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Who took Slater’s emails?

Written By: - Date published: 8:00 am, August 16th, 2014 - 58 comments
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The aftermath of Nicky Hager’s book rumbles on. The Herald this morning has further coverage on issues arising from the Book. The discussion between Cactus Kate and Slater about Hager’s address and how publishing it could put him in some danger is the subject of an article. The subsequent publishing of Hager’s address by Slater says a great deal about what sort of person he is.

John Armstrong has a prescient column about the week’s events, rightfully describing the tirade of abuse National has sent Hager’s way as “one of the most sustained efforts by National to destroy an individual’s credibility since the party’s political witch trials of the Muldoon era.”

He describes National’s tactics well:

National’s tactic has been to keep the focus on Hager and persuade people he had hidden motives for writing the book – rather than being drawn into arguments about its damning contents.

This has worked for National to some degree – somewhat to Hager’s frustration.

Key’s damage control operation was designed to both defuse and confuse. However, the Prime Minister looked and sounded distinctly uncomfortable when questioned by reporters on Thursday afternoon.

He conceded nothing. He repeatedly answered questions by saying the book’s allegations had “nothing to do with National”.

When it was pointed out to him that National was clearly implicated, he made excuses, saying he had not been briefed on the detail.

If Key’s answers sounded glib there was good reason. The vilification of Hager by Key and Steven Joyce, National’s election campaign supremo and the one designated to front for National when there is trouble, is a charade.

Their dilemma is that they have to rubbish the book as being wrong on every score when they know much if not all of it, is accurate, simply because the contents come straight out of the mouths of Slater, Ede and other National Party figures and associates.

As much as anything, Hager has simply done a compilation job. Key’s and Joyce’s deny-everything stances are not tenable for long. But if they admit Hager is right about one thing, then they have to concede he is right about everything.

Danyl McLaughlan has posted a passionate column on the consequences of the book.  It is well worth a read.  I particularly enjoyed these passages:

But some of the reporters listening to the PM have read the book. And when Key insists that the real dirty politics comes from the left, I think, or hope, that they’ll reflect that no one on the left is publishing the addresses of journalists online in the hope that someone assaults or murders them in revenge for writing about tax-havens, which is what Cathy Odgers, Cameron Slater David Farrar and Matthew Hooton discuss on page 91. Also, no one on the left is going around brothels trying to find out whether journalists have visited them, so they can be blackmailed, which is what Cameron Slater, the Justice Minister’s close friend, and long-term collaborator with the Prime Minister’s office is up to. No one on the left runs smear campaigns against attempted rape victims, or publishes graphic affidavits describing their political enemies having sex. There’s no one comparable to Slater on the left of politics, or blogging. He is a phenomenon unique to the National Party.  Key can insist that this is all just a lie, just a conspiracy story, but people who read the book know that this is simply documentation from Slater’s emails and that the Prime Minister is lying to their faces.

So I don’t think Key’s line will work, or that this story is going away. I haven’t talked to any gallery journalists since it was released but I suspect that – if nothing else – the confirmation of the long-nurtured bitter suspicion that Key’s office has been screwing them on OIA requests by forwarding them to Slater for early publication will ensure that this story runs and runs throughout the rest of the campaign.

And this:

Whatever the wider implications, the book has had a profound effect on me, personally. Something that doesn’t come across in the news coverage about Dirty Politics, and Cameron Slater, Jason Ede, Jordan Williams, Simon Lusk et al is just how fucking awful these people are. They spend their lives trying to poison and contaminate our politics. They enjoy seeing people suffer. They get excited by the idea of breaking up the marriages of their political enemies and ruining their lives. And John Key stands up and bleats about how everything they do is fine, and the people on the left are the nasty ones. Fuck him.

Well said Danyl.  Interestingly in the comments to a few of his recent posts are suggestions from people I do not recognise that I do the same as Slater.   How is this for a bet?  For each post identified that I have written which engages in the same sort of character assassination and muck raking that Slater does I will give $100 to Greenpeace.  Go ahead.  Knock yourselves out.

But back to the subject of this post.  Who, in the light of Slater’s description of a deceased West Coaster as “feral” had the most reason to try and silence him and bring him down?  Who had the most to lose?  Was it the left?  My bet is that elements within the National Party had decided that he and Jason Ede had gone too far and had to be silenced.  I have seen before how during the Len Brown scandal there was considerable kick back against Slater from parts of the National Party.  Maybe this time they had decided that Slater’s malign effect on politics had to end.

58 comments on “Who took Slater’s emails?”

  1. One Anonymous Bloke 1

    Minor detail: the article with Slater’s name on it that published Hager’s details was written by Odgers.

    So, she wishes him harm, has a plan to effect that harm (give or take her racist delusions about Chinese people) and puts the plan into effect using an accomplice.

    Might the NZ Law Society have an opinion about this? Might the Police?

    • Foreign Waka 1.1

      Police is under Minister Mrs Colin’s and the Law society is gutless that one wonders whether we see a drama from the roman council a few thousand years ago. None of them are independent as you might expect in a democracy. This means that the law is being adapted to suit the rich and powerful – this also reveals that NZ is more like Fiji then anybody cares to admit.

