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Is Colin Craig dreamin’ or just an Idiot

Colin Craig makes a claim:

“We have polled the electorate, and ACT has no chance of winning. By standing Christine, we give the people of Epsom the chance to elect a centre-right government with Conservative values.”

The gambling public should put a few quid on ACT winning Epsom now Colin Craig has said that their polling reckons ACT can’t win.

Those who remember back to 2011 will recall the following.

Colin Craig said he was going to win in Rodney based on dodgy polls from Research First .

I blogged about it at the time and Research First’s CEO took issue with my accusations  of their dodgy methodologies.

¬†I am happy to talk to you about the many steps taken in that particular piece of research to ensure robust results were achieved (and I welcome, in general, your critique of ‚Äėdodgy‚Äô and unscientific polls). In this case, however, your¬†ad homenim¬†dismissal of Research First‚Äôs work is misplaced and I would appreciate you publishing a retraction.

I stand by my statements, Research First does dodgy polls.

Here is why. ¬† Read more »

NZ First thinks its supporters are “lazy and forgetful”

It appears that Winston Peters is running NZ First out of their parliamentary office.

This is similar to what Act was busted for back in the Prebble days.

Brendan Horan claims he has been inundated by people wanting to share information about NZ First as he makes new allegations that his former party had breached Parliament’s rules.

Horan’s office today released a memo written by Apirana Dawson, NZ First’s director of operations, to party leader Winston Peters addressing “poor party financial structure and inadequate funds to support the party and to run a campaign”.

Horan alleged last week that Dawson and other NZ First staff were engaged in party work when they were meant to be focused on parliamentary activities. Speaker David Carter has confirmed he is investigating.

In today’s document, from July 2012, Dawson called for the establishment of a system where party members had their fees increased to at least $3 a month, to be paid by direct debit.

The document said the existing system did not raise enough money and there was a lack of accountability mechanisms. ¬† Read more »

Beaten Councillor has a Sook

Beaten Hawkes Bay Regional Councillor Kevin Rose got the arse because he was so out of touch with his community that some enterprising blokes ran a campaign to change a dodgy ratbag council.

Now he is having a sook about people expressing their deeply held opinions publicly.

Growers Action Group (GAG), unhappy with the council’s policy of protecting river flow levels by stopping irrigation, put up three successful candidates for the council’s Hastings constituency.

He said this year’s campaign had not been as cordial.

He said GAG was “very well funded and organised” but was about getting rid of people rather than people with policies. ¬† Read more »

Brown being cute with the truth now

By STEPHEN COOK

The woman at the centre of the Len Brown sex scandal says the Auckland mayor not only gave her a written reference for the council job she applied for ‚Äď he also spoke to her boss.

External auditors Ernst and Young are currently looking into whether 32-year-old Bevan Chuang received any form of preferential treatment when she successfully applied for a position as a sponsorship coordinator at the Auckland Art Gallery back in 2011.

At the time of applying for the position Chuang was in the early stages of her two-year affair with Brown.

She was sacked three months to her employment after the gallery learnt of her criminal conviction she had relating to relating to the unauthorized use of a computer.

The conviction dated back to 2010 when she was an employee at the Auckland Museum. Chuang provided a contractor with a password to access a confidential email account believed to contain information detrimental to plans to restructure the museum.

It is still not clear whether Brown knew about the conviction when he endorsed Chuang for the art gallery position.¬† Read more »

More on the Ratbag Nelson Mayor

We have covered Aldo Miccio‘s antics in Nelson extensively…the Nelson Mail has this letter about this dodgy ratbag.

This guy sounds more and more like Boss Hogg. He even has cheerleaders, how low will this ratbag go to win re-election? I’m not sure those hopeless slappers will get him more votes.

nelson weekly letter part 1

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“Grooming” trougher Paul Findlay chucks in the towel

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The People’s Choice – Labour have severed the diseased limb and cauterized the wound.

They hope.

Media statement

RE Findlay withdrawal from race

A candidate for the Hagley-Ferrymead Community Board in Christchurch has withdrawn from the race following a leak from a personal conversation on a social media application.

