web analytics

Quick question

Written By: - Date published: 11:45 am, October 1st, 2010 - 41 comments
Categories: Minister for Overseas Holidays - Tags:

Why does our Minister of Tourism always take his holidays overseas?

41 comments on “Quick question ”

  1. nilats 1

    Because it is a free country.

    • Blighty 1.1

      Funny how you have to have to be rich to be truely free

      • The Baron 1.1.1

        Just regulate mandatory richness then? Whats your point again?

        • felix 1.1.1.1

          Blighty’s point was that Key is free to travel to Hawaii for regular holidays (from what btw?) not because of the innate freedom of movement we share as citizens of a democracy but because he has accumulated a grossly disproportionate share of the world’s resources for his own personal benefit.

          What was yours again?

        • bbfloyd 1.1.1.2

          Baron,,, that was just stupid… say something real would you..

  2. prism 2

    ‘Cos he wants to do some personal hands-on promotion of our 100% pure brand to the USA group who are among the biggest spenders of our overseas visitors?
    (He invites them to a hangi and hands out leaflets and free samples.)

  3. M 3

    Could it be to get away from the shithole he’s turning NZ into?

    Heck, he wouldn’t want to walk amongst the great unwashed and view his handiwork – you know the minimum wage earners, the minorities who are responsible for all of society’s ills and those who dare to speak out about his vicious policies.

    All the dumb prick can do is look like stunned mullet every time any question requiring some basic requisite intellect is put to him.

  4. Tigger 4

    To be fair, Helen used to go on walking tours overseas, no? And if I could go to Hawaii I would…full time actually since Key is turning this place into such a dump.

    I’m more concerned as to how he always manages to be overseas when bad news comes out. No surprises that he missed the GST rise I imagine…

    • Kevin Welsh 4.1

      Somehow I can’t see Smile & Wave wandering too far away from the limo and doing the Milford, Routeburn or any other of the fantastic scenic tracks New Zealand has to offer.

      Keyt is a man who is in dire need of fresh air and excercise.

  5. nilats 5

    You mean Key made South Auckland a dump, wow, that is impressive in 2 years.
    BTW guys, you always go on about how good Oz is, why don’t you go there so you can have higher wages or are jobs in Canberra hard to get as they have enuf beauracrats? I know contributors to this site would not know a hard days work is being pen pushers.

    • rich 5.1

      Good job you don’t push a pen with those grammar skills.

      • nilats 5.1.1

        I run an international company in NZ in the construction industry. I delegate pen pushers who use spell check on PCs.

        • Vicky32 5.1.1.1

          That doesn’t mean you have to be lazy yourself! (I don’t suppose you get your PA to write your posts, but you could take my advice and do it as well as she would – write them in Word then copy-and-paste… But first, check that your Word spell-and-grammar checks are set to English NZ, not US, which is the default..)
          Deb

          • Logie97 5.1.1.1.1

            @nilats. Your language here demonstrates the sort of esteem you hold your employees in. Probably indicates what sort of employer you are as well. I am sure your P.A. would love to be described as a pen-pusher.
            Good job Tolley wasn’t around when (if) you went onto college. You wouldn’t have met her standards and you’d have “failed”.

            Further, isn’t it Key who bangs on about how good Australia is and that he wants to close the gap.

        • prism 5.1.1.2

          I hope you were never connected with leaky homes nilats. And watch the careful anchoring of those concrete slabs won’t you with the right gauge and metal bolts.

        • felix 5.1.1.3

          nilats.

          You delegate *to* pen pushers.

          And no, you don’t.

  6. Disengaged 6

    Perhaps it’s because he wants to holiday where he is a complete unknown. Where he can wander down to the shops in jandals and a ratty old t-shirt or just relax a the beach without people coming up to talk to/harrang/button hole him all the time.

    While I actually like the aspect of New Zealand politics that means that you can see MPs out on the street or sit next to them on planes etc I could see how constantly having to be “on show” would get tiresome.

    • ghostwhowalksnz 6.1

      wander down to the shop in jandals ? They why does he take his DPS security with him.
      A ‘complete unknown’ with a couple of bodyguards.

