Gareth Morgan

Who is Andrew Little? How did Little go at Ratana?

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Who me? No it’s Andrew Little not Stuart Little

If you look at media reports Andrew Little didn’t do so well at Ratana.

And those media reports are subtle but brutal showing that the as yet un-filled PR position in his team is going to have a hard job getting two positive stories about a dopey looking, dour, grumpy leader into the media.

The photo the Herald used on Saturday was dreadful.

The comments by Claire Trevett worse.

Andrew Little has survived his first address to Maori at Ratana but was well and truly upstaged by NZ First leader Winston Peters when it came to wooing the nannies.

Beforehand, Mr Little admitted to having butterflies in his stomach given the historic relationship between Labour and the Church followers.

He was also the third Labour leader in as many years and the Church speakers had issued a warning that Labour had to up its game after the faith Maori placed in it in last year’s election.

It may have helped that none of his predecessors – David Cunliffe, David Shearer and Phil Goff – attended this year. But the pressure went up when he discovered he’d also have to give his address in front of National MPs.

Usually the Government parties and Opposition are welcomed on to Ratana separately, but this year delays prompted the organisers to opt for a joint powhiri.

Mr Little managed to get through his speech without looking at his notes. He even managed to get in a few jokes, saying of the prophet Ratana that he was “80 years ahead of Gareth Morgan. And he didn’t have a book to sell”.

However, he didn’t get many laughs, possibly because Dr Morgan was on the paepae alongside the Ratana elders, having been welcomed on yesterday.

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Gareth comes good, and not by wanting to nail more cats

About the only thing I agree with Gareth Morgan on is his desire to have the cat population of NZ killed.

Now there is another thing I can agree with him on.

The need for the Greens to change.

Since the election, several high profile commentators – including the businessman, Gareth Morgan – have suggested the Greens ditch some of their left-leaning policies.

Radio New Zealand invited Mr Morgan to take part in a discussion panel along with the Greens’ co-leader Metiria Turei and her predecessor Jeanette Fitzsimons.

Mr Morgan argued that the Green Party’s stance means they could only ever go into Government with Labour.

“I want to see the environment represented inside the tent. I don’t want the environment to have about a 50 percent chance of being in power.”

He said many middle-of-the-road voters cared about the environment but won’t vote for the Green Party because of its more left-wing policies.

Mr Morgan said the Greens should ditch their left-wing policies and focus solely on the environment, so they can hold whoever is in power to account.

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Almost as good as his cat killing policy

Here I was thinking the other day that I don’t agree with Gareth Morgan on anything much at all, except for his cat killing policy.

But I have found another thing to agree with him on.

Flat Tax.

Now that is almost as good as his cat killing policy…it could be improved by providing additional tax rebates for cat killing professionals.

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Up Shit Creek

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Gareth Morgan has started another campaign that will probably be more popular than his cat termination campaign.

He is highlighting that our waterways are full of shit, and that we are not going to be able to swim in them without getting crook.

Many of our waterways are full of excrement. As you’d expect, this stuff poses a massive health issue for people that want to swim in or drink the water from our streams, rivers, lakes and even aquifers. Between 18,000-34,000 Kiwis contract a waterborne disease every year; probably more if you include those that get a dose of the runs but keep it to themselves.   Read more »

Have they checked the local takeaway?

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Apparently there is a cat killer on the loose in Suffolk.

Have they checked the local takeaway?

Anyone seen Gareth Morgan lately?

It is the backdrop for Charles Dickens’ first novel and has inspired many of William Gainsborough’s idyllic countryside scenes.

But Ipswich residents are now living in fear that a mass cat killer is on the loose after reports that more than a hundred pets have mysteriously disappeared without a trace.

Police said they are investigating the matter, which has caused distress among cat-owners, many of whom now refuse to let their pets go out at night for fear they will be attacked.   Read more »

Is Gareth Morgan Stupid Enough to form a Political Party?

Yesterday both me and Arts, Travel and Lifestyle blogger David “Pinko” Farrar blogged that Gareth Morgan is calling for a Blue Green Party.

The time is overdue for a Bluegreens political party, one that is happy to work with whoever is the senior party in government, and is focussed properly on improving our environment, society and economy together. Without this there is a large swathe of voters who are not represented adequately in Parliament. Can the Green Party assume that role? I doubt it very much, theirs is very much a socialist heritage and they exhibit an ongoing reluctance to get real on the importance of the economy. With their voter support capped at 10% (about the same as the craziest party in parliament, Winston Peter’s conspiracy theorists), the electorate continues to see no hope for the Green Party – the adverse impact on jobs and incomes is unpalatable. …

A Bluegreen party would emphatically express New Zealanders’ preference for clever and clean as the way we want our dollars earned, while leaving National and Labour to fight over how social justice is best promoted – via National’s preference for capacity building through education and training, delivering more flexible employment and wage-setting practices; or via Labour’s penchant for widening and lifting of social assistance, greater progressivity of income tax, widening the tax base on income from capital, and greater protection of labour in the workplace.

That is why today I am calling for a Bluegreen party – a party with a true environmental focus rather than a socialist party in drag. Tomorrow we will look at some of the policies such a party could pursue, policies that without a Bluegreen party are being left off the political agenda completely.

I’ve had some additional thoughts about this.  Read more »

No love for cats up the Kaipara

Looks like one of Gareth Morgan’s hit squads is active north of Auckland

Supplied / via NZ Herald

Supplied / via NZ Herald

Several gruesome dead cats have been found this week draped over the rail guard and fences near the main road leading to Tapora, east of Kaipara Harbour, disturbing the residents of the small community.

“It’s really horrible, it gave me and my mum a real shock,” said local Kim Powley, 19.

“We were driving on our way to Tapora, and a small black cat was hung over a guard rail. We were shocked but assumed that maybe someone hit it and put it there, so the owners would know what happened to it.

“But about one kilometre from entering Tapora, another cat, black as well, was hung in the same way from a farmer’s fence. This road is a school bus route and these animals were on display for all to see. We were disgusted, as obviously it was no coincidence.”

Dealing to a feral cat problem is one thing, but hanging them over fences isn’t going to keep the locals on board.   Read more »

Look who Gareth Morgan pays homage to

VICE produced the above documentary Gareth Morgan…it shows him crawling to Kim Il Sung.

We all know that Gareth Morgan went on a tour through Potemkin villages of North Korea and pronounced to the world that Gareth had now seen North Korea and it wasn’t evil like the West makes out…and we can all rest easy that these lovely agrarian peasants look happy and well fed…with abundant crops.

What we were never shown, certainly not in NZ media was this…

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The Morgans pay homage to Kim Il Sung, the “liberator” of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.

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Bill Ralston says Labour’s Tax Policy is like genital herpes

Bill Ralston accurately sums up Labour’s financial plans.

There doesn’t seem to be much hope in the pronouncements from Labour on what it would do to restore my fortunes. It seems determined to reduce the amount of disposable cash in my pocket.

David Parker wants to give the Reserve Bank the power to pump up my KiwiSaver contributions, which he’ll make compulsory. Yes, I know that means I’m saving, but I can’t touch it till I’m retired and the amount of money I have to live on weekly in the meantime is reduced further.

Labour seems obsessed with getting the Kiwi dollar reduced dramatically in value, but it occurs to me that would mean I’d be paying more for imported goods and inflation would go up, leading to less money in the wallet.  Read more »

Sledge of the day

What is it with wealthy people who are also socialists and their propensity to act like sanctimonious, all knowing oracles, and worse their propensity to tell us they know better than the rest of us.

Once such person is Gareth Morgan, but his son isn’t far off.

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