Fran O’Sullivan

Took eye off the ball?

Gee the Herald goes soft on their columnist today, suggesting that after copping a $1.5 million dollar fine from the FMA that Brian Gaynor’s Milford Asset Management merely took their eye off the ball..

Milford Asset Management’s directors have accepted they took their eye off the ball while a portfolio manager carried out alleged market manipulation that sparked a high-profile regulatory probe and a $1.5 million settlement with the Financial Markets Authority.

The FMA yesterday revealed the results of a lengthy investigation into trading activity at the Auckland-based investment firm, which has more than $3 billion under management, including KiwiSaver funds.

Milford has agreed to a $1.5 million settlement, $1.1 million of which will go to the Crown, with the balance covering the costs of the regulator’s probe.

The portfolio manager, whom the company and FMA will not name, is still facing enforcement action and was yesterday placed on extended leave.

Under the Financial Markets Conduct Act, someone convicted of market manipulation can be jailed or fined up to $500,000.

The headline is an understatement!

Pity the regulator was so soft. It should have been $15 million in fines.

If it comes out, as I expect it will, that the trader was skimming a margin to the house account, doing what is known in the trade as “bed & breakfast trading”, the Board will have known, as they will have seen the resulting profits.

It isn’t hard to work out who the “trader” is either…he is the only one missing from their web page and a quick check of cached copies of their website shows that.   Read more »

A dying woman and a man who lost his battle with a “depressive illness” aren’t a reason to change laws

Frances O’Sullivan really has lost the plot since she returned to her socialist roots.

Getting invited to Helen Kelly’s wedding just cemented her return to the dark side. But for some reason she thinks there is an obligation to push Kelly’s agenda as a result.

Her column in today’s Herald is bizarre in the extreme, basically trying to guilt John Key into changing laws because her “friend” is dying and another unionist lost his battle with “a depressive illness”, which we all know is code for something else entirely.

Is it going to take the words of a dying unionist to shame John Key into pushing through long-overdue health and safety reforms in the New Zealand workplace?


Key could just show some spine. Face down his malcontents. And get in place the reforms on which the senior business and senior union leadership in this country are united.

On TVNZ’s Q&A last Sunday, Helen Kelly leveraged the keen media interest in interviewing her after her diagnosis with invasive lung cancer to spotlight the dreadful complacency the Key Government has displayed on this vital issue. Kelly made the point that in Australia the workplace health and safety accident rate is half that of New Zealand’s.

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Phone hacking illegal, but email hacking fine. Well, if it’s my email it is

Nick Davies will forever be known as the journalist who broke the phone-hacking scandal in the Britain, bringing down the 168-year-old News of the World tabloid.

At a Christchurch WORD event on Tuesday night, he discussed his views on the media and his book, Hack Attack: How the Truth Caught Up with Rupert Murdoch, with The Press editor Joanna Norris.

Starting in 2008 after a tip-off, Davies, who works for The Guardian, began investigating illegal phone-hacking and bribery by journalists employed by News International.

He wrote more than 100 articles over two years on the activities but it was only when he revealed News of the World journalists had listened to and deleted voicemail messages left for murdered teenager Milly Dowler that public outrage forced the police to re-open investigations.

By 2011, it was revealed more than 210 people had been complicit in the illegal activities and victims numbered more than 5000.

Don’t hold your breath that the same will happen in New Zealand when it comes to email hacking.  Journalists, decent, trained and skilled, have been directly involved in the Dirty Politics hacking against me and others.    Read more »

Dirty Media Loses The Plot – Cannot Move On

I am told Fran O’Sullivan is having another of her world famous unhinged tantrums on Facebook via the closed group “Kiwi Bloggers and Journalists Association” pleading comments stay private within a group of over 200 then continuing her smears.  Fran has been running her mouth off about me all over town at various functions now for more than half a year all because of one little mention in an email the Prime Minister released.

I have ignored the abuse.  It has been very d…..ifficult. I am not a patient person.

