Quomodocunquize – to make money in any way possible.
It took a while but David Cunliffe has realised, or been persuaded, that he should come clean about the donations to a trust which funded his leadership campaign:
Labour leader David Cunliffe has come clean about the trust set up to handle his donations during the leadership contest last year, naming three donors but saying two others were not willing to be named so their donations would be returned.
Mr Cunliffe has also said that using the trust for the campaign was a lapse in judgement.
He said the three donors willing to be named were Selwyn Pellett, Perry Keenan and Tony Gibbs, who gave a combined total of $9,500. Mr Pellett, a businessman, is a longstanding Labour supporter who has donated to the party and Mr Cunliffe in the past. . .
He said other donors had given a total of $8,300 but were not willing to be named. “That is their legal right. I respect their decision and can’t control it. In their case, the trust will be returning their donations to them.” He said he did not know who those donors were, or whether they were individuals or corporates.
Mr Cunliffe said it was an error of judgement to use the trust. It had meant he did not have to disclose donations in the Register of Pecuniary Interests.
“I don’t think in hindsight that a trust structure fully represented the values I would like to bring to this leadership. Decisions that were made to set up the trust could have been better. I have learned form that and am now making sure I do whatever I can to ensure transparency.”
He said if returning those donations left any shortfall in his campaign funding, he would cover the amount out of his own pocket. He estimated his campaign cost about $20,000. . .
No Right Turn doesn’t buy this:
. . . Which is just sociopathic “sorry I got caught” bullshit. The thing about values is that you live them, and they’re instinctive. Cunliffe’s aren’t. When faced with a choice between transparency and corruption-enabling secrecy, he chose the latter, and then tried to cling to that choice when it was questioned. These are not the actions of an ethical man who believes in open politics – they are the actions of someone trying to get away with something they know is wrong. And actions like this are yet another example of why the New Zealand public thinks all politicians are liars, cheats and scoundrels. . .
The best of people make mistakes, but ethical people do live by their values and this is the third gaffe in three months:
The slip over the baby bonus, by failing to disclose in his speech that it would not be paid on top of parental leave, took much of the wind out of his January sails.
It also deflected attention from a $500 million spending pledge that Labour had hoped would set the agenda.
No sooner was the House back in February than the $2.5m property-owning man was attacking Prime Minister John Key for living in a leafy suburb and defining his own mansion as a doer-upper and his own situation as middle of the road.
The climb-down came at the weekend.
This morning he has admitted it had been wrong to set up a trust for donations to his leadership bid. (If the cost was about $20,000 for his leadership campaign, why seek donations at all?) . . .
Every election is about trust but Cunliffe has also made it about trusts.
He was foist upon the caucus by the unions and party and he’s surrounded by people whose will to return to government is in strong conflict with their wish for another leader.
With every slip he makes, that wish will intensify.
P.S. Liberation has top tweets on the trust which include:
Meanwhile, in Matt McCarten’s office …..http://stream1.gifsoup.com/view5/2320932/blackadder-headdesk-
How can you return the money if you don’t know who the donors were?
Respectfully suggest if your household income is north of $500,000 and a leadership contest costs $20,000 …. pay for it yourself.
Of Trusts Regretted and Accounts Forgotten: a short history of NZ Labour leadership since 2012.
@nzdodo You can have an election Trust or the electors’ trust – but not both
And now we’re all saying “trust” like it’s a bad thing. #newspeak
Would Cunliffe be happy if the Rena’s owners paid the entire amount anonymously through a trust?
Mr Cunliffe and the word trust in the same news article. Not in quite the way he was hoping…
“I didn’t know the money came from Dotcom – Cunliffe” – Predicted headline ~6 weeks from now
Discussion with Jim Mora on Critical Mass today was sparked by:
These Famous Authors Made It Okay To Commit Grammar No-No’s among whom is one of my favourite poets, e.e. cummings.
What We Can Expect in Gadgets This Year – I covet the solar rocking chair and the in-wall extension cord.
India world’s largest beef exporter – Allan Barber:
For a country where the cow is sacred to adherents of the majority Hindu religion, it seems surprising that India has overtaken Brazil as the largest exporter of beef in the world. A recent article in the New Indian Express reports that a prime ministerial candidate, Narendra Modi, recently referred to the ‘pink revolution’ as the only revolution happening in India, signifying the growing importance of the country’s meat industry.
