October 2009

Labour in big trouble in Auckland

Labour is in big trouble in Auckland. Every single one of their many brands and personalities is damaged and the recent AECT election have proved that. The left wing is so fractured and splintered they haven’t got a hope of defeating a united Centre-right under the banner of Citizens and Ratepayers.

In the recent AECT election not one of the Powerlynk ticket got elected. For those who don’t know the Powelynk ticket is the Labour/Green “brand”. Their incumbent trustee Shale Chambers came sixth in the final voting and Kate Sutton came 8th. Their full ticket of Shale Chambers, Trustee for the past two terms, Simon Mitchell, Jenny Agnew, David Hay and Kate Sutton all got slayed.

Now would be a good time to call into question whether Labour activist Shale Chambers is qualified to sit on the NZ Post Board any longer. In fact the whole board could do with a clean out from the traitor at the top to the union flunky Ken Douglas. But I digress.

PowerLynk had some powerful endorsements. Mayoral contenders Len Brown and Mike Lee both endorsed PowerLynk in their brochures but that still didn’t help their prospects. Despite trying to hide their strong Labour links PowerLynk was annihilated in the AECT election and the endorsement of Mayoral hopefuls Brown and Lee haven’t helped them.

That then moves us to CityVision, another of the Labour/Green party brands that is tarnished if not destroyed completely. CityVision was strongly behind one of the worst mayors in Auckland’s history, Dick Hubbard. Beset with internal struggles and infighting CityVision is a brand not worth having. It stands for nothing. It isn’t Labour and it isn’t Green.

Labour’s own brand was destroyed at the last election in the trouncing of labour candidates city wide except in South Auckland and three seats that are essentially West Auckland. Since the election the support for Labour in seats like Mt Roskill and new Lynn would have been eroded even further. Labour’s tide is clearly still going out and with less than a year to go before the loval body elections their strategy anf planning and branding is in disarray.

Even the mayoral hopefuls are beset with double-dealing, fighting and poor branding. Len Brown and Mike lee have spiked their chances by backing the losing AECT ticket PowerLynk and Len Brown in particular may have shot his bolt early.

Labour and all their hangers on face an uphill battle to gain any traction or credibility in the new Super City and that goes for Len Vrowns powerbase in South Auckland. The AECT election cover a great deal of South Auckland and yet not one of Labour’s PowerLynk brand flunkies got elected.

The swing is still very much to the centre right and there C&R have been very smart in making peace and amalgamating and uniting the centre right brands under one banner. Citizens and Ratepayers have a cohesive strategy, a formidable team and most importantly they are united and focused on one goal. It is a goal they will achieve mostly because their opponents have systematically destroyed their own credibility and branding.

As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story.  And when he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet.   Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet, and as a result he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him.  But you can’t ignore him.

Rogue Poll #8765 – Nats still in front

National one year on: National’s ratings riding high – Politics – NZ Herald News.

Yet another rogue poll continues to show Labour trailing National.

National 57%
Labour 32%
Greens 4.6% and below the 5% threshold
ACT 1%
Maori 3%

Worse still for Labour are the preferred Prime Minister stakes.

John Key is first by a wide margin and one year after the mendacious witch was tipped from power Helen Clark still out-polls Phil Goff.

John Key 55.3%
Helen Clark 10.6%
Phil Goff 6.2%
Winston Peters 2.1%
Pita Sharples 0.9%
Russel Norman 0.6%
Rodney Hide 0.5%
Bill English riding high in popularity behind Rodney Hide at 0.3%

The problem for Labour is that other than Helen Clark there is no-one else figuring in the polls for preferred anything. in fact the only polls they would figure in is probably the most loathed person in New Zealand.

As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story.  And when he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet.   Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet, and as a result he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him.  But you can’t ignore him.

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The Last Supper created with 4050 Rubiks Cubes.

As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story.  And when he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet.   Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet, and as a result he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him.  But you can’t ignore him.

AECT results – C&R 5 – All others nil

The AECT results are in and Citizens &Ratepayers have had a clean sweep of the 5 positions available.

The 5 elected in ranking order were;A

1.Karen Sherry

2. Warren Kyd

3. Michael Buczkowski

4. James Carmichael

5. William Cairns

Shale Chambers of the lefty Powerlynk missed out in sixth place and John Collinge was 7th, Labour’s flunkie Kate Suttom only polled 8th.

A clean sweep by C&R this bodes well for the Local Body Elections next year.

