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  1. Joe Biden “yes we will defend Taiwan militarily”,
    White House ” no we won’t ”
    What the hell is going on in that administration ? luckily for piss pants Biden NZs horsefaced Prime minister is there to help after all she is the world’s best administrator just look at how well her own Country is progressing.

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  2. Morning Troopers.

    That bell-end, Simon Wilson, somehow manages to blame commercial landlords, for the fact that Auckland’s Queen St is a shithole. What about the fact that the council has made it hard to get to, and get around. 30km/h, and no parking. Closed half the lanes. What about the fact that half the office workers are working from home. What about the fact that the government’s shut down international students?

    FS what a dick.

    Simon Wilson: Why do landlords leave shops empty on Queen St?

    There are 38 empty shops on Queen St.

    That’s my count of just the shops down from the Wellesley St intersection, in what used to be the premier shopping precinct in the city. It’s a catastrophe.

    Why haven’t the landlords kept those shops open? They and no one else have the power to do that.

    True, it’s complicated. Covid, the CRL and Queen St reconstruction have all been enormously disruptive. Some retailers have fled to Commercial Bay or Britomart. Some companies have fled the offices above the shops, for Wynyard Quarter or elsewhere.

    The council’s plans to revitalise the central city have been confused and confusing, lack a compelling creative and commercial vision, are underfunded and have themselves been disrupted by Covid.

    But the council has also been disrupted by a widespread view among retailers, landlords and their business association, Heart of the City, that things would be fine if we could only revert to the way it used to be.

    It’s instructive to compare the inner city with other shopping precincts in Auckland. Newmarket gained a massive new lease of life with the new Westfield. The area behind the Rialto has also worked hard to attract customers.

    Sylvia Park grows and grows. The Viaduct is well established as the city’s central hospitality zone and Wynyard’s North Wharf has followed. Parnell and Ponsonby were in decline, 15 years ago, but their business associations worked extremely hard – and successfully – to bring the punters back.

    Meanwhile, Queen St landlords and their retail tenants have done … what, exactly? Apart from complain.

    But the landlords are not the victims here, except of their own ineptitude. They’re among the wealthiest people in the city, thanks to massive growth in property values, and they’ve sat on their hands while much smarter businesspeople have stolen their tenants and reinvented shopping in the city.

    At the big end of town, Commercial Bay’s Precinct Properties, Britomart’s Cooper and Co and the Westfield Group have led the way. Boutique owners have shown the same entrepreneurial courage on the fashion strips; incredibly talented restaurateurs have done it in their sector.

    But Queen St landlords haven’t adapted and now they have shops no one wants to rent.

    An empty shop tells would-be customers to go somewhere else and it tells neighbouring retailers they’ll have fewer customers, so maybe they should be packing up too. It’s an invitation to anyone who wants to trash the place.

    Once there’s one, more follow. Empty shops have a stark message: they tell us all to go away.

    Some people say Queen St has become a sinkhole and we should forget about it. Make the rest of the city better instead.

    But think of any city, anywhere: the centre defines the city. It tells visitors what the place is like, and therefore affects its commercial potential.

    It tells locals too. The central city contains the biggest concentrations of workers, residents, hotels, restaurants and bars, performance venues, major companies and economic life. A dying city centre threatens to take all those things down with it.

    There’s a list of things central Auckland obviously needs. A bigger police presence, cargo e-bikes, an end to construction dictating the look and feel of the streets, new uses for empty offices including apartments and schools, more lanes for bikes and e-scooters, better streetscapes.

    And yet. You can redesign the street, change the traffic, pour in the money and resources, but there is one inescapable truth: Nothing will work if you leave the shops empty.

    And that’s on the landlords.

    There is some progress. A couple of buildings on Queen St are being renovated, with shops closed now but scheduled to re-open. That’s good. One shop contains a pop-up art installation and there have been a few others. Also good.

    But what business leaders usually say is they can’t do much while there’s so much construction disruption.

    They’re right that construction must become less disruptive. But from new transport to new hotels and office blocks, there are many more construction projects to come. This is the city we live in now. There’s no point moaning; we need a plan to make the most of it.

    Auckland is not the only city in the world to face this problem, but it is one of the few that has not yet embraced the solution that works. Which is: create an environment of shops, cafes and other attractions that citizens and visitors alike look forward to walking around in.

    Here, for the landlords among us, are a few ways they could do that on Queen St.

