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Police should raid key’s house over ‘Rawshank’ hacker claims

What’s good for the goose is good for the gander:

Prime Minister John Key believes he knows who the hacker 'Rawshark' is (Simon Wong/ 3 News)Prime Minister John Key believes he knows who the hacker ‘Rawshark’ is (Simon Wong/ 3 News)

Opposition MPs say police should search Prime Minister John Key’s house and office following revelations he was “told” the identity of the hacker behind Dirty Politics.

The revised biography Portrait of a Prime Minister includes a new chapter on the election entitled ‘The Campaign from Hell’, in which Mr Key alleges he was told who the hacker ‘Rawshark’ is.

“Someone phoned and told me who the hacker was, but other than having a look at this person, I thought, ‘Oh well … nothing will come out of it. Life goes on,” Mr Key said in the book.

Mr Key did not reveal the name to the biography’s author John Roughan and when asked if he passed on the information to police, a spokeswoman said Mr Key had no involvement with the inquiry.

Though Mr Key believed he knew the hacker’s identity “he cannot be certain”, the spokeswoman said.

Police conducted a 10-hour-long search of investigative journalist Nicky Hager’s Wellington house earlier this month, in an attempt to flush out the hacker. The author is taking the police to court over their actions.

New Zealand First leader Winston Peters and Green Party co-leader Russel Norman think police should raid Mr Key’s house and office if he claims to know who the hacker is.

“[Mr Key] says he’s not actually certain – another brain-fade. If you do know conclusively, you should say so, but he says he doesn’t know,” Mr Peters says.

Asked if police should search Mr Key’s property he replied: “What’s sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander, isn’t it?”.

Dr Norman says Mr Key should either tell the public who he thinks Rawshark is, or be subject to a search like Mr Hager.

“I would expect to police to be consistent and even-handed and raid the Prime Minister’s house and office to find out who Mr Key thinks Rawshark is”

“If he wants to avoid a 10-hour police search, which is what Mr Hager got, then he should fess up and tell us who he thinks Rawshark is.”

Rawshark is accused of providing Mr Hager with the personal emails and communications between Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater and National Party staff and ministers that formed the backbone of his Dirty Politics book.

Key should have come clean on Ede -Russel  Norman

The revised chapter in Portrait of a Prime Minister also reveals former National Party staffer and apparent close source of Slater, Jason Ede resigned the night Dirty Politics was published.

Mr Hager’s book alleges Mr Ede was one of the sources of information which Slater used to attack National’s opponents.

Mr Key did not confirm Mr Ede’s resignation until two days after the election.

Dr Norman believes if Mr Key knew about the resignation when it happened, he should have made it public.

“If New Zealanders during the election campaign would have known Mr Ede was no longer working for the National Party they would have realised there was a lot of weight in the very serious allegations [in Mr Hager’s book],” he said.

“That’s why National didn’t want anyone to know.”

In an interview for the biography, Mr Key said Mr Ede had a lot of jobs.

“Part of it was dealing with bloggers, but he’d go off and do things for the party too, such as the Mana by-election,” he said.

Roughan writes that Mr Ede had worked full time for the National Party since the start of the year, but it ended the night Dirty Politics was published.

Mr Ede was one of Mr Key’s advisers before he began working for the party. He dropped out of sight several weeks ago but it wasn’t previously known when he quit the job.

Mr Key confirmed to Roughan that he was at times in contact with Slater.

“I don’t know him really,” Mr Key said.

“He used to turn up at the odd event… occasionally Cameron would text me but it wasn’t anything like my relationship with David Farrar (National’s pollster who writes Kiwiblog), I talk to Farrar all the time.”

Acknowledgements:   3 News

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Former Wellington player Thomas Waldrom has been added to England squad…

NZ Newswire
Thomas Waldrom in action for the Exeter Chiefs.© Stu Forster/Getty Images Thomas Waldrom in action for the Exeter Chiefs.

Former Hurricanes and Crusaders No.8 Thomas Waldrom is one of nine players added to England’s rugby squad for their November internationals.

The 31-year-old was called up as injury cover for Saracens backrower Billy Vunipola for the Tests against New Zealand, South Africa, Samoa and Australia.

Vunipola was concussed in his club’s European defeat by Munster on Friday.

“We always anticipated bringing in additional players following the European games, either to cover injuries or for training,” coach Stuart Lancaster said.

Waldrom, who earned the last of his four England caps 20 months ago, is one of three Exeter players added to the 33-man squad named last week.

Dave Ewers and Henry Slade join Waldrom as injury cover for Wasps loose forward James Haskell and Northampton centre Luther Burrell.

