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  1. TAH….I wouldn’t bet on it…18 days is a long time in politics .
    Plenty of time for the media to catch Luxon eating a baby on a stick,Seymour fucking a goat
    and Winnie leaving the planet.
    The election will be rigged
    I’ve have got a bad feeling…..please mock me if I’m wrong

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    • Nah Bert, I think this smug Prick and his lot are gone. There is no passion there to win, no policy of any substance for the country’s future to entice the voting public, nothing. Even Hipkins once most faithful Ministers are totally absent. When was the last time you saw the fat poof, Robertson spuiking Labour, or former Labour Leaders like Andrew Little, spuiking Labour. They are all in hiding.

      There is no will to win from Labour, they are totally negative, they are gone, it is just a matter of degree as to how far they are gone.

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      • I do so hope you are correct. I doubt that luxon has any passion for national either, he is a useless leader and only wants to be PM for one reason and one reason alone. He wants to be the leader so he can get on the stage with Schwab and co at the WEF. Unfortunately he is just like dear leader, given the job well above his pay grade. So many former national and act people are saying to me that they have no idea who to vote for. They are so over both David and Luxon. It’s going to be interesting.
        Be safe out there.

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        • Revvy, they may have started a long Christmas Holiday already, but then most will need employment and I can not see anyone outside a Government Agency offering any of them, gainful employment. The Dole Queue for most of them beckons, as such, they should get in early, as the wait to be registered could be long due to the influx of the disappointed.

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        • Yup I listened to the Punch and Judy show this morning, and Hipkins was in high spirits. I commented as such to my wife, and suggested maybe he realises its all over and he is looking forward to an easier gig, but I had not considered your stance. I’ll only celebrate once the counting is over, else I’ll be checking out Italian real estate…..

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    • Bert, of course you’re right ,there’s a whole lot of lying and dog whistling to go under the bridge yet and lying and dog whistling is the only thing the 120 pigs in Wellington have been wholly successful at.

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  2. TAH@0608

    When I read that, in your opinion ‘There is no passion there to win, no policy of any substance for the country’s future to entice the voting public, nothing’, I really thought you were describing the nats and luxflakes; The similarities are quite remarkable..

    Thank you.

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    • Komata, And that’s the problem Komata, 120 kindergarten children could make better decisions than that cabal of 120 clowns in Wellington,at least with the children around 50% of the schemes would actually see some sort of success instead of endless failures.

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    • I have no passion for Teal ‘leadership’

      luxon, willis, bishop

      Willis with a qualification in churnalism as finance minister.
      Yeah/nah
      there will be environmental shit up the wazoo and banging on about Net Zero 2050
      bishop riding every poplar trend and tik tok theme .
      Fuck them for a vote

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  3. A man had lost an arm from an accident. He became very depressed at this because he loved to play golf.

    One day in his despair, he decided to commit suicide. He got on an elevator and went to the top of a building to jump off.

    As he stood on the ledge looking down, he saw a man skipping along the sidewalk, whooping and kicking up his heels. Taking another look, he also noticed that the man below had no arms at all.

    While still on the ledge, he started thinking, ‘What am I doing up here feeling sorry for myself? I still have one good arm. There goes a man with no arms skipping down the sidewalk, so happy, and going on with his life.’

    Giving up the thought of suicide, he hurried down to the sidewalk. And when he caught up with the man with no arms, he thanked him for saving his life. Because he lost one of his arms, he felt useless and was going to kill himself. He now knew he could make it with one arm if someone could go on with no arms, and be happy too.

    At this, the man with no arms began dancing, and whooping, and kicking up his heels again.

    Curious, the man with one arm asked, “So, tell me, why are you so happy anyway?”

    He said, “I’m NOT happy. My balls itch!”

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  4. Bon September 25, 2023 At 9:54 pm

    Your fanatical belief in Matt King
    and DNZ is worrying.
    Jim Jones also had fanatical
    believers. They were…umm…
    a little bit disappointed with him….

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    Well we could say the same for you and all the Dave followers and Winston followers.
    Ya go back like a beaten wife to the same shit different day.

    We have women’s refuge, men’s sheds and for you tragics there is the Dept of Corrections.

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    • Viking, I agree but I am also realistic. I posted this last night
      “Somewhere back in the YSB history last year I said that National would do well to have a cup of tea with Matt King so that the 3-4% the Party would get would be very useful in forming a Government (or something like that)

      Now I see that if all those undecided voters, especially those on the mandate cause, and a seat was guaranteed the vote would be getting up towards 10%, Look at how that very new NZ Loyal have been going.”

