Archive for the ‘Kiwiblog’ Category

DPF offline

November 28th, 2013 at 5:17 am by David Farrar

I’m tramping on the Heaphy Track with a group of friends from Thursday morning to Sunday afternoon. Will be outside phone and Internet coverage for 95% of that time so no blog posts from me for four days, except those I have pre-set. Jadis and possibly others will do the occasional guest posts.

If I’m not posting again by Monday morning, then some one let Search and Rescue know 🙂

Bad timing

August 28th, 2013 at 3:00 pm by David Farrar



Had a fun night last night celebrating Kiwiblog’s 10th birthday party. The Kiwiblog RTDs have become collector items! Thanks to all those who made it, and big thanks to Kensington Swan, Ideas Shop, Independent Liquor and Wine Seeker for sponsoring the event.

Was a pretty late night/morning so slow day today. The bad timing is that tonight is the final episode of Backbenches so will be two big nights in a row!

Kiwiblog’s 10th birthday party

August 15th, 2013 at 4:00 pm by David Farrar

My first post on Kiwiblog was on the 27th of July 2003, so Kiwiblog has just had its 10th birthday. Over the decade Kiwiblog has had:

  • 22 million visits
  • Almost 45 million page views
  • Around 30,000 posts on 5,000 different topics
  • Over one million comments made.

As I was in New Orleans on the 27th of July, I’ve delayed the 10th birthday party until this month. There are three parts to it.

Part 1

On Tuesday 27 August (10 years and 1 month) we’re having a cocktail party to celebrate the 10th birthday that evening. My thanks to sponsors Kensington Swan, Ideas Shop, Independent Liquor and Wineseeker for coming to the party (literally) and making it happen.



In what are bound to become collector items, we will have both a special Kiwiblog RTD at the party, and also special Kiwiblog label pinot noirs and sauvignon blancs (plus beer). It should be a great night.

Sadly the venue can only hold 120 or so people, so that function is invite only. But I am providing an opportunity for readers to come along.

Part 2

I’m also hosting a public party at the Backbencher on Wednesday 21 August. I’ll be there from 5 pm onwards, and any and all readers are warmly invited to pop in for a drink. I’m working on seeing if we can get some Kiwiblog RTDs and wine made available, but there are some issues with liquor laws which we are working through. But at worst, you’ll have all the other drinks available at the Backbencher to choose from (cash bar).

We’ll also have a jar there and if you bring along your business card (or write name on a piece of paper), we’ll have a draw just before 6.30 pm for half a dozen or so tickets to the cocktail party the following week.

Whether you’re a regular commenter, an occasional contributor or a lurking reader – all welcome.

Part 3

On the same night (Wed 21 August), there will be a special episode of Backbenches focusing on Parliament, politics and social media. The filing is delayed slightly (starting 6.30 pm) to allow more time for drinks before hand (and hopefully afterwards). I understand the MPs appearing are prominent tweeters Trevor Mallard, Tau Henare and Asenati Lole-Taylor – so it should be a provocative night. It’s the second to last Backbenches of 2013, so if you want to attend a show, come along.

It’s been a fun ten years of blogging. I blog because I enjoy it – that is my main motivation. Thanks to all those who have contributed over the years, and hopefully see some of you next Wednesday.

The power, the power!

July 20th, 2013 at 10:00 am by David Farrar

Audrey Young quotes Phil Goff in an article on David Shearer:

But Goff said that Shearer, like every Leader of the Opposition, was up against the combined resources of a Government machine with huge resources and of some powerful bloggers behind it, intent on discrediting him.


Influential one could argue, but powerful? Who exactly do we have power over?

Sure both Cam and I have had good stories that have damaged Labour. My rumbling of the Labour MPs at the Sky City box, and the leak to Cam of the Labour Party rule changes, including the man ban.

But to blame bloggers for the political incompetence that should have stopped both stories before they even gestated is making excuses. Likewise the inability to respond to the stories when they did emerge. Labour managed to drag the Sky City story out an entire week by trying to hide who actually attended. The was nothing to do with powerful bloggers, just stupidity.

Stuff to go paywall?

