Stupid is as stupid does: Air New Zealand.

Stupid is as stupid does: Air New Zealand.

When a much travelled media friend said recently that Air New Zealand is well and truly outclassed by other competing airlines – Singapore Airlines, of course comes to mind, but he even mentioned Cathay Pacific as doing a much better job – I registered this just in passing. It’s been several years since I travelled overseas.

So a recent trip to Sydney on Air New Zealand’s Dreamliner was more like a bad dream. It wasn’t simply disappointing. The configuration of the plane in business class where a son and I travelled, for specific reason, was a shock. The seeming lack of intelligence which decided upon the placing of the seats was almost unbelievable.

Moreover, apparently other airlines which use the Dreamliner plane don’t use AIRNZ’s ridiculous configuration of the business/premium class cabin.

As one of those travellers who love to look to see where we are going…to watch the land unfold below and take in everything which gives us new horizons, I was incredulous to see the seating layout in this section of the plane. I’d hoped for a window seat to look down at it all.

And yes, my seat was by the window – but it was well turned away from the window so that essentially I and all others were travelling almost backwards – or at least facing so far in towards the middle of the cabin that the window was behind my right shoulder. Essentially I was travelling sideways with the side of the seat in front and the back of my own obstructing any possible view if I even twisted around to try to face the front and to look out.

No chance. The arrangement of this cabin was a basic herringbone with seats facing in, away from the window. The seats on the side of the aisles opposite, faced towards what should have been window seats. Nobody travelled facing forwards. And given that it was a herringbone configuration, all up the cabin, the privacy which so many value and prevents one being overlooked when sleeping was quite gone. Travellers virtually faced one another diagonally. This basically equated to less privacy then provided to economy class and economy upgrade, where passengers face forward. Unfortunately I couldn’t downgrade to economy premium, still allowing for more leg room, as all its places were taken.

I found the thinking behind preventing passengers facing forward or looking out the window simply simply incredible, and the cabin attendant to whom I expressed astonishment, and sheer disappointment said there had been quite a bit of criticism of the seating and there would possibly be a new configurations in future. Possibly? In future?

I am one of many who doesn’t like travelling backwards and can feel nauseous when this happens – as once on a train across France. Unlike the obliging Swiss, the perverse west to east French railway system (which also doesn’t believe in providing platform notices in English, the universal language – so I was grateful for what of the language I still retain )  simply reverses trains to go back the way they have come. I recall having to sit up sideways on the arm of my seat to turn to face forward to avoid becoming train sick.  As now, on the so called Dreamliner, knowing I would feel queasy very soon, I had to miss the lunch due, and to try to sleep instead.

Easier said than done. The arm rests on the Dreamliner are so far back one can’t actually rest one’s arms on them – as one of the cabin crew said she had also found. And although I could put my feet up on the square equivalent of a footstool, one couldn’t actually recline.  Unlike normal business class where flatbeds can be obtained without moving, on the Dreamliner apparently one has to get up and stand in the aisle while a flight attendant comes to turn the bed over – or whatever that requires. Not a plan designed by a mastermind, when one needs to keep one’s head still.

Moreover, given the layout, a man with a very loud voice coming to visit the passenger behind/beside me, and sitting on his  block  footstool, ended up booming into my ear when I tried to sleep. His head projected up over my seat site. After about 15 minutes when I asked him to speak more quietly as I was trying to sleep,  he was shocked – but a very large woman who had come to swell the numbers next door, was apparently affronted. So much for the chance to rest quietly.

Never mind, I was reassured, it’ll be a different plane with a different configuration on the return flight.  It wasn’t, to our disappointment and I looked with near anger at the prospect of another three hours in such a poorly designed premium cabin being offered by our flag-bearer airline. Not good enough – any more than the unevenness of the quality of attendant staff, particularly the grim looking elderly man, the cabin attendant sitting on the front seat facing passengers during takeoff and landing, who apparently couldn’t manage one pleasant expression. Nor did I see him doing anything at all useful during the whole flight. Other attendants were polite and helpful.

