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  1. Good morning, I think it has rained overnight the deck looks wet this morning, so much for ‘oh it’s going to be so dry this summer’ etc etc. I believe the climate people have absolutely NO idea what they are talking about. So busy worrying around the climate change/global warming of the governments they have to make the stuff up to fit with the narrative.
    Other than that not much going on around the country????? I heard on the grapevine that a HUGE announcement will be/should be made today about the leadership of the country and who is who and what it might look like. All I can say is about BLOODY TIME. Tighten shit up and bring everything under control would be my wish for this trifecta of a government.
    Have a great day out there and be safe………

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    • I’ll be checking the weather out in your ‘hood’ today. I hope too for the long hot, dry summer, but sadly, despite NIWA’s access to all the millions of dollars worth of satellites, forecasters and predictive computers, by looking out the window, I predict the drive to Hamilton and back again, will be wet, very wet.

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      • You have as much chance of being right as they have.

        Years ago the old forcasters would say. bla bla bla and “rain possible around the hills”.
        As we are nothing but the hills they were right 50% of the time. Just they never said what hills.
        In the black heart of kwiwland that’s all around you.

        Take ya gummies.and parka.

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    • Like all those making a noise she can’t or won’t read what ACT has said in plain English found in the Oxford dictionary.
      They are not challenging the treaty but the activist courts’ extension of the principles of the treaty.

      We paid a fortune to try to educate these savages and it seems that apart from growing their ability to suck off others money tits, they didn’t learn basic English comprehension.
      Is this tart still on a tit somewhere?
      What makes her relevant today.?
      Has Willy shagged her?
      He was going on something vitriolic yesterday. someone must be cutting his tit off.

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    • These people are being disingenuous when they talk about “attacks on the treaty”. They know bloody well that it’s not the treaty that’s being questioned, it’s the reinterpretation of the treaty to be something that it never was.

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    • tah@0616

      Apparently ‘..Open season was declared on Māori at every level of society from the start of the election campaign;.

      For politicians like her, ‘Maori’ are ALWAYS the victim, and there is never, ever, anything positive said about those Maori who just ‘get on’ and who quietly and without fuss ‘do what is required’ to be Kiwis and contribute to this country.

      Lumping ALL Maori into the ‘Perpetual victimhood’ narrative does such people no favours, and indeed, shows massive disrespect to them and their efforts.

      To politicians on the make, such things are, of course, totally irrelevant…

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  2. 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣*****Breaking*****🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣

    Average search activity per listing on Realestate.co.nz rose 1.9% year-on-year

    Average search activity on property website Realestate.co.nz was up only marginally in October year-on-year.

    Newly released data from the website shows the average number of searches per listing rose just 1.9% nationally in October, compared with October last year.

    That relatively modest increase in activity is perhaps surprising because October last year had the lowest number of residential sales recorded by the Real Estate Institute of New Zealand for the month of October since 2011, and sales in October this year were up 7.8% compared to a year ago.

    And rather than increasing over spring, the national average search per listing declined from the previous month in both September and October this year.

    https://www.interest.co.nz/property/125339/average-search-activity-listing-realestateconz-rose-19-year-year

    So desperate for hope. This is what it comes to if you deny reality.

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    • Not everyone looks at thier website. Lots of agencies have their own.
      You can bet their is an Indian one somewhere and a Chinese one.
      The Indians around here are very cooperative with one another. The oldies wander the streets looking for the For Sale signs.
      Real estate ,co are just one.
      Plenty looking but unless you have the money organised its a waste of time. Indians have that ability.

      Banks are moving away from Real Estate despite it being their most profitable business.
      40 or more years ago banks did bugger all house mortgage lending.
      It was done via Lawyers Trust Funds, insurance companies and building socieities.
      Banks took it of them when some govt. back then changed the rules and prohibited Lawyers from having that business.
      Probably the Nats. and Brash (I don’t recall that detail).
      House buyers have been screwed by their monopoly on lending ever since in concert with the RBNZ.

      AboutTime that was busted.
      Orr of course won’t do it. Like many things politics interfere with, the RBNZ has the wrong remit.
      Inflation ain’t our problem.
      Politicians and lack of productivity are.

