Winston Peters Names Alleged Super Leaker

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In an extraordinary moment in the house, Winston Peters has named the person he says leaked his superannuation details.

The NZ First leader, using Parliamentary privilege, has claimed that former National Party press secretary Rachel Morton was the source.

Morton, on twitter, says “the claims made by Winston Peters about me today are categorically not true.”

Peters claims the breach of his privacy was an “ACT-inspired hit job”.

Rachel Morton and ACT leader David Seymour have a close relationship. This could be the basis of Winston Peters’ claim that the leaking was orchestrated by the ACT and National parties.

Peters claimed Morton heard about his details when she was present in a ministerial office when former Minister Anne Tolley told Paula Bennett.

He says “This is what dirty politics looks like.”

Peter’s belief that ACT are behind the leak probably explains the recent twitter exchange suggesting fist fighting between Peters and  David ‘the Fighting Hologram’ Seymour.

Peters’ anger may have been stoked by being ordered by the High Court to pay over $300,000 in costs after his court action over the superannuation details leak failed.

This has some clear implications for the election outcome.

Never mind Judith Collins being sniffy about working with NZ First post election.

If NZ First does make it back and Collins calls, I can’t see Winston Peters picking up the phone now, unless it’s to laugh, then hang up.

87 comments on “Winston Peters Names Alleged Super Leaker ”

  1. Sacha 1

    Rachel Morton and ACT leader David Seymour have had a close relationship.

    Ew. My regard for her just plummeted.

    • I Feel Love 1.1

      Same, yech.

    • Incognito 1.2

      Apparently, he’s a good dancer.

    • observer 1.3

      This is a good example of the kind of thing where political insiders say "oh, everyone knows about that". Not really.

      I know (obviously) who Seymour is, and (vaguely) who Morton is, but did not know about their relationship, didn't need to and don't care. No public interest, until they are asked to comment on each other – this may have happened with Morton as a reporter/commentator but I don't recall it.

      • McFlock 1.3.1

        Pretty much the same.

        • I Feel Love 1.3.1.1

          I just saw Morton on Q & A a few weeks back, she was part of Bridges team, talking about Muller. Very smooth, capable and likable. I don't remember her as a reporter. NZ really is a tiny place (I'm related to someone in the top ranks of National but not spoken to in years).

          • Nick 1.3.1.1.1

            Yes I saw that also and thought she was crap, gets paid to manoeuvre people to be nasty and devious.

            [Please stick to the same user name and e-mail address that you have used here before; most recent comment was 21 July 2020, thanks – Incognito]

    • Muttonbird 1.4

      You mean he had a relationship with a staffer?

      • Shanreagh 1.4.1

        Shock horror, imbalance of power…..

        • McFlock 1.4.1.1

          An ACT MP is in a supervisory role of a National party staffer?

          If anything, maybe the other way around, in which case you might have a point…

          • Muttonbird 1.4.1.1.1

            An ACT MP is in a supervisory role of a National party staffer?

            Is this the case? If so, it's an almost identical situation to ILG's dalliance.

            I'm guessing Rimmer will not be firing himself!

            • McFlock 1.4.1.1.1.1

              Obviously it's not true. So there's not an imbalance of power in that regard, so no, it's not like ILG.

              • Muttonbird

                Is there really not an imbalance of power though? I'm sure David Seymour was treated like royalty in National Party corridors.

                • McFlock

                  royalty or pet?

                  And Morton seems to have a decent CV under her belt, not someone fresh out of school.

                  I suspect the only real problem is that which faces every workplace personal relationship there – it's easy to throw the allegation of improper information sharing because of the mere existence of that relationship. Winston's allegation being a case in point (I suspect winston believes it, but it's also a handy dead cat).

                  But I don't see any clear danger of misconduct in the relationship itself. Nothing in the "you're fecking joking, how could that not strike him as a terrible idea" territory of e.g. ILG

    • Grantoc 1.5

      Really. You believe Peter's!!??

  2. Anne 2

    I said at the start of the year this would be one of the dirtiest campaigns ever but hell…….

    surprise frown

  3. Speaking to reporters outside the House, Seymour said Peters was simply repeating "sleazy, baseless innuendo saying things that never happened" in the House.

    "I categorically deny involvement in that leak – I had nothing to do with it."

    He said that Morton did not give him information and he did not pass on any information, as alleged by Peters in the House.

    "The reason this accusation is being made is we're in a personal relationship – he's abusing that fact and I think that's a new low for New Zealand politics."

    Seymour said Peters is struggling in the polls and is "finished and is now trying to drag other people down with him".

    "Winston Peters is a desperate man making it up and in this case, telling lies."

    He said he didn't know anything about Peters superannuation payments until they hit headlines.

    https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12350174

    • McFlock 3.1

      He said he didn't know anything about Peters superannuation payments until they hit headlines.

      lol must have been one of the few people Tolley didn't tell…

  4. Climaction 4

    Can name whoever he wants under parliamentary privilege, true or nor

    coward. Never got his shorts or hair dirty on the wing playing rugby

    • I Feel Love 4.1

      always looked good though, always had style, always had amazing hair.

    • bwaghorn 4.2

      He did the first kick off to a team I was in at a new ground way back . Never stayed on the field long enough to see any action (he would have been about 40 then) which we all thought was probably wise , but cowardly.

    • Grafton Gully 4.3

      "Never got his shorts or hair dirty on the wing playing rugby" ?

      "Desperately trying to halt Winston Peters' bid for the line is Sam Rollerston. Peters managed to slip the tackle and score a try."

      https://photonews.org.nz/gisborne/issue/GPN118_19640423/t1-body-d35.html

      • Climaction 4.3.1

        did he? or did he stand on the other side of the road behind the fenced off carpark with a hand painted sign?

        He's a coward

        if his accusations carried any truth at all he wouldn't hide behind parliamentary privilege.

        pop quiz, name three senior (cabinet or higher at some point) politicians since mmp began who have alleged conspiracy under privilege that have had those allegations substantiated.

        be surprised if you can name one

      • RedBaronCV 4.3.2

        That! was a blast from the past. And a Cherrington too . Northland had an entire Senior A rugby team all but one with the name Cherrington.

  5. Just Is 5

    I just watched Seymour's speil in Parliament, having a go at Peters who had already left, he made some quite serious allegations, the speaker, Mallard ordered Seymour to withdraw the comments and apologize, Seymour refused and was subsequently ordered out of the house.

