Amy Adams

NZ Media just can’t let the government have a good story

I’ve taken a screenshot of this, to make the point

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Great news story for the government, right?   Now, let’s see how Mediaworks puts the boot in.   Read more »

New Zealand’s Silliest Local Government Spending Winner

Shane wins the latest iPad for this exceptionally silly prosecution of oldies in Kapiti.

This is a second nomination for Kapiti, after they got nominated for their exceptionally silly electric green rubbish truck. As we pointed out then the former mayor Jenny Rowan got the arse at the last election so maybe things are on the improve.

I would like to nominate the Kapiti Coast District Council for New Zealand’s Silliest Local Body Spending Competition.

The council laid charges against Peter and Diana Standen, 77 and 74,  Keith and Lorraine McLeavey, 72 and 68, and a local business last year for modifying naturally occurring native trees on their properties.

From memory, Peter and Diana were relatively new to the area last year when they contracted Monkeyman Tree Services to trim or remove 6 diseased and rotted trees at the bottom of their property.  They were concerned the trees posed a hazard so called in an expert to take care of the problem.

Shortly after, the council turned up at 9am with uniformed police to investigate the matter.  The police left (somewhat embarrassed, I think) after establishing the septuagenarians were not going to pose a threat.

The council pursued prosecutions against the couple until an Environment Court judge dismissed the charges against the Mcleaveys as “trivial offending”.   Read more »

What would you rather spend $100M on? [POLL]

The Labour Party have pledged $100M to start buying back New Zealand’s electricity generation assets.

The National Party will do this with the same money:

A re-elected National-led Government will spend $100 million over 10 years to buy and retire selected areas of farmland next to important waterways to create an environmental buffer that helps improve water quality.

National will also introduce a mandatory requirement to exclude dairy cattle from waterways.

National’s Environment Spokeswoman, Amy Adams, and Primary Industries spokesman Nathan Guy made the announcement at the Waituna Lagoon in Southland with Prime Minister and National Party Leader John Key today.

“New Zealand’s freshwater makes us an incredibly lucky country. We have over 400,000 kilometres of rivers and more than 4,000 lakes,” Ms Adams says.

“New Zealand’s water is among the very best in the world and we want to keep it that way. These are the next steps in our considered and sensible plan to continual improvements in freshwater quality.

“We are particularly committed to improving the quality of our freshwater and have made a number of key decisions that previous governments have put in the too-hard basket.

“This Government has introduced national standards for freshwater to safeguard it for future generations,” Ms Adams says. “That new framework will give communities around the country the tools to maintain and improve the quality of their lakes and rivers.

“To continue this progress, the next National-led Government will invest $100 million over 10 years to further enhance the quality of freshwater through a targeted fund to buy and retire areas of farmland next to waterways.

“This fund will give councils another option to help manage freshwater by enabling these sensitive areas to be retired for environmental purposes,” says Ms Adams.

National will also introduce a requirement to exclude dairy cattle from waterways by 1 July 2017, and will work with industry to exclude other cattle from waterways over time on intensively farmed lowland properties, says Ms Adams.

Awesome.  Clean waterways are great for many reasons, and not just so you can take a skinny dip.  As policies go, I think this is a winner.   But that’s just me, what do you think the next government should spend $100M on?   Read more »

Nick, stop being a dick

Nick Smith is getting all pus-faced and threatening legal action.

It shows he has been got at…and very unbecoming of a minister to resort to throwing around threats of legal action.

You either sue or don’t sue, you don’t whine about thinking about suing.

Conservation Minister Nick Smith has rejected allegations of political interference, after he was accused of “bullying” Fish and Game into pulling an advocacy campaign for cleaning up rivers and lakes.

Smith said he was considering legal action against Association of Freshwater Anglers president David Haynes, who made the allegations.

Haynes said Smith was highly critical of Fish and Game over the course of a Fish and Game Council meeting, held in Wellington this month.

“Nick Smith is very good at talking at and over people I think, and he was wading into them and they sat very quietly and listened to what he was saying,” Haynes told Morning Report.

“From my perspective they were very clearly being castigated, it could be construed as political interference – this was about telling Fish and Game to wind their neck in.”

