A tip-line message to the Government

Yesterday I posted a photo of our friend, El Presidente Patrick Lee-Lo, his new travelling sidekick Lillian Small and the BSC king-pin Bob King over in New York.

Despite the short week with many taking an extra few day’s leave, the post resulted in the following being sent into the tip-line.

Dear Cameron,

I have read with interest your ongoing blog posts about the Building Service Contractors New Zealand and their preferred position for government tenders. As a small company in the service sector, it appalls me that the National Government has allowed this situation to continue.

I’m keen to grow my business and would like to apply for government tenders, but as a small business I do not want to have to fork over hard-earned revenue to an organisation (BSCNZ) that, in my view, offers very little to me or my company.

I was very interested to see the Government undertake a review of the BSCNZ membership requirement, and hoped that small NZ companies like mine would have an equal opportunity to win new business by way of government contracts.

To see the BSCNZ managers fly around the world, secure in the knowledge they have government contracts all tucked up for their paid-up member‚Äôs benefit, is nothing but offensive to those who want to stand on the merits of their own work and service offering. ¬† Read more »

Lydia Ko not happy with the tax payer troughing debate

Earlier this week it was revealed that Lydia Ko wanted even more of your hard earned taxes to further her professional career.

Joseph Romanos opines:

Sport New Zealand high performance chief Alex Baumann wrote to newspapers over the weekend, justifying a potential payout to Ko.

“We support athletes and teams from targeted sports who can win on the world’s toughest sporting stages,” he said.

“Lydia Ko meets our criteria and we’ll continue to work with New Zealand Golf to increase her chances of winning a medal in Rio.”

Baumann went on to explain that the application was lodged before Ko turned pro. But she turned pro last October, and the application hasn’t been withdrawn, so such an excuse is nonsense.

Ko knows she doesn’t need any financial support. That’s why she’s embarrassed. She declined nearly $1 million in prizemoney before she turned pro. It was obvious then money was never going to be a problem, and it hasn’t been since.

I guess the question is: why is¬†Sport New Zealand so keen to give its (our) money away to someone who so obviously doesn’t need it? ¬† Read more »

Lydia Ko can’t wean herself from the taxpayers’ trough

Olivia Wannan at Stuff reports

Golfer Lydia Ko is asking for more taxpayer support since turning pro than she received when she was an amateur.

The 16-year-old prodigy can now reap big financial rewards from professional tournaments, as well as millions in management contracts and endorsement deals.

She pocketed NZ$181,000 for winning the Swinging Skirts World Ladies Masters tournament in Taiwan last year and so far this year has collected more than $280,000 in winnings.

As an amateur, she received $115,000 from High Performance Sport NZ in 2012 and $185,000 last year, chief executive Alex Baumann said.

New Zealand Golf’s application for this year is for $208,000 to pay for her coaching, physiotherapy and mental skills training.

The total includes $115,000 to pay for transport and accommodation to tournaments for Ko and her mother.

NZ Golf chief executive Dean Murphy said that, despite Ko’s new professional status, the funding was still necessary, and the application was lodged while she was still an amateur.

“There will come a time when Lydia becomes self-sufficient.

“Currently that’s not the case …

So what?

If Ko is now a professional, who says she has to return a profit for the first few years in business? ¬† ¬† Read more »

Taxpayers’ Union uncovers Phil O’Reilly snout in the trough along with the CTU

pigs in the trough

Looks like the Taxpayers’ Union has uncovered its first decent story of union toughing.

Material released by the¬†Taxpayers‚Äô Union¬†show a cosy deal between¬†Business New Zealand, the¬†Council of Trade Unions¬†(“CTU”) and ACC has cost ACC-levy payers $19 million since 2003.

The documents … show ACC knew that millions paid to Business NZ and the CTU to provide health and safety training did little, if anything, to reduce workplace accidents.

Recent ACC analysis concludes that, even with optimistic assumptions, for every dollar spent on the training 84 cents is wasted. 

A 2013 briefing to the Minister for ACC, Judith Collins, states that the CTU has found it ‚Äúchallenging‚ÄĚ to meet its performance obligations even though it has been contracted for service since 2003. ¬†¬† Read more »

Troughers demanding more coin from Ryall

Swinburn et al from the anti-obesity industry tucking into more government coin

Swinburn et al from the anti-obesity industry tucking into more government coin

Sometimes Tony Ryall must really shake his head in despair.  Especially when he sees his Ministry funded troughers bitching that the Government needs to dole out more money to them.

