Good grief – see who’s on the “most trusted” list

June 24, 2009

Alf is seriously sulking over a survey that ranks Blue Chip’s Mark Bryers among the 85 most trusted people in the country.

Mark Bloody Bryers is the bloke who co-founded the company in which many Kiwis lost their savings, and who is facing a raft of charges laid by the Companies Office.

Another bout of litigation has been brought by 240 or so investors who claim their apartment sale and purchase agreements are void and they should not be forced to honour them, and that Blue Chip was deceptive and misled the investors.

And so on.

Sure, Bryers just sneaks in at No 85 on the most trusted list.

But Alf Grumble, hard-working and much-admired member for Eketahuna North, is not there at all.
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The kid who’s pining to make a million

May 22, 2009

Alf’s just a tad miffed.

He has only just learned about students from primary and intermediate schools around the country taking a trip to the capital and (according to the Taranaki Daily News) getting “a sweet dose of motivation.”

They were part of an 1100-strong contingent from 93 schools who converged on Wellington’s town hall on Tuesday for the 2009 National Young Leaders’ Day.

Once there they heard from high-profile New Zealanders such as Barbara Kendall and the two Aussie kayakers James Castrission and Justin Jones, who paddled across the ditch last year.
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