Robyn Malcolm

NZ top of the list for Luxury travel too

You’d think listening to opposition parties and politicians that New Zealand sucked.

The problem with that is visitors love our country.

And now we have been rated top spot to visit by luxury travellers.

New Zealand has topped leading US luxury travel agency Virtuoso?s annual ?Hot List?, winning the honour for the biggest year-on-year growth in luxury travel.

The announcement was made at Virtuoso Travel Week, held in August, in front of 4,420 delegates, attending from 92 countries ? the largest delegate attendance ever.

New Zealand topped the list by a wide margin, with a staggering increase of 196 per cent growth year-on-year. Chile followed in second place, with an increase of 103 per cent, while Indonesia, Hungary and Hong Kong made up the remainder of the top five. ?? Read more »

Maybe we should have a ‘luvvies tax’ here

There is some merit in implementing a ‘luvvies tax’ like that suggested by Toby Young at the Telegraph after a bunch of ‘luvvies’ made a video chastising the government for not implementing a Tobin Tax.

[T]he most objectionable thing about this video is the notion that a bunch of luvvies possess the moral authority to chastise bankers, politicians and the rest of us for not giving?even more?money?to the European Union. David Yates, the film’s director, was at the helm for the last four Harry Potter movies and has a “first-look” deal with Warner Bros. I would conservatively estimate his total earnings over the last decade at over ?25 million. Very few “greedy” bankers earn that kind of money. If Yates and other Hollywood types are genuinely concerned about “extreme poverty” and “climate change”, why not campaign for a Luvvie Tax? Better yet, why not cut out the middle man and simply donate 0.5 per cent of their earnings directly to the EU? I’m sure Jos? Baroso can find a good use for it. A new fleet of?Mercedes S400 BlueHybrids?for European Commissioners, perhaps.

I’ve never understood why showbusiness types think their political views should be taken seriously simply by virtue of their fame and fortune. What insight do members of the entertainment industry possess that members of the financial services industry lack? What’s the chain of reasoning here? I’m on telly a lot, therefore I’m wise? You may disagree with the Chancellor’s views about the Financial Transaction Tax, but at least he’s a member of the elected government of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. Who elected Bill Nighy to speak for the people of Britain? I mean, apart from Richard Curtis?

Do me a favour Nighy, Yates and all the other Labour luvvies involved in this “campaign”. If you want to create jobs, take early retirement.? Read more »

The five reasons why left wingers are pure evil

Tim Stanley writes at the Telegraph in response to a claim by a left wing blogger in the uK that right wingers are evil. He gives his 5 reasons why left wingers are pure evil.

The Labour-supporting blogger Sunny Hundal has done his bit for world peace?by declaring that Right-wingers are all ?evil?. Obviously, it?s political hyperbole at its most silly. But this kind of rhetoric is increasingly common among Left-wingers who think that conservatives who want to reform welfare, stop the NHS from killing people or make sure kids can leave school with the ability to tie their own shoe-laces are ? to use Sunny?s words ? ?heartless bastards.?

So if we?re going to play this game of tit-for-tat, I?d like to offer evidence that it?s the?Left?that?s pure evil rather than the right. Aside from hating freedom and the baby Jesus, they also commit these five mortal sins without any thought for the rest of us.

He lists the 5 reasons…Ill try and put a NZ context on them.

1. Bad stand-up comedy.?Call me old-fashioned, but I always thought a comedian was a fat man in a tux who came on stage and told jokes. But Left-wingers will laugh at something not because it?s funny but because they think they?re supposed to ? which been an enormous boon to the careers of “alternative” comedians like ?Jeremy Hardy, Josie Long, Robin Ince, Mark Thomas and Marcus Brigstocke (seriously, folks, I?ve known colonoscopies that are funnier than Marcus Brigstocke). Their acts are basically George Galloway speeches with a laughter track added and one of their favourite targets are the ?fascist simpletons? who believe in God. Oddly, though, they never pick on fundamentalist Muslims. They can?t seem to see the funny side of having a fatwa put on their head. ? Read more »

Robyn Malcolm – Green Hypocrite

There are none so sanctimonious and hypocritical than Green mouthpieces. Take Robyn Malcolm…

She flew to Scotland last year; now it’s Hungary. Robyn Malcolm’s long-distance relationship with?Top of the Lake?co-star Peter Mullan “is going strong”, say friends. The actress flew business class to Budapest last week to see her Scottish boyfriend who started shooting the Bret Ratner-directed blockbuster?Hercules. Mullan stars alongside Dwayne Johnson, Rufus Sewell, John Hurt, Joseph Fiennes and Ian McShane.

The Diary broke news of the romance last year, and the British press followed suit. The pair were snapped cosying up at the Berlinale International Film Festival earlier this year where they were promoting Jane Campion’s TV series.? Read more »

Peter Jackson slams the unions as OIA docs are released

Peter Jackson has slammed the unions in a press release today after OIA documents were released?today over the Hobbit deal:

WingNut Films welcomes the release of documents pertaining to the industrial action that was initiated by the Australian based trade union, the MEAA, against the film production of?The Hobbit?in 2010.

