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Letter to the Editor – the Royal Visit and endless photo ops for Dear Leader

19 July 2014 1 comment

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From a Radio NZ report,

The Royal visit cost several hundred thousand dollars more than the Government originally said it did.

The Duke and Duchess visited eight centres, and the Department of Internal Affairs said that cost taxpayers just over $1 million.

But that figure did not take into account the costs for other government departments, such as police, Defence, Tourism New Zealand and Customs. With those costs included, the ten-day visit cost about $1.7 million.

The group New Zealand Republic said it expects the final bill to climb further, to more than $2 million.

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My views on this…

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FROM:   "f.macskasy" 
SUBJECT: Letter to the Editor
DATE:    Sun, 13 Jul 2014 14:28:01 +1200
TO:     "The Dominion Post" <letters@dompost.co.nz> 

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The editor
DOMINION POST

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Sir/madam,

A recent Radio NZ report stated that the recent Royal Visit
cost cost-payers $1.7 million - with the final bill from
other government departments pushing the final amount well
over $2 million.

This is money that could have been invested in alleviating
child poverty, buying extra hip-operations, or cleaning up
this country's  many spoiled, polluted water-ways.

Considering that Dear Leader John Key maximised publicity
opportunities for the National Party,  by inserting himself
in as many photo-ops as possible, perhaps the $2 million
could be deducted from National's tax-payer funded
allocation  for political parties' TV and radio advertising?

That might balance out the ledger somewhat.

Children living in poverty and elderly needing
hip-replacement operations would be very appreciative.

After all, National does believe in user pays, does it not?


-Frank Macskasy

[address & phone number supplied]

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Or maybe there’s nothing to this?

After all, how many photo-ops could Dear Leader possibly insert himself into…?

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References

Radio NZ:  Royal visit a $68m advert for tourism

NZ Herald: Advertising funding down for Nats, Labour; up for Greens, NZ First


 

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Above image acknowledgment: Francis Owen/Lurch Left Memes

This blogpost was first published on The Daily Blog on 14 July 2014.

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Letter to the Editor: How anti-democratic is an un-elected leadership?

30 April 2014 2 comments

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This recent event in New Plymouth caught my attention and I couldn’t but help notice the strange contradictions it presented…

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Dismay as iwi voting rights denied

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So I put words-to-screen and sent off this email to the editor of the Taranaki Daily News,

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FROM: "f.macskasy" 
SUBJECT: Letters to the editor
DATE: Tue, 29 Apr 2014 22:59:45 +1200
TO: "Taranaki Daily News" <editor@dailynews.co.nz>

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The Editor
Taranaki Daily News

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Kia Ora,

I was disappointed to learn that on 15 April the New
Plymouth City Council voted  against a proposal for Iwi
representation on the NPCC.

The most common rationale (if it could be called "rational")
given was that Iwi representation by appointment would be
"un-elected" and therefore "un-democratic". 

I was intrigued by that. 

I wonder how many of the Councillors and citizens of New
Plymouth who oppose Iwi representation on the Council
realise that our Head of State - Queen Elizabeth II - is
also un-elected.

This does not seem to bother a fair number of New
Zealanders.

How bizarre that so many people seem to view an un-elected
Head of State; living on the other side of the planet; with
marginal connection to our nation - as some kind of
"normality".

But a Treaty partner; our fellow countrymen and women; who
live alongside us, are kept well away from the council table
because they were "not elected". How convenient, also, that
being a minority,  Iwi is denied having elected
representation on Council. So sayeth the tyranny of the
Majority.

Skin colour wouldn't have anything to do with this clear
example of double standards, by any chance?




-Frank Macskasy
[address & phone number supplied]

 

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References

Taranaki Daily Mail:  Dismay as iwi voting rights denied


 

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The sacking of the national govt

Above image acknowledgment: Francis Owen/Lurch Left Memes

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Letter to the Editor: A coincidental photo-op?

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So it’s all on? The Royals are coming to New Zealand during an election year?

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Royal couple to visit NZ in April

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FROM:     "f.macskasy" 
SUBJECT:   Letters to the editor
DATE:      Mon, 03 Mar 2014 09:23:59 +1300
TO:       "Dominion Post" <letters@dompost.co.nz> 

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The Editor
DOMINION POST
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The  Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will bring their baby
son, Prince George, to New Zealand next month. 

They plan to visit Wellington,  Auckland, Hamilton,
Cambridge, Christchurch, Dunedin, Queenstown, and Blenheim.

Would it be a coincidence, if John Key was also in
Wellington,  Auckland, Hamilton, Cambridge, Christchurch,
Dunedin, Queenstown, and Blenheim, at the same time?

And would it also be a coincidence if photographers were
present to record the events?

By coincidence, it is also election year.

-Frank Macskasy
(address and phone number supplied)

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So many coincidences, eh? What a bugger.

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References

Radio NZ: Royal couple to visit NZ in April

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The sacking of the national govt

Above image acknowledgment: Francis Owen

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