      Who does he think he is ? . Lindsay Lothan

      • Disengaged 6.1.1

        I’m guessing because the DPS wouldn’t let the PM go anywhere without some form of protection.

        • Tigger 6.1.1.1

          Lindsay could probably create jobs…

          • Disengaged 6.1.1.1.1

            True. I wonder what a “full time lamp post replacer – on call 24hrs” gets paid. Actually between Lindsay,Tiger and Paris you could probably justify a whole crew.

            Then there’s the drug and alcohol industry (both supply-side and treament).

            Hell, she’s veritable walking (staggering?) job summit. Someone should get on to immigration toot sweet!

        • Bunji 6.1.1.2

          Helen used to often manage without them.

          • Disengaged 6.1.1.2.1

            Your link (and Trevor) seems to indicate that Helen managed with fewer, not none.

  7. felix 7

    I’m pretty sure that’s what he thinks “Minister of Tourism” means.

  8. Nick C 8

    IT MUST BE BECAUSE HE HATES THIS COUNTRY AND IS A MUSLIM TERRORIST!!

    [lprent: DO NOT SHOUT ! It annoys me ]

  9. BLiP 9

    No one can keep on eye on who he’s entertaining.

  10. Brett 10

    Jesus give up on the class war, boo hiss rich person bs.
    The majority of NZ know thinks along the same line as the US now, money and fame is something you aspire to.
    Apart from the ex poms on this site this class divide English bollocks doesn’t resonate with anyone.

    • Colonial Viper 10.1

      Oh my friend, it is a class war, and the elites are waging it on everyone else, awarding themselves generous tax breaks, bailing themselves out of their own financial speculation with our tax dollars, making working life tougher and more insecure for the many while the few live it up.

      And everyone else is starting to wake up to it.

      Jesus give up on the class war

      Pffft. Somehow I don’t think he anointed you His spokesperson.

      • ianmac 10.1.1

        Yes but VP, not sure that elite describes rich folk. Elite to me means superior intellectual and/or artistic merit. Being rich does not necessarily mean being of the elite. And in fact money traders are just unscrupulous takers. Envy? Not me.

    • Vicky32 10.2

      “The majority of NZ know thinks along the same line as the US now, money and fame is something you aspire to.
      Apart from the ex poms on this site this class divide English bollocks doesn’t resonate with anyone”
      Thanks be to God you are wronger than a very wrong thing! As one of those Poms you denigrate, I am here to tell you that the class system in NZ is just as bad, if not worse than overseas. Enough money would be nice, but you can stick your fame where the monkey stuck its ninepence, and I would rather be dead than American…

      • comedy 10.2.1

        “…and I would rather be dead than American.”

        Why’s that it’s a big country and not everyone is as portrayed in their TV programmes.. just a throw-away line ?

        • Vicky32 10.2.1.1

          Sincerely meant, I am afraid… Judging by Americans I know, paranoia coupled with unthinking patriotism, and a lack of education coupled with a stubborn refusal to admit ignorance, in *any* context, are pretty much universal North American characteristics.
          (Plus of course, having the need to defend indefensible wars would drive me insane. Kudos to the Americans who are *anti-war* – pity there aren’t more of them!

    • Logie97 10.3

      @Brett. for your info Key and his lackey journalist profilers use the “working class” hard times nomenclature.

    • prism 10.4

      No Brett we don’t need to have a copy of class ridden Brit, we proudly can hold up our heads and say we are creating our own (always of course with an eye on what the other countries are doing).

  11. john 11

    cause hes a wanker and a tosser there are many great places here for a holiday,but he would have trouble going to them as he knows what hes done to the average worker and if he went out for lunch they may spit in his food.
    I would

    • Colonial Viper 11.1

      We make their meals, teach their children, repair their plumbing, guard them while they sleep,…and they still dare to **** with us.

      captcha: sadly

  12. Irascible 12

    Because it’s in keeping with his international and national reputation as “Smile & Wave, Scuttle & Run”- the PM who disappears when the going gets tough.

