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The Vet and Mrs Vet are booked to have our Covid shots next Tuesday. We were told that we had to go to Moerewa (some 20k distant) to have them administered by a Maori Health provider. Why so? We have two GP clinics in Paihia; both have trained nurses. We received our blog standard flu shots at our clinic a few weeks ago.

Are we entitled to ask if this what we might expect with the establishment of a separate Maori health system with them arrogating to themselves certain procedures. Just askin.

Written by The Veteran

June 3, 2021 at 2:11 pm

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Read the touching story of how Mongrel Mob member conned a gullible public to donate money to help him turn his life around and get a job. He raised $1,364 via a Givealittle page.

Poutawa ’Puk’ Kireka, 33, gained worldwide attention in mid-2019 after stating he was finding it difficult to find a job with ’Notorious’ tattooed across his face. He said at the time ‘I will always be a mobster, but it’s important to show we can have better lifestyles. I want to bring some of the others on board this better lifestyle’.

What he conveniently forgot to mention was that three days prior to making the appeal a police search of Kireka’s home had found bundles of cash totaling just short of $110,000; 10.44 gm of methamphetamine and 0.698 gm of Ecstasy.

Kireka has been a member of the Mongrel Mob since 2008 and has served two prison sentences for violence-related charges.

And I thought that Givealittle had a screening process in place to edit out shonky requests for assistance … silly me.

The whole story in glorious technicolor at

Written by The Veteran

June 1, 2021 at 11:53 am

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Has announced his resignation from Parliament where, after 30 years as an MP, he was ‘Father of the House’. The resignation follows on from an allegation of workplace bullying.

Nick has been a ‘colorful’ character with all that this implies. Word from the traps is that Mallard, in his capacity as Head of Parliamentary Services, leaked this to the media. Smith and Mallard have form. No matter, you can be assured that Smiths departure will not cost the taxpayer the third of a million dollars (and climbing) that Mallard has incurred after falsely accusing a Labour Party staffer of being a rapist.

Contrast the two actions. Smith resigns. Mallard stays. Any guesses as to which one of the two has acted honorably.

Thank you Nick for your service. We have agreed to disagree on a number of issues including the gun control legislation. But you have always been upfront and forcefully defended your position and it’s right and proper that the National Party gives you the space to do so.

Written by The Veteran

May 31, 2021 at 7:11 pm


Aided and abetted by media hacks (sorry luminaries) of the likes of TV One’s simpering John Campbell whose wears his prejudices on his sleeve and Newshub’s Tova O’Brien whose citation when she won the 2019 Political Journalist of the year award was right on the money describing her as ‘A true political muckraker’.

For both of them St Jacinda (and her mob) can do no wrong.

Back in 1964 Dwight Eisenhower said of the press (read media) that its ranks are filled with ‘sensation-seeking columnists and commentators whose writings mark them as little more than intellectualoids’.

True then … more true today.

Written by The Veteran

May 31, 2021 at 11:39 am

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The revelation here at that the Government abandoned moves to protect the Waikato DHB (and others) from cyber attacks citing budget constraints. The result … Waikato Hospital paralysed.

And further that key parts of the Government’s cybersecurity strategy have not been implemented two years after the strategy document was published. Promised actions included an action plan and an annual report. The minister responsible for the cybersecurity strategy, ​Kris Faafoi, left the role in November last year. His successor, ​David Clark, admits no annual cybersecurity report from the 2019 strategy document was ever produced. However, he promises a report will be produced for the 2022 financial year.

Promises by Clark, who resigned his Health portfolio, hardly engender confidence.

What a cock-up. New Zealand, the way you’ve got it.

Written by The Veteran

May 30, 2021 at 4:59 pm

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Kudos to Simeon Brown for doubling down on the criticism leveled at him from the Chairperson of the Kura Kaupapa Maori School for daring to criticise their decision to close the school for two days in order to host the tangi for the senior Mongrel Mob leader attended by over 1,000 mob members. She described his comments ignorant and racist. In response Brown has called on the Education Minister (Hipkins) to explain why he thought it was appropriate for a school to be shut down so a gang could hold a funeral on school grounds pointing out that students lost two days of learning.

It is a little difficult to take her comments seriously when she herself said that things had gone awry on the final day of the tangi and she wasn’t happy with the swearing and ‘barking’ that occured. Really!!!!! give me strength … what planet does she inhabit … this was a mob funeral. Clearly no thought at all for the children exposed to this ‘normal’ behavior. Lady, the Mongrel Mob doesn’t do ‘normal’.

A little while ago I served a couple of terms on the Lottery Grants Board (alongside Trevor Mallard who was the Opposition’s appointee to the Board …. about as likeable then as he is now … I digress). One day I had occasion to call out a staffer who had written a report which had it that the Mongrel Mob and Black Power were just Maoridom’s equivalent of Rotary or Lions and that applications from them for funding support should be treated the same way. Clearly back them the liberal effete were knocking at the door.

