EXCLUSIVE: Netsafe respond to attempt to censor The Daily Blog with veiled threats

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As readers of The Daily Blog will be aware, Netsafe recently contacted The Daily Blog and requested we secretly censor political content on The Daily Blog because a complaint had been made regarding that content under this ridiculous new Harmful Digital Communications law.

In no uncertain terms, I told Netsafe where they could go

I have to be honest with you all, when the Harmful Digital Communications Act passed, I didn’t take a hell of a lot of notice of the fine print.

On the surface, the Act seemed reasonable. Human beings have a terrible ability to be cruel to one another and when they can be anonymous online that ability manages to become infinite, so I like many NZers probably nodded in agreement at legislation to combat online bullying in a cultural landscape that includes social media.

Oh how wrong was I.

Two days ago I was contacted by Netsafe who requested that under the powers given them from the Harmful Digital Communications Act that I censor The Daily Blog.

It gets so much worse than that though.

Not only am I not allowed to tell you, the readership of The Daily Blog, that I have been contacted by Netsafe to censor the blog, I am not allowed to tell you the content they wish to censor and I am not allowed to tell you if the blog has been censored.

Over the last 48 hours I have been shocked to learn the huge powers that have been handed over to a jumped up NGO who is merely deputised by the Ministry of Justice to manage the Harmful Digital Communications Act.

This law was effectively set up to stop teenagers bullying each other on bloody Facebook, what the hell are they doing trying to censor a political blog?

If The Daily Blog has published something that is a falsehood about you as an individual you have the right to contact me as the editor and request a right of reply and if we have over stepped the mark, an apology from the blog – failing that, you can always sue us for defamation.

I’ve been in this game since 1995, and in my 23 years (despite being banned from Radio NZ for life for supposedly defaming John Key), I’ve never been sued for defamation. I know the law, I sail pretty close to it at times, but I don’t over step it and I’ve got almost a quarter of a century of experience to back that up.

We have reviewed the blogs that Netsafe have asked to be censored and there is NOTHING defamatory in those blogs. If NZers knew what blogs Netsafe wanted censored, there would be outrage at the obvious political influences at work here.

Netsafe demanded that I respond within 48 hours as to whether or not I would comply with their requests for censorship, so let me respond publicly to Netsafe.

You can censor The Daily Blog the day you take the keyboard from my cold dead hands. The content you have asked to be censored is not defamatory and allowing secret censorship of political blogs is the most dangerous and disturbing part of your powers.

This blog ain’t for turning

My advice to Netsafe is that they pause, take a long deep breath and consider the Public backlash at this type of censorship. You were given these powers to stop cyber bullying, you sure as Christ weren’t given them to censor political blogs. This is an outrageous abuse of power and I won’t acquiesce to it.

Any incoming new Government in September has to urgently check the powers that have been given Netsafe, because I can’t imagine anyone who voted for the Harmful Digital Communications Act thought for one second it would be used against legitimate political comment online.

If Netsafe continue this action against The Daily Blog, I will ensure you our readers know about it.

…many, many, many people have contacted me and asked what has happened with this, so here is the update.

Netsafe contacted me with the following veiled threat…

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…so because I wasn’t prepared to be silent about their request to censor The Daily Blog, they are stepping aside to allow the complaint to proceed. Effectively Netsafe are insinuating that because I refused their request for confidentiality and refused to participate in their Kangaroo Court, they will allow the complaint through without any of their supposed moderation of the process.  So while they might agree the complaint is bullshit, because I wouldn’t play their game and embarrassed them by going public the complaint can go ahead without their moderation, which when you consider this is a Government backed agency is a remarkable position to take.

The last paragraph I find particularly chilling. Netsafe are promising that they will come after Political Blogs and even the mainstream media as a State backed censor. Remember this bloody legislation was sold to the public as a way to stop teenagers from bullying each other on Facebook, how has Netsafe’s scope gone from a genuine problem like cyber bullying to State backed Censor?

How the hell has this all occurred without any of us noticing?

If Netsafe come to my door again asking for secret censorship, I’ll tell them what I told them last time, you can censor The Daily Blog the day you take the keyboard from my cold dead hands.

If the complainant attempts to take me to the District Court I will ensure everyone knows what the material is and ask for you all to spread it as far and as wide as you can.