    • Bribe the retailers in all the other shopping precincts to open a pop-up on Queen St. Don’t make them pay: spend your own money. You’ll get it back later.

    • Make every day a market day, with shops bringing their wares onto the street. Because it worked in Ponsonby.

    • Have big monthly market fairs.

    • Look around the world, find the best new ideas for shops and invite locals to do it here.

    • Bring in the food trucks and set up lots of outdoor café seating.

    • Bring in the musicians, to play concerts in shops and on the streets. Auckland is bursting with the talent for this.

    • Entice Ngāti Whātua to present Te Ao Māori in the city, however they might want to define it.

    • Encourage AUT fashion and design students to open pop-up shops.

    • What does future tech look like? Have a place where there’s always some astonishing new thing on show.

    • Help the city’s urban planners to open an Urban Room, to generate public interest in the debates, ideas and plans for the city’s future.

    • Get the cultural institutions to shopfront their worlds: the museum, art gallery, orchestra, theatres, maritime museum, there are more.

    • Integrate the festivals and the street with showcases and events. We have so many festivals: arts, film, writers, food, comedy, rainbow, the art show. Matariki is almost upon us. The Festival of Photography is on right now. Diwali is on the way. Strangely, a few fluttering banners aside, Queen St usually remains almost untouched by any of this.

    • Invite the really interesting cross-disciplinary thinkers at AUT to hold public talks and debates, and invite the thinkers at the University of Auckland to compete with them with their own talks and debates.

    • Capitalise on the really big events: Super Rugby finals, Billie Eilish and Kendrick Lamar concerts, whatever races the yachties decide to favour us with. Fill the streets with related events.

    • Insist that Auckland Unlimited deliver more big events to the city and make the most of them too.

    • The CRL has a great story to tell. Get them to tell it in public.

    • Create a night strategy, with food, entertainments and shop opening hours to keep people in town in the evening.

    • Support the plans to close parts of the street to traffic, to allow it all to happen.

    This won’t create the luxury precinct that shops like Gucci and Louis Vuitton might hope for. Doesn’t matter. Over time, pop-ups can be replaced with quality stores or become quality stores in their own right. Right now we have an emergency. The priority is to reopen the shops.

    And the landlords who don’t front up? Charge them an empty-shops penalty. Or maybe clamp them in stocks in the middle of the street.

    Because while we worry, rightly, about kids and ram raids, it’s the landlords who’ve allowed 38 shops to remain empty who are the bigger vandals.”

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  3. Not looking good for NZR’s new trains then.
    They already know the last lot weren’t up to scratch.

    Massachusetts’ New Chinese-Made Subway Cars Fail Again
    By Learner Liu
    May 22, 2022 Updated: May 22, 2022
    biggersmaller Print

    Massachusetts’ new Orange Line cars made by one of China’s largest train makers have again been removed from service, this time because of a brake issue.

    According to Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA), a new Orange Line train experienced a mechanical problem in one of the train’s “multiple braking units” on May 19. The incident happened at Wellington Station during the morning commute, when one of the brakes on a train went offline. No one was hurt.

    “While we work to determine the exact cause of the failure, we are proactively removing all new Orange Line trains from service out of an abundance of caution,” MBTA said on Twitter.

    https://www.theepochtimes.com/massachusetts-new-chinese-made-subway-cars-fail-again_4478726.html?utm_source=uschinanoe&utm_campaign=uschina-2022-05-23&utm_medium=email&est=RUtD2oWYQNU%2FVbCyjAn6OgHMpbRuKy4bFrCOmEJgSdrRQFMfQKywbn5oKaulzGU%3D

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  4. Chinese Regime Locks Down Mega Port City of 14 Million Under ‘Zero-COVID’ Policy
    By Alex Wu
    May 22, 2022 Updated: May 23, 2022
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    The Chinese communist regime has locked down another major city—Tianjin in northern China—under its strict “Zero-COVID” policy. Meanwhile, mandatory mass testing is being conducted in the city. Authorities warn those who violate the regulations that they will not only be punished but that it would even “affect their future generations.”