      People like Ruth, all mouth and trousers Richardson buggered NZ and about the only good thing that Bolger did was sack the wench.
      Her new protege will do the same if she gets away with it. Another short arsed mouth and trousers female with no idea about people and money. You know who I mean.

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      • Vicky You’re not correct, sorry.Lawyer for 45 years here. Back in the day Banks made the vast majority of housing loans. Solicitors nominee companies ( I never operated one ) usually provided top up second or third mortgage finance to secure the conveyancing transaction for that law firm. They were not banned, just became unpopular because of burdensome regulations and mortgagor defaults not good PR for firms mortgagee clients,
        I can’t recall client’s borrowing from insurance companies so that must have been rare.
        Building society loans were invariably ballot wins with the member getting a smallish interest free or low interest advance secured by second or third mortgage ( yep 3 or 4 mortgages were common back in the 70’s and 80’s)

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        • You might be 45 years young but you are wrong.
          There is a finance company here in Tauranga where all the lawyers put their trust funds when it happened. Way back then I had cash wth a trust fund in a lawyers office and My cousin was a Lawyer in another office where they did that leading. And yes they did 2nd and third mortgages.
          The rulkes were changed nad it had the effect of handing the money to the banks to everyones detrement IMHO. There were more of them then and once they made up their new rules rebalance sheet lending oversea’s then the banks scooped up the money. And made a lot of lending.

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    • The far right means that all the other parties will coalesce together in the most unlikely coalition known to be a “cordon sanitaire”.
      The duty of being to keep the largest party of Gert Wilders out.

      Gert doubled his number of seats to become the largest party, but needs many more.

      “Beating all predictions, the exit poll put Wilders’ Freedom Party (PVV) at 35 out of 150 seats, 10 seats ahead of the closest rival, former EU commissioner Frans Timmermans’ Labour/Green Left combination.
      That margin was far greater than expected and appeared to be too great for the outcome to change.”

      But there now seems to be a building up of numbers of small parties like the Farmers Party that will align with Gert Wilders & it is with those numbers & if some of the others that will leave that “cordon sanitaire”? .

      So Wilders needs another 41 seats.

      “UPDATE 2100: In his first response to his impressive election upset, Party for Freedom leader Geert Wilders hailed the success as a “mega victory” while saying that it is now impossible to ignore the Dutch populists.
      Wilders went on to say that he was determined to govern and called on the other centre-right parties to “step over their own shadows” and come together to form a government.
      He said that if they refused to do so, it would be “very undemocratic” and that the voters of the Netherlands “would not accept that”.

      Yet voters in New Zealand did accept that:–
      NZ in 2017 had a taste of that in Winston Peters not going with the largest Party.
      Expect more of this in the future.

      Is it because the Left, or a touch of the left have no real principles so will like birds of a feather gather together.
      Is it because the Right have such principles, that makes them unable to break any one of the principles? to be able to coalesce in some things they have in common.?

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    • far right… people with a bit of common sense whose political beliefs dont involve enormous welfare state and overwhelming wokeness.
      far right folk also recognise a man has a penis a woman has a vagina.

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  3. Imagine the media led campaign of hate and shaming if a man did this. He would also be sent prison.

    BULLSHIT: “The relationship left the student “racked by shame and anxiety”.”

    No that is what they were shamed into saying. Just as women are. Women are told what to feel and say. They are made to feel like dirty sluts if they don’t say it. The whole investigation into these things is corrupted by people with other agendas and perverse sexuality.

    https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/crime/301014060/senior-dilworth-staff-told-of-teachers-sexual-relationship-with-student-decades-ago

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        • Not every person has shit for brains like you.

          There are many things that young people are subject to when growing up. On an single issue basis may not have much effect but cumulated are very debilitating to their minds.
          This person is in that category and is much much smater then you but it has caused him to to limit is undoubted ability because he feared this publicity. Really sad. Really very sad.

          I have a a team of Maori girls of different ages and I can tell you that they have been subject tolot of abuse among them.
          They are all bright brainey people, but each has a darkness in their hearts.
          They would blow you away with their great attitudes and participation, their laughing and their work ethic.

          You don’t know shit and you have a shit attitude. The evidence is on here daily for all to see.

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      • Viking ,unlike the rape of a female where arousal is not required I’d find it hard to believe that if the student was so horrified at what was happening to him he’d be able to carry out the sex act ,sexual abuse would be a different story of course.
        I smell a rat in this story,time will tell.
        If you’re hinting that sexual abuse only happens in Native families once again you’re way wrong..

