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Credit:  SonovaMin

Credit: SonovaMin

Yes, this is a re-run.  SonovaMin is too busy with paying work.  Should be back tomorrow.

Ask Cam anything (Deux)

He's got it and he's flaunting it according to the NBR

He’s got it and he’s flaunting it according to the NBR

Popularised by Reddit, the “AMA” (Ask Me Anything) has taken off to the point where everyone is doing it.  Cam did one in March this year, and surprised everyone by answering a lot more than anyone expected.

Of course, we’ve had the Nicky Hager epistle of 138 pages and Cam’s trips to Fiji and Israel just recently, so there will be lots of questions out there that people will have.

AMA does have an implied ethic that all questions, no matter what, are answered.  That’s the appeal of it.  But there has to be one clear caveat.  Wherever there are sources, confidences, contracts or direct commitments that Cam has, and answering those questions would violate those, he will not answer them.   Call it a cop-out if you like, but that’s just common sense.

Put the questions below.  Upvote questions you like to see answered yourself.  One question per person please (you can edit your comment to change the question if you like).

To make sure the Dirty Tricks departments from the other side of politics don’t get too  much control, we will probably not answer questions that were left by newly created Disqus accounts.  The idea is that you, our regular audience gets to interview Cam directly without the filter and agenda of the media in the way.

If you’d like to email me your questions, that’s fine too.  Put “AMA” in the subject (nothing else), and put one question in the email.  Send to pete@whale…

Here are some questions (and answers) from March:   Read more »


Labour’s 100,000 affordable home promise

My readers aren’t buying Labour’s 100,000 fairy tale. Two problems: Where, and when?

Let’s start with where:

Labours promise as hollow as a pipe.

Back in 2006 Helen Clark and her Labour cronies were going to deliver some 3,000 affordable houses at Hobsonville Point. That never eventuated. Now Cunliffe is saying they will deliver 100,000 houses.

If it can’t deliver 3,000 how on earth does it expect to deliver 100,00?

And where will it build them? The reason Auckland (for example) has a a crisis is because there is a lack of land available and the National Government responded with the Special Housing Area fast tracking. That will result in land and sections.

Going back to mid 2013 when the government was building it’s justification for the SHA’s it found that the available supply of sections was just 4,000 in the region.

So just where does Labour think it is going to build 100,000 houses? No matter if it is Auckland or another town or city the fact remains that there is simply not the sections available to build 100,000 houses upon.

Labour’s folly is to have made such a stupid announcement without thinking it through. Is this the gaff of the week?

100,000 take a lot of space. It will need to be set aside, which isn’t a central government issue, but a local one.

Next, when?   Read more »

Kim Dotcom is all excited about last night’s poll


One more scandal it is then.    But do I have to wait until Sep 15, or can I do it sooner?   Read more »

New Zealand’s Silliest Local Government Spending (Ctd)

Thanks for all the great entries that have come in through the tip line and the comments section of the web site. Todays is an absolute cracker.

The Hutt City Council and Mayor Ray Wallace are today’s nomination.


A legal researcher’s determined effort to prove Hutt City Council did not have the power to issue him a $12 parking ticket has come at a $10,000 cost to the council. Read more »

Pak ‘n Save… an update, of sorts

You may recall that there is a consistent and persistent movement by some of the left blogs to approach advertisers and get them to block their adverts from appearing on this web site.

Pak ‘n Save through Foodstuffs, responded positively to that pressure and emailed to say they didn’t want anything to do with Whaleoil and had blocked the ads.  The Daily Blog proudly displayed this as a ‘win’ on their site.

At the time, I didn’t ask you to act, although many of you did.  Many of you wrote emails and letters of complaint to Pak  ‘n Save and to Foodstuffs.

Nobody, to date, has reported a response from Pak ‘n Save to their communications.

This is odd.

Yesterday, I received the following:


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Don’t panic Mr Mainwaring, don’t paniiiic!

Last night’s poll has been a bit of a downer for those on the right.  People have been quick to point out that the Dirty Politics damage is only now starting to show through.

But it might just be useful to remind you that one poll doesn’t make an election result.   One of the ways to look at it, is to check Curia’s Poll of Polls – the one where the most recent poll results are averaged.  First, how it was before last night’s poll came out:


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Is there a connection between money laundering and Kim Dotcom?

Dotcom’s assets are supposed to be frozen pending the outcome of the extradition case but the corporations say that recently Dotcom disclosed he had access to substantial funds that were not captured by freezing orders.

As a result a judge in the High Court at Auckland ordered him to disclose the nature, location and value of all his assets worldwide, whether held in his own name or not.

At the hearing to stall that order taking effect Dotcom’s lawyer Tracey Walker told the Court of Appeal today that she was speaking hypothetically in saying a restraining order registered in New Zealand in January 2012 covered specified assets he had at that time but would not cover assets he had acquired since.

Emmerson chess dotcom

The High Court judge said the value of the 2012 assets was put at $11.8.

Further assets of the Dotcom company, Megaupload, are frozen in Hong Kong.

Walker said the position of the US parties was well protected by the assets already frozen here and in Hong Kong and it was a breach of Dotcom’s right to privacy to make him disclose more.

It was a point of principle, she said. Read more »

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Face of the day

 As you all know Cam is away. When the cat is away the mice will play and while Cam is away I will bring out a cat photo.

So that he does not think that I have completely lost it I have selected a very special cat.

The kind of cat that even Cam would approve of…….


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