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Two Things

Written By: - Date published: 5:45 pm, March 6th, 2013 - 5 comments
Categories: accountability, assets, Hekia parata, same old national - Tags: , , ,

So Parata was warned by her ministry that it was too soon to make big Christchurch school changes and they should be rolled out in smaller groups.  The demographics aren’t settled, no-one knows quite which way people are going to move. We’ve certainly not got the census results yet for harder data about the present – let alone the future.

Christchurch people thought that the ministry wasn’t listening, but it turns out it was just the minister…

Not rolling things out to a test group to iron out problems – does that sound a familiar National education problem? (Novopay, National Standards…)

Interesting that the Official Information Act request of the Herald into (former Solid Energy head) Don Elder’s payout has been declined.  Hopefully they’ll go to the ombudsman and we can learn if the payout was bigger than Lesley Longstone’s $425,000…

It seems that if you’re a beneficiary you’ve no entitlement to privacy in this Paula Bennett-National world, but if you receive $1.1 million each year from the state then questions about your final pay-off are unseemly.

It’ll be interesting to see the right-wing recycling their (state gives you money in return for your rights) arguments in their desperate search into how much we’ve been ripped off as one of our state asset crown jewels went down the drain in record time.  Because of course that will happen… </sarc>

The ministerial oversight of that particular debacle was great once again too… Bit of a trend developing methinks.

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[Title note: National MPs / candidates always seem to have 2 Things to say to questions (with appropriate fingers) – presumably as a result of their candidate schooling – so “Two Things” is an in-joke in my household…]

5 comments on “Two Things”

  1. Tim 1

    Snap as to the Two things. Nikki Kaye I think is the best at it – she’s always got 2 things even when she then goes on to try and make 5 or 6 bullet point observations of earth shattering importance.

  2. tc 2

    Elder’s payout would be multiples of lurch longstone, the only difference when CEO’s are pushed rather than retire or move on is the spin that emits from the board.

    When was the last high profile CEO that went without a hefty payout, Marius Kloppers (BHP) blew many billions of shareholder value and still walked with about $9m Oz in his final year as did Tom Albanese at Rio Tinto, nice work if you can get it.

  3. RedBaronCV 3

    Jack Welch who left General Electric but didn’t take a payout just continued to receive all he had as CEO until the SEC and the ex wife put a stop to it.

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