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Former MP elected in race based seat attacks racism in policy but says nothing about Maori child abuse

There are not greater hypocrites in NZ politics than the Maori party. They always attack everyone and every policy on the basis of race despite the fact they exist only because of a racist policy of Maori-only seats.

Their former MPs are beset by the same hypocrisy.

Maori Party co-founder Dame Tariana Turia has blasted the Government for “institutional racism” in its proposed reform of child protection laws.

She said a proposal to abolish a principle requiring child protection staff to consider the effects of decisions on whanau and iwi, as well as on the child’s well-being, was “a big step backwards”.

“I am going to speak to MPs, and I am going to speak to various iwi around the country to get them to understand what institutional racism really is, which is what we are experiencing yet again,” she said.

Cabinet papers released by Social Development Minister Anne Tolley last weekrevealed that the Government plans to axe a provision that gives priority to placing abused children with foster parents from the same extended family or tribe.   Read more »

Trump versus Hillary Debate Tweet of the day



This tweet was designed to try to make Trump look bad but it instead drew my attention to moderator bias.

Spark at the end of a NZ Herald hit job

Before we start, how many complaints do you think the Commerce Commission received about Spark?  In a whole year?   Hold that number in your mind.


Telcos Spark and Vodafone have topped the list as the most complained about companies according to the Commerce Commission.

The Commission released its 2016 Consumer Issues Paper which showed a quarter of all complaints to the organisation were about just 21 companies with pricing the most common issue. Read more »

While the government is ditching dopey legislation they should look at this bill

The government is busily ditching dopey or contentious legislation at the moment ahead of election year.

Richard Harman reports in his email this morning and highlights in a post:

The Government is plainly now clearing the political decks of anything that smacks of controversy with the next election expected to be in almost exactly 12 months. Key yesterday foreshadowed what looks like yet another backdown.

If this is true then I wonder how long the Natural Health Products Bill has got to live.

A reader emails about one particular dopey provision in the bill.

I am completely against this nanny-state bill that NO ONE has asked for and a waste of money/time/resources — and find it disturbing that the govt plans to regulate “natural products” especially since they cannot DEFINE what a natural product is.

Please see attached — it is the latest update – I have highlighted where it states “we cannot define a natural product until after the bill is passed” which is interesting.

How the heck do you pass a bill if you cannot define what you are attempting to regulate? This whole thing is utter nonsense….   Read more »

John and Helen, time to smell the coffee

Former New Zealand prime minister Helen Clark is losing support in her historic bid to become the first woman to head the United Nations, but she has no plans to quit the race.

Miss Clark finished equal seventh in the UN Security Council’s fifth secret ballot held in New York on Monday for the soon-to-be vacant secretary-general’s position.

It was one position better than the fourth poll on September 9.

But, in a disappointing sign for her campaign, nine of the 15 countries on the Security Council gave her “discourage” votes, two more than the last poll.

Miss Clark told supporters she was continuing her campaign and looking forward to the next phase of the vote.

“Many thanks to UN Security Council members who continued to support me,” Miss Clark wrote on Twitter. Read more »