    Tianjin is one of China’s four cities that are directly controlled by the central government, and a major port city in the north. The authorities announced on May 19 that they would implement a closed “static management” policy for the population of nearly 14 million, restricting the free movement of people and vehicles.

    https://www.theepochtimes.com/chinese-regime-locks-down-mega-port-city-of-14-million-under-zero-covid-policy_4482738.html?utm_source=uschinanoe&utm_campaign=uschina-2022-05-23&utm_medium=email&est=vlUMYFG0HqymCjCvz8c3K2UsBp3mnfuqDIlpReXXDqvzUy5Q98H1WrS6wph5OTQ%3D

    More pain for people.

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  5. here’s the admission of failure.

    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says Kiwis will likely have to wait until next year for wage growth to exceed inflation

    23/05/2022
    The Prime Minister says wage growth isn’t expected to exceed inflation until 2023 as Kiwis struggle with the sky-high cost of living.

    Inflation hit 6.9 percent in the March quarter pushing the costs of goods and services up. And while wage growth is still high, hitting 3 percent in the March 2022 quarter, it’s being offset by inflation.

    Speaking with AM’s Ryan Bridge on Monday, Jacinda Ardern said Kiwis will need to wait until at least next year before wages catch up again.

    “Since 2017 wages and wage growth in New Zealand has been growing at a faster rate, at a higher rate than the cost of living and until this year. Then it changes back next year.

    https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/politics/2022/05/prime-minister-jacinda-ardern-says-kiwis-will-likely-have-to-wait-until-next-year-for-wage-growth-to-exceed-inflation.html?fbclid=IwAR39cay57wIfxadQSc0yj59SK-XmGb3jctYlrXR0WD8H-9NZN0wdc3ui-kc

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    • I doubt theyll catch up, treasury has forecast inflation not returning to 2-3% until 2026.

      For wage growth to catch up and surpass inflation theyre gunna have to grow 15-20% by then… business and the economy will loooove that//
      I can tell you one things for sure, politicians will all get a pay rise that will far excede inflation.

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      • Those demanding wage growth “to catch up and surpass inflation” are dreaming. It isn’t going to happen. The cat is out of the bag. Inflation is the result of a badly run economy and the coming recession means belt tightening everywhere by everyone. The clown car can’t hide from the damage they have done and there are going to be a lot of angry NZers as a result of the finance ministers massive QE. The entitled squealers will need to put their big pants on and ride out the recession like we have whenever other inflation spikes have arrived. Inflation has to be brought under control before any wage increases will keep pace.

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        • wg :— your comment is well said, for the ones in the “real world”

          A government of children, voted for by children, reported on by children all aboard the clown car as the = The entitled squealers
          They can’t contemplate the pain if they are not compensated;—- Now!

          …. The clown car can’t hide from the damage they have done and there are going to be a lot of angry NZers as a result of the finance ministers massive QE. ….

          The clown car has put the pedal to metal, to please every one.
          They may not know feel that the pedal is now dead-panned metaled out.

          I understand that the $6 billion of new money is more like $9 billion in the fine print & to be maintained for the next 2 years. Yet the media do not call this out, like how they attacked Joyce in finding a $11 billion deficit.

          In the meantime the wage price spiral like the genie who does not want to return to its bottle.

          Bear in mind that government froze public service salaries 2 years ago for 3 years. You are going to see demands for 20 percent pay rises, and figuratively they will have good debate they should be getting 30%, to allow for the change in the tax bands.

          Perhaps that is one of the reasons that Robbo figures he can spend more, as the governmental tax income will increase, like increasing prices, increases the GST take.
          At the same time as Biden says:— “that increased spending is showing the economy is great” when it is really people just paying much more for necessities.

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      • IAASB, Oh yea of faith.
        You are now suggesting that the “forecarsters” will get something right.

        Could I gently remind you that its simply not true.
        Not since forecasting became a weather game in 1892 has a forecaster anywhere ever got anything right. I mean budget surpluses, budget deficits, oversea’s earnings, the price of milk, the local wheat supply for over 40 years, and then least not forget covid and all the hundreds of dead and dying.
        And we still listen to the nut brains that call themselves forcasters.

        They can’t even look out the window and see whats happening.

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        • Yea viking i understand how bullshit all forecasts are but i was simply using govt advice to contradict govt/condys claims.
          Cindys laying the groundwork for a massive minimum pay raise for the election campaign. What will it be… 25-26bux an hour? I rekon her election lollies will be matching minimum wage to the living wage… that will mean another sweet bene pay raise too!

