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What’s National got to hide?

Written By: - Date published: 11:39 am, November 13th, 2007 - 54 comments
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During the debate over the Electoral Finance Bill John Key’s made a lot of noise about National’s willingness to clamp down on anonymous donations and the need to regulate third party expenditure. This makes a lot of sense from his perspective – inoculate the real issues (which National is weak on) and beat up the issues that are going to get fixed anyway (like the overly wide definition of election advertising).

But having now promised to repeal the Electoral Finance Bill if National wins the next election, Key’s supposed commitment to cleaning up the electoral system is starting to unravel. Check out this article by Tracy Watkins in this morning’s Dom Post:

[The EFB] was also criticised at its introduction for failing to tackle anonymous donations and secret trusts, which were a main source of National Party funding at the last election, but which Labour was reluctant to forgo without a corresponding increase in state funding.

But pressure from minor party allies, including the Greens, is understood to have forced the Government’s hand on the issue.

Mr Key has previously suggested National would be open to a crackdown on anonymous donations and trusts, and acknowledged the need to put limits on groups like the Exclusive Brethren, who sought to spend $1 million at the last election backing National.

Green Party co-leader Russel Norman questioned yesterday Mr Key’s commitment to either, now the party was planning to repeal the legislation.

“What’s he so frightened of in revealing the true source of all his money? What’s so scary about revealing where all the National Party’s money comes from?”

Mr Key could not be contacted yesterday. His deputy Bill English could also not be contacted.

It’ll be interesting to see what comes out of the select committee, and equally interesting to see how National responds. If the Government is smart about what they bring before the house they’ll have an excellent opportunity to puncture National’s fear campaign and expose the real motivations behind their opposition. National’s response will be telling.

54 comments on “What’s National got to hide? ”

  1. Why didn’t you ask this question of the Labour Party Tane? They introduced the Bill without any clamp-down on anonymous donations, long after National had made a commitment to cleaning them up. The PM’s excuse was that without public funding of political parties, the Labour Party couldn’t afford to scrap anonymous donations.

    What has the Labour Party got to hide? Very hollow, Tane.

  2. Robinsod 2

    I think the tories still think they can say whatever they feel like and get a free run in the media – even if it contradicts their previous announcements. Their trust in the memory hole is rather touching.

    I see you’ve got a blog IP and that you haven’t updated it for a month. Why don’t you ask that question of Labour over there? You could even use your “hollow man” line to your heart’s content. You could even write it in bold!

  3. Tane 3

    Prick, we’ve already discussed this, but nice work on the interference. I think the legislation should have tackled anonymous donations from the start, and while I don’t think Labour’s reasons for not doing so stack up they have, contrary to your assertions, been entirely open about their reasons.

    As I said in the article, I’m glad anonymous donates back on the agenda even if it has taken a quiet word from the Greens. Now it’d be nice to know where John Key really stands on the issue, don’t you think?

    Good to see you’re still running David Farrar’s ‘hollow’ line. Unfortunately you’re a punter and you lack even the slightest degree of subtlety, which means it ain’t going to work for you. You want hollow? Go have a look at this:

  4. While I disagree with a lot of National’s policy on political finance, their proposal to repeal the EFB and hold an independent review of all the issues seems a very good one.

    One of the main problems with Labour’s approach to the reform of political finance is that they consistently want to do it via backroom deals and with as little public input as possible. This is essentially why they’ve ended up with such a bad proposal. Their secretive approach has blindsided them to the huge problems that they’ve ended up trying to push through.

    In general when the crucial rules about state funding and election laws are being changed, there should be maximum public debate and maximum involvement of all parties and the public. Labour, the Greens, United, and NZ First have decided to operate in the opposite manner, which is why they should be condemned by anyone who sees themselves as some sort of democrat.


  5. Tane 5

    Bryce, I agree with you that it should have been handled better from the start – a citizens’ assembly directly after the 2005 election followed by a binding referendum would have been the way to go. As it stands we don’t have the time. Politics is the art of the possible, not the ideal, and I’d rather see something reasonable come out of the select committee than have to rely on our current broken electoral law in 2008.

    After the election there’ll be plenty of time to hold a proper public debate of the sort I’ve outlined above, and it’d be good to get a bipartisan commitment of that sort – but I ain’t holding my breath.

  6. Quite right, Bryce. While we come from very different ends of the political spectrum, I do appreciate that your views are honestly-held.

    The ONLY acceptable reform of electoral law would be after an independent commission of inquiry, and/or a citizen’s jury. Allowing the Labour Party to write electoral law to its own self-serving advantage is a disgrace.

    Totally hollow, Tane. I don’t know how you can feel any less than total shame as the new Lord Haw-Haw of the Labour Party.

  7. JamesK 7

    Hey Prick you must be pretty desperate to keep pulling that hollow line out. Is that all you got?

  8. djp 8

    >>As it stands we don’t have the time. Politics is the art of the >>possible, not the ideal, and I’d rather see something reasonable come >>out of the select committee than have to rely on our current broken >>electoral law in 2008.