I have watched with interest at the spontaneous combustion over this time of someone previously considered to be unflappable by her peers. But enough is really enough.

Fran’s running of her mouth gets back to me only because people of any standing in the community and Beltway are bored and confused with it all as they were 10 minutes after this started, wondering why she cannot just get on with her own professional matters. Quite frankly I too have had enough of her silly behaviour from someone old enough to behave more argh…. appropriately.

Perhaps Fran would like to explain to followers:

1. Why I was never required to actually appear at the Chisholm Inquiry?

Lets talk about that shall we?

Could the answer be because of her ridiculous reactive column in the NZ Herald the second she stepped out from the Inquiry as a witness, explaining and losing by republishing private correspondence?  A move that many of her colleagues wrote to me privately rather aghast over.  It was fortunate for Fran that I was not an actual witness to the Inquiry at the time else she would have had a large amount of trouble under s29 (1)(g) and (i) of the Inquiries Act 2013 and I would have laid a complaint over her attempt to influence the Inquiry and intimidation of myself as a witness.  After this column was pointed out to those running the Inquiry they did not contact me again even slightly suggesting I appear at the Inquiry and I do not believe in coincidences.  In a large part I suspect the lack of interest in interviewing me for the Chisholm Inquiry was driven by Fran herself.

I ignored the abuse, smears and personal inferences in the column.

Fran then had the temerity via Twitter after reporting she had shared a plane back from Hong Kong with me one chilly flight after the Inquiry reporting period where you could cut the air with a plastic knife, to suggest I had been in New Zealand at least twice during the Inquiry period and had lunch at Antoines with Trish Sherson whom I have not caught up with now for more than a year. This was news not only to me as it was my first trip since the election but Trish as well who corrected her.  Still the boiling went on.

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Dirty Media shill expunging the record?

Last week we looked at the propensity of spin-ster Fran O’Sullivan to shill people she and her co-workers at New Zealand Inc have shilled for before.

The post showed how Fran O’Sullivan, who is now the NZME. Business Editorial Director seems to write or repeat puff pieces for the dairy industry that originally appeared on the New Zealand Inc website and has them published on the NZ Herald.

It all seems rather cosy.

Well today some thing interesting has happened.

The entire website of New Zealand Inc. has been expunged and a placeholder erected in its place.

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Dirty Media – NZME. and NZ Inc. “Rent a Quoting”?

I know that New Zealand is a village but when it comes to reporting, repetition seems to be the mother of un-invention.

Fran O’Sullivan, who is now the NZME. Business Editorial Director of all things has put out yet another puff piece on the dairy industry.

In it she does her usual reach around using large quotes from her favourite pet of the moment, this time on a Sean Keane.

“For a tempered – and “outside in” view – it is hard to go past Sean Keane of Triple T Consulting”.

Who is Sean Keane you may ask and it is a good question as he doesn’t have a huge online profile since returning to NZ in 2008. And outside in? How about inside inside at the Herald?

Could it be the same as this Sean Keane? Of Triple T based in Hong Kong? Online it seems he’s in New Zealand?


“One of the most insightful analysts is Sean Keane of Triple T Consulting based in Hong Kong”.

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Dirty Media – Today Audrey Young Should Be Embarrassed To Be a Staffer at The Herald

Yesterday Audrey Young wrote under the cloak of NZ Herald sanctimony that she was embarrassed John Key was Prime Minister. I wonder what she is thinking today of her employer.

It turns out that today’s story in the NZ Herald was a sting under the close watch and approval of Shayne Currie (and outgoing Editor Tim Murphy who is still in the building).

I have warned of this behaviour emerging as standard at the NZ Herald with the recent appointment of Dirty Politics insider Fran O’Sullivan as a former tool of the ninth floor to now born-again centre left scorned woman.  O’Sullivan only last week announced from the lofty heights of her self-appointed throne that we need a more “adult” media.

