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Ratbag councillor stirring when she has skeletons in her own closet

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Cynthia Bowers is well known to regular readers of the blog. She’s been nominated for her dodgy behaviour before.

She is also a councillor who likes to say one thing in public and quite another thing in other circumstances.

Instead of answering valid questions about her own dodgy Horse of the year projects and the corporate welfare granted secretly by the council to a water bottling plant, she is instead chucking dirt over three of the most ethical councillors in the region.

The regional councillors representing Hastings are being called on to be more transparent about the funders of their re-election campaigns.

To provide voters with transparency in the local body elections, Hawke’s Bay Regional Council candidate Cynthia Bowers is calling for all candidates to disclose donations received, citing the 2013 election donations of her opponents for the Hastings ward.

In response, councillors Rick Barker, Tom Belford, and Rex Graham have blasted Ms Bowers for insulting their integrity.   Read more »

Pleurnichard of the Week

We have a winner for crybaby of the week, or pleurnichard as the Cheese Eating Surrender Monkeys would say.

A Frenchman whose attempts to hitchhike out of the West Coast landed him in court says New Zealand should be renamed “Nazi Zealand”.

Cedric Claude Rene Rault-Verpre, 27, appeared in Greymouth District Court this morning charged with wilful damage after his disastrous four-day mission to get out of Punakaiki. Rault-Verpre pleaded guilty to damaging road signs.

He was ordered to surrender his passport as part of his bail conditions and remanded to appear in Christchurch on Friday.

In court, Rault-Verpre said he had spent four days on the side of State highway 6 at Punakaiki and no one had bothered to even offer him water.

Locals contacted police yesterday alleging Rault-Verpre took his frustration out on road signs at Punakaiki.   Read more »

Where is Jessica Williams going to get her peas from now?

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Jessica Williams has just run into a massive problem. Fresh from her campaign to bully My Food Bag into ditching Talleys peas from My Food Bag she now has an ethical dilemma to deal with.

It seems McCains is now also persona non grata with union ratbags.

Their crime?

Using “scab labour”.

McCain Foods South Canterbury workers who have travelled to Australia to fill in for striking workers from the company’s Ballarat factory have been condemned by the E tū union.

E tu national industry strategy director Neville Donaldson, whose role focuses on the food industry, has confirmed three workers from South Canterbury travelled to Ballarat last week and a further seven are expected to go this week.

It is believed they were shuffled through the Ballarat factory’s back doors to avoid picketing staff.

One of the workers, a Timaru man, was a union member who resigned his membership as soon as the union expressed concerns to him about his decision to travel to Australia.  Read more »

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Dodgy theatre, dodgy council, dodgy media…why did no one act?

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After we busted John Leggett and the Marlborough Express tried to ignore the story there still remain a number of unanswered questions that I am sure the ratepayers of Marlborough wants answers to.

For a start, let’s examine this “world class” theatre malarky.

The council and the backers of the theatre must seriously think that the wine industry will continue to be strong there and “hopefully”, one day, all the “movie stars” of the world will just fly on in and while there doing their up-market shopping at The Warehouse and Farmers and the $2 shops they get so worn out that they want to catch a Broadway show direct from New friggin’ York.

There was never a valid business case for this white elephant. Now the council is committing more ratepayers cash after burning $5 million with the loan guarantee.

It took a brave staffer and some braver staff at the Mex to finally get some traction on this by leaking the audio of Leggett’s hypocrisy.

Then there is this comment in the article:

Public-excluded meetings were usually held for genuine reasons of commercial sensitivity.

“I have a view that using this sort of thing for political expediency is just despicable, and it is harmful to credibility – particularly for the person that actually recorded and released it,” he said.

Sowman said it raised the question of how many other recordings were made.  

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NZ’s Dodgiest Local Body Politician nomination- Calum Penrose

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Calum Penrose is one of the ratbags that voted for the 9.9% rates rise, and listed as a member of the Terrible Ten by the Auckland Ratepayers Alliance.

He is also a coward, ducking a debate at the Papakura Business Association for the candidates because he thought that he would get called to account by the people of Papakura he had forgotten when busily voting for all Len Brown’s dopey spending plans   Read more »

Kelvin’s favourite constituent is allowed to stay in Australia… for all of 30 minutes

Kelvin Davis is a friend of the criminals, and especially criminals who live in Australia.

Australia doesn’t like Kiwi criminals and has sent one packing, twice.

Australia’s Immigration Minister has again cancelled the visa of a New Zealand-born bikie with a long criminal record, only hours after a federal court ruled the first cancellation was unfair.

Australian Federal Court judge Richard Tracey on Thursday quashed Immigration Minister Peter Dutton’s decision to cancel the visa of Aaron Joe “AJ” Graham over a technicality involving procedural unfairness.

