Merry Christmas – My Christmas Message

Whale Oil Blogger Cameron Slater Portrait Session

Last night Pete joked that I should do a Christmas message for all the readers and commenters.

It nagged away at me, damn you Pete…

But seriously folks I hope you have a very Merry Christmas.

It has been a pretty tough year, It started really with a criminal act, the take down of the server and the hacks of my emails and social media.

Little did I know at the time what the left-wing had planned and executed.

It all unfolded as I was flying from Fiji to Seoul and when I landed at Incheon airport my phone went nuts.

I was overnighting there on my way to Israel via Paris. I put in place a plan and spoke with my friends and planned our response. I got 3 hours sleep and the next morning I was on a plane to Paris.

Can you imagine the stress I was under?

I didn’t have all the information, I had a deluge of emails and messages, plus there was a campaign underway to try and rack up my phone bills by people calling me and hanging up…there were literally hundreds of those.

Sitting on the plane to Paris was excruciating, totally out of contact, worrying about my friends who were under attack as well, and especially worrying about my family under siege by scumbag journalists doorstepping my wife and kids.

Same with the flight into Tel Aviv from Paris.

It was a rolling storm and I was half a world away and 9 hours behind in  a very strange land.

The next night there I was standing on a balcony in Tel Aviv with the city behind me talking on breakfast TV in New Zealand while it was midnight in Israel.   

That same night was my first rocket attack from Hamas. I was chatting with Cactus Kate on Skype at the time when the sirens went off. I told her I had to go to the shelter…and text from there that I was under attack from the left-wing in NZ and here I was in a shelter with Hamas rockets coming for me too…I was more afraid of the rockets than I was of Nicky Hager.

After another night in Tel Aviv we then went to Jerusalem. Up until this moment I had resolved to act with dignity and decorum. I had established the extent of the hack…and the framing of the attack and how Nicky Hager was framing me and the blog and my friends as nasty…something I had put behind me for years.

My plan was to show people, through the blog, the comments and the moderation that the site and me were different from that which was portrayed. It felt like a good plan, it felt right, and my support team agreed. We wouldn’t go nasty, we wouldn’t retaliate…we would simply carry on and take names of those involved in attacks, especially those journalists who were now sanctimoniously pointing the finger at me. They know what I know, they know the stories they willingly took and ran, and yet here they were accusing me of all sorts of “crimes”, none of which were true. When people came to the site to see what all the fuss was about they found something different entirely…and they stayed. They couldn’t work out what Hager was on about, because none of that which was portrayed was there, instead there was a bunch of convivial people communicating willingly, it was a community.

I knew that the best policy was to not speak with them…their idea of balance is one sentence in a 650 word attack piece…I wasn’t even going to give them that.

When we went to Jerusalem something amazing happened.

Jerusalem was empty of tourists, war does that.

In the old city we wandered around in tourist free lanes and avenues and then went to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.

It was here that something amazing happened.

Wikipedia describes the Church as follows:

The site is venerated as Calvary (Golgotha), where Jesus was crucified, and also contains the place where Jesus is said to have been buried.

It was while at golgotha…a corner of the church and raised atop the very hill from ancient times…it isn’t a big hill, and nothing at like I imagined, and all inside the Church. Over the top of the hill is a chapel. It was in this chapel that I felt something amazing.

On the drive from Tel Aviv I was still under siege from journalists and media in NZ…I was shattered and tired, and the heat and the stress had given me a splitting headache…my hosts were concerned about me…I looked ill.

Golgotha altar

Golgotha altar

But as I stood there right above the spot where Jesus was crucified, I did something that I haven’t done for a long time, I prayed.

As I prayed I literally felt the weight lift from my shoulders, and a serene peace descend across me…it felt like a soothing warm blanket covering me.

And for the first time in my life, both as a person and as a christian I felt like I was being spoken to.

It might sound weird, it certainly felt weird. My mother had always talked to me about how she spoke with God…I didn’t believe her…and until that moment I still didn’t.

