Paris Peace Summit

Guest post: name withheld by request

Is the National Government going to make a statement about the Paris peace summit held on 15th January? Or is the English-led government now a no comment government?

Clearly the Theresa May led UK Government thinks the summit was a waste of time and have made a statement to that effect. The Hon Julie Bishop Australian Foreign minister made a statement declaring Australia is not in favour of the wording of the communication released by France. Read more »

27 cents per day or $1.11 per day, which is the best value?


Yeah, what he said…


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Voter complains about Murray McCully’s form letter


From: Jason xxxxx <[email protected]>
Date: 16 January 2017 at 19:09
Subject: RE: correspondence from Hon Murray McCully
To: Sarah Boyce <[email protected]>
Cc: [email protected], [email protected]

… this is the same response as news papers cut and paste really and erroneous judgement, 2 years I would say not is not a long held policy. Murray said long held policy????

Now that the public and mentioned Goverments know of the resolution I would note, Theresa May in England has rejected it and condemned it, Australia, and also USA congress overwhelmingly is working to retract the resolution. US Congress Obama own Party has condemned it, That shows it was done in secret and no a consensus of opinion, yet you are saying its long held policy from others?

Doesn’t add up.

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Wrongly Wrongson is on a roll

They bloody well spend HOW MUCH on make up at TVNZ?

$180k on clothes, hair, makeup for TVNZ stars

Making Simon Dallow and Wendy Petrie look beautiful on your TV screens every night does not come cheap.

TVNZ spent nearly $130,000 in 2016 on presenter clothes and an additional $48,000 on hair and makeup for presenters, reporters and guests.

But the state broadcaster says deliberate cost cutting and a change in the number and mix of presenters is saving it money.

TVNZ is a visual medium with a lot of talent to look after.  And guests.  But credit where it is due, every time I’ve seen Martyn on TV, he’s looked like the same low-cost low-maintenance mess.  So for once he’s not a hypocrite.

Surely Martyn wouldn’t pay the minimum wage to the stylists and make-up artists, so $48k for a number of people to do hair and make-up is pretty cheap.  I’m presuming that’s not a full-time job.  Because Martyn and his Et Tu union mates wouldn’t stand for TVNZ paying people minimum wage for something that demanding.   Read more »

Finally. A National MP not singing from McCully’s song sheet

From: pfb <[email protected]> [Paul Foster-Bell]
Date: 16 January 2017 6:04:27 PM NZDT
To: John xxxxx <[email protected]>
Cc: “B English (MIN)” <[email protected]>, Maureen <[email protected]>, Logan Morton <[email protected]>
Subject: RE: Resolution 2334 and other National Government Political concerns.

Dear [Sir]

To respond to your questions:

1          Were you advised or aware beforehand of the Resolution 2334 proposal in the Caucus, or personally?


2          Do you know whether the full Cabinet were apprised beforehand with consensual agreement politically to New Zealand co-sponsoring this Resolution in the UN?

No. Backbench MPs are not privy to Cabinet discussions.

3         Do you think the real reason for (ex) Prime Minister, John Key’s, unexpected & precipitate retirement was because – as a Jew – he wisely could not be seen, nor did he wish to be associated, whilst Prime Minister with the draft UN Resolution proposal?

No. I believe John Key was completely frank in his reason for retiring at this point is because, as he said, he could not commit to a full term beyond the next election.   Read more »

Guess who said “it’s time to riot”…. again?

Last time Wrongly Wrongson called for riots was for the TPPA demonstration in Auckland.  And because of this poofinger, they decided they better not do it.  They even assigned peace officers to contain any individual brilliance.  Mere days before, they were saying ‘the right’ would send in bovver boys just to create a riot and blame it on Martyn.


The next day he was so proud of not having had any riots.

But here he is again.  This time, people need to riot because?   Read more »

I don’t care

Mr and Mrs McCaw…

They are officially a couple and no doubt looked quite the picture on their wedding day, but we don’t know, because, well, – we weren’t invited.

Question: Will you look at the pictures? Will you flick through the pictures in the mag that’s reportedly secured the exclusive and fawn over the dress, analyse the hairdo and shoes and gape at the rings. Will you be interested in what their special day looked like? A nod? A yes? You’ll have a peek? Be hard not to wouldn’t it. Then is it fair you take a dig at the media all foraging for the first pics? Is it fair to berate the media who are giving you what you want?

For eight straight hours yesterday, the biggest trending story on the Herald website and arguably others was the McCaw wedding in the times of Donald Trump – a reality TV star now President elect of the United States – earthquakes rocking the world, ISIS continuing its savage assaults on the world. Read more »

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Word of the day

The word for today is…

bonhomie (noun) – A pleasant and affable disposition; geniality.

Source : The Free Dictionary

Etymology : “Good nature,” 1803, from French bonhomie “good nature, easy temper,” from bonhomme “good man” (with unusual loss of -m-), from bon “good” + homme “man,” from Latin homo.