Sunday 31 August 2008

look what i found - Thanks to Whale Oil

worth watching -

hat tip

Sadly, someone went to heaven today, but i bet he will be watching this video on a big screen up above.

to a good sailor .

I must go down to the seas again,
to the lonely sea and the sky,
And all I ask is a tall ship
and a star to steer her by,
And the wheel's kick and the wind's song
and the white sail's shaking,
And a grey mist on the sea's face
and a grey dawn breaking.
I must go down to the seas again,
for the call of the running tide
Is a wild call and a clear call
that may not be denied;
And all I ask is a windy day
with the white clouds flying,
And the flung spray and the blown spume,
and the sea-gulls crying.
I must go down to the seas again
to the vagrant gypsy life,
To the gull's way and the whale's way
where the wind's like a whetted knife;
And all I ask is a merry yarn
from a laughing fellow rover,
And quiet sleep and a sweet dream
when the long trick's over.
John Masefield

whale goes potty

keep an eye on the blue whales blog.

winstons last days in the sun part deux.

This is one of the comments from one of winnies followers
on his website. Looks like a former Exclusive Bretheren follower thinks that Winnies being persecuted. Hmmm , I've never been in the mire in the streets before - The roarprawn likes deep water not muck.

Tim Says: August 31st, 2008 at 1:12 am
Well said Winston.
You are still a hero in NZ politics, and people will see that in time.
“Rejoice not against me, O mine enemy: when I fall, I shall arise; when I sit in darkness, the LORD shall be a light unto me” Micah 7:8
“Then my enemy will see, And shame will cover her who said to me, “Where is the LORD your God?” My eyes will look on her; At that time she will be trampled down Like mire of the streets” 7:8
Best regards

a good man died today

a very good man was taken by the sea today. He will be well remembered.

if you think american politics has a changing face

then watch eye to eye with Willie Jackson this morning --

who is now new best friends with who?

green party "not comfortable" with winston

when asked if she would be happy sitting round the cabinet table with winston jeanette says she would not be comfortable.

Thats green speak for " fuck off"

Saturday 30 August 2008

this will make you sicker than a week old plate of scampi

Winstons latest post.......

it includes this wee gem
"One of the biggest problems we have in New Zealand is that we judge the morality of larceny in accordance with the scale of it. Low socio-economic individuals who find themselves on the wrong side of the law are dealt with more harshly than those who take tens of millions in shonky deals and set up family trusts to hide their assets. In fact, in some cases, the unscrupulous rich are held up as role models of our society. These people have the cheek to hold themselves up as true pillars of the community, when they are really part of the rotten foundations."

winstons last days in the sun

So Winston was going to front up to the SFO -

He didnt - his lawyer did.

And he said he could clear the whole thing up in five minutes.

He didn't.

Proving yet again truth and winston are strangers and his narcissistic flower is in full bloom.

some light hearted quotes

A woman should never be seen eating or drinking, unless it be lobster, salad and champagne. The only true feminine and becoming viands.”Lord Byron (1788-1824)

Men and fish are alike. They both get into trouble when they open their mouths. ~Author Unknown

Good things come to those who bait. ~Author Unknown

We ask a simple question
And that is all we wish:

Are fishermen all liars?
Or do only liars fish?
~William Sherwood Fox, Silken Lines and Silver Hooks, 1954

“My temples throb,

my pulses boil,

I'm sick of song, and ode, and ballad--

So, Thyrsis, take the midnight oil,

And pour it on a lobster salad.”Thomas Hood (1799-1845)

you can't always eat scampi



Raytheon Completes GPS OCX SCAMPI Process
July 31, 2008:

Raytheon Co. has completed the integrated baseline review (IBR) and the standard Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI) appraisal method for process improvement (SCAMPI-B) for the U.S. Air Force's next-generation GPS Control Segment (OCX).Raytheon is one of two companies, the other being Northrop Grumman, that are under 18-month, Phase A contracts to perform systems engineering and integration; architecture design; communications and network engineering; information assurance and security; modeling and simulation; network management; software development; support, maintenance and implementation; and test and evaluation for OCX. The Air Force plans to choose one company next year to continue the program through development, deployment and sustainment in Phase B.

