Can anyone see the problem with this? [UPDATED]


Perhaps this might help?



Still got no idea?

How about this then?

Christine Fletcher’s Wikipedia page.

Still no idea?

Fletcher won the Eden electorate off Labour’s Richard Northey for National in the 1990 election, and held it in the 1993 election.

She then won the new Epsom electorate in the 1996 election, and held the ministerial roles of Local Government, Women’s, Cultural and Youth Affairs before resigning as a Minister on 11 September 1997, because she objected to the sale of the assets of the Auckland Regional Services Trust proposed by National.

A minister for less than a year.

She doesn’t have the Honourable title, let alone ever being Prime Minister to attain the Right Honourable title.

Christine Fletcher does not hold that title and even though she briefly held the title while a minister she certainly never held it on 6 February 1999.

That plaque needs to be amended….if only for the horrible spelling of honourable.

UPDATE: A reader points out that Christine Fletcher was awarded the title Honourable. Lord knows why Jenny Shipley did this, for a minister in position for less than one year and who threw a tanty.

The sign is still wrong.


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  • Not Clinically Insane

    Can some enlighten how Winston has the Rt Hon title?

    • Cadwallader

      For the same reason Idi Amin was a Field-Marshall?

      • Another Middleagedwhiteguy

        Did Idi get marshalled around the field one time too often?

        • Cadwallader

          Winston used to carry the title of “Captain Baubles” which seems to this day to be apt.

      • Bishop Tamaki, anyone?

        • EX RNZN RM1

          I thought he would be a Cardinal by now, Pope Frank has just appointed some extra ones, maybe Brian needs to tell the powers to be to get a wriggle on

    • peterwn

      A Minister is ‘Hon’ while the warrant is active. The title Hon or Re Hon can also be bestowed (I think) by the Governor General on the Prime Minister’s recommendation and remains even if the holder ceases to be a Minister. Winston would have been bestowed the title before he went off the rails.

    • Michael

      An unwritten clause of the 1996 coalition agreement – Winnie got to be a Rt Hon as Deputy PM.

    • Because he is the sole remaining member of the Privy Council, and members of the Privy Council have the title Right Honourable.

      • Guest

        Ta Cam

  • Cadwallader

    The dropping of the “u” in honourable, harbour etc will continue as students rely on spell-check increasingly. The worse option is the incremental usage of “text talk” in documents is also an irritant.

    • Another Middleagedwhiteguy

      Ms Fletcher probably got the plaque specially made for her in some USA mail-order place.

      • Cadwallader

        …or in Sesame Street?

  • Johnny Smear

    Here’s me thinking they should have placed the cord under the fake grass

  • peterwn

    I have an issue I have to deal with. A well known charity (probably via a commercial call centre or ‘chugger’ operation) calls up, solicits a regular donation ), then asks for credit card details to collect the regular donation. I consider that no one should give out their credit card details via phone no matter how convincing the caller may be. Moreover I consider that in the interests of prevention of credit card fraud, reputable charities should not allow credit card details to be collected in this manner, even though it is utterly convenient from the charity’s point of view.

    Am I being paranoid?

    • Ratchette

      Paranoid ? No. I would guess it was a phishing attempt to get your card details.
      Consider yourself lucky.

    • dgrogan

      Good God. Have you never bought anything on line?

      • Chris

        Buying stuff online means YOU input the credit card info into a secure site. Giving details verbally is another thing surely.

        • dgrogan

          I have done it many, many times. And been scammed once, as it happens. But the risk is quite low with trusted suppliers and your bank will help sort it if there’s a problem, IME.

  • Nebman

    Possibly they used the same american dictionary spelling that disqus uses to spell check comments here..?

    I think some minor minion somewhere has got a little carried away or just not been given the right info when the plaque was made. I’d leave it there. It’ll give those that know something to giggle about while washing down their chardonnay.

    • ex-JAFA

      Disqus doesn’t perform the spellcheck, your OS does. You may need to check some settings.

      • Nebman

        Thanks. I’ll check. You may well be right.

  • intelligentes candida diva

    I know people who call themselves certain terms of role in their work but they are not and Its a pompous attitude to me. Cloudy Bay wines sort it out.

  • cows4me

    Oh well at least Christine Fletcher has a sign near one of things close to her heart “The Foodstore”

    • Mine it,Drill it,Sell it.

      Cows it is not just the food that will be close to her heart but also all the “Fake People” that go there,Sally Ridge and daughter types.

  • anonymouse

    While Fletcher is certainly not Rt honourable,

    She is on the roll of “Honourables” and entitled to use that title…

    The Honourable Christine Elizabeth FLETCHER, QSO Executive Council
    18 December 1998

  • Mine it,Drill it,Sell it.

    If she can drag herself away from a free lunch at the town hall she could drop down to the bottom of town and fix that in 2 minutes with a angle grinder and lick of black paint.

    I see they have laid out the extension cord already for the angle grinder.

  • Richard

    I got it, the unsecured extension cord should be gaffer taped to the fake lawn to minimise the risk of a trip hazard and then written up as a near miss in the site safety record.

    The person in charge also better check on their level of insurance cover, as they are now personally liable for any penalties awarded in regards to personal injury and not the company.

    • I.M Bach

      I saw that and thought OSH would have a field day…should someone take the time to contact them, cough, cough.

  • Warren Murray

    This is a nice diversion from the terrible attack in France, thanks. At least no one is outraged, so keeping things in proportion is another plus.

    Fletcher struck me as someone who had potential but couldn’t live up to it, in other words , a disappointment.

    I find it odd to put a foundation stone on what appears to be wood. Doesn’t that make it merely a plaque with several errors on it?

  • LesleyNZ

    As they say – it is who you know not what you know in this world of ours.

  • Captain Darling

    Still, I love Cloudy Bay wine.