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      • Well aren’t you just a little authoritarian? How does opening your privately run business (without affecting staff who wish to enjoy the holiday) affect anyone other than the owner operator? Selling, food, clothing, furniture, hardware goods, etc is not in the same universe as laws preventing illegal activity as owning AK47 or drug dealing.

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      • And yet, using garden centres as an example, some are prepared to wear the fine so that they can serve their customers wishes, I would find it hard to believe that they make a profit, the fine is 1k? That’s a lot of plants to sell, to cover that and wages.

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        • The garden centre near me opens on Good Friday, has done for years, and no doubt dutifully pays its fines. However if you go down there today you will see the vast amount of business they’re doing makes that $1K nothing more than chump change.

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        • Perfect weather for gardening Rachael, the garden centres won’t have a problem covering the $1k fine but they shouldn’t have to pay in the first place. Buying plants gives me a sense of serenity and is good for my “wellbeing” – Cindy says “wellbeing” must be encouraged. //

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          • I am not arguing, I think it should be a business choice, I have never liked the artificial distinction between ‘tourist’ towns and others, as I think we all are needing tourist money, I am concerned about an erosion, if Easter is ‘liberated’ from its strictures I wouldn’t want that to extend to ANZAC day.

            I used to own a business that was restricted during Easter and ANZAC and if I had opened, my business license would not have been renewed. Unless of course I was in a place like Rotorua or Queenstown, I think are two exceptions. Gardeners are good planners if gardening is really an imperative, buying them yesterday or even last weekend would have been fine.

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        • So post a link to the PM Jacinda Ardern or her partner’s drug taking, no i dont think you can , its just a mantra from bitter losers, this may be why David F under pressure, NUTTERS posting that Jacinders into drugs,and the MAJOR DEFAMATION LAWSUIT, his posters have caused, David has noticed nutters are making defamation claims and as it his blog like this one hes moderating, the host pays the damages, not the posters, so Hobo think of the host, and not EXPENSIVE throw away posts

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          • What a strange fellow you are.

            You are the only poster here who has mentioned the harridan or it’s plaything and the only one who has mentioned drugs (I gather not of the ethical type) and yet you warn Hobo.

            Are you ill?

            Maybe you should seek a Doctor – medical, not those pretend ones that pollute universities instead of facing the real world.

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          • I don’t know who Hobo is, but I refer you to the following clause in our Terms and conditions, which I am sure you read before you agreed to abide by when you signed up, being the clever leftie you are.
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          • Why does JSF keep SHOUTING at us? Need more coffee? More sleep? More of that Easter chocolate?

            I’ve noticed this many times on Kiwiblog, and now here: the Labour Troll School desperately needs to run remedial literacy classes. Their graduates would be far less conspicuous then, and their covert subliminal operations far more likely to fool us uneducated far-right… what was it the Proud Green called us again?

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          • Jacinda is our most popular Prime Minister, adored World Wide and has been named Time’s person of the year.
            Clarke is a brilliant and successful person in his own right. The rumours about him were proven to be a lie when the Police Commissioner bravely took a stance to protect Clarke’s reputation.
            It’s just petty jealousy from disgruntled Tories….

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              • I will say that when it comes to the personal side of being PM i.e. talking to people, smiling, showing compassion etc it’s hard to beat Jacinda but unfortunately when it comes to policy and actually implementing anything successfully you campaigned on she has probably been one of the biggest failures in recent memory.
                If smiles could fill the stomachs of Kiwis we would all be fine, bad news is they can’t.

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            • The rest of the world has not a clue how worthless she actually is. The see the head scarf, and that’s about it. Yay. Time magazine is near bankrupt, with a tiny fraction of subscribers than what they used to have. Doesn’t matter what they think anyway. She answers to us, not them.

              Clarke? Who cares!

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            • Steady on there Greeny, before you soil your vegan bamboo undies. You’re getting a bit carried away. She’s made Time’s list of 100 most influential people. That’s a long way from their Person of the Year award.

