When will John act?

Gerry Brownlee is becoming a real risk for National. His surly and bombastic nature, in general, is off putting even to passer’s by in the street. But it is really his inherent laziness and subsequent mistakes that are really costing the government.

Idiot/Savant has revealed the short cuts taken by Gerry in appointing Jenny Shipley to the statutory board in the wake of the Canterbury Earthquake.

I was curious about how this appointment was made, so I asked about it, requesting all advice and communications about the appointment process using the Official Information Act. The resulting documents – a paper to the Cabinet Appointments and Honours Committee [PDF] and several letters – are quite revealing. They show that

  • Brownlee had decided who he would appoint before the law had even been introduced to Parliament;
  • The appointment process does not seem to have followed SSC guidelines [PDF]. It does not seem to have been advertised, even in the broad sense used by SSC; no long or short-list of candidates was drawn up [PDF]; no interviews appear to have been conducted to confirm the suitability of the candidates. It appears as if Brownlee pulled these names out of his arse, and then imposed them on us. The people of Canterbury, of course, were not consulted.
  • To add insult to injury, having appointed these people with no proper process, Brownlee then decided to pay them at triple the normal rate [PDF], on the basis that “it will not be possible to secure their services under the current fees range”. No effort appears to have been made to find candidates who would do the work within the government’s budget. This was agreed to by State Services Minister Tony Ryall [PDF].

Now I am not going to get into the personal attacks he has made on New Zealand’s first woman Prime Minister. She is a very capable manager, executive and of course once led the country. Plus she is from the area originally. I will however agree that the process is messy and looks bad, which is probably a good description of Gerry Brownlee himself.

Taking shortcuts always trips you up. The wonder is that John Key hasn’t moved to neutralise the constant mistakes of Gerry Brownlee.

The brat pack won’t be too happy either with their preferred candidate to replace John Key getting caught up in this balls up.


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  • roger

    Cam remember my post about fat lazy troughers and the reason i will never vote again.Im Sorry to say i look at the trougher Brownlee and wonder how a human can turn into a tube neck without trying to exercise,and be proud of his body,so it seems his work ethic is the same ,lazy slothfull and a damn disgrace,dont vote for troughers,as it results in people like brownlee living on the sweat of our brows.
    Ps this isnt personal, if im to be ruled ,i want to at least respect, the elected MP, R

  • roger

    Cam if you would be on first name terms with jenny, another national TROUGHER,
    please tell her my wife thinks black dosent suit her, black headed troughers are not a good look
    the post,as follows

    NATIONAL TROUGHING AT ITS BEST ,you DONT need to worry about inflation here
    A fee of $1000 a day has been set for members of a panel set up to monitor the Christchurch quake body.

    Three members, Dame Jenny Shipley, Anake Goodall and Murray Sherwin, were announced as members of the panel.oink oink

    Remuneration for the quake panel’s convenor, Sir John William Hansen, has been set at $1400 a day, as revealed in Official Information Act papers. oink

    Shipley and Hansen have been appointed for three years, while Goodall and Sherwin for two years.

    The panel members’ fees are double what was deemed appropriate by the State Services Commission.

    It is unclear how many days the members will be required to work.
    again Cam thanks for a non bias blog

    • I don’t have a non-bias blog, those are gay. I clearly have bias, at least I am honest about it.

      But since our are squealing like a pig, I didn’t notice you crying a river of tears of Mike Williams and his 6 board positions that Labour gave him, to supplement his retirement and Labour presidency salary.

  • roger

    I have nothing against you Cam,a good blog but the troughers from ALL sides make me sick,a bit of power and they dip into our pockets very quickly
    DONT VOTE , it breeds troughers

  • buffalobob

    Cronyism takes place on both sides of the spectrum…therefore…IDGAF

  • thedeityformerlyknownasnigel6888

    nah, this is a silly beat up whale.

    The fees are light given the size of the job, the SSC guidelines are bullshit, a real director doesnt get out of bed for $1,000 a day, these are token payments to demonstrate the Government is serious. On the choices of people, well make your call. Murray was the previous Chair, makes complete sense. The Maori Fullah is the CEO of Ngai Tahu, makes sense. No idea about the Judge, and Jenny, well she is an experienced international director, who comes from Canterbury, has huge and proven leadership experience, oh and who happened to actually run the country for a bit.

    All are perfectly well qualified, and are almost certainly taking a pay cut to do the job.

    So what was your beef again? Oh yes, you are letting some pinko wind you up.

    Malcolm whathisname may never have seen a thousand dollars, and would certainly not recognise a fiduciary duty if it bit him on the arse. So why is his perspective interesting?

    If you want to play the other side of the shop, why did labour appoint primary school teachers with no actual skills to Boards when they got the chance?