John Key, NZ’s Prime Minister, Minister for Tourism and Amnesia, has sparked an international stoush after criticising British footballer and media celebrity David Beckham: he isn’t very bright according to Mr Key and his son (wasn’t this the same son who imitated a plank?) See also New “Gay” Jibe From NZ Prime Minister
As reported by the UK’s The Sun and other international news channels the PM’s clumsy and insulting mixed metaphor has cast the PM in a poor light internationally:
John Key made the stinging remarks – reported on Radio New Zealand – to a group of schoolchildren ( Dunedin’s St Hilda’s Collegiate) yesterday.
He told the youngsters that his own son had spent 45 minutes with the former England skipper when he played an exhibition match for an invitational side in Auckland in 2008.
The PM said Becks, 37, had been very friendly, but then cruelly claimed that the LA Galaxy star wasn’t particularly bright.”
TALE OF THE TAPE
Born: Leytonstone, East London
Lives: Los Angeles
Wealth: £160 million
Education: Chase Lane Primary School and Chingford Foundation School
Family: married Victoria in 1999. Four children: Brooklyn, 13, Romeo, 10, Cruz, seven and Harper, 15 months.
Hobbies: charity work, tattoos, family
Honours: OBE, UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, numerous footballing awards
Born: Auckland, New Zealand
Lives: Wellington, New Zealand
Wealth: £26 million
Education: Aorangi School, Burnside High School, University of Canterbury where he studied accounting.
Family: Married Bronagh in 1984. Two children: Stephie and Max
Hobbies: Cooking, playing golf, watching rugby
Honours: ‘Chiefly title of To’osavali’ – given to him by Poutasi village, Samoa, in 2009
9:22 PM on 2/11/2012
Everyone knows Beckham. Remind me again who this thick tw@t from New Zealand is.
British newspaper The Guardian has run a story about Kim Dotcom‘s rap lampooning John Banks over the donations scandal.
The Megaupload founder collaborated with top music producers to question MP’s denials about political contributions. Coming to a club near you soon, the rap is sure to be a hit.
Remember the teapottapes saga and the way in which the offending cameraman was treated after he accidentally recorded a conversation between these two politicians, NZ has no favourites when it comes to covering its political behind.
The Guardian writes
“…Banks, a minister outside cabinet, provides an important prop to the government led by Key’s National party, which maintains a slim parliamentary majority.
Playful but barbed, the song, called Amnesia, lampoons Banks’s numerous claims not to recall incidents, including being flown by helicopter to Dotcom’s $30m mansion. It includes a reference to Banks’s puzzling repeated insistence in media interviews that he “did not come up the river in a cabbage boat”.
The lyrics run: “Nothing to fear / Nothing to hide / He’s the majority / So he’s all right. / He is John Banks / He got the vote / And that’s why Key keeps him afloat / On his cabbage boat.”
Banks has been embroiled in a scandal over donations to his campaign for the Auckland mayoralty in 2010 since Dotcom’s revelations just over a week ago.
The mayoralty bid was unsuccessful but he was subsequently elected to parliament as an MP, in large part thanks to an endorsement from the governing National party.
Dotcom alleges that Banks asked him to make anonymous donations into his mayoralty campaign and subsequently called him to thank him for the deposit of NZ$50,000 (£25,000). Failure to specify significant donors is a breach of New Zealand electoral laws.
Banks denies making such a call and insists he has complied with the relevant laws.
The donations are the subject of a police inquiry and detectives are expected to visit Kim Dotcom this week at his mansion north of Auckland to interview him on the matter…”
“Banana Boat” That is not a great image for a country trying to entice billionaire internet wizkids to invest in New Zealand’s knowledge infrastructure.
But then, New Zealand is an agrarian economy in the middle of the Pacific – should we be surprised that it doesn’t have the ability to look past the money?