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  4. FFS The vile PIG Ginny Anderson is already criticizing the new coalition before its even announced, that talentless empty sock bitch is one if the reasons our country is in such disarray, piss of you slag go back to your old job dishing out $30.00 blow jobs in downtown Wellington, frick off and leave us alone you human slime.

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  5. Two articles for those that may be interested.
    Data analysis by Ed Dowd showing large increases in cancer deaths in young people in the UK since the vax rollout.
    https://childrenshealthdefense.org/defender/young-people-cancer-death-uk-edward-dowd-analysis/

    Marc Giradot with a possible explanation as to why this may be happening. Seems stem cells are protected from attack by the immune system and if infected by the spike could go on to cause cancer.
    https://covidmythbuster.substack.com/p/are-vaccines-triggering-cancers-vaccine

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    • This runs very parallel to how the New Zealand politicians & public health, changed the information they would have received as shown in the series of points.

      The largest medical vaccination scandal has been confirmed by the equally failing EMA (European Medicines Agency).
      The EMA has provided brief answers to a number of important questions about the corona vaccines.
      Startling answers that do not contradict what some politicians and round table doctors proclaim !!

      https://twitter.com/VelzenRemco/status/1727030567407964662
      4 mins 33 seconds : Nov 22nd 2023 : Subtitled.

      So it would seem that the European Covid Inquiry should be much more expanded and also focus on the mid/dis/mal/ information that government used & still uses to cover up.
      It should become a forensic investigation.

      It has been agreed that the New Zealand Covid Inquiry will most certainly not look at anything to do with the vaxx.
      So their murderous arses are covered. 🙁

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  6. A man wonders if having sex on the Sabbath is a sin because he is not sure if sex is work or pleasure. So he goes to a priest and asks for his opinion on this question.

    After consulting the Bible, the priest says, “My son, after an exhaustive search, I am positive that sex is work and is therefore not permitted on Sundays”.

    The man thinks: “What does a priest know about sex”? So he goes to a Lutheran minister, who after all is a married man and experienced in this matter.

    He queries the minister and receives the same reply: “Sex is work and therefore not for the Sabbath”!

    Not pleased with the reply, he seeks out a Rabbi, a man of thousands of years tradition and knowledge.

    The Rabbi ponders the question, then states, “My son, sex is definitely pleasure”.

    The man replies, “Rabbi, how can you be so sure when so many others tell me sex is work”?

    The Rabbi softly speaks, “My son, if sex was work, my wife would have the maid do it”.

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  7. Ah, furry Aussie wildlife abounds

    https://www.1news.co.nz/2023/11/24/cheesed-off-aus-plague-town-hit-by-1000-drowned-rats-a-day/
    Each day at least 1000 dead rats are removed from boat ramps at a town in Queensland’s far north.

    The “big hairy fellas” began arriving at the usually picturesque fishing town of Karumba this week.

    An extended wet season this year is believed to have helped boost the native long-haired rat’s population in the state’s north-west, ensuring abundant vegetation where rodents can hide and eat.

    “And sometimes when the rats fly up under the car dogs pull the wiring out trying to get the rat – it can be a no win situation.”

    “People try to be smart and anchor them in the river but rats just go up the anchor chain and make themselves at home – you can’t win.”

    “There’s nothing you can do. Unless it rains or floods, it is long term … nature caused it and nature will clean it up.”

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  8. Today at 6pm NZ time (7am in Israel) marks the beginning of the tragic end of the state of Israel by agreeing to a four day ceasefire and releasing 150 terrorist prisoners in exchange for 50 innocent hostages.

    Hamas will regroup and they will steal all the ‘humanitarian’ aid (food, medical supplies and most importantly fuel) and use it to continue their psychotic war against the Israelis and the Jewish people.

    It seems that Israel has capitulated to international and more importantly American pressure aimed at undermining their state, their rights to self defence and their very existence as a people.

    Tragic.

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  9. A Kiwi woman who wanted to access her KiwiSaver on grounds of serious illness has been denied access to the fund, despite her rare disease being terminal and preventing her from returning to work.

