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Thieving Tories chomping at the bit to sell our state assets


'Early' SOE partial sale if court rules in favour



Even through the printed word on an internet news-site, it’s pretty obvious that Key can barely contain his zealous obsession to partially-privatise Genesis, Meridian, Mighty River Power, Solid Energy, and further down-sell Air Zealand.

There is a reason for this.

National is nearing it’s Use-By date and is only one by-election away from losing the government benches. The Nats are living on “borrowed time” and need to get at least one asset sale completed to balance their books.

In case anyone was still deluded in thinking that Key wanted to give “mums and dads” the chance to “invest” in our own power companies – think again.




National is desperate to balance the books and return to a slim surplus by 2014/15. (See related blogpost:  “It’s fundamentally a fairness issue”- Peter Dunne)

This is by no means a “done deal” and the public can still make life uncomfortable for this shonkey “government”. Large numbers of New Zealanders voicing their opposition to what amounts to the theft of our state assets will keep pressure on Key and his cronies.

One such opportunity will be a mass public rally on Wednesday, 13 February, at Frank Kitts Park on the Wellington waterfront. This blogger will be there to cover the event, and encourages everyone to turn up.

And bring a person with you. That will effectively double the numbers!

This will be our opportunity to send a strong message to National.


frank kitts park no to asset sales 13 feb


Frank Kitts Park


Addendum 1

Feel free to pass the link to this blogpost on to others via email, Facebook, etc. Full permission is given to re-post; re-publish; print, and distribute.

Frank Kitts Park – see you there!

Addendum 2

Can’t attend but still want to make your voice heard?

Email Key at:  John Key <john.key@parliament.govt.nz>

Send letters to the editor at: Dominion Post <editor@dompost.co.nz>

NZ Herald <editor@herald.co.nz>

The Press <letters@press.co.nz>

Otago Daily Times <odt.editor@alliedpress.co.nz>

Sunday Star Times <letters@star-times.co.nz>

Make your voice heard loud and clear!



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  1. Alison W
    22 January 2013 at 12:19 pm

    I noticed on the News last night that Mercury Energy is lowering their electricity prices, in an attempt to boost its shares, the thing is, as soon as Key manages to partially sell them, they’ll shoot right up again, as well as being regulated by foreign, corporate interests.

    • 22 January 2013 at 12:23 pm

      “…as soon as Key manages to partially sell them, they’ll shoot right up again..”

      Spot on, Alison.

      It’ll be Max Bradford’s promise of “cheaper power for everyone” all over again.

      • Alison W
        22 January 2013 at 12:25 pm

        Unfortunately, so many people might fall for the ‘clever advertising’, promoted by mainstream media, and switch power companies to Mercury Energy. WTF is mainstream media doing advertising for Mercury Energy for anyway?

  2. 22 January 2013 at 12:31 pm

    He’s had his warning when visiting Hollywood and they showed him where he could end up when they invited him to the Antarctic. We could send him back there with his Maori sculpture and whiskey. Story of his life really. Make believe and expensive booze.

  3. Possum
    22 January 2013 at 12:58 pm

    l thought they got enough signatures+ 4 referendum of no sale?

    • 22 January 2013 at 1:00 pm

      They did Possum. And the Referendum will go ahead, as per law.

      Unfortunately, there is no law in place forcing Key to wait until the Referendum has been undertaken. In effect he’s giving the country a two-fingered salute.

      • Possum
        22 January 2013 at 1:01 pm

        o dear, will he not learn?

      • Procrastinator
        22 January 2013 at 11:22 pm

        So there will be a referendum while the assets are in the process of being sold or already sold?

        If the referendum results oppose asset sales while the sales are in progress, could we possibly expect at least some of them saved?

        The idea of having a referendum after the issue has already been concluded is absolutely ridiculous, how is spending for a referendum that has lost all purpose going to help the government attain surplus?

        I’ve already heard anecdotal evidence of people living in houses with no electricity, cooking over an open fire, absolutely shocking. Imagine when power prices rise and this country’s problems continue to exacerbate due to this government’s dereliction of responsibility.

  4. 22 January 2013 at 1:00 pm

  5. Possum
    22 January 2013 at 1:06 pm

    and then ppl will complain when labor buy it all bck…..like what usually happens. there hs 2 be other ways 2 get money and wld be good if user pays…..l wish govt wld strt charging ppl that turn up at A+E drunk, stoned etc and have hurt themselves, self inflicted…..why shld my tax money have 2 pay 4 that? l didnt give it 2 them 2 drink or smoke. SUX’S

  6. 22 January 2013 at 1:06 pm

    Possum :

    o dear, will he not learn?

    I doubt it, Possum. People like Key are so wedded to their ideology that they can’t conceive that they might be wrong.

    In the case of Muldoon, it’s taken 35+ years for half the country to realise that his actions in cancelling Labour’s compulsory super savings scheme was a horrendous mistake… (A minority still think Muldoon was right.)

    • Possum
      22 January 2013 at 1:14 pm

      yep, this country is screwed

  7. 22 January 2013 at 1:11 pm

    Peter Martin :


    Brilliant, Peter!!

    An entire blogpost in one concise image…!!

  8. Kevin H
    22 January 2013 at 1:13 pm

    I’m guessing he’s got to get it done before he moves back to the trough in New York and he’s behind on someone elses schedule.

  9. Paul G
    22 January 2013 at 1:21 pm

    We need a political party – Labour, be best, but they don’t want to spook their contributors – to issue a general warning to the market, over and over. Buy our stuff and you lose – we will nationalise. It is fair warning. That will destroy the sale before it starts.

