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A plan so cunning you could put a feather on it and call it a Moa.

A plan so cunning you could put a feather on it and call it a Moa.

Thanks to Trevor Mallard the era of  reconstructing new life from recovered DNA is upon us. No longer is it in the realms of Science fiction to bring Dinosaurs back. He wants the Moa brought back but why stop there?

Think of the possibilities Trev.

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Gettin down with Laila

How is Laila viewed by the common folk?

We now know how Michele Hewitson sees her but what about Mr and Mrs Average?

I popped over to the Trademe message boards to find out and was surprised to find out how popular she was.

I have put my favourite comments in bold type.

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Face of the day

Robert Pattinson

Robert Pattinson

Robert Pattinson can’t remember not being famous

The 28-year-old actor said: “I had a bit of a struggle at first because my life really contracted and I couldn’t do a lot of the stuff I used to be able to do. But once I got through that a year or two ago I just accepted my life is something else and now I can’t really remember what it was like before, so it’s much easier to deal with.”

- BANG Showbiz


I don't remember

David Cunliffe

David Cunliffe just can’t remember.

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The clock is ticking after latest poll disaster


The latest Fairfax/Ipsos poll is out and if you thought David Cunliffe’s position yesterday was precarious then today he may as well jump off the cliff rather than be pushed by his angry caucus.

Labour’s support has slumped to its lowest level since the 2011 election, with leader David Cunliffe battling for survival after it emerged he intervened in a residency application for Chinese businessman Donghua Liu.

In the latest Stuff.co.nz/Ipsos political poll, the party has dropped 6 percentage points to 23 per cent. National is soaring on 56 per cent, which would allow it to govern alone. Click here for full graphics.

Cunliffe has failed to stop his party’s slide in the poll since he took over as leader in September, and is now facing election humiliation. His support as preferred prime minister slipped to 11 per cent, down two points. Prime Minister John Key edged ahead, up three points to 51.4 per cent.

As he faced fire over the Liu allegations, Cunliffe insisted he retained the confidence of his caucus – but admitted he had broached the subject with senior colleagues.

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Hugh Carleton

Hugh Carleton

Before Pam Corkery and before Alistair Thompson there was another journalist who thought it was a good idea to go into politics and his name was Hugh Carleton. He was famous for being New Zealand’s first ever Member of Parliament. Unlike Pam and Alistair his political career was not short lived and he spent 17 years as a Politician. Interestingly he managed to be Both a Politician and a Journalist at the same time as he became the Editor of the Southern Cross while still a Member of Parliament in 1856. Before that he was a journalist in Auckland and edited the New Zealander and then established the Anglo-Maori Warder, which followed an editorial policy in opposition to Governor Grey.

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Uh oh, the Greens aren’t buying Cunliffe’s dog whistle either

David Cunliffe tried to out dog-whistle Winston Peters in a dog whistling competition on immigration and it has fallen flat.

Ever since they launched their policy it has been systematically rolled back and proven to be a hoax.

David Cunliffe continues to lie about what he said or what Trevor Mallard has said and at the same time the Greens have announced that they aren’t buying the dog-whistle either.

One of the many brilliant people I know is Pengjun Zhao. He is from China and we worked together at Otago University on urban sustainability. He came to NZ and was welcomed because we need his skills as a transport modeller to help us consider the consequences of different policy decisions on people’s mobility and carbon footprints. He has also helped us create links with policy and academic communities in China.

Over the last couple of weeks Labour has suggested immigrants are causing our housing crisis and that we should cut the numbers of immigrants coming in, NZ First has suggested too many unskilled migrants are coming and taking our jobs and National wants us stop those boat people. All this adds up to unhelpful and potentially stigmatising conversation.  Read more »

BREAKING: John Banks to resign from parliament

In a statement just released to WOBH John Banks has advised that he is resigning from parliament:

Hon John Banks

Member of Parliament for Epsom

Press Statement 

Sunday 8 June 2014

John Banks to resign from Parliament.

“Further to the of the decision of the High Court at Auckland last Thursday,  I will  resign the seat of Epsom effective from 5pm this Friday the 13th of  June 2014,” Mr Banks said.  Read more »

Trans-Tasman on Laila in Wonderland


Trans-tasman is brutal on Laila Harre and her selling out for a few shekels of German gold.

But we kind of crashed through the looking glass last week with the anointment of Laila Harre as leader of Kim Dotcom’s Internet Party. It is possible, back when she was an ardent campaigner for feminism and against capitalism, racism and corporatism, Harre foresaw the day she would sign up to front a party funded by a convicted German fraudster who made much of his money from pornography and who also has a fetish for racist, not to say out- right Nazi, humour. Harre wasn’t even elected: she was anointed by the aforementioned convicted German fraudster who has trafïŹcked in pornography and who thinks n-word jokes are hilarious.   Read more »

The Press editorial on the Mana/Internet rort – Politics deserves better than this

The Press editorial is refreshingly robust this morning.

There can have been fewer link-ups in New Zealand politics more cynical and crassly opportunistic than the one just formed between Hone Harawira’s Mana Party and the Internet Party, masterminded and financed by the internet developer Kim Dotcom. There is not the shadow of any principle involved in it.

Before he arrived in New Zealand, Kim Dotcom’s public image was of a high-living, luxury-loving party animal. For all his technical skills, there is not the slightest evidence that either now or in the past he has had a serious political thought in his head.

It is almost certain his only contact with the poor and dispossessed whose interests Harawira purports to represent would have been as employees. Indeed he may be a little startled to find that he is financing the far-left Laila Harre, the newly announced leader of the Internet Party.

As for the internet issues the Internet Party is supposedly concerned about, if Harawira and Mana had any particular interest in them before Kim Dotcom and his money came on the scene they kept very quiet about them.

It is, in other words, a marriage of convenience. It gives Harawira and Mana access to a pile of cash that will enable him to fossick for the party vote outside its own Far North bailiwick. That pile of cash may also help him achieve his aim of getting rid of the present National-led Government.

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Pedro comes good, lashes Dotcom’s purchase of two political parties

I'm coming to steal your democracy

I’m coming to steal your democracy

I honestly didn’t think Patrick Gower had it in him, his campaigning recently has been awful to watch, but yesterday he came good with an epic rant of the similar proportions to his rants previously about rorts and dodgy deals.

So kudos to Pedro…he has come good.

The Hone-Dotcom-Laila political triangle is one of the dirtiest deals in New Zealand political history.

It is as dirty as National-Act in Epsom.

It is as dirty as the Key-Dunne deal in Ohariu.

Frankly, Lalia HarrĂ© made me feel sick today when she said “it’s time for New Zealanders to take back MMP”.

That’s because Laila HarrĂ© is wrecking MMP.

Hone Harawira is wrecking MMP.

And Kim Dotcom is wrecking MMP.

They are using Harawira’s seat and MMP’s “coat-tail” rule to get a back-door entry into Parliament.

It is a rort.  Read more »