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  1. A list of some of the places Matt King : DemocracyNZ will be meeting at.

    19th July New Plymouth
    20th July : Palmerston North
    21st July : Wellington
    22nd July : Wanganui.
    27th July : Whakatane
    28th July : Tauranga
    29th July : Thames
    17th August : Albany
    18th August : Waipu
    “Got a Venue?”

    https://democracynz.org/news/3/11/Our-roadshow-dates/

    If one clicks on the link, there is that list of places so far, with more detail.

    Click on the —- “…. -RSVP” —- and also further details.
    Also there is —“Got a Venue” so may be able to slot into your local area.

    Further posts an the “Road Trip” travel, and how things are working out in comments.
    https://www.facebook.com/Mattkingnorthland

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  2. The “killer comet” C/2017k2 is approaching Earth at 100,000 mph, if it were to strike Earth it would result in widespread extinction, but don’t let the facts get in the way of a good fear porn story it will pass close by at 300 million km from here.
    Oh well ,fuck it I guess it’s back to the monkey pox and deadly variants of the Coof and even more scary fuckface Arderns plans for our Country.

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  3. Criminal charges
    (are they in the wrong hands?)
    Council have lost their second criminal case today in the Tauranga District Court over Chopper the dog.
    (TCC laid charges not Police)
    Also TCC lost the case against Bruce Cameron re Bella Vista.(TCC laid charges not Police)
    TCC lost nearly all charges against Bella Vistas Danny Cancian.
    (TCC laid charges not Police)
    Reportedly TCC originally laid over 50 BVH charges. (TCC may also lose the remaining few charges against Danny Cancian in the Appeal Court)
    THE BUCK STOPS WITH THE CEO and COMMISSIONERS.
    Should Council continue using Auckland law firm, Rice Speir, who have run these failures.
    Do TCC, though Rice Speir get Crown Law advice before proceeding with criminal charges? These cases are handsomely paid for by the Ratepayers $m$m$m

    https://www.facebook.com/taurangacitycouncilX/photos/a.423199771510398/1392702024560163/

    Tauranga City Council hanged from a local law firm to an Auckalnd based one when Mr Town was CEO.
    Never understood why but the net result has been huge bills and a lot of bad advice including a lot of poor negotiations with outside parties.

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    • Viking…
      Went searching to find out what this was all about…without spending too much time, seems that one of stories was about a dog that attacked a vet in the clinics carpark as a result of BS covid policy and another about a failed property development, neither of which are crimes that would require Police to become involved yet alone prosecute. With the little detail I could find, it would seem that the Tauranga City Council was carrying out its statutory obligations.

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  4. Police seize $2.4m cash, drugs, firearm amid Hells Angels investigation
    https://www.1news.co.nz/2022/07/16/police-seize-24m-cash-drugs-and-firearm-amid-hells-angels-investigation/

    Police executed a series of search warrants at several residential and commercial addresses across Auckland last week as part of the National Organised Crime Group investigation, named Operation Samson.

    A 30-year-old patched member of the Hells Angels has been charged with money laundering and has appeared in the Auckland District Court.

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    • Waikatogirl, typical NZ pigs “a firearm” take a screen shot of the pistol and enlarge it, it is a Bruni pistol and they are made in Italy and fire blanks only,they dont even have a barrel that goes in more than 30mm and vent out the top in fact look closely at the rounds in the magazine you can see the plastic wad that blank rounds all have, ,this is the Ardern creatures Police force in 2022 ,just as corrupted as the filthy gangs.
      That firearms charge will be dropped quicker than a free offer of a complete course of Pfizer snake bite shots would be on YSB.

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      • Hilarious revy, i wonder if the bulk of aucklands druve by shootings have been done using starter pistols etc?
        That could explain the new law?
        If one discharged a real firearm in a street even just to intimidate or a projectle damaged a house/car then theres plenty of laws to deal with such events.

        I was baffled as how according to chippy apparently weve always been allowed to just go disharging live ammo in a built up area whenever we please with no way to get crimminal charges.
        Turns out thats only true if you go using whats essentally a kids cap gun.

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        • IAASB
          Definition of a Firearm
          Any weapon (including a starter gun) which will or is designed to or may readily be converted to expel a projectile by the action of an explosive.