This ridiculous new censorship law might be able to shut down The Daily Blog or see me imprisoned until I comply with a take down notice, but it sure as fuck can’t stop all of you spreading the material into every single corner of the internet.

This blog ain’t for turning and an urgent review of Netsafe’s powers are required from any incoming Government.

73 COMMENTS

  1. BIG BROTHER has his willing collaborators, in all kinds of quarters, I presume. The Nazis were also “successful” in employing (collaborating) Jews to “police” the “trouble making” Jews in the Warsaw Getto, once, it seems this is the beginning of things to come, affecting ALL of us.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jewish_Ghetto_Police

    • Please Martyn, is there any way you can put back up the previous piece and all the great comments about this 5 eyes meeting in the Queenstown area ?
      For some reason it has been removed and I feel we do not need to allow them to pressure us and silence our comments.

  2. “appear unwilling to enter into good faith discussions”..hmmm. Sure.
    How long till we end up with our very own version of the ‘Publicity Department of the Communist Party of China’

  3. Cant wait to see which articles are being asked to take down, personally I would let everyone know which articles are in question straight away so the people know what is being censored

  4. One more thing. Desperate times call for desperate measures perhaps?

    I’ve noticed stirrings within Camp Scum Bag.
    That frilly little lilly espiner ( Best mate dunk garner ! ) interviewing that cadre of prime minister swine and listening to those swine all but tearfully explain why it was necessary to rip us off. Then allan gibbs whining about how capitalism and it’s associate businessmen are sooo misunderstood ” Oh for goodness sake…. that’s business. It’s what businessmen doooooo” He let out, like a warm fart after an all-meat brunch.
    Jonky vanished with barely a mince and his dumb, no, wait… dumber, side kick is now clumping around parliament with his gumboots on the wrong feet.
    And lets not forget the other rats that leaped, perhaps they were pushed, off the stinking shit barge that is Neo Liberal National and the tainted by association Labour party both now losing their $ix figure lice like a dying dog.
    Let me be blunt.
    They stole our stuff and things for themselves and created a suffering populace and I for one am coming after them. I have vengeance to sate because they took out my family, stole my livelihood, one I’d trained for, for more than 20 years, they’ve demonised the weak and disempowered the unwitting to try to justify their crimes. I, for one, will spread what you like.
    Netsafe? You reading this? Fuck you.

  5. I’m doing this again because ‘ bad gateway’ 502 ???

    One more thing. Desperate times call for desperate measures perhaps?

    I’ve noticed stirrings within Camp Scum Bag.
    That frilly little lilly espiner ( Best mate dunk garner ! ) interviewing that cadre of prime minister swine and listening to those swine all but tearfully explain why it was necessary to rip us off. Then allan gibbs whining about how capitalism and it’s associate businessmen are sooo misunderstood ” Oh for goodness sake…. that’s business. It’s what businessmen doooooo” He let out, like a warm fart after an all-meat brunch.
    Jonky vanished with barely a mince and his dumb, no, wait… dumber, side kick is now clumping around parliament with his gumboots on the wrong feet.
    And lets not forget the other rats that leaped, perhaps they were pushed, off the stinking shit barge that is Neo Liberal National and the tainted by association Labour party both now losing their $ix figure lice like a dying dog.
    Let me be blunt.
    They stole our stuff and things for themselves and created a suffering populace and I for one am coming after them. I have vengeance to sate because they took out my family, stole my livelihood, one I’d trained for, for more than 20 years, they’ve demonised the weak and disempowered the unwitting to try to justify their crimes. I, for one, will spread what you like.
    Netsafe? You reading this? Fuck you.

  6. If the complainant attempts to take me to the District Court I will ensure everyone knows what the material is and ask for you all to spread it as far and as wide as you can.

    Consider it done by me, as well.

    Whoever laid the complaint (and I can guess as to motivation) may find that the item objected to gains a wider audience than s/he ever imagined.

    As for the reference to “making an application to the district Court” – I view that as a clumsy attempt by an inexperienced NGO to “flex it’s muscle”.

    It is not typical of comments by the Human Rights Commission, Race Relations Conciliator, et al.

    Calling it “ham fisted” is an under-statement.