There are a lot of improvements Air New Zealand needs to make to its whole service which reflects badly on today’s management. Basic speech training for example, should be provided for all ground staff, including at Sydney airport, because so many of the announcements are gabbled too fast and are barely audible – which causes confusion. It’s quite simply almost impossible to work out what so many staff is saying – including some of the pilots. All staff need to be trained to talk slowly and clearly. Their speed-mumbling is inexcusable.

Air New Zealand’s domestic routes also need improvements made. Some cabin staff are excellent – but only some. The sheer professionalism and stylish look of cabin attendants is now largely gone – some looking overweight  and behaving over-casually.

The ramp which should help passengers off and on planes is still not automatically supplied and the steep plane steps are hazardous. Nor is there now, as was formerly the custom, a cabin crew member waiting outside at the bottom to help elderly passengers with a travel bag, or mothers with children and others needing a hand when disembarking.

On the flight north to Auckland which had been consistently delayed it took an unacceptable at least 15 minutes before disembarking was allowed – after the plane had landed and passengers were stuck in the aisles, having to stand for far too long. With far too long a wait before the ramp was brought around it was particularly stressful for passengers now running late and trying to link  with overseas flights. Moreover,  after I recounted this experience to a friend, she told me that passengers on her plane on a domestic flight to Auckland were forced to wait for 20 minutes,  cramped up uncomfortably while  standing in the aisles, and subjected to intermittent,  high-pitched whining which cabin crew couldn’t explain. Air New Zealand not only needs to communicate better, but to work far more professionally in bringing around the ramp for disembarking.

On the regional domestic flight I travelled on, return,  what seemed to be new seats were incredibly hard to sit on – tough,  unyielding material as if stretched over wood. The businessman sitting beside me said that it was pretty hard going, even for an hour And why is it apparently now more often the case that planes are sent the length of the country to regional airports which are known to be closed because of rain, fog or low ground cover – to then have to return all the way to Auckland because conditions have not improved – and were obviously not going to?

Our national airline, which could well remember that taxpayers had to bail it out some years ago,  has long been criticised for the high cost of its fares up and down the country. It’s so often commented that it is cheaper to fly to Australia than within the country. This is particularly so with its anti-family policy of ramping fares up at Christmas and holiday periods when families want to travel. How many families, for example, can afford to pay $2000 for a return trip for two adults and two children from Auckland to Nelson,  for example? Unfair is a phrase that springs to mind, although fairness isn’t a concept prioritised in business – nor can it very often be the case. But this antifamily anti-family policy of Air New Zealand is counter-productive. If children’s fares were provided at half price, more families would be able to travel to visit grandparents and others   – more goodwill generated.

A lot more thinking in this country should be going into what we provide for New Zealanders and overseas travellers, and the black, gloomy cave which Auckland’s  international terminal has been turned into is no asset – any more than the new Nelson Airport – no guessing what most depressing of all colours (or non-colours) it too, now, features.  Why the preponderance of black on our planes, our rooftops and houses? Looking down from these planes, what does it say about what has happened to this country – apart from the corporatisation and over-exposure of  our All Black teams in a policy of overkill which has meant so many gradually losing interest in this  national game – with even the haka now ridiculously over-hyped –  and too ubiquitous. Has the black copycatting been largely part of this?

The growing thinking is that we have become essentially a rather stupid country in regard to so many other ill-thought decisions made by management in our hierarchies – including our government, local councils, bureaucracies and businesses. In so many areas, this is  hard to discount.

Air NewZealand is a typical example of an organisation apparently affected by poor planning in the above areas. Yet others spring to mind where it could considerably improve the standards it is offering to the public. It should, and could, be doing much better

 

 

© Amy Brooke

 

 

 

 

 

What when it’s largely now simply made-up “Maori”?

