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  • Russell Brown,

    Oh, wow.

    Chuang was was pressured into dishing on Brown by a member of Palino’s campaign team.

    Slater also appears to have been fabricating his accounts of what she thought about Brown.

    Next question. Ask Stephen Cook if he has been paid for the Len Brown story. And by whom. Freelancers don’t usually work for free.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22756 posts Report Reply

  • Tom Semmens,

    Oh, wow.

    And suddenly two more Johns – Slater and Palino – are struck down with John Banks selective memory syndrome.

    Really, the whole political right in Auckland is a bunch of irredeemably frightful cads.

    Sevilla, Espana • Since Nov 2006 • 2213 posts Report Reply

  • Matthew Poole,

    The answer to "Why not sink Brown before the election?" occurred to me this morning. Being the mistress has backfired on Chuang, entirely predictably, and that backfire would have hit her before the election, too, which is a problem when you're standing for an elected position. Waiting until after the election conveniently avoids putting a person standing on a sympathetic ticket into the cross-hairs.

    Auckland • Since Mar 2007 • 4097 posts Report Reply

  • "chris", in reply to Heather Gaye,

    Indeed. People use the “on taxpayer time” line as an excuse to justify their prurient outrage. I wonder if they’d be so parsimonious if he wasn’t married?

    I’m quite interested in the impact in less material terms:

    The mana of a chief was integrated with the strength of the tribe.

    Does the Chief’s loss of Mana, and them letting it slide, affect the Mana of tribe?

    location, location, locat… • Since Dec 2010 • 250 posts Report Reply

  • Matthew Poole, in reply to Matthew Poole,

    And now it comes out that Chuang really was holding out on providing the evidence that Slater (in what remains of his pretence to journalistic professionalism) needed to support a full outing, so there goes my theory.

    That Chuang's father had an affair really does shoot down any suggestion that she wasn't in this with her eyes wide open. The Wewege revelations are pretty damning, too.

    Auckland • Since Mar 2007 • 4097 posts Report Reply

  • Paul Campbell, in reply to Steve Todd,

    yes I think that's probably the main thing about (NZ style) STV voting that people don't understand - everyone gets just one vote (not 11 if there are 11 candidates) - but that vote doesn't just go to the first person on your list who gets elected - the fraction of your vote required to elect that person goes to them, the rest is passed down your list. This is why you should rank as many people as you can.

    Under FPP for your vote to count you have to pick people you think have a good chance of winning, otherwise your vote is wasted and no one represents you, under STV this process is performed for you, your vote moves down your list until bits of it stick with candidates you like - you can vote for the Raving Loony Party (or ACT) as #1, knowing they wont get elected but to make a point and have your vote not be wasted and stick with someone who can be elected

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 2608 posts Report Reply

  • Rich of Observationz, in reply to Paul Campbell,

    Although for that to matter, a voter's three preferred candidates mustn't intersect the general population's, e.g. in the Wellington election, you'd have voted Young/Goulden/Muthu in any combination and then deliberately ranked one of the top three candidates last.

    If I had a few hours, I'd analyse the numbers on that.

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

  • Kumara Republic,

    So the whole thing is turning out to be straight from the GOP’s birther playbook – relentlessly parrot the Big Lie/Blackwhite tactic in the hope that it sticks.

    The southernmost capital … • Since Nov 2006 • 5420 posts Report Reply

  • "chris", in reply to Kumara Republic,

    Yeah, It's looking like the people of the Maungawhau Subdivision dodged a bullet there.

    Ms Chuang was charged with unlawfully accessing a computer system and later pleaded guilty. Judge Phil Gittos refused her bid to be discharged without conviction in the Auckland District Court and she was fined $1000 to be paid to the museum.

    location, location, locat… • Since Dec 2010 • 250 posts Report Reply

  • Matthew Poole,

    Am I the only one who sees the revelations about how the Chuang saga got released as a distinctly nasty turn in NZ politics? It's the true-blue arrival of the dirtiest tactics of US politics.

    Auckland • Since Mar 2007 • 4097 posts Report Reply

  • Sofie Bribiesca, in reply to Craig Ranapia,

    can take turns smacking you ageist fucks upside the head like the shit-filled piñatas your are.

    So that made me nearly spill my coffee. LOL moment there. :))

    here and there. • Since Nov 2007 • 6796 posts Report Reply

  • Sofie Bribiesca, in reply to Matthew Poole,

    a distinctly nasty turn in NZ politics? It’s the true-blue arrival of the dirtiest tactics of US politics.

    I thought it turned when Crosby Textor came on the scene but also thought nobody else was disturbed. Now Key has given up on his teapot antics. From now on he is actusually quite happy to expose his war room strategy.

    here and there. • Since Nov 2007 • 6796 posts Report Reply

  • Islander, in reply to "chris",

    Does the Chief’s loss of Mana, and them letting it slide, affect the Mana of tribe?

    Basically - it depends.
    *Why* did chief lose mana?
    *What seniority did chief have? (There were rankings among ariki & rakatira, as there were female & male 'chiefs'-)
    *A strong tribe would fight back one way or the other-

    Big O, Mahitahi, Te Wahi … • Since Feb 2007 • 5643 posts Report Reply

  • "chris", in reply to Islander,

    Thank you for that answer Islander, I’m sorry I didn’t spot it earlier.
    – Ko te tumu herenga waka.

    location, location, locat… • Since Dec 2010 • 250 posts Report Reply

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