    By the way; who-ever wrote that missive to you, Martyn, forgot to enable their spell-checker; “crediable” has no “i” in it.

  7. Should blow the fuckwits up…

    Anyhoo, you have my email and I would consider it my duty to overthrow this canard by giving it some daylight.

    And let your local MP know too. He/she/it would have voted for it so sheet it home…

  8. If I was to hazard a guess about who was the complainant in this censoring process I would look at who has the most to gain from these actions, and who has a reputation for trying to silence any critics. This would suggest zionist/Israeli operatives,the U.S Empire operatives,or agencies of the N.Z Govt.,or all three.I personally would welcome the opportunity to meet any of them in court.

    • Yeah, I’m guessing some of the writing Leslie Bravery has been doing about the apartheid and occupation in Palestine would piss off people who think criticising Zionist regime = “anti-semitism”. They’re the first ones to jump on that horse, and would explain Deputy Netsafe not really wanting to get involved in it intelligently.

    • Lest we forget, and lest we be accused of conspiracy theories and spin, I’m reminded of some good advice: “Keep your powder dry”.
      Just a little digging – firstly about the principals of Netsafe, and then their backgrounds actually says a lot.
      In there, there’s a bit of this, and a bit of that, and a bit of nepotism laced with a bit of ego and master of the universe attitude.
      Let ’em push a little harder @Historian Pete, it’s all good ammo.
      If you can afford it – bide your time

  9. The HDCA was set up as a cover for it’s intended purpose, that of censoring alternative perspective through media. NZ has been mislead as to it’s true intention. NZers have been fed (yet another) lie. Is that an offence in itself?

    Who is the complainant? If things begin to turn vicious and it seems it’s very likely to, the complainant should be identified.

    Censorship of media, regardless of it’s political leaning, is a step further towards a very dark deep state, something which will have serious ramifications throughout (particularly alternative) media in general.
    Because where will it stop?

    This is something which will affect us all, by removing our access to information. So I will spread the word Martyn and should you and TDB face court proceedings, I’ll willingly contribute to any legitimate fund set up to see you through.

    This is a fight of the people.

  10. The actions of Netsafe bring to mind NZ McCarthyism and 1984 Big Brother.
    This law was obviously passed as a Trojan Horse for arbitrary and pernicious censorship.

  11. Like any law passed by National it is always led with a lying front story that is about something sensible and logical. But it always masks the lying fucks true intent and that was to silence their critics.

    Fuck the National Party!

  12. Good onya Martyn. Censorship is the First Resort of Tyrants. That’s why Freedom of Speech is the First Amendment to the US Constitution.

    Without knowing anything about the actual matter at hand, perhaps the best procedure is to encrypt a complete set of all of the relevant materials and post them to several locations from which they cannot be deleted. Then entrust the keys to this material to an absolutely trustworthy person known only to yourself, and never revealed, who will publish the keys anonymously should anything untoward ever happen to you. This is more or less how the “WikiLeaks Insurance Policy” works.

    I’m sure Kim Dotcom can advise you on the technical details.

    Kia kaha!

  13. If you were to re-post a couple of articles/blogs from the archives it would be interesting.

    Just as exercise in whether the situations that they refer to has changed over time.

    Of course, these would be randomly chosen articles, we trust TDB not to select them for any particular content that they might contain.

  14. Wouldn’t the proper channel for making a complaint of this kind, in this instance be to the Press Council??? Standard procedure is for a complainant to contact the paper, blog-site etc first, asking for a retraction, apology, review etc, and if not satisfied with the response can then proceed by making a formal complaint with the Press Council. I’ve done it, so know the process. The Press Council whilst having no legal powers to litigate a defamation case etc does have the authority to uphold Press Guidelines which they deem to have been breached. That’s the real catch here, when content is being asked to be removed, outside the bounds of standard press complaints procedures. If the complainant requests for a removal / gag order via the courts, firstly they will have to prove the legitimacy of their case, and prove where exactly you have breached ethical Press standards. People with legal eyes, need to look through the Harmful Digital Communications Act, to see exactly where it is being manipulated to achieve censorship, as opposed to placing legal obligations onto those who bully, manipulate and attack others with an intent to harm via digital technology. They seem worlds apart to me….

