Category Archives: New Zealand Politics

Nicky Hager defends Dirty Politics … again

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So right now on RNZ, Kathryn Ryan is giving another balanced viewpoint about the timing, implication, validity and methods behind Dirty Politics. Cough. What seems to have come out of the whole saga is that the Nats and supporters position New Zealand politics as inherently ‘dirty’.  We are supposed to accept this as a given and as part and parcel… Read more »

Post-Election Comedown : Whatever happened to?

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It’s been 30 days since the Election.  What have some of the players been up to since then? Jamie Whyte I really began to rate this guy after the surreal escapade into the landscapes of destiny of their Opening Address video clip.  After the election, Jamie re-shot segments of this and turned it into a full-scale Ken Russell-style romp, starring… Read more »

More Surreal Landscapes: UnitedFuture’s Music Video

Something even more unbelievable has happened. It’s as if the town water supply has been eye-droppered with Peyote and UnitedFuture have taken a massive slug from the tap and made a music video to assist their election campaign for 2014. Unlike the ACT Party opening address, which was filled with strange arabesques of meaning and alternative universes including Epsom, UnitedFuture… Read more »

The Resignation

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I became a virtuoso of deceit. It wasn’t pleasure I was after, it was knowledge. I consulted the strictest moralists to learn how to appear, philosophers to find out what to think, and novelists to see what I could get away with, and in the end, I distilled everything to one wonderfully simple principle: win or die.

Dirty Fashions: Election Edition

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Policy wars, first debates and USB sticks filled with grotesque secret emails aside, there’s something else awful happening in the political sphere this month. Fashion. Let’s cut to it: 1. Mike Hosking’s 3-Piece Suit, The First Leaders’ Debate, TVNZ1 Hosking was clearly wanting approval. The only reason you’d wear your best 3-piece on live television is if you thought you… Read more »

Is John Key Sexist?

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  You’ve heard how John Key referred to Kim Dotcom as Laila Harré’s  ‘Sugar Daddy’. It’s also a song by the Jackson 5:   The whole world’s talkin’ ’bout How I’m your Standby Santa Claus   The suggestion of Sugar Daddy is usually that an older man is funding the material lifestyle of a younger woman in exchange for access… Read more »