Ethical conundrums

by Pete


It’s been a strange day.

1. A bloke dies, and is lauded for being a fantastic family man, brilliant at his work but totally ignores the ignominious way in which he died, loaded on hard drugs, in a foreign hotel covered in vomit, piss and faeces?  Should the true story be told?  It would be unusual for this level of drug taking to be a one-off holiday thing. You just don’t jump to overdosing on meth on your first try.  Yes, we need to be sensitive to his family and his friends, but there are questions about his workplace.  Was it known and tolerated?  Is he the only one or does the known culture of drug abuse continue at that company?   Read more »

Here’s a chance for Phil Goff to make a clear stand on how he’ll run Auckland Council

Auckland Council are looking for someone to do a job.

Tumu Whakarae – Maori Responsiveness and Te Tiriti o Waitangi Relationships
Auckland Council is determined to achieve a transformational shift with and for Māori to deliver on the council vision of celebrating Tāmaki Makaurau Māori identity as a point of difference globally. To underpin this vison, a bold and contemporary response is to be developed in response Te Tiriti o Waitangi as it applies to council, to honour legislative obligations and the spirit of Te Tiriti relationships.

A transformational shift within council, with and for Māori, requires the demonstration of your ability to work across different world views, and being able to navigate each paradigm with ease.

You will deliver policy and strategy that communicates Auckland Council’s kaupapa and guide and champion change across council groups, so that the needs of Te Ao Māori have significant uplift in capacity and capability.

Leading the next step of change, you will work alongside elected and appointed representatives and executive leaders across the greater council group. Having direct management responsibility for a team within governance, and working closely with fellow senior leaders, you will establish a cohort team in Māori specialist roles, working effectively together to deliver on key, strategic goals. Read more »

What the hell would Nicky Hager know about privacy?


Nicky Hager likes to talk about privacy but wrote this book by invading mine.

Nicky Hager likes to talk about privacy but wrote this book by invading mine.

Nicky Hager comments on privacy after an interview with a press-titute called LJ Ritchie.

This brings us back to the subject of privacy. It is awful if people wonder needlessly whether someone is reading their private email, or decides they’d better not be involved in politics, or generally shrinks down and limits who they are because of an unnecessary fear of surveillance. Because, unfortunately, the fear that we’re being watched does almost as much damage as the reality would.

What a fucking cheek. More cheek than a fat man’s bum.  Read more »


I knew it. Pies are diet food

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Nige will concur, pies are the bomb. A well-packaged gravy milkshake is actually a diet food.

Pies are the food of champions and a diet food all at the same time.

A Christchurch man lost eight kilograms in a month living on pies and beer.

Julian Lee, a reporter for Newshub, became slimmer after four weeks pioneering the pie and pint diet.

Lee ate three to four pies (depending on meat content) every day. Once a week he was allowed to swap one pie for three beers.

When he stepped on the scales live on Wednesday’s Story, he found that he’d lost 8kg. On top of that, his blood pressure had dropped from an unhealthy to a normal level.

Lee modelled his diet on US nutrition professor Mark Haub, whose “convenience store diet” – Doritos, cereal and sugary snacks – made headlines back in 2010.

Like Haub, Lee was aiming to prove that it didn’t matter what you ate when trying to lose weight – what’s important is limiting your calorie intake.

“I liked the point of what [Haub] was doing, and the point of it is that there’s a lot of information out there now, people are really confused about what to eat or what not to eat, it just goes on and on,” he said.

“It used to be that fat was the bad guy, then carbs were the bad guy, now sugar’s the bad guy. Some people, including myself, don’t have any idea about what’s what. I just wanted to prove that all it is is energy in, energy out when it comes to weight management.”

At 1.83 metres tall, it is estimated Lee needs 2500 calories per day to maintain his body weight. On the pie and pint diet, his daily intake was 1600 calories.

Although Lee’s low calorie count seemed to be helping his body, he said the lack of nutrients wasn’t doing his mind any favours.

“Mentally I’m slowing down quite a bit. My body’s loving it but my mind’s really not loving it at all,” he said.

“I’m definitely getting scratchy, like grumpy, scratchy. I’ve taken a multi-vitamin every day, but it’s not enough.”

He said he had been craving the “weirdest things”, including courgettes, boiled eggs, and decent meat. However, the diet hadn’t done anything to put him off pies, and he had no plans to cut them out completely now the diet was over.

“Pies are good, I really do love them. It’s pastry, it’s meat, you can’t go wrong. But again, I’m delusional right now, mentally I’m losing the plot,” Lee said.

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More good news: Aussies could be chugging down our milk

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Australia’s dairy woes continue to spiral downwards.  Having a much more efficient diary industry may just give us the upper hand.  In the end, they need milk.

Dairy farmers have warned a Senate inquiry Australia could soon be importing milk from New Zealand and other countries if the crisis enveloping the dairy industry is not addressed.

Voluntary group Farmer Power has joined calls for a 50 cent a litre levy on milk to help farmers struggling against the pricing policies of major supermarkets and clawback schemes initiated by processors Murray Goulburn and Fonterra.

Dairy farmer Alex Symons shared stories of the situation on the ground with a Senate committee in Canberra on Wednesday, saying the situation was so bad you couldn’t give away a farm nowadays.

It had been building for years, but the past five months had been the straw that broke the camel’s back, he said.

Mr Symons argued raising the supermarket price of a litre of milk from $1 to $1.50 would take it back to 1980s levels.

“It’s not a big ask,” he said, disputing claims consumers wouldn’t want to pay the higher price if it meant helping farmers.

It is of course the fierce battle between supermarkets that has seen staples like milk and bread sold for less than cost.  But this has created a condition where there is unbearable pressure on farmers to provide cheaper milk.   Read more »

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Media using Saint Helen to beat up John Key


The deification of Helen Kelly by the media has been epic.  But that’s not good enough.  Now John Key has to defend himself against a dead person – care of the Media Party

Prime Minister John Key wanted to pay his respects to Helen Kelly at her civic memorial service in Wellington on Friday but his trip to India means he won’t be in the country.

Kelly, the former president of the Council of Trade Unions (CTU) died of lung cancer on October 14, aged 52.

Family and close friends of Kelly knew the end was near when her condition rapidly deteriorated earlier that week. Read more »

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