Prudence Stone

Troughers gathering in Wellington, Hague excited


Well that didn?t take long.

A bunch of tax-payer funded troughers are rolling into Wellington and to Parliament tomorrow for the so-called 10 year ?anniversary? of the Smokefree laws.

No doubt Shane Kawenata Bradbrook will be there waving the flag, alongside Smokefree Coalition?s Prudence Stone, who may be looking for some action.

There?s just slight problem with this. Helen Clark introduced the Smokefree Environments Act in 1990, and by my reckoning that?s more than 10 years ago. ? ? Read more »

Super Trougher Extraodinaire

Only occasionally does a trougher become?extraordinaire. They have to demonstrate uncommon, no, remarkable troughing abilities. Even Maori trougher Shane Kawenata Bradbrook?s more recent attempts to hoe into Whanau Ora funding are no match.

Trougher of the Year nominee Boyd Swinburn

Trougher of the Year nominee Boyd Swinburn

Boyd Swinburn was clearly in the lead for?Trougher of the Year after his junket to the Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni, on the shores of Lake Como, Bellagio, Italy. Few could match this level of troughing.

But then this came in via the tipline. Even I had to take stock. I can now understand why he?s smiling so much.

Not only has Boyd Swinburn enjoyed the delights of Bellagio and New York this year, he also jetted off in September to yet another?international conference on nutrition, this time in Granada (Spain).

He even took his research fellow Stefanie Vandevijvere, who from her twitter feed clearly is trying to get into Boyd?s golden trough. How nice. Boyd Swinburn?s obviously cottoned on to the notion that it?s occasionally a good idea to throw a bone to the troops, otherwise they get all upset and start feeding the tipline. ? Read more »

Getting laid on the taxpayer

Sadly this isn?t about Shane Jones, or other politicians playing about, but about troughers getting their rocks off thanks to publicly funded junkets.

The other week?I blogged about a delegation of troughers winging their way over to Japan.

You?ve got to give it to them to lush it up while overseas thanks to the hand-outs from the Ministry of Health.

Let?s look at what one delegate got up to ? Smokefree Coalition Director Prudence Stone.? Read more »