Brian Connell

Selection results for National and Labour

Wayne Walford

Wayne Walford, National candidate for Napier

Three people won selection over this weekend. Two from National and one from Labour.

In Whangarei National selected Shane Reti ahead of incumbent scum List MP Paul Foster-Bell, showing that a strong local presence usually sees off a carpet-bagger pretending to have local roots.

The Herald profile for Shane Reti states:

He worked in general practice in Whangarei for 17 years, and was a member of the Northland District Health Board for seven years, before being awarded a Harkness Fellowship to Harvard, in 2007. ?

In April this year Dr Reti was called on by the NZ Embassy in Boston to visit the city?s hospitals with NZ Honorary Consul Simon Leeming, to see if any of the dead or injured from the Boston Marathon terror blast were New Zealanders or Australians.

Dr Reti said he was to the right of centre in his political leanings, believing in strong fiscal responsibility. ?But I also believe in a social safety net, so that makes me egalitarian. I also believe in reward for hard work, which makes me centre right,? he said.

In Napier National selected Wayne Walford to replace Chris Tremain’s sudden departure.

Walford is a former CEO of the Waikato Chamber of Commerce. He is currently a business mentor and trainer, and has an MBA from Waikato. He has a womble profile on Linkedin?as well as a hippy pony-tail!

Amazing people and brilliant organisations have lead me to a point where working with people, empowering potential and adding value to organisations through people spin my wheels, and fast.? Read more »

Vegansexuals call on parliament to create a Commissioner for Animals


Christchurch couple Nichola and Hans Kriek are vegans who won’t root non-vegans

As a fan of the outdoors and hunting, one group of people polar opposite to me are loopy Vegans. At the extreme edge are?even loopier vegansexuals.

Hans Kriek porned himself in-front of the Primary Production Select Committee last week, deeply concerned over the Animal Welfare Amendment Bill.

You may know Hans Kriek from the nutter animal welfare activist group SAFE. He now wants the Government to start a Commissioner for Animals.

To cut a long story short, Kriek essentially wants equal rights for all animals. Perhaps he wants to give them all a name as well, particularly those sows and chickens popping out eggs all day.

Good ole Eric Roy asked Kriek about wild pigs and how they could be hunted without dogs ? a near on impossible task in my view. Kriek fell into that one, calling for an expert committee to be set up to find ways to?hunt?control wild pigs because he thought hunting pigs with dogs was cruel. Eric Roy told them to HTFU, telling them that was a principle without substance. ?? Read more »

Hooton on The Clown

Matthew Hooton, not one to turn down a glass of wine,?nails Aaron Gilmore, the Clown of Christchurch East:

I am the last person to criticise someone for getting rolling drunk.

By some measures, the volume of wine per person reported to have been drunk at National List MP Aaron Gilmore?s infamous Hanmer Springs dinner was positively temperate. ?(Although, despite many years of trying, I have never had a wine waiter at a flash restaurant deny me service, so perhaps there is more to this part of the story.)

In a country where, rightly or wrongly, binge drinking remains acceptable and commonplace, what really does in Mr Gilmore is not his drunkenness but the horrible way he is reported to have treated the waiting staff, including clicking his fingers and abusing them, and ? perhaps even worse ? his idiotic threat to have the prime minister fire one of them.

On this point, I yesterday found myself in complete political agreement with the ?Service and Food Workers Union, something no doubt damaging to both me and the union.

The shame of Hooton writing that last line must be immense, which makes it all the more powerful.

When previous MPs have run into trouble for drinking they have survived because their uncouth behaviour has not crossed the line into personal abuse.

When Mr Gilmore?s fellow Christchurch MP, Labour?s Ruth Dyson, was picked up one night for drink-driving, there was no suggestion she had been rude to the police and she had the integrity to resign as a minister before the sun came up.

Similarly, when Mr Gilmore?s fellow National Party MP, trade minister Tim Groser, got himself well-and-truly inebriated at the bar of an Emirates A380 flying home after a disastrous Middle Eastern trade mission to bury his mother, there was no suggestion he abused anyone (except, I was told by my spies on the flight, me ? after he found out what I, after a few wines, had written about the trade-mission fiasco for that Friday?s NBR).

In any event, both Ms Dyson and Mr Groser were valuable to their prime ministers and governments.? Mr Gilmore has no such advantage.

He has no redeeming political features at all, and I doubt he will even make the list come the next election, despite his impressive CV.

To say Mr Gilmore?s political career is going nowhere is an understatement.

Reportedly never popular even within the National Party in his home district of Canterbury, he was National?s 2008 sacrificial lamb in the safe Labour seat of Christchurch East, losing to Labour?s Lianne Dalziel by over 5000 votes.

