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The Nelson Mail appears to be the public outreach for Mayoral Candidate Pete Rainey. Instead of asking him the tough questions that need answering they talk about dirty politics.

Instead of asking the tough questions of Pete Rainey they try to make out he is an absolute angel who is being subjected to an unfair attack. The problem with this narrative is that Rainey has not answered important questions about a variety of issues, and it makes everyone wonder if the Mail should be renamed ? Pete?s Pravda?. Read more »

Cartoon of Yesterday

(Well, two days ago, but who’s counting?)

Credit: Moreu - Nelson Mail

Credit: Moreu – Nelson Mail


Decent journalists, trained and skilled…except in the Road Code

via the tipline

A sharped eyed, but lowly ranked member of the army took this yesterday. He may get a promotion of the team approves.



Why aren’t the press mocking the Asset Sale “protests”?


Once again, the media reports “hundreds” protested, and yet their own photo can’t back it up.

The article that goes with the photo reads like it is written by one of the protesters, with only people sympathetic to the protest being quoted and no balancing comment from anyone else.

Any sane newspaper would report that 6 people turned up indicating the Stop Asset Sales protest had run out of steam and lost the support from the public to come out and protest. ?But no, “hundreds” protested, always away from the cameras it seems.

Would the paper come out to an event I organise with 6 people attending, and then report it as “hundreds” of people had a rally to support [insert your cause here]? ? Of course not.

So why are they doing it?


Source: ?Nelson Mail

Nelson’s Troughing Mayor, Ctd

From a reader, via the tipline

Hi Cameron,

To add to Whale Oil’s coverage of Nelson’s mayor, Aldo Miccio – there was a council meeting today, where he was subjected to a grilling from Crs. Matheson, Barker, Reece and Davy. ?It lasted perhaps an hour – other councillors making “noises” – but, by and large, those ones were either not interested – in the mayors’ camp – or concerned more about holding on to their seats.

The reason for the incident: without consulting or advising council, or in any way letting Nelson City councillors know prior to the sending out of council meeting papers on Friday 7 December, Miccio had signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the city of Yang Jiang in China on 23 September.

The Nelson Mail, whom Miccio has accused of biased reporting (despite having the most timid editor in Nelson’s history), had two reporters attending instead of the usual one – so it will be interesting to see how the meeting is reported in Wednesday’s paper.

During intermission, as the mayor was getting a cup from the refreshments table, Cr Eric Davy braced him again, telling Miccio that his was an unauthorised commitment on the Nelson City Council.

Miccio replied, “Do you know what? I’d do it again.”

It was said loud enough to have been heard by the reporters. I do hope they include it.

The arrogance of this man is typical for those that seek the reigns of local body power. ?But Miccio’s inability to see when he’s gone down a blind alley appears to be his primary problem right now.

When you’re in a hole…


Editorials on Shearer and Labour

The editorials are mounting against Shearer and Labour. It is pretty hard to ignore?the landslide of editorials saying it’s not over:

Waikato Times says:

We can only conjecture on the treat we missed when Labour leader David Shearer cancelled his visit to Hamilton and Huntly and flew to Wellington for an urgent caucus meeting. “Post-conference priorities”, as a party spokesperson described them, meant his visit to our region was dispensable. More important was the meeting in Wellington which he entered and emerged from as party leader.

This piece of political theatre essentially served to reaffirm that Mr Shearer has the support of his party caucus, at least for now. It was a unanimous endorsement, we are told.

Otago Daily Times:

Any thought that David Shearer has secured his long-term future as leader of the Labour Party should be put aside.

Despite securing a 100% supporting vote from the caucus this week, demoting outspoken MP David Cunliffe will only ensure the next few months see the media and party supporters focus their attention on the next leadership vote in February.

There seemed little point to Mr Shearer’s actions in calling an emergency caucus this week to secure another vote in support of his leadership as, already, he had received support on Sunday at the end of the party’s annual conference in Auckland.

?Nelson Mail:

Whatever happens over the latest Labour Party leadership dust-up, the clear winner is . . . Prime Minister John Key and the National Party. National’s strategists must have been in seventh heaven as the rival party’s annual conference unfolded over the weekend.

Labour’s delegates and MPs should have been celebrating gains – slow, steady but nonetheless real – against the Key administration and presenting a unified front to the public.

Instead, they sparked fresh speculation over a potential leadership challenge involving the previously defeated David Cunliffe – who added to the party’s difficulties by refusing to fully endorse his leader, David Shearer, and failing to rule out standing against him should it go to the vote.

Conference moves to modernise and “democratise” the party might well be necessary long-term. However, they were immediately seized on by some elements in the party as an opportunity to press for a change of leader. Short-term, then, the conference has been more destabilising than invigorating.

Southland Times:

In defeat, malice. In victory, revenge.

It’s not an uplifting business but a political leader who remains in power after a challenge is expected – arguably required – to stamp down really hard on his failed usurper.

Helen Clark did it. Bill English did it. Don Brash did it. David Shearer has just done it.

He has delivered what is easily characterised as a show of old-fashioned political strength. It may well do his poll standing some good. It isn’t necessarily a bad thing for a politician not renowned for his toughness to show himself capable of emerging from a high-stakes struggle with his assailant trampled underfoot.

The downtrodden David Cunliffe has been demoted to almost-subterranean status and Labour MPs have been silenced to prevent them delivering any unseemly eulogies, regrets or, worst of all, veiled suggestions resurrection as anything other than a penitent.

This, we are invited to conclude, is the last of it.

Which it isn’t.