Send the Bill to Hubbard

Pricey tree dies after less than a yearOne of 48 nikau palms gracing the $43.5 million upgrade of Queen St has died less than a year after being planted.
The cause of death remains a mystery but the contractor responsible for the native palms, Stuart Barton of the Specimen…
[Auckland News]

One of the much vaunted and hyped and exensive nikau’s has croaked in Queen Street. Recompense should be sought from Hubbard, it was his dumb idea anyway.

He is soon to be flush with cash after putting his dodgy cereal business on the market. I hope the new owners simply ditch the brand and then no longer will I have to rummage past their products to get the one I really want.

  • Whaleoil

    Bet those jobs go straight out the door….all he ever did was one triple bottom line bullshit exercise and cough for some cheap fairs to Samoa and that’s about it.

    So off the backs of the workers he pockets $30 million…good on him but don’t come here thinking he did it for some sort of altruistic “help the poor” reason. He did it for himself.

    No problems with that but his job as Mayor was one that could be described as “inept”.

  • itsatrap

    I know it is convenient to paint Hubbard as a pinko commie, but you need to consider that he stood as an independent Mayoral candidate and inherited a coalition of left-wing councilors. The Mayor only has one vote at council, so he has to work with the dominant faction (regardless of their political orientation).

    Quite frankly I’m impressed that Hubbard got anything done at all as Mayor when you consider the people he was required to work with.

    As an aside, I think you are understating what the man has achieved in business. In addition to building Hubbard Foods from scratch, he was the founding chairman for the NZ Businesses for Social Responsibility organisation, was awarded an honorary doctorate for his contributions to NZ business, and has an ONZM for services to business. Those aren’t small achievements .

  • pdm

    If Hubbard pockets $30m plus as indicated above he will have lost another of his friends – Cullen. He is now indisputedly a `RICH PRICK’!!!!

  • heavenly.talker

    [quote=pdm] He is now indisputedly a `RICH PRICK’!!!![/quote]

    More power to him I say!  Self-made inspite of his left-leaning tendencies.  Right wingers rejoice, he has kept many socio-economically vulnerable gainfully employed for years.  This means less of our tax dollars are being spent on the dole!

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