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Public Watchdog Penny Bright asks Kiwiblog how much would have been raised for Christchurch earthquake victims by auctioning copies of the following KEY ‘shonky’ Tranz Rail documents ?

18 March 2011

(My comment at the end of this post)

www.kiwiblog.co.nz/2011/03/outbidded.html#comment-809717

Outbidded Add this story to Scoopit!.

The debate and auction were great fun. I’ll do a seperate post on the debate.

We managed to get a total of $10,000 pledged by 5 pm yesterday to buy Winston’s no sign. The bidding started at $1,000 and there were three bidders, and then two bidders and then it hit the $10,000 we had pledged. I kept bidding unti $10,500 but then folded.

The great thing is that by bidding we got the winning amount up to $10,500, which all goes to families of earthquake victims who worked for The Press And CTV.

Congrats to businessman Ted Thomas who won the auction with a very generous donation/pledge.

For me this was mainly about raising money for a good cause. We can always create our own NO sign for 5c, and have it appear during the campaign (and we will). So I would encourage those who pledged money to consider still donating to the relief fund for families of earthquake victims who worked for The Press And CTV. I will be.

If you wish to make a donation, the details are:

‘Press Gallery Quake Fundraiser’
03-1537-0013148-009

And once again thanks to the scores of readers who pledged their support for the auction. You helped make the auction a success.

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16 Responses to “Outbidded”

  1. Murray (7,044) Says:
    March 18th, 2011 at 9:43 am Why not sell “No” t-shirts in the same spirit?
  2. fizzleplug (64) Says:
    March 18th, 2011 at 9:47 am I would have thought it was outbid, surely. Outbidded looks not quite right (and Firefox puts a squiggly line underneath it – although I’ve just noticed Firefox puts a squiggly line under Firefox, so can they be trusted?).
  3. Murray (7,044) Says:
    March 18th, 2011 at 10:02 am http://cheezburger.com/Juno/lolz/View/1159872256
  4. pdm (693) Says:
    March 18th, 2011 at 10:22 am fizzle – I am with you. It is outbid but perhaps DPF is trying to create a new word for inclusion in Dictionaries.
  5. Pete George (9,425) Says:
    March 18th, 2011 at 10:25 am There’s a squiggly line under fizzleplug – can you be trusted? Maybe you can be on this, I though “outbidded” looked strange. 

    outbidded – no dictionary results

    NO auction – good fundraising results

  6. Monty (668) Says:
    March 18th, 2011 at 10:26 am Tee shirts are a great idea. Where can I get one?
  7. nasska (260) Says:
    March 18th, 2011 at 10:28 am How about “outbidden”?
  8. Pete George (9,425) Says:
    March 18th, 2011 at 10:48 am Tee shirts are a great idea. Where can I get one? – No. 

    How about “outbidden”? – No.

  9. Murray (7,044) Says:
    March 18th, 2011 at 10:56 am Cafepress. 

    Special Winston t-shirt: HELL No!

  10. DrDr (37) Says:
    March 18th, 2011 at 12:09 pm How about a picture of Winnie’s face with a big X or no-nukes type symbol on it and a big NO underneath.
  11. alwyn (17) Says:
    March 18th, 2011 at 1:41 pm Do you have any idea what Mr Thomas plans to do with the sign?
    I hope he isn’t going to treat it like the painting that Helen Clark autographed.
  12. Tauhei Notts (836) Says:
    March 18th, 2011 at 1:51 pm Does anybody know if Ted Thomas was bidding on behalf of the Vela brothers?
  13. Viking2 (3,602) Says:
    March 18th, 2011 at 3:32 pm Perhaps as in the good ol USA:
    Out Biden.
  14. hj (800) Says:
    March 18th, 2011 at 5:11 pm Congrats to businessman Ted Thomas who won the auction with a very generous donation/pledge. Immigration agent, property developer, alcohol industry?
  15. reid (6,469) Says:
    March 18th, 2011 at 7:29 pm The sign, used by Mr Peters repeatedly at a press conference when facing questions about a $100,000 donation from expatriate billionaire Owen Glenn, was bought by Ted Thomas, the chief executive of technology company Superstructure. 

    The money will go to help the people of Christchurch. Asked if he was a fan of Mr Peters, Mr Thomas said, “Not really”.

    Well let’s hope he reads Kiwiblog as well and is prepared to let his investment go on a road-show in November.

    P.S. I thought Key was quite astute in announcing a rather high entry price early on, thereby ensuring it didn’t turn out to be a penny-dreadful affair.

  16. publicwatchdog (49) Says:
    March 18th, 2011 at 10:37 pm

    Gosh – I wonder how much money would have been raised for Christchurch earthquake victims by auctioning copies of the following KEY ‘shonky’ Tranz Rail documents ?

    1) A copy of the share registry records which proved John Key had shares in Tranz Rail (which he failed to disclose) at a time that Tranz Rail was an ‘Item of Business’ before the House?

    2) A copy of John Key’s Official Information Act request to Michael Cullen, attempting to flush out commercially sensitive information about Tranz Rail, when he had an undisclosed financial interest?

    3) A copy of John Key’s complaint to the Ombudsman, when Michael Cullen (on the advice of Treasury) refused to release commercially sensitive information under the OIA?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gFTYZVQo-A8&feature=related

    Perhaps some members of the Press Gallery weren’t aware that I had made a complaint to both the Police and SFO about John Key’s attempt to flush out commercially sensitive information information about Tranz Rail at a time he had an undisclosed pecuniary interest, ( then took a private prosecution under s. 228 of the Crimes Act 1961) – because there was never as much as a sentence about this in the NZ Herald?

    Unlike the constant ‘MAN ON THE MOON’ headlines in the NZ Herald, about Winston Peters and NZ First prior to the 2008 election?

    Obviously, the same people who worked so hard to sling political mud at Winston Peters and NZ First in 2008, must be worried, or we wouldn’t be seeing the same (desperate) tactics?

    Keep going! :)

    Penny Bright
    Effective Public Watchdog

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