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  1. Jimmy Two Mums reckons there will be violence in the streets if ACT’s call for a Referendum on TOW Principles proceeds.

    Now tell me Jimmy, violence from whom or are you just hoping there will be violence to advance your and the Left’s agenda.

    I hope the new Government are forced into a Referendum on the TOW Principles as Jimmy, the Greens, what is left of Labour and the IWI Elite will not like the result.

    https://www.google.com/url?client=internal-element-cse&cx=006730714154542492986:oh6vl0ybuqy&q=https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/133123493/it-could-lead-to-violence-james-shaws-warning-about-acts-treaty-of-waitangi-referendum&sa=U&ved=2ahUKEwiNqoG3xviBAxVAd2wGHRxoAtUQFnoECAgQAg&usg=AOvVaw0OjoS1e5gVAtGChuYMMOA2

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  2. Wow first to the post this morning. Damn while I was thinking about it I got pipped to the post. Got an email from Davos Dave this morning. We have done it!!!!! Well ………………not really, I thought if you had done it….. you would have gained a lot more MP’s but only maybe a couple more in the fold? We shall see what difference the act/national/NZ1st parties make to the way things are ruled here in New Zealand. If anyone is expecting a big difference I can tell you right now there will be buggar all difference. The Mamori party will come out fit to bully everyone, the greens will want all their parties rules and cis white men off the face of the earth, It will be lovely for a while maybe for the tenure of this term.
    Have a safe day out there

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  3. why has chris luxon already been crowned as the new PM?

    is it only cuz hipkins conceded?
    the final results arent in, coalition negotiations havnt happened and they dont even know if winnie is needed yet.

    in 2017 bill english wasnt declared the new PM even tho national had an even better result then this election.

    my guess is media are pushing this big time to put pressure on Act and nz1 in order to make them ease up on bottom lines etc.

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    • Chippy has conceded , last time with winny and the greens labour could have a majority, as act was a party of 1, to go with english. This time no majority on left best case 1/2 and then you add in port waikato and they would be a minority coalition even with winny, greens and tpm

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    • Iaasb, Dougal10 ;– & as well as the media thinking they are in the negotiations. hahaha.
      In the mean time, Regional Councils, District Councils, and other forms of government departments will be pushing on with the recent big ram-raid push of Labour’s legislation, with the intent of locking in, and making it very costly to dismantle.

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  4. Patience is a virtue found seldom in a woman and never in a man.

    Except for Winston Peters who will wait until all seats are confirmed and then start his negotiations.
    Same as he has done the last two times.
    That will be after the Waikato election..November 25 Isn’t it.
    So no real govt. till the new year then?

    Its the maori way with lots of stick waving etc.

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  5. Cindy’s Epitaph.
    – ‘Jacinda was ready to sell her grandmother – and she did’

    Insiders speak: What drives Winston Peters’ coalition negotiations

    Interesting insight.
    Ever wonder what happens inside coalition negotiations with NZ First? David Fisher can reveal behind-the-scenes details of two deals.

    Extraordinary insights into NZ First’s post-election internal discussions have been offered by former NZ First MPs, who say the process is more structured and reliant on consultation inside the party than commentators would have the public believe.

    Ron Mark was one of those in the room for every coalition negotiation of the 2017 NZ First and Labour government and says National offered more – but it wasn’t portfolios or the “baubles of office” that swung the deal.

    Instead, Mark said it was pursuit of stable government and NZ First’s caucus and board fronting up to its manifesto – not the persistent narrative of “Winston First”.

    It comes as National and Act look to hold the balance of power, with 570,000 special votes yet to be counted and a potential Te Pāti Māori result that could lead to a larger Parliament than the standard 120 seats, thereby increasing National’s need for a partner.
    Peters spoke to media at Russell in the Bay of Islands this morning, saying: “This is a business called democracy. My job is to consult with my colleagues.”

