Hefty?

February 25th, 2014 at 9:00 am by David Farrar

Stuff reports:

But for two agencies that prefer not to spill their secrets, the and have racked up a hefty bill for communications advice.

A hefty bill? How many millions have they spent?

In the 2012/13 year a contractor was paid $10,155 for three months’ work.

$10,155 for three months? That must be the most lowly paid contractor in the history of contracting.

The SIS also spent over $8000 printing three brochures since 2009, including ”A Guide to Weapons of Mass Destruction.”

Around $2,700 per pamphlet. $8,000 over five years. Frugal, not hefty, is the word that comes to mind.

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13 Responses to “Hefty?”

  1. annie (539 comments) says:

    Over the last month or so Stuff has finally completed morphing into the Women’s Weekly.

    This is just another example.

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  2. redqueen (563 comments) says:

    But think of all the welfare that we could have paid with those princely sums! And given how good a job they’re doing with communications, this shows wanton waste and extravagence! I mean, for that kind of money, I would have expected at least one insignificant non-fail recorded :-P Where was the press release denying that they weren’t aware of who Kim Dotcom was when he accused them of spying on him? Did they establish what the contractor’s FTE rate was?

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  3. davidp (3,581 comments) says:

    Every time the media talk about salaries they seem to be breathless in surprise that people earn more than $100k. I don’t know anyone in IT who earns less than that, and most of us are on a hell of a lot more. I wonder if this reflects the pitiful wages that journalists are paid to work in a legacy industry? If so, they should get out in to the real world a bit more often.

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  4. flipper (4,067 comments) says:

    Hell….
    It makes one wonder about the standard of education at Stuff.

    If $10,000 odd = hefty, what would the $140,000+ that Labour/red melons/unions coalition spent on the asset sell-down petition = ?

    Oh….bit that is different in the eyes of the children writing at Stuff.

    If there is cause for criticism, then perhaps the real problem is that they have not spent more explaining why they should get more budget dollars, toys, and powers.
    That may be cause for criticism :-)

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  5. Keeping Stock (10,342 comments) says:

    Hearing that Pete Hodgson was paid $3400 for writing a couple of letters for the Dunedin City Council will have made the GCSB contractor feel VERY undervalued.

    PS: I was told once that the definition of a consultant is someone who borrows your watch to tell you what the time is, then keeps the watch as payment. :D

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  6. flipper (4,067 comments) says:

    KS….
    Excellent!

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  7. KiwiGreg (3,255 comments) says:

    My first thought at the headline…

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  8. KiwiGreg (3,255 comments) says:

    Heh, and there was me thinking I didn’t know how to imbed a video and all you need to do is cut and paste the URL, ain’t technology grand.

    You kids get off my lawn!!

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  9. labrator (1,850 comments) says:

    How much did Labour and the Greens spend on the “citizens” initiated referendum? We get it media, you hate the GCSB, you’re like a fleshed out meme site without the punchline.

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  10. Raphael (88 comments) says:

    davidp says:
    February 25th, 2014 at 9:23 am
    Every time the media talk about salaries they seem to be breathless in surprise that people earn more than $100k. I don’t know anyone in IT who earns less than that, and most of us are on a hell of a lot more. I wonder if this reflects the pitiful wages that journalists are paid to work in a legacy industry? If so, they should get out in to the real world a bit more often.
    ——————————–
    I do earn less than that….a lot less. But that is partly by choice as I choose to work for a small company in Thames where I know we can’t afford to pay a massive salary. As a Snr Dev I know I could easily earn a LOT more in Auckland, I just couldn’t face actually having to live in Auckland.

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  11. wreck1080 (3,917 comments) says:

    @raphael :: a ton of people earn less than 100k in IT. I think the average IT wage in NZ is around 70k .

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  12. alwyn (425 comments) says:

    You should allow for the fact that the brochures were probably immediately declared “Top Secret” and then shredded.
    They were perhaps the sort of thing where the comment “I can show you this but if I do I will have to kill you” was meant to be appropriate.
    Just Joking.

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  13. Ben Dover (526 comments) says:

    CHRIST that’s peanuts

    Good lord can you imagine the rounds of changes those poor b astards
    had to go through before approval? (i’d expect 7)

    and the illiterate copy and the brief being changed 10 times by the
    head marketing RETARD then at the last minute HR would have been shown it
    then someone would have said wait wait

    How does it affect our obligations under ….. THE TREATY OF WAITANGi

    and do we now need two people of same sex holding hands and a tino rangitiratanga logo

    No one with a brain would not do it for less

    Hey here is an idea for all GVT agencies

    DO it MICROSOFT TURD to one template
    and print
    soft paper with perforations

    that does not block the dunny

    Hang on a Weapon of Mass destruction just blocked my toilet

    Has anyone actually FOUND ANY

    ANYWHERE YET?

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