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  1. ‘This time is different’ are the four most dangerous words to string together when talking about economic trends and asset values in markets, and this time is no different.

    New Reserve Bank Chief Economist Paul Conway gave a detailed and comprehensive speech this week about the housing market, in which he was hopeful the tide had turned on the ‘one-way bet’ thinking behind the obsession New Zealanders have with buying property as an investment above all else, which in turn has made our housing the most expensive in the world.

    https://www.interest.co.nz/property/116592/bernard-hickey-peels-through-layers-reserve-banks-hopes-time-one-way-bet-housing

    People who think massively increasing the price of existing non productive assets , by flooding the market with debt money, is a path to financial success – need to be killed.

    If a house cost $50k and you had $1m , you could buy a house and start a business employing 3 people. Adding value and productivity. Currently you pay $1.1m for the house and simply have debt. No value has been added.

    There are houses that cost $20k selling for well over a million dollars. Yet not a single thing backs that increase. It’s not due to increased wealth. It’s due to money being worth less because banks issue debt (money printing) to profit from your servitude.

    This shit needs to stop. This is not a free market, it’s a scam. And we wonder why communism is on the rise.

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    • To be sensible B hickey sold his house in a down and went to welly where he had to buy on a high. Not a very wise person and plenty commented at his verbose bullshit at the time.

      Here is another op ed from someone at the coal face that makes more sense and in case you are not sure look at the dollar. bounced back. was 1.56 a week ago now 1.63.
      Was 1.65 last night. Ed’s info.

      https://www.interest.co.nz/property/116585/mortgage-broker-john-bolton-explains-why-he-thinks-mortgage-rates-are-peaking-

      “We talk about the OCR being neutral at 2% but we are not neutral, we are way past neutral at the moment. Because the Reserve Bank has talked it up so hard that mortgage rates are already pretty much pricing in every [future] OCR increase. We’ve tightened incredibly fast. So it’s not surprising that has flowed through to the housing market. I mean we shouldn’t be surprised.”

      The Reserve Bank is forecasting the OCR will peak at about 4% by mid-2023. It started increasing the OCR from its record low of 0.25% as recently as October last year.

      “The OCR’s going to go up but it’s already fully priced into mortgage rates, so I think mortgage rates are going to start to stabilise quite quickly. We get this panic that runs through our market and everyone’s like ‘[mortgage] rates could get to 8% or 9%’…Clearly no one could afford that. So I think that panic will start to dissipate when people start to see that interest rates are stabilising, they’re not nearly moving as quickly as

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      • So you rekon the dollar bounced back viking? I hope you ment for america or else your dimensia is progressing.

        Those numbers show a declining nz dollar, its a great time to be exporting as long as other countries have money to pay ya but not so good as nz relies heavily on imported goods.
        Uppity up up up goes cost of living.

        Btw interest rates here may well be close to the manufactured peak but only because the response tona crashing economy is to lower interest rates.
        We need interest rates 20-30% for a few years to correct the damage done since 2009. It wont happen and they just kick the can down the road for more butthurt in the future

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        • Not really kea, if youre comparing a 20k house from the 40s and 50s then youve got to compare everything else too.
          A new car cost?
          Wages?
          Fuel?
          Building materials?

          No feelz mate just pointing out i dont have a time machine so its now impossible to build a house for 20k. It would be great but unfortunately theres a thing called reality and our retarded politicians have altered it greatly.

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      • Not true & Kea’s on to it. It was possible to build a “box” on a section for $20K fifty years ago & those very same houses are being sold at prices north of a million today. There have been a few things that have influenced the market like half baked building standards & gouging via consents by local authorities but they’re relatively minor. Household incomes have risen…… that’s inflation. House & land prices have risen……that’s inflation.

        What is causing the pain is that they haven’t risen in step with each other.

        ……”Dated 28 November 1975, which was the day before the election that saw Rob Muldoon become Prime Minister, the properties for sale were largely priced in a range between the early $20,000s and the early $50,000s. An average income at the time was about $125 a week.”…..

        https://www.stuff.co.nz/life-style/homed/real-estate/124420300/snapshot-from-1975-aucklands-housing-market-then-and-now

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        • That’s right nasska. That exact same house now costs far more, even allowing for higher incomes.

