Tenderwatch – When will it end?

Ok so it appears that my Tenderwatch community service isn’t working in halting silly and wasteful spending by Government departments.

Here is the latest farcical tender that some Maori Trougher will have already wangled for himself at great cost to the taxpayer.

GETS Tender Watch Notification for Friday, 16 October 2009

I have a few questions.

  1. What I want to know is why is that Maori Rangatahi are getting a special Physical Activity programme?
  2. What about Chinese Rangatahi?
  3. European Rangatahi?
  4. Samoan Rangatahi?
  5. Why do Maori fishing nets need special Physical Activity programmes anyway?
  6. If they mean youth why didn’t they just say that?
  7. Isn’t this sort of programme already called “Rugby” or “Football” or “League”?

I propose a solution to this silly waste. The Romans invented it it is quite effective. It is called decimation.

From Wikipedia;

Decimation (Latin: decimatio; decem = “ten”) was a form of military discipline used by officers in the Roman Army to punish mutinous or cowardly soldiers. The word decimation is derived from Latin meaning “removal of a tenth.”


A unit selected for punishment by decimation was divided into groups of ten; each group drew lots (Sortition), and the soldier on whom the lot fell was executed by his nine comrades, often by stoning or clubbing. The remaining soldiers were given rations of barley instead of wheat and forced to sleep outside of the Roman encampment.

Because the punishment fell by lot, all soldiers in the group were eligible for execution, regardless of the individual degree of fault, or rank and distinction.

The leadership was usually executed independent of the 1 in 10 deaths of the rank and file.

Ok so the next silly tender that is issued the whole department goes through decimation. That’ll sort it.