One thing we know about No. 11 on the NZ First list is that he isn’t a spy (according to his leader)

September 22, 2014

He has left us guessing.

He has left us guessing.


Alf looks forward to bumping into one Mahesh Bindra some time soon.

This fellow is described in the NZ Herald today as the lowest-ranked NZ First MP.

More fascinating, however, he is reported to be refusing to say what job he did before politics.

Alf suspects this may be a consequence of Mahesh Bindra being a shy fellow who is especially bashful that he has been doing something menial, like being the bloke who empties the rubbish bins in some Government department.

This might explain why his leader, Winston Peters, is also refusing to say what his 11th-ranked MP does for a living.

But Peters did tell us what Bindra does not do.

“I can tell you, he’s not a spy,” said Mr Peters this morning.

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Uncle Jim hasn’t got his bullet – and the courts don’t have their body-snatch ruling upheld, either

August 10, 2014
But Uncle Jim is packing a bigger judicial punch than this lot.

But Uncle Jim’s mana so far is beyond the reach of this lot.

Alf has been keeping an eye out for signs of the Crown wanting to have the law upheld.

But no. The law remains defied and the body of James Takamore remains buried in Tuhoe country, contrary to a Supreme Court ruling on where it should go, which is back to Christchurch and into the hands of the dead man’s wife.

Curiously, so far as the Grumbles’ research can establish, ACT leader Jamie Whyte has been remarkably quiet on this matter. After all, it looks like a clear case of one law for indigenous persons and another law for the rest of us, which is something Jamie has been railing against.

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Body snatching a grave offence? It depends (Tuhoe will tell you) on whose law you want to observe

August 8, 2014
You want me to sort it out?

You want me to sort it out?

The headline on a Rotorua Post report on June 19 was more than a mite premature with what it told us.

It said:

Man laid to rest on seventh anniversary of death

Wrong.

The accompanying story told readers that one James Takamore would be laid to rest in Christchurch on the seventh anniversary of his death, but the location was being kept a closely guarded secret.

As it turns out, James Takamore’s body is being closely guarded too.

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A clear case of body-snatching – but special rules are applied when Tuhoe do the snatching

March 10, 2013

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Yeah, body-snatching did happen back in Britain in the days before Alf’s great grandfather settled in New Zealand.

The Daily Mail (here) recalls how the illegal snatching of corpses – a common practice 200 years ago – had a greater influence on medical science than advances made during World War One.

At least, that’s what a bunch of Cambridge scientists were claiming a few months ago.

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