The government uses SCAMPI appraisals to identify strengths and weaknesses of software, engineering, and management processes and to reveal acquisition development risks for corrective action.

The IBR validated the Raytheon OCX team's earned value management system, established the credibility of the technical, schedule and cost baselines, and developed a mutual understanding of program risks, according to Raytheon.

The SCAMPI-B involved a systematic appraisal of the Raytheon OCX team's processes and the maturity level of the team executing these processes, the company said.Raytheon's OCX team includes members from Boeing, ITT Industries, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Braxton Technologies, Infinity Systems Engineering, and SRI International. Raytheon achieved the first milestone for the OCX program, satisfying the Air Force's System Requirement Review criteria, in February.

Now thats definitely about swimming in a different sea.

Im off to the movies - Hellboy...... and meetings from hell

Should be good - need a break from politics so going to watch some mayhem and pillage for a change......

and the NZ Herald is reporting that Winnies had a " cordial" meeting with the SFO.

Key should announce an inquiry into scampi if ( when) he wins election

"The reality is that Winston Peters faces investigation not only by the SFO, but he also has to pass the test from the parliamentary privileges committee, and then go on and answer all the other many and varied allegations, which I would have thought if any of them are true would also be ruling him out as suitable to hold a [ministerial] warrant," Mr Key said.

Its clear Key wants more answers - He will soon have the power to call an inquiry into the scampi affair. Follow the money.

wellingtonhive knows where its at

Friday 29 August 2008

whats the difference ....

between Winston and Golf? In golf you can improve your lie ...... That's courtesy of my mum.... bless her golf sox.

winston standing aside

hes gone

whos vile?

Peters keeps crapping on about vile lies and unnamed people having it in for him -- weird coming from a man who told one of the businessmen involved in the scampi investigation - " We are going to do you " outside the select committee room all those years ago.

Herald says PM and peters meeting - looks like she is timing a following press conference for the 6pm news.

Its still about scampi

and Queen Bee understands. Yip the greens have their hemp undies round their ankles on this one.

Less that 50% of the scampi quota has been fished this year. Boats are tied up. The beds are a mess.

The fishery is stuffed. And the same "science" that was used to develop our " sustainable" hoki quota was used to develop the scampi quota.

The question for the business reporters is did Sanfords buy a lemon when they bought simunovich fisheries?

Shaun Plunkets interview on RNZ this morning was one of his finest. He is a pleasure to listen to. It was almost like a boxing match- winnie was on the ropes dazed and confused.

It should be used as a training tape for all young journos...

Thursday 28 August 2008

Phew, NZ isn't a banana republic.

Wow ,

Roarprawns faith in the NZ justice system has been restored - my pick is the shredders, and delete keys will be working overtime - Those involved would not have been expecting that this day would come. They would have thought that all the hush money and the threats would have stopped this from ever getting this far.

While the SFO have said they will turn their attention on those involved on the Glenn and Vela donations, this inquiry will open the door on other issues.

Roarprawn called for justice and an inquiry that could find the truth and that has been answered. That was all that was asked for.

She is well pleased.


I have made repeated calls for journalists to interview Ross Meurant

I apologise to them - ( perhaps a few beers at dockside on me? )

It appears Mr Meurant is happy to talk about everything but he wants a six figure sum...
Two media agencies have already been approached, so the kumera vine tells me.
If he really wants to clear his conscience, the SFO no doubt would be happy to let him talk. Hopefully his recollection of events will be a wee bit better than those of WP.

But I think it would be unwise of him to ask the SFO for any money for doing the canary thing.

bloody fantastic cartoon,2106,0a16341,00.html

this says it all .......
well done Chicane - the resident cartoonist from that venerable organ of note -The Southland Times

picking the narcissis

If everyone is expecting WP to resign - it wont happen - he will have to be pushed and pushed hard. How can you expect honour from someone who has no honour?

And Winston likes the limelight - he is a narcissist.

Yesterday was an astounding day in NZ politics. As a few friends mused over a bottle of red at the end of the day it was clear we agreed that Rodney had done a fine job in mortally wounding Winston despite the stonewalling of a desperate government .