I have to hand it to Shayne Currie, nothing in Dirty Politics was as downright evil and sneaky as this hit job on someone who didn’t want their story to be run using his own staff. He went ahead in full knowledge of what happened.  There can be no throwing of his staffer under the bus for this incident no matter how much his left wing luvvies try.  It is Currie’s responsibility as to what goes in the paper.

Nicky Hager will not be happy.  He expects more from media he omitted to mention in Dirty Politics.  Oh that’s right, he is currently collaborating with the NZ Herald as he thinks he has them all eating from the palm of his filthy little hands.

In the meantime Audrey goes from yesterday’s sanctimony back to her gin and pulling a pay check from an embarrassing employer.

And I am betting the planned and deliberate deceit from the NZ Herald machine is now far worse for this woman than a little pull of her ponytail.

Dirty Media Appointed In “New” Role – As First Broken on Whaleoil


As first broken on Whaleoil and more recently over the weekend Fran O’Sullivan’s trip back to the centre left is complete now she’s stood up for Campbell live and more recently public broadcasting all the while cutting off her nose in politics with the ninth floor to spite her face.

The leftie luvvies at The Standard and The Daily Blog appear completely bamboozled by this rapid transformation. Remember this is a woman who does nothing without self-interest.    Read more »

The sanctimony and hypocrisy of the NZ Herald

Quite apart from their propensity to make stuff up at the NZ Herald they also possess weapons grade sanctimony and hypocrisy. They play Dirty Media but pretend they are holier than thou.

They are running a campaign using a tainted journalist and someone who trades in private and personal data to run allegations against the NZ Government for spying.

They are laundering information on behalf of a traitor, Edward Snowden, and assisting Nicky Hager, perhaps New Zealand’s most prolific spy and holder of other people’s data.

They write editorials decrying the situation but their editor was involved in his own spying against a competitor.

In 2009 Currie was sued by a former assistant editor of the Herald on Sunday for unjustified dismissal. Reporter Stephen Cook, who helped Currie launch the tabloid, was sacked in 2008 after two drug squad detectives visited the Herald on Sunday offices looking for him. Cook had reportedly been seen at an address, which was under police surveillance. On the day the case commenced Currie faced further scrutiny when the New Zealand Herald revealed examples of industrial espionage, including allegations he sent a reporter to the rival Sunday Star-Times’ print site to obtain advanced copies in a bid to get stories for his own paper. The allegations were again reported in the Sunday News and Sunday Star-Times branded “unprecedented spying”.  

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The good, the bad and the ugly from Chris Trotter

Chris Trotter can be an excellent commentator when he doesn’t let his propensity for some histrionics get in the way.

Yesterday he wrote a post at Martyn Martin Bradbury’s hate speech blog about the Campbell Live issue that has the left wing luvvies all exercised.

The thing about a good puppet show is that you either can’t see, or are artfully distracted from seeing, the strings. It’s when the strings themselves become more interesting than the puppets they’re attached to, that it’s time to get worried.

And that time has come – which is why as I sat there in Ika (formerly the Neapolitan eatery Sarracino, formerly the chapel of Tongue’s the undertakers!) watching present and former MPs, trade unionists, left- and right-wing journalists, all shaking hands and exchanging gossip, the setting slowly morphed into the Kit-Kat Club from Bob Fosse’s classic movie, Cabaret.

And up there on the stage, playing the role made famous by Joel Grey was our emcee, Wallace Chapman. And the floor-show, Ika’s Cabaret Band, if you will, were (from right to left) Fran O’Sullivan, Bill Ralston, Simon Wilson and Phoebe Fletcher.

Together, they discussed and dissected the decision to hang the sword of Damocles above the marvellous Mr Campbell’s current-affairs half-hour. All good stuff, and the punters lapped it up (along with their whole gurnards and snappers, expertly seasoned, and kept warm with the most fashionable vegetables).

Oh how nice, lefties and Dirty Media practitioners all enjoying a convivial atmosphere.    Read more »