    • disturbed 1.2

      OAB
      Allison Horwood is a lawyer mixed up with Slater in some seedy Tax evasion scheme company in Belize, and until a couple of days ago, so she is dirty.
      Now this Odgers is as bad so do we see a pattern?

      Business as usual on Planet key as the song goes so close to the truth they forced Electoral Commission to ban it.

      Gag, Gag, Gag,

  2. Roflcopter 2

    Awesome last paragraph, you should write a book on it…. no proof, dumb innuendo, and trying to start a new sideshow.

    Mickey, I would have thought you’d be keeping your head down somewhat, because it is now becoming more and more public knowledge amongst readers that don’t indulge in blogs that for every Farrar/Slater on the right, there’s an equivalent on the left…. and it’s becoming more public by the day.

    Or you can just keep rocking on, I don’t mind, but don’t complain and make excuses when your boss ends up having to answer sticky questions….. again.

    • just saying 2.1

      Okay.
      Pick five days at random and compare the entire content of the Standard with the entire content of Whaleoil.

      Anyone who imagines any kind of equivalence (and that includes Josie ‘Lifestyle block’ Pagani) can put their money where their mouth is.

      Right-wingers are such sensitive wee snowflakes when it come to their own feelings. But if you don’t see much of the population as being as real and human as you are, I guess it’s easy to imagine that being called a “silly bitch” and tracking someone down and hounding them with the intent to destroy their life and drive them to suicide as being about the same.

      • felix 2.1.1

        I have offered many of these tools the same challenge many times.

        None have ever taken it up.

      • Chris 2.1.2

        “Right-wingers are such sensitive wee snowflakes when it come to their own feelings.”

        Just loved Farrar’s faux-hurt/sadness/offence/despair at Hager’s revelations – said it made him want to give up politics.

        Wonder if he’ll want to be on The Panel again? Wonder if they’ll want him back? Or want Williams back? Interesting those two were ever on there in the first place. And to think Bradbury was kicked off? Danyl’s description of Slater/Williams/Lusk/Odgers is spot on.

        • Much like Slater’s declaration on Twitter two days ago that he’d never agree to an interview with TV3. So naturally he was on The Nation this morning.

          • Chris 2.1.2.1.1

            Will be interesting if Radio NZ will want Williams, Farrar, Hooton or even Franks back on air after all of this. Imagine Williams and Farrar on The Panel now? Even Kathryn Ryan must be having second thoughts about Hooton being on her show after he emailed the name of Hager’s street to Slater. What a total crock about it “already being in the public arena, it’s all over his select committee submissions”. Odgers was talking about publishing it for the purpose of allowing thugs to go to Hager’s house. This can’t be shrugged off as nothing. Odgers sent the email saying why the address should be published. If nobody provided the address or it wasn’t published maybe it could shrugged off as jokey big talk. But then Hooton sent the name of the street, and then Slater published the full address. This is no bloody joke. Hooton is as evil as Odgers and Slater and Williams.

    • trickledrown 2.2

      Shonkey and Slater have shat on to many people ,Rolfharriscopter repeating the bullying lines doesn’t make it right.
      You are in league with the underhanded undermining of Democracy!
      It must be your turn to spray and walk away!

    • Tracey 2.3

      are you saying slater is delusional? Or a liar? Are you saying Hager invented all the emails? To back your assertions about left wing blogs you first need to address these questions?

  3. Mike 3

    On the acknowledgements page Hager thanks “the National Party staffer who first suggested I work on this subject”

    • Tracey 3.1

      Noticed that too, and noticed it has completely been ignored in media discussion and questions

      • Foreign Waka 3.1.1

        Be careful what you wish for as there is now a new modus operandi in place to bring civil servants to slaughter…

      • Local Kiwi 3.1.2

        Tracy,

        “Noticed that too, (no media had mentioned it was a Nat staffer that suggested Hager do the book) and noticed it has completely been ignored in media discussion and questions”

        That’s because no investigative MSM Journo has read the book for MSM yet and we should challenge why not?

        Cant we get opposition to bring this up?????

    • Mary 3.2

      The Hollow Men’s dedicated “to the principled conservatives in the New Zealand National Party”, too.

    • One Anonymous Bloke 3.3

      A better wingnut! My wish granted 🙂

  4. mpledger 4

    Who gained the most from Brash’s stolen emails? Key … and Joyce. Who benefits from Slater’s stolen emails – Joyce . His main competition within the National party is from the Collins/Slater faction and this is one way to side-line them and it’s also likely to hasten Key’s exit from politics leaving Joyce top dog.

  5. Local Kiwi 5

    Good take Mickey,

    I will respond to Roflcopter’s comment.

    ” Who, in the light of Slater’s description of a deceased West Coaster as “feral” had the most reason to try and silence him and bring him down? Who had the most to lose? Was it the left? My bet is that elements within the National Party had decided that he and Jason Ede had gone too far and had to be silenced. I have seen before how during the Len Brown scandal there was considerable kick back against Slater from parts of the National Party. Maybe this time they had decided that Slater’s malign effect on politics had to end.”

