On rape, rape culture and media

When I decided to take Jan Logie and Tania Billingsley to task for their abuse of the media, political and legal processes in regards to the Malaysian diplomat case before the election, I was labelled a rape enabler. ¬†Long term readers will know that’s not correct – ¬†I have a long and consistent history of speaking out against child abuse, domestic abuse and sexual violence.

Then I saw this today.


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Whaleoil Ground Crew near Hamilton – police need your help



Hamilton Police investigating an alleged attempted abduction in the City yesterday are seeking information from the public to try and identify the person responsible.

Detective Paul Van der Zee of the Hamilton Child Protection Team said Police are applauding the actions of a member of the public who intervened and appealing for her to come forward while at the same time asking for information in relation to the offender’s identity.

“Officers were called to Aberdeen Dr about 3.40pm after reports a man has tried to entice a nine-year-old girl into his utility as she walked home from school. The ute was described as having a blue cab and front with red sides on its tray.

“At this stage it appears the man has pulled up in his utility and told the girl to get in which she has refused to do and she has then begun to cry. Seeing this, a woman described as having long blond hair who was parked behind the man’s ute in a silver coloured people mover type vehicle has got out of her car and intervened.”

Mr Van der Zee said with the intervention of the woman the man has walked crossed Rifle Range Rd and into a park where a number of people were playing rugby and the Good Samaritan has left. Read more »

Some questions I’d like The Nation to ask Laila


I see Laila Harre is going on The Nation this weekend.

This weekend on The Nation… Laila Harre breaks her post-election silence… the veteran activist of the left fronts up on the future of the Internet Party, her own leadership, and what’s next for her.

Most likely it will be promoting the thing her and her sister are doing.

I also see that Matthew Hooton is adding commentary. I hope that both him and Laila have declared that they are about to jet off to Colorado on a skiing holiday together.

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LAST DAY!!! Don’t miss out

Last day to get your vote in. ¬†If you’ve been on the fence, please climb down now, and if it is on my side, please vote.



Last year’s Best Blog Netguide award was awarded¬†to Whaleoil. ¬†I think we’ve certainly grown since then, both in numbers and in the amount of stories we’ve covered. ¬†We would like to have a go at seeing if we can win back-to-back Netguide Awards. ¬† Read more »

Mental Health Break

Slavery in New Zealand, yes really.

Slave ship

Slave ship

New Zealand has a low level of modern slavery but people are still being exploited and changes need to be made, a global survey has found.

“Modern slavery for us is any situation where one person deliberately takes away another person’s liberty for some sort of profit or gain,” Walk Free Foundation global research executive director Fiona David says.

Modern slavery traps 35.8million people

This includes human trafficking, forced labour, forced or servile marriage, and the sale and exploitation of children.

New Zealand is estimated to have 600 people in modern slavery, the fourth lowest prevalence of 167 countries in the Global Slavery Index.

The known cases involved workers in modern slavery with the most widely documented being on fishing charter vessels in New Zealand waters, Ms David told NZ Newswire.

Their situations have included being subjected to violence, sexual abuse, being fed stale bread and fish bait, working 30-hour shifts and even being paid 35 cents an hour.”

New laws clamping down on fishing boat conditions come into force in 2016, which was “really positive”, she said.

-NZ Newswire


So who in New Zealand are responsible for modern slavery? I did a bit of digging and came up with this…

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Map of the Day

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You can run but you can’t hide from the US government

I'm coming to steal your democracy

Kim Dotcom thinks that he can thumb his nose at the US legal system, well he has¬†another thing to learn about doing things like that…they have a habit of biting you on the arse.

Billboard reports how the US is going after all his assets because they are declaring him a fugitive.

On Tuesday, the U.S. Department of Justice told a Virginia federal judge that Kim Dotcom and cohorts have no business challenging the seizure of an estimated $67 million in assets because the Megaupload founder is evading prosecution.

The government brought criminal charges against Dotcom in early 2012, but he’s been holed up in New Zealand awaiting word on whether he’ll be extradited. The government got antsy and this past July, brought a civil complaint for forfeiture in rem, a maneuver to firmly establish a hold over money from bank accounts around the world, luxury cars, big televisions, watches, artwork and other property allegedly gained by Megaupload in the course of crimes.¬† Read more »

Meme Contest


You know what to do. ¬†Make your own here (this time, actually linked!) or use your photoshop skills. ¬†Remember to stick to commenting and moderation rules, and pop your entry in the comments below Read more »


I bet he was registered too

The Labour party and various teacher unions all oppose charter schools and one of the reason they do is because there is no requirement for charter schools to have registered teachers.

The unions and opposition politicians all claim registration is there to protect children, despite the never ending line of registered teachers before the disciplinary tribunal or the courts for various offences from rooting their pupils to fraud to drunk driving and drugs offences.

Now another teacher, a principal is under investigation or untoward behaviour and massive staff turnover at two schools…and he is registered.

A principal who headed a school that lost more than 55 teachers in four years is under investigation by the Teachers Council.

Judd McLauchlan oversaw the high teacher turnover at Manurewa’s Rowandale School, before taking the helm at Hamilton’s Berkley Normal Middle School after term 1 this year.

He resigned from his new position in August, with the board of trustees saying the move was for personal reasons.

However, several people involved with the school have told the Herald that Mr McLauchlan’s departure came after staff raised concerns about his behaviour. ¬†¬† Read more »