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September 18, 2014 11 comments

“This is New Zealand’s Watergate” Bob Amsterdam, Glenn Greenwald and New Zealand’s Moment of Truth

September 14, 2014 18 comments

Laila Harré, leader of the Internet Party & candidate for Internet MANA sat down with Glenn Greenwald & Robert Amsterdam to discuss the upcoming event Moment of Truth on the 15th September at Auckland’s Town Hall – 7pm. The men discuss New Zealand’s mass surveillance of its own population, spying on other countries and John Key’s ad hominem attacks on respected journalists rather than addressing the issues they raise – eg. calling Greenwald “Dotcom’s little henchman“… Tweets about Greenwald and the spying scandal that has gripped New Zealand

Glenn Edward Greenwald is an American lawyer, journalist and author. He was a columnist for Guardian US from August 2012 to October 2013. He was a columnist for from 2007 to 2012, and an occasional contributor to The Guardian. He recently won the Pulitzer Prize for public service for reporting on the US’s National Security Agency (Wikipedia). Greenwald an editor of The Intercept, a news organisation created and funded by Ebay founder Pierre Omidyar. The magazine serves as a platform to report on the documents released by Edward Snowden in the short term, and to “produce fearless, adversarial journalism across a wide range of issues” in the long term (Wikipedia). Robert Amsterdam is a Canadian international lawyer and founding partner with Dean Peroff of the law firm Amsterdam & Peroff, with offices in Toronto, Washington and London. He is now part of the legal team representing Kim Dotcom, the Internet entrepreneur he describes as having had his business: “…unlawfully destroyed and assets seized by a crusading U.S. prosecutor. …in the Megaupload legal case (Wikipedia). Amsterdam’s TVNZ Q&A interview from the morning of 14 Sept 2014 may be viewed here This is New Zealand’s Watergate.

Mouldy Kiwi Homes: A John Key Lesson On Responsibility

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In February we wrote about John Key’s comments when asked about poverty and food banks in New Zealand, i.e. that beneficiaries who resort to food banks do so out of their own “poor choices” rather than because they cannot afford food.

This may be of interest to you if you are considering emigrating to New Zealand because its a great place to raise kids and you think that you can manage on the lower salary you are being offered. Or you may be living in New Zealand now and struggling to make ends meet and resent being told that its your fault for making’ poor lifestyle choices’…” more

NZ Poverty A ‘Lifestyle Choice': Let Them Drink Coke (Feb 2011)

John Key is beginning to look like a man out of touch with his country.

People living in New Zealand are burdened with spiralling food and petrol costs, both which have been exacerbated by the recent increase in sales tax (GST) and the country is a hair’s breath from officially re-entering recession.

As more and more people fight to make ends meet the nation’s charitable organisations have struggled to keep up with demand for assistance. The pressure on food banks is one manifestation of this which started with the first recession in 2008 and shows no sign of abating.

Stories about low stocks at food banks have been around for some-while. Porirua (pop. 50,914) has five food banks and they were running out of food towards the end of last year

In the year to December 2009, there was a 40 per cent increase in food parcels given out nationwide by the Salvation Army…” more

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Prime Minister of New Zealand Meakes Spilling Faux Pas in Skool Note

September 3, 2014 3 comments

Key's note to the students of St Magaret's private school in Christchurch

Key’s note to the students of St Margaret’s private school in Christchurch

Prime Minister John Key wrote a note to the students of St Margaret’s school in Christchurch thanking them for hosting the recent leaders debate.

Some bright spark posted it on Facebook and it was copied to Twitter.  It has now gone viral.

National Standards are falling! Don’t forgit to vote y’all  :)



All Blacks Snubbed The 2015 World Cup Ad. “It’s Too Big to Miss”- No Branding Permitted

September 3, 2014 3 comments

It’s nearly Rugby World Cup time again! and the first official ad for the tournament has been released.

The short film is headlined by the British actor Charles Dance and has distinct Westeros overtones. As you know, Lannisters love their rugby and always pay their debts. It features players from all the participating counties except New Zealand.

Apparently the Kiwi team declined to participate, despite being the current holders of the cup. In New Zealand speak that usually means money (or the lack of it) was involved.

According to the NZ Herald the ad had to be shot in such a way that sponsor’s brand logos didn’t appear. It’s a pity the ABs could detach themselves from their branding for 2 seconds to film a couple of their players. But, watch the ad and see how many brands you can spot.

After nanny Herald had pointed it out to them

“…many Kiwis noticed there was no reference to the All Blacks in the ad that includes England, Wales, Australia, South Africa, Scotland, Italy, France, Tonga, Samoa and Canada.

England Rugby spokeswoman Joanna Manning-Cooper said the team was represented, they were just a bit hard to spot.

“In the film, one parent of the little boy who squeezes between his parents’ legs is an All Black fan – you may need to look more closely than usual as the tournament brand guidelines meant we had to remove the AIG sponsor branding from the NZ shirts.”

Another shot in the film showed a player from the shoulders down dressed in black, though no silver fern logo was visible.