    Best to look at every direction and get it out there, as Nat’s will be swiftly desperately trying to close down the subject before the thing gets viral.

    I witnessed a daily spectacle of the Watergate scandal, when living in Canada.

    Watergate is a study as the same thing happened with the identical deliberate stealing of opposition political party files.

    I was as a Kiwi living & working in Canada during the 1970’s when Watergate broke it began the same and it built up in the very same way.

    First with the removal of the Democrats Party headquarters files by supposed Cleaners, “yeah right”,

    Then most public commentators and news folk all began speculating on who had the strongest motive out there to benefit from the scandal exactly as you have excellently pointed out.

    In the 1970’s no Slater/Farrar types were visible, but one can now imagine they were there, but as a comparison in those times there was no such similar veiled threats or subtle hints from the Government to “silence the lambs” as Roflcoper suggests.

    Rofl suggests warning that we to be aware as there will be any pressure to answer “sticky questions”.

    God is this for real?

    Are we already living in a police state?

    Pictures in my mind of goose stepping storm troopers coming to raid everyone’s computers and interrogate all that blog? 1933 Germany again.

    This picture was flashed all over the screens and now the Police Minister Bush has appologies to Tuhoi.

    Since then it was repeated when the raid on Kim.com Mansion occurred what a shambles, and even during the 1951 Wharf strike, so we know they are capable of these actions.

    But if Government does clearly bagain suppress free speech between all who blog, that will be far worse than what they are already doing subtlety, as they orchestrate the banning the Planet key video song and Kim.com party video.

    If widespread suppression of free speech on Left blog site becomes the norm, then the electorate will at last have a serious issue to confront as they go walking to the pooling booth.that then reviles where this Government is taking us to a police state.

    Nicky Hager has consistently placed himself on the line for our right to know what is going on behind the scenes and for freedom of information and to give us all “Informed consent: prior to voting.

    By you doing the same as Watergate public did we found the real culprit and will do here also as we progress along the path of discovery.

    Nicky Hager should be admired and supported for his fight to save our freedom and democracy and we must support his rights and ours to freedom of speech, as many great leaders have said freedom is worth dying for in many ways in the past.

    “The price of freedom is constant vigilance.”

  6. Trainman 6

    If the Nats were to get back in it will be a very nasty parliament as the other side of politics delve into every rotten corner of the Nats.

  7. MrSmith 7

    I like many are guilty of wondering who went after Slater, after some thought though, speculating about who might want to bring him down is just playing into their hands, don’t you think?

    I would prefer to concentrate on the substance of the book and get as many people to read it as possible.

    • Tracey 7.1

      yes and this thread topic has fallen for the nat strategy of making this about stolen emails rather than the behaviours they reveal, hook line and centre

    • mickysavage 7.2

      I agree the substance is most important and I am sure there will be other posts on the matter. This post is mostly about substance as well. I thought the National line that it is a left wing conspiracy is weak and deserves a response.

      • Tracey 7.2.1

        dfinitely and that armstrong, for now, has woken up, suggests that maybe, just,maybe, hagers book has given him the chance to comment on something he already knew some of but didnt feel the owners would publish if he led it?

  8. weka 9

    Good to see Armstrong writing sensibly on this. This will reflect the opinion of many traditional conservatives who aren’t comfortable about the hard right bullshit but generally won’t go so far as to do anything about it. Hopefully the tide will turn now.

    Key claimed it was no coincidence that the book’s launch had followed the burning of an effigy of himself, the “f *** John Key” video, the description of Key as “Shylock” by a Labour candidate and the widespread vandalising of National’s election hoardings.

    He argued that the left did not want to debate the real election issues because it could not win the policy argument. So the left was playing dirty.

    Conspiracy theorist!!!

    • aerobubble 9.1

      Key lost the plot when he declared a crowd of drunks crying out f.j.k was part of a conspiracy.

      What’s worse, is Slater saying his emails were stolen but its okay for him to use Labour’s database?

      Then the clincher, Key’s childhood mate seemingly fast tracking Slater’s government information request.

      And all this is before we get into Collins and her activities.

      Sure was it obvious Slater is a mud-slinger, and that Key is best mates with him. But I don’t agree that its a conspiracy to write a book going into depth about their love in, when its just journalism to enquire how far Key is up Slaters backside metaphorically pulling the strings.

      • Picard110 9.1.1

        I loved the comment from slater about the threats he is getting, how Hagar has to take responsibility for that.

        Given slater has caused many many people to have death threats sent to them, or threats in general, and say, not my fault that people did this because of what I published, is a joke.

        No. People should not threaten the disgusting Slater’s life, however if slater won’t take responsibility for his own actions, nicky should tell the fat man, to f&$k off.

        • nadis 9.1.1.1

          Why the hate on fat people? You can despise Whaleoil without the fat abuse. If you denigrate people because of their size your usually only half a step from sexism, racism etc.

