web analytics

Introductory ramble to save you Googling me

Written By: - Date published: 8:00 pm, November 29th, 2017 - 24 comments
Categories: labour, Left, liberalism - Tags: , ,

Hi.

I’m Enzo (yes that’s my real name) and I write for The Standard now.

Just thought I should introduce myself and tell you a little bit about my background – so hopefully it doesn’t become A THING.

No, I have not defended war criminals in Rwanda, secretly taped staff members in an electorate office, claimed a benefit I’m not entitled to, given a speech anywhere near Orewa, nor had dinner with anyone from Oravida.

It’s worse than any of that.

I work for a union. GASP!

In fact, (I might as well rip the whole band aid off in one go) I have been working for unions for almost thirteen years – first for the EPMU and, since 2010, for the Tertiary Education Union. Sorry not sorry.

Needless to say, any opinions I will express here are not necessarily those of my employer. Sometimes they might be and other times they may not. But most of the time that will be irrelevant because, partly to be on the safe side and partly because I don’t really want to think too much about work in my spare time, I won’t be writing about tertiary education or industrial relations on this site.

Long before I started working for unions I was a Labour Party activist. I joined Labour in 1998 in the Northcote electorate, where I campaigned for Ann Hartley. Then in around 2006 my wife and I purchased a house in West Auckland, where I volunteered for Lynne Pillay and was campaign manager for Carmel Sepuloni in THAT electorate contest that we lost by nine votes after a judicial recount. Bummer.

I also had a three year stint as Auckland/Northland Regional Chair in there somewhere too.

I describe my politics as social democratic and socially liberal.

I voted for David Cunliffe and Andrew Little in the two leadership elections that members got a vote in – and you can feel free to remind me of that if I ever start taking myself too seriously around here.

After a bit of a break from Labour in recent times, I’m easing myself back in a little bit while trying not to get sucked too far back into the machine – I’ve done my share of doorknocking, phoning, leafleting and the like, and that of one or two others as well, for the time being.

But maybe instead of those things I can make a contribution here – pontificating about the world from a lefty perspective. The proof of that will be in the tasting of course.

Aside from politics, I have an unhealthy obsession with football and a little organisation called A.S. Roma. I have a football blog that I have been building up over the past few years – to the point where I was named ‘Community/Internet Writer of the Year’ in last year’s New Zealand Football Media Awards.

ITBOTN will remain my number one focus so I may not be as prolific on here as some others but I will chip in when I feel I can add something useful.

Apart from that, my other interests include letting MickySavage beat me at golf on a semi-regular basis and walking in the Waitakere Ranges (while we still can).

I’m an Aquarius, my favourite food is pasta and my favourite colour is crimson.

Now you know everything you need to know – I think.

You’ll hear more from me soon.

24 comments on “Introductory ramble to save you Googling me ”

  1. mickysavage 1

    Ciao Enzo welcome to the collective …

  2. Zorb6 2

    You don’t drive a Ferrari,by any chance?

  3. mary_a 3

    Hey Enzo, nice to meet you, albeit through digital media.

    You look vaguely familiar to me. Now correct me if I’m wrong, but were you on a protest about three, maybe four years ago in Auckland, marching up Queen St with a megaphone chanting “John Key is a … ??? Could have been “fraud.” Sorry can’t remember the rest of it, but it made the protest that much more enjoyable, stating the truth about the greatest hoax forced on NZ in recent times.

    However, if it wasn’t you, it doesn’t matter, because I’m sure we will be having some very colourful posts from you we can look forward to and enjoy. Cheers.

    • Enzo 3.1

      Ha, I’ve been on a few protests over the years but I don’t remember yelling anything into a megaphone apart from union chants on pickets. I wouldn’t rule it out though! There is someone else in the movement who some people consider to be my doppelgänger though so it may have been him.

  4. lprent 4

    Have fun Enzo.

    Now this football – I have to say that I love its oval shape….

  5. Cinny 5

    Hey there Enzo, nice to meet you 🙂 Looking forward to your posts. Cinny

  6. Reality 6

    You have an attractive writing style so look forward to your posts.

