Jami-Lee Ross

#Teamkey diaspora hits Auckland


After the conference/launch, it appears Maurice and Jami-Lee were allowed to take the #TeamKey yoof for a milkshake ride in the Big Blue Bus.  They duly unpacked outside of Pakuranga shopping centre.

Nice of JLR to help the elderly.


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So much for the “sledge pledge”, Clare Curran carries on with the Nasty party plan

David Cunliffe made a sledge pledge in line with his party’s “Vote Positive” slogan.

The Sledge Pledge has been ignored, in what can only be a slight against David Cunliffe’s leadership.

Yesterday it was Grant Robertson getting nasty on John Key.

And today it is Clare Curran proving Labour remains the Nasty Party.

It seems Labour leader David Cunliffe’s “sledge pledge”, in which he promised a “positive” election campaign, hasn’t got through to Dunedin South MP Clare Curran.

Curran has branded rival MPs nasty, homophobic and foul-mouthed in an interview with a student newspaper.

The article was published online on Sunday – as Cunliffe was delivering a keynote speech.

“This election campaign is not about dirty tricks or dodgy deals; smear campaigns and a personality cult,” Cunliffe told delegates, including Curran.

Later, he told reporters the public was fed up with political debate centred on personal attacks rather than policy.

“We want to run a clean, positive campaign.”   Read more »

First Tweet of the Day


This is not journalism, it is grandstanding


Disgraceful “journalist” Patrick Gower

I have had reported to me the outrageous, aggressive behaviour of Patrick Gower from 3News at the stand up of Maurice Williamson.

I didn’t see the video, but Fairfax have helpfully published a transcript. This has got to be one of the most outrageous, shabby, poorly behaved journalist I have ever seen.

And the mainstream media has the temerity to scoff at my abilities. Gower asks questions and then answers them in the same breath. The innuendo is disgraceful. I think it might be time for some other media organisations to start holding some of these reporters to account themselves.

If you thought Patrick Gower’s ransacking of the Oravida offices was distasteful then cop a load of this.

Reporter: “Have you called up about a guy on charges?

Williamson: “I don’t know whether I could answer that.”

Reporter: “Well, have you done it before?”

Williamson: “Well Paddy, I can’t remember every call I’ve made over the last 27 years.”

Reporter: “Because you haven’t, have you. You’ve given this guy special treatment, he’s not even one of your constituents.”

Williamson: “How do you know that?”

Reporter: “You rang one of the most senior police officers.”

Williamson: “How do you know that?”

Reporter: “About this guy’s case.”

Williamson: “John Tims has a regular dialogue with MPs in the electorate, we go out and meet with him.”

Reporter: About people’s cases?

Williamson: “No no, we go out and talk with him.”

Reporter: “No, he doesn’t, tell the truth, tell the truth. You gave special treatment to a donor to the National Party.”

Williamson: “No, I didn’t give special treatment.” Reporter: “Yes, you did.”

Williamson: “If it had been anybody else.”

Reporter: “You’ve never done it before in your career.”

Williamson: “Well, I’m sorry, I don’t actually think you know that.”    Read more »

Clinging to Hope

So Labour is all cock-a-hoop after winning Christchurch East.

No surprises there really. You would think they would after holding the seat for nigh on 100 years.

Apparently now Labour is “buoyed” by the win.

Yeah like a drowning man clinging to a buoy. It is a false hope despite all the spin about increasing vote and National’s vote dropping.

By-elections are fickle beasts and one should never cling to the results as an indicator.   Read more »

A problem for Jami-lee Ross

It isn’t a major problem and if he could arrange permission I’ll sort it out for him. There is another muster of peacocks living not far from me. (note correct term for a group of peacocks, you can also us “ostentation”, but certainly not pride…that is for lions)

I believe 1s or 2s are the right size for peacocks.

A pride of pesky peafowl is overstaying its welcome at a reserve in East Tamaki, Auckland, by digging up gardens, displacing roof tiles, defecating on paths, crowing outside windows and parading on roads.

The 12 large birds roost at the top of pine trees in Logan Carr Reserve each night and during the day they wreak havoc in the neighbouring suburb of Dannemora.

Nita Peterson owns a property bordering the reserve and it is a favourite peacock hangout.

The 69-year-old said she used to love the majestic creatures but the numbers were not kept under control. Currently there were about four peacocks and eight peahens.

