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The Guardian writes a piece titled “Why New Zealand’s Maori King Tuheitia refuses to meet British royals”.
It is worth a read:
Name:Â King Tuheitia.
Appearance:Â Itinerant weightlifting coach.
Is that his real job?Â No.
What is?Â Being New Zealand’s Maori king.
Sounds important.Â Kind of. He has no executiveÂ power and, in purely numerical terms,Â being Maori king is a bit like being lord mayor of Nottingham, only your subjects have fewer tattoos.
I see.Â He did have a very important visit coming up next month, though. Prince William and his wife were coming to see him in New Zealand with their new son, Prince George.
A visit from the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge would be an honour even for the mayor of Birmingham! But why “did have” and “were”?Because heÂ turned them down.
He what?Â He turned them down. Apparently he wasn’t happy with the 90-minute slot that had been allocated to him.
Oh well, that makes sense. New parents are theÂ dullest people ever. I don’t think I could stomachÂ an hour and a half of: “The reflux seems to be settling down now …”Â Actually, King Tuheitia wanted more time, not less. Â Read more »
Thereâ€™s really only two things or attributes anyone can truly call their own â€“ your personal health and your own brand of personal integrityâ€¦ and even health ebbs and flows throughout life.
But personal brand integrity is a culmination and combination of actions backing up of words, long-standing attitudes that under-pinned the behaviours – and a combination of multiple perceptions â€“ often repeated and shared.
Michael Vukcevic recently had to â€śresignâ€ť from Baldwins and the Middle East Business Council over the fabrications and fictions invented in his CV â€“ where he elaborated and padded out his CV to such an extent, it became a lie â€“ a huge lieâ€¦ and heâ€™s not the first or likely the last, or even alone in â€śpadding outâ€ť a CV â€“ as NZ has witnessed in numerous high-profile instances. Yet, ironically, only those in the private sector, subjected to lesser visible scrutiny, pay any kind of price for their deceit. Doubly ironic, when those in the Public sector should be subjected to a much higher level of scrutiny and accountability – yet they’re not hardly even challenged?
Michael’s â€śworkâ€ť must have been of reasonable standard though, to have survived in such roles without being found a total fraud immediately â€“ so the lack of formal qualifications didnâ€™t entirely preclude him from being able to function in the role to some extent.
Itâ€™s more about perceptions though for the business’s/council’s â€“ because perceptions really do matter.
The perception those fabrications created, left a lasting impression that heâ€™s a fraudster, a charlatan, an inventor of fairy tales who tells tall stories â€“ making his continued tenure impossible because of the negative fall out of being in anyway associated with a deliberate fraudster. Â Read more »
Further to yesterday’s article on Google being petitioned to remove autocomplete results for Maori, it appears Google have complied.
Two days ago, you would be able to do this
But if you do it today… Maori are now digitally erased from Google’s autocomplete suggestions.
Too embarrassing for all concerned apparently, these [CENSORED] Maori. Read more »
Malaysia Airlines says it has lost contact with a plane travelling from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, with 239 people on board.
The airlineÂ said in a statementÂ that flight MH370 disappeared at 02:40 local time on Saturday (18:40 GMT on Friday).
It had been expected to land in Beijing at 06:30 (22:30 GMT).
“Malaysia Airlines is currently working with the authorities who have activated their search and rescue team to locate the aircraft,” the carrier said.
“Our team is currently calling the next-of-kin of passengers and crew.”
The Boeing B777-200 aircraft was carrying 227 passengers, including two children, and 12 crew members.
“We deeply regret that we have lost all contacts with flight MH370 which departed Kuala Lumpur at 12.41 am earlier this morning bound for Beijing,” said Ahmad Jauhari Yahya, Malaysia Airlines’ group chief executive officer.
‘Lost over Vietnam’
The passengers were of 13 different nationalities, the airline added.
The flight went missing two hours after taking off from Kuala Lumpur.
Passenger list has been released. Â 2 New Zealanders on board are named as Paul Weeks and Ximin Wang.
Matthew Hooton thinks Shane Jones could well be the saviour of the Labour party but first he reviews the woeful performance of the current leader of the Labour party, David Cunliffe.
September 27 isÂ overwhelmingly favouredÂ but rumours persist John Key may opt for August or even July for the general election.
The rationale is to allow plenty of time for coalition negotiations, for a new government to be sworn in and for a properly mandated prime minister to represent New Zealand at the G20 and Apec leadersâ€™ meetings in November.
Whenever the election is held, Labour now risks another disaster.
In just the past seven days, David Cunliffe has admitted he made a fool of himself attackingÂ Mr Keyâ€™s lifestyle, been caught laundering campaign donations through aÂ secret trust, been embarrassed by his staff emailing hisÂ confidential ICT policyÂ to the government and faced questions over his failure to declareÂ another trustÂ until after his predecessor David Shearer was caught with an undisclosed $50,000+ offshore bank account.
Labour is now lower in the polls than when Mr Shearer resigned, Mr Cunliffeâ€™s personal popularity is worse than his ever was, and there is no evidence the Herne Bay multimillionaire has the skills connecting with the poor and downtrodden in South Auckland that he claimed.
The timing is tight but it is not yet too late for Labour to fix the mistake made by the unions and its membership last September. Â Read more »
The left wing is all cock-a-hoop about Patrick Gower’s little mis-aimed hit on The Nation this morning.
However Claire Trevett pops that particular bubble.
â€” Claire Trevett (@CTrevettNZH) March 8, 2014
The fools claiming this is some sort of hypocrisy fail to realise that this is over 4 years old, the dinner was in 2010, we’ve had an election in the meantime plus continuous disclosure of donations.Â Read more »
I tweeted about this scumbag going around and around (and around) my neighbourhood driving us nuts.
Taken photos of this William Dunlop wannabe over a number of days. Â Read more »
Hi again Cam,
Am I the only person in Auckland to be offended by this condescending piece of drivel from the council, exhorting me to set up a direct debit for my rates on the premise that all ratepayers are incompetent and late payers?
Like hell they are getting my money before the date it is due or having unlimited access to my banking.
What a liberty insinuating that ratepayers are going to come up with a ‘dog ate my homework excuse’ for not paying up.
Everyone I know in this city is struggling to foot the bill for very basic services and the dubious privilege of having a pillock at the helm.
Who the hell authorized this smart-arsed advertising smarm? Â Read more »