          Self interested greedy halfwits, think this is simply an economic problem. It’s not. It’s a huge social issue that fundamentally drives much of the leftists insanity we are inflicted with.

          There will be a revolution of some kind. The only question is who will fix it; the left or right?

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        • Well nasska go build a house for 20k today then.

          All youve got to do is reduce wages to 10shillings an hour and get rid of council beuracracy and red tape… o yeah and find a way to make all the building materials 0.2% of their current cost.

          I expect youll be building by lunchtime today//

          So you guys want a communist style country? No capitalism?
          Nasska if you expect a house built 50yrs ago to stay at 20k then would you also be expected for your wages to have stayed the same?

          I agree house prices are out of whack and inflated at a rate beyond what they should but to think they should be still 20k well you two need to stop spooning and get yourselves down to the nearest mental ward.
          If you buy land and build a house in 2022 for less then 6-700k then why would existing home owners sell for less then that?
          Bring building and land costs down and houses will become cheaper, im sure many would rather a 200k new home them a 1mil doer upper ex state house.

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          • Its market forces. Supply and demand. People need to understand this. Before jumping in and buying they need to suss the market. Where it is sitting. What are the rates doing. Dont worry about FOMO. You can never do too much homework. One thing is for certain. Property always increases in value over time. Always has always will.

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            • It is not market forces. It is purely manipulation by banks and govt of both resources and money.

              Ardern put the price of housing up by 40% in a matter of months while demand went down. By simply flooding the economy with debt.

              Now smash yourself in the face with a sack full of broken bottles and apologise to readers for being born an imbecile.

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          • Read what I wrote. Not what you think I wrote. According to those who think they know everything inflation is a natural part of economics but house & land prices have increased at a higher rate than wages. That’s why the only valid comparison is the price of an average house expressed in multiples of the average wage at the same point in history.

            In the 70’s it was about 3.5. Today (in the main centres) it’s about 10 & until a couple of months ago, rising fast.

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  2. Kea, It is unbelievable that young 1st home buyers in this Country have been borrowing $800,000 to $900,000 to buy a do up in places like Massey or Henderson, WTF were these people thinking?? Now a lot of them are going to lose their pants and everything else they own.
    It has been caused by bad political decisions, money printing and pure greed and stupidity all around us, FFS builders have been charging $100,00 an hour in Auckland, fucking greedy shitbags will have to cut down to $40,00 an hour when they realize they can’t pay the monthly bank payments on their 2022 ranger 4wd utes.

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  3. Giant snails that can grow as big as RATS put Florida town into quarantine: Invasive creatures carry a parasite that causes meningitis in humans

    Giant African snails have been confirmed in the city of Port Richey in Florida
    These invasive creatures carry the parasite lungworm that leads to meningitis in humans
    Officials have quarantined the two for the next two years
    Residents are prohibited from moving plants, soil, yard waste, debris, compost and building materials outside the zone.

    By Stacy Liberatore For Dailymail.com

    Published: 07:22 AEST, 2 July 2022 | Updated: 09:34 AEST, 2 July 2022

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-10974573/Giant-snails-grow-big-RATS-Florida-town-quarantine.html

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    • Just wait till cindy gets home. She’s left Europe but is going to stop off in Sydney.
      Must the gay parade seen as she wasn’t allowed to talk at the London one.
      Then I bet she has a holiday, before coming home.

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      • Sooty, she has just been on a holiday to the US and now Europe, paid for by you.

        How do I know this. Well she achieved absolutely nothing while in any place that will benefit this country.

        No Trade Agreement with the US.
        No meat and dairy in the EU Trade Agreement.
        Couldn’t even meet the queers and homos in London.

        Great trips though.

        FJA

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  4. But when she mailed Sepuloni on April 22, it was about an issue that exemplified the demeaning, broken state that New Zealand’s 74-year-old safety net had fallen into.