          I would imagine that if a starting pistol round had a wad in it then that would fit the definition of a projectile. Air rifles were never a firearm as the propulsion of the projectile was by way of air not explosive. I think there is newer legislation to cover the higher powered air rifles but that still does not make them a firearm.

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          • Toko, the wad is permanently connected to the round and merely opens up like a shotgun shell and closes again ,I have tried to remove the wad once and it destroys the shell in the attempt.
            They are not able to be converted into a working gun as they are constructed of cast metal which would never handle the pressures that a normal gun endures.

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            • revtech120….
              If it is incapable of firing or being readily modified to fire a projectile then that’s going to make for an interesting court case….expect a Police armourer (generally ex military) to come up with some improvised starter gun round to show the opposite.

              It is a pretty realistic replica, I wonder what a gang banger come intimidator would need it for?

              The test will probably be that it is capable of firing a projectile, not about whether it is safe to do so.

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              • revtech120….does it have a barrel as such, as in a continuous hole from one end to the other? As youngsters we used to use .22 blanks to shoot off air-pistol darts. Would your replica be capable of doing that?

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        • IAASB, YES these blank shooting guns are being fired all around the streets, especially in Auckland that’s why the police and government have completely banned anymore importation of them, and have driven up the prices of the 10s of thousands of them already here by 400 Percent on places like trade me.
          I have one that I use when running in the early morning because it is seriously good for stopping a charging dog ,they literally piss themselves as they turn 180 degrees and fuck off, they were available in dozens of different copies of many popular firearms including even a very good copy of a Thompson “tommy gun” which were full auto and cost around 3k. the blanks have not been outlawed, YET.
          IF youd bought one for $400.00 12 months ago it would now be worth $2000.00.,have a look on T/M.

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  5. Man charged with murder after two gunned down in west Auckland, shooting reportedly linked to Head Hunters gang
    https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/new-zealand/2022/07/man-charged-with-murder-after-two-gunned-down-in-west-auckland-shooting-reportedly-linked-to-head-hunters-gang.html

    Emergency services were called to the shooting on Barry’s Rd in Glendene at about 3:30pm.

    The NZ Herald reported the shooting was believed to be linked to the Head Hunters gang and the victims were a father and daughter.

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      • The State could create a register of all known gang members and people associated with gangs.

        With all the tracking apps and CCTV systems with facial recognition, the State already has the power to detect who interacts with gang members and where.

        Many years ago, when I applied for a tourist visa to visit the United States, one of the questions asked was if I or any member of my family was or had been a member of a communist party. A decade later it was “Nazi party,” and then more recently, a “Christian church” (just joking about the last one…)

        Ask all new prospective employees if they I or any member of their extended family was or had been a member of a gang. Bust them and ban them if they are found to be lying. Offer help and support if they tell the truth.

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  6. Major FAILURE. Awful for the oldies in need of real care at the end of their lives.

    Health Minister Andrew Little has “his head in the sand” over the rest home nursing crisis, says the last deputy chairman of the now defunct West Coast District Health Board.
    https://www.1news.co.nz/2022/07/16/health-ministers-leadership-sadly-lacking-ex-coast-dhb-deputy/

    Aged residential care was at “a crisis point now”, with Australia recruiting New Zealand nurses in a $4.5 billion campaign offering better pay, and he said the issue went straight back to the Government.

    In reply, Little said he had long accepted the pay-parity issue with nurses in aged residential care and primary care had to be addressed and the Government was advancing a process to address the issue.

    “Refusing to acknowledge the crisis through lack of funding is putting New Zealand last in line … to fix this massive shortage of registered nurses. Residents who need care are being left out in the cold, literally. The minister is aware of this situation, which is getting worse by the week.

    “I would just like to tell Mr Little that ignorance is not bliss. New Zealand has a funding crisis in health and aged care, and the Ministry of Health is doing too little, too late. I can’t stress enough — this is a disaster for New Zealand.”

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  7. Letter from a NHS whistle blower:

    Dear Primary Care Covid Team

    There is now ample evidence that these vaccines have not worked from day one. There is also evidence that the vaccines have actually triggered the disease and generated multiple variants.

    Some people have died from having the vaccines and many have been seriously injured by these experimental injections that were only ever approved for emergency use.

    Furthermore, many of our patients have had severe side effects from the vaccines and then gone on to get Covid any way; some got covid following each dose of the vaccine.

