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Here's a selection of some of the more interesting and insightful tweets in reaction to the Northland by-election results. The most recent tweets are first. Matthew Hooton ‏@MatthewHootonNZ debacle An event or enterprise that ends suddenly and disastrously, often with humiliating consequences. #northvote Matthew Hooton ‏@MatthewHootonNZ humiliation   The state of being humiliated, humbled or reduced to lowliness or submission. #northvote Belinda McCammon ‏@BelMcCammon An election loss for the Nats, does this raise the stakes on the outcome of the flag referendum (aka Key's legacy)? #northvote Andrew Chen ‏@andrewmeows The overall right->left swing in Northland is roughly 10,000 votes.... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at liberation
Here’s some of the more interesting and insightful tweets in response to the release of the Independent Police Conduct Authority’s report into the Police’s handling of the Roastbusters case. The most recent tweets are first. [Read more below] Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2015 at liberation
The following cartoons (and other related images) show how newspapers and cartoonists are portraying the Northland by-election race to replace Mike Sabin. [Read more below] Murdoch - Sunday Star Times 15 March 2015 Scott - Dominion Post 27 March 2015 Phil Walter photo - 26 March 2015 Tremain - ODT 27 March 2015 Moreu - Timaru Herald 27 March 2015 Phil Walter photo - 26 March 2015 Chicane - Southland Times 25 March 2015 Nisbet - The Press 27 March 2015 Emmerson - NZ Herald 19 March 2015 Phil Walter photo - 26 March 2015 Chicane - Southland Times 27... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2015 at liberation
NZ Politics Daily goes into hiatus today. Instead, from next week, I'll be concentrating on writing analytical commentaries on NZ politics. Northland by-election Toby Manhire (Herald): The kauri files - byelection leaks Brent Edwards (RNZ): Playing politics in Northland Jane Clifton (Listener): Bridges of sighs (Paywalled) Chris Keall (NBR): Northland by-election: old guy wins social media war Hamish Rutherford (Stuff): Nats: Roads in doubt if Winston wins Rob Salmond (Polity): Buy election Claire Trevett (Herald): Northland byelection: Peters evasive over long-term plan Herald: Northland by-election: Q+A with leading candidates Tova O’Brien (TV3): National's Northland promises nothing new Hamish Rutherford (Stuff):... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2015 at liberation
NZ spying revelations Evening Report: Nicky Hager Interview on the Snowden Revelations Evening Report: Full Transcript: The Nicky Hager Interview Ryan Gallagher (The Intercept): New Zealand targets trade partners, hacks computers in spy operations Nathan Smith (NBR): New GCSB documents show China on target list for NZ spies (Paywalled) Rob Salmond (Polity): The GCSB and the Unknown Unknowns Andrea Vance (Stuff): GCSB spies 'collecting less intelligence' Audrey Young (Herald): Little a bit less worried about GCSB activities Audrey Young (Herald): 'Transparency is not an easy matter' - GCSB director Jane Patterson (RNZ): GCSB: 'We do not do that' Thomas Beagle... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2015 at liberation
NZ spy revelations Nicky Hager and Ryan Gallagher (Herald): Snowden revelations New Zealand's spy reach stretches across globe Matt Nippert (Herald): UK Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond says it's time to 'move on' from Snowden RNZ: NZ spies on Asian countries, says Hager No Right Turn: Spying on friendly nations Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): Latest Snowden revelations: NZ spies on China, Japan, North Korea, Vietnam, South America, South Pacific, Pakistan, India, Iran… Andrea Vance (Stuff): John Key digs in over spying claims Glenn Greenwald (The Intercept): NZ Prime Minister retracts vow to resign if mass surveillance is shown The Guardian: Australian... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2015 at liberation