As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story.  And when he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet.   Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet, and as a result he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him.  But you can’t ignore him.

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Mad Rantings of ill-informed idiots

The Standard after attacking me and making it look like a cuddle then goes on through the mad rantings of Marty G to propose there is some conspiracy between Treasury and National.

National’s favourite public servant (who got himself a nice pay rise), John Whitehead, has been offering dire warnings of the future. $2 trillion in debt by 2050! Something must be done!

Naturally, the Treasury has an extreme right-wing solution – cut everything: cut health – yeah, a less healthy workforce that’ll be great for the economy. Cut education – yup, that’s the route to a high tech economy. Cut superannuation – you’re going to die anyway, why not die a pauper? Even cut taxes – yup Treasury reckons part of the solution to the government not taking in enough money to cover its costs to to cut its revenue.

Marty G must be about 12 years old because if he was any older or involved in labour then he would know that John Whitehead was once a treasury wonk seconded to Labour’s research unit and then liked it so much he stayed on eventually rising to Deputy Director of the Labour Research Unit before returning to Treasury.

Massive own goal there.

Further Marty G simply doesn’t understand that Treasury are really just scientists that look at evidence and plug details into complicated economic models and provide forecasts. There is no ideiologiy except when Michael Cullen thinks there is, the forecasts and results just are and they just tell what it is.

The plain simple fact of the matter is that New Zealand is living beyond its means, it can’t pay its bills and it won’t be able to pay its bills in the future unless we do something.

As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story.  And when he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet.   Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet, and as a result he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him.  But you can’t ignore him.

Being Hugged by the Left

The left always goes on about how caring and sharing they are, then one day you find out up close and personal just how caring and sharing they really are. Eddie, paid lap-blogger at The Standard writes a post about me that purports to be caring and sharing about my “mental illness”. In fact it it a serious of veiled insults and threats to the media that because I suffer a mental illness that nothing I say can be of any value. His, and Eddie is a he, commenters jump in and all say hear, hear. I posted a response but as is usual for that bunch of control freak assholes they have decided not to let it through their moderation.

Mental illness is not a laughing matter, it is serious and can be very hard on the people affected and those who care for them. People who are afflicted by mental illness are not necessarily ‘nuts’ or ‘crazy’ but I think that when we look at Cameron’s blog it is clearly not the product of a healthy mind – to those for whom that wasn’t clear beforehand, it certainly is now.

No it isn’t a laughing matter, but what remotely qualifies “Eddie” to make those comments. As you can see very carefully crafted to appear caring but in fact a serious of slurs and sleights. Apparently according to “Eddie” my mind isn’t healthy. I suffer depression so therefore my mind isn’t healthy….like to know how that one works. According to Wikipedia;

People who may have had depression include English author Mary Shelley, American-British writer Henry James and American president Abraham Lincoln. Some well-known contemporary people with possible depression include Canadian songwriter Leonard Cohen and American playwright and novelist Tennessee Williams. Some pioneering psychologists, such as Americans William James and John B. Watson, dealt with their own depression. There has been a continuing discussion of whether neurological disorders and mood disorders may be linked to creativity, a discussion that goes back to Aristotelian times. British literature gives many examples of reflections on depression. English philosopher John Stuart Mill experienced a several-months-long period of what he called “a dull state of nerves”, when one is “unsusceptible to enjoyment or pleasurable excitement; one of those moods when what is pleasure at other times, becomes insipid or indifferent”. He quoted English poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge‘s “Dejection” as a perfect description of his case: “A grief without a pang, void, dark and drear, / A drowsy, stifled, unimpassioned grief, / Which finds no natural outlet or relief / In word, or sigh, or tear”. English writer Samuel Johnson used the term “the black dog” in the 1780s to describe his own depression, and it was subsequently popularized by depression sufferer former British Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill.

Nice so “Eddie”, the caring and sharing spinmeister of the paid lap-blog thinks that Winston Churchill, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, John Stuart Mill, Tennesee Williams, Leonard Cohen amonsgt other all have unhealthy minds. Lovely. Nice guy. C*nt.

It’s interesting that several other prominent right-wing bloggers have admitted that for them, too, blogging is a way they deal with mental illness, a way of taking out their anger, hurt, and pain on the world. Is that wrong? No. But we should see it for what it is – self-therapy, not rational political discourse.

I think there is a lesson here for the media. Cameron was obviously unwell and that should have given journalists pause both before running his stories and citing him as a commentator of note, and before exposing him to pressures he could not handle through greater public exposure.

