Hell Pizza

So, I’m a journalist now

Cameron Slater went to the High Court last Thursday to overcome the next legal hurdle in the defamation case taken out against him by Mr Matt Blomfield.

For those of you late to the story, Whaleoil was given access to information about Mr Blomfield’s business dealings regarding Hell Pizza. ¬†Due to a series of events, allegedly supported by Mr Blomfield’s own documents (allegedly, because we’re still subject to legal action), some of Mr Blomfield’s business dealings ¬†were reported on, especially those surrounding Hell Pizza and Hell Pizza sponsorship.

Mr Blomfield took exception to having his business emails published and took Cameron Slater to court for defamation. ¬†Part of this process is that all the articles about Mr Blomfield on¬†Whaleoil have been removed from public view, and we are under a suppression order from the Court that stops us from revealing any new information about Mr Blomfield – anything that isn’t already out in the public domain.

As part of that legal tussle, Mr Blomfield wanted to know who provided Cam Slater with access to the emails and documentation. ¬†Whaleoil doesn’t reveal sources. ¬†We never have and we never will, so Slater respectfully told the judge he couldn’t do that, and invoked protections under the law allowing journalists not to be compelled to reveal their sources by a Court.

The next legal step was therefore obvious to Mr Blomfield: ¬†insist that Cameron Slater isn’t a journalist, and Whaleoil isn’t part of the media.

A District Court judge found in Mr Blomfield’s favour, and insisted Cameron Slater reveal his sources. ¬†Again, this was resisted, even though Cam Slater was now clearly in contempt of court. ¬† Read more »

The Weeman Caravan Adventures

Let’s look at Paul Hinton aka “Weeman”.

Weeman claims he is really passionate about the brand and his loyalty, going so far as to tattoo his neck with the Hell logo, and also now claims in the media (oh look another Bevan Hurley article) that he too is an aggrieved ex-hell franchisee.

But¬†before¬†I really closely examine “the Weeman”, I’d like to take you on a wee journey that involves caravans.

At which major and now defunct annual music festival event was “Mum-wee”, his missus, operating three Hunger Strike food caravans serving pizzas?

Apparently the pizzas tasted a lot like a Hell Pizza.

Why would “Mum-wee” be doing this, when she was a franchisee of a Hell Store in the Franklin district?

Who is the face behind the Trademe account strike17?

Why was stike17 selling mobile food caravans on the down-lo?

Did they look kind of like this?

 

Which popular vineyard music festival did “Mum-wee” also take a caravan journey to, pedalling her tasty hell-like pizza snacks?

Did “Weeman” really renege on his charitable offer to make free pizzas at the KidsCan children’s charity event, and in fact paid himself for his time, his staff and his petrol money out of the Hell caravan takings on the night leaving about a grand of the cash that was meant to go the kids, precipitating the now infamous KidsCan debacle?

Was it just a wee oversight that “Weeman’s” caravans weren’t compliant?

Dominos steps up

Dominos has stepped up to the plate as a corporate citizen and made good on the $10,000 that Hells Pizza reneged on.

Domino’s Pizza last night pledged $10,000 to children’s charity KidsCan to fill the void left when a competitor, Hell Pizza, reportedly refused to pay the sum it promised to donate during a telethon.

Hell Pizza director Warren Powell initially agreed that Hell would donate the sum to the KidsCan charity in 2009.

However, KidsCan chief executive Julie Helson said Mr Powell “reneged” on the deal after seeing reports that some of the money raised failed to reach needy children.

Domino’s NZ general manager Josh Kilimnik said last night that his company was stepping in because it was “the right thing to do”.

The tipline if being flooded with all sorts of sordid details of goings on at Hells Pizza. I can see a series of blog posts coming up.

Dominos meanwhile has shown how to do good PR, Hells Pizza is just tweeting up lame excuses. They can go to Hell.

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Go to Hell

Hell pizza will no longer be my¬†preferred¬†Pizza supplier. Literally they can go to Hell. Any company that rips off a charity doesn’t deserve my business.

