed on forestry owners by the previous government were excessive and unreasonable and I agree,” Mr McClay says. “They have said that there ...
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    2 days ago
  • Speech to the LGNZ Infrastructure Symposium
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    2 days ago
  • Government boosts Agriculture and food trade with China
    Trade and Agriculture Minister Todd McClay and Food Safety Minister Andrew Hoggard welcomed outcomes to boost agricultural and food trade between New Zealand and China. A number of documents were signed today at Government House that will improve the business environment between New Zealand and China, and help reduce barriers, including on infant formula ...
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    3 days ago
  • NZ and China launch Services Trade Negotiations
    Trade Minister Todd McClay, and China’s Commerce Minister Wang Wentao, today announced the official launch of Negotiations on Services Trade between the two countries.  “The Government is focused on opening doors for services exporters to grow the New Zealand’s economy,” Mr McClay says.  As part of the 2022 New Zealand-China Free Trade Agreement Upgrade ...
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    3 days ago
  • Prime Minister Luxon meets with Premier Li
    Prime Minister Christopher Luxon met with Chinese Premier Li Qiang at Government House in Wellington today.  “I was pleased to welcome Premier Li to Wellington for his first official visit, which marks 10 years since New Zealand and China established a Comprehensive Strategic Partnership,” Mr Luxon says. “The Premier and ...
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    3 days ago
  • Government and business tackling gender pay gap
    The coalition Government is taking action to reduce the gender pay gap in New Zealand through the development of a voluntary calculation tool. “Gender pay gaps have impacted women for decades, which is why we need to continue to drive change in New Zealand,” Acting Minister for Women Louise Upston ...
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    3 days ago
  • Funding Boost for Rural Support Trusts
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    3 days ago
  • Latest data shows size of public service decreasing
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    3 days ago
  • Speech to the Law Association
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    3 days ago
  • 25 years on, NZ reaffirms enduring friendship with Timor Leste
    New Zealand is committed to working closely with Timor-Leste to support its prosperity and resilience, Foreign Minister Winston Peters says.   “This year is the 25th anniversary of New Zealand sending peacekeepers to Timor-Leste, who contributed to the country’s stabilisation and ultimately its independence,” Mr Peters says.    “A quarter ...
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    3 days ago
  • Inquiry requested into rural banking
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    3 days ago
  • Ministry for Regulation targets red tape to keep farmers and growers competitive
    Regulation Minister David Seymour, Environment Minister Penny Simmonds, and Food Safety Minister Andrew Hoggard have today announced a regulatory sector review on the approval process for new agricultural and horticultural products.    “Red tape stops farmers and growers from getting access to products that have been approved by other OECD countries. ...
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    3 days ago
  • Government to reverse blanket speed limit reductions
    The Coalition Government will reverse Labour’s blanket speed limit reductions by 1 July 2025 through a new Land Transport Rule released for public consultation today, Transport Minister Simeon Brown says.  The draft speed limit rule will deliver on the National-ACT coalition commitment to reverse the previous government’s blanket speed limit ...
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    3 days ago
  • Chair appointments for NZSO, CNZ and NZ On Air
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    3 days ago
  • Government focus on long-term food, fibre growth
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    4 days ago
  • Govt consulting on cutting red tape for exporters
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    4 days ago
  • New Zealand and Philippines elevating relationship
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    5 days ago
  • Paid Parental Leave increase to help families
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    5 days ago
  • Defence increases UN Command commitment
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    5 days ago
  • New Zealand to attend 'Summit on Peace in Ukraine' in Switzerland
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    5 days ago
  • Big step forward for M.bovis programme
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