Friday, July 25, 2014

Compulsory Maori Language.

Debate has emerged from secondary principals concern at numeracy and literacy among year nine children arriving at their levels with insufficient skills to fully engage the work and some needing remedial learning.
Random observations from specialist subject educators echo what the secondary principals are saying at entry levels for Tertiary study, notably engineering and the law.

Contemporaneously we have election year calls to expand the now widely taught rudimentary te reo skills at primary levels.

How to merge those two claims when the second would seem to likely constrain the former.

At present it is claimed children can "count" to ten in te reo  Tahi.  Rua.  Toru. Whā.  Rima. Ono. Whitu.  Waru.  Iwa.  Tekau,  yet it would be reasonable to believe that skill is completely bereft of comprehension as to what that string of te reo, too often actually means in mathematics.

So it would appear that those calling for compulsory te reo will need to establish significant quantitative measures as to how far they wish to push that desire .

The measurable barriers to learning at year nine in english and maths skill levels seem to indicate sufficient problems already apparent with the curriculum load in place.

My maternal grandmother came from Scotland with very little English but fluent in Gaelic and I have always had nostalgic urges to have been afforded opportunity to learn rudimentary skill in that treasure so I have a fleeting regard as to what te reo speakers are wishing to preserve but pragmatism has me seeing it was something that had to come by way of family and input outside basic education construct not crowded into an already struggling and over loaded curriculum.

I recall a discussion during a golf round  many many moons ago in a four  that included a primary principal and curriculum expansion arose as the topic.
Ken's immediate and quite vehement contribution was something that had never occurred to me until then but is now more relevant than ever.
"Our masters and rulers are for ever adding to the curriculum but they never address in any way, a review, of what exists to create space for  additions, we just have to make it happen" and that was 40 years ago.

How about instead of the politically attractive to some, broad brush wish, how about some what, when, and how much. I for one consider there may be quite enough already under a voluntary regime responding to the wishes of local parents for their children.

Maybe Gerry Did Us A Favour

This lithe individual slipped through an exit door not available for Public use with two aids accompanying him, in breach of Airport Security.

He has gone through a charade of penance and The PM has accepted his wrongdoing with the sanctions he may face in place and refused his tendered resignation from his portfolios one of which relating to Civil aviation he has relinquished.

If security at that Airport was deficient then has Big Thick Gerry not done all who travel by air a service in that the security was far too easy to breach.

I mean, slipped through an exit door, rushing to catch a plane, hurrying through the airport, gimme a break. Has anyone making such bizarre comments actually seen BGB just get up in the house to raise a point of order?

One wag on talkback suggested Gerry could have been held hostage by the two aids, why would anyone do that???  Ransom at what value?? just getting rid of him before he wanted to eat would place such a scenario firmly in the "unbelievable" file.

All that said IMHO he has delivered in Hearts for Christchurch and Canterbury on the omni-shambles bequeathed by the over 10 000 seismic events that have been and still are causing serious problems for the people who remain here.

Thursday, July 24, 2014


Lets be very clear.   I don't support capital punishment with the caveat the life imprisonment must really mean life imprisonment.   

It's certainly grist to the mill for opponents of capital punishment in the United States when an execution (by lethal injection)  takes almost two hours ... you can read it all here.     The report has it that Joseph Wood apparently gasped more than 600 times before being pronounced dead.

Many more botched attempts (and there have been a number recently) may well mean the pressure for a moratorium on executions will become too much for American legislators to ignore.     

If America is determined to have capital punishment then just why their fixation on 'scientific' ways of killing sure beats me.   What's wrong with the guillotine pray tell?     Cheep and quick and not too much to go wrong.

But others will have differing views.



Well TVOne Is Concentrating On The Big Things.

Petrie and Dallow were clearly on the edge of their seats.

The late News promos feature the one story around Big Gerry as the only bait story.

Corin Dann virtually  wetting himself over Brownlie being completely and utterly stupid, manning up, saying sorry and offering to resign his Transport Portfolio.
Rejected in absolute fashion by the PM.

Meanwhile on "Gilligans Island" Mr c reverses himself on what he KNEW when he met with Clutha Southland candidate for labour Liz Craig and the man who must not be identified for lunch in Qtown one week ago and nothing, zip, nada, zero, completely ignored.