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“The Right Honourable Prime Minister Mr John Key and the Honourable Mr John Banks,
As you are aware I attended your media meeting at the Urban Caf6, Newmarket. I was paid a small fixed fee to film the event for the Herald Online News, Webb Page. I was working alone on this occasion.
My camera radio microphone was left on your cafe table. lt had been placed there by me in a rush to pick up audio while you were speaking to the media. I had not expected this and was not prepared for it.
I was having difficulty getting good footage due to the media scrum around you. So I moved off and away from the table area to try and get some workable footage from a different vantage point. ln doing so I left the microphone on the table. My primary concern was to get film footage.
When I later realised that I had left the microphone behind I returned to uplift it. I spoke to your staff who acknowledged they had taken possession of it, that it would not be returned and would be referred to the police. I did not realise at that time what the concern was and or why. I had no intention of secretly recording any conversation.
Later that day when the existence of the recording became public I was requested to pass on what I had recorded. I accept that I did so without thinking properly about the effect this would have. I regret this decision.
As stated I do regret passing this audio on to the Herald on Sunday due to the effects that this had had on those involved including yourself. Contrary to what has been said by some people, this was not intentional, nor was it a “News of the World tactic”. There was no money offered for the recording by the Herald on Sunday nor did they or any other outlet pay for it.
This whole event has been blown out of proportion by a number of people and I would like to put it behind me.
I just want to get back to work and not be known as someone alleged to have dubious ethics. This has been hard on me and my family.
I trust that you are prepared to accept and appreciate my regret for how this matter has unfolded and escalated for us all. lf I knew then what I know now, I would have deleted the tape at the first opportunity and not provided it to any other third party. I have become much wiser and more protective of my reputation as a result of this event and what has transpired.
Accordingly I trust that you find this letter as a genuine statement of regret and that you may be understanding of my position and the sincere sentiments I have expressed.
We here at E2NZ were shocked to hear that looting and burglaries are rampant in some parts of earthquake damaged Christchurch, with some people’s homes hit on multiple occasions.
Yet strangely this information is not making it into the mainstream media, despite repeated requests from journalists.
We are mindful of news reports from earlier in the year that “police staff in the city centre have clamped down on any reports of looting“ and wonder if this is still the case, this being an election year after all (read our blog Sharp Rise In Burglaries After Christchurch Quakes from 7 November 2010)
During the teapot tape debacle John Key made made an appallingly arrogant comment. He said that police had time on their hands to deal with his complaint because there’d been a drop in ‘recorded crime’. He refused to back down or apologise:
When asked yesterday whether it was an appropriate use of police resources to investigate his complaint over the teapot tape – National’s leader said police had time on their hands.
The comment has upset the Police Association, but Mr Key’s not backing away from it…
…Mr Key says he’s confident police will investigate what’s most important.“
This is what is more important to the people of Christchurch Mr Key, get on to it.
Here’s a selection of posts from what the Trade Me forum , this is what the people of Christchurch are saying about their burglary and looting problems:
Our house has been burgalled at least 10 times in the last 3 weeks. We no longer live there as it is marked for demolition and haven’t lived there since Feb 23rd as it was Red Stickered…We have secured the house itself as it is constantly hit by Low Life Scum.Today I went around and now the Garage has been busted into…How low will these Low Life Thieves stoop..
The next thief to set a foot on our property will be shot or at the least harmed with a lifelong scar for their disgusting lack of any human morals..
Who else is having problems with these low Life arseholes?
