Maggie Barry

National Ministers channel their inner-Clark as nanny-statism takes hold

Who would ever have thought that National ministers would develop nanny-statism.

There is a danger this article will give Wicked Campers the very publicity it seemingly seeks out through the brash slogans on the back of its vans.

And yet, it was a risk three government ministers were willing to take when deciding to tell the Herald on Sunday of their determination to squish from the company the behaviour for which it has become notorious.

The idiot reporter is for once speaking the truth..he is giving free (earned) publicity to a private business…aided and abetted by three government ministers.

Wicked Campers is the brainchild of Australian John Webb.

He has ignored repeated requests to be interviewed for this story. To be fair, he (and Wicked Campers) ignore pretty much everyone. They don’t respond to the ASA, didn’t respond to NZ Transport Agency concerns, ignored government ministers who wrote and didn’t take calls from the Director General of Conservation this week.

His only interview appears to have been with an Australian marketing website about seven years ago. Of the business, he said: “It’s more about a reflection of myself in some ways … just having fun. It comes from … looking for reaction. We think we can’t do that then all of a sudden, we’re ‘stuff it, let’s do it’.”

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Paddy Gower and the Media Party in the newsmaking business

It was a nothing thing: New Zealand’s favourite grandmother, Maggie Barry, got together with like-minded flag-change supporting National MPs and Paddy called it a “crisis meeting”.  

Next thing you know, everyone’s running around quoting Newshub about “leaked” emails and “crisis meetings”.  

Other hacks play follow-the-useful-idiot and go up to Key who’s totally befuddled because the flag referendum is a conscience vote and there is no collective responsibility anyway.  “Caucus divided” indeed.  

Claims that the national flag referendum is dividing the National caucus are “nonsense”, Prime Minister John Key says.

An email from National MP Maggie Barry, which has been leaked to media, showed that MPs attended a meeting hosted by pro-change campaigner Lewis Holden this week.

Newshub reported it was a “crisis meeting” and that only half of National’s caucus attended.

Mr Key said this afternoon that his caucus was free to vote for whichever flag it liked.

“I don’t know what all this nonsense is about. MPs meet all the time about issues,” he said.

“We don’t have a caucus position because it’s essentially a conscience view. Some MPs have said they support change, some don’t.”

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Raising money for what exactly?

According to the Herald there was a fundraiser held to build support for the flag change in business.

Excuse me? What?

Auckland business leaders rubbed shoulders with Cabinet ministers at a flag-change fundraiser that looked to build the sector’s support for a new national banner.

About $10,000 was raised from the 40 or 50 who gathered at the event in Auckland’s Parnell late last month, where Kyle Lockwood’s silver fern flag and bottles of whisky signed by Prime Minister John Key were auctioned off to the highest bidders.

Briscoe Group chairwoman Dame Rosanne Meo and McConnell Group boss David McConnell were among those in attendance, as was Key, ACC Minister Nikki Kaye and Conservation Minister Maggie Barry.

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New Zealand’s favourite grandmother really thinks parliament is just another gardening show

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How hard can it be? Why is the minister directly involving herself in contracts?

New Zealand’s favourite grandmother, Maggie Barry, is certainly shaping up as a “hands-on” minister, especially when it comes to gardens.

The designers who built the jungle of King Kong’s Skull Island are now turning their skills to a Wellington war memorial garden.

Garden designers DawnFinder is favourite of Minister for Culture and Heritage – and former gardening show host – Maggie Barry, who decided to drop the original contractor for part of garden at Pukeahu National War Memorial Park.

DawnFinder directors Tina Hart and Kim Jarrett have previously worked under Sir Peter Jackson to design the jungle and coastlines of Skull Island, the fictional prehistoric home of giant gorilla King Kong in the director’s 2005 film.    Read more »

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New Zealand’s favourite Grandmother thinks parliament is some kind of gardening show

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New Zealand’s favourite grandmother, Maggie Barry is getting her hands dirty gardening again, meddling in operational departmental issues.

The story from Fairfax is a little bit he said, she said…but from a political perspective explaining is losing.

Gardening-guru turned government minister Maggie Barry has dug her spade into a Wellington landscaping contract.

Despite being the brains behind the Pukeahu War Memorial Park, landscape designer company Wraight Athfield Landscape + Architecture has been overlooked for the latest section of the park’s garden in favour of another design company.

Wraight Athfield, an amalgamation of landscape designer Megan Wraight and Athfield Architects, won a competition held by the Ministry of Culture and Heritage to design the War Memorial Park seven years ago.

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Let’s be brutal: it’s probably the 1080 that’s killing 2% of Kiwis every year

There is a fair to even chance that 1080, is killing Kiwi, it sure as hell kills other bird life.

The Conservation Minister says three kiwi projects will receive new funding.

$226,000 will be spent on the projects aimed at helping Kiwi thrive in the wild, Maggie Barry said.

The money from the Community Conservation Partnerships Fund would go to projects in the West Coast, Northland and the Coromandel Peninsula.

“Our national bird is declining in the wild by 2 per cent a year, with only around 70,000 birds left in isolated, fragmented populations,” Ms Barry said.   Read more »

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Is Maggie Barry suffering from the afflictions of the aged?

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New Zealand’s favourite grandmother, Maggie Barry, must be seriously suffering from the afflictions of the aged with her latest appointment.

Te Papa Atawhai – The Department of Conservation (DOC) – has appointed New Zealand’s first threatened species ambassador.

DOC threatened species ambassador Nicola Toki.

Nicola Toki, who has worked in wildlife conservation for more than a decade, has been appointed to the high-profile job working with DOC to help protect the country’s threatened species.

She will be building partnerships and encouraging New Zealanders to become involved in conservation efforts.

Ms Toki said as far as her engagement with iwi goes, tāngata whenua already have a good grasp of the importance of her mahi [work] in their role as protectors of the environment.

“Iwi already understand the importance of a Threatened Species Ambassador because it’s embedded in the principles of katiakitanga (guardianship),” Ms Toki said.

“Iwi as kaitiaki understand that these birds and reptiles and plants and bugs they’re not just things apart from us they’re intrinsic part of our being.

“I’m really looking forward to working with iwi right across the country on those things that are special to them.”

Ms Toki said the new role sent a signal to the rest of the world about how much Aotearoa values conservation.

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Surely this isn’t really necessary?

I hate possums, I really do, I’ve shot literally thousands of them.

I remember one trip when I was around 18 to Matamata and we shot 500 in one night on a farm…with shotguns. The bruising was something to be believed. The next night we went out and shot 300 more.

So don’t get me wrong, I loathe possums, they aren’t meant to be here.

But I have to question the sanity of mass drops of 1080 poison when this happens.

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NZ Favourite Grandmother accuses Maori of eating Kereru to extinction “just like the Moa”

Maggie Barry, NZ’s favourite grandmother, is getting stuck into Maori for tucking into delicious wood pigeon.

Birds like the native kereru shouldn’t be eaten to the brink of extinction like Maori ate moa, Conservation Minister Maggie Barry says.

Her comment follows a report late yesterday three government ministers – Amy Adams, Nathan Guy and Tariana Turia – were served the protected bird mixed with chicken at an iwi leaders’ hui in 2013.

A spokesman for Maungarongo Marae near Ohakune, which apparently served the birds, said because the dead birds were given to them by the Department of Conservation (DOC), they thought it was fine to dish up.

However, DOC says birds, including kereru, which are found dead and given to them are sometimes transferred to local iwi for cultural use such as using the feathers or bones. It is not aware of any requests to eat them, and says if there were the department would oppose it on food safety grounds.

Ms Barry says the 2013 meal would have been served out of “wilful or deliberate ignorance”.

“It is not appropriate to eat threatened species fullstop.”

When asked why the flesh of the bird shouldn’t be eaten she replied: “When was the last time you ate road kill? Why would you? It’s not what you do.”

She hadn’t had any requests to change the law protecting kereru, in place since 1912, despite Maori still consuming them.

“Maori ate moa as well. We don’t want to eat birds to the brink of extinction that is not appropriate in this day and age.”

Ms Barry was “pretty certain” she’d never eaten the bird knowingly or not. She expected guests at the dinner would “not be served a protected species under the guise of a chicken dish”.

Ms Adams “had no idea” whether she ate the bird because the meal was two years ago.

“I’m not responsible for what they served, I have no idea what they served. If I had been advised it was kereru I wouldn’t have eaten it and to the best of my knowledge I haven’t eaten it,” she said today.

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New Zealand’s Favourite Grandmother on the right side of the issue of stray cats

The science supports Maggie Barry’s death to cats policy.

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