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Trougher of the Year?

Troughers are pretty much the same; they’re all after one thing – bludging more money from the taxpayer.

Trougher of the Year nominee Boyd Swinburn

Trougher of the Year nominee Boyd Swinburn

We’ve seen troughers like the very dodgy Shane Kawenata Bradbrook (who is still sucking on the public tit). But over the last year or so, a new breed of troughers have started to take the lead.

Yes, they’ve been on the public tit for years as well, but their focus has changed. No longer is tobacco the flavour of the month. No that was so last year. Now the target is Big Food.

Egged-on by the WHO, Tony Ryall can now expect to see troughers being paid by his Ministry of Health attend grand junkets all over the world.

One such trougher, and a lead contender for Trougher of the Year is Boyd Swinburn, Professor of Population Nutrition & Global Health at the University of Auckland. After years of sucking at the tobacco control tit, he moved onto the new big momma of health handouts – obesity.

However, to be eligible for WO Trougher of the Year Award, troughers really have to demonstrate extreme troughing abilities. And while it’s not quite the end of the year, Professor Boyd Swinburn is in a class of his own when it comes to leading the way.

His nomination comes in the form of a extravagant junket to the Bellagio Obesity Conference 2013.  Read more »

As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

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