Yesterday I posted about¬†Obesity ‚ÄėExperts‚Äô Ignore Simple Truths, showing trougher Professor Cliona Ni Mhurchu tucking into a $5 million handout to justify her calls for fat taxes, bans and labelling changes.

2013 Trougher of the Year Boyd Swinburn¬†must have spat out his Kellogg‚Äôs Nutri- Grain when he saw Cliona Ni Mhurchu getting a big spread in yesterday‚Äôs Horrid, talking up her efforts.¬† Read more »

Royal Federation of New Zealand Justices gives Len the A-OK

The Herald’s controversial left-wing gurnard adds the following as a footnote to an attempted hit piece on Cameron Brewer.

The relevance escapes me, but it is of interest to Whaleoil readers where the idea of getting Len Brown dealt to under the standards of being an automatic JP because it comes with the job as a Mayor.

Mayor Len Brown is a justice of the peace – a group considered to uphold the highest ethical standards.

But those standards don’t apply to Mr Brown, according to the Royal Federation of New Zealand Justices.

Federation registrar Alan Hart JP said a small number of emails had been received taking issue with Mr Brown’s role as a JP, which he is automatically granted as mayor of a local body.

Mr Hart said that JPs appointed as a result of their roles were not covered by the federation’s rules, including its code of conduct.

You have to wonder what sort of “non-corrupt” country we live in when we have a Mayor that doesn’t answer to a Code of Conduct, isn’t covered by RFNZJ rules or code of conduct, and is essentially untouchable until he sits in a jail somewhere convicted of a crime. ¬† Read more »

I wonder if his horses had electric blankets?

Ratbag politicians are always on the bludge, finding new and interesting ways to sup from the trough.

A Conservative British MP has apologised and promised to repay part of a £5822 expenses claim for his energy bills Рafter it emerged taxpayers were paying for the electricity supply to his stables.

Nadhim Zahawi says he was ‘mortified’ to discover the error which came to light after he was among politicians criticised over subsidised energy bills.¬† Read more »

And we thought we had some troughers in Wellington

They’ve got nothing on this trougher in South Africa. The entitlement attitude is spectacular.

Northern Cape Premier Sylvia Lucas's office has defended using her government credit card on reportedly buying fast food at outlets like KFC and Spur.

Northern Cape Premier Sylvia Lucas’s office has defended using her government credit card on reportedly buying fast food at outlets like KFC and Spur.

Premier¬†Sylvia Lucas’s office on Sunday¬†defended the use of her government credit card to purchase over R50 000 on fast food during her first 10 weeks in office.

Lucas was inaugurated as premier on May 30, replacing education MEC Grizelda Cjiekella, who had acted as premier following the collapse of former premier Hazel Jenkins during her 2012 state of the province address.

According to a Sunday Times report, among other expenses, Lucas used her credit card to spend R26 565 on food in one month alone. In August she spent a further R11 956 on food in Kimberley, where she lives.

Her credit card was used to buy food at fast-food outlets like Spur, Mike’s Kitchen, KFC, Wimpy and Ocean Basket.¬† Read more »

Filthy, troughing, swines

You’d think that there were a few important issues New Zealand faces that had the potential to unite all the political parties at least to the degree that they put aside party politics and personal scores long enough to work on something that will be of long term benefit.

The political hot potato that is the retirement age and the affordability of superannuation through a superannuation fund would be one of those issues for example.

To date, we haven’t seen any of this kind of pan-partisan cooperation between New Zealand politicians, have we?

Fear not:  Hell may not have frozen over, but they finally have agreed to put their differences aside to work towards a common goal

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Here Piggy, pig, pig

Pommy politicians are the best troughers in the world. Check out Ed Balls gold medal troughing effort:

Ed Balls’ ministerial office spent thousands of pounds of taxpayers’ money on fine-dining at smart hotels and restaurants, £150-worth of takeaways from Domino’s pizza and shopping at department store chain John Lewis.

Spending on Mr Balls’ office credit card has been released covering the period when he was Schools secretary from 28 June 2007 to 11 May 2010.

The lavish spending has echoes of the credit card bill run by the private office of Lord Prescott when he was deputy Prime Minister.

The details of the spending on the government procurement card were released following a Freedom of Information request from Tom Watson MP, the Labour party’s deputy chairman.

Mr Watson had asked for the spending for the past two years ‚Äď covering Michael Gove‚Äôs time as education secretary ‚Äď however the Coalition decided to release credit card spending figures going back to April 2006.

In all the disclosures showed that Mr Balls‚Äô office spent around ¬£9,000 during his three years in office, with most of the cash going on travel receipts.¬† Read more »