Cartoon of the Day

Credit:  SonovaMin

Credit: SonovaMin

Mana and internet parties agree to date more before engagement

Well, it isn’t a marriage made in heaven.

Mana and the Internet Party had an arranged date yesterday, and there are no talks of marriage. ¬†But to ensure it doesn’t sound like a complete failure, they’ve announced they’ll date some more.

Hone Harawira and Kim Dotcom have taken the next step in their slow dance, after Mana Party members agreed late last night to move forward in negotiations with the Internet Party.

The Mana Party has given its leaders a month to negotiate, before they put any proposed alliance out to the party’s local branches for consultation.

Yeah, Dotcom is on Maori time now.  I doubt he realised that the speed of decision making in Maoridom is glacial.  And a month is long time in politics.  You never know what might happen.

How did Dotcom appeal to his fellow bros and wahines?

The internet tycoon and his entourage arrived at the Mana annual meeting in large Porsche and Mercedes SUVs but he pulled out all the stops to convince Mana of his working-class credentials.

He had spent the journey down from his Coatesville mansion being briefed by a Ngati Whatua kaumatua on marae protocol and the Treaty of Waitangi. ¬† Read more »

The emperor has no clothes: Kim Dotcom’s legal troubles multiply

You have to admit, he had most of you going for a while.  Maybe not you, the reader, because Whaleoil has been one of the very few media outlets  (the only one?) that has consistently warned everyone that Kim Dotcom would be a tar pit to anyone who chooses to get near him, as well as the reasons why.

Just three days ago, the combined might of the movie industry filed civil charges against Kim Dotcom.

Today, the combined might of the music industry followed

Four music labels filed a copyright infringement lawsuit on Thursday against the file-sharing website Megaupload and its founder Kim Dotcom, three days after several major movie studios did the same.

The lawsuit says that Megaupload, Dotcom and other defendants “engaged in, actively encouraged, and handsomely profited from massive copyright infringement of music,” according to a statement issued by the Recording Industry Association of America. ¬† Read more »

Tweets of the Day

Moroney denied chance to politically weaponise children


We’ve seen the Teachers Unions do it: ¬†whip the kids into a frenzy against that “nasty government”. ¬†Doing parades and carrying union supplied placards in ¬†”parent initiated” protests.

Tabling a finger painting in Parliament?

If this is the sort of strategy that Matt McCarten and #heyclint think will be the circuit breaker that Labour is looking for, I think we’re all safe.

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Kim and Hone sitting in a tree…

Oh, I know this is a cheap shot, but it is just too good not to share with you


Tremain’s got a good one

Credit:  Emerson / NZ Herald

Credit: Tremain / NZ Herald

Certainly looks like Hone is so beguiled by the money that he’s willing to put his closest supporters off-side.

Hosking on the Cult of Dotcom


Newstalk ZB’s Mike Hosking can’t see the Internet Party get any traction…

…unless it banks on the cult status of the man bank rolling it

¬†to get into parliament you need a cause. The Maori Party had the seabed and foreshore, Hone Harawira post the Maori Party had anger from the disaffected of the north. There are pockets of voters outside the mainstream that at any given time if the message is right can be rallied. The Greens, the Christians, the far right, the far left. All the rest of us are in the middle going back and forward between the main players. ¬† Read more »

Important Facebook post from a MANA party staffer

Hey, you Mana volunteers, voters and sycophants! ¬†Aren’t you excited about Doctom? ¬†I am!!

Well, I mean, Jevan Goulter is.


So who is Jevan Goulter?

Well, he’s the MANA party’s¬†Executive Assistance staffer in Parliament! ¬† Read more »

I reckon Dotcom would be terrible at poker

He had a good run for a while, but now that ¬†all the bluffing is over, and it is time to put his cards on the table, he doesn’t even have a lousy pair of twos.

My very good  friend Dr Brian Edwards explains

Dr Edwards said Mr Dotcom started off as “a larger-than-life funny character and people loved him and when the raid happened, they thought, ‘This is not fair, this is not the way we do things.’

“I have a feeling that after that we started to see so much of him doing so many things and also perceiving him as someone who is enormously wealthy and all the rest that people started to look at his past a little bit more.

I think if he’d had a poll three or four months ago it wouldn’t have been evenly divided. I think people would have said what a great character, leave him alone, we need people like this. I think now people are a little bit suspicious. They think this guy has worked too hard on getting us on side.”

First he offered New Zealanders parties and candy. ¬†Jut recently, he’s been at the natives with beads and blankets.

And not all the natives in Mana are falling for the shiny trinkets. ¬† Read more »

Royal Federation of New Zealand Justices gives Len the A-OK

The Herald’s controversial left-wing gurnard adds the following as a footnote to an attempted hit piece on Cameron Brewer.

The relevance escapes me, but it is of interest to Whaleoil readers where the idea of getting Len Brown dealt to under the standards of being an automatic JP because it comes with the job as a Mayor.

Mayor Len Brown is a justice of the peace – a group considered to uphold the highest ethical standards.

But those standards don’t apply to Mr Brown, according to the Royal Federation of New Zealand Justices.

Federation registrar Alan Hart JP said a small number of emails had been received taking issue with Mr Brown’s role as a JP, which he is automatically granted as mayor of a local body.

Mr Hart said that JPs appointed as a result of their roles were not covered by the federation’s rules, including its code of conduct.

You have to wonder what sort of “non-corrupt” country we live in when we have a Mayor that doesn’t answer to a Code of Conduct, isn’t covered by RFNZJ rules or code of conduct, and is essentially untouchable until he sits in a jail somewhere convicted of a crime. ¬† Read more »