June 10th, 2013 at 10:00 am by David Farrar

The Press reports:

Fairfax Media is looking at paywalls for its online publications in New Zealand, plans to cut staff and may close some publications as it faces the strains from falling advertising.

The Fairfax Media business in New Zealand includes newspapers such as The Press, magazines and online news websites, such as Stuff.

In Australia yesterday, parent company Fairfax announced plans to cut total group costs by A$60 million (NZ$72m), above the A$251m already promised to the market following a restructure of its print and digital operations.

As part of the update yesterday, Fairfax released details of digital subscription for its news websites in Australia with packages from A$15 to $44 a month.

In New Zealand, acting managing director Andrew Boyle said just when or how paywalls would be brought in here remained to be seen.

I’m sort of looking forward to the paywalls coming to New Zealand. I’d say it will lead to many more people coming to blogs, as they won’t be able to get their news from the main media websites.

It will be a good opportunity to boost resources at the blog, and try to fill the gap left by the newspaper sites.

1 million comments

May 14th, 2013 at 9:30 pm by David Farrar

A few days ago Kiwiblog had its one millionth comment made. A nice wee milestone. The current stats are:

  • 25,748 posts
  • 4,856 tags
  • 11,633 registered commenters


A 10th birthday party

February 19th, 2013 at 9:00 am by David Farrar

Idiot/Savant at No Right Turn blogs:

A little over ten years ago, a blog was born. Two days later, on February 18 2003, I made my first post, having been lured aboard by my then-co-blogger Mike (who then wandered off and left me in charge, which may have been his cunning plan from the beginning).

Congrats to No Right Turn on the 10th birthday.

That reminds me that on 27 July 2013 Kiwiblog will be ten years old.

I’ve been thinking for a while that it would be nice to have a 10th birthday party to celebrate the blog, and the impact it has had in various ways.

To allow me to do something a bit more appealing than a function with water and carrot sticks only, I am wondering if there are any organisations or companies out there that would be interested in sponsoring the 10th birthday party. If you are interested, drop me an e-mail and we can discuss possibilities.  Not looking to do anything massively flashy but would be nice to be able to provide a bit of food and drink. In return of course would be some publicity.

The actual party would be in early August as I will be in the United States in July.

Comment Karma

January 24th, 2013 at 8:49 pm by David Farrar

We have reactivated comment karma which allows you to vote up or down on comments you feel are especially good or especially bad. Don’t vote on every comment as that can cause load issues, and if you vote try and be fair – vote on what is being said, not on who is saying it.

No comments get hidden if they get negative ratings. The ratings are just a feedback device.

For longer threads

January 20th, 2013 at 6:50 pm by David Farrar

Note that there is a new feature which may be useful on threads with lots of comments.

At the bottom of each main post is text which says “You can skip to the end and leave a response”.

If you click on this it will take you to the bottom of the comments for that thread.

Kiwiblog in 2012

January 2nd, 2013 at 7:00 am by David Farrar
  • 3,300 posts
  • 3,444,831 visits
  • 761,016 unique visitors
  • 7,073,093 page views


  • NZ 2,882,850 visits
  • Australia 176,178
  • US 106,015
  • UK 71,559


  • Auckland 1,411,981
  • Wellington 754,635
  • Christchurch 272,428
  • Hamilton 84,753
  • Dunedin 68,343
  • Sydney 60,272
  • Melbourne 48,018
  • Palm North 45,243
  • London 38,660


  • IE 30.3%
  • Safari 21.8%
  • Firefox 21.2%
  • Chrome 19.9%
  • Android 3.6%

Mobile Devices

Note that almost 20% of all visits were on a mobile or tablet.

  • iPad 244,551
  • iPhone 229,373
  • Samsung GT-I9100 Galaxy S II 23,745
  • iPod Touch 12,020
  • Motorola MB525 DEFY 7,044

Search Terms

  • Greg King 3,779
  • Malcolm Harbrow 3,671
  • Paul Staples 3,073
  • Kermadec crunchy-wasp 2,802
  • Owen McShane 2,762
  • Matthew Hooton 2,537
  • Teapot tape 1,764
  • Cactus Kate 1,666
  • Wheedle 1,652
  • Whale Oil 1,527
  • Kylie Fullerton 1,514

I’ve excluded searches on the name Kiwiblog and my name.