      SB Commented on that and I quite agree with what he said. Now I am going to vote for DNZ local candidate as it doesn’t really matter, National will win the seat by a absolute mile – Labour is standing an 18 year old in a farming electorate.
      Party Vote – conflicted. Yes I very much want a change of Government…but…. National & ACT lost me with the you know what and the apparent National Maori acceptance. So either I protest DNZ vote or go with Winston who has at least addressed the two main issues I am concerned with. 3 more weeks of consideration under way.
      If ACT continue to drop I may even be forced to vote for National, who knows.

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      • Winston stole policy from DNZ. Who has the personal integrity? Which party do you trust to do what they say? Watch what they do NOT what they say. Winnie has proven in the past to be full of piss and wind so can you really trust him?

        If NZfirst are over 5% which it appears they will Winnie and Jones will both be in parliament on the list. If Matt wins the Northland electorate seat that gets him into parliament AS WELL.
        Party vote DemNZ.

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      • You sound very confused. If you think national will win the electorate seat, why give them your party vote. Give it to DMZ as they have supplied you with answers to your concerns.
        NZF?
        Who do you trust more, Matt King or the drunken dwarf, who says all the right things up to the election, then goes with whoever gives him the most baubles.

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        • I heard Rodney Hide talking to Matt King on RCR. Rodney explained that you have to look at all the candidates in the electorate and work out who will get in no matter what (ie. their place on the list). No point voting for them. He went onto explain that in one election, when he was standing, Remuera ended up with 3 MPs because of who was in the electorate field.
          But will Northland voters be smart enough to see that?

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            • Since I posted that comment SA, I have looked at the main candidates. ( cold winter like day here, so locked inside!)
              McCallum (Nat) is 68 on the list so he needs to win the seat and given your comment he will.
              The other main ones Cameron (ACT) is 7 on the list so will probably get in as will Jones at 2. Prime (lab) at 9 will have to hope Labour does not slip down much further or alternatively Labour lose some “safe” seats.
              So it looks Northland will have 3 MPs.

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  5. I keep reading about these westerly winds we’re getting and how they are a sign of climate change. At this time the year these winds are quite normal – we always called them equinox gales, they normally calm down early to mid October. Nothing new or unusual at all. In sailing circles we always thought strong winds during this period generally meant a settled summer with mainly westerly winds and not much chance of a cyclone. I’ve spent most of my life on the water but unlike everyone at niwa I don’t have a degree, so it will be interesting to see how my prediction pans out. At least it makes a change from election porn.

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    • T
      You remember last year and the year before that

      the media filth cant remember last night let alone the night before with all the alcohol and meth they consume.
      Every day is like a new day with new learnings.
      That is why they read about climmy change and think by 10.00am it is the New Big Thing
      so they rush in and write crap about it thinking they are onto it before they get blotto again by 4pm

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    • I have noticed the isobars around Antarctica are tightly packed, and the lows are very deep. (From windy.com ) This is not a scientific analysis, but I can’t remember such patterns for a long time. What is interesting is that Antarctica has had some of its coldest temperatures on record. We do know that westerlies were 125% stronger during the last glacial maximum. I suspect that the two may be associated. Now whether the Tongan volcano had some effect on Antarctica’s temperatures is yet to be determined statistically. It may well have. (Closely packed isobars result in stronger winds).

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    • I agree Tarquin but you don’t need a boat to know NZ’s prevailing winds are westerlies. Deep in the Waikato it’s quite normal here too! Spring gales then plant tomatoes at Labour Weekend. It’s all perfectly normal unless you’re an impressionable school kid with no memory for these things. 💨☀️⛅️⛈️☀️

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        • Last year was a bust Bert. Worst tomatoes I’ve ever grown. That Tongatongawhatever volcano caused all that rain and cool temps. Not a great summer. Better this year we hope. I have a small greenhouse so capsicum, cucumbers, tomato seedlings growing. Not anywhere near warm enough outside yet.

          Gardening, there’s always hope! ☀️🍅

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            • we plant our tomstoes around labour weekend in the tunnelhouse, still need frostcloth on hand tho as can get the odd cracker late frost esp around full moons. mrs sb sprouted her tomatoes over a month ago and theyve been in tunnel house in pots so she can bring em inside easily if the temps drop. frosts last 2 morn but not cold enough to bother the tunnelhouse. we usually get 1st tomatoes around xmas and absolute thumper crops through till may/june… couple buckets of tomatoes every week for several months.

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  6. ACT’s bad fortnight gets a bit worse as insiders lift lid on candidate process

    Oh dear me.

    https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/300977306/nz-election-2023-live-acts-bad-fortnight-gets-a-bit-worse-as-insiders-lift-lid-on-candidate-process

    No better than the Nats then.

