Update: 1.44pm: According to the NZ Herald, Prime Minister John Key has apologised to older New Zealanders who may have been offended by his comments in the teapot tape.
The infamous Teapot Tape which became one of the biggest stories of the election has been leaked online by someone affiliated with the Occupy New Zealand movement.
What was said by whom become one of the focuses of the campaign with New Zealand First Leader Winston Peters saying Key had mocked the then ACT Leader Don Brash and Peters elderly supporters. It was Peters use of the tapes which likely propelled him and New Zealand First back into parliament.
So what is on the tapes? To be honest not terribly much. To summarize, it was a fairly bland conversation where the two talked about their experiences during the election and the strength of National in Epsom and nationally.
If there was anything that could have been considered a scoop in would be the Key thought that Winston wouldn’t be back in parliament because his support is dying off so will only get 3%.
The tape then went on to describe how David Parker and Labour are being negative (in a nasty way) about ACT in Epsom, and that John Key thinks this is counter-productive and backfired on Labour every time they try it.
They then talked about ACT’s need to restructure and build female appeal, with Catherine Judd being highlighted as the person to do this.
In hindsight. I think it would have been better for Key & Brash to release the tape when the scandal was in full force as the contents of them are not particularly surprising or damning.