Boeing 757

If you vote Labour or Green you are voting for the destruction of the NZDF

Helen Clark famously stated we lived in a benign strategic environment…and then gutted the Air Force while buying expensive and still unused kit for the Army.

National realises that a great deal of kit is well past its use by date, especially aircraft and ships. They have embarked on a renewal programme, but the opposition is against any spending.

What they want will actually render the NZDF ineffectual.

Labour and the Greens are in la-la land if they think they can use $20 billion earmarked for a long-needed Defence Force upgrade as a slush fund for their election policies.

The Defence Force has been on the bones of its backside for long enough, and another round of austerity would see it lose many of its key capabilities. ? Read more »

Key not angry enough for Audrey Young?s liking


The Media party are annoyed that their trip to India has been delayed…in Townsville. Audrey Young thinks John Key should be angry.

There are times when Prime Minister John Key is just too relaxed for words and today was one of those times.

“We’re a little disappointed,” he said when the breakdown of an Air Force Boeing in Australia forced the cancellation of the Mumbai leg of his trip to India.

“It is a little bit sub-optimal.”

This sort of laconic understatement might work in ads about Southern men to sell Speights or utes.

But not today. Key should be seething. The break down was unforgivable.

It’s embarrassing for New Zealand’s reputation as a can-do country.
Can’t even arrive.

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Well this is embarrassing. A Prime Minister who can?t even get one working plane

It is pretty embarrassing that NZ can’t field a plane to get the PM to India.

A Royal New Zealand Air Force Boeing 757 plane has aborted takeoff twice at Townsville Airport in Australia due to technical problems.

It’s carrying Prime Minister John Key, former Blackcap Brendon McCullum and a delegation of around 30 business leaders to Mumbai, India, to build trade ties.

A contingent of media, as well as the Defence Force cricket team, were also on board.

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Is this because Muzza uses the 757 all the time?

300 military personnel are to lose their jobs?according?to Stuff:

More than three hundred military personnel have been told this morning that they have lost their jobs.

They include 81 officers and 227 personnel from other ranks.

The biggest impact is in Wellington where 108 jobs are to go, with 70 job losses at Trentham and 38 in Wellington.

Other bases to be hit are Waiouru (28), Devonport (45) Linton (20), Ohakea (21),Whenuapai (28) and Burnham (28).

Many of the people affected are long serving personnel. There are 110 warrant offices, 83 sergeants and senior sergeants and 61 majors or those holding equivalent ranks in the navy or air force.

Fourteen Lieutenant Colonels will also lose their military ranks.

? Rank and location of affected staff

The decision affects less than 5 per cent of total military personnel and the Defence Force said that many of those who have lost their jobs were encouraged to apply for civilian roles.

The tipline has been running hot for months about Murray McCully’s extensive use of the 757. I’m reliably told that if the finest of Blue Cheeses aren’t on the menu much yelling and screaming ensues.

Murray McCully loves Blue Cheese

Own goal by Labour flunky

Ben Clark, the Labour?candidate on the North Shore and also a blogger on The Standard is trying to bash Murray McCully up for taking an Air Force flight up to Vanuatu in February. On the surface the stopry appears to have legs but it does not.

I was aware of this?story?the moment McCully took off and spent the next couple of days chasing it thinking I would get to smack him in the nuts. Unfortunately the story as?originally?passed to me didn’t stack up.

I verified all my information from sources outside of McCully’s office.

On February 13 the same day that McCully left I recieved an email that told me that at approximately 1pm Murray?McCully, boarded Royal New Zealand Airforce Boeing 757, bound for an overnight stop over in Vanuatu to attend a Pacific Islands Forum Ministerial Contact Group on Fiji. The aircraft was at short notice, late in the week specially refitted in full VIP trim with $80,000 leather lie flat recliners and mahogany tables, a service normally reserved for heads of state and royalty, far beyond the luxury of standard airline first class travel, however onboard the 126 seater airliners, there was only Murray McCully and 7 close?colleagues. Out-numbered by the airforce personnel on the aircraft required to run it.

As you could imagine I thought this would be a great opportunity to bash the crap out of McCully.

Originally I thought that this is not so much a show of force in the Pacific, but more a way of circumventing the strict criticism that is currently placed on ministerial travel, being a defense asset the costs of running this frankly unneccessary and frighteningly expensive jaunt are not born by the travel allowances but by the countries meager, to say the least, defence budget. This arguement had further?weight added to it when Murray McCully turned up over two hours late for departure, apparently due to a heated?argument?between himself and the defense minister on the need to take the airliner. This ended up?resulting in a waste of crew duty which will postpone Mt Erebus commemorations in Antartica for the families of those lost to the tragidy, as well as around 300kg of Jet-A1 gas that the APU burnt whilst waiting for ‘doors closed’.

