Wine growing bludgers whine as tax payer will no longer pay their MPI compliance cost


Turns out the MPI has been under-charging wine growers for their compliance services, effectively propping up our wine industry with tax payers dollars.  It’s about to end.  Queue the whining.

New Zealand winegrowers say changes to the way the Ministry for Primary Industries wants to recover the cost of its wine regulatory programmes will cost the industry $2.9 million a year and are “manifestly unjustifiable”.

The ministry is reviewing how it recovers the costs of its biosecurity and food safety systems across the country’s primary industries, after under-recovering for several years as the volumes of exports grew, according to its consultation paper on proposed revisions to the cost recovery regime.

While taxpayers in part fund it, under legislation the industry which benefits from the work must shoulder some of the cost. This is the first review of the cost recovery regime since 2008. Read more »

No more tax payers money for rich sports people

Credit: Roger Price

Credit: Roger Price

Guess what?  After complaining and working as hard to prevent the AmCup being held in Bermuda, now that it has been decided to hold it there, Team New Zealand have suddenly discovered “it will work”.

Team New Zealand believe Bermuda can deliver “an amazing” America’s Cup – now they have to convince their sponsors and the government as they look to raise the money to contest the 2017 finals.

Bermuda was …  confirmed as the venue for the finals, to be sailed in June 2017. The British territory beat American stronghold San Diego for the honour.

While there has been much speculation about Bermuda providing a financial challenge for Team New Zealand, especially for government funding, the syndicate’s chief operations officer Kevin Shoebridge suggested they could make it work.

If we ever had an argument about the nebulous financial return on the tax payers’ “investment” to date, it is going to be next to impossible now.   Bermuda?   Yes, that’s in the top 10 of countries we visit and do business with, right?   Read more »

Anything that is free is abused by the troughers

It’s is absolutely no surprise some of us are absolute cry baby troughers that run to ACC for the most trivial injuries

ACC’s “most unusual injuries” list has been revealed – and they cost the corporation $12.8 million in claims last year.

They include more than 5000 Kiwis who hurt themselves so badly going to or from the toilet that they needed medical treatment worth $6.2m.

Seriously?  Ok, here are some hints:  did you slip on pee on the floor?  Claim denied.  Were you drunk?  Claim denied.  Did you have a prolapse because you sat on the toilet playing with your phone too long?  Claim denied.

For 120 people their participation in the haka ended painfully last year. Another nine blamed a radio-controlled helicopter for their injuries, and for 200, the involvement of a grandmother spelled disaster. Exactly how was not revealed.

Well, well well.  It seems we already have ACC claims for drone injuries.   And if the Haka claims 120 victims, then we must clearly call for licensing!  Not licensed?  Claim denied.

Forty people were hurt taking part in a “super-hero” activity.

Now, these people may be super heroes, but you need to know your specific skill.  So, if you can freeze someone with a stare, do not leap from buildings.  Claim denied.   Read more »

How is your wellbeing? Probably a lot worse after you read this


Do you know any Wellbeing Instructors?   Massage Therapists?  If you do, they might get a well paid job at Auckland Council

We are searching for exceptional people who can drive and encourage our people to re-new their zest for life and improve their wellness.

With the recent opening of our corporate wellbeing centre we now have the opportunity to offer a range of user pays fitness and wellness classes to our 3,600+ CBD located employees. Read more »

Seagulls are becoming extinct. Oh, and… global warming


It is hard to feel much empathy for these picnic lunch stealin’ car poopin’ rats of the sky.  But apparently, they’re on the way out!

Seagull numbers in New Zealand are falling so quickly the birds now appear on threatened species lists, alongside the kiwi and the kakapo.

A Department of Conservation report on bird numbers has classified the black-billed gull “nationally critical”, the most serious category, usually reserved for our rarest birds, because of the rate of expected decline.

Numbers were predicted to drop by more than 70 per cent over the next 30 years.

There were an estimated 180,000 to 200,000 of the birds in 1977. There are now thought to be 60,000 to 70,000.

The red-billed gull, the mainstay of Kiwi beaches, is “nationally vulnerable”. Read more »

The Labour Party and the IRD have something in common: they don’t want to listen

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What a joke:

Inland Revenue spent $48,000 on noise-cancelling headphones, at a cost of more than $400 each, because staff complained their redesigned office was too loud. The IRD admits that was a waste of taxpayer money.

They are top-of-the-line, noise-cancelling headphones designed for listening to music. Official documents show taxpayers forked out as much as $549 for each pair. The minister in charge isn’t happy.

