Steven Joyce

This is what happens when you don’t enforce the law

For the same reasons that Heather du Plessis-Allan should have been charged, so too should Josie Butler who, I might add, has thrown her lot in with left-wing hate-speech blogger Martyn Martin Bradbury aka Wrongly Wrongson.

When you don’t charge people then it emboldens them to carry on with their actions…and Butler is at it again…grandstanding against the TPPA.

The nurse who threw a dildo at Cabinet Minister Steven Joyce has struck again.

Josie Butler brought a similar squeaky sex toy along to the Government’s Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) roadshow in Christchurch yesterday.

She tried to present it to chief TPP negotiator David Walker but was stopped by security staff.

“David Walker, I am here today on behalf of the vast majority of New Zealanders to present you with the New Zealand Dick of the Year Award,” she said.

Meeting moderator Sean Plunket told her: “No, you’re not.”    Read more »

Due to National losing Northland, Unions are getting what they want

Labour thinks they won the debate on zero-hour contracts. They didn’t.

What won the debate on zero-hour contracts was Steve Joyce and Jo de Joux handing Northland to Winston Peters.

Unions have applauded the end of zero-hour contracts in proposed employment legislation, in what many political parties are calling a major back down from the Government.

The controversial contracts — which don’t guarantee hours and kept workers at the beck and call of employers — have been scrapped as a result of amendments to the proposed legislation.

Council of Trade Unions president Richard Wagstaff says having seen the final draft of the planned amendments to the Employment Standards Bill released today, he’s confident workers will have more secure hours.

“If the legislation is passed with these amendments, it means zero-hour employment agreements are gone, and working people will be better protected from these kinds of abuse.

“Working people should still negotiate to achieve fair outcomes, and working people are always strongest when we work to negotiate together, in union collectively to get the best results,” he says.

Unite Union says their campaign last year against zero-hours contracts in the fast food industry had been successful.

“We discovered that probably hundreds of thousands of New Zealand workers were on these contracts. Virtually every family in the country could count one of their members suffering under these contracts. Everyone understood immediately what we were talking about,” national director Mike Treen says.

The union is pleased the Government has backed down from implementing the law which “seemed to legalise these contracts”.

The proposition didn’t gain support from National’s normal partners the Maori Party and United Future, so forced it to compromise with Labour to get the legislation through. Read more »

Lots of swiping left for the Tinder candidate

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Vic Crone launched her campaign 10 days before Christmas last year.

The basic premise in politics about launching early, and why Phil Goff did as well, is to try to blow other contenders out of the water. In Goff’s case it was so they could fake out Len Brown, but he already had the message…almost all of his staff and his former campaign team are all working for Phil Goff.

So what was Vic Crone trying to achieve? Knocking out other centre-right candidates? Well Mark Thomas, Stephen Berry and John Palino didn’t get that memo.

Was it about getting her policy out early? Nope, not that either…she isn’t releasing any policy until April.

How about filling the dead air in media over the holidays with her amazing thoughts over what she could do to solve the ills of Auckland? Nope, failed on that one. Instead she decamped from New Zealand and went on an overseas holiday, then returned to sit at her beach house at Muriwai and remained utterly silent.

In February she quietly recruited the genius National party strategist who oversaw the stunning win in the Northland by-election…oh hang on…Jo de Joux lost that race.  This is the woman who de-friended every single National party contact on Facebook…disliked by most, and friends only with Steven Joyce.

All brilliant stuff for someone launching early.   Read more »

Hey MBIE: Is there anything in spec?

Well huff and puff and blow me down, not only is the concrete out of spec in the Ministry of Justice’s new Manukau Court Building, now we see the steel mesh used in concrete floor slabs is also out of spec.

Last year we exposed a Concrete Cancer cover-up fiasco, where an importer dumped some 30,000 to 40,000 tonnes of high-alkali cement into NZ and flicked it on to various concrete precast makers. The concrete ended up in a places like Fonterra’s Waitoa UFH plant in Waitoa and Yashili’s plant in Pokeno, as well the Manukau Court Building.

Now the Commerce Commission has told Brilliance Steel and Euro Corporation to stop selling the steel mesh.

Derek Baxter of the ministry said it was “an issue of standards, not safety”  and he was confident houses already consented with the materials would still comply with the building code.

“Whatever the outcome, people don’t need to worry if they’ve built a house  with a concrete slab in it since mid-2012 and one of these products was  used,” he said.

“However, while the compliance of these companies’ products is under  investigation, we’re also advising that this product should not be used in concrete slabs that haven’t yet been poured.”

Mmm, so it’s in spec or not Mr Baxter?   Read more »

Soper comes good

Barry Soper isn’t really an enigma. He lives life through rose-tinted glasses and longs for the days of his close association with Helen Clark.

But yesterday he got something right.