Then our blackberries chorused in unison with the news that John Key had cut him loose.

It led to more wine drinking - but we are holding off on the champagne until he is done for.

There are still more revelations to play out over the next few days and it will be interesting to see how many of Winstons own party decide to cut him loose. by the end of the week they will wish they had made the call to distance themselves a lot earlier.

Last night TV3 played a tape that TVone couldnt play for " legal reasons" during the scampi inquiry.
It alleges that a Simunovich skipper was ordered to lie to the select committee.

Rodney tried to read out the transcript in parliament but was stonwalled by a desperate Peters.

He is desperate not to have it aired because if it is investigated further and he can be linked to Simunovichs then - well you can work out the rest.

That tape may well have been enough to have turned the tide of the scampi select committee if it had been played a few years back. Alas it wasn't and the lives of many good men where irrivocably changed for the worse.

Wednesday 27 August 2008

who is this

and where was this taken go one guess

john keys has cajones

good to see that john key is willing to say no to winnie.
that will undoubtedly put the presssure on Helen. One says no to corruption the other says nothing.

and there is still the scampi story to tell.. when parliament lets Rodney tell it.

winston churchill

Im breaking out the champagne tonight - its a bottle I won in a bet a few months ago. Winston Churchill Pol Roger..... A good friend known affectionately as the Gun Runner introduced me to it a few years back.. Goes well with Bluff oysters and scampi!

still more - woohoo!

winnies toast

I dont think i need to say much more - it started with scampi - but what else has Winnie sold his soul for - SFO has no choice now - they need to investigate.

is Owen Glenn Winstons nemisis?

Ahh for a seat at the privileges committee this morning . Will Clark cut Winston loose if the motherload is revealed in the committee hearing and in the house? Rodney does have more.

Tuesday 26 August 2008

kina spikes and caviar - aka brickbats and bouquets

It was an extraordinary day - but worthy of note . TVNZ wades in.

This is not going to be single issue blog but hell Im a little fixated at the moment - so excuse the obsession.
And this from TV3 Duncan - who I wrote off as being a dork years ago - I apologise - you are a good un... mind you you did spin your wheels a bit on the bloody " secret agenda" stuff.
It was fluffy journalism at its worst.

A challange to journos for the day -

find Ross Meurant.

And interview Tommy Gear while you are at it.

corrections in a pickle sandwich

I have just been watching TV to catch up on how the MSM is covering the Winston corruption saga. Very well it seems - then on TV1 a breathless blonde has a story about some crims who are hard done by - seems that the boys on PD - the buggers who are a but a car jacking from prison are grumpy about gettting pies supplied for their lunch. They want healthy lunches.

I take my lunch to work.. not always ( sometimes I get to eat at Dockside courtesy of my mate His Immenseness) but i do make my wee sammies some days and off to work I go. I pay for them - so why should those hard out hang doggers expect me to pay for their bloody pies or any lunch for that matter..

They should be paying for their own. the only thing they should get is a course in how to make a nutritious lunch.

SFO must investigate

The one thing I worry about is that somehow the people who have proved to be the meisters of political corruption will somehow get to the SFO. What many people dont realise is at the time of the scampi scandal there were threats of violence from some of the players involved.

Friends of mine witnessed some threatening behaviour from some of the players towards me on one occasion that left them shaken. In a way i was glad it happened - it showed how nasty they were.

I have been close to this since the saga first unfolded and was, in part, responsible for the " outing " of Ross Meurant and his subsequent resignation as Winstons bag man.

It wasnt an easy time but my loyalty to a few men whom I believe are the victims of this sorry business remains strong. They are very good men, honest, forthright and they trusted that they would eventually get what they believed was rightly theirs and that those who relied on corruption to engineer a travesty would, one day, get theirs.

What people need to realise is that good men are dead because of what the scandal did to them financially. People have fled the country and others have protection orders against some of the central characters in this saga.

It was all about $130m of prawns and power.

The ponies came later......

ralstons the man

turn on radio live - Ralston who knows a fair bit about this stuff says that Winston has misled the house and that the allegations that Rodney raised are not related to the defamation claim that WP was foaming at the mouth about - WP may have delayed proceedings but it will show yet again what a liar he is.