  10. Denny Weisz
    22 January 2013 at 1:42 pm

    and heres his enablers … the Cabinet
    John Key: Prime Minister, Minister of Tourism, Minister Responsible for Ministerial Services, Minister in Charge of the NZ Security, Intelligence Service
    Minister Responsible for the GCSB.
    Bill English: Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Finance.
    Gerry Brownlee: Minister for Canterbury Earthquake Recovery, Minister of Transport, Leader of the House, Minister Responsible for the Earthquake, Commission.
    Steven Joyce: Minister for Economic Development, Minister of Science and Innovation, Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment, Associate Minister of Finance.
    Judith Collins: Minister of Justice, Minister for ACC, Minister for Ethnic Affairs.
    Tony Ryall: Minister of Health, Minister for State Owned Enterprises.
    Hekia Parata: Minister of Education, Minister of Pacific Island Affairs.
    Christopher Finlayson: Attorney-General, Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations, Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage, Associate Minister of Maori Affairs.
    Paula Bennett: Minister for Social Development Associate Minister of Housing.
    Dr Jonathan Coleman: Minister of Defence, Minister of State Services, Associate Minister of Finance.
    Murray McCully: Minister of Foreign Affairs, Minister for Sport and Recreation.
    Anne Tolley: Minister of Police, Minister of Corrections, Deputy Leader of the House.
    Dr Nick Smith: Minister of Conservation, Minister of Housing.
    Tim Groser: Minister of Trade, Minister for Climate Change Issues, Associate Minister of Foreign Affairs.
    Amy Adams: Minister for the Environment, Minister for Communications and Information Technology, Associate Minister for Canterbury, Earthquake Recovery.
    Nathan Guy: Minister for Primary Industries, Minister for Racing.
    Craig Foss: Minister of Commerce, Minister of Consumer Affairs, Minister of Broadcasting, Associate Minister for ACC.
    Chris Tremain: Minister of Internal Affairs, Minister of Local Government, Associate Minister of Tourism.
    Simon Bridges: Minister of Energy and Resources, Minister of Labour, Associate Minister for Climate Change Issues.
    Nikki Kaye: Minister for Food Safety, Minister of Civil Defence, Minister of Youth Affairs, Associate Minister of Education, Associate Minister of Immigration.
    Ministers outside of Cabinet
    Maurice Williamson: Minister for Building and Construction, Minister of Customs, Minister for Land Information, Minister of Statistics.
    Jo Goodhew: Minister for the Community and Voluntary Sector, Minister for Senior Citizens, Minister of Women’s Affairs, Associate Minister of Health, Associate Minister for Primary Industries.
    Chester Borrows: Minister for Courts, Associate Minister of Justice, Associate Minister for Social Development.
    Michael Woodhouse: Minister of Immigration, Minister of Veterans’ Affairs, Associate Minister of Transport.
    Support party ministers
    Peter Dunne: Minister of Revenue, Associate Minister of Conservation, Associate Minister of Health.
    John Banks: Minister for Regulatory Reform, Minister for Small Business, Associate Minister of Commerce, Associate Minister of Education
    Dr Pita Sharples: Minister of Maori Affairs, Associate Minister of Corrections, Associate Minister of Education.
    Tariana Turia: Minister for Whanau Ora, Minister for Disability Issues, Associate Minister of Health, Associate Minister of Housing, Associate Minister for Social Development, Associate Minister for Tertiary, Education, Skills and Employment.

    • 22 January 2013 at 1:59 pm

      Thanks for that, Denny. Handy to have.

    • Procrastinator
      22 January 2013 at 11:28 pm

      An F grade Cabinet, expect very little, if anything the worst.

      • 23 January 2013 at 12:14 am

        No wonder Key was desperate to get Nick Smith back, Procrastinator. With clowns like Tolley, Parata, Banks, and Brownlee in his Cabinet, Dear Leader needs some brainpower amongst that lot…

  11. 22 January 2013 at 3:22 pm

    Can’t do anything until next year. Watch for an early election. Labour should be ready. A winter election?

  12. mick
    22 January 2013 at 4:17 pm

    “proceed quickly” ,how the fuck do you get the best price for anything when “proceed quickly” sums up your approach ? What a dick head ,seriously ,a child knows better and he was a banker ? wtf ? Did he bang his head on the door of his safe one night when he was counting his money ?
    When will grown ups take over the Government ?

  13. Possum
    22 January 2013 at 4:30 pm

    if l was them ld be wrking on now and from what lve jst seen with the changes of nats and much dumping l think key is looking at that 2.

  14. Strawberry Paddocks
    22 January 2013 at 4:40 pm

    Can’t be there, but I can certainly fire off a few emails. Thanks for the email addies Frank

  15. Possum
  16. SW
    22 January 2013 at 5:08 pm

    Looks like National doesn’t much care for the fact enough people have signed the petition to ensure a referendum on asset sales.

  17. 22 January 2013 at 7:23 pm

    We’ll be there!

  18. M.L.
    23 January 2013 at 6:50 pm

    had some mercury reps knocking our street trying to get some people to change yesterday

  19. Storm
    24 January 2013 at 1:09 pm

    Bloody mongrel!!! We stand against his BS, greed seeking ass! But a few wont succeed. It needs ALL of us or…..buy plane tickets to another country where you get looked after better.

  20. Leftie Lenny
    26 January 2013 at 5:34 pm

    If New Zealanders don’t pull finger and oppose this shabby government’s asset sales agenda, then as a society we deserve everything we end up with. And that’ll be a big fat NOTHING.

  1. 22 January 2013 at 1:16 pm

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