Phil Heatley

Lonely Lenny as mates abandon him

Len Brown is literally a man alone.

Even The Gurnard took time out from writing puff pieces about the Fat German to knock up a few words to that effect.

You know things are serious though when the Herald abandons you, and left wing commentators are kicking you in the cods. Selwyn Manning, Simon Wilson and Chris Trotter both say that Len Brown is a corpse. Now Tim Watkin weighs in.

It’s all just rather pathetic really, isn’t it? Yes, I’m talking about Len Brown. From the affair itself to the Auckland mayor’s response and on to the council’s limited options for censure, pathetic seems to me the best word to sum up the whole shooting match.

Today the council officially and unanimously “censured” Brown, according to Stuff, for “his behaviour during a two year affair with Bevan Chuang”. The Herald adds, thankfully, that it was “for failing to declare free hotel rooms and upgrades and the fallout over his two year affair with Bevan Chuang”.

He will have to pay some money back and contribute to the EY report costs. A committee will decide how much and – unacceptably – that will be confidential. That’s one part of the story that should still have legs; of course Aucklanders deserve to know how much they’re paying and how much is the mayor’s share.

As Mike Lee said today such a censure is unprecedented and the strongest condemnation the council can make of the mayor. It is also, as Cameron Brewer said, “a wet bus ticket”. Such is the sorry state of affairs we’re left in. One job should now be on the agenda is to explore other ways that holders of this office can be held to account for misbehaviour, mis-spending and ultimately misleading the public.

The censure comes after the Herald also took unprecedented action, calling for an Auckland mayor to resign. Yet Brown has ridden that out and now has the Christmas break for the immediate pressure to ease. This is as bad as it gets.    Read more »

Could a Carpetbagger Take Whangarei?

Whangarei

Phil Heatley jacking it in means another blue seat is up for selection. There is no obvious successor locally, and the political environment in Whangarei is pretty fractured, with 12 mayoral candidates (including my uncle Warren) at the last election.

Unfortunately for carpetbaggers this doesn’t mean there is a gap for them in Whangarei. Phil Heatley is deserves credit for keeping the membership at up over 700 and this means the locals will select their candidate. This means that HQ cannot impose some fast talking carpetbagger on the electorate, and the inside word is there will be no buggering around with selection.  Read more »

National’s Rejuvenation

Our pinko mate cuts and pastes parts of Tracy Watkins article, adds a few sentences and posts it without much analysis.

What he doesn’t point out is that there appears to be no clear strategy to National moving people on. Individuals have chosen to leave of their own accord, or ambitious new people have stacked electorates so they can successfully challenge sitting MPs. Lets look at the seven that have retired.

Phil Heatley – Was given the arse by John Key from cabinet a year ago, couldn’t see much point in hanging around. Off to a new career.
Cam Calder – Successful man going nowhere in politics, better off doing something else.
Paul Hutchinson – Difficult missus. Was going to get hammered by a well organised selection challenge.
Chris Tremain – Difficult missus, wanted to make more money, internal polling was showing he would get beaten in Napier by Stuart Nash.
Katrina Shanks – Electorate stacked against her for selection so getting out with dignity.
Chris Auchinvole – Dodgy ticker, no real future in politics and lots of interesting things to do outside of politics.
Kate Wilkinson – Got the arse at the same time as Heatley, mainly for being far too cosy with the unions.   Read more »

Heatley Goes, Whangarei Up for Selection

Phil Heatley has jacked it in after five terms as an MP. Phil is a good bloke but didn’t quite make the grade so got the arse from cabinet last year.

Five-term National MP Phil Heatley will retire from politics next year, he has confirmed.

The former fisheries, housing and energy minister will not contest the Whangarei electorate at the election.

“I have thoroughly enjoyed the challenges of being an MP and a Cabinet Minister. It has been an honour to serve the people of Whangarei, the place of my birth, since 1999,” he said.

It was a privilege to serve in Cabinet for five years from 2008, he said. The 46-year-old was dumped, along with conservation minister Kate Wilkinson, in a reshuffle earlier this year.

Heatley said he was proud of driving legislative reforms for marine farming and passing the Crown Minerals Act.   Read more »

My, my, isn’t Len Brown looking a picture of health?

From the Herald of course, where they employ “decent journalists, trained and skilled”:

LEN BROWN

 

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McCarten thinks John Key cares that a Maori Cult dislike him

Matt McCarten has turned his brain off and written a silly, snarky piece for Herald on Sunday about how unpopular John Key apparently is with the Exclusive Bro-thren’s.

