Police looking into Greg Presland’s money laundering rort for Len Brown

Greg Presland. ¬†You may recall he was a ‘close adviser and friend’ to David Cunliffe. ¬†You may also recall he writes as Mickey Savage on The Standard. ¬†You may also recall he put together David Cunliffe’s dodgy secret trust.

Seems the paragons of virtue, Brown and Presland have come to the attention of the police.

Police are investigating an entity that funded Auckland mayor Len Brown’s 2010 and 2013 election campaigns.

More then $750,000 in backing for Brown’s two successful campaigns was paid by a trust that kept donors’ identities secret. Since February police have been investigating whether the trust breached the Local Electoral Act.

The Sunday Star-Times has confirmation from Brown’s former campaign team that Greg Presland was involved in the donor trust. He was also the main trustee of the trust that paid almost $20,000 in anonymous donations to former Labour leader David Cunliffe during Labour’s 2013 leadership contest.

Cunliffe has since said using that trust was an error of judgment, and keeping donors’ names secret didn’t fully represent “the values I would like to bring to this leadership”. Cunliffe eventually named three donors and returned donations to two others who did not want to be named.

Brown sees no need to do the same with the “New Auckland Council Trust”, which donated $499,000 to his 2010 mayoral campaign and $273,375 last year .

Let me fast-forward to the end for you all: ¬†1) ¬†Len Brown will not stand down. ¬†He has done nothing illegal and he’s not ashamed about anything. ¬†2) ¬†Greg Presland, in spite of being poison to whoever he gets involved with, will happily continue to ply his trade. ¬† Read more »

NBR on Key’s lame apology to Slater

by Pete

National’s third election win in a row was marred by only one thing: a fallout between Cameron Slater and John Key.

Now, an attempt by the PM to mend fences with the Whaleoil blogger has fallen flat.

The PM isn’t attempting to mend fences. ¬†So his letter, which was produced under duress lest the Privacy Commissioner take John Key to the Human Rights Review Tribunal, is simply the latest iteration of a number of attempts to fob Slater off.

It emerged today that Mr Key has sent Mr Slater a letter apologising for the release of an email that led to the resignation of Justice Minister Judith Collins from cabinet.

But the blogger tells NBR, “It’s not really an apology … more an expression of regret with a re-write of history.”

The 2011 email in question was sent from Mr Slater to PR operator Carrick Graham, Mark Hotchin and another person whose name was blanked out. It discussed efforts, in concert with Cathy Odgers (aka Cactus Kate) to place stories in the media that would undermine the credibility of then Serious Fraud Office boss Adam Feeley. In the email, Mr Slater says he has talked at length with Ms Collins, and says “she is gunning for Feeley”. Mr Feeley reported to Ms Collins. Mr Hotchin’s former company Hanover Finance was at the time under investigation by the SFO. Ms Collins is awaiting the outcome of an independent inquiry into the alleged smear campaign against Mr Feeley. She denies any wrongdoing. In April this year, the SFO wrapped up its 32-month investigation into Hanover Finance without laying any criminal charges. It found¬†“While many may view the conduct that occurred at Hanover Finance as egregious, that alone is not sufficient for me to commence a prosecution.”

The “gunning for Feeley” email was released by the Prime Minister’s office during the election campaign.

Its release coincided with the leaking of dozens of Mr Slater’s emails by Rawshark, aka Whaledump¬†‚ÄĒ the hacker who supplied Dirty Politics author Nicky Hager with thousands of emails and documents copied from the Whaleoil blogger’s computer.

However, Mr Hager only touched briefly on Ms Collins’ relationship with Mr Feeley in his book.

Indeed. ¬†Hager never saw it as an issue to raise. ¬†One of the few things he managed to do right. Read more »

Update on the polos and the legal fund fundraising

Whale Oil Blogger Cameron Slater Portrait Session

Eagle eyed observers will have spotted that about $10,000 costs were awarded to the Herald and Fairfax et al, and about $500 court costs. ¬†Even though Cam’s legal fighting fund didn’t have $10k in it, he’s taken a chunk of the income saved from advertising and I’m happy to report that right now, Cam Slater doesn’t owe anyone anything in terms of legal bills – ALL THANKS TO YOU. ¬† Read more »

You are a crap parent, and you should do something about it

Is there any place that nanny state won’t go to try and force the ferals, the gormless and the criminally stupid to do even the most basic things right?

It appears not.   Coming soon Рnappies with instructions on how to improve your parenting.

Prompts could be printed on nappies in a bid to remind parents to talk to their babies more often under new proposals being discussed by a government-owned organisation.

The Behavioural Insights Team, also known as the ‘nudge unit’ are to consider the plan, which would see parenting tips written on nappies.

The idea was discussed during a recent meeting of the World Economic Forum in Dubai, which was attended by the team’s chief executive officer Dr David Halpern.

In a blog post he revealed how the idea was discussed in a meeting of the international council of behavioural policy makers, which talked about family ideas.

He wrote: ‘On parenting and families, probably the most left-field proposal was to prompt parents to talk to their kids by printing messages on nappies.’

Using legislation to force manufacturers to change their product to state the bleeding obvious has generally been driven by a litigious background such as exists in the United States ¬†(“you never said not to set fire to my clothes while I was wearing them, so you are to blame”, etc), it opened the door for other busy bodies to consider products to be free billboards for their “messages for stupid people”.