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    • The idiotic lemmings called labour have no idea what the impact on productivity and NZ exports will be!
      Remember Muldoon and the pain of recovery over the next decade.
      Much of the Muldoon spending was quality.
      But now Robbo and his coterie are just p-+# g it up against a wall!

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    • Viking of course Ardern would know this to be correct.

      After all, she is a world acknowledged financial genius with such a depth of knowledge she doesn’t even need to know what the GDP of a country she leads is, to predict how the future will be.

      FJA

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    • How the fuck would anybody expect wage growth to exceed inflation?

      The higher the wage growth the more the inflationary effect. Wage growth, you stupid woman, is an INTEGRAL COMPONENT of inflation.

      Fuck. There are some really stupid people around.

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      • Salaries feel peripheral. When inflation gets into the cost of debt, many nations will find themselves bankrupt. Money printing inevitable, whether commie labour or commie national in charge. Then hyperinflation. No more lollipops.

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  6. Why since april has nzs vaccine stock has slightly increased? wtf.
    Yesterdays massive vaccination rate of 328 adults and 186 kids… only about 3mil to go before our countries jabs are all used up and not wasted.
    https://www.health.govt.nz/covid-19-novel-coronavirus/covid-19-data-and-statistics/covid-19-vaccine-data#by_soh

    Im suprised cindy didnt load a plane up with the obviously wasted doses and get selfies being kind delivering poison to a third work shithole or ukraine.

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  7. Plenty of money in the trough for some.

    Barbara Kuriger MP
    ontSos18 M0i4 i :927M3a0lfActya ·
    How good is it to dust off the passport again! On Wednesday afternoon, I headed off to Europe as part of a Speakers Delegation to Europe. ✈️
    This is a really important trip for me to learn more about agriculture overseas and how it can be applied here. Looking forward to keeping you updated.

    https://www.facebook.com/photo/?fbid=416579736953797&set=a.352227106722394

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  8. Good choice of photo of the apple (with the State telling you that you are seeing a banana).

    The danger of people believing the State’s claim to “see what we tell you you should see” is that they are surrendering their agency, to become robots under State control.

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  9. A blonde woman was speeding down the road in her little red sports car and was pulled over by a woman police officer, who was also a blonde.
    The blonde cop asked to see the blonde driver’s license
    She dug through her handbag and was getting progressively more agitated.
    “What’s it look like?” she finally asked.
    The policewoman replied, “It’s square and it has your picture on it.”
    The driver finally found a square mirror in her handbag, looked at it and handed it to the policewoman.
    “Here it is,” she said.
    The blonde officer looked at the mirror, then handed it back saying, “OK, you can go. I didn’t realise you were a cop.”

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  10. I see we have our first frost for the year today, this time last year we headed for the North Island arriving back mis August, Although we did get the occasional frost in some areas I guess we will be reminded on what a South Island winter is like again this year. Frosts and fine days are fine – it’s when the sun doesn’t shine afterwards (Black Frost) is when you feel it all day.
    FJA

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  11. Government spending ‘absolutely jawbreaking’ even excluding COVID-19 – economist
    https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/politics/2022/05/government-spending-absolutely-jawbreaking-even-excluding-covid-19-economist.html

    “If you look at the average yearly increase in expenditure, that’s the growth rate, it’s about 10 percent per year – eight percent per year between 2018 and 2022 and in 2013, even stripping out COVID, it’s a pretty eye-watering increase in core expenses of 13 percent – that’s absolutely knocking the ball out of the park,” Bagrie told AM’s Melissa Chan-Green on Tuesday.

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    • WG, Bagrie is talking bullshit. Under National, Tony Ryall & Jonathon Coleman did an excellent job, increased funding and had the Health System working and achieving targets.

      Under Ardern’s Labour Government, Health Ministers, the Rev David Clark & the former Union Official, Andrew Little have been absolute dismal performers. No wonder Labour have had to throw so much more money at health, just to cover up their poor performances as Ministers. With Labour getting rid of Health Targets, who knows what all this extra spending has achieved.

      Cameron Bagrie certainly does not.

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  12. Auckland drivers using their mobile phone while driving or not wearing their seat belt are the targets of a six-month safety camera trial which begins today
    https://www.1news.co.nz/2022/05/24/cameras-to-snap-drivers-mobile-phone-seat-belt-use/

    The safety cameras will be set up at three locations in the region and will capture every vehicle which drives past.