    There has always been a degree of scepticism as to how that plays out but Mark says in that post-election period, Peters is determined the party and its board are fully involved in decision-making.

    “Sometimes he could be accused of not giving away what he really thinks. Winston would chair in a loose way and let the conversation flow. He wants you to say what you think.”
    Former NZ First MP and current Carterton Mayor Ron Mark with NZ First leader Winston Peters on the campaign trail in 2020.

    Mark described the conversation taking place in a formal and structured environment, offering examples from coalition talks in 1996 and 2017.

    In 1996, our first MMP election, National won 44 seats, Labour 37 and NZ First 17 after a clean sweep of the (then five) Māori seats brought in the so-called “tight five”. It had been expected NZ First would go with Labour, in large part because of Peters’ defection from National and the poor relationship he was seen to have with its leader, then-Prime Minister Jim Bolger.

    Mark recalled the protracted coalition discussions with Labour and National – the back-and-forth went on for two months, with MPs and the board briefed throughout.

    The final decision took place after a lengthy meeting during which the NZ First manifesto was projected on to a screen showing the portfolios on which discussions with Labour and National were taking place. MPs and board were briefed in detail on what discussions had taken place and how they fulfilled manifesto commitments with debate encouraged.

    Mark said two questions became key – whether the finance portfolio was on the table and whether Labour had the Alliance (with 13 seats) on board for a coalition.

    The answers were that Labour would not relinquish finance – and neither, said Mark, did it have the Alliance tied up in a deal.

    “That created a hell of a dilemma. There was an absolute belief we would go with Labour.”
    a coalition partner to “screw the scrum”, he said, and undermine or collapse NZ First policy gains based around manifesto pledges. And there was a stability risk with Labour’s lower share of the vote and the difficult relationship between its leader, Jim Anderton, and key members of the Labour Party, from which he had parted.

    Mark said he recalled the Maori electorate MPs leaving the caucus room when it started to become clear NZ First’s greatest chance to secure policy gains was with National. He followed and witnessed Tau Henare rang former Prime Minister Helen Clark to ask if finance was non-negotiable. It was, she said, and when the phone call ended, Tutekawa Wyllie turned to the other MPs and said: “Now we’re f***ed.”

    Henare confirms the call and Wyllie’s reaction: “When Tu said that, we all knew that once we publicly came out and said we were going with National, that was the death warrant and we would all lose our seats in the 1999 election.”

    In Henare’s view, it was Peters’ fixation on NZ First’s manifesto and the need to stick to it. “He’s old-school. The manifesto was everything.”

    Henare said he was among those who had “fallen into the trap” of saying at times NZ First was “Winston First”. But it was more complicated than that. “He’s not as totalitarian as people think.”

    Mark also said the finance portfolio was necessary for NZ First to live up to its commitments. “We voted”, said Mark, with the “overwhelming majority” deciding to do a deal with National. Peters was named ‘Treasurer’ in a newly created role

    It was a similar process in 2017, said Mark, when he was one of two MPs – the other being Tracey Martin – who accompanied Peters to every meeting.

    Mark said it involved examining 980 policies across 67 portfolio areas, with every meeting minuted and every aspect of negotiations documented. Those minutes, he said, were checked with negotiating partners, Labour and National.

    For MPs and the board, the manifesto pledges and policy gains were all documented – “the caucus gets to see everything” – and available to study when it came to deciding who NZ First would go with.

    “We negotiated far more out of Labour than you got to see. It was trimmed back for fear people would think we got too much.”

    There was a “bloody intense” discussion with a focus on policy detail but body language and personality clashes also played a part. By Mark’s description, that did National no favours because it raised the prospect of a difficult coalition relationship.

    “Over the other side, Jacinda was ready to sell her grandmother – and she did.” And she bolstered those concessions by bringing to meetings those who knew Mark and Peters and treated both with respect, he said.

    And that element – rather than pandering to ego, as some might have it – was part of building an ongoing and stable relationship, he said.