    In 2015 Kirsten Bangs was living in Australia when she was diagnosed with Felty’s Syndrome, a rare autoimmune condition that is treatable, however incurable.

    Eight years on, now living in New Zealand and having driven the disease into remission in 2021, her symptoms reawakened after she contracted Covid last year, prompting her to seek new medical options.

    https://www.1news.co.nz/2023/11/24/woman-with-rare-incurable-disease-unable-to-access-kiwisaver-funds/

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        • maybe, maybe not.
          one is completely blind to the fact big gains comes with big risk, thinks it can only go up etc. the other dude has his head screwed on, tons of research and spread his $$$ over many different ones and hes made good gains in the ponzi so far… im tempted to throw him 5k plus my hardwallet and get him to have a gamble for me, i cant even remember what crypto i have but only 2k worth (probs less now if they dropped back)

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      • Yeah well, it was on one gnews so who knows what the truth is ???

        one thing for sure re one gnews …..is it will not be the total truth, but a slanted variation to fit a narrative.

        I have not read it ..would not click on that shit.. but I agree, it is not that difficult to extract the money .
        AND if the person was living in AU then maybe not much money in kiwisaver anyway.

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        • Had coffee with a friend last week. She is not well and is 63. She recently sold and bought a new house more suited to her health abilities and had no trouble drawing down on her Kiwisaver for the new abode with the support of a letter from her doctor.

          Something screwy with above article.

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  10. I haven’t bought Golden Crumpets from the supermarket in a long time.

    Back about a decade ago you could sometimes get them on special at Pac n’ Save in Glen Innes for about a dollar a pack.

    Today I was up at New World in Eastridge. Golden Crumpets was on special for $3.99 a packet. Certainly, the price has risen over 100% in the last 5 years.

    Food inflation must be hard on low-income families, although the beneficiaries next door always seem to have energy drinks, branded packaged food, liquor and cigarettes. (It must be their side-hustles that pay for all of this.)

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    • I eat crumpets occasionally with manuka honey. Square shaped ones are now on sale and I reckon they are bigger than the round ones but equally yum. Our toaster has a crumpet setting so toasting them properly adds to the crunchy goodness. 😋

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  11. Disabled people were secretly given Do Not Resuscitate orders, Scottish Covid-19 inquiry hears

    Inquiry told GP receptionists even called those with disabilities to try and get them to sign up to the orders
    Disabled Scots felt like their lives were ‘not worth saving’ during the pandemic after Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) orders were secretly imposed on many of them, an inquiry has heard.

    As Covid began to spread, GP receptionists even called up those with disabilities to try to persuade them to sign up to the orders, which inform doctors that they do not want their lives saved in an emergency.

    https://www.msn.com/en-us/health/other/disabled-people-were-secretly-given-do-not-resuscitate-orders-scottish-covid-19-inquiry-hears/ar-AA1koUBs

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  12. True story.
    Twins in Australia – one lives in the city and one has a farm. Each week the two of them share in a Lotto ticket.

    After a few years, the twins (and only the twins) win first prize – $10 000 000. They share it evenly.

    The twin living in the city says he will retire from work, buy a new house and car, travel for six months and then just travel the country.

    The twin on the farm sighs and says, “Well, I guess I can stay on the farm for another ten years.”

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  13. EV’s are just too expensive to maintain.

    More than half of Edmonton’s $60-million electric bus fleet not roadworthy

    Proterra, the American company the city purchased the electric buses from between 2019-2022, is in Chapter 11 filing for bankruptcy protection. Edmonton’s on a list of creditors, seeking $1.3 million and fulfillment of service and warranties

    https://edmontonjournal.com/news/local-news/more-than-half-of-edmontons-60-million-electric-bus-fleet-not-roadworthy?utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Twitter#Echobox=1700750506

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  14. William McGimpsey
    @TheZeitgeistNZ

    Some highlights from the coalition agreement:
    – A full wide-scale inquiry into the COVID response, including vaccine efficacy
    – An end to all remaining mandates
    – An end to co-governance and race-based policies
    – Gender and sexuality curriculum removed from schools
    – No hate speech laws
    – English made an official language.