It was intended primarily as a dig at the inactivity of India’s ruling United Progressive Alliance party which has been in power since 2004. But it underlines the point that beef exports have grown by 50% in the past five years to 1.89 million tonnes with main markets being USA, Europe, the Gulf States and South East Asia.
Poultry exports have also grown substantially, reaching 3.5 million tonnes in the latest year for which figures are available, which puts it after USA and Brazil as the world’s third largest exporter. . .
China’s meat imports surge, while live cattle trade slows – Allan Barber:
An article in Global Meat News.com highlights significant changes in China’s live animal and meat trade with the rest of the world.
China’s imports of live cattle dropped back in 2013, although there was a surge in cattle for beef breeding and finishing. According to China Customs data, China imported 102,245 cattle (cows, bulls and weaners) in 2013 which was down 26,000 on the previous year, but the figures included 9,370 Angus cattle from Australia and New Zealand destined for the beef sector. A batch of 3,000 Angus, classed as ‘beef cattle’, were imported from Australia in November alone.
A listing of major feed lots, published by China’s agricultural ministry, shows the bulk of China’s cattle feed lots are concentrated in Hebei, Liaoning and Shandong provinces. Yet cows and cattle are also being farmed in increasing numbers in the less populous northwesterly regions of Inner Mongolia, Ningxia, Gansu and Xinjiang – all of which also have large Muslim populations and a traditional demand for halal-compliant beef products. . .
Bluff oysters are back – Michael Daly:
Succulent Bluff oysters are starting to appear on shop shelves after the season opened at midnight today, but the delicacies are not expected to be widely available in most supermarkets until early next week.
“There will be a little bit getting around the country today,” Bluff Oyster Management Company spokesman and Barnes Oysters manager Graeme Wright said.
Some of the 11 boats in the fleet had gone out last night to be ready to start harvesting as soon as the season opened, and the first boat had been back in port before 8am. . .
In the December 2013 quarter, seasonally adjusted dairy export values rose 27 percent, Statistics New Zealand said today. Dairy volumes, after adjusting for seasonal effects, rose 23 percent while actual prices fell 1.1 percent.
Total export volumes rose 9.7 percent in the December 2013 quarter while total export prices fell 0.5 percent. Both movements were strongly influenced by dairy, which accounted for 39 percent of the value of goods exported in the December quarter – twice as much as meat and forestry combined.
“Export volumes are at their highest level since the series began in 1990, reflecting higher dairy volumes in the December quarter, after adjusting for seasonal effects,” prices manager Chris Pike said. “Dairy export prices fell slightly, reflecting a stronger New Zealand dollar.” . . .
DairyNZ chief scientist Dr Eric Hillerton has announced he will leave his post at the industry body later this year, having decided to semi-retire.
Dr Hillerton says one of the most rewarding parts of being a scientist with DairyNZ is the direct involvement with dairy farmers, understanding the real problems on farms and helping develop solutions and new technologies.
“Much of the value of that science lies in taking research and knowledge directly to farmers, and testing how to apply and transfer innovative technologies and solutions,” says Dr Hillerton. . .
NZ National Fieldays Society is pleased to announce Fieldays 2014 Joint Premier Feature Partners: PGG Wrightson Ltd and Xero Ltd.
Fieldays, the Southern Hemisphere’s largest Agribusiness Expo, will be held 11 to 14 June at Mystery Creek Events Centre, Hamilton. Each year the Fieldays Premier Feature theme provides a compelling showcase for what’s happening throughout New Zealand’s agricultural industry; promotes adoption of current knowledge and technologies; and offers solutions for upcoming challenges.
The Fieldays 2014 Premier Feature theme, Managing Resources for a Competitive Advantage, will highlight areas in which New Zealand’s agricultural sector can optimise, maximise and develop systems and processes to help manage resources effectively and maintain our place among the world’s best. . .
Last summer was one of the ones I remember from childhood – day after day of blue skies and sunshine.
That wasn’t good news for those for whom it mean drought, but it was great for the rest of us.
This year some areas are facing drought again even though most of the country hasn’t really had good summer weather.
In North Otago we’ve had the odd day or two of temperatures in the mid 20s but we’ve also had far too many when they barely reach the late teens.
And now it’s autumn and feeling like it – we woke to fresh snow on the Kakanui Range yesterday morning.
