Yes, But

Posted: October 22, 2014 by cracker666 in Uncategorized

Thanks to all those people who emailed and texted today asking why I wasn’t getting into the Kremlin after what was in the paper this morning.

Firstly, it seems Louise covered it pretty well (apart from missing out the bit about the old bloke screaming at the slightly less old bloke in the Councillors’ tearoom so everyone could hear).

Secondly, having worked with the extremely capable Jonathan Salter in the past, when he says

“I am acknowledging that there is more than a negligible risk here. Let the resolution sit on the table.”

you know that that says it all.  He’s been brought to Invercargill without being made all the information.

Thirdly, there are some very serious issues that I have – such as work and children and life.  Not as serious as the chief executive of Holdco having to justify his existence and potentially choke on more than a few dead rats, but serious enough to mean I will have to get to this later….

Off campus and after hours.  Wonder what they are up to?


It’s a(n) (ir)regular old staff meeting.  Thanks to the people all over Invercargill keeping us up to speed with their comings and goings.

I got a very interesting affadavit in the letterbox today too.  Dunno who’s dropping them off, but keep ‘em coming.

This Place

Posted: October 20, 2014 by cracker666 in Uncategorized

Has meaning.

Falling Out Of The Woodwork

Posted: October 20, 2014 by cracker666 in Uncategorized

The Sadford posts have certainly shaken the tree.  Received lots of emails, including this email today (I’ve redacted the names on legal advice even though I have had it tearfully confirmed that this occurred): Read the rest of this entry »


Posted: October 19, 2014 by cracker666 in Uncategorized

The Prime Minister got a bit of a towelling this week for admitting his Government has been delaying Official Information Act requests.

Quite a bit naughty and in breach of, well, nothing other than morality, as the Official Information Act doesn’t have any penalties.

At least, though, it was only a delay and not an out and out lie.

You see, our old mates at Salford were asked for some information by a journalist colleague on the total amount of payment to the Limited Statutory Manager, Mr Macdonald.

Here’s the thing.  The material they sent was just Macdonald’s fees – without travel or accommodation costs included.

How do we know this?  Because someone with admin access sent me an email today from Salford School with this: Read the rest of this entry »

Sadford Revisited

Posted: October 18, 2014 by cracker666 in Uncategorized

Yes, hadn’t forgotten about this, but there’s a bit of reading.

Trawling through the papers, there is a clear identification of a bunch of teachers/former teachers/well-known parents who have run this sorry abuse of the system from start to finish, and while we know who they are, we won’t identify them just yet (even though there’s a mountain of damning information) because we don’t want to prejudice any further Court hearing.

However, we still have some insights into how the School cut costs to pay for Peter Macdonald and some of its legal fees (not much of the $200,000+ plus, mind).

The school secretary must be a bit doddery in her dotage, because in the materials she sent us last year, she attached these minutes, which said this:


The old dodderer also attached a draft of a letter to the Ministry of Education, which confirmed that rather than putting her foot down and saying to the Ministry “bugger you, we’re not using teaching and learning resources to pay for the Statutory Manager”, the Out Of Her Depth Board chair said this:


So, to recap, to pay for their legal fees and Statutory Manager, the Board cut funds earmarked for teaching and learning.

This whole thing is not only a gross abrogation of basic governance, but a whole other story about what happens when you put out-of-their-depth parents in charge of schools.

Got a bit more, but there appears to be a rugby Test on.  Stand by.



Speaking Of The PHO

Posted: October 16, 2014 by cracker666 in Uncategorized

They seem to play fast and loose with taxpayer’s cash:

faroutTheir IT costs are very close to their actual staff costs – surely this can’t be right, or is the Swann/Harford company still running health IT in the South?

I know there’s a bit to audit, but $21,000 seems screwy, and how ’bout them vehicle lease expenses?  It brings a tax break, but surely that’s a lot of cars for interfering nonces to drive to KFC in?

No doubt, if questioned, they would point to the fact these expenses only make up two percent of their total opex, but hey, if I’m paying money to The Man, I like it to be well-spent.