Our conversation, I suppose I can call it that, was brief. But I felt God spoke to me, told me to leave it to him, to not react, to act with grace and decorum. My plan, already formulated, was confirmed.

From that short moment standing on Golgotha I was at peace, but it followed me, it stayed with me.

That was the moment that I knew we’d get through this and the left-wing who planned and co-ordinated this attack would fail.

You can ask my friends who were ringing me in tears, or worry, or concern about my demeanour…my attitude from that moment on…I was totally calm, totally reasoned and acted completely within in my plan. I needed them to follow it too and mostly they did.

I needed to lead and I felt that I did.

But it was tough, it was terrible and the media are ferocious. They tried, so did the left-wing, to tip me over, to push me past my limits and I found from that moment atop Golgotha that where I thought my limits of pressure were I was now able to push way past that…and not collapse. No one in NZ politics has ever had an attack so sustained, so vicious and still stayed standing.

I wanted to share this eventually and it seems appropriate that I share this on Christmas Day. I found peace that day before the altar at Golgotha. I finally had to my mind confirmation of my faith, and what made it special was it was at a time of dire need for me, and in a place so special. There I was in a place surrounded by people, yet utterly and totally alone with God. It was amazing.

For those of you who have been on the journey that this blog and my life has been for almost ten years I thank you for not abandoning me and my team in our time of need. I am a loyal person, and I appreciate loyalty in return.

To the team…Juana, Tony and Emily, Pete, Regan and Rachel, Cathy, Carrick, Willow and Cadell, Hamilton Girl, David F, David W, Ele, Pierre, Katherine, Paul H, James C, the boys at Small Group, plus many others…thank you very, very much for your support, then and ongoing. It means an awful lot to me that you all stayed strong under this most vicious of attacks.

To those of you who assist on the blog, my Deputy Editor Pete, the mods (Pete and Nige), Lux for her eclectic photo contributions, EveryWhichWayButLeft, Roger and James for their contributions too… and of course Sonovamin for his brilliant and perceptive cartoons.

Which really only leaves me to give a special thanks to my best friend, my rock and now a contributor on the site, Spanish Bride…my amazing and beautiful wife.

Merry Christmas to you all. You support and resolve helped me and the team through our trials and tribulations this year.

Brace yourself for next year because it is going to be awesome.



THANK YOU for being a subscriber. Because of you Whaleoil is going from strength to strength. It is a little known fact that Whaleoil subscribers are better in bed, good looking and highly intelligent. Sometimes all at once! Please Click Here Now to subscribe to an ad-free Whaleoil.

  • terrynaki

    Well done,you should be proud of yourself and your co-workers.
    Cant wait until next year.

  • Ilovelife

    Thank you, thank you, thank you and God bless!

  • john Doe

    Quality always endures and lasts. Keep up the good work Cam, SB, Pete and team. Merry Christmas and enjoy the day and all the best for next year.

  • Bluemanning

    Thank you for the last years Cam, SB and the team a merry Christmas to you looking forward to 2015. Go well.

  • Benoni

    It was a great series of posts from Israel especially how the Iron Dome was working in taking out the missile attacks. Even better now we we have insight into the other attacks against Whaleoil and how they were neutralised.

    • Cadwallader

      Cam floating in the Dead Sea was a metaphor as to his unsinkabilty. cheers

  • symgardiner

    Fantastic Cam. Moments (or milestones) like this are to be treasured and celebrated.

  • I still get comments from people who reiterate the usual rubbish about you, Cam, and they look surprised when I tell them I have stopped bothering with the NZ MSM and that the most reasoned news I get is from WO. In addition it is great to feel part of a community of souls who are able to comment and who develop the ideas in any of the news on this site. And then they come back to me and say they are now followers of the site!.
    It has been a Hell year Cam, but remember you have over a quarter of a million people supporting you. God Bless you, your family and the hardworking elves whop make this Blog possible.
    Make 2015 be the best year yet and like many others, I wait to see the chooks come home to roost – sooner rather than later!