It’s not just autumnal temperatures, it’s also dark in the mornings as dawn creeps later.
It’s going to keep getting worse for the next month because we have to wait until the first weekend in April for the clocks to go back.
Yet another reminder that daylight savings starts too soon, finishes too late and lasts too long.
Liam Dann asks a very good question:
What is David Cunliffe offering? A dramatic experiment with a winning formula? A worrying fix for something that isn’t broken?
He’s referring to Labour’s determination to follow Green Party policy to meddle with the Reserve Bank.
Labour’s embrace of Green Party policy to reform the Reserve Bank Act is a big stumbling block for the party if it wants mainstream acceptance from the business community.
It surely gains the party few fresh votes from the wide pool of mainstream voters who find monetary policy debate arcane.
Yet it makes Labour almost impossible to endorse for many of the nation’s most powerful and influential business leaders.
The monetary policy reformists are full of ideas about the magic a broader definition of the Reserve Bank Act might achieve. But they ignore the extent to which having one target – inflation – has worked. And just how fundamental controlling inflation is to creating a stable economy on which growth can be built.
Why, when the Act has just seen us through such an enormous global downturn so efficiently, would you change it. In the hope it might bring the dollar down?
Well, if you damage the economy the dollar will certainly fall. But it seems a brutal path to take.
And why, if you were going to make changes, would you loosen the shackles during the growth phase of the economic cycle – just when inflation starts to become a serious risk.
We should be grateful we don’t have to make radical changes to our economy. We’ve come through the downturn well, and while National can take some credit for steering the ship, so too can the last Labour Government for the healthy growth it oversaw.
Radical change is for those nations that have run out of options. Let’s leave it to the Greeks.
National has generally trod a cautious path, some would say too cautious. But it’s getting results.
The economy is growing, and other economic indicators like business confidence, investment intentions and employment are positive.
All of this would be at risk if inflation is let loose with the inevitable steep increase in interest rates that would follow.
In 2008, when Labour was last in power interest rates were about 11%.
Now they’re about half that and while they’re expected to rise providing inflation is kept under control, they shouldn’t get back to double figures.
But if a Labour/Green government starts meddling with the RBA, inflation will surge and interest rates will too with the high cost that imposes on business and households.
If people are concerned about the affordability of houses and farms now, how much worse will it be when interest rates are twice the current rate, or higher?
That’s what Cunliffe is offering.
Dunedin had some good news yesterday:
Dunedin’s Wall Street mall is to be redeveloped to cater for an expansion of Fisher & Paykel’s operation in the city, which is expected to provide about 70 jobs.
The whiteware company wants to extend its existing lease of office and laboratory space in the Dunedin City Council-owned Wall Street complex in George Street.
This is to provide the design and call centre with capacity for a total of 230 staff, enabling the continuation of a growth plan that will see a 40% increase in design staff numbers by 2018. . .
Another good news story:
Dunedin-based cancer diagnostic company Pacific Edge is to receive $4.5 million in government grants towards research and development over the next three years.
Pacific Edge’s bladder diagnostic tool Cx-bladder is marketed in New Zealand, Australia, the US and soon Europe, and the listed Dunedin company holds patents for diagnostic and prognostic tests across a range of cancers, including colorectal, gastric and melanoma.
Pacific Edge chief operations officer Jimmy Suttie said the Government’s Callaghan Innovation Fund recognised the ability of Pacific Edge to turn scientific discovery into products which brought real benefits. . . .
It also had some bad news:
A sawmill company with about 400 employees and about $100 million in annual sales has been placed in receivership.
Brendan Gibson and Michael Stiassny, of KordaMentha, were this afternoon appointed as receivers of Dunedin-headquartered Southern Cross Forest Products.
The company has four sites in Mosgiel, Milton, Balclutha and Milburn around Dunedin and another site in Thames. In 2012, the last figures available, the company generated revenue of just under $95m. . .
There’s no good time to be worried about job security but it’s not as bad if job growth is strong.
Businesses come and go and so do jobs, and at the moment there’s more coming than going.
There’s not a lot that a small country like New Zealand can do when a large power like Russia threatens another country.
But we’re doing what we can.
Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully called the Russian ambassador in over the escalation of tensions.
Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully says the Russian Ambassador was called in to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade this afternoon over the escalation of tensions in Ukraine.
