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Letter to the editor – From a warm beach in Hawaii, With Love

7 October 2014 1 comment

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from: Frank Macskasy <fmacskasy@gmail.com>
to: Sunday Star Times <letters@star-times.co.nz>
date: Tue, Oct 7, 2014
subject: Letter to the editor

 

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The editor
Sunday Star Times

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John Key has delegated responsibility and oversight of the SIS and GCSB to Attorney-General, Chris Finlayson saying,

 

“Mr Finlayson will operate within the framework I set and exercise ministerial oversight of the NZSIS and GCSB, including approval of warrants.”

 

The last person supposedly responsible for “exercising ministerial oversight of the NZSIS and GCSB” seemed to be “on holiday in Hawaii” when sensitive information was released by the SIS to a certain right wing blogger – or unaware that one of our spy agencies was illegally spying on New Zealand citizens.

 

It is reassuring to know that someone, at last,  in this government will be “exercising ministerial oversight of the NZSIS and GCSB”

 

That will be a welcome change.

 

That will leave Mr Key with plenty of time to fulfill his role as Minister for Tourism – from a warm beach in Hawaii.

 

-Frank Macskasy

 

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NZ Herald: John Key unveils new Cabinet line-up

 


 

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Letter to the editor – Key’s one true portfolio remains…

6 October 2014 4 comments

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from: Frank Macskasy <fmacskasy@gmail.com>
to: Dominion Post <letters@dompost.co.nz>
date: Mon, Oct 6, 2014
subject: Letter to the editor

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The editor
Dominion Post
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So John Key won’t be Minister in charge of the SIS & GCSB?

Well, that leaves him as Minister for Tourism – a position he ably fulfills from a beach in Hawaii…

-Frank Macskasy

 

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Radio NZ: John Key reveals new Cabinet lineup

 


 

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Letter to the Editor – Transparency in government – do we have it or not?!

22 August 2014 1 comment

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from: Frank Macskasy
to: Dominion Post <letters@dompost.co.nz>
date: Fri, Aug 22, 2014
subject: Letters to the Editor

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The Editor
Dominion Post

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Some National Party supporters are keen to over-look allegations of wrong-doing and dirty politics in Nicky Hager’s book.

They say they want to “get back to real issues”.
Well, I hate to be the one to break it to them, but trust and integrity in a government is probably the most critical “real issue” that voters can face.

It is the difference between a First World society of transparent, reliable government – or a Third World banana republic where corruption and self-serving is the norm.

 

How can we have honest, transparent government if dirty tricks; smear campaigns, and lies are the currency of our elected representatives?

The answer is; we can’t. “Real issues” become untenable if we can’t trust the government at their word to implement them.

 

Let all voters reflect on that, whatever their partisan beliefs.
-Frank Macskasy

 

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Letter to the Editor – The Marianna’s Trench or Pluto?! WTF was Key holidaying?!

22 August 2014 4 comments

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from:      Frank Macskasy
to:           Sunday News <editor@sunday-news.co.nz>
date:      Fri, Aug 22, 2014
subject: Letter to the editor

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The editor
Sunday News
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He says he doesn’t know about Judith Collins releasing private details of a civil servant to right wing blogger, Cameron Slater. That civil servant subsequently suffered death threats and a hate campaign after Slater wrote a hate-piece on him in his blog.

He says he had no idea what his press secretary, Jason Ede, was up to, in his dealings with the same blogger. That’s despite Ede’s office having been only two doors away from Key’s own office.

He says he didn’t know about the SIS releasing sensitive information to the same blogger, in only a few days, despite Key being the sole Minister responsible for that security agency. He says he was holidaying in Hawaii at the time.

Hawaii is not the bottom of the Marianna’s Trench or Pluto – do they not have phones in Hawaii?

What, exactly, does Key do with his time? Evidently our Prime Minister has no inkling what his ministers or staff are getting up to. Which makes his claims for “transparency” and “no surprises” a farce.

Either Key is the most poorly informed Prime Minister in the history of this country, or he is not being upfront with us.

Either way, I question whether he is fit to be Prime Minister.

-Frank Macskasy

 

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Letter to the Editor – Just what is the Prime Minister’s role?!

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FROM:    Frank Macskasy
SUBJECT: Letter to the Editor
DATE:    Fri, 22 Aug 2014 
TO:      The Listener <letters@listener.co.nz.

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The editor
The Listener

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John Key says he knew nothing about the activities of his
one-time media consultant, Jason Ede.

John Key says he knew nothing about Judith Collins
disclosing personal details of a civil servant to right wing
blogger, Cameron Slater.

John Key says that he knew nothing about sensitive SIS
information passed on to Cameron Slater, through an OIA
request - despite Key being the sole Minister in charge of
the SIS.

Key says he was in Hawaii at the time, on holiday. Obviously
there are no phone in Hawaii.

