Craig Foss

A Great Candidate for the Nasty Party

Labour’s Tukituki candidate is trying to curry favour with the Nasty faction of the Nasty party by attacking her opponent Craig Foss.

On education, rather than for having a gay ute.

Anna Lorck: Education makes me see red

WHEN a woman wears red something happens – she sparks interest.

And if there’s one thing that’s got me nearly as much attention as being Labour’s new Tukituki candidate, it’s been my red dress – people noticed.

“You’re the one in red” and just like that people start talking to me. We know it’s not the dress, because the conversation quickly changes to what they really want to know, for most they’re not into the politics, they want to find out what makes me tick, do I have heart and will she listen.

Yes a woman like me, who strives for more, with a busy family of five girls, who built a business and lives and breathes the heartland, what made you red enough to stand for Parliament?  Read more »

Dodgy Socialist Dam gets it in the chook

The dodgy socialist dam in Central Hawkes Bay has been given a serious kick in the slats by the Board of Inquiry. The Board of Inquiry approved consents but with some stringent conditions that leave the project struggling for viability.

This is a big win for the opponents of the dam who did not want the Tukituki turned toxic by the HBRC not managing Nitrogen, and setting nutrients levels at toxicity, killing the river. Those who don’t believe it is a win for opponents should view the footage of Craig Foss and Chris Tremain arriving in the house 45 minutes late looking shaken after their pet socialist project got it in chook.

The HBRC needs to have a good long hard look at itself as it made its decisions to proceed based on the exceptionally flawed TRIM model. We have long known the TRIM model is a total jack up to let the dam proceed and the council to turn the Tukituki toxic. The Board of Inquiry appears to have came to the same conclusion we did in October last year.

The dodgy socialist dam being promoted by the dodgy Hawkes Bay Regional Council is based on a seriously flawed model that is being promoted by the ratbag council staff.

The Tukituki River Instream Model or TRIM is being used as justification for turning the Tukituki toxic. This dodgy model has the following flaws:    Read more »

Lawyers create headache for Countdown bosses

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Which-ever oxygen thief thought it a good idea to demand a Parliamentary select committee cough up its work, clearly isn’t an expert in government relations.

Take Tim Clarke and Sarah Keene from Russell McVeagh. Tim claims to be a specialist in “government relations”, which is surprising considering that the letter they sent on behalf of Countdown bosses, has now resulted in their client being invited to appear before the very Committee they’re demanding information from.

As a result of this well thought out strategy, Countdown’s PR disaster is turning out to be a gift for Labour, particularly as the hapless Craig Foss is looking more and more like a stumbling, bumbling fool as each day rolls on.  Read more »

Countdown tries to call out Clayton Cosgrove

The circus that is Countdown’s strategy of attacking a Parliamentary Select Committee is yet another turn in the ongoing PR disaster for Progressive Enterprises and its Australian owner Woolworths.

Seems the bosses at Countdown now think they’ve got bigger stones than the New Zealand Parliament.

Last night Labour’s bully-boy Clayton Cosgrove tried to give a slapping to Countdown over writing a letter to the Commerce Committee seeking information about the committee’s hearing when the Commerce Commission appeared before it.

Countdown’s now saying they only sent the letter to the Commerce Committee because they were “only able to rely on media reports of what happened”.

Sounds like more porkies from Countdown.

Does Countdown really expect us to believe that they didn’t have someone sitting in the committee room recording the conversation, taking notes of who said what and other observations of the committee?

Have they never heard of the Select Committee News (SCN) service?

Every other corporate in NZ does this, so why would Countdown be any different? Especially having such an experienced lobbyist as Sue Wood representing them.    Read more »

Seriously Craig, don’t you know you are getting played?

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Word out of the Beehive is that Minister of Commerce Craig Foss is getting played.

By whom you ask? Well, by none other than our local Countdown Mafia, Progressive Enterprises.

With Labour’s Clayton Crosgrove giving Fossie a slap in the chook, highlighting to the Commerce Minister that it’s not a good look running Countdown’s lines that a voluntary code of conduct for supermarkets is the answer to their bullying of local suppliers.

Craig Foss doesn’t seem to get it that having secret meeting with two of the main protagonists screwing over local Kiwi suppliers (Progressive Enterprises and Foodstuffs) – all the while the Commerce Commission is investigating their activities – is slightly on the nose.

But you have to give it Countdown/Progressive Enterprises for their sheer rat-cunning attempt to shift the focus off, what should be a very intrusive Commerce Commission investigation, to a fluffy PR initiative and having a Minister talk about a voluntary code of conduct for them.

Maybe Progressive Enterprises’ lobbyist Sue Wood has given Fossie a rev up, telling him it’s not a good look to have a big supermarket look bad.  Read more »

Labour selects a home wrecker in Tukituki

There are two groups of people who should not be allowed to hold public office, wife beaters and women who break up marriages.

The very wealthy senior politician who beat his wife has had his name suppressed and no one has had the guts to use parliamentary privilege to say “its not ok” to the man who kicked a door in and shook the crap out of his missus. On top of that his enablers all explain the missus was crazy as some sort of justification for his behaviour. No woman deserves that. This man is a disgrace and should be outed to show that the law is equal for all New Zealanders.