    They reported that their symptoms were NOT mild, contrary to what your messaging said. My staff have all had covid following 3 jabs and no, their symptoms were not mild. Most of them do not want another dose in September even if it is mandated.

    One member of staff has had covid for the second time and was extremely ill. Some of our patients have had covid shortly following their 4th jab, so it is absolutely not the case that antibodies have waned and that you need repeated shots every few months – plain and simple, the vaccines do not stop anyone from getting covid or passing it on.

    It is about time that those in charge such as the Chief Execs of the NHS (who seem to care more about big Pharma than ordinary people) accepted that these vaccines have done more harm than good.

    The amount of money spent on NHS app and Covid passes is diabolical when many patients are struggling to get the care they need either via primary or secondary care. We are now having to pay more in national insurance contributions because of the huge mismanagement of covid including the defunct track and trace system which was totally unnecessary as covid was spread just like flu and far too many people at any one time would have caught it – so nonsensical to try and track and trace.

    The narrative has been strong via the BBC and mainstream media and through you, in desperation to defend and protect the vaccine, quite a lot of mis-information has been spread:

    1. That you’ll only get mild symptoms if you have the vaccine – this has shown itself to be false

    2. That you will not be hospitalised from the disease if you have the vaccine – this has also shown itself to be false, most patients in hospital with the disease have been vaccinated.

    3. That you will spread less virus and protect others if you have the vaccine – numerous studies dismissed this narrative as factually incorrect and purely emotive.

    4. That you will only get mild side-effects from the vaccine such as arm pain for a day or two – many of our patients had severe side effects and were bed bound for 3 to 4 days with a fair few who had extreme high fever and felt like they were on death’s door and had to call an ambulance. Many patients contacted us post-vaccination with issues and problems relating to the vaccine. We were kept very busy, not from the disease of Covid, but from patients reporting side-effects from the vaccine.

    5. That you still need to be vaccinated even if you have had a prior infection of Covid and have natural antibodies – this is completely false and goes against everything that we know about our immune systems and our body’s ability to fight disease. If it was not for our natural antibodies, then the human population would have been wiped out by now.

    6. Even before the vaccination program began, we did not have any patients hospitalised because of Covid, however, through mainstream media, the narrative was one to cause maximum fear in the population. The whole handling of Covid has been crueller than the disease itself and this is because you were never transparent with real data and dismissed anyone who raised critical queries as spreaders of mis-information. However, collectively, the public know better as they have seen the evidence all around them in real life situations as opposed to your flawed mathematical models and institutionalised lab-based, bubble-wrapped academic thinking and messaging straight to mainstream media, involving also Google, Twitter and Facebook.

    I have friends and family who have suffered directly as a result of the vaccine so I feel quite angry that you are going ahead with phase 5 vaccination.

    It is costing the NHS substantial amounts of money and time – both of which the NHS is short of. There are long waiting lists and patients are suffering from postponed treatments resulting in difficult to treat chronic problems.

    There is plenty of anxiety and grief. Please do not waste more of our money and our time over a failed and for some, harmful vaccine.
    https://metatron.substack.com/p/letter-from-an-nhs-whistleblower-029?utm_source=email

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    • Brilliant letter were it sent to Angry little man he won’t be able to understand it though, it is possibly beyond his intellectual level. It is a step too far for any of the government none of them have the intelligence to understand this well thought out and succinct letter. It is an absolute disgrace that the government and opposition are so unable to see the other side of the argument or allow alternative drugs to sort the issue for patients. The money given to them has clouded their judgement, and they only listen to the hype of the Pharma companies. Sadly it is the same the western world over.

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  8. My son in law is now down with covid which he caught on a business trip to the States last weekend. Fully jabbed of course otherwise he could not have gone. I wish he had stayed at home. He described the flight as “gross with people coughing and spluttering in their masks the whole time.”

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  9. This is an utterly appalling situation for the country to find itself in:

    https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/coronavirus/129283544/covid19-family-court-judge-orders-5yo-to-be-vaccinated-despite-dads-wishes

    “While the Pfizer jab had reduced efficacy against Omicron, now the dominant strain in New Zealand, it was still recommended by the Ministry of Health, the judge said.
    Judge Ginnen said she was satisfied the vaccine was safe and it was in the boy’s best interests to receive it.
    She ordered he get his first jab “as soon as possible”, then the second eight weeks later, as recommended by the ministry.

