Labour enjoying Sky City hospitality

June 10th, 2013 at 3:00 pm by David Farrar

A number of MPs were seen enjoying the hospitality of at Eden Park on Saturday night.

Rather amusing that they rant and rail about how Sky City destroys people lives through addictive pokie machines, and a deal with the Government to allow them some more. But then they are happy to take their hospitality, funded by the very same pokie machines.

Have to at least give the Greens credit for consistency.

Anyway here is my question, and I genuinely don’t know the answer. Was one of those Labour MPs in the Sky City corporate box at Eden Park?

Surely no opposition leader would be so foolish as to lead a charge against Sky City’s pokie machines and deal with the Govt – and then turn up to their corporate box a few weeks later? Would they?

As I said, I know of at least two Labour MPs who were there. I don’t know if Shearer was there also. But I do hope someone asks.

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50 Responses to “Labour enjoying Sky City hospitality”

  1. Manolo (13,580 comments) says:

    Never say no to free food and drink is the hallmark of every despicable Labour MP.
    It doesn’t matter who pays for it as long as is gratis.

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  2. Black with a Vengeance (1,835 comments) says:

    That’s the general rule of all politicians i’d say, Manhole.

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  3. Alfred (52 comments) says:

    Well who were they? It is of public interest to know which MPs, particularly which Labour MPs were attending as guests of Sky City.

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  4. labrator (1,847 comments) says:

    Eden Park is across the road from David Shearer’s electorate office…

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  5. Grendel (996 comments) says:

    Do you think its really consistency on the part of the greens, or more that no one would ever invite them?

    the entire party is one entire group of Buzz Killingtons, and I imagine that they are always “on”, as in there is never a reason to not be always about the politics.

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  6. Barnsley Bill (983 comments) says:

    Do not know whether mumbles was there or not but he was at Euro for a few hours the other night. No doubt every bar, cossie club and RSA between his electorate and the swankiest viaduct boozer was unexpectedly closed that night.

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  7. MikeG (425 comments) says:

    I’m sure that the hospitality that the Labour MP’s enjoyed was paid for out of the Hotel profits, not the Casino!!

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  8. Barnsley Bill (983 comments) says:

    And I hear a rumour that the Bin Man has photos which may or may not appear in this weeks Truth

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  9. alex Masterley (1,510 comments) says:

    labrator,

    Mr Shearers office is in Mt Albert village, not opposite Eden Park.

    What was Ms Clarks electoral office is now an indian restaurant.

    Also I saw shots of Mr Shearer and the PM enjoying some-one’s hospitality on sky during the halftime break on Saturday night. Doesn’t mean it was Sky’s hospo though.

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  10. Harriet (4,857 comments) says:

    “……Capitalism has created the highest standard of living ever known on earth. The evidence is incontrovertible. :cool: Yet those who are loudest in proclaiming their desire to eliminate poverty are loudest in denouncing capitalism. Man’s well-being is not their goal…..” – Ayn Rand

    Idiots – for all to see. :cool:

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  11. In Vino Veritas (138 comments) says:

    Shearer was indeed at the rugby. I seem to recall his face was shown on the TV coverage not long after Key’s with Steve Tew.

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  12. alex (304 comments) says:

    The Greens actually turned down a rather large donation from Sky City a few years ago, not surprising they don’t take advantage of Sky City’s trough, er I mean corporate hospitality.

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  13. hmmokrightitis (1,586 comments) says:

    Sky City used to provide – been a few years since I was on the receiving end of it – the very best in corporate entertainment. Only bettered once IMHO, by the then Coopers & Lybrand in London, at the Oval, for the final of the County One Day Series. That day is forever burned into my brain as the very best corporate jolly in the history of man, ever. Bar none.

    Hence way too much fun for green MP’s :)

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  14. freemark (569 comments) says:

    Vodafone Box at U2, Mt Smart Stadium, 2010.. that was some hospo all right.. there was even a couple smoking some wacky in front of (but not in) the box, in case anyone wanted to share..

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  15. Cunningham (843 comments) says:

    Why would Sky City even invite them along?

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  16. Ultima (29 comments) says:

    Yes Shearer was there and so was Russel. Key was photographed doing high-fives with the winning team the ABs, Shearer was with the losing team the French looking perplexed and lost. Whilst Russel was with the ref and linesman that was controlling the outcome of the match.

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  17. Colville (2,261 comments) says:

    Eden Park is across the road from David Shearer’s electorate office…

    …so at least Shearer didnt need to tell his driver to do 200 km/hr in the limo to get him to the game….

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  18. pdm (842 comments) says:

    `Casper Shearer’ was in Napier at the Maori Farmer Of The Year awards on Friday night.He did not have a speaking part though as that was left to Bill English and Pita Sharples who both were surprisingly good in their 5min spots and got the tenor of their speeches bang on.

