The best strategy when you find you are flogging a dead horse is to dismount

Yes Russel, it's dead

Yes Russel, it’s dead

A wise bloke I know has a saying, one that I use often.

He says to people who seek out his business advice, usually too late I might add, that when you find yourself flogging a dead horse, then the best strategy is to dismount, and find another horse.

Which brings me to Russel Norman and his pathetic and I might add in some case defamatory attacks on me in parliament.

Did he not see the election results?

Of course the complicit media, and yes they are complicit as time will show, of course jumped in boots and all.

Heat on PM over Slater links – 3News NZ
PM refuses to answer Slater questionsRadio New Zealand
Key under more pressure over links with bloggerTVNZ  Read more »


I can’t believe TVNZ published the result of a “survey” that measured perceptions.

In short, one in five of us don’t “percieve” we don’t have enough money for the basics.

I have no idea what the basics are.

There is no list.  So some people might want a brand new car for every adult family member and consider it a basic, whereas others feel they should have one overseas holiday a year.

But, it allows headlines like these


What a load of crap. Read more »

Sam Morgan’s high horse just died


Sam I’m-so-green Morgan is all over Twitter all day every day telling people to live better, cleaner and more profitable lives.

And then he smokes out Wanaka

Thick smoke spanned the hillside directly behind Wanaka’s upmarket Heaton Park and Far Horizon subdivisions and several Mt Aspiring Rd properties yesterday.

Initially, the smoke blew away from Wanaka, but by mid-afternoon yesterday much of the sky around the town was screened by smoke.

Wanaka resident Jo Gumpatzes described it as appalling. “Can you imagine being a tourist coming to town today to look at the mountains, to look at the view, and you can’t even see them. It doesn’t do anything for Wanaka as a brand, it doesn’t do anything for New Zealand … it’s just appalling.”

Lake Wanaka Tourism (LWT) general manager James Helmore said he understood farmers needed to burn off and he was aware they were trying to move away from the practice.

However, it was “disappointing” to see such a widespread burn-off.

Mr Hypocrite isn’t popular with his townfolk, that’s for sure   Read more »


On the matter of phone calls, TXTs and Prime Ministers

Whale Oil Blogger Cameron Slater Portrait Session

Source photo: Getty Images


Concrete Cancer Coverup, Ctd

Examples of Alkali-Silica Reactivity

Examples of Alkali-Silica Reactivity

By Stephen Cook


THE COMPANY at the centre of a concrete cancer cover-up hired private investigators to find out who was behind an anonymous flier calling for industry-wide action over the problem.

The move is the latest in a public relations offensive aimed at hushing up a potential multimillion dollar scandal which threatens dozens of building projects around the country along with the ongoing credibility of one of New Zealand’s largest cement companies.

The company at the centre of the concrete cancer controversy is Drymix, who control about five-percent of the $400 million-a-year cement market and through Mitre 10 supply the domestic market with the highly-popular ‘Super Easy Mix In the Bag’ range of cement products.

In January, February and March this year, Drymix imported tens of thousands of tonnes of cement which, according to their own test samples, failed to meet recognised industry standards.

The suspect cement – which has a higher than accepted alkali content – has since been used in hundreds of building projects right across the country, including the $40 million Manukau District Court upgrade.

However rather than alert their customers to the issue, Drymix instead hired private investigators to find out who was behind an anonymous flier demanding industry-wide action over the problem.   Read more »

Face of the day


Today’s face of the day is Nanaia Mahuta.

What wonderful things do her supporters have to say about her Leadership qualities, personal qualities and experience?

Read more »

First Charter School gets glowing ERO report

Radio NZ is reporting that one charter school has completed their first Education Review Office report with flying colours.

The first Education Review Office report on a charter school has been made public.

South Auckland Middle School has distributed the report, which is positive about the publicly-funded private school.

The report says the school has made a good start and its students are responding well to their teachers’ high expectations.   Read more »

Ongoing conspiracy

Once everything is out in the open, it will be clear that Dirty Politics was part of a much larger criminal conspiracy.

The involvement in this is so wide-ranging that it surprises me that the Greens and TV3 have revived the issue by putting pressure on John Key in the house and then, of course, whipping it into a storm in the ‘media’

The Prime Minister has had the heat put on him by Opposition parties about his relationship with Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater during the first question time since the Dirty Politics book was published.

Green Party co-leader Russel Norman led the attack on John Key, asking him how many times he had spoken to or sent text messages to Slater since November 2008.

“None in my capacity as Prime Minister,” Mr Key replied.

“I think it’s been well-established in this House for a long period of time that Prime Ministers wear a variety of different hats – that includes as leader of the National Party, and can include as a citizen.

“I happen, for the record, to use my ministerial service-funded cellphone to ring my wife. When I ring my darling wife and I put the cat out at night, I do that in my capacity as a husband, not as Prime Minister.”

Investigative journalist Nicky Hager’s book, released in August, drew connections between Slater and a National Party staff members and Ministers.

The book says Slater was fed information from National Party sources to use in attack posts on his blog.

The book has no proof.  Only inferences.  That doesn’t stop the media from pretending it is hard fact.

Read more »

Greens want to work together with National

I don’t think they really do.

Green Party co-leader Metiria Turei acknowledged in notes for a speech to Parliament today that many of the party’s supporters – and even those who did not vote for the Greens – would like them to have more influence at the table.

“Since the election I’ve received a number of letters, even from National Party members, pleading with us to from some kind of arrangement with National because they feel guilty about voting for a party with such a poor record on the environment.

“The idea apparently is that the Greens could act as some kind of foil to National’s anti-environmental agenda if only we just focused on environmental issues.”

But Turei said the Greens were a movement based not just on environmental principles but on the principles of social justice and democracy.

“This is who we are. We couldn’t stop caring about our environment, or our people, or our economic direction for that matter because it might be politically expedient to do so. It’s not our job to move to the centre; it’s to move the centre.” Read more »

Comment of the Day

One of our commenters makes an astute point:

Has Grant unshackled himself from the green caboose? He will have to publicly do that before Winston will talk to him in any meaningful way.

Spot on Euan.

Winston won’t do a deal with the Greens, so if he is alive at the next election Grant will need to work out how to shaft the Greens and do a deal with Winston.

Someone in the MSM should talk to Winston and find out who he reckons should be Labour leader.

Meanwhile new lefty blogger Josh Forman explains his own thoughts on Winston Peters and Labour.

With Winston Peters embarking on what is almost certainly going to be his last term in the New Zealand Parliament he is looking to secure the future of the party he founded after splitting with National in 1993 after being sacked by then PM Jim Bolger to years earlier.   Read more »