    • My question to Key is: so was the effigy-burning and chanting-video part of some really involved marketing for the book launch, or did Nicky Hager decide that the effigies and chanting were damaging the left and whip up a complete book full of leaked information in less than a week?

      You know, since it’s “no coincidence” and all.

  9. Local Kiwi 10

    “This post is mostly about substance as well. I thought the National line that it is a left wing conspiracy is weak and deserves a response.”

    Yes indeed, we must “delve into every rotten corner of the Nats”

    Also the media as they were complicit was design it appears.

    We also must remind the media dumbed down method used to cover the book, as no MSM investigative Journalist has done what we want yet.

    To concentrate on the substance in the book, and of course this comes back to the difference between Watergate and Slatergate.

    A complicit MSM by design, or in plain words used in Watergate, “a deliberate cover up”.

    This is what incensed the public most of all in Watergate and the shame placed on Richard Nixon as he said shaking his head “I have never lied” is now being played by John Key saying “National had nothing to do with it”

    Denying any involvement was Nixon’s downfall also as the evidence mounted day by day like Slatergate will.

  10. David H 11

    To be honest, I don’t give a shit who did steal them. But they should be given a medal for saving our freedoms by revealing this festering wound in NZ politics. Just my opinion.

    • aerobubble 11.1

      The very actions of Key and his crew expose much. As everyone knows, people leave their doors open by mistake, disgruntled employees, or enterprising hackers, can and have left open computer systems. Hey, there was a zombie supermarket a few years back in Hamilton, whose doors and lights came on in the middle of the night, the Police could not act against the shoppers since they could reasonably expected to have thought the shop open and the supermarket was illegally open… …however that’s not the case withe the Labour database. Had Key and his office had any self-control they would immediately have told Labour about the mistake, as they themselves would have like to have been. Just as a neighbor seeing you left you door open all day will inevitably worry and come over and check, finding nobody in, they close it. But Key doesn’t see any impropriety in associating with Slatter, and isn’t taking any efforts to distance himself from him.

      That’s why Key must resign, how can we trust government spies having all this information when the government so poorly handles it, then when expose to using private information for political ends, has no response than to attack the messenger Hager.

      Deeply disappointed with our government.

    • ghostwhowalksnz 11.2

      Could it be your own version of Snowden ?
      A local kiwi in GCSB who used the sophisticated tools they would have available to get at Slaters secrets.

      Hardly likely to be an average Joe who could do a brute force attack. Or even the more likely keyboard logger to get the passwords.

  11. Redzone 12

    Labour now turning hard focus on Collins today and her ‘close personal friend’Slater (that sounds so familiar…) rather than scatter gun approach. They will get more traction this way.

    Good strategy as she is one of the most vulnerable and culpable in this sordid little mess and probably the most linked to WO. The evidence is damning and key supposedly has her on final warning. Yeah right. So pressure will mount on him to do something.

    She also goes feral when under pressure as we saw in the Horrorvida episode and will be a major liability for key in the lead up to the election is she goes postal.

    Labours job is to make this the story that keeps on giving right through Nats campaign launch- in the most positive way of course!

  12. Picard110 13

    Well slater is now panicking. He is banning anyone from his site who points out that more and more what is in the book is being corroborated by other reporters, oia officials and even Judith Colin’s.

    Key needs to fire Colin’s, and slater needs to be investigated for his part in hacking labours site.

    • So_called_arthur_king 13.1

      “Hacking” implies illegitimate breaking into a secured, password protected, non-public site. It’s not the correct term for slater’s actions. The Labour sites were open to the public, accessible with minimal technical knowledge, and required no breaking of any security – results were even searchable on google. Need to be careful with your terms.

      [lprent: Always nice to see someone so ignorant trying to invent laws that don’t exist.

      Perhaps you should read the crimes act and some actual law. Start here and look down the links.

      Comment again when you can at least have a minimal knowledge of the subjects you write about. ]

      • So_called_arthur_king 13.1.1

        I wasn’t implying any legal aspects – merely stating that the term hacking doesn’t describe accurately what slater and ede allegedly did. Hager’s emails on the other hand…

        [lprent: Of course you were looking at the legal aspects. You just don’t accept them. I’ve been a programmer for a very long time. Slater (and you) are delusional if you don’t understand the 2003 changes to the Crimes Act.

        As soon as Slater copied the data and started saying what he would do with it he was exactly legally and morally the same as the person who got the data off the Whaleoil server. There is no difference in the eyes of the computing community, the legal community or morally. He was a thief.

        But that is his legal problem and probably Hager’s source legal problem. It isn’t Hagers problem. Hager just has the problem of protecting his source. ]

  13. redfred 14

    Let the drip drip drip of the emails release begin. National will be forced to answer each allegation one at a time.

    Get the big ones out the release the 8GB all on wikileaks.

