366 days of gratitude

28/06/2016

If it weren’t for my gumboots was one of Fred Dagg’s contributions to New Zealand’s cultural history, albeit that the song originally came from Britain, where they call the footwear Wellingtons.

The basic model tends to be a bit sloppy and cause undue wear on socks. These days you can get more upmarket styles, including those with neoprene inners which hold your feet firm, doing less damage to socks and keeping  your feet warmer.

But whatever you call them they are very useful if you’re working in mucky conditions or when your inner child prompts you to jump in puddles and I’m grateful for them.


Guinness world record for gumboots attempt

07/07/2012

AgFest West Coast aims to recognise the important part agriculture plays on the Coast.

It’s being held in Hokitika on July 13th and 14th.

The organisers are also aiming to make a world record for the most people wearing gumboots to a single event.

If you’re joining in, wear gumboot socks.
I was dressed to go to Dunedin yesterday when I had to go out to the yard, didn’t want to get my good shoes dirty so grabbed my gumboots.
When I got back inside and took the gumboots off I found that the boots had rubbed holes in the heels of a new pair of pantyhose.
P.S. – the spell check  doesn’t speak New Zealand English. It doesn’t recognise gumboots and suggested gumbo, gun boat and gumboil.

Swimming Through Syrup In Gumboots

02/07/2008

Ever wondered what it’s like swimming through syrup in gumboots? Try getting the drainage at your school fixed.

Show Me The Money describes Mike Hosking’s interview on Close UP:

The Education Ministry’s National Property Manager Paul Burke first went through his bureaucratic routine of trying to explain why the school hadn’t quite jumped through all the hoops yet, despite three years of trying. He was trying to explain the shape of the hoops, the number of hoops, how round they were, what they were made of and the exact nature of the leaps required to jump said hoops. He wore a lovely suit with a beautiful tie. He seemed like a man who knew the rules very well. 

I wanted to throw things at the television. Mike Hosking avoided throwing things. But he did quickly tear apart the Kafka-esque web the good bureaucrat was weaving. Why was it taking so long? Why couldn’t the drains be fixed? How many consultants does it take to change the lightbulbs at Tiaho school….and why?

If this was an isolated case it would be bad enough, but it’s not.

It’s the product of the form filling, tick-box, hoop jumping, policy and proceedure before progress mentality which gives bureaucrats the power to say no but strips them of the courage to say yes.

Hat Tip: Kiwiblog


English New Feds Head

15/06/2008

Conor English has been appointed CEO of Federated Farmers.

He started his career as a sheep, cattle, crop and forestry farmer and has also worked in business, lobby groups and the Beehive.

All very helpful for his new role, but what will the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy Theorists, who like to think Feds is just the National Party in gumboots, make of the fact he’s Bill English’s brother?

Hat Tip: The Hive


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