Wayne Walford Nat candidate for Napier


National’s Napier electorate has selected Hawkes Bay Chamber of Commerce Chief Executive Wayne Walford as its candidate to replace retiring MP Chris Tremain.

“Wayne has a great understanding of communities across Napier and Wairoa. He has the full support of myself and the National Party to run a strong campaign for the seat this year,” says retiring MP Chris Tremain.

Mr Walford says he is proud to have been selected and will be working hard to keep Napier’s strong voice in John Key’s National Party.

“The Government has delivered real results for the Hawkes Bay, and strong local representation in John Key’s National Party has been critical to getting some major local projects over the line,” says Mr Walford.

“These include the expressway redevelopment and Napier-Wairoa Road upgrade to name just a few.

“I’ll be working hard to win the confidence of the electorate to keep that strong voice and continue delivering jobs and growth for Napier, Wairoa, and the Bay.”

Wayne Walford – Biographical Notes

Of Ngati Porou descent, Wayne Walford was raised in the Hawke’s Bay and lives in Napier with wife Joan.

As Chief Executive Officer of the Hawkes Bay Chamber of Commerce, Wayne brings a track record of advocacy and leadership, and a focus on jobs and growth.

He holds a Masters in Business Administration and a Post Graduate Diploma in Business Studies from the University of Waikato, and a Diploma in Business Studies from Massey University.

 This is the second National selection this weekend and again the members have chosen a strong candidate.

Wharfies can’t win this one


Wharfies used to be renowned for industrial action designed to cause maximum disruption to their employers and the public whether or not it accomplished anything.

The on-going strikes on the Auckland waterfront shows some are still stuck back in those bad-old days but it is a battle they can’t win.

The workers appear to be very well-paid for what isn’t generally highly skilled work:

The  average annual wage of an Auckland wharfie is about  $91,480 – reportedly for a 26-hour week, employees and their  families get free medical insurance, and three weeks sick  leave entitlement is written into contracts. They also get  five weeks annual leave.

And the POA offer is not ungenerous:

They include a 10 per cent increase in the hourly rate, performance bonuses of up to 20 per cent, retention of existing benefits and provisions, and “full operational flexibility for Ports of Auckland”. No doubt the last is causing unionists most angst. It would allow port management, not them, to manage the business.

Added costs on the waterfront mean higher costs for exports and imports. The country couldn’t afford that in good times and it certainly can’t afford it when so much of the world is mired in recession.

Other ports have workers who have moved into the 21st century ready and are willing to pick up any business lost from Auckland.

Last month the port lost Maresk’s business to Tauranga and yesterday Fonterra announced it would shift its $27m weekly trade  to Tauranga and Napier.

Auckland’s loss is Tauranaga’s gain. Port of Tauranga stocks rose 1.5 percent to $10.10, its highest ever close after news that Fonterra was moving its business from Auckland.

What you see


The Prime Minister was coming for a visit.

The bloke in charge of the host operation got a long, detailed email from the PM’s office telling him about what he was to do and how he was to do it for the carefully staged photo ops.

He sent a succinct reply – just two words, the first of which was get.

The PM turned up with an entourage which included lots of media and some stray children who were pretending to be locals.

That was the last PM.

This is the current one:

The prime minister laughs, jokes and pokes fun at himself during a session with Australian comedian Peter Flaherty, whose character Shaun Wayne bears a certain resemblance to celebrity cricketer Shane Warne, in a video clip going online today.

The unscripted seven-minute video was shot during Napier’s Art Deco Weekend last month as part of a $100,000 campaign to market the city to tourists from the east coast of Australia.

“I work for the Government,” Mr Key tells “Shaunie”, during their chat in the back of an art deco car. The Australian does not realise he is talking to the country’s leader.

The subject of the Government’s new BMWs crops up. “They’re nice. They’re good value,” Mr Key says. “I heard that nice prime minister talking and he didn’t have a clue what was going on. He bought 34 of them and he didn’t have a clue what was happening.

“Honestly, the things they try and whip through, sometimes it’s beyond me.

“It would probably be better if they were Holdens. I’ve had Holdens all my life. The Calais.”

Napier Mayor Barbara Arnott and her staff were delighted with the video but worried that, after Mr Key saw it, he would not approve its release.

After he gave the go-ahead, Mrs Arnott said: “It was wonderful that the prime minister understood very well what we were trying to do. He entered the spirit of things wholeheartedly.

With John Key, what you see is what you get, a warm and witty man who can laugh at himself.

Too many blind eyes – updated & updated again


Another child has joined the long list of victims of child abuse.

It is a list of shame and what is particularly shameful about this case is that other people must have known and turned blind eyes to her suffering.

She is a victim of her parents who have been charged wtth the abuse but she is also a victim of too many blind eyes.

Details made public so far suggest a failure of systems or people within CYFS.

But there must also have been people in the wider family and neighbourhood who saw something in the two years this poor child was being subject to horrific abuse but failed to get help.

Macdoctor says:

 It is not CYFS who are mostly at fault here (though I think there have been severe errors of judgement on their behalf), it is the family members that have let this little girl down. Their silence has allowed one of their own to be brutally tortured and severely psychologically scarred. The testimony of the family friend (who, at least, tried to do something about it) makes it very obvious that none of the immediate family could have been oblivious to this abuse – yet it continued for two years. . .

He calls for zero tolerance for child abuse and he is right.

Only when no-one turns a blind eye to abuse will children be safe.


Napier police are investigating the suspicious death of a five year old

Close family members were assisting police with their enquiries and police were not actively seeking anyone else in connection with her death, he said.

Another victim of too many blind eyes?


Emmerson’s cartoon in today’s Herald shows the parent test.

Social Development Minsiter Paula Bennett writes: New Zealand is letting its chidlren down.



A bloke in Napier took a brand new $22,000 Holden Clubsport for a test drive and slammed it into a power pole.

He then drove it for a further kilometre.

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