Interesting then to see National's supporters squawking "liar" about Cunliffe the last week. It turns out that he isn't actually a current member of Forest and Bird (membership lapsed a while back), and that his volunteer work for Auckland City Mission was actually working for his church that was delivering food parcels on behalf of the mission. Not exactly the stuff great propaganda coups are made of, is it?
Then Matthew Hooton has a bizarre turn on Radio NZ National, trying to shout down his host with his denunciation that Cunliffe lied about being involved in the formation of Fonterra. The Standard's done some work on it and Hooton's responded in comments threads, and the upshot is that Cunliffe was actually only involved in the mergers that happened in preparation for the formation of Fonterra (its actual formation happened after he became an MP).
So this is desperate, desperate stuff. In fact, it's rather reminiscent of events in my first paragraph. Looks like the 2014 election should be fun for those of us who like to see people making fools of themselves.