Some more bashes from Eddie and a veiled threat to the media that clearly as he stated above that as my mind is unhealthy, plus other right wing bloggers similarly have had issues with depression then they are also unhealthy and so therefore their ideas are unhealthy and must at all costs be discounted and not used by the media, all dressed up in nice caring words but in actuality are nothing but a pouring of vitriol and anguish that the invisible, so far, Eddie can’t get traction in the media.

Using his logic as well the achievements of John Kirwan on the rugby field must also be discounted and mitigated away because he too was a sufferer of depression. Those tries he scored don’t really count because before the game he was spewing his guts out into bog. Despite the fact that he was the best winger in the rugby world at the time it is clear that his mind was unhealthy and therefore he wasn’t so great after all.

When you seek a list of famous people who have suffered depression you can see that it is quite some list, yet according to “Eddie” they really shouldn’t have been taken seriously after all. All of their achievements were the products of “unhealthy” minds and therefore can be discounted as the mad ravings of a lunatic.

Buzz Aldrin, Woody Allen, Hans Christian Anderson, Drew Carey, Jim Carrey, Winston Churchill, T.S. Elliot, Marcus Epstein, Harrison Ford, Stephen Fry, Ernest Hemingway, Robert Oppenheimer, Mozart, Isacc Newton, Friedrich Nietzsche, JK Rowling, even darling of the Climate Changists Jim Salinger, Mark Twain and so on and on and on. Funny, I didn’t notice “Eddie” jumping in and commenting on Dancer’s post that what Jim Salinger has to say must be discounted because he suffers from depression. According to “Eddie’s” theory of depression Climate Change must now be a construct of an “unhealthy” mind.

“Eddie” is a c*nt. His post demeans every sufferer of depression who despite their illness goes on and achieves wonderful things. In “Eddies” world these achievements must be diminished and ignored as the results of an “unhealthy” mind. Have I mentioned “Eddie” is a c*nt? He isn’t even brave enough to put his real name out there so who is the soft one here boyo?

Now Cameron is receiving the sickness benefit. A lot of those who formerly idolised him are attacking him as a bludger and that’s not fair. The sickness and invalid’s benefits are there to protect people who can’t work and their families from destitution. People on sickness and invalids benefits are not bludgers, they are people afflicted by illness, and that can happen to anyone – even your hero.

Again, how can he know this. As of right now I am not on the sickness benefit. You see the state in all of its caring just can’t care fast enough. It has been three months since an application has been submitted and still no answer. Too bad if you didn’t have caring friends and family to assist you. It is interesting to go and sit in the Work and Income office as you wait patiently for one of the the staff to see you. You see more than half of the staff aren’t with anyone, they walk slower than drunk with a hangover and all get up like automatons right on the button of whenever the rules stipulate their tea-breaks should be and leave the “customers” all sitting their in their misery. Again the delusion of the left that the state can fix everything is just that a delusion, and they have the temerity to call me mental and “unhealthy”.

Well fuck them all, they should be very glad and grateful that so far in their pathetic and miserable lives that they haven’t suffered from depression. It certainly is up there with cancer as one of the things you wouldn’t wish on your worst enemy, even Winston.

Being hugged by the caring left left is like being hugged by a Puffer Fish.

To join my Movember team go to http://nz.movember.com/register/5840 and follow steps. Once registered you’ll be sent all the information you need to get donations and get growing as part of my Movember team.

What many people don’t appreciate is that close to 600 men die of prostate cancer each year in New Zealand and one in ten men will experience depression in their lifetime – many of whom don’t seek help. Facts like these have convinced me I should get involved and I am hoping that you will support me.

To sponsor my Mo, you can either:

•    Click this link http://nz.movember.com/mospace/17568/ and donate online using your credit card
•    Write a cheque payable to ‘Movember’, referencing my Registration Number 17568 and mailing it to: Movember, PO Box 12 708, Wellington 6144

Remember, all donations over $5 are tax deductible.

As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story.  And when he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet.   Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet, and as a result he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him.  But you can’t ignore him.

A personal message to Brian Tamaki

Brian Tamaki needs to read his bible.

The leader of Destiny Church, Brian Tamaki, who not long ago anointed himself bishop of the church he founded, has now proclaimed himself the church’s “spiritual father” and designated the male members of the church as “spiritual sons”.