“We had to shoot the film in such a way that sponsor brands which appear on the shirts of any team which aren’t official RWC sponsors, aren’t visible,” Ms Manning-Cooper said. The All Blacks featured in print ads…” source

But then in a country that is so obsessed with branding is it so surprising that the ABs identity so entwined with that of their sponsors that they can’t appear without it? That loyalty is reflected in the price of a AB’s  supporter’s shirt, usually enough to put the average Kiwi into debt. Maybe Mr Dance can help out with that.

Tickets go on sale on 12 Sept.

The Rallying Call

“People from Newcastle, are you ready to show the world what a real Geordie welcome is?

“Leeds, Manchester, Brighton, you are the backbone of this country, ready to stand proud?

“Cardiff, Gloucester, Milton Keynes – you are our shoulders, are you ready to carry a legion of fans who have travelled far and wide – of course you are.

“We are going to raise the roof on every stadium from the North East to the South West

“This wil be the biggest, the finest, most glorious Rugby World Cup ever.

It’s too big to miss.”

Unless you’re an All Black that is :)




Fatal Shootings At Ashburton WINZ Office, Police Siege Ongoing

September 1, 2014 11 comments


Desperate John Tully is said to be seeking 'death by cop'

Desperate John Tully is said to be seeking ‘death by cop’

Another shooting rampage has occurred in New Zealand, this time in the small Canterbury township of Ashburton.

One news report stated

POLICE have named the suspect in a shooting rampage at a government job agency in New Zealand that claimed two lives.

A man wearing a black balaclava entered the Work and Income office (WINZ) in the South Island town of Ashburton just after 10am and fired a gun, police said.

Two people were shot dead, police confirmed, with a third in a serious but stable condition.

The man was seen leaving on a bicycle afterwards and is still on the loose.

Police say the “alleged offender and a person of interest” is John Henry Tully.

Police say it is believed the 48-year-old was last seen wearing camouflage clothing and a balaclava, and may have been in the possession of a sawn-off shotgun.

Canterbury District Superintendent Gary Knowles said Tully, 48, may have shaved his head…

Tully, who has a debilitating illness had returned home to New Zealand to die, he’d recently be made homeless.

ONE News reporter Donna-Marie Lever says she has been told by residents that the man is a local and that he “did have an axe to grind with the WINZ and had been trespassed from the office in the past.”

Lever said she understands the man was very calm when he entered the office, but that there was a lot of screaming after the shooting and that he was yelling as he fled the scene…

You’ve blown her to bits

One witness, who didn’t want to be named, said he saw a staff member from Work and Income run from the shop after the shooter yelling “You bastard, you’ve blown her to bits”, The New Zealand Herald reported.

A postie at a business across the road heard the man screaming and swearing as he left the building…

The incident is ongoing and the alleged shooter is said to be holed up somewhere in the town. Residents are advised to stay indoors and lock their doors until he is found.

It has prompted nationwide discussions on the effects the present NZ government’s policies are having on vulnerable people, and their treatment by government workers. This post appears on the TradeMe forum today, there is no indication of the location of this particular WINZ office.


WINZ staff criticized for bullying

Our deepest condolences are extended to the families and colleagues of the deceased.


If you, or anyone you know, has fallen foul of WINZ guidlines or hardline policies we’d like to hear from you.


Transparency International Flags Warning Over NZ’s #DirtyPolitics Debacle, Corruption Taints NZ Reputation

August 28, 2014 3 comments

Transparency report highlights our dirty politics

A new report by Transparency International has called for “serious and urgent action” to protect government integrity and highlights the dirty politics played by National, Labour’s State Services spokesperson Maryan Street says.

“This latest report highlighted concerns about appointments to boards and high level public sector positions, a decline in the quality of public service advice, transparency around lobbying of MPs and Ministers and government independence from business interests.

“One example was the Prime Minister’s involvement in direct negotiation with SkyCity over the convention centre in exchange for changes to gambling rules. The Office of the Auditor-General found a lack of due process led to a perception of favouritism. Transparency International also said National’s decision-making process failed to meet ‘established principles of fiscal transparency’.

The report also stressed the need for the Government to reassure the public it is using its powers in the public interest, especially with respect to appointments. New Zealanders deserve better than John Key phoning his old school friend when the Government Communications and Security Bureau was looking for a new boss.

“Unfortunately, the report’s first two recommendations rely on the Justice Ministry to lead a comprehensive National Anti-Corruption Strategy and develop an ambitious Action Plan for the Open Government Partnership.

“It would be perverse for that to be overseen by Judith Collins, whose integrity is under question after becoming repeatedly embroiled in scandals involving favourable treatment of her friends and family.

“The Justice Minister’s use of her Ministerial position to advantage her husband’s company Oravida stands as an example of everything we need to guard against. Her release of the private details of a public servant to a destructive blogger make her unfit to oversee a plan for open government. She clearly misunderstands the term. New Zealand would be a laughing stock if she was in charge.

“There is much work to be done to clean up our systems and maintain our reputation internationally. However, John Key and Judith Collins are not the people to do that,” Maryan Street says.”

Press release from the NZ Labour Party.


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