If Key doesn't know what is happening within his government
and in his own Prime Minister's Dept, then why is he the PM?
Why is he paid in excess of $400,000 plus perks? 

What, precisely, is his role?

He is either the most uninformed Prime Minister in history -
or he is not being 100% upfront with the public. Either way,
he is clearly not fit to be PM.




-Frank Macskasy

 

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Letter to the Editor: no phones in Hawaii, eh?

21 August 2014 2 comments

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from: Frank Macskasy <fmacskasy@gmail.com>
to: Sunday Star Times <letters@star-times.co.nz>
date: Thu, Aug 21, 2014 at 7:50 PM
subject: Letter to the Editor

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The editor
Sunday Star Times
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Key says he was in Hawaii on holiday when the OIA info was released to right-wing blogger, Cameron Slater, so he “didn’t know anything about it”.

Don’t they have telephones, skype, email, etc in Hawaii?! (He’s in Hawaii for goodness sakes, not the bottom of the Marianna’s Trench! Though…)

Aside from which, it still doesn’t explain why the OIA info was released so rapidly. Something as significant as a request for SIS info could easily have been kept until he return to New Zealand. In fact, many OIAs take weeks, if not months, to be answered.

There seem to be a lot of things happening on Key’s Prime Ministerial floor which he says he is unaware of. Really? It doesn’t sound like a PM who is “on top” of things, does it?

-Frank Macskasy

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John Key, Minister for Tourism, MIA

20 December 2011 6 comments

John Key is Prime Minister of New Zealand.

You wouldn’t believe it – but he’s also Minister for Tourism,

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As Prime Minister, he has been an almost omni-present figure on television, radio, internet, print media, etc, etc, ad nauseum.

As Minister for Tourism, though, his presence has been more akin to a human “stealth-politician“. One has to think very, very, very hard to actually recall any achievements that Key has made in his role.

In fact… he has achieved practically nothing.

Even his cherished “baby“, the nationwide cycleway, has not been the outstanding achievement he proudly predicted it would be,

The national cycleway has so far generated just 215 jobs – well short of Prime Minister John Key’s expectation of 4000.

In May, Mr Key said he expected the $50 million project, which involves building 18 cycleways throughout the country, to generate 4000 jobs. ” – Source

It is worthwhile considering that of sixteen tourism-related press releases issued since February 2010 to December of this year, Key’s office was responsible for only eight. The remainder (twelve) came from then-associate Tourism Minister, Jonathan Coleman’s office. Source

And when it came to tourism-related  speeches made on this ministerial portfolio;  four were made by Jonathan Coleman; and three, in total,  were made by John Key  since his victory speech on 8 November 2008.  [1], [2], [3]

Not exactly an over-exertion on Key’s part. In fact, it’s a mediocre performance.

Perhaps the most extraordinary contradiction  of Key’s tenure as Crown minister is that he appears to be Minister of Hawaiian Tourism.

Every year, John Key takes his family – not to a New Zealand destination – but to his  holiday residence on the Hawaiian island of Maui.

Personally, I wouldn’t  care a jot if John Key was Minister of Housing or Energy or Mushroom Farming – his choice of holiday destination would be irrelevant.

But Key is Minister of Tourism. His brief is to advocate on behalf of New Zealand and to promote this country as every holidaymakers’ first destination-choice.  As Key himself stated in a speech to the Hotel Industry Conference on  14 May, 2009,

It is a privilege to be New Zealand’s Minister of Tourism, to lead tourism in our beautiful country, and to promote our incredible scenery, our fine food and wine, our rich Maori culture, and the 100% pure experience.

Tourism is one of New Zealand’s most interesting industries. It has many different operators and many different customers.

And its success is hugely important for our future. Already, one-in-ten working New Zealanders are employed in the tourism sector. It accounts for around one dollar in every five of our export earnings. And it makes up about 10% of our economy.

We need to keep this in mind, because it shows just how much we stand to gain if our tourism industry keeps lifting its game.” – Source

I can’t see John Key promoting New Zealand from a beach in Hawaii.

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It’s not exactly a Vote of Confidence in our own tourist  industry if our own leader takes of to overseas destinations. What signal does that send to others – that a beach on Maui is more desirable than Ninety Mile Beach or the Marlborough Sounds in NZ?

By contrast, his predecessor, Helen Clark, routinely holidayed locally. Her tramping trips into our incredible scenic wilderness – which Key refers to in his comment above – were legendary.

We should remember the excellent Colenso advertising campaign in 1984, which encouraged New Zealanders “Don’t Leave Home Till You’ve Seen The Country“.

If John Key is serious about encouraging tourism to “lift it’s game”,  he definitely needs to  either take the role more seriously – or pass the portfolio on to one of his colleagues.

Preferably one who actually enjoys holidaying in our own country.

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