    The driver’s face and those of any passengers will be automatically blurred when the vehicle is snapped. The same goes for the vehicle’s number plate.

    No enforcement action is being taken as part of the trial, so there will be no warning letters or infringement notices for naughty drivers.

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  13. “A taxi driver was allegedly forced from his cab by a man who held a shotgun to his head and threatened to shoot him.
    Daniel Leahy, 31, and Latia Tipa-McQueen, 19, appeared in Christchurch District Court on Saturday and were remanded in custody.”

    Filthy feral clack bunts. Necklace them immediately.
    By order : M Hunty Justice Minister NZ.

    🗣NEXT!

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  14. The Epoch Times has a small article on Ardern to visit the USA. The comments are scathing – would be fair to say that not one of the commenters will be visiting New Zealand and most appear to have a fairly good idea of what both Ardern and her actions over the past two years were like. Lovely to read.

    https://www.theepochtimes.com/jacinda-ardern-to-visit-the-united-states-for-tourism-promotion_4483578.html?utm_source=morningbriefnoe&utm_campaign=Aomb-2022-05-23&utm_medium=Aoemail&est=eHxdulW1T944cysPMoMpqh7%2BmdWSxyS%2F4DoE1XFPpWbkXppcQDhnB4Tx%2Fkk%3D
    FJA

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  15. I posted this later last night for Kea. Guess I was right he was tucked up in the Honda.

    Especially for Kea. If he is already tucked up in the Honda I will post again tomorrow.
    If the NZ property market is a giant ponzi scheme then the chinese market is a ponzi on steroids.
    The Secret behind China’s Ghost Cities
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wJ8JBTIVUVw
    Whether you agree with Kea or not I suggest you watch this. It is not going to be pretty when the shit hits the fan.
    Evergrande was just an appetiser.

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  16. Uh oh looks like a gravy train needs topped up…
    https://i.stuff.co.nz/pou-tiaki/128728088/ngi-tahu-takes-treaty-of-waitangi-settlement-breach-claim-to-high-court

    Then theres this wee gem…” with promises the Crown would build hospitals and schools for the iwi and 10% of the land would be set aside as Ngāi Tahu reserves.

    The hospitals and schools never materialised, and only 0.1% of the land was returned.”

    Did i miss something, Do our schools and hospitals ban maori from attending?

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  17. I think our media are doing us a disservice, with the tastless one been overseas for the rest of the year,
    They should each have a little world map, pinpointing where she is today and who she is meeting!
    Then the plebs can see if she’s working for our dime!
    Or just out shopping or lazing on the beach!

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  18. A cut and paste of a comment from Jo Nova’s site re the CC hypocrisy.

    ” Who hasn’t known for yonks that the entire scam is nothing but a get-rich scheme for them near the cash-drawers?

    OK.Oone more time….

    The CSIRO is the biggest, best funded single-focused ACC alarmist outfit in Oz, and the CSIRO is constantly telling us how Oz is gonna fry, and the corals will be bleached and the snow will stop falling and and and…..

    I won’t name names but I know two retired CSIRO “scientists” now living directly on the oceanfront here in Nth Qld, where not only will their million dollar properties soon be inundated by the rising seas, but also flattened by more intense and frequent cyclones (none at all since early 2017, but they are coming)….while the scientists themselves (+ families) are sure to all die from tropical diseases…..

    However, the most surprising development on the CSIRO front, is how well the
    CSIRO SKI-CLUB (yes, you read this correctly: Ski-ing doomed due to lack of snow…but a booming Ski-Club for the very worried scientists, regardless)…..

    Membership sold out and everything booked solid for winter. Two lodges instead of the original ONE, since ski-ing and ski demand are booming at the CSIRO ski-club..In the Annual Report “The company expects to maintain the present status and level of operations, and there are no likely (detrimental) developments in the operations in future years.

    Now, some might wonder how the impending lack of snow due to Climate Change is not a “likely detrimental development” for a ski-club, but such is how the CSIRO sees it when legally obliged to tell the truth.

    Why wait for some fancy-shmancy risk manager to tell you how HE sees it? The CSIRO scientists have already been telling THEMSELVES (at their Club AGM) the same for decades. With no objections whatsoever! “

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  19. Tv guide at supermarket, someone says he get inspiration from maori designs.
    Thats strange, I dont see any interlocking bricks or staight lines there!
    To me, its all curves and poke your tongue out!