    “It is hard to believe I am having to write to you about toilets,” Asher wrote. Two-thirds of Work and Income offices didn’t have them. Indeed, she had experienced the lack on a personal visit, when she had to go outside to a public toilet and was put to the back of the queue when she returned. How was someone with a small child or a person with a health condition that caused incontinence supposed to deal with this? What about the humiliation for someone already under stress if there was an “accident” as a result?

    Toilets, she wrote, were “an essential part of ensuring that all clients are treated with respect and dignity”.

    https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/families-in-crisis-the-shameful-truth-about-poverty-in-new-zealand/NPN35MWP4HUP5ZY5Y7Y44EHYLI/

    There is more and makes a lot of sense.
    We can thank Ruth Richardson for the start of this. She cut benefits and caused all manner of despair and closing of businesses. Thousands went to Aussie. I wouldn’t piss on her if she was on fire. Her, Bolger and Shipley. The God addled of the Nats and seemingly nothing has changed in the Catholic Party.

    Nine weeks after handing in its report, the group was brought together in a West Auckland venue for its public release.
    In a side room before the event, Sepuloni briefed them on what the Government planned to do. Just three of the group’s 42 main and 120 detailed recommendations would be acted upon immediately:
    Kay Brereton, a beneficiary rights worker and another member of the group, had the longest return journey that night. She flew to Nelson and drove home to Murchison in a state of anger, and some cynicism. The group’s recommendations had led the 6pm TV news, but there was a happier event to distract the nation’s attention – Jacinda Ardern’s engagement to Clarke Gayford had been revealed that day.

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    • That slag should be gratefull shes even able to get a bene, wear a man nappy if one cant control their bowels or bladder.

      Scrap the bene altogether, survival of the fittest ya either thrive or die. It will be short term pain for long term gain, the sooner we end state dependancy the better.

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      • In real life there are a lot of people that are unable to help themselves. Are we to abandon them to the mercy of the drug dealers or should we act like a decent society would and help those that can’t help themselves?
        That’s where I think we should be and those that need a hand up should be taken along that road and those that don’t need either should be pushed out and left to their future.
        We haven’t go ti it right.

        Many of these things would be solved by better education in life skills.
        Now others may not like this but if you look at the disciplines taught at boarding schools (Not the pedeo’s of course), but the learnings about food , health timeliness etc then there are many thousands who would benefit from this type of structure as children.
        I have seen the good that boot camps that were run in CHCH have in this respect.
        Its called leadership to do these things.

        As it happens I have a rental that is rented by one of the groups involved in helping people (Did have 2 but sold one). They mentor people until they can see their way in the world and its successful.

        Just as putting people in motels is costly but imagine the despair and crime that would be happening in many places if the Nats hadn’t started that.
        The old preists story of give me a child till they are five and I will show you the adult.
        We need to focus on that space more and more.
        We need to remove stress from what’s left of our community and watching rodney and alia the other night reinforced my views on community.
        Once we have lots of Lions clubs, Jaycee’s, Round table and all. Mostly no longer in existence. Driven out of the community by govt. We need that community back and the govt., both kinds needs to recognise that and get out of our lives instead intruding more and more.

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        • Labour have been ‘working’ on fixing the preschool education principle for under five’s for 40 years. If they fix people’s issues will the huge education bureaucracy still be needed? We’ll never know as nothing has ever changed.

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        • I was all for the hand up approach, but its clear its just a utopion idea and it will always morph into handouts no matter what so hence i change my view and see the best forward to ditch it altogether and take a sink or swim approach.

          Bene scum dosent have to work for a thing and theyre in a situation due to poor choices and financial management yet somehow our solution is to let them make choices and just hand them a bunch of money to spend it how they choose.

          Stop giving them money at least, the scum can queue each day for food etc. Many wouldnt do it due to lazyness and it would just prove it was never because they were in need.

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        • Viking@1051

          The problem with what you are advocating is that it encourages people to THINK and in dl’s ‘caring [controlling] world , that will NEVER do. since we are all to be happy [thoughtless] and own nothing.

          It’s the Communist / NWO / Great Reset, way.

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    • Viking, I could not agree more with your comments about Richardson, Bolger and Shipley.

