Nice work if you can get it

I can’t believe we pay for rubbish like this:

Community and Voluntary Sector Minister Jo Goodhew today announced the recipients of the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Fellowships for 2013.

The Trust helps New Zealanders from all walks of life to travel overseas and bring back new insights and understanding that will enrich their community and, ultimately, New Zealand as a whole.

Takerei Norton, who will travel to Norway, Sweden and Finland to learn from the Sami University College and the Sami Parliaments. Their innovative methods of distributing traditional Sami knowledge for place-names, flora and fauna provide opportunities for Takerei to investigate methodologies and processes that can be applied by iwi nationally.


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  • Spiker

    Awesome, I’d love to go to the Shot Show, where do I sign up?

  • Zephyr Cobalt

    The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust awards Travelling Fellowships to British citizens from all walks of life to travel overseas, to bring back knowledge and best practice for the benefit of others in their UK professions and communities.

    I was told that the benefactor of this award is one of the many, many “pay-offs” to the Maori Party for their support of the National Government. “Give preference to Maori for study grants and overseas trips”.

    Takerei Norton (Ngai Tahu) has been employed for the last eight years by the Office of Te Runanga o Ngai Tahu as an Environmental Advisor protecting areas of historical and cultural significance to Ngai Tahu Whanui.

    One of his functions is to rewrite history. He says “there is a lot of information about Ngai Tahu history and traditions in the public arena that is inaccurate” and he works at correcting Ngai Tahu histories and traditions.

    No doubt Takerei is a hardworking man committed to his cause. But I ask “How come the richest Hapu in New Zealand aren’t paying for his trip overseas?”

    And how many more “pay-offs” have National promised to the Maori Party?

    • Mediaan

      “One of his functions is to rewrite history”…

      Well. Funny you should say that.

      It’s only a grant of $6,000, but it is also an honour, it opens doors and it would be accompanied by hospitality when he gets to Scandinavia. He will make (and be looked over by, perhaps) by extremely valuable contacts there.

      Takerei Norton, tough-looking young halfback rugby player for Canterbury, seems to have transformed himself in recent years to be a great Maori expert.

      He cribbed old Maori traditions and carefully assembled notes from the Ngai Tahu kaumatua. These seniors of Ngai Tahu had worked for decades to painstakingly jot down memories of older people and preserve maps and details on his area (Kaikoura). Their hunch was that it would be important.

      Takerei Norton then pleased people. He is now a big expert on Kaikoura. Other families in the same field however have had very sad lives.

      “Kaikoura” includes the land leases of the big South Island runholders.

      I have heard it said that some of these have a lot of influence, including some international interests with high-level political links.

  • MarcWills

    And that will contribute to developing jobs for our community how? Another opportunity lost for sensible decision making. So sorry Winston – we know you meant better than this, but this Goodhew woman is a List MP that none of us voted for, and has been promoted beyond her abilities. She also supports harassing mothers doing their best to nurture their children if they should be unfortunate enough to have difficulty with natural breastfeeding. She does this by promoting policies that discriminate against them at vulnerable times, and especially in maternity wards and in public places when members of staff and the public now feel they are entitled to criticise them for bottle feeding, because that is never right. You fought the war against the Gestapo, we are left with their underground group called the Breastapo, funded and supported by this woman.

    • Anonymouse Coward

      No no, she is the member for Rangitata. One of those electorates where you could put a cockys dog up as a candidate and as long as it had a blue ribon around its neck it would be elected.

      • MarcWills

        Thanks AC, I stand corrected and should have checked my sources first.

      • Mediaan

        Rangitata was, when she won it comfortably in 2008, a new electorate. Therefore your comment is absurd.

        If you could do better, go on, get out there. I won’t hold my breath.


    • Mediaan

      Utter nonsense, as has been pointed out.

      So is the comment about the cocky’s dog utter nonsense, because it is a new electorate where there are no previous records.

      Jo Goodhew, Minister for Women’s Affairs and Associate Minister of Health, is a sitting member for the electorate of Rangitata, round Timaru way. She was re-elected in 2008 (she previously held another electorate) with a majority of over 8,000 votes.

      Promoting health is her job, and covering all aspects of Women’s Affairs is her job.

      Babies do better if the mother can manage to breastfeed, because the milk contains special protections.

      • MarcWills

        Yes and supporting groups whose policy is to abuse and intimidate mothers who have difficulty breastfeeding helps their babies how?

        • Mediaan

          You are making this up to suit your silly agenda. The coverage of the event implied none of this. Fevered pro-Labourist invention.

  • Mickrodge

    Not the biggest junket going Cam.

    The website says the grants are generated by income from investments & they all seem to max out at about 6k each so there’s not much excess there.

    That’s about the same as the mini bar bill for a Tim Groser overseas excursion so let’s not get our knickers in too big a twist here.

    Some of the “causes” may appear a bit touchy feely but remember this is the country that spent $0.5M sending a braying toilet to Venice.

  • parorchestia

    I wonder if they know about writing, post and email, let alone the web, to achieve their goals of learning, insights and understanding? Cheaper and more transparent, too.

  • trisha

    why oh why do they have to travel overseas to learn……
    1 girl going to berlin to learn how to play the french horn ….or the one that is ……
    To travel to the United Kingdom to share experiences and develop accessible
    resources for women with an intellectual disability who have been victims of
    sexual assault…….why not just ask for the opinions of the victims in nz there are thousands to choose from ….

    why do the opinions of new zealander’s count or matter for SFA
    does this money come from Lottery board?

  • Cam, I was a Winston Churchill recipient in 2010 and conducted a study on Business Improvement Districts which had a Transport Management component to them. In my case the insight to BIDs in the US and UK was invaluable with the work I do with business areas around Auckland. The grant I received from WCMT in 2010 was $3,000 although the total cost of the trip was about $10,000.

    • davcav

      You didn’t happen to have anything to do with the Manukau carpark, did you?