Mine has been broken into 4 times. Each time steps up a little, with more damage everytime. Mine isn’t red stickered, just not habitable at the moment, so will be back living in it at some stage. Not good for the insurance though. I’m seriously thinking about borrowing a dog to protect the property.
umm we are in the same boat too, we are in shirley, house is inhabitable and will eventually be demolished, we have been done over six times by these low life scum…….our house is empty and they have not targeted the house but broke in to garage, tipped everything out, they even stole the lock and deadbolt of the garage door, we have had plants taken from the gardens, our big gas callifont was also stolen of the side of the house, they then came back in another visit, took the top trellis of our fence and our letterbox and also stole the big wrought iron gates as well, we also have a self contained flat,on the same property, they stole the shower curtain and the shower nozzle and also stole all our pebbles out the garden taking with them the big shadesales……low life scum, both sets of neighbours heard nothing at all, police have fingerprinted and all i say is how can people be so cruel, we have lost our home, we were orange and now green but in the blue part, we have had our payments from eqc, we are over the cap, told insurance company to hurry up and assess our property as theres going to be nothing left on it or of it when they come to assess
ours was empty and they stole the water cylinder and the double garage door – now that would have been a challenge!!
A friend saw a whole bunch of household items lined up on the footpath. Took a photo of the car & number plate and the thieves took off leaving all the stuff behind when she asked what they were doing. Broad daylight. Fricken unbelievable blatant cheek. Hope they get caught n busted big time. It’s Christmas out there for crims.
Now, This is the sort of story the TV companies should be doing a story on. Put some pressure on the police to step up their patrols.
So far we’ve had small things taken from outside our empty Dallington property and in the scheme of things missing plants, door mats and the heavy metal safety lid off the storm water isn’t that big a deal. However it is just a matter of time before someone breaks in and trashes the place. I am checking our house everyday and are concerned that I may walk in on thieves one day. I refuse to go by myself now and take my husband with me each time. Talk about kicking you when you’re down. People need to start reporting this to the police so they can step up area patrols.
Hi ***** and ******,
I am a reporter at The Star newspaper in Christchurch and would like to talk to you about your house. It sounds awful what you’ve been through and think the issue could use more coverage- might get some action! If you are interested in talking contact me on 364 7415 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hmmmmm makes me wonder as I had a weird experience the other week. Came into town for an appt. Left the kids at a friends. Came back from appt and went to swing into a neighbours drive so I could park on the road and there was a people mover down the drive. The guy comes up and starts asking questions if so and so lives there. I said no, not at all. Thought it was weird how he came to me out on the road like that too. Then he asked if the person who lives there knew the other person. I was like ummmm no! and so it went. Then he started saying he was a debt collector. Never gave his name, no ID and no clip board or paperwork or anything. And dressed too casually. And so it went. Then he said he was from Aucks and the people mover was a rental and him and two mates were going round the south island on bikes. It was so weird and then he wanted the name and phone number of the person living in the house. I was like ummm no! He saw a sticker on the window and asked if that is where the person worked. I was like why yes, yes it is, you ring them and ask to speak to the tenant. He seemed worried then and was like well I have to go and get the people mover back and I will let you get up the drive. I was like I am not going up the drive, I’m going over there (pointed casually several doors down) I just park up here coz down there is a shared drive and nowhere to park my car. So I walked off (annoyed I had nothing to write the rego down with and a bad memory) next door and sat there for like half an hour chatting and having a cuppa and telling my friend what happened.
Then when we went to leave, the kids and I went back to the car to load up and my friend came out too and we stood there talking for a bit. Next minute the same people mover came out of the shared driveway right next door to my friends drive, this time with his two mates in it, that were not in it before down that other drive!
Oh and then that evening I told the person that lived in the house where the guy came out of and they said that the night before after around 11.30pm, there was a people mover sitting in the drive with the lights on well nudged in for several minutes and it looked like a honda. I said funny that coz this vehicle was a honda too!
I had a couple of heavy items stolen from my garden. Moved to Aidenfield and in the first week had my car stolen from outside my home with all the house keys from the red zoned property in it. Guess we won’t be seeing those any time soon.
yeah – the police are a bunch of drongos as the best of times – they couldnt even manage to arrest the priks that broke in here – even though we gave them their full names and all…
BUT – we havent had any problems from azzholes nicking stuff (go murphy) since we put a camera on the front gate – one on the house roof and one on the garage + 3 dummy cameras along the driveway… (rural property) – so they seem to work pretty well as a deterrent….