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            • I didn’t know there were Tories in New Zealand. Maybe you should concentrate more at university and learn that Tories are in the UK and Rabid Right Wingers infest New Zealand. Jacinda is NOT our most popular prime minister as she is yet to receive preferred PM rankings that John key had. Heard of Operation Ark? If not, do some research, you should know how to considering you are a “postgraduate student”. And we are not jealous, just very fucking smug knowing we are right and you are wrong, all the time. Now, fuck off.

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          • WG, I need some help here.

            Maybe you (a knowledgeable person) or one of the communist dweebs (oops sorry: nice, current Govt. supporters) can help me.

            Having retired from my business after gaining the pension I find I will need another vehicle to get to work while I convert my van to a camper.

            An obvious hardship as you can no doubt imagine.

            How does one go about getting one of these hardship grants?

            Do I need to beg?

            Do I need to attest I voted for the CoL (a step too far)?

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            • Morning Tinman, what a beautiful “wellbeing” project you have underway converting your van into a camper. Cindy praises you for your ingenuity and clever acceptance of her new flagship policy. She does wonder how many of your neighbours you will be able to include in your new camper during future camping expeditions?

              As the closest thing I have come to a Winz office is saying goodmorning to the security guard as I pass by their door, I suggest you approach said security guard and mention Cindy’s name and her shiny new “Wellbeing” flagship policy. I guarantee access will not be a problem but if there is any pushback, please contact Ms Sepeloni who is more than positive about extending the warm embrace of the taxpayer to those in need. I wish you well in your future endeavours.

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            • Getting a hardship grant is easy.
              The following methods are guaranteed:
              1.Say you have had a bad week at the TAB
              2.Excise tax has gone up on smokes so you will need a top up
              3.Your 15th kid is sick and you need gas to take him to the hospital
              4.Need to go to a tangi and have to chip in for the feed
              5.Say your camper is to be used by yourself in Christchurch giving trauma and spiritual support to the Muslim community

              With the above methods they will not tell you how much you can have,they will be asking how much you want…

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        • Similar, we just don’t do highrise.

          Here you go: The origins of the term ‘On the dole’? In the UK, Unemployment Benefit has been known by the slang term ‘the dole’ since WWI. This derives from the ‘doling out’, that is, ‘handing out’ of charitable gifts of food or money.

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        • Like the time back in the day before student loans, I was having a talk with a student. He says hes not on the dole but on the “fisheries”
          When I asked what he meant, he replied I am a beneficiary.

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      • Things must really really really be bad. Not only have they got record numbers wanting hardship grants, they couldn’t afford to pay enough baubles to Winston to get him on side and support their CGT.
        Oh to be a fly on the wall of that meeting.

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    • Let us, and particularly people I would have more understanding with, read and relate about Tarrants Manifesto.

      Even though I think the guys is seriously messed up.
      Let us see why Tarrant changed his targets.

      Not that I agree with him going and shooting any one or any thing, or intimidating. If he had information he should have been sending a copy to the police, as well as the copies to else where, spreading the information of what he knew.

      Some of the news papers pulled who attended what mosques, and what some of the converts had done, in going to ISIS.

      December 27, 2017
      In the interview released by the BBC on Wednesday, Harry asked Obama whether it is better for government to “educate or regulate” when it comes to internet speech. Obama had a good response.

      “I’m big on education, as I said earlier, just because the notion that we’re going to be able to corral – that we’re going to be able to contain – what’s said and what’s not on the internet seems unachievable. And contrary to the values of an open society that both the United States and Great Britain and most of the advanced world adheres to. I don’t want to live in a world in which the state is making decisions as to who says what.” https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/in-prince-harry-interview-obama-takes-a-stand-for-free-speech

      One of the essential parts that Rowan Atkinson used in his request in stopping “hate speech” laws.

      the strongest weapon against hateful speech is not repression; it is more speech https://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/26/world/obamas-speech-to-the-united-nations-general-assembly-text.html

      Do not take it that I am an Obama fan, but those points like Rowan Atkinson, are worthy of re quoting and making the point to many that support “hate speech” concepts.

