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  • Paul Campbell,

    Oh, excellent, couldn't be happening to better (worse) people, for a better reason - what they did to those researchers was IMHO the worst part of Dirty Politics

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 2606 posts Report Reply

  • izogi, in reply to Angela Hart,

    But [Carrick Graham] said he was surprised that the action had been launched, as there had been a number of interactions with Professor Swinburn over the past few years which were friendly.

    I wonder if those interactions were before or after Nicky Hager's book was published.

    Wellington • Since Jan 2007 • 1139 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha,

    Prof Swinburn's media release and Carrick Graham's one (fronted by his limited liability company).

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19686 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel,

    The culture of Dirty Politics continues…

    Social Housing Minister Paula Bennett says her staff member did tell a journalist about a police investigation into the chairman of a marae that has been helping the homeless.
    Opposition parties have said doing so is an example of dirty politics and a sacking offence – but Mrs Bennett says the staff member assumed the information was in the public arena.

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11656361
    Petty point scoring is still the operating system it appears…
    Bennett really is a piece of work,
    trying to out-Collins Collins ?

    edit: here is Stuff's take:
    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/81062253/paula-bennetts-office-accused-of-smearing-chairman-of-auckland-marae-helping-homeless
    this quote is a classic:

    "I just don't know anything about it, and I've got to be really careful, because they're allegations about allegations and I wouldn't want to make any sort of comment."

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7889 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel,

    further to the Bennett revelations (from Stuff ) :

    In a statement later on Tuesday afternoon, Bennett said she had asked her staff about the allegations, with a staff member confirming they had "briefly" discussed the investigation with a member of the media.
    "The staff member in question assumed the information was in the public arena.

    The question I'd like answered is: was this staff member part of the conversation in which Dennis told Bennett about the investigation, or did Bennett pass this on to them after the fact - aka gossip!??

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7889 posts Report Reply

  • Angela Hart,

    So the guy does the right thing and makes sure Bennett is informed about his personal situation, only to have it passed on to the media?

    Once upon a time heads would've rolled, but there's no honour in politics now. Just lies and deception.

    Christchurch • Since Apr 2014 • 614 posts Report Reply

  • Alfie,

    Loosely related to Dirty Politics... Tony Lentino, money man behind WhaleFat who featured prominently in the Rachinger files as "the financier" has died aged 42.

    In related news, Slater's Lentino-backed venture Freed -- the business which was going to employ dozens of media people, seems to have dropped off the net completely.

    https://dnc.org.nz/whois/freed.nz
    https://dnc.org.nz/whois/freed.co.nz

    The best laid plans... etc.

    Dunedin • Since May 2014 • 1386 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel,

    Freed, ummm...
    Freedumb

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7889 posts Report Reply

  • John Farrell,

    Not politics, but Carrick Graham gets a mention:

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11685977

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 486 posts Report Reply

  • Ross Mason,

    Horse Parking. Laughed my arse off with that description.

    Good result for shooting :-)

    I've already had a woman at work ask me to take her shooting cos she wants to give it a go.

    Upper Hutt • Since Jun 2007 • 1588 posts Report Reply

  • Alfie,

    Worth recording in this thread... Colin Craig must pay Jordon Williams $1.3m for defamation.

    Williams' lawyer Peter McKnight reckons his client is "a lovely guy''. Based on that quote you'd have to assume that he's never read Nicky Hager's Dirty Politics.

    Dunedin • Since May 2014 • 1386 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha, in reply to Alfie,

    Based on that judgement, neither had any of the jury.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19686 posts Report Reply

  • Angela Hart,

    I was beginning to wonder if there were two Jordon Williams, something like Jekyll and Hyde.

    Christchurch • Since Apr 2014 • 614 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel, in reply to Angela Hart,

    Attachment Attachment

    Separated at birth department...

    Jekyll and Hyde

    Just wondering if Colin Craig was the model for this Mervyn Peake illustration for Gormenghast?

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7889 posts Report Reply

  • Stephen Judd,

    Mervyn Peake was raised by missionary parents in China. I can't remember where I read this, but supposedly his grotesque illustrations of people were grounded in his experience of returning to England and seeing all the knobbly, bony, puffy, wibbly faces of English people en masse for the first time.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 3122 posts Report Reply

  • Joe Wylie, in reply to Stephen Judd,

    ...supposedly his grotesque illustrations of people were grounded in his experience of returning to England and seeing all the knobbly, bony, puffy, wibbly faces of English people en masse for the first time.