  7. Ad 7

    Are you the guy that was doing the Dante critiques?

  8. Bugsolutely 8

    Have you tried my cricket pasta. Be happy to send you a box.

  9. Ad 9

    Good to have another proper westie Labour person writing here.

  10. r0b 10

    Welcome Enzo. Have fun with it!

  11. tc 11

    Forza giallorossi ! Travelling along nicely in Serie A and the CL as we prepare for the turn and run in.

    • Enzo 11.1

      Fratello mio! Could have done with out that idiotic draw with Genoa last outing but beat Qarabag next week and it will be a very happy Christmas indeed!

      • tc 11.1.1

        Yes as a Rojoblanco man I wish you good luck as we’re gone not being able to beat the men from Azerbaijan home or away.

        I am hoping for a bounce with the Rossoneri though after Montella’s dismissal as it’s been awhile.

  12. Shocking tapping up of our bold and brave ITBOTN editor/boss/capo/godfather figure by The Standard here. Will be taking this to a tribunal.

    Good luck Enzo.

  13. Richard Christie 13

    .No, I have not defended war criminals in Rwanda ….

    (facepalm)

    You’ve included that as the first of a short list of unethical practices.

    Why?

    • Incognito 13.1

      He lets MickySavage beat him at golf; that’s at least two highly questionable behaviours there 😉

  14. Your introductory article seems to have been edited. Where’s the bit about the clubs that you hate with fervour, as I was told last night.

