David Farrar

Why is Local Government So Useless?

Arts, lifestyle and travel blogger David Farrar has taken some time out of his hectic travel, fitness and free ticket bludging regime to post about Local Government New Zealand’s survey. As expected everyone seems to think Local Government is dead set useless.

LGNZ have had Colmar Brunton do a large survey of NZ residents and businesses on local government. The initial results aren’t complimentary but it is a smart move by LGNZ to do such research, because it provides a benchmark to try and improve against for their member governments.

The survey is here. Some extracts:

  • Performance rated 28/100
  • Local leadership rated 26/100
  • Communication and interaction rated 32/100

The bottom three areas for the public are:

  • Trust to make good spending decisions
  • Value for rate dollars spent
  • Managing finances

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Gene Simmons? What has Gene Simmons got to do with anything?

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Gene Simmons featured in Andrew Little’s budget speech.  Why?  I have no idea.  Neither did Andrew Little.

I encourage you all to watch it.

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Farrar finally recognises the intellectual paucity at the NZ Herald

Arts, fitness, and travel blogger David Farrar gives the anonymous editorial writer at the Herald a good kick in the balls after their stupid editorial had this to say:

It has long been an anomaly that benefits for the young are raised annually by the rate of inflation while superannuitants have their pensions pegged to increases in wages, or inflation if it is greater.

Wages in recent years have increased at a rate above low inflation, causing benefits to lag the general rise in living standards enjoyed by wage earners and the retired. The cost of indexing working age benefits to wages might be considerable but it seems only fair that it should be done. If fiscally possible, it should be accompanied by a catch-up adjustment to benefit rates over the next few years.

Farrar responds:

This may be the stupidest and most financially illiterate editorial of the year.   Read more »

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And another Farrar kicking for Robbo

Our Pinko arts, travel and fitness blogger mate continues to point out what everybody knew, Grant Robertson is not a finance minister’s arsehole.

Grant Robertson has exclaimed:

The National Government has big questions to answer about how a provider of services to thousands of vulnerable New Zealanders is set to fold, ’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson says.

Relationships Aotearoa which provides support and counselling to families, individuals and survivors of domestic violence is set to shut its doors, minus any last minute intervention.

“There are thousands of vulnerable people and families who rely on Relationships Aotearoa for critical services. The government cannot leave them in the lurch.

“Like other non-governmental organisations, Relationships Aotearoa has been seriously underfunded in recent years. It has been asked to do more with less and the strain has clearly started to tell.

This is typical Labour. If an NGO has financial issues, then the answer is the taxpayer must throw more money at them. In the same breath they expect us to believe they would ever have lowered the deficit.     Read more »

Farrar Roshambos Robbo twice in the same day

It looks like Arts, Lifestyle and Travel blogger David “Pinko” Farrar must have had a hard night out and woken up a little liverish.

He has roshamboed Robbo for the second time in a day for not doing enough reading on the finance portfolio over the summer.

Labour Party finance spokesman Grant Robertson said while the elderly had been looked after, Government policy meant younger generations would not reach retirement with the same level of savings or income base.

“If you look at the 2010 tax cuts, they very specifically protected the incomes of the elderly, and that’s good that they did that.  Read more »

Farrar Fisks Robbo

Labour’s Finance spokesman Grant Robertson apparently spent the summer reading, so he could be a good finance minister.

It looks like he might need to spend a few more summers reading as his thoughts are no match for arts, travel and lifestyle blogger David Farrar.

Farrar spent the summer traveling, bludging free tickets to shows and exercising – yet in one sensible post shows up Robbo for the vacuous fool he is. 

The Herald has a Budget wishlist from Grant Robertson. What is interesting in there is the total lack of new ideas – in fact 90% of what he calls for is already occurring! Let’s go through them.

What was required was an active policy of targeted financial investment stronger innovation partnerships,

Has he not heard of the Callaghan Institute? The invested $270 million in innovation partnerships in 2014.

encouragement of migration to the regions

You already gain extra points to qualify as a migrant if your job offer is outside Auckland, and the Government has said it is looking at more points on top of that.

and research and development through tax credits to all qualifying companies rather than the grants system that operates now.   Read more »

Organ donor veto review is underway

The government is conducting a review into the law surrounding organ donations and looking at removing the veto of the donor’s family.

This is a sensible review being conducted by Peter Dunne.

The Government is looking at whether families should continue to have the right to overrule the wishes of organ donors.

Currently whilst people can indicate on their drivers licence that they want to be an organ donor, families can overrule the decision.

Organ donor campaigners say the veto is one reason that New Zealand has one of the lowest organ donor rates in the world, although they say it’s very hard to tell just how many deceased organ donations are overruled. There were just 46 deceased organ donations last year.

The Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne says he and the Health Minister Jonathan Coleman have launched a review to see if there are ways to lift New Zealand’s poor rate of organ donation.

He says one of the things that will be looked at is the veto rule and whether it is appropriate. He says there are strong arguments for and against it.

He says there is also an argument about the weight that should be placed on the veto, and working out whether it’s the donors wish to donate or the families wish which is paramount in the end.

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Northland, polls and polling vs final results

Arts, Lifestyle & Travel blogger David “Pinko” Farrar has a very brief post on the Northland polls.

  • Winston Peters NZF 16,089 54.5%
  • Mark Osborne NAT 11,648 39.4%
  • Willow-Jean Prime LAB 1,380 4.7%

Those polls were pretty accurate.

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National’s Northland Polls

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Readers already know that the inside word is that Pinko Farrar’s polls closely matched the two media polls in the last week of the campaign, and the results on the night.

This is of no surprise to any political observer who knows Pinko or knows polls, Pinko always gets it right.

What is interesting is that there are complaints from inside caucus that they had to fund the campaign but they were not given any information about the polls.    Read more »

So the polls were right. And so was Pinko Farrar

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The results from Northland will be pleasing for the polling community, who were remarkably accurate.

This was despite people saying that a by-election poll was hard to do and the by-election was harder to pick than a broken nose.

Winston Peters 53.95%
Mark Osborne 39.86%   Read more »