Now and with Cindy’s mob in power the door has been opened wide. Gangs are to be welcomed with smiles and hugs and their wishes accommodated. Never mind they comprise a large percentage of the countries criminal underworld. New Zealand … the way you’ve got it.

Written by The Veteran

May 29, 2021 at 3:09 pm

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Can I start this off by making this simple statement … the Mongrel Mob are a criminal gang … no ifs, buts or maybes.

And their response to the widespread outrage spearheaded by National’s Simeon Brown over the mob being allowed to take over a portion of the State Highway in contravention of any number of traffic laws supposedly as part of ‘tangihanga’ was to have their media relations person, a certain Lou Hutchinson, launch a petition calling for Brown to be forced to apologise to the affected whanau for his racist outburst; that he be censured by the National Party and stripped of his portfolio responsibilities (Police, Corrections, Serious Fraud Office and Youth); that he be censured by the Speaker of the House and that his Facebook, Twitter and Social Media Accounts be suspended until he completes cultural sensitivity training and the Speaker deems him fit.

About the only thing they didn’t call for was his hanging, drawing and quartering without trial.

Kudos to Brown for his response … “if the gangs are trying to get me sacked then I must be doing the right thing”. Brown has previously received death threats for speaking out on gangs whose membership has grown by over 50% since Labour took office in 2017.

I finish where I started. The Mongrel Mob et al are major players in a whole range of serious criminal activity. Any hugs and kindness shown to them will be taken as a sign of weakness and the green light to continue on doing what they do best … thumbing their noses at the law. But its all hugs and kindness that gangs can look forward to from this soft cock on crime government and its not going to get any better soon.

Written by The Veteran

May 27, 2021 at 4:16 pm


When he said in the House the other day that gangs were out of control under Labour. He was referring to the fact that gang membership has increased 50% since Ardern took office from 5,343 to 8,006. And now the revelation that in this years budget Vote Police fell by $90m including a reduction of $63m in road policing, $4.5m in investigations and $5.5m in primary response (when you ring up to complain that your home has been burgled). That’s on top of the freeze in police salaries and police morale going south..

Labour’s soft cock approach to gangs was none better illustrated than by this photograph of the Mongrel Mob taking over a State Highway in the Hawkes Bay for the funeral procession following the tangi of a high ranking gang member.

Motor bikes/vehicles covering the whole road and note the vehicle traveling in the opposite direction forced over onto the berm.

And the response from Stuart Nash, local member and one time Police Minister … arresting them ain’t the answer, we need alternative strategies.

Clearly Labour’s alternative strategy is based on one law for gangs and another law for the rest of us. Soft cock indeed.

Written by The Veteran

May 26, 2021 at 12:05 pm

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Swearing-in strengthens nation’s foundation

By The Editorial Board, 25/05/2021

What a shame it had to happen as it did. 

Fiame Naomi Mataafa taking the oath of office to govern this nation seven weeks after being elected is an event of generational, regional, and international significance.

Today and for her conduct since 9 April, we congratulate Fiame. We wish her ability to form a workable administration proceeds and the very best in Government, as the leader of a nation whose fate is twinned with Samoa’s own. 

There will, of course, be legal challenges. But the symbolism of Monday’s event was an assertion of power by the rightful winner of the election. It was necessary, not only to uphold the constitution but to remind many in Samoan politics that they exist to serve the people, not powerful interests. 

The proper place for the occasion of Fiame’s swearing-in was inside our chamber of democracy; the people’s house; the Parliament. 

But it was not to be. Instead, Fiame and the Faatuatua i le Atua Samoa ua Tasi (F.A.S.T) party had to hold an unprecedented ad-hoc swearing-in, something they were forced to do to ensure that a constitutional requirement that Parliament meets 45 days after a national election was met. 

Perhaps we should have expected that the Human Rights Protection Party (H.R.P.P.), having played political games and thumbed its nose at the rule of law since it lost its majority at last month’s election, was not about to face up to reality and honour democracy. 

It is clear that they continue to intend to play the spoiler’s role after not showing up to Monday’s swearing-in and stating that the absence of the Head of State had rendered the event invalid. 

The Head of State’s attempts to cancel Monday’s court-ordered Parliamentary sitting were quashed; this was the fourth ruling against H.R.P.P. attempts to prevent the forming of a new Government all in one week. Having exhausted legal avenues they resorted to the cheap tactic of simply locking the doors to the people’s house. The party has no right to make this nation hostage while they continue to cook up last-ditch schemes to hold onto power. 

The rambling, shambling circus that has continued on now for seven weeks since last month’s election; it was really resolved within seven days. 

In the interim, it began as a tantrum by a leader who could not stand up to the truth came close to ending with him pulling out every stop to derail proper Government. 

The actions of Tuilaepa Dr. Sailele Malielegaoi and those who aided and abetted him brought dishonour upon this nation. 