    https://twitter.com/TheZeitgeistNZ/status/1727832436367892915

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  15. OK I admit I was wrong about Winston he didn’t want Deputy prime minister or minister of foreign affairs the old maggot bastard wanted both and the coward nude nut gave them to him.
    A man who managed to con around 6 people in a hundred to vote for him gets the two best fricking jobs in the new administration, the deputy prime minister a job where you do nothing and foreign minister a job where you do nothing but travel 1st class around the planet for 3 years and drag your multi millionaire squeeze with you at taxpayers expense.
    Anybody that ridiculed the greens for sharing leadership (including myself) had better shut the fuck up in that regard from this day onward, in saying that the speeches made by all 3 apart from the maggot not being able to contain his warrior genetics was something I’ve not heard for six long years, excellent actually.👍👍👍

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  16. ” Tova,Tova,Tova” Is Nude Nut banging Obrien? he seems to favor her big time ,I reckon there might be a stand up root in the lift to the 9th floor on the cards as in Sharon Stone in Basic instinct, FFS I hope Tova doesn’t forget to bring the beer crate….LMFAO..

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  17. A cut and paste from BFD

    ” National/NZF:
    • Ensure a ‘National Interest Test’ is undertaken before New Zealand accepts any agreements from the UN and its agencies that limit national decision-making and reconfirm that New Zealand’s domestic law holds primacy over any international agreements.
    • As part of the above, by 1 December 2023 reserve against proposed amendments to WHO health regulations to allow the incoming government to consider these against a “National Interest Test”

    Huge – and to be enacted in under a week. “

    On BFD they are referring to National/NZF and National/ACT –I’m not sure if that means there are separate agreements.

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  18. Heh…INCOMING !!! 🐦 arrkk arrkk warble warble ffrt.

    “A drop in Westpac’s two-year home loan interest rates could be a sign of things to come from other banks, one economist says.
    Brad Olsen, chief executive at Infometrics, said the cuts could start some wider industry movement.”

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  19. ACT’s treasured promise to return interest deductibility on the borrowings the parasitic class make to fund the purchase of their hovels may not be instantaneous. From their latest email:

    ……”Increase the speed at which mortgage interest deductibility is restored for rental properties with a 60% deduction in 2023/24, 80% in 2024/25, and 100% in 2025/26.”…….

    Oh, the pain. Oh the unfairness. ////////

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  20. Oil and gas giants to cash in on climate crisis they helped cause:
    Melting ice exposes new petroleum reservoirs in the Arctic worth $7TRILLION – in what is being dubbed a ‘modern day gold rush’

    90 billion barrels of oil are becoming more accessible due to melting ice

    ‘Bitter irony’ that melting ice is seen as a business opportunity

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-12784315/Oil-gas-giants-cash-climate-crisis-helped-cause-Melting-ice-exposes-new-petroleum-reservoirs-Arctic-worth-7TRILLION-dubbed-modern-day-gold-rush.html

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  21. Ireland.

    Oli London
    @OliLondonTV

    An education worker aged in her 30s has been hailed as a hero tonight after she intervened when a man randomly attempted to stab children who were in her care.

    The heroic woman is being treated tonight for serious stab injuries to her body that she suffered when she tackled the knifeman this afternoon.

    It is understood that before she could intervene with the attacker he had stabbed a five-year-old girl in the neck.

    This little child is currently in a critical condition in hospital and is clinging to life…

    … Riots and looting tonight in Dublin City center after thousands took to the streets enraged by the stabbing of 3 children by an Algerian migrant.

    Dozens of vehicles including; trains, buses and cars set on fire as well as a migrant hotel.

    Unfortunately the little girl has died.

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    • As one with an interest in NZ history try buying begging or borrowing a DVD copy of Memory Line’s film the “Rimutaka Incline”. It contains interview footage of a bloke, long deceased, by the name of Wray Holmes. He was a fireman on the Main Trunk Line engines running between Taumarunui & Palmerston North. A real character who lived well into his 90s , he tells a few anecdotes of the goings on in the then dry King Country.

      I met him a couple of times through his son who I knew quite well. He must have done something to offend the NZR gods because he ended up at Cross Creek, still a fireman, on the Fell engines finishing when the Rimutaka tunnel opened in 1954.

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  22. Facing a planetary wave of far-right authoritarianism, from Italy’s Giorgia Meloni to Argentina’s Javier Milei, the Left must learn to “organize despair.”