    Christopher Luxon implies National-ACT-NZ First government would be unstable
    https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/300977477/christopher-luxon-implies-nationalactnz-first-government-would-be-unstable

    So it will be luxflakes and his flakey mate James & co and Act if they swallow some maggoty rats then..

    Though after the Newshub Reid Research poll which followed hot on the heels of Luxon’s announcement, ‘last-ditch’ and ‘just in case’ are looking more like ‘needs must’ and ‘suck it up’.

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    • A boat with a hole with some occupants madly rowing to shore and other occupants madly bailing out the water with sardine cans will be rocking from side to side. But it will make it back to shore.

      A boat with a hole sinking to the bottom is very stable. No rocking. One direction. Straight down, just like the last 6 years.

      Luxon is saying it would be unstable because he will have to get a consensus and will not be able to pass laws easy peasy. But it is not all about him.

      If Luxon had to get MPs to go back to their electorates to get votes on all legislation it would appear very unstable. But that is democracy. It is not unstable. It is slow, but it is a handbrake on politicians doing just whatever the hell they like.

      No more incidents of passing laws at 3am under urgency handing over the water to the Mahuta family, no more of the cuff bans.

      Luxon may have mostly good ideas… BUT… Winston is right. It is the voters who decide who sits their collective arses in the beehive. If that is unstable to Luxon, then he is in the wrong country, and has the wrong idea.

      The idea of restoring speed limits is good. But it is it packaged up with laws that ban ICE cars, and subsidise EVs that can have charging disabled at the flick of a switch to avoid blackouts, then that is bad. No point in a 110km speed limit if you are locked down to 15 minute cities. We should not rush towards the free cheese without first checking for mousetraps, especially when some has spent time at the WEF mousetrap factory and adores the man WHO funds mousetraps worldwide.

      I have yet to hear Luxon or Seymour pledge to be accountable to NZ, to place national interests above international interests. Luxun says good things, but in this modern environment where WHO and WEF are puppeteers, and Luxon having been at WEF, Luxon is an unknown quantity. Like Schrodinger’s cat. we will not know what he is up to until he is the PM, and if it is not good, it is too late.

      Luxon has openly stated he will push vaccinations and bribe Doctors and GPs who reach vaccination targets. It is not up to Luxon or any politician to interfere in the Doctor/patient relationship.

      Viking, I like Matt King, but he is not going to get 5% or win Northland. Strategic voting requires backing someone who is available and eligible, and can have an impact now, and that may take a few years. A guy who wants children right away is looking for a wife, and might fancy the girl next door. But if she is 11 he might have to wait a decade or more.

      Same with Matt King, or NZ Loyal. They look good, but they are not there yet. They haven’t matured yet or stood the test of time. Same with the 4% of people polled that prefer Ardern as PM. No point putting her down on the list because she ain’t in parliament. I’d like Mr Bean to be NZ Minister of Comedy, but its not going to happen.

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      • “A guy who wants children right away is looking for a wife, and might fancy the girl next door. But if she is 11 he might have to wait a decade or more.”

        Not if he is from the Religion of Peace…..

        You never know how someone could circumvent the accepted narrative….

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      • Whatever you think will be true in your mind.

        People are fed up with the past.

        Alittle more support and more promises and fuck ups by the other three and we will meet the 5% and Matt will win.
        Look at today’s shambles of unrealistic promises.
        Then remind yourself and others that they have to pay the piper for all the lollies.

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  7. The party ratios in the polls are pretty standard usually about.
    Nat 38%
    Lab /maori 30%
    Green 10%
    Act 8%
    NZ1 6%
    And out of the 8% remaining 4% will be wasted and the other 4% will decide the govt.
    This is the shitshow that is mmp.

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    • Interesting how act are falling in the polls, well it could be a good thing for the arrogant David see less. Will show him that he is not the be all and end all and maybe he should have visited the freedom people in government grounds as should luxflakeq. They really let people down then and still are. If they just listened to the people they would rearrange their policies but NOPE, they don’t listen to the people and don’t care. Luxon should be so far ahead in the polls by now, it just shows he is a pathetic woke shit of a leader. Interesting that they place lierbor and Maori together FFS.

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  8. It is such a relief that Fire NZ see that fires affect Maori differently than fires that affect Indians, Chinese and White Fellas.

    As such, it is of the utmost importance to spend a shit load of money on appointing a deputy chief executive for the Kaupapa Māori and Cultural Communities

    “A focus of the branch is strengthening our understanding of the significant role that Māori play across community resilience, emergency management and what it means for us as an organisation to keep Māori communities safe.”

