The Press Power List

May 4th, 2013 at 9:18 am by David Farrar

has published its power list for . As with all lists, they are just the opinions of the four people who compiled the list (two of whom are constant critics of the Government) but nevertheless an interesting list:

  1. PM John Key
  2. CERA Minister Gerry Brownlee
  3. Ngai Tahu Chairman Mark Solomon
  4. EQC CEO Ian Simpson
  5. ECan Chair Dame Margaret Bazley
  6. CERA CEO Roger Sutton
  7. The Press Editor Joanna Norris
  8. IAG CEO Jacki Johnson
  9. Tertiary Education Minister Steven Joyce
  10. Education Minister Hekia Parata
  11. Fonterra CEO Theo Spierings
  12. Cant Employers CEO Peter Townsend
  13. Chch Central Dev Unit Director Warwick Isaacs
  14. Civic Assurance CEO Tim Sole
  15. Chch City Council CEO Tony Marryatt
  16. Chch Mayor Bob Parker
  17. Chch East MP Lianne Dalziel
  18. SCIRT Chairman Mark Ford
  19. The Gough Family
  20. The Carter Family

As the Government is spending $15 billion of taxpayers money on rebuilding Christchurch, it should be little surprise that central Government figures are more influential than usual.

 

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18 Responses to “The Press Power List”

  1. Redbaiter (8,800 comments) says:

    Why does Ngai Tahu Chairman Mark Solomon even feature let alone be rated at Number 3?

    This is a recovery effort for all of Christchurch regardless of race or culture.

    I despair this rank separatism in every facet of government and community.

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  2. Andronicus (219 comments) says:

    Disgusted to see you are not on the list DPF.

    [DPF: Only if they go down to No 50,000]

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  3. Judith (8,534 comments) says:

    Many people throughout history had power – not all of it benefited humankind or the planet.

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  4. bringbackdemocracy (427 comments) says:

    They forgot Aaron “don’t you know who I am” Gilmore.
    He’s very important. In his own mind.

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  5. tvb (4,416 comments) says:

    No Bill English!!! He is the money. I would of thought that rated ahead of that bazley woman or even the editor of the Press.

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  6. Keeping Stock (10,337 comments) says:

    What tvb said; Bill English is the banker for all of this, and at the very least he ranks as more powerful than Liane Dalziel; at least until/if she becomes Mayor.

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  7. joana (1,983 comments) says:

    The editor of the Press? Is that a typo? or a joke?

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  8. Elaycee (4,392 comments) says:

    I suspect the Editor of the local paper must have been one of the four people who put this together…

    Her position at No7 is as ludicrous as suggesting that Shayne Currie (current leader of the hacks at the NZ Hoorald) would rate similarly in Auckland.

    Fat chance….

    [EDIT: @joana: snap!]

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  9. joana (1,983 comments) says:

    Elaycee
    She is very new, very young and has almost no profile. She allows about half dozen other young women to write absolute trash almost every week..They write about themselves , their cats , their bikes etc and sometimes we are even subjected to their promiscuous sex lives. It is fast becoming a low budget rag.

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  10. gravedodger (1,566 comments) says:

    Do people still buy ‘The Press’?

    Hairy McLairy publishes a fortnightly two minutes silence called The Akaroa Mail and it only achieves a circulation by being free.

    Same situation for ‘The Star’, not sure what its publishing days are.

    Print media in the village of the damned is in similar condition to the buildings of similar vintage, ie ‘munted’.

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  11. kowtow (8,434 comments) says:

    Ngai Tahu are in there because they have a virtually unending supply of taxpayer money .They are now de facto part of central govt.This is extended by their charitable status which means the taxpayer ,who set them up in business,also loses out on the profits of their widespread business activities.

    Also anything our lame stream media produces ,like the Education Dept,will always strive to put an “indigenous” slant on.

    http://www.odt.co.nz/opinion/opinion/212056/complaint-industry-still-rambles

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  12. Liberty (267 comments) says:

    The Wizard should be at lest number two

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  13. Keeping Stock (10,337 comments) says:

    I disagree kowtow. Sure, Ngai Tahu has received lots of money from treaty settlements. But the tribe has invested wisely, and not got into speculative stuff like casinos and rugby league teams. Ngai Tahu’s investments have led to hundreds of Ngai Tahu iwi being employed, especially in the tourism sector.

    There’s an excellent article in last week’s Listener where Guyon Espiner interviews Sir Mark Solomon, and this bit stuck out to me:

    “We’ve got good people” Solomon says, initially holding back the real nugget. In 1995, as the settlement loomed and the tribe geared up to face the modern commercial world, the word came down.

    “We were instructed by Ngai Tahu that for all positions, it is the best that applies for the job regardless of race,” he says. “Yes, we would love to be in a place where all our company’s businesses were run by Ngai Tahu but they have to be the best.”

    That more than anything to me encapsulates why Ngai Tahu has been so successful commercially. They didn’t fall into the old “jobs for the boys” mentality, but brought in the best people, whether they were brown, pink or polka dot.

    Ngai Tahu is an economic powerhouse in the South Island. The $170m settlement they got in 1997 is now an asset base worth more than $800m. They must be doing something right.

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  14. kowtow (8,434 comments) says:

    Yep Ngai Tahu are doing something right.They got a damn good deal off the National Govt to skin the taxpayer.

    There are also a hell of a lot of questions about their charitable status,the amount that charity pays its directors as opposed to paying out to its beneficiaries (the purpose afterall of a charity)

    but you won’t hear a lot of questions from our racist lame stream media on those issues.

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/7662193/Tribes-due-to-receive-top-ups

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  15. backster (2,171 comments) says:

    I imagine Jim Anderton will be outraged that he hasn’t made the list.

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  16. pq (728 comments) says:

    fuck you Ngai Tahu, show me a dollar you gave a dollar to your people ,
    come in here bitch mark sloloman

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  17. wiseowl (887 comments) says:

    And Red forgot something else.Why is Soloman a ‘Sir’?

    Another rort being wrongfully recognised with this tribe infiltrating and influencing too many facets of South Island functions.

    At the present time I guess all newspaper Editors around the country are our leaders!!

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  18. Jack5 (5,137 comments) says:

    Ngai Tahu’s tax-free group charity status is unfair. So is the charity status of Seventh Day Adventist-owned Sanitarium the food products manufacturer.

    Their competitors in property, fishing, tourism, finance, and food should be agitating for fair play on this.

    If Ngai Tahu had to pay taxes and their non-Maori competitors were tax exempt there would be uproar right to UN level.

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