    PLEASE

  14. Debbie Brown 15

    Between Cathy “the forehead” Odgers and the tobacco industry/db breweries/etc did Cam actually write many posts at all? All his site seems to be is these mates of his posting u der his name and the retreading of you tubesgreatest hits….hardly “new media” as he constantly likes to bang on about…
    Anyway I see the tough guy has started his usaul shrill whenever he is called out…”I’m receiving death threats! Its all yourfault msm!” Fukingblouse.

    • lprent 15.1

      Agreed. He has a rather repetitive set of behaviours. From blustering up a story to whining about how he is the real victim when it blows up. From boasting about how brave and noble he is to the abject crawling that he displays in court.

      But I guess I don’t need to tell you about that…

      • ghostwhowalksnz 15.1.1

        It was amusing to reader his posters wishfully thinking Hager would end up in court, all the while it is Slater who is in court for publishing some one elses business emails

    • One Anonymous Bloke 15.2

      Is not a tool entitled to complain at the damage its master does?

    • Chris 15.3

      Interesting that Odgers seems to have taken all the posts down from her inactive blog. She began winding down a while ago but the posts were still there. Went looking for her nasty shite about “the heaving underclass” that Slater likes to bang on about but saw she’s removed all posts. Wonder when that happened? It was clear from the beginning that something wasn’t right with her and Slater, all that threatening talk like “don’t mess with Whaleoil or Cactus Kate”. What tossers. Anyway, in case people have forgotten, Odgers certainly isn’t able to erase this which is still there for all to see.
      There’s a whole lot of stuff about Odgers around that media ought to start having a look at. Danyl McLauchlan’s description of her is so right:

      http://tumeke.blogspot.co.nz/2011/06/hateful-cathy-odgers-as-act-candidate.html

    • disturbed 15.4

      Slater is pathetic. and his mates they show aggression till you meet them in public on their own. Probably why the ministers Collins Joyce Key and co always have ten bodyguards around them. We pay for that!!

      Bet he’s really a cry baby though, loud mouths like him, Joyce and Key are all gutless without the power trip they had till now.

  15. Debbie Brown 16

    I honestly beleive in this case little johnny key is the tool, cam and judith are his masters, he just cant seeit. The rest of NZ can see it when they watch his performance last thursday, repeating ad infinitum “its a left wing conspiracy, I’m relaxed, hagar is a conspiracy theorist”…..he has been hung out to dry by Judith again. She really is the gift that keeps giving.

    • Picard110 16.1

      Key needs to man up and fire her.

      • disturbed 16.1.1

        Collins has stuff on Key we believe,.

        She is still arrogant.

        And yes Key is the fall guy I believe.

        Yes Joyce & Collins are the executioner.

        Key said when things get negative he will leave remember 2011 around the teapot enquiry
        before the 2011 election?
        “Key says he’ll quit politics if National loses election”
        By Audrey Young
        NZ Herald
        5:30 AM Monday Jan 3, 2011

  16. BLiP 17

    I think its more likely that Slater’s site was looted by the fellow students of the man who died on the West Coast. He was, after all, studying IT.

    On the provision of Nicky Hager’s address to Cactus Kate’s Chinese billionaire contacts, I was mightily suprised to hear Matthew Hooton hand out Nicky’s address again on Thursday’s Nine To Noon. Listen at about 13:05 – http://www.radionz.co.nz/audio/player/20145654

    I’m wondering if its a breach of the Broadcasting Standards – it certainly wouldn’t be the first time Hooton has been in breach of them and a second complaint may – finally – get Radio New Zealand to consider whether or not giving space to that National Ltd™ mouthpiece is worth the effort.

    • So_called_arthur_king 17.1

      Given that hager’s address is in the phone book and is the only entry for that name on the white pages website I don’t see that giving it out in the media is much of a story.

