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  1. What has this Geezer done wrong for the sharp as a tack, Plod to throw such large resources at him? Is he the head of this country’s Ram Raiding outfit or the largest firearm supplier to the Gangs or something?

    Oooohh nooo, he is just a Father who legally has sole custody of his children, spending time with them and then, keeping to themselves.

    https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/missing-marokopa-family-farmers-asked-to-check-for-missing-stock-as-search-for-runaway-father-tom-phillips-ramps-up/RKCYHDBGBZGFZOFYJKOO5RT2ZQ/

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    • Hooli, police are concerned that his children are missing out on vital brainwashing classes like gender ideology, brownwashing and white guilt.
      Theyre also concerned the kids are missing out on up to 8hrs a day of mindless tiktok videos and esp concerned that their father may be teaching them how to work and fend for themselves and never need govt assistance or the dole.

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      • The police are just worried that he is not residing at his allocated place of abode and can’t tick that box on the clipboard /////
        You just watch they will have a squad of porkers hiding out, aleady to pounce on him at his polling station. When he comes out to vote 🗳 /////

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    • Philips crime is not filling in a census form.// & so has become criminalized.
      Nor did he account for the kids.
      Nor was the dwelling included, to cover for the “long drop” & possibly no hot & cold running water, to be a part of the “children in poverty” that make criminals.

      The police & our government is blind as always, are now aiding abetting the criminal behaviour that comes from being in Poverty.

      “Poverty does not make Criminals” It is “Criminals make Poverty”.
      The rewards start to flow as a “Profit from Criminality” as penalizing redistribution from those who honestly work, & earn,

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  2. Nicole McKee and David Seymour spoke in Napier last night.
    I rate McKee for commonsense and think she’s an asset to parliament. I hope she’s given a position of influence over police/justice/corrections in the new government.
    Seymour is great to listen to and has a commonsense approach to many things. There are other matters however where he appears to suffer myopia.

    NZ1: Seymour thinks that having discounted working with WP, that renders him impotent and they’ll just ‘sit up the other end’ and do whatever they do. Good luck with that. Current polling might indicate a Nat/Act coalition, but weak-link Luxon is one stumble away from making a third party required for government.

    WHO: The last three years have made NZrs jittery about unelected dictators. (looking at you Bloomfield, Baker and Pinky) No one wants WHO determining the next plandemic and our response to it and we’re all over being ruled by UN. Seymour seems to think we have sovereignty in NZ – bless the naivety of that boy.

    Vax: Nothing to see here, move along. Those claiming injuries by vax can claim ACC. Next question … Except they can’t David, that’s the point. Drs and scientists speaking about the science of this experimental drug are discredited, de-platformed, struck off. He now claims that he spoke with protestors but didn’t mention his signature on a cross-party agreement not do to so.

    So here’s the thing:
    I will not vote for any party supporting the current farmyard of incompetents.
    I am reluctant to vote for the underwhelming National Party led by an even more underwhelming Luxon.
    I was inclined toward ACT but Seymour’s dismissal of questions on those three matters has shaken my resolve.
    I guess there’s always Winnie.

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    • Ignore that pratt from southland and join with the underground in the world of DemocracyNZ.
      No issues there with being stuck with a no one works with me Peters who won’t campaign in a seat to earn his place just like the rest of the leaders like Luxon. Shaw, Chippy and so on.

      Our leader is doing the hard yards, which of course means he can’t travel around at taxpayers expense talking to people in the other area’s, although he did this earlier at their own expense while the rest were spending your money eating and sucking in your cash.

      But that’s how it should be. Get rifd of this presidential means of anointing our leaders based on who the powerful people are in their party. Make them stand in an electorate or no leadership. Most of them wouldn’t get a leadership job out of the house. Remember Seymour is only their at the Nats behest.
      Somewhere along the way that prick gave up on his principles and now won’t account for his behaviour as you have learned. (tell hunty what a prick he is).
      You can never redeem yourself until you can admit you were wrong and tell all. Ask ROL and naaska.

      All the things you need to know.
      https://democracynz.org/news/

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      • Viking bro has 0.1% not sunk in yet?
        Curia surveyed 1000 people and only 1 person said they were voting dnz, youre pushing runny cowshit up hill with a rake.

        Better off swallowing dead rats then eat humble pie imo.

        Youre in a cult mate, thats all dnz is now… a cult full of loonies and derranged folk as all the sane ones have accepted reality and jumped ship.
        Stay away from the koolaid ole chap, from time to time you post a few good jokes and memes so youre still of some use to ysb (when the links work)

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      • Oh Viking. Open your eyes. DNZ are a cult.
        Visit their fb page and drop in any reservation about pretty-boy King and prepare to be devoured by the pink piranhas. They’re like The Standard but with PMT.
        The four thinkers are gone, replaced with a rag-tag bunch of also-rans.
        They all have their own fb pages but their posts are reposts of King’s and all of the likes are from each other and a small bunch of deluded hysterics. The reason for that is they are forbidden from having original thought. No one vill say or do anyzing vizout permission from the High Priestess – she who used to be referred to as the co-founder.
        Do you really expect any of these candidates to suddenly exercise a mind of their own if (God forbid) they find themselves in Parliament?
        Your October 14 could more fruitfully be used sleeping late, walking the dog, mowing the lawns and settling down with a bevvy to watch re-runs of Coro.