  • mommadog

    Thanks for sharing. Kind of bought a tear to my eye on Christmas morning. I don’t believe in coincidences and reading your story I believe you were put in the right place at the right time when you needed it most. As a reader I am looking forward to 2015. Merry Christmas and best wishes to you, your family, and the extended WO friends and family.

  • Grant

    Stuff has Nicky Hager has the number 1 person making NZ a better place. I just can’t figure on what level or planet that makes sense. Stuff is no longer my homepage.

    • bevanjs

      Nicky executed the plan that ensured the left didn’t stand a chance.

    • redeye

      It’s telling there is no byline on that article, and no place to comment.

    • Alright

      Well, that’s a step up from picking Hitler.

    • Cathy Odgers

      He did win National the election

  • Chris EM

    I really enjoyed the posts from Israel. I wondered then how you managed to carry on with them with all the crap happening back in NZ. Now I know.
    Thanks for sharing that story, Cam. Made me cry a little bit.

  • Curly1952

    Hi Cam, well written & straight from the heart. Nothing in this world is insurmountable and sometimes sticking with “the knitting” frustrates those that try to derail.
    I hope you and yours have a great day.

  • MAWG

    Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.

    Merry Christmas.

  • Morgy

    Thanks for sharing Cam. It certainly offers perspective in terms of many of us wanting left wing casualties during the fall out but it never came. Time is a friend to most and an enemy to others. Merry Xmas to you, the team and all of the Oilers out there.

  • Macca

    That’s a great piece you wrote above Cam and the vast majority of men would have folded under the pressure you were subjected to – personally, I don’t know how you managed, specially the way they went about doing it. No one does filth like the left!

    The truth will out and 2015 is going to be a fascinating year for all your loyal supporters and those of us who will also be transferring over to Freed. I’m pretty positive that you can also be guaranteed a massive influx of even more members to both sites as what really happened transpires and the tissue of lies and disciept woven by the left and their accomplices in the media unfolds.

    Merry Christmas to you and all your family Cam, I can think of no one who has had a rougher year than you and deserves it more.

    P’S. And a very Merry Christmas to all who support this site and thank you for all the joy your comments have bought me this year, through all levels of the spectrum and emotions. Cheers all and God Bless.

  • Michelle

    Merry Christmas to you and your family and the team
    What a great insight to your year and the strength you found in Israel
    Look forward to 2015 and many more great posts from the team

    Enjoy you day with your family

  • Chris

    Thanks for all you do, Cam, to try and keep the buggers honest. I enjoy nearly all of what you put up. Keep up the good work and cant wait for next year. And a Merry Christmas to you and all your crew.

  • yossarian

    As opposed to my often gloomy and always deeply inscrutable namesake, I reckon you gain strength from peering through the smoke and flames and heat of the moment to visualize how great things are going to be when you emerge triumphantly on the other side. It seems to me that the blog, Cam and all the team have done that, beaten off the forces of darkness and evil, and emerged bloodied but unbowed as the leading blog and source of news you can’t get anywhere else. And the fact that this really piddles some people off just makes it that much better. My thanks to Cam for his personal account above, Spanish Bride and all the team, and the regular commenters here who have added so much to the discussion. Go safely everyone, and remember sometimes the b******s really are out to get ya.

  • Bruce1122

    This truly is the epitome of self-pitying childishness. “Can you imagine the stress I was under?” – what a sook! …and then God spoke to me… BAHHHH HA HA HA…

    • Evan

      Merry Christmas to you too Bruce…..

    • Kelvinmyhero

      Even the trolls are on the Whale Oil site on Christmas Day! I reckon this must be the ultimate compliment to a successful site, well done Cam!

  • Bryan

    Thanks Cam for sharing your heart, and I’m sure many of us have prayed for you and with you over the year reading you message the words of that hymn came to my mind
    ‘when peace like a river attends my way etc and says it is well it is well with my soul
    The Lord Bless you and Keep you, the Lord make his face shine upon you and continue to give you peace in the new year a merry Christmas from rocking Christchurch

  • Watcher

    Merry Christmas to you and yours.
    Thanks for the courage under duress, like most of us I am looking forward to the new year.
    We all know haters are going to be haters, particularly when they are cornered.
    The cool calm approach is the equivalent of heaping coals upon their heads.