    “If people believe Winston will make the decision based on how many ministerial portfolios [NZ First gets], and media run that line, they’re lying. We were offered more ministerial portfolios by the other side. Considerably more.”

    As to motivation, Mark has an easy response. “He puts his country’s interests first.”

    In this, says Mark, is guidance for National Party leader Christopher Luxon. The clues were in Peters’ election night speech, in which he said democracy required rigorous opposition – but also that difficult times were coming and NZ First could “help”.

    Mark said: “He’s offered to help.” In refusing that, Peters might respond: “I offered you my hand and you spat in it?”

    Did Luxon want to secure his majority, and in doing so weaken the opposition, by bringing NZ First into some form of arrangement?

    https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/politics/insiders-speak-what-drives-winston-peters-coalition-negotiations-jacinda-was-ready-to-sell-her-grandmother-and-she-did/QPYYWGSGFNFXPBOUPQPUCE2754/

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    • PFFFTTFF, just like that DNZ is forgotten, fricking amazing, listen here Vikey if the ex pig had made it into parliament you’d have been crowing for weeks so STFU and just take your well deserved ribbing ,LOL.

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      • Certainly not forgotten at all.
        Good things take time.

        Will we see good change?
        Will we see the Nats and labour behave any better than they have for the last 70 years.
        fucking unlikely.
        Will they errode your freedom even more?
        Will they sign up to WEF?
        Already have

        Will you be better off?
        Will your kids and grandkids be better off? You probably don’t bloody care.

        Will we see discrimination and privilege shut down?
        Every time the Govt. gives a privilege you pay.

        Will we see better health outcomes?
        Will we see better education outcomes?
        .
        The list just goes on and on.

        So think about the future, not tomorrow and your short sighted greed.
        Think well ahead of your burned up box & body.
        Oh your Catholic, no wonder you think the Nats are our savoirs.

        No wonder the kids vote Green and their promised land.

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    • When I saw it was a piece from David Fisher I nearly did not read on Viking, but I have to say that is a well written and informative piece. It lines up with what Lee Donohugh ( NZF candidate who did not make it) said in the meeting we went to —all major decisions are made by the group and the Board.

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      • Yep thought the same but started to read it and was surprised at the content and it seemed to be what I would expect. Thats why I copied it all for those that are too miserable to pay the company for their work.
        We have customers like that. they get a bloody short shift from me.

        Certainly one of his better pieces of work. Same with the sounds murder one he did.
        Que all the nay-sayers will crawl out from under their haystacks.

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    • Thanks Viking. I was aware of some of this. The Winston bashing is uncalled for, and only happens because his attackers never both to read. And also because very few people are old school and don’t do due diligence, and chose to attack Peters for “taking his time”.

      And a large part of this has been discussed on RCR. If there was not so much Winston bashing, NZF could have been closer to 12% and ACT 6%. Which is a shame as both Luxon and Seymour are committed to ignoring the vaccine dead and injured.

      A coalition is like a marriage. It takes time to sort out values and principles to see if you are on the same page.
      No-one agrees to get married on the first date, and anyone with values, won’t think with their little head and jump into bed on the first date. Except on the left. The left often resemble monkeys. Monkeys will often have sex with either gender and in any hole, just to get relief. No thinking involved.

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      • Which is why I noted that we won’t know a result for a few weeks and Luxon and Seymour are getting ahead of themselves unless they have another option. They don’t need many so could go with Te Pati easily (well Luxon could , not sure seymour would.)

        don’y expect a quick resolution even though winston and co may well have thought out what their reactions will be. He won’t be in a hurry which in some ways is a good thing.

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  6. I fail to see any urgency in coalition negotiations.

    While numbers are crunched, stray boxes of votes hidden under the table are counted, bottom lines go through the shredder & Winston does a spot of fishing we are living in Utopia. We are essentially ungoverned & no new legislation can be passed that will fuck up our lives even further.