What when it’s largely now simply made-up “Maori”?

https://www.spectator.co.uk/2019/10/made-up-maori/

So why is a demonstrably inauthentic language being foisted off on all New Zealanders? Isn’t it time to stand up to the race-obsessed activism constantly draining off more and more multi millions of taxpayers’ money?

No wonder our hospitals and the health system in general, serving all New Zealanders, are so constantly cash-strapped.

© Amy Brooke, Convenor, The 100 Days.  See my book “100 Days – Claiming Back New Zealand …what has gone wrong, and how we can control our politicians.” Available through my  BOOK Page at www.amybrooke.co.nz, or at Amazon’s Kindle.

Al Gore and a shocking “inconvenient truth.” The global warming hysteria.

Al Gore admits the the IPCC climate report was “torqued up” to get attention. In other words, they’ve been lying.

:Gore admits the the IPCC climate report was “torqued up” to get attention.:

What a handy choice of words – “torqued up.” But a lie  is a lie. And both Japanese and Danish scientists have recently delivered damning evidence that this whole global planet warmup has been a massive con – the evidence is simply not there – but fake news and compromised scientists warned  (or only too willing)  to keep their heads down have been very much part of the problem.

Meanwhile, both the New Zealand government and local councils all around the country have been backing the climate change emergency hysteria – ( although there is no emergency at all – and freeloading  Pacific islanders have been taking us to the cleaners.  The evidence is that the islands are not sinking. )

So why the princely salaries  with office staff and equipment now being given to individuals to to fight this local body “climate change emergency –   (as with the folly of the Nelson Mayor, Rachel Reese – photographed actually embracing  Extinction Rebellion members, a Marxist  group now gluing themselves to tunnels and walls around Britain in their attempts to create widespread disruption – and to bring down  our democratic institutions).

What is underpinning all this is the ability of central and local governments to keep raiding taxpayers’ and rate-payers ‘pockets, and constantly introduce more and more legislation to control the activities of New Zealanders – and to load every possible business with new compliance issues.

And guess who pays for all this…

It is all part of the demoralisation of New Zealanders as a whole. And it is quite wicked – particularly given the fact that even if we (and Australia) eliminated every single CO2 emission, it is widely acknowledged that this wouldn’t make a peck of difference to the atmosphere.

From the beginning, Al Gore’s film, forced on captive classes  throughout New Zealand schools  – contained information that was quite untrue. However he of course personally profited immensely. Called “An Inconvenient Truth” it  certainly departed from the truth – as where   judge found 10 pieces of misinformation used to propagandise  audiences – 10 “facts” which were simply not true  – or highly challengeable.

So a generation of children  – and indeed their teachers – have been thoroughly brainwashed. Count most of our MPs among these.

However, this issue has never been about the truth of things, has it?

As a correspondent rightly points out ” It’s pretty damning.  The Climate Emergency Cult and the Worship of High-Priestess Gaia-Greta is getting pretty bizarre….and the wholesale, full-scale indoctrination and mobilisation of children against adults.  Straight out of the Marxist playbook.”


Gore admits the the IPCC climate report was “torqued up” to get attention.

Former Vice President Al Gore: “The language that the IPCC used in presenting it was torqued up a little bit, appropriately – how [else] do they get the attention of policy-makers around the world?” Video follows.

Gore admission that the UN IPCC report was “torqued up” in order to “get the attention of policy-makers around the world” is just the latest in a long line of evidence that the UN climate panel is nothing more than “a purely political body posing as a scientific institution.”

PBS NEWSHOUR – ONE-ON-ONE – Broadcast: October 12, 2018 – (Gore’s quote begins at 1 min. 30 into video)

PBS host Judy Woodruff to Former Vice President Al Gore: “They are painting a much more alarming picture of what we face than we had previously known…”

Gore: “The language that the [UN] IPCC used in presenting it was torqued up a little bit, appropriately – how [else] do they get the attention of policy-makers around the world?”

h/t to Climate Depot

It’s simply more of this, pioneered by the late climate doomster Dr. Steven Schneider:

“On the one hand, as scientists we are ethically bound to the scientific method. On the other hand, we are not just scientists but human beings as well. To do that we need to get some broad based support, to capture the public’s imagination. That, of course, means getting loads of media coverage. So we have to offer up scary scenarios, make simplified, dramatic statements, and make little mention of any doubts we might have. Each of us has to decide what the right balance is between being effective and being honest.”

What a crock of lies and and deception... interestingly the general public doesn’t even believe the global warming hysteria anyway – but it’s time individuals rang Parliament (04 817 9999),  chose whatever MPs and/pr  Leaders office they felt appropriate and objected to the con being inflicted on us.

We need to remember – that individuals are the most important of all – and that those who do nothing  are themselves well and truly part of the problem. 

Are you?

Soon to come – the findings of independent scientists challenging the whole   climate change hysteria.


Amy Brooke, Convenor, The 100 Days. www.100days.co.nz

 See my book “100 Days – Claiming Back New Zealand …what has gone wrong, and how we can control our politicians.” Available through my  BOOKS Page at www.amybrooke.co.nz  or at Amazon’s Kindle.

 

Thousands protesting pro-abortion legislation

Thousands protesting pro-abortion legislation

https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/thousands-of-aussies-protest-decriminalization-of-abortion-in-new-south-wales?utm_source=LifeSiteNews.com&utm_campaign=82ca1e5229-Daily%2520Headlines%2520-%2520World_COPY_561&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_12387f0e3e-82ca1e5229-401642341   …while Jacinda Ardern’s government is anxious to ram it through in New Zealand…

Jacinda’s government is not looking good overseas

Jacinda’s Labour government is deservedly not looking good overseas…

https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/proposed-extreme-law-would-legalize-abortion-on-demand-up-to-birth-in-new-zealand?utm_source=LifeSiteNews.com&utm_campaign=9877efad1a-Daily%2520Headlines%2520-%2520World_COPY_553&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_12387f0e3e-9877efad1a-401642341

© Amy Brooke, Convenor, The 100 Days. www.100days.co.nz

 See my book “100 Days – Claiming Back New Zealand …what has gone wrong, and how we can control our politicians.” Available through my  BOOKS Page at www.amybrooke.co.nz  or at Amazon’s Kindle.

Nelson Mayor’s abysmally un-critical embracing….

Check out this photo: Nelson Mayor’s abysmally un-critical embracing of this destructive, anarchistic and anti-Western group.

Nelson Mayor Rachel Reese hugged emotional members of Extinction Rebellion after the council voted to declare climate change an emergency.

https://www.stuff.co.nz/environment/climate-news/112774585/nelson-declares-climate-emergency

 See where  Stuart Basden, one of the founders of Extinction Rebellion whose members Mayor Rachel Reese so very foolishly recently embraced, set out its manifesto below…And it is those advocating his agenda whom Mayor Rachel Reese is supporting…Why?
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/white-collar-eco-warriors-to-spread-chaos-swl273xdh   ***

This is what Nelson’s foolish Mayor and councillors have shockingly endorsed – The Marxist Extinction Rebellion group – now costing us all in yet more rises in rates – and loss of credibility. And almost incredibly,  Nelsonians now have to pay for an extremely highly paid individual “to manage climate change”.

Really? How? And all because of the sheer nonsense that we are facing a climate change “emergency”.

This arrogant move is being noted as a  huge departure from council’s annual plan and long-term plan. Without any public consultation, it involves raiding the port dividend.

Stuart Basden, 35, from Bristol, a co-founder {of Extinction Rebellion} was convicted of unlawful protests in May last year for blocking a tunnel into Heathrow by attaching himself to cars. he told the training day: ” By shutting down the streets we will force the government to negotiate with us, and hopefully they will cave in to our demands.”