    Once sitting for the day was complete, he allowed Seymour back into the house on the proviso he withdraw the comments and apologize, which he duly did.

    Seymour accused Peters of lying about the relationship with Nationals Rachel Morton over the leaked Super overpayments.

  6. mary_a 6

    Winston Peters is getting some final desperate shots in before he loses the election. I sincerely hope Shane Jones doesn't win the Northland seat for NZF. I've had a gutsful of Peters, his lying deceptive BS and everything else he stands for.

    • Rosemary McDonald 6.1

      I've had a gutsful of Peters, his lying deceptive BS and everything else he stands for.

      He's not even funny anymore. A bit sad and pathetic. He needs to take a leaf from the dearly departed Todd and have a nice cup of tea and a lie down. Or go fishing.

      This is just ott. https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12350106

    • Peter 6.2

      Do you dislike lying deceptive BS from any MP or just from Peters?

      • Rosemary McDonald 6.2.1

        Personally I think all politicians have a tendency to deception and bullshit. Anyone who believes otherwise is risking bitter disappointment. Peters is particularly irritating because of his holier- than -the -rest- of -the -mob attitude. The Super overpayment thing…he should have just put up and shut up. You'd think if a person was going to make a career out of drawing attention to the shenanigans of others they'd make doubly sure to keep their own affairs squeaky clean.

        I'm over the lot of 'em to be honest.

      • mary_a 6.2.2

        I'm beginning to think BS, deception and lying is a must for a politician!

        However, as far as Peters is concerned, he is becoming boring and pathetic with his he knows this, that and the other, but with the exception in this instance, he doesn't reveal anything! He's a clown and needs to retire.

    • Grafton Gully 6.3

      He took on the Richwhite. Fay and Key cabal – remember ???

      https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10448343

      • Climaction 6.3.1

        13 years ago for more allegations under privilege?

        taken them on isn't the same as being right.

        any degenerate can throw around accusations under parliamentary privlege

        • Marcus Morris 6.3.1.1

          The "Wine boxes" were produced back in the early nineties. 13 years ago???

  7. Zuszsa 7

    It was an extraordinary exchange. Peters was all over the place. He named Morton and Seymour and Chris Bishops father (!!) as being behind it all. Bishop and Seymour denied it all with fiery speeches. It was so bad Poto Williams felt the need to abandon her planned speech and instead talk about the need for dignity in parliament.

    It certainly took everyone's mind off IL-G.

  8. Gabby 8

    No Antarctica trip for Samantha, I rickn.

  9. Peter 9

    It's messy, it's awful, it's disgusting, it's a stain on the way things are done here. Right, that's dealt with the fact that Peters' information got past a minion in the MSD.

    It's messy, it's awful, it's disgusting, it's a stain on the way things are done in Parliament. Right, that's dealt with the fact that Peters' information got to a minion in the MSD went through that Ministry and ended up getting to a number of his opponents in Parliament.

    It's messy, it's awful, it's disgusting, it's a stain on the way things are done in Parliament and New Zealand. Right, that's dealt with the fact that Peters' information got to a minion in the MSD, ended up getting to a number of his opponents in Parliament and miraculously ended up plastered all over the news.

    It's messy, it's awful, it's disgusting, it's a stain on the way things are done in Parliament and New Zealand. Right, that's dealt with the fact that Peters' information ended up plastered all over the news shortly before the election.

    It's messy, it's awful, it's disgusting, it's a stain on the way things are done in Parliament. It’s what you get when Peters attacks after being wronged.

    • lprent 9.1

      Good summary. Since we don’t know who leaked Winston Peters paying back an superannuation over payment (something that happens quite a lot) to the press and probably will never be certain, I have no objection to a splatter movie across the whole of the political spectrum and public service.

      It was a total egregious breach of private information. Whoever did it deserves time in a prison. The next best thing is to make sure that the entirety of the public service and political classes find blood all over their shocked faces.. It will discourage more arseholes playing dirty politics 2.0.

      • Shanreagh 9.1.1

        I agree with you – especially the last para. My hope is that it will shake loose something.

        Leaking personal information about anybody is terrible, leaking deeply personal financial info that included info about a person not in politics ie family is shameful,

        doing it for dirty political gain is something else again.

        Hopefully someone will come clean.

      • Anne 9.1.2

        @ Peter, lprent &Shanreagh

        yes yes yes

        I’ve been there and know the horrendous damage it can do – damage that can go on for years.

      • Peter 9.1.3

        The problem lies with whoever released the information.

        The other problem is with the 'no surprises' policy. That 'requires departments to inform Ministers promptly of matters of significance within their portfolio responsibilities, particularly where these matters may be controversial or may become the subject of public debate.'

        Any matter to do with any MP could be deemed to be 'controversial or may become the subject of public debate.'

        Examples: An MP is paying child support for a child and no-one except those directly involved knows about it. Scandal! Controversy, public debate. IRD should inform the Minister.

        An MP in the quiet of the night gets a speeding ticket or DIC charge. Controversy, public debate. Police should inform the Minister regardless of suppression orders or before they could be granted.

        An MP or spouse has has some sort of financial transaction with a particular company. Knowledge of that, would be likely to see controversy and debate. IRD would inform the Minister.

        All the information to be got to only those who need to know of course. It'll would be safe there. The problem for Peters trying to prove who leaked the information was that 'only those who needed to know' seems to have included so many. Was the information read out at a 'junior staffers' party?

        I can't be bothered going back and checking, but I'm sure Maarten Wevers, Sir, ("in 2018, he resigned as chairman and from the board of the Earthquake Commission, having lost the confidence of the minister responsible") who was a witness in the Peters' case didn't say that the case showed that the 'no surprises' policy did not work and will not work when there are malevolent opportunists.

        As I said, in our political climate anything any MP does is likely to end up, or could be turned into controversy or become the subject of public debate.

        Those named today obviously have Peters to blame for their names being involved. Should they blame the clerk and the manager in an Auckland office for promoting the situation? Those who actually constructed the no surprises rule? The parliamentarians who got the confidential information?

        Imagine the shitstorm from the likes of David Farrar and Jordan Williams if their confidential information was broadcast far and wide, it'd be Big Brother this Big Brother that. Those named today are all incensed about Peters mentioning them.