“On my instructions the Russian Ambassador has been called in to the Ministry to hear directly New Zealand’s views on the situation in the Ukraine,” Mr McCully says.
“New Zealand is deeply alarmed at the escalation of tensions in Ukraine over recent days and we condemn the breach of Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.
“We understand Russia has significant interests especially in the Crimean Peninsula, however they need to pursue these interests in a manner that is consistent with Russia’s treaty obligations, international law and accepted international norms.
“New Zealand calls on the Russian Government to take steps to reduce tensions and to engage in consultations with other affected parties to achieve this objective.”
We’re also using trade as a lever:
Prime Minister John Key ordered Trade Minister Tim Groser home from Russia today, ending for now any further discussions on a Russian free trade deal that has been three years in the making as Russia ratchets up pressure on Ukraine on the Crimean Peninsula.
Groser had been in Moscow for trade talks ahead of a possible visit to the Russian capital by Key in a fortnight as part of a global swing through China and Europe that will take in meetings with senior Chinese leadership and an international Nuclear Security Summit in the Netherlands.
Key said he was only missing Moscow on the forthcoming trip because suggested dates had not worked for the Russian president Vladimir Putin, although continuing to discuss an FTA with Russia in the present circumstances was not appropriate.
“I don’t think we could seriously, even if Mr Groser could tie up a deal this afternoon, (sign a free trade agreement) at the same time as we are expressing our deep concern about the threat to sovereignty in Ukraine,” said Key. . .
I wouldn’t go so far as this:
But trade, or a threat to it, is the strongest way we can condemn Russia’s actions.
51 Nero, was given the title princeps iuventutis (head of the youth).
306 – Martyrdom of Saint Adrian of Nicomedia.
932 Translation of the relics of martyr Wenceslaus I, Duke of Bohemia, Prince of the Czechs.
1152 Frederick I Barbarossa was elected King of the Germans.
1238 The Battle of the Sit River was fought between the Mongol Hordes of Batu Khan and the Russians under Yuri II of Vladimir-Suzdal during the Mongol invasion of Russia.
1351 Ramathibodi became King of Siam.
1386 Władysław II Jagiełło (Jogaila) was crowned King of Poland.
1394 Henry the Navigator, was born (d. 1460).
1461 Wars of the Roses: Lancastrian King Henry VI was deposed by his Yorkist cousin, who then became King Edward IV.
1492 King James IV of Scotland concluded an alliance with France against England.
1519 Hernán Cortes arrived in Mexico in search of the Aztec civilization and their wealth.
1570 King Philip II of Spain banned foreign Dutch students.
1611 George Abbot was appointed Archbishop of Canterbury.
1629 Massachusetts Bay Colony was granted a Royal charter.
1678 Antonio Vivaldi, Italian composer, was born (d. 1741).
1756 Sir Henry Raeburn, Scottish painter, was born (d. 1823).
1789 In New York City, the first United States Congress met, putting the Constitution of the United States into effect.
1790 France was divided into 83 départements, which cuts across the former provinces in an attempt to dislodge regional loyalties based on ownership of land by the nobility.
1791 – A Constitutional Act was introduced by the British House of Commons which envisaged the separation of Canada into Lower Canada (Quebec) and Upper Canada (Ontario).
1793 French troops conquered Geertruidenberg, Netherlands.
1794 The 11th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was passed by the U.S. Congress.
1804 Castle Hill Rebellion: Irish convicts rebel against British colonial authority in the Colony of New South Wales.
1814 Americans defeated the British at the Battle of Longwoods .
1824 The “National Institution for the Preservation of Life from Shipwreck” was founded in the United Kingdom, later to be renamed The Royal National Lifeboat Institution in 1858.
1837 Chicago was incorporated as a city.
1855 Sheep rustler James Mackenzie was caught in the Upper Waitaki with 1000 sheep from the Levels Station near Timaru.
1861 First national flag of the Confederate States of America (the ‘Stars and Bars’) was adopted.
1882 Britain’s first electric trams run in East London.
1887 Gottlieb Daimler unveiled his first automobile.
1890 – The longest bridge in Great Britain, the Forth Railway Bridge in Scotland, measuring 1,710 feet (520 m) long, was opened by Edward the Prince of Wales.