    Across the globe, the far Right appears to be on the ascent. It has seized commanding heights in Giorgia Meloni’s Italy and Viktor Orbán’s Hungary, while formerly ostracized ethno-nationalist parties like the Sweden Democrats and the True Finns are now in governing coalitions. Shortly after this issue went to press, Argentina elected as president the voluble anarcho-capitalist Javier Milei, whose promise to commodify all facets of social life is accompanied by rabid anti-feminism and culture war invectives — ​“In my government there will be no cultural Marxism. I won’t apologize for having a penis. I shouldn’t feel guilty for being a white, blond, blue-eyed man” 

    https://inthesetimes.com/article/global-far-right-meloni-milei-putin-bannon-orban

    🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣

    Of course the author is a jew.

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  23. And this:
    2. Universities must draft free speech policies:
    One of the sectors where censorship is most blatant and speech least free is universities. The incoming Government has committed to amending the Education and Training Act 2020 ‘such that providers receiving taxpayer funding must commit to a free speech policy.’
    If academics and their students are not free to consider unconventional ideas and dissent from the status quo, we’ll never move forward. Tertiary education has become an environment where self-censorship is the norm, not the exception, and we all suffer as a result.
    Hat tip Free Speech Union

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    • Some solid wins bearing fruit from the Coalition. Must say I’m feeling good vibes. They ruled out Media red-lines and they seem to have compromised. They recognise the enemy, no enemy to the right. Good vibes. Deep legislative changes, even better. Next step, the traitorous bureacracy and biased public servants. I fear Universities have been utter compromised and need to be defunded hard except for Science, Maths, Physics and Engineering. STEM basically.

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  24. Dublin is burning 🔥

    People of Ireland are out on the streets protesting against the govt , they want the immigrants to be sent back immediately.

    Until last week these Irish people were protesting against Israel and supporting Hamas , now when the immigrant jehadi have ऽtabbed their children, they have realised how big a threat these people are and how Israel is right in its fight against terrorrism.

    It’s time every European nation wakes up and throw out each and every illegal immigrant out of their respective countries

    https://twitter.com/MithilaWaala/status/1727891397091656153

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  25. A prominent Mongrel Mob member responsible for a violent attack on his partner and a good Samaritan who tried to protect her has been jailed for ten years and ten months, with a minimum non-parole period of three years and ten months.

    Poutawa Kireka, 36, was sentenced in the Napier District Court on Friday for a raft of charges to which he had pleaded guilty. These included charges related to the assaults, and also drug offending that occurred when he was in prison on remand awaiting a court appearance.

    https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/crime/301014453/mob-member-who-attacked-good-samaritan-sent-to-jail-for-ten-years-ten-months

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  26. We have a coalition government!

    We’ve spent the past few hours going through the agreements between Act, NZ First, and National, as well as the ministerial appointments, with a fine-tooth comb so we can provide you with the highlights.

    First of all, I’m sure I speak for all those who have supported Hobson’s Pledge since our formation in 2016 when I say how absolutely delighted we are that Casey Costello has not only been elected to Parliament but has stepped right into a ministerial role inside Cabinet.

    Casey will be Minister for Seniors, Minister of Customs, and Associate Minister for Health, Immigration, and Police.

    We can be confident that there will be at least one minister at the Cabinet table speaking up for what we stand for!

    The three parties have agreed to ‘On-going Decision-Making Principles’ to underpin their work together. I want to draw your attention to the principle they are calling ‘Pro-democracy’:

    “upholding the principles of liberal democracy, including equal citizenship, parliamentary sovereignty, the rule of law and property rights, especially with respect to interpreting the Treaty of Waitangi.”

    Reading this in the list of 8 principles, I couldn’t help but feel hopeful about the rest of the document. And that hope wasn’t misplaced. Both the Act/National and the NZ First/National coalition agreements have significant policies for Hobson’s Pledge supporters.

