Boxes everywhere

November 25th, 2008 at 4:31 pm by David Farrar

Just been over at catching up with a few people. There’s a huge amount of activity as boxes are being unpacked, computer geeks are installing PCs evereywhere etc. WIth hundreds of office moves, it will take a few days to bed down.

On one floor there were no phones yet, which was sort of blissful.

One of the National MPs has Winston’s old office. A building staffer explained that they had to near-fumigate the office to try and get rid of the smoke residue. I helpfully suggested an exorcism might have been more appropriate for that office :-)

While it is nice to be in Government, a lot of people are missing the wonderful offices in the old Parliament Buildings. They are much nicer than Bowen House and the Beehive.

Lots of interesting tidbits about who is staying and going in all the parties, including Labour. There have been some excellent appointments made that I think will help settle things down. Might post a bit more on this in a few weeks.  As tempting as it is to announce staff appointments through Kiwiblog, I’ll leave it to the individual parties to do :-)

Was interesting to have a look around the 9th floor, as I had not been up there since I was a staffer there in 1999, and it has been refurbished since then. The refurbishments are nice, but still nothing compared to Parliament House.

I referred to the PM’s personal office/room as “Jenny’s office” three times. It was weird – almost like some sort of flashback. It was just an automatic reflex basically. I was amused that many of the staff were suffering from the same problem I encountered in 1997 when I moved up there – getting lost on the floor.

All the other floors have more than one Minister so you just head into the office complex you want. But the enture 9th floor is PM’s Office and it is a circle around the entire way. And my first couple of days there I would sometimes circle the building two or three times until I realised I was passing the same office and had gone past my office.

While it is nice to pop in occassionally, it is even nicer not to work there. Eight years was more than enough for me, and the hours many of the Ministerial staffers work are just crazy – in some offices you don’t get home much before midnight. Bill Birch’s office was famous for that – if a meeting was scheduled at 12.00, you did actually have to check if it was midday or midnight.

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19 Responses to “Boxes everywhere”

  1. burt (7,820 comments) says:

    A building staffer explained that they had to near-fumigate the office to try and get rid of the smoke residue

    So have I got this correct – having legislated that all offices must be smoke free probably 10 years ago the corrupt self serving Winston continued to smoke in his office ?

    Is this still OK in parliament or did Winston have some sort of exception made for him? (like he and Labour did for accountability and transparency)

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  2. KiwiGreg (3,177 comments) says:

    What years did you work in the Beehive? I was there 1991-92.

    [DPF: 1996 - 2004]

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  3. daveski (86 comments) says:

    When asked if he smoked in his office, Mr Peters held up a sign that fiercely proclaimed “NO”!!!!!!

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  4. burt (7,820 comments) says:

    I’m actually surprised that Winston didn’t set up a “P” lab in his office as a way of funding his party. He could have had his own brand – Scam-P

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  5. WraithX (295 comments) says:

    I visited a friend who was a staffer for Winston a few years ago – he definitely smoked in his office full time. It really annoyed me because I am a smoker and do not share the same rights as our politicians clearly extended to themselves.

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  6. wikiriwhis business (3,883 comments) says:

    Re: Alamein Kopu

    At least Winston left the furniture behind….. I think.

    Due to lengthy years of smoking, winstons not going to have long to drain the coffers with his govt baubles after retirement.

    He will probably take a lengthy cruise which he chided pensioners for doing after years of industry.

    Spose no one remembers that remark.

    Unfortunately, his baby Kiwisaver will be still draining disposable income from the poor.

    anyone believe there’ll be record Christmas spending this year????

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  7. jacob van hartog (309 comments) says:

    Cant work out why the ‘geeks’ need to install more computers.

    Surely those new staff just login on the same computer and it loads up their personal registry from their previous computer and away they go. Surely they dont have the 90s system of each hard drive being preset for one user like you would have for a small office of 12 people and they move their computers around physically if they move to a new desk

    Wasnt that one of the outrages over all the beehive staff that labour had, surely there will be spare computers ( …for a while anyway)

    [DPF: Sadly not so simple. First of all Opposition staff are employed by Parl Serv and Ministerial by Min Serv. They have different servers, systems and software.]

