The Owen Glenn character assassination continues

As I highlighted last week (Hit jobs not just political), the knives are out to make Owen Glen look like the bad guy.  Eric Watson doesn’t have any hard stuff, so now we’re reduced to this kind of smear

The heavyweight off-field battle between the Warriors’ co-owners has taken another turn, with revelations Sir Owen Glenn threatened to pull his team from the second day of the NRL Auckland Nines tournament in February over a parking dispute.

It is understood the incident unfolded late on the first day when Glenn attempted to exit a car park at Eden Park but was told he couldn’t because of a traffic management plan in place around the stadium at that time.

In the “heat of the moment”, he made a threat to pull the Warriors team out of the tournament, forcing officials from the club to later apologise to the NRL.

Glenn confirmed he had an issue leaving the central Auckland stadium, but said he needed to get away quickly due to medical reasons.

“When I tried to leave Eden Park on the first day, the gatekeeper said no-one was allowed out for an hour. I told him I needed to take medicine for my diabetes but he said he could not allow me to leave the ground,” he said in a statement last night.

Imagine being locked into a facility?  Why wouldn’t anyone be allowed to leave at will?  Especially for medical reasons.   Read more »

Former colleagues on Brash: NZ dodged a bullet

Deborah Coddington attempts to destroy what is left of the political zombie corpse that is Don Brash

New Zealand dodged a bullet in terms of its prime minister when National lost the election under Don Brash.

When Kim Hill interviewed him last Saturday about his self-published autobiography, Luck, he said that in 1840 Maori were “a stone-age people” and “all cultures are not of equal value”.

But he frequently disdains tangata whenua culture as “animism”.

Now I’ve formed the opinion, from his statements and writings, that behind that mask of politeness which prompted one reviewer to call him a “likeable duffer”, he’s also supremely chauvinistic. Brash’s dismissal of women is breathtakingly arrogant.

I don’t just refer to his philandering – many people have affairs but grown-ups take responsibility. Brash blames his infidelity on “the male biological urge”. Not his fault then.

There’s also a certain decorum one should adopt when it comes to former lovers: Don’t talk about it in public. In short, shut up. Brash didn’t have to publish what he calls “the salacious bits”.

That he did is appalling bad manners, and I suspect he enjoys a kind of “Aren’t I naughty?” frisson from telling us about his sex life. Little wonder, as he himself says, he has few friends.

I wouldn’t be surprised if Brash is somewhere along the autism spectrum.  His talents with numbers are undeniable.  The destruction of people he has left in his wake on the other hand is an omnishambles.   Read more »

Marriage of convenience, but who will get the bash when it breaks up?

It is actually fascinating to watch Hone and Kim work so hard to convince everyone they are the answer to taking down National, and John Key with it.  But we all know it will come to conflict at some point.

Rodney Hide muses

The intricate Hone Harawira and Kim Dotcom dance is proving every bit as exciting as the royal tour. What makes the Hone-Dotcom tie-up exciting is its incongruity. It’s the sheer implausibility of the marriage that commands attention.

The Mana Party represents Northland’s poor and dispossessed. And here’s Dotcom arriving at their conference with a cavalcade of late model European SUVs.

Dotcom drove up more like an African potentate than a suitor for the hearts and minds of Te Tai Tokerau.

Harawira believes “white mother[]****** have been raping our lands and ripping us off for centuries”. Dotcom is as white as white. The party that shouts the loudest about indigenous rights and Maori sovereignty is hooking up with a party led by a German self-styled “visionary”. Dotcom is not even a New Zealand European but a European European.

Harawira says he would be uncomfortable if one of his seven children dated a Pakeha. But here he is hopping into bed with one.

Just goes to show bonny boy Hone is for sale.   When all is said and done, he’s quite happy to enter into an agreements with another white mofo and setting himself up to be ripped off again.

It’s like a woman going back into an abusive relationship.  Hone doesn’t know how to be anything but a whipping boy.   I doubt his mum is proud of him right now.   Read more »

Paid with rats? How does that turn into a living wage?

Vice is enjoying some of New Zealand quirkiness

For centuries New Zealand flightless birds and slow-moving reptiles lived without fear of native predators. This golden era ended when the British showed up on rat-infested ships. Since then, rats have become the key player in the destruction of native forestry and the extinction of nine native species of birds. Clearly the rats need to go, but how do you motivate New Zealanders into becoming active rat hunters?