    NZ First/National:

    Abolish the Māori Health Authority.
    Commit that the name of New Zealand will not change unless a referendum is conducted.
    Ensure all public service departments have their primary name in English, except for those specifically related to Māori.
    Require the public service departments and Crown Entities to communicate primarily in English.
    The Coalition Government will defend the principle that New Zealanders are equal before the law, with the same rights and obligations, and with the guarantee of the privileges and responsibilities of equal citizenship in New Zealand.
    …will not advance policies that seek to ascribe different rights and responsibilities to New Zealanders on the basis of their race or ancestry.
    Commitment to remove co-governance from the delivery of public services.
    …it is the Government’s expectation that public services should be prioritised on the basis of need, not race.
    Restore the right to a local referendum on the establishment or ongoing use of Māori wards, including requiring a referendum on any wards established without referendum at the next Local Body elections.
    Stop all work on He Puapua.
    …the Coalition Government does not recognise the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) as having any binding legal effect on New Zealand.
    Amend section 58 of the Marine and Coastal Area Act to make clear Parliament’s original intent.
    Conduct a comprehensive review of all legislation that includes “The Principles of the Treaty of Waitangi” and replace all such references with specific words relating to the relevance and application of the Treaty, or repeal the references.

    Act/National (we won’t repeat the policies already mentioned above):

    Restore balance to the history curriculum.
    Examine the Māori and Pacific Admission Scheme (MAPAS).
    Immediately issue stop-work notices on Three Waters (with assets returned to council ownership).
    Uphold the principles of liberal democracy, including equal citizenship and parliamentary sovereignty.
    Ensure government contracts are awarded based on value, without racial discrimination.
    Issue a Cabinet Office circular to all central government organisations that it is the Government’s expectation that public services should be prioritised on the basis of need, not race, within the first six months of Government.
    Repeal the Canterbury Regional Council (Ngāi Tahu Representation) Act 2022.
    Introduce a Treaty Principles Bill based on existing ACT policy and support it to a Select Committee as soon as practicable.

    Notable ministerial appointments:

    Simeon Brown – Local Government
    Paul Goldsmith – Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations
    Judith Collins – Attorney-General
    Tama Potaka – Conservation, Māori Crown Relations

    As you can see, we have a lot to be excited about. However, there are a few areas of weakness that we will be keeping our eyes on. Most obvious, is the specific language of removing co-governance from public service. That wording leaves room for co-governance of natural resources which the Prime Minister has previously expressed a willingness to continue.

    Tama Potaka will be a minister to watch as he is the new Minister of Conservation and will have direct involvement with co-governance arrangements in places like the Ureweras. He is also the Minister of Māori Crown Relations.

    It is disappointing to see the concessions David Seymour had to make regarding Act’s proposed referendum on the Treaty Principles. However, the Treaty Principles Bill being supported to select committee will allow Hobson’s Pledge and all our supporters to make sure we are heard. We will keep you in the loop with this bill when it appears.

    These commitments and agreements are only worth the paper they are written on until they are actioned. It is crucial that we don’t get complacent and take our eye off the ball. We need to be ticking each thing off the list until we can safely say that New Zealand is a nation where people are treated equally before the law.

    We also need to be vigilant for anything that councils are sneaking through while the Government is getting established. Up and down the country there have been last ditch attempts to bring in Māori wards and race-based rights. I will email you in the next couple of days about one such matter.

    I hope this summary has been helpful and that you get behind the Hobson’s Pledge team as we hopefully see these changes implemented swiftly!

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  27. As we’ve said since the election – the uncertainty of a couple of extra weeks of negotiation is nothing compared to the benefits of a better outcome for New Zealand. And, having now had the documents for a few hours (your humble Taxpayers’ Union received the documents under embargo at the same time as the media 😀) – on first impression it is a worthwhile outcome.

    Of course, the coalition agreements contain a few political boondoggles. For example, Winston Peters gets the racing portfolio, Shane Jones gets regional development (ahhh!), and NZ First can tell government agencies to use woollen carpets to support the wool industry, rather than the cheapest (taxpayer friendly) option.

    But overall Robert, these documents represent a solid programme of reform consistent with the change New Zealanders voted for last month.

    Below are some of our highlights – but are the actual documents are available to download here:

    National – ACT coalition agreement
    National – NZ First coalition agreement
    Ministerial list

    The Ministers

    On a personal note, we are delighted that our friend (and former Taxpayers’ Union Chair) Casey Costello goes straight into Cabinet as Minister of Customs, Minister for Seniors, Associate Minister of Health, Associate Minister of Immigration, and Associate Minister of Police. On behalf of all of us here at the Taxpayers’ Union, congratulations Casey!

