Tag: New Zealand

Does New Zealand Face the Fate of Iceland?

Thursday, March 5, 2009


Privately, with friends and family, I’ve been referring to New Zealand as Iceland 2. The financial situation here is not quite as absurd as Iceland’s, but the comparison is legitimate because of New Zealand’s extremely high debt load.


I wouldn’t be surprised if this results in Australiazealand.

—Private email to a reader

Via: IHT:

The economy is in its worst recession on record, the current account deficit is ballooning, the government faces a sea of red ink and credit ratings firms have the country under the microscope – is New Zealand the sick man of the South Pacific?

Once a darling of foreign investors because of high interest rates, the country appears almost like Iceland, judging from the current account deficits it has accumulated over three decades.

After weathering the Asian economic crisis and drought in 1997 and 1998, the $95 billion New Zealand economy enjoyed its strongest growth since the 1970s, thanks partly to soaring commodity prices and debt-fueled consumer spending.

Now the economy is shrinking as the once-hot housing market has stalled, skyrocketing fuel and food prices have turned consumers cautious and the credit crunch has hit.

Unlike Iceland’s banks, which were brought down by aggressive and highly leveraged growth, or European banks rescued by their governments, New Zealand’s banking industry shows no signs of stress yet.

The big Australian banks – National Australia Bank, Westpac Banking, Australia and New Zealand Banking Group and Commonwealth Bank of Australia – dominate the market and have so far escaped the global meltdown.

Sue Trinh, a currency analyst at RBC Capital Markets in Sydney, said the likelihood of New Zealand’s becoming a customer of the International Monetary Fund was still low, given banks’ strong capital.


NZ Political Bloggers To Blackout Websites 23 Feb. In S92A Protest.

On Monday morning bloggers from across the political spectrum will be taking their blogs down in an “Internet Blackout” to protest the coming into force on the 28th of S92A of the Copyright Act. Scores and scores of bloggers will be taking part, including Public Address, Scoop, Kiwiblog, The Standard, No Right Turn, Frog Blog, Whale Oil, Not PC, No Minister, Just Left, The Hand Mirror, Roar Prawn, Policy Net, Kiwi Politico etc etc.  Supporters of almost every political party are taking part – National, Labour, Greens, ACT, Alliance, and Libertarianz, Read more

IS JOHN KEY ‘SHONKEY’? Complaint lodged with SFO.

5 October 2008

Just before 5pm Friday 3 October 2008, I lodged a formal complaint
with the Serious Fraud Office about National Party leader John Key’s
failure to declare his pecuniary interest in Tranz Rail shares at a
time it was an ‘Item of
Business’ before Parliament.

A complaint will be similarly lodged with the Police, on the same
grounds – which are attached to this email, for your information and

As all evidence I have provided is in the ‘public domain’, and there
has been considerable media coverage and public interest in the recent
Privileges Committee deliberations and Report on ‘Members Pecuniary
Interests – Gifts and Donations’, interests of ‘open, transparent
and democratically accountable’ government – I am making details of
this complaint public. Read more

Don’t ever forget who the Nats are

Is Chris Trotter good company? Not if we are to choose our friends on their looks.

Foreword by Simon Taylor

You might already have seen this. You might not have. Worth a read. Classic Trotter-waving – the sort the left are wary of these days. To the point of forgetting how to do it. And to the extent that one Nat blog called it ‘hate speak.’

We might call them so, but don’t wasps bite for lack of pricks?

The response has been largely predictably ad hominem – who signs Chris Trotter’s pay-cheques? He’s in the pay of… Or he’s simply a fuckwit, and so on.

What interests me is the confusion the piece has elicited between who the Nats are and the company they are said to keep. That Chris makes the distinction is I think the piece’s singular distinction. I live in John Key’s electorate. And he lives in Remuera. In better company, indeed.

Until the Trotter op-ed piece came along, we had to be getting on with the “bland leading the bland.” A state of affairs which could only have ended with a ‘bland-slide.’

Who, to consider the man is John Key? What do his upper-palatal speech habits, constricted, tell us about him? like the boy we used to feel sorry for at playcentre? And Bill English, whose transcripts show he barely speaks it. And Lockwood – I used to know his son – Lockjaw? Well, tongues are wagging but jaws are barely moving.

There’s a faint tickle on the line, which is terrifying and comical when one knows one is at sea. With heavy weather or extreme events certainly approaching. Like finding ocean diminished to rockpool. And, canst thou draw out a shrimp with an hook?

– Sunday Star Times | Sunday, 20 July 2008

So you’re thinking of voting for the Nats? After nine years of the same old faces, you think it’s time for a change?