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    • Not a fan of President Obama, but then again the fans may pickup on what he said.

      the strongest weapon against hateful speech is not repression; it is more speech https://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/26/world/obamas-speech-to-the-united-nations-general-assembly-text.html

      and that was used and acknowledged in Rowan Atkinson’s speech against “hate speech” laws.
      Obama continued with that in mind December 27, 2017

      Harry asked Obama whether it is better for government to “educate or regulate” when it comes to internet speech. Obama had a good response.

      “I’m big on education, as I said earlier, just because the notion that we’re going to be able to corral – that we’re going to be able to contain – what’s said and what’s not on the internet seems unachievable. And contrary to the values of an open society that both the United States and Great Britain and most of the advanced world adheres to. I don’t want to live in a world in which the state is making decisions as to who says what.” Free speech, even for Tarrant’s manifesto, so that the public may or may not agree with it, in parts, or not, as it seems now the issues of what caused him to do this madness are now obscured.
      What makes authorities keep things so hidden like the Rotherham etc. grooming and rapes, which activated Tommy Robinson, who at great cost has opened the lid on the situation.

      Then there the recent Finland grooming, rapes and suicides.

      Bottling people’s feelings, believing one can make them all conform to this uniformity of zombie nebulousness, becomes dangerous as President Kennedy:- “Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.”

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    • FFS if they think that’s “offensive”, have a listen to Slayer’s “Angel of Death”. Slayer was due to play at Chch before the shootings. Millions around the world love those guys. (guilty!)

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  1. AL-AQSA Mosque, third-holiest site in Islam, was struck by a fire that broke out at the same time the Notre Dame Cathedral was devastated by an inferno. Donations from the wealthy are expected to run into millions of gallons.

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      • OMG really? Perhaps you should go and work on a farm and see what those farmers have had to do everyday of their lives. You are an envious wee thing aren’t you, have none of your predecessors been successful enough to pass something on to following generations, that is what some of the farmers have had, the blood sweat and tears of their preceeding generations, why is it their fault if yours chose to not be educated, not to have aspiration or to piss their money up against the wall, or gamble, there are choices in NZ, some are forward thinking and some just have their head up their arse.

        But you know what, every family has had a mixture of both, my paternal grandmother gambled away the family farm and that grandfather spent a lot of his productive life making good on her debts, he lived a very simple life and was a good man, he came out from Wales when he was 13.

        My maternal grandparents had some success but came from nothing, but one thing that I have learned, is that if you have anything, some other bastard wants it for nothing.

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        • Wow! Rachael it could not be explained better than that. 🙂

          I have many friends who are farmers, and most of my kids’ school mates live on farms. They are not the slightest bit “greedy.” They are the back bone of rural New Zealand.

          I guess hard-working Kiwis who carry their own weight and contribute to a multi-billion dollar industry we all benefit from are greedy, as opposed to those queuing up in a WINZ office wanting someone else pay their rent and heating bills. The left mindset is truly retardation. It’s a disease.

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        • Be careful here this turkey is an educated man according to him. He is a PHD student for what that’s worth. We farmers and greedies have paid a lot to educate him. But being entitled as he is then he will never repay us other than with innane comments and insults.
          Have you repaid your Student Loan yet Mr Green and Proud.
          Pride always comes before the fall.

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  2. The CGT capitulation has been spun as “a response to public feedback” and the abandonment of Kiwibuild as any meaningful program was a merely a “recalibration” so it now begs the question of what will be said when the “child poverty reduction” policy inevitably goes down in another ball of flames.
    Possibly a “reappraisal” of what constitutes poverty, instead of one dozen eggs feeding a family of four over a week it will be deemed under the new policy that one egg is enough to feed this same family and therefore anyone with two eggs or more is now affluent and out of the danger zone.
    Anyone with a tray of eggs will go to the gulag.

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      • There is already the all encompassing clusterfuck. But we do not want to be mean about Labour’s failures, imagine how much worse it would be if they were competent? I do wonder how many people pay to read paywalled ‘news’, the mushrooms just get fed the generic bullshit.

