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From Farrar’s Kiwiblog this morning!!!

  • Turtle found dead in Banks Peninsula
  • Local marae says they don’t want it so arranged for Te Papa to take it for scientific research
  • Ngai Tahu then decides they do want it, even though local marae said they didn’t
  • Turtle spends 21 months in freezer while return negotiated!! No research is done on it
  • Te Papa staff build a coffin for it
  • Turtle transported back down to Christchurch at cost of $2,000
  • Eight Te Papa board members, executives and staff fly to Christchurch for the funeral (powhiri) costing $5,000
  • Turtle transported by helicopter (yes helicopter) to its burial site for $1,600
  • Total costs of at least $11,500

The total morons had even given the reptile a fricken name, Michelangelo, as if it could paint a bloody wall let alone a ceiling.

No that was this morning May the 7th, not April the 1st.

I am going for a walk to save things I care about and they do not include any turtles, lunch today is Mince with lots of vegetables, the mince is bovine, the flavour a bit special, will be ready at 12 noon.

Written by Gravedodger

May 7, 2021 at 10:42 am

Posted in New Zealand

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  1. Michelangelo? Isn’t that unwanted cultural appropriation, or White Supremacy, or cultural genocide or some other thing from the fever dreams of academia?

    Of course what I really want to know is what National proposes to do to prevent this sort of crap happening again in the future, especially to prevent it happening when they’re not in government.

    But perhaps there is no government solution here. We could probably talk about various executive and policy solutions to the problem – firing people, defunding the whole thing perhaps.

    But that won’t hit the key cultural problem, which is that the people concerned had no shame in doing this. None. They certainly still don’t feel any.

    Governments can’t change that. Our culture can, but it’s a collective thing, and the momentum is all in the opposite direction.

    Tom Hunter

    May 7, 2021 at 10:56 am

  2. Tom … you are starting to appear obsessive with your tirades against National. You appear to regard them as the enemy rather than Labour. Guess the best answer to your question is the post that appeared in Kiwiblog expose immediately below yours.

    Cinematic said … ‘Having been in an SOE at the last Lab/Nat changeover the change in attitude towards non core spending was palpable and happened overnight. The purse strings tightened instantly along with a few middle managers sphincters.’

    Nuff said.

    If I was a mind to do so I would say WTF is your ACT Party luminary doing cuddling up to the Mongrel mob. I mean DB is ‘quirky’ but this … For Don … the Mongrel mob is NOT the Maoridom’s equivalent to Rotary. They are a criminal gang pure and simple and a major player in the manufacture and supply of meth and a whole plethora of criminal activity. Still, as Collins said, his problem is ACT’s problem. Didn’t know that libertarianism extended that far.

    The Veteran

    May 7, 2021 at 11:33 am

  3. … with your tirades against National

    You think that a simple, short question is a “tirade”?

    WRT to “Cinematic”‘s response, that’s all very well, but as I responded to him:

    Sure. But that’s my point. How do you prevent this shit from happening when you’re no longer in direct control of it?

    Apparently there’s no answer beyond having National in government permanently, which thankfully will never happen, or simply shrugging the shoulders and pulling back the spending a little bit whenever they do get into government.

    But that’s just ratchet management. If you get a 10% per annum surge during Labour-led governments and only a 3% pullback during National-led governments…

    When I say “thankfully” don’t get offended: it’s not a good thing to have any party in permanent power.

    WRT .. Don Brash I assume you’re talking about? Didn’t know about that. Don’t think he’s a luminary of ACT after he basically trashed the party and in any case I always regarded him as a politcally inept idiot, as I wrote in my post, A fatal lack of political awareness.

    Actually a better term for Brash would be that he’s politically autistic.

    Tom Hunter

    May 7, 2021 at 11:58 am

  4. I see see a Labour Party apologist over at Kiwiblog trashed the post arguing that a $11.5k ‘boy’s day out’ in a private company would have raised no eyebrows. That comment gives you a sense of the nether world inhabited by’ defenders of the faith’. Te Papa ain’t a private company generating wealth. Its funded/propped up by the long suffering taxpayer. FFS … this wuz a turtle … a very dead turtle … that nobody wanted until woke madness took over.

    New Zealand, the way you’ve got it.

    The Veteran

    May 7, 2021 at 12:57 pm

    • Yes, an undeniable fact is: The left does not have the mental capacity to understand the difference between public and private funding. To them it’s all the same yet when they have taxpayer funded paychecks safely into their own personal bank accounts, that money is theirs and untouchable. Such hypocrites.


      May 7, 2021 at 1:51 pm

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