    What a crock of shit and an example of everything that is wrong with this country.

    https://www.nzherald.co.nz/kahu/fire-and-emergencys-kaupapa-maori-deputy-chief-appointment-set-to-lift-the-cultural-capability-of-fenz/7FTVI5WA6RDZVFKAGJBA2BKWG4/

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  9. By not ruling out a deal with Winston First, National gave Winston votes and credibility. They will not get my auckland central vote. I only vote for ethical parties that state their intentions prior to an election, campaign on them and conclude their negotiation based on the deal they spun to the electorate. I don’t include chummying up to a known liar afterwards for his unreliable vote as ethical. They can go fuck themselves.

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    • If you look closely all of them have told porkies, including Luxon. Truth is the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. Often it is not what someone says that matters, but what they don’t say.

      Luxon for example has said he will interfere in the doctor / patient relationship and bribe doctors with big bonuses to achieve 95% vaccination rates. In case you forget, that was a big problem over the last 3.5 years.

      Winston has said it was wrong, but Luxon has said it is right and he is going to repeat the same as Ardern. Mark my words is there is a pandemic next years as Gates his idol has stated, where will that leave us? Luxon is telling us he is going to go all tyrannical and no-one thinks this is not OK?

      The definition of a politician is someone who with the gift of the gab, can tell the voters to got to hell in such a way that the voters are looking forward to the journey.

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      • OT Dylan, but on Sunday you put up a post about the Parliamentary rules prior to the election with regard to what Mahuta is doing. But it disappeared quite quickly. Was you information wrong or was there another reason?

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        • Ross, my information was wrong.

          Parliament was dissolved on Sept 8. Technically they are still Ministers until the election. Only select committee / duties after Sept 8 that continue are listed on the parliament website. It is uncertain as to what does or does not fall into the category of things that must continue / must stop. From Sept 8, the govt is in caretaker mode only.

          Clearly logic and commonsense has to prevail, for example if a Minister likely to be back in Parliament after the election is conducting an investigation into say irregularities within their portfolio or god forbid an act of war, you could assume that it was OK.

          I’m just peeved at what she is doing.

          https://press.un.org/en/2023/ga12538.doc.htm

          Nanaia Mahuta, Minister for Foreign Affairs of New Zealand, said that for the first time in several generations, the world faces the very real possibility of conflict between major Powers. “The stakes for all of us are simply too high,” she warned. The international rule of law and the United Nations Charter must mean something to a growing generation that is becoming more sceptical. The Russian Federation’s illegal invasion of Ukraine last year was a direct attack on the sovereignty and territorial integrity of a UN Member State. The war has also highlighted geostrategic tensions and heightened nuclear risks. “Playing politics with innocent lives is cruel and immoral,” she stressed.

          NANAIA MAHUTA, Minister for Foreign Affairs of New Zealand, said that “no matter where or who we are from around the world, we are bound by a shared spirit of humanity”. World leaders are indeed meeting at a time of sharply increasing danger for people and the planet. “As we emerge from the worst health emergency in the past hundred years, our efforts to ‘build back better’ have faltered in the face of accelerating ecological and planetary crises, deepening conflict and instability,” she pointed out. Mounting distrust and division are eroding the foundation of international cooperation and steering the multilateral system towards deadlock and dysfunction. For the first time in several generations, the world faces the very real possibility of conflict between major powers. “The stakes for all of us are simply too high,” she warned. The international rule of law and the UN Charter must mean something to a growing generation that is becoming more sceptical.

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  10. Apparently Shaw said on Hosking’s show this morning that they are campaigning to be in Government. I know Shaw is stupid but is it a case of “where there is smoke, there’s fire”?

    Has Luxon ruled out working with the Greens ?

    If not, he needs to front up, I doubt very many potential National voters would support that.

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  11. good girls suck
    bad girls swallow

    my mates 17yr old daughters new tattoo her meth head mother shouted her for her bday.
    must be in the running for mother of the year? well at least its factual i guess.

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  12. John Tamahere is one dumb man. He claims that polling companies are all linked to Political Parties and as such their opinions and results are tainted and sway the singing Voter. He also claims it is a time for a Māori-focused political polling company and one will be registered soon.

    Just so happens, that Hone is the President of the Maori Party. Just so happens the same Hone, his Son-In-Law is the scribble faced Leader of the Maori Party and my bet is Hone Tamahere will end up as CEO of any new Maori Polling Company and any new Maori polling Company will be very biased to the “Maori World View”.. What a hypocritical arse,

    https://waateanews.com/2023/09/25/maori-polling-firm-cure-to-vote-taint/

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    • And they will be demanding the taxpayers pay for it. A treaty claim is being drafted as I speak. Polling will be the new taooonga, as they were such democratic tribes back in the days of canibilism. let’s have a poll to decide which trophys we will eat next.