    Speaking of hospitality the best I have encountered was a New Zealand Day at the Isa Lei hotel (Lami, Suva) in, I think, 1976. It was an absolute ripper. To call it Corporate Hospitality may be stretching it though.

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  19. Morgy (172 comments) says:

    So???? Any names? I was there but freezing my nuts off in the Upper West Stand…..so I can’t help you.

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  20. Parlyguy (22 comments) says:

    Can confirm Alex.M’s post. Half-time shots flicked quickly from Shearer to the PM. The setting seemed to be the same for both figures, although this is probably explained by the bland sameness of the corporate boxes. However, even if it wasn’t Sky hosting Mumbles, makes for an interesting look when you party is running the “selling NZ to his mates” attack lines.

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  21. jaba (2,137 comments) says:

    MALLARD had a dummy spit on twitter about Sky .. very touchy is our Trev.
    I can’t imagine the Gweens being even marginally interested in sport, they have the planet and the poor to save. They would be the most boring, and smelly people around.

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  22. itstricky (1,800 comments) says:

    Let me translate this post for you.

    “darn this Dunne thing looks really bad. I’m really desperate to find some gossip that will outrank it. Can one of you guys who are apparently locals at the corporate boxes ppppllllleeeeeaaaaaassssseeee ring your mates and tell me Shearer was there. Pppppppllllleeeeeaaaasssee.”

    Never mind who was there or the real reasons why – just keep on gossiping. This social media thing has a lot to answer for.

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  23. David Garrett (7,110 comments) says:

    To hell with whether Mumbles was there or not…I want to hear about these fantastic beanos in London (homorightis) and Suva (pdm)..come on boys…this is one time when there is quite clearly a fit and proper purpose of having and using pseuds!!

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  24. Adolf Fiinkensein (2,888 comments) says:

    Why would anyone invite a bunch of hairy armpitted, unwashed, smelly, down at heel political numpties to a hospitality box?

    And speaking of political numpties, has Normal not seen what happened to Gillard after she commence denigrating Tony Abbot? Australians happen to know Abbot is a pretty genuine guy and accordingly, it’s been down hill for Gillard ever since. So Normal launches some vicious personal attacks on John Key, whom New Zealanders happen to know is a pretty genuine guy.

    I’m afraid the untold story of the last two weeks is Normal’s self induced destruction. Just watch it unfold before your eyes.

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  25. dime (9,856 comments) says:

    itstricky – yeah thats it. we are all hoping the dunne thing will blow over. thats why DPF is doing multiple posts a day about it.

    just remember this and you will be fine “the left are the shit heads”.

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  26. itstricky (1,800 comments) says:

    You have to admit he sounds pretty desperate. No doubt he’s like a little kitten, out stalking it’s first pray, ready to bring it back to his master “look master, look, look what I found you”

    I look forward to having this same conversation with you in a couple of months when the next politician in a long line up is revealed to be a hypocrite. Bookmark it now, so you can come back to it.

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  27. Keeping Stock (10,299 comments) says:

    itstricky said

    You have to admit he sounds pretty desperate. No doubt he’s like a little kitten, out stalking it’s first pray, ready to bring it back to his master “look master, look, look what I found you”

    Actually itstricky, that sounds like a pretty accurate description of your own good self. After all, you seem to be the only one who doesn’t seem to see the disconnect between Labour MP’s receiving corporate hospitality from an organisation whose modus operandi they supposedly oppose with every fibre of their being.

    This is hypocrisy by whichever Labour MP’s are involved, but worse than that, it shows a significant lack of judgment where there is likely to be an intense political debate in the months ahead.

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  28. coge (187 comments) says:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WmWbE628lBM David Shearer is seen enjoying a glass of wine at 59.51 minutes.

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  29. Pauleastbay (5,035 comments) says:

    labrator (1,355) Says:

    Eden Park is across the road from David Shearer’s electorate office

    No, its on the corner of New North Road and Carrington Road and I have to look at Captain Mumblefucks photograph everyday I get to the lights

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  30. itstricky (1,800 comments) says:

    Actually itstricky, that sounds like a pretty accurate description of your own good self.

    Why the attack on me, did I hit a raw nerve?

    This is hypocrisy by whichever Labour MP’s are involved, but worse than that, it shows a significant lack of judgment where there is likely to be an intense political debate in the months ahead.

    Again, I look forward to our conversation in a couple of months from now when another politician is outed for the same. No doubt it will be a National one this time.

    As for the lack of judgement – you know nothing about the circumstances. Don’t know how many times I have to say ‘gossip gossip all the way home’

    Ew look, someone’s actually spent some precious minutes in their life looking for the clip on Youtube. Quick, send it to Woman’s Day! Isn’t the sort of behaviour that you usually flag the left for?

