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Help to wipe the ‘shonky’ smile off John Key’s face – vote Penny Bright MP for Botany!

30 January 2011

Had a VERY productive night at the ASB Lunar Festival 2011 ‘Year of the Rabbit’ celebration at the Telstra Pacific Events Centre in Manukau City, Saturday 29 January 2011.

What a forced, faded, ‘shonky’ smile I got from Prime Minister John Key, when we made eye contact from about three feet away, as he did the ‘mix & mingle – meet the people bit’  following the Lion dance opening event!

Is this because he has yet to reply to my Official Information Act request of 26 January 2011, where I have asked him; “Can you please uphold the principles of ‘open, transparent and democratically accountable’ government, and provide the following information:

1) On a line-by-line accounting basis, provide the detailed information which shows EXACTLY to whom New Zealand has become indebted, since the National/ACT Government came to power in November 2008.

2) In particular, the information which confirms since the National/ACT Government came to power in November 2008, whether or not New Zealand has become indebted to the Bank of America, any subsidiaries of the Bank of America, or any lending institutions of any form, which have any connections to the Bank of America.”

(The reason why I have asked about the Bank of America, is because Prime Minister John Key has declared a pecuniary interest as a shareholder in the Bank of America in the latest ‘Register of Pecuniary Interests of Members of Parliament, as follows:
http://www.parliament.nz/en-NZ/MPP/MPs/FinInterests/8/c/3/00CLOOCMPPFinInterests20101-Register-of-Pecuniary-Interests-of-Members.htm

‘Register of Pecuniary Interests of Members of Parliament:

Summary of annual returns as at 31 January 2010

Pg 36

Hon John Key (National, Helensville)
Interests (such as shares and bonds) in companies and business entities.

Bank of America – banking  “

Is is NZ Prime Minister John Key personally profiting from NZ’s growing indebtedness?

It’s a fair question – isn’t it?

It appears that a growing number of concerned citizens are interested in his reply………

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Being the classic Kiwi ‘DYI’ activist – I made up my own little leaflet to distribute on the night.

(See- that’s the thing about ‘activists’ – despite the bad press we often get – we get things done.  🙂

WORDING OF MY LEAFLET:

VOTE: Penny Bright MP for Botany!

Independent, proven ‘anti-privatisation’ PUBLIC WATCHDOG on Metrowater, water

& Auckland regional governance matters.

“Anti-corruption Campaigner”

Ak Mayoral candidate

GIVE THIS NATIONAL/ACT GOVERNMENT THE MESSAGE THEY CAN’T IGNORE!

SAY “NO!”TO PRIVATISATION & CORRUPTION!

SAY “YES!” TO PUBLIC OWNERSHIP/ PUBLIC MANAGEMENT & CONTROL OF OUR PUBLIC MONIES & OUR PUBLIC ASSETS!

SAY “YES! TO GENUINE TRANSPARENCY & DEMOCRATIC ACCOUNTABILITY!

Vote Penny Bright MP for Botany!

https://waterpressure.wordpress.com

http://www.stopthe supercity.org.nz

www.stopprivatisation.org.nz

http://www.pennybright4mayor.org.nz

Want to help? email:waterpressure@gmail.com

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‘POLITICALLY EXPLOSIVE’

PUBLIC MEETINGS  with  SOLUTIONS!

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Public Meeting: Sunday 13 February 2011, 3 – 5pm

Botany Downs Secondary College

575 Chapel Rd, Dannemora.

LOCAL GOVT. CORRUPTION & PRIVATISATION:

–          Water privatisation & NZ ‘grand’ corruption.

–          Corruption and the Auckland $UPERCITY .

–          Where EXACTLY are our rate$ being spent?

–          Why a proposed $UPERCITY 5% rate increase?

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Public Meeting: Sunday 20 February 2011, 3 – 5pm
Tangaroa College, Haumia Way, Flat Bush.

CENTRAL GOVT. CORRUPTION & PRIVATISATION:

–          To whom exactly is NZ in debt?

–          Where EXACTLY are our taxes being spent?

–          Who will benefit from future privatisation?

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Public Meeting: Sunday 27 February 2011, 3 – 5pm
Howick College (venue being confirmed)
Sandspit Rd, Howick

CORRUPTION IN THE NZ ‘JUSTICE’ SYSTEM?

–          NZ ‘WHITE COLLAR’ CRIME & CORRUPTION?

–          How did over 60 finance companies collapse in NZ – ‘the least corrupt country in the world’?

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Authorised by Penny Bright 86A School Rd Kingsland

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In a friendly way, I distributed hundreds  of my ‘budget’  little black and white leaflets right next to the National Party stall, where they had the staff, the glossy John Key pamphlets – but rather unfortunately for them – nothing that promoted Jami-Lee Ross as their candidate for Botany by-election.

You’d think that the ‘powerful’  National Party electoral machine would have been a bit more ‘on to it’?

Thousands of Chinese constituents from the Botany electorate at this event – and the National Party didn’t ‘seize the moment’?

Was this National Party arrogance (they just presume that they’ve got the Botany by-election ‘in the bag’, so they don’t have to make much effort) –  or just organisational incompetence?

(Jami-Lee did look  a bit rattled, I have to say).

I look forward to the candidates debates!

Being a ‘true blue’ National Party boy, Jami-Lee Ross knows, supports and will advocate strongly for National Party policy –  including support for this ‘partial privatisation’ of State Owned Enterprises – which – like ‘partial pregnancy’ – is no such thing.

That’s why he was picked as the National Party candidate, because he will be an able and articulate National Party ‘hack’ but, if elected, will be expected  as a  backbench MP, to ‘sit down, shut up and do as he is told’.

No surprises there.

Unlike myself – who as a ‘Public Watchdog’ from INSIDE the House, will be in ‘boots and all’ from the start – asking the hard questions no one else is asking, and keeping the public fully informed of the answers.

It was a FUN night!

Penny Bright
Media Spokesperson
Water Pressure Group
Judicially recognised Public Watchdog on Metrowater, water and Auckland regional governance matters.
“Anti-corruption campaigner”

Attendee: Australian Public Sector Anti-Corruption Conference 2009.

Attendee: Transparency International 14th Independent Anti-Corruption Conference 2010

Auckland Mayoral candidate 2010.
Independent candidate Botany by-election 2011.

https://waterpressure.wordpress.com

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January 30, 2011 - Posted by | Botany By-election 2011, Fighting corruption in NZ, Fighting water privatisation in NZ, Transparency in Govt spending

1 Comment »

  1. The Government raises money via the Bond markets. The Government issues a Bond and then sells this on the market to registered investors. These investors can on sell these Bonds if they wish via the Secondary market.

    Financial organisations like Bank of America might participate in the purchase of Government Bonds directly if they are a registered bidder or in the secondary market, or they could act as intermediaries for third parties who wish to purchase NZ Government Bonds.

    It is therefore unlikely that you will get a satisfactory answer to your question as it is difficult to know if NZ has in fact become indepted to any one financial institution such as the Bank of America as the source of the funds is unknown.

    Comment by Gosman | January 30, 2011 | Reply


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