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  3. Jacinda Ardern named world’s second greatest leader by Fortune magazine
    https://www.msn.com/en-nz/news/national/jacinda-ardern-named-worlds-second-greatest-leader-by-fortune-magazine/ar-BBW5a1T?ocid=spartandhp

    When you read all these headlines from overseas magazines proclaiming how adored Ardern is one would think her popularity in NZ must be up around 90% but last poll I think it was around 53%.
    So only 1 in 2 people in NZ share the adoration.
    Given that John Key regularly polled over 50% as well you really have to ask if all this hoop la around Ardern is just sycophantic nonsense propagated by elements of the so called progressive media.
    Hard data available would seem to indicate that.

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      • We’ll take any bid to take her off our hands. Line up, line up. No pushing or shoving. There’s plenty of other’s from the ‘shallow carpark puddle’ who gladly become your leader. Twyford, Jackson, Kelvin, Grant, and any others of your choosing. Bids open at 1pm.

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      • For me it calls into question the criteria on which the selecties are selected. I mean seriously what would some other PM have done, gone and bombed Australia for the sins of their son? I wasn’t a fan of the hair shirt, and if Jacinda is such a leader then the next attack on a Christian nation by a ‘lone’ wolf then I expect their leaders to do the same, otherwise, what exactly is she leading and what example of hers is actually being emulated?

        It was admittedly easier for a woman to be all huggy, but empathy does not run a country, Jacinda has a set of skills, but they are not those suited to running a country.

        As a female chauvenist, I would normally applaud a woman’s ascendancy, but I truly do not think that Jacinda’s is deserved, but hell, we would all take it, the adullation, I am sure that she didn’t even know that she was this wonderful before the media told her, but this country is going to hell in a handbasket and that is down to Jacinda and her not taking care of business, tcb (hat tip to Elvis)..

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  4. Yess! Jacinda Ardern has been named Time’s ‘Person of the year’ AND the second greatest leader by Fortune Magazine-
    She is quite literally the greatest politician New Zealand has ever seen- Hell many around the University consider her the greatest ever New Zealander!
    From her humble beginnings she blazed a path through the mighty International Socialist Youth (Where she is rightfully revered) and then onto the New Zealand Political scene…Which she has literally dominated since she began!
    The whole damn World loves Jacinda- It is just a shame a few bitter old Tories can’t smell the roses…
    We are truly blessed to have her…and just think- In twenty years time little Baby Neve may follow her mother into Politics! If you could bet on such things who would bet against Neve becoming our youngest ever Prime Minister?

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  5. Chinese owner of Wairarapa sheep station selling up after xenophobic abuse.

    The Chinese owner of a Wairarapa sheep station says he is selling up because his family and staff were targeted with racist abuse.

    Hong-Kong based Eric Chun Yu Wong has been embroiled in a dispute with officials over public access to the sprawling $3.3 million Kawakawa Station, at Cape Palliser.

    When the stoush with the Walking Access Commission became public last year, Wong says there was a backlash and his unnamed farm managers quit.

    “Our accommodation bookings dropped off. Our farm managers were called terrible names (all racist terms that we will not repeat) and harassed in their community,” Wong said in a written statement to Stuff.

    https://www.stuff.co.nz/environment/112156730/chinese-owner-of-wairarapa-sheep-station-selling-up-after-xenophobic-abuse?cid=facebook.post&fbclid=IwAR1-q6woTgnBC7x2MrQPbIkTJ12bjOL99VQxC_lItxT7rUHV0erCkVuLd3c

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  6. Jacinda Ardern,up there with the best, Fortune magazine….PS Simon Bridges isn’t there
    World’s Greatest Leaders
    1 Bill and Melinda Gates.
    2 Jacinda Ardern.
    3 Robert Mueller.
    4 Pony Ma.
    5 Satya Nadella.
    6 Greta Thunberg.
    7 Margrethe Vestager.
    8 Anna Nimiriano.

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    • It is difficult to compare. The work that Bill and Melinda Gates are doing has a REAL impact. And while Jacinda virtue signals, what has she actually achieved?