    Odds on that soon we will look back to these few weeks with nostalgia.

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    • The continuing Utopia of “kindly” sentencing for aggravated assaults, suppression of names for recidivist youth, shootings, ram-raids, etc….

      That are now openly given the ok with Green support as just a protest.
      Will “Stop Fossil Fuels” “Xtinction” protests will be nice & peaceful, … yeah right ….as only the inconvenienced public will be mean spirited & rip those peaceful protestors away, showing who is really of the violence ilk. //
      The Health & Safety, Work Compliance, Environment Inspectors, etc.. fines, infringements penalties, or taken to Court, & SNA, & SASM of (Site and Area of Significance to Māori) will be turning in wonderful actions to be done & rubber stamped.

      Just pay out of your pocket to the lawyers to delay, delay. if you can afford it.

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      • You sir are an irredeemable Polyanna who thinks that a new government will reduce regulations. National & their lackeys will instead make new & “better” rules to stuff up our lives.

        It’s all they do. It’s all they know.

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        • Absoludely
          —-
          This in today from Forest enterprises
          Regulation increased. When I first bought in there was no carbon tax or even hint of it in the 1990s. Now so many rules and reg in 25 years.
          ——–
          XXX advised Forest Enterprises in September that they will no longer be continuing as the Financial Auditor due to internal resourcing issues.
          There has been a significant increase in the complexity and volume of work, driven largely by more stringent rules in the regulatory regime.
          They no longer consider they have the resources to provide the service levels required.
          —————–

          Yep yep that is what it is.
          More complexity. Never less.
          Anyone (poli) who says they will only pass new legislation by retiring at least one old one is lying.
          The auditors will face bigger liability as complexity, therefore risk, increases.
          Therefore their professional indemnity insurance goes up. Never down.

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  7. Watched a recording of Jack the Lad Sunday Show last night – wasn’t too bad a show and almost reasonably balanced. I do wonder when the greens and the maoris will realise that they have no relevance at all. This morning have been skipping through the TV3 recorded show. A couple of woman who may have well worn their red rosettes carried on as if quoting the most left tweets about rick man poor man crap. A fairly good interview with Chris Luxon was immediately followed without any comment on it by a lengthly (skipped) interview with the Maori face tattoo fella. The amount of time given to the maori party is all out of proportion
    3 pies again featured – oh dear post covid governments have been voted out because of that, cannot think of any other reason.
    Almost time for the Springboks to win, great news for Afghanistan on the cricket front so looking forward to Day 2 of the post Labour Government.

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  8. Evidently someone agreed to light up the Auckland museum under the Israeli flag last night. Many are upset at this and have spoken to MSNBC evidently, if it were the Palestinian flag that would be all fine and dandy. There is a call for apologies FFS. I stand with Israel in this, was the measure of the race of Hamas and Hezbollah muslims. They are so evil it’s unbelievable. Then we have Biden the corrupt piece of shit needing Jill to get him off the stage last night FFS ??????

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  9. Mikey will be in late. He’s on the phone wanting the tax payer funded benefits the Nats promised Ponzi players.

    The Nats economic plan is for people to sell their houses to each other at grossly inflated prices using debt – and cutting tea breaks for the lowest paid workers.

    At least ACT want to cut regulations which act as a barrier to housing in order to maximise the prices of existing stock. It’s a corrupt ruinous Ponzi scheme riddled with corruption and self interest.

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  10. I am sick to death of hearing about what Israel is doing while ignoring the fact Palestine has been raining rockets on Israel for 9 days. The attacks have not stopped.

    Israel’s response has been unusually measured all things considered. We need to support their efforts by taking out Islamic terror cells in NZ starting with the Green Party leadership.

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    • He seems to be taking it quite well.//

      “This potato headed meat sack is our new Prime Minister and we all lose.