      I would staple my cock to a burning wall before I gave a kind thought to any of those three arseholes.

      Their job was to improve the lot of New Zealanders and each one of them failed miserably and were rewarded excessively. In Spud’s case was continued to be rewarded by Ardern and Labour up until recently with cushy well paid lickspittle jobs.

      The Great Helmsman he was not, a Great Trougher he was.

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  5. So, I see the Op-Shop Queen, Cindy of Sandringham met a man she greatly detests, Boris Johnson yesterday.

    But the rude Bitch could only grin and utter nice words, but did not have either the decency or honesty to utter any of the critical cheap comments she made about Boris, before Boris became British PM. No she she displayed herself yesterday as a hypocrite of a monumentally large order, again.

    And where did those fucking Maori that were prancing around with bulging eyes and tongues hanging out of their gobs come from? Boris must have thought we are all heathens and primitive in this country from that display.

    And who paid for them?

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  6. Well that naughty CO2 gas is now a rare comodity.We don’t make enough to feed the poor plants.

    Unintended consequences as it s shortage hits food costs.
    Tomato grower eyes innovative workaround after CO2 shortage cuts production 20%

    One of the country’s largest fruit and vegetable growers, New Zealand Gourmet, hopes it has found a workaround after a nationwide shortage of commercial carbon dioxide supplies cut the production of tomatoes at its 12 hectare site near Taupo by about 20%.

    https://www.stuff.co.nz/business/129094501/tomato-grower-eyes-innovative-workaround-after-co2-shortage-cuts-production-20

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  7. Ken has a lifestyle block North of Auckland. He is in need of a new milk cow and hears about a nice one for sale near Hamilton.
    He drives down to the Waikato, finds the farm and looks at the cow. Ken reaches under to see if she gives milk. When he grabs the teat and pulls…the cow farts.

    He is very surprised. He looks at the farmer who is selling the cow, then reaches under the cow to try again. He grabs another teat, pulls, and the cow farts again. Milk does come out however, so after some discussion with the cow’s current owner, Ken decides to buy the cow and takes it home.

    When he gets back over the bridge, he calls over to his neighbour, Mick, and says, “Hey, Mick, come and look at this new cow I just bought. Pull her teat, and see what happens.” Mick reaches under, pulls the teat – and the cow farts.

    Mick looks at Ken and says, “You bought this cow in the Waikato, didn’t yah?”

    Ken is very surprised since he hadn’t told Mick about his trip. Ken replies, “Yeah, that’s right. But how did you know?”

    Mick says, “My wife is from Hamilton.”

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  8. I have just been yarning to my son in Queensland who is the only one in his company who has not been vaxxed.
    He is also the only one in his company who has not had the Coof and the only one not to have taken any sick leave this year.

    He went out last night with a mate and his partner, who is a cardiologist receptionist in Brisbane. She said the kids ‘coming through the door’ at the moment is heart breaking.

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  9. I have never understood why Israel has been leading the pack in the use of the experimental jab. Given WWII you would think they would be at the rear end of the pack.
    But here again we see them covering up for Pfizer —their MOH report clearly showing adverse events from jabbing little ones is twice as bad as the slightly older siblings.

    https://rtmag.co.il/english/the-israeli-moh-is-hiding-serious-findings-from-a-study-it-conducted-on-pfizer-covid-vaccine,-showing-a-2-4-times-higher-rate-of-adverse-events-in-children-aged-5-11-vs-ages-12-17

    BTW. I read on a blog yesterday, a comment that said in the USA now, kids can receive up to 72 different jabs before they are 18 !!

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    • You are right, Ross12, as I posted links on that a few months ago on HYS here.

      50 vaccines by the age of 5, plus can be given up to a dozen vaxxes in 1 medical appointment, for the purpose of catch ups.
      https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/schedules/hcp/imz/adult.html

      In the past I have been sort of pro vaxx, but with how the autocratic medics, then how they have mixed, combined the vaxxes, has become too much for me.

      I want a straight tetanus shot, but now in NZ my Doctor told me I had to have it in a combo with whooping cough and diphtheria vaxxes, for the good of every one else.
      If I am overseas, I will research to find if I can just get a plain old tetanus booster shot.