When the aircraft returned, the VIP config (which requires a change in not only false floor, but the rollers and assorted anchor points underneath, the carpet, curtains, class divider screens, suit hobs, passenger entertainment wiring and overhead passenger support units), would need to be removed, taking a team of around 8 skilled technical staff around 12 hours continuous.

I thought I was definately onto a bashing of immense proportions here. But as I learned from a couple of screw up over the past few years, fact checking is paramount.

I checked international flights into and out of Vanuatu. This is where the story started to come un-raveled. The timing of the meeting meant that international flights didn’t provide useful connections. I think from memory that if they had used commercial flights then all the Pacific diplomats in attendence would ahve had to have stayed over 3 more days before the next commercial flight out from Vanuatu.

Although the RNZAF Boeing may have gone over next to empty and configured for VIP travel at short notice, however it returned with a greater number of pax on the return leg to New Zealand (I didn’t receive any passenger details, but I’m sure it wouldn’t be too hard to find out who has used the service after the fact if one was that inquisitive), one can only speculate at to who they may be, but as even politicians don’t replicate that fast it seems logical that foreign dignitaries were using the service and New Zealand as a transport hub, which is hardly unheard of, and hardly the travel rort which the first leg made it appear.

I have no further details, but the previous use of this aircraft to make up for a shortfall in international travel, especially at shorter notice and at times which suit, paints a clearer picture, that and the fact that New Zealand would want to maintain its stance as a leader in the Pacific may only add more clarity to the facts.

The story on the surface looked like a good one to give McCully a serve, something I relish at the best of times. However the facts didn’t stack up. In the end NZ was actually offering a ferry service back for pacific nations diplomats and staff.

In his eagerness to bash Murray McCully and look like he has a scoop Ben Clark has fallen into a trap I have a couple of times. He got his facts wrong, he wants to stand for public office, I don’t, so his mistake is a whole lot worse?reputation?wise than mine.

UPDATE: Obviously Labour has shopped this story to the media as Stuff is now running the story despite?the?facts of the story being completely wrong. David Shearer, Ben Clark and now Kate Newton look complicit for sure. Not a single one of them has bothered to check the facts of the story.

UPDATE2: Lies, smears and still getting wrong at The Standard by Eddie. I didn’t get the inside word, none of my sources were in National. The paid lap-bloggers are going to look really silly on this one. But hey let them. If I could?have?kicked Murray McCully in the nuts for being a dick I wold have, trust me on that one. Eddie tries valiantly to blame National for the scheduling of a meeting they didn’t organise. Shows just how?pathetic?their claims are. If Eddie had checked the commercial airline schedules to Vila like I did she would realise very quickly the problem that arose. If Eddie has ever been to Vanuatu then she would realise that this is a real problem for people going on holiday there too. You either go for 4 days or 7 days, there is no other option. Like I have said before, if there was a chance to bash McCully I would be hooking into him not letting them.

What would Len do?

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton flew into New Zealand on a personal plane, Wellington Mayor Celia Wade-Brown arrived at the airport to greet her on a bicycle.

Mrs Clinton has begun her three-day visit to New Zealand after arriving in Wellington this morning.

Her blue and white modified Boeing 757 landed at Wellington’s military terminal at 6.08am, where she was greeted by a cluster of government and embassy officials.

The welcome party also included Wellington mayor Celia Wade-Brown, who arrived at the terminal at 4.55am on her bicycle wearing a high-visibility vest.

At the bottom of the plane’s steps Clinton shook hands with US ambassador David Huebner, foreign affairs minister Murray McCully and mayor Wade-Brown.

What would Len do?

Wellington’s Mayor practices what she preaches, does Len?

How does he get into the Town Hall each day? Is it by car or by public transport?

When we see civic leaders practicing what they preach they should be applauded, when we see them being liar and hypocrites they should be hounded from office.

I ask again, What would Len do?

Singer accused of 'childish rant'

Singer accused of ‘childish rant’A political storm featuring one of New Zealand’s best-known songs and new Prime Minister John Key has intensified, with two of the music industry’s biggest names at loggerheads. Last week, Don McGlashan revealed his anger at TVNZ’s… [NZ Herald Politics]

Crayfiah fancier Don McGlashan has been accused of a childish rant by another singer, Gray Bartlett.

“McGlashan and his insular lefties show their hate for anything other than the crippling Soviet-style music politics of the Labour Party, and especially [former Prime Minister] Helen Clark, who are only interested in building as many leftie socialists as possible through their social welfarism music policies.

“I can tell, from experience, that McGlashan is no commercial dream when it comes to the public paying to see his shows… My promoter friends will vouch for a great lack of interest in him and his cohorts.”

Bartlett, who has been in the music industry for more than 50 years, advised McGlashan to “get into the real world, that is not a sea of green or red, but full of all the colours of the rainbow, and try to grow up a little”.