    Sometimes it seems that he might have simply painted what he saw. His 1931 self portrait is pretty nice.

    flat earth • Since Jan 2007 • 4591 posts Report Reply

  • Alfie,

    Glenn Greenwald's The Intercept features a local story today entitled The Little-Known Company That Enables Worldwide Mass Surveillance, wherein Ryan Gallagher and Nicky Hager in cooperation with TVNZ delve into the murky world of Endace Ltd -- an Auckland company which provides serious surveillance solutions to the Five Eyes partners. And others.

    With worldwide surveillance growing exponentially, the company's products are in demand in the US, Israel, Denmark, Australia, Canada, Spain, India and in the UK where the GCHQ is a major customer. But Endace isn't fussy. They even serve a Moroccan security agency which has been implicated in torture. Spooks and morality rarely mix.

    While Endace is a private company, they've developed their products with $11.1m of government funding courtesy of Callaghan Innovation. Bugger homelessness and NZ's increasing levels of poverty. I'm sure Steven Joyce and John Key must be proud of the huge amounts of taxpayer money they've quietly diverted into this socially-bankrupt enterprise.

    Dunedin • Since May 2014 • 1386 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel, in reply to Alfie,

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    I’m sure Steven Joyce and John Key must be proud of the huge amounts of taxpayer money they’ve quietly diverted into this socially-bankrupt enterprise.

    Heck they even did a poster!

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7889 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel, in reply to Alfie,

    I am the egg man...

    While Endace is a private company, they’ve developed their products with $11.1m of government funding courtesy of Callaghan Innovation.

    I note that Endace itself is owned by the two principals through another company the creepily named Echidna (not Echnida as the TVNZ story has it) - an Australian egg-laying mammal that sucks up ants!

    ...a creature from Greek mythology who was half-woman, half-snake, as the animal was perceived to have qualities of both mammals and reptiles.

    In fact they are shortchanging themselves if they were trying to cash in the bio-mimicry aspect - they shoulda called themselves Platypus

    Like the platypus, they (echidna) are equipped with electrosensors, but while the platypus has 40,000 electroreceptors on its bill, the long-billed echidna has only 2,000 electroreceptors

    The NBR has a piece on the ownership saga of Endace here:
    https://www.nbr.co.nz/opinion/funding-issues-spotlight-endaces-new-owner-cuts-100-jobs-ck-p
    and a later one here:
    https://www.nbr.co.nz/article/endace-shed-jobs-under-new-owner-avago-risks-having-government-grants-clawed-back-b-179094
    It seems when Avago was buying out / merging with Broadcom in 2015 there was an Endace management buyout bringing the company back into NZ ownership.

    Ironic that Fabian backer and 'serial entrepreneur' Selwyn Pellett was founding CEO of Endace, and also lead the chase for the $11+million R&D funds repayment when it was sold offshore - he and Joyce had a twitter-spat over it, I believe.

    It's a funny old world...

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7889 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel,

    PS:
    Endace even get to the Black Hat Briefings - according to their Linked in page

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7889 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel,

    The insecurity business...
    I note that the new kid on the block has hit the wall
    http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/industries/85688007/tech-company-wynyard-calls-in-adminstrators
    that'll put a hole in Chchch's 'innovative' new high tech Innovation Precinct...

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7889 posts Report Reply

  • Alfie,

    This doesn't fit here, or at least the dirty part doesn't apply. But I can't find anywhere better.

    Gareth Morgan has just launched a new political party - The Opportunities Party. There's nothing in the way of policy so far but you'd imagine a more equitable approach to the way government treats its citizens and a big focus on clean waterways and sustainability.

    Sort of like the Green Party but with Gareth in charge. And hopefully without cat killing on the agenda.

    Dunedin • Since May 2014 • 1386 posts Report Reply

  • Rich of Observationz, in reply to Alfie,

    Sort of like the Green Party but with

    Sort of like the Green Party but without all that tedious business of having a membership and letting them decide on list/leaders/policy.

    Back in Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 5550 posts Report Reply

  • Rich of Observationz,

    Also, maybe they could compromise with ACT and encourage farming cats (and kiwis)* for their meat.

    * That parsed. I wasn't expecting it to. Respect to Cactuslab for parsing the unparseable.

    Back in Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 5550 posts Report Reply

  • izogi, in reply to Rich of Observationz,

    Also, maybe they could compromise with ACT and encourage farming cats (and kiwis)* for their meat.

    I'm struggling to find any discussion of this party anywhere today which hasn't resulted in a conversation that's mostly about Gareth Morgan and cats. People love to scream about how much they hate him because of something about cats.

    It's a shame because I think he mostly gets misrepresented on that and it's a total distraction from the actual party and everything else Gareth Morgan and his Foundation does and talks about, but I guess that's politics. TOP's going to have to get past it in the same way (for example) the Green Party has to get past everyone who dismisses it simply because it has the word 'green' in its name.

    Wellington • Since Jan 2007 • 1139 posts Report Reply

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