Shane Kawenata Bradbrook

Anti-tobacco troughers really are stupid


Yesterday the Taxpayers’ Union fired out a release pointing out the blindingly obvious High Taxes Developing Underground Tobacco Market.

The Taxpayers? Union is saddened but not surprised that New Zealanders are turning to the underground and unregulated homegrown tobacco market in response to the Government?s continued hikes in?taxes on smokers.?Reacting to the Wanganui Chronicle report on local?growers exchanging crops on Facebook, Executive Director of the Taxpayers? Union, Jordan Williams, says:

?In Australia high tobacco taxes have led to an underground trade being run by organised crime. It looks like the same problems are starting to take ahold here, under the legal cover of ?home-grown? supplies.?

This followed an article in the Wanganui Chronicle about Homegrown crops being sold online where smokers are turning to tobacco growers to get cheap smokes. ?? Read more »

Health Troughers blinded by plain packaging

It’s the beginning of the year and the troughers are back at it, moaning about wanting more action on Maori smoking.

It seems my good friend and exposed serial trougher Shane Kawenata Bradbrook is back out of his box, complaining about the Government not doing enough.

Shane Kawenata Bradbrook is well known to this blog, after being exposed for spending up large on the taxpayer with little observable results. After a Ministry of Health investigation into his Te Reo Marama rort, his overseas jaunts came to a spectacular end when their $250,000 annual funding was axed.

Now it seems he?s back, this time under a new guise of Te Ao Hurihuri. Let?s see how that works out for him.

One thing Shane Kawenata Bradbrook won?t be keen on Maori hearing or reading is a blog post titled ?The Relentless Failure of Plain Packaging?. ? Read more »

Seriously? You have this guy talking about Maori leadership?


Maori politics is often confusing to an outsider. That?s why when a source in Wellington sent us this link to the upcoming Maori Public Health Symposium, it was worth a look.

It didn?t take long to see who they were concerned about ? my good friend Shane Kawenata Federick Bradbrook, who for some very very strange reason is talking about Maori public health leadership.

This trougher has been exposed again and again for refusing to get out of the trough.

Shane Kawenata Federick Bradbrook continues to be in denial about what he actually delivered for the $1.2 million that Te Reo Marama received ? and why the Ministry of Health axed their funding.

Instead he blames #DirtyPolitics.

Our source in Wellington is saying there?s a lot of unease about having Shane Kawenata Federick Bradbrook on the Public Health Association?s panel, especially when he?s been so discredited as someone who believes travelling around the world on the conference circuit is actually helping Maori.

Here?s how Shane Kawenata Federick Bradbrook is positioning himself;


He?s got one thing right, years of troughing off the taxpayer so he can race around the world saving Maori. Though I am still at a loss as to what the kaffiyeh means to Maori.

Still he’s been a warrior in the “tobacco resistance movement” if such a thing even exists anywhere else other than the fanciful delusions of Shane Kawenata Federick Bradbrook.

Maybe he?s going to talk about Nga Manukura (leadership) in troughing?

On thing is for sure, Maori have a great sense of humour, as they can?t be serious saying the ?Symposium will showcase the new wave of Maori public health leadership? when they have Shane Kawenata Federick Bradbrook involved.


Salt Tax – Reason #479 for Steve Joyce to cut funding to the HRC

Otago University currently has an image problem, especially its Department of Public Health Troughers, based in Wellington.

Nearly every bit of research that comes out of this hotbed of academic activism is a call for some form of new tax or policy change.

The latest is Otago University?s Public Health Expert blog calling a for a salt tax. This follows calls for a fat tax and sugar tax.

Here?s what this taxpayer funded research is calling for;

  1. Mandatory 25% reduction in sodium leves in all processed foods
  2. A package of interventions similar to those in the UK
  3. Mandatory 25% reduction in sodium levels in bread, processed meats and sauces
  4. Media campaign
  5. Voluntary food labelling
  6. Dietary counselling
  7. Sinking lid on amount of food salt
  8. A salt tax

And just to reinforce that these Department of Troughers know exactly who their audience is, they say: ? Read more »

Trougher, desperate for attention, trying to re-write past again


Here we go again.

Poor old trougher Shane Kawenata Bradbrook ? the trougher exposed on Whaleoil for living it up large around the world on the taxpayer, is crying to Maori media after another troughing group gets a slap from the Taxpayers Union.

This time it is taxpayer funded anti-tobacco group ASH getting a serve from the Taxpayers Union who say:

The Taxpayers? Union believes that questions need to asked about why a lobby group, working with the Maori Party on a political campaign around tobacco plain packaging, is largely taxpayer funded. ?This morning?s front page of the New Zealand Herald covers the latest efforts to build political pressure to introduce a plain packaging law.

Taxpayers? Union Executive Director, Jordan Williams, says, ?While civil servants operate under a duty of political neutrality, the Ministry of Health and others are awarding substantial sums of taxpayer money to health and environmental lobby groups to push particular political agendas.”

?It is wrong for special interest groups such as ASH to be using taxpayer money for political campaigns. ASH’s?factual inaccuracies about the impact of plain packaging on smoking consumption in Australia suggests that they are operating outside any of the usual public sector control requiring balanced and evidenced based public statements.?

According to ASH?s most recent annual return filed with the Charities Register, more than 90% of ASH?s funding comes from the taxpayer.

Mr Williams says, ?We all support funding for front line and addiction services such as Quitline. What we don?t support is funding to political organisations to operate campaigns with taxpayer money.”

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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 »

Nanny State seeks to kill sugar thrills

Helen Clark got hurled out of Parliament for allowing her government to interfere too much in ordinary Kiwi lives. Things like trying to tell people what light-bulbs and shower-heads they were allowed to buy.

Kiwis just want to get on with their lives without being dictated to by nanny state zealots, desperate to push their agenda onto the populace.

So when the academic activists at Otago and Auckland Universities start calling for a 20% tax on cold tea and coffee, most people feel like telling them to take a long walk off a short pier.

But that?s exactly what the?taxpayer funded troughers at FIZZ?are calling for.

They?re now saying that cold tea and coffees are evil and part of the cause of obesity in New Zealand.

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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 »

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 »

Troughers eyeing up new targets

Veteran?troughers like Shane Kawenata Bradbrook?must be wondering how they can keep themselves in the public trough as funding for anti smoking rorts is surpassed by funding for anti obesity ?initiatives? via Tony Ryall?s Ministry of Health. See Tony?s Ministry do-gooders dole out over $100m a year to troughers.

The universities have been quick to leap on the taxpayer funded gravy train, and?Otago University clearly has eyes on the trough, equally matched by researchers from Auckland University. So much so that they?ve ?teamed? up to bring you a two-day symposium on sugar, sugar sweetened beverages or as troughers are now calling them ?SSBs?.

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