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    • Yep, that’s what I was saying before regarding ACT ruling out working with Winnie. At the time I had nothing to hang my argument on – now I do, Winstons up in the polls and as you say Luxon is a time bomb of inexperience as a politician. One misstep regarding Mardee, and all of a sudden Luxon is a white supremist who once drove past a Maori hitch hiking… the polls then start dipping for National.

      Don’t forget private, Dave is the only one standing up for protecting our democratic processes. He may be ignorant regarding global reach and sanctions affecting our country, but all that doesn’t matter if we don’t have democracy to start with.

      Talking of Dave. He’s having some fun with Simon Shepherd, a toe-rag media personality Dave dealt to.

      https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/politics/acts-david-seymour-jokes-he-suspected-tv-journalist-was-blazed-before-tense-interview/QSAW7W63IFBEDAZFGHJCC3AYIE/

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      • Don’t forget private, Dave is the only one standing up for protecting our democratic processes. He may be ignorant regarding global reach and sanctions affecting our country, but all that doesn’t matter if we don’t have democracy to start with.

        You must live in a different country. That arsewipe sold us oput to cindy. Like so many others.
        You deserve what you get. Try thinking.

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      • With Seymour’s latest arrogant gig of putting up billboards to put people off voting Winston, any loyalty to ACT with Seymour at the helm, is well and truly ashes.

        https://www.nzherald.co.nz/resizer/r7auakUK9AkUXPaEH8RLbg_8sX0=/992×1323/smart/filters:quality(70)/cloudfront-ap-southeast-2.images.arcpublishing.com/nzme/IM6BYKBEZVFSBFSNSDSUMNM2QA.jpg

        [1] Seymour breached the electioneering rules of NO political adverts next to Electoral Commission adverts.

        [2] Seymour’s refusal to even acknowledge the Covid Fraud and Vaccine Deaths.

        [3] Seymour’s statements:

        Asked why his party was spending money attacking a man he didn’t believe would return to Parliament, Seymour said: “The stakes are high, you want to make sure you’ve got some insurance.

        “I think the whole country should be worried about NZ First being anywhere near parliament…

        …I don’t think he will but we’re not taking any chances considering how much damage he’s done to New Zealand in the past.”

        Which is bizarre since the main damage Winston did, was to join with Labour, enabling Ardern to terrorise the country with Covid and the Vaccines.

        So Seymour acknowledges damage was done, but is very selective about what damage he is willing to acknowledge.

        Winston, on the other hand, acknowledges and regrets getting involved with Labour. He fell prey to Ardern’s seductiveness and promised him they would be more right wing than National. he got played. Seymour will not admit he got played. I’ve always said Seymour was “got at”, and skirts around the Vaccines issues as if they do not exist.

        I’m willing to bet that Seymour, like Luxon, is a WEF puppet. We should turn him over and see if he has a glove puppet hole.

        [4] You only attack your opponents or competitors, when you either have nothing to offer that, or nothing that is better than what your opponents or competitors are offering; OR you have doubts in your own abilities to deliver your promises. Such an attack is the sign of an amateur.

        Campaigning on the perceived negatives of others rather than the positives one has to offer, speaks volumes about the sort of person you are.

        [5] Seymour believed it was the first attack ad against Peters published by Act and did not rule out making more.

        Every billboard attack on Winston is one less billboard for selling the country on why they should vote for ACT. It doesn’t work in relationships. it doesn’t work in business, why does Seymour think it will work in politics?

        Unless he is following a WEF dictate and/or blackmail instructions in which case he is destroying ACT by his petty and arrogant actions. Expect more stupidity from Seymour.

        [6] Seymour believed New Zealanders were accepting of attack ads (any public media or any public initiative) as long as they were based on truth.

        I didn’t see him come out supporting the Voices For Freedom billboards, based on truth.

        AND HE DID NOT ATTEND THE WELLINGTON PROTEST, OF THE PUBLIC’S DISCONTENT OF THE LOCK DOWNS, BASED ON TRUTH.

        Seymour is certifiably mad.

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        • Around our way ACT put their posters up well after liarbor and national. They have maybe gone up a week or 10 days Nats and liarbor went up ages (weeks) ago they have replaced the liarbor ones that had penis and balls down on and also the ones with the nazi flags on them. Not sure when the others went up not that I am voting for act or any of the others I am done with it all. They are all liars and only working for themselves.

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        • I have no idea if this is correct but my wife was at VFF meeting and the speaker said he was speaking to a couple of ACT Board members recently who said the Board wanted to do something or do it in a particular way. Seymour disagreed and just went ahead and did what he wanted to do.
          So “trouble at mill” it seems.

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      • Photo shop? Spec Savers where are you?
        So funny as I first thought that too, but one can size up that photo,
        So look at the chairs, and a matching coat is on Ardern’s chair.
        The juice & water glasses all nicely spaced for all of them.
        Then the matching name card on the table is “Jacinda Ardern”.

        Another round of SpaceSavers are needed in more ways than one 🙂

        That Damien O’Connor Trade & Export Growth Minister that made grandiose deals that now link trade agreements to emissions reductions in NZ.
        No other countries are doing this. It’s a way of trying to lock NZ into commitments that are unscientific and unpopular at home & to wreck New Zealand farms.

        All seems to be very Black Rock with the Sustainable Development Goals SDG, to fuck farming, ESG, to fuck over the finance institutions to control all business, & DEI to divide & rule us.

