Trotter on Nash and the Greens

Finally a Labour MP that doesn’t want to do dumb stuff that doesn’t get people elected.

This means he will probably get a good hiding at the next Labour caucus meeting, and sent away on sensitivity training.

But Chris Trotter nails it:

IF THE GREENS want a glimpse of their future with Labour, then they should listen to Stuart Nash.

Speaking yesterday (31/3/15) at the big oil exploration industry conference at Sky City, Labour’s energy spokesperson warned his audience that the tiny minority who opposed oil drilling was “always in our ear”. What’s more, he said, “they’re very media savvy”.    Read more »

Cartoon of the Day

Credit:  SonovaMin

Credit: SonovaMin

Another chance for Kim Dotcom to choke on his sauerkraut

Not only was John Bank’s guilty verdict set aside, his lawyer is now arguing that a 2nd case isn’t needed.

John Banks wants the Court of Appeal to recall its decision ordering a retrial on his charge of falsely declaring donations from Kim Dotcom anonymous.

In the latest in a ongoing legal saga, Banks’ lawyer David Jones QC has lodged an application with the Court of Appeal, asking it to throw out its judgment, Mr Jones’ office has confirmed.

Following a two-week trial in the High Court last year, Banks was found guilty of falsely declaring two $25,000 donations to his 2010 failed Auckland mayoralty bid as anonymous when he knew they were from Mr Dotcom.

The former ACT leader appealed his conviction after detective work by his wife Amanda Banks pulled up new evidence from two American businessmen who disputed that donations were discussed at Mr Dotcom’s mansion. Read more »

Rowing Ratbag’s parents drop law suit

The St Bedes rowing saga rolls on with the ratbag parents of the ratbag rower now dropping the case.

Two fathers who took legal action to prevent a Christchurch school from barring their sons from a national rowing competition will not pursue the matter.

In a statement from the St Bede’s College board of trustees, lawyer Garth Gallaway said the parents of rowers Jack Bell, 16, and Jordan Kennedy, 17, would not take any further legal action.

Legal action had been expected after the school tried to bar the teenagers from the Maadi Cup last week.

An interim injunction granted by the High Court allowed the boys back on the school’s rowing team after the principal axed them from the regatta for breaching Auckland Airport security.

Gallaway said the boys’ parents, Shane Kennedy and Antony Bell, would not pursue a substantive claim against the school.

“This means that the parents will not be taking this further through the courts, which in my view is entirely appropriate,” he said.     Read more »

Freedom of Speech – only applies to some

Some people just don’t get it – especially the troughers, who continue to be hell bent on trying to stop anyone questioning their ideas.

Take 2013/14 Trougher of the Year Boyd Swinburn, who penned a letter to the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health.

Troughers love to bleat on about the need for sugar taxes, bans on fast-food and labelling of what they call “unhealthy” products.  They just can’t stand the fact that if you watched what you eat, stop eating crap and did a bit of exercise the level of obesity would fall.

Instead, they think what’s needed is:

Society needs strong voices to promote public health and the integrity of policy- making processes. This is especially critical given the dominant paradigm of market- based solutions and the increasing conversion by transnational corporations of their economic power into political power. Nicky Hager‘s recent book Dirty Politics exposed an apparent systemic approach being used by the tobacco, alcohol and processed food industries in New Zealand to attack prominent public health advocates

Society needs strong voices on both sides to hold these taxpayer funded troughers to account.  Read more »

The message: be insured, and do everything in your power not to be burgled

The number of reported burglaries remains steady, but police are resolving fewer cases, latest crime statistics show.

The figures, released by Statistics New Zealand today, show an overall 2.8 per cent decrease in the number of crimes reported to police last year.

There were 350,389 recorded offences in 2014 compared with 360,411 in 2013. When adjusted for population growth. this means criminal offences per head of population dropped by 4.2 per cent.

Similarly, the total number of resolved crime in 2014 was lower than in 2013.

Last year 145,367 crimes (41.5 per cent) were resolved, which means an offender was apprehended by police and dealt with, either with a warning or prosecution.

In 2013, 43.9 per cent, or 158,042 crimes, were resolved.

The crimes with the lowest resolution rates were burglary, unlawful entry and breaking and entering.

While the number of these crimes remained fairly steady year-on-year — 53,265 incidents were reported to police in 2014, or 1.9 per cent more than in 2013 — fewer of these crimes were resolved.

Nationwide, 12.1 per cent of those crimes were resolved last year. Auckland had the lowest resolution rate in the country, at 6.1 per cent. Read more »

Government crushes Winston’s pedo exposure bill

Parliament today refused leave for the Member for Northland Rt Hon Winston Peters to introduce a Bill to remove the right of paedophile’s to name suppression when the victim wants their attacker named.

A host of National MPs objected to the Bill being introduced.

Mr Peters says he is disappointed the government is content to allow paedophiles to hide behind a cloak of secrecy.

“This is often imposed on the basis it protects the victim,” he says. “But in cases where the victim wants exposure of the crime and not secrecy our Bill will remove the subjudice rule, name suppression, and the legal cone of silence.”

The New Zealand First Leader sought leave for the Bill, Criminal Procedure (Removing Paedophile Name Suppression) Amendment Bill, to be introduced and debated on the next members’ day. Read more »

Good, now taxpayers are off the hook at last, but Dalton is clinging desperately to the trough

Steve Joyce must be breathing a sigh of relief as he gets and escape clause from having to pour more corporate welfare into Team New Zealand.

But the idiot Grant Dalton, who these days tends to think with his little head is deciding to waste more taxpayer funds by challenging the organisers.

Team New Zealand are challenging a decision by the America’s Cup Events Authority to ditch Auckland as host of the qualifying regatta in early 2017.

But chief executive Grant Dalton says regardless of the outcome of any hearing “this is not the end of Emirates Team New Zealand”.    Read more »

Len’s wet bus ticket response to Port Expansion

Len Brown is playing us all for the fool.

Rather than do the right thing Len has instructed Stephen Town to ‘encourage’ Ports of Auckland to halt wharf expansions.

Auckland Council has formally asked Ports of Auckland to halt construction of two massive wharf extensions.

At a meeting today, Mr Brown said council chief executive Stephen Town had written a letter to Auckland Council Investments Ltd, the council body overseeing the port company, requesting it to encourage the port company to hold off the wharf extensions until a port study had been completed.

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