from The Herald article..
• That he spent $50-60,000 hosting then-labour minister Rick Barker on a cruise on the Yangtze River in China in 2007; and
• That Liu visited Barker in Hawke’s Bay in 2006, having dinner with him at an exclusive lodge and then meeting for breakfast the next morning. Liu said he made a donation to Hawke’s Bay Rowing, which Barker was associated with.
The Rick Barker ‘river cruise’ sounds like a ‘honey trap’ of sorts …
as Barker professes surprise about the magnitude of it at the time
or cunning blinkers?
- pictures must exist somewhere, mileage to be made and all that…
Can the HB rowing club confirm Liu’s ‘strategic’ donation?
interesting food in the capital
Some of Wellington's best-known bars and restaurants will be at a "pop up city" at Silo Park on June 25 and 26 to show off some of the best of the capital's food and drink, including craft beer and bespoke cocktails.
Shame it is invite only...
from the same loft…
Damn. Meant to highlight that…
…and don’t forget this:
The World Premiere of Chad Taylor and Jonathan King’s movie REALITi will be during the Wellington Film Festival and then screened in the Auckland Film Festival – get your tickets early (when they are available)
REALITi is a new science fiction film written by Chad Taylor and directed by Jonathan King. It stars Nathan Meister, Michelle Langstone, Graham McTavish, Aroha White, Miranda Manasiadis, Nathaniel Lees and Tim Wong.
Independently-produced, REALITi was shot on a micro-budget around Wellington over 2013, often with permission. Employing the style and visual language of “new wave” movies, it’s a love letter to both European cinema and New Zealand: a local urban landscape populated with international fears
Peter Jackson's ... star on Hollywood or john Keys’ foreign policy
...which includes giving the Iron Man 3 movie $3 million cash just so Weta gets the work apparently...
ONE News obtained the amount of the grant from the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment using the Official Information Act.
The figures show the production spent NZ$23.2m in this country.
But while that's paid into private hands, in exchange, the studios get a cash rebate from the taxpayer of NZ$3.5m (excluding GST) - equating to 15% of the spend.
That's paid to a shelf company registered here - both directors are linked to Marvel Studios, who made the film in association with Paramount.
now the Herald gets to...
...frame the perspective
And leader David Cunliffe had to fight to keep his job after revelations he wrote a letter for Liu's residency, despite previous denials.
I thought that baying call only came from media and National, who have no part in Labour's 'employment' decisions.
It doesn't seem clear who the statement was made to or deposited with?
Was it The Herald or just at the lawyers office?
going gangly busters…
Or This??? …
which encourages logic like this…
Laurence Day has given $175,000 to the Conservative Party “and there’ll be more to come”. The cashed-up Hamilton businessman is furious that Kim Dotcom is trying to buy political influence in New Zealand. So Day is putting his money where his mouth is – and fighting back….
The Kim Dotcom thing “really got up my nose”, he says.
“There’s a guy who has a single axe to grind because he tried to, I feel, bribe his way into New Zealand by buying politicians and that didn’t work, they went doggo on him.
That adds up,
dislike someone ‘buying’ political favour,
then go and support the latest self-funded vanity party that has bought itself into existence…
I bet Craig wishes he was channelling an inner Rimmer!
(…and had even an iota of the appeal Peter Cook exudes…)
and here’s the reality of binding referenda…
and meanwhile the other parties struggle to catch up…
Who says you couldn’t write this stuff!
Only yesterday Key reminded me of Sir Joh...
Now there's a born Kiwi Aussie can happily claim...
Behind the Y's counsel...
Dude. You’re the...
... worst diplomat!
Scold Murray McCully cuts the UN some slack:
The UN Security Council has not always adequately addressed some issues, says Foreign Minister Murray McCully, but it should be given time to show leadership over the Iraq crisis.
"The Security Council is there for this purpose and, sadly, we saw it fail in its duty to the international community in relation to the issue of chemical weapons in Syria. We have seen it fail on too many occasions."
That was one of the reasons New Zealand's candidature for the Security Council was important, he said.
Not sure how or why he says that last sentence is a given - what do we bring to the table again, precisely?
McCully gracefully acknowledges that the US is catching up with him...
"I think they are as frustrated as we are that some of this is of the making of the Iraqi leadership, who have not taken a particularly inclusive approach to governance arrangements."Sadly we have seen the United Nations Security Council drop the ball rather too often when confronted with difficult problems," said Mr McCully.
He would not speculate on what New Zealand's response would be if the United States sought any assistance. He and Prime Minister John Key met a grouping of Islamic countries at the UN yesterday to lobby for a seat on the Security Council.
Still too busy playing both sides of the net?
…disturbing affection for Bob Seger records
There is a universe where the magazines became
TurnThePage and Shakedown!, ChaCha became NightMoves …
…and Muldoon didn’t get drunk that night back in ’84!
His long run continues, he’s still in power!
Things are very different there…