As a reader comments: “Extinction rebellion really are the same old (censored) – but now mobilising the educated youth into nascent Green versions of the Red Guards.)

https://wattsupwiththat.com/2019/04/02/the-new-green-threat-extinction-rebellion/

“The plan is to replace the ”criminal” western political systems with a ”better democracy” designed by Extinction Rebellion in which e.g. voting is no longer needed (sortition is preferred instead). The practical post-revolution steps have also been thought out well in advance.”  ***

Extinction Rebellion isn’t about the climate. It’s about toppling Western governments. Fine by you, Rachel?

The gullibility of the  climate change cultists, including Jacinda  Ardern’s government  – seizing on yet more opportunities to tax us – let alone the shocking censorship by STUFF  – is costing us all.

The sheer folly of all this is obvious in the fact that even if New Zealand – and even both New Zealand and Australia!  – reduced every single CO2 emission –  it is acknowledged it wouldn’t make one peck of  difference to Earth’s climate.

So why all the hysteria? And what a massive con is being inflicted on us all. ..

Hats off to the councils which have refused this “climate change emergency” nonsense.

Apparently, no provision was made for any well-informed Nelsonians to debate or oppose the issue  when this costly decision was inflicted upon the Nelson public. Equally as culpably,  I understand one one councillor  quite shockingly turned off the microphone of a very experienced member of the public  – to prevent his being heard!

We need to vote them out at the next election.

***” I use the term ‘insanity’ carefully, with the intention of highlighting the need for healing. Indigenous First Nation people helpfully taught me to see the mindset of the coloniser as a sickness. In no way do I intend to marginalise or discredit the experience of people who have been labelled ‘insane’ by a normative system, nor who identify as being ‘insane’.

** “Climate Justice refers to the injustice that those who are affected first and worst by extreme weather events (the people in the poorer countries, the majority of whom live in the Global South) are not likely to be the ones who caused the climate emissions (the people who consume the most, including the pathologically wasteful cultures of Europe and Turtle Island (aka North America), and the rich who live/travel around the world).”Stuart Basden

Time to think again, councillors…

Amy Brooke, Convenor, The 100 Days.  See my book “100 Days – Claiming Back New Zealand …what has gone wrong, and how we can control our politicians.” Available through my  BOOK Page at www.amybrooke.co.nz, or at Amazon’s Kindle.

It’s high time to control our damaging political party leaders!

It’s high time to control our damaging political party leaders!

https://quadrant.org.au/opinion/qed/2019/05/the-hypocrisies-of-professional-leaders/

That political reform is needed here and elsewhere is more than obvious, and there is a crucial first step  which should now be taken in New Zealand  – and elsewhere. Look at the fiasco in Theresa May’s Britain alone…If we want to grow up as a people, we need to stop our dug-in Prime Ministers from basically dominating us all.

We have seen the damage done by tyrannical rulers – reflected both in the pages of history  – and constantly highlighted in today’s media.

But what about the fact that throughout the West those in democracies such as New Zealand are seeing a political class, dominated by party leaders with the bit between their teeth – virtually ruling their own parties – and us? Why are we letting this happen?

Although neither Jacinda Ardern’s Labour Party nor John Key’s previous National government attracted more than about 37% of New Zealanders voting for them, Ardern is now posturing as the virtual ruler of this country. She is acting as if she has mandate from the country at large which she certainly doesn’t have   – as with the ideologically-driven UN Compact On Global Migration now forced upon New Zealanders.

The same with the ever-smiling John Key   – who, as a political commentator noted at the time – virtually ruled National…with one MP giving the show away when he stated that when the leader told him to jump – he asked:  “How high?”

