1080 baby formula blackmailer arrested

First, what went into it:

30,000 police hours

35 officers in the team

11-month investigation

2600 people investigated

60 “significant persons of interest”

$3 million cost to police

150,000 batch tests carried out by MPI and infant formula manufacturers

60-year-old man facing two charges of criminal blackmail.

60 people in this country are thought capable of this sort of thing.   Amazing.   Read more »

Mental Health Break

The left are in total disarray over TPP


Earlier today we saw Andrew Little flip flop in less than 24 hours from being against the TPP to not being against it.   We then segued into Chris Trotter’s work who on the basis of Andrew Little’s strong opposition to the TPP less than 24 hours earlier had declared 2017 a win for a Labour-led government.

Yesterday, Andrew Little said the TPP could not be supported by Labour because it only met one of the five bottom line requirements.   That bottom line requirement that the TPP does meet, according to Labour?

Treaty Obligations.


Not according to the First Union.   Read more »

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Chris Trotter hung out to dry by Andrew Little


Chris must have needed a change of underwear when he saw Andrew Little come out swinging against the TPP yesterday, and he sat down with renewed hope and penned this piece for today… not realising Andrew would drop him in the poo by doing a flip-flop.

LABOUR’S STANCE on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) could end up determining the outcome of the 2017 General Election. If Andrew Little aligns his party with the other parliamentary opponents of the TPP – the Greens and NZ First – then the legislation giving effect to the agreement will barely scrape through the House of Representatives. Such open and substantial parliamentary opposition will clear the way for Andrew Little to lead an anti-TPP coalition into electoral battle in 2017. If, however, Labour ends up supporting the TPP, then it will be a fractured and fractious Opposition that takes the field against John Key in two years’ time.

With Labour firmly opposed, the National-led Government’s best outcome would see the TPP’s enabling legislation passed by a margin of three votes. But if, as seems likely, the Maori Party acknowledges the rising anti-TPP sentiment within Maoridom, by either abstaining or voting against the bill, then the nearest thing to a TPP ratification process that New Zealanders are going to get will be carried by just one vote – Peter Dunne’s.

“With Labour firmly opposed”.  Snigger

Listen Chris, here’s a word of advice for you when dealing with Labour communications.  Always let things simmer for at least 24 hours before you run after the next passing red car.   There are two reasons for that.   One, they can’t add, subtract or otherwise use a calculator.  Press statements with numbers invariably fall apart under a small bit of scrutiny.   Read more »

Hipkins misses the point in his bid to increase union membership

Chris Hipkins has missed the point in his one man bid to increase union membership for the NZEI.

Labour would introduce a minimum qualification requirement for all early childhood educators, seeking to curb the rapid growth of taxpayer-subsidised nannies and au pairs.

The party’s education spokesman Chris Hipkins says early childhood funding should be focused on boosting participation in quality, free services, and ensuring value for money.

“Instead it is going on subsidies towards nannies and au pairs for those who can afford to make that choice, while children from low-income families still top the statistics for non-participation,” he said.

“Surely the Government should be just as focused on ensuring that services are delivering quality as they are on increasing bums on seats.”

Mr Hipkins’ comments follow a Herald report from the weekend which revealed rapid growth in the home-based sector, with a record number of children – 25,000 – now in government-subsidised services which don’t require educators to have have any qualifications.   Read more »

Labour have started the back-down on TPP

We're winning I tell you, we're winning

We’re cancelling the TPP I tell you!  Or not.  I haven’t decided.

Only yesterday Andrew Little all but guaranteed a Labour-led government would do whatever it had in its power to overturn the TPP.

And today, Andrew Little has started a hasty retreat.

Labour leader Andrew Little says it is unlikely the party would withdraw from the controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPPA) free trade deal if it gains power, following a meeting with Trade Minister Tim Groser to discuss the agreement.

Little and Trade Minister Tim Groser met on Monday evening to discuss the provisions of the TPPA in further detail, after the 12-nation free trade agreement was signed last week. Read more »


Photo Of The Day

This is the yearbook photo of Columbine High School's class of 1999.

This is the yearbook photo of Columbine High School’s class of 1999. A few weeks after it was taken, Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris planted bombs in the school cafeteria, placed 99 explosives around the school and opened fire on teachers and students – killing 13 and injuring 24 more. In the top left hand corner of this photograph, Klebold and Harris can be seen pulling gun fingers at the camera.

School photo cropped

There are three other pupils (a girl and two boys) also pointing ‘finger guns’, They were friends of the shooters; Brooks Brown (furthest left), Zach Heckler and Robyn Anderson.

Brown was childhood friends with Dylan and wrote a book about all the events. In the book he says that Eric suggested they all point imaginary guns at the camera. While Eric and Dylan had been planning the massacre for about a year at this point in time, none of the others had any idea the symbolism of the finger guns.

 Brooks Brown had been friends with both, but had grown apart from Dylan; he and his father actually made 17 reports to both the school and police regarding Eric’s psychotic behaviour prior to the shooting. Neither took it seriously, and the police tried to cover their negligence after the fact by slandering Brown as a “conspirator.”

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The House Today #nzqt

Question time/Questions for oral answer starts at 2 pm today.

You can follow proceedings starting at 2 pm on TV (Freeview 22, Sky 86), streaming audio via Radio New Zealand and streaming Parliament TV via the internet.  After the sitting day, on-demand replays can be found at In The House

Questions to Ministers

  1. JAMES SHAW to the Prime Minister: Will he be formally raising the issue of New Zealanders detained in Australia when he meets with Malcolm Turnbull later on this week?
  2. ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement that “I don’t want to ban foreigners from buying residential property”?
  3. ALFRED NGARO to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received on the outlook for the world economy, and what are the consequences for the New Zealand economy?
  4. ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement “in the order of about 1,000” people with New Zealand citizenship could be deported here from Australia due to criminal convictions?
  5. MARK MITCHELL to the Minister of Trade: What recent progress has he made in improving access to international markets and supporting New Zealand exporters to grow and create new jobs? Read more »

Labour still tits at maths

Labour looks for bad news in everything, including good news.

Fewer people coming off a benefit and moving into work shows a “stalling economy” and a “failing Government”, says Labour.

But the Government says Labour had gotten its maths wrong on figures the party obtained.

While the real numbers of beneficiaries moving into work had decreased, the overall percentage of people going into work had actually gone up, as the total pool of beneficiaries decreased, said Social Development Minister Anne Tolley.

Labour’s social development spokesperson Carmel Sepuloni said she stood by the argument, and they still showed there was a proportionate decrease in the number of people going into work, than the year prior.

The figures released to Labour under the Official Information Act showed that the number of New Zealanders moving off benefits and into work fell by nearly about 3500 in the last twelve months – from 84,477 to 80,967.

In that period, the total number of main benefit cancellations fell by 22,085 – from 220,497 to 198,412.    Read more »