“Quite frankly I think the time has come for them all to go,” she said.  Read more »

Local Government Success Story – Michael Wood

SetWidth200-Puketapapa-Michael-Wood-booklet-66374DSC4083-AMichael Wood confirmed his reputation as Labour’s Great White Straight Hope in Auckland returning to his own area after getting a pasting in the Botany by-election.

Despite being straight and white and needing a soap box to stand on for anyone to notice him, Michael enhanced his reputation with relentless organising mixed in with a bit of low bastardry.

Voters managed to overcome his school boy looks and diminutive stature, and handed him a resounding victory. Michael overturned C&R’s majority in Puketapapa, and helped re-elect Cathy Casey as a result.  Likely to be the chairman of the local board, and the golden child within the Labour Party.   Read more »

Sexism and misogyny alive and well in Howick

Check out this letter to the local paper from David Stevenson of Howick.

Like others I have been intrigued as to the identity of the person behind the apparent pseudonym A Schuyt Best hailing from Pakuranga. Until recently I suspected it was a particular concerned and very pro-active citizen who is now deceased.

But, the Friday issue of the Eastern Courier has a letter from that same person. It has excellent content. Its only failing is that it does not mention that in addition to moonlighting from what should be a demanding all-consuming day-time job a certain sitting candidate became a mother recently.

How is this humanly possible? In difficult times of people being under enormous pressure in their jobs where their employers are expecting more and more hours out of their staff for the same salary my puzzlement is surely understandable.

That was an excellent letter posing questions that every voter at the next local body elections should be asking.

It would be very interesting to view ” timesheets” for the hard yards, in addition to domestic chores and holding down two jobs, put in by candidates standing for re-election – bearing in mind there are only 24 hours in a day.

What does this say about the demands local body representatives actually face in doing real justice to their elected positions?  Read more »

Spot on advice for Australia

The British head of Fletcher Building has some top advice for Australia…same applies for New Zealand frankly.

It is always disappointing that National politicians go to parliament admiring Thatcher, and often mention her in their maiden speech. Yet when it comes time to man up and deliver like Thatcher did they back off and go soft on unions like John Key and Simon Bridges because they don’t want a fight.

Unions are the enemy and should be treated as the enemy just like my good mate Jami-Lee Ross does.

Australia has old-fashioned union arrangements and needs “a dose of Margaret Thatcher,” says Mark Adamson, the British chief executive of Fletcher Building.

On a media call following the release of Fletcher’s annual profit, Adamson said he had been “amazed” at both the level of salaries and inefficiencies in Australia. He took the top job at Fletcher last October, having run the company’s Laminex & Panels division, based in the US.

“I do come across unions and union arrangements the likes of which I haven’t come across since I was a child in the UK in the 1970s,” Adamson said. Australia needs “a dose of Margaret Thatcher.”

Nick-named ‘The Iron Lady’, Thatcher was British prime minister between 1979 and 1990, during which time her government privatised state assets, deregulated industry, closed unprofitable coal mines and broke the power of the unions as part of what became known as ‘Thatcherism.’  Read more »

Snapper or GCSB – Manhire explains

The left wing continues to unhinge themselves over the GCSB, thinking wrongly that this is of major concern to Kiwi voters. It isn’t.

Smarter lefty commentators are starting to realise this too late. Toby Manhire explains in simple words for those struggling with understanding that John Campbell is wrong.

The alchemists in the National Party were at it again over the weekend, turning a slap in the face with a snapper into a brave stand for ordinary, hard-fishing New Zealanders.

The news that recreational fishers might have bag limits slashed to three went down like a seafood milkshake. But, somehow, that uncharacteristic cock-up was turned into a rhetorical tactic, defence into attack.

The Government out of touch? On the contrary: they had heard snapper-catchers’ concerns. They knew it mattered. Mattered, unlike, say, that GCSB sideshow. The revision of the role of the Government Communications Security Bureau was of interest to pointy-heads and “beltway” nerds alone.

The exuberant twenty-something National MP Jami-Lee Ross summed up the pivot neatly. “Liberal elite shouldn’t get so outraged,” he said. “I have 20 times more emails about snapper than I do about GCSB. That’s what NZers actually care about.”

Real people care about snapper. And if you cared about the redefining of GCSB powers you were a tedious liberal elitist who couldn’t tell a rig from a jig.  Read more »