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  • Why coastal floods are becoming more frequent as seas rise
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    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 day ago
  • The cost of a range clearance.
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    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    1 day ago
  • Still denying responsibility
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • A corrupt practice
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • Democracy “A Bit Bonkers” – Thoughts Inspired By Lizzie Marvelly’s Latest Co...
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    2 days ago
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    RedlineBy Admin
    2 days ago
  • On the road to Net Zero, the next step is to update our UN pledge
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    SciBlogsBy Robert McLachlan
    3 days ago
  • Corruption as usual
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Fairer rentals
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Another NZDF coverup
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • A loss for the Greens
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • New era for Ngāti Kuri and Auckland Museum
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    Tom Trnski holding a fossilised whale tooth from the Far North.Aussie-born Head of Natural Sciences at Auckland Museum ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    3 days ago
  • Circling vultures: Why MediaWorks TV is really in trouble
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    Briefing PapersBy Peter Thompson
    4 days ago
  • Scary Opinium Poll
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    4 days ago
  • A coward’s ploy.
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    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    4 days ago
  • Left censorship and exclusion against gender-critical women: a Marxist critique
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    RedlineBy Admin
    4 days ago
  • “Uncertainty” can be better solved with a better grasp of life’s inherent complexities…
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    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    5 days ago
  • Citizens vs the Rogue Deep State
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    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    5 days ago
  • Massey University’s free speech policy double-plus-good
    The Committee of Disobedient Women has intercepted an email from Dr Emma Eejut, Senior Lecturer in Sociology, Massey University to the university’s Vice-Chancellor, Jan Thomas. Dear Jan, Thank you for your courageous move.  I think 10 pages of blether** should tie any of the students game enough to try holding ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    6 days ago
  • Unacceptable
    That's the only response to the findings of the Ombudsman's investigation into LGOIMA practices at the Christchurch City Council:My investigation identified serious concerns about the Council’s leadership and culture, and its commitment to openness and transparency. In particular, Council staff raised concerns with me about various methods employed by some ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • There is what corruption looks like
    NZ First seems to be nakedly trying to enrich itself from public office:A powerful New Zealand First figure helped establish a forestry company that then pushed for money from two key funding streams controlled by a New Zealand First Minister. An RNZ investigation has found Brian Henry, lawyer for Winston ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Escape from Manus Island
    Behrouz Boochani is an award winning author and journalist. He is also a refugee, who for the past six years has been detained in Australia's offshore gulag on Manus Island, and in Papua New Guinea. But last night, with the cooperation of the WORD Christchurch festival and Amnesty International, he ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • When World’s Collide.
    Different Strokes: If a multicultural immigration policy imposes no obligation on immigrant communities to acknowledge and ultimately embrace their host nation’s most cherished traditions and values, then how is that nation to prevent itself from being reduced to a collection of inward-looking and self-replicating ethnic and cultural enclaves?THE COALITION GOVERNMENT’S ...
    6 days ago
  • Could There Be Method In Massey University’s Madness?
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    6 days ago
  • Climate Change: We need more trees, not less
    Farmers held a hate-march on Parliament today, complete with MAGA hats, gun-nut signs, and gendered insults. While supposedly about a grab-bag of issues - including, weirdly, mental health - it was clear that the protest was about one thing, and one thing only: climate change. And specifically, forestry "destroying" rural ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • The IGIS annual report: Dead letters and secret law
    The Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security released their annual report today, and I've been busy reading through it. In amongst the usual review of what they've been doing all year, there's a few interesting bits. For example, a discussion on "agency retention and disposal of information", which points out that ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • A referendum on bigotry
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Why municipal waste-to-energy incineration is not the answer to NZ’s plastic waste crisis
    Trisia Farrelly, Massey University New Zealand is ranked the third-most-wasteful country in the OECD. New Zealanders produce five times the global daily average of waste per person – and they are getting more wasteful, producing 35% more than a decade ago. These statistics are likely to get worse following China’s ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • Political parties and GMOs: we all need to move on
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    SciBlogsBy Grant Jacobs
    1 week ago
  • Class, Identity Politics and Transgender Ideology
    by Deirdre O’Neill Under Thatcher and then Blair and continuing up until our contemporary moment, the working class has seen its culture slowly and progressively destroyed. The change from an industrial society to a service society produced a marked shift in focus from the working class as the backbone of ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Irony
    Since 2013, the Australian government has detained refugees without trial in Pacific gulags, where they are abused, tortured, and driven to suicide. The policy is not just an abuse of human rights and possible crime against humanity; it has also had a corrosive effect on the states Australia uses as ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • An age of protest.
    It seems fair to say that we currently live in a problematic political moment in world history. Democracies are in decline and dictatorships are on the rise. Primordial, sectarian and post-modern divisions have re-emerged, are on the rise or have been accentuated by political evolutions of the moment such as ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    1 week ago
  • Another captured agency
    Last month, Greenpeace head Russel Norman surrendered his speaking slot at an EPA conference to student climate activist Sorcha Carr, who told the EPA exactly what she thought of them. It was a bold move, which confronted both regulators and polluters (or, as the EPA calls them, "stakeholders") with the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • NZ First’s dodgy loans
    The core principle supposedly underlying New Zealand's electoral finance regime is transparency: parties can accept large donations from rich people wanting to buy policy, but only if they tell the public they've been bought. Most parties abide by this, so we know that TOP was wholly-owned by Gareth Morgan, and ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Member’s Day: The choice on End of Life Choice
    Today is a Member's Day, probably the second-to-last one of the year, and its a big one, with the Third Reading of David Seymour's End of Life Choice Bill. last Member's Day it was reported back from committee, after MPs voted narrowly to make it subject to a (rules TBA) ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • How growth in population and consumption drives planetary change
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    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • The disappearing Women …
    by The Council of Disobedient Women In her excellent oral submission to the Abortion reform select committee on 31st October on behalf of Otago University’s Department of Public Health, historian and public health researcher Hera Cook stated: “We would ask that the committee not use the term ‘pregnant persons’ and ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • “A Passage to India”: enduring art in changing times
    by Don Franks In 1957, E M Forster wrote, of his greatest work: “The India described in ‘A Passage to India’ no longer exists either politically or socially. Change had begun even at the time the book was published ( 1924) and during the following quarter of a century it ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Contemptuous
    The Referendums Framework Bill was due back from select committee today. But there's no report on it. Instead, the bill has been bounced back to the House under Standing order 29593) because the Committee didn't bother to produce one. They probably tried. But given the membership of the committee (which ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Zero Carbon: It’s not just a good idea, it’s the law
    Two years into New Zealand’s Labour-led government, the long-delayed Zero Carbon Bill became law on 7 November. Passed essentially unanimously, the lengthy public debates and political manoeuvring faded away until the final passage was even anticlimactic: Flipping through the @nzstuff @DomPost I was starting to wonder if I’d dreamt ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert McLachlan
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: What happens next?
    Now the Zero Carbon Bill is law, what's next? Obviously, the ETS changes currently before select committee are going to be the next battleground. But we're also going to get a good idea of where we're going, and if the progress the Zero Carbon Act promises is good enough, during ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Climate change will fuel bush fires
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    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • Participation rates
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    SciBlogsBy Michael Reddell
    1 week ago
  • Not So Much “OK Boomer” As “OK Ruling Class”.
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    1 week ago
  • Asking for it …
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    1 week ago
  • New Zealand’s Poor Pandemic Preparedness According to the Global Health Security Index
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    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Thank Winston
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Illicit markets and Bali Booze
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    SciBlogsBy Eric Crampton
    1 week ago
  • This is not what armed police are for
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Spain’s failed electoral gamble
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • The astroturf party
    National has finally rolled out its "BlueGreen" astroturf party, fronted by an array of former nats and people who were dumped by the Greens for not being Green enough. Its initial pitch is described by Stuff as "very business-friendly", and its priorities are what you'd expect: conservation, predator-free funding, a ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • How to cheat at university
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    SciBlogsBy Marcus Wilson
    1 week ago
  • How NZ was put on world maps using a transit of Mercury
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    SciBlogsBy Duncan Steel
    2 weeks ago
  • Georgina Beyer: We need to be able to talk without being offended
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    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • The anti-fluoride brigade won’t be erecting billboards about this study
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    2 weeks ago
  • Chosen To Rule? What Sort Of Christian Is Chris Luxon?
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    2 weeks ago
  • War of the worms
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    2 weeks ago
  • Marvelly shows us how to be a feminist without feminism
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    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • Out of the past – Tories to revive racist laws from the 16th century
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    2 weeks ago
  • 1000 of these now
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    SciBlogsBy Grant Jacobs
    2 weeks ago
  • Has Shane Jones Just Saved NZ First?
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    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: As predicted
    Yesterday, when National voted for the Zero Carbon Bill, I predicted they'd gut it the moment they regained power, just as they had done to the ETS. And indeed, they have explicitly promised to do exactly that within their first hundred days in office. What would their amendments do? Abandon ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Let this never be forgot
    In the spirit of Remember, remember the fifth of November, let's keep this in mind FOREVER.
    Oh dear. Extraordinary interview on PM with Andrew Bridgen and @EvanHD just now. Bridgen was defending Jacob Rees Mogg’s Grenfell comments. Evan asked him if JRM had meant to say he would have left ...
    2 weeks ago