Talk more to your baby. ¬† What. ¬†The. ¬†Hell. ¬† Read more »

Woman needs inducing. Husband climbs on top to get the process started

Wait for the interesting bit, where it mentions a “Do not disturb” sign.

A heavily pregnant woman and her partner were caught having sex in a hospital bed while waiting to have their baby induced.

The mother and father were discovered by a cleaner who heard moaning coming from a private room on the maternity ward.

The worker told hospital bosses what she had found but was informed there are no rules against having sex on the ward at St Michael’s Hospital, in Bristol.

The hospital’s policy is for frisky couples to put a ‘Do Not Disturb’ sign on the door

There you go.   Apparently having sex in the hospital, whether for medical reasons or not, is accommodated by having a sign that can go on the door.  Do not disturb Рoccupiers are at it.

A hospital source said: ‘Other patients on the unit heard the commotion and were upset. The cleaner was utterly shocked.

‘She was amazed to be told it was OK. The hospital’s advice appears to be just to put a sign up – amazing.’

A hospital spokeswoman said: ‘Staff work hard to ensure privacy and dignity is maintained for all patients. Read more »

Mental Health Break

Newspaper front page no longer suitable for public display

In the ever increasing downward spiral for eyes, UK newspapers have made their front pages so over the top, they are no longer suitable for children.

Two of Britain’s biggest supermarkets have announced that they will cover up the front pages of newspapers over fears that children are being exposed to graphic pictures and headlines.

Waitrose and Tesco have said that they are working on new display methods that will show only the mastheads of some newspapers – keeping explicit content out of the eye line of children.

The move comes following months of pressure from campaign groups No More Page 3 and Child Eyes, who have heralded the decision a victory.

Both groups expressed concern at sexualised images of women and other unsuitable images being presented at such an easily-accessible height. They also argued that explicit and sensationalist headlines shouldn’t be displayed so prominently.

Tesco said that it is working on new ‘display cubes’ that will only display the names of newspapers in vertical panels along the side of the unit. Current cases allow the whole front page to be seen.

A spokesman for the supermarket had made the decision after consulting with customers and campaigners.

The newspapers are all, slowly but surely, heading down based on the same two principles: ¬† Read more »

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Rodney Hide on Sutton: I wouldn’t want my daughter working for Sutton. Would you?

Rodney thinks Sutton’s man card expired a while ago.

Men who get things done don’t hug. They especially don’t hug staff. It’s okay to hug mum at dad’s funeral but that’s about it.

It’s not sexism. I wouldn’t want a boss to hug me. And I know my exact response: do that again and I’ll drop you. I don’t like being touched by the uninvited.

Men who get things done don’t resign over bad taste jokes. They certainly don’t see a psychologist about them. Sutton should have quit the jokes and got on with the job.

Men who get things done don’t brag. Sutton declares: “I have done heaps in this job. I have done lots and lots.” He sounds like a small child.

And he whines: “But I haven’t done enough with my family. I haven’t done school camps.

I have hardly ever been to anybody’s athletic sports.”

Boo hoo. What are we supposed to do? Cry with him?

Yes, that is exactly what you were meant to do. ¬†On top of having his paws all over staff and making stupid sexually charged comments and suggestions, it appears Sutton also admitted to being a shit husband and father. ¬†But, you’re supposed to feel sorry for him because it was totally out of his control. ¬† Read more »

Kerre McIvor on Sutton: “Creepiness is subjective”

One man’s caring, demonstrative boss is another’s predatory old cougar who should keep her opinions to herself.

Of course, some things are clear cut. Stroking body parts (yours or other people’s); sexting; lewd conversations – they are a no-go in the workplace. But sometimes, it’s not so easy to evaluate what is and isn’t appropriate.

The resignation last week of Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (Cera) boss, Roger Sutton, came after a seven-week inquiry into sexual harassment allegations against him.

He fronted a press conference attended by senior government officials including the head of the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, Andrew Kibblewhite, and State Services Commissioner, Iain Rennie.

Sutton delivered a beautiful mea culpa – yes, he said, he’d called women sweetheart and honey. Yes, he liked to hug, but that was just him.

He accepted his behaviour was sexist, and was seeing a psychologist to deal with that. He had also decided to resign, despite Rennie saying he didn’t believe Sutton’s behaviour warranted dismissal. And yet he also said Sutton was guilty of serious misconduct, a charge that can warrant instant dismissal.

Sutton said he was exhausted and wanted to spend more time with his family. He wanted to be a better father and husband. And so with tears and one final ambush hug on a startled Kibblewhite, Sutton left the press conference arm in arm with his wife.

I have no doubt it was genuine. I’m sure Sutton was very sorry that he’d hurt anyone’s feelings. This is a guy who likes to be liked. I’m sure he did want to spend time with his family and I’m also certain he was exhausted. Most people in Canterbury dealing with the aftermath of the earthquakes are.

But what on earth was Rennie thinking? The parties involved in the investigation – the complainant, the accused, the witnesses – were bound by confidentiality agreements. And yet Rennie stayed schtum while Sutton presented his version of events.

Iain Rennie had a huge brain fart. ¬† Read more »