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    • Sometimes I think we just have to start from scratch.
      Run a trial in a gay bathhouse, to see if cow pox works against the monkey-pox

      …. no cure for cowpox, but the disease is self-limiting.
      The human immune response is sufficient to control the infections on its own.
      The lesions heal by themselves within 6–12 weeks. ….

      https://dermnetnz.org/topics/cowpox

      That way we keep the money-pox out of the way.

      Why did we move to the having the drug companies producing the vaccines?

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    • Israelis seem the most psychologically brow beaten populace in all the world. Imagine, for a moment, that your government tells you daily that the world hates you for no reason. It’s a MK Ultra sensory overload situation. To then shuffle along to the vaccine death wagon seems almost natural, a relief.

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  10. Budget went through.
    Allow me to put the Climate Tax in context:
    If you put the entire worldwide emission levels into a simplistic number format, as a whole it produces $100,000 (One-hundred thousand).
    NZ produces 0.17% of that.
    Not 17%
    not 1.7%
    only 0.17%
    So that means NZ as a whole is only $170 of $100,000
    And to make it even more realistic, NZ agriculture is half of that 0.17% – so the actual Auckland number is very small.
    To be clear, this doesn’t mean it’s ok to keep throwing it into our atmosphere. We humans are a problem and we are not looking after our planet that well. So I have no issue in trying to reduce our emission numbers.
    However, let’s be practical here, lets put common sense and pragmatism into the fore. Yes We can start to do things better, no doubt we can play our part in the worldwide repair.
    But let’s stop running around yelling that the sky is falling – because it’s not from what we are doing and what we do for change will do what exactly?
    This 0.17% figure is hardly spoken or written about – because it doesn’t help the narrative.
    Instead a whole bunch of other large numbers are used to put fear into us.
    “Per capita” is used. “Million Tonnes” is used.
    Of course they are.
    What we should be doing is pointing our finger at the nations that are causing the problems. I guess that’s not very diplomatic.
    So what is the new Climate Tax achieving?
    Nothing.
    Well, not quite.
    It’s certainly going to do something for those with their hands in the till…

    Craig Lord for Auckland Mayor

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  11. Victoria will end incentives for residential gas products by the end of next year as it encourages residents to embrace sustainable alternatives amid a national energy crisis.

    Energy Minister Lily D’Ambrosio said gas was no longer the cheap fuel it once was while renewables were the most affordable source of energy.

    “Victorians have been at the mercy of private gas companies for too long, it’s time to put gas on the back-burner as we help Victorians cut energy bills and halve emissions by 2030,” she said.

    Victorians use more gas in their homes and businesses than people in any other state or territory and the fossil fuel contributes around 17 per cent to the state’s net greenhouse gas emissions.

    https://www.afr.com/policy/energy-and-climate/victoria-unveils-gas-phase-out-plan-20220702-p5ayjx?utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=nc&utm_source=Facebook&fbclid=IwAR0qhpLN_Rv00JS_oZHHvB3LhmLx8CFbHkEe8-hlN70nzKQ7CmInpr5HUuc#Echobox=1656739601

    I read last night that gas in the us is now 2.5 times the cost of coal. Coal plants are being refurbished in the face of diminishing electricity production.
    Only a matter of time before gas comes down again. What goes up will come down.
    As will petrol etc.

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  12. “Dad, a girl invited me over to her house “: “Oh that is great, Billy. But you should be careful, you are young and an STD or unwanted pregnancy is going to be devastating. Please, remember to wear a condom if the situation arises… Actually, no. I don’t trust you, son
    . Put it on right now, because at the heat of the moment you will forget.”And so Billy did. And he head over to the girl’s place.
    After a chat and some drinks, things got saucy.” Wait” she said, “In order to continue, you have to pass a test.” She then removed her shirt, proclaiming “My breasts! Pure and untouched. Only the sun on beach days had ever had a feel of them”She then removed her skirt. “My thighs. Pure and touched by no one. Only the wind on breezy days has ever felt their softness.”Finally, she removed her panties. “And last, my vagina, pure and untouched. No one has ever felt its warmth, nor the wind nor the sun.
    So tell me, Billy, should I let you feel my body?
    Are you capable to match my purity?”
    “Sure”, he claims as he pulls downs his pants, “I am so pure and untouched, my willy is still in the the wrapper”