  • GoingRight

    I too consider myself as a Christian, no longer a church goer, but it is there in my heart and so are the values. Your heartfelt post above Cameron was most moving and you have created a family with your blog site where we feel whilst we don’t always agree on every subject we are not fearful to discuss topics in a non threatening environment. The puzzle which has gone on this year with dirty politics and although there are ‘missing pieces’ for some of us we would not be even as informed as we are without your wonderful site WO. I feel privileged to be part of your regular readers and consider myself a friend to many even though I don’t know them! I thank you and your team for such interesting writings on a variety of topics.

    Wishing you a very Happy and safe Christmas. May God bless you and your family.

  • T. Akston

    To the Whale Oil team and your families. Its a privilege to be part of your community, thanks for all that you do. Best wishes for Xmas and 2015.

  • Lindsay

    I am always impressed by the calmness and clarity of your spoken communication when I hear you on the radio. For many people the ability to write well doesn’t necessarily translate into an ability to speak well….and vice versa. Hope to hear more of you in 2015.

  • Wallace Westland

    Merry Christmas all. Have a safe and happy holiday.

  • JKV

    Thanks for sharing this Cam. A very moving piece. I wondered how on earth you coped with all that was thrown at you by the left in this country. The very best thing is you showed tremendous courage and they lost. Wishing a very happy Christmas to you and your family and all the Whaleoil team and all the best for 2015.

  • steve and monique

    Merry Christmas Cam and your team. Looking forward to next year, and checking out whats going on here.

  • Andru

    Great post Cam. I came to this blog to check out all the evilness and discovered that it just wasn’t so. Now I visit everyday. Keep up the great work. :-)

    • steve and monique

      Welcome aboard, enjoy the ride, we do. Mind you do not test Pete. We have, and it was not fun.

      • I am but the Hand of the King.

        • steve and monique

          Merry Xmas Pete.

        • yossarian

          “Yossarian”? Too many esses I guess. Ego dont tutela. And Merry Christmas.

  • Lindian

    Merry Xmas to you and your family. Take the rest of the day off!! You deserve all good things.

  • Moscar

    Merry Christmas to all the WOBH team.
    Thanks for sharing this very moving description of what you were going through.

    You are still maintaining the calm measured response to all the rubbish still coming your way. Well done.

  • Pharmachick

    Merry Christmas to you, your family and your team Cameron.

  • Yellow Admiral

    Cam, SB and the team – I would like to join your many loyal followers and wish you all a very merry Christmas. May 2015 be less traumatic for you and be a year in which you see all your efforts succeed.
    Thank you for providing so much balance in a crazy world.

    Kind regards,

  • Andy

    To Cameron, family and WO team. Have a wonderful Christmas and best wishes for the new year.

    Thanks for sharing your story here.

  • A great and thoughtful post, thanks for the message. It occurs to me that one reason why MSM “writers” and “personalities” (I can’t with honesty call them journalists) continue to attack WO is jealousy, pure and simple. Which of them has almost 300,000 regular readers and followers? Which of them has such a recognized influence in the daily lives of mainstream NZ? Which of them has a significant influence in local and national politics? Which of them would you want to shake their hand and thank them for bringing truth and reason into published media? The answer is none. May WO go from strength to strength in 2015.

  • Dave

    Cam, merry Christmas to you and the entire WO community, and a great message. To summarise the success and appreciation I will compare the words of the young Bradford. “no matter wat we talk about, no matter what we do the polls don’t seem to be shifting at all”. To WO, a massive success, and still growing and undoubtedly informs and influences tens of thousands of kiwis. Perhaps it’s time for the MSM to lay down the anti and admit defeat. Merry Christmas!

    • Lindian

      Exactly. The “young” Bradford. She really is just a child isn’t she!!!!