At a special service during the church’s annual conference in Auckland at the weekend, about 700 male members of the church swore a “covenant oath” of loyalty and obedience to Mr Tamaki and were given a “covenant ring” to wear on their right hands.

  1. Psalm 24:4
    He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not lift up his soul to an idol or swear by what is false.
    Psalm 24:3-5 (in Context)
  2. Jeremiah 14:14
    Then the LORD said to me, “The prophets are prophesying lies in my name. I have not sent them or appointed them or spoken to them. They are prophesying to you false visions, divinations, idolatries and the delusions of their own minds.
    Jeremiah 14:13-15 (in Context)
  3. Jeremiah 16:19
    O LORD, my strength and my fortress, my refuge in time of distress, to you the nations will come from the ends of the earth and say, “Our fathers possessed nothing but false gods, worthless idols that did them no good.
    Jeremiah 16:18-20 (in Context)
  4. Jeremiah 23:16
    This is what the LORD Almighty says: “Do not listen to what the prophets are prophesying to you; they fill you with false hopes. They speak visions from their own minds, not from the mouth of the LORD.
    Jeremiah 23:15-17 (in Context)
  5. Jeremiah 23:33
    “When these people, or a prophet or a priest, ask you, ‘What is the oracle of the LORD ?’ say to them, ‘What oracle? I will forsake you, declares the LORD.’
    Jeremiah 23:32-34 (in Context)
  6. Ezekiel 13:9
    My hand will be against the prophets who see false visions and utter lying divinations. They will not belong to the council of my people or be listed in the records of the house of Israel, nor will they enter the land of Israel. Then you will know that I am the Sovereign LORD.
    Ezekiel 13:8-10 (in Context)
  7. Zechariah 10:2
    The idols speak deceit, diviners see visions that lie; they tell dreams that are false, they give comfort in vain. Therefore the people wander like sheep oppressed for lack of a shepherd.
    Zechariah 10:1-3 (in Context)
  1. Matthew 7:15
    [ A Tree and Its Fruit ] “Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves.
    Matthew 7:14-16 (in Context)
  2. Matthew 24:11
    and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people.
    Matthew 24:10-12 (in Context)
  3. Matthew 24:24
    For false Christs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and miracles to deceive even the elect—if that were possible.
    Matthew 24:23-25 (in Context)
  4. Mark 13:22
    For false Christs and false prophets will appear and perform signs and miracles to deceive the elect—if that were possible.
    Mark 13:21-23 (in Context)
  5. Luke 6:26
    Woe to you when all men speak well of you, for that is how their fathers treated the false prophets.
    Luke 6:25-27 (in Context)
  6. 2 Peter 2:1
    [ False Teachers and Their Destruction ] But there were also false prophets among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you. They will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the sovereign Lord who bought them—bringing swift destruction on themselves.
    2 Peter 2:1-3 (in Context)
  7. 1 John 4:1
    [ Test the Spirits ] Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.

As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story.  And when he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet.   Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet, and as a result he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him.  But you can’t ignore him.

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Movember just around the corner

Movember is just around the corner. Right now I am pretty much exhausted with all the fights in my life and so for the month of Movember I am going to blog much, much less. I need to be selfish and look after myself. I have arranged for some guest posters but anyone wanting to write a post on Whaleoil can feel free to email it in. I want to concentrate on Movember and especially highlighting men’s depression, something I have never hidden and always talked about.

Once again I will growing a moustache for Movember and am looking for recruits to join my team. I think I’ll go for the big Chopper Read one again.

To sponsor my Mo, you can either:

•    Click this link http://nz.movember.com/mospace/17568/ and donate online using your credit card
•    Write a cheque payable to ‘Movember’, referencing my Registration Number 17568 and mailing it to: Movember, PO Box 12 708, Wellington 6144

Remember, all donations over $5 are tax deductible.

Movember is about raising much needed funds and awareness for men’s health – specifically prostate cancer and depression in men. Important when you learn that close to 600 men die of prostate cancer each year in New Zealand and one in ten men will experience depression in their lifetime – many of whom don’t seek help.

The more people I can get board, the more awareness and money will be raised and so I am asking you to join my team and either grow a moustache as a Mo Bro, or sign on as a Mo Sista and help out with raising funds.

To join my Movember team go to http://nz.movember.com/register/5840 and follow steps. Once registered you’ll be sent all the information you need to get donations and get growing as part of my Movember team.

2009 is Movember’s fourth consecutive year. If you are interested in learning more about the work that is being carried out as a result of Movember funds, check out the details at http://nz.movemberfoundation.com/research-and-programs.