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  13. The Moon just got a little closer! We’ve successfully ignited Photon’s HyperCurie engine a 6th time, raising #CAPSTONE’s apogee to 69,680 km. Since we combined 2 burns into 1 for this maneuver, only 1 final burn remains to set CAPSTONE on a ballistic lunar transfer to the Moon.

    The next and final burn is designed to set CAPSTONE on a ballistic lunar transfer trajectory to the Moon travelling at 24,500 mph (39,400 km/h) to break free of Earth’s orbit. This final maneuver is currently scheduled to take place as early as July 4th.

    https://www.facebook.com/RocketLabUSA/photos/a.1518704015009409/3194680400745087/

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  14. Two Thai girls asked if i would like to go to bed with them,they said it would be just like winning the lottery!!…I agreed, and they were right.We all stripped off,and to my horror,we all had six matching balls!!

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    • Interesting that Trudea’s Liberal Party have turned against the Canadian Flag.
      That arrested and $1000 fine could be put on you if you sing the National Anthem.

      Starts to sound like New Zealand as the current government continues granting sovereignty and policies to another crew, some being tribal and others being global.

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  15. According to an article in Stuff “The anti-feminism of the far right has infiltrated Aotearoa New Zealand”. Before panic sets in I would point out that on a separate site the author introduces herself as “Kia ora! Ko Michelle Duff toku ingoa. I’m a journalist from Aotearoa New Zealand” so she is clearly woke, probably menopausal & certainly batshit mad.

    Still, the gist of her argument is that the “Roe vs Wade” decision signals the rise of far right, patriarchal Godnutters who think that a woman should be barefoot, pregnant & chained to a large kitchen appliance. While the actions of the likes of Gloriavale & the opinions of the moral majority who frequent Kiwiblog tend to back her argument she typically ignores the fact that for many women the pressure of being a superwoman vs a mother & homemaker is killing them & is not raising kids properly.

    Though it seems that some Suzie Wiles lookalikes are getting their tits in a tangle:

    ……” “Things are escalating quickly, and these people are going to pull their children out and raise them with the ideas I was raised in – it’s like they’ve been copy-pasted, but without the Jesus in them.

    “The women are quitting their jobs for homeschooling, not men, so you’re isolating women, taking them out of the workforce, out of their friend groups, and it continues to radicalise people because all it comes with socially and online is staying within their bubbles.” “…….

    She goes on to rubbish YSB idols such as Chantelle Baker, former broadcaster Liz Gunn, Tauranga electoral candidate Sue Grey, Voices for Freedom’s Claire Deeks, Alia Bland and Libby Johnson, and Spierer.

    While there is no disservice too great for me to offer Godfreaks & conservative totalitarians I would welcome a swing of the pendulum back towards the common-sense centre ground.

    https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/300621092/how-women-are-being-weaponised-by-the-freedom-movement

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  16. Probably because Labour B won & Labour A predictably lost there has been little in the way of analysis of Tauranga by election results or at least little I’ve read. Yet Chis Trotter while predictably excusing the poor performance of Tinetti notes:

    …..” Sue Grey, candidate for the New Zealand Outdoors & Freedom Party, managed an impressive 4.72% of the votes cast.”…… What he doesn’t mention is that in the Omakaroa ward where voters weren’t exactly enthralled by the college’s LGBT fiasco she polled 10%. BUT he points out that:

    …..”The Outdoors Party’s beginnings are nothing if not firmly rooted in the “heartland”. It was founded to represent the huntin’, shootin’ fishin’ community: rugged, authority-scorning, Kiwi blokes and sheilas entirely lacking in affinity for the vegan “Greenies” of the big cities, who wouldn’t know one end of a hunting rifle or fishing rod from the other. On the other hand, the sort of hippies who hare off into the bush to live off-the-grid, and who decry the use of 1080 poison by DoC, are a different story. Like them, these outdoorsmen and women also favour the legalisation of cannabis and would like the state to FRO out of their lives.”……

    Food for thought?

    https://www.interest.co.nz/public-policy/116410/national%E2%80%99s-sam-uffindell-cantered-home-writes-chris-trotter-outdoors-freedom

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  17. None of the home school mothers I know, and there are quite a few are home schooling their kids because they are being forced by their partners. Nor is it driven by religion. The major push was the mandates and the absolute garbage that is being taught in our public schools. Nor are they being isolated, they form groups and interact with each other.

