Blog Watch – Wednesday

Blog Watch is an open forum similar to Open Forum where any topic can be introduced, but with a focus on New Zealand blogs and social media.

This expands on the aim for Your NZ to be a joint project with the more people contributing and the more variety the better.

A general guideline – post opinion on or excerpts from and links to blog posts or comments of interest, whether they are praise, criticism, pointing out issues or sharing useful information.

If being critical address the issues and don’t do personal abuse. Constructive and reasonably balanced criticism is more effective than general moans.

As usual avoid anything that could cause any legal issues such as potential defamation or breaching suppression orders.

Remember – the Blog of the damned well determined to express opinions and hold to account regardless of attempts to shut us up.

Also remember that keeping things civil, legal and factual is more effective and harder to argue against or discredit.

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Note that sometimes other blogs get irate if their material is highlighted elsewhere but the Internet is specifically designed to share and repeat information and anyone who comments or puts anything into a public forum should be aware that it could be republished elsewhere (but attribution is essential).

If comments raise issues deserving of a full post I may use content to do a post, and may expand on it.

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  1. In an ‘exclusive’ NZ Herald has just revealed that Auckland Future, a new organisation closely associated with the National Party, will contest the Auckland local body elections – see Nats proxy to contest Auckland mayoralty?

    Has anyone seen anything on Whale Oil about this, or have his sources failed Slater? I’ve done a quick search and can’t see anything.

    It will be interesting to see his response, but with Michele Boag and Peter Goodfellow reported to be involved it’s not difficult to guess.

      • Thanks. From that post:

        Auckland needs a centre right council to fix the disaster that Len Brown and his merry bunch of lefties have left us.

        To do this we need good strong independents running good campaigns in their own wards. We don’t need some unproven group dictating to these candidates how they best win their ward.

        “We don’t need some unproven group dictating to these candidates how they best win” is a bit ironic from Slater but I suppose he considers his political consultancy is a proven group.

    • Loki

       /  28th October 2015

      He has spent years getting Auckland local politics wrong. Mostly due to the fact he is carrying out revenge attacks for his parents on Boag, Goodfellow and others.
      His strategic blunder to go after Andrew Williams instead of Len Brown was the biggest blunder in blogging upto that point.
      His feral nonsense has probably cost his highly embarrassed father a knighthood.

    • Pete Kane

       /  28th October 2015

      This went in this morning but pretty ‘light’ at this stage.

  2. This post at The Standard received a lot of comments yesterday (currently 300+) – NZ number one in the world – and it’s all bad news

    It’s about a Rachel Stewart column on domestic violence.

    • jaspa

       /  28th October 2015

      A lot of comments, but most of them just inane squabbling. I didn’t get to the end.

  3. unitedtribes2

     /  28th October 2015

    Last night I had a count up of how many posts on Whaleoil Backchat were posted by Pete, Nige. or SB. At thee tim of counting there were 39 out of a total 139. Thats 28% of the traffic Most of the rest were click bait answers to the three mentioned above.

    • Mike C

       /  28th October 2015


      So if that is how many comments they are writing with their real usernames … just imagine how many they are writing with all of their fake usernames 🙂

      • traveller

         /  28th October 2015

        They’ve got to keep those numbers up. It must be exhausting log in, log out, post refresh…numbers, numbers, NZ’s top Poli blog, dumb John Key, dumb ferals, hate Muslims, log in, log out, post, refresh, walk the dog, sorry no time Rover, post, post. 😉

      • Do you have any proof or fair reason for that suggestion?

        • Guest

           /  28th October 2015


          The same can be asked of you and your recent post, which you describe as true and verified…but there are no names/facts:

          • Hi Guest, good question. The stories I republish are sourced from a very good friend who I trust and have no reason to doubt. At the bottom of that particular post you can see he has also sourced the information. I’m sure he would welcome any further enquiry. Contact details here.

            • Guest

               /  28th October 2015

              @ Duncan

              Yeah. Nah. Not my kinda people, sorry. No offence intended. But if you can believe in your God, without proof or reason, then perhaps we can believe in fake usernames…at least there is reasonable cause to believe in that.
              (Btw I believe in God but not religion or churches, which are man-made)

    • Interesting analysis but so what? Despite the fact or perhaps beause of the numbers they’ve lost from banning etc they have made changes, more people have stepped up to contribute and they are building a community. All power to them, I say.

    • @UT Yip – the Backchat/GD threads have become dominated by a Mod asking some question like “Whats your favorite xyz?”, “What was you best holiday?” etc etc.

      Gone are real discussions about much else… a bit sad use to be some good threads in their at times..

      • Maureen W

         /  28th October 2015

        Cringe-worthy stuff isn’t it, the flock being led by ban-hammer Pete on low-cal commenting. Wonder what kind of “community” Duncan (above) thinks they’re building with this crap, it’s like PlaySchool. .. and today’s question starts with the letter …..

        • its just sad Maureen… it has completely lost it in my view, but its their blog they can do as they like with it…

          • What’s even sadder is the lot of us discussing it. Remember what Oscar Wilde said – ‘The only thing worse than being talked about, is not being talked about’.

            • why bother

               /  28th October 2015

              No its not sad to discuss the hypocrisy of WO.
              What is sad is that apparently according to SPC to become relevant in this blogging world we/you/us Do Not discuss BS that spouts from hypocritical bloggers
              OW wrote many plays among them
              “The Importance of Being Ernest”
              Wilde not only satirizes hypocrisy and sham virtue, he also mocks its authentic presence.

            • @ why bother – ‘A little sincerity is a dangerous thing, and a great deal of it is absolutely fatal’. Oscar Wilde.

              It never hurts to be frank with oneself and have a degree of self-awareness. Who really cares if there is rank hypocrisy at WhaleOil? Why…we do, and a lot of commentators here are, to use the parlance of the times, butthurt at being left outside the tent. I could count myself in that number and I have to ask myself why? Probably because I felt the warmth inside the tent, ephemeral and though it was, and even though its since turned out to be a 50 watt bulb and not a searchlight.

          • BTW where’s that edit button, I’m rambling incoherently.


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