  • Captain Darling

    To the whale oil crew and all my fellow whale oilers, have a very happy Christmas and a fantastic break. And thanks for the hours of enjoyment and entertainment you’ve all given me.

  • Toothbrush76

    Thanks for the insights Cam. It’s a pity they are still at it even after a resounding defeat at the elections.
    And thanks to the WO team for keeping us up to date with roguery, thievery and arrogance wherever they pop up.
    Enjoy a break and come back even stronger in 2015.

  • sin-ic

    Thanks Cam & team for a wonderful article and amazing work in 2014 in the face of extreme odds.
    Whilst not a ‘believer’, being quite at peace wth the Old version, I do now, and should have, at the time of your visit to Israel thank you profusely for your clarity of vision and portrayal of a little country at war. Their enemies are not satisfied with 99.5% of what they consider arab lands, and want the 0.5% left together with genocide of its inhabitants as well. Their only ‘justification’ is as a result of a dream by an unkown cleric many years later that Jerusalem is where their head honcho left Earth, on a horse, for their heaven.
    For your vision, I am sure that G-d did speak to you at Golgotha, and given you peace.

  • jedmo

    Thankyou Whaleoil for amazing immediacy, amazing writing, amazing entertainment value, in your posts, and the reflection of values and beliefs which I share and which are not to be found anywhere else best wishes for 2015

  • Excitedly awaiting Whodunnit

    Thanks to all the WO team.

    This year i feel i finally ‘woke up’ and saw the world i live in in its true colours. The pictures painted by the main stream manipulators are shredded and i now see the news/nz etc in a balanced way. I have you to thank for that Cam (and those behind you) and i am greatful of your work.

    Thank you and Merry Xmas.

  • Logan

    Happy Christmas Cam and team. May I say, the strength and dignity with which you carried yourself in the face of a widely planned onslaught is an inspiration to us all.
    The perpetrators of this crime conspired to drive you to a horrible and tragic conclusion and you stood up and came out stronger than ever.
    I follow the blog every day and will celebrate the day when you’re in a position to tell the full story and name names.
    All the best!

  • Not Clinically Insane

    Merry Xmas Cam and everyone. Bring on 2015

  • hookerphil

    Wonderful reading your testimony Cam – always a pleasure to have our faith in God brought to everyones attention.

  • Alright

    Illegitimi non carborundum

    Merry Christmas Cam, SB, and all Whale Oilers

  • 1951

    Oh dear I’m late again :) , but at least I got my responsibilities out of the way before I came to read this in peace. Agree with everyone’s comments below and too hope Cam, Juana and all, have the most wonderful day today. I would just like to add many, many thanks for giving us Oilers a place to be heard. Over the 9yrs of Aunty’s leadership there was no forum that would accept any opposing arguments. If it didn’t work with the ‘sisterhood’ it wasn’t going to be seen or heard. As a result we have ‘state’ interfering in nearly every aspect of an individuals being, we have a whole generation of kids having no males in their schools or in their lives, and we have so-called experts now dictating on how & what we can eat & drink. So thanks again Cam for giving us a chance to able to share our concerns.
    (responsibilities..?…de-plastic, stuff, cook, serve and share turkey then stand-back and watch it’s almost instant affect….he’s even snoring!!.)

  • Yeahright

    I am not a religious person but I am glad you found some peace and understanding in a place that you hold dear.
    You have shown us the vertue of patience and I hope the people who have it coming to them get what they deserve as you have been attacked beyond what anyone deserves.

    Thanks and good luck.

  • Phoenician

    A tough year, Cam, you’re all the stronger; 2015 will be a year of vindication. All the best to you, the wonderful supportive Spanish Bride, and your family.
    Oh, and all the best to Pete, Nige the rest of the crew…. and the Whale Oil Army.


    Thanks for that post Cam! I had a similar experience in Jerusalem, which changed my life. It was especially ‘present’ when I stared death in the face a few months later. It certainly took away all and any doubt. Keep remembering (reliving?) it and reflecting on it. Merry Christmas to you, your family and ‘da team’. God bless.