  • New high tech traps will reduce the need for 1080 poison
    New Zealand First are celebrating the announcement of an investment of $3.5 million into five new trapping devices. These are a range of bait and trap devices, all designed to be left unattended for long periods of time. NZ First conservation spokesperson Jenny Marcroft says that this latest development will ...
    5 hours ago
  • Cowboy clampers will be stymied
    Clayton Mitchell, Spokesperson for Consumer Affairs The ‘wheel clamping’ Bill that will cap clamper fees to $100 passed its third reading in Parliament today. New Zealand First welcomes The Land Transport (Wheel Clamping) Amendment Bill to combat predatory wheel clamping behaviour in what is currently a largely unregulated business. Cowboy clampers are: gouging ...
    1 day ago
  • Mental Health Commission back on track
    Jenny Marcroft, Spokesperson for Health New Zealand First welcomes the passage of the Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission Bill through its first reading in Parliament. “Today’s progress takes serious action on the mental health and addiction crisis the country is facing,” says New Zealand First Health Spokesperson Jenny Marcroft. “The re-establishment ...
    1 day ago
  • New Zealand’s key assets are not for sale: national interest test delivered
    Mark Patterson, Spokesperson for Primary Industries Today the Government announced the delivery of the promise to protect New Zealand interests by applying a new National Interest Test to the sales of our most sensitive and high risk assets to overseas buyers. This further strengthening of the Overseas Investment Act will ...
    2 days ago
  • National interest test added to protect New Zealanders’ interests
    The Coalition Government is delivering on its promise to protect New Zealanders’ interests by applying a new national interest test to the sales of our most sensitive and high-risk assets to overseas buyers. Under current Overseas Investment Act (OIA) rules, assets such as ports and airports, telecommunications infrastructure, electricity and ...
    2 days ago
  • Electoral law breach allegations
    Rt Winston Peters, Leader of New Zealand First Allegations raised this morning by Stuff Limited / Fairfax concern a party matter but I am confident that New Zealand First has operated within electoral laws, now and for the last 27 years. Declarable donations were declared to the Electoral Commission. Our ...
    2 days ago
  • Wayne Brown hits back at critics: Ports of Auckland has to move
    The chairman of the Upper North Island Supply Chain Strategy (UNISCS) working group, Wayne Brown, has hit back at critics of his group’s recommendations to relocate the Ports of Auckland cargo operations to Whangarei’s deepwater port of Northport. The working group's recommendation to close Auckland waterfront to all but cruise ...
    3 days ago
  • Week That Was: Supporting our schools
    We're setting our young people up for success, investing in education around the country.  ...
    3 days ago
  • Kiwis to have their say on End of Life Choice
    Jenny Marcroft MP, Spokesperson for Health New Zealand First backs the public to decide on the End of Life Choice Bill via a referendum at the 2020 General Election. The Bill, with New Zealand First’s referendum provision incorporated, passed its final reading in Parliament this evening. New Zealand First Spokesperson for ...
    1 week ago
  • Addressing miscarriages of justice
    Darroch Ball, Spokesperson for Justice New Zealand First is proud that a key Coalition Agreement commitment which will provide for a more transparent and effective criminal justice system has been realised. Legislation to establish the Criminal Cases Review Commission, an independent body focused on identifying and responding to possible miscarriages of ...
    1 week ago
  • Week That Was: Historic action on climate change
    "Today we have made a choice that will leave a legacy... I hope that means that future generations will see that we, in New Zealand, were on the right side of history." - Jacinda Ardern, Third Reading of the Zero Carbon Bill ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Tax-free deployments for Kiwi troops
    Darroch Ball, New Zealand First List MP A Member’s bill has been proposed that would provide income tax exemptions for all New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) personnel while on operational deployment overseas. The Income Tax (Exemption for Salary or Wages of NZDF Members on Active Deployment) Amendment Bill proposed by New Zealand First ...
    2 weeks ago
  • A balanced Zero Carbon Bill passed
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, New Zealand First Leader New Zealand First is proud to have brought common sense to the Climate Change Response (Zero Carbon) Amendment Bill, which passed its final reading in Parliament today. Party Leader Rt Hon Winston Peters says months of hard work went into negotiating a balanced ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Paramedics’ status to be recognised
    Jenny Marcroft MP, Spokesperson for Health New Zealand First has listened to calls to recognise paramedics as registered health professionals under the Health Practitioners’ Competence Assurance Act (the Act). Today, the Coalition Government announced plans for paramedics to be registered as health practitioners under the Act, and the establishment of a ...
    2 weeks ago

