Winston Peters shame

Tuku Morgan underpants scandal1997

Peters/Simunovich scampi corruption2004

Corrupt Donations police investigation2008

Illegal use of Ministerial car2009

Pension theft 2009-17

NZF Foundation financial corruption2017/18

Illegal attempts to access RDF2019



It’s Not A Faux Pas To Use Aotearoa In English as it was first spoken by Englishmen, So an English word

SB’s recent article on The BFD, Our Country is New Zealand NOT Aotearoa, included a tweet that stated that “if you are speaking English then speak English.” That statement brought an old article to my mind. It comes with the inflammatory title of Aotearoa a European hoax. I don’t agree with all of its conclusions, but I really do love the opening line:

Maori arise. Tuhoe, march. You are in danger of having foisted upon you, in the guise of Maori history, a great European romantic invention.

Therein lies the problem most people ignore. In The Treaty of Waitangi, the land is only referred to as “New Zealand” and “Nu Tirani”. In modern times, the North Island has the official name of “Te Ika a Maui” (the fish of Maui) and the South Island is “Te Waipounamu” (the waters of greenstone), but prior to that the North Island was referred to as Aotearoa by some Maori.

Englishmen were the first to use “Aotearoa” as a collective name for our islands.

Aotearoa was popularised by men like Douglas Lilburn in his lovely Aotearoa Overture and Judge Thomas Henry Smith in his Maori translation of the national anthem. It was used frequently by historians like Governor George Grey and William Pember Reeves, and a host of European men from the Department of Education during the 19th and 20th centuries.

Therefore, Aotearoa is indeed an adopted English word, a great product of colonialism, and is undeserving of derision as “not English”. It’s also been adopted in Te Reo Maori as the primary name for New Zealand.

On that subject, it’s not strange to see that many Maori words are just copied from English, but transliterated where necessary. Nor is it wrong that many English words have filtered into just about every European language. Nor is it a problem that many Maori words are now being used in New Zealand English—koha words, as I call them. It’s inevitable where multiple languages exist in close proximity. And yes, you should try to pronounce them correctly just as we do with the loan words of other languages.

Complaints that the forced use of Aotearoa is a plot to alter the official name of the country, is North Island-centric, revisionist, and promoted by those who want to Myanmar-ise the nation, etc, are all perfectly valid criticisms and beyond the scope of my brief remarks. Keep making noise and the legal bid for “Aotearoa” will go the way of attempted assaults on our flag and anthem.

I must simply confess that every time I hear someone say “Aotearoa”, it puts a smile on my face as I think of those English and Irish colonial romantics now long buried.

Regardless of your opinions on the matter, it’s not a faux pas to use Aotearoa in English.

Jacinda’s dodgy graph



The PM has been using this graph a lot. She used it in presentations. And on Facebook.

But it is misleading as hell. And remember this is the PM who just days ago said she wanted a truthful election campaign.

Here’s the two most dodgy parts of the graph.

  1. The figures for National have the revenue from partial asset sales deducted from them. It is net capital flows, which is quite different from gross capital investment. So that’s a $4.6 billion difference.
  2. The figures for Labour include transfers to the NZ Super Fund. That makes up $12.5 billion of Labour’s capital investment. A transfers to the NZ Super Fund to invest in global sharemarkets is not the same as investing in roads, schools and hospitals here.

The PM is trying to fool people into thinking Labour is spending more on infrastructure. In fact Labour’s capital spending in in 2018 and 2019 was less than National was projecting the the 2017 PREFU. Labour spent $300 million less than National was projecting in 2017 and $900 million less in 2018.

Sadly one can’t complain to the Advertising Standards Authority about Jacinda’s dodgy graph because she is only using it on her Facebook page and in presentations.

Let the truth be seen

In the interests of factual campaigns, here’s confirmation the 4 lane highway from Whangarei was funded by the last Govt, not quite what PM & Peters keep saying. I could keep going on other projects cancelled then reannounced but thought I’d start with one at the top of our map



Burnside Says

Its said that this announcement will give certainty to the civil contracting industry over the next 10 years which will enable it to train and retain a skilled workforce.

This sounds fantastic unless you look at it again. These projects (and others not included like Mt Messenger) were all in train and funded, scheduled to go under the previous Government and many would’ve been half built by now providing that continuity.

Except that there’s been a massive lull in works after Labour cancelled nearly all of them – just for this opportunity to bribe the electorate.

Now the hook: The timing means that none of them will be started before this September election with the uncertainty that will bring to ALL industry. Labour will imply that if they’re not re-elected the projects won’t go ahead and skeptics like me who’ve seen it all before will know there’s an even chance they won’t go ahead even if they are re-elected.

A National Government will be little better. They’ll get in and go Jeez, the books are terrible, we’ve got no money to do these projects and may well cancel the lot – even though they’ll have pledged to carry them on if elected -to keep them for a lollie scramble on another day.

So thanks a lot you useless b@stard politicians playing your politics with our livelihoods and kids’ futures. They can’t get industry training and employment if the industry has no continuity and this rips whatever confidence we might’ve had clean away.

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Posted by New Zealand Labour Party on Tuesday, 28 January 2020