Job package keeps spin doctors busy

August 2, 2009

The party spin doctors were kept busy today, explaining what’s on offer from the youth employment package and who can benefit.

Bloody near as many announcements made as on Budget Day.

Wonderful to see how many Ministers can feed off one basic announcement.

1. Prime Minister John Key announced a $152 million package to create new work, education and training opportunities for unemployed young people.
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Next time just let him get on with it

July 1, 2009

There’s lots of clucking this morning about the state of security systems in our courts, after a bloke facing prison on child pornography charges smuggled a knife into court and stabbed himself.

The man had walked past metal detectors at Wellington District Court, which were not turned on, with a knife tucked in his sock.
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Passport scam: the cops need a complainant

June 19, 2009

Alf can only echo the sentiments expressed this morning at Keeping Stock. He, too, had hoped to awaken this morning to news that immigration scammer Gerrard Otimi had been arrested and charged with multiple counts of fraud.

Actually, he didn’t hope it would have happened. He expected it would have happened.

It shouldn’t be too hard for the cops to track down the ringleader.

He has admitted taking money, although he would have us believe he is helping those who cough up. He’s into good deeds, see.
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Tips on how to avoid poisoning your hangi guests

April 27, 2009

A new food safety guide for Maori has its origins in a nasty incident back in 1997, when a GP notified Auckland Healthcare Public Health Protection of a gastroenteritis case.

The patient had attended a hui in Auckland hours before becoming unwell. Public health staff found 63 more people who had been at the hui suffered symptoms of gastroenteritis.
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The marvels of mauri and mingling mana

March 3, 2009

A bunch of our judges were very early risers today, so they could turn up for a ceremony of dubious worth at the new Supreme Court building in Wellington.

The Government hasn’t disclosed exactly when the poor buggers were required to get out of bed.

But a media statement from the Office of Courts Minister Georgina te Heuheu tells us –

A short, simple yet moving ceremony marking the customary laying of the mauri stone took place at the front steps of the new Supreme Court early this morning.

Local Te Atiawa elders Sam and June Jackson joined with the Minister for Courts, Hon Georgina te Heuheu, and judges of the Supreme Court to conduct the ceremony in the early hours.
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