        Oh dear, how sad, never mind. Suck it up. It's most likely what they expected of Peters.

        (I've got no truck with Peters or his party. He probably perpetrated some scummery today. There are far wider implications than just him though.)

        • lprent 9.1.3.1

          The other problem is with the ‘no surprises’ policy. That ‘requires departments to inform Ministers promptly of matters of significance within their portfolio responsibilities, particularly where these matters may be controversial or may become the subject of public debate.’

          I’d agree. And that is exactly what I mean when I say it is inappropriate. I can’t see anything political that couldn’t be shoved under the ‘no surprises’ label as a catch-all politically. It was exactly what Paula Bennett used (a no surprises justification) when she used private information held in her ministerial responsibility to attack critics of the government policy back in 2010 (?).

          Fortunately as several legal people have pointed out recently – that is just a matter of changing the cabinet manual to get rid of this obnoxious intrusion into state held private information. It isn’t a legal stipulation – it is a just a convenience for ministers. Just adding a proviso that anything that would be subject to a privacy breach with the public servant and the minister being held directly accountable would be sufficient.

          (I’ve got no truck with Peters or his party. He probably perpetrated some scummery today. There are far wider implications than just him though.)

          Yep – that is my view as well. The issue is important.
          I also think that he used a privileged channel that was actually designed for exactly how he used it.

          • Shanreagh 9.1.3.1.1

            I also think that he used a privileged channel that was actually designed for exactly how he used it.

            The reason that the info got to then Minister was a total misuse/misunderstanding of how/why the 'No surprises/heads-up' policy should have been used. There was, in my view, no reason at all for MSD to have included anything about this info about an MP's, or any other named private individual's/family's private financial matters.

            • lprent 9.1.3.1.1.1

              I was referring to Peter’s use of parliamentary privilege.

              • Shanreagh

                Yes I understand that. I totally agree that he used the correct channel for exactly the type of disclosure he has now made.

                Thought I had said this but not apparently, sorry!

                Just my view that had the info not got to the then MSD minister it would never have been leaked from there, I think this is what they are saying. My view is that MSD may have given the Minister this as part of a misapplication of the heads-up/no surprises policy.

      • Rosemary McDonald 9.1.4

        superannuation over payment (something that happens quite a lot)

        Really?

        Perhaps some folk don't take the whole form filling thing seriously?

        https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12284147

        • Shanreagh 9.1.4.1

          I take form filling very seriously. MSD still managed to use a crossed out tax code on my form instead of the new one that was initialled by me and circled and initialled by the MSD staff member who interviewed me.

          It was not until IRD contacted me several months later to point out I was owing quite a large Student loan repayment that I realised this. I immediately contacted MSD with another tax code declaration and paid back the owing, thankfully I was still working and had a bit of $$$$ to enable me to do this. Wouldn't have been able to now.

          MSD do not send any sort of pay advice out. You have to take it on trust that they have got it right. Bad move really to do be trusting like this, and anyone who has any sort of complicated Tax/MSD link-up should be very careful.

          Since that mistake of MSD's I ring to ask for the split and then double-check the maths myself.

          I bet Winston and his partner do as as well!

        • lprent 9.1.4.2

          I can't point to a source offhand. Rushing off to work. But it is somewhere in here…

          https://oag.parliament.nz/reports

          My opinion was based on reading an auditor-general report several years ago looking at the under and over payments for various beneficiary groups. Including super. As I remember it with super, the probability was higher than I expected – mostly due to changes in circumstances.

          But generally across all benefits, the most common reason appeared to be various kinds of misunderstandings about forms. Closely followed by misunderstandings by staff on valid entitlements or by taking default actions – as appeared to be the case with Peters (a unticked question does not warrant processing the application at all (it should also be yes/no)).

          My conclusion at the time was that as far as possible it should be done with onscreen forms that force active fill in on all relevant fields, and with hypertext on all options. Remove people out of the system as mach as possible and get them to focus on people who are functionally illiterate (ie can't use computers) and for phone queries.

  10. ScottGN 10

    A double dead cat bounce day.

  11. RosieLee 11

    I think Winston has lost the plot.

  12. Chris T 12

    I have never seen Winston so shitting himself and desperate for anything to save himself before.

    Guess the two weirdos from the UK didn't give as much help as promised.

    • Muttonbird 12.1

      There's not many who will be upset to see the back of Winston Peters. Judgement day for him and his band of centrist hand-brakes is nigh.

      I enjoy watching him duke it out with Rimmer though.

  13. Shanreagh 13

    Well someone did leak the details and I have no doubt that the establishment has come together to hide what they can. This shot across the bows may dig out the other offender/s and stop the ridiculous not me, not me, not me …..it did not just float out into the ether.

    In my experience, unless checked, some departmental and agency heads will routinely share this kind of stuff with their Ministers without any caveats/care as a strange 'heads-up'.

    Both ministers I worked for said that they looked after the 'political' stuff, that was their job and did not want to receive it from their seconded or career advisers or their departmental or agency heads.

    Different if the department had a genuine mea culpa ie departmental stuff-up and wanted to share it in a careful and considered way with the Minister to ask for guidance or pave the way to a conciliatory approach with a colleague MP.

    • Anne 13.1

      Well someone did leak the details and I have no doubt that the establishment has come together to hide what they can.

      That is exactly what happens and who cares a damn about the innocent victim. For this reason I have some sympathy for Peters. It was vicious and unwarranted and hurt his partner as much as himself.

      Which could be why he is determined to get to the bottom of it.

      • Rosemary McDonald 13.1.1

        It was vicious and unwarranted and hurt his partner as much as himself.

        Considering they both supposedly went to the WINZ office and filled out the his form together back in 2010 and still got it 'orriby wrong….and they clearly have way too much moolah sloshing around if they didn't notice an extra 18k in the bank. I have no sympathy whatsoever.

        https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12284147

        • Shanreagh 13.1.1.1

          and they clearly have way too much moolah

          Surely not the politics of envy rearing its ugly head?

      • Tiger Mountain 13.1.2

        I agree, pity Winston’s legal team were not more on to the forensic side of it to be able to furnish proof.

  14. observer 14

    The poll results are in:

    1%: Winston, you tell him! Got my vote.

    1%: David, you tell him! Got my vote.

    98%: roll eyes.