Findlay said, ‚ÄúIn the heat of the moment I made a comment that I regret. This city has bigger issues in this election than this incident. For the sake of my team and the sake of the real issues that Christchurch is facing, I am withdrawing my candidacy.‚ÄĚ

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New Zealand has its own Weiner: Dodgy LBP Paul Findlay

As Local Body politicians go, we’ve seen our share of dodgy ones. ¬†Dodgy with property, dodgy with money. ¬†But until now, dodgy with sex hasn’t been exposed in public.

It was only time, really, before we had our own Anthony Weiner “SXTing” incident.

Let me introduce Paul Findlay who is standing for the¬†Hagley-Ferrymead Community Board in Christchurch under the¬†The People’s Choice – Labour ticket.

Paul Findlay

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Who is New Zealand’s Dodgiest Local Body Candidate?

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Local election campaigns are underway, and the truly shameless, criminal, or drunken candidates are running again.¬† Read more »

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Really?

Maybe this guy can advise Helen Kelly on how not to run a dodgy union movement in New Zealand.

PAUL HOWES:
If people want to increase the penalties to the same level as the corporations act, I’ve said this many times, I don’t care. Of course, I don’t care about the penalties. What I care about is ensuring that organisations, as I do here in the AWU, act in a diligent manner. I actually believe there’s a higher responsibility for us as guardians of workers’ money to protect that money and to act diligently and honestly…

Meatworkers Union – Failure to Disclose

For Meat Workers Union Members only: presented by the Owl

Dear Meat Workers Union Members:

A number of people have been working very hard on your behalf to ensure you receive the best information available from your unions. We have received major criticism for our persistence in these matters but we are now able to provide you with your correct financial information.

We are not looking for a thank you or anything ‚Äď we just want you to have the best. For the Owl I¬†believe in process and a great advocate for members. Just like you pay money into kiwi saver there¬†is governing laws around protecting your investment. Unions are incorporated societies and your¬†investment needs to be protected as well. Failure to disclose is a serious matter.

The Owl has tabled a comparison of what was originally filed by your Union in 2011 and what the actual true figures were.

Please note that your Union auditors have stated that in their report ‚ÄúAlso we have not been able to¬†obtain sufficient audit evidence regarding revenues and expenses relating to Hawera Sub-Branch and¬†2010 comparatives of Otago Southland Branch‚ÄĚ. These are not our words but your auditors.

The Owl does not dig around in rubbish bins for scandals and only uses information freely available in the public domain. I suggest members write to their Union and seek clarification on any matters.

What is worse – A privacy breach or a failure to disclose?


2011 2011 2011
Expenses ¬†Orginally Filed ¬†The “Real” position ¬†Understated by:
ACC Levy  999  4,177  3,178
Affiliations and Capitation  93,236  93,236  -
Donations & Presentations  24,416  45,796  21,380
Fringe Benefit Tax  4,461  39,008  34,547
Health & Safety  55,743  79,326  23,583
Legal  56,161  350,632  294,471
Meetings and Conferences  160,553  456,598  296,045
Honorariums & Commissions  4,000  87,276  83,276
Salaries & Allowances  170,031  1,203,188  1,033,157
Superannuation  8,405  46,588  38,183
Travelling Car & Air  34,593  233,698  199,105
Accountancy  -  41,234  41,234
Audit  4,903  30,975  26,072
Depreciation  6,173  119,347  113,174
Loss on Fixed Assets  7,867  4,684 (3,183)
Office Expenses  68,704  346,562  277,858
Total expenses  686,205  3,182,325  2,482,080
Revenue
Membership Subscription  682,178  2,768,676  2,086,498
Interest Received  29,928  166,392  136,464
Rental Income  -  39,580  39,580
Sundry Income  -  110,990  110,990
 712,106  3,085,638  2,373,532
Taxation  8,230  49,705  41,475
Net Surplus (Loss) 17,671 (146,392) (128,721)