John Slater

The difference between Bernard Orsman and Rebecca Wright

Two days ago Rebecca Wright wrote this about the rumours of John Palino’s candidacy for the Auckland mayoralty:

Former National Party President and father of the blogger Whale Oil, John Slater, managed John Palino’s 2013 campaign. And, my sources say, he’s managing Palino again.

But that’s where Palino’s right wing backing begins and ends.

And yesterday Bernard Orsman wrote this:

John Slater, Mr Palino’s campaign manager in 2013 and former National Party president, today said he had heard whispers from a couple of people about the businessman’s latest plans “but that’s all I know”.

Mr Slater said he would consider helping Mr Palino this year but first he would have to be asked and consider whether he had a reasonable chance of winning the mayoralty.

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The pilgrimage begins



Dad and I flew from Dubai after spending a week with my brother and his family. It was good to see my niece again. The last time was 2013.

We flew up on an Emirates Boeing 777. Again we scored an upgrade. The flight was about four and half hours and was packed with Kiwis and Aussies. The first officer on the flight was an Aussie and I had a chat with him for an half an hour. He was jealous as all hell, his great father fought at Gallipoli and he wanted to go but missed out on the ballot.

We arrived in Istanbul, and the temperature drop from 30 plus degrees to just 11 degrees was a bit of a shock. ?? Read more »

Happy Birthday Dad

Happy birthday Dad.

The last time we were all together

The last time we were all together

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Our Friends: Cameron and John Slater, by David Slack

Now, don’t be shocked?or anything, but David Slack just regurgitated a 2010 METRO hit piece on me through my father.

Just in case you were wondering where he stood. ?He’s also posted it to the Kiwi Journalists Association Facebook page (couldn’t even find a friend to do it for him – self promotion – so ugly), so I’m sure he wouldn’t mind me showing you too

Credit:  Daron Parton.

Credit: Daron Parton.

John:?The boy?s not an embarrassment, not at all.

He can get a bit confused, though. But then he grew up with cabinet ministers traipsing through our house and hitting the gin. Let?s be honest, our people can be a bit confusing.

First, we think you should leave the Yarpies alone, then we agree apartheid was terrible. First, compulsory saving is communism, then it?s policy. First we like the warships, then nuclear free?s the way to go. Except at lunch in Washington, of course!

And of course we think the gays are perfectly okay these days, although the boy still gets a bit toey about that.

He?s 40 years old but some days I look at him and I still see the kid who came home from school with a sore bum and a story to tell.

He was 11. Some little bugger had copied his work and they?d both got a D. I said to him, ?Did you put around some rumours about him? That?s how we do it in the party.? He said, ?No way. I whacked him, then I got on his desk, pulled down my trousers and dumped on his books.?

Well that wasn?t my way, but I thought good on him. He got stuck in.

He?s had a bit of bad luck, of course. Read more »

Len Brown from the perspective of the left

I am never going to agree with Danyl McLauchlan on most things political. But you can be assured that if Danyl and Malcolm Harbrow from No Right Turn and I agree on something then it is probably where most people are thinking things are at.

Danyl says:

So the first thing I do is put the whole Bevan Chuang, Cameron Slater, Luigi Wewege, John Palino, John Slater sleazefest to one side for a minute. Then get a bit of perspective by asking myself: Danyl? How would you feel if a right-wing politician secretly took $39,000* from a casino company to cheat on his wife while he was lobbying to have the law changed to benefit that casino company and then lied about it to the public?

Well, my reaction to that would be that the hypothetical right-wing politician was a disgusting, corrupt untrustworthy crook and that he?d disgraced his office and should resign. Which means ? since I think politicians should be held to the same standard irrespective of their political?allegiances -?that I think Len Brown is?disgusting, corrupt etc and should resign. That was pretty easy!? Read more »

$1000 a week is hardly excessive for a 7 day work week

Cherie Howie at the Herald on Sunday would like you to be enraged at Palino campaign staff being paid $13,000 “just three months’ work?”.

Even if people work only a 40 hour week that’s about $200 a day, or $25/hr. ?Before costs. ?Before tax.

But please, be outraged.

Political campaign worker Luigi Wewege pocketed $13,000 for just three months’ work on John Palino’s failed Auckland mayoral bid – a sum that has surprised volunteers on other political campaigns.

Wewege was the man Bevan Chuang says pressured her to blow the whistle on her affair with mayor Len Brown before the election. Chuang and Wewege were in a relationship at the time, she says. He denied her claims, but has left New Zealand for the United States.

His payment is noted in Palino’s election donations and expenses return, which had to be filed by Friday. Palino also paid $13,800 to Textile Associates, a company owned by campaign manager John Slater.

I can assure you that working up to an election, there are no 8 hour days, and there are no 5 day work weeks. ?It’s all on, all the time. ?You’re on call 24/7. ?You need to respond to situations day, night, weekends and even if you’re trying to have some time off. ? Read more »

Happy Birthday Dad

Happy Birthday Dad.

Seventy is a big milestone, I know you didn’t want a fuss, but since when have I ever listened to you.

Here is one of my favourite songs, and it is somewhat of a metaphor for our relationship.

Love you Dad, Happy Birthday.



Some round up stories about the Brown Affair

Media Watch covered a good summary of just how wrong many in the media have got things….and a bit about my views on politics.

Len’s embarrassment is also spreading worldwide.

Australia’s ABC has covered the story today on radio…even using the mayors ratepayer funded spin and his woe is me moaning about needing better rules for covering political ratbags and their indiscretions. Read more »

Matt McCarten on my Old Man

Matt McCarten might not pay his tax, but in politics when you look him in the eye, shake his hand and make an agreement you know you can rely on his word. He has always operated in the back-rooms and has always come up against other back-room operators.

While many have been quick to slam my father in an attempt to smear me and to link everything back to John Palino to distract from Len Brown’s appalling lack of judgement. McCarten resists having a swipe at Dad and tells the truth, something distinctly lacking in all the attacks so far against him.

I’ve run more campaigns than I care to remember and know most of the senior players in this world. None of them believe Palino and his senior people didn’t know about the dirty tricks campaign. My only concession is that I know John Slater, Palino’s campaign manager. If he says he didn’t know, I believe him. But he should have – and stopped it.

As I stated to TVNZ yesterday, I didn’t tell my father, and the major reason was the one stated by McCarten above. The left wing likes to suggest that I, as a grown man of nearly 45 years, does the very bidding of my nearly 70 year old father. Their statements along those lines says more about how thy operate in life than it does about how I operate. I thank Matt McCarten for supporting what I have said all along and what Dad has said all along.? Read more »

The audacity of the invested media in the defence of Len Brown

NickK blogs at No Minister about the audacity…perhaps he should have said mendacity…of the media in essentially running interference in support of Len Brown.

One thing this whole sordid, grubby little affair has done has been to flush out the ethics of the media and show them up for the utterly biased scumbags most of them are, especially at the NZ Herald.

What is enlightening watching the Len Brown saga unfold is the sheer audacity of the left wing media and their ability to manipulate the story to suit their mate, Len Brown.

I’ll say at the outset that I think Brown can ride this out, if there are no other mistresses with tawdry affidavits splattered across the internet. He can take a couple of months off with his family and let Penny Hulse run things. By that time its Christmas and then there’s a further six weeks, or so, with no council business. By February 2014 people will still remember, but it is less relevant. I don’t think it’s an “offence” to resign over, but it comes pretty close. If there is abuse of council funds, or other women, then he’s toast. ? Read more »