Hope to welcome you to my Movember team shortly.

As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story.  And when he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet.   Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet, and as a result he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him.  But you can’t ignore him.

Kick him to touch

I have been accused via phone and in several emails of defending Bill English’s troughing in my post of yesterday. A very careful reading of that post would show no defence of Bill English at all. It was an unmitigated attack against an unmitigated liar Trevor “Putin” Mallard.

Now that the Auditor-General has delivered her report we can now put the silly housing troughing story behind us and concentrate on Bill English for his prevarication, his do-nothing-ness and his unwillingness to ever make a decision good or bad. Oh that he would make a bad decision, at least it would be a decision to DO something even if it was bad.

He simply sits and analyses everything to death. It was his failing as leader of the National Party where in the end he his nihilism dragged the party to its lowest ever poll rating.

Cactus Kate has perfectly analysed why Bill English is a dick and needs to as Finance Minister. Simply put he hasn’t done a thing. Labour should be encouraging Bill English to be on TV more not less. It’s worth 10% off National for sure. Bill English couldn’t turn on a hooker let alone a voter.

With National touching 60% in the polls he and National should be being bold not timid and prevaricating. Bill English has to go.

As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story.  And when he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet.   Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet, and as a result he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him.  But you can’t ignore him.

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Labour's dilemma

Labour has a problem. That problem is a choice. A Catch-22. They need to choose between having a lying Rick Barker in parliament or an honest Judith Tizard. This is why no Labour MP will go for the foreseeable future, unless Goff or perhaps the head EPMU wing of the Labour Party can convince Judith to step aside. heads though should roll. Barkers, for lying, plus his involvement as a flatmate and companion of Bill Liu, Darren Hughes for defending the lying, the cover up and as the DomPost editorial says being an “apologist for indefensible behaviour on the part of his colleagues”.

The Rick Barker problem has just got worse for them too. It seems that everybody hates Labour, including the Marketing Research Society, for lying about polling. Read this press release and look at the language used. I can’t leave anything out it is so good.

STATEMENT:

The Market Research Society of New Zealand and The Association of Market Research Organisations have today expressed their extreme concern for the unethical and misleading activities of the New Zealand Labour Party.

The Labour Party’s use of non-operational company’s name deceived those members of the New Zealand public who were contacted for the Labour Party’s interviewing. This practice broke several of the rules that are followed by most market research companies regardless of their country.

President of the Market Research Society of New Zealand (MRSNZ), Horst Feldhaeuser, says that:

“We are dismayed that the Labour Party broke so many rules concerning ethical behaviour, misleading respondents, abusing the trust of respondents and making false statements about the research organisation conducting the research.”

Feldhaeuser also states that:
“The Labour Party’s actions risk increasing the cost of conducting bona fide market research in New Zealand. Commercial businesses and public sector organisations alike invest well over a hundred million dollars each year into market research, and if the public becomes more reluctant to answer surveys because they cannot trust the interviewers who call them up, then costs will increase.”

Colin Yee, Chairman of the Association of Market Research Organisations (AMRO), says that:
“If any of our members were caught acting in the way that the Labour Party has done, then tough professional measures would be taken, quite possibly including expulsion from the organisation, job loss and definitely a hit to one’s business reputation.”

Yee adds that the Labour Party could have easily conducted their research themselves without any of the lies that they chose to make:
“We understand that the Labour Party would not have wished to identify themselves before interviewing people because respondents’ answers could then be skewed, but all they had to do was explain to potential respondents that they were a political party surveying the public, and that their identity would be revealed at the end of the interview to avoid skewing the results. This workaround would have provided the Labour Party with unbiased results without misleading the public.”

The Market Research Society of New Zealand and The Association of Market Research Organisations call upon the Labour Party to:
1. Apologise to the New Zealand public for lying to them;
2. Apologise to the hundreds of market researchers working in New Zealand for bringing their profession into disrepute;
3. Outline their future plans for conducting their polling in an ethical, transparent and honest manner.

Finally, Horst Feldhaeuser has extended an invitation to the Labour Party MP Rick Barker who ran the poll in question:
“Mr Barker is welcome to join the Market Research Society of New Zealand in order to improve his knowledge of market research and ethical polling. We run regular educational events for our members and it would be good to see Mr Barker attending so that he can conduct his future surveys with a greater degree of professionalism”

As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story.  And when he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet.   Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet, and as a result he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him.  But you can’t ignore him.