  • Mark

    Thanks Cam and the team. Yes a difficult year, but the truth always wins.

    Really looking forward to being able to get live news and current affairs as well as in depth analysis and critical evaluation (balancing all sides by allowing all sides a voice!). I was working on a project this year to launch a new site, but freed has stopped me. I look forward to seeing where you take it.

    By the way, special mention to SB. Your writings are fantastic, you have lifted the site to a new level, really enjoy your musings and perception. Beside every good man is a even better woman, you have a keeper there Cam, look after her.

    Merry Xmas.

  • Sally

    Had a very long day so just sitting down to catch up. Cam, just like to wish you and your family all the best for 2015. Looking forward to being Freed.

  • benniedawg

    Thanks for another year of great stories, honest reporting and excellent commentary. Wishing you and your family a safe and happy Christmas and a good New Year.

  • LesleyNZ

    Merry Christmas to you too Cam, SB, Pete and all the team at Whaleoil. Thanks for sharing your innermost thoughts during such a not so nice time. The peace you describe is an inner peace – the peace that passes all understanding, so to understand I googled and thought this was a very good explanation of the peace you experienced. “The peace that comes from being in a right relationship with God is not the peace of this world. The world’s peace depends on having favorable circumstances: if things are going well, then we feel peaceful; when things go awry, the peace quickly dissipates. Jesus made the distinction between His peace and the world’s vacillating peace: “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives” (John 14:27).”
    Read more:

    Looking forward to next year – especially after watching Katie Bradford’s year in review tonight!

  • JRyan

    Great read. Great site against a barrage of nasty left thinking idiots/losers/jealous asses?, who knows, who cares.. They did their best to destroy you/whaleoil, but in doing so made a complete fool of themselves. Intellectual dreamers, never done it themselves, but have all the answers. Sicking pack of ass wipes. And it says more about the people that were pushing the nasty agenda, it exposes how low they are prepared to stoop. I don’t like the way they think, that if someone disagrees with their world view, they spew hate. Hating your fellow kiwi’s no matter what their view points is sick, unless it is extreme. This site is great. As a new convert, it gets to the nitty gritty issues and exposes worthy news. I am going to donate. It’s makes the MSM so lame. Hope you and the team had a great Xmas, and all the best for the new year. Keep it up.

  • Intrigued

    It’s been a few days since I’ve had a chance to catch up properly with WO posts and reading your post this morning 27/12 about your forthcoming book referencing your earlier Christmas message I looked it up and I’m very glad I did. Reading your message brought home to me how wonderfully liberating and joyful it is to have God’s grace in your heart. I’ve had moments of extreme stress and despair in my life and it has been in those moments that calling on God for help that I’ve heard his message that it will all work out and to leave it to him. It always has and I give thanks for that and never now feel alone. The black dog of depression or fear has no place in your heart when it is filled with the light of love, hope and grace.

    I was so impressed by your calm demeanour and dignity on TV and all through the post-Hager Dirty Politics book release and since.
    Last night – while sharing the clip “the Country’s Buggered” with a group of friends I see a couple of times a year over the holidays I was asked – “that’s brilliant – where did you find that?”
    “It was on Whaleoil” I told them. “Whaleoil???” They asked incredulous. “Do you read that stuff?” “Yes absolutely” I replied adding “I’ve been reading Whaleoil for about three years now. It’s excellent and nothing like that stupid Hager book tried to make out…” They are intelligent people and I’ll bet they’ll be tuning in before long.
    I am proud to be a WO reader and commenter and thank you for having such grace and courage under fire because what you and the team are doing has a greater purpose for the greater good and I too predict 2015 will be awesome for you. God bless you Cam and your wonderful Spanish Bride (whose posts have been so enlightening and educational), Pete (brilliant always) Lux (magic) and all the mods and team. A very merry Christmas and a fantastic New Year and 2015 to you all!

  • la la land

    Wow fantastic post – bless you and your family