The speaker needs a smack with a dead scampi

Todays question time in parliament was a disgraceful episode in our history. Yet again Winston Peters has manipulated the house to keep the people of New Zealand from hearing what Rodney believes they need to know. So here it is.

It was simple - Rodney wanted to know how the PM felt about the fact that the SFO has been presented with evidence from a NZ businessman, that he was privy to Winston telling the scampi barons that he would hide the evidence that he had on them that showed they had corrupted the select committiee process, if the scampi barons stumped up $50k.

Simple really - Winston leaned on parliamentary privilege and said the question could not be asked because it relates to a $30m defamation case that Winston has out on some media and some some members of the fishing fraternity.

The speaker buckled. But this story will not go away and for once the journalists will have seen something that is not familiar to them - fear in the eyes of Winston Peters and that should ensure that they will chase this story down once and for all and stop treating winston as some colorful old oncle.

This matter is about Winston and his history of corruption but also about the seafood industry and how its quota system was manipulated to line the purses of just a few.

Monday 25 August 2008

2008 or 1984 ? not all media are equal.....

Im an old journo, and find the blogosphere a fascinating place - I can see what Harvey is trying to do but it offends my sensibilities. The press these days includes all the traditional sources print, radio, the blogs and internet news sites and e-zines etc.

Saying the internet media can not use the names in a high profile trial is a bit like saying the Herald can report the name but the Dom cant cos the Dom gives you more of a story.

It is a vexing question though and I wonder if we end up having to sequester juries away for the duration of a trial - seems to be the only way that these days you can guarantee they wont get tainted by the info that is so easily at our disposal in so many ways.

And what about email and text ?

Hey you could ask your mates via a text to find out about a defendant and in a short time you would have all the answers you want. ( I have used that one before - it works )
So I understand Harvey's reasoning - just think that its bloody impossible and wont actually achieve what he wants… ten points for trying though - tainted juries are becoming a big problem.

Food for thought - How the hell is the jury that sits in judgement on Tony Veitch going to work out whats the go after all the stuff thats available in all forms of media of which blogs and the netnews sites like Scoop are two?

big fish -

captured this in the Kopuaranga river in the wairarapa - it was midday, warm and barely a ripple on the river in a deep hole. the trout was lazily rising to feed .. far to pretty to eat ( maybe)

pick of the crop - olssens rocks! has a great story about my favourite vineyard winning the Bragato wine awards.

i had half a case of this pinot sent up last week and everyone I gave it to reckons it was fantastic.

I have been singing its praises for many a year now.

its a vineyard well worth a visit -with its great gardens and scultpures - the rest of the vineyards in the bannockburn cluster are also worth look.

go olssens!

Romeo Bragato was an Italian viticulturalist who arrived in New Zealand in 1895 at the invitation of the government and laid many of the foundations for the modern wine industry.
Award winners:
Champion wine of show, Bragato Trophy, champion pinot noir: Olssens Jackson Barry Pinot Noir 2007, Olssen's Garden Vineyard – Central Otago, John Olssen
Reserve champion wine: Palliser Estate Chardonnay 2007, Palliser Vineyard – Martinborough, Allan Johnson
Champion amateur wine: Silverton Road Merlot Cabernet Malbec 2007, Silverton Road Vineyard – Hawke's Bay, Bruce Leppard
Champion dessert wine: Askerne Noble Semillon 2006, Askerne Vineyard – Hawke's Bay, Kathryn and John Loughlin
Champion riesling: Seifried Riesling 2007, Seifried Estate – Nelson, Hermann Seifried
Champion gewurztraminer: Saint Clair Pioneer Block 12 Lone Gum Gewurztraminer 2007, Lone Gum Vineyard – Marlborough, Chris and Judy Simmonds
Champion pinot gris: Waimea Bolitho SV Pinot Gris 2007, TH & RM Bolitho Vineyard – Nelson, Trevor Bolitho
Champion sauvignon blanc: Saint Clair Pioneer Block `Oh' Block Sauvignon Blanc 2008, Buckland Grove Vineyard – Marlborough, Martin and Gail Goyne
Champion chardonnay: Palliser Estate Chardonnay 2007, Palliser Vineyard – Martinborough, Allan Johnson
Champion cabernet sauvignon: Mills Reef Elspeth Cabernet Sauvignon 2006, Mere Road Vineyard – Hawke's Bay, Paddy and Tim Preston
Champion classical red wine: Saint Clair Rapaura Reserve Merlot 2006, Rapaura Vineyard – Marlborough, Neal and Judy Ibbotson
Champion syrah: Newton Forrest Syrah 2006, Cornerstone Vineyard – Hawke's Bay, Bob Newton
Champion other red wine, Beach House Montepulciano 2007, The Track Vineyard – Hawke's Bay, Chris Harrison.