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    • Johnny for a long time had a reasonably balanced world view even though he supported autonomy for Maori with regards to social services and representation on local councils and boards.

      However, this sustained wave of Maorification of NZ has hooked Johnny in. Now days, being a real Maori is important. Johnny’s doing his best to fit in with that trend.

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      • It’s a pity really because he was about the only man who ever stood up to Helen Clark with her motley retinue of feminists & queers.

        In 2005, Tamihere said, “I don’t mind front bums being promoted, but just because they’re [women] shouldn’t be the issue, they’ve won that war.”

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        • That was a great quote. And you are right. Tamihere also despised Labour MP Steve Manhire who he accused of demanding a ” government only model for Maori support”
          I think all this came about after that infamous Investigate Magazine interview. Also in that interview was Tamihere saying that while most NZers were taking their kids to Saturday sport events, these Labour lackies were sitting in cafes scheming. That was their whole life.

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  13. I don’t mind people being racist. We are all here because our ancestors practiced some form of racism to keep our tribes safe. Besides, you can’t legislate peoples morality. Having been on the receiving end of racism a few times ( thankfully not many) I know the nasty taste it can leave especially when you have done nothing wrong apart from being the wrong colour.

    But one common trait I have found that many racists exhibit is they really are dumb Mother Fuggers. Honestly, you see some of these country hicks who support the KKK. Fuck me, you wonder if they need state support to wipe their arse.

    But they even come dumber than KKK supporters.

    https://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/other-sports/300977511/gymnastics-ireland-sorry-for-snubbing-young-black-girl-during-medal-ceremony

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      • It beggars belief HP. The hurtful thing for me is it involved a child. It’s something she will never forget. I hope she doesn’t in response become a racist herself when she’s older. I do wonder what that woman would have done if the photographer in the clip had tapped her shoulder and said ” what about the black girl???”. That would have put her on the spot.

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    • Now thats a typical Nat Policy, bash those who cant fight back, well hey dumbass we vote too and we didnt burrow, print, 100s of billions and fuk up the economy, we didnt import new migrant’s that cant speak fukin English just so we would have low paid workers, however we did march on parliament and get ignored by you frickin tards, all you aseholes who signed that paper from Cnut face are fuked, prepare for a good reaming you fukin WEF puppets

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      • As you’ll see below, Rick, the policy doesn’t hurt people who can’t fight back. It hurts people who are stealing from the taxpayer. Nobody who needs to be on a benefit will be impacted.

        “The National Party wants harsher penalties for those on benefits who don’t meet their obligations to look for work.

        Party leader Christopher Luxon and social development spokeswoman Louise Upston made the announcement in Auckland today while visiting a strawberry farm in Kumeu on Tuesday morning.

        National’s plan includes a traffic light system:

        Green – No change to benefit for those who prepare for and look for work

        Orange – First or second breach of obligations would require more regular check-ins and/or attendance at job workshops

        Red – A third breach would see sanctions including benefit cuts or suspension, money management and mandatory community work experience.

        Jobseekers would also be required to reapply for benefits every six months, show documents to prove they’re applying for jobs and attending job interviews, and have a one-month benefit stand-down for those evading arrest warrants.”

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  14. Some ideas to improve ACT’s polling and some comments on the pik haired land whale.

    “After watching River of Freedom for a third time last night (yes, really), I couldn’t help but be amused by the connection between Weasel Seymour being a soft little prick and his suggestion that we should trust Pfizer because they make Viagra. Maybe ACT’s slogan could be, “Vote ACT – we’ll rise to the occasion”, or, “Put one in the box for ACT”. “Two pricks for ACT”?”

    https://t.me/ResistanceKiwi/2487

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    • I was skimming through BFD last night. Great to read the comments of people going to the “River of Freedom”, so many and most said the theatres were full for the screening they went to. Last I heard, they have it in 35 theatres now and the list is growing.

      Would any of the politicians be “scratching their heads” over this phenomenon ?

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      • Interesting isn’t it. No 1 in the box office now.

        How many of those people won’t be voting for Seymour, Luxflakes and co.
        More than you realize I suggest.
        That is going to have a big effect on lots of people.
        Imagine that you really like some freedom to choose, and don’t like cops bullying you around and now that’s exposed that deceit from Parliament and the press.
        Imagine that you have family or yourself who have been a victim of the jab.
        Very powerful reason not to vote for that arsewipes who imposed that shit on us.
        What about if you lost your job or business.
        Will you have much goodwill towards any of them?

        What if you were forced ( coerced if you like), into a jab to keep your weekly wage so you could feed your family or pay your mortgage?

        How many people are in one of those categories?

        Has to change a few minds and cause a lot of people to think before voting.
        The tide is turning and running out on the perpetrators and traitors that were called our Govt.

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  15. The full version of Russell Brand. He hasn’t been slowed down by the attempt to silence him.

    https://rumble.com/v3ko2cy-are-we-being-silenced-the-battle-for-free-speech-plus-jimmy-dore-stay-free-.html
    ARE WE BEING SILENCED!? The Battle For Free Speech! Plus, Jimmy Dore

    On today’s show: Jens Stoltenberg ADMITTING Putin’s invasion was because of NATO expansion. Pfizer celebrating their updated COVID-19 Shots by lighting up the Empire State Building. And the State & Legacy Media war on free speech

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  16. Here We go folks ,this from the October 2023 professional skippers magazine talking about 12 new fishing free reserves in the Hauraki gulf, ” the 12 new high protection areas that will protect and restore marine habitats and ecosystems is a subterfuge. they will also provide for the customary practices of Tangata Whenua,, “HELLO” , ,how come we are now creating 12 new areas for the purpose of customary harvest only”??
    That my fellow New Zealanders is blatant in your pakeha face fucking RACISM,
    NZ Professional Skippers magazine October 2023. FFFUUUCCCKKK , as we all know this country is in a rapid unstoppable race to the bottom and 3rd world chaos.

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      • Mike, my last centre console which I have recently sold, when I got my Fishing License for Taupo last year, I put the boats name down as “Ngati Tikit Klippa”. The Native from DOC told me it was offensive, I told him I didn’t care and told him that the fact he took it as offensive was his choice to be offended and I did not find the name offensive. He did not like that either. Seems I couldn’t win.

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  17. That filthy CNUT Ardern set this ball rolling with her mouselike head in the sand cowardice when she wouldn’t say no or discipline the all powerful Native Caucus led by the likes of Jackson,Mahuta and the Kelvinator, fucking bastards every stinking one of them,.
    If you enjoy fishing you’d better get ready with your knee protection equipment for when you have to approach some Kaumatua on your knees with a fricking great brown paper bag full of $50.00s to apply for a fishing permit, You all know that is coming…….

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  18. “ONE WEEK TO GO – HOW CAN YOU HELP
    It is now less than a week until the polls open. The voter choice has never been clearer, and word of mouth is the most effective way to get it across. If you agree that the current Government needs to go but, more than that, this country needs a real change, please shout it from the roof tops. Tell people in your circles that you are giving your Party Vote to ACT, and for the future of our country they should too.”

    Get in there Team YSB !
    I’ve just donated 500 bucks to ACT. You can too! 🥳

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  19. It’s long trendsetters, but a very good read.
    By Dr Muriel Newman
    As the election closes in, there appears to be an overwhelming mood for change.
    New Zealanders have had enough. The chickens are coming home to roost for Labour as disgruntled voters, sick and tired of the incompetence, the lies and deceit, search for alternatives.

    Election campaigns can be noisy affairs, and this one is no different. Given the unprecedented manner in which Labour has crushed democratic rights and imposed their destructive agenda onto the country, protesters are out in force, expressing their concerns directly to those who are seeking their vote.

    But is it really any worse than it’s ever been?

    In the nine years I was in Parliament and the four election campaigns I was involved in, shouting, yelling, heckling, pushing, and shoving, were all part of the rough and tumble of politics.

    It wasn’t out of the ordinary to have to break through lines of protestors to get into an event, and I well remember giving one speech to an audience, where the barrage from opponents was so loud, even I couldn’t hear the address!

    What seems to be different this time around, is that the media are also copping the wrath of a disgruntled public. And it’s not hard to see why.

    When Jacinda Ardern was elected leader of Labour just before the 2017 election, the gushing media coverage was so extreme it was given a name: “Jacindamania”. From that point on, any semblance of media impartiality was swept aside, exposing the strong political bias of mainstream journalists.

    That bias was revealed by journalists themselves in the “Worlds of Journalism Study 2.0. Journalists in Aotearoa/New Zealand” published last October by Massey University. In this third such survey undertaken by the Worlds of Journalism Study group – a collaboration of academics from more than 120 countries – a snapshot of the 1600 journalists who work in print, digital and broadcast media, is provided.

    Almost 60 percent of the workforce are women, 10 percent are Maori, and as far as age is concerned, the profession is split between those in the younger 25 to 30 age group, and older 50 to 65 year-olds.

