The Lunatics Have Taken Over The Asylum

It wasn’t just the railways that got wrecked by this kind if thinking… every public service that could be opened up to private enterprise had the vultures come in for a feed. The slogan was always “efficiency”. “It’s more efficient if it’s run as a private enterprise” Except it wasn’t true. It was a lie. It was a lie told by people who wanted to make a profit providing those services. . . . → Read More: The Lunatics Have Taken Over The Asylum

Poorer Benefits For All

So anyway I went and had a chat with Paula Bennett and about 50 of my fellow Nats in Waiuku this morning. Paula was fizzing about her new welfare reforms. Contraception, drug testing, making lampshades from tattooed skin etc. She did her best to assure us this was in the best interests of those involved and would save us lots of money if Treasuries predictions turned out correct. There’s a first time for everything you know. Well I had to tell her that as a member if the generation of hard working Kiwi Mums and Dads that were happy to help her when she needed it we wanted her to know what an absolute pleasure it was to be able to answer her call for help. . . . → Read More: Poorer Benefits For All

Ngati Stewart Gathering, June 2, 2013

We didn’t go to people’s places to play, we had a big section and we played together. We stayed at our grandparents places or at our cousins places in the school holidays. Everything was family orientated. On Sunday’s our grandparents would come and get us and take us to Cockle Bay for a swim and then we’d come home after and Mum would feed us up on Pipi fritters. We grew up like that. A big family, but close. As we grew the family got bigger. As teenagers our friends were encouraged into the wider family, calling Mum Ma or Mrs S and Dad was Mr Stewart. Dad would round us all up at Christmas and we’d take taxis up to the Cossie Club to get drunk and then taxi it home again where he’d make sure we all were safe. . . . → Read More: Ngati Stewart Gathering, June 2, 2013

Let Me Tell You About Bernie

Let me tell you about Bernie. Bernie is an old school mate. At school Bernie was one of those pivotal teenager cool guys. He was taller than everyone else, had longer hair than everyone else, he had better parties than everyone else and didn’t have his head up his arse like a lot of ‘cool’ people did. . . . → Read More: Let Me Tell You About Bernie

The Road Is The Goal

The Road Is The Goal

Goal setting is limiting I reckon. You set your sights on the final goal but you tend to ignore opportunities that come along that don’t fit your ‘goal’, so you let them pass you by. Not always, but often, this is the case. I think for some people it’s better to establish the there is a road to the goal, and the road itself is in fact the goal. . . . → Read More: The Road Is The Goal

Born Again?

My mother was my hero, and mothers everywhere still are my heros. This is not to denigrate the role of the father, that is important too, but in my case it was a different role that Dad played. Mum was the person whom taught me about love and tenderness. About caring and sharing. And about treating every one the same. Which is not to say Mum didn’t have favorites, she did. She had 7 of them. . . . → Read More: Born Again?

Website Re-Launched Mother’s Day, 2013

Exposures Online broke a lot of new ground, providing race day photofinishes and videos to the Interweb where none had been available before. Stewart also used the website to blog before blogging was a word and wrote stories of things that ‘wound his clock’, mainly music, politics and everything else. . . . → Read More: Website Re-Launched Mother’s Day, 2013

Flying Loeb the stuff of rally legend

S Loeb

On Friday, he lost his door. Yesterday, as Petter Solberg ruefully put it, Sebastien Loeb drove as if he’d lost his mind. The leader after day one of the New Zealand round of the World Rally Championship, Solberg couldn’t have said anything more meaningful at the end of Friday’s press conference. He warned that Loeb “would leave his brain in the service area and it will be a maximum attack … expect incredible times from him.” . . . → Read More: Flying Loeb the stuff of rally legend