    People talk about a Nat-NZF deal. But to get to 61, it would (bar a miracle) have to be a Nat-ACT-NZF deal. Imagine that working.

    A Lab-Green majority just got a day closer.

  15. Shanreagh 15

    Was she in a relationship with Seymour when she was working in Bennett's office?

    In 2017 Seymour said she's the one. (see intro)
    Presumably you don’t say that if you have only seen them across a crowded room…..its lurve etc.

  16. Dot 17

    I do not vote for Winston Peters but I defend his right to deal with dirty politics.
    The case motive _ which parties would benefit from releasing this personal information just before an election ?
    Which party has a record of dirty politics ? remember John Key.
    Which party leader is relentless in his attempts to increase the importance of his
    minor party David Seymour.

  17. RedBaronCV 18

    I've got a lot of sympathy for Winston – his personal details were leaked – for what may be political reasons. There have been earlier beat ups about Winston, the donations that were not a scandal at 2008. Ever since the wine box stuff he seems to have had these problems.

    Much like some one without second thought leaked the covid names. Somebody somewhere needs to pay a decent price for leaking individual detail (where there is no whistle blower aspect) or it will continue.

    And there was another blog article about bills of that size mean we have an unaffordable justice system.

    And although I've never voted for Winston I can see that he has spent his adult life in the service of his fellow citizens as an MP and a Minister ( and a good foreign one).

    When the hopefully distant day comes who will have the bigger funeral? Winston, Judith, Brash – no brainer really.

  18. Ian 19

    Calving is about a week early and dairy farmers are working hard. A true hard and early.

  19. Muttonbird 20

    Farrar watch:

    David has done a paywalled post on the differences in shagging staffers. It all depends on which party that staffer belongs to, you see.

    David has realised how vulnerable David Seymour is right now so he's trying to have the line drawn in order to save ACT.

    • Peter 20.1

      How vulnerable David Seymour is right now? How do you mean? Surely in recent weeks he would've been counting how many Actmates he'd have in the House with him.

      • Muttonbird 20.1.1

        Vulnerable on having relationships with staffers.

        That is the crux of the problem with ILG isn't it? That it was the power imbalance and the working relationship which was the problem, not the infidelity itself.

        If that is the problem then Seymour also had a relationship with a staffer. It so happens that staffer was a National Party staffer and Divid Farrar is at extreme pains to point that out.

  20. Brian Tregaskin 21

    "

    Farrar watch:

    David has done a paywalled post on the differences in shagging staffers. It all depends on which party that staffer belongs to, you see.

    David has realised how vulnerable David Seymour is right now so he's trying to have the line drawn in order to save ACT."

    How vulnerable David Seymour is right now? How do you mean? Surely in recent weeks he would've been counting how many Actmates he'd have in the House with him."

    Careful people this thread is heading into defamation territory

    • Muttonbird 21.1

      I wasn't aware that Seymour's relationship with Rachel Morton was in dispute.

    • Peter 21.2

      My question was genuine. I am naive about 'water cooler stuff.' Some of the references I've just read are foreign to me.

      In recent weeks Act would undoubtedly have gained from the shambles in National. Seymour will be rolling along counting how many cobbers he could have.

  21. Brian Tregaskin 22

    Facebooks most watched video of the day in NZ!
    Winston Peters reveals who leaked his superannuation details
    https://www.facebook.com/NZFirst/videos/328411621518428

  22. sumsuch 23

    God, I hate the surface waves of politics. Symptoms to be analysed, like 'our' doctors and chemists do. And forces we can all see, and feel.

  23. Hanswurst 24

    Is it beyond the realms of reason that Peters was actually using this issue to draw attention to Seymour's relationship with Morton, as a way of drawing attention to any apparent similarities to Iain Lees-Galloway? After all, conservative-minded voters casting about for someone other than National to vote for will (rightly or wrongly) probably consider both Act and NZ First, so they are both actually partly in bitter competition for the same constituency, despite their obvious differences.

  24. rrm 25

    Winston Peters claimed NZ Super at a better rate than he was entitled to for YEARS.

    But somehow the revelation of this is the REAL wrong here, and it's "Dirty Politics" and he is actually the victim in all of this.

    [Monday is Troll Day on TS. See you on Monday then – Incognito]

    • dv 25.1

      From Wikipedia

      In late August 2017, Peters admitted being overpaid in superannuation for seven years while living with his longtime partner Jan Trotman. The overpayment occurred because the relationship status box on his application form was left blank. Peters stated that he and the Ministry agreed that there had been a payment error but said he had paid the money back – amounting to nearly $18,000. Peters paid interest and penalties on the overpayment.[138]

      The overpayment was subsequently leaked to the media. Peters described it as a private matter and expressed outrage that it had been leaked.

      • Shanreagh 25.1.1

        The overpayment was subsequently leaked to the media. Peters described it as a private matter and expressed outrage that it had been leaked.

        It most surely is a private matter. IRD & MSD have much information about private individuals, we rely on their ethics/morals/adherence to legislation, regs and guidelines not to let this info get into the public arena.

        I am not sure of the exact obligations that a Minister has under thier warrant from the Governor General but surely would not be less than they expect of their public servants.

        • dv 25.1.1.1

          It most surely is a private matter

          Agree absolutely

          The form filing was careless, especially as Pteres and his partner went into winz

    • Incognito 25.2

      See my Moderation note @ 8:33 AM.

  25. novacastrian 26

    Perhaps it's high time parliamentary privilege is outlawed entirely.

    What Peter's has done is no different to what Mallard has done in reality. Both have used, and in my view misused parliamentary privilege, the difference being Mallard has stiffed the taxpayer $80k plus in legal fees thus far.

    • Shanreagh 26.1

      Disagree totally.

      Important in constitutional terms.

      Are you happy to have your dealings with say the IRD or MSD shared across the media? Especially by people who have vowed to work for the good of all NZers?

      If you are you may have a point.

      Otherwise nooooo……..

  26. Hanswurst 27

    Had Peters' version of events already alleged by anybody else? I ask because the title of the post seems to suggest that Peters is naming someone who is the subject of an existing allegation, whereas all that I have been able to see is Peters making allegations himself.

    • Peters has said many times he knew who the leaker was, Hanswurst. He has now named them.

      • Tiger Mountain 27.1.1

        Pity then, that Winston’s legal team could not join the dots and trace people’s whereabouts and interactions to bloody prove it!

        • te reo putake 27.1.1.1

          Yep! You’d think an experienced lawyer like Winston would have got his ducks in a row before proceeding. Or done the parliamentary privilege expose before going to court and seeing what came of it.

          • Shanreagh 27.1.1.1.1

            Or done the parliamentary privilege expose before going to court and seeing what came of it.

            I think it is entirely because Winston is a lawyer that he left this very public naming without recourse, to the last and tried the usual legal channels first. It happened to him remember.

            Hopefully it will shake something loose, you know like consciences etc though perhaps that is a an unrealistic hope. No-one deserves to have their or their family's personal private financial interactions leaked to the media.

  27. karol121 28

    He (Winnie) is enlightening, if not just a little tedious from time to time.

    And here's me suspecting that it may have been some wild thing with a wilder gruff, set loose to roam Yom Kippur.

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    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    2 hours ago
  • Why we have to challenge our national fiscal assumptions

    A homeless person’s camp beside a blocked-off slipped damage walkway in Freeman’s Bay: we are chasing our tail on our worsening and inter-related housing, poverty and climate crises. Photo: Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: The top six things I’ve noted around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 hours ago
  • Existential Crisis and Damaged Brains

    What has happened to it all?Crazy, some'd sayWhere is the life that I recognise?(Gone away)But I won't cry for yesterdayThere's an ordinary worldSomehow I have to findAnd as I try to make my wayTo the ordinary worldYesterday morning began as many others - what to write about today? I began ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    5 hours ago
  • A speed limit is not a target, and yet…

    This is a guest post from longtime supporter Mr Plod, whose previous contributions include a proposal that Hamilton become New Zealand’s capital city, and that we should switch which side of the road we drive on. A recent Newsroom article, “Back to school for the Govt’s new speed limit policy“, ...
    Greater AucklandBy Guest Post
    6 hours ago
  • The Kākā’s Pick 'n' Mix for Monday, July 22

    TL;DR: My pick of the top six links elsewhere around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day or so to 7:00 am on Monday, July 22 are:Today’s Must Read: Father and son live in a tent, and have done for four years, in a million ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    7 hours ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Monday, July 22

    TL;DR: As of 7:00 am on Monday, July 22, the top six announcements, speeches, reports and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day are:US President Joe Biden announced via X this morning he would not stand for a second term.Multinational professional services firm ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    7 hours ago
  • 2024 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #29

    A listing of 32 news and opinion articles we found interesting and shared on social media during the past week: Sun, July 14, 2024 thru Sat, July 20, 2024. Story of the week As reflected by preponderance of coverage, our Story of the Week is Project 2025. Until now traveling ...
    17 hours ago
  • I'd like to share what I did this weekend

    This weekend, a friend pointed out someone who said they’d like to read my posts, but didn’t want to pay. And my first reaction was sympathy.I’ve already told folks that if they can’t comfortably subscribe, and would like to read, I’d be happy to offer free subscriptions. I don’t want ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    1 day ago
  • For the children – Why mere sentiment can be a misleading force in our lives, and lead to unex...

    National: The Party of ‘Law and Order’ IntroductionThis weekend, the Government formally kicked off one of their flagship policy programs: a military style boot camp that New Zealand has experimented with over the past 50 years. Cartoon credit: Guy BodyIt’s very popular with the National Party’s Law and Order image, ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    1 day ago
  • A friend in uncertain times

    Day one of the solo leg of my long journey home begins with my favourite sound: footfalls in an empty street. 5.00 am and it’s already light and already too warm, almost.If I can make the train that leaves Budapest later this hour I could be in Belgrade by nightfall; ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    1 day ago
  • The Chaotic World of Male Diet Influencers

    Hi,We’ll get to the horrific world of male diet influencers (AKA Beefy Boys) shortly, but first you will be glad to know that since I sent out the Webworm explaining why the assassination attempt on Donald Trump was not a false flag operation, I’ve heard from a load of people ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    1 day ago
  • It's Starting To Look A Lot Like… Y2K

    Do you remember Y2K, the threat that hung over humanity in the closing days of the twentieth century? Horror scenarios of planes falling from the sky, electronic payments failing and ATMs refusing to dispense cash. As for your VCR following instructions and recording your favourite show - forget about it.All ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    2 days ago
  • Bernard’s Saturday Soliloquy for the week to July 20

    Climate Change Minister Simon Watts being questioned by The Kākā’s Bernard Hickey.TL;DR: My top six things to note around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the week to July 20 were:1. A strategy that fails Zero Carbon Act & Paris targetsThe National-ACT-NZ First Coalition Government finally unveiled ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    2 days ago
  • Pharmac Director, Climate Change Commissioner, Health NZ Directors – The latest to quit this m...

    Summary:As New Zealand loses at least 12 leaders in the public service space of health, climate, and pharmaceuticals, this month alone, directly in response to the Government’s policies and budget choices, what lies ahead may be darker than it appears. Tui examines some of those departures and draws a long ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    3 days ago
  • Flooding Housing Policy

    The Minister of Housing’s ambition is to reduce markedly the ratio of house prices to household incomes. If his strategy works it would transform the housing market, dramatically changing the prospects of housing as an investment.Leaving aside the Minister’s metaphor of ‘flooding the market’ I do not see how the ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    3 days ago
  • A Voyage Among the Vandals: Accepted (Again!)

    As previously noted, my historical fantasy piece, set in the fifth-century Mediterranean, was accepted for a Pirate Horror anthology, only for the anthology to later fall through. But in a good bit of news, it turned out that the story could indeed be re-marketed as sword and sorcery. As of ...
    3 days ago
  • The Kākā's Chorus for Friday, July 19

    An employee of tobacco company Philip Morris International demonstrates a heated tobacco device. Photo: Getty ImagesTL;DR: The top six things I’ve noted around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy on Friday, July 19 are:At a time when the Coalition Government is cutting spending on health, infrastructure, education, housing ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Pick 'n' Mix for Friday, July 19

    TL;DR: My pick of the top six links elsewhere around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day or so to 8:30 am on Friday, July 19 are:Scoop: NZ First Minister Casey Costello orders 50% cut to excise tax on heated tobacco products. The minister has ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • Weekly Roundup 19-July-2024

    Kia ora, it’s time for another Friday roundup, in which we pull together some of the links and stories that caught our eye this week. Feel free to add more in the comments! Our header image this week shows a foggy day in Auckland town, captured by Patrick Reynolds. ...
    Greater AucklandBy Greater Auckland
    3 days ago
  • Weekly Climate Wrap: A market-led plan for failure

    TL;DR : Here’s the top six items climate news for Aotearoa this week, as selected by Bernard Hickey and The Kākā’s climate correspondent Cathrine Dyer. A discussion recorded yesterday is in the video above and the audio of that sent onto the podcast feed.The Government released its draft Emissions Reduction ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • Tobacco First

    Save some money, get rich and old, bring it back to Tobacco Road.Bring that dynamite and a crane, blow it up, start all over again.Roll up. Roll up. Or tailor made, if you prefer...Whether you’re selling ciggies, digging for gold, catching dolphins in your nets, or encouraging folks to flutter ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    3 days ago
  • Trump’s Adopted Son.

    Waiting In The Wings: For truly, if Trump is America’s un-assassinated Caesar, then J.D. Vance is America’s Octavian, the Republic’s youthful undertaker – and its first Emperor.DONALD TRUMP’S SELECTION of James D. Vance as his running-mate bodes ill for the American republic. A fervent supporter of Viktor Orban, the “illiberal” prime ...
    3 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Friday, July 19

    TL;DR: As of 6:00 am on Friday, July 19, the top six announcements, speeches, reports and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day are:The PSA announced the Employment Relations Authority (ERA) had ruled in the PSA’s favour in its case against the Ministry ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • The Hoon around the week to July 19

    TL;DR: The podcast above of the weekly ‘hoon’ webinar for paying subscribers last night features co-hosts and talking with:The Kākā’s climate correspondent talking about the National-ACT-NZ First Government’s release of its first Emissions Reduction Plan;University of Otago Foreign Relations Professor and special guest Dr Karin von ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #29 2024

    Open access notables Improving global temperature datasets to better account for non-uniform warming, Calvert, Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society: To better account for spatial non-uniform trends in warming, a new GITD [global instrumental temperature dataset] was created that used maximum likelihood estimation (MLE) to combine the land surface ...
    4 days ago
  • We're back again! Join us for the weekly Hoon on YouTube Live

    Photo by Gabriel Crismariu on UnsplashWe’re back again after our mid-winter break. We’re still with the ‘new’ day of the week (Thursday rather than Friday) when we have our ‘hoon’ webinar with paying subscribers to The Kākā for an hour at 5 pm.Jump on this link on YouTube Livestream for ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • Gut Reactions.

    Trump Writes His Own Story: Would the “mainstream” media even try to reflect the horrified reaction of the MAGA crowd to the pop-pop-pop of the would-be assassin’s rifle, and Trump going down? Could it even grasp the sheer elation of the rally-goers seeing their champion rise up and punch the air, still alive, ...
    4 days ago
  • Dodging Bullets.

    Fight! Fight! Fight! Had the assassin’s bullet found its mark and killed Donald Trump, America’s descent into widespread and murderous violence – possibly spiralling-down into civil war – would have been immediate and quite possibly irreparable. The American Republic, upon whose survival liberty and democracy continue to depend, is certainly not ...
    4 days ago
  • 'Corruption First' Strikes Again

    There comes a point in all our lives when we must stop to say, “Enough is enough. We know what’s happening. We are not as stupid or as ignorant as you believe us to be. And making policies that kill or harm our people is not acceptable, Ministers.”Plausible deniability has ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    4 days ago
  • The Kākā's Chorus for Thursday, July 18

    TL;DR: The top six things I’ve noted around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy today are:The inside stories of KiwiRail’s iRex debacle, Westport’s perma-delayed flood scheme and Christchurch’s post-quake sewer rebuild, which assumed no population growth, show just how deeply sceptical senior officials in Treasury, the Ministry of ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • What's that Jack Black?

    Ah-rah, deeSoo-guh-goo-gee-goo-geeGoo-guh fli-goo gee-gooGuh fli-goo, ga-goo-buh-deeOoh, guh-goo-beeOoh-guh-guh-bee-guh-guh-beeFli-goo gee-gooA-fliguh woo-wa mama Lucifer!I’m about ready to move on, how about you?Not from the shooting, that’s bad and we definitely shouldn’t have that. But the rehabilitation of Donald J Trump? The deification of Saint Donald? As the Great Unifier?Gimme a bucket.https://yellowscene.com/2024/04/07/trump-as-jesus/Just to re-iterate, ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    4 days ago
  • June 2024: Earth’s 13th-consecutive warmest month on record

    This is a re-post from Yale Climate Connections by Jeff Masters and Bob Henson June 2024 was Earth’s warmest June since global record-keeping began in 1850 and was the planet’s 13th consecutive warmest month on record, NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information, or NCEI, reported July 12. As opposed to being focused in ...
    4 days ago
  • Connecting the dots and filling the gaps in our bike network

    This is a guest post by Shaun Baker on the importance of filling the gaps in our cycling networks. It originally appeared on his blog Multimodal Adventures, and is re-posted here with kind permission. In our towns and cities in Aotearoa New Zealand, there are areas in our cycling networks ...
    Greater AucklandBy Guest Post
    4 days ago
  • Webworm Down Under Photos!

    Hi,I wanted to share a few thoughts and photos from the Webworm popup and Tickled screening we held in Auckland, New Zealand last weekend.In short — it was a blast. I mean, I had a blast and I hope any of you that came also had a blast.An old friend ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    4 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Pick 'n' Mix for Thursday, July 18

    TL;DR: My pick of the top six links elsewhere around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day or so to 6:30 am on Thursday, July 18 are:News: Christchurch's sewer systems block further housing developments RNZ’s Niva ChittockAnalysis: Interislander: Treasury, MoT officials' mistrust of KiwiRail led ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Thursday, July 18

    TL;DR: As of 6:00 am on Thursday, July 18, the top six announcements, speeches, reports and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day are:Verbatim: Climate Change Minister Simon Watts held a news conference in Auckland to release the Government’s Emissions Reduction Plan, including ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • The politics of managed retreat

    Climate change deniers are now challenging the Government over a key climate change adaptation policy. That begs the question of whether New Zealand First will then support Government moves to implement processes to deal with a managed retreat for properties in danger of flooding because of sea level rise and ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    4 days ago
  • Some changes are coming

    Warm welcome again to those who are here. The Mountain Tui substack was officially started on the 2nd of July. I wrote about what led me here on this post. Since then, it’s been a learning to navigate the platform, get to meet those in the community, and basically be ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    5 days ago
  • About fucking time

    The US Supreme Court has been rogue for years, with openly corrupt judges making the law up as they go to suit themselves, their billionaire buyers, and the Republican Party. But now, in the wake of them granting a licence for tyranny, President Biden is actually going to try and ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Climate Change: False accounting and wishful thinking

    National released their draft 2026-2030 Emissions Reduction Plan today. The plan is required under the Zero Carbon Act, and must set out policies and strategies to meet the relevant emissions budget. Having cancelled all Labour's actually effective climate change policies and crashed the carbon price, National was always going to ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • The Enemies Of Sunshine And Space.