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    • It was a combination of alot of things that pushed us into it. The mask crap played a huge part but the nail in the coffin was the climate change bullshit they were getting force fed.
      Literally teaching rural kids that what mummy and daddy do for a living is bad and it needs banned.

      Every week or so something more absurd comes out about our education system and it solidly reinforces that we made the right choice. Our kids are happy and now receiving a far better and more useful education then a state school can supply.

      Locally they formed a bloody good homeschool group and do different activities every week, each homeschool parent has cool skills or hobbies and they take turns to host a workshop. Knitting, sausage making, archery, tie dye and think tommorow is baking and cake decorating.
      Theyve organised a school camp aswell, theres about 20 homeschool families in the group so plenty of socialising for the kids.

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      • Good on you, Stupid. I’m hoping to be able to afford to send my youngest daughter, now at intermediate, to a private high school. I want her out of the state system and away from all the wokeness and Maori garbage.

        The older kids are OK, old enough to be out of school or no longer in danger of indoctrination, but I’m really worried about the youngest. She’s facing more and more bullshit as time goes by.

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    • We faced a team of home high schooled chess players a couple of years ago. They crushed everyone. But, due to a technicality, they were cancelled, or suppressed, from going onto Nationals. I recall at the time thinking this is the future. That the home schooled would conquer all.

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      • It takes an incredible commitment from both parents to home-school kids & I take my hat off to those who succeed. It is maybe worth pointing out that regardless of their intellectual abilities those self same kids would achieve because they were fortunate enough to be born to committed parents.

        Never underestimate the way a trait, a pastime or an attitude effects children. Ours although blessed/cursed with an inborn hostility to authority & formal education like their mum & dad fortunately ended up avid bookworms & information junkies like their parents.

        They turned out real good.

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  18. It’s good to see Inland Revenue have stepped up the focus in this area because we deal with quite number of clients in this space around their international tax obligations and there is a sometimes-surprising lack of knowledge. The main guide is the form IR1246 on Offshore tax transparency. It’s relatively short at 28 pages, including a glossary and as I said, is aimed clearly at the general public.

    It begins with a little section at the start about “What your taxes pay for”. I think we’ll see more and more of this as Inland Revenue rolls out various publications as part of its compliance programmes. It’s a reminder of how much tax revenue is raised and where does it go. In case you’re interested Social Security and Welfare is the biggest single amount at $36.8 billion in the year to June 2021 with Health coming in second at $22.8 billion and education third at $16 billion.

    https://www.interest.co.nz/public-policy/116595/te-wiki-o-te-t%C4%81ke-focus-international-tax-getting-serious-about-foreign-income

    all that spending and we can’t slash some costs.

