Rubbish: MP skis to North Pole to save kokako


Hunua MP Andrew Bayly has trekked there with a team which includes his 20-year-old son.

He’s aiming to raise at least 10 thousand dollars to prevent Kakako becoming extinct in the Hunua Ranges.

On Facebook, Andrew Bayly says the last day of the expedition was overcast but the wind had dropped from the previous day and it was almost tropical at 0 degrees Celsius.

The group celebrated back at camp with Aurora Borealis cocktails, which are half champagne, half vodka and a handful of North Pole snow.

This has nothing to do with the Kokako.  This is just a personal folly.  There is no link between the North Pole and an endemic New Zealand bird.   Why would anyone want to sponsor an MPs personal bucket list trip?

And while I’m at it, who the hell is Andrew Bayly?

(I know, but you get the point)


– NewstalkZB via Yahoo!



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  • Heard him on the radio a few weeks ago and thought the same thing.
    We are forever being inundated with knuckleheads doing little projects and “raising money for charity” as they walk, run, cycle or hoverboard around the world.

    Well here’s a newsflash for them all. I don’t care if its for Child Cancer or to save the hairy legged three toed pink spotted frog.

    I’m not paying for your trip.

    • JEL51

      Yup, and if you or I wanted to pop down there for a chat with the penguins, would we be allowed? Nah, not unless we had triple degrees in meteorology, climatology or bogology.

      • Max Rennie

        Up. North Pole is Up. And I don’t think they have Penguins. Just Polar Bears

        • JEL51

          Yup = affirmative…………….rural/slang for “I totally agree with that statement”

          • I knew what you meant. Given that his last trip was the south pole doing the exact same thing.

        • FornaK

          Haha depend if Jel is standing on his head or not!!

    • LovetoTeach

      I agree. i feel so cynical for saying this but i think most of these endeavours are just vanity projects- you could raise a lot more money doing other things for charities.

  • Alan Beresford B’Stard

    Wouldn’t it have been easier just to start A Give A Little page?

    • Orca

      Gareth Morgan would have paid the lot, as long as he got exclusive use of the North Pole during the holidays.

      • biscuit barrel

        I hear its a cat free area too!

  • Orca

    Ah yes, but they saved money by taking their own food, some fresh Kokako from the Hunua ranges.

  • Second time around

    I hope he planted some trees up in the tundra to offset his carbon footprint. That would make his exertions so much more meaningful

  • Aucky

    Read all about it at

    • Tiger

      No thanks….

  • Mikex

    For six years my wife and I spent every Tuesday for a full day trapping and poison baiting in the Hunuas to give the Kokako a fighting chance of survival. Not as eye catching as trekking to the North Pole but I think a bit more useful…

    • SlightlyStrange

      Significantly more useful. As someone whose friends help run a trap line in the Ruahine ranges, I thank you for your work – its hard and largely thankless, but oh so important.

  • Chris Bell

    I saw this last night on the news and the first question I asked is – “who is this clown, I’ve never heard of him and we pay his salary?” – this guy is a joke. Do some real work for your country back inside your country and stop grandstanding

  • Andy

    say what???

  • sandalwood789

    I’m tempted to set up a Give-a-Little page to raise funds to write a book called “20 Kokako Recipes” – just to peeve this guy off.