3,300 posts is a scary number!

Some posts from the last year

December 21st, 2012 at 9:00 am by David Farrar

As an centre-right person it is no surprise I have supported most of what the Government has done. But that doesn’t mean there have not been issues where I disagree with them, or support something from other parties, or give an opinion that isn’t helpful to the Government. I’ve had a quick look through the archives, and below are a surprising large number of links:

I will use this post as a reference point for the next idiot who states that I always agree with National and never criticize them.

2012 Kiwiblog Awards

December 17th, 2012 at 4:15 pm by David Farrar

Okay, have just closed voting in the 2012 Kiwiblog Awards. The winners are:

  • 2012 Press Gallery Journalist of the Year – Rodney Hide. An indication that many KB readers remain fond of Rodney – especially now he is free to write what he truly believes. Runner up is Patrick Gower.
  • 2012 Minor Party MP of the Year. Green Party leader Russel Norman takes this out, with Peter Dunne in second place.
  • 2012 National MP of the Year. Chris Finlayson takes first spot narrowly over Tony Ryall.
  • 2012 Labour MP of the Year. A lot of The Standard readers must have been voting as David Cunliffe wins this award. Readers show their sense of humour by having Rajen Prasad come second.
  • 2012 MP of the Year. Green Party leader Russel Norman beats out Steven Joyce. As many KB readers are not natural Green Party fans, that is a significant achievement. I’m sure Russel will include the award in his CV, and frame it to place on his office wall.

Thanks to all those who voted in the (unscientific) blog poll.

Voting open for Kiwiblog Awards

December 11th, 2012 at 6:45 am by David Farrar

Voting is now open via the blog polls in the sidebar for the 2012 Kiwiblog Awards. Any names that got more than one nomination were included. As no person (except mikenmild) got nominated more than once for Public Servant of the Year, no voting for that category this year.

The nominees are:

Press Gallery Journalist of the Year

  • John Armstrong
  • Patrick Gower
  • Rodney Hide
  • Fran O’Sullivan

Rodney is not technically press gallery but he writes on politics so have allowed the nomination. Likewise Fran is a business columnist but again often writes on politics.

Minor Party MP of the Year

  • Peter Dunne
  • Kevine Hague
  • Julie-Anne Genter
  • Russel Norman
  • Winston Peters

National MP of the Year

  • Chris Finlayson
  • Steven Joyce
  • John Key
  • Tony Ryall

Labour MP of the Year

  • David Cunliffe
  • Chris Hipkins
  • Rajen Prasad
  • Louisa Wall

MP of the Year

  • Steven Joyce
  • Russel Norman
  • Tony Ryall

Nominations for MP of the Year

December 5th, 2012 at 3:00 pm by David Farrar

I forgot to do this in 2011, but it is a good tradition to continue. The Kiwiblog Awards.

Please nomination in comments people for the categories below over the next couple of days. I’ll then run a poll of the most popular nominees over several days for people to vote in. The categories are:

  • 2012 MP of the Year
  • 2012 Labour MP of the Year
  • 2012 National MP of the Year
  • 2012 Minor Party MP of the Year
  • 2012 Press Gallery Journalist of the Year
  • 2012 Public Servant of the Year


9,000 users

November 13th, 2012 at 4:00 pm by David Farrar

This week Kiwiblog had the 9,000th user registration, which is what allows someone to make a comment.

We’re also a few posts away from 24,000 posts and are up to 912,000 comments. We’ll need a party for the one million mark!

There are 4,565 different tags or topics also which is a bit disturbing!

Want to help highlight the silly complainers?

