Don’t take the Treaty too lightly – to gauge its weight, just try moving it a few hundred metres

August 21, 2014


Dunno about you, dear reader.

But Alf had been under the strong impression the Treaty of Waitangi is a document of the sort that could be carried from Point A to Point B in a briefcase.

There are three paragraphs and a few signatures.

But if you reckon you could carry it that small distance, think again.

We learn today that a stalled project to shift the Treaty from its current home in Archives New Zealand a few hundred metres up the road to the National Library is resuming.

How far, did they say?

Oh, yes. A few hundred metres.

And how long has it taken so far to get it there?

The project, known as Active Archives, was first announced in 2012 by then internal affairs minister Chris Tremain, but stalled in December last year when the Department of Internal Affairs (DIA) said it would not meet its deadline.

We must suppose the delivery was entrusted to Snail Mail and the snail has taken longer than a snail should, perhaps because it was kidnapped by French persons to be eaten.

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A history lesson is called for after Tuhoe are given money from fund for war commemoration projects

February 13, 2014

Our bloody Government does throw money around unnecessarily, Alf will concede in the privacy of his own home, although in public he staunchly defends everything his colleagues do and every buck they spend.

Thus publicly he will say Chris Tremain did a splendid job as Minister of Internal Affairs, before being replaced by that Dunne tosser.

On Chris’s watch, a series of projects to commemorate the centenary of the First World War was granted $2.7 million in funding by the New Zealand Lottery Grants Board.

The news of this new trough – sorry, fund – being set up for handouts was reported here.

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Forget about the candidate who is already in jail and start worrying about those who should be there too

November 21, 2013

Gotta have a word with Chris Tremain, in most respects a splendid bloke who is doing a grand job as our Minister of Internal Affairs.

But he needs a bit of advice.

According to Radio NZ, he wants to know why a Northland bloke was able to contest the Far North mayoralty after being convicted of serious sex and violence crimes against his family.

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A challenge for Chris Tremain: get the state out of the silly business of monitoring spot draws

March 10, 2013

Dunno if this is the sort of thing that is guaranteed to earn public acclaim for Chris Tremain as it did for Crusher Collins with her crackdown on boy races.

In fact the issue is so bloody trivial, we must wonder why the government shows any interest at all.

But it gives Internal Affairs Minister Chris Tremain something to do at a weekend, obviously.

He has been tidying up, then releasing a media statement (here) calling for changes to the regulations around spot prize draws.

Spot prize draws?

These are worrying our Government?


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Why Bill won’t be feeding the Cullen Fund

May 6, 2009

The Government coffers took another blow in the nine months to March, when tax revenues (lower than forecast) and investment losses (higher than forecast) dragged the budget operating balance $7.7 billion into deficit, just a week or so ahead of Finance Minister Bill English presenting his 2009 budget.

No-one should be too surprised, as a consequence, if English decides to stop pumping money into the New Zealand Superannuation Fund (also known as the Cullen Fund, although Alf regards this as bad language and an expression to be avoided in polite company).

Those payments – in all likelihood – will be suspended because the dosh would come from borrowing and raising the public debt. Not smart.
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