one good man and true

The Dominion Post editorial sums up the moral bankruptcy that political parties are facing with an impending election
"Party leaders might be surprised at the kudos they would attract if they mutually agreed neither party would treat with him after this year's election.
That would be a stand of principle. But "principle" is a foreign word to most MPs, including Mr Peters. Mr Hide is fighting a lonely but dogged battle to make the NZ First leader accountable, and that is a disgrace." go the Dom.

That pretty much sums it up.

The trouble is, as the gap between Labour and National decreases, the more their testicles will seek the solace of their kidneys.

Russell Norman, the verdant terrier has shown that years of vegetarianism has kept his teeth in good nick and he is prepared to chomp on the rump of winston.

But in essence, Rodney is a man alone on the hill with Norman perhaps yapping at his heels .

However there are many many people who have had enough of the creeping corruption that is Winston Peters so we can only hope that Rodney et al in the seafood and racing games give the SFO enough ammunition to launch a decent inquiry, so that this time we are rid of the Spot on our political fabric once and for all.

Friday 22 August 2008

sturt, letters and next week

Next week is going to be a hell of a week by all accounts.

I think its time for a cocktail competition to celebrate events

some chilli vodka with a black sambuca float.

wrp rip.

Friday 15 August 2008

rodney sets sail in the good ship anti corruption

Its good to see that Rodney is back on the case, he has fronted up to the serious fraud office with what he says is " evidence" - his newly found gravitas will make his stand against corruption all the more appealing to the masses.

There are still two more cases to be heard on the scampi issue and many lives have been impacted by what was one of the worst scandals in NZ's history. This issue will be in the news for some time to come.

The ultimate irony is that that the scampi fishery may well be on the verge of collapse.

Wednesday 13 August 2008

scampi scarce as truths from the mouth of winston

Maybe Scampi should be on the list of endangered species - we hear that sanfords have only caught just over 40% of their quota with but a few weeks to go... other scampi boats are tied up - because there isnt enough fish. How did this happen? how did the industry/ministry get it so wrong? was it bad science ? was it bad fishing practices ?

"Will the MSM get to to the bottom of this latest scampi revelation.?

whale oil does some diving and comes up with some political krill.

This morning in talking about Winston First secret trusts DPF also alluded to Labour’s secret trust and their non-declaration of income and expenditure.
Coincidentally I have been looking into details about this trust and though not complete I will release what I have found so far.
Labour Party Properties Incorporated (LPP) appears to be an Incorporated Society set up to own Labours substantial property assets. So while they cry poor they in fact have millions of dollars of property.
According to the filed annual accounts they have declared no income and no expenditure for at least the last two years. The LPP also owns the following properties as nominee on behalf of the New Zealand Labour Party.
Lyon Memorial Hall, ANZAC Street, Takapuna
7 Fulton Cresent, Otara (CV $230,000)
1/332 Massey Road, Mangere (CV $280,000)
Social Hall, Domain Avenue, Temuka (CV $105,000)
4 Regent Road, Dunedin (CV $440,000)
Fraser Body House, 160 Willis Street, Wellington (CV $630,000)
203 Warren Street North, Hastings (CV $255,000)
651 Ferry Road, Christchurch (CV $130,000)
1 Pharazyn Street, Fielding (CV $380,000)
300 Great North Road, Te Atatu (CV $405,000)
147 Mt Smart Road, Onehunga, Auckland (CV $470,000)

Nz herald on to it good stuff from the heraldWhat armstrong says bares our what i have been saying - the oldies are starting to see the truth.I have told my folks i will put them in a shitty rest home if they vote for him

Tuesday 12 August 2008

GG's and PMs pay

well this is an interesting story and as always shows that the politics of envy is alive and well. I work with one of the previous esteemed ones - they are on a board i work for - i would have to say that at their ripe old age they are doing more for this country in many many ways than some of the dorks I see being promoted to many of the other orgs i have worked with. leave them alone - public life is not easy and its a bloody pittance - divide the total amount up by all out tax payers and I reckon we are getting our moneys worth...