Leaders don’t like being opposed from within their own party, and although there were damaging policy issues under Key with they disagreed, none of them apparently had the integrity to say publicly say so.The threat of losing ministerial portfolios, the extra salary, the perks, privileges and special cars …seemingly counts more than representing one’s electorate –  or standing up for once principles. So the practice of kowtowing to the party leadership means a particularly determined leader such as Helen Clark or John Key can remain dominating a party and inflicting their own agenda on the country for several years. And we all pay.

Would Helen Clark ever have been able to destroy the combat wing of our Air Force, even claiming at the time that we lived “in a particularly benign environment” (palpably quite untrue – even before the Communist Chinese infiltration of our Pacific Island neighbours, with the Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea and East Timor among other hot spots of unrest) if she had not become  so dominating within the Labour Party?

More and more New Zealanders are becoming restive at the racially divisive policies being forced upon this country,   the quite deliberate reinvention of the very simple provisions of the Treaty of Waitangi; the canard of the so-called “partnership” supposedly established between the Crown and Maori as an ethnic entity  (rather than aggressive opposing tribal groupings.)  And, as always, “the squeaky wheel gets the most grease”. Our politicians, dominated by our vote-seeking party leaders, give most of their time and attention to those special interest groups clamouring for more and more funding, more and more antidemocratic liberal policies – no matter how socially divisive and damaging.

The most  ignored voice of New Zealanders is now the conservative voice – the voice of families – of those wanting to preserve the best of what made us as a country, underpinned by Christian principles  and the voice of conscience in our dealings – the voice of those unwilling to embrace damagingly new directions when these mean white-anting everything that once made us proud to be New Zealanders.

And dug-in leadership has become one of the most damaging of all today.

The concept of the leader as not only party leader but  as the ruler of the country – a mantle Ardern  seems to have drawn around her own shoulders
is arguably the first that needs modifying – if we are to begin to claim back this country.

Basically,  it means that it is high time we insisted our political parties set a term limit of one year only  for a current leader, at the end of which time he/she should be obliged to step down, while another steps up for a similar term.

During this time, the party leader should be regarded as basically simply a chairman of the board, there to ensure that proper debate is held within the party, and that where policy consensus is not reached, this should be acknowledged. While directions may be set by a majority vote,  issent should also be respected and recorded.

Switzerland, that  far smarter country,  the most successful and prosperous democracy in the world, with a cabinet of only seven individuals, has long been long aware of the danger of an entrenched and determined leader. So it allows its President a one-year term only. At the end of that time, he/she steps down, and another steps up – usually the previous Finance Minister –  and so on – in rotation.

Why are we not insisting on following the best established practices to work towards genuine democratic reform?

Politicians of course, do not want genuine democratic reform. But when enough people begin to realise that this can be actually achieved, given a tipping point of New Zealanders working towards this, then it will be an idea whose time has well and truly come. We can well argue that this is  now certainly the case.

Our country is in a mess with damaging and costly ideologies – such as – but not only – the anthropogenic global warming cult being forced upon New Zealanders. We are being increasingly taxed by both central and local government policy…although it is acknowledged by Australia, too – (a far larger contributing economy than ours) that suppressing every emission from the very minor CO2 contribution to the atmosphere methane contributes far more to the atmosphere) would have absolutely no effect on the climate!   

And yet, while China and India, and other major contributors continue to rack up pollution, we are forced to pay for what has become basically a con – the political pretence that taxing New Zealanders to change the climate will be of benefit!  But it benefits nobody except our government   – always keen to take more and more of our money, which it thinks it has more right to spend than we do.Time for NZ to come of age?  Then let’s start insisting Prime Ministers and party leaders move aside – after one year in power.

Power – so consistently misused…and we all pay. We can change this.   Come on board  to help!  

See:  www.100days.co.nz  and https://www.facebook.com/100daystodemocracy?ref=br_tf

 

©  Amy Brooke, Convenor, The 100 Days.  See my book “100 Days – Claiming Back New Zealand …what has gone wrong, and how we can control our politicians.” Available through my  BOOK Page at www.amybrooke.co.nz, or at Amazon’s Kindle.