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Shots fired at party leader’s office

via ODT

via ODT

…the party leader being Hone Harawira.   And, to be honest, it’s getting hardly any traction in the New Zealand media.  If this had happened to John Key, or David Cunliffe, it would be bigger than a Moa resurrection.

“I get threatened with violence and I get death threats but when somebody starts taking shots at my office than that’s another matter altogether,” [Harawira] said.

“It’s life-threatening and I hope the police catch the perpetrators soon.” Read more »

Liu and Labour lawyers’ letters

Labour going on the front foot demanding apologies from Liu may not have been the best strategy.  Never ask a question to which you don’t already know the answer is the Golden Rule, and now it seems that Labour are going to find out everything they really don’t want to know.

Millionaire businessman Donghua Liu has hired a high-profile Queen’s Counsel to deal with any legal action from the Labour Party.

Aucklander Paul Davison, QC, is heading a team of advisers for Liu reviewing the property developer’s records following the comments of David Cunliffe this week.

The Weekend Herald understands this includes more than 30 photographs taken over 18 months linking Liu to Labour, including a fundraiser at an Auckland restaurant and a trip to China, where he hosted a Cabinet minister in 2007.

Oh my… photos?  Photos of Labour people?  Photos of Labour people accepting money?

Remind me again:  they could find NO RECORDS of Liu having donated to the Labour party.  Am I rite?

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ACT’s Letter on Banks and Hone

Banks and Hone?  How does that possibly link together?

Commentators say that John Banks never fitted ACT. We would say that John’s time as an ACT MP has not been happy for him, but he has been very loyal to the party.

John’s achievements have been remarkable -partnership schools are an astonishing success.

Pupils from deprived backgrounds, who the state schools were failing, are achieving wonderful NCEA results.

Labour and the Greens, and their funders the teacher’s unions, hate partnership schools because they can no longer impose arcane teaching and employment rules in the new schools.

The children attending the new partnership schools know that they and their families owe a lot to John for their chance to succeed.

John can watch with pride as the partnership school community expands each year.

As Minister of Small Business, John worked tirelessly to cut red tape, the bane of every New Zealand entrepreneur. And even his enemies concede, John was a good constituency MP.

John Banks never cut corners and worked very hard.   Read more »