I have called them a cult church and I will repeat it again, they are the Exclusive Bro-thren. Who cares if a bunch of sect Maori like you or not?  They even changed the rules banning women speaking on a Marae when it suited them.  When rules are changed for Metiria Turei to speak you know those extending the pleasure are an extremist bunch of nutters belonging on a list with Destiny Church.

McCarten has gone all whiny again about the sacking of Kate Wilkinson and a guy I have already forgotten. Phil? The guy who John Key  stuck his neck out for before.

Given they only got told about it hours before their dear leader gratuitously humiliated them revealed something ugly in Key’s psychological makeup.  Read more »

Imperator Fish on Key’s reshuffle

Scott Yorke is perhaps the best left wing blogger in the country right now. He takes a satirical look at John Key’s reshuffle:

The biggest winner is Dr Nick Smith. He returns to Cabinet after his fall from grace last year, and is appointed as Minister for Creating a Perception of Crisis in Order to Justify Savage Cutbacks in Entitlements.

Dr Smith’s interest in resource issues has also resulted in his appointment as Minister for Exploiting High Political Office for the Benefit of Friends.

Steven Joyce remains Minister for Economic Development, Minister of Science and Innovation, Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment, and Associate Minister of Finance. A new super-ministry is to be created to encompass these various portfolios, and will be called the Ministry of Squashing Ambition and Innovation at their Conception (MOSAIC).

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John Key has announced his new cabinet

John Key has announced his new cabinet, and has axed Kate Wilkinson and Phil Heatley.

I can understand Wilkinson, she was inept. Someone in Bill ENglish’s team had to get the axe to cover for Hekia Parata and so it was Kate. But I can’t for the life of me work out Phil Heatley…is John Key saying that Phil did a worse job than Hekia?

There is some bullshit in the press release about National nominating David Carter. Many MPs I have spoken to have wondered if they missed the caucus meeting resolving that particular nomination. This is a Bil English inspired stitch up that shows that Bill and his bratpack mates are very much still causing grief in the formerly smoke filled rooms. The nomination of Carter, ostensibly for his large donation gathering ability rather than any talent is a sop to rehabilitate Nick Smith.

Although there is some renewal bringing back Nick Smith and promoting Carter shows that Key is still beholden to Bill English, and rewards tired old faces.

The renewal looks promising with Simon Bridges rising into cabinet and taking on the Labour portfolio. Let’s hope he is small-dicked about his job in that role.

The full list is:  Read more »

Jones lambasts Green taliban again

Shane Jones is having another flick at the Green taliban, over their anti-progress nihilism.

Northland-based Labour list MP Shane Jones has again hit out at the Green Party for opposing development of the regions’ resources, including oil and gas, which he says could help reduce spiralling Maori unemployment.

Energy and Resources Minister Phil Heatley this week announced which areas, including a large section of seabed off Ninety Mile Beach, would be opened up for oil and gas exploration next year. He said the Government had begun consultation with relevant iwi.

Green Party oceans spokesman Gareth Hughes said the Government was “gambling with New Zealand’s economy” by allowing the exploration in deep water, “because if there is a leak there is no sure way to stop it”.

Promotion of the petroleum industry was “not a smart way to run the economy”, he said.

The Green taliban are acting like ostriches, with their head in the sand. They simply do not want to even know if there are resources, they are opposed to progress.

But Mr Jones, who has clashed with the Greens before over the prospect of mining in Northland and also over the party’s criticism of the fishing industry, said Mr Hughes’ opposition was premature.

“Let the information be uncovered first. It may be that the area is commercially barren, not unlike the minds conceiving that Green rhetoric.”

Mr Jones did not think the prospects of any significant oil and gas industry in Northland in the short term were high, “but in the absence of information you can guarantee you’ll never see it up there”.

“Let these decisions be made in a rational fashion, not this kneejerk emotionalism that one comes to expect from the Green Party.”

Maori unemployment is 25% in Northland…imagine what it would be if Green economic policies can to bear…Northland would become like Greece with 58% unemployment!

When are people going to stop listening to the child MP who isn’t even remotely qualified to comment on anything other than the price of a Happy Meal at McDonalds.

 

Um of the Day, Ctd

David Shearer clearly has a problem with names.

Today he confused Housing Minister Phil Heatley, with Craig Heatley, businessman, entrepreneur philanthropist, and one of New Zealand’s wealthiest men.

It was such a cock-up, even members of his own Caucus sitting behind him were sniggering.  When Darien Fenton is sniggering at you as Leader because you are a doofus you know it is time to run numbers.