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  20. Is Jethro hidding away on air horse one, up the back with the stewardess?

    Or could he not get a visa due to his “ankle jewelry” and horse has gone alone for her job interview at the UN.

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  21. Looking at the triggered and highly emotional outbursts on YSB – it is clear many sad and tragic souls based their entire self worth on sticks and gib.

    Please join me in supporting these pathetic losers through this difficult time 🥺

    Bwaaaaahahahaha 🤣

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        • Nah mate. I just note that you blow on a bit but you have no skin in the game. Most here know me and my background. I don’t bragg about it too much..but you beat off every 3 seconds doom and gloom.
          Methinks you protest too much with your envy strip.😂

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          • I’ve got skin the game you insecure loser😛

            I don’t need to bang on about it though. The doom and gloom is coming from
            Banks, Investors, Economists, Data, Facts etc. But you are a sniveling coward who only shoots the messenger. Because engaging with facts would shatter your fragile ego.

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  22. Crazy communist on Stuffed reckons we need to scrap our cars and update them more often to save us from climate doom. Apparently it’s an “obsession” driving to work. And scrapping perfectly good cars is environmentally friendly.

    I’d like to see them pop into town and bring groceries back to my place. The driveway alone is 2 kilometres and very steep. It’s another 10 to town.

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      • Here’s something you want to be across Mikey:

        Why Letting Go Is True Wealth | Minimalist Philosophy for Simple Living

        Humans often overburden themselves with all kinds of material possessions, buying much more than we need to stay alive and thriving. Consumerism comes with a price as well, as it requires resources to keep up with the other consumers.

        Therefore, many people are willing to work themselves into an early grave, and simply accumulate, what we could call, ‘extensions of themselves’; extensions of their egos. “I have more, so I am more,” they tend to think, so by increasing their possessions they increase their sense of self.

        But there’s a counter-movement to the consumerist society we’re living in, known as minimalism. Minimalists are people who turn their backs to overconsumption and decide to live with no more than necessary.

        Aside from it being a lifestyle trend today, minimalism is a concept that people have been practicing for centuries. There’s a sense of freedom in simplicity, and not owning much, which many sages and philosophers have experienced throughout the ages. They saw that possessions don’t define who we are and that the ongoing pursuit of external things prevents us from experiencing life to the fullest.

        This video examines the philosophical side of minimalism and explores why more is less and why less is more, and why letting go is true wealth (minimalist philosophy for simple living).

        https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=JHcGmiZqKXo

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            • Christ if the greens have their way we would be driving around in electric mini size cars. You would need a roof top box to carry your shopping! Imagine new families with the size of the shit they need to carry!

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            • You’ve gotta plead that case birdy, you’ve got nothing and you will never have anything. Hey, each to their own. I’m not laughing at ya, it’s just that I like things around me and I can afford those things. Ive worked faaarking hard for them so Im going to enjoy them. I provide a service. I provide a roof over the heads of those who for whatever reason cannot and never will be able to their own roof. What have you ever done for society?

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              • Another transparent attempt to seek validation and approval. Note I don’t do that? Have you wondered why genius?

                If you enjoy your things so much then why so emotional and triggered? Im a classical liberal and are the last person who would take your stuff.

                I didn’t plead anything dimwit. Punish yourself for continued lying 🔥

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              • Let’s evaluate that service. Had you perchance turned your entrepreneurial expertise to tulip growing or gay nightclubs how would that have impacted on those seeking accommodation?

                Since you didn’t build any houses every hovel added to your portfolio was bought on the open market. If you were absent from the market the shack would still have sold & probably to the person prepared to pay just less than you were.

                Unless that person intended to leave the house unused & untenanted it would probably have accommodateded an owning, occupying family paying off a loan instead of rent. This reduces your involvement to that of a ticket clipper.

                There is no shortage of people qualified financially to purchase & live in the house. Just their ability to match you on the amount paid so the pretence of offering a service falls flat.

                ……”I provide a service. I provide a roof over the heads of those who for whatever reason cannot and never will be able to their own roof. “….. is emetic.

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                • How do you know I didn’t build any houses?
                  You assume too much.
                  My property portfolio provides accommodation to those who for whatever reason cannot and never will be able to afford a place of their own. My biggest customer is Housing NZ.
                  Don’t you look silly.

