Tomorrow is election day, and Whaleoil will not be what you expect

Hi there stalwarts and recent arrivals.  Thanks for your support of Whaleoil in the lead-up to the 2017 election.  Whaleoil has a unique place in New Zealand’s media where we are the most influential and widely read political blog that provides analysis, background and commentary.

Unfortunately, the law prevents us from discussing anything to do with New Zealand politics on Saturday – tomorrow – election day – 23rd of September.  At least until the polls close at 7 pm.    (Do come join us after 7pm when we will have the LIVE ELECTION NIGHT post and we will continue until all the results are in.)

This is part of New Zealand’s electoral system and it affects all media, not just Whaleoil.

Now we can control what we publish, but we can’t control what you talk about in the comments.  You too are required by law not to “publish” anything on Whaleoil that can be seen to be promoting (or denigrating) a particular candidate or party.

The moderation team have sharpened their axes and blunted the ban hammer for anyone that is going to step over the line.  At a minimum it will be a side-line until 2018.  If the transgression is considered deliberate or especially damaging it will be a life-time ban.

Also:  no photos of polling places, voting forms or any other material that can be interpreted as pushing for or against a candidate or a party.  If you somehow get one past the mods and a complaint is laid, Whaleoil will cooperate with the Electoral Commission and the police to hand on your details for prosecution.

In exchange, Saturday will be a nice fluffy day on lots of different topics and time wasters to keep you entertained between voting and having a nanna nap.

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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. 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 who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

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