Corrin did you need Brownlie in stocks, resigned from parliament, and totally destroyed while Mr c adopts position number four in 6 days over "what he really did know" about an admitted sex offender, who pleaded guilty to a charge in the Dunedin District Court to a charge of performing an indecent act intended to insult or offend a woman,  so soon after his ridiculous mea culpa on behalf of all males at "rape crisis" and there is no issue??
Brownlie would be close to numero uno through CHC domestic, yes he evaded security, was not wearing a turban, was not carrying a kalashnikov and bypassed security. FFS one of my most used departure points flying domestic in NZ is NPR and had Big Gerry been as described above he could well pass unchallenged there.

The serious story was that Brownlie was able to evade security with apparent ease so why not concentrate on that serious angle with the big guys stupid action as a side story, no it was "a hit opportunity on team blue" and you call yourself a professional journalist, pfft.
Pull the other one Corrie, leaving the red tie off does not mean you have no bias to Team Red, have your pulse, BP and breath rate returned to normal resting numbers yet

The wannabe PM Cunliffe wants the electorate to accept he can perform at the top level, his latest changing story around lunch last Thursday indicates further doubt as to his ability to pass muster, that Mr Corrin Dann was the more important story.
You and your equally supercilious journos assisted with relish, the destruction of Don Brash when he was nowhere near as bumbling and casual around policy positions as Mr c demonstrates daily, do your freakin jobs.
Cripes xxxxNorman was positively statesmanlike when asked for comment.

ps nice feint to kick Mr c in the nuts by Hosking when signing off from Seven Sharp apropos the rejection by team Cunliffe for the TV debates, I guess they would prefer Linda Clarke or Martyn Bradbury, here's hoping TVOne management are staunch.
Hosking summed his role up accurately.


I see Mr Brownlie has been a tad naughty caught skipping airport security at Christchurch ... silly boy.   But hardly a hanging offense and the PM was right in not accepting his resignation.    See too that Chester Burrows was clocked at 11k over the speed limit just outside Patea .... put his hand up and copped the fine.  There but for the grace of God go all of us (some more times than others). 

But I again reiterate my concern that security checks when travelling domestically within NZL are a farce and an expensive farce at that (yes, I know they are imposed by international agreement) but that doesn't stop them being a farce.    Take Auckland Domestic Airport ... at one end of the building and travelling on a main trunk route you get the full Monty.   At the other end and for passengers on regional services you walk through unchallenged.     

Reminds me that the only time (that I am aware of) where a passenger has attacked a pilot was on a regional link service out of Woodbourne ... where there is no security ... sigh.

Pay your $200 (or whatever) fine Mr Brownlie and learn.    


The EU Will Tax It

A gigantic fart machine is being prepared on the cliffs of Dover.  Of course it is aimed at France.

All seems a bit pointless really.  A better result might have been achieved by tipping a bucketful of iron sulphate into each of fifty 200l barrels of dilute hydrochloric acid on a day when the wind is heading toward Paris.

South Seas Paradox

New Zealand currently is the envy of the Western World for it's economic performance - credit to Bill English and John key.

New Zealand currently is derided by the Western World for it's political shambles - thanks to Harawira, DotKrim and Cunliffe.

The world holds its breath, wondering whether Kiwis are stupid enough to replace a responsible, sensible and successful government with a brain dead, illiterate street mob.


Thats A Bit Back To Front, Team Red.

Complaining about the "ref" is pretty normal but after the game, surely.

Labour are getting in early and complaining about TVNZ appointing Hosking as moderator for the upcoming Political debates.

I suppose if it had been Shane Taurima or Corrin Dann it would have been OK.

Most sportspeople I know understand it is more likely to bite your arse to bitch about the ref prior, it can make them cross.

As for TV3 I guess Little Creep Campbell is more worried about Key than the other way around.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Yet another random Question.

If Mr "F" turns up wanting to borrow my lawn mower am I breaking the suppression order to tell him to enjoy sex and travel, as he is no longer welcome here because my missus is more than happy with my current form.
Sorry you cant reply and I am just indulging myself.

I note though on another matter The Crown is to appeal Little Miss Cunningham's demented decision on the matter of Discharge without conviction for the second in line to the Tainui Naughty Chair.

I wonder if anyone is concerned with any of Judge Saunders equally strange offerings, particularly over a Prominent New Zealander who had Lunch with the wannabe PM in Qtown last Thursday.

Two basic rules around lies and untruths.

Remember the lies totally as they have hopefully replaced the truth and always make them deniable as to source and substance.

