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Colin “Cockroach” Craig tries to hang in, party in complete disarray

Yesterday at 13:55 an email was sent to Conservative party members that was quite bizarre, and also leads to serious concerns over the security of their data and potential Privacy Act breaches by their Members Manager.

It has been leaked to Whaleoil Media:

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Pimping the Poor: Herald continues its onslaught


Simon Collins is back at it, like he ever stopped.

Today he is pimping the poor and the homeless…and his poster girl is a stunning example of stupidity and poor life choices.

At 42 and homeless herself, Delia Tutaki has become a stand-in grandmother for younger women trying to survive on Auckland’s cold winter streets.

Ms Tutaki, who has two grandchildren of her own in Australia, has been living in her car for the past month with her Staffordshire bull terrier, Mya, after leaving a gang-affiliated, drug-using background in Tauranga.

“I’ve broken away from family because the lifestyle was not doing any good for me,” she said. “I came here to make a change and stabilise and hopefully come down off my methadone.”

She has not used illegal drugs or alcohol since she left Tauranga in February. She has worked as a caregiver but said she could not apply for jobs in Auckland until she had somewhere to live, and could not apply for housing because at the time she decided not to get a phone so that her old associates could not find her.

She stayed for three months at the James Liston Hostel but was asked to leave because of Mya, who has been with her for eight years.

“I got her because of my issues with my addiction and what not. She’s therapeutic for me – unconditional love.”

Ms Tutaki now stays in her car and has a cellphone, parking in places where there are toilets and free Wi-Fi.

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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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Just how much is Kirsty Johnston in the PPTA’s pocket?


As the PPTA try all manner of whinging strategies and attempt to get public support for a bargaining round with government, they have found a best friend at the Herald.

Today they have an article stating there are teaching shortages looming – only 5 people are applying for each job.

Where there are specific subject shortages, the PPTA won’t acknowledge that it is their fault as they insist on a national collective contract. Which of course means that people with extra knowledge and skills cannot negotiate an individual contract to help make teaching worthwhile for them. The PPTA’s collective bargaining keeps many great people out of the field – and NZ’s children suffer because of it. Their opposition to bulk funding exacerbates all of this.    Read more »

Another biased reporter shows her true colours via Twitter

David Farrar takes a break from arthouse play reviews to call out a NZ Herald reporter.


There’re three interesting things about this exchange.

  1. Portraying charter schools as exploiting vulnerable kids, rather than helping them
  2. Portraying charter schools as people making money. As far as I know every charter school operator in NZ is a not-for-profit entity
  3. The tweeter is the ’s specialist education reporter

If you were a charter school operator, teacher or parent what confidence would you have that the Herald will report fairly on your school, when the reporter seems to have such a negative view of them.

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Feral is OK to use if the ferals are attacking the media


Last year I called a bunch of drop kicks on the West Coast ferals because they went out drunk driving, with their lights off and tried to flee Police ending up by killing one of them in the process.

The media went nuts, and so did the ferals on the West Coast, proving my point that they were ferals.

The media still harp on about this, but it seems that they can use the word feral, especially when the same ferals turn on them in public.

Then it is OK… Whaleoil bad, Herald good.

There were feral scenes outside a Dunedin courthouse as associates of a learner driver sentenced on two counts of manslaughter took their anger out on the media.   Read more »


Uh oh…there goes the Herald’s new revenue stream

The NZ Herald and Fairfax went all in on native advertising, hoodwinking readers into thinking that paid for articles were news.

But all that is about to come to a crashing halt. Software engineers have worked out how to block native advertising.

For publishers, ad blockers are the elephant in the room: Everybody sees them, no one talks about them. The common understanding is that the first to speak up will be dead—it will acknowledge that the volume of ads actually delivered can in fact be 30% to 50% smaller than claimed—and invoiced. Publishers fear retaliation from media buying agencies—even though the ad community is quick to forget that it dug its own grave by flooding the web with intolerable amounts of promotional formats.

A week ago, I was in Finland for the Google-sponsored conference Newsgeist. The gathering was setup by Richard Gingras and his Google News team, and by Google’s media team in London. Up there, in a  high-tech campus nested in a birch forest outside Helsinki, about 150 internet people from Europe and the United States were setting the  agenda for what is called an un-conference—as opposed to the usual PowerPoint-saturated format delivered in one-way mode. As expected, one session was devoted to the ad blocking issue. (I can’t quote anyone since discussions took place under the Chatham House Rule). Read more »

Bizarre rant from Armstrong on Iraq deployment

I’m getting a bit sick of John Armstrong and his prognostications on defence matters.

New Zealand’s 100-plus contingent of military training specialists plus support personnel have barely arrived in Iraq. Yet the folly of this military (mis)adventure is already rapidly becoming apparent.

Last week’s fall of the city of Ramadi after Iraqi forces capitulated to Islamic State fighters, despite heavily outnumbering their enemy, has shifted the front-line in this sectarian struggle worryingly close to Taji, the huge military camp within which the New Zealanders are based alongside Australian counterparts.

Unless the Isis (Islamic State) advance is halted, the New Zealand Government is going to be faced with a major dilemma at some point in the not-too-distant future: pull the training team out of Iraq and lose face, plus earn black marks from the Americans and the Australians; or stick it out for the sake of good form and loyalty to allies and gamble on things not deteriorating with the risks this brings, including the possibility of casualties.

National’s predicament was neatly summed up by New Zealand First MP and former Army officer Ron Mark in an entry on his Facebook page last Friday.

“Latest update from the US on Isis. Taji is only 91km from Ramadi. The same distance I drive from Carterton to Wellington to attend Parliament. Isis could be in artillery range of our troops in 30 minutes.” He added a question for Mr Key: “What’s our plan, John?”

I’m not sure listening to a former truck mechanic on military matters is wise.  Read more »

You have to wonder if they actually care

The NZ Herald is arse.

They can’t even get simple things right.

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Farrar finally recognises the intellectual paucity at the NZ Herald

Arts, fitness, and travel blogger David Farrar gives the anonymous editorial writer at the Herald a good kick in the balls after their stupid editorial had this to say:

It has long been an anomaly that benefits for the young are raised annually by the rate of inflation while superannuitants have their pensions pegged to increases in wages, or inflation if it is greater.

Wages in recent years have increased at a rate above low inflation, causing benefits to lag the general rise in living standards enjoyed by wage earners and the retired. The cost of indexing working age benefits to wages might be considerable but it seems only fair that it should be done. If fiscally possible, it should be accompanied by a catch-up adjustment to benefit rates over the next few years.

Farrar responds:

This may be the stupidest and most financially illiterate editorial of the year.   Read more »