Shayne Currie

Don’t panic Mr Mainwaring, don’t paniiiic!

Last night’s poll has been a bit of a downer for those on the right. ¬†People have been quick to point out that the Dirty Politics damage is only now starting to show through.

But it might just be useful to remind you that one poll doesn’t make an election result. ¬† One of the ways to look at it, is to check Curia’s Poll of Polls – the one where the most recent poll results are averaged. ¬†First, how it was before last night’s poll came out:

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Random Impertinent Questions

Which senior Labour MP is currently residing at SkyCity rather than waste his time campaigning in an electorate where he considers the voters to be disinterested, feral and a waste of time.

What does David Cunliffe think of his living arrangements?

Doesn’t Labour hate SkyCity?

What would the CCTV footage at SkyCity show?

 

Which NZ Herald “decent journalist, trained and skilled” arranged to have another Herald “decent journalist, trained and skilled”¬†in court to soften up the opponents of her boyfriend?

Which NZ Herald journalist didn’t declare the relationship of the columnist in his hit piece in the Herald?

Why didn’t the journalist mention that the boyfriend’s sub-tenant had to vacate rapidly after a positive test to meth came up in testing of the cottage on the property?

Does Shayne Currie know what went on?

Would he like to read about it here?

 

Which other political party has an arrangement or deal on the sly with Kim Dotcom?

How do they think they will be able to keep it all secret?

When are the other Labour politicians going to fess up to cuddling Kim?

Herald busted manufacturing immigration story

This morning the NZ Herald ran a story by Jared Savage.

Investigations by WOBH can reveal that the Herald has sat on this story since October 2013.

A wealthy Auckland businessman was given New Zealand citizenship against official advice after a Government minister lobbied the colleague who made the decision.

Maurice Williamson, the Minister of Building and Construction, and Prime Minister John Key then opened the first stage of a $70 million construction project launched by the Chinese-born developer after he became a citizen.

The following year, one of his companies made a $22,000 donation to the National Party.

The Department of Internal Affairs (DIA) recommended that the citizenship application of Donghua Liu be declined on the grounds that he did not spend enough time in New Zealand or meet English language criteria.

At first blush this looks bad, but is it?

Well not really. Some pertinent facts have been left out from the story.

For a start there is nothing wrong with the Minister of Immigration or Internal Affairs exercising discretion – it is their right to do so is and it is written into the legislation.¬†Members of Parliament advocate for that discretion to be used constantly, and in some famous cases like Taito Phillip Field used as a matter of course by Labour’s immigration ministers.

But in order to obtain citizenship you must first have permanent residency, which is a much harder barrier to overcome. Read more »

Less than honest from the Herald

Yesterday the NZ Herald played catch up on Kim Dotcom and there was reasonably good article mostly by Jared Savage with some turd polishing from The Gurnard.

There was one bit that didn’t ring true given what I know about what goes on at the Dotcom Mansion on a day to day basis.

Creditors spoken to by the Herald have pointed to apparent recent indulgences by Dotcom as raising frustration with bills for work at the mansion still unpaid.

West City Electrical’s Neil Stratful said he was among many creditors who had not been paid.

Court documents show that amount was $52,027 as of February, 2012.

“Kim has said once this is all dealt with he is wanting to pay every cent to everyone he owes money to. I think morally he wants to put everyone right.”

Dotcom’s lawyers put a letter from Mr Stratful before the court in 2012, when seeking funds to be released, in which the electrician said he owed money to suppliers for materials used during work at the mansion.

“We now find ourselves in a very uncomfortable situation with creditors to me sending me final demand letters asking for payment.”

Mr Stratful said yesterday: “He doesn’t want to be shareholder of a company that doesn’t pay its bills. He doesn’t want to fold and let it fall over.”

I thought the bold sentence was incongruent with his claims to be a disgruntled creditor. Most people who are owed money do not use the first name of the ratbag who owes them money then produce nice statements about morals when you are talking about scum who haven’t paid you.

So I did a bit of digging. ¬† Read more »

Errrr…is that a PIG in the picture?

The NZ Herald has an article about a new muslim friendly shariah product from Kiwibank:

Is that a piggy bank in an article talking about shariah  banking products?

Is that a piggy bank in an article talking about shariah banking products?

Oh dear, I wonder how long it will be before some outraged Muslim heads down to bank offering this product to chuck a brick through the window for their insult.

Has Shayne Currie got a bodyguard…he may soon be flatting with Salman Rushdie.

They’ve rioted in the streets of London for much less.¬† Read more »

Bob Jones in trouble, so is the Herald

The NZ Herald is in damage control mode this afternoon after Bob Jones’ column ignited a storm of controversy.

They have had to take down his most offensive comments.

Without those comments the column would still have been hard hitting and I would probably be here now saying hear, hear, Bob…but they were dreadful and Shayne Currie will be having a please explain meeting now, while I am now writing about irresponsible mainstream editors who like to point finger but haven;t noticed the 3 other fingers pointing right back at them.

Keeping Stock managed to grab the offending comments:

Perhaps I shouldn’t be surprised. Every wealthy bugger I know over 65 shamelessly takes the Government Super, and seem puzzled when I lambast them. “But I’m entitled to it,” is their constant response as if that is justification for taking something they don’t need.

When we talk of dependency mentality it’s usually about rife welfare abuse which this Government and especially ACC have commendably attacked on all our behalves, but as I said, it’s not just the underclass. Right now there’s a Lower Hutt bloke in his mid-70s lying outside the Wellington ACC offices, supposedly starving to death in protest. Why? He wants your money and the ACC, rightly, won’t give it to him.¬† Read more »

When requesting a cease fire, it may pay to stop shooting also

Whaleoil has been approached informally on two separate occasions over the last few weeks by senior Herald / APN staff with a suggestion that this blog stops picking on some of their staff and their company in general.

It was an interesting suggestion. ¬†There is no doubt that there is friction between Whaleoil and some Herald staff. ¬†But the suggestion also means that if we are to go easy on them, they might go easy on…. us?

Not sure if that really suits the public’s need.

That said, we decided to wait and see if there were any overt signs that there was a new level of goodwill coming from the Herald – at any level.

Are they crediting Whaleoil consistently?

Do they provide a link to such sources?

Do they describe Whaleoil erroneously as “a National Party blog”?

Or “controversial website Whaleoil” (just today)

Have Fisher and Drinnan toned down their public tag team campaigns via Twitter? ¬† Read more »

You are known by the company you keep

I had occasion to look up Shayne Currie yesterday, and I got this

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Nick my story, use my video, take that! NFWAB

So the NZ Herald editor admitted in his chat session last week that they monitor blog sites to get tips….so their “decent journalists trained and skilled” can do real stories.

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Looks like they monitor my site…they have lifted my Bill O’Reilly story and video…let’s see if this learns them. Read more »

Five great things to do on a sunny Auckland weekend – Whaleoil edition

In ¬†line with this post a few hours ago, I thought I’d give it a spin.

Five Great things to do in Auckland.  On a weekend, if you like.  Weather really not relevant.  Or not in Auckland.  Just five great things to do.

 

1.  Read Whaleoil

That was easy, obvious and also shameless. ¬†Which is everything Whaleoil stands for. ¬†It’s a guilty pleasure for some, an Instruction Manual for Life for others.

2. Trap, optionally kill, feral cats.

Or any cat. ¬†Just make sure you take the collars off first. ¬†Wouldn’t want to be able to link the bodies to owners after the fact.

3. Yell at PD workers. ¬† Read more »