1891 Lois Wilson, founder of Al-Anon, was born (d. 1988).
1894 Great fire in Shanghai. Over 1,000 buildings are destroyed.
1899 Cyclone Mahina swept in north of Cooktown, Queensland, with a 12 metre (39 ft) wave that reached up to 5 kilometres (3.1 mi) inland, killing over 300.
1902 The American Automobile Association was established.
1908 The Collinwood School fire, Collinwood, Ohio, killed 174 people.
1911 Victor Berger (Wisconsin) became the first socialist congressman in U.S.
1917 Jeannette Rankin of Montana became the first female member of the United States House of Representatives.
1918 The first case of Spanish flu occurred, the start of a devastating worldwide pandemic.
1925 Calvin Coolidge became the first President of the United States to have his inauguration broadcast on radio.
1928 Alan Sillitoe, English writer, was born (d. 2010).
1933 Frances Perkins became United States Secretary of Labour, the first female member of the United States Cabinet.
1933 – The Parliament of Austria was suspended because of a quibble over procedure – Chancellor Engelbert Dollfuss initiated authoritarian rule by decree.
1941 The United Kingdom launched Operation Claymore on the Lofoten Islands.
1944 Michael “Mick” Wilson, drummer (Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich), was born.
1945 Princess Elizabeth, joined the Women’s Auxiliary Territorial Service as a driver.
1945 – Lapland War: Finland declared war on Nazi Germany.
1948 Lindy Chamberlain, who maintained a dingo stole her baby and whose conviction for murdering the baby was overturned, was born.
1948 Chris Squire, English bassist (Yes), was born.
1949 Carroll Baker, Canadian country singer and songwriter, was born.
1954 Peter Bent Brigham Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts, announces the first successful kidney transplant.
1962 The United States Atomic Energy Commission announced that the first atomic power plant at McMurdo Station in Antarctica was in operation.
1966 Canadian Pacific Air Lines DC-8-43 exploded on landing at Tokyo International Airport, killing 64 people.
1970 French submarine Eurydice exploded.
1976 The Northern Ireland Constitutional Convention was formally dissolved resulting in direct rule of Northern Ireland from London via the British parliament.
1976 – The last flight of the second Concorde prototype aircraft to the Fleet Air Arm Museum at the Royal Naval Air Station, Yeovilton.
1977 The 1977 Bucharest Earthquake in southern and eastern Europe killed more than 1,500.
1982 NASA launched the Intelsat V-508 satellite.
1983 Bertha Wilson was appointed the first woman to sit on the Supreme Court of Canada.
1985 The Food and Drug Administration approved a blood test for AIDS.
1986 The Soviet Vega 1 began returning images of Comet Halley and the first images ever of its nucleus.
1991 Sheikh Saad Al-Abdallah Al-Salim Al-Sabah, the Prime Minister of Kuwait, returns to his country for the first time since Iraq‘s invasion.
1994 Space shuttle STS-62 (Columbia 16) launched into orbit.
1994 – Bosnia’s Bosniaks and Croats signed an agreement to form a federation in a loose economic union with Croatia.
1997 U.S. President Bill Clinton banned federally funded human cloning research.
1998 Oncale v. Sundowner Offshore Services: The Supreme Court of the United States ruled that federal laws banning on-the-job sexual harassment also apply when both parties are the same sex.
2001 4 March 2001 BBC bombing: a massive car bomb explodes in front of the BBC Television Centre seriously injuring 11 people. The attack was attributed to the Real IRA.
2001 Hintze Ribeiro disaster, a bridge collapses in northern Portugal, killing up to 70 people.
2002 Canada bans human embryo cloning but permits government-funded scientists to use embryos left over from fertility treatment or abortions.
2002 Multinational Force in Afghanistan: Seven American Special Operations Forces soldiers are killed as they attempt to infiltrate the Shahi Kot Valley on a low-flying helicopter reconnaissance mission.
2005 The car of released Italian hostage Giuliana Sgrena was fired on by US soldiers after it ran a roadblock in Iraq, causing the death of an Italian Secret Service Agent and injuring two passengers.
2007 Approximately 30,000 voters took advantage of electronic voting in Estonia, the world’s first nationwide voting where part of the votecasting was allowed in the form of remote electronic voting via the Internet.
2009 – The International Criminal Court (ICC) issued an arrest warrant for Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir for war crimes and crimes against humanity in Darfur – the first sitting head of state to be indicted by the ICC since its establishment in 2002.
Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia