Another Side of Troughing

This is an equal opportunity blog when it comes to putting the boot into troughers. It’s your money they are spending.

So as a bit of relief from exposing the crowd around the Ministry of Health’s lucky dip for the legions of Breast Feeding advocates, here’s an example of giving your tax dollars to rich folks.

John Key has just announced that he’s giving $650,000 to a bunch of people who want to have some fun whacking a small white ball around Michael Hill’s flash paddocks in Queenstown.

Good on you Michael for making millions and loving golf, but if you want some highly paid professionals who win millions having a weekend a of fun at your place, how about picking up the tab?

So in the scheme of things, $650,000 isn’t much, but the Ministry of Economic Development has blown $58 million (PDF 129k)through the Major Events Fund. Average spend per event $483,000; median $200,000. Golfers and TaeKwonDo enthusiasts among others are no doubt grateful.


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

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