A woman from work was doing overtime last Sunday, she stayed on to do a bit extra on top and went home and found she had been burgled. It was during the day as well. Neighbours said they didn’t see anything. You would think that someone would see someone one walking down a drive with a couple tvs.
There is a security company monitoring my old street (Ive relocated) because of people ripping off houses. Its incredible what some people will do. When I put my broken and contaminated contents (contaminated from sewage, liquefaction & mould) into the skips, I had people rumaging through them.
My nieces home in Woolston got burgled today.
There are a few well known gang? houses in that neck of the woods. The police are going around the scrap dealers yards , was on tv the other day. They did find some problems I believe. Owner was shown walking away tight lipped.
I went to check on our Dallington property today and it has been broken into again looks like they have been down the whole street
gee the newspaper must be full of court news about the police catching these guys,,not…send donuts
Ive just found out our rental in Waltham has been broken into. Are you aloud to claim on oven, dryer and hot water cyclinder (items that were taken) as we still have insurance on this property.
These burglaries, being so easy to do (comparatively speaking ) are setting so many people up for lives in crime. Once they start they will find it hard to stop, they have had an easy introduction. Whilst no one is to blame for earthquake break-ins, ie’ lack of security, I feel that the Police have got this wrong by placing such a low emphasis on catching burglars in general. They do much psychological damage and it is a springboard to bigger crimes.
A friends place got broken into Friday out in redwood- took heaps! They aren’t in a scabby area or anything or overly flash either.
Justa thought. What about setting up a community watch type of thing. I am very near a red zone and would be more than willing to walka round to check everything ok. Just a thought
The police won’t like that and will jump at the first chance to stop anyone doing so.
My sisters place got overhauled in Avonhead last week- took Ipads, Iphones, Lap tops, Tvs, Stereos, Ipod touches you name it….creapiest thing my sister said about it was they had ben through her underwear draw which made her feel far more violated then any of the other stuff.
seems they could have been targeted from a garage sale the week before….
Hi, my name is Keith Lynch and I’m a Press reporter. I’d be quite keen to speak to anyone on here whose house has been burgled multiple number of times. My email is email@example.com if you want to email me.
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September 14, 2010
Ten days since the Christchurch earthquake and looting is still going on in the city. News reports are studiously avoiding the use of the L word (“police staff in the city centre have clamped down on any reports of looting...”) preferring instead to refer to the preying on earthquake victims as ‘burglary.’
A recent report in Stuff tells the heart rending story of two sisters who took a respite from the aftershocks and returned to their home to find wheelbarrow tracks across their ransacked home.
One of the sisters, Elizabeth Shipston, age 21 told Stuff:
“It was crazy. I got a bit upset and a bit teary,” she said. “I was just so amazed that, after such a bad earthquake and the shock, someone could do this.”
She said their house was not structurally damaged in the September 4 quake, but lost two chimneys. To add to her problems, boyfriend Roy Sutherland’s car was stolen from outside the house early yesterday.
“His car was sort of like the final straw. It’s horrible.”
Sounds like the chances of the police finding those responsible are zero to none
Mr Shipston, a former policeman, told his daughters to do their own investigations. After noticing the house smelled of smoke, they searched for cigarette butts, finding two and bagging them for police. None of the family smokes.
A neighbour had reported a black car containing two men and a woman parked outside.
However, it was the following statement that surprised us – there seems to be a lack of a sense of community spirit in some parts of Christchurch
Miss Shipston said she did not expect her neighbours to know something was wrong. “Neighbours don’t really know each other until something like an earthquake happens.” Read the full report here
But even then one can’t expect them to keep an eye on one’s home.
This is yet another reminder that when a major disaster stikes New Zealand one has to be prepared to look after oneself for many weeks afterwards - until something resembling the rule of law returns.
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