No wonder the Greens are losing votes – Troughing Exposed

Via the tip-line

“I did not vote for the Green Party to have them advocate for the social justice and equality and then swan off and drink $120 bottles of syrah. And it makes no difference to me at all that the Party didn’t pay/they were guests/[insert ludicrous-attempt-at-mitigation-here]. If they actually had a) a back bone between them or b) the conscience I voted for, then they would have settled for a perfectly lovely $40 bottle and asked for the balance to go to the Party, or a community garden or a Decile 1 school…”

Well, well, well, even committed Green Taliban followers are starting to revolt.

While on TV Green Taliban MPs talk the talk, in private they’re loshing it up on $120 bottles of wine and “twice cooked Raukumara vension loins” or “Spiced Harmony baby chicken & glazed chicken oysters”.

While the quality of the photo isn’t great, the Green Party Dinner menu on the 9th May 2013 at a sumptuous function hosted by KPMG (Clearly trying to lobby and smooze key Green movers and shakers) certainly shows that the Green Taliban sure know how to trough it up….especially when corporate lobbyists are footing the bill at the top end of town.

Kinda makes you wonder what the poor people are eating.

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  • maninblack

    Everyone knows the greens are hypocrites. And a pack of cunts.

    • LesleyNZ

      They are hypocrites but they are not a pack of “female genitalia”. Find another abusive word that suits – not one that is used in an offensive way to many who are not of the green persuasion.

      • maninblack

        dont read it.

        • LesleyNZ

          Typical response.

          • onelaw4all

            I prefer the term “wankerati”

          • IWantToBeLikeMallardOneDay

            Gauche caviar.

          • LionKing

            For fuck’s sake get over yourself. They are a bunch of fucktards pure and simple.

          • Troy

            They’re cunts as well.

          • grumpy

            I prefer to call them “ankles”…….

      • Ronnie Chow

        Cunt is used as a derogatory epithet referring to people of either sex. This usage is relatively recent, dating from the late nineteenth century.
        Reflecting different national usages, cunt is described as “an unpleasant or stupid person” in the Compact Oxford English Dictionary

    • AnonWgtn

      Most of their MPs have one.

      • williamabong

        Or are one.

    • Mr_Blobby

      We know what they are, now we know how much they charge for there services.

    • Dumrse


  • LesleyNZ

    They should be setting an example. Alcohol is a luxury – even at $10.00 a bottle. If you haven’t got much money you don’t buy any alcohol. Shame on them.

    • AnonWgtn

      But they do have money.
      Greenpeace members come from a white, middle class, well educated area of society. That is why they can afford to be hypocrites, as they have middle class fall back.

      • Tom

        AKA Trustafarians

    • jaundiced

      yeah, bunch of cocks!

  • LionKing

    What a bunch of hypocrites. Does Holly Walker know about this or wasn’t she invited? Was Russell Norman there smoozing up to corporate big-hitters saying the Greens will use KPMG when they’re in Govt? Was Gareth Hughes there asking about what ingredients was in the food and whether the deer was farmed in a sustainable manner on an organic farm? Well done WO

  • Hillary Green

    Even $40 of wine is expensive. Who and why were they there? What was KMPG putting on such a flash dinner for Green MPs? Do the Green MPs have to declare this? This just doesn’t smell right.

  • blokeintakapuna

    I wonder if it was held at Sky City?…
    Bet it didn’t stop them climbing in boots and all though…

  • DLM

    So its all right to criticise National about meeting with SKYCITY or Warner Bros which actually results in jobs for New Zealanders and brings in millions of dollars of tourist and convention attendees, while at the same time secretly meet big business over flash dinners. How does that work. No wonder this green supporter has lost faith in the Greens.

  • Andy

    Well, if you are going to have wine that is organically grown by a workers cooperative, using renewable energy only, and delivered to customers by peasant workers balancing the bottles in a basket on their head, then it’s bound to cost $120 a bottle.

  • Patrick

    Champagne Socialism in all its glory, while the privileged Greens scoff at the table of capitalists their own supporters all bright eyed & shiny faced espouse the communist ways. “Let them eat cake.”

  • williamabong

    They should come round to my place, I’ll serve up a fucking big feed of Denniston snails, washed down with a bottle of Chateau de Hypocrite, green cunts.

  • tarkwin

    Come in Mr Orwell – someone is stealing your story. Bet Labour are pissed off, it’s always been one of their policies.

  • richard.b

    I don’t know who the bigger fools are here.
    The Gweens, for being smoozed by KPMG.
    Or KPMG, for splashing out this sort of money on the Gweens.
    We all know the Gweens are hypocrites and you couldn’t trust their word.
    KPMG should have supplied Lental Loaf and Organic Cola, the result will be the same.

  • Gazzaw

    Can’t see any Denniston escargots on the menu.

  • mrmysterious

    Reminds me of a politics professor I have at uni who is very much a Greens supporter; has the cheek to tell the class that we shouldn’t use the term ‘taxpayer money’ because it is a ‘neoliberal construct’ that implies the money doesn’t belong to those to whom it is given, and that the current government doesn’t care about anyone or anything (except the evil ‘business community’), and that we must rampantly expand the welfare state and impose CGT, stamp duty, and all other imaginable taxes on the middle class…

    And you guessed it – she spends her time wining and dining at expensive dinners and function events like this one. How about putting down that $120 wine and giving the cost of it to some poor kids whose parents can’t afford to buy them school shoes? Sorry, I forgot it’s just easier to wax lyrical on ‘the issues’ and pretend that doling out other peoples’ money fixes everything.