      This election wasn’t won, it was bought

      The knee jerk bullshit policy alongside counterproductive punitive measures alongside Real Estate Lobbyist wet dreams combine to vandalize the Egalitarian State

      We are collectively a worse nation for this outcome”

      https://twitter.com/CitizenBomber/status/1713426660169818385

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      • Hard to fault him on his take on the housing situation. Affordability will lessen & avaricious old predators will continue to deny home ownership to families by buying up entry level housing for rentals.

        The rest of his bullshit is sour grapes as state control of our lives is momentarily slowed down.

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        • The issue is we don’t any longer build and finance entry-level houses. You seem not to understand that bit.
          Entry level in the 60′ & 70’s were Keith Hay and various other house builders building small 3 beddy houses on bare section usually with a clothes line and a path to it. 5 wire fences and no garage.

          Can’t do that today. add on all the extra sizing, insulation, double glazing etc. then see if you can find a subdivision in NZ that will allow you to put one there.

          You can’t and the reason is “covenants”. Covents killed the cheap housing completely.

          Been obvious to anyone with any nounce for the last 20 yers.
          Fx that and you can fix housing or they can live in a fancy apartment with no garage, no lawn , no clothehes line etc etc. Just like are being built all around where I live.

          They are going up like hairs on a pigs back.
          You will not own a car and be happy and you can park your scooter in the little door space so when it catches fire you are roasted. (did you watch the program on that last night. If you didn’t it on TV!.
          Bloody scary.

          As a matter of interest I was told yesterday about a situation of a lady who lives in one of those 3 story horrible places. She has twins and can’t leave her pram in the foyer. Has been told off a number of times. Because it restricts access to others and she has nowhere else to leave it as there is no garaguing or sheds not fuck all.

          Nice life to leave behind.

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          • NZ has had 30 years to get used to apartment living .
            This needs leadership from the useless councils who force it on the people. Ie. large local park infrastructure and meeting places. Outdoor covered areas for colder weather. Rental extra storage facilities (these are around more , not much use without a car, usually)

            But no, they go for (approve) absolute basic plans for a hefty fee with no responsibility nor adding to local infrastructure .
            Where does the money Go?

            Local body needs complete overhaul. Not just water .
            Notional were fucking appalling at it in their recent 9 loooong years of horseshit with absolutely the worst of local body ministers.
            Local body ministry has long been treated badly yet it affects everybody. All the time.
            Health and education merely affect only some of the people, some of the time.
            But it will not get more attention. politicians are too stupid to work this out.

            Councils need a charter to operate, with prescribed boundaries of activity ,
            This is an approved activity, this is not approved.
            Limited use of resources like 2% max for junket shit like sister cities and , ‘education tours’ or buying Xmas lights in China.
            KPIs compare to other councils.
            Just a MAJOR reform.
            All the fuckwits from ACT and Notional did with Auckland in 2010 was set things back further.
            there needs to be true liability and penalty for non- or under-performance.

            And term limits for the chumps that do paid Central goo-min and local goo-mint. 18 years. Total. You had your chance. You can do it, but unpaid. Clearly the 18 years you were paid you were ineffective that you are still here.

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        • Why did a rural district council charge a farmer $30,000 dollars in permits to build a house on his land !
          Then to bear in mind that improvement will have all forms of rates charged to it for the rest of time at full whack. like the uniform charges rate. capital value, etc..

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  11. Reading the comments on a Zerohedge piece on National winning I came across this good comment.

    “As one who has participated in nearly 20 NZ elections I have never been more pleased to see one government ousted or so uneasy when viewing the incoming one.”

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  12. Quote from Cam Slater on RCR Bites :

    “There are around 600,000 special votes, which include overseas voters and those outside their electorate on election day. That is 20% of the vote, and it may throw up some curveballs. Waiting for those results to come in would be wise before rushing to assume National and Act can govern alone,” he said.

    The 20% figure is interesting.

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    • Special votes also includes those who register after the Sept cutoff date and therefore do not have an easy-vote card.

