Reshuffle kerfuffle

Richard Harman shares some of Wellington’s more persistent rumours:

There will be a Cabinet reshuffle early next year.

Foreign Minister Murray McCully yesterday announced that the current Charge d’Affaires in Washington, Carl Worker is to be appointed the Ambassador for Counter Terrorism early next year.

Mr Worker is currently the acting head of New Zealand’s mission to Washington.

The Ambassador, former Labour leader, Mike Moore, is incapacitated following a stroke.

He is not expected to return to his post.

Mr Worker has effectively been filling in for him.

The Trade Minister Tim Groser, who is anxious to depart politics, has long been tipped to be the next New Zealand Ambassador to Washington.

Yes.  It has been offered to others, but they didn’t want the job.   So it looks like Groser is going to get a cushy retirement post in US.   Read more »

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Government underpays Police by $40m, guess what they do next?

Police owe about $40 million to current and former staff due to a payroll bungle that has been ongoing since 2009.

A source said some staff were owed close to $10,000 each but many were not even aware they had been shortchanged until recently.

Concern was rife among those who did know that to pay staff what they were owed, funds would have to be pulled from crucial areas of policing.

“Every employee over the last few years would potentially have been affected by the pay blunder,” the source said.

“Obviously only some street police staff are aware of this … To fund this, police have to find it within their existing budget meaning some services to the public may be affected.”

There are 12,000 constabulary and non-sworn police employees.

Fiona Michel, deputy chief executive of people at Police National Headquarters could not say how many were affected or exactly how much they were owed.

“It is too early to confirm the exact numbers of staff affected, the range of payments to be made or the total sum to be paid to current and/or former staff,” she said.

“Our first priority is to inform those affected staff of their entitlements before other parties. Police can confirm that the historic issues involve a significant amount of staff and money. However, to put the issue into context, the remediation total will be less than one fortnightly pay run.”

Readers will recall that the government also underpaid beneficiaries.   And what did they do there?   Read more »


The shocking law in Victoria Australia that no Media will talk about.


On a facebook page called Pollie Watch Victoria I came across the below screenshot taken by Mark Cory.

Apparently it is screenshot of an amendment to the crimes act put forward by a sitting member in order to to legalise sex with children as young as 12 by inserting a loophole. According to the page these amendments have so far passed through both houses with zero scrutiny as no questions have been asked.

If this is true then this is a shocking scoop and it is very surprising that the story has not yet made the Mainstream Media.

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Europe to illegal immigrants: piss off, we’re full


It has reacted rather slowly, but in addition to trying to enforce border controls on the outer limits of the EU, deportations have started.


After months of tensions over the wave of nearly 600,000 people who have flooded into Europe this year, the EU is now taking a tougher stance by focusing on tightening border controls and reducing the incentive for people to come to the continent in the first place.

“Those who do not require international protection must return to their countries of origin,” Luxembourg minister Jean Asselborn, whose country holds the EU presidency, told reporters after the talks. Read more »

Photo Of The Day

UNITED STATES - SEPTEMBER 16: The aftermath of a bombing on Wall Street which killed 30. The bomb was planted in a horse drawn cart. (Photo by NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)

UNITED STATES – SEPTEMBER 16: The aftermath of a bombing on Wall Street which killed 38. The bomb was planted in a horse drawn cart. Photo by NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images.

Terror on Wall Street

Lunchtime down on Wall Street today is a chaotic mess of brokers and bankers on cell phones, tour groups, messengers on bikes, police, construction workers, people delivering lunch and the stray old lady walking her dog.

Ninety Five years ago, In 1920, it would have practically been the same, sans the cell phones. So it’s particularly disturbing how easy it is to imagine the noontime scene on September 16, 1920. In fact, most of the surroundings — the Stock Exchange, the Sub-Treasury building (today’s Federal Hall), and most importantly J.P. Morgan’s headquarters on 23 Wall Street — are still very much active.

An unidentified man led a horse and carriage down the congested street, fighting to get past crowds, until it rested at the corner about 100 feet east of Broad. As the Trinity Church bells rang, the man dropped the reins and fled, never to be seen again.

One minute later, the wagon exploded with 100 pounds of dynamite, eradicating everything in its sphere, then sending dozens of iron slugs through the air to create a horrific scene of carnage.
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Prisoner raped woman while on day release. That just has to be another Serco thing, right?

Nope.  Apparently these things happen all the time on Corrections’ watch.

A prisoner has raped a woman while on a release to work programme, sparking a major internal probe by Corrections.

The 35-year-old has pleaded guilty at Christchurch District Court to the rape which happened in May last year.

Since the shocking incident, Corrections has “significantly strengthened” the rules around its Release to Work (RtW) programme.

The inmate, serving a two-year, eight-month sentence at Rolleston Prison for injuring with intent to injure, had a placement with a local employer from February 25 last year.

During his placements, a woman visited his unsupervised workplace to have sex with him.

But during one of the visits, they argued and the prisoner raped her in a car, according to Fairfax Media.

Ian Bourke, Corrections’ regional commissioner for southern region, said the department was contacted by police about the allegations on May 6 last year. Read more »


Isn’t that what they come to New Zealand for?

That could have ended up a lot worse of course.  I’ve spent my share of time on DOC bridges, sometimes a little more than 4 wires and a bit of wire fencing held apart with a number of aluminium slats.  In some cases, I would have been 20-30 m above the water, shallow water and rocks.   Those people in the video had the best possible outcome under the circumstances.

Cartoon of the Day

Credit:  Roger Price

Credit: Roger Price

Live in Auckland? Your household’s share of Len Brown’s debt is $20,000

" Our Debt is this big "

“Auckland Council’s Debt is this big “

The Auckland Ratepayers’ Alliance has been crunching the numbers and revealed that the Auckland Council’s liabilities, if equally divided between every Auckland household, work out to $20k per household.

Last week it launched the first of its Ratepayer Briefings where it examines the Council’s debt since amalgamation. If you would like to read it in full you can click here. 

Auckland Council's ticking timbomb

Auckland Council’s ticking timbomb

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