Followers of the Standard and The Daily Blog blunder along with that meme applied to their work but for some inexplicably reasonable explanation Mr c, who has acolytes from both stables in his immediate entourage, has his train wreck is still on the rails and not slowing noticeably
Mr c is a very sorry excuse for a man, a leader, a politician, and would have in his very being most of the qualifications for a "Chinless scarf wearer", just a different model from a different church and accusers.

He planned a few days on a skiing holiday to Qtown with his family, "so what", not what I would have done in any like business situation when making my way in life and  that alone is something that I regret looking back. I was convinced then that my achievements were more important than family on just too many occasions.

Up until then  Mr c had no problems, one week on, his management of that week has generated a virtual "B" train Curtain Sider load of adverse imagery in the media and subsequently in the minds of many more electors.

David had "The Flu", that is the common abbreviation for the influenza virus, a debilitating energy sapping viral invasion of the body that can have a fatal outcome.
The old adage is still very accurate; Treat it with every  known "cure" it will be over in seven days, rest, maintain fluids and it will only last a week.
"Man flu" is just a feminist put down and along with confusion with the milder Headcold, not as debilitating that can't be overcome in a few days, sometimes if luck accompanies 24 hours will do it.
So David was it The Flu or a head cold, everyone understands the difference and If I had had the flu, skiing would not appeal ever. Maybe struggle up a mountain warmly clad and ambulant to support Mum and the kids skiing yes but two days on the slopes at his age after the Flu not very likely.

Meeting the Prominent New Zealander for a lunch on the Thursday when there were very few tech savvy ( and that includes a dumbarse like me) who did not  know exactly who Mr "F" was, at least by the Tuesday of that week. Claiming otherwise about as likely as a 'ba mitzvah' in a Saudi Mosque.
That no-one in Thumbhead's circle could see how it would pan out in the aftermath of his pathetic "sorry" at Rape crisis and/or the ongoing saga around the Malaysian Embassy staffer debacle, indicates either mind boggling incompetence or a fatal arrogant disregard for political reality.

According to reports yesterday, questions were asked when T P NZer asked for the date with Mr c and the Clutha Southland NZLP Candidate,  Liz Craig, so prepping for that meeting with you know who with his suppression matters, the related charges laid and admitted,  previous tribal loyalties and the person in question should have had red (scuse the pun) flags on every post in sight.

Pots and Kettles

The Ockers are complaining about local businesses being given preference in tenders for the Christchurch rebuild.

Funny that.

When I was doing business in Western Australia some years ago, all West Australian state government tenders carried a clause noting a ten percent preferential treatment for Western Australia based tenderers.

It Will Never Be "FREE" Dam It!!

While driving North on Monday I was enduring Danny Watson.

Now I accept Politicians have scant regard for discussing the world we the peasants live in and use inane buzzwords, spin and obfuscation in promulgating their messages on policy and in the case of Government the resulting actions.

There is absolutely no excuse for Op-Ed people such as Watson to just repeat that totally false garbage for hours on end as fact. He and his other opinionated "D"  listers should challenge, examine and where appropriate pick such banal rubbish apart to a point of total demolition if necessary.
There is plenty of dead air time with news bulletins and adbreaks for a bit of research.

What had me reaching for the off button was Watson's mindless repetition and continual requesting listeners to comment on Turei's policy announcement on lowering the age of entitlement for "TAXPAYER FUNDED" preschool education to two years of age at a cost of $30 000 000 to the Hydra Government. Never once did he challenge the announced "Free" bribe apart from occasionally mentioning the sartorially splendid jade adorned one admitting, apparently, she did not have any idea where the funding was to be found.

Some of the matters Watson could have explored:

It is often claimed that the existing three year old target is often a mirage and some wait over a year for a place to become available ie their child is nearer or more than four years old.

It will not just be the charade of 'Free at Two' to be paid for, Buildings, training for additional staff, access, and a mountain of extra facilities necessary to cope with the entirely different animal that is the two yo as opposed to the present three and more often than not in reality, four yo.

Never once did he attempt to differentiate the claimed "Free" from the absolutely factual taxpayer fully subsidised cost of the bribe to be funded by older Taxpayers who had already paid the full costs of their spawn, those who cannot or choose not to, have children, and the responsible young not yet blessed with children to care for.