      Apparently there were a lot of late voter registrations, post mid September date for registering. Perhaps the immigrant “new voters”.

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      • Nah Dylan, not new immigrants from what I saw in the darkest King Country when I went to vote on Saturday. There were quite a number of Maori in front of me, in the queue to vote, who were holding things up as they had not registered to vote. I would suggest it was lazy NZ residents who could not get off their arses to register or notify the Electoral Commission of any change in their status which has given this Election so many Special Votes.

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        • Well relatively new immigrants, TAH.
          Their ancestors only arrived here 800 years ago.
          They are still getting used to things.

          they were cruising along just fine when white fulla came along and gave them food, shelter and clothing; food security, Zephyr cars, Holden cars, bata bullets, football, elections, refrigerators, microwave ovens, places to store THEIR water, a use for THEIR radio waves, airplanes to Antarctica instead of rowing, and elections.
          some lorna order but that is optional.

          A lot to absorb in 250 years, you know !.

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  13. Listened to the Master with Mikey this morning. Mikey took the gloves off and probed a little harder than usual. He asked a question I have been wondering about:

    ”Will there be a place for Winston even if he’s not needed?” The master tried to side step that issue. But in the end reverted to the usual ”when all the votes are in etc.”

    While the Master may be a political green horn, he has one skill that was brought to our attention during TB this morning – he knows how to delegate. Apparently he has brought Stevo Joyce and Billy English on board to guide his new MPs, and probably he himself.

    I’m liking the look of this dessert. But how is it going to taste?

    One thing I found disappointing was the callers who don’t want a referendum on the treaty. They fear trouble. And they are right, there will be trouble. But they should reflect on why this country is in such a bad state?

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    • Ah yes Ronnie. Fear rules and that is just what Jimmy Two Mums and the Weasel, Tamahere want. That is why many will not want a bar of a Referendum. Pity the country is so full of people who are weak or who do not want to know the truth.

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              • I guess from radio stations to computer phone gadgetry.

                They do turn up with interesting up to date electronic gadgets in a very competitive market in their 9 stores.
                I do not think Mobie could continue if it was a dinosaur & not ongoing updating & renewal.

                So up to the CEO if they have it performing well, then I guess they will be well paid.
                https://mobie.co.nz/

                Seems similar to PB Tech 🙂

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                • I think Mr Coot is rattled after a pounding in the weekend and means MBIE
                  Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment
                  ———–
                  Nau mai, haere mai ki te Hīkina Whakatutuki

                  We grow opportunities (Puāwai), guard and protect (Kaihāpai) and innovate and navigate towards a better future (Auaha).
                  ————-
                  I remember watching Steven Joyce about 2011 on one of those teevee political things. He never answered a question, mumbled and acted like a smart arse.

                  Never seen the appeal in him myself.

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                • Thanks howitis, but Viking specifically called it Mobie. 🙁
                  I do agree you howitis on the nimby pimby of MBIE that have grown into a sly devious government department.

                  Seems Viking is leading people up a garden path through the DNZ “board of governors” in having inside knowledge & even hopeless worse candidates.

                  At least my independent candidate in just one electorate seemed to pull about half, as many votes as DNZ did over all of NZ.
                  To note just a short campaign after the DNZ candidate resigned and ended up just 500 votes fewer than Matt King in his electorate.

                  It is about time the DNZ whip, representing DNZ realizes he is doing more damage to his cause, as people see that Matt King & the Board based on the “whip” which represents a bad unappealing attitude problem.

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  14. Coming up to the election I pointed out that Interest NZ was running stories about the housing “recovery “ and improving economy. A few days after the election it’s back to the truth:

    Statistics New Zealand figures show household net worth fell by a further $33.5 billion in the June quarter, with over half of this due to falls in property values – but our rate of savings increased

    https://www.interest.co.nz/personal-finance/124784/statistics-new-zealand-figures-show-household-net-worth-fell-further-335

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  15. How come you people are here,
    My android just let me in!
    Friday was the last time I saw this blog!!!
    Referendum on the maorifaction and many waters, please!
    Nother one on what is a maori, too!
    Wasn’t the election fun!
    Would have loved seen ardern conceding!