Hell pizza refused to pay $10,000 the company had pledged to Telethon – after the company’s boss asked workmates for advice about how they could avoid paying the “dorks”.

Warren Powell initially agreed that Hell would pay the sum to the KidsCan charity in exchange for “exposure” at the Viaduct headquarters of the Big Night In Telethon in 2009.

Suppliers including Goodman Fielder and Red Bull donated boxes of supplies to the company and Hell staff were asked to volunteer their time for the event.

But after seeing reports that some of the money raised was failing to reach needy children, Powell reneged on the deal, says Julie Helson, chief executive of KidsCan.

Helson said Hell Pizza used negative reports about the charity as an excuse to not pay what it owed.

“He reneged on it and they just didn’t pay up,” she said. “We got nothing.

“Powell was so rude to us, he was filthy, really derogatory.”

That is pretty low. Probably the lowest stunt that Hell has tried. They have run offensive billboards, a persecution campaign against Mark Hotchin but now their dirty dealings have come back to bite them on the arse.

In the lead-up to the event, Powell wrote to organisers: “Yes, we will give ALL proceeds from the van to Telethon”.

“Yes, we will cover the cost of making the pizza.

“Yes you will see me there, I will be making pizza (best dam [sic] pizza maker in the country).”

Pretty unequivocal. They should front up with the $10,000. They have certainly paid more than that for their billboards vilifying Mark Hotchin.

But in an email dated August 13, several days after the 24-hour fundraiser, Powell changed his tune.

He wrote to colleagues: “So how does this work? We gave away pizza by the dozen to these dorks and raised good [sic] knows how much; now am I expected to give them a chq in return for nothing?

“What do they have in writing and from whom? From below it looks like they have a verbal but that is all.”

That just makes Powell scum, trying to rip off a charity.

Even after KidsCan produced an audit showing that all the money was reaching children in poverty, Hell Pizza did not pay the money.

Helson said the charity chose not to pursue a civil action through the courts because that would have cost more than they hoped to get.

“We’re in the business of helping kids.” Helson said $10,000 would support 56 children for a year, buying them school meals, shoes, socks, a raincoat and a beanie.

If someone from KidsCan would like to contact me I will happily provide promotion for any of their events free of charge.

Meanwhile might I suggest to the Whale Army that Hells Pizza be removed from their lists of preferred suppliers, indefinitely.

 

 

 

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The House that Mark Built

This is the house that Mark is building.
This is the dosh that lay in the house that Mark is building.
These are the rats that ate the dosh
That lay in the house that Mark is building.
This is the cat that should have killed the rats
That ate the dosh that lay in the house that is building.

And this is the sign that Hell Pizza made to sit outside the house that Mark is building.

The House that Mark Built

The House that Mark Built

Superb timely marketing

This sign is now trundling around Auckland. For those who don’t know that is Mark Hotchin of Hanover Finance. Like Hell Pizza or loathe them they are superb at timely marketing. between them and Tui they have that area sown up.

Mark Hotchin is Greed at Hell Pizza

Mark Hotchin is Greed at Hell Pizza

Parliamentary Smackdown

Here are some exchanges from parliament with some very good smackdowns.

The first one is a Jonathon Coleman smackdown on Winston.

[quote]Dr JONATHAN COLEMAN
Members can tell that what I was saying was hitting the nail right on the head, because Sue Moroney immediately rose to take a point of order. It shows that we are right on the button.

We heard a wide-ranging speech from the Minister of Foreign Affairs. He was talking about embassies in Stockholm and what happened in the 1990s, but I can tell members that the people of New Zealand are concerned about what is happening in New Zealand today. They are worried about the real concerns of real New Zealanders, such as filling up the gas tank at the petrol station. [Interruption] These interjections from the Minister of Foreign Affairs are the best reason I have heard yet for us to install breathalysers in the lobbies. We heard all this stuff. He had his head in the wine box during that speech. [Interruption] Here we go. I knew this would happen.