Links to post

Recent Comments

Recent Posts

  • Significant global progress made under Christchurch Call
    A stocktake undertaken by France and New Zealand shows significant global progress under the Christchurch Call towards its goal to eliminate terrorist and violent extremist content online.  The findings of the report released today reinforce the importance of a multi-stakeholder approach, with countries, companies and civil society working together to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 hours ago
  • New chair of interim TAB NZ Board appointed
    Racing Minister Grant Robertson has announced he is appointing Elizabeth Dawson (Liz) as the Chair of the interim TAB NZ Board. Liz Dawson is an existing Board Director of the interim TAB NZ Board and Chair of the TAB NZ Board Selection Panel and will continue in her role as ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 hours ago
  • Government to phase out live exports by sea
    The Government has announced that the export of livestock by sea will cease following a transition period of up to two years, said Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor. “At the heart of our decision is upholding New Zealand’s reputation for high standards of animal welfare. We must stay ahead of the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    10 hours ago
  • Inter-prison kapa haka competition launched
    For the first time, all 18 prisons in New Zealand will be invited to participate in an inter-prison kapa haka competition, Corrections Minister Kelvin Davis announced today. The 2021 Hōkai Rangi Whakataetae Kapa Haka will see groups prepare and perform kapa haka for experienced judges who visit each prison and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    12 hours ago
  • Government takes step forward on counter terrorism laws
    The Government has introduced the Counter-Terrorism Legislation Bill, designed to boost New Zealand's ability to respond to a wider range of terrorist activities. The Bill strengthens New Zealand’s counter-terrorism legislation and ensures that the right legislative tools are available to intervene early and prevent harm. “This is the Government’s first ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Carbon neutral government a step closer
    Coal boiler replacements at a further ten schools, saving an estimated 7,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide over the next ten years Fossil fuel boiler replacements at Southern Institute of Technology and Taranaki DHB, saving nearly 14,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide over the next ten years Projects to achieve a total ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Appointment of Chief Parliamentary Counsel
    Attorney-General David Parker today announced the appointment of Cassie Nicholson as Chief Parliamentary Counsel for a term of five years. The Chief Parliamentary Counsel is the principal advisor and Chief Executive of the Parliamentary Counsel Office (PCO).  She is responsible for ensuring PCO, which drafts most of New Zealand’s legislation, provides ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Emissions report shows urgent action needed
    Every part of Government will need to take urgent action to bring down emissions, the Minister for Climate Change, James Shaw said today in response to the recent rise in New Zealand’s greenhouse emissions. The latest annual inventory of New Zealand’s greenhouse gas emissions shows that both gross and net ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • NZ becomes first in world for climate reporting
    Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister David Clark says Aotearoa New Zealand has become the first country in the world to introduce a law that requires the financial sector to disclose the impacts of climate change on their business and explain how they will manage climate-related risks and opportunities. The Financial ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Awards celebrate the food and fibre sector employer excellence
    Exceptional employment practices in the primary industries have been celebrated at the Good Employer Awards, held this evening at Parliament. “Tonight’s awards provided the opportunity to celebrate and thank those employers in the food and fibres sector who have gone beyond business-as-usual in creating productive, safe, supportive, and healthy work ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Tourism Infrastructure Fund now open
    Applications are now invited from all councils for a slice of government funding aimed at improving tourism infrastructure, especially in areas under pressure given the size of their rating bases. Tourism Minister Stuart Nash has already signalled that five South Island regions will be given priority to reflect that jobs ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Construction Skills Action Plan delivering early on targets
    The Construction Skills Action Plan has delivered early on its overall target of supporting an additional 4,000 people into construction-related education and employment, says Minister for Building and Construction Poto Williams. Since the Plan was launched in 2018, more than 9,300 people have taken up education or employment opportunities in ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Youth Justice residence offers new pathway
    An innovative new Youth Justice residence designed in partnership with Māori will provide prevention, healing, and rehabilitation services for both young people and their whānau, Children’s Minister Kelvin Davis announced today.  Whakatakapokai is located in South Auckland and will provide care and support for up to 15 rangatahi remanded or ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • The Duke of Edinburgh