These were the actions of someone who expects others to submit to his power; is unaccustomed to hearing ‘no’; and forgotten his office only derives its authority from the legitimacy provided by people.  

When the history of this country is written, these actions will largely define their legacy: refusing to place the value of the nation above their own self-interest.

Many descriptors have been reached for by observers seeking to capture the magnitude of the events that have gripped this nation. 

None proved hyperbolic in the end. It was only at the last minute and by the intervention of a man who acted in accordance with the high principles that befit his office: His Honour, Chief Justice Satiu Simativa Perese.

If anything captured the crisis of Samoan democracy, it was the image of Justice Satiu, dressed in full judicial regalia approaching the front doors of the Legislative Assembly with his judicial colleagues only to find them locked before humbly turning on his heel and walking away. 

And so it has been. The party that has ruled over Samoa for decades has played games with the law in the weeks after its election loss. Even on Monday night as Tuilaepa was invoking threats of legal action he was simultaneously – yet again – trashing the courts and casting doubt on their independence. 

Perhaps his frustrations are starting to show with his failure to get his way via the judiciary. 

Last week alone, on four separate occasions the party was handed four separate losses in court over attempts to scrap the election of forestalling the forming of a new Government. 

Already under attack from Tuilaepa while in office, the judiciary has shown remarkable poise throughout this political crisis and served as the defining line between chaos and order.

But given the tenor of Tuilaepa’s press conference on Monday, we can expect there to be no end to the games.

He disputes the legitimacy of Fiame’s signing in. 

As he notes, the Head of State was not, as the constitution requires, present for the swearing-in of her Faatuatua ile Atua Samoa ua Tasi (F.A.S.T.) party M.P.s.

But similarly, the Head of State was fast taking Samoa down a path of lawlessness. If no swearing-in had taken place on Monday then the Government would be in breach of the law of the land. Samoa would truly be in uncharted and lawless territory. What would have happened to the nation then?

We anticipate Fiame’s swearing-in it to be challenged, ridiculed and diminished by Tuilaepa. But we also believe his voice is now consigned to slowly fade into the background, having done incalculable damage to his own once-proud political legacy.

Ultimately though ugly political disputes are resolved by the exercise of law and order, a low point that civil society should never reach. 

We have seen a recent upsurge in divisive rhetoric among the people of Samoa, dogmatically backing one party or the other as the true winners of the 9 April election.

It is our sincere hope that, whatever transpires, these words do not translate into real unrest.

But it was heartening to see the Police Commissioner, Fuiavailiili Egon Keil, escorted Justice Satiu on his unsuccessful walk.

It was not his officers who had the building locked. 

But when asked for comment on what role the Police would take, stating that he considered it the force’s job to uphold the rule of law, which, he said, included the constitution – the ultimate legal document. 

“This is what we do every day,” he told reporters. “We’ll continue down that road until this thing ends.”

It is our sincere hope that the Commissioner does not have to become involved to further mar what should be a proud moment in our democratic history. But he has made a clear signal of intent that he is on the side of the rule of law: its provisions on whether an election can be voided or a swearing-in can be voided in breach of constitutional provisions has been made painfully clear this month. 

But another element of legitimacy is popular acceptance.

Rulers ultimately derive their authority from being recognised by the public as those in charge. 

We call on the public to put this sorry saga behind us and to unite behind a new Prime Minister.

Fiame has shown humility, calm, and wisdom as all around her has turned chaotic. Not once has she given off any sign of panic. Nor has she sought to stoke public discontent as a political tactic.

She has more than earned her position as this nation’s new Prime Minister. 

This is Samoa. We do not need force to be exercised to make a swearing-in law. We have already spoken at the ballot box, nearly two months ago. In the meantime, we have seen disgraceful attempts to flout and undermine the rule of law.

Whatever happens next we must never forget that politicians – and the people they appoint – serve only with authority that comes from us and us alone – the people. Ultimately we set the standards for their acceptable conduct and are the ultimate arbiters of what is politically right. 

Written by The Veteran

May 25, 2021 at 2:49 pm

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Gave away playing vets golf yesterday to watch Phil (the thrill) Mickelson win the USA PGA Championship becoming the oldest golfer ever to do so. It was a tour de force by someone who gives so much pleasure to so many.

But a huge down-tick to the PGA of America for what happened after Phil hit his second shot on the 18th. The crowd was out of control and both Mickelson and Koepke (and their caddies) were mobbed and engulfed by an out of control crowd as they made their way to the Green. This should never happened … been allowed to happen. Koepke was quite right to voice his concern.

This cannot be allowed to detract from Mickelson’s quite remarkable performance. He was on nobody’s radar coming into the tournament and over the four days mastered a brute of a golf course in a way that left others scrambling in his wake.

Congratulations to Phil Mickelson.

p.s. Something you may not know. Mickelson is right handed in everything except golf.

Written by The Veteran

May 25, 2021 at 10:42 am

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