Why Wira wasn’t a winner

August 2, 2009

Looks like Whaleoil was burning the midnight oil, to bring news to the blogosphere of the National Party’s new board and Wira Gardiner’s failure to win a place. He submitted his post at 2.53am.

Alf was tucked up in bed at that time, has slept in this morning, and so has been beaten to the punch.

Dunno if Whaleoil got any sleep but he was back on the job at 9:08am to bring news that the board selected Peter Goodfellow as the new National Party president to succeed Judy Kirk.

He is not impressed.

When it comes to who was first to bring us news of the party’s new board, Alf notes that an NZPA report was timed at 5.28pm yesterday. There may have been earlier reports.

But Whaleoil is entitled to brag (and does) that he got it right while the mainstream media got it wrong when they predicted Wira Gardiner would get on the board.

Ok so The Whale is 5-0 on the board selections and the MSM is 0-5. They all predicted Wira Gardiner would get on the board and they were all wrong.
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Focussing on fiscal fillip and folly

February 17, 2009

A big hurrah went up from right-leaning quarters of the blogosphere after the Business Roundtable’s Roger Kerr sounded out on the shortcomings of fiscal stimulus in the NZ Herald.

Kerr is particularly bothered by the pressure on the government in these recessionary times to increase its spending to give the economy a fiscal lift and likens increased spending to throwing petrol on a fire.
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Icon on Ngati Toa’s cake

February 12, 2009

Now that Ngati Toa have been given some sort of right to the Ka Mate haka as part of a treaty settlement, and say they want to protect it from “inappropriate use”, here’s hoping they deliver the goods.

Inappropriate use should be any use of the haka by anyone anywhere except on a Ngati Toa marae, preferably in a sound-proofed room.

If that means Alf never sees one again, or hears the intimidating whoops and grunts that go with it, he will breath a sigh of enormous relief.
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