Local Government going mad


Local Government is going mad. Every year they complicate the lives of everyone with onerous red tape and looney ideas.

What local government does best is craft stupidity. They are the masters of making sure that everything that takes place in their territories is controlled to the point of being difficult, painful and slow. All without any benefit that can be measured.

But local government are also specialists in the totally absurd; the kind of daft activities that are ordinarily reserved for ludicrous plots in comedic movies and satirical TV shows.

Here is an example:

Washing your car in the driveway is a thing of the past for Porirua residents. ? Read more »


More good news

via Lindsay Mitchell

National have almost halved the “social-housing” waiting list from what it was under Labour.?

In fact, they may have done even *better* than halving it, given that the March 2008 figure was HNZC-only and the latest figure includes other providers as well.?

MSD has started publishing a?quarterly report?on housing waiting lists.

– 57% are in the Auckland Super City

– Only 10% are in Christchurch and under 3% in Wellington

– Even with Wellington, Lower and Upper Hutt and Porirua added together, the waiting list share is still only 6% (Greater Wellington population is just over a third of Auckland Super City)

Again, the bulk of the housing problem is in Auckland. I am guessing that affordability in the private sector is prompting renters to apply for cheaper social housing. Read more »

Back in ya box, Ctd

Now these nostalgic TV ads really got me thinking. See Labour?s Kris Fa?afoi just loved McDonalds. No wonder as McDonalds opened their first New Zealand restaurant in Porirua. Yet again we have seen a?Labour MP caught out lying.

Sadly I couldn?t see Kris Fa?foi in this TV ad using this McDonalds as his family playground.


Charge her with neglect

There is no valid reason to leave a baby alone in a car. This woman should charged with neglect:

A mother went shopping after leaving her baby alone in a car with a note telling other carpark users to call her if there were any issues.

The woman was duly called by disbelieving passers-by, who waited next to the car until she returned.

The baby was left alone in a car in the carpark of Pak’nSave Porirua about 9am on Saturday.? Read more »


By-Elections are good for democracy

Too often we send people to parliament that we do not really know. Some are scum list MPs and some are electorate MPs who no one knows because they do not face the scrutiny of the media.

By-elections can be positive for candidates, but more often they are negative. Melissa Lee will struggle to be taken seriously after her performance in Mt Albert. Jonathan Coleman got a black mark for National’s hopeless campaign, and another black mark for taking it on at such a late stage where he had little influence over the outcome. He should have said his missus wanted him home more, or gone and got himself over stressed pissed beaten up for blowing smoke into someone’s face or something similar to protect his reputation.

In Mana, Phil Goff’s hand picked candidate, Kris Fa?afoi?s political career is a mess. Like Melissa will always be known for her hammering in Mt Albert, Kris is going to be known as a liar for his stories about growing up in Mana and his recovered memory of the opening of McDonalds at Porirua.

Hekia Parata took the easy path and stuck her hand out wanting contributions from other electorates to cover her campaign costs, instead of seeking donations or funding her own campaign. Going by the comments coming through from members of the party and caucus this tax on electorates has really pissed people off.

The fundraising gap in 2002 is worth thinking about. English?s inept policy direction and party organisation failed to raise enough money to campaign. Hekia’s well known desire to become the first maori prime minister has taken a big hit, because if you can’t bring money into the party you can’t win votes.

That is why this blog has a lot of admiration for David Shearer. He is the type of guy we need in the Labour party, someone that has been a success off shore, not just a union hack or a member of the rainbow coalition. His sensible views on public private partnerships in security might be counter to Labour policy, but they are far more likely to work than liberal elite angst ridden policies from the looney left.

David handled the pressure in Mt Albert and came out looking good. Compare him to the others. Or compare him to any number of other list MPs we don?t really know and wonder how they would cope with the scrutiny of a by election.

Trotter on Mana – "Vote as if you were free"

Chris Trotter?has?posted on Mana, and the campaign of Matt McCarten. For my left wing reader, Matt McCarten is my endorsed candidate for the leftwing vote. I feel that way for a couple of reasons, one, Matt is a mate, and seconf his left-wing?credentials?are far better than the lying flake from Christchurch, or Wellington or Porirua McDonalds or where-ever he dreams of being next.

Chris Trotter feels the same way;

By choosing Kris Faafoi, a journalist with no discernible links to either the Labour Party or the wider progressive movement ? until he became Phil Goff?s press secretary ? Labour?s leadership have made it very clear that, as far as the Mana electorate is concerned, it?s going to be business as usual.

Even though, as Matt pointed out to me in the most forceful terms, “business as usual” in the streets of Porirua means poverty, unemployment, homelessness, crime and despair.

The political analyst in me pursed his lips and shook his head.

“With the Labour Party moving steadily to the Left,” he intoned disapprovingly, “this is precisely the wrong time to challenge Goff?s hand-picked candidate in an important by-election in one of the party?s safest seats.”

Then I caught the gleam in Matt?s eye, and I told my inner political analyst to go stick his objections where the sun don?t shine.

Because if being on the Left means waiting for the “right time” to fight for your principles, then, as the hero of Howard Spring?s wonderful political novel, Fame Is The Spur, discovered, when the fight comes to you, the bright sword of principle can no longer be drawn. Through all those years, while you were waiting for the “right time”, the sword?s blade was rusting fast to the scabbard.

Matt McCarten has never been that sort of leftist. His sword never rests long enough in its scabbard to gather a speck of rust. And the trade union he built from scratch ? Unite! ? has never waited for the “right time” to do anything.

That is fairly ascerbic commentary from Trotter. But he hits even harder, and places himself squarely in McCarten’s camp.

And now Matt?s out there in the Spring sunshine, standing on the street-corners of Mana with his crew, talking to state house tenants about homelessness; to low-paid workers about a minimum wage of $15.00 per hour; to unemployed workers about creating jobs.

And there?s work to be done. Matt?s canvassers have already discovered several empty state houses, while just a few streets away a young family, crowded into a friend?s garage, waits for Housing New Zealand to find them somewhere to live. The empty properties are already being vandalised and the copper piping is long gone.

“What do we need?”, asks Unite organiser, Joe Carolan: “We?ve got carpenters, we?ve got plumbers, we?ve got electricians. We can fix this place up. We?ve got people in need. A young family in need ? Are you telling me that the only thing we need is to wait for a bureaucrat for another year or two years? We should move people in now.”

That?s the way the Labour Party used to talk ? back in the days when it still remembered how to fight.

I asked Matt if he?d heard of Slavoj Zizek ? the Slovenian socialist currently setting a principled cat among the fat, pragmatic pigeons of the European Left.

“I?m busy, Chris”, he chuckled, “of course I haven?t.”

“Well, Matt”, I replied, “Zizek is challenging Europe?s social-democrats to stop looking over their shoulder at the European Central Bank; to govern ?as if they were free?.

“Maybe that?s what you should ask the Mana electors, Matt. To stop looking over their shoulder at Labour.

“Could be your slogan.

“Vote ? as if you were free.”

Interesting slogan…I wonder perhaps if the people pof Mana will follow that. Somehow I doubt it and we will have another flake and another liar in parliament. Chris Trotter isn’t always right, but he does he is an accurate?bellwether?on how the left feels.

He was at the opening!

I found an original photo of the first McDonalds at Porirua that Kris Fa’afoi so fondly remembers from his pushchair at all of 3 months. And what do you know, there is little Kris in the photo, seems he was telling the truth.

Do you want some Fa'afoi with that?