Oh, and now TVNZ are running Andrew Little’s union campaign – verbatim!

Another media driven National hit piece.  This time on behalf of Andrew Little the unions.

Following on from the story earlier today how Mediaworks are making the government look bad on purpose, here is an example of a press release, followed by promoting ONE labour leader constestant’s web site, and absolutely not declaration of the source, balancing comment or any attempt at making it look anything except a paid-for piece… or at least a personal favour?

In the interest of critiquing, let’s have a look at it in total:


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A fine bromance, with no kisses…


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They BOTH wanted to be speaker…

Jonathan Coleman happy with our Ebola preparedness as the world counts its 10,000th patient

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says a meeting of 20 government agencies to discuss New Zealand’s response to the threat of Ebola, reflected a “high level of preparedness” within the Government.

The Inter-Agency Pandemic Group includes police and the ministries of Defence, Civil Defence Emergency Management, Foreign Affairs and Trade and Primary Industries.

The group met in Wellington today – a yearly meeting, but with attention squarely focused on Ebola, Coleman said.

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa has already killed over 4500 people, mostly in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone, since it emerged 10 months ago. Experts have said the world could face 10,000 new cases a week in two months if authorities don’t take stronger steps to fight the deadly virus.

Cases have since been confirmed in the United States and parts of Europe.

Coleman said the risk of the infectious disease reaching New Zealand was remote, but New Zealand had to be prepared for the worst.

Actually, at this stage  I think the risk of Ebola reaching New Zealand is a certainty,  The disease is still spreading in an expansionary fashion.   Read more »

NZ Media just can’t let the government have a good story

I’ve taken a screenshot of this, to make the point


Great news story for the government, right?   Now, let’s see how Mediaworks puts the boot in.   Read more »

List MP Kevin Hague plays #dirtypolitics

You’ll know I’m no fan of List MPs, and while all of the Green Taliban fall into that camp, there’s a few that stand out as particularly sanctimonious scumbags.

Take yesterday’s Question #10 by Kevin Hague asking about conflicts of interest and whether the Food and Grocery Council’s CEO Katherine Rich should be a member of the Health Promotion Agency.

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman batted him away saying ‘Katherine Rich is a person of the very highest integrity and that her conduct as a member of the HPA has been excellent’.

Looks like the Green Taliban are going to try and run attacks against the Nats using stolen emails and play more #dirtypolitcs. Good.

Next time Kevin Hague wants to have a crack and call for investigation, maybe the Government should ask what conflicts Kevin Hague has.

You see Kevin Hague has been a frequent target for health lobbyists, particularly those Fizz2030 activists troughers from Otago University. They even went as far as bestowing on him the title ’Hon’.

Maybe Government MPs could ask Hague about who is advising the Greens on their ‘obesity reduction’ policy. The one where he wants controls on price, availability and marketing on the likes of fizzy drinks, chocolate and even breakfast cereals.   Read more »

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Guest post: Labour’s governance issues

I have written before about the lack of understanding in the art and practice of good governance within the New Zealand Labour party.  It surprises me at their limited practice of good governance when, within Parliament, the rules of Governance as developed by Erskine May and Roberts Rules are the controlling factors in their day to day life.

We currently have four Labour MPs aiming to be what they are calling the “Leader of the Party”. I had always believed that the Party was lead by the Party President, not the Leader of the Parliamentary wing.

But that aside, as I have already written on the topic, I want to address the latest faux pas being committed by the four aspiring leaders.  They are all stating that they will promote this or that policy as leader.  That they will change policy or make new policy etc.

From the true Governance perspective policy is not made by the Chairman of the Board, but by the Board itself. And the Board of the Party is not the Caucus but the Labour Party Council.   Read more »

5 Things about the US media that they don’t want you to know and NZ media are similarly in trouble

Do you trust the news media?  Do you believe that the information that they are giving you is true and accurate?  If you answered yes to either of those questions, that places you in a steadily shrinking minority.

Well, if you’re here, you are probably part of the steadily growing majority.

#1 The level of trust in the U.S. news media is at an all-time low.

According to a Gallup survey that was conducted last month, only 40 percent of all Americans have a “great deal/fair amount” of confidence in the mass media.  That ties the lowest level that Gallup has ever recorded.

I think in New Zealand this number probably isn’t quite that bad.  But the trend is there.  Time for Freed. Read more »


Harawira hired child sex offender with taxpayer money

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And you thought the election was ugly…

As Northland faces its latest high-profile sex case, 3 News can reveal the alleged offender had been working for Hone Harawira and paid by the taxpayer.

Leaked Parliamentary documents show he’s one of three men hired by Mr Harawira who have either been convicted of, or ended up accused of sexual offence charges.

Patrick Rivers, who goes by the name Mangu Awarau, is one of Mr Harawira’s closest friends. He was part of the Internet Mana campaign and spoke at Mr Harawira’s election night function, just days after being charged with raping a girl younger than the age of 12.

“There he was on election night standing as the pillar of society giving a mihi, and yet everybody there – the whole community knew – a couple of weeks in advance that he was facing these charges,” says Te Tai Tokerau MP Kelvin Davis.

Awarau has pleaded not guilty to three sex offences.

Full credit for those that were in the know not to chuck this into the election.  They did the right thing.   But now, it’s also out for further scrutiny.  This is also the right thing.

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Will John Key hold himself to the same standards he held Maurice Williamson to?

Whale Oil Blogger Cameron Slater Portrait Session

The other day in parliament John Key stated that when he spoke to me it wasn’t in his capacity as Prime Minister.

This is interesting because one of the reasons he sacked Maurice Williamson was because of the fact that he was a minister and that you are ALWAYS a minister.

It didn’t matter to him then that Maurice Williamson wrote his letters or made his phone calls in his capacity as a local MP.

Not one bit.  Read more »