    Our Houses? The Urban Density debate is a horrible combination of intergenerational avarice and envy, fuelled by the grim certainty that none of the generations coming up after them will ever have it as good as the Boomers. To say that this situation rankles among those born after 1965 is to ...
    5 days ago
  • Still the 5 Eyes Achilles Heel?

    The National Cyber Security Centre (NZSC), a unit in the Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) dedicated to cyber-security, has released a Review of its response to the 2021 email hacking of NZ members of the Inter-Parliamentary Alliance on China (IPAC, … Continue reading ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    5 days ago
  • Britain's Devastating Electoral Slip.

    Slip-Sliding Away: Labour may now enjoy a dominant position in Britain’s political landscape, but only by virtue of not being swallowed by it.THE BRITISH LABOUR PARTY’S “landslide victory” is nothing of the sort. As most people understand the term, a landslide election victory is one in which the incumbent government, or ...
    5 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on why right wingers think all governments (including their own) are incompetent

    Since open denial of climate change is no longer a viable political option, denial now comes in disguise. The release this week of the coalition government’s ‘draft emissions reductions plan” shows that the Luxon government is refusing to see the need to cut emissions at source. Instead, it proposes to ...
    WerewolfBy lyndon
    5 days ago
  • The Kākā's Chorus for Wednesday, July 17

    TL;DR: The top six things I’ve noted around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy this morning are:Chris Penk is set to roll back building standards for insulation that had only just been put in place, and which had been estimated to save 40% from power costs, after builders ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • Open Letter to Pharmac

    All this talk of getting oldIt's getting me down, my loveLike a cat in a bag, waiting to drownThis time I'm coming downAnd I hope you're thinking of meAs you lay down on your sideNow the drugs don't workThey just make you worse but I know I'll see your face ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    5 days ago
  • A blanket of misinformation

    Two old sayings have been on my mind lately. The first is: “The pen is mightier than the sword”, describing the power of language and communication to help or to harm. The other, which captures the speed with which falsehoods can become ingrained and hard to undo, is: “A lie can ...
    Greater AucklandBy Connor Sharp
    5 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Pick 'n' Mix for Wednesday, July 17

    TL;DR: My pick of the top six links elsewhere around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day to 7:00 am on Wednesday, July 17 are:Scoop: Government considers rolling back home insulation standards RNZ’s Eloise GibsonNews: Government plans tree-planting frenzy as report shows NZ no longer ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Wednesday, July 17

    TL;DR: As of 6:00 am on Wednesday, July 17 , the top six announcements, speeches, reports and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day were:Simon Watts released the Government’s draft Emissions Reduction Plan (ERP), which included proposed changes to the Emissions Trading Scheme ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • “Shhhh” – National's 3 Waters is loaded with higher costs and lays a path to ...

    This is a long, possibly technical, but very, very important read. I encourage you to take the time and spread your awareness.IntroductionIn 2022, then Labour Party Prime Minister Jacinda Adern expended significant political capital to protect New Zealand’s water assets from privatisation. She lost that battle, and Labour and the ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    6 days ago
  • Plugging a video channel: Dr Gilbz

    Dr. Ella Gilbert is a climate scientist and presenter with a PhD in Antarctic climate change, working at the British Antarctic Survey (BAS). Her background is in atmospheric sciences and she's especially interested in the physical mechanisms of climate change, clouds, and almost anything polar. She is passionate about communicating climate ...
    6 days ago
  • Some “scrutiny” again

    Back in 2022, in its Open Government Partnership National Action Plan, the government promised to strengthen scrutiny of Official Information Act exemption clauses in legislation. Since then they've run a secret "consultation" on how to do that, with their preferred outcome being that agencies will consult the Ministry of Justice ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Crashing New Zealand's health system is not the way to prosperity, Prime Minister

    Another day, and yet another piece of bad news for New Zealand’s health system. Reports have come out that General Practitioners (GP) may have to close doors, or increase patient fees to survive. The so-called ‘capitation’ funding review, which supports GP practices to survive, is under way, and primary care ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    6 days ago
  • Closer Than You Think: Ageing Boomers, Laurie & Les, Talk Politics.

    Redefining Our Terms: “When an angry majority is demanding change, defending the status-quo is an extremist position.”“WHAT’S THIS?”, asked Laurie, eyeing suspiciously the two glasses of red wine deposited in front of him.“A nice drop of red. I thought you’d be keen to celebrate the French Far-Right’s victory with the ...
    6 days ago
  • Come on Darleen.

    Good morning all, time for a return to things domestic. After elections in the UK and France, Luxon gatecrashing Nato, and the attempted shooting of Trump, it’s probably about time we re-focus on local politics.Unless of course you’re Christopher Luxon and you’re so exhausted from all your schmoozing in Washington ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    6 days ago
  • How the Northwest was lost and may be won

    This is a guest post by Darren Davis. It originally appeared on his excellent blog, Adventures in Transitland, which we encourage you to check out. It is shared by kind permission. The Northwest has always been Auckland’s public transport Cinderella, rarely invited to the public funding ball. How did ...
    Greater AucklandBy Guest Post
    6 days ago
  • The Kākā's Chorus for Tuesday July 16

    Luxon has told a Financial Times’ correspondent he would openly call out China’s spying in future and does not fear economic retaliation from Aotearoa’s largest trading partner.File Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: The top six things I’ve noted around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy on Tuesday, ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Pick 'n' Mix for Tuesday, July 16

    TL;DR: My pick of the top six links elsewhere around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day or so to 6:00 am on Tuesday, July 16 are:PM Christopher Luxon has given a very hawkish interview to the Financial Times-$$$ correspondent in Washington, Demetri Sevastopulu, saying ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Tuesday, July 16

    Photo by Ryunosuke Kikuno on UnsplashTL;DR: The top six announcements, speeches, reports and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day to 6:00 am are:BNZ released its Performance of Services Index for June, finding that services sector is at its lowest level of activity ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • The second crisis; assumption was the mother

    Late on the night of July 16, 1984, while four National Cabinet Ministers were meeting in the Beehive office of Deputy Prime Minister Jim McLay, plotting the ultimate downfall of outgoing Prime Minister Sir Robert Muldoon, another crisis was building up in another part of the capital. The United States ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    6 days ago
  • Can we air condition our way out of extreme heat?