It was not Free, it would cost well in excess of thirty million and more than likely would not be a reality until the ex anarchist has long left the parliament if ever, and that is completely ignoring the true situation around her desperate bribe never being launched let alone finalised because of the chaotic policy dilution and modification that the wonderful MMP delivers to the electorate.
Minor parties can offer outrageous bribes in the knowledge that implementation and being held to account will never happen.

Much of the over two hours should have been required to carry all the legal obligations that apply to 'Party Political Adverts'.
That said Danny, you did an admirable job for the Melons, they should be eternally grateful.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

A Changing Landscape.

I have just traveled from here in Paradise to the southern hinterland of the Kaikoura electorate and return, some observations on the Political Signage images on a rather random zig zag trip in the last 24 hours

Here on Banks Peninsula several Blue signs mainly generic National with the message and the Leader, none for Amy Adams her self, and a total absence of any other.

Out through western City and a noticeable lack, but I do tend to watch the road more when its busy.
Back to the CBD a few with Nikki Wagner and with her leader some Nat generic with and without the PM and one solitary of the gambling commission guy Adam Milne from memory, replete with red block color and NZLP logo.
Further East Poto Williams now home turf.
Why do they accept bloody sign plastered vehicles to creaate an image. I was less than impressed with the driver of her advert painted car that seemed to be not required to comply with yellow lines. Noticed a few red including Williams mugshot and name with traditional NZLP livery.
Saw nothing from the Nat candidate Joanne Hayes who went up against Curran in Dunedin Sth three years ago.

Then North into Waimakariri via Kaiapoi to get a Big Mac, a lab stronghold for Cosgrove who was narrowly defeated in 2011 by ex cabinet Minister and now quitting the contest Kate Wilkinson.
There the signage battle is intense and saturated but with a twist.
Mathew Doocey who lost to Williams in Dalziels fortress when she decamped for her sofar very ordinary Mayoralty jaunt.
Having won the nod for the Nats to go against Cosgrove in 2014 it is the main event in Canterbury. Lots of Blue signs with Key and Doocey, Key on his own but all with lots of blue and the National logo and the central messages
Mr Cosgrove has pretty much equal volumes of what some regard as pollution but with a couple of significant differences.
Clayt has abandoned the traditional Red block color background for his airbrushed image, and plumped for white, absolutely no NZLP message or his great back on track Messaiah or the policy message, just a very small NZLP with the fern frond in red bottom rt cnr.
"Clayton Cosgrove working for you" Lucky for the small man there is no requirement for truth in political advertising, the guy is working for Mr Clayton Cosgrove solely

Then on into the southern reaches of Kaikoura where Marlborough Vintner Stuart Smith has replaced a popular Colin King and for Labour who surprisingly (LOL) went outside the electorate for a parachute candidate from Fielding Jannette Walker.
It was definitely "what election", another country in fact.

Absolutely nothing, zip , zero, nada of the Messaiah, or the Red policy message on the whole trip.

It had a total absence of tribal Labour and a complete vacant lot for all the other players.
It is as if apart from Clayt who needs to win the seat to ensure his return to the trough, the battle field has been abandoned to team Blue.

Early days I know but that was Canterbury as I saw it.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

ON MH 17

I don't propose to comment in any substantial way on the downing of MH 17.    It will come down to a standoff between the Ukrainian Government and Russia and the Russian backed rebel fighters in the Eastern Ukraine of the 'yes you did' ... 'no we didn't, you did' variety.    

What we do know is that the crash site is now completely contaminated and compromised to the point where, if the rebels were to blame, the evidence is probably long gone.   One would not expect too much from the CVR or the FDR (now apparently in Russian hands).   Of more interest would be the trace elements of any missile fragments/explosives found on the wreckage.      If they are found who is to say they have not been planted.

What interests me more is just why MH 17 was transiting a war zone where, just days previously, a Ukrainian Airforce SU 25 fighter and a AN 26 transport plane had been shot down.    We do know that a number of airlines including Air France, Lufthansa and Qantas had rerouted their aircraft away from eastern Ukrainian airspace so why not Malaysian Airlines?

It comes down to cost.   The rerouting is estimated to cost approx USD1,500 in additional fuel.    So now we know the worth of the 298 passengers and crew = $5.03.    Malaysian Airlines ought to be pilloried for putting dollars before airline safety.    One suspects they will be. 



on the latest Herald Digipoll with Labour dropping to a fifteen year low.