    The boy’s mum was worried about the risk of sending him to school unvaccinated.
    “If a booster shot is later recommended by the Ministry of Health for 5 to 11-year-olds, I order that he receive that too.”
    In February, a Dunedin court ordered an 11-year-old boy to be vaccinated against Covid-19 after his parents couldn’t agree, while in March a judge ruled a 12-year-old could make up his own mind whether he got a jab.
    In April, a judge ruled three siblings – one who was vulnerable to severe illness if he caught Covid – should be vaccinated, in opposition to their father’s wishes.
    Their father was also not allowed to see the children until they had been vaccinated.
    According to Ministry of Health data, 28% of children aged 5 to 11 have been fully vaccinated since becoming eligible on January 17, while 56% have had one dose.”

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  10. You’re in charge of…
    An Italian, an Irishman and a Chinese fellow are hired at a construction site. The manager points out a huge pile of sand and says to the Italian, “You’re in charge of sweeping”. To the Irishman, “You’re in charge of shoveling” To the Chinese guy, “And you’re in charge of supplies”. “Now, I have to leave for a little while. I expect you guys to make a dent in that pile.”

    So the manager goes away for a couple of hours. And when he returns, the pile of sand is untouched. He says to the Italian, “Why didn’t you sweep any of it?

    The Italian guy replies, “I didn’t have a broom. You said the Chinese guy was in charge of the supplies, but he disappeared and I couldn’t find him” So then the manager turns to the Irishman and asks why he didn’t shovel.

    The Irishman replies, “I couldn’t get myself a shovel. You left the Chinese guy in charge of supplies and I couldn’t find him.” The manager is really pissed now, and storms off toward the pile of Sand looking for the Chinese guy.

    Just then, the Chinese guy springs out from behind the pile of sand and yells, “SUPPLIES!”

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  11. Well it is Saturday and therefore 3 weeks since I first became suspicious I may have caught the dreaded Covid. I was feeling kind of tired and no real energy. Same Sunday so Monday took a RAT test – I had been to the Doctor on Wednesday as I had to go since it was a year since I had seen her and I am on some pills, see insisted I should take a test kit home with me, for free, because….
    The test was positive, on Tuesday I had a bit of a sore throat, took some Paracetamol and 2 hours later was fine. I never had a headache or felt sick or any thing other than feeing tired and the lack of energy.
    My appetite went, I have been eating less anyway but it is only in the last three days have felt like having seconds or so. My sense of smell never went. The tiredness went about the beginning of this week and about Wednesday was over any lingering thoughts. I did have a bit of a dry cough, racking occasionally but that has disappeared over the last week.
    My wife then had it about 2 days after me with basically the same sort of reactions.
    I am 72, unvaccinated and I am so pissed off seeing those continual vaccination adverts and about children being vaccinated. We never told the medical centre and so are not on any list. Last week I received a text advising of getting vaccinations at the local rugby club carpark, had one in May as well and replied “you fuckwits”
    FJA

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  12. “A man has appeared in court charged with two counts of murder after a double shooting in West Auckland. Two people are dead and the Herald understands the victims are a woman and her father.”

    What could have happened?
    – The killer went to the wrong address?
    – The address was correct, but the wrong people were there?
    – The killer intended to kill one of the victims, but the other happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time?
    – The killer intended to kill both of the victims?
    – The killer was following orders?
    – The killer had a personal grudge against those killed?

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      • nasska….I will go with O-sen’s 3rd option.
        A not too uncommon thought by some of the losers in this world is, “if I can’t have her, then nobody else will.”
        Occurs when a Maori/Islander is in a relationship with a female well above his station, generally an educated white women, who has finally come to her senses and jettisons him. Cannot deal with the rejection and murders her in a fairly violent manner. Dad in this case got in the way…(all speculation of course)
        Pretty common on the sub-continent etc too,,,,if the women is lucky/unlucky enough its just disfigurement with acid,

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        • To many of our more macho yet less evolved citizens a woman is a possession rather than a partner. Coupled with the innate desire that drives young airheads to seek out & tame their very own caveman it’s little wonder that their bashings & murders are fairly commonplace.

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  13. I’ve been reading an article published in the local sausage wrapper concerning the discovery of unmarked graves adjacent to the cemetery in Eketahuna. In precis the “Early Settlers Museum is planning to restore the cemetery and wanted to use ground radars to find the unmarked graves in a newly empty paddock. There could be as many as 31 graves from the 1890s in the Alfredton Rd paddock, including many children.”

