New Whaleoil subscribers tell us what they think

The readers below have joined our Whaleoil community for just $10 per month and as a benefit of their subscription no longer see google ads like this one.



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What do Angelina Jolie and Colin Craig have in common?

You wouldn’t think that Hollywood star Angelina Jolie and Colin Craig would have anything in common but it turns out that they do share one trait. They share a belief that they can use their wealth to control what famous bloggers write about them.

Angelina Jolie is threatening to sue Perez Hilton.

The lawyers for the 41-year-old actress… have emailed the celebrity blogger to ask him to change certain aspects of his report on her split from Brad Pitt, or face legal action.

Posting a screenshot of his email response on Instagram, the 37-year-old star wrote: “In other news, #AngelinaJolie’s lawyers at Greenberg Glusker have just threatened to sue me for my coverage of her split from #BradPitt. ME!! I have always been one of Angelina Jolie’s loudest and strongest supporters and defenders!!!!! This was my email back to Angelina’s lawyers, #BertFields and#PriyaSapori. Glad I’m not running for president!! [sic]”

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You’re welcome!


Apparently, I have encouraged closer scrutiny of local body candidates in Nelson and Marlborough.

A leak to controversial blogger Cameron Slater has sparked interest in who will be Marlborough’s new mayor.

Four well-known local men are putting their hands up to replace outgoing mayor Alistair Sowman, who’s hanging up the chains after 12 years in the job.

This Saturday’s election comes weeks after minutes from a closed door meeting on the future of the controversial new ASB Theatre were leaked the Whale Oil blog.   Read more »

Non PC Media sites are as hot as the Auckland Housing Market

There is a reason why Whaleoil is so popular  and is the number one blog site in New Zealand.  Like Auckland houses, non-PC media sites are in demand.  Readers are flocking to them because they are sick of the standard one-eyed fare from traditional media. For true media balance there needs to be both sides of the story. PC opinions need the counterbalance of sometimes “offensive” truth. The latest website to soar in popularity is Breitbart.com

Breitbart News smashed company traffic records in July, generating 192 million pageviews, 31 million unique visitors, and 89 million sessions. Last month’s metrics pushed the conservative news giant to over one billion pageviews so far in 2016–a 28% jump in 30 days from last month’s previous record high.

“We set out to build a first-in-class media company that provides warp speed, on the ground reporting from anywhere in the world,” said Breitbart CEO and President Larry Solov. “From London to Los Angeles, Jerusalem to the Rio Grande—Breitbart is there. These latest traffic metrics are further evidence that strategy connects with our massive and growing global audience.”

When the company re-launched its website in 2012, Breitbart generated roughly 12 million pageviews a month; today, it does 16 times as much traffic.
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Breitbart and Whaleoil have something in common, “Give back double”

I came across the below screen shot today and realised that Breitbart and Whaleoil have something in common. Apart from the fact that they both are both popular media websites that are not afraid to be politically incorrect  and give the other side of the story, they also share a strategy. In the world of media they are unusual as they are both prepared to use superior firepower to blow an argument out of the water.  Unhampered by political correctness they are unique in their willingness to call a spade a spade and to use the tactics  of the Left against them. They bring a gun to a knife fight,  in a media world where others hand over their lunch money rather than challenge the status quo.

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From the driver’s seat: Whaleoil, Key and survival of the fittest

by Pete

Hello chaps and chapesses. This is your Captain speaking. With the recent changes at WO I expected to have some trouble. On day one, someone signed up and started to troll. On day two, we had a reader-led revolt because, for some reason, this blog may not criticise people readers feel don’t deserve it. Pack mentality set in and people who weren’t even in the conversation piled in and made things worse.

The aim of the hacker, Hager and the left was to take Cam Slater down. The assumption: without him, there would be no Whaleoil. That hasn’t been true for a long time. If people really think that one person can produce all that content with only Anzac morning off all year, then you are in desperate need of a reality check.