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                  • Your involvement is nothing more or less than another layer in the cost of housing. Regrettably your profits are a direct cost to the tenants & the taxpayers who subsidise them. If you, your ilk & the government were not involved we could find the true meaning of fair housing costs.

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        • Hilarious, birdy is trying to justify owning nothing and pretending to be happy.

          Minimalist lifestyles are just fancy not so shamefull way of saying “broke hippy”. Now tell us about your crystal collection kea, and maybe your secret garden out the back… nasska and rissole would love a sample

          The only advantage of a minimalist life is for the people the have to deal with your crap when you die, makes it simple. For everyday living yeah nah thats not living its just existing.

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        • It is difficult to change your life style. It takes effort, commitment and money to achieve and live how you choose.

          We downsized, sold off and gave away stuff we didn’t need, bought a house we love. Life would be even better if dl would piss off and let us have control of our own future without constant interference!
          There is always a fly in the ointment. 🪰💩
          FJA

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    • ……”Apparently it’s an “obsession” driving to work”……

      As a matter of personal pride & hygiene I refuse to use the public transport available in NZ. Our trains & buses are the preserve of the unwashed, the drunk, mental defectives, yoofs with attitude, piss soaked pensioners & solo parents accompanied by their loud, ill brought up brats.

      They are symbols of socialism that transport people from where they are to where they don’t want to go when they don’t want to do it.

      Burn them & build roads!

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  23. Lower than a snakes belly.

    https://www.1news.co.nz/2022/05/24/nurse-stole-patients-credit-cards-as-debts-piled-up/
    A Blenheim nurse who stole a credit card from two different patients has been censured and suspended from practising for nine months, the Health Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal has ruled.

    Clavecilla was a nurse at Wairau Hospital when he took the credit card on March 29, 2020, from a 90-year-old patient who had died.

    He spent $773.38 over eight days. He used the card at Countdown, on 12 occasions, a Z service station, Pak ’n Save, Unichem Pharmacy, and on Vodafone credit.

    He also stole a credit card from an 88-year-old woman, who spent three nights in hospital in May 2020. The day after she was admitted, Clavecilla was recorded filling up his car with fuel and buying a packet of cigarettes with the card at another service station, using his loyalty card to get a discount.

    He used the card at three fast food restaurants, two department stores, two supermarkets, a service station, a cafe and a dairy over six days, spending $431.04.

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  24. Fran Wilde mad chair of the aucklamd light rail.

    LAST CENTURY [GRAVY] TRAIN SET
    Dame Fran Wilde has been named the board chairperson overseeing the huge Auckland Light Rail project, currently expected to cost $29 bln for the 24 km route. The chances are it could cost almost $2 bln/km when completed. At peak hour, it might move 1% of Auckland’s population, or 2% of all people going to work. Like the Central Rail Link, it is another Queen Street-focused project. Sadly, time and WFH have moved passed it, not to mention that Auckland Council seems to have destroyed Queen Street as a destination. Consultants Lucy Tukua and Leigh Auton have also been appointed to board roles.

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  25. This american retard has consumed far too much soy and fearporn…
    https://i.stuff.co.nz/life-style/wellbeing/300596028/i-avoided-covid-for-two-years-until-now–heres-what-ive-learned

    Hilarious read this shit, ffs this muppet mustve been faucis wet dream…
    Getting Covid was scary
    Two years ago, I was scrubbing takeout and grocery store orders with Clorox wipes on my stoop before I brought them into my house. And then, once I’d move them to a kitchen counter, and then from the counter to a shelf or the fridge, I’d Clorox each surface.

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  26. naaska, you might like to read this.
    Its about Nz wheat.
    Now I was around this stuff from when I was about 17 or 18 so that goes back a year.
    These people claim to be doing something new except they are not. Lincoln Ag and the NZ Wheat Research institute in CHCh were doing this stuff way back before I left school. There were a number of varieties that I recall bred under that program. some successful and some not. (actually worked there testing flours).
    What they fail to tell is that different uses require different types of wheat.
    Bread wheat was a bloody disaster until we got rid of the wheat board. Biscuit wheat was often supplied to bakeries and vis versa. No One cared because it was subsidized by the taxpayer to prop up the cockies. Diamond Milling or AS Paterson grew their own durums for pasta and had good stuff. Tuttons in Rangiora bought Rye wheat to NZ.

    https://www.nzherald.co.nz/brand-insight/how-nz-tops-australia-again/F6WM7GRGUHTYSYTKDSISI2YB7I/

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    • Interesting V2. I, along with a few others always thought that there was some reason based on soil or conditions for NZ wheat not being used in the flour used for local breadmaking but it seems that it may have been an urban myth. From the cobweb ridden corners of my memory the logic was based around the gluten content of our wheat vs that sourced from Australia.