    No way. The amount of ramshackle law that Labour has rammed through without much thought in recent years means that you would have to have blinders on to let them do it again.

    That is on top of assuming anyone would (mistakenly) believe the whole point of this debacle is not a self serving power grab.

  9. You obviously can’t read, JamesK, if you claim that’s all I’ve got. You haven’t managed to counter any of my arguments. That’s very hollow of you.

  10. Robinsod 10

    IP – you don’t make arguments. You think you make arguments and then when the adults ignore you you make out like it’s ‘cos they can’t face your brilliant wit. It’s not.

  11. burt 11


    Prick, we’ve already discussed this, but nice work on the interference. I think the legislation should have tackled anonymous donations from the start, and while I don’t think Labour’s reasons for not doing so stack up they have, contrary to your assertions, been entirely open about their reasons.

    However Tane you still don’t explain how you can support Labour and trash National on this issue. Either you are against secret donations or you are not. If the inclusion of secret donations by National makes them evil then it also makes Labour evil. Perhaps I’ve lost my partisan glasses this morning so I think the same rules should apply to both parties, you should try loosing yours from time to time.

  12. Tane 12

    Ah burt, the Nats are the dudes who received 87% of their donations from ‘anonymous’ sources. Anonymous to the public, that is – National would know full well who its donors are.

    As I’ve said, I support clamping down on anonymous donations, and while I’ve disagreed with Labour on their previous stance they’ve been completely open about their reasons for taking it. National, on the other hand, is saying one thing and doing something else entirely. I’d like them to come clean.

  13. burt 13


    So what you are saying is that your are against National receiving more anon donations that Labour. Otherwise you would be equally critical of them receiving anon donations irrespective if one received 87% and the other 50%. The issue of anon donations is a principal issue and principals are not measured in relative percentages. They are absolute.

  14. Tane 14

    principals are not measured in relative percentages. They are absolute.

    So if, as you often argue burt, Labour are corrupt for misspending (or ‘stealing’) $800,000, then are National equally corrupt for ‘stealing’ $10,000? After all, principles are not measured in relative percentages. They are absolute.

    (And for the record, I’m opposed to anonymous donations in principle. I’d like to see them cleaned up.)

  15. burt 15


    Yes my views on the election overspend situation are exactly as you predict. There should have been charges laid against all parties and they should have been decided in court on each of their own merits. Just as 5 individuals separately being parties in a smash and grab shop looting would be. I would have no issue with seeing all the people who authorised the spending removed from parliament, it could only improve the standard to have them removed.

    Sadly though Labour passed retrospective validation covering 14 years so we (the voters – tax payers) were denied knowing the extent to which we had been robbed. Darnton vs Clark springs to mind as another casualty of that travesty of ‘openness and accountability’.

  16. Tane, why do you say that the Labour Government never had time to do the process properly? It’s been two years since the last election, and they’ve only just now put this proposal to a select committee. If this issue really is the huge priority that you suggest, shouldn’t the Government have done something earlier?

    Although I agree that there are all sorts of problems in NZ political finance regime, these have been evident for sometime, and haven’t suddenly appeared. Even the head of the Electoral Commission had been publicly requesting that the Government sort out some of the problems for a number of years prior to the 2005, but Labour was never interested. I can point you to his earlier recommendations if necessary.

    But because the EFB is so universally criticised, and you and I can agree that the process has been incredibly dismal, then surely the best approach is to now go back to the drawing board rather than bring in this terrible regime for the next election? Like I’ve said, the current regime has suddenly broken down, but has been in existence for a number of elections – and these have even been elections that Labour has won!


  17. r0b 17

    Bryce – my guess is that it was because of the delay caused while exploring state funding of political parties. The exact nature of the context / problem wasn’t known until that exploration was complete. It all takes time.

  18. r0b 18

    Oh – and of course – we all know what made the current regime an issue all of a sudden…

  19. Sam Dixon 19

    Bryce,you’re being disingenious when you say Labour’s had two years to sort this out.. first there’s been th select committee investigation into the election.. then the AG’s report and all the mess aroudn that.. its only been following that when the Government has had a basis off which to reform the law… policy proposals were put out earlier this year (public funidng was shot down), a Bill was presented a few months later to the House, its been in select committee for the last few months and is about to emerge, probably radically improved…. the Government was not sitting on its hands, it began the legisaltive process when it was practical and is concluding it in time to ensure the next election isn’t suspect to the same abuse the last one was.

    Yup – a citizen’s assembly would have been my choice of how to handle this too.. unfortunately there hasn’tbeen the time.

  20. Try being honest for once, Sam.

    The timeline is as it is, because Labour stole almost a million dollars of public money to illegally spend on its campaign, and expected to get away with it for a year. When they didn’t get away with it, and finally paid the money back, they found they had no money left for the 2008 campaign. To counter this, they had to rewrite electoral law that favoured itself, at the expense of everybody else.