    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern today expressed New Zealand’s sorrow at the death of His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. “Our thoughts are with Her Majesty The Queen at this profoundly sad time.  On behalf of the New Zealand people and the Government, I would like to express ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Five Country Ministerial Communiqué
    We, the Home Affairs, Interior, Security and Immigration Ministers of Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States of America (the ‘Five Countries’) met via video conference on 7/8 April 2021, just over a year after the outbreak of the COVID-19 global pandemic. Guided by our shared ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Inspiring creativity through cultural installations and events
    Arts, Culture and Heritage Minister Carmel Sepuloni has today announced the opening of the first round of Ngā Puninga Toi ā-Ahurea me ngā Kaupapa Cultural Installations and Events. “Creating jobs and helping the arts sector rebuild and recover continues to be a key part of the Government’s COVID-19 response,” Carmel ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Drug-testing law to be made permanent
    Interim legislation that is already proving to keep people safer from drugs will be made permanent, Health Minister Andrew Little says. Research by Victoria University, on behalf of the Ministry of Health, shows that the Government’s decision in December to make it legal for drug-checking services to operate at festivals ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Better rules proposed for freedom camping
    Public consultation launched on ways to improve behaviour and reduce damage Tighter rules proposed for either camping vehicles or camping locations Increased penalties proposed, such as $1,000 fines or vehicle confiscation Rental companies may be required to collect fines from campers who hire vehicles Public feedback is sought on proposals ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Government backs Air New Zealand as Trans-Tasman bubble opens
    The Government is continuing to support Air New Zealand while aviation markets stabilise and the world moves towards more normal border operations. The Crown loan facility made available to Air New Zealand in March 2020 has been extended to a debt facility of up to $1.5 billion (an additional $600 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Building gifted for new community hub in Richmond red zone
    Christchurch’s Richmond suburb will soon have a new community hub, following the gifting of a red-zoned property by Land Information New Zealand (LINZ) to the Richmond Community Gardens Trust. The Minister for Land Information, Damien O’Connor said that LINZ, on behalf of the Crown, will gift a Vogel Street house ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Pacific languages funding reopens
      Minister for Pacific Peoples Aupito William Sio says the reopening of the Ministry for Pacific Peoples’ (MPP) Languages Funding in 2021 will make sure there is a future for Pacific languages. “Language is the key to the wellbeing for Pacific people. It affirms our identity as Pasifika and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • ERANZ speech April 2021
    It is a pleasure to be here tonight.  Thank you Cameron for the introduction and thank you for ERANZ for also hosting this event. Last week in fact, we had one of the largest gatherings in our sector, Downstream 2021. I have heard from my officials that the discussion on ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Strengthening Māori knowledge in science and innovation
    Research, Science and Innovation Minister Megan Woods has today announced the 16 projects that will together get $3.9 million through the 2021 round of Te Pūnaha Hihiko: Vision Mātauranga Capability Fund, further strengthening the Government’s commitment to Māori knowledge in science and innovation.  “We received 78 proposals - the highest ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Government delivers next phase of climate action
    The Government is delivering on a key election commitment to tackle climate change, by banning new low and medium temperature coal-fired boilers and partnering with the private sector to help it transition away from fossil fuels. This is the first major announcement to follow the release of the Climate Commission’s ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Continued investment in Central Otago schools supports roll growth
    Six projects, collectively valued at over $70 million are delivering new schools, classrooms and refurbished buildings across Central Otago and are helping to ease the pressure of growing rolls in the area, says Education Minister Chris Hipkins. The National Education Growth Plan is making sure that sufficient capacity in the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Two more Christchurch schools complete
    Two more schools are now complete as part of the Christchurch Schools Rebuild Programme, with work about to get under way on another, says Education Minister Chris Hipkins. Te Ara Koropiko – West Spreydon School will welcome students to their new buildings for the start of Term 2. The newly ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Independent experts to advise Government on post-vaccination future
    The Government is acting to ensure decisions on responding to the next phase of the COVID-19 pandemic are informed by the best available scientific evidence and strategic public health advice. “New Zealand has worked towards an elimination strategy which has been successful in keeping our people safe and our economy ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Supporting Māori success with Ngārimu Awards
