The AECT money grab

I would like to thank Cam Slater for bringing the attempt to hijack the huge Auckland Energy Consumers Trust money to buy a train set.¬† That money belongs to the Electricity Consumers, and is held ‚Äúin Trust‚ÄĚ on their behalf.¬† The interest on that money is distributed to the consumers in a handsome annual check.

While I can sympathise with the Aucklanders as they grapple with the powerful, I have a major concern that if they did manage to change the legislation, Tauranga will try to follow suit.  Tauranga Energy Consumer Trust (TECT) has a value of around $850 million.  It distributes 80% of its dividends to their consumers who live in the original area of Trust Power when it was privatised, and 20% to the community organisations for things like equipment, buildings and events.  The cheques to the consumers this year were around $350 per Trust Power  household.  This money is really important to those with limited resources.  It has saved many a household’s finances, because it is a large enough sum to make a difference.

Some years ago the consumers voted to retain the 80-20 split by a good majority, in spite of a push by some who wanted all the money to go to community organisations, Councils etc. Read more »

The National party won’t be introducing this law here

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Bullying and abusive husbands are scumbags.

The UK is bringing in a law to incarcerate these scumbags for up to 5 years.

One thing s for sure, the National party will never introduce this law here.

For them it is ok to kick in doors if you live in the leafy suburbs.

Bullying husbands who keep their wives downtrodden by banning them from having friends, hobbies and access to money could face five years in jail under a new criminal offence.

Theresa May, the Home Secretary, said the Government is to press ahead with a new domestic abuse offence of “coercive and controlling behaviour” – which will apply equally to men and women.

The offence will outlaw behaviour which amounts to extreme psychological and emotional abuse but, crucially, stops short of violence.

It comes after the Government unveiled a ‚ÄúCinderella‚ÄĚ law earlier this year which will see parents who starve their children of love and affection being prosecuted for ‚Äúemotional cruelty‚ÄĚ.

Both proposed offences mark significant incursions by the State into what have previously been regarded as private affairs.

A Home Office spokesman said the law would be drafted carefully so it did not affect “ordinary power dynamics” in marriages and other relationships. ¬†¬† Read more »

Doug Sellman teams up with discredited troughers

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Professor J. Douglas Sellman

While on the topic of prohibitionist and supermarket hater Doug Sellman, his organisation Alcohol Action NZ is gearing up for a big fight with the Government over the report of the Ministerial Forum on Alcohol Advertising and Sponsorship.

Travel and lifestyle blogger and pinko David Farrar commented on all the bans the forum recommended the other day, saying it was all a bit depressing, and that it will eventually end up with plain packaging for drinks and food.

Farrar‚Äôs post would have incensed Doug Sellman, who is now saying that Alcohol Action NZ is ‚Äėsponsoring an independent expert committee on alcohol advertising and sponsorship (IECAAS), which is monitoring the work of the Ministerial Forum‚Äô. From this an ‚Äėindependent report‚Äô will be produced.¬†It‚Äôs worth a look to see who is on this so called ‚Äėexpert committee‚ÄĚ that will produce an ‚Äėindependent report‚Äô.

Oh dear look who we have here. Read more »

Giovanni Tiso’s fondness for “Grandpa” Stalin

A reader emails about Giovanni Tiso’s affectionate tweet about Josef Stalin.


Thought you might be interested in this – something I saw a couple of weeks back on Twitter, but was waiting for a friend of mine to get back to me about before I fired it your way.

Basically, twitter’s self-appointed adjudicator of self-righteousness, Giovani Tiso, made a joke about referring to Stalin as “grandpa” in a thread about photos of politicians when they were younger.

I thought it was a little off colour joke to make given Stalin’s brutality, but to check I wasn’t being hypersensitive, I flicked it on to a friend of mine on Twitter whose family is Russian to see what he made of it and asked if he could jot down his reaction. I thought his reply hit the nail on the head:

“Its bloody disgusting to joke affectionately about Stalin being grandpa. Would Mr Tiso be happy if anyone else making a similar joke about Hitler, Pol Pot or some other genocidal maniac from the 20th century? He’d be the first to kick up a big stink about how inappropriate it was. ¬†¬† Read more »

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Christmas Countdown: Boagan Dwarf Three – Michael “Dopey” Barnett

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Michael “Dopey” Barnett

There’s still six days until Christmas but the early presents for Whaleoil readers keep on coming. ¬†Today’s gift is a cracker – ¬†the story of Boagan dwarf number three, Michael ‘Mayoral-Wannabe’ Barnett.

Auckland readers will of course know Mr Barnett as the face of the Auckland Chamber of Commerce. ¬†If you don’t really understand what the organisation does, fear not you’re not alone. I¬†can happily confirm their key role is to organise business lunches and breakfasts. ¬† Kim The Clown Campbell is a regular attendant. ¬†The Mayoral Wannabe actually celebrates his 25th anniversary at the Chamber this year. ¬†What better way to party than to steal a cool $2.1 billion off the people of Auckland. ¬† ¬† Read more »

Andrew Little admits to his role in Dirty Politics

In a rather silly article about John Key’s improved golfing prowess, Andrew Little has admitted to his role in Dirty Politics.

Labour leader Andrew Little, also a keen golfer, said Mr Key obviously had spare time on his hands.

Despite enjoying the game, Mr Little did not rate his own skills on the golf course – “I’m a hacker.”

Nice of him to admit he’s donkey deep in dirty politics. I wonder when the others will come clean?

But seriously, this article is a story how?

Is it the Herald’s attempt to say John Key is more concerned with his golf handicap than running the country? ¬† Read more »

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When will the Dodgy Socialist Dam Fall Over?

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Fenton “Jong-un” Wilson

Regular readers will know that I loathe socialism, and especially loathe corporate welfare.

I also loathe local government giving anyone the right to turn our waterways toxic. So it is a good day when we hear that an extremely dodgy corporate welfare project is looking likely to fail.

The halfwits at the Hawke’s Bay Regional Council have been promoting a massive irrigation scheme in Central Hawkes Bay, despite being repeatedly warned that it was not environmentally sound and was not economically viable.

These points now seem to be coming home to roost.

Backers of the Hawke’s Bay irrigation scheme have until March 31 to show they have the necessary consents, investment and demand before construction begins.

But Friday’s High Court decision, in favour of Fish & Game and other appellants, has complicated matters because it has sent a crucial part of the resource consent back to a board of inquiry for consideration.

The board needs to reconvene and take submissions from both sides. No date is set for this to occur, and it is uncertain how long it would take or what process it would follow. If the investment company behind the scheme is forced to extend the financial closing date beyond the end of March, it would face additional costs of about $250,000 a month.

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Health Trougher attacks Associate Health minister

Had to have a laugh at this one.  Associate Minister of Health Peter Dunne tells it how it is with this tweet about prohibitionist and supermarket hater Doug Sellman;

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This resulted in a torrent of abuse to old Peter, who dug in his heals with this tweet:¬† Read more »