National 54.9 (up 4.5 points since June)
Labour 26.5 (down 4)
Greens 9.9 (down 0.8)
NZ First 4.6 (up 1)
Internet Mana 2.2 (up 0.8)
Conservatives 1.2 (down 0.3)
Maori Party 0.5 (down 0.3)
Act 0 (down 0.7)
United Future 0 (down 0.1)
Legalise Cannabis 0.1 (up 0.1

The poll of 750 decided voters was taken over the period 10-17 July.   Undecided voters were 11.5%.   It has an moe of +/- 3.6%.

There Is Just Nowhere To Hide.

It is reported the SST has an item about serious discontent over Mr c, his leadership or should that be lack of, highlighted by his departure for a week skiing in Qtown two months from a General Election.

On the border regions of two very Blue seats of Waitaki and Clutha Southland, I would assume very few uncommitted votes around there so the angst and gutted worker bees discontent will be palpable, perhaps not around Frazer House as they are tits just like you.
No, the problem is among the already disillusioned troops who are already struggling to raise the energy and effort to do what you, Mr c,  think unnecessary, get out and do the hard yards.
Clearly The Cunliffe believed implicitly his work was done when he garnered the majority support of his Members and the Union puppet masters when amid a sea of red, under photos of NZLP greats he was not fit to shine the shoes of, clutching a bunch of red roses( they also have thorns you supercilious thick prick) , he claimed the battle and the war.

This is not a Football Friendly Mr c it is for the title and although Blackadder's Crusaders earned a week off Jamie Joseph's mighty Highlanders had their work cut out and they came up short.
Just as you Mr c have taken yet another giant step to achieving.
Poor old Mr c, continuing the Super rugby analogy, The Crusaders won the conference.

In all wars up until the Korean war in the fifties, what was actually happening on the battlefield was a mystery to all even many military commanders and political leaders, due to a combination of censorship and propaganda using slow and chaotic news gathering.
Viet Nam was a seachange in that war came to the lounge via TV, hell Desert Storm and subsequent wars were almost aligned to scheduled news shows.

It is exactly the same for political battles, oh sure propaganda, censorship and manipulation of the media are still very influential if not crucial but one certainty is now front and center.

There is absolutely nowhere to hide.
And in plain sight on the Mountains of the Great Southern Playground, Mr c, an epic fail.
Sheesh, at least your mentor and now hopefully long gone leader H1 when also enjoying the splendor, the invigorating euphoria and the isolation of the mountains, she would never have "gone skiing in Qtown" and never sixty days out from a battle for her political survival.

Is the Messiah thick, stupid or just plain old arrogant with a spoonful of Narcissism for flavor, whatever, the proof will be in the pudding and it is looking increasingly cold, glutinous, mouldy and unpalatable to more and more diners as, each day passes.

Saturday, July 19, 2014


Christine Rankin's statement to her Party Conference here that they could work equally with either Labour or National.

Can I invite some apologist for that Party to give me a semi-coherent reason why National should throw them East Coast Bays on the chance they could ditch John Key and throw their hat in with the Labour in a Labour/Green/Winston First/Mana/Internet Party coalition.   This election is going to be close, despite what the polls say, and just why National should take the chance with a mob that could just as easily go with the dark side of politics sure beats the hell out of me.

It's shades of Winston First without the makeup on.      At least with ACT and United Future you know who they're supporting.

You will note Rankin's claim that the Conservatives polled 80.000 votes last time round and only 40,000 short of the 'magic' 5%.     In actual fact they polled 59,237 votes or 2.65%.    That was 52,530 votes short.    So, in addition to wondering whether man really landed on the moon and whether chemtrails can make you sterile it appears they don't 'do' maths.     That's comforting for a party that advocates for a flat tax regime.

The so called Conservatives are just too flaky for National to take a chance with them.

From The Last Will and Testament of a Farmer c1986

To my Wife,  my bank overdraft. Maybe she has an explanation for it.

To my Banker, I bequeath my soul, he has the mortgage on it anyway.

To my nearest and dearest neighbor, my clown suit, he claims he is going to carry on farming.

To The Rural Bank, my grain silo and my Fertilizer Bin, he has them as chattel security anyway.

To the local scrap metal dealer, every item of crap machinery I have gone to extraordinary lengths to keep from his possession.

To The Undertaker one special request, I wish to have as Pall Bearers, six Stock Agents they are well versed in carrying me.

To the Weatherman, another day of rain, snow if possible, no point in a nice fine day when I wont be able to enjoy it.