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    • V2, it is hard for Labour to deny they and Ardern have tried to sell this country out to Blackrock, a bigger bunch of snakes would be hard to put together.

      No Minutes of that meeting between Ardern and Blackrock according to OIA requests? Why?

      And all of a sudden just before an Election Labour pull out a joint deal between Blackrock and the NZ Government to roger New Zealanders and Labour expect New Zealanders to swallow their devious association without question and as something that will benefit this country.

      Rat and smell or is it smell and rat?

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  3. The renaming of New Zealand and its place names continues at pace. The Whangarei suburb of Kamo gets renamed.

    But I see that village of National Park in the Ruapehu District an known internationally is likely to be renamed. Not only a local Maori group, Te Korowai, are pushing for the name change but the very dumb National Park Village Business Association Spokeswoman, Andrea Messenger are also pushing it and has this on the matter, this bit of wisdom to dispense to the population.

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    “NPVBA are keen to weave our conversations our trust towards a partnership with Te Korowai and locals that live and breath our space.”
    Unquote (Taumarunui Bulletin 10/08/2023

    And that Ladies and Gentlemen is why this country is fucked. Spare me!

    https://www.google.com/url?client=internal-element-cse&cx=006730714154542492986:oh6vl0ybuqy&q=https://www.stuff.co.nz/pou-tiaki/132712656/official-name-of-whangrei-suburb-te-kamo-restored-despite-hundreds-objecting&sa=U&ved=2ahUKEwjx9a3p6NKAAxU8TmwGHfAKDgoQFnoECAMQAQ&usg=AOvVaw0yvQHeHXw0ius2DVLp3e5R

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  4. don’t often agree with Hoots but he has figured it out at last.

    The good news for the centre-right is that, according to Curia, National-Act would still win 61 seats — enough to govern without Winston Peters.

    The other two polls are less encouraging, giving National-Act just 60 seats. Christopher Luxon would be sworn in as Prime Minister, but his Government couldn’t pass a Budget — or do anything else — without NZ First. For anyone interested in change, it would be the worst result of all.

    For Peters and NZ First, though, it would be superb. There would be no baubles to tempt them, nor any real work to do. Instead, NZ First would have a simple veto over anything Luxon and Act’s David Seymour wanted to do. Most probably we’d need another election, perhaps before Christmas, but more likely before a Budget could be passed, which usually happens in May.

    https://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/election-2023-matthew-hooton-will-christopher-luxon-rule-out-dealing-with-winston-peters/AU6UQKANIJH3VJT62FE7MXWIPM/
    For Peters and NZ First, though, it would be superb. There would be no baubles to tempt them, nor any real work to do. Instead, NZ First would have a simple veto over anything Luxon and Act’s David Seymour wanted to do. Most probably we’d need another election, perhaps before Christmas, but more likely before a Budget could be passed, which usually happens in May.

    Labour would stick with Chris Hipkins, its last remaining asset, and be odds-on to win that election, as soon as Peters, Luxon and Seymour fell out.

    The adult option would be National and Labour forming a temporary grand coalition, to get some kind of Budget passed for 2024/25, before new elections. Sadly, neither Hipkins nor Luxon has given any indication they would be prepared to even talk about it.

    Sadder is that Hipkins or Luxon could have avoided this shambles.

    Hoots has more to say worth the read. this week.

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  5. Meanwhile the nice Mr Key has been busy.

    ANZ Investments has signed deals to work with global asset managers BlackRock and Mercer.

    ANZ is the country’s largest KiwiSaver manager with $19.7 billion in funds under management and a 20 per cent share of the market. On top of that it manages money outside of KiwiSaver on behalf of New Zealand investors.

    Rumours had been swirling among market players that ANZ had sold or outsourced the management of its portfolios to BlackRock whose Australasian management have been in New Zealand this week to announce a deal with the Government for a $2 billion clean energy fund.

    But in a statement, ANZ said it had signed separate, non-binding memorandums of understanding with both BlackRock and Mercer.
    The arrangement with BlackRock includes the provision of risk management services to support ANZ’s portfolio resilience while the agreement with Mercer would see it leverage ANZ Investments’ local expertise with Mercer’s global capability and scale for the benefit of customers.
    Fiona Mackenzie, managing director of ANZ Funds Management said the MOU with Mercer was designed to ensure it stayed competitive and continued to meet the changing needs of its customers. “Our business model needs to continue to adapt and evolve.”

    Exactly how the agreement would do that was not spelled out. While being a global asset manager with US$393 billion in assets under management Mercer also separately runs its own KiwiSaver scheme in New Zealand.

    BlackRock globally manages US$8.59 trillion as of the end of last year and already partners with a number of other KiwiSaver schemes to provide low-cost passive investment management services.

    Passive funds typically use computer algorithms to track indices and are typically much cheaper than active fund managers which pay people to research and select companies.

    But Mackenzie said ANZ would remain an active investor and continue to select assets that it believed would perform over the long term.

    ANZ has around 20 people in its NZ investment team which is currently run by chief investment officer Paul Huxford. Huxford is set to depart and will finish up with the bank in December. ANZ’s statement said Huxford had decided to take the next step in his career after leading ANZ Investments for the last five years.

    It is now looking for a replacement for him.

    https://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/stock-takes-could-a-weaker-milk-price-spill-into-the-sharemarket/TCDWEDJNWFCU7JUZG5SLP2FN7M/

    They will be buying up all those houses naaska needs for those that can’t afford them as they are all around the world.
    Guess what will happen to house prices.
    It makes you think the Maori may have the right idea with wanting their land back.

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  6. Groundswell NZs environmental spokesperson Jamie McFadden is visiting the Waikato on August 15th and 16th.

    Jamie will be addressing the details of the Freshwater Farm Plans, which go live in the Waipa on August 1st. Jamie will also speak about Indigenous Biodiversity and Carbon Farming.

    For more information, please contact area coordinator Lee Smith 0211329207

    Morrinsville
    August 15th : Tuesday : 7:00 pm.
    Rotary Community Hall,
    45 Canada Street,
    Morrinsville.

    Te Kuiti
    August 16th : Wednesday : 1:00 pm.
    Waitete Rugby Club,
    55 Waitete Road,
    Te Kuiti

    Te Awamutu
    August 16th : Wednesday : 7.00pm
    Te Awamutu Sports Club,
    Albert Park Drive,
    Te Awamutu.

    https://www.facebook.com/photo/?fbid=241858568738526&set=a.113439438247107

    Seems to be organized by Steve Cranston & Lee Smith, former DNZ candidates.

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    • All socialists are like this. The Party elite regard the masses with disdain. Their whole model is based on a ruling elite running a totalitarian and authoritarian regime of oppression. While they do as they please.

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      • Yes, that has always fascinated me. The elite live like capitalists, while spouting socialist and communist rhetoric to the masses who live like peons while believing their leaders live similar and have their best interests at heart.🙄

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    • “Wonderful to see a politician with the integrity to own up to mistakes at the earliest opportunity, it shows the depth of character,” said one Facebook supporter.

      Fuck off and die. If she had integrity and depth of character she wouldn’t have had the reckless brain fart in the first place. She thought she was more important than anybody else on the road that day. And of course she never would have owned up or apologised or any-fucking-thing if she hadn’t been sprung by the good Mr Neilson.

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  7. Eat whatever you like because…

    The inventor of the treadmill died at the age of 54.
    The inventor of gymnastics died at age 57.
    The world bodybuilding champion died at age 41.
    The best footballer in the world, Maradona, died at 60.
    And then…
    The KFC inventor died at 94.
    The inventor of Nutella died at 88.
    The inventor of Hennessy died at 98.
    How did doctors come to the conclusion that exercise prolongs life, when…

    The rabbit is always jumping but it lives for around 2 years, and
    The turtle that doesn’t exercise at all lives over 200 years?
    So, rest, chill, eat, drink, and enjoy life! 😄

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  8. This went past without a whisper from the media. Nothing to see here… move along 👀

    https://hatchardreport.com/a-turning-point-in-our-nation-the-sentencing-of-billy-tk-jnr-and-vinny-eastwood-to-jail/
    A Turning Point in Our Nation: The Sentencing of Billy Tk Jnr. And Vinny Eastwood to Jail

    Guy Hatchard

    Yesterday I was interviewed on a US radio channel jointly with Billy Te Kahika Jnr. and Vinny Eastwood. I realised I have been remiss. I have not publicly discussed their case here in New Zealand, whose outcome will materially affect our future rights and treatment under the law. I want to rectify that now.

    Mr. Te Kahika, a pastor and former serving soldier and policeman, and Mr Eastwood, a social commentator and radio personality, have been sentenced to four months and three months jail time, respectively, for participating in a peaceful, non-violent protest against level 4 lockdowns. Their case comes up for appeal against sentencing on the morning of Monday, 31st July. They have both been subject to persistent unfavourable comment in mainstream media, unreasonably impugning their character and intentions.

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  9. Good on them.

    Doing things differently and striving for new ways to lift productivity and income helped earn Blair and Jody Drysdale of Hopefield Hemp the Innovation title at the Arable Awards of New Zealand 2023.

    Judges said the Drysdales, third generation farmers at Balfour in northern Southland, had the courage to review their traditional arable and beef production systems and step into the world of hemp growing, processing, manufacturing and marketing. From early days when they would process hemp hand and body cream in a kitchen cake mixer, they’ve steadily upped production to now encompass a full range of hemp oils, balms and health capsules.

    https://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU2308/S00155/innovators-and-champions-honoured-at-2023-arable-awards.htm

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    • Drysdale farms are only couple km down the road from us, that piece makes it sound like theyve hit the big time and their farming business is booming because of it.
      Reality is their yields are extremely poor and they only get an award for being woke and managing to sell extremely overpriced products, theyre really nice people tho and mean well.

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  10. Democracy New Zealand
    Some of the “Why” from Steve Cranston on 19th of June
    Finally found something instead of shallow poll driven cultists shallow explanations.

    https://www.facebook.com/100087431546473/videos/995956231846712
    7 mins 42 secs.

    It sort of makes sense even if it does not explain everything;- – as it has none of the vitriol that explains nothing.
    Sort of loops to Private Godfrey’s comment of a “High Priestess” what ever that means, a board member? which must mean that somehow Matt King has ceded overall control to.

    Good to see as posted above the work that Cranston & Lee Smith are doing in “GroundSwell” in ranging these meetings next week in the Waikato.
    https://ysb.co.nz/have-your-say-1571/#comment-345106

    I do wonder that some previous members of DNZ feel taken in & now act really burnt in probably contributing a major sum of money to DNZ?
    The point to note from that video 19th June that more than a month has gone by, where DNZ could have made changes?
    Also Groundswell is not backing them

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    • One of the casualties of waris the truth.

      You haven’t had the truth but a story of one side.
      Policies were well developed before they even came along. The issue in a nutshell was that he wanted to push his cause at the expense of everything else.
      He had a number of meetings with the board but was tone-deaf to the situation. No one in politics wins anything on a single cause.
      As with Kirsten, she couldn’r get her own way on something she knew nothing about so followed Cranston out the door.

      The Board is comprised of a number of people and attacking the lady involved should tell you more about him. We have had no issues with her at all.

      Add in all the conspiracy bullshit that was floated about Meurant etc and it was all an attempt to destablize things.

      If you have any doubts you can message Matt and he will reply, often he rings people and talks to them so include your phone number.
      Don’t be like all those that beleived the covid crap. Find out for yourself.

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      • With those candidates and their individual specialties DNZ was climbing toward 2%, gathering momentum.
        From a standing start that was noteworthy, and fyi mine would have been one of the 500 names put forward to register the party. Maybe yours was too.
        No one has ever had the full story of DNZ disintegration, but suffice to say that it has.
        Recent polls are evidence of that.
        But as you say, the casualty of war is truth, and since the departed candidates have been legally gagged we’ll never get the full story but it is very clear the tattered remnants of a party that had potential are unworthy of further support.

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        • Thanks Private Godfrey.
          As it seems many would want to know why.

          …. departed candidates have been legally gagged ….

          Even though that raises more questions. 🙂
          So in the meantime, ignorance, rumours, accusers, cultists, vitriol, that bring nothing.

          Time has marched on too far, to be sorted & fixed, but eventually that will all come out, and by then, we have moved on.

          I can see that in a way the insiders of GroundSwell has effectively pulled their support, to bring about that collapse, though really I am none the wiser.

          But I am always wary, as though GroundSwell rose up, within a year later of the 2020 election,
          It is still commonly said that is was the farmers that voted Labour, even in a sense, prioritizing to abandon NZFirst too for the treasonous support of Labour.

          It seems to be a stripping away of a possible Political voice that would bite deep into Climate Change, Carbon Zero, Trading Emissions, Decarbonization, Alternative Energy, etc., besides on all that is a given like health, more vaxxes, education, Co-Governance, etc.,
          A loss in a political Party, having some power, so that would be bought to more public attention in reasoned arguments from a government pulpit, which would be much more difficult for the media to stifle, suppress & censor.

          Sort of nullification like how Julian Batchelor’s Stop Co-Governance is not much talked about.

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          • Don’t write off Julian Batchelor, S1. He has said he will continue on well after the election. The fact that the Election Commission and the Human Rights people are writing him threatening letters, just shows he has got the beltway crowd really worried. As for TV1 having a go and putting his booklet on screen, that will proved to be a “shooting themselves in the foot” moment. His team is making a big push to get those booklets delivered into as many letterboxes as possible. I’m doing my bit to help.

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            • Ross12 :—
              I did not mean that I would right-off Julian Batchelor.
              I fully support & endorse all the work he & his supporters are doing.
              At one stage I could see there was a good connection in ideas, though they officially kept apart..
              As others were making that connection, so also supported DNZ. or opposed DNZ.
              Not as loud now, seeing that they figure DNZ is mortally wounded for whatever reason.

              So the anti-campaign to suppress Stop Co-Governance has become very vitriolic, & as we have glimpsed so far a milder form of that against DNZ in Northland, & pushing that also on ACT, but they are holding back at this stage on National, figuring Luxon will be the hand brake on ACT’s policy of referendum on Co Governance. So Plan B, to buy time, & wait until back in power.

              I hope & support that he does have an unstoppable mega turnout in Auckland as it would then pressure Seymour & Luxon to get on with a Co-Governance Referendum immediately if they gain some power.

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      • What gets me are all the ‘fairweather friends’ who were considering DemNZ as a valid and uniquely positive party to vote for, then how many so easily deserted them over a bunch of rumours and hearsay.

        Perhaps I am less cynical and more willing to distrust naysayers until I see proof of what they accuse DemNZ of. We have seen so much propaganda… What can one really trust except what your gut tells you and so far there is no legitimate alternative to DemNZ.

        My Party Vote will go to DemNZ

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        • … rumours & hearsay … [+vitriol]
          …. so far there is no legitimate alternative to DemNZ. ….

          It is tragic at the lack of evidence, facts, but most importantly should have been the coming clean on just what the issues really are for all the Parties, King, Cranston, etc.. & the Board.

          For the moment, we may glean something from one of these GroundSwell meetings, which I would have figured would have been supporters of Matt King.
          Next week in the Waikato.
          https://ysb.co.nz/have-your-say-1571/#comment-345106

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        • I am a fairweather friend of theirs. But I used to walk the streets for ACT and pop letters in the letterboxes and look how that has turned out to be a great disappointment. Once people started leaving and they were gagged I lost hope.

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          • I’m a DNZ party member and I’ve been to a couple of meetings and spoken to Matt King personally and I’ve found him to be a sincere straight shooter.

            But the behind-the-scenes fracas which led to those resignations has, in my opinion, done irreparable damage to the party’s chances in October. I think one of the main negatives is the fact that there is a cone of silence around the REAL reason why these candidates left (or, in Steve Cranston’s case were fired). The existence of some ethereal ‘party governance issues’ or whatever the excuse is doesn’t even come close to answering the question of what caused this MAJOR meltdown.