Rt Hon Winston Peters
I raise a point of order, Mr Chairperson. I tell that member that I want an apology right now, and if I do not get it I will nail about four of his colleagues. If that is the kind of conversation-

The CHAIRPERSON (H V Ross Robertson)
Order!

Rt Hon Winston Peters
The member cannot make that sort of comment.

The CHAIRPERSON (H V Ross Robertson)
Is the member raising a point of order?

Rt Hon Winston Peters
That man said something totally defamatory that if it were said outside this Chamber would be libellous. He is not going to get away with it. I tell him that either he apologises now, fulsomely, or I will nail four or five of his colleagues and he will be responsible. If he wants to throw that sort of dirt, he is going to get it back and in double measure.

The CHAIRPERSON (H V Ross Robertson)
If the member made any defamatory remarks and exception has been taken, then he should withdraw and apologise.

Dr JONATHAN COLEMAN
I withdraw and apologise. We have to sit here all the time and hear stuff about cigars and cigar smoke, but when we give a little bit of dirt back to a member who has been sitting here for 30 years, he is on his feet, whingeing and complaining, and crying to the Chair. Is it not amazing? I would have thought that after 30 years a member could sit there and grin and bear it, and take what comes his or her way in a robust debate.[/quote]

Second is Lockwood Smith smacking Winston around.

[quote]Dr the Hon LOCKWOOD SMITH
I guess that member would know because he always told this Parliament that all he wanted to be was the MP for Tauranga. Well, I can tell my colleagues that Winston never told the truth about that. He wanted to be the MP for Kaipara.

Rt Hon Winston Peters
I raise a point of order, Mr Chairperson. There are some people around this country who are not known, and never will be known, and some who are known by his or her first name. I happen to be one of them, but he cannot use it in this Chamber.

The CHAIRPERSON (H V Ross Robertson) Link to this
Thank you, Mr Peters. All I can say is that there has been a good exchange between both sides.

Dr the Hon LOCKWOOD SMITH
Let me call him the Rt Hon Winston Peters. He always told New Zealand he only ever wanted to be the MP for Tauranga. What a lie. In 1983 he-[ Interruption] I said that statement was a lie. In 1983 he went for the nomination for selection for Kaipara and-

Rt Hon Winston Peters
I raise a point of order, Mr Chairperson. Just so the public might know, there is a bill before the Committee. That is the subject being discussed. But the member has lost the plot entirely just because of an interjection that he is the only one in this Chamber who can eat a block of cheese sideways. He got all upset and now he is running through my brilliant political career. Now I know it is scintillating but it is not part of the debate in this Chamber.

The CHAIRPERSON (H V Ross Robertson)
I think we have had our fun for the morning.

Dr the Hon LOCKWOOD SMITH
Let me just finish the story, to make sure the Rt Hon Winston Peters does not miss out any bit of it. Of course, he got thrashed in the selection for Kaipara, he did not even take me to a final ballot, and with his tail between his legs he limped off to Tauranga and tried to con the people there that all he wanted to be was the member for Tauranga.[/quote]

Lastly we have Tau Henare wrestling with some bloke called Steve.

[quote]Hon Steve Chadwick
Tell us about Working for Families.

Hon TAU HENARE
That is the head witch of the coven over there-the leader of the coven. She asks me to talk about Working for Families. Well, let us talk about the $690 million – odd that the Government paid for a clapped out railway that does not even run. There are no trains in Rotorua, there are no trains in Gisborne, and there are no trains up north. Where are
the trains?

Dr the Hon Lockwood Smith
There’s one a week.

Hon TAU HENARE
Oh, sorry, there is one a week. And the Government says that this is a great taxation bill! The Government bought the little train set-the little Tonka toys; I wonder who the Fat Controller was-and earmarked new embassies in Switzerland, and all over the place.
Just those two things add up to a billion dollars.[/quote]

Outstanding smackdowns.