Nevertheless, he snuck into parliament on the list, but received no promotion in his first term as an MP, indicating the low regard in which he is held by John Key, Bill English and Steven Joyce, and much of the rest of the National cabinet and caucus.

Meanwhile, his 2008 contemporaries Nikki Kaye, Simon Bridges, Hekia Parata, Amy Adams and Michael Woodhouse have become ministers, and the next in line for ministerial jobs, Todd McClay and Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga, already chair the powerful Finance and Expenditure and Social Services select committees respectively.? There will never be any such promotions for Mr Gilmore.

Undeterred at having achieved nothing in his first term except attract publicity over a?false CV, he sought re-election but was awarded the lowest place on National?s 2011 list among incumbents except for newbie Jami-Lee Ross, only elected as MP for Botany earlier that year, and the unloved Paul Quinn.? He was also put up again for Christchurch East.

In the 2011 election, it turned out that is not just National Party officials and MPs that seem to have a particular dislike of Mr Gilmore but also the good voters of Christchurch East.

His career, such as it is is over. He may as well just piss off. He won’t though such is his hubris.

As of this morning, the Prime Minister and his office appear almost to be begging for a formal complaint from the Heritage Hotel which they could hand over to Ms Upston as a first step towards getting rid of Mr Gilmore.

Any of the next few names on National?s list ? Claudette Hauiti, Jo Hayes or Leonie Hapeta ? would offer the party more in terms of electoral appeal than Mr Gilmore.

But they do have to move carefully.

Unlike, say, NZ First, National is a democratic party and, as Jim Bolger found with Mr Peters, Bill English with Maurice Williamson and Don Brash with Brian Connell, it is extremely hard to get rid of a recalcitrant MP.? Even in the recent NZ First case, Mr Peters failed to drum the disgraced Brendan Horan out of parliament altogether.

Mr Key just announcing Mr Gilmore is fired achieves nothing.? He needs to be encouraged to resign.

Of course, he probably won?t.? Mr Gilmore will never get a job as well paid as this one, especially now we know he doesn?t have the high-level finance-sector qualifications that were once claimed.

Right now, for doing pretty much nothing, he earns $142,000 a year, plus free air travel and subsidised Bellamy?s booze.

Sadly, he?s probably not going anywhere.

Unless of course all the other scandals associated with Aaron Gilmore surface in short order. They will.


This story?from John Armstrong brought back memories…

An angry David Shearer intends to confront the threat to his leadership by telling David Cunliffe this week to put up or shut up regarding a challenge to his job.

First memory:
Just yesterday David Shearer was telling us Cunliffe was on totally board.

He refused to say whether Cunliffe would be disciplined for refusing to rule out a challenge and insisted he had no reason to doubt Cunliffe’s loyalty.

“He gave me his loyalty last week . . . I can only take him on his word.”

Second memory:
Bill English tried something similar with Don Brash. ?Note to Shearer – make sure your numbers man can count. (Don’t use Farrar)

Third memory:
Banishing Maurice Williamson to the back bench for white-anting the leader worked for Bill English – Not.

Fourth memory:

Suspending Brian Connell from the National Caucus worked well for Don Brash – not.

Rebel MP Brian Connell refuses to rule out resigning as an MP and triggering a byelection after being suspended from the National Party caucus.

It appears National leader Don Brash would not be unhappy if the MP took that step.

Asked if Mr Connell should resign his seat in the National stronghold of Rakaia, Dr Brash said: “I don’t want to imply that’s the only option but … it would not be easy for him to come back from where he is now.

“The door is not completely shut.”

Fifth memory:
Clark dealt with this sort of challenge by hugging her enemies to death. See Michael Cullen and Phil Goff.

Sixth memory:
Isn’t this what Shearer did to Shane Jones?

Seventh memory:
And what Goff did to Chris Carter?

Eighth memory:
It’s barbecue season.

Richard Long goes Turkey Shooting

Richard Long goes on a turkey hunt against the gobblers of the left moaing about Crushers Container Prisons or Crim Tins as I like to call them. He has no shortage of targets with them all gobbling away begging to be shot at.

Why only two to a cell? When that suggestion replaced the blackboard menu outside a cafe in Ngaio, Wellington, a few months ago, it was clear the Government had won the “lock them up and throw away the key” argument.

Ngaio is one of those Labour- voting leafy suburbs, adjoining Wadestown, home of the chardonnay socialists. If the liberals cannot win the penal debate in these areas, then they have lost it completely.

Accordingly, when former Labour Party president Mike Williams was complaining on television at the weekend about the dangers of prison double- bunking, and described the new modular container prison cells as “Dickensian”, he was baying, so to speak, into the wind.

What on earth was Mike Williams asked for anyway? More importantly where is the current Labour President…hasn’t he just disappeared?