  15. Is it the same post mentioned on March 30 on The Standard in a post : Post:Dirty Politics done in the Netsafe style.

  16. Talk about Big Brother!
    By a strange co-incidence I am currently reading George Orwell’s novel “1984” which has a lot of similarities with what goes on under a National government.
    Some of the story could have been describing Muddle Nu Ziland as we know it.

  17. Martyn, you and the Daily Blog have my sincere and total support. If there is going to be censorship of this kind, then I will stand in public protest (at least).

    • I lodged an incident report, two days ago, on the NetSafe website
      http//netsafe .org.nz/reportanincident of concern:

      … that the government funded Netsafe organisation has taken upon itself to venture beyond the scope of its original purpose and function (as of militating against online bullying, abuse and harassment) into politically biased censorship using tactics and methods that are themselves bullying and intimidating, and abusive of power and authority…

      and referring to this (Bradbury’s) experience. I think it would be worthwhile for others to do the same. I now await the results of Netsafe’s investigation into itself and will update this thread.

      Cheers.

      • I’m still waiting for Netsafe to respond to my incident report (filed a week ago today). If I’ve still not received anything by Thursday, I’ll lodge a complaint.

  18. governments get really sensitive as we near collapse so we should use terms like debt bomb ,bank run ,house hold debt default ,housing bubble and economic/environmental collapse,bank insolvency ,currency collapse ,open bank resolution policy deposit theft,all fucken nationals fault as many times as possible they consider the truth economic vandalism fuck them
    carry on the good fight bomber your could host the daily blog offshore one of those small tax heavens national loves.

  19. Martyn,

    I support you 100% on this. I strongly suggest you read my August 2015 investigation into the HDC bill: https://www.spinbin.co.nz/grotesque-hypocrisies-behind-new-zealands-anti-troll-legislation/

    Secondly: mirror your entire website. https://archive.is every single post. This will prevent your posts ever disappearing from the internet in their original form. Put all your source links into https://archive.is then link the archive.is link version into your posts, instead of the native links. This will prevent any of your source material ever disappearing from the internet.

    Thirdly: protest. Literally schedule an event, get a bullhorn and protest this outside the Netsafe offices. The stand you take will secure the freedom of other New Zealanders for years to come. Good on you for doing it.

    Suzie

  20. Martyn, just a question; Did whoever sent you these letters sign their name to them, or are they like cowardly bullies hiding in the shadows?

  21. It seems to me that Netsafe are now passing the buck to the complainant.

    If they want the complaint to proceed the complainant must now make a case before the district Court.

    It doesn’t appear as though Netsafe can do much except huff and puff.

    • “It seems to me that Netsafe are now passing the buck to the complainant.”

      How so? Please tik this box here if you have an attachment and upload your response.
      And even if they do and there is, please (Netsafe) justify (in law, or in whatever it is you perceive your role to be) your stance.

      Another fine pickle you’ve gotten me into eh Ollie?
      (To which the best response was probably a mighty fine slap, going forward, of course)
      You know…. you can imagine these fuckwits all dressed up in their Emperer’s clothes …. visiting and really really ‘connecting’ with the issues – even an occasional trip to the 3rd World in order to get a dose of reality.

      Jesus!!!! sometimes I really do despair.

      • Suggest you read the second paragraph (of Netsafe’s reply) that follows Martyn’s words

        Netsafe contacted me with the following veiled threat…

        it begins “For the sake of clarity…”

        You’ll need to use better grammar for me to address the rest of your comment.

  22. Does this netsafe pressure have anything to do with why the blog about the CIA; FBI 5 Eyes Arrowtown meeting has been removed ?
    If our comments are that threatening to them, maybe we need to speak louder and more often.

    I support you and TDB as well.

  23. You have got 2B effing kidding me. Like you Bomber, I thought that it – the law – sounded like a good idea. Something was required to push back against on line anonymous bullying that has been affecting teens in particular, for some time.

    After reading your article I can see where this is going to be used. Against people who speak out in defence of the Palestinians. Any pointing out of the hypocrisy of Israels’ “defending themselves” when they are the occupier & the right to resist is part of International Law will be complained about – Loudly – as anti Semitism. No doubt there are other “topics” which will have defenders popping up to “take on” the cyber bullies.