    This is the most self-serving, vile piece of legislation advanced in recent history, by a group of hollow, self-serving, vile New Zealanders. You should hang your head in shame, Sam.

    There is no emergency that can’t be sorted out by a commission of inquiry. Ramming through this Bill, when overwhelmingly the public of New Zealand detest you for it, will come back to haunt you. And you, Sam, a proud member of the Labour movement, will deserve every bit of scorn you get.

  21. unaha-closp 21

    Thing is if the EFB does come back with radical changes Nats, the Herald, the Human Right Commission will point to it and show that the pressure they are applying right now will have “saved democracy”. This here is now a lose/lose scenario for Labour and it is all down to the draft being so bad. You guys are in damage control mode, saying wait for the select committee.

    What is happening in parliament, can’t they vet their own work? This is a really basic stuff up.

  22. Robinsod 22

    What is happening in parliament, can’t they vet their own work? This is a really basic stuff up

    Um, closp that’s kinda what parliament is for. It’s called having checks and balances and it’s got something to do with this democracy thing you all seem so concerned about.

  23. Tane 23

    Prick, you appear to have only two modes:

    a) “blah blah blah… hang your head in shame”, and

    b) “hollow hollow hollow, you are all hollow”

    You need some new material bro.

  24. dave 24

    this is interesting

  25. unaha-closp 25

    Um, closp that’s kinda what parliament is for. It’s called having checks and balances and it’s got something to do with this democracy thing you all seem so concerned about.

    But it is the fact that all the checks and balances are National Party & Act MPs that should concern us.

    This is what has happened: Party A put up a bill that was controversial. Party B attacked it, along with Paper X. If the bill is massively changed by select committee and reintroduced – A looks bad for introducing rubbish, B & X look good for securing the changes through their campaign.

  26. dave 26

    THis, is what was interesting…

  27. Matthew Pilott 27

    UC, Paper X and Party B might look good, but fact is the SC is already running with it, and this current business won’t change the outcome at all.

    Changes made will be a result of the select committee, so Lab simply has the chance to agree to recommendations – not exactly a bad look…

    IP – quite the crock of shit there, but I like the fertility of your imagination. Give us some evidence that this has anything to do with a shortfall in Labour funding, cheers boss.

    The ones who should be ‘hanging their head in shame’ (my my you lot get all twitchy sometimes, like turning on a tap) are those who want to stop Government Departments informing the public of their activities – you only oppose this because you’re against what the Government is doing. So good on you, support the suppression of democracy, while ranting about how it’s the other side doing it – you look like a complete hypocrite, or just too shallow to see the conequences of what you’re advocating.

  28. Matthew,

    You clearly don’t read the news. But let’s start with the government’s massive publicity machine–worth over $60 million a year. It peaked in 2005–we don’t have the 2006 numbers yet, but the Government spent $10 million more in 2005 than in the previous year, advertising its own policies. If you’re really concerned about the power of big, dirty money, there is nothing bigger in New Zealand than the Government, and nothing dirtier than a political party appropriating the money to get itself re-elected illegally. Except it won’t be illegal next year, because the Labour Party plans to change the law to allow itself to do it again.

    Miraculously, it’s not until April next year that the Government will start a multi-multi-million dollar campaign to advertise the primary health strategy. Cunningly, and delicately timed to coincide with the next election.

    If you weren’t aware of the excuse the PM made for scrapping reforms to anonymous donations, here is the reference from the Press a few months ago:

    “Clark’s most revealing comment came as she pushed her stock line that the price of a crackdown on anonymous donors must be the state funding of parties. “The Labour Party isn’t led by me with a $50 million bank account,” she said. National leader John Key was the direct target of this jibe, but it was miscalculated. Outside Labour circles, most New Zealanders do not hold wealth and success in jealous disdain. The comment exposed Labour’s frustration at its inability to dent Key’ s popularity and the fear that his support will translate into healthy campaign funding for National.”


    Helen Clark is turning out to be a very hollow woman.

  29. the sprout 29

    oh there you go again IP, ascribing hollowness to Labour instead of National. it’s sooooo good, i can feel myself turning as your masterful persuasive techniques seep into my being. you are so powerful, so convincing, so astute and insightful. already we are but putty in your hands, The Hollow Men aren’t National at all. so clever.

  30. Robinsod (moderator) 30

    IP – all you’re doing is recycling tired old lines. Most people have the good sense to avoid your childish attention seeking but ‘cos I feel a bit sorry for you I’ll bite.

    Advertising of government social initiatives is good – that’s ‘cos it’s good to let people know what they are entitled to. Spending in this area is increasing because New Zealander’s entitlements are increasing. Under National I’d expect this to be reversed as “just to let you know you’ll be spending more at the doctor/school/on your retirement” isn’t the message National will want to send – that means National will interfere with Govt departments to protect its image (as it did with benefit cuts in the 90’s).