October 26th, 2012 at 11:00 am by David Farrar

Just been looking at all the complaints that the Advertising Standards Authority has had to deal with this year. There are a staggering 523 complaints, and reading through many of them, you see so many people with a total lack of sense of humour. For example:

The direct mail flyer showed a picture of a cow that had attempted to jump over a steel gate, but had got stuck half way. The position of the cow over the gate appears uncomfortable. Above the image is the heading “Rural broad band… no more obstacles”. Further information about the broadband packages is listed next to the image. …

Complainant, C. Bateman, said: in part “This image is disrespectful to animals, is offensive to anyone concerned about animal welfare and even if it’s meant to be “tongue in cheek” it is not even remotely humourous.”

Oh Good God. And that is one of the more sane complaints.

Anyway this has given me an idea for a regular feature – focusing on the idiotic complaints people send to to various regulatory bodies.

But I need some help to do this.

What I’m after is one or two people who will say once a week on alternate weeks go to the websites of the ASA, BSA and Press Council and have a quick skim of complaints. Then all you have to do is send me a link and/or an extract of the ones which are basically seriously demented or show someone totally lacking in humour.

If this appeals to you, just e-mail me. I think we’ll be doing a public service by highlighting the inanity of some of our serial complainers.

Probably looking to do one post a week highlighting no more than six inane complaints. I suspect a few names will reoccur!

Not Peter Burns

October 3rd, 2012 at 9:55 am by David Farrar

Peter Burns has e-mailed to say it was not him, who made the post on Cam Slater’s blog about his mother’s death. A search on the IP address shows it was an IP address never used by Peter, so I apologise to Peter who is a victim of malicious impostering. This means Peter is not banned for life, but he is still suspended until December for other comments.

The IP address,, has been used three times within 24 hours of the post on Cam’s blog by the commenter Luke Mutton here. The e-mail address “Luke” uses” is It is impossible to prove it is “Luke”, but it is very rare for two strangers to use the same IP address within 24 hours – and both be blog commenters.

A domain name lookup on shows the registrant to be Flair Web Works Ltd, That company was deregistered in 2007. It’s shareholder and director was David Brindley. The fact Brindley is the registrant for the domain does not mean he is “Luke Mutton”. But it does mean he knows who “Luke Mutton” is – at least.

One of our commenters has posted on Brindley in the past.

The e-mail address used to be used by My Name is Jack, who has been suspended four times from Kiwiblog. Luke Mutton is now banned. I think the same person was also Billy Borker who has also been suspended four times. He has a history of very abusive behaviour.

It is possible that “Luke Mutton” was not responsible for the impersonation of Peter and that awful comment on Cam’s blog, just as Peter wasn’t. If “Luke” wishes to get his ISP, Adam Internet, to contact me and certify that his account was not using that IP address at the date and time the comment was made, I’ll consider that.

I am not saying David Brindley made the comment. I am saying the comment was made from an IP address used within 24 hours by an e-mail address at a domain Brindley controls.

Personally I regard such malicious impersonation to be the despicable. Bad enough to make such a comment, but even worse to try and set up someone else to be blamed for it. Again my apologies to Peter.

Parliamentary Analyst wanted

September 18th, 2012 at 1:17 pm by David Farrar

This year I have been doing a post on house sitting days detailing what is likely to occur in Parliament that day, with links to the bills, and some analysis of the questions and bills.

The main reason I started doing it, is I was a bit frustrated that there is nowhere else you can get this. Don’t get me wrong – the Parliamentary website has all the information on it, but the order paper is a pdf, and the questions are on a separate page etc. The idea is a one stop shop, making it easier for people to see what the “action” is on a sitting day – and get an idea of whether the debates will be on laws that parties disagree on, or on ones that are controversial.

I’ve been too busy to do this on a regular basis, as I am not always able to get online between 1130 and 1400 on sitting days.

So what I thought I would advertise for is if there are one or more people out there (probably political science students, but can be anyone) who would like to become a Kiwiblog parliamentary analyst.  The position is unpaid, but could be good on the CV, and bound to help you pick up guys or girls in bars and clubs. 🙂

At this stage, just looking for a comittment to do the sitting day posts. If I get two or three volunteers, could assign a day each. If people are keen, could expand over time to other stuff such as covering debates on controversial bills, scoring question time etc.