    Citizen outrage will commence after the next instalment of “Shortland Street” screens . . . . or maybe after the weekend omnibus catch up shows screen

  24. “Not only am I not allowed to tell you, the readership of The Daily Blog, that I have been contacted by Netsafe to censor the blog, I am not allowed to tell you the content they wish to censor and I am not allowed to tell you if the blog has been censored.”

    Why not unveil exactly all that which you’re not “allowed” to tell your readers?

    Cheers, D

  25. This morning (ANZAC day) thousands of Kiwis are recognising the ultimate sacrifice made by others.
    Rightly or wrongly, many of those who left these shores and never returned thought they were defending some notion of “democracy”.
    How does that sacrifice look now, when legislation is enacted and employed to silence people in this manner??

    • That “sacrifice” was not asked for to be made for democracy, freedom of speech and the rule of law, it was asked to be made for protecting the interests of the powerful and wealthy elite, if you have not understood this yet.

      • I understand that all too well Mike in Auckland.
        But the people that went and gave their lives didn’t necessarily understand. They were deceived amidst the jingoistic propaganda of the day and their own sense of community and selflessness.
        And it was a sacrifice. These people either died, or came home severely physically/mentally damaged. Sheesh.

  26. I’m willing to donate for any legal expenses
    OffGuardian has a good article just now on how Google censors alternative news sources
    Sounds alarmingly similar to what Martyn has experienced

  27. First of all they came for Martyn Bradbury, and we shuffled away nervously.Then they came for the Jews.Then they came for the communists. Then they came for the socialists……Make no mistake,this is our “Paul Revere ” moment. And its not the British we have to fear.Its the arrival of our very own Police State! The strangulation of dissent and freedom of speech has been building up momentum for several years now.We must draw a line in the sand and bring every resource to bear in backing Martyn to the absolute hilt! This means funding,street protests, or whatever it takes.And I will be there at the courtroom, on the streets,providing funding. For tyranny to succeed is required the silence of good men and women…………!!

  28. Let’s see …..
    Which country has occupied another nation’s land for decades, has constructed illegal settlements on occupied land, taken land by force and claimed sovereignty ,practised ethnic cleansing,has run the world’s largest open air prison, incarcerated children and in effect run an apartheid system in contravention of International Apatheid Law.

    Which country has violated countless UN resolutions for decades enabled by their partners in crime, the US, via their vetoes at the Sevurity Council.

    Which country has viciously opposed anyone who criticises their actions, as was recently demonstrated when NZ’ proposed a ban on settlements through a UN resolution, by declaring war on them. This unprecedented threat was dismissed quickly by our craven foreign minister.

    The fact that they now sit as a ‘Sixth Eye’ in our country suggests that NZ is formulating an alliance with this country which is a moral and ethical outrage.

    • @ JAX … Spot on there. Agree.

      Israel is as much a rogue state as North Korea. Yet a blind eye is turned to it’s murderous activities against a virtually defenceless nation. Palestinians a broken people, made vulnerable through Israel’s rampant aggression against them for over 70 decades!

      How can this be acceptable? But to speak out and challenge Israel, invites threats of recrimination!

      Perhaps if the state of Israel hadn’t been allowed to exist in the first place, maybe, just maybe, there wouldn’t be the trouble in the Middle East as exists today.

      There I’ve said it! Something which is not said very often. No Israel existing in its present state, with US support, no present Middle Eastern conflict! In my opinion, that is the root source of the trouble in the ME.

      Israel and USA are bullies, just as much as North Korea is.

  29. You’ve clearly got them feeling threatened, keep up the good work! try and get as much information from them as possible in writing, so as to understand what they are doing, and to see if the trip themselves up in their own incompetence.