The allegations were centred on a series of billboards, which called for greater protections to keep rivers and lakes clean.

Fish and Game is an independent organisation, which collects its funding through fees for fishing and hunting licenses.

It has statutory obligations to oversee fish and game management and ensure effective management of the country’s sports fish and game resources.

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Rod Drury gives it to the pollies & tells Dotcom to “go away”

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Message to politicians: Get out of the way!

Rod Drury has cut loose on the politicians and told them a few home truths about their meddling ways.

This election campaign needs more business leaders to stand up and serve politicians arses like what Rod Drury has done.

As the political heavyweights debated the future ICT roadmap for New Zealand last night, Rod Drury sat shaking his head in the crowd.

Taking the stage amidst the backdrop of Auckland’s evening sky, key political figures debated long into the night about the future of New Zealand’s ICT sector.

Chaired by the New Zealand Technology Industry Association, CEO Candace Kinser orchestrated discussion with technology representatives from National, Labour, the Green Party and the Internet MANA parties.

But as the opinions flowed and policies were outlined, Xero’s charismatic CEO reawakened a conversation which, in the eyes of the entrepreneur, drifted widely off the overriding issue.

“I find this really depressing but I’ll try to be positive about it,” he said, in his typically outspoken manner.   Read more »

The Predictable Failure of David Cunliffe, Ctd

Travel, lifestyle and arts blogger David Farrar has published an interesting graph of Labour’s prospects for winning the 2014 election.

Since the voting public have worked out that David Cunliffe has tits for hands, the graph has plunged downwards. 

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This was very predictable.   Read more »

The Importance of Goodwill for Politicians

This photo shows something that hardly anyone notices.

Politicians need good will to survive, and without it they are nailed. This picture may not be accurate in that Cunliffe’s sins are far worse than any of Keys, but Key gets away with things because people like him.

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No one likes Cunliffe. He is known as an arrogant and unpleasant man like many, many politicians.   Read more »

Labour’s Predictable Poll Disaster

The latest polling disaster for Labour comes after nearly six years in opposition, three opposition leaders and two general secretaries and party presidents. Yet they are still hopeless in the polls.

This is all because the leaders and the party leadership all seem to think they will win by divine right, not by doing the hard yards necessary to win. Cunliffe, Goff and Shearer all thought that the public would fall in love with them, rather than they had to rebuild the party to win an election. Labour’s hopeless to non existent fundraising means they cant do much in campaign year, because they don’t have the scratch.

For Labour to win they need a decent fundraiser like Mike “Fat Tony” Williams. Unfortunately they have Tim Barnett and Moira Coatsworth, both of whom are so useless at fundraising that they probably should be replaced if they don’t do the honourable thing and resign after the election.  Read more »

Adams muscles up, rips up Len’s unitary plan

At last Amy Adams has figured out one needs to implement strong policy and make hard hitting decisions to be an effective minister.

Adams has come down like the great Hammer of Thor on the Proposed Auckland Unitary Plan by stating that significant changes must be made.

Environment Minister Amy Adams is seeking major changes to the Auckland Unitary Plan, which she says will not provide enough houses and make housing even more unaffordable in its current form.

In a cabinet-approved submission on the new planning rulebook for the Super City, Ms Adams says failure to make changes could have far-reaching economic and social consequences for Auckland and New Zealand.

She said the original objectives for a quality compact and design-led approach had been “betrayed” by overly-complex policies, overlays and rules.

“I seek the removal or loosening of prescriptive provisions in the proposed Auckland Unitary Plan where they are not supported and justified by evidence and analysis,” she said.

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Simon Bridges and Amy Adams, Piss Poor at Fundraising

Aspiring National Party leaders Simon Bridges and Amy Adams are both known for being very, very average at fundraising.

They seem to think that the public will fall in love with them the moment they become leader, and have done nothing to build their donor networks.

What is telling is how average their fundraising was in 2011.

Amy Adams only got a couple of big donations from trusts, and more from her electorate. Amy is well known for funding her own campaign, and being very, very bad at building a rapport with donors. $33,000 from three sources is laughable.   Read more »