Recent Comments

Recent Posts

  • Tokelau Language Week reminds us to stay united and strong
    Staying strong in the face of challenges and being true to our heritage and languages are key to preserving our cultural identity and wellbeing, is the focus of the 2020 Tokelau Language Week. Minister for Pacific Peoples, Aupito William Sio, says this year’s theme, ‘Apoapo tau foe, i nā tāfea ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • NZ announces a third P-3 deployment in support of UN sanctions
    The Government has deployed a Royal New Zealand Air Force P-3K2 Orion (P-3) maritime patrol aircraft to support the implementation of United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolutions imposing sanctions against North Korea, announced Minister of Foreign Affairs Winston Peters and Minister of Defence Ron Mark. “New Zealand has long supported ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Pacific trade and development agreement a reality
    Pacific regional trade and development agreement PACER Plus will enter into force in 60 days now that the required eight countries have ratified it. Trade and Export Growth Minister David Parker welcomed the announcement that the Cook Islands is the eighth nation to ratify this landmark agreement. “The agreement represents ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Securing a pipeline of teachers
    The Government is changing its approach to teacher recruitment as COVID-19 travel restrictions continue, by boosting a range of initiatives to get more Kiwis into teaching. “When we came into Government, we were faced with a teacher supply crisis,” Education Minister Chris Hipkins said. “Over the past three years, we ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Border exceptions for a small number of international students with visas
    The Government has established a new category that will allow 250 international PhD and postgraduate students to enter New Zealand and continue their studies, in the latest set of border exceptions. “The health, safety and wellbeing of people in New Zealand remains the Government’s top priority. Tight border restrictions remain ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • First COVID-19 vaccine purchase agreement signed
    The Government has signed an agreement to purchase 1.5 million COVID-19 vaccines – enough for 750,000 people – from Pfizer and BioNTech, subject to the vaccine successfully completing all clinical trials and passing regulatory approvals in New Zealand, say Research, Science and Innovation Minister Megan Woods and Health Minister Chris Hipkins. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • International statement – End-to-end encryption and public safety
    We, the undersigned, support strong encryption, which plays a crucial role in protecting personal data, privacy, intellectual property, trade secrets and cyber security.  It also serves a vital purpose in repressive states to protect journalists, human rights defenders and other vulnerable people, as stated in the 2017 resolution of the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Ministry of Defence Biodefence Assessment released
    The Ministry of Defence has today released a Defence Assessment examining Defence’s role across the spectrum of biological hazards and threats facing New Zealand. Biodefence: Preparing for a New Era of Biological Hazards and Threats looks at how the NZDF supports other agencies’ biodefence activities, and considers the context of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • New Approaches to Economic Challenges: Confronting Planetary Emergencies: OECD 9 October 2020
    New Approaches to Economic Challenges: Confronting Planetary Emergencies: OECD 9 October 2020 Hon David Parker’s response following Thomas Piketty and Esther Duflo. Good morning, good afternoon, and good evening, wherever in the world you might be. I first acknowledge the excellent thought provoking speeches of Thomas Piketty and Esther ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Kaipara Moana restoration takes next step
    A Memorandum of Understanding has been signed today at Waihāua Marae between the Crown, local iwi and councils to protect, restore and enhance the mauri of Kaipara Moana in Northland. Environment Minister David Parker signed the document on behalf of the Crown along with representatives from Ngā Maunga Whakahī, Ngāti ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • New Zealand and Uruguay unite on reducing livestock production emissions
    Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor and Uruguayan Minister of Livestock, Agriculture and Fisheries Carlos María Uriarte have welcomed the launch of a three-year project that will underpin sustainable livestock production in Uruguay, Argentina, and Costa Rica.  The project called ‘Innovation for pasture management’ is led by Uruguay’s National Institute of Agricultural ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • 3100 jobs created through marae upgrades
    Hundreds of marae throughout the country will be upgraded through investments from the Provincial Growth Fund’s refocused post COVID-19 funding to create jobs and put money into the pockets of local tradespeople and businesses, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones and Māori Development Minister Nanaia Mahuta have announced. “A total ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Health volunteers recognised in annual awards
    Health Minister Chris Hipkins has announced 9 teams and 14 individuals are the recipients of this year’s Minister of Health Volunteer Awards.  “The health volunteer awards celebrate and recognise the thousands of dedicated health sector volunteers who give many hours of their time to help other New Zealanders,” Mr Hipkins ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Community COVID-19 Fund supports Pacific recovery
    The Minister for Pacific Peoples, Aupito William Sio says a total of 264 groups and individuals have successfully applied for the Pacific Aotearoa Community COVID-19 Recovery Fund, that will support Pacific communities drive their own COVID-19 recovery strategies, initiatives, and actions. “I am keen to see this Fund support Pacific ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Community benefits from Māori apprenticeships
    Up to 50 Māori apprentices in Wellington will receive paid training to build houses for their local communities, thanks to a $2.75 million investment from the Māori Trades and Training Fund, announced Employment Minister Willie Jackson today. “This funding will enable Ngāti Toa Rangatira Incorporated to provide its Ngā Kaimahi ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 weeks ago
  • Training fund supports Māori jobseekers
    Rapidly growing sectors will benefit from a $990,000 Māori Trades and Training Fund investment which will see Wellington jobseekers supported into work, announced Employment Minister Willie Jackson today. “This funding will enable Sapphire Consultants Ltd. to help up to 45 Māori jobseekers into paid training initiatives over two years through ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 weeks ago
  • Ruakura Inland Port development vital infrastructure for Waikato
    The Government is investing $40 million to develop an inland port at Ruakura which will become a freight super-hub and a future business, research and residential development for the Waikato, Urban Development and Transport Minister Phil Twyford, and Māori Development Minister Nanaia Mahuta announced today. The funding has been has ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 weeks ago
  • Appointments made to Defence Expert Review Group
    Defence Minister Ron Mark announced today the establishment of an Expert Review Group to review a number of aspects of the New Zealand Defence Force’s (NZDF) structure, information management and record-keeping processes.  The Expert Review Group’s work arises out of the first recommendation from the Report of the Government’s Inquiry ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 weeks ago
  • No active community cases of COVID-19
    There are no active community cases of COVID-19 remaining in the country after the last people from the recent outbreak have recovered from the virus, Health Minister Chris Hipkins said today. “This is a big milestone. New Zealanders have once again through their collective actions squashed the virus. The systems ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 weeks ago