For the sitting day posts, what is required is:

  1. Copy and paste oral questions over at or after 1130 when made public
  2. Summarise number of questions for each party, and what topics party are asking on
  3. Award “pasty of the day” to the most sycophantic question from a Government backbencher
  4. List the first five orders or bills on the order paper, and link them to their parliamentary page
  5. Estimate which bills will be dealt with that day. Don’t worry if you get it wrong – I often do.
  6. Provide a summary of each bill, which includes date of introduction, its “owner”, its purpose (take from the very useful library digest), and which parties voted for or against it at previous readings or stages.

It normally takes me half an hour or so, so isn’t a huge time commitment – but the challenge is being able to do it between 1130 and 1400, when Parliament generally starts for the day.

If you are interested in becoming a parliamentary analyst for Kiwiblog, just e-mail me. No pay, not even at minimum wage, but the occasional beer or wine – and the chance to show your skills off to the world.

New comments record

March 14th, 2012 at 8:32 am by David Farrar

The thread “Bain says parents made him strong” has set a record in terms of number of comments. It was around 500 or so on a Destiny Church thread, but the Bain thread is now 1,016 comments.

And no I haven’t read all of them, or even most of them!

Kiwiblog 2011 Stats

January 6th, 2012 at 9:00 am by David Farrar

All stats from Google Analytics for 2011 calendar year.

Main Stats

  • Visits – 3,550,071 (2,993,948) – 19% annual increase
  • Visitors – 746,662 (718,046)
  • Pageviews – 7,082,230 (6,487,007)

Country of Visitors

  1. NZ 84.3%
  2. Australia 4.8%
  3. US 3.0%
  4. UK 2.5%
  5. Canada 0.6%
  6. Singapore 0.3%
  7. Japan 0.3%
  8. Germany 0.3%
  9. India 0.2%

City of Visitors

  1. Auckland 37.2%
  2. Wellington 23.3%
  3. Christchurch 8.5%
  4. Hamilton 2.5%
  5. Dunedin 2.0%
  6. Sydney 1.6%
  7. Palm Nth 1.6%
  8. Mechanics Bay 1.5%
  9. Melbourne 1.4%
  10. Nelson 1.0%


  1. IE 37.0% (-8.3%)
  2. Firefox 26.2% (-4.1%)
  3. Safari 18.1% (+6.1%)
  4. Chrome 15.1% (+4.8%)
  5. Android 1.1%
  6. Opera 0.9%

Operating Systems

  1. Windows 73.5% (-8.2%)
  2. Mac 14.0% (+1.3%)
  3. iPhone 4.4% (+2.3%)
  4. iPad 3.4% (++2.7%)
  5. Linux 1.5% (-0.1%)

Hosts (excluding ISPs)

  1. VUW 21,264
  2. MOJ 15,779
  3. MSD 10,865
  4. Massey 9,306
  5. APN 6,930
  6. Air NZ 5,707
  7. Fonterra 5,279
  8. Treasury 4,798
  9. MOE 4,755
  10. NZ Post 4,500
  11. Westpac 4,028
  12. Ak City Council – 3,759
  13. TVNZ 3,636


  1. 35.0% search
  2. 29.3% referral
  3. 35.7% direct

Search Terms (excluding Kiwiblog and my name)

  1. Cactus Kate
  2. Cathy Odgers
  3. Malcolm Harbrow
  4. Whale Oil
  5. Matthew Hooton
  6. Erin Leigh
  7. Labour List
  8. VSM bill
  9. Liz Shaw
  10. Mana Party
  11. Kate Sutton
  12. Owen Glenn
  13. Whaleoil
  14. Vote for Change
  15. The spirit level


  1. No Minister
  2. Whale Oil
  3. Facebook
  4. NZ Herald
  5. Dim Post
  6. Keeping Stock
  7. Cactus Kate
  8. Scoop
  9. The Standard
  10. NZ Conservative

Also currently Kiwiblog has had:

  • 21,188 posts, of which approx 2,800 were made in 2011
  • 790,704 comments, of which approx 140,000 were made in 2011
  • 4,020 tags
  • 7,514 registered commenters

Kiwiblog this week

November 25th, 2011 at 10:48 pm by David Farrar

From Google Analytics.