Well, you’re not alone. According to the opinion polls, there are about 350,000 people out there who are thinking what you’re thinking.

But before you – the 15 per cent of the electorate contemplating a lurch to the right – throw your weight behind the 35 per cent of New Zealanders who make up National’s core vote (which will then, with 50 per cent, and wielding unbridled parliamentary power, be free to govern alone for three long years), I would ask you to take a closer look at the people you will be joining. Read more



1 August 2008
Businessman and publisher Vince Siemer stands defiantly against what he claims is an unlawful order of the New Zealand High Court; a stance which today resulted in Justices Lester Chisholm and Warrick Gendall ordering an arrest warrant for Siemer and a six month prison sentence.

On 8 July 2008, Chisholm and Gendall ordered Siemer to remove unspecified articles from websites www.stiassny.org and www.kiwisfirst.co.nz.  The judges claimed the websites breached a gag injunction granted Auckland insolvency practioner Michael Stiassny when he filed defamation proceedings against Siemer in April 2005.  Stiassny has failed to advance the defamation case and no trial date has been set.  Siemer has refused to make any changes to the website, saying he had already taken the extraordinary action of proving the accuracy of his reporting to the Court of Appeal in February 2007.  In an appeal of the 8 July judgment he filed with the Court of Appeal earlier this week, Siemer’s grounds included the judges’ ‘utter failure’ to cite the injunction terms supposedly breached, as well as any words or phrases on the website which are alleged to be in breach.    Read more

NZ Vaccine Brochure Fails to Provide Information on Dangers of Vaccination

25 June 2008, by Clare Swinney

This week a brochure entitled: “Is your child safe? Information on vaccination” arrived inside one of the free newspapers in my region, in Northland.

The 16-page booklet contained a number of graphic photos of children with disfiguring diseases and statements in coloured boxes, including: “Having the vaccine is several thousand times safer than having the disease the vaccine protects against, ” as well as information on “What is a Pandemic? ” Unfortunately, this brochure provided only one side of the story, the scaremongering one that suits the drug companies, while failing to address the many very serious issues related to vaccine safety.


Under the heading “Influenza” it stated: “Outbreaks of the “Flu” occur in New Zealand every year from May to October and kill at least 400 annually.” But is this correct? The figure of 400 seems oddly high for a country with a population of only around 4.2 million. I phoned up to ask the office that released the booklet where this figure had come from, but am still waiting for an answer two days later.

An article posted on Dr Mercola’s website mentioned that the flu deaths in the US have been grossly exaggerated to increase vaccines sales. Specifically, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) had claimed that there were 36,000 deaths from the flu for 2002, while a more comprehensive report showed that in reality there were only 736 for that year, [1, 2]. How did the CDC get from 753 flu deaths to its statement that 36,000 flu deaths occurred annually? By combining flu deaths with pneumonia deaths.

Also, while the brochure stated that flu shots are free to those over 65 years of age, it did not mention that there is significant evidence to indicate that there is no corresponding decrease in death rates in this group. According to a 2007 review in the Lancet medical journal, no studies have conclusively proven that flu shots prevent flu-related deaths among the elderly and some of the support for this practice is based on flawed data, [3,4,5].

Furthermore, there was no mention that there is evidence which links flu shots to Alzheimer’s Disease, [6] . Dr Hugh Fudenberg, the world’s leading immunogeneticist, [7] who has close to 850 papers in peer review journals, has stated that if an individual has had 5 consecutive flu shots between 1970 and 1980 – the years studied – their chances of getting Alzheimer’s, is 10 times higher than if he/she had one, 2 or no shots and said he believed that this was due to the mercury and aluminium that is in every flu shot.

Whilst there is clear evidence to show a vaccine-autism link, this was not canvassed in the booklet, instead the matter was swept under the carpet. It offered: “One study claimed the MMR vaccine could cause Autism. All but one of the researchers have now withdrawn their claims against the vaccine.” Even, Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain has weighed in on this debate and said on the campaign trail in late-February that “there’s strong evidence” that a preservative in vaccines is fuelling the dramatic rise in autism, [8]. Dr. Boyd Haley, who testified before Congress as one of the leading experts in the US on the effects of the mercury in vaccines, has reported that his research had led him to conclude that some children are genetically predisposed to storing mercury in their brains and that the cumulative effect of this leads to neurological disorders, including autism, [9].

To listen to Dr Boyd Haley talk about mercury toxicity and autism, go here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GQYISvsgq6s

Dr Hayley

More alarmingly still, the brochure has a section on “The Wart Virus and Cancer” which stated that: “Two vaccines are now available: Glaxo SmithKline vaccines protects against HPV 16 and 18 and Merck vaccine protects against HPV 6, 11, 16 & 18.” For those who didn’t know, Merck’s HPV vaccine has been associated with thousands of adverse reactions and been linked to a number of deaths, [11]. Worse still is that this suffering may all have been for nothing, as FDA documents have revealed that the FDA has been aware that the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) has no direct link to cervical cancer, [12].

