Archive for 14 May 2013

***Breaking News*** Judith Collins issues decision on MMP Review!

A few minutes ago, in reply to a Question by Green MP, Holly Walker, Justice Minister Judith Collins confirmed that National would not be implementing any of the Electoral Commission’s recommendations on the Review of MMP.

In the Debating Chamber, Ms Walker asked,

“My question is to the Minister of Justice and asks; does she intend to bring legislation to the House that will implement the recommendations of the MMP review in time for the 2014 Elections?”

Collins replied, simply,


Holly  Walker then asked a supplementary Question,

“Why did she bother to hold the MMP review if she had no intentions of implementing it’s  recommendations in the timeline intended.”

Collins replied,

“Mr Speaker, of course I did not hold the MMP Review. That was a matter that was undertaken by the Electoral Commission. But I can also say that I made it very clear that we need concensus on these matters for any change and there is no concensus for any change.”

So there we have it.

All the time, effort, and money spent by the Commission and by groups, organisations, political parties, etc – has all been for nought.

The Nats will simply ignore the Commission’s recommendations.

This, my fellow  New Zealanders, is how National listens to the people.

And  they want the Parliamentary term extended from three to four years??

I don’t think so.



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Binding future governments – a question.

A letter to the editor of the NZ Herald…


from:     Frank M <>
to:     NZ Herald <>
date:     Tue, May 14, 2013 at 1:24 PM
subject:     Letters to the editor
The Editor



Kia ora,

The National government wants to bind future governments to the Sky City deal for the next 35 years.

Can a Labour-Green government bind future National governments to not selling our state owned enterprises?


-Frank Macskasy

(address & phone number supplied)



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Skycity: National prostitutes New Zealand yet again


smoking-and-gambling and prostitution


Not only does an extension (to 2048)  of Skycity’s licence unconstitutionally bind future governments, but this deal adds to the growing problem (I refuse to call it an “issue”) of gambling addiction in this country.

What on Earth is National thinking?!  Is this the best they can do to grow the economy and create jobs???

Because it certainly seems that gambling is indeed one of the country’s “growth” industries,


Acknowledgment: Statistics New Zealand – Gaming: an economically significant industry


It is worth comparing the above graph with the timelime on the increase of different forms of gambling in this country;


Graph, Timeline for Introduction of Gaming Activities.

Acknowledgment: IBID


Note the increase in gambling turnover sharply increasing from 1996, when Auckland’s Skycity casino opens.

The full National Government/Skycity deal is;

Key features of the SkyCity convention centre deal and what KordaMentha estimates they’re worth over 35 years:

* Extension of SkyCity’s casino licence, due to expire in 2021: $65m-$115m

* Additional 230 pokie machines: $95m-$115m*

* Additional 40 gaming tables: $72m-$101m

* More gaming tables that can be substituted for automated table game player stations: $77m-$109m

* Ticket-in, ticket-out and card-based cashless gaming technology on all pokie machines and automatic table games: $84m-$88m

* *Includes allowing up to 17 per cent of pokie machines and automatic table games (in restricted areas only) being able to accept banknotes of denominations greater than $20.

Acknowledgment: NZ Herald – PM defends 35-year SkyCity deal

It doesn’t take much imagination to consider the boost that this deal will give to Skycity’s turnover.

Key’s claim that this will create 1,800 jobs is dubious, to put it mildly, as his June 2012 NZ Herald report revealed;


Puzzle of Key's extra casino jobs

Acknowledgment: NZ Herald – “Puzzle of Key’s extra casino jobs”


Once again, Key shows that our laws are for sale, if you happen to have the cash to buy a “good deal”. (I must remember that next time I get a speeding ticket…)


Bribing A Cop


What is the difference between a citizen bribing a policeman to evade the law – and a corporation paying a government   to changing the law in return for building a convention centre?

And note that this is not the first time National has changed our laws in return for corporate favours;


Warner Bros sought job law change to film The Hobbit in NZ

Acknowledgment: NBR – Warner Bros sought job law change to film The Hobbit in NZ


A government that has a plan for economic growth and job creation would not need to stoop to advancing the profitability of what is inarguably a vice – and a particularly dangerous vice, which can destroy families and bring down companies, as addicts steal from employers (or their own business) to fund their habit.

One has to ask; what next? Deals with the Chow Brothers to expand their brothel-business? Deals with tobacco corporations to expand their operations and/or weaken our anti-smoking legislation?

What else is for sale to the highest bidder?

And is this really how New Zealanders see themselves – available for sale?

Is this the best we can do for ourselves, to become  a nation of economic prostititutes? (No offence intended to sex-workers.)


Some years ago, my partner and I were passing through Auckland on our way to Whangarei to meet up with friends. We stopped in to see Skycity – out first opportunity to visit the tower.

As well as going up the skytower and standing on the glass foot-block, seemingly suspended hundreds of metres over empty air, we had a ‘nosy’ into the casino itself.

I was expecting the casinos of James Bond novels and movies, with patrons dressed in smart, formal evening-wear; jet-black tuxedos and outrageously expensive and outrageously sexy gowns…

What I found were, for the most part, were local Kiwis dressed so far ‘down’, as to appear they had just come from working on their gardens. It was unnaturally quiet, with figures bent over table and pokie machines. There was no “atmosphere” of excitement… more one of fixated desperation.

James Bond would have sniffed his nose with disdain and walked out.

Which is what we did.




Related blogpost

ACC. Skycity. NZ Superannuation. What is the connection?

Doing ‘the business’ with John Key – Here’s How (Part # Toru)

Doing ‘the business’ with John Key – Here’s How

Dear Leader caught telling porkies (again)?! (part rua)

Dear Leader caught telling porkies (again)?!

National under attack – defaults to Deflection #2

Johnny’s Report Card – National Standards Assessment – Sunrise, Sunset, and Outlooks

NZ’s 21st Century Growth Industries – Drugs, Gambling, & Prostitution

John Key has another un-named source???



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