There’s an old Yorkshire saying that goes, “Where there’s muck there’s brass.”

It’s been that sort of political week although in this case the muck and brass have little to do with each other – or maybe they do.

The muck was hurled at the Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee by a yobbo who didn’t like the cut of his cloth. It spoiled what was a moving memorial to the 185 people who lost their lives in the Christchurch earthquake five years earlier.

John Howland admitted assaulting Brownlee, but won a lot of sympathy because he lost his 14-year-old son in the quake. Those of us who criticised Howland for his outburst were pilloried on social media as heartless.   Read more »

Steve Joyce’s MBIE made an app that’s cost $1000+ per user so far

MBIE might have to rename themselves to Ministry of Waste soon.

It is becoming an avalanche of inappropriate spending out of Joyce’s pet ministry.

Steven Joyce’s Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) is under attack after forking out $200,000 for a failed smart-phone app.

The New Zealand Regions application was developed for the Regional Economic Activity Report but has been downloaded less than 2000 times.

Opposition parties say the ministry paid far too much for the app.

“I think Steven Joyce’s image is becoming tarnished as more and more of this wasteful spending is exposed,” says Labour MP David Clark. “The Government seems to be happy to spend other people’s money on things that are really not in the regions’ interest.”

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Soper on the Saga of Dildo Baggins

In an unusual change from the usual dribble dripping down his chin, Barry Soper gets something right.

It’s been a funny old week in more ways than one.

It began with Pommie funny man John Oliver, who works on telly in the United States, taking the proverbial out of God’s Own and in particular Steven Joyce, hitherto known as Dildo Baggins for, through no fault of his own, having a sex toy thrown at him on Waitangi Day.

Okay Oliver was taunted by Baggins to have a go, and that he most certainly did. You’d think it was the end of the civilised world as we knew it if you listened to the Labour Party though.

They harped on about New Zealand again being the international laughing stock and you could be forgiven for thinking it was Joyce who threw the toy as himself, given he was literally taking it on the chin, and in Labour’s book was clearly to blame.   Read more »

Steve Joyce’s slush fund stands little chance of recovering anything from Gameloft

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Look, magic, I just made $2.9 million disappear

Steve Joyce’s slush fund, Callaghan Innovation, stands little chance of getting anything back from Gameloft.

They are only listed as an unsecured creditor.

The first liquidators’ report of the local branch of French-headquartered gaming company Gameloft reveals Callaghan Innovation as an unsecured creditor, claiming $2.9 million.

Last month, it emerged the Auckland-based studio was exiting from New Zealand, likely as part of a global cost-cutting exercise.

In their report, Liquidators McDonald Vague say the voluntary liquidation was part of a strategy to focus on other studios, with New Zealand next in line after seven other studios shut up shop.

As previously reported by NBR, Gameloft received $2.9 million in research and development funding from Callaghan Innovation, which the government organisation says is subject to clawback.

The liquidators say the closure has resulted in 148 staff being made redundant, with a further 11 employed until February 29 to assist in the wind-down.

Unsecured creditor claims stand at $5.1 million, including Callaghan’s, which the liquidators say the status of which “is yet to be established.”

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Just quietly Audrey, Key is hoping he will be attacked all year on the TPPA

Audrey Young has drunk the Kool-Aid. She, too, is equating a few dozen angry hippies and Marxists with the end of John Key’s honeymoon.

Like all other predictions of the end of the honeymoon this one will be wrong too as she will find out in due course with the next set of polls.

It has been one of the longest honeymoons in political history but now Prime Minister John Key is preparing to be hissed and booed at every public outing by anti-TPP protesters.

He was shouted down on Sunday when he tried to make a speech at the annual Big Gay Out festival in Coyle Park. And on Waitangi Day, after giving the lower marae at Te Tii a miss, he was booed by a section of the audience at the NRL Nines tournament at Eden Park.

In the December Herald-DigiPoll survey, Mr Key was preferred Prime Minister by 65.2 per cent of voters after seven years in office.

Helen Clark had been similarly popular, too, after six years as Prime Minister, rating nearly 60 per cent, but had slid to 41.6 per cent by the time she lost office in 2008.

Yesterday, Mr Key said he expected to encounter protesters against the Trans-Pacific Partnership for the rest of the year.

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Petulant poofs pooh-pooh PM

A few angry poofs have disrupted the Big Gay Out to protest the TPPA, like that has anything to do with the BGO.

The video is very unbecoming but the rowdies got the headlines they wanted: John Key got booed at Big Gay Out.

Prime Minister John Key has been booed off the stage at Auckland’s Big Gay Out festival.

Mr Key’s speech lasted less than a minute, with anti-TPP protestors drowning him out, prompting him to leave the stage.

The gay pride festival kicked off at midday today at Coyle Park in Point Chevalier.   Read more »