    All of which is probably very uninteresting especially for those not resident in Eketahuna but in my mind it raises the question of whether there is sense or purpose in holding real estate on behalf of the deceased indefinitely. For all intents & purposes only blood relatives can claim an involvement so it can be only a matter of for how many generations or years. For me any interest goes back probably to my grandparents the last of whom died in 1957 so 75 years max.

    Custom & religious beliefs can be a factor yet a mate of mine, born to Dutch parents in NZ, made a pilgrimage back to see Holland after they died. Curiously although a quarter of the population are Catholic, because of the shortage of land burial plots are only “rented” for thirty years then the remains are disinterred, cremated & the ashes held in memorial walls. This has been carried out since at least WW2 & was against RC doctrine of the times.

    Do commenters have any views, for or against the necessity of maintaining grave sites in perpetuity?

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    • As someone who once was in charge of 9 cemeteries the on going maintenance of those older type large concrete plots is going to be an on going problem. Cracked, weeds growing etc etc if somebody actually ever comes to find the grave site of Great Great Uncle Jack they are very unlikely to want to fork out the money required to repair it.
      Often double plots are purchased but when wifey, husband finally dies all sorts of movement has taken place in the intervening time, including marriage so that remains empty for ever.
      We certainly set out that in lawn cemeteries that nothing could protrude beyond the headstone so that mowers could simply run in a straight line rather than around the neglected rose bush, old teddy and an empty bottle of beer.
      Cost, if nothing else, is driving the switch to cremations and often then in a small plot, a wall or scattered somewhere.
      In answer to your question Nasska it will be a brave Council that simply runs a bulldozer over the top, don’t think that will ever happen.
      FJA

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      • Totally agreed that most of pre WW2 cemeteries are eyesores. Surely we can learn something by looking at acres of broken, lichen covered, rat infested concrete & decomposing wrought iron. If we have to have memorials plaques on walls or brass plates on concrete such as in the RSA section my old man was buried in are a vast improvement.

        Better still though cremation & the ashes scattered.

        Yet as you state we’ll never get rid of the crumbling masonry, empty Agee jars & disintegrating teddy bears. Just more examples of the irrational feelz & emotional pap that surrounds death.

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    • Nasska…
      Up the road from my sons place in Banyo, Brisbane is a massive Catholic cemetery. Apart from graves and headstones, there are hundreds of mausoleums. Like most of the old cemeteries, they are now sitting on prime real estate land. I don’t see housing the dead over housing the living will last for much longer. Some small historical society/group will be the only ones upset about the bulldozers going through them.

      All the best with the ground radar…used it once and turned out to be useless….the reinternment reminds me of Spike Milligan’s book ‘Puckoon’ where a little Irish village at the time of the Partition found that the new border went between the cemetery and the church. The villages had to sneak across the border at night to dig up the dead to return them to hallowed land. I think that there was a Japanese or Chinese border guard in the story.

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      • …..” Some small historical society/group will be the only ones upset”…..

        You may well be right but as I recall there was controversy & crap that reached the heavens when the residents of the Bolton St Cemetery in Wellington were relocated to extend the Wellington motorway in the 60s & 70s.

        Yet the issue will be revisited frequently in the near future & economics will drive the challenge to the right to the best views in our cities claimed on behalf of those who are probably not in a condition to appreciate them. Predictably they will be opposed by the Godnutters who want mortal remains preserved for eternity while believing that the soul leaves the body at death & flies like a half plucked chicken upwards to join the Almighty.

        As an aside the Eketahuna article piqued my interest because of a discussion I had with the undertaker at the aftermatch function of a funeral I attended. In the 1890s child deaths were common & very often the deceased would be interred in graves with only a wooden marker which inevitably rotted leaving no trace of the kids existence. It is my contention that over 130 years later it is not a good use of land or resources to hallow the ground of those unknowns long destined to be forgotten.

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  14. I have seen this advertisement on TV for a drug twice.Can’t remember the name of the drug but in the small print along the bottom of the screen with details about side effects etc it says ‘females and males that are able to conceive’

    Madness.

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    • I am just watching time team and they have a very simple way of distinguishing male and female skeletons. The shape of the pelvis, if in doubt x-ray seems simple enough for the woke.

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