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  31. hmmokrightitis (1,586 comments) says:

    DG, only cos you asked :)

    I was working for a large corporate based in London, parent company in NYC. Used to fly between the two. C&L were our auditors and tax advisers. Group of us met at the pub by the gates to the Oval for a pint before we went in. Met there by 4 C&L partners, and a handful of their senior managers.

    I remember trying to explain cricket to some of my seppo colleagues, before we all gave up and just focused on the free food and piss – glorious amounts of some quite extraordinary wines – our champagne, served all day, was vintage Veuve Clicqout, and I developed a taste for it from that day. There were bloody cases of the stuff. Around 5PM, I remember calling my father (on the phone in the box) back here in NZ shouting down the phone “You’ll never guess where I am” – Dad was a huge cricket fan and very jealous :)

    Game finished and we didn’t notice.

    I ended up being last man standing from our company with one of their tax senior managers, gorgeous woman by the name of Kathleen. Neither of us remember how, but we ended up shagging on the balcony looking out over the ground.

    Went out together for 6 months after that :)

    Next day my boss called me into his palatial office and asked me if I would like to head to Las Vegas to speak at a conference, accompanied by…that same senior manager. Not much convincing needed :) The C&L team thanked us for being wonderful guests. The scale of sheer debauchery that day was something Ive only ever read about before – or since.

    Did a days motor racing at Brands Hatch as well, that was amazing. But no shagging :)

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  32. toad (3,674 comments) says:

    Wonder how many Nat MPs were in the SkyCity Corporate box?

    Or are they now all ordered to dissociate themselves from SkyCity following the dirty deal, and now snuggling up with Jonathan Coleman in the British American Tobacco corporate box?

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  33. hmmokrightitis (1,586 comments) says:

    LOL, the “dirty deal” toady, I do love your emotive language. So gosh darn black and Edwardian. So evocative.

    You’re such a knob :)

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  34. RF (1,380 comments) says:

    At least Toad would not be squashed amongst others in a corporate box. The BO would drive the other guests away.

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  35. itstricky (1,800 comments) says:

    The scale of sheer debauchery that day was something Ive only ever read about before – or since.

    You’re my hero.

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  36. itstricky (1,800 comments) says:

    At least one person got the inflection.

    Maybe I should extrapolate a little more:

    Met there by 4 C&L partners, and a handful of their senior managers. I ended up being last man standing from our company with one of their tax senior managers, gorgeous woman by the name of Kathleen

    Wow, you must just be so, like, important to be, like, knowing so many really important people that do so much good for the world. What’s it like to be like, so, so super awesome – your kids must really look up to you when you tell them stories like that. They must think, wow, if only I could be like Dad, shagging senior tax managers of an NYC firm at The Oval – I mean, does life getting any better? I guess it could only get better if the senior tax manager was from PWC and it was at Lords – I mean – jeees the sky is the limit. Rock and roll!

    And you called that fella ‘toad’ a knob?

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  37. Zapper (1,019 comments) says:

    And in wade the guys who will only ever earn 50 grand a year to exhibit their jealousy by feigning disgust. I love it

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  38. RF (1,380 comments) says:

    itstricky.. Are you sure you are not suffering from a hint of the old green eye. regrets that you had a boring life boosted by furtive visits to the wood shed with Playboy books. Just enjoy the lusts of others.

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  39. wreck1080 (3,884 comments) says:

    Pre-internet era they would get away with this . Good work dpf (or to your spies).

    But now, ha ha ha ha. These labour people have no integrity. Criticizing gambling to a receptive audience on one hand , while at the same time enjoying the baubles of power as provided from the proceeds of gambling .

    It is like a cop denouncing thieves while at the same time receiving stolen goods.

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  40. dime (9,856 comments) says:

    zapper – toad said he was on 60k once. public money of course.

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  41. dime (9,856 comments) says:

    “Why the attack on me, did I hit a raw nerve?”

    you wish. youre just a BORING troll.

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  42. itstricky (1,800 comments) says:

    I laugh at the ridiculousness of someone who assumes such things. It shows some of the inner workings of some of the commentators on this blog with their misguided reflections of the world through their stereotypical viewpoints. Take a look at what I’ve written here, during this post, as that’s the only thing you have to judge me on. Do you really think that the English vocabulary in use belongs to someone who earns $50k a year?

    I can’t believe that anyone would idolise someone who thinks this is good stuff to get out in the public domain. If you sat down and analysed it for more than a moment you’d realise that the guy is pretty lonely and he thinks that if he mentions some senior managers from big firms, lots of money and a hot girl that everyone in the room will bow down & kiss his gold backside.