  30. In regards to Netsafe — ( and I encourage others to check out their website ) : Part of internet safety is about having the freedom to expose and criticize governments ; law enforcement ; the media ; ” 5 eyes ” etc. and tell the truths and expose unethical and alleged criminal acts and intentions. You, Netsafe, are not the only warriors of honesty and truth on the internet. THE DAILY BLOG, for the most part, wants to continue to expose the truth and shine the light on just why things have gone so wrong all over the show. They are unique in the media realm. The elite criminals need to be brought to justice including those ( alleged ) unethical idiots in the C.I.A. and the F.B.I. ; most governments etc. and the elite secret group of ” 5 eyes “.
    We can not attain peace with more military spending and perpetual ( greed based ) fear encouraging and war mongering.
    Perpetuating fear and taking away our – PRIVACY RIGHTS are moving us closer to the N.W.O. and that is not a good nor a healthy thing. http://www.disclose.tv/action/viewvideo/229887/new_world_order_exposed__top_secret_must_see_documentary/

    Take a good look at the links below and maybe you will better understand why it is wrong to try and silence the truth speakers and those who are wanting to help our country and not tear it down. Your attempt to silence and/or prosecute Martyn ( and TDB ) tells us a great deal about you ( Netsafe ) and your allegiances and is frankly futile and will be met with resistance.
    The truth can not be denied and those who want to silence the truths and truth speakers will be exposed in the end.
    Protect internet safety and integrity by shining the light on those who want to take those freedoms and rights away from us ! ! !
    and many of them are, right now, in the Queenstown area partying it up at our expense.

    No wonder many of us want to get NZ out of the ” 5 eyes ” and after reading the below links, most will agree as well.
    We want to wage peace, not wage more war and fear.

    http://www.thelibertybeacon.com/five-eyes-of-the-deep-state-stoneghost-exposed/

    http://disinfo.com/2013/12/exposing-five-eyes-global-surveillance-cabal-big-brother-watch/

    https://climateviewer.com/new-world-order/

    http://www.newshub.co.nz/home/politics/2017/04/new-zealand-should-think-again-on-five-eyes-spy-network-nicky-hager.html

    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/nov/26/snowden-spyware-five-eyed-monster-50000-networks-five-eyes-privacy

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rQU1JK-EWIo

  31. Go Martyn! We’ve got your back. Wondering if it’s got something to do with the allegations against Nick Smith, apparently he’s sought a lawyer.

  32. Go Martyn, we’ve got your back. Wondering if it’s something to do with the allegations against Nick Smith who has apparently sought a lawyer to try and shut it down.

  33. They are terrified that people should find out that the MSD is being integrated into the GCSB, just as stats has been for some time now. Too late now anyway, too late. Put up with it or leave.

  34. The F.B.I. are chairing this 5 Eyes meeting right now in the Queenstown area in New Zealand.
    They want to combat international crime and collaborate with their ” partners ” to fight crime.

    WHO ARE THE REAL CRIMINALS ?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NomqUWXv7YU

    http://www.toptenz.net/10-cartoonishly-evil-crimes-committed-by-the-fbi.php

    https://wearechange.org/fbi-exposed-for-letting-child-predators-walk-free/

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7rM0q97hxrU

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JMDblL1_cbU

  35. So you have a cybersafe company charged with dealing with internet bullying, harrassing you into removing content. How ironic.

  36. How about you let MP know what’s going on and under parliamentary privilege they asked question of the Minister and in doing to letting us all know what you can’t tell us.

  37. The foreign US owned Telecommunication company SPARK who’s parent bought our public owned Government agency Telecom NZ as seen below.

    Now this foreign owned communications company controls our NZ electronic communications industry from the US.

    Latest nail in our coffin’s arose when last year Spark told lies when it said they are “Bringing our communication services home” so asked s for permission to switch to their new ISP!!!

    Since then 800 000 customers have been switched in what Spark calls “Migration” leaving 4000 customers without any communication systems with in their own chosen email services such as “Microsoft “Outlook” system, so many are so pissed off with this foreign company over-reach.

    Many are worried about all the detailed data now is being stored on a “cloud based system” that is known to be not safe and is prone to frequent hacking of their details bank and insurance data also.

    We need to re-nationalise our communication system for the nation’s security now.

    TAKE OUR WORD GET OUT OF SPARK AND JOIN ANOTHER COMPANY AS THEY ARE UN-TRUSTWORTHY LIARS.

    http://www.company-histories.com/Telecom-Corporation-of-New-Zealand-Limited-Company-History.html

    1987: Telecom Corporation of New Zealand, a “state-owned enterprise,” is created as part of the government’s plans to deregulate the domestic telecommunications market.
    1989: Deregulation is completed.
    1990: Telecom New Zealand is privatized through sale to Ameritech and Bell Atlantic for NZ$4.25 billion.
    1996: Telecom New Zealand launches Xtra Internet access service.
    1999: Telecom begins the acquisition of AAPT, the third largest telecommunications provider in Australia.
    2000: The acquisition of AAPT is completed; the company rolls out the CDMA (code division multiple access) wireless network.
    2002: Losses force the company to roll back its ambitions in Australia, focusing instead on the business market in that country.