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  8. davidp (3,540 comments) says:

    >Bill Birch’s office was famous for that – if a meeting was scheduled at 12.00, you did actually have to check if it was midday or midnight.

    While I’m all in favour of politicians working hard, I think that they and their staff would benefit from spending time talking to people who aren’t public servants and other politicians. And you can’t do that if you spend every day until midnight at the office.

    I think we’d be better off if politicians spent time doing their own shopping, hanging out with their non-political friends (assuming they have some… and they should be sacked if they don’t), and spent some time out each day reading books.

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  9. Steve (4,499 comments) says:

    jacob van hartog,
    The Hard Drives could be formated and left blank for the incoming user.
    But then, Deleted does not mean gone. It means unseen and ready to be written over.
    Far too many secrets may come out of used HDD’S.
    To some this is imposible, to others it is a breeze to restore lost information.
    Ask any IT that’s with it.

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  10. Rex Widerstrom (5,265 comments) says:

    Yes Jacob Van Hrtog, it’s dangerous to leave supposedly blank HDDs around. Right now, for instance, we’re forensically examinging Winston’s hard drive and have discovered this curious snippet of code. I wonder if those with better computer skills than I could help interpret it?

    if (exposedByMedia)
    document.shredder
    init:function(deny,deny,deny)
    return:"NO"
    var "Got that, sunshine"
    var "Print that and I'll sue"
    for (var i=0; repeat)
    else if (backedByPM)
    check.baubles
    init:function(keepSalary)
    function verify(BrianHenry'sStory){
    if (BrianHenry'sStory=/=deny,deny,deny'')
    alert("Check alibis before entering Privileges Committee")}
    if function verify (BrianHenry'sStory=/=deny,deny,deny'') fails;
    then init:function(discreditWhistleblowers)
    var message1="Owen Glenn is senile";
    var message1="Rodney Hide is out to get me";
    var message1="It's a media conspiracy";
    if function.discreditWhistleblowers fails;
    then function(findSewer,extractRonMark)

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  11. Ross Miller (1,663 comments) says:

    I see that jacob van hartog is becoming the resident apologist for Labour now that Roger and Jum and and and are off job hunting.

    An acquaintance of mine who has just moved into an office suite vacated by a recently departed and not long lamented Labour Cabinet Minister has opined about the very ‘fishy’ smell that seems to pervade everything. Tatty, unkempt and quite shop-soiled was how she/he described it …. an apt description of Labour methinks.

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  12. side show bob (3,660 comments) says:

    I was watching Fox News last week and the story goes that when George Bush entered office all the W keys on the computers had been removed by Clinton’s staffers.

    Oh and by the way how the hell did they get that stone altar and cauldron out of the 9th floor?

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  13. dad4justice (7,779 comments) says:

    I hope the girls took their pins,broom sticks and voodoo dolls? My back hurts.

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  14. Steve (4,499 comments) says:

    Dad,
    The girls still have them,(pins,broom sticks and voodoo dolls?) but they don’t hurt as much.
    Actualy they don’t hurt at all. They will try but their season is over.
    The wall has been busted. Tear down the wall of commy lesbians.
    My back dont hurt anymore, weight of carrying is over.

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  15. NX (602 comments) says:

    Was interesting to have a look around the 9th floor, as I had not been up there since I was a staffer there in 1999,

    DPF – It would be great to see some pictures of John Key’s new office if you could get permission.

    I enjoyed looking @ the cabinet room pictures the other day. Amazing to think that Clark’n Cullen sat around that table for so many years making spending plans for hundreds of billions of our dollars with about as much consideration for where it came from as a mafia boss has for the stolen property he’s pawning off.

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  16. OECD rank 22 kiwi (2,811 comments) says:

    It’s good to see the current change to a National/ACT Government.

    May Labour party never again blight the New Zealand nation.

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  17. llew (1,533 comments) says:

    Oh and by the way how the hell did they get that stone altar and cauldron out of the 9th floor?

    STraight down the service lift to Bellamy’s kitchens.

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  18. Alfred (52 comments) says:

    Has anyone seen Helen recently? Is she lost?

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  19. wikiriwhis business (3,883 comments) says:

    “Has anyone seen Helen recently? Is she lost?”

    Catching up wif discreet gf’s I should think.

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