In Tukituki Labour have selected Anna Lorck.

The Labour Party has selected Havelock North businesswoman and PR consultant Anna Lorck as its Tukituki electorate candidate to challenge sitting MP and cabinet minister Craig Foss in September’s general election.

Waipukurau-raised Ms Lorck won the nomination at a selection meeting in Havelock North yesterday afternoon.
She was picked ahead of two other hopefuls vying for selection at the meeting: horticulture labour provider Sanjeev Bhatia, of Meeanee, and Hastings legal and commerce graduate and rights campaigner Nevada Halbert.  Read more »

Time for an Independent Commission of Corruption

In Australia the unions and the Labor party stand charged with many, many counts of political corruption. In Australia they have an institution with teeth, the powers to compel evidence, the powers to prosecute…it is called the Independent Commission Against Corruption.

Fiji also has an Independent Commission Against Corruption.

Why not here?

With the latest revelations of political corruption involving the Labour party, from David Cunliffe on down, Shane Taurima who is a prospective Labour party candidate and TVNZ, we are seeing and extension of the willingness of the left-wing to abandon any semblance of ethics in journalism and corrupt their organisation like Alistair Thompson has done to Scoop Media.

For years the left-wing has accused the right of collusion and corruption with the media, and now we are seeing month after month of left-wing politicians prostituting and prostrating themselves before the altar of corruption.

The Herald reports on the latest fiasco:

TVNZ unit manager Shane Taurima has resigned from the state broadcaster after revelations he took part in a Labour Party hui and that TVNZ facilities were used to host Labour Party meetings.

3 News reported tonight that TVNZ offices were used to host a meeting of Labour’s Tamaki Makaurau branch last year. TVNZ staff emails were also used to organise a subsequent hui in January this year which Labour leader David Cunliffe attended. Mr Taurima, the head of TVNZ’s Maori and Pacific unit, had acted as a facilitator and spoken about the Maori vote at that January hui.  Read more »

Craig Foss faces scaremongering by HORTNZ

Fossy’s Gay Ute

Having tucked into over $1m in tax payer money over the last few years, and known for its extortion tactics on anyone who grows and sells vegetables or fruit to the public, HortNZ are now trying to make out Kiwis are dumb.

HortNZ has launched a lobbying campaign to convince Minister of Consumer Affairs Craig Foss that a country of origin label will help mums and dads.

What HortNZ isn’t happy about it is that the country of origin for labelling food is voluntary. Oh no, they want to scare consumers (and the Minister) into thinking that whacking a label on the side of a product in a supermarket is the holy grail.  Read more »

Will the Chorus chaos end some careers?

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National MPs and their Beehive spinners are working overtime to limit the potential damage from a possible capitulation to the Coalition for Fair Pricing over Chorus’ network charges. The Coalition, as many will know, it a motley group of Iwi, ISPs, and consumer groups, lead by the mad Sue Chetwin of Consumer NZ, Paul Brislen of TUANZ, and Matthew Hooton, the lobbyist.

Ministers, who initially stood firm against a poor Commerce Commission that threatened their expensive fibre policy, are now looking for some kind of quiet backroom deal to keep the Coalition happy, but without wrecking Chorus as a business (just maiming it badly instead).

But the consequences of such a decision could impact heavily on a number of National Ministers.

First in the firing line is Amy Adams, who is really disappointing as Communications and IT Minister. If Adams is bested by Sue Chetwin (who has a reputation for being a shrill dimwitted woman), Adams will be effectively hitting the pause button on her career. Existing and potential ministers are horrified at the derailing of cabinet policy but will be privately joyous at Adams’ slip-up given her big-noting to some caucus members. It won’t have escaped the attention of National’s caucus that if she can’t make a clear argument why a small copper pricing drop and faster migration to fibre is better for New Zealand than a big copper price cut and fibre rollout failure, then she probably couldn’t hack it in the front row of cabinet let alone lead it.   Read more »

Time for a proper investigation into building costs

A reader emails about this story in the NZ Herald about the need for transparency in construction and building costs.

Builders may be forced to disclose any overseas holidays, new vehicles, tickets to sports events and other gifts they receive as rewards for buying building products as part of government moves to drive down building material costs.

Housing Minister Nick Smith and Commerce Minister Craig Foss yesterday released a series of options for cutting building costs as part of the Government’s suite of measures to tackle the high price of housing.

The options were released as new legislation was introduced to Parliament to constrain building costs by limiting development contributions paid by developers to councils for infrastructure such as sewerage, roading and water.

Dr Smith said building costs were too high, as much as 30 per cent above those in Australia.

The reader comments:

You watch in weeks to come the spin from the lobby group formed to protect product suppliers. They will make Len’s team look honest.

I spent have spent much time researching this for my job.

I have found that Fletchers for instance makes framing that it exports and sells in Australia cheaper it sells the same grade timber framing here despite the obvious transport costs. Some builders have tried importing it back in from Australia and been stamped on.   Read more »