Finally to the Sexton, a grave digger should not be required, just use the hole I find myself in at present.


Was talking to an old (army) acquaintance of mine the other day.   Great Guy, but with one fault ... he's been a vocal Winston First supporter since Adam was a cowboy (anything to keep the bastards honest!!!) and jokes about being an endangered species once 'he' exits Stage left. 

That aside and he floored me by saying that this time round he was contemplating holding his nose and giving National his Party Vote for the simple reason that Winston is refusing to rule out doing a deal that would see a Labour/NZ First/Greens/Mana/Internet Party Government.    He would be happy to see a Labour/Winston First coalition but the Greens in ascendancy scares the hell out of him and adding in Hone's mob is a couple of bridges too far.

He's right in the sense that Winston owes it to the electorate to make it clear what giving their vote to him might mean ... but it won't happen, Winston likes playing games and, were he to declare his hand, he would risk the loss of support from either the deranged or the nearly deranged that go to make up his voting demographic.

So it looks as though 'S' is going to have to hold his nose.

p.s.   With sometime Labour Minister Dover Samuels trumpeting that he's giving Winston First his Party Vote I guess that nets out to zero.    Perhaps though Samuels is just taking the 'piss' out of Cunliffe (as opposed to doing it in hotel corridors)    How many twists and turns to go before polling day?    Better than Fawlty Towers.

Friday, July 18, 2014

That Really is the News.

Joelle Dalley from Fairfax gives readers some meat on the bones on the carcass of the "tourist".

And it explains many of the unanswered questions I feared would remain hidden from sight until the Coronial inquiry.

Sadly though it makes Judicial Disaster Saunders, the very same judge who thought "prominent New Zealanders" should be treated more leniently than your average Joe Lothario increasingly "Dud". It appears his extremely flexible attitude to one justice standard for all, applies to some visiting businessmen as well.

The previously described "tourist" is actually,
Johannes Jacobus Appelman a "big player" in the Netherlands' flower bulb industry.
Apparently this scroat who took out a wife, a daughter, her friend and put the father in ICU has lost money in his business while awaiting his case to come up in our courts, while on bail living with a business mate at West Melton west of Christchurch, the poor wee lamb.

Saunders has given him a monetary "blood money reparation sentence" and a totally irrelevant suspension of his licence to drive in NZ with an equally impotent order to sit for a NZ licence "should he require to drive here" on a subsequent trip.
Jesus also wept Saunders, do you have a regular dinner date with the equally suspect Judge Phillipa Cunningham, if so you should both have a cup of cement for an aperitif and maybe include Judge Tony Adeane as a mentor.

To recap, this driving disaster arrived at CHC for Queens Birthday weekend, hired a vehicle then promptly drove it off SH1 into a ditch within a short distance of CHC, retired shaken, had a kip, then hired another vehicle from a different hire company and commenced a business trip in central Canterbury, was clocked speeding at Burnham South of the City then later ploughed into the passenger door of a vehicle taking a family and the child's friend to Lake Ohau, traveling on the longest secondary straight road in the country that runs from Rakaia on SH1 to the Ashburton River near Staveley running a "COMPULSORY STOP SIGN" at an estimated 100kph from Sommerset Rd.
OK Thompson's Track has now had a chicane set up where the Ashburton/Methven road intersects, otherwise it is straight for some 50kms.
The ghastley destructive action, Mr Dutch bulb trader perpetrated needed jailtime to set a standard in stone that such actions "are not OK", at the very least it was 'Manslaughter' x 3.

As a signatory to an international convention on international driving rights, anyone with a current valid licence to drive in their country can arrive here, hire a vehicle and take off, clearly this bulb trader was not quite up for it and a bunch of grieving people are asked to accept that Mr Bulb trader can just pay some reparations, lose a bit of his business capital and fly on out.
That Judge Saunders is not quite how many think the system works, you show a need for a bit of retraining in judgemanship.

Big ups to Joelle Dalley well done you and a thankyou from citizen Dodger on behalf of many others, I am certain.
Big thumbs down to another appalling decision from the prominent New Zealanders and now visiting bulb traders best mate, Judge Saunders.

Thursday, July 17, 2014


I have previously opined and still hold strongly to the view that David Cunliffe is the gift that keeps on coming for the National Party.    That National should do everything possible to ensure he remains leader of the Labour Party.