      Oil and Gas? Negative environmental impact.
      Kiwibuild? Good idea but it has not delivered.
      Child poverty? Worsened on almost all metrics.
      Climate change? Worsened, expecting 6 years before ajy positive gains are realised.

      And she has presided over an authoritarian, statist government that has steadily sought to erode individual liberty.

      How are they even comparable?

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  7. I was reading that Jacinda said some Arabic words when she was in her hijab, is Arabic the only language spoken in Mosques? There were such diversity of races that were affected in the Mosque attacks, shouldn’t there have been words from every affected race?

    I didn’t watch any of it, so there might have been, did anyone else watch it who would know?

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    • All she said was “As-salāmu ʿalaykum” which is a greeting in Arabic that means “Peace be upon you”
      Ardern then called for the adhan (call to prayer), that is introduced the imam to do the chant, who did the traditional 7 verses repeating some from the koran’s first surah (chapter).

      Muslims believe that Allah (God) used Arabic to talk to Muhammad through the Archangel Gabriel (Jibril), giving him the Quran in Arabic.
      So many muslims attempt to learn some Arabic, or at least can quote the noises in rote of Arabic, for certain verses, even if they do not fully understand. 🙂

      Many ulama (muslim scholars) claim that the holy scriptures can only be fully understood in Arabic, and that is why Western people can not ever really understand. 🙁 but there are about 5 good recognized English translations. 🙂

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  8. I haven’t read the body of the article, I don’t need to.

    Fortune (whatever the fuck that is) doesn’t need to live in the country the harridan pollutes.

    Fortune, in fact, needs to first answer the question: What exactly does the harridan lead?

    and

    How does showing a frowny face verandered by the symbol of female suppression constitute leadership?

    Certainly there has been no other display of leadership.

    Large displays of incompetence, laziness, dishonesty, communism, refusal to accept opposition of thought and action, yes, but leadership, no. None at all!

    Fortune = Wrong!

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  9. https://i.stuff.co.nz/national/education/112151278/university-of-auckland-cancels-graduation-processions-due-to-increased-risk-after-christchurch-terror-attack
    Compare and contrast.

    ‘We also, of course, pay careful attention to health, safety and well-being matters related to the ceremonies themselves. I am confident that we are doing everything necessary in this regard.’

    Vice-Chancellor Stuart McCutcheon said following discussions with the police and others, he has found it necessary to cancel the procession. Though there are means of decreasing potential risk, those means could encourage other forms of terrorism like those seen overseas.

    The Vice-Chancellor said though the university can decrease potential risk of a terrorist attack, doing so could also be dangerous.

    ‘While there would be ways of significantly decreasing the risk associated with the processions, these would involve blocking off all intersections and side streets between Old Government House and the Aotea Centre to ensure that there could not be the kinds of ‘vehicle as a weapon’ incidents that have been seen in other cities.
    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6935493/University-cancels-graduation-processions-fears-students-targeted-terrorists.html

    I thought all the “guns were under lock-down”, and censors stopping any bad thinking, and police chasing down any supremacist.

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      • Thanks; can work with that.
        Just thought it was just a very fast hic-cup as cleared so quickly. 🙂
        I did put some things in the quote in html bold, but it did not come through.
        Testing here the bold, italics and striking out.
        “other forms of terrorism like those seen overseas”. and then ” ‘vehicle as a weapon’ ” so who is looking to that form of terrorism as believed possible by the Vice-Chancellor Stuart McCutcheon a place of learning

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  10. Now to be more fair our tax system needs to collect some money from Apple and Facebook etc.
    And reduce the middle class welfare of Working for families and Accomodation Supplement.
    And get all the neets working so that they pay some tax.

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  11. Has it occurred to the pundits that Jacinda was too busy with her international agenda to be bothered with domestic politics regarding the CGT, i mean really, such bread and butter stuff when you are being feted by domestic and international media, I guess Jacinda has started believing the rhetoric. Ego will not have caused the first down fall of those who think they are above us.

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