Beer Trap is a program that lets time-rich and beer-poor university students swap dead rats for free brews. Genius, right? We spoke to Jonathan Musther, one of the masterminds of the campaign, about the intricacies of fixing the environment with young Kiwis and alcohol.

VICE: So first of all, how do I get a free beer?
Jonathan Musther: It’s pretty simple, you bring a dead rat to Victoria University of Wellington’s Science Society, we supply the traps, and we exchange it for a voucher which you can use to claim a drink at The Hunter Lounge (the uni bar).

Other than beers, why are we killing rats?
It’s a twofold problem. For one they kill a lot of our natives. They eat skinks and lizards and they also eat insects like the Weta. Plus birds’ eggs—even tree-nesting birds like the Tui’s because rats can climb trees quite happily.

Interesting to know that the money we use to fund our universities are going to provide beer for pied piper type students. Read more »

How can we solve the paedophile NIMBY problem in our society

Lucy Townend reports

A high-risk paedophile is to be moved from a Palmerston North suburb after an outpouring of community concern.

The 27-year-old man, whom Corrections and police refused to identify, was convicted of raping a 10-year-old girl in 2006.

He was released from Auckland Prison to a Salvation Army men’s hostel in Lockhart Ave, Milson, last week after completing an eight-year sentence.

He is subject to an extended supervision order which allows Corrections to keep tabs on him, including 24-hour GPS monitoring, for the next seven years.

Before he was released from prison, a health assessor pushed for the maximum extended supervision order of 10 years, saying he showed little remorse and had a high risk of reoffending, even after a decade.

Since the offender’s move to Milson, the Salvation Army has been contacted by half a dozen worried people.

A flier which identified the man, his offending and his address was distributed to letterboxes in Milson.

The community invariably runs the pedo out of town.   Read more »

Another David Cunliffe social media #FAIL

Some of the yet-to-be-released Labour Party policy must include where they plan to reclassify police and nurses as part of the manufacturing sector.



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A paedophile had sex with a daughter he had put up for adoption after she tracked him down on Facebook. Eleanor Jackson, 23, was taken from her biological father Frank Humphreys, 51, when she was just 17 months old, a court heard. But when she traced him as an adult the pair began a sexual relationship. Humphreys and his daughter both pleaded guilty to incest Humphreys, of Cleator Moor, Cumbria, was jailed at Carlisle Crown Court for 21 months. The court heard that the pair had been estranged for a number of years since Jackson was put up for adoption when she was just 17-months-old. However, Tim Brennand, prosecuting, said she had tracked Humphreys down through Facebook in 2010 and she – together with her twin sister -went to live with him. He said that officials became suspicious when the pair were observed acting in a manner which was not just ‘over familiar’ but in an ‘overtly sexualised manner’. ‘Their relationship was overt and sexual and were involved with each other in a full physical relationship,’ he added.

Mr Brennand said that others started to notice that the pair were not acting in a normal manner. He said: ‘Friends and family have also observed these two defendants interact with one another.

‘Once again there are small pieces of evidence suggestive of the fact that Humphreys was behaving in a sexualised manner towards his daughter.’

He said that both defendants had both strongly denied being in a sexual relationship and when first questioned Jackson had exercised her right to make ‘no comment’ to answers during interview. However, the pair both changed their pleas to guilty at Carlisle Crown Court in February this year. David Birrell, defending Humphreys, said there was ‘very little mitigation’ he could put before the court. The court heard that Humphreys had a previous conviction for having sex with a 15-year-old girl when he was 28 years old.

Greg Hoare, defending Jackson, said she had been looking for some permanence when she decided to trace her biological father. He added that the case had affected her and she had been shunned and even threatened by others as a result. Judge Paul Batty QC said it was a ‘terrible case’ considering the age difference, her vulnerability and Humphrey’s previous conviction for underage sex. He said: ‘You took them under your roof and there were serious concerns in relation to your activity.’ As well as the prison sentence, Humphreys will be made the subject of a sex offenders prevention order. Under the terms of the order he will be prevented from having any contact with any child, or family member, under the age of 16 without permission. Jackson was given a two-year community order, where she will be supervised by members of the probation service, as well as a five-month curfew between 9pm and 6am. She will also be on the sex offenders register for five years. – Mail Online


Daily Proverb

Proverbs 19

4Wealth makes many friends; poverty drives them all away.

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