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Whaleoil has been selected as a Finalist in the ESET Netguide Web Awards 2014

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Thank you for getting us into the finals by placing your vote for “Best Blog”.  Let’s see if we’re lucky enough to add another Golden Cube to our collection.  You’ve done your bit, it’s now all up to the NetGuide award process.

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Slater speaks out! Well, I never…

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Some of what I told TV3 earlier today, for those who need to catch up

Prime Minister John Key has had further contact with Cameron Slater since Monday night’s text message chat about the Security Intelligence Service’s (SIS) release of documents to the blogger in 2011.

Slater has confirmed to 3 News he had to provide Mr Key with the text messages so his office could make them public.

“I provided them to him because he doesn’t keep his texts, and he requested that I provide the texts and I sent them through,” says Slater.

In the exchange, which Mr Key initially told Parliament didn’t take place but later backtracked to confirm it had, Slater claims Phil Goff leaked the report in full, that Labour chief of staff Matt McCarten was behind the hacking of his computer that led to Nicky Hager’s book Dirty Politics, and that he has evidence his political opponents “tried to kill” him.

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Hey @NZHerald, mind fixing this mess?

At at 1 pm today on your website front page:

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Your front page.   Then, when you click on the headline, it goes to   Read more »

Are Rawshark and The Comedian linked? You decide

Rawchark is a bastardisation of Rorscharch.

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Rorscharch being one of the Marvel Comics masked villains of course.  One of the Watchmen.

So colour me surprised when Josh Forman picks “The Comedian” as his secret name.   Read more »

NOTICE: Cameron Slater on with Willie and Ali at 1 pm

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Willie and Ali will host Cam on their show on Radio Live between 1 and 3 pm today.  UPDATE : only between 1 and 2, sorry

Listen Live Online.

Andrew Little caught in a lie in the first week of the job – and it’s on record

Phil Goff says he didn’t leak it, then he did, then he didn’t really…so what is the real story?

On Radio NZ on 26 November – Phil Goff sticks to calls for PM to resign.

Goff gets very aggressive and slippery when pushed.

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As you can hear for yourself he references something he reportedly said the day previously “on radio”, but this interview was used extensively by 3 News as the basis of the story.

Goff confesses he briefed Andrew Little and Chris Hipkins, as well as telling journalists about the content of the report.  Read more »

Photo Of The Day

Photo: Mark Grimshaw

Photo: Mark Grimshaw

“It’s Good to Touch The Green, Green Grass of Home.”

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The House Today #nzqt

Question time/Questions for oral answer starts at 2 pm today.

  1. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Prime Minister: How many times this year, and on what dates has he had communications with Cameron Slater?
  2. JOANNE HAYES to the Minister of Finance: What progress has been made towards meeting the Treasury’s Budget forecasts for job growth in the economy over recent years?
  3. MARAMA FOX to the Minister of Local Government: He aha ngā kōwhiringa hou kua tirotirohia e ia kia nui ake ai ngā māngai o te tangata whenua i runga Kaunihera ā-Takiwā, Kaunihera ā-Hau Kāinga?
    • Translation: What initiatives has she investigated to increase tangata whenua representation on local and district councils?
  4. Dr PARMJEET PARMAR to the Minister of Transport: What progress has been made on increasing air services links between New Zealand and China?
  5. GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Finance: What are the “other options” that the Prime Minister referred to in order to reach his Government’s surplus target for 2014/15, and do they include cutting funding for any existing programmes? Read more »

So what?

The media are pushing out Green press releases as news now.

The latest is that National apparently had mostly anonymous donations.

Nearly 80 per cent of donations to the National party over a three-year period were from undisclosed sources, research by the Parliamentary Library shows.

The research, commissioned by the Green Party, showed that parties pocketed $6.5 million between 2011 and 2013 from donors whose identities were kept secret.

This amounted to 58 per cent of all party donations.

Electoral laws say that a party does not have to publicly disclose the identity of a donor if their donation was less than $15,000 in a year.

But Greens co-leader Russel Norman said the high proportion of undisclosed donations was bad for democracy.

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