Labour MP sees nothing wrong here [POLL]


I’ll leave the commenting to you on this one.  I can’t think of anything constructive to say.   Read more »

Compare and Contrast: Book burning the right way [UPDATED]

Florence Kerr hacked some Facebook pages herself:

Rumours doing the rounds on social media yesterday suggested a group of Young Nats in Hamilton might take matters into their own hands and dispose of a large stock of the dreaded book.

It’s not exactly on the same scale as the book burnings of the Nazi regime or the anti-communist McCarthy era but social media was yesterday buzzing with rumours of an imminent book burning at Waikato University.

The head of the Waikato Students’ Union and a former member of the Young Nats is alleged to have bought 202 copies of Hager’s book to burn.

Aaron Letcher has denied the claims, but the leader of NZ First Youth and a Waikato University source, who asked not to be named, said he did.

Letcher said the claims were false.

“There is nothing to it. I saw the allegations on Facebook by a NZ First person”

The Facebook page Letcher was referring to belongs to NZ First Youth leader Curwen Rolinson, who posted: “So apparently, the CNI Young Nats (and, assumedly, the NZ Young Nats) are buying up copies of Nicky Hager’s #DirtyPolitics . . . and burning them.”

The headline?   Read more »

Kelvin Davis is getting the word out

One of our readers took a bit of a Tiki Tour through Te Tai Tokerau and was pleased to discover a lot of Kelvin Davis signs:


With all the distractions surrounding Dirty Politics, we all have kind of taken our eyes off Te Tai Tokerau, the “life or death” electorate for the Internet Mana “movement”.

If Hone Harawira doesn’t make it back as a sitting MP, their dreams all fall apart.

I still can’t figure out why he hasn’t declared the $500,000 he got from Kim Dotcom on the registry of pecuniary interests?  He has to within 10 days.

I might look into that some more.  Something’s not right.

Privacy Commission not taking its job seriously

This is the letter you are sent when you complain about your emails being among the ones stolen from me.

Dear Mr xxx

Thank you for your letter of 17 August 2014.

You are concerned about recent events surrounding Nicky Hager’s publication Dirty Politics. In particular, you are concerned that correspondence you have had with Cameron Slater’s Whaleoil blog may have been collected by the source who has provided information to Mr Hager. That source has now stated publicly that they intend to release the source correspondence to the public, and has already released one “dump” of information. You are concerned that your information may be disclosed in the future.

At this point, there is little we can do to assist you. This is because it is not yet clear whether your information has been included in the information obtained from the Whaleoil system. The Privacy Commissioner can only investigate demonstrable breaches of the Privacy Act. He cannot take action on speculative concerns.

Further, the Commissioner cannot stop people from disclosing information at some future point. It is simply not within his powers to do so.

However, I will make a number of comments that may assist you.

  • It is our understanding (from information already in the public domain) that Mr Slater was able to contain the removal of information from his system once he discovered there was a security issue. Mr Slater has estimated that only 10% of the information on his system was accessed. On this basis, the likelihood of your correspondence being affected is low.
  • Mr Hager has stated in a media interview that he has handed all the information he received back to the source. He also stated that he has encouraged the source not to publish information about members of the public. Read more »

The MMP election bribe rort: a reader explains

I love some of the good writing that’s coming in via the Tipline of late.  I’d like to share this one with you

Hi Cam

I just listened to Norman on the radio talking about post-election deal making, and my blood began to boil. Labour and the Greens are using MMP as a shield behind which to hide their true intentions, and they ought to be called on it by interviewers.

In this campaign we all know that you cannot have Labour without the Greens, or the Greens without Labour. Why not tell us what they will collectively do so that we actually know the choice we are being asked to make: Nation v Labour/Green?

Labour can promise to do A, B, and C, and pretend to cost it as funded. The Greens can promise D, E, and F, and pretend to cost it as funded. They then get to attract to the left voters who like any of A through F. But they both know they are never going to do it all. It is not much different to misleading advertising.

They say they cannot put their heads together and decide what they would collectively do until they know how many votes they each get. Rubbish. What difference does it make if Labour are 2:1 v the Greens or if they are 4:3 or 5:3 – who cares. They need each other and that is all that matters – as Al Bundy would have it, you can’t have one without the other. Read more »

Thursday Morning Mailbag

The death threats have stopped.  The bile has stopped.  Polls are up.  The pundits and media lackeys are drowning in their collective bile, and I’m getting great letters:

Hi Cam

I suspect you have got a number of these types of emails over the years so this is just one more, but I really want to share this with you. I first discovered a passion for politics from our current Prime Minister John Key.

He was an inspiration to me. You see, I was born into a single parent home, my violent father left for the fourth and final time when I was 5 months old. He never contributed a cent in the upbringing of myself and two older brothers. I could have easily become a victim of what I call “left mentality”, this is how it is and shall always be. Then I heard about John Key’s background, single parent home (not quite the same circumstances but single parent nonetheless). It proved to me that I didn’t have to play the cards that were dealt to me. I have always had a strong work ethic, am married with two beautiful children.

I have battled demons and endured sexual abuse that no one should have to put up with. Betrayed by those close to me. I suffered depression terribly as a teenager and in my 20’s. Then came you and your wonderful team at your site.You inspire me with your viewpoints on mental illness and you give a lot of people inner strength. I am not sure if you realise just how invaluable you are to a lot of people. I would like to thank you for your wonderful blog site; you treat your readers as free-thinking individuals who have the ability to think for themselves based on well researched information, unlike the media which has a form of sheep mentality and assume their viewers/readers do too. Read more »

Let’s start with some Tikanga Maori today

In an article published last weekend, Maori academic Dr Ranginui Walker scolded the show for [...] bad manners after a Star-Times reporter brought the table-sitting blunder to his attention.

The piece hit a nerve, inspiring dozens of readers to email the newspaper in support of Walker or, more frequently, in total disagreement. Some correspondents – both Maori and Pakeha – agreed that sitting on tables was unhygienic or a cultural gaffe no thoughtful New Zealander should make. Others said they couldn’t care less, that demanding that we all observe Maori customs was foolish or even racist, and nobody was going to tell them where to park their derriere.

But where did this taboo come from in the first place? Why is it so powerful? And when did it begin its as-yet incomplete journey from Maori tapu to New Zealand taboo?

Ngapo, an Auckland accountant of Ngati Kahu and Ngati Porou heritage (not to mention Scottish, English and Yugoslav), grew up knowing that you shouldn’t sit on a dining table or other surface connected to food. It was only as she got older that she realised there was a tikanga (Maori custom and tradition) dimension. Her understanding is that by an association between your bottom and food, “you as a person are putting yourself as food – you are not treating yourself appropriately”.

Sitting on a table is a bit of a faux pas when it comes to Maori culture.  And as the article says, most other people would consider it common sense not to foul an eating surface with the same body part that defecates.

So what do you think of this then?   Read more »

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Face of the day

Steve Braunias 2

Steven Braunias is all class. Cam met him at the awards. He asked if Cam was offended by the wickedly funny piece he did on him back When Cam was Editor of Truth.

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Daily Proverb

Proverbs 20

8 When a king sits in judgment, he weighs all the evidence, distinguishing the bad from the good.