John Slater

Award winning journalist can’t tell father from son

This is just too funny to let slip by unnoticed

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Rapid Fire Q+A on Len Brown story

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Let them hate so long as they fear.

Some clarification in one location of my many media statements, mainly because there are great many conspiracy theories out there.

My story and answers have been the same throughout. But here is a summary for the record since I’m sick of having my words misconstrued ignored or deliberately lied about. I have been available to ALL media at all times, even Red Radio, without fear or favour.

Many people have defamed me and I am collecting their defamations of both me and father, but Brian Rudman, Martyn Bradbury and Peter Aranyi are amongst the worst offenders, their hatred of me has clouded their judgement seriously. Russell Brown disappointed me with his rant-fest including links to a crazed serial stalker and convicted harasser. Brenden ?Sheehan is also sailing close to the wind, but that ratbag has other issues far greater than with me.

So here is a rapid fire Q+A to answer questions that have been asked and answered many times but terminally stupid people or wilful liars like Greg Presland can’t seem to get through their thick skulls.

1. Did I get paid for the story by anyone? – No, categorically no.

2. Was Stephen Cook paid? ?- No, categorically no.

3. Was Bevan Chuang paid??- No, categorically no. Not by Stephen Cook or myself.

4. Was she offered jobs, cash, money for stories? ?- Not by me or Stephen Cook. She was made an offer from Woman’s Day, but no deal was arranged, only an email from Woman’s Day to me to pass on. She has however spoken to other sources of mine about being offered money, and interestingly after declaring on Facebook she would no longer be talking to media she has continued to drip feed information to the NZ Herald after being contacted by Lincoln Tan. I fully expect that we will see her appear soon in Woman’s Weekly, which coincidentally is another APN publication. One has to ask the Herald and APN if any deal has been struck, since despite her claims of not speaking to the media she has spent three days giving stories to them. It is hard to continue to believe she is a woman of her word.? Read more »

Brian Rudman compare and contrast

Brian Rudman has taken a break from begging for a theatre and written an attack piece on me and my father which was probably dictated down the phone by Len’s smear merchants.

The Slater family failed to defeat Len Brown by masterminding John Palino’s campaign in last week’s mayoral election, so now we have a dirty blow beneath the belt.

Former National Party president and Palino campaign manager John Slater couldn’t topple the Mayor fairly, now his son, Cameron, is trying to humiliate him out of office.

Cameron Slater seems to have forgotten what century he’s living in. Marital infidelity is hardly a sacking offence in this day and age. The sleazy and infuriated out-pourings of the discarded mistress on his website might have shocked his grandparents’ generation, but today it’s more likely to raise little more than the odd snigger, and feelings of sympathy for Mr Brown’s family. What his Labour Party friends might think of him sleeping with a class enemy – a dreaded Citrat – is another matter.

One-time US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger wrote of power being the ultimate aphrodisiac, and Mr Brown is hardly the first politician to discover this. But as long as he seems to have been able to fit in his extra-curricular activities with the job we elected him to do, I, as a ratepayer, don’t expect any apology. As for the mistress, it takes two to tango.? Read more »

In Memoriam – Mum

Dad and Mum visiting John Key on her last visit to Wellington

A year ago today my Mum passed away. I still miss her terribly.

She was my mother, my friend, my counsel, a wise head to turn to when things were tough. We spoke nearly every day, and she gave me some of my best ideas on the blog and in politics.

No day passes without me thinking about her and what we have lost.

This is what I wrote that terrible day when Dad, Claire and I returned from the hospice in shock.? Read more »

Rudman on Len’s transport con

I mustn’t be feeling well?because?today is the second day in a week that I have found myself nodding in agreement with Brian Rudman.

What an egregious waste of $1 million of ratepayers’ money that was. Set up a “consensus building group” to develop a formula for squeezing an extra $12 billion of transport funding out of Aucklanders, which the Government had already signalled it would reject.

The cash would have been better spent on a giant fireworks display. At least we’d have got a bang or two for our bucks.

Not a bad, start, though I would have thought Brian would have wanted it to go into the fund for his theatre.

Not only does the CBG report propose devices such as regional fuel taxes and “road pricing” tolls that the Government opposes, but it also proposes rates increases, which the mayor is against. It also demands that any agreement reached would have to bind future governments and councils for the next 30 years. This has echoes of the much-criticised backroom deal the Key Government has just come to with SkyCity over pokie machines and the international convention centre.