The latest poll which I blogged in an earlier post has caused me to rethink my position.     If things keep going the way they are then there is a real chance the Greens could find themselves as the main opposition party in Parliament.

That would be a disaster for New Zealand.   As a third party they can be explained away as an aberration of MMP.     As the senior opposition party they can't (even though they probably won't win an electorate seat).

As much as it hurts me to say so and for the good of New Zealand, Labour should dump Cunliffe.   Bring back Shearer or even Goff.   They are both honorable men.     At least with one of them at the helm Labour might reverse their soon to be terminal position in the polls and on 26 September.

Headliine Competition

In anticipation of that great religious festival known as Extradition Day Adolf invites potential headlines.

A couple of starters:-

Sour Kraut Out

Bung Fritz Slung

Kim Dot Gone   (James S)

In case you're wondering, in Australian supermarkets one can buy a particularly obscene palid stodgy sausage called Bung Fritz.

Well That Worked Well Eh.

Three news reports the celebratory "first hitching" might have ended.

The first couple to marry under New Zealand's same-sex marriage law have reportedly split, according to media reports.
Melissa Ray and Natasha Vitali married in August last year on the day same-sex marriage became legal in New Zealand.
The couple had won a radio competition to have an all-expenses-paid wedding, followed by a paid-for honeymoon in Fiji.

Based on evidence from "facebook" things might have gone south.

Gee Suzy, Might Need to tighten that up a Bit.

Fill in for Hosking gabbling as usual, dropped a little boomer this morning.

Susan Wood raving about Sticky Buns she encountered in Arrowtown recently, directed listeners to where they could find them.
"The Cafe is right there on the LEFT"

Now Atown is not large and the CBD" has one street occupied on one side and a second occupied on both so on the left was not all that helpful.
Was it a Freudian slip that quality is to the left or was she just being her usual self, Blonde.

Who is it With a Problem, Really?

Vance is not alone in veiled criticism of the PM for taking a two week holiday with his family for the scheduled school holidays.
 Some who would be more than likely to campaign for extra statutorys, extended annuals and plenty of maternity, leave options, seem to wish to deny the PM similar rights for arguably deserved time out .

Now I can see that the prospect of a refreshed and reinvigorated Key returning to the fray, such a vision would seem daunting but to allude to such garbage as "he should be at the Helm" while totally ignoring the equally obvious absence of The Cunliffe is not only derisory but begs the question as to which of them was in a more advantageous position to take the time out.

It is widely canvassed that The present leader of the opposition might poll better in absentia but if that is the strategy of "The War Room" then it is surely in great need.

As the Veteran pointed out below.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014


for Labour that is with the latest Roy Morgan Poll (the one all the true Labourites swear by as 'their' poll) showing their Party dropping down 4.5% to just 23.5%, their lowest since November 2011 .... and National up 3% to 51% .

Translated into seats that gives National 61 seats, enough to govern alone (baring any overhang).   When you add in ACT and United Future (assuming they retain their two seats) you have the makings of stable government without the need to go cap in hand to either the Maori Party or the Conservative flakes. 

The Greens are back up 3% to 15% and appear to have clawed back votes both from Labour and  Internet/Mana.  Winston First is back in the frame too at 6% proving that the 'mild' winter hasn't had much effect on their voting demographic.

Also of note is that the Government Confidence Rating has increased to 65.5% compared with just 23% who have it that NZL is heading in the wrong direction.     It appears from those numbers that a substantial number of centre/left voters also support the Government's direction.  

Big call but what chance now that Norman/Turei will become the joint Leaders of Her Majesty's Loyal Opposition?

Another Dud Judge Who Misses the Bit About "Seeing to be Done".

"A Prominent New Zealander" my arse.

A former person of note in a field, yes.
A person with some subsequent exposure in  media, maybe.

One who has had setbacks in life, yes, plenty have had much worse

However to call that C" lister at best, a prominent citizen is stretching credibility.

Coward, arrogant, sleazy, wannabee, disgusting, predatory, and extremely fortunate all fit the person Rodney Hide alluded to, 'prominent' definitely not, apart from in his own warped mind.

How many 60 yo men in the Southern Lakes District would be under suspician because this POS who thought "she should have been grateful" are now under suspicion because a cowardly Rolf Harris type who always  thought he could not be touched, has got away with it, so far.