    When it comes to political bias, the results are definitive – journalists overwhelmingly identify as left wing: “There are very few strongly right-wing journalists, but a substantial number of moderately or strongly left-wingers.”

    The survey reveals 5 percent describe themselves as “extreme left” and 15 percent as “hard left”. Of the rest, 22 percent say they are “left”, 20 percent are “mild left”, and 23 percent are “middle left”, while 6 percent identify as “middle right”, 4 percent “mild right”, and only around 1 percent all up say they are “right”, “hard right” or “extreme right”.

    In other words, nine out of ten New Zealand journalists are socialists, with one in three hard-core. Only one in ten journalists claim to have no socialist inclinations.

    When it comes to ethics, the survey shows there’s been a significant shift in attitude, with journalist support for adhering to their professional code of ethics dropping 28 percent since the last survey in 2015.

    And when it comes to the role of journalists, there is now a growing disconnect between what the public expects from the media and what journalists believe their role to be.

    While the public wants journalists to report the news in an unbiased manner, presenting both sides of the argument on contentious issues so they can make up their own minds, that’s no longer how most journalists see it.

    They regard ‘educating the audience’ as their most important role, followed by ‘countering disinformation’. But in some cases, this has led to a concerning development: hard-core left-wing journalists describing information they disagree with as “fake news” or “disinformation” in order to discredit those with alternative views.

    Journalists still regard monitoring and scrutinising political leaders as important, but letting people express their views has declined significantly. Also dropping is the notion of ‘being a detached observer’ and ‘providing analysis of current affairs’.

    The role that rose the most sharply, albeit from a low level, was ‘supporting government policy’.

    In other words, the gulf that has opened up between what the public has traditionally expected from the media and what the media themselves believe their role to be, is no doubt responsible for the decline in public interest in the mainstream news.

    Making things worse is the fact that journalists overwhelmingly believe the Treaty of Waitangi should be a key part of their reporting.

    The survey, which was carried out just after Stuff announced its absurd apology to Maori for its historic news coverage – and other organisations such as Radio New Zealand and TVNZ had started to become more ‘inclusive’ – says this: “Asked to what extent did the Treaty apply to what they wrote, almost a third (31%) said it applied to everything. Another 43% said it applied to most things, such as any stories that involve legislation or politics, culture or society in which the treaty is referenced. A minority (16 percent) thought it only related to some things, such as stories for Maori about Maori issues, while 2% thought it had no relevance to journalism.”

    It’s no wonder the media are seen to be increasingly out of step with society.

    This week’s NZCPR Guest Commentator, freelance journalist and former newspaper editor Karl du Fresne, believes these developments are the consequence of the transfer of journalism training from the newsroom to the lecture room:

    “Earlier generations of journalists learned on the job from other journalists. Many of my contemporaries came from working-class backgrounds. They didn’t go to university and were proud to regard journalism as a trade rather than profession. The importance of neutrality, fairness and balance was drummed into them. They had no delusions of grandeur.

    “But from the 1970s on, journalism was subjected to academic capture. Budding journalists were inculcated with a highly politicised vision of journalism’s purpose. They were encouraged to acquire degrees that were often based on esoteric theories far removed from the simple, practical concerns of good journalism. Over time, that has had the fatal effect of creating a widening gap between journalists and the communities they claim to serve. Even more dangerously, it has led journalists to think they are wiser and smarter than the people who buy newspapers and watch the TV news, and even morally superior to them. As the Marxist American journalist Batyar Ungar-Sargon puts it, they climbed up the status ladder and became part of the elite.”

    To make matters worse, most mainstream media organisations accepted handouts from Labour’s $55 million Public Interest Journalism Fund, and as a result, became echo chambers for government propaganda. This was especially the case with regards to promoting Labour’s fraudulent Treaty ‘partnership’ claim that underpinned their whole unmandated race-based He Puapua agenda.

    With tens of millions of dollars of additional taxpayers’ money also poured into the media through Government advertising and sponsorship, it’s no wonder the public became worried the media had been ‘bought off’ and could no longer be trusted as a reliable source of information.

    There have been stand-out pockets, of course – mainstream journalists who continued to speak the truth and hold the Government to account – but they are few and far between. As a result, alternative media channels have emerged to fill the vacuum.

    As Karl says, people no longer look to our mainstream journalistic institutions to reflect the society they live in. “The crucial nexus between media institutions and the community they purport to serve has been strained to breaking point. In fact the media often seem implacably opposed to the society they live in and determined to re-shape it, whether people want it or not.”

    With journalists now advocating politics rather than merely reporting it, it’s little wonder that they are now being berated with the same contempt the public has for politicians.

    While thankfully the media lovefest with Jacinda Ardern began to wane before she actually left Parliament, the impact of her incompetent leadership on our society has been devastating.

