New Zealand Party

Never interrupt a man who is fishing

Yesterday was 29 years since Bob Jones snotted an impertinent Rod Vaughan for disturbing his fishing.

In July 1985 New Zealand Party leader Bob Jones and president Malcolm McDonald surprised many by announcing the nation’s then-third most popular party was taking an 18 month recess. TVNZ went searching for comment, and after chartering a helicopter, found Jones fishing near Turangi. Jones was not amused; he infamously punched reporter Rod Vaughan, arguing later he would fight any charges in court, since the journalists had subjected him to intolerable harassment. When fined $1000, Jones asked the judge if he paid $2000, could he please do it again?

Eyewitness News - Bob Jones punches reporter Rod Vaughan

Every proper bloke would have cheered Bob Jones on for bashing Rod Vaughan…damn impertinent interrupting a man while he was fishing. ?? Read more »

Empty, frivolous and ultimately fraudulent

Rob Hosking hooks right into the new Internet Party at NBR.

It is clear that he isn’t buying the hype and excoriates those who do.


Just in case there had not been enough excitement over recent weeks ? what with chocolate Santas, candy canes and the usual busted toys on Boxing Day ? the country was treated to the emergence of the Dotcom Party as we all blearily returned to work.

The breathless excitement with which a fair chunk of New Zealand?s political Left has greeted Kim Dotcom?s foray into politics takes some explaining.

There have been comparisons to the New Zealand Party, started by Bob Jones in 1984. But that party had policies ? oodles of them, from floating the New Zealand dollar to wider deregulation of the economy to not only making New Zealand nuclear free but also cutting defence spending completely.

The Dotcom effort, thus far, has no policies: only an attitude and one very wealthy high-profile backer. This is its only similarity with the New Zealand Party. It has money (far more than the Jones effort had, even allowing for inflation) and revenge.? Read more »

Colin Espiner is dead right on Dotcom

Colin Espiner has shown up The Herald on Sunday this morning by critically analysing Dotcom’s proposals for his Internet Party.

While the Herald and its various organs run PR articles on behalf of Dotcom other more sensible commentators look at the facts.

Dotcom’s pending entry into our political landscape may be both micro and looney but it has reportedly got both Labour and National worried. It’s true the giant German national has earned his self-anointed moniker The Wrecking Ball of Change. There can be few immigrants who have caused more damage in such a short space of time.

Usually immigrants who cause problems get asked to leave…what about if they try to hijack our democracy as some sort of a petty vanity project in order to get revenge on some slight or another. Dotcom’s mouthpieces like to compare this party to Bob Jones but Jones didn’t form the New Zealand Party out of spite, he formed it to remove a tyrant. John Key is certainly no tyrant, in fact he is our most popular prime minister ever.

But in hindsight, the botched, illegal, government-sanctioned raid by police on behalf of the United States at Dotcom’s Coatesville mansion, and his subsequent brief imprisonment, was the best thing that could have happened to the publicity-seeking tycoon. It won him a level of public attention and sympathy even his millions could not buy.

Because behind the ice creams and the fireworks, the offers to fund our next America’s Cup challenge or a new submarine fibre-optic internet cable, the extravagant parties to which we’re all invited and promises of free wi-fi for all, lies a narcissist desperate for popularity, relevance, and above all, respect.

It’s my opinion that Dotcom’s constant quest for omnipotence stems from his desire to make us – and the rest of the world – understand the value of his achievements (and they are many) while forgetting his criminal past as a computer hacker and convicted fraudster. ?? Read more »