Judge David Saunders, Sir, what would you be thinking if it was your current squeeze who was assaulted in such a personally destructive and disgusting way.
So he pleaded guilty because he was assured he would get off scott free, I mean what was $5000 dollars of blood money and another $1500 in counseling.
What about the next one, form is temporary talent is permanent, so there will be a next one just as almost certainly there were previous. Leopards do not change their spots.
How many others have stayed silent from embarrassment, fear, loathing or whatever.
It is decisions such as you made that equate to those in The BBC and elsewhere that empower, protect and promote sickos like that "Prominent New Zealander".

It is not the fear of prosecution or the fear of punishment that stops me revealing the name of this disgusting bastard it is the financial cost that will accrue to my family in just getting due process.
Derryn Hinch you are a good bastard, I wish I had your courage.
It is very sobering that the bastards locked you up in the same wing of the same facility where the cnut who killed Jill Meagher was incarcerated.

I also echo the call to Maggie Barrie to use Parliamentary Privilege, extraordinary measures are needed and entirely justified.

Judge Saunders you just accomplished dud 101 with a merit pass.

Please do not break the suppression order in comments.

How Much Egg.......

....on the face does it take for the appalling Herald to admit it has been conned?

A glance at it's online political news page sees three pro DotKrim stories while only yesterday the story pushed by the Herald  for months that Jonathon Coleman overrode officials and approved the Kraut's residency application was thoroughly debunked by same officials.  Coleman knew nothing of it until after the officials had made the decision.

From Fairfax:-
But in an exclusive interview, Immigration chief executive Nigel Bickle said that from Immigration’s point of view he had seen no evidence of that and it was Dotcom’s advisers who had called for a fast decision in his case.....................Bickle said then-immigration minister Jonathan Coleman had not been involved in the decision to grant Dotcom permanent residency, and the call was made by an official.
The good old Herald brazenly plows on with one headline asserting DotKrim will drop a bomb on John Key five days out from the election.  Well that's the first guarantee it will be a pack of lies.  Not enough time to fact check him until the damage is done on voting day.

And yet another DotKrim story has the Phat Phraudster doing a complete back-flip and demanding to know why Minister Coleman did not block his application.   Maybe it was because it was not referred to him at any stage by officials.  How long ago was the Herald running the story that John Key and Hollywood conspired to get him into NZ so that he would be easy to extradite?

I think this paper is being edited by Herr Goebbels.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Commercial Charity.

Recently reports have surfaced on paid charity collectors proving a nuisance to people going about their lawful business  on the street.

Over recent years revelations have exposed instances of worthy charities abandoning participation in marshaling an army to man street collections and handing fundraising over to "Professionals".
Some honorable and only skimming reasonable cost recovery and  profits but other much less savory operators who skim almost every dollar collected creating in effect, a scam.
My service Club hands every single dollar collected to the charity but we will never know if it all reaches the charity target, we just hope so.

It is very clear some very worthy charities are run by an aging troup of committed souls and finding that army is curtailed from the lower numbers, energy levels and a diminishing apparent need, leading to an increased attraction to "farming out" the annual effort.

Greenpeace and Amnesty are two I use for entertainment and pleasure, when time permits as they are an endless source of both and no money changes hands.

I have been a member of a service club heavily involved in raising money for our projects and giving assistance to some select few others in their efforts.
A growing facet of consideration when assistance is requested is trying to ascertain if a commercial entity is running the collection or if the charity is indeed in need of help with a self help situation and it often gets murkier as the charity is either manipulated , coerced or just too dissociated from an ability to divulge the true facts.

Some of those running "commercial charities" are very adept, cunning and shifty.

Which brings me back to the catalyst for this post.
Evidently staffing paid collectors has been augmented by offering young backpacker type tourists incentives to participate with travel costs  and with a little training they become very skilled and at times over the top when viewed against our generous culture that has NZ at the high end as donors to charity.
Remember those who "manned" the promotions for "timeshares" with the targeted allocation of the follow up  "sales person" after the presentation. The long legged blonde chick never moved in on swmbo and the George Clooney lookalike never came onto moi. The first one was a total culture shock I then attended others as places of learning and immense amusement, oh and I never bought a timeshare either.
One recurring fact around street collecting, there is a reverse correlation as to 'apparent means' of a donor and any predisposition to 'give'. The driver from the most expensive wheels are most likely to pass by with averted gaze.

Harassment has no place in charity collection yet that is apparently a growing and recurring theme of the scene c2014   along with a perceived opportunity for exploitation.