Whilst we would not personally seek to re-litigate this issue, it is our hope that these documents will lead to a better understanding of the events as they unfolded.? Read more »

The Shield of Sanctimony, Ctd

via the tipline:

Robyn Malcolm came up to the UK today from NZ.

As I was boarding the plane down to lowly Premium Economy, I passed Robyn Malcolm nicely ensconced in Business Class intent on reducing her carbon footprint.

Do as I say, not as I do.

Saint F*cking Robyn Malcolm falls off pedestal

Saint F*cking Robyn Malcolm is a drunk driver, convicted:

Outrageous Fortune star Robyn Malcolm has lost her licence for six months after pleading guilty to drink driving today in the Auckland District Court.

Malcolm, 47, was over the legal limit when stopped for a random breath test at a checkpoint in Hopetoun St, central Auckland, about 10pm on May 19.

A blood test revealed she had a blood alcohol reading of 121mg per 100ml of blood.

The legal blood alcohol limit is 80mg.

Malcolm was also fined $500, plus $132.89 in court costs, $93 in analyst fees and $80 in medical costs.

Judge Sarah Fleming said a discount was made because this was Malcolm’s first conviction and because of her early guilty plea.

Earlier this year, after the incident, the actress made a statement to the Sunday Star Times, describing herself as a “bloody idiot”.

”It was, and is my intention to front up the media about this as I have no interest in hiding what happened,” she said in the statement.

”I had been out for dinner with colleagues on the night in question. I was driving a friend home when I was stopped at a routine checkpoint. I was not speeding or driving in a dangerous manner. I told the police officer that I had been out to dinner, and had drunk wine.

”I deeply regret my lack of judgement and sheer stupidity. I feel like a bloody idiot.”

You are a bloody idiot…now shut up and go away.

Not if Helen gets her way

? NZ Herald

NBR Rich Lister James Cameron is showing his confidence in the New Zealand film industry even if Helen Kelly, ?Robyn Malcolm and their union mates best efforts to try and kill it off:

Hollywood director James Cameron says the?Avatar?sequels will almost certainly be shot in New Zealand where film crews have a freshness and flexibility that he no longer finds in the US.

But he’s told the?New York Timeshe’s not moving to New Zealand to compete with Wellington-based Sir Peter Jackson.


The Many Lies of Helen Kelly

Some fair questions are asked of Australian Union Scum.

Video of Simon Whipp and Robyn Malcolm leaving the Matterhorn Restaurant in Wellington on Wednesday Night. Helen Kelly claims they were “jostled and shoved”. Judge for yourself. And where’s that Police Escort that had to clear a path for them?

So where was the jostling and shoving? Sounds more like some pissed off people worried about their jobs not getting a straight answer.

Greenpeace Lobbying

Since lobbying is topical right now and give the Greens new private members bill that seeks to register and monitor lobbyists it is perhaps pertinent to focus on one of the biggest lobbyists in New Zealand. Greenpeace.

We know that they aren;t a charity because they were stripped of charity status by the Charities Commission last year…that makes them a political lobbying group and one that should fall under the Green’s proposed regime…but will it? I imagine they will ironically lobby to remain outside the?purview?of the legislation.

Oddly enough, Greenpeace may have become the worst proponent of a new form of greenwashing: claiming environmental damage is worse than it really is. Last month, the Advertising Standards Authority upheld a complaint about a Greenpeace ad that claimed the Rena oil spill killed over 20,000 birds. The complaint suggested the real figure is closer to 1,300.

Elsewhere, Greenpeace has variously attacked Kiwi companies Fonterra, Sealord and Cottonsoft, the toilet and tissue paper manufacturer that?s supplied by Asia Pulp & Paper. Greenpeace has gone after APP in several markets, first using a mystery video of a dying tiger to suggest that APP is destroying protected rainforest habitat, and most recently alleging that it is illegally logging ramin trees at a large mill in Sumatra.

APP and Cottonsoft have made several points in response; that Cottonsoft?s PEFC (Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification) certification means it can?t have done what Greenpeace is alleging, that rainforest hardwood and ramin fibre are unsuited to the manufacturing of soft tissue products and wouldn?t be used even if it were allowed, and that auditing processes at the mill in question stop illegal wood getting in.

None of the accusations have held up under close inspection, and all the companies continue to go about their business. That Greenpeace has gained little media traction, aside from a series of increasing shrieky posts on its own website, suggests that MSM repeaters/churnalists have become more judicious in their analysis.

And this is all against the backdrop of a not-for-profit that?s hurting for money. In 2011, Greenpeace was prevented by the High Court from continuing to register as a charity due to its political activities. The Asia Pacific branch has suffered three years of losses adding up to $3 million, and received a bail-out from Greenpeace International, which has ordered a new strategic plan for the region.

It remains to be seen whether Lucy Lawless perching atop an oil ship or Robyn Malcolm rolling in coal will have the desired effect of raising profile, membership and donations.

Greenpeace is in the list of organisations that are compulsorily slapped by me. In my view they are akin to teachers and unionists.

Let’s hope that the Greens don’t succumb to lobbying and leave out proven liars like Greenpeace out of the regime to monitor lobbyists. It would a travesty to see the law watered down by lobbying….if anything it should be strengthened to include unpaid lobbyists like Greenpeace and the Unions.