            For me to vote for a political party I need to at least TRUST that they are honest – and I’m afraid that trust in DNZ has been severely dented.

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            • So you are saying that you trust the management of the Nats and Act. well act and Seymour seem to be at loggerheads at the moment. He has also broken the Law re signs. That big sign you saw in wellington should not appear until after the 12th of august. Small sign yes and they have done simil;ar inTauranga. Look up the Lawif you can be bothered. Trust of the Nats , NZ first or greens ot labour is about the last thing one would do.

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          • nasska
            You are probably more up with the play than me. I read this short piece by Sandra Goodie earlier.
            https://breakingviewsnz.blogspot.com/2023/08/sandra-goudie-giveaway-votes.html

            I’m not sure she is right about small party votes —I thought votes for parties that did not reach the 5% were “discarded” before working out the list seat allocations. Am I right?
            If she is correct, then the system is effectively rigged in favour of the major parties.

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            • I agree with Sandra but you could break it down to your own single party vote. Essentially it is divvied up into pie like sections distributed according to the proportion of the party vote given to the successful parties.

              I’m not a mathematician but I can’t see the difference to the outcome by allocating the vote this way or ignoring it completely. The end result is the same except that I’ll sleep better for having voted for what I believe in.

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              • Thanks nasska. I like your thinking but if you have 225,000 votes for minor parties as there was last time it does add up to a difference –to the big boys.
                I’m going to be like you, vote in a way that allows me to sleep well at night.

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                • All good and well to vote for “what allows you to sleep at night” but really that is an unknown and all just based on feels.
                  Untill someone gets elected and in a position of power then you really dont know what that person is like, power corrupts etc etc.
                  Just look at seymour for example, 2017 seymour vs 2023 seymour is like night and day. Your hero matt king may well be a kiwi hitler but you really wouldnt know until hes elevated to a position to let his true colours shine, until then “what allows you to sleep at night” is all just empty promises and your own bias giving you warm fuzzy feels.

                  Many shit leaders have been elected on utopic promises appealing to voters feelz and in the end they were proven to be power hungry dangerous pieces of shit, ardern is a great example but history is full of these people the world over and yet time and time again the public vote them in.

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                  • ……”Untill someone gets elected and in a position of power then you really dont know what that person is like”……

                    True. That was one of the few good points of ‘first past the post politics’. It provided an apprenticeship for aspiring political leaders & a chance for the electorate to assess them on their performance over a few years.

                    We have ventured too far down the road of Yank presidential politics where hoohah & TV sound bites mask the quality of the candidate.

                    And it’s not just DNZ & Matt Scott. Both Ardern & Key were parachuted into position.

                    But I’m still voting for a good night’s sleep.

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          • Voting DemNZ is as good as my protest vote as well. No other political party can be trusted. All the current mob ACTUALLY threw the non-vaxxed under the bus so Act, Nats are a non-starter for me and I won’t touch NZF with a barge pole.

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  11. OCR ON HOLD until after the election. Nothing to see here

    https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/money/2023/08/very-valid-for-reserve-bank-to-say-it-s-done-enough-on-official-cash-rate-hikes-but-it-hasn-t-economist-sharon-zollner.html

    Economists are warning the official cash rate (OCR) will need to be hiked again, with banks revising their previous forecasts.

    It comes after the Reserve Bank’s (RBNZ) last meeting in July, where the cash rate was left unchanged at 5.5 percent – the first pause in the tightening cycle since 2021.

    But ANZ chief economist Sharon Zollner told AM she believes the RBNZ will need to lift the OCR to 5.75 percent at its November review.

    She said a 5.5 percent OCR peak was “optimistic” and 5.75 percent more realistic.

    “There are obviously sectors of the economy that are very much feeling what the Reserve Bank has done already; house prices have fallen nearly 17 percent but they do seem to have found a floor at the moment, builders… are very pessimistic about the outlook for construction, for example, and those selling discretionary retail – luxury items or durables – they are definitely feeling the chill of those higher interest rates,” Zollner said.

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  12. The number of overdue loan repayments at the country’s biggest bank is growing but sits below 1 per cent of its total lending book – one third of what it was in the global financial crisis – according to ANZ chairman Sir John Key.

    He told Markets with Madison he was “really surprised” by the low level of debt delinquencies at a time when borrowers were rolling onto rates twice as high and other signs of stress, like demand for social services, were increasing.

    “It’s quite remarkable.”

    https://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/pretty-darn-good-sir-john-key-upbeat-despite-debt-stress-chinas-economy/A7D6QO6HTFCKTMJ7CBLX56EQ34/

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  13. So a bunch of greedy and very stupid coconuts have been caught elbow-deep in the public till. But nobody should be surprised. This is the way your basic brown type operates. Just think how bad it would get under co-governance.

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  14. I think ill vote for whom ever VFF recommends, shame they didn’t form their own party instead of forming a co-illation, they make all other party’s look pathetic, grass roots government with investigation’s into all moneys received by mps and public servants during covid is needed as well as releasing the phizzer contracts to the public.
    A lot of crooked stuff went down and public trust is shot to shit

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    • Perhaps better for us that they stay a ginger group. As soon as they form a political party they’ll go down in flames as victims of individual wannabe politicians’ monstrous egos.

      There’s no shortage of examples.