Burrell injured a hand in their win over the Ospreys while Haskell is fighting a viral infection.

Props Henry Thomas and Alex Waller have been added after frontrowers David Wilson and Joe Marler, picked up calf and thigh injuries and Ben Foden, Matt Kvesic, Anthony Watson and Richard Wigglesworth will also train with the squad.

Thomas was born in Lower Hutt and played his club rugbyand learned his craft with the Avalon club. He is also a former Wellington Lions and NZ Maori representative. A good Super Rugby player, he never quite made it to the highest level in NZ. Locals are quite proud of his achievements since he left NZ.

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Wellington men caught with hundreds of paua shellfish…

NZ Newswire
Paua shells© Getty Images Paua shellsThree Wellington men could face prison or large fines after they were caught with hundreds more paua than the legal limit.

Ministry of Primary Industries compliance officers found the trio’s stash of 876 shucked paua weighing over 81kg in three large packs on Wellington’s west coast south of Titahi Bay on Monday.

Under the recreational fishing limit, people are only allowed to take 10 paua per day.

After the paua had been seized and processed many were found to be under the 125mm legal size limit, MPI says.

The three men have been charged with serious fisheries offences that carry a possible sentence of up to five years in prison, or a $250,000 fine.

MPI officers observed the group for some time before finding the stash and saw two of the men using a small motorised dingy in dangerous sea conditions to get paua they’d stashed earlier.

MPI’s Mike Green said he was disappointed to see people gathering paua on such a large scale and said it could take months if not years for the area to recover.

“Wellington is well known for its paua and in places there is a good and plentiful supply for all to enjoy.

“The actions of these individuals in this particular case go a long way to ruin that for everyone else.”

He urged anyone who saw suspicious fishing activity to get in touch with MPI.

The men are due to appear in Porirua District Court on November 11.

Isis , Ebola, sabre rattling and a leadership battle…

Monday Opinion:

By Peter Petterson

As shocking  as these uncivilised terrorist Isis bandits are, they are really a cultural/ religious throw -back to the medieval and Crusade eras;  it is a regional dispute in a power vacuum. They wouldn’t get much publicity traction without the internet. Turkey could wipe out this Isis group by arming  the Kurds, but are reluctant to create a Kurdish force which could later bite it on its backside by demanding  independence from Turkey.Syria is just a hotbed of  disparate anti-government opposition groups battling against  an entrenched dictatorship. The situation gives the US the opportunity to reinforce its coalition of the willing support, when considering the situation in the Ukraine in Eastern Europe where Russia has been doing its own sabre-rattling in recent months.

That brings us to the Ebola epidemic in Western Africa which is creating problems outside of the continent with individual cases appearing as far afield as the US. A global problem is possible with most countries unprepared for this epidemic. If it gets out of hand thousands of lives could be lost, because this disease is usually fatal. There is much to read about this in coming weeks.

Locally we have the opposition Labour Party still to reveal its awareness of the reasons for its recent electoral massacre, being more directly involved in a leadership battle, something most people would consider being arse-about-face – review the election defeat first and then elect a new leader. The Labour Party created its own problems by taking the leadership responsibility away from its parliamentarians and allowing the party and union affiliates to become involved in electing  a new leader. This will be resolved in coming weeks.

English: Biosafety level 4 hazmat suit: resear...

English: Biosafety level 4 hazmat suit: researcher is working with the Ebola virus (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Tainui iwi wants to spend millions buying state houses – I say no sales except to tenants

Bill English:


Spokesman Tukoroirangi Morgan spoke directly to Prime Minister John key and called for him to `do the right thing' and give back the land. Photo / Dean Taylor
“Spokesman Tukoroirangi Morgan spoke directly to Prime Minister John key and called for him to `do the right thing’ and give back the land. Photo / Dean Taylor

Tainui says it wants to spend “tens of millions of dollars” on buying up state houses as Finance Minister Bill English signals an open market for the country’s 68,000 Housing New Zealand properties.

“We can sell to anybody,” Mr English said in an interview with Herald staff yesterday.

Buyers would not have to be non-profit entities, and he said he had already had talks with consortiums involving major iwi and banks.

Tainui leader Tukoroirangi Morgan said his tribe had first right of refusal over state asset sales in its area fromSouth Auckland to Waikato and wanted to use the right to buy state houses for its people.”

I totally oppose the sale of state houses except to tenants. Perhaps social housing providers could lease state houses under certain circumstances.

The National government does not have a mandate to sell any state houses. A number of 22,000 and a figure of five billion dollars has been mentioned by the government. Buyers beware!  A future Labour Government will be committed to re-nationalising state houses in its first term. You have been warned!