Northland by-election Andrew Geddis (Pundit): To call each thing by its right name John Armstrong (Herald): National crosses into the cynical side of politics Dom Post: Editorial: Northland may be a bridge too far Tracy Watkins (Stuff): National rolls out pork barrel in bid to stop Winston Peters' juggernaut Phil Quin (Herald): Little looking ready to take bullet meant for Key Peter Wilson and Sarah Robson (Newswire): Peters: National bribing Northland voters Danyl Mclauchlan (Dim Post): Deals Rob Salmond (Polity): More pork David Farrar (Kiwiblog): What are their BCRs? Claire Trevett (Herald): John Key unapologetic about Northland byelection promises Herald:... Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2015 at liberation
NZ spying revelations Brent Edwards (RNZ): PM refuses to rule out mass surveillance RNZ: PM confident spy agency acts within law Nicky Hager, Ryan Gallagher and Anthony Hubbard (Stuff): Snowden files: NZ's spying on the family Nicky Hager and Ryan Gallagher (Stuff): Snowden files: Inside Waihopai's domes Sunday Star Times: Snowden files: which satellites are targeted by Waihopai? Andrea Vance (Stuff): Silence on surveillance not healthy Ryan Gallagher (The Intercept): Documents shine light on shadowy New Zealand surveillance base Dom Post: Editorial: Spying demands an explanation John Minto (Daily Blog): Blather, blah, blah, – John Key – blah, blah, blather... Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2015 at liberation
NZ spying revelations RNZ: GCSB in mass collection of Pacific data: Ferguson Vaimoana Tapaleao (Herald): NZ breached our trust - Tongan PM David Fisher (Herald): Snowden revelations / Complaint lodged over GCSB spying on Kiwis in the Pacific Chris Bramwell (RNZ): Complaint laid over GCSB spy claims David Fisher (Herald): Snowden revelations / PM John Key tight-lipped on why spying claims are 'wrong' Vernon Small (Stuff): John Key dismisses spy claims Tova O’Brien (TV3): Pacific spying allegations 'incorrect' – Key Jane Patterson (RNZ): Pacific spy revelations reignite debate TVNZ: Pacific leaders demand answers from NZ over alleged spying No Right... Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2015 at liberation
NZ spy revelations David Fisher (Herald): Snowden revelations: John Key failing leadership test with terrorists-under-the-bed response Herald: #snowdenNZ / How foreign spies access GCSB's South Pacific intelligence Nicky Hager and Ryan Gallagher (Herald): #snowdenNZ / The price of the Five Eyes club: Mass spying on friendly nations and sending vast amounts of intelligence to NSA David Fisher (Herald): #snowdenNZ / Leaked documents show New Zealand spies on its Pacific friends and sends the data to the US Glenn Greenwald and Ryan Gallagher (The Intercept): New Zealand launched mass surveillance project while publicly denying it Danyl Mclauchlan (Dim Post): And we’re... Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2015 at liberation
This is a collection of recent cartoons and images relating to various state surveillance issues over the last six months. [Read more below] Moreu - Timaru Herald 6 March 2015 Murdoch - The Press 7 March 2015 Hubbard - 13 March 2015 Moreu - Timaru Herald 9 March 2015 Chicane - Southland Times 6 March 2015 Sunday Star Times - 8 March 2015 Emmerson - NZ Herald 6 March 2015 Murdoch - Sunday Star Sunday 8 March 2015 Chicane - Southland Times 7 March 2015 Nisbet - The Press 6 March 2015 Yeo - Sunday News 7 March 2015 Emmerson... Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2015 at liberation
Here’s some of the more interesting and insightful tweets about the latest Snowden revelations about NZ spying as investigated by journalists such as Nicky Hager and Glenn Greenwald. The most recent tweets are first. To be updated. [Read more below] Vikram Kumar ‏@vikram_nz Third rule of FVEY Club #snowdenNZ The more friendly you are with a country, the more you spy on them Vikram Kumar ‏@vikram_nz Second rule of FVEY Club #snowdenNZ Collect everything, send it to us. Use 'national security' as a smokescreen Vikram Kumar ‏@vikram_nz First rule of FVEY Club #snowdenNZ Bugger your laws & citizens, you're here... Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2015 at liberation
The most recent tweets at at the top. To be updated. David Slack ‏@DavidSlack When the PM launches once again into his "Hager is a liar" spiel, just remember that's as accurate as saying Richie McCaw is a wimp. mjfield ‏@mjfield Will Pacific states wake up tomorrow and discover NZ has been spying, bugging their phones and changing governments? … Sacha Dylan ‏@kaupapa So long as our media unthinkingly regurgitate his lies about Hager, Key's onto a winner again #nzpol Hayden Eastmond-Mein ‏@h_yd_n With Key trotting out the preemptive horseshit on Hager, you know it's about to turn into... Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2015 at liberation
Teina Pora conviction quashed The Wireless (RNZ): The trials of Teina Pora Brook Sabin (TV3): Political fallout from Pora's victory Anna Pearson and Paul Easton (Stuff): Teina Pora conviction quashed Newswire/TV3: Pora case proves need for review panel – expert RNZ: Teina Pora 'happiest man' as conviction quashed Anna Leask and Phil Taylor (Herald): I hope to get justice for my sister - Susan Burdett's brother on Teina Pora decision TV3: Retrial decision delay surprised Pora's legal team Rachel Smalley (Newstalk ZB): What next for Teina Pora? Newstalk ZB: Burdett family welcome Pora verdict Gordon Campbell (Scoop): On the Privy... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2015 at liberation
For the definitive details on the 2014 New Zealand general election, the Parliamentary Library has just published John Wilson’s research paper, Final Results and Voting Statistics (PDF). It contains more than just the raw voting results, but a lot of other very interesting stats about the electoral process and the resulting Parliament. I’ve drawn out some of the more interesting facts, below. Electorate vote results The biggest winner in the electorate contests was Amy Adams, who won her Selwyn race by the ‘largest winning margin (20,561)’. At the other end of the spectrum, Nikki Kaye won Auckland Central with the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2015 at liberation
NZ in Iraq Colin James (ODT): Statecraft and sending troops to Iraq TVNZ: PM 'sensitive' over troop deployment backlash - Little Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): Anything Key can bomb, Little can bomb better, Labour can bomb anything better than you Tim Watkin (Pundit): A fight with limits: The right choice against Islamic State Josie Pagani (Pundit): The opposite of intervention isn’t peace Keith Locke (Daily Blog): Labour’s mistake on US bombing in Iraq Chris Trotter (Daily Blog): Loving Their Enemies? New Zealand’s Catholic Bishops Come Out In Support of the Iraq Deployment. Rob Salmond (Polity): Iraq deployment: Flow-on effects TVNZ:... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2015 at liberation
NZ in Iraq John Armstrong (Herald): Where US goes, Key follows - on his own Audrey Young (Herald): Air strikes make sense, Labour leader Andrew Little tells Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott Tacy Watkins (Stuff): Tony Abbott blunt in Iraq war message to NZ Matthew Theunissen (Herald on Sunday): Fight against Isis: NZ troops can opt out of Iraq John Minto (Daily Blog): Covering John Key’s backside TVNZ: John Key promises to visit Kiwi troops in Iraq TVNZ: Returning IS fighters present tremendous risks - John Key Newswire: Goff: Troops in Iraq is what IS wants Jess McAllen (Stuff): Secret... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2015 at liberation
MP’s pay rise Gordon Campbell (Scoop): On the wage hike for MPs (and Paul Robeson) Isaac Davison (Herald): Ex-MP Mike Sabin included in salary payout Demelza Leslie (RNZ): MPs reluctant to accept pay rise Aimee Gulliver (Stuff):PM backs calls for rework of politicians' pay calculations TV3: MPs get $8200 pay rise TVNZ: MPs get 5.5% pay rise against PM's wishes Peter Wilson (Newswire): Greens want MPs' salaries index linked Bryce Edwards (Liberation): Top tweets about the MP pay rise No Right Turn: John Key on MPs' pay rises No Right Turn: Pigs at the trough Newswire: John Key: 'I don't... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2015 at liberation
This is a collection of various images relating to MP pay. The most recent images are at the top, with older ones going back a few years [Read more below] Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2015 at liberation
Election Satire ‏@SatireNZ @actparty: "We believe MPs pay should be linked to productivity" @dbseymour: "Thank goodness for the minimum wage" Ministry of Spin ‏@MinistryofSpin #BREAKING MP's considering going on strike over pay rise. Workers collectively facepalm #nzpol #firstworldproblems Heather dPA ‏@HDPA We've laid down the challenge to the MPs. If you don't want a pay rise, make it stop … Jordan M. ‏@prinnbanktce No Member of Parliament is in it for the money, especially on the blue team. > McDub ‏@singlemaltz @prinnbanktce Not the salary anyway. There's a long game being played by some though, surely? > Jordan M.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2015 at liberation
NZ in Iraq Matt Ogilvie (TVNZ): Ron Mark to PM: What will you do if a NZ soldier is kidnapped by ISIS? John Weekes (Herald): Warning: Kiwis in Middle East should be on high alert Vernon Small (Stuff): More noise on mission in NZ than from Isis Vernon Small (Stuff): No winners in war of words between leaders Audrey Young (Herald): Isis mission: Parliament deeply divided Claire Trevett (Herald): Key guarding high ground over Iraq 'crusade' Stuff: Peters: Iraq decision made 'on golf course' Tova O’Briend (TV3): Will NZ send spies and SAS troops to Iraq? Peter Cresswell (Not PC):... Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2015 at liberation
NZ in Iraq John Armstrong (Herald): The fight against Isis: John Key is not winning the debate Russell Brown (Public address):Haphazardly to war Vernon Small and Mike Mather (Stuff): Brace for IS threats, analyst warns Tracy Watkins (Stuff): Parliament and public split like seldom before over Iraq Tracy Watkins (Stuff): Scepticism over Iraq deployment Danyl Mclauchlan (Dim Post): Off to Iraq Gordon Campbell (Scoop): On whether NZ troops are the least of Islamic State’s problems Dan Satherley (TV3): Little: Doesn't take 'guts' to boss troops around TVNZ: Key is sending our troops into the 'snake pit' - Winston Peters TVNZ:... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2015 at liberation
Here’s some of the more interesting reactions on Twitter to the NZ Government’s decision to send the military into Iraq. As usual, the most recent tweets are first. More will be added. [Read more below] Danyl Mclauchlan ‏@danylmc I get it that this contribution is about diplomacy and obligations to allies, but why not just say instead of making shit up? Matt Nippert ‏@MattNippert Govt denies SAS presence in Iraq or Syria. In unrelated news, Willie Apiata announced as new ambassador to Raqqa. Danyl Mclauchlan @danylmc The problem with saying 'we must do something' to stop ISIS is that the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2015 at liberation
NZ in Iraq John Armstrong (Herald): Which 'club' is Key hoping to beat Jihadists with? Chris Trotter (Press): Iraq deployment: Has NZ been lured into a fool's errand? Gordon Campbell (Scoop): On the drip-feeding of information about the Iraq deployment Rachel Smalley (Newstalk ZB): Troops To Iraq Barry Soper (Newstalk ZB): Members of the Club Press: Editorial: No consensus on Iraq mission Dom Post: Editorial: New Zealand must face a grim duty Timaru Herald: Editorial: Little choice in joining fight against Isis Jo Moir (Stuff): 'Lives at risk' in Iraq troop deployment Audrey Young (Herald): Prime Minister John Key claims... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2015 at liberation
NZ in Iraq Gordon Campbell (Scoop): On today’s announcement on sending our troops to Iraq Andrea Vance (Stuff): Why are we sending troops to Iraq? Jane Patterson (RNZ): Decision due today on Iraq deployment Stuff: Iraq troop deployment decision may have already been made John Weekes (Herald): Cabinet expected to give Isis fight green light tomorrow Patrice Dougan (Herald): John Key: New Zealand can't 'do nothing' in Isis fight RNZ: Iraq vote not required – Key Nathan Smith (NBR): John Key to make case for NZ troops in Iraq Standard: NZ sending troops to Iraq Audrey Young (Herald): Fight against... Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2015 at liberation