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  19. Daniel Newman

    Low bastardry this week as the Council embarked on a path that will inevitably see communities squashed in favour of the State. I am referring, of course, to the Planning Committee’s deliberation of the National Policy Statement on Urban Development.
    As per Parliament’s direction, Auckland Council is to make dramatic changes to the Auckland Unitary Plan to significantly intensify residential neighbourhoods. The Ponzi-scheme policy known as ‘KiwiBuild’ has been a catastrophic failure. Labour appears desperate to target seemingly every blade of grass across the Auckland region in an attempt to build more houses.
    Affordable housing? No, not even close.
    Not one new affordable house will be built and sold under this new policy. Increasing the dwelling yield of properties in any part of the Auckland region merely increases the capacity of property developers to build more expensive houses. So, if this week’s effort is about building a property-owning democracy, it’s a massive fail.
    Let me be clear, I am not the poster boy for Auckland’s heritage lobby; though my colleagues John Watson, Wayne Walker and Desley Simpson raise legitimate points. As well, local board leaders like Danielle Grant from Kaipatiki and Ruth Jackson from Devonport-Takapuna highlight the democratic deficit whereby communities are being directed to forgo not only their character but also their ability to appeal the merits of the drive for intensification.
    My willingness to back a wider definition of heritage homes as a qualifying matter was based on two reasons. First, I am sick of cowering to the Government’s demand for Kainga Ora to build rabbit warrens on your back fence-line. Second, I have a Special Character Area overlay in Hillpark in my own ward – which is based on both the built environment and natural heritage. I am desperate to preserve that overlay hence my willingness to apply a broader rather than a narrower heritage standard as a qualifying matter.
    As a Manurewa-Papakura Ward councillor I voted with the minority who sought to broaden heritage via an amendment moved by Desley Simpson. It was defeated by 10 votes to 11.
    The other Manurewa-Papakura Ward councillor voted to oppose broadening heritage, thus effectively limiting heritage protections for all but a narrow group of heritage properties.
    This is a tragedy.
    While the Special Character Overlay hearings in 2015 and 2016 primarily considered the merits of defending the pre-1944 built environment, the Hillpark Residents’ Association made compelling and ultimately successful submission arguments based on other matters. The Commissioner’s decision to accept the submission evidence of the Hillpark Resident’s Association was a triumph for people power, not the politicians.
    By narrowing the criteria for a qualifying matter, Council has not done Hillpark any favours. My overarching goal is to defend the Special Character Overlay in Hillpark so as to stop Kainga Ora from annihilating yet another neighbourhood. How I wish I had more friends around that Council table who shared that vision.
    Tonight, I am meeting with more Hillpark residents who have been reduced to participating in a forthcoming plan change where the Council has limited the criteria for qualifying matters; with no appeal rights and with a Government that has been declaratory about its desire to pack people into Auckland cheek by jowl.
    I’ll fight hard for my constituents. I always do.
    But then I’m a councillor who is focused on the well-being of my constituents. I am not a councillor who is submissively preoccupied with auditioning for future political patronage and directorships. Service to others, not service to self.
    The performance of the local boards – a key part of Auckland’s co-governance – was patchy.
    Danielle Grant and Ruth Jackson were highly articulate and their advocacy helped to persuade me. Richard Northey spoke for Waitemata. Brooke Loader spoke for Henderson-Massey. Kay Thomas spoke for Whau. Troy Churton spoke for Orakei. Jon Turner spoke for Puketapapa. Margi Watson spoke for Albert-Eden. I respect them all.
    By contrast, the Manurewa Local Board chairperson is paid $98,950 per year. That same person was a no-show, he did not come to the Planning Committee to speak for Manurewa.
    It rated as one of the worst examples of irrelevant absent leadership at a time when Manurewa needs strong and present advocacy.
    $98,950 for a no-show. That standards have fallen to political eunuch status speaks volumes for what happens when people cease taking action when action is needed.
    The veneer of congenial decision-making in local government barely disguises the contempt that many colleagues have for one another. And the forthcoming plan change will continue to boil voters who are becoming less and less tolerant of the intensification the Labour Government seeks for Auckland, a transformation that many oppose.
    For me, the work continues: doorknocking; meeting people; explaining evidence options and submissions; advocacy at every turn. My constituents deserve people who front up and represent them, which is why I do what I do.
    People ask me who do I support for Mayor of Auckland? My answer is I want to know what the mayoral candidates think about the right of my constituents to have a good life.

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  20. DL will be late and last. Too slow again.

    Australia opens border to unvaxxed travellers

    Kiwis without a Covid vaccination will be able to pop across the ditch, from July 6, as Australia lifts travel restrictions on international arrivals.
    https://www.1news.co.nz/2022/07/03/australia-opens-border-to-unvaxxed-travellers/

    “The Chief Medical Officer has advised it is no longer necessary for travellers to declare their vaccine status as part of our management of Covid.”

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