So was penal reformer Peter Williams when he fronted up on prime-time television against Corrections Minister Judith Collins. She has always been regarded as a bit of a shrieker, but she sat calmly, with a wan smile, while Peter Williams went completely over the top on the evil, degrading container cells proposal, predicting it would all end in failure and tears.

Out of touch, and out to lunch while we enjoy the turkey club sandwiches.

The critics lose touch with the electorate on this. They leave the impression that, even if Corrections offered to house their clients in the Holiday Inn and the Intercontinental, Messrs Williams and Williams would still find fault with the wine list.

The overall electorate view is that prisoners have it sweet. While many financially stretched households are turning off the heaters and curbing food bills, they view prisoners as having an easy life, in centrally heated accommodation, with three good meals a day.

Many will no doubt reason that, if more prisoners have to double-bunk, it might be a rather big disincentive to going to jail in the first place. The prospect of sharing your cell with a nasty piece of low life might help slow the escalation in the prison population – estimated to climb from the present 8300 to 12,500 by 2018.

Exactly, nothing would encourage me more to obey the law than the thoughts of sharing a 6m square cell with a 200kg prisoner named Bubba.

As for the container cells, taxpayers will welcome the cost reductions. At $248 a day, it costs as much to accommodate prisoners in our Corrections system as it would to put them up in a good hotel. The cost of the Spring Hill facility was a staggering $643,000 a bed. Plugging in the container cells to existing prison facilities with the infrastructure to support additional inmates will cost only $53,000 to $63,000 a bed.

AN ADVANTAGE of moving in this direction at the moment, with the world economic downturn, is that ports are littered with excess containers. And it was a brilliant touch to suggest that prisoners could learn rehabilitation skills by helping to adapt the containers for their own use.

Corrections chief Barry Matthews won further points when he was asked what prisoners thought of the container proposal. “I’m not interested in what the prisoners think,” he said.

Finally someone in the media gets the numbers right, rather than simply repeating the numbers that Clayton Cosgrove reefed out of is arse. On Barry Mtthews, he certainly needed some points as he was certainly plumbing the depths of low scores until he saw the light and endorsed Crusher’s thoughts. I think he must have felt the cold steely stare of the Minister for longer than he cared to and has now had a subsequent attitude adjustment.

By harping on about “Dickensian” prison conditions, Labour is managing to leave the impression that it wants to indulge prisoners with spa pools and feather pillows. It would be a better political tactic to concentrate on more effective rehabilitation programmes in a bid to reduce our awful recidivism rate of about 70 per cent.

Oh they do, they do, heated floors, Plasma TV’s….that is prisons under Labour. I and the electorate by the looks of it prefer Crushers vision for our prisons.

Can Labour get any good press at the moment?

Muck-rakers desperate for dirt – Opinion: views on the news on

I mean this is a serious question. There is almost no good news for Labour as they continue to smear John Key. the same media that wallowed in the mire with Labour over their smears of Don Brash are now giving Labour stick.
Perhaps because the smears are so lame, almost kindergarten sandpit stuff that the media are slamming Labour.
Richard Long has also got stuck in today, with his opinion piece. He alludes to political machinations behind the breakins at the Key residence.

[quote]This desperation for any scrap of information, any document that can be flourished against him, seems to put into context the burglary of Mr Key's home while he was on a well-publicised overseas holiday, and the mysterious raids on his home garbage bins, detected by neighbours on several occasions. These were not homeless people, looking for discarded Parnell food portions. They were well-dressed operatives who took off swiftly when their activities were detected.
The most likely assumption is that these were freelance actions by political activists.

I do not for one moment imagine that Prime Minister Helen Clark would have had any knowledge of this. Such activities would be abhorrent to her.[/quote]

Now Clark probably has plausible deniability, but does Mike Williams?

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Long retires

[Imported from Whale Oil Beef Hooked on Blogger]

NZHerald has a story about National Party cheif of staff Richard Long retiring. I don’t know whether all the “speculations” are true, or simply one of those “interviews with a typewriter”, but here are a few:

One political source said yesterday there had been tension between Dr Brash and the former Dominion editor and the leader had not wanted to renew his contract.

But senior National Party sources and Mr Long yesterday rubbished that, maintaining the decision had been his and he had signalled his intentions immediately after the election.

They also speculate on who would take on the role of senior whip:

Junior whip Lindsay Tisch appears set to be promoted to the position of chief whip when the caucus meets this week.

Several other names have been floated, including that of former long-time chief whip John Carter, David Carter and Tony Ryall.

But it appears there is a feeling John Carter has already had a turn, while Mr Ryall finally had little enthusiasm for the role.

I personally can’t see either of the Carters or Ryall wanting the role because they’d probably prefer to see themselves as ministers in the next National Government. As I understood it, that was why John Carter stepped down from being Senior Whip in the first place.