    More than anything, what Labour’s time in office has taught us is that for our democracy to function properly, we need balanced journalism.

    And if anyone needs further explanation, look no further than Three Waters.

    Three Waters was the brainchild of Local Government Minister Nanaia Mahuta, and her Maori Caucus colleagues. Their primary motivation was to pass control of fresh water to Maori, but to dress it up as necessary reform for the public good.

    If journalists had been doing their job of holding the government to account, the policy would have never withstood their scrutiny.

    Let me explain.

    Water supplies in New Zealand have traditionally been regulated by the Ministry of Health. Their annual water quality audits showed excellent results – as did the regular surveillance reports from the Institute of Environmental Science and Research (ESR).

    But to create an imperative for reform on the scale Labour needed, a water quality crisis had to be created.

    Minister Mahuta did this by resurrecting a report that had been prepared for Helen Clark’s Labour Government in 2006. ESR scientist Andrew Ball had been contracted to provide information on the incidence of endemic waterborne gastro-intestinal disease in New Zealand. While he found no real problem with water quality – “the size of most outbreaks is small, averaging nine cases per outbreak in 2000-2004, and is smaller than any other countries for which data are available” – there was insufficient local data to calculate the incidence of endemic disease.

    As a result, Dr Ball used UK statistics to estimate between 18,000 and 34,000 infections a year in New Zealand, but he qualified his findings with a disclaimer: “The reliability of this method is questioned by the author.”

    In other words, even he knew these estimates were not accurate.

    Unfazed, Minister Mahuta used that old report to claim – as a mantra – that the main reason for the Three Waters reforms was that “At least 34,000 New Zealanders become ill from drinking tap water every year.”

    We exposed the Minister’s claims as rubbish, knowing that if 34,000 people each year got sick from drinking tap water, we would all know about it because the issue would never be out of the news headlines.

    The recent water contamination problem in Queenstown, where 30 or more people are reported to have become ill from drinking tap water, which dominated the news for days, has demonstrated what a huge lie the Minister’s 34,000 claim has been.

    And the point is this – if the media had questioned the Minister about her ridiculous claim instead of regurgitating her lies, the whole senseless Three Waters scheme would never have got off the ground – saving the country billions of dollars that will have been utterly and completely wasted once the scheme is cancelled by the new government.

    The Ardern legacy is about to come to an end and a new government will need to set about correcting a multitude of wrongs. But the media should also reflect on the status of its industry and what it needs to do to restore public trust. The damage done is such that restoring their reputation will be no small task.

    Predominantly journalists need to go back to their role as neutral observers and reporters of the news. And with regards to contentious issues, they need to return to providing a balance of perspectives so that their audience has reliable information on which to make up their own mind.

    In particular, they need to recognise the dreadful division within our country that Labour has created – with their assistance – and they need to help rebuild our society and heal the harm.

    In summary, we don’t need the media to advocate political agendas – we have politicians for that. But what we do need is balance and truth in the news. Is that too much to ask?

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  20. fair enough, too many poor doer scummers treating businesses as a bank/credit.
    https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/the-doctors-napier-group-criticised-for-new-10-fee-after-4000-bills-unpaid/F5MJSI2RENGJNKEL6CQNFZFLXE/
    ive never been to a doctor or dentist that hasnt expected you to pay then and there before you leave so im suprised that place in the link lets folks leave without paying, personally i would be adding the $10 admin fee the moment they walk out the door,2 days is pretty generous.

    cant afford a doctor? go fucking die, youre a poor doer burden on society.

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  21. Harry Peterson
    @harrypeterson_

    BREAKING:

    NZTPU Auckland Central poll: (party vote)

    National: 37% (+16)
    Labour: 26% (-20)
    Greens: 23% (+4)
    ACT: 9% (+1)
    NZF: 4% (+2)

    (+/- change from party vote in the 2020 election)

    NZTPU Auckland Central poll: (candidate vote)

    Chlöe Swarbrick (GRN): 38% (+3)
    Mahesh Muralidhar (NAT): 36% (+8)
    Oscar Sims (LAB): 17% (-15)

    (+/- change from party candidate in the 2020 election)

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  22. Hey, Helen Petousis-Harris, Siouxsie Wiles, Michael Baker, Nikki Turner, all our MPs over the past 3.5 years, Bloomfield and ALL the idiots in the MSM…🚨⚠️

    The problem with telling lies and refusing to advocate for proper scientific research is that eventually, time (and the truth) catches up with you and exposes your incompetence and corruption.

    https://www.facebook.com/photo?fbid=10160092853994163&set=a.10150993409079163

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