    If by primary health strategy you mean PHO’s then good stuff – I found out about PHOs from a TV commercial a few months ago, joined up and am now enjoying much cheaper doctor’s visits and prescriptions. So are many of my friends and their kids. Yay!

    As for the question of state funding? I’m in favour of it. Currently all political parties are dependent on some form of corporate donation – that leave the door open for interference in the system such as the deal cut between National and the Insurance Council. When the cap for campaigning is only a couple of million per major party then I don’t think say $10m spread across all parties every three years is too high a price to pay for transparent democracy. I suspect we spend that much on pushing enrollment every election why not ensure it’s a process isolated from external influence all the way through?

    And “hollow woman”? – yes IP you’ve had you fun with that word for the day now fuck of and let the adults talk.

  31. the sprout 31

    Robinsod said: “Advertising of government social initiatives is good – that’s ‘cos it’s good to let people know what they are entitled to. Spending in this area is increasing because New Zealander’s entitlements are increasing. Under National I’d expect this to be reversed as “just to let you know you’ll be spending more at the doctor/school/on your retirement” isn’t the message National will want to send”

    exactly. National have nothing to loose from gagging govt departments. when National’s in power in means less bad publicity. when Labour’s in power in means less good publicity for Labour.
    why, having government departments talk about what they are doing for people in real terms could turn elections meritocratic – then all the corporate msm spin in the world wouldn’t get National elected.

    National would hardly want the sort of performance appraisal that might come from government departments running publicity on “what this National government’s policies actually mean for you”

  32. Oh, welcome back, Sprout. You seem to have disappeared for a while, after you were proven to be an outright liar in your claims about Allan Peachey, Rangitoto College, and Selwyn.

    I’m pleased you are concerned about “corporate msm spin”, Sprout, because the biggest communication units are in government departments. The IRD has nine people working on INTERNAL communications alone: quite apart from the screeds of external communications. Westpac, on the other hand, an organisation of similar size, seems to manage quite well with two people.

    I really don’t think you will find many cheerleaders for the government spending $70 million of taxpayers’ money promoting its own policies next year, Sprout. But keeping pushing it.

  33. Robinsod 33

    IP – you didn’t prove anything. in fact I believe you were caught out lying in that very thread. Take your delusions and leave.

  34. Matthew Pilott 34

    Why’d ya think these righties have to write down when they think they’ve “won” an argument. It doesn’ work in comdy, but it’s still a good joke on the old blog scene 😉

  35. Spam 35

    Finally, robinsod actually tries to address some of IPs questions / arguments, rather than just saying something about “recycled lines” or telling him to “fuck off” or some such drivel about “adults talking”.

    Oh wait – he still managed to say all those things as well. At least its a start to a debate….

  36. Robinsod 36

    Spam – are you Prick’s girlfriend or mum or something? I mean I’m sure he can stand up for himself. Oh, that’s right, he can’t.

  37. Spam 37

    As for the question of state funding? I’m in favour of it. Currently all political parties are dependent on some form of corporate donation – that leave the door open for interference in the system such as the deal cut between National and the Insurance Council

    Firstly, what deal? you mean privatisation of ACC? You mean like they actually implemented when they were in government? Its a bit difficult to argue that the nats are only going to enact a policy because of a buy-off, when they have previously implemented exactly that policy.

    Secondly, re state funding: As soon as that comes along, the ruling classes are set – they don’t have to listen to their grass-roots supporters, they don’t have to fund-raise, they don’t need members. You really want that? Ever wondered why public companies, who have already extracted capital from shareholders, still try to keep the shareholders happy? Also, state funding massively tilts the playing field towards the encumbant. Want to start a new party? Sorry, but you didn’t get any votes at the last election, so you get no funding. Would we have the Maori party, or even NZ first under this regime?

  38. Spam 38

    Spam – are you Prick’s girlfriend or mum or something? I mean I’m sure he can stand up for himself. Oh, that’s right, he can’t.

    I wasn’t actually defending him. I was just pointing out that abuse seems to be your preference, rather than debate.

    If you guys want a echo room where no one comes, other than those who want to give cyber-high-fives at what a great bunch of people you are, and agree with everything you say, then carry on abusing anyone who disagrees with you.

    I thought moderators were supposed to, you know, be moderate.

  39. Robinsod 39

    No spam – I mean the re-privatisation of ACC, something the Nats avoided admitting they wanted to do in the 2005 election campaign. And all of the issue you raise about state funding are easier to solve thorough legislation than dealing with corporate donations are.

    It’s entirely viable to have a formula based on a mixture of party vote, party membership and number of electoral MPs that ensures new parties can get a foot in the door. You say state funding tilts the playing field towards the incumbent, I’d like to see you provide some evidence of that. Here’s a hint for you: in established western-model democracies you can’t.

  40. Spam 40

    No spam – I mean the re-privatisation of ACC, something the Nats avoided admitting they wanted to do in the 2005 election campaign.

