JK: The last thing I need is a ship on a reef

Written By: - Date published: 3:09 pm, October 19th, 2011 - 22 comments
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22 comments on “JK: The last thing I need is a ship on a reef”

  1. Colonial Viper 1

    That’s Key channeling BP’s former CEO Tony Hayward, who siad he “wanted his life back”, during the Deepwater Horizon disaster.


  2. Adrian 2

    Was the seemingly slow start ( 4 days ) because they didn’t know if there was yellowcake on board or not, and we don’t have any detection gear in the country?

    • Colonial Viper 2.1

      yellow cake is relatively harmless.

      Lets see National use that as a reason anyway lol it would be funny.

      • Colonial Viper 2.1.1

        I take it back, yellowcake’s radiological properties are reasonably harmless, but it is still a nasty chemical posion.

  3. mike 3

    I’m reminded of Gerry Brownlee speaking on Campbell Live or Close Up a few months ago. When the interviewer brought up the frustration of many chch residents waiting for answers about what would happen there, he took the opportunity to point out that his life had been consumed by the earthquake, he was over it, wanted his life back, words to that effect. So, hey, just so you all know, all you complaining chch residents out there, this damn earthquake has been inconvenient even for me!

    Yes, these are the people we turn to to guide us through the tough times when disaster strikes and people need help.

    We should all remember and appreciate that that’s fucking annoying for them.

  4. The last thing “I” need? It is the last thing the rest of New Zealand needs as well, thank you!

  5. seeker 5

    Typical John Key -self absorbed through and through. Good job the volunteers working on the beach at Makatu are not made from the same shoddy fabric as our prime minister (and his rather disingenuous transport and environmental ministers.).

    Last Sunday (14-10-11) on tvnz, reporter Matt Mclean spoke about the pebbles and stones on the Makatu beach and surrounding rock pools. Each rock has to be cleaned separately!! What a task! And yet there was a lovely lady, Wai Morrison, selflessly scrubbing away, saying that this was not on her “bucket list to do… but you just have to get on with it because it needs doing!”

    Apparently it had not been possible to clean this type of oil off with usual cleaners but this did not stop these volunteers who had gone the extra mile and found a really effective natural product which was time consuming but really did the job- rock by pebble by rock by pebble by rock….. What’s more, not only did they discover this product by themselves, as nobody would fund it for them, they bought it themselves too, at a cost of $2000, Tania G. the coordinator told us. What heroes they are. I hope they are eventually given special recognition for their phenomenal response to this disgusting tragedy.

    Compare this to our vapid and irresponsible profit hungry,National Party government who ask what they could have done?
    Well, John Key could now at least reimburse these generous Makatu volunteers for the product necessary to clean the rocks on the shore of our beautiful country that he is meant to govern and protect. Perhaps he could reimburse from his own apparently admirable, well lined pockets too, to the rather less well lined, but less begrudging pockets, of those marvellous Makatu volunteers.

    I thank them from the bottom of my heart.

    • DJL 5.1

      Its called sphagnum moss. It grows on rocks in the coastal forests of British Columbia.It is widely used for oil spills all over the world. The man who sells/distributes it here was on TV a few days after the grounding. He was told by ” the ministry” we’ll call you if we need you. The same crap as the guy with the barges.

    • Ben 5.2

      Well said. I agree completely.

  6. Tigger 6

    I didn’t make the throat slitting gesture, I didn’t drive the ship onto the reef – I suspect this song is running on a non-stop loop through Key’s head… http://youtu.be/2g5Hz17C4is (It Wasn’t Me – Shaggy).

  7. ianmac 7

    +1 seeker

  8. randal 8

    gotta watch out for bad reefers dude!

  9. Adrian 9

    I know CV, it’s relativly harmless in drums but 400 tonnes of it in a headline anywhere we sell milk or whatever bloody isn’t.

    • Colonial Viper 9.1

      I’m not sure how delaying dealing with the Rena helps prevent that yellowcake headline at all mate.

      If anything it should have spurred the Govt to get its ass in gear.

  10. Peter 10

    It’s not about NZ, it’s not about the National Party, it’s not about the Bay of Plenty people …….

    You are so right , it’s all about Mr Key.

  11. Nick C 11

    I love it how you have taken the comment from the Breakfast interview out of context.

    In fact you have done worse than take it out of context. You have juxtaposed it with audio taken from different interviews to place it in a fabricated context designed to make him look bad.

    • Colonial Viper 11.1

      What exactly would make Key look bad?

      The fact that dealing with the Rena disaster has taken time and energy away from all the semi and finals games that he has been planning on being VIP at?

  12. How about the bit where John Key said the slow response wasn’t going to effect the election?

    That’s right people… the fact that New Zealand has next to no oil spill response capabilities and National was blatantly lying to promote their deep sea oil drilling plans doesn’t matter. Let’s just wait for that oil to wash onto the beaches again and let the public clean it up eh! Cheep labor, especially when they buy their own inadequate overpriced protective equipment. Got to love that disaster capitalism at work. /sarc.

    How about the fact the we’re getting tonnes of uranium shipped around NZ and there is no ability to clean up a spill… is that fact going to win National votes? Apparently the fire service doesn’t even have a Geiger counter FFS! I guess the government was just planning to keep any spills quiet eh!

    The authorities are now saying “it could be a really bad disaster.” Wake the fuck up, it is a really bad disaster already! 350 + tonnes of heavy fuel oil and a few thousand litres of Corexit in the ecosystem is a disaster! Do they want a fn definition of the word?

    Just in case anybody believes the authorities spin, I’ve been doing a little research and the hazardous substances on-board Rena could kill the eastern Bay of Plenty’s sea life for our lifetimes, and John Key goes off to hammer in hoardings? Smile and wave at another photo op Key isn’t a prime minister, he’s a dick!

    I’m sick and tired of the media downplaying the government’s failures and I’m sick and tired of the National government failing New Zealand.

  13. prism 13

    How can the firm using the vessel hive off the responsibility for its misuse to the owners? What shoddy law would allow this? It was in their care and exclusively used by the hirer. The owner would never accept open-ended responsibility like that.

    • Colonial Viper 13.1

      No doubt some hugely peculiar maritime contract which is standard in that industry.

      Perhaps its like hiring a taxi to take yourself and the luggage back from the airport. On the way the driver has an accident and damages another car.

      Why should you, the taxi’s client, be liable for costs arising from the accident?

      • felix 13.1.1

        Who drove the ship onto the reef? The company that owns the ship or the company that was using the ship?

        Who were the Captain and crew working for?

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