    Six Māori scholars have been awarded Ngārimu VC and the 28th (Māori) Battalion Memorial scholarships for 2021, Associate Education Minister and Ngārimu Board Chair, Kelvin Davis announced today. The prestigious Manakura Award was also presented for the first time since 2018. “These awards are a tribute to the heroes of the 28th ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Global partnerships propel space tech research
    New Zealand’s aerospace industry is getting a boost through the German Aerospace Centre (DLR), to grow the capability of the sector and potentially lead to joint space missions, Research, Science and Innovation Minister Megan Woods has announced. 12 New Zealand organisations have been chosen to work with world-leading experts at ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Government backs more initiatives to boost food and fibre workforce
    The Government is backing more initiatives to boost New Zealand’s food and fibre sector workforce, Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor announced today. “The Government and the food and fibres sector have been working hard to fill critical workforce needs.  We've committed to getting 10,000 more Kiwis into the sector over the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Minister welcomes Bill to remove Subsequent Child Policy
    Minister for Social Development and Employment Carmel Sepuloni has welcomed the first reading of the Social Security (Subsequent Child Policy Removal) Amendment Bill in the House this evening. “Tonight’s first reading is another step on the way to removing excessive sanctions and obligations for people receiving a Main Benefit,” says ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Mental Health Amendment Bill passes first reading
    The Government has taken a significant step towards delivering on its commitment to improve the legislation around mental health as recommended by He Ara Oranga – the report of the Government Inquiry into Mental Health and Addiction, Health Minister Andrew Little says. The Mental Health (Compulsory Assessment and Treatment) Amendment ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Whenua Māori Rating Amendment Bill passes third reading
    Local Government Minister Nanaia Mahuta has welcomed the Local Government (Rating of Whenua Māori) Amendment Bill passing its third reading today. “After nearly 100 years of a system that was not fit for Māori and did not reflect the partnership we have come to expect between Māori and the Crown, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Trans-Tasman bubble to start 19 April
    New Zealand’s successful management of COVID means quarantine-free travel between New Zealand and Australia will start on Monday 19 April, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced today. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins confirmed the conditions for starting to open up quarantine free travel with Australia have ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Ngāti Hinerangi Claims Settlement Bill passes Third Reading
    Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Andrew Little welcomed ngā uri o Ngāti Hinerangi to Parliament today to witness the third reading of their Treaty settlement legislation, the Ngāti Hinerangi Claims Settlement Bill. “I want to acknowledge ngā uri o Ngāti Hinerangi and the Crown negotiations teams for working tirelessly ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Independent group announced to advise on firearms matters
    Minister of Police Poto Williams has announced the members of the Ministers Arms Advisory Group, established to ensure balanced advice to Government on firearms that is independent of Police. “The Ministers Arms Advisory Group is an important part of delivering on the Government’s commitment to ensure we maintain the balance ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Kiri Allan to take leave of absence
    Kiri Allan, Minister of Conservation and Emergency Management will undertake a leave of absence while she undergoes medical treatment for cervical cancer, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced today. “I consider Kiri not just a colleague, but a friend. This news has been devastating. But I also know that Kiri is ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Excellent progress at new Waikeria prison build
    Excellent progress has been made at the new prison development at Waikeria, which will boost mental health services and improve rehabilitation opportunities for people in prison, Corrections Minister Kelvin Davis says. Kelvin Davis was onsite at the new build to meet with staff and see the construction first-hand, following a ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Expert panel proposes criminal limits for drug driving
    To reduce the trauma of road crashes caused by drug impaired drivers, an Independent Expert Panel on Drug Driving has proposed criminal limits and blood infringement thresholds for 25 impairing drugs, Minister of Police Poto Williams and Transport Minister Michael Wood announced today. The Land Transport (Drug Driving) Amendment Bill ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Covid-19 imgration powers to be extended
    Temporary COVID-19 immigration powers will be extended to May 2023, providing continued flexibility to support migrants, manage the border, and help industries facing labour shortages, Immigration Minister Kris Faafoi announced today. “Over the past year, we have had to make rapid decisions to vary visa conditions, extend expiry dates, and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago