Cops doing a top job

It’s the bi-annual ‘beat the police with the ICPA stick’ time again

Nearly 300 complaints have been upheld against New Zealand Police officers for failures in criminal investigations, unlawful use of force, dangerous driving and privacy breaches, says a new report.

Of the 1417 allegations against police staff investigated the first nine months of this year, 286 – or 20 per cent – were upheld, according to the police’s Professional Conduct Statistics.

The statistics, released quarterly, show there have been 2960 allegations made against police, but only 1417 of those investigated so far.

The allegations stemmed from 2014 incidents, for which the complaints are grouped into 11 categories of allegations.

The reports shows that the most complaints made and upheld related to the category of “service failure”, defined as police’s delivery of service in criminal investigations, giving victims adequate support and officers’ roles in court proceeding.

There was 1038 reports of allegations in this group, and with 879 of those investigations completed, 158 were upheld.

When broken down further, figures show there was 64 complaints upheld for inadequate service, 33 for failures in an investigation and eight for failures in a prosecutions. There was also 17 failures to notify or inform a victim or offender, and 13 failures to attend an official proceeding.

It pays to note how many complaints are not upheld.   Read more »

Duco goes down with a T-KO trying to sponge off the New Zealand taxpayer

Joseph Parker’s promoters Duco Events have withdrawn their application for government funding for his WBO heavyweight title fight against Andy Ruiz Jr.

Duco boss Dean Lonergan says there is now ‘an 80 percent chance’ the fight will take place outside of New Zealand.

The decision increases the odds the fight will take place in the USA with Las Vegas or Dallas tipped as likely venues. Los Angeles is another option as it’s the hometown of Mexican-born Ruiz.

Auckland’s Eden Park, Mt Smart Stadium and Vector Arena have all been slated as possible venues in New Zealand.

Lonergan says they have until November 5 to finalise a venue in New Zealand. The fight is set to take place on December 10. Read more »

Why NZME make me sick


Today the NZ Herald, owned by NZME has splashed a story about a radio host from the competing Mediaworks stable all over their website…it is also pushed out via their gossip site Spy.

That radio host is clearly suffering a major depressive episode, and as a fellow sufferer of depression, I know precisely what she is going through. The last thing she needs is the gutless wankers at the NZ Herald prying into her private life.

But their actions stand in stark contrast to the rather glowing eulogies they are handing out right now to one of their own.

So…here’s the thing.

The guy who was found in a pool of piss, shit and vomit in a hotel in Cambodia after a long bender on opiates and meth apparently deserves respect and care. Everything is glossed over. They go on about how he was a caring Dad and husband…blah, blah, blah.

But then they go and kick the shit out of someone clearly suffering a massive depressive episode, all of a sudden their pretense of care and love is out the window in the name of clickbait headlines and attacking the opposition media organisation.

They should get their own house in order. They need to realise that their staff aren’t pure…from the top down.   Read more »


Photo of the Day

The blast killed 168 people, including 19 children, injured hundreds more and caused hundreds of millions of dollars in damage to structures and vehicles in the downtown area. Photo AP.

The bomb killed 168 people, including 19 children, injured hundreds more and caused hundreds of millions of dollars in damage to structures and vehicles in the downtown area. Photo AP.

The Oklahoma City Bombing

On April 19, 1995, around 9:03 a.m., just after parents dropped their children off at day care at the Murrah Federal Building in downtown Oklahoma City, the unthinkable happened.

A massive bomb inside a rental truck exploded, blowing half of the nine-story building into oblivion. A stunned nation watched as the bodies of men, women, and children were pulled from the rubble for nearly two weeks.

When the smoke cleared and the exhausted rescue workers packed up and left, 168 people were dead.

Prosecutor Joseph Hartzler began his opening statement in the Timothy McVeigh trial by reminding the jury of the terror and the heartbreak:  “Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, April 19th, 1995, was a beautiful day in Oklahoma City — at least it started out as a beautiful day. The sun was shining. Flowers were blooming. It was springtime in Oklahoma City.

Sometime after six o’clock that morning, Tevin Garrett’s mother woke him up to get him ready for the day. He was only 16 months old. He was a toddler; and as some of you know that have experience with toddlers, he had a keen eye for mischief. He would often pull on the cord of her curling iron in the morning, pull it off the counter top until it fell down, often till it fell down on him. That morning, she picked him up and wrestled with him on her bed before she got him dressed. She remembers this morning because that was the last morning of his life….”

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Tell ‘im he’s dreamin: ex prisoner and wife beater wants $60,000 of taxpayer money

Darryl Kerrigan needs to have a wee chat with this chap, so he can tell ‘im he’s dreamin’.

Last month, the Supreme Court ruled the department failed to factor in time spent in custody on remand when calculating the release date of Michael Marino, who had been jailed for 22 months on domestic violence and other charges.

In his High Court claim for compensation for false imprisonment, he said he suffered shock, distress and humiliation as a result of being held in prison for nearly four months longer than he should have been.   Read more »

Cartoon of the Day

Credit:  Roger Price

Credit: Roger Price

Auckland house prices drop. Wait for Labour to declare a crisis in market confidence

Nick Smith does stuff all that is useful, but there is a glimmer of hope from latest house price statistics.

House prices may be starting to drop in Auckland – but it’s too soon to tell if the latest data shows a trend.

The new mortgage lending restrictions introduced by the Reserve Bank officially kicked in on October 1, but most of the main banks had already been introducing them over the previous couple of months.’s regional Home Loan Affordability Reports for September showed the new loan-to-value-ratio mortgage lending restrictions on residential investment properties may be impacting house prices in Auckland.   Read more »

Historic call for equality and justice at Canada’s National Parliament

The head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim community Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad has made a historic address calling for equality and justice at Canada’s National parliament. “Love for all hatred for none” is the slogan of the Ahmadiyya community worldwide and it is this core belief that sets their sect apart from the two majority Muslim sects, Sunni and Shia. I have highlighted the parts of the press release that were of interest to me but you can read the press release in full here.

…His Holiness delivered an historic keynote address entitled “Human values – the foundation for a peaceful world” to an audience of more than 225 people at a special reception… at the Canadian Parliament in Ottawa.

…During his keynote address, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad addressed various issues of global importance, including the risk of a global war, religious freedom, increasing radicalisation and extremism and international relations….

Irrespective of differences of background…All people and all organisations, must collectively endeavour to uphold human values, and strive to make the world in which we live, a better and far more harmonious place.”

…His Holiness admitted that fear of Islam was growing in much of the world. However, he said that fear of the religion itself was completely unnecessary…

“Let me reassure all of you that Islam is not what you commonly see or hear portrayed in the media. As far as my knowledge of Islam is concerned, I only know of that Islam whose teachings are based on its name. The literal meaning of the word ‘Islam’ is peace, love, and harmony and all of its teachings are based upon these noble values.”

Unfortunately, the definition of the word Islam is as in dispute as what the values and teachings of Islam are. It is wrong to say that fear of Islam is completely unnecessary. If all Muslims were from the Ahmadiyya sect then what he says would be true but the reality is that they are a tiny minority that is not  recognised as being true Muslims by the majority Sunni and Shia sects. Also there is a difference between religious Islam and political Islam.

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Katie Hopkins calls CNN the Clinton News network

I thought for a second that Katie Hopkins was going to make the interviewer cry when she called CNN the Clinton news network but she is not the first to accuse CNN of a serious political bias. Bias is also alleged in an article with the headline These 7 CNN Tweets Show That They’re The Clinton News Network. 

CNN has been subject to allegations of attempting to influence viewers, as opposed to an unbiased approach to political journalism.


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Trump’s posts on Twitter come after Breitbart News contributor Julia Hahn noted that CNN erroneously reported that Trump’s statement that Clinton wanted to allow hundreds of thousands of refugees into the country was false.

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TPP: Helen Clark says yes. Andrew Little still says no

Helen Clark understands how trade lifts people out pf poverty. Andrew little does not.

Helen Clark understands that trade provides jobs, Andrew Little does not.

The TPP bill has returned to parliament.

The Bill that will allow the Government to ratify the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade agreement is back in Parliament and ready to go through its remaining stages.

The foreign affairs, defence and trade select committee reported the Bill back on Thursday – against the wishes of Labour and the Greens.

The bill amends 10 Acts to align New Zealand law with its obligations under the TPP, which the Government signed in February along with 11 other nations.

The committee made minor changes and reported it back on a majority vote.

Labour and the Greens put in minority reports.   Read more »