Air NZ on Labour

October 29th, 2011 at 1:28 pm by David Farrar

The Herald reports:

is accusing of trashing its “beloved” koru symbol in advertising opposing Government plans to sell shares in state assets, including the airline.

Chief executive Rob Fyfe has written to Labour leader Phil Goff complaining that the election advertisement, which is screening on television and the back of buses, “denigrates and debases a symbol that we cherish and one I believe all New Zealanders cherish.”

Labour has a very casual approach to using other people’s intellectual property.

There is also an irony in Labour trying to trumpet Air NZ as the poster boy for their strategy against asset sales, because it is the Air NZ model of mixed ownership which National is seeking to extend.

Is Labour campaigning on buying out the 25% of Air NZ the state does not own? Of course not. So are they saying that 75% is the perfect size of the state’s shareholding and that 72% is evil and wrong? How ridiculous.

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19 Responses to “Air NZ on Labour”

  1. scrubone (3,097 comments) says:

    Nice one – rationality.

    Also love the “but they make us money” argument. Apparently John Key has made arrangements to sell stuff at bargain basement prices to his mates, rather than selling on the open market where the price is set by how much those assets generate…

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  2. jaba (2,146 comments) says:

    can’t blame them for stealing the intellectual property of others .. they have none of their own

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  3. jaba (2,146 comments) says:

    what mates is he selling assets to AND what assets do you mean?

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  4. ben (2,279 comments) says:

    Air NZ does not speak on my behalf. They can fuck off with their “we are special” horse shit. They are a company. With a logo. Some people care. Others don’t. The Air NZ strategy is as transparent as it is offensive: step 1 claim they are special/cherished/unique/blah blah blah step 2: apply for special treatment. Tax breaks. Subsidy. Regulation which locks out the competition.

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  5. Pauleastbay (5,035 comments) says:

    Air New Zealand speaks on my behalf,- they are special and wonderful – they are being debased by a rather loathsome bunch of politicians for their own evil ends. Fuck off labour

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  6. dion (95 comments) says:

    > Labour has a very casual approach to using other people’s intellectual property.

    And their money.

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  7. MyNameIsJack (2,414 comments) says:

    Of course, without Labour, Rob Fyfe would have neitehr job nor megaphone. AirNZ was in the toilet due to the attrocious failings of its management over the Ansett debacle.

    Don’t tell me they didn’t know how close Ansett was to collapse when AirNZ bought out News’ share. Oh, hang on, that’s right, they had no fucking idea how badly performing Ansett was, in spite of the fact that they owned half the fucking company.

    One more free market failure rescued by evil socialists.

    Rob Fyfe, fuck off and tell someone who cares.

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  8. dog_eat_dog (785 comments) says:

    MNIJ, does bailing out something give you an automatic right to their intellectual property? Nice attempt to change the discussion though.

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  9. Johnboy (17,015 comments) says:

    Jeeze Air New Zealand. What a shitty outfit. Everyone knows JetStar is far superior! :)

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  10. Johnboy (17,015 comments) says:

    Just like everyone knows that Liarbour is far superior to National. :)

    And Phool is far superior to Shonkey. :) :)

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  11. Johnboy (17,015 comments) says:

    And the strange looking guy with the slopey eyes is far superior to Goofy. :) :)

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  12. Neil (577 comments) says:

    Johnboy at 2.22pm says everyone knows Jetstar is far superior !! Perhaps my sense of humour is suppressed after a frustraring morning checking documents for exams minutely !. I remember Queenstown where people were off loaded and also incidents in other areas. Jetstar ain’t no Olympic champion.
    If this was in humour Johmboy I apologize.
    To Labour……. They earn the one finger salute !

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  13. Johnboy (17,015 comments) says:

    Fuck I put in shit loads of smileys for slow on the uptake guys like you Neil! :)

    Sheesh!!!!!!! :)

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  14. kowtow (8,936 comments) says:

    The taxpayer subsidised Fyffe and his koru (and my airline )are not cherished by me.
    Where do these people get off taking on behalf of any one other than perhaps his board!

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  15. policyparrot (11 comments) says:

    “Labour has a very casual approach to using other people’s intellectual property.”

    Those in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones Mr. Farrar – do you not recall the 200,000 DVDs that had to be destroyed in 2008?

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  16. burt (7,424 comments) says:

    self edit. comment deleted.

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  17. burt (7,424 comments) says:

    I find it staggering that Labour think they can win the game on emotion alone. Perhaps they can… it’s worked for them in the past.

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  18. burt (7,424 comments) says:

    policyparrot

    Destroyed – not validated. Fantastic.

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  19. dime (10,212 comments) says:

    so what MNIJ is saying is that if labour help you, they own you.

    thats why they get upset when their core constituents leave them. dont they know they are owned??

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