    And re-privatisation is different from privatisation how? And hiding it? You mean that their 2005 ACC policy is somehow hidden? Including the bit where it says ” Competition will be allowed in all accounts except the non-earners’ account.” or “Changes to ACC legislation will happen early in our first term in government.”

    Yes, you’re right. Very shady. They should be up-front about that, and not hide it away in policy statements.

  41. Spam 41

    Oh – and by the way: In my company, where we actually give a shit about not killing or hurting our staff, we got quite a acc / insurance cut when it was privatised. And teh evil corporate money grubbing capitalist took that cut and distributed it amongst the staff, for things like gym memberships or sports gear.

  42. Robinsod 42

    Spam – that policy was published very late in the campaign and I may be wrong about this but I seem to remember it came out only after the first IC email leak. As for your company – I didn’t say all employers are… what did you say? evil money something or other froth froth froth… and yes some companies saved money in the short term because the market was in its early flux days but claims were more difficult to extract and it’s likely that once the dust settled we’d’ve seen huge inefficiencies in spent (look at the US health system if you want an example in practice). Interestingly several major companies (including BP) supported the re-nationalisation of ACC completely.

    And you haven’t provided an example of state funding favouring an incumbent govt yet, Spam. Were you just talking out of your arse?

  43. Robinsod,

    So here you are again proven to be a liar about National’s ACC policy.

    I would be fascinated to see what kind of state funding model you could propose that doesn’t favour the existing parties in Parliament. Already the broadcasting allocation model, which is public funding, overwhelmingly favours the major parties. There isn’t a single small party in Parliament, or outside, that believes that the broadcasting funding model is fair.

  44. Robinsod 44

    IP – where am I “proven to be a liar”? You’re doing that thing again where you can’t run an argument so you slander me. The weird thing is that no matter how much I (or other people) point it out to you you don’t seem to grasp that you are making an arse of yourself. It’s not just about point-scoring Prick – I feel kinda sorry for you too.

  45. Spam 45

    Spam – that policy was published very late in the campaign

    It was published in August. And whether its a policy supported by BP or others is irrelevant – you were insinuating that National had some policy to covertly introduce privatised ACC, and further that the policy was only due to a pay-off from the insurance council. This is clearly wrong – the policy was out in the open, published well before the election. Secondly, it is a policy that they have always supported – and one that they actually enacted.

    And you haven’t provided an example of state funding favouring an incumbent govt yet, Spam. Were you just talking out of your arse?

    And you haven’t provided any proof of where the insurance industry (or any other company) paid the nats cash in return for policy. Were you just talking out your arse? And while we’re at it, how about you give me some examples of where state funding hasn’t favoured the incumbents.

    I gave you some specific concerns about state funding, which you just dismiss as ‘solveable’, with no substance whatsoever. Even Helen had backed-off from state funding, until she pushed through an even more draconian state-funding-by-stealth.

  46. Robinsod 46

    Nah Spam – I asked first. I’m not gonna dig up those insurance council emails until you come up with the goods to back up your opinion first. Considerer it a good faith issue. And I gave you a shorthand version of statefunding that might work (perhaps a certain amount of funding allocated on party membership size regardless of whether a party is in parliament or not).

  47. Spam 47

    Nah Spam – I asked first.

    Sorry, but I have a job – a real one, not a state funded one. So I don’t have time to do any research on it. Not that its required anyway, because I wasn’t the one aserting that everything will be OK. I’ve got the status quo on my side – if you want to make changes, then you provide the case for it.

    And as for your “I’ll show you mine if you show me yours first” good-faith crap – what is this? Kindergarten? Do I have to somehow earn your trust before you’ll actually debate yourself? Well, if you want some form of ‘evidence’ from me, I gave it to you with the national ACC policy released before the election.

  48. Robinsod 48

    Hey Spam – I also have a job (and it’s not state funded). Glad to see you do too. I’m always pleased when someone comes out with the “I’ve got a real job to do” line – I’m sure if you had proof on hand you’d post it. Never mind.

  49. Don’t tell lies, Robinsod. You have no evidence that the National Party received a million dollars from the National Party in exchange for its ACC policy, just as I have no evidence that Helen has been in a 20-year lesbian relationship with Judith. The difference is, Robinsod, I don’t make up allegations I can’t prove.

    You have claimed that the National Party concealed its policy. Lee pointed to where that policy was, online, before the 2005 election. That policy was no more than a repeat of previous National Party policy. You also cannot point to any instance where National hinted it would change its ACC policy.

    It’s very hollow of you to tell these lies, Robinsod.

    I have to say that the quality of commentary from the Standard’s supporters has dropped considerably, and you are one of the prime offenders, Robinsod. Hell, just last night the Standard engaged in what must be the worst kind of defamation against anybody that I’ve ever seen on a blog. That must make you feel proud.

  50. Tane 50

    You have no evidence that the National Party received a million dollars from the National Party

    Well that would be rather pointless, wouldn’t it?

