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 »

Maori troughers

Maori troughing is spreading at an alarming rate:

Troughers in the Waikato

A Waikato University researcher has received almost $500,000 to lead a two year international study on indigenous well-being.

Dean of the School of Maori and Pacific Development Linda Tuhiwai Smith has been awarded $424,000 from New Zealand’s Indigenous Centre of Research Excellence, Nga Pae o Te Maramatanga.

Education, health, language revitalisation and economic development are known factors of Maori development but Ms Smith said she wants to kick it into the next gear.

Trougher in Canterbury

Environment Canterbury will spend nearly $700,000 this financial year on a Ngai Tahu “engagement” programme, which has included staff helping write a waiata.

The figures were provided to the Timaru Herald after news that 21 staff from the council’s Timaru and Christchurch offices last week completed a two-day excursion to the Arowhenua marae in Temuka.

A second marae visit for other staff, to Port Levy, is planned for February.

Nice if you can get the work. The bro-raracy really knows how to get their trotters deep in the trough.

“I believe there is no conflict” – Nelson Mayor

A Nelson reader wants some Whale sunlight on their Troughing Mayor:

Chinese e-commerce opportunities that Nelson Mayor Aldo Miccio has been touting as being great for Nelson businesses also look set to make money for the mayor himself.

This year ratepayers paid more than $10,000 to send Mr Miccio on trips to China in March and September to help develop connections for Nelson businesses.

Sounds interesting so far. What has he done wrong?

Mr Miccio says there is no conflict of interest between his mayoral work in developing Nelson-Chinese business and his chairmanship in a new venture, NZ Inc Shop.

It intends to sell New Zealand products through, a subsidiary of Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba.

[The trip] included a delegation of local [Nelson] businessmen and saw Mr Miccio and Mr Findlater visiting e-commerce capital Hangzhou, where they met Alibaba’s president.

Companies Office records show 15 per cent of NZ Inc Shop is held by Mr Miccio, his parents Cristina and Raffaele Miccio, and his wife, Kimberley, through Nelson-based company Bissi Ltd, of which Mr Miccio is sole director.

Mr Miccio said there had been no council crossover and he had never spent any council time on NZ Inc Shop. Instead, it was his past personal business experience in China that had led to his involvement. He said nothing he had done on the council trips “added value” to his role in NZ Inc Shop now.

Readers will remember that alleged private business conducted on the same trip as tax payer funded travel claimed the scalp of National MP Pansy Wong.

Miccio is a blatant trougher of the highest order. His arguments hold no water. Either his trip had nothing to do with his private business, or the trip is for benefit of the Nelson ratepayers. He can’t have it both ways.

Please notice the weasel words: “spent no council time on NZ Inc shop”. Left unsaid is that he did spend ratepayers money.

Word on the street is that Miccio is a one term mayor, so he seems to be making hay while the sun shines. The Whale will keep shining light on this trougher as he squeals his innocence.