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      • nah labour are toast for a while, those same stupid voters will instead after 6 or 9yrs of nats will vote in the first green/maori govt.
        listen to chris trotters analysis on platform, he raises some good points at greens and te pati maori eating into labours younger voter base and points out labour still claim to be the party for the working man when really theyre anything but.

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      • I think what happened Sooty was those in charge of Special Votes at the various booths had a app to use to access the electronic roll so they could check off the voters. One of the booths down the road from us lost their connection at one stage –I suspect they had wireless internet connection issues as opposed the app going down completely, because the issue did not occur at all booths.

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  16. Righto. My guesses for results of a National/Act victory:
    – tax breaks introduced for build-to-rent developments
    – likely less red tape for building developments
    – eventually lower corporate tax rates
    – slightly higher inflation as tax cuts put more discretionary income into consumer pockets
    – longer term, less wage inflation for low wage industries (retail/fast food/supermarkets/tourism/cleaning services etc) as minimum wage increases will be non-existent/tiny under National/ACT, and also less costs associated with easier dismissals/trials etc.
    – higher unemployment as 10,000+ civil servants are laid off, along with thousands more government contractors.
    – higher immigration combined with a lack of per capita funding increases for public infrastructure and services will be good for private health providers, private security firms, property developers building exclusive/gated communities.
    – no increase/cuts to benefits and mental health funding combined with stricter public housing rules (less tolerance for gang members etc) and the gutting of Kainga Ora will lead to even larger surge in crime. So good for private security related firms etc.
    – good for incumbent monopoly/duopolies (supermarkets, building suppliers, banks, etc) as regulation fear dissipates.
    – better opportunity for environmentally constrained industries. (Mining/oil/gas)
    Feel free to add to…or disagree, tell me why.

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  17. Te Hautū Kahurangi | Tertiary Education Union is fighting back against continued cuts at Te Kunenga ki Pūrehuroa | Massey University, as Vice-Chancellor Jan Thomas today released a proposal to make more devastating staffing cuts across key subject areas.

    The proposal would make drastic staff cuts across the languages, humanities, and social sciences; including halving staff in Defence & Security Studies, Development Studies, English & Writing, History, and Politics Departments.

    https://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU2310/S00208/staffing-for-key-subjects-slashed-massey-university-proposal.htm

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    • 2 years overdue or perhaps three.
      Of course she won’t piss off. Sadly.

      I would be happier if Maharey got the don’t come tomorrow from his cosy numbers at Pharmac and others.
      Greasy slimy nasty prock. His best mate would have to be Woods. Birds of a feather.

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    • “The quick launch capability of the Sealegs amphibious craft meant we could get to the patient extremely quickly, resulting in a successful rescue and the saving of a life,” a spokesperson said.

      So now Saggy, it seems when you are drowning, you are no longer drowning, immersing yourself in water, submerging yourself, but you are a “Patient.”

      Bugger me! You learn something everyday.

      Just imagine the Lifeguard, pointing to the wave and saying to the flat chested bimbo fellow Lifeguard. “Look out there, for behold, a Patient.”

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  18. Pack of wanker councillors

    https://www.1news.co.nz/2023/10/16/gore-residents-demand-stephen-parry-leave-interim-role/
    A group of Gore residents is starting a petition calling for the immediate removal of departing chief executive Stephen Parry.

    Parry last month announced his resignation from the council following what is understood to be a mediation process.

    However, last week at a behind closed doors meeting on Tuesday, a majority of councillors supported appointing him as interim chief executive until his role was permanently filled in the new year.