Instead of agonising over how Auckland is going to fund the $59 billion integrated transport programme of the 30-year Auckland Plan, we should be readdressing the efficacy of the programme itself, asking the key question, will it ensure Auckland’s traffic is flowing smoothly in 2041? ? Read more »

For once I agree with Rudman

Knock me down with a feather, I agree with Brian Rudman this morning.

?A lopsided mayoralty race is bad enough, but at councillor level, confusion abounds.

At least at a national level, our politicians drape themselves in the colours of their respective political parties, so voters get an idea of what they’re voting for.

But local elections are like a beauty contest where the bikini has been replaced by the burqa. Candidates hide their beliefs behind bland labels such as “Citizen” or “Ratepayer”.

I had hoped with the creation of the Super City, home to a third of the nation’s people, that the politicians seeking to govern us would shed this silliness, and embrace the labels we’re all familiar with – Labour, National, Green and the like. Even if that was a step too far for the civic worthies, I did expect them to coalesce among themselves into like-minded working partnerships that voters could identify with.

But the opposite has occurred. ? Read more »

Congrats Dad

Yesterday we went to Government House in Auckland for Dad’s investiture ceremony.

He was awarded the ONZM in the New Years Honours List.

My brother flew in from Dubai, and close friends and family were in?attendance. Sadly Mum couldn’t be there but she knew Dad had been honoured when she was told the weekend before she died. A special exception was made to tell her.

I’m very proud of my Dad and all the volunteer work he has done for the community over the year.? Read more »

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Whale Week What Was

682zoomWe started our Saturday by paying our respects to?Norman Schwarzkopf Jr., the hard-charging US Army general whose forces smashed the Iraqi army in the 1991 Gulf War. ?He died aged 78. ?At The Standard 2012 Worst Political Blog Mike Smith is told some home truths about long term grass-roots Labour families heading for the Greens. ?A quick vid on how to put out a boat fire the Kiwi way is next, followed by a vote for Best Minister. ?The winner, at 52%, is Judith Collins. ?The Whale Week That Was summarised all the stories this blog covered in the previous seven days. ?A quite active Saturday Debate (for the time of year especially) led a post calling for nominations for Best Political Blog. ?Those who see WOBH as any sort of threat to them (and those that don’t too), should take heed of this Malcolm Tucker quote: “marshal all the media forces of Darkness to hound them to an assisted suicide”.? A CNN piece showing Teachers in Utah taking a class on gun use shows some common sense around the gun debate. ?A reader has taken yesterday’s US Fiscal Cliff graphic and created one for New Zealand – great work. ?As Cameron Slater predicted from the outset, the Aussie Hoax DJs will not face charges. ?The NZ Herald continues to amuse – this time a car crashed into a poll. ?The blog then introduces us to two sexy taxidermists showing you don’t have to look like a front row forward to deal with dead animals. ?And you’d think we’re picking on an incompetent NZ Herald, and you would be right. ?This time they have Jesse Ryder beating himself at Eden Park in Wellington. ?Then a hilarious story about a Queensland woman who fell into the longdrop and was there for two hours before being discovered by her husband. ? Turns out that during the Falklands War the French tried to send missiles to Argentinia behind Margaret Thatcher‘s back. ?Commerce first eh? ?The last post of the day highlights a report of a man holding up a Countdown Supermarket with a hammer. ?Our readers get fired up about the idea of hammer banning.

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It was the best of years and the worst of years

This year has been pretty tumultuous. But as it draws to a close I can say it has?definitely?been the worst of years and the best of years.

Most of the year has been spent building on successes of past years….and also quietly supporting Mum as she got more and more tired, and in September sicker and sicker.

On the day that Mum died, Dad said to me that night before we turned in that this year has been the worst year of his life…I stopped and thought…and yes I couldn’t think of a worse year. He had lost his life partner and I had lost my Mum…it doesn’t get much worse than that. Even in my darkest days of depression I have never felt as awful as I did that day.

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New Year Honours List 2013

It’s that time again when having a Queen has some payback – the New Years honours list.

It’s nice to see Paul Holmes recognised for his services to Broadcasting and the Community. ?Not many would argue that’s undeserved.

Another one “long in the making” is Owen Glenn?for putting his money where his mouth is. ?Shat on from a great height by the Labour party, this man was bigger than that and continues to put hard cash into New Zealand.

Apart from the obvious celebrities, it has someone on the list, without whom – in a matter of speaking – this blog would not exist.

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