  • 38,110 unique visitors
  • 105,531 visits – of which 10,000 are to the mobile version
  • 213,626 page views


  • IE 33%
  • Firefox 24%
  • Safari 19%
  • Chrome 18%
  • Android 2%

Operating Systems

  • Windows 70%
  • Mac 13%
  • iPhone 5%
  • iPad 5%
  • Android 2%
  • Linux 1%

Top Visit Sources

  1. Ministry of Justice
  2. Datacom
  3. VUW
  4. MSD
  5. APN
  6. Air NZ
  7. Massey Uni
  8. Min of Ed
  9. Westpac
  10. Cant Uni

Top Referrers

  1. Whale Oil
  2. No Minister
  3. Facebook
  4. NZ Herald
  6. Keeping Stock
  7. Cactus Kate
  8. Trade Me
  9. Stuff
  10. Scoop

Top Search Terms

  1. Kiwiblog
  2. David Farrar
  3. Erin Leigh
  4. Bradley Ambrose
  5. Cactus Kate
  6. Kate Sutton
  7. Supplementary Member
  8. Matthew Hooton
  9. Labour List
  10. Who is the child abusing comedian

Top Pages Visited

  1. So much for a panel of undecided voters
  2. Blogroll
  3. Caption Contest 32
  4. KB back up
  5. General Debate 21 Nov
  6. A vote for NZ First is a vote for a new election
  7. Labour’s campaign hits full stride
  8. Must read blogs
  9. Goff savaged
  10. General Debate 20 November 2011


Back Benches 23 November 2011

November 21st, 2011 at 2:16 pm by Kokila Patel

THIS WEEK ON BACK BENCHES—THE ELECTION PREVIEW: Watch Wallace Chapman, Damian Christie, the Back Benches Panel and special guests discuss the week’s hottest topics!

GOOD TIMES, BAD TIMES: The Campaign is less than a week away. What have been the highs & lows of this campaign? Who has been effective in getting their message across? Who has failed? What have been the big issues? How would you rate each of the campaigns? Which party has surprised you?

TEMPEST IN A TEACUP: There have been a few scandals in this campaign—with New Zealand even getting their own Tea Party. We will be discussing the scandals—the tea-gate? The damaged hoardings and the carpetbaggers. How much of an impact will they have on the results? And were the “scandals” really scandals?

Join us for a night of LIVE pub politics from the Backbencher Pub: Wednesday, 23RD of November. Our Panel: David Farrar of, Victoria University Lecturer Ana Gilling, Morgan Godfery of, and Mark Unsworth of Saunders Unsworth.

Back Benches screens on Wednesdays at 9.05pm with encore screenings on Thursdays at 9.05am and 1.05pm, Saturdays at 10.05pm, Sundays at 10.05am and 2.05pm – TVNZ 7

KB back up

November 18th, 2011 at 8:09 am by David Farrar

Massive dos attack is why we were down from around 6 pm yesterday. Some people are not so much into this free speech concept.

Kiwiblog Outage

July 6th, 2011 at 4:42 pm by David Farrar

Kiwiblog will be off air this Sunday between 6 am and midday approx. The server it is on is being cleaned and moved.

Twas Jadis

July 4th, 2011 at 11:27 pm by David Farrar

TVNZ reports:

Many people have also commented on the book’s timing, including prominent blogger David Farrar who said it was “appalling in itself” and that “Wishart has chosen to market the book during the coronial inquest into the death of the twins”.

In a statement to ONE News, Wishart also said the book’s timing was “appalling”.

However, he added it was not intentional and that “the only positive is that it has created a strong national debate on child abuse”. The story broke after ONE News contacted Wishart following a tip-off.

Wishart said it was not true that the publicity for the book, which is being published by his Howling at the Moon company and is due for release at the end of the month, was deliberately timed to coincide with the inquest.

My guest bloggers do not post often, so it is an easy mistake to make. But those quotes in questions come from Jadis, not me. If you scroll down the main page, you’ll see her listed as the author for the posting on 29 June at 10.26 am.

The site doesn’t list authors on individual archive pages, only the main page. I have on my to do list to get that changed.