Let’s see if a $3000 vacuum cleaner can present an appropriate intellectual challenge for Paul Henry

June 9, 2010

What can a $3000 vacuum cleaner do that can’t be done by cheaper vacuum cleaners?

Alf would like to think such a super gadget not only can suck up every bit of dust in your house, but can grind coffee, send e-mails, play your favourite DVDs, massage your feet and roast a lump of lamb for good measure.

He raises the issue on learning of the warning being sounded by a widow who felt pressured into buying a $3000 vacuum cleaner.

Joy Peffers, 70, of Lower Hutt, bought the vacuum cleaner about two weeks ago, after a saleswoman came to her house in the guise of delivering a thank-you gift for completing a phone survey.

Now her family is preparing to lay a complaint with the Commerce Commission, saying the company – Living Longer New Zealand – pressured her into the sale.

Alf is bound to say the gadget has a wonderfully enticing name – it’s an Envirotect vacuum cleaner.
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A double scoop, please, on fraud awareness

February 27, 2009

What goes around comes around, they say – and it has happened very quickly, in the case of a media statement from Consumer Affairs Minister Heather Roy.

As Alf’s constituents were advised on 24 February, next week Roy will launch Fraud Awareness Week, described as a joint initiative that focuses on raising awareness of scams in the community.

Scoop had posted the media release earlier in the day.

Just in case we missed it, maybe, or because there’s not much news around, while the Government is running its Jobs Summit in Auckland, Scoop has published the media release again today.

You will be busting to learn – again – that Fraud Awareness Week will be officially launched on Monday at Trade Me, Level 3, NZX Centre, 11 Cable Street, Wellington, between 12pm-1pm.

No, you won’t see Alf there. He has better things to do.

Roy’s mad rush for media attention

February 25, 2009

Wow. Looks like Alf understated Heather Roy’s ministerial accomplishments (as measured by the media releases on the Beehive web-site) when he noted her announcement of Fraud Awareness Week.

He was looking only at her Consumer Affairs job, and overlooked her Defence responsibilities. So let’s bring those into the reckoning:

As Associate Defence Minister, on 3 February she announced she had been at Waiouru’s National Army Museum’s to launch ‘Te Mata Toa’ (‘Through the Eyes of the Warrior’) – “a new brand designed, in part, to display the endeavours of our forebears and current soldiers who helped mould the nation into what it is today.”

As Acting Defence Minister, on 13 February she announced that President of Timor-Leste Jose Ramos-Horta was to honour six New Zealanders for their role in New Zealand’s peacekeeping response to the violence that broke out in Timor-Leste in April and May 2006.

Fair to say she has delivered three speeches too.

And let’s not forget a statement jointly issued on 29 January with Defence Minister Wayne Mapp to say they would be visiting the air force’s Whenuapai base and the Devonport naval base.

Busy girl. Even busier than Alf led you to believe.