One of Merck’s top scientist, Dr. Maurice Hilleman, who developed the Mumps, Rubella and Measles vaccines, himself has stated: “Vaccines are the bargain basement technology of the 20th century” and during the same interview, which is online in the documentary by Dr Len Horowitz – ‘In Lies We Trust,’ he admits that Merck has been injecting cancer viruses (SV40 and others) into millions of vaccine recipients, [13]. Yes, that’s right – go and hear Dr Hilleman for yourself here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=edikv0zbAlU

To conclude, while the booklet may help garner revenue for vaccine makers, it has not acknowledged the potential cost to the recipients of their products and if anything leaves one to question what the intended purposes of being vaccinated really are.

[1]. Flu Deaths Outrageously Exaggerated to Increase Vaccine Sales


[ 2]. ‘Dire’ CDC warnings hiked flu shot demand http://feeds.bignewsnetwork.com/index.php?sid=47678

[3]. Controversial Findings About Flu Vaccines for the Elderly http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2007/10/09/controversial-findings-about-flu-vaccines-for-the-elderly.aspx

[4]. Does the Flu Vaccine Really Protect the Elderly? http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2005/03/05/flu-vaccine-part-thirteen.aspx

[5]. Mortality benefits of influenza vaccination in elderly people: an ongoing controversy http://www.sciencedirect.com/science?_ob=ArticleURL&_udi=B6W8X-4PRJTNM-S&_user=10&_coverDate=10%2F31%2F2007&_rdoc=22&_fmt=summary&_orig=browse&_srch=doc-info%28%23toc%236666%232007%23999929989%23669378%23FLA%23display%23Volume%29&_cdi=6666&_sort=d&_docanchor=&view=c&_ct=26&_acct=C000050221&_version=1&_urlVersion=0&_userid=10&md5=2d5b408b7d441b442bcc0da8f9b9d8bf

[6]. http://www.royalrife.com/flu_shots.html

[7]. Dr Hugh Fudenberg http://www.nitrf.org/fudenberg.html

[8]. http://blogs.abcnews.com/politicalpunch/2008/02/john-mccain-ent.html

[9]. Mercury in Childhood Vaccines: What Did the Government Know? http://www.prisonplanet.com/articles/october2004/201004mercuryinchildhood.htm

[10]. Feds Approve Unnecessary Cervical Cancer Vaccine That Will Make Drug Company Billions http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2006/07/15/feds-approve-unnecessary-cervical-cancer-vaccine-that-will-make-drug-company-billions.aspx

[11]. 8 More Deaths Connected to HPV Vaccine. Adverse Reactions from Gardasil number in thousands (2007) http://www.worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=58004

[12]. The Great HPV Vaccine Hoax Exposed http://www.naturalnews.com/report_HPV_Vaccine_0.html

[13]. ‘In Lies We Trust: The CIA, Hollywood and Bioterrorism,’ (2008) by Leonard G Horowitz can be downloaded from torrent sites and is at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8df9-oADP_c

Hollow Men the film to Premiere 20th of July

Friday June 20, 02:28 PM


The Hollow Men was a book, then a play and now its a film. Maggie Tait of NZPA talks the book’s author, the film’s maker and the reluctant star Don Brash.

As election year heats up a documentary based on Nicky Hager’s political blockbuster The Hollow Men is about to hit cinema screens.

And film-maker Alister Barry with Nicky Hager — who wrote the critical expose of the National Party based on 475 stolen or leaked emails from former leader Don Brash — are promising new "revelations".

Dr Brash, whose political career was brought to an untimely halt shortly after Hager’s book was published in 2006, won’t be in the audience. He went to a theatrical play based on the Hager book but said that was a mistake and told NZPA he was sick and tired of the issue.

"I made the mistake of going to see the play. I shouldn’t have — it wasted my time."

The Hollow Men will screen as part of this year’s New Zealand International Film Festivals.

Dr Brash questioned the timing.

"I confess to being highly suspicious as to why in an election year this film was appearing."

The book documented the behind the scenes goings-on in the lead-up to the last election.

It claimed that Dr Brash and other senior National MPs — including new leader John Key — did not disclose the extent of their contacts with the Exclusive Brethren and traced the influence of a number right wing organisations and individuals on Brash’s rise.

Dr Brash said the book gave a "highly distorted view" of National and the play had made him "appear not sinister so much as naive and I didn’t think that was a good look at all."