“I’m not sure the spending of this amount of money on headphones is a good use of taxpayer money,” says Revenue Minister Todd McClay. “No, it’s not a good look.”

I’d love a good set.    Read more »

Taking big long sucks from the trough while he still can


via Stuff

Meet National’s biggest little piggy.   A practiced and expert trougher with a healthy dose of entitlitis.

National list MP Paul Foster-Bell is defending a huge spike in his taxpayer-funded expenses as he campaigned for a seat selection.

Wellington-based Foster-Bell’s spending increased from $7459 between July and September last year to $14, 224 in the following October to December quarter. Between January and March, he claimed $12,732. He has claimed almost $35,000 in travel expenses in just over a year.

Foster-Bell sought selection in Whangarei but lost to Dr Shane Reti. But Foster-Bell says he was not using public cash for political campaigning, and all his spending is within the rules. “I am adamant that I am not just squeaky clean but 110 per cent squeaky clean,” he insisted. Read more »

Minstry of Health staff too lazy to walk, book cabs to run them around the corner

The Ministry of Health is full of busybodies who tell us all to stop smoking, stop drinking sugary beverages and wail on about obesity and the need to exercise more.

As is usual these days when there is a bloody great trough to wallow around in those who sanctimoniously tell us how to live our lives are busily doing exactly the opposite.

The Taxpayer’s Union has busted them though…it seems the staff in the Ministry of Health are simply too lazy to walk around the corner…and take cabs instead which you and I pay for.

A few months ago a Ministry of Health official contacted us regarding the use of taxi charge cards within the Ministry, and suggested we look at the number of ‘micro-trips’ taken by managers, often between the Ministry’s Wellington offices and Parliament.

Details of the Ministry’s taxi charges show its Wellington staff are making more than 1,000 taxi trips a year costing less than $10.

In the 2012/2013 financial year, Ministry staff based in Wellington charged taxpayers for 8,645 taxi trips with 1,076 of those for journeys costing less than $10.

It is sadly ironic that while the Ministry of Health spends taxpayer money to promote active living, officials are getting taxis a few hundred metres down the road.

A taxi trip for the sake of a five minute walk is simply not justifiable when it’s someone else’s money. The documents show that these short trips make up more than ten percent of all taxi charges by Wellington based staff.

Taxpayers will not be impressed that Wellington health bureaucrats are the in habit of getting them to pay for micro-trips when it is probably faster to walk.

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More apartheid money for our increasingly unequal society

Labour bangs on about inequality.

And it is true, the government continues to encourage widening of the gaps between the haves and the have nots. It’s just that the inequality is in areas you never knew.

If you have Maori heritage you get showered with cash and if not you get what everyone else gets….three fifths of five eighths of stuff all.

Associate Minister of Housing Tariana Turia today announced the establishment of a National Māori Housing Unit within the Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment (MBIE) to co-ordinate strategic Māori housing policy across government.

The Māori Housing Unit will also support the implementation of He Whare Ahuru He Oranga Tangata – The Māori Housing Strategy which was announced recently. This strategy sets out six directions for improvement in Māori housing over the next 10 years.

“The establishment of the Māori Housing Unit is another step in the Government’s plan to improve housing for Māori, who more than other New Zealanders are affected by overcrowding, substandard housing and low levels of home ownership,” says Minister Turia.

The Māori Housing Unit will in turn be supported by a Māori Housing Reference Group made up of Māori business and housing practitioner experts.

Brown troughers are the best at it…troughing that is. If there was a troughing Olympics Maori would win hands down…followed closely by farmers…and health academics in third place.

And even better from their perspective absolutely no one can complain about it because if you do you are a white oppressor racist pig.

But wait there is more cash that needs laundering through the brown wash machine. Read more »

101 ways for councils to save ratepayers money

While most lobby groups just grumble and moan, the Taxpayers’ Union has gone over the head of Local Government New Zealand and put together a report on how the local government sector can save ratepayer money. It’s based largely on the suggestions of the nation’s mayors and highlights efforts by some councils.


The Taxpayers’ Union has today published a new report by Jono Brown that suggest ways local councils can save money and reduce the rates burden on New Zealanders. Rate Saver Report: 101 Ways to Save Money in Local Government is a guide for local authorities on how they can cut waste, save money, reduce bureaucracy and ultimately lower rates. The report adopts many suggestions made by the country’s mayors, and is based on similar reports published in the United Kingdom.


Ray Wallace, Mayor of Lower Hutt, says in a foreword to the report:

“I urge local government people to take these suggestions as a challenge. If you do not like them, come up with some better ones.”

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