Ministry for Primary Industries

Taking the piss is one thing, but Customs don?t want you to bring it either

There are certain things you don’t do when travelling. You don’t give tones to Customs/Police/Military officials in airports. You don’t pretend you have a bomb.

And you don’t try and bring cow piss into the country.

An Indian woman who tried to bring cow urine into New Zealand said it was to be used for medicinal purposes.

The woman was stopped by border officials after an international flight into Wellington last month where she was fined $400 for not declaring the items.

Ministry for Primary Industries central region team manager for border clearance Antony Owen says officers wanted to check the woman’s luggage after it went through the X-ray. ?? Read more »

Miniature socialist weasels?

One of the gang of baby weasels discovered at a quarantine facility. Photo / Supplied

One of the gang of baby weasels discovered at a quarantine facility. Photo / Supplied

A “gang of baby weasels” have been discovered dead in a container.

For a moment there I thought that it was a tragedy for a bunch of Young Labour people travelling to the next labour leadership debate.

A gang of baby weasels has been discovered in a container of tyres recently arrived from Malaysia.

They were discovered at a transitional quarantine facility in Te Rapa, Hamilton, by a port worker last month. ? Read more »

Proof Greens are bad for you


No, not the political party…greens as in vegetables.

Everyone knows I eat meat, all sorts of meat, lamb, beef, venison, pork, bacon (especially bacon), ham, turkey, duck, chicken etc.

I eschew greens, and now you can understand why. They make you sick.

Packaged carrots and lettuce are being blamed for a painful epidemic of food poisoning sweeping through New Zealand.

Nationwide, more than 100 people have been reported as suffering from symptoms mimicking appendicitis, including from the Bay of Plenty.

Toi Te Ora has recorded five people from the Bay of Plenty suffering from the stomach bug, caused by the bacteria Yersinia pseudotuberculosis.

The bacteria causes painful stomach cramps with diarrhoea resulting on rare occasions and can be extremely unpleasant for the person involved. ? Read more »

Bludgers be bludgers, Fed Farmers caught sucking on government tit

The biggest representative group of corporate bludgers in New Zealand have been caught bludging themselves.

Taxpayers have forked out over $228,000 to lobby group Federated Farmers since 2009, much to the surprise of its president William Rolleston.

Dr Rolleston has also refused to say whether corporate?donations are part of the?$7.45 million the federation has received in unspecified ?other revenue? since 2008.

When NBR ONLINE informed Dr Rolleston that the Ministry for Primary Industries and its predecessors have paid about $228,000 to the federation over the past five years he replied, ?Gosh, really? What have they paid it for??

The information was?obtained under the Official Information Act and only includes payments of $500 and over.

It shows Federated Farmers received many payments via three Sustainable Farming Fund projects ? a contestable fund investing up to $8 million a year in applied research and projects led by farmers, growers and foresters.

The $228,658 in payments include three separate Federated Farmers farm days from 2010-2012 that the ministry contributed almost $150,000 toward. Other payments were made for leadership programmes, training seminars for farm managers, two Federated Farmers? AGMs, as well as attendance at an international sheep meat forum in Brussels. ? Read more »

Questioning the Extremely Dodgy Hawkes Bay Regional Council, Ctd

Fenton "Jong-un" Wilson

Fenton “Jong-un” Wilson


Earlier this week I received a response to my OIA requests from the extremely dodgy Hawkes Bay Regional council. They claimed that they didn?t have to respond to the questions I asked hiding behind a dodgy interpretation of the law after breaching their statutory obligation to respond in 20 working days.

What they are trying to hide is exactly what needs sunlight shined on it. Remember this is a council who?s staff and chairman don?t give important information to sitting councillors, and have bullied and threatened any and all opponents to their dodgy socialist dam.

To: The Office of ?the Ombudsman

Re: Hawke’s Bay Regional Council failure to respond to LGOIMA Requests


Dear Sir/ Madam

I am writing to complain about the Hawke’s Bay Regional Council?s failure to respond to the LGOIMA requests (overleaf).

The Hawke’s Bay Regional Council failed to respond to these requests within the statutory time limit. They failed to offer me the opportunity to pay for the cost of obtaining the information and have refused to comply with the law.

Their response is overleaf. ?? Read more »

Apparently clod hoppers can’t communicate

The perils of having a ham-fisted idiot minister…lots of extra costs for communications for the new ministry of clod hoppers.

The Ministry for Primary Industries has spent more than $220,000 on communications consultants since its creation last year.

Figures provided under the Official Information Act show Senate Communications has received $175,579, Catchphrase Communications $30,791 and Network Communication Group $13,794.

While the ministry, which was formed in April last year, has a communications team of at least 18, the consultants have been paid to write speeches, to write and edit website text and articles, and to field media queries.

PR company staff have also been seconded to government departments for as much as $175 an hour.

On one occasion, a Senate staff member was seconded to the ministry for 57 hours at a cost of $11,370 to the taxpayer.

Consultants were also paid to work on communications strategies for “major issues”, to liaise with staff about Facebook user restrictions, to help with document security and to proof-read emails.? Read more »


Oh dear a ?number of people are going to be doing a massive face-palm over the news that there was never any Botulism in Fonterra’s products, including Bryce Edwards, the Labour and Green parties and Nathan Guy.

The Ministry for Primary Industries said it had received results confirming that the bacteria found in the whey protein concentrate (WPC) manufactured by Fonterra was not the botulism-causing clostridium botulinum, the ministry said.

“The organism is confirmed as Clostridium sporogenes. It is therefore not capable of producing botulism causing toxins,” the ministry said in a statement.

“There are no known food safety issues associated with Clostridium sporogenes, although at elevated levels certain strains may be associated with food spoilage,” it said.? Read more »

Why are we wasting money on corporate welfare?

? Hawkes Bay Today

Hawke’s Bay companies are leading the way in a high-value programme that has received an $11million government boost and provides opportunities for beef and dairy farmers.

Brownrigg Agriculture Group and marketers Firstlight Foods are producing marbled beef for premium markets in New Zealand and overseas.

Ministry for Primary Industries director-general Wayne McNee yesterday announced funding for the programme through the government’s Primary Growth Partnership.

The partnership has committed $11 million during seven years, for a programme worth $23.7 million.

Hasn?t anyone noticed times are tough? Or thought that National doesn?t believe in subsidies? Or that by giving $11m to some bludging farmers National is open to criticism from the left who can say ?National has $11m for its cronies but wants to make poor solo mums go back to work rather than pay them the benefit??

Crony capitalism is bad. It is worse when the party of free enterprise funds its cronies. And doubly worse when it gives opposition parties a free hit.