Monday 11 August 2008

the mysterious NZ party finances just get mysteriouser

Well, well it get curiouser and curiouser - the NZ First troika.

David Fisher writes an article in the Listener that again raises some very interesting machinations of the NZ First party machine which appears to be split into 3. Well worth a read.

There is still much more to come in the scampi saga - more paper trails , and there is talk of some ink drying on some pretty explosive affidavits .

some questions for the MSM journalists.

Where is Ross Meurant?
Has anyone asked Brian Deadman what he did with his scampi quota?
What did Winston Peters say to Neil Penwarden outside the fisheries select committee hearing into the scampi quota that left him shaken?
Why did Winston get rid of Doug Woolerton off the committee and was it before or after Velas empire gave him a $150k?
How many of Winstons original backers still back him and of those who dont why wont they ?
Does Tommy Gear know the Vela's?

Who is the latest person to give some paperwork to the Serious Fraud office?

Who was Winstons big South Island backer?

And who said " I own him" and why?

best scampi dish

And i get the odd request for scampi recipes .. in the middle of the scampi scandal i was lucky enough to be given a weekly supply of scampi - it was scampi seconds - which was fantastic as it was done up in 500gm packs of nothing but tail meat - no shells - no heads.

There were two ways we cooked it - one was courtesy of my son who spent a bit of time on the briny. It was simple - dice the meat finely and then cook it as you would whitebait - simple and sublime..

otherwise it was a case of saute a little bit of garlic and some chilli and chuck in the meat and let them chase each other around the plate until they were all friends..

Winston gave me a recipe for snapper heads one night - it involved oven bags, wine lots of herbs. We nicknamed him the marshmallow after that - all brown on the outside and white on the middle -

for the record best fish heads recipe

the biggest blue cod heads you can find - a bloody big white onion - a pinch of mixed herbs and salt and pepper to taste - best bits are the cheeks the tongue throat and or course the eyes they are sublime... go on give it a go!

best food in Wellington

I eat out a bit - and one thing I get asked a lot is where is the best place to eat?

Well if you want a small but perfectly formed entree you cannot go past the duck pie at Zicos on Courtney Place - the ingredients are few but in perfect balance and the pastry - its not really pastry it cant be because it melts on your tongue leaving a gentle memory of something that is crafted not cooked.

The sad thing is you have to know about the pie. Its not available to everyone - just a few regulars and only on request.

Copitas smoky arancini balls are another delight.. smokey and lush.

and dockside has got a bit average in the food department but nothing surpasses simple food and when the boys are in a good mood they serve whitebait fritters served in minuscule whitebread sammies - just like you get on the west coast.. no frills apart from a sprig of parsley.

ahh i could go on.

rooly bad spelling

ooops, just worked out that the hamsters in this machine do spell checks .

crustacea go deeper

Well this is all a bit new

- I've been posting for a while but its time to unleash my limited wit and wisdom on the world. Blogging offers such a great intellectual bonfire on which to burn our vanities

I was a journalist - not a bad one I suppose and I know i still think like one. and thats an interesting point cos som many of todays journos dont think like journalists but many bloggers do so that why I think I am comfortable opining in this ether.

Im in PR - although I hate that term. We do communications good bad simple or sophisticated that is all it really is.

I love politics and I am def right of centre but the National party does piss me off sometime.

I am foodie and a very committed militant carnivore.

Im not all that well connected but I do know the odd person who is .

Anyway what is piqueing my interest is the winston dramas. He is the spot that needs outed.

So with this blog I do pledge info on food - especially how to cook raw prawns,

info on wellington gossip, and well a well placed comment on anything that rocks my dinghy.