Todd McLay

Our bludgers, criminals and tax dodgers in Australia just got sold out by Abbott

Good job too.

Tax officials in Australia and New Zealand have agreed to share more information to try and help New Zealand recoup millions of dollars in unpaid student loans from people living in Australia.

Prime Minister John Key and Australian Prime Minister, Tony Abbott, announced the information sharing arrangement at the annual leaders meeting yesterday.

Revenue Minister, Todd McClay said under the agreement, tax officials in Australia would be able to provide up-to-date contact information to their colleagues in New Zealand.

“We know that when we contact people, they start paying. Approximately 70 percent of overseas borrowers we contact begin to repay their debt. This new arrangement with Australia will ensure we contact many more borrowers,” he said. Read more »

Labour gives up on New Plymouth and Rotorua


It looks like Labour has given up on winning back New Plymouth and Rotorua, bypassing them on their taxpayer funded leader’s roadshow.

The Labour Party is bypassing Taranaki in a series of meetings to be held before electing its new leader.

Details of the 12 meetings, spread across New Zealand, were announced yesterday as the Labour leadership race entered its next phase.

New Plymouth had been a traditional stronghold for the party with Harry Duynhoven holding the seat from 1993 until 2008, when National MP Jonathan Young wrested it from him with the country’s smallest majority of just 105 votes.

Mr Young then went on to defeat Andrew Little in 2011.

Labour Party general secretary Tim Barnett said the tight timeframe and having to hold meetings in the six biggest population centres had dictated where meetings were held.  Read more »

Whale Week What Was

682zoomWe started our Saturday by paying our respects to Norman Schwarzkopf Jr., the hard-charging US Army general whose forces smashed the Iraqi army in the 1991 Gulf War.  He died aged 78.  At The Standard 2012 Worst Political Blog Mike Smith is told some home truths about long term grass-roots Labour families heading for the Greens.  A quick vid on how to put out a boat fire the Kiwi way is next, followed by a vote for Best Minister.  The winner, at 52%, is Judith Collins.  The Whale Week That Was summarised all the stories this blog covered in the previous seven days.  A quite active Saturday Debate (for the time of year especially) led a post calling for nominations for Best Political Blog.  Those who see WOBH as any sort of threat to them (and those that don’t too), should take heed of this Malcolm Tucker quote: “marshal all the media forces of Darkness to hound them to an assisted suicide”.  A CNN piece showing Teachers in Utah taking a class on gun use shows some common sense around the gun debate.  A reader has taken yesterday’s US Fiscal Cliff graphic and created one for New Zealand – great work.  As Cameron Slater predicted from the outset, the Aussie Hoax DJs will not face charges.  The NZ Herald continues to amuse – this time a car crashed into a poll.  The blog then introduces us to two sexy taxidermists showing you don’t have to look like a front row forward to deal with dead animals.  And you’d think we’re picking on an incompetent NZ Herald, and you would be right.  This time they have Jesse Ryder beating himself at Eden Park in Wellington.  Then a hilarious story about a Queensland woman who fell into the longdrop and was there for two hours before being discovered by her husband.   Turns out that during the Falklands War the French tried to send missiles to Argentinia behind Margaret Thatcher‘s back.  Commerce first eh?  The last post of the day highlights a report of a man holding up a Countdown Supermarket with a hammer.  Our readers get fired up about the idea of hammer banning.

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Whaleoil Awards – Best Electorate MP

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Damien O’Connor is back this year…locals there think he works incredibly hard, probably why he was re-elected at last year’s election. cows4me adds his support:

I like Damien O’Connor, said some sensible things when Fonterra was ramming TAF down our throats.

Honcho joins in:

And his ‘gaggle of gays and self serving unionists’ comment will go down in history, speaks from the heart of his electorate instead of towing same sorry party lines.

Sam Lotu Iiga is also back. GregM says:

My cuz out at one tree hill reckons Sam Lotu iiga is a good bastard, very approachable and gets shit done.

and Gazzaw tells it like it is:

Totally agree Greg despite Carol Beaumont & Richard Northey’s best efforts to white ant him. Both still put up the pretence of being MPs & Northey still swans around the electorate in a labour Party car.

Sam’s a top bloke and a good bastard to boot. He’s involved in everything in the electorate from kindergarten coffee mornings to footy club working bees (not Phil Goff style with the shiny shovel either). He works hard with local government and pushes Maungakiekie’s interests in Wellington. He is sometimes criticised for not putting in the yards in the House, well I don’t give a rat’s arse, the effort goes into the electorate which is as it should be. Give that man a DB!

Todd McLay is making waves too. JC from Rotorua explains why he is a nominee:

Todd McClay. We actually get a regular newsletter. He’s patron of one of the charities here and at the AGM this year he castigated members for not using him enough to raise profile and money etc.

He’s always a happy chap cooking sausages outside the supermarkets or tearing around the Bunnings car park in a wheelchair to raise money.
He’s a natural out among the public.. he almost challenges people to be happy.

I don’t know much about his performance in the Parliament but I would expect him to be good at gaining support from members for any project he pushed.. I also think he would get his ducks lined up better than most.

It is an even split between North and South with Nicky Wagner being nominated too. David comments:

I’d nominate Nicky Wagner. She did well to win Christchurch Central and has performed excellently in the role. I like the fact that she is always positive.

Whaleoil Awards - Best Electorate MP

  • Sam Lotu Iiga (40%, 85 Votes)
  • Damien O'Connor (28%, 61 Votes)
  • Todd McLay (19%, 41 Votes)
  • Nicky Wagner (13%, 28 Votes)

Total Voters: 215

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