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  19. Act, whose negotiation team is likely to include leader Seymour, deputy Brooke van Velden, chief of staff Andrew Ketels and a member of the party’s board, possibly Catherine Isaac, is keen for a two-party Government.

    Seymour is talking down the possibility of going into government with NZ First, saying that it was “possible” but not necessarily “likely”.

    “Special votes haven’t been counted yet,” Seymour said.

    On election night, too, Seymour said the voters had delivered National and Act enough to govern alone.

    arrogant little prick.

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  20. With the lift in the dairy milk forecast, the election result, and the All Blacks hard fought win over Ireland, for many on the land the week has gone pretty well.

    With such highlights it has been difficult to dig up many juicy bits to delve into so one was forced to go back and look at what National and ACT in particular said prior to the last couple of elections which may have relevance to farming today. One area of interest is attitudes towards Pāmu, or LandCorp as it is still likely better known. This SOE is the last of the crown jewels that was not sold off post 1984 elections and subsequent sell offs and yet it has a high capital worth, somewhere around $2 bln but provides a very low rate of return (often a loss) and provides very little in the way of ‘public good’ to society in general.

    When one looks at the speed the Auckland Council has downgraded its ownership of Auckland airport to help balance the books, I have always found it odd that now past government did not see fit to examine both the benefits and the funds that could be provided by a sell down of the LandCorp assets. Let’s face it, New Zealand has come through some pretty tough times recently and if any time could justify cashing in some of the jewels then now would be a good time.

    ACT in particular has been vocal in the past about its belief that LandCorp. As far back as 2016 the then Primary Industries spokesman Mark Cameron was calling for its sale. “State-owned enterprises shouldn’t be competing with Kiwi businesses, and there’s no greater example of this than LandCorp”. This view was reinforced by Leader David Seymour both then and more recently (September) when talking about SOE’s Seymour said “but one state agency, the farming group LandCorp, or Pāmu, would be sold off entirely.”

    So quite unequivocal about selling it off.
    https://www.interest.co.nz/rural-news/124782/guy-trafford-wonders-if-election-result-puts-soe-p%C4%81mu-farms-play-be-sold-pressure

    If a complete sale is the preferred option and utilise the capital for more urgent social needs etc. then I’m sure over time with a trickle out process most farms (112) could be disposed of profitably, especially if government puts in some strict OIO clauses around them.

    However, I’m not holding my breath to see anything happen. Politicians are long on rhetoric but make surprisingly few actions (in my view), but ACT may bring some fresh activity to this this topic. As usual time will tell.

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  21. An Auckland woman accused of having inflicted 94 stab wounds upon her neighbour – including some believed to have been administered after the neighbour died – has told a jury she’s not guilty of murder, with her lawyers saying it was an act of self-defence.

    Susana Makerita Leota-Lu, 37, who had name suppression until today, was arrested in the early morning hours of September 3 last year after police responded to a frantic call from another neighbour who had heard screaming and another woman calling for help.

    Jurors were also told today that Leota-Lu formerly lived in Australia, where she was convicted in 2018 after a non-fatal knife attack on a roommate.

    https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/manukau-apartment-homicide-murder-trial-begins-for-susana-leota-lu-over-stabbing-of-samantha-whitehouse/OKNQVFA2XJD3FBDB5324TESPWA/

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  22. There is someone commenting on BFD who says they worked in polling booths for a couple of weeks. He says his take on the specials is that National and NZF will picked up more. The usual to the Greens and Labour will not happen, so they could drop their % of the party vote.
    I assume they must have been counting as the voting was goiing on.. Obviously overseas specials could be different.

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  23. Nice one Doc. Keep’m coming.

    Dr Gaurav Sharma
    @gmsharmanz
    Q: Does anyone know if Trevor Mallard gets to bring his furniture back from Ireland or does he just get thrown out on the street while they take his keys away for the Embassy, put on some loud music and start the sprinklers? #AskingForAFriend

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