Taxpayers’ Union response to Spinoff apology

Jordan Williams has responded to the Spinoff apology and has demanded answers. There are suggestions of a thick plot here.

Retraction and apology received from the Spinoff

The full retraction and apology by the Spinoff, relating to allegations that were totally false and defamatory, contained in an article by Simon Wilson, and published on the Spinoff website morning, is welcome.

The Spinoff has accepted that the Taxpayers’ Union (including its affiliate the Auckland Ratepayers’ Alliance) and the three people named in the original article had no role in the distribution of feathers. The Spinoff has apologised for making the allegation and rewritten the article.

We want to know how the Spinoff got this so wrong, and why they didn’t even bother to approach us for comment before publishing.  Both organisations operate 24-hour phone lines for media comment. We couldn’t be more available.

The Spinoff is funded by Auckland Council through its “Heart of the City” lobby group.  We want to be satisfied that the Spinoff was not acting pursuant to the Council’s interest in distracting attention from the finalisation of the Council’s budget.

This suggests there could be a thick plot here.

It’s fair to ask how the incorrect accusation came about.


  1. David

     /  May 30, 2017

    “The Spinoff is funded by Auckland Council through its “Heart of the City” lobby group”

    Eh? Why on earth is the council funding this?

    • Anonymous Coward

       /  May 30, 2017

      It’s one of 10 listed sponsors.

  2. Trevors_elbow

     /  May 30, 2017

    Ahhhh…. if it was Slater doing this it would be Dirty Politics. But it’s a left leaning bunch it’s just a mistake.


    The smear remains regardless of he forced apology and retraction….