The full-length documentary is directed and produced by Barry. He said the film was about National but other parties; Labour, United Future and New Zealand First, do not escape criticism either. ACT escaped censure for being upfront about what they stood for and who supported them.

"It’s not a party political attack."

Barry has protected himself against potential claims the film could be treated as advertising under the Electoral Finance Act — a law intended to prevent covert campaigns like the Exclusive Brethren’s — by checking with the Electoral Commission first.

"Perhaps it will be attacked… by those who have been using this (Act) to beat up the Government," he said.

The commission said documentaries did not come under their area of interest.

"The film is a serious attempt to inform my fellow citizens about how politics works. If the consequences of that are that some people who see the film may be disinclined to vote for (one of the parties) I can’t be responsible for that."

The idea of the film had been with Barry for some time — he had wanted to take a look at political tactics and spin-doctoring. After Dr Brash’s Orewa speech in January 2004 which sent political shock waves through the nation Barry decided to look at National.

He had started his research when Hager’s book was published.

"Suddenly the research side of things was taken care of."

He approached Hager who agreed to work with him on the project.

"We’ve done more research so we’ve got a few more revelations."

These included developments since the book and "also there’s more extensive information that’s come to light about the Brethren".

Hager said the most important things in the film were already in the book.

"The main thing for the audience is that most of what I wrote about still applies. So some of what I have done is just updating what was going on then so people can see its still going on now."

The film also looks at the impact of the book and the relationship between media, politicians and the public.

Barry said the documentary uses "miles" of archive footage with fresh interviews with academics and journalists.

"As the techniques are described and discussed in the emails and in the narration we see this stuff being put into action."

Anyone who saw the film "would probably have a different take when they next view the TV news I’m sure".

The rise of John Key was a sub-plot.

"It was very interesting to see as we went through all the archive footage and the actual history the way in which John Key emerges."

Dr Brash and Mr Key were both new to Parliament in 2002.

"You see in the film the emergence of this other person coming in behind Don Brash."

He hoped the film would "better inform viewers and voters" about Mr Key.

Barry said it was challenging to make a visually interesting film when a large part of it was based on emails.

"What I didn’t want to have was miles and miles of printed words on the screen."

He used actors to voice emails with visual and other dramatic ways of presenting the information.

Hager told NZPA he was pleased the film was made; "I’m pleased because it means more people will see the material now."

The film got a $25,000 Screen Innovation Production Fund grant.

Dr Brash said that was "disgraceful".

But Barry could not see why — he hoped after DVD sales to break even.

Dr Brash was still smarting over the emails.

"I was appalled that Nicky Hager was able to write a book from which he presumably was able to make some money on the basis of stolen correspondence and the police were able to do nothing about it."

He described the police inquiry as desultory.

Hager has always maintained the emails were leaked to him by National Party sources and said those who claimed they were gained by theft should apologise to him.

Hager said people did not get rich writing books in New Zealand and he could have made more money per hour cleaning toilets than he got from publishing The Hollow Men.

Asked for comment on the film a National Party spokesman said "who cares? We are just focused on things that matter."

Barry has made films about the New Right reforms of the 1980s and 90 and A Civilised Society about the 1990s battle for school bulk funding which screened at the festivals last year.

The Hollow Men premiers on July 20 in Wellington.



GENERAL NEWS: Prime Minister Helen Clark says the New Zealand and Australian governments will be holding discussions about the possibility of establishing an Asia Pacific Community.

It is an initiative floated last week by Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, who is thinking about a regional structure which could engage in security, economic and environmental issues.

It came up when Miss Clark held talks today with Australia’s Deputy Prime Minister Julia Gillard, who is leading a delegation to a trans-Tasman leadership forum in Wellington.

"We need to engage on the idea and see what interest others are showing in it," Miss Clark told reporters after meeting Ms Gillard.

"I think it’s an idea that needs to be fleshed out. We’ve always been very supportive of being part of a broader Asia Pacific Community."

Miss Clark said it would be taken further when an Australian government representative visited Wellington shortly.

She said a broader community could be developed through Apec, the Asia-Pacific Economic Conference, or through the East Asia Summit.

"We need to see whether either of the two major regional vehicles that exist can be adapted to that," she said.

Asked whether she had been given advance notice of Mr Rudd’s announcement of the initiative, she replied: "I wouldn’t expect to be consulted about a speech the Australian prime minister makes."

Miss Clark and Ms Gillard discussed a wide range of regional and bilateral issues.

Ms Gillard said her government wanted the closest possible ties with New Zealand, and the fact that she was leading a delegation of six ministers to the Forum was an indication of that.