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Saturday, August 27, 2005

Role Model for What?

In one of the more dismaying revelations of Prime Money Wasting it is revealed Tana Umanga is being paid over half a million dollars by Mallard's Mega Ministry to front some publicity campaign or other.

What ever happened to the good old days when All Blacks did these things for the love of their country? Please don't come back with the bullshit about them now being professional sportsmen. They are highly paid as sportsmen and they owe their country a little gratitude for providing them with the opportunity to be All Blacks, which opportunity they can use to enhance their later careers without double dipping, which is what Mr Umanga is doing. Can anyone imagine David Kirk or Wilson Wineray indulging themselves in this way. (Mind you, they always did have the appearance of being employable.)

Shame on Umanga for blotting his copy book. He has fallen in my estimation.

Yet another example of the profligate squandering of citizens' taxes by Labour. John Key, add this to the pile ofgovernment expenditure you can divert to tax cuts. Mr Umanga will get his $92 per week which is sufficient reward for what he is doing.
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Posted by Adolf Fiinkensein | 8/27/2005 09:13:00 AM

5 Comments:

Blogger ZenTiger said...

When the tax spenders think they need to get the State is Good message across at half a milion tax dollars a pop, they are acting like a business in a comptetive environment. Trouble is they are a monopoly, and don't need endorsements to boost the profit margin in this way.

You never see Amnesty spending $500,000 by paying a sportstar or actor to push the line torture is bad.

Big government, big lies, big waste. No understanding of their obligations on who best to use taxpayer funds.

8/27/2005 10:06:00 AM  
Blogger colinm said...

Lol, Tana.
A little OT but I still remember a heated statement by someone in the pub about the Lions doing the haka. It went along the lines of how dare they, they aren't maori. I guess the fact that Tana isn't Maori was lost on them, but to point this out would have invited a smack in the jaw (and she is a big mean b***h).
Back OT. I totally agree with you on that point, if it's a public service type promotion you would expect them to lend their names to it gratis, they certainly enjoy all the freebies thrown their way why not give a little back eh.

8/27/2005 10:51:00 AM  
Blogger Gman said...

Say it ain't so, Tana!

I thought he was doing it for free.

He hasn't exactly done much to justify it--the only thing he's done is have his photo taken while pretending to read a book, with the caption: 'get kids reading' or something.

8/27/2005 11:02:00 AM  
Blogger Gooner said...

That the programme costs $14 million of taxpayer money is a disgrace. I can teach my kid to read myself, thanx. I care about my daughter, the government has never met her so how can it claim to care about her! Push off Mallard.

8/27/2005 11:23:00 AM  
Blogger t selwyn said...

Ahh, yeah, yeah, the govt. gave all it could... there was a lot of loose play from their side and we exploited that, ahh, I couldn't have done it without my agent - and full credit to him, ahh it just came down to percentages in the end and, ahh, my bank account was the winner on the day.

8/27/2005 11:48:00 AM  

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