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    • Their bestjob is to do what they are doing and stay independent and create and independent media.
      However they then become no different to other media and already have biases with some of their people.
      everyone has biases and the trick is to not be beholden to media bias but think for yourself.

      One can look at the changes in attitudes since the funding was stopped. TV1, both the rags seem to have changed.
      Watch and see they are already being nice given they are no longer captured by one party funding.

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      • …. TV1, both rags ….
        …. yeah right ….

        The last paragraph is that media find that they need a breather, to rebuild credibility to catch a few, & then gently open up to them some of the Left positives.

        Just because a leopard fell into a muddy cash-poor $pool,, nothing really changes, Just setting it up to get the voters to turn the $tap on via some Leftist strain of a coalition.

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      • Fuck that

        I just wont watch teevee –
        the FTA as it is called- Free to Air- is 100% bollocks
        a third of it is advertising -WOFT

        teevee one is disgusting crap
        At a business networking session about 7 years ago I upset a teevee one wanker by telling him his channel is ‘just fake news and coronation street.’
        I got the desired reaction

        It is not free
        it is paid for the taxpayer was was propped up under PoT days with direct moola and massive convid advertising

        I physically cut the cable to the aerial in 2018
        Never regretted it.

        I have amazon prime. Got rid of woke as fuck netflix.
        plenty of good stuff on youtube.

        The goo-mint channels in other ‘commonwealth countries’ are woke shit
        ABC in AU, and Buggering British Children in UK

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    • Seems like a new variant of a summer flue is coming to New Zealand.
      Maybe even before 14th October, election day.
      Our experienced kea knows it could have been worse & his life was saved by having the waning double jab.
      //
      … 9th August 2023
      Over a two-week period ending on Saturday, EG.5 — which some health experts on social media nicknamed “Eris” — made up an estimated 17.3% of new cases nationwide.
      That’s up from just under 12% during the prior two-week period, and less than 1% as of late May. ….

      ….. The updated Covid boosters set to be distributed this fall are not designed to target EG.5.
      Rather, the Food and Drug Administration asked Moderna and Pfizer in June to target the XBB.1.5 subvariant in their new boosters, since that was the dominant strain at the time.
      Pfizer said last week that it expects the FDA to sign off on its updated shot by the end of this month. ….

      https://www.nbcnews.com/health/health-news/eg5-coronavirus-variant-dominant-symptoms-spread-rcna98768

      Corona Virus Plushie
      New Variant EG.5
      More variants > more boosters > more variants > more boosters > more immune systems wrecked > more sickness and injury > more deaths.
      More variants > more boosters . . .
      On and on it goes. …..

      https://twitter.com/i/status/1689398006473490436
      3 mins 11 secs :

      Have any of our political parties along with the health officials, authorities changed their policies back to the Pandemic Plans that were updated in 2017?

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  15. A 5.6 magnitude earthquake centered at the top of the South Island has rocked Wellington, and has been felt in Christchurch.

    GeoNet said it struck at a depth of 170km, about 75km north of French Pass at 11.53am.

    The quake struck as thousands of football fans were heading to Wellington Regional Stadium for the Women’s World Cup quarter-final clash between Spain and the Netherlands, which kicks off at 1pm.

    https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/earthquake-shakes-central-new-zealand-felt-in-both-wellington-and-christchurch/6IIKPEIDBNEWLLNN4L7Z64MGIY/

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  16. Tucker Carlson’s latest interview on Twitter / X. It is with the the Chief of Police for DC at the time of Jan 6.
    Absolutely mind blowing stuff. The ex Police Chief is fantastic on how he sticks to the facts, in incredible detail and tries hard to keep the politics out of the discussion. All it says is Washington DC politicians, if not all of the USA politicians down to school board level are rotten to the core. It is no wonder they so scared of Trump getting back in.

    Well worth an hour of your time.

    https://twitter.com/i/status/1689783814594174976

    BTW The ex Chief of Police has writen a book about it.

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    • Perhaps prospective Indian immigrants consider that their lives are worth more than citizenship in Godzone Kea.

      …….”Jay Patel describes his shop on Knighton Road in Hamilton as “the hell place”.

      The storefront is confronting. It’s adorned with two layers of thick steel barriers – a security grille and steel bars. Concrete bollards stand in front along the pavement.”……..

      https://www.newsroom.co.nz/the-dairy-owner-who-built-himself-a-cage-to-work-in

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    • …Indian immigrants are now avoiding NZ

      So rape stats and sexual abuse will go down.

      the indian males have a strong tendency to be rapey bastards and murdering when they dont get their way.

      on the balance of things, it is better they don’t come here.

      They really are shits when it comes to murdering women
      -Akshay Anand Chand
      -Venod Skantha
      -anyone called hardeep singh
      -Attul Kumar Patel
      -Shiu Prasad
      -Avi Raaj Prasad- That was the text Avi Raaj Prasad sent after his 8-year-old victim’s skin peeled away – it was the final act in abuse the Crown called “cruel and sadistic”.
      Dr Iftekhar Ahmed
      -Amandeep Kaur and Gurjinder Singh wrote love notes to each other but they also wrote notes planning the murder of Ms Kaur’s husband.

      if there is a burnt body; yep yep its an indian as the doer

      -Shivneel Kumar and Bryne Permal in Auckland High Court this morning, accused of burning 21-year-old Shalvin Prasad to death on
      -Diwesh Kumar Sharma, 30, sat with his head bowed and eyes closed throughout his sentencing at the High Court at Hamilton this morning.
      In February, Sharma, 30, pleaded guilty to murdering his wife, 28-year-old Ranjeeta Sharma.

      you got the idea
      end it now;
      stop these bastards coming here

      these fuckers need to be curb stomped.
      Forthwith.