  51. A slip of the tongue, Tane. Even Michael Cullen has those sometimes.

    It should have read: “You have no evidence that the National Party received a million dollars from the insurance industry.”

    I’m not so hollow as to not admit a very rare mistake, Tane. I’ll leave the hollowness to you guys, who bluster, defame, and as of last night, engage in some pretty hefty smear, to avoid admitting that you’re wrong.

  52. Robinsod 52

    Fine – I’ve only got an offline version of the IC letter but it’s from Chris Ryan (the IC chief exec) and the relevant par is par 2:

    “The details of teh policy have been deliberately kept out of the [National party ACC] announcement after consultation with the insurance council”

    It was dated 25th August 2005.

    IP – I never said they received a million dollars from the IC but it’s likely they received money through one of their anonymous trusts (I’d suggest it’s a good thin the EFB will address these trusts in its next drafting).

    And yes, things got a bit out of hand last night. However I see that that has been dealt with. As far as “worst kind of defamation” goes though, I was accused of being a molester and a rapist on Kiwiblog (http://www.kiwiblog.co.nz/2007/09/human_rights_commission_on_electoral_finance_bill.html#comment-340972) and it was never deleted or censured. Perhaps you should email DPF to describe your outrage at that?

    Oh, but that’s right you don’t actually care – you just like feeding your little ego with the delusion you have the moral high-ground.

  53. Robinsod,

    If the claim about you identified you by name, and accompanied an action-plan to smear your name through mud along with the claim you were a molester and a rapist, as was effectively included in the Standard last night, I would be the first to defend you.

    I’m pleased however, that you admit that you have no evidence whatsoever for your claim that the National Party received a million dollars from the insurance industry. You shouldn’t go around making up claims you can’t sustain, Robinsod. It makes you look dishonest at worst, and in the least, very hollow.

  54. Robinsod 54

    IP – you fool, the email shows corporate interference with party policy. That was my point. My exact words were “a deal cut” clearly there was a deal cut and at the very least we can say for sure it was a deal between the Nats and the IC not to disclose full the ACC policy – if the Nats didn’t get something out of that then they are pretty useless negotiators or crazy ideologues who believe their strategies should be run by corporate interests.

    Oh and by claiming I said the IC paid a million dollars you’re misrepresenting me. That makes you the liar.

