Bad news for Dalton, wonder if he has rung the sponsors yet?

Grant Dalton has for months been telling sponsors that the government money is in the bank.

I’m not so sure on that, because as of last night America’s Cup organisers have canned the Auckland series.

Radio New Zealand reports:

Auckland has officially been scrapped as host city for one of the qualifying rounds of the America’s Cup, jeopardising government funding for Team New Zealand.

The official America’s Cup website said that at a meeting on Friday, the competitors agreed on the details of the 2017 race programme, with all racing set to take place in Bermuda.    Read more »

The sanctimony and hypocrisy of the NZ Herald

Quite apart from their propensity to make stuff up at the NZ Herald they also possess weapons grade sanctimony and hypocrisy. They play Dirty Media but pretend they are holier than thou.

They are running a campaign using a tainted journalist and someone who trades in private and personal data to run allegations against the NZ Government for spying.

They are laundering information on behalf of a traitor, Edward Snowden, and assisting Nicky Hager, perhaps New Zealand’s most prolific spy and holder of other people’s data.

They write editorials decrying the situation but their editor was involved in his own spying against a competitor.

In 2009 Currie was sued by a former assistant editor of the Herald on Sunday for unjustified dismissal. Reporter Stephen Cook, who helped Currie launch the tabloid, was sacked in 2008 after two drug squad detectives visited the Herald on Sunday offices looking for him. Cook had reportedly been seen at an address, which was under police surveillance. On the day the case commenced Currie faced further scrutiny when the New Zealand Herald revealed examples of industrial espionage, including allegations he sent a reporter to the rival Sunday Star-Times’ print site to obtain advanced copies in a bid to get stories for his own paper. The allegations were again reported in the Sunday News and Sunday Star-Times branded “unprecedented spying”.  

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‘Trapped’, ‘barred’, ‘stranded’, Really?

To show how bizarre the NZ Herald is these days they have run a hit piece on Cathay Pacific for the plane with 250 passengers that had to divert to Ohakea.

The emotive language used is appalling and suggests it was all a deliberate plan or something…or that the passengers were hard done by.

More than 250 people were trapped on a plane at a military airbase for more than six hours after wild weather and thunderstorms forced the landing in Auckland to be aborted.

‘Trapped’? Really?

Does the NZ Herald not respect our immigration, customs and bio-security laws? There is no way those passengers could disembark as there are no facilities to process them at Ohakea. It isn’t like they were being water boarded though with refreshments being served throughout the delay.

The pilots and cabin crew were then barred from flying because they’d been in the air too long, forcing the airline to charter an Air New Zealand eight-seater plane to ferry a replacement crew for the return flight to Auckland.

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The Herald making stuff up again? Lawyers called in

It looks like the NZ Herald has been caught making stuff up again. No one plays Dirty Media like they do.

Yesterday they ran a front page story about Gilda Kirkpatrick.

She has reacted on Facebook to the story and it looks like lawyers are involved.

So at 9:30 last night I get a call from Herald on Sunday harassing me about my pregnancy etc which was annoying, upsetting and stressful. Today there’s an article with a front page headline that I’m divorced with second baby etc Then it goes to details of all kind of untrue crap that are completely made up. First thing this morning I call the editor and inform them about the made up story and that I’m not divorced and that many things in the article are made up and incorrect.    Read more »

The sanctimony and hypocrisy of the left-wing

The left-wing is all upset over allegations of spying on China…apparently it will put our trade at risk.

They are all agog and writing blog posts and decrying the risk to our trade with China.

Well colour me as unsurprised at their rank hypocrisy.

The left-wing has opposed every free trade deal, including the one with China and marched in the streets opposing them.

Their insistence on having the full text of the TPPA released is constant.

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David Rankin: “Taniwha Tax” culturally wrong and easily solved

As developers and property owners face thousands of dollars in fees for Maori “cultural impact assessments” on thousands of sites across Auckland, a Maori academic says there is a simple solution to the situation.

David Rankin, who is currently undertaking a PhD on traditional property rights, estimates that of the named sites, over 99.9% have no significant cultural value at all.

“There are two clear reasons for this,” he says.  “Firstly, the Auckland tribes do not know the significance of these sites themselves, so to claim they are important enough to charge people money to ‘clear’ these  sites for development is obviously extortion.  And secondly, they are not sacred because traditionally, tribes always removed tapu from regions after conflicts.  Ngapuhi – the last tribe to conquer Auckland lifted the tapu form the region.  I know this because it was one of my ancestors who was the tohunga who did this.”

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One News Poll bad news for Andrew Little, great for Winston

The latest One News Poll is out and it shows that Andrew Little isn’t making any gains both against National nor in the Preferred PM stakes.

Winston Peters on the other hand is winning in the Preferred PM stakes and is just 1% point off being able to claim the moral high ground and take the title of Leader of the Opposition for himself.

National’s by-election beating in Northland appears to have done little to change how the rest of New Zealand feels about the party, latest poll results show.

A ONE News Colmar Brunton poll conducted this month shows National Party support remains steady on 49%.

Labour Party support also remained unchanged on 31%, while the Green Party slipped to one percentage point to 9%.

New Zealand First, on the other hand, has seen a slight bounce – up one percentage point to 7%.

The Conservative Party is steady on 2%, as is the Act Party on 1%. Mana is back in the frame on 1%, while the Maori Party slipped down to 1%.

When converted into seats in Parliament, the poll results would mean National would take 60 seats, Labour would take 38, the Greens 11 and New Zealand First 9.

The Maori Party, Act and United Future would all have just one each.

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Today in History

Red Baron

On this day, in 1918, Manfred von Richthofen, also known as the Red Baron, shot down the last of his 80 confirmed kills of the First World War.

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Face of the day UPDATED


Green Party MP Kevin Hague PHOTO – NZ Herald

Kevin Hague, Gareth Hughes, Vernon Tava, and James Shaw have all fronted at a public meeting in Auckland this afternoon.

Given the size of the party’s Auckland membership, Kevin Hague says it’s been a significant event.

“A third of the voters are in the Auckland province, and it’s obviously a crucial meeting for us. But right now actually being able to persuade these Auckland voters to vote for me in the co-leadership contest is gold.”

Kevin Hague says he has the most experience and passion, and the biggest support base.


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