I’ve said this for years that Whaleoil is a sizeable community. Cam Slater may be our public face to it, he provides an edge or the cream on top, but the essential bits that make up this blog will continue even when Cam Slater isn’t there.

It continued when he was an editor at Truth. It’s continued even when he was spending most of his time on court related matters. And it will continue even though Cam is off “having a break away”. A change is as good as a holiday, after all.   Read more »


Why attempts to silence Whaleoil will always have the opposite effect

It is an open secret that Whaleoil’s readership increased substantially when The Dirty Politics Hack was revealed. Not only did it increase our readership at the time the news hit, we also retained most of the people who came to see what the fuss was about. The hack and the book were designed to cause such carnage that Whaleoil would be forced to shut down. Failing to win the contest of ideas on the internet, certain individuals on the left instead conspired to silence the opposing voice by breaking the law.

Now we have three academics who want to do a Colin Craig and try to intimidate us with money and lawyers in order to silence Whaleoil by financially crippling us. These academics chose to enter the robust arena of politics and didn’t like it when the opposition body slammed them into the canvas. Their  intention is to use their defamation case to create a “chilling effect” on political discourse. They don’t want “toxic bloggers” and private businesses to have the freedom to criticise their views and opinions.

Incomprehensibly, these same individuals consider it their right to attack private companies and hurt their businesses while they are being paid by the taxpayer. They are allowed to lobby while paid by the government yet want to deny the exact same right to businesses and individuals wanting to lobby the public themselves. Their actions are a clear attack on free speech that will have serious repercussions for every New Zealand blog and media outlet if they succeed.

Thankfully, in both the case of the hack and the court case started by the three troughkerteers, these actions will have the opposite effect to what they intended. An article written at Harvard Politics.com explains why.

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A woman’s viewpoint

Frances Denz emails in response to Spanish Bride’s post this morning.

Why do I post on your site?  Because I am a woman, and have a women’s view on the world which sometimes gets ignored.  I don’t like to be ignored, and I don’t like wasting my time and effort in writing blogs and articles where they won’t be read with interest, and hopefully adding  to the  debate.  I like the size of your readership.  There is no way I can reach that sized audience any other way.

In the beginning I did feel nervous, and I know that after I published my first article under my own name I had my website trashed.  This was in the middle of the Dotcom nonsense.  It was a pain, but did not stop my desire to be heard.  Safety is helpful, so thanks to the moderators.   Read more »

Mediaworks partners with Whaleoil to create a new, independent news organisation


MediaWorks Holdings Limited (“MWL”) and Whaleoil have announced the formation of a joint venture to launch a new media brand providing a fresh perspective on news and views. Following on from secret meetings in December 2014 this joint venture has been more than a year in the making.

MediaWorks|Whaleoil will establish a standalone newsroom to deliver fresh and innovative news-casting using all digital formats. Initially focused on news, politics, analysis and commentary, the organisation will benefit from the combined capabilities of two of New Zealand’s leading media brands.

Mediaworks access to unique global content and expertise in news gathering will be complemented by Whaleoil’s unique media presence as New Zealand’s hardest hitting political journalist with an in-depth understanding of New Zealand news audience preferences. The new company will also extend the current MWL news brands including Scout, building a deeper connection between brands, advertisers and audiences.

MediaWorks|Whaleoil will leverage the unmatched promotional platform of MWL’s TV, Radio and Digital assets, which include many of the most well-known and most effective news commentary in New Zealand, and have a combined reach of 3.8 million people (97% of the population).   Read more »

INCITE: Politics February edition out now

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Welcome to the February edition of INCITE: Politics.

This month we have some new contributors, plus the first INCITE/Curia poll of the year. Who is up? Who is down? And what are the implications of their numbers for their parties?

We also continue to look at potential leadership candidates across the parties and ask our 10 questions of David Seymour.

Following on from Lynton Crosby’s lecture about political truisms we look at how that applies to Labour, especially with regard to leadership and economic competence.   Read more »