INDEPENDENT NEWS

National bombshell allegations make headlines across world

Published: Thu 18 Oct 2018 12:33 PM
The National Party furore has sent New Zealand media into a frenzy, but there's also been a strong reaction from media across the world.
Photo: SBS/Indian Weekender/Daily Post
A phone conversation recorded and released by former National member Jami-Lee Ross has sent waves across the world.
Calling a fellow National MP "f***ing useless" and talking about who else could go wasn't the only bombshell in the telephone recording between party leader Simon Bridges and Mr Ross.
They also talked about dinner with businessman Zhang Yikun, a $100,000 donation, and potential candidates for the party with comments about their ethnicity that have been labelled as "racist" and "ugly" by New Zealanders.
Mr Zhang's life has also been of interest to world media, with Associated Press reporting: "An autobiographical account he wrote on an overseas Chinese website says his grandfather was a Thai businessman who returned to China. He was born into a farmer's family and spent time in the army before migrating to New Zealand.
Zhang started out running restaurants but company registries show he later branched out into residential property and construction."
World headlines:
Washington Post: New Zealand political leader taped speaking inappropriately
New Zealand politician taped calling his lawmaker 'f---ing useless'
What? Two Chinese MPs are more valuable than two Indian MPs? What makes you think that boys?
The Guardian: NZ opposition leader accused of concealing $100,000 political donation
Daily Mail: New Zealand opposition leader left red-faced as audio tape emerges
SBS News: Secret tape causes chaos for NZ opposition
Daily Telegraph: Former NZ National Party MP releases taped conversation with leader
Chinese media have also picked up on the National Party saga involving Chinese businessman Zhang Yikun.
Mandarin Pages: The center of every political scandal is a wealthy Chinese businessman?
Mandarin Pages: Jami-Lee Ross complains to the police about the Simon Bridges National Party scandal involving 100,000 yuan from Chinese rich businessmen
In other New Zealand news that world media have picked up on, the country's crowning of "Bird of the Year" has left some poking fun at the winner:
New Zealand just crowned this 'drunk, clumsy' pigeon as its 'bird of the year https://t.co/MEmedY3bJT— BBC News (World) (@BBCWorld) October 16, 2018
Apologies, but some of this page's content can only be viewed on the desktop version of the site.
The "clumsy, drunk, gluttonous and glamorous" kererū has been named New Zealand's 2018 #BirdOfTheYear https://t.co/Ujvh8JwWAw #NZBirdOfTheYear pic.twitter.com/zs2262r0i9— The Guardian (@guardian) October 15, 2018
Apologies, but some of this page's content can only be viewed on the desktop version of the site.
RNZ
New Zealand's public broadcaster, providing comprehensive NZ news and current affairs, specialist audio features and documentaries.
Radio New Zealand is a Crown entity established under the Radio New Zealand Act 1995. Radio New Zealand News are vital elements in our programming, providing impartial news and information to New Zealanders every day. Radio New Zealand (RNZ) provides listeners with exciting and independent radio programmes in accordance with the Radio New Zealand Charter.

Next in Comment

Were journalists 'just doing their job' in the political resignation of Metiria Turei?
By: Sean Phelan and Leon Salter
Gordon Campbell on the extradition of Julian Assange
By: Gordon Campbell
Gordon Campbell: Islamic State Meets 'The Searchers'
By: Gordon Campbell
Learnings From CJR Analysis of Post-ChCh Media
By: Joseph Cederwall
News Deserts; The Death March of Local Journalism
By: Joseph Cederwall
Julian Assange as Neuroses
By: Binoy Kampmark
The Effort to Relabel Julian Assange
By: Binoy Kampmark
Shredding Asylum: The Arrest of Julian Assange
By: Binoy Kampmark
Terms of Asylum and Distraction: Moreno’s Assange Problem
By: Binoy Kampmark
Grand Jury Efforts: Jailing Chelsea Manning
By: Binoy Kampmark
How You Can Be Certain The Charge Against Assange Is a Fraud
By: Caitlin Johnstone
10 Reasons Assange Should Walk Free
By: David Swanson
WikiLeaks Founder Charged in Computer Hacking Conspiracy
By: United States Department of Justice
CPJ troubled by prosecution of Julian Assange
By: Committee to Protect Journalists
The Prosecution Of Assange Is Infinitely Bigger Than Assange
By: Caitlin Johnstone
View as: DESKTOP | MOBILEWe're in BETA! Send Feedback © Scoop Media