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  • Crown speeds up engagement with takutai moana applicants
    The Crown is taking a new approach to takutai moana applications to give all applicants an opportunity to engage with the Crown and better support the Māori-Crown relationship, Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Minister Andrew Little says. Following discussions with applicant groups, the Crown has reviewed the existing takutai moana application ...
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    1 day ago
  • Alcohol and Other Drug Treatment (AODT) Court opens
    The Minister of Justice, Kris Faafoi, and the Minister for Courts, Aupito William Sio, have welcomed the opening of a new Alcohol and Other Drug Treatment (AODT) Court in Hamilton. The AODT Court (Te Whare Whakapiki Wairua) addresses situations where substance abuse and offending are intertwined. “New Zealanders have told ...
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  • EU and UK FTAs top of list for first ministerial trip since COVID-19
    Trade and Export Growth Minister Damien O’Connor today announced details of his planned visit to the United Kingdom and European Union next week, where he will hold trade and agriculture discussions to further New Zealand’s economic recovery from COVID-19. The visit will add political weight to ongoing negotiations with both the EU ...
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  • Arihia Bennett to chair Royal Commission Ministerial Advisory Group
    Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu chief executive Arihia Bennett MNZM has been appointed chair of the newly appointed Ministerial Advisory Group on the Government’s Response to the Royal Commission of Inquiry into the terrorist attack on Christchurch mosques. “Twenty-eight people from diverse backgrounds across Aotearoa have been selected for the ...
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  • Speech to the New Zealand Medical Association General Practitioners' Conference, Rotorua
    Ki ngā pou maha o te whare hauora o Aotearoa, kei te mihiTo the pillars of our health system I acknowledge/thank you Ki te ope hapai hauora o roto o tēnei rūma, kei te mihi To our health force here in the room today, I acknowledge/thank you He taura tangata, ...
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  • Karangahape Road upgrades are streets ahead
    The upgrades to Karangahape Road makes the iconic street more pedestrian and cycle-friendly, attractive and environmentally sustainable, Transport Minister Michael Wood and Auckland Mayor Phil Goff said at the formal celebration of the completion of the Karangahape Road Enhancements project. The project included widening footpaths supporting a better outdoor dining ...
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    3 days ago
  • Speech to APEC business event
    E ngā tumu herenga waka, ākina ā ngaru, ākina ā tai ka whakatere ngā waka ki te whakapapa pounamu, otirā, ki Tamaki o ngā waka Tena koutou katoa… To the great leaders assembled, who guided your waka through turbulent times, challenging waters and you continue to navigate your respective waka ...
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  • Pause on Quarantine Free Travel with Victoria extended
    Following an assessment of the COVID-19 outbreak in greater Melbourne, New Zealand’s Quarantine Free Travel pause with Victoria will continue for a further seven days, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins says. There are now 93 cases associated with the outbreak in greater Melbourne, spread over four clusters. Contact tracing efforts ...
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    3 days ago
  • Supplier Diversity Aotearoa Summit: Navigate 2021
    *** Check with delivery *** A mihi to all who have contributed to making today a success – starting with you! As you have explored and navigated government procurement today you will hopefully have reflected on the journey of our people so far – and how you can make a ...
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  • Pukemiro School to close
    Pukemiro Primary School near Huntly will close following years of declining roll numbers, Education Minister Chris Hipkins announced today. “I’ve consulted with the School Commissioner, and this decision acknowledges the fact that the few remaining students from last term are now settled at other nearby schools. “I want to thank ...
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  • Govt acts to protect NZers from harmful content
    New Zealanders will be better protected from harmful or illegal content as a result of work to design a modern, flexible and coherent regulatory framework, Minister of Internal Affairs Jan Tinetti announced today. New Zealand currently has a content regulatory system that is comprised of six different arrangements covering some ...
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  • Consultation on exemption of new builds from proposed tax rules
    The Government has today confirmed new builds will be exempt from planned changes to the tax treatment of residential investment property.  Public consultation is now open on details of the proposals, which stop interest deductions being claimed for residential investment properties other than new builds.   “The Government’s goal is to ...
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  • Speech for Predator Free 2050 Conference
    Introduction E ngā mana E ngā reo E ngā iwi Tēnā koutou katoa   Ka huri ki ngā mana whenua o te rohe nei. Tēnā koutou He mihi hoki ki a tatou kua tau mai nei i raro i te kaupapa o te rā Ko Ayesha Verrall toku ingoa No ...
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  • New stock exchange to help grow small businesses
    A new share trading market, designed as a gateway to the NZX for small-to-medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), has been granted a licence by the Government. Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister, David Clark said Catalist Markets Ltd will provide a simpler and more affordable ‘stepping stone’ for SMEs to raise capital. “This ...
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    4 days ago
  • Visa extensions provide certainty to employers and 10,000 visa holders
    Changes to onshore visas will provide employers and visa holders with more certainty, Immigration Minister Kris Faafoi has announced. Around 10,000 Working Holiday visas and Supplementary Seasonal Employment (SSE) work visas due to expire between 21 June 2021 and 31 December 2021 will be extended for another six months to ...
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  • Border class exceptions approved for more farm workers and vets
    The Government has approved border class exceptions for an additional 200 dairy workers and 50 veterinarians to enter New Zealand, Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor announced today.  “It is clear from conversations with the dairy and veterinarian sectors that they are facing workforce pressures. These border exceptions will go a long ...
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  • More freezers and South Island hub to support vaccine roll-out
    A South Island hub and 17 new ultra-low temperature freezers will help further prepare New Zealand for the ramp up of the vaccination programme in the second half of this year, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins says. The new freezers arrived in New Zealand on 27 May. They’re currently being ...
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    4 days ago
  • Speech at the release of Climate Change Commission's final advice
    Good morning – and thank you Prime Minister. Over the last three and half years we have been putting in place the foundations for a low-carbon Aotearoa that will be a catalyst for job creation, innovation, and prosperity for decades to come. In that future, many of our everyday tasks ...
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    4 days ago
  • Achievable blueprint for addressing climate change released
    Report says Government making good progress on emissions reduction, but more action required Meeting climate targets achievable and affordable with existing technology Economic cost of delaying action higher than taking action now Benefits from climate action include health improvements and lower energy bills All Ministers to help meet climate targets ...