    This is a re-post from The Climate Brink by Andrew Dessler Air conditioning was initially a symbol of comfort and wealth, enjoyed by the wealthy in theaters and upscale homes. Over time, as technology advanced and costs decreased, air conditioning became more accessible to the general public. With global warming, though, ...
    7 days ago
  • Review: The Zimiamvian Trilogy, by E.R. Eddison (1935-1958)

    I have reviewed some fairly obscure stuff on this blog. Nineteenth century New Zealand speculative fiction. Forgotten Tolkien adaptations. George MacDonald and William Morris. Last month I took a look at The Worm Ouroboros (1922), by E.R. Eddison, which while not strictly obscure, is also not overly inviting to many ...
    7 days ago
  • Media Link: AVFA on the Trump assassination attempt.

    In this episode of “A View from Afar” Selwyn Manning and I discuss the attempt on Donald Trump’s life and its implications for the US elections. The political darkness grows. ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    7 days ago
  • Law & Order: National Party 1, Police 0, Public -1

    What happened?Media is reporting that police have lost in their pay dispute with the Coalition Government.Some of you might remember that the police rejected Labour’s previous offer in September, 2023, possibly looking forward to be taken care of by the self-touted ‘Party of Law and Order’ - National.If you look ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    7 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on the Trump shooting and a potential hike in fees for visiting the doctor

    Having watched Donald Trump systematically exploit social grievances, urge people not to accept his election loss and incite his followers to violent insurrection… it is a bit hard to swallow the media descriptions over the past 24 hours of Trump being a “victim” of violence. More like a case of ...
    WerewolfBy lyndon
    1 week ago
  • The Kākā's Chorus for Monday July 15

    The exploitation of workers on the national fibre broadband rollout highlights once again the dark underbelly of our ‘churn and burn’ economy. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: The top six things I’ve noted around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy today are:An extraordinary Steve Kilgallon investigation into ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • The Kākā’s Pick 'n' Mix for Monday, July 15

    Photo by Jessica Loaiza on UnsplashTL;DR: My pick of the top six links elsewhere around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last three days to 9:00 am on Monday, July 15 are:Investigation: Immigration NZ refused to prosecute an alleged exploiter despite a mountain of evidence - ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • City Centre Rebuild: How Soon Is Now?

    Patrick Reynolds is deputy chair of the City Centre Advisory Panel and a director of Greater Auckland There is ongoing angst about construction disruption in the city centre. And fair enough: it’s very tough, CRL and other construction has been going on for a very long time. Like the pandemic, ...
    Greater AucklandBy Patrick Reynolds
    1 week ago
  • Peril, dismay, resolution

    This afternoon we rolled into Budapest to bring to a close our ride across Europe. We did 144 km yesterday, severe heat messages coming in from the weather app as we bounced along unformed Hungarian back roads and a road strip strewn with fallen trees from an overnight tornado. Somewhere ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    1 week ago
  • Bullet the Blue Sky

    In the locust windComes a rattle and humJacob wrestled the angelAnd the angel was overcomeYou plant a demon seedYou raise a flower of fireWe see them burnin' crossesSee the flames, higher and higherBullet the blue skyBullet the blue skyThe indelible images, the soundtrack of America. Guns, assassinations, where-were-you-when moments attached ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Monday, July 15

    TL;DR: The top six announcements, rulings, reports, surveys, statistics and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the three days to 6:00 am on Monday, July 23 are:University of Auckland researcher Ryan Greenaway-McGrevy published an analysis of the impact of Auckland's 2016 zoning reforms.BNZ's latest Performance ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • The Kākā’s diary for the week to July 23 and beyond

    TL;DR: The six key events to watch in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy in the week to July 23 include:PM Christopher Luxon has returned from a trip to the United States and may hold a post-Cabinet news conference at 4:00 pm today.The BusinessNZ-BNZ PSI survey results for June will be released this ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • Was The Assassination Attempt Fake?

    Hi,It’s in incredible photo, and we’re going to be talking about it for a long time:Trump, triumphantly raising his hand in the air after being shot. Photo credit: Evan VucciYou can watch what happened on YouTube in real time, as a 20-year-old from Pennsylvania lets off a series of gunshots ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    1 week ago
  • 40 years ago, inside the crisis that made modern NZ

    It had rained all day in Auckland, and the Metro Theatre in Mangere was steamed up inside as more and more people arrived to celebrate what had once seemed impossible. Sir Robert Muldoon had lost the 1984 election. “Piggy” Muldoon was no more. Such was the desire to get rid ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    1 week ago

  • Minister to speak at Australian Space Forum

    Minister for Space and Science, Innovation and Technology Judith Collins will travel to Adelaide tomorrow for space and science engagements, including speaking at the Australian Space Forum.  While there she will also have meetings and visits with a focus on space, biotechnology and innovation.  “New Zealand has a thriving space ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 hour ago
  • Climate Change Minister to attend climate action meeting in China

    Climate Change Minister Simon Watts will travel to China on Saturday to attend the Ministerial on Climate Action meeting held in Wuhan.  “Attending the Ministerial on Climate Action is an opportunity to advocate for New Zealand climate priorities and engage with our key partners on climate action,” Mr Watts says. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 hours ago
  • Oceans and Fisheries Minister to Solomons

    Oceans and Fisheries Minister Shane Jones is travelling to the Solomon Islands tomorrow for meetings with his counterparts from around the Pacific supporting collective management of the region’s fisheries. The 23rd Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Committee and the 5th Regional Fisheries Ministers’ Meeting in Honiara from 23 to 26 July ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Government launches Military Style Academy Pilot

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