Anand Satyanand

Hekia on Holiday – A week in review

Hekia Parata is away on holiday working like a navvy in Europe at an Education Conference that conveniently happens to be in Amsterdam, followed by a little side trip to Paris, taking along union bosses for a little sharing of the trough in a bid to try to tame them.

Here is her week in review, she started in London:

Then she attended a Commonwealth Day function:

Then she and “her team” whizzed off to Amsterdam:

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A good bloke

Jerry Mateparae has been chosen to be our next Governor-General.

Lieutenant General Jerry Mateparae says he has an “unshakeable belief in New Zealanders” and believes he can use his new role as Governor-General to contribute to the country.

Prime Minister John Key today announced that the former head of the Defence Force would replace Sir Anand Satyanand when his term ends in August.

Lt Gen Mateparae’s appointment has been approved by the Queen and he will be sworn in on August 17, beginning a five-year term as New Zealand’s 20th Governor-General.

Lt Gen Mateparae told reporters he was honoured to be asked to accept the role.

Army sources tell me that he is loved by those in uniform. He was always willing to come and have a drink with them and find out what they thought was going on in the army.

A sound, non-political choice.

Michael Laws is in trouble for why?

Is the Governor-General a big fat Indian?Michael Laws is in trouble. Again someone is in trouble for plain speaking.

By all accounts the Governor-Gneral is a thouroughly decent bloke, nice chap and has a great sense of humour. I wish the same could be said of the rest of the country.

Clearly there a some flat earthers out there that will want to deny the truth. The simple truth for all with a good pair of eyes is that the Governor-General is both fat and someone of Indian descent.

How can you complain about someone telling the truth? Doesn?t there have to be a factual error or a lie or something slanderous before a complaint can be upheld? I mean the last time anyone looked our Governor-General fitted into both the following categories:

Fat (check out the buttons on the jacket)
Indian

From the photo (left) it is as plain as Michael Laws’ statement.

Why can we not laugh at ourselves anymore?

So fatties are off the mocking list too now

Good grief our country is pathetic. Michael Laws is now in the firing line for suggesting that the Governor-General, Sir Sir Anand Satyanand is a fatty who found and ?never left the buffet table. Hell iI’ve said worse about Pork Chop.

Are Indian’s the new poofs? Seeing outrage in the slightest of jokes even if they aren’t racist, as is the case with Michael Laws.

Radio host Michael Laws has come under fire for calling Governor-General Sir Anand Satyanand a “large, fat man” who has “never left” the buffet table.

His bosses at RadioLive have also been slammed – for saying they are comfortable with the remarks.

At least one complaint from a high-profile sporting personality has been laid with the Race Relations Commissioner, Joris de Bres.

De Bres and media commentator Brian Edwards said they were appalled by the crass comments, which lacked good taste and decency.

Where was Joris de Bres after Honest Hone ‘s racist rants? Oh that’s right, Honest Hone’s calling European New Zealanders “white motherfuckers” of “puritanical bullshit” for expecting him to follow the rules in an email exchange was “within his rights“.

The remarks were made by Laws on Monday morning, following the media attention around Paul Henry’s much-reported comments that same day.

Laws laid into Satyanand, saying he was an “unusual-shaped man” who reminded him of the impossibly obese Monty Python character Mr Creosote.

He also likened him to a British actor who played the Agatha Christie creation Hercule Poirot on UK television.

“That reminds me of Anand Satyanand, but Anand Satyanand could never move that quickly. He is a very large, fat man,” he said.

“I don’t know why but just on an Indian it seems slightly incongruous.

“I mean, we don’t all expect Indians to be begging on the streets of New Delhi, but it’s like Anand discovered the buffet table at, like, 20 and he’s never really left it.”

Good grief, I said exactly the same thing about Pork Chop. This country has become overly sensitive, but it is only going to get worse, especially in Auckland with the win of Len Brown.

There is something seriously wrong that jokes are not allowed to be told. It is pretty hard to find any jokes that don’t offend someone in the slightest way.

Paul Henry offends someone – Yawn!

YAWN, Paul Henry offends someone, I should be offended, but I’m just not. He is paid to offend people, and frankly he is good at it, there isn’t a week that goes by without someone being offended by him.

The frothing and screaming from, mostly the left, and the handwringing of pink righties like Farrar are actually worse than the comments.

Frankly I find the 10:10 campaign ad more offensive, where children are blown up, and employees, for not agreeing to save 10% on their carbon emmissions. Yet the same people crying foul over Paul Henry’s comments are the very ones that support 10:10.

Should I be offended by Paul Henry’s comments, probably, after all he is mocking where Anand Satyanand’s parents come from and that also happens to be where I was born, in Fiji, so technically I’m not ?a Kiwi either according to Paul Henry. he has also slammed me on his show, but hey, who cares, it’s entertainment.

The point is that it takes all types to rock the world, even racists with big mouths. The same people who scream about Paul Henry were absent without leave over Honest Hone’s comments about white people.

To me the biggest cop out though is the stance of @nzben, who chucked his job instead of using his position on the show to slap Paul Henry. That is cowardice. He should have given Paul Henry a serve, but he quit instead. He should have called out the little pommy twit.

Paul Henry is a cock, sure, but crying when someone says something offensive just shows how humourless we all have become.

The world needs rude people, it makes us all examine just where we?stand?on things that matter, and frankly the Governor-General doesn’t matter. The problem I have is I can’t support a republic until both Jim Bolger and Helen Clark are dead and buried, so in the interim we are stuck with a Governor-General.

The discussion we should be having is the parlous state of our constitutional arrangements and the complete?abrogation and side-stepping?of the BORA on a constant basis. But that is boring, when we can be screaming about some?perceived?outrage.