Howie Tamati has an explanation for ballot box result: some voters didn’t bother playing the game

May 15, 2015

Alf’s good mate Paula Bennett shouldn’t lose much sleep.

But she should be ready for the United Nations to give her a call on a matter within her ministerial bailiwick.

The reason: the Mayor of New Plymouth is spitting the dummy after voters in his bailiwick rejected a council vote for a Maori ward.

Andrew Judd, the mayor in question, is now talking of  going to the United Nations with a complaint against the Government about the legislation governing the process whereby our indigenous persons can seek special voting privileges.

Exactly what this has to do with the United Nations is anyone’s guess.

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Nth Korea’s leader can show us what should be done to those who favour changing our national flag

November 2, 2014
A warning to flag tinkerers...

A warning to flag tinkerers…

Alf has revised his view of the North Korean despot, Kim Jong Un, a bloke he had been apt to dismiss as mad as well as tyrannical.

No longer.

A fierce and highly admirable patriotic streak that Alf admires became evident today. 

The young  bugger is reported to have ordered one of his top military officials be dragged from his home and shot by firing squad for…

For bloody good reasons, in this case.

The top military official had changed the words of a socialist anthem when singing karaoke.

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The Jones boy is acting mighty peculiar with his reform ideas and should surrender his knighthood

February 28, 2010

Alf observes that Bob Jones is named – alongside Peta Mathias, CK Stead and Rob Hamill – among prominent New Zealanders who have come out in support of Green MP Keith Locke’s bill for a referendum on the monarchy.

Bringing his name into the argument does us a favour. It reminds us of the sorts of people who may well finish up as our President if we lose our marbles and scrap the monarchy.

We are a country increasingly hungry for news about the antics of celebrities rather than about the deeds and ideas that affect us as citizens. If it was put to the vote, accordingly, Her Majesty would be displaced by somebody like Jones, Paul Henry or Paul Holmes’ headline-hogging step-daughter.

President Jones doesn’t have the same ring, for Alf, as Queen Elizabeth.
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Key must ignore the child discipline do-gooders

August 23, 2009

Love to be a fly on the Cabinet room wall tomorrow, when Prime Minister John Key turns up with proposals to reassure parents the child discipline law will be carried out the way it was intended.

But Alf is disappointed to hear from Radio NZ the proposals to Cabinet will not involve changing the current law.

“My view is the law is working as was intended but I think the very strong message that comes through from this referendum is that New Zealand parents don’t want to see themselves or their neighbours or anybody else criminalised for lightly smacking a child.
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A strong showing of discontent with the smacking law

August 3, 2009

The Boss’s political sensors are sharp enough to have triggered his announcing a review of the rules for ministers claiming accommodation expenses in Wellington. Here’s hoping he’s getting the message on our child smacking legislation too.

It seems there’s a lot of opposition towards the law among our citizens. Politically significant opposition.

The review of ministerial expenses undoubtedly stems from public reaction to the first-ever release last week of expenses information, including accommodation and travel, claimed by MPs and ministers.

Perhaps most controversially, the data showed Finance Minister Bill English – our champion of fiscal discipline – receives a $700 a week housing allowance for a Wellington property his family has owned for several years.
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Hey – here are some kids who don’t mind a smack

July 29, 2009

We don’t have any of those places in Eketahuna where a bloke can go to be whipped by a lass clad in black leather. But if you happen to run such an establishment in your neck of the woods, there’s good news in the NZ Herald today.

Our namby-pamby approach to discipline does not mean we are raising a generation of kids who don’t appreciate a good smacking.

Nineteen years after physical punishment was banned in schools, the NZ Herald has surveyed a bunch of kids and found that while most want the ban (no surprise), “there is still some support for smacking as a form of discipline.”

An intermediate school was chosen for the survey because the students, all but one aged 11, are old enough to have opinions but young enough for discipline to be fresh in their memories.
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Now let’s wait for the majority to be gazzumped

May 22, 2009

It should come as no surprise that the great majority of Wanganui people have voted to continue living in Wanganui.

Wanganui residents have rejected the proposed inclusion of an ‘h’ in their city’s name.

Results of a Wanganui District Council referendum released this afternoon show 77.3 per cent of respondents wanted the city’s name to remain spelt ‘Wanganui’ while 22.3 per cent wanted it changed to ‘Whanganui’.

Around 60 per cent of eligible voters – 18,636 residents – voted in the referendum.

We ought to be able to live where we want to live, and in this case, that means Wanganui. Not Whanganui.

If a whopping majority of townsfolk wanted their city to be called Bugger Me Sideways, then so be it. It’s their city.

But not in this bloody country can they call it what they want.

There’s a huffy bunch in Wellington called the New Zealand Geographic Board, and it will be calling the shots. Right now it is considering the possible name change for Wanganui, to stick in an “h”, and it is currently asking for public submissions.

Wanganui mayor Michael Laws – who has campaigned strongly against including the ‘h’ – has said Wanganui residents should have the final say.

“The results are decisive and overwhelming,” Mr Laws said today.

“They express unequivocal choices that no individual or organisation can possibly ignore.”

Wanna bet on it, Mr Mayor?