  • Milestone of 1800 new Police officers
    The Coalition commitment to add 1800 new Police officers to frontline policing has been achieved with the graduation of 59 constables from the Royal New Zealand Police College today. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters say today’s graduation means 1825 new Police have been deployed all ...
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    10 mins ago
  • PM appoints business leaders to APEC Business Advisory Council
    Ensuring APEC work gets input from diverse New Zealand business and trade interests is behind three new appointments to the APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC), Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says. Rachel Taulelei, Malcolm Johns and Toni Moyes have been appointed to represent New Zealand on the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 hours ago
  • PM speech notes for Trans-Tasman Business Circle
    Nau mai, haere mai. Tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā tatou katoa. Thank you for having me to speak today. To start, I’d like to acknowledge Sharron Lloyd, the General Manager of the Trans–Tasman Business Circle, the partners for this event Westpac’s  David McLean, and Derek McCormack from  AUT, and, of course ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 hours ago
  • Otago Regional Council given deadline for freshwater management plan
    A four-month investigation by former Environment Court judge Professor Peter Skelton found that Otago’s freshwater planning system is not fit for purpose to manage the region’s rivers, lakes and aquifers and that the Council has inadequate rules for the taking of water and the discharge of nutrients.   “Existing planning provisions ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 hours ago
  • LGNZ Rural and Provincial Sector Speech
      Introduction Thank you for the invitation to speak to you today. This is the first opportunity I’ve had to speak to an LGNZ meeting since the local elections, and I’m delighted to see the fresh faces of newly elected mayors. To returning mayors here today, as well as chief ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 hours ago
  • New Zealand to attend G20 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in Japan
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters departs New Zealand today to attend the G20 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in Nagoya at the invitation of this year’s G20 President, Japan. “This is the first time New Zealand will attend a G20 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting and we are deeply honoured that it is at ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 hours ago
  • Ambassador to the European Union announced
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters today announced the appointment of diplomat Carl Reaich as New Zealand’s next Ambassador to the European Union. “The Ambassador to the EU is one of the most important and senior roles in New Zealand’s foreign service, advocating for New Zealand’s interests with the EU institutions,” Mr ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 hours ago
  • New inventions boost Predator Free 2050 effort
        Innovation and technology are behind five new tools to give nature a helping hand by helping eliminate predators, funded through the Provincial Growth Fund (PGF), Minister for Conservation Eugenie Sage and Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Regional Economic Development Fletcher Tabuteau announced today. “The new tools will be trialled in ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
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