But an immigration department spokesman on Thursday afternoon said the minister had “decided to again cancel his visa” — and Graham would remain in immigration detention or return to New Zealand pending any appeal.

Graham, a former president of the Rebels outlaw motorcycle gang, had his visa cancelled in June last year.    Read more »

Arthur Taylor wasting more time, energy and money

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Vexatious litigant and convicted violent offender Arthur Taylor is making a pest of himself in the courts yet again.

He’s spent 38 years behind bars and his convictions include a variety of crimes, including conspiring to deal in methamphetamine from prison, possession of morphine for supply, receiving, kidnapping, escaping from custody, possession for supply of cannabis and cannabis oil, and six firearms offences.

He has cost the taxpayer literally millions of dollars for his incarceration and also for his ongoing vexatious claims.

The Department of Corrections has been called out for breaking protocol by jailhouse lawyer Arthur Taylor. But it says it has since made changes to ensure prisoners receive their minimum entitlements.

Taylor filed multiple complaints to the Ombudsman, Professor Ron Paterson, claiming the prisoners in Auckland Prison’s East Division were not given the opportunity to spend one hour exercising in the open air, weather permitting, which they are entitled to under law.

Citing previous incidents and Supreme Court rulings, Taylor claimed it hadn’t deterred the prison from “continuing to deny prisoners from their one hour minimum entitlement”, and that “there needs to be accountability” for the practice continued for “such a long period” of time.   Read more »

Another of Labour’s constituents arrives from Australia

I imagine Kelvin Davis met him at the airport after being deported from Australia:

A New Zealand fraudster who claimed to be employed fulltime by Russell Crowe as a helicopter pilot in Australia in credit card applications is now in a New Zealand jail.

Paul James Bennett arrived in New Zealand on a flight from Australia today and will appear in Christchurch District Court on Saturday, New Zealand police say.

He was met by police on arrival and was taken into custody as a result of existing arrest warrants.

Sydney’s District Court heard last month that Bennett had fraudulently claimed on three credit card applications that he was a full-time helicopter pilot on a salary of $120,000 and created fake pay slips from the “Crowe Family Trust” to assist in a swindle.    Read more »

Supreme Court rejects scumbag’s appeal

A MAN who bashed a dementia patient, who allegedly made homosexual advances towards him, has failed to convince the Supreme Court to overturn a conviction for wounding with intent.

Jamie Gurran was convicted on the wounding with intent charge following a district court trial in which the Crown alleged he had over-reacted to what he perceived to be a homosexual advance by the victim, a 75-year-old man who at the time happened to be a friend of the accused.

He unsuccessfully appealed the decision to the Court of Appeal and then recently filed an appeal against that ruling with the Supreme Court.

The victim told police he had been kicked in the shins, stomach, ribs and around the head by Gurran, who also slapped him in the face. He denied making a homosexual advance.

The victim was unable to give evidence at the trial and died shortly afterwards, apparently from natural causes.

Gurran claimed the victim’s injuries had occurred when he ‘fell in the toilet’, not because he had beaten and kicked him.

However, after the trial Gurran wrote to the sentencing judge ‘in terms which the Court of Appeal (subsequently) said could only… be read as an admission to the offending where he expressed regret for what had happened and apologised.’ Read more »

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Siemer visiting and helping ‘Knob Rot’ in prison

MAVERICK PUBLISHER Vince Siemer is defending his involvement with a man considered one of this country’s worst sex offenders.

That man is Nicholas Reekie, who’s currently serving preventive detention with a minimum term of 25 years for a string of violent sexual offences.

This includes raping an 11-year-old girl in 1992 – a crime for which David Dougherty was wrongly jailed for more than three years before being acquitted at a re-trial.

Since being jailed Reekie has earned a reputation as one of Paremoremo’s most litigious inmates. He regularly sues Corrections for what he believes is the department’s failure to meet its obligations to provide a safe and secure environment.

In a 2011 appeal, he was described as a “vexatious litigant”.

Some of the complaints have included sleeping on a thin mattress and having to dry himself with a small towel, being deprived of light, not having enough toilet paper, and being called “knob rot” by guards after developing a genital infection.

In 2012, the High Court found his rights were breached when he was strip-searched by prison staff but it refused to award compensation. Many of Reekie’s gripes came from a six-month transfer from Auckland Prison to Spring Hill in the north Waikato. He complained he had not been informed of the shift beforehand or had the reasons explained to him.

He filed 170 complaints – nearly one a day – while there.

Prison sources have confirmed that since 2014 Reekie has been regularly meeting with American businessman and publisher Vince Siemer – a man who is also no stranger to the courts.   Read more »