      I only kept records of these for 4 years from 2014 to 2018 and these are murderous low lifes.
      It is such an obvious pattern.
      a hideous pattern

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  17. Bradbury calls it for what it is. Collusion & skulduggery.

    …….”There is an unspoken promise between the neoliberal State and the untaxed capital gains private landlord class that the neoliberal State never builds enough State Houses to alleviate housing desperation so that the untaxed capital gains private landlord class can exploit that housing desperation ON TOP OF getting a $1.5Billion annual subsidy in the form of the Accommodation Allowance EVERY SINGLE YEAR!”……..

    …….” This rigged casino where Landlords can constantly use their own debt to buy more property and out leverage first time home buyers just adds insult to injury. “……..

    Capitalism delivers. Crony capitalism doesn’t.

    https://thedailyblog.co.nz/2023/08/11/the-unwritten-law-between-the-state-and-the-landlord-class/

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  18. Parliament’s new ‘Te Kāhui Mōuri’ cost $500,000
    https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/politics/2023/08/parliament-s-new-te-k-hui-m-uri-marker-cost-500-000.html

    The pricetag has been criticised by the ACT Party’s leader David Seymour. He has called it “tone-deaf” during a cost of living crisis when Kiwis are “being asked to tighten their belts”.

    “It’s about 30 average workers’ taxes for a whole year or one average worker’s taxes for 30 years to put up a couple of pou,” he said.

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  19. New Paper: No Change Or Uptick In 21st-Century Global Disasters

    In 2020 the U.N. claimed falsely of a “staggering rise in climate-related disasters over the last twenty years.”

    Based on false claims such as this, Alimonti and Mariani are “concerned about the misrepresentation of the natural disaster trend because such claims have been uncritically broadcast by many different media.” Indeed.

    https://climatechangedispatch.com/new-paper-no-change-or-uptick-in-21st-century-global-disasters/

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  20. I just read the herald to remain informed

    Simon Wilson says Wayne Brown caused the earthquake in Wellington today

    And Wayne Brown set the fires in Lahaina, Hawaii.

    It is good to be informed !
    Support your churnalists now.

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  21. Anyone see the issue here. She has her fathers name and that name is…?

    Dr Charlotte Proudman
    @DrProudman
    A message to pregnant women — please give the baby your surname.
    You carried a baby for 9 months, gave birth, and will be responsible for that child for the rest of your life. When you’re registering the baby ask yourself: why is the father’s surname more important than yours?
    5:23 AM · Aug 10, 2023
    https://twitter.com/DrProudman/status/1689326476502474776

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    • Could she change it it Proudwoman
      or Proudwomxn ?

      Just asking for Hunty

      I still think womxn should retain their maiden name.
      I even found it weird as 7 year old that a woman would be introduced as e.g. ‘Mrs John Key’ when she has her own name, skills,and identity.

      NB. the time of Childbirthing is hardly the time to be making major life decisions !!!!

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  22. Thomas Cranmer
    @CranmerWrites
    John Tamihere’s Waipareira Trust is taking $6M in annual management fees as part of his deal to provide Whanau Ora services. Tamihere and his wife are the Chief Executive and Chief Operating Officers of Whanau Ora Commissioning Agency (WOCA) and Waipareira Trust respectively. WOCA is actually the trading name of Te Pou Matakana Limited which is owned by the Waipareira Trust and other Māori trusts.

    WOCA patrons include JT’s father-in-law, Sir Mason Durie and current TPM political candidate Merepeka Raukawa-Tait. WOCA receives government funding and then distributes it to different organisations around the North Island, including to the Waipareira Trust.

    The latest financial accounts for the Waipareira Trust show that WOCA provided Waipareira Trust with $16.8M of government commissioning funding for the financial year ending 30 June 2022 and that Waipareira Trust is charging an annual $6M management fee payable by WOCA. An eye-watering fee usually only seen in private equity businesses.

    https://twitter.com/CranmerWrites/status/1689793357214887936

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  23. Southland’s mental health service: ‘Damning’ review released, staff say workplace ‘toxic’, dread going to work

    The Association of Salaried Medical Specialists says Te Whatu Ora needs to either urgently hire more staff or consider closing the 16-inpatient-bed facility down, in the wake of a “complete failure to properly resource services”.

    https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/revealed-damning-review-into-mental-health-service-released-staff-say-workplace-toxic-dread-going-to-work/MTEGPMBFMVCXNEQIW6IRTHALWU/

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  24. Cool. Jonty for PM.//

    With a police dog latched on to him, a wanted thief wriggled out of his trousers and made a run for it before stealing a patrol car and leading officers on a high-speed chase through the city.

    Trouserless and behind the wheel of a dog handler’s car, Jonty Alexander Lye swerved across the road, before dumping the police car and taking off with the handler’s wallet.

    The 29-year-old appeared in the Christchurch District Court on Friday, where he was jailed for a raft of charges relating to a three-month theft spree across the city.

    https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/trouserless-man-jonty-lye-leads-officers-on-highspeed-chase-in-stolen-patrol-car/Y4HCMZDI2BCLDEXZYBW6ZNI7HE/

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