      Looks like another instance of subsides ballsing up outcomes.

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      • The history goes back to the war. The farmers and Labour decided that they needed NZ to be self sustaining with wheat and therefore flour. We achieved that in one year if I recall.
        Wheat was purchased by the wheat board from all and sundry. anything was paid for and all tipped into various silos at various mills. There was I recall about 40 mills , many in the Canterbury and southlnd.
        The problem was there was no quality process so varieties as well as diseased and sprouted wheat were often mixed to gether, ground up into jute sacks at 156lb (72KGs), and them apportioned out according to the dictates fo the weather ,shipping , which mills were in favour with who, railways and all manner of of other reasons. I recall talking to Peter Goodman one day not long after they bought out Auslebrooks and his talking about the tons of wasted biscuit that went to pigs. Wasted because it was just the wrong type of wheat and I have seen many tons of bread go the same way. Sprouted wheat was just dreadful for the old time fermented dough making. It was attacked by the insect enzymes and would break down so all you could do was take it to the tip.
        The mills were required to submit one test per week to the wheat research for baking testing. Now many ran at 4 ton an hour so you can imagine how representative that test was. They would produce a ticket number with a baking score. Sometimes we would get the flour and have to use it before we got the bake test.
        We used 100 ton a week from about 36 mills so you can imagine what a bastard job it was to try to get any consistency.
        I spent 6 months testing every load and finally convinced the Wheat Board to allow us 6 mills only. Pissed them right off but we were able to prove that what they were flogging was appalling shit.

        The manager of the Wheat Board was Fred Binns. Yep the father of the Binns that has been running around fletchers and others. Pretty useless.

        Auckalnd and the Mt were the only area’s that had imported wheat and that had to do with the fact the 2 mills at POT (NRM & Irelands),and NRM were in those days encounced in the bottom of Auckland. Because it was aussie wheat it was in bigger lots and more consistent and didn’t suffer bugs and sprouting like ours did .It was certainly of higher protein being from memory 12-13% whereas we had a good one if we got to 8.
        The Govt wouldn’t change the rules.
        In the end Goodmans busted the flush because they controlled most of the bakeries and most of the mills..

        Several years ago I was down at Flat Point. Tucked away don there was some fabulous looking wheat.
        Spent a lot of years in the Te Wharua area. Planted lots of pine trees before it was a thing.

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        • Thanks Viking.:— interesting/

          The government is always the same, for the lowest common denominator.

          If can not achieve equally rich for every one, then equally poor is more easily achieved.,
          Except for the elite kapos to over see them who do the extra for just a few crumbs more.

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  27. so I read where apple exporters can’t get their apples picked and that they will lose millions this year and then I read that oh no we can’t export to russia . We are going to cease that Naughty Putin man.
    Go fucking broke you dumbcunts.

    And don’t expect the taxpayer to bail ya out you woke cunts.

    In Nashes electorate of course.(He who thinks Jacinda’s horseshit smeells like roses).

    https://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/hawkes-bay-apple-giant-bostock-pulls-plug-on-russian-exports/PW4GG4BF5JB5UFCNFH4JTWC4OQ/

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  28. Looks like the Ponzi players are drowning their sorrows tonight as their government backed scheme bleeds thousands a week – on paper. But it’s really shaken them. The meltdowns and elaborate stories are becoming more unhinged and alarming by the day. Take it easy lads Kea didn’t collapse the market 😃

    🥃🍺🍷🍾🍻🥂🍺🤢🤮

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  29. Dog fighting rings terrify Northland canine lovers

    An animal welfare group is calling for police to expose underground dog fighting rings operating in Northland, believed to be behind the disappearance of dozens of family pets each month.
    https://www.1news.co.nz/2022/05/24/dog-fighting-rings-terrify-northland-canine-lovers/

    It follows the discovery of two mutilated dog bodies in a Moerewa Park last week.

    Chucky and Bruno, both from Moerewa families, were covered in bite marks. Chucky, whose body had been there for five days, was found to have been shot multiple times.

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