    Shows you what’s wrong with the world today when people actually think that’s the be-all-and-end-all of what should be achieved in life – the accolade that’s held up as the holy grail of capitalism. If you really think that’s what life is all about, you have my sympathy because I’m pretty sure you’ll be one of the lonely ones when it comes to the end.

    Back to the topic at hand – none of that is trolling – honest commentary – I’m not trying to wind you up, I’m simply stating that to me it looks like you’re all salavating over a piece of gossip that’s no better than something from Woman’s Day. All politicans are hypocrites, not just the left (or centre-left as it is in NZ).

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  43. Sir Cullen's Sidekick (876 comments) says:

    Minor matter. Labour MPs having a good time, relaxing and preparing to rule NZ from 8th November 2014. So leave them alone and move on brothers.

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  44. freemark (569 comments) says:

    @hmmokrightitis
    Excellent day by the sounds, thanks for sharing. Easy to see who the envious bastards are.. :)

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  45. hmmokrightitis (1,586 comments) says:

    Aww, itstricky, did I cause your socialist arse to pucker? Poor wee lamb. Why is it that some socialists are so anti fun, like people in Sheldons world who dont like trains?

    Be all and end all, no, sorry to disappoint. It was 23 years ago. It was a great and memorable day. Im sure you, dearest trickster, have lived an umblemished life, not tarnished or sullied by matters of the flesh, nor imbibed of anything that would bend your mind. Youve lived in the world of restraint, an admirable world, where matters of the mind take precedence over matters of the flesh, as so valued by those of the left. You just keep looking down your nose at us on the right, as we pay for your ability to do so :)

    Good for you. No, I dont share these experiences with my children – and only a complete twazzock would even think the same. By all means tut tut over your glasses, being careful not to spill your glass of chardonnay. The rest of us will revel in the real world of fun, games and being human, where sometimes matters of the flesh and enjoyment of everything the world has to offer isnt bad or naughty, but like thats going to stop you having a frown.

    Lighten up. And was I important? LOL, dont think I claimed to be, but it suited youre argument, so dont let me get in the way of you being my mum. Never have been, never will be. Grabbed opportunities as they came my way, and had some fun along the way.

    You might try releasing the death grip on the ol’ snake and give it a shot.

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  46. itstricky (1,800 comments) says:

    Because I don’t idolise the excesses of capitalism I am a glasses wearing frigid frowning chardonnay drinker? hmmm To borrow some of your words ‘I guess that suits your argument’. As I said, sterotypical narrow viewpoint.

    Don’t worry however, that can be cured – I’m sure there’s plenty of idolising nobodies here who do think that Clicqout and senior tax managers from C&L are the bees-knees who will give you that nice warm feeling of acknowledgement that you obviously desperately need

    I’ve been around plenty of blocks in my youth buddy but the one thing that struck me initally here is that if that’s what you throw out there to the public, I would think exactly the same thing if I met you in person at a gathering or something and that was your party piece. That would be ‘what a wanker’.

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  47. hmmokrightitis (1,586 comments) says:

    So many assumptions, so little time. Idolatry, you get that from enjoying a free pissup? And as for your position that its what I throw around in public…no, its not. You have no idea who I am, hence why I shared, so I gain what from it, do tell – in fact dont, your opinion matters to me not a jot. And trust me, Im happy that we dont meet at Red Flag weekends, they are all yours.

    But given the trickster boast that “I’ve been around plenty of blocks in my youth buddy” I cant help but be struck by the Pot, Kettle, Noir moment.

    Its all yours trickster, Im off for a run in the glorious sunshine with a bunch of capitalist mates :) Enjoy in splendid solitude.

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  48. Pete George (23,476 comments) says:

    Hamish Rutherford ‏@oneforthedr
    Clayton Cosgrove confirms he was in the SkyCity corporate box for the All Blacks test on Saturday.

    Clever SkyCity, sucker Cosgrove

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  49. itstricky (1,800 comments) says:

    You’re right. Too many assumptions and I apologise if I’ve assumed about you in turn. For the record, I make my living the same way as everyone else so I have no beef with capitalism or running for that matter ;-) – just with idolising corporate excess like it is something that everyone should strive for. It has a lot of hurt to answer for. Oh, and, of course, the gossip on this thread.

    And finally, a tip. This is The Internet. Everything here is in the worldwide public domain, exists forever, and is highly searchable. Good luck out there.

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  50. Tauhei Notts (1,692 comments) says:

    hmmmokrightitis, a lovely story. I enjoyed it. Youth is fleeting and one must make the most of it. Indeed, youth is wasted on the young.
    Itstricky; I have shown your comments to my wife and requested that if I ever become as bitter and twisted as you are, she is to smack me over the scone with the big heavy frying pan usually used for frying steak.

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