Did the Great Wellington Regional Council Google Andrew Newman?

Regular readers will know that the promoter of the dodgy socialist dam, Andrew Newman, has bullied and insulted his way around Hawkes Bay in an attempt to get his socialist dam built.

Word is he expected a knighthood for getting the dam built. The problem for Newman was he didn’t listen to anyone who told him he couldn’t turn the Tukituki River toxic to build his socialist dam.

Word from inside the Hawkes Bay Regional Council was that Newman applied for the CE position at the Greater Wellington Regional Council.  People inside the council staff hates him enough to tell the tipline this on the 18th of June.

Word through the tipline from the middle tier of staffers at the extremely dodgy Hawkes Bay Regional Council is that CE and dodgy socialist dam promoter is applying for the CE position at the Greater Wellington Regional Council.

The problem for Andrew Newman is that his reputation precedes him.

GWRC think they are getting the Dream Team of socialist dam promoters from Hawkes Bay, but in fact are getting a Drub Team who have lost just about every important battle on their dodgy socialist dam.

They have lost because Andrew Newman has appalling relationships with stakeholders, and tried to promote turning the Tukituki Toxic despite being repeatedly told that not managing for Nitrogen would not work.

Unfortunately for Newman his chances of getting the GWRC role are not great.

Staffers at the council say that he told local iwi that he didn‚Äôt want Maori owning the port, so iwi have had a friendly chat to their mate on the interview panel. ¬†¬† Read more »

First it was the Japs, now it is the Poms, clamping down on welfare for migrants

Kiwis moan about their “entitlements” being eroded by Labour in Australia when Helen Clark sold them down the¬†river.

But migrant welfare bludgers are causing problems all around the world and just a few weeks ago the Japanese moved to limit entitlement to welfare.

Now the Poms are doing it too…a signal perhaps for Paula Bennett to look at toughening up our welfare eligibility rules too.

Migrants will be banned from receiving any benefits until they have contributed to Britain, under government plans to limit access to handouts.

David Cameron today announced the period for which European migrants can claim benefits is to be halved and recruitment agencies are to be banned from advertising jobs exclusively overseas.

But Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith revealed plans to go even further to secure EU agreement to stop benefits being paid to people who have not contributed to to the state, raising the prospect of handouts being linked to tax payments.

The Conservatives are forcing through further measures to deter so-called ‚Äėbenefit tourists‚Äô.

In January, the Government introduced rules that meant European migrants had to wait three months before they could claim out-of-work benefits ‚Äď and then could only claim for a maximum of six months. ¬†¬† Read more »

Propaganda 102

Before I continue with 102 in my series of posts to help you recognise, understand and analyse  propaganda I will add this disclaimer.

I am an ex High School History and English teacher. I am very motivated to learn from the lessons of history because otherwise I feel that we are doomed to repeat the same mistakes. I have a special interest in how propaganda was successfully used by Hitler to demonise the Jews and when I see the same techniques being employed now I feel honour bound to point it out. That is my motivation and that is my bias.

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Today’s valedictory speeches


Can’t find the starting time, but previous ones have started¬†at 4-4:15 pm.

Looks like some MPs are getting into the spirit of it: ¬† Read more »

Yep, these ones were registered too

The Labour party and the teacher unions all oppose charter schools because not every teacher has to be registered.

Apparently teacher registration is there to protect the children…from registered teachers like this?

Two Auckland teachers have been struck off after Disciplinary Tribunal hearings.

One, a primary school relief teacher, sent photos of children to a man with whom he was in a close personal relationship.

He knew that man was sexually attracted to young children and was undergoing medical treatment to address the condition. ¬†¬† Read more »


Sounds like he needs a good long stretch not a delay

Filthy pedo Catholic priest Bernard Kevin McGrath is still safely ensconced in New Zealand, but his fate now rests with Judith Collins.

I should think she won’t take too long to decide to put this creep on a plane to Australia.

Still, I think it is a travesty that scumbags like him get to play the system when what they really need is a good long stretch.

The New Zealand government is taking legal advice on whether a former Catholic brother should be extradited to Australia to face child sex charges.

The Commonwealth of Australia has spent more than 18 months trying to extradite Bernard Kevin McGrath, 66, from New Zealand to face 252 child sex abuse charges.¬† Read more »

The House Today #nzqt

Question time/Questions for oral answer

Questions to Ministers


  1. Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE¬†to the¬†Prime Minister:¬†Does he agree with his Minister of Finance that workers have an expectation that they “will be doing better than zero pay increases”?
  2. HONE HARAWIRA¬†to the¬†Minister of Finance:¬†Does he agree that the Government’s economic policies have failed, given that more than a quarter of a million children are living below the poverty line in Aotearoa?
  3. PAUL GOLDSMITH¬†to the¬†Minister of Finance:¬†How is the Government’s plan to lock in the gains from a growing economy helping to deliver more jobs and higher wages for New Zealanders?
  4. Dr RUSSEL NORMAN¬†to the¬†Minister of Energy and Resources:¬†What is the breakdown of the $240,000 of taxpayers’ money spent entertaining oil company executives in 2011, and specifically how much of that money was spent on food and alcohol?
  5. PAUL FOSTER-BELL¬†to the¬†Minister of Transport:¬†Has he received any reports on the benefits of the recently confirmed Transmission Gully motorway? Read more »

Crisis? What crisis?


The trend for the number of new dwellings consented is at its highest level since August 2007, Statistics New Zealand said today.
‚ÄúThe trend for new dwellings has doubled since March 2011, but is still 26 percent below the series peak in January 2004,‚ÄĚ business indicators manager Neil Kelly said. Read more »

Cunliffe’s Tax Stazi



Will he be embedding them in trade unions that avoid tax or otherwise misappropriate tax?

Labour will have to change the law to achieve this – tax avoidance is still legal.

One of our readers, Bart67, fixed the poster: ¬† Read more »

The John Minto Effect

A reader emails:


Disgusted to see anti Semitic graffiti in Cashmere Christchurch.

Anti-semitic graffiti in Christchurch

Anti-semitic graffiti in Christchurch

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