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  • Speech to release of Climate Commission final report
    A few years ago in a speech in Auckland, I compared climate change to the nuclear free movement of roughly four decades ago. And I did so for a few reasons. Firstly, because the movement of the 1980s represented a life or death situation for the Pacific, and so does ...
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  • Appointment of Judge of the High Court
    Auckland Barrister Michael Robinson has been appointed a Judge of the High Court, Attorney‑General David Parker announced today. Justice Robinson graduated with a BA and an LLB (Hons) from the University of Auckland in 1996, and commenced practice as a solicitor with Brookfields in Auckland.  In 1998 he travelled to London ...
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    5 days ago
  • Government takes action to improve protections for subcontractors
    The Construction Contracts (Retention Money) Amendment Bill – which provides greater financial protection for subcontractors, has passed its first reading today. The Bill amends the retention provisions in the Construction Contracts Act 2002 (CCA) to provide increased confidence and transparency for subcontractors that retention money they are owed is safe. ...
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  • 1 million more Pfizer doses to arrive in July
    Pfizer has scheduled delivery of an estimated 1 million doses of vaccine to New Zealand during July, COVID1-9 Response Minister Chris Hipkins said today. “These consignments will double the total number of Pfizer doses we have received this year to more than 1,900,000 – enough to fully vaccinate almost 1 ...
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  • Long-term home of the Independent Children’s Monitor identified
    The Independent Children’s Monitor (Te Mana Whakamaru Tamariki Motuhake), which is currently located within the Ministry of Social Development (MSD), will become its own departmental agency within Government. “Following the recommendations of several reviews, Cabinet agreed in 2019 to build a significantly expanded independent monitor for children in care,” Carmel ...
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  • Racing Integrity Board members announced
    The new Racing Integrity Board will be up and running from July 1 to ensure high standards of animal welfare, integrity and professionalism in the racing industry. Racing Minister Grant Robertson today announced the appointments to the new Board: Sir Bruce Robertson KNZM – Chair Kristy McDonald ONZM QC Penelope ...
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  • Govt crackdown on organised crime continues
    A major operation against multiple organised crime groups with international links will make a significant dent in drug harm and violent offending linked to organised crime networks, Police Minister Poto Williams says. “I want to take an opportunity to congratulate the Police for their role in Operation Trojan Shield. This ...
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    5 days ago
  • Farm planning framework supports farmers into the future
    A new framework, agreed between Government and industry, will make it easier for farmers and growers to integrate future greenhouse gas emissions and freshwater regulatory requirements into their farm planning, Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor said. “The Good Farm Planning Principles Guide out today, provides guidance for how farmers can organise ...
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  • Enhanced Task Force Green Approved for Canterbury
    The Government has activated Enhanced Taskforce Green (ETFG) in response to the Canterbury floods. The Minister of Social Development and Employment, Hon Carmel Sepuloni says $500,000 will be made available to help with the clean-up. The flooding in Canterbury has been a significant and adverse event damaging farmland, homes, roads ...
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  • Connecting rangatahi to the soil
    A Jobs for Nature project to raise 480,000 native plants in nurseries across South Auckland will provide work for communities disproportionately affected by the economic impacts of COVID-19, Acting Conservation Minister Ayesha Verrall says. The Mana in Kaimahi project is being run by Te Whāngai Trust Board and will establish ...
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    6 days ago
  • Roll out of high-resolution elevation mapping begins
    The first tranche of mapping data from the Provincial Growth Fund (PGF)-LiDAR project is now available to the public from Toitū Te Whenua Land Information New Zealand. LiDAR data, which creates 3D baseline elevation information, will deliver multiple uses over the coming decades to councils and regional industries. “This mapping ...
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  • Champions of Pacific education rewarded in Queen’s Birthday Honours
    Minister for Pacific Peoples, Aupito William Sio said the Queen’s Birthday 2021 Honours list show that across Aotearoa New Zealand there were many champions of Pacific education. “Education is so vital to the success of Pacific people that it’s truly fitting that a number of educators have been honoured this ...
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  • PM congratulates Queen’s Birthday Honours recipients
    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has added her congratulations to the New Zealanders recognised for their contributions to their communities and the country in the Queen’s Birthday 2021 Honours List. “This group represents decades of services across many areas, and those honoured highlight how many New Zealanders are going above and ...
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  • Change of status for Rangiriri kura
    A change of status for Te Kura o Rangiriri sees it become a designated character school within the Māori-medium network, Associate Minister of Education Kelvin Davis announced today. “This kura has been providing Māori immersion learning since 2003 in the historic town of Rangiriri, so I’m delighted that it is ...
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    1 week ago
  • APEC trade ministers’ unite on COVID-19 vaccine steps and rejuvenating the WTO
    APEC trade ministers today committed to speeding up the cross-border flow of vaccines and related goods to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. This followed the completion of the APEC Ministers Responsible for Trade Meeting chaired by Minister for Trade and Export Growth Damien O’Connor early this morning. “As we face the ...
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  • Further consultation for Melville schools
    Formal consultation is set to begin on specific options for the future of schooling in South West Hamilton, Education Minister Chris Hipkins says. “Recent engagement has shown that the schools and community want a change to Year 7-13 schooling for the area.  “I am now asking the Boards of Melville ...
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    1 week ago
  • Primary schoolkids dig trees for Arbor Day
    A new Arbor Day initiative announced by Forestry Minister Stuart Nash will see thousands of primary school children get the chance to plant native trees in their communities. The initiative is open to more than 2,400 primary schools. It is a partnership between Te Uru Rākau/NZ Forest Service and the ...
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    1 week ago
  • NZ Upgrade Programme kept on track
    The Government is increasing its investment in the New Zealand Upgrade Programme (NZUP) to support New Zealand’s economic recovery. Over two thirds of the projects will proceed as announced despite increased costs due to COVID, with modifications being made to others. “NZUP is already supporting over 1,000 jobs with 13 ...
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    1 week ago
  • New Northern Pathway gets green light
    The Government is committed to the Northern Pathway with its preferred option being a separate structure for walking and cycling alongside the Auckland Harbour Bridge, Transport Minister Michael Wood announced today. Geotechnical investigations and testing has determined that building a structure connected to the Auckland Harbour Bridge is not possible ...
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