    • Tom

      What is the name of said Politics Professor?

      Sunlight and all that…

      • Mediaan

        Not that French-Canadian woman. Teresa something I think, who used to be on Q+A is it?

    • LionKing

      Expose this communist and the University she works for. No doubt she’ll be trying to earn her stripes for a run on the scum-bag Green Party List

    • Patrick

      I hope you ain’t paying for that “quality” education, you could be left very disappointed.

      • mrmysterious

        Funnily enough I’ve paid for my whole degree without getting a cent of Studylink support; despite many protestations to the contrary it’s not impossible to study full time, work 25-30 hours per week, and even save at the same time.

        • Mediaan

          Good man.

  • Dave

    I notice the food and wine are NOT organic, why aren’t the greens eating Pesticide free Organically produced Mung Beans etc. Typical Hypocrites !!!

  • rockape

    For Lesley. WARNING the comments on this page occasionally contain offence language. Parental guidance is recommended. There, thats sorted that problem!

    • LesleyNZ

      Thanks for the mock rockape – think your mums do need to guide you. Call your mum that word and see what happens.

      • rockape

        mums dead.

        • Harry B’Stard

          RAF Regt.

          • rockape

            Yes! 48,26,37,2625,etc

  • flashman

    Whichever way you look at it, it shows political naivety doesn’t it. A bit like thinking jumping up and down in the street with a placard will achieve anything more than a fun day out, for people who like that kind of thing.

  • DavidW

    Surely we have the right to demand to know the subjects discussed, commitments made, taxation advice given free of charge, hints on the use of family trusts, special areas of expertise that KPMG have which would make for great consultancy projects, etc under the OIA. This must come within the definition of lobbying that the Greens insist must be transparent and public so c’mon Russel, fess up with all the detail, come clean lad.

    We need a Commission of Inquiry, we demand a Commission of Inquiry.

  • unitedtribes

    Why on earth would KPMG try to (Clearly trying to lobby and smooze key Green movers and shakers) cant see any merit there!

    • DavidW

      If I was a KPMG client, I would be more than a bit pissed if I saw a proportion of my exhorbitant bill was being used to schmooze such a bunch of dangerous saboteurs.

      I would be pissed to an even greater extent if they hadn’t shouted $140/bottle wines for me.

      It is quite possible that more than a few KPMG clients will feel aggrieved today.

  • Sir Cullen’s Sidekick

    I am really upset to read this story. The reasons are:

    1. Corporate lobbyists now realise Greens will be next Government. So they are toasting them. Nothing wrong with that. Game over for John Key bro.

    2. After months of hard work to destablise John Key’s government with innovative polices like Kiwipower, Greens deserve a pat in the back. So they are having a nice dinner and good wine. Is there any law against having a good time?

    Greens are clean and honest. Any attempt to sully their reputation will not be tolerated by the voting public.

    • Justsayn

      Exactly. Once the Green have their hands on the hemp clad levers of communally owned power the fat cats at KPMG, AIG, SG, BNZ, ANZ, NZRFU, CTU, SPCA, and WTF will be treading the sandal worn path to middle class conscience. The sooner we get with it the better.

      There will be very little oil, and certainly none that is whale based. so move on, pass the dutchie, the pinot, the law establishing NZPower, but whatever you do don’t pass the razor to that lady over there.

  • steve and monique

    What no more feijoa wine.Rod Donald would be turning in his grave.

    • kehua

      Have a slurp or two of Lothlorian Fijoa Wine from Ahuroa, you may well be pleasantly surprised

      • steve and monique

        Cheers for tip.

  • Kiwi_bloke

    lol… sounds like what John Key has for dinner every night.

    • rockape

      Yes but he pays for it!

      • Kiwi_bloke

        Yeah right… bet he’s never pulled out his wallet at Skycity

        • Pissedoffyouth

          Maybe he doesn’t want to pay an idiot tax?

  • IWantToBeLikeMallardOneDay

    Limousine Lefties.

  • Steve (North Shore)

    South Afrikaan Durbanville Hills Syrah would have done them and they would not know the difference. $9.90 at Countdown

  • Dave Broad

    Why am I not surprised? The Green Party is largely composed of inner city elite, & their trust fund kids.

  • Ratchet

    Where’s the vegetarian option?

  • Rodger T

    Won`t somebody think of the baby chickens?

    Is a baby chickens life worth less than a baby snails, oh my the dilemma ,better drown my conscience with a $120 bottle of plonk, don`t tell anyone back on the commune.

  • Jonathan Pull

    Your going to whinge over this like every other party doesn’t do it.

    Give me a break. They’re all as crooked as each other living up the life of luxury of the tax payers tit while they can. Bash bene’s all you like but dont forget the most expensive benes of all (besides people getting superannuation).

    • Troy

      The difference is that the left wing toxic greens profess to be the voice of the poor, alongside the cocksucking reds. The nats say, get off your arse and work, the Greens say pity our poor and give them more.

  • Mediaan

    Baby chickens? Like, 15 sous-chefs removing all the cute fluff, and 120 baby chicken carcases per serving?

  • Xavier

    I don’t see how it’s problematic. If KPMG want to waste their money on wine and food trying to curry favour, they’ll pretty quickly see that it’s their loss. Given the absolute accountability of the Green leadership to the membership, there’d be hell to pay on the ground if there was even a whiff of influence…