The worst Cut and Paste job ever

David Cunliffe supposedly released a document that “proves” he worked on the creation of Fonterra. Quite apart from the fact that the name Fonterra never existed until 2001 there are massive inconsistencies in his story.

The Commrce Commerce turned down the Dairy Board’s MergeCo proposal in late 1999 and National said it wouldn’t overrule ComCom. That meant an entirely different approach had to be taken by the two main supplier co-ops, Kiwi and Dairy Group, which only became possible after the change of government, and without letting the Dairy Board know talks were underway.

Therefore, any earlier work done for the failed Dairy Board merger effort was irrelevant for the GlobalCo/Fonterra proposal?

Then there is the timesheet that was presented. The document has been substantially altered.

Here is the start of my analysis of the document as presented.

cunliffe timesheet analysis 1


First step was to import the pdf as supplied into  PSD format and adding in guides.


  1. The first column tapers towards the left of the paper and is not straight
  2. Compare that with the columns on the far right labelled “Hours” and Start”. They align perfectly.
  3. This indicates a combination document. It is not possible a single piece of paper to contain those different alignments. Either everything is misaligned or none of it is.
  4. Then look at the horizontal lines…nothing aligns, or is the same in each line.
  5. These mis-alignments cannot be explained by saying the document was crooked on the scanner.
  6. Check the bottom horizontal guide…”Book1″ is above the line, “BCG Confidential” is in the middle of the line and “Page:1” is below the line.
  7. No other horizontal line is so misaligned.

Later we look at the legacy artefacts that remain in the document that will show that this is a manipulated document. This will include the actual size of the source document and the differing fonts and font sizes.

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