  38. Anzac Day Revisited

    The powerless citizens of New Zealand drummed up by our Parliaments, have shouldered their rucksacks and rifles over the years and marched off to many distant war zones.

    From Crimea to Afghanistan. “To make New Zealand a safer place in which to live”.

    Anzac day is basically a celebration of our sad losses. Turkey having given us the hiding of our lives. Not to mention bloody Casino or Crete or Vietnam and many other battlefields.

    Clearly, the time has come that should our Parliament wish to have a war somewhere, it should send the Politicians under the leadership of the Prime Minister.

    The pollies salaries would be stepped down to the level of foot soldiers. For surely, they would not wish to get better conditions than the wretches who usually bear the brunt of War.

    In the meantime, while the Prime Minister and his cohorts are overseas, we citizens could get on with the simple matter of building houses. A task that is sadly too difficult for our current Government.

    We could also get on with bringing Equality, Prosperity and Self Esteem to the hundreds of thousands of Kiwis who do not have Trusts and Tax Havens and other huge handouts the wealthy continuously receive and accumulate.

    We could also levy the very nice Australian Banks and Corporations who make $billions of Taxless income from our nice Kiwi Population.

    For sad to say, our Government is too shy to ask for a fair deal from the wealthy Foreigners. Bill English appears to have a kind of Paralysis. So he taxes the poor workers and lower middle class. And piles on GST. He rates young New Zealanders very lowly. And pushes up the cost of energy with all his muscle. He thinks his various homes should be paid for by dumb New Zealanders. It is part of his “Shy man makes good” project.

    PS: This information is censored. It may not be so much as thought about. Written about. No child and no Adult must know of it. The incompetence of our politicians must not be released on YouTube. You have been warned.

    Courtesy of “Shitsafe (aka N..safe) NZ Secrecy; Via FBI USA Home of the Hopeless”.

    .

  39. Martyn this is really scary.

    I remember commenting a few weeks ago about this censorship threat on another post when you informed us about Netsafes threats regarding a complaint that was laid.

    I thought our right to free speech was enshrined in law.

    I was wrong.

    It would seem that the Human rights act and the Bill of rights are weak in enforcing freedom of expression and are open to abuse allowing the government to enact laws that can breach those rights ,in this case the HDCA.

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/91132233/Prominent-Kiwis-pen-open-letter-saying-free-speech-is-under-threat-in-NZ-universities

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Human_rights_in_New_Zealand

    This stinks of political interference and by allowing this we are being dictated to by an increasingly authoritarian regime that wants to silence political debate that it does not agree with and passing law that is deceptive about its true intentions to censor the truth.

    We have been heading in this direction since John Key allowed foreign and domestic interference with how the state conducts itself with recently passed legislation on surveillance and spying.

    A new government when elected must act in changing this law and strengthening our right to free speech and expression because it’s the weakness in the current law that allows evil regimes like this one to subvert our democratic rights.

    Martyn this censorship can not be allowed to stand and we will do all we can to support your efforts, you are not on your own and i am proud of the stand you are taking.

  40. https://www.informationliberation.com/?id=56390

    NSA Whistleblower: Trump Is ‘Absolutely Right,’ NSA Is Spying On Everyone WITHOUT Warrants
    Chris Menahan
    InformationLiberation
    Mar. 07, 2017
    So this is the same here in NZ too.

    Top NSA Whistleblower William Binney told Sean Hannity on Monday the NSA is spying on everyone in America without warrants, which would include Donald Trump, and they’re keeping records of all our communications going back 5 to 10 years.

    Note, this interview came out before the recent Wikileaks which back all of this up in spades.

  41. Don’t worry Bomber . The Harmful Digital Communications Act can’t trump section 14 of the Bill of Rights Act . I’m happy to advise you if necessary .

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