    Similarly, Chris Bishop – a friend of the Taxpayers’ Union since day one. Chris was my debating coach when I was at school (yes, I admit it, I’m a nerd), and his dad, John, was instrumental in setting up the Taxpayers’ Union when David Farrar and I approached John to be our first Chair.

    From Monday, Chris will be Minister of Housing, Minister for Infrastructure, Minister Responsible for RMA Reform, Minister for Sport and Recreation, Leader of the House, and Associate Minister of Finance.
    The Wins

    So from a taxpayer perspective here are the wins:

    Stop-work notices:
    Three Waters – With people-power we Stopped Three Waters!!! 🎉🎉🎉
    Auckland Light Rail
    Let’s Get Wellington Moving
    The Income Insurance tax
    Lake Onslow Pumped Hydro – This was a Think Big scale boondoggle that has screwed up investment in electricity generation for too long. Good to get certainty on this.
    Remove co-governance from delivery of public services and ensure government contracts awarded are based on value, not race – This so so basic, but so vital. We have lost count of the number of small business people who have contacted the Taxpayers’ Union in recent years because they’ve lost government contracts because of their skin colour. Racial preference in procurement was one of the most disgraceful policies from the Ardern-era, and thank goodness it’s gone.
    Repeal the Natural and Built Environment Act 2023 and the Spatial Planning Act 2023 by Christmas. – Our “Stop Central Planning Committees” campaign worked! 🥳
    Replace the RMA with new laws focused on property rights. – This is huge. The RMA is arguably the biggest handbrake on New Zealand’s economic prosperity. If they get this right, New Zealand could set a course to growth not seen since the early 1990s. 🚀
    Reducing public sector spending by setting headcount targets based on 2017 levels – Arguably the public sector was already bloated in 2017 – but it is a start! Wellington will hate this. 🫢
    Repeal Labour’s Fair Pay Agreement regime by Christmas – Labour’s dream of 1970s-style negotiation models was never going to work in 2023. Nevertheless, expect Labour’s union mates to scaremonger.
    Return the Reserve Bank’s mandate to solely inflation, with a clearer time horizon for targets. – More than anything else, this will help tackle the cost of living. Hopefully Adrian Orr does the decent thing and falls on his sword too. 🤞
    New Regulation Minister and Department to replace the Productivity Commission. Will assess quality of new and existing regulation. – If done well, this could be as significant as Ruth Richardson’s pioneering Fiscal Responsibility Act, but for regulations. 🙏
    Restore mortgage interest deductibility for rental properties, with 60% deduction in 23/24, 80% in 24/25 and 100% in 25/26 – When Grant Robertson claimed that interest deductibility was a ‘tax loophole’ the world financial commentators laughed at him. The coalition agreement restores for housing the status quo enjoyed by every other type of investment.
    Repeal clean car discount – During the election campaign, Christopher Luxon showed he understands how the ETS works and isn’t prepared to ignore the ‘waterbed effect’ for popularism. Despite the rallying cry from the electric car people, the subsidy does Zipadee-Zip to reduce New Zealand’s emissions. This is a good sign taxpayers won’t continue to lose money on politically based climate change headlines that do absolutely nothing. 🚗
    Freedom to contract re: contractors. Uber drivers etc unable to challenge employment status in Employment Court
    Repeal ban on offshore oil and gas exploration. – Ironically, this will likely see NZ use less coal and reduce energy emissions! Somehow we doubt the Green will see it that way… 💚
    Reintroduce partnership schools – This time round, ACT have managed to get National and NZ First to agree to allow existing state schools to become ‘partnership schools’.
    Abolish Māori Health Authority – Less money on hui, more on frontline doi – just what the doctor ordered! 🩺
    Require Medsafe to approve new pharmaceuticals within 30 days of them being approved by at least two overseas regulatory agencies recognized by New Zealand. – This is a real win for our friends over at the NZ Initiative think tank. Why are kiwi taxpayers paying to replicate what the American FDA (and other overseas agencies) already do?
    Repeal Canterbury Regional Council (Ngai Tahu Representation) Act 2022 – This will stop the outrageous situation of having two totally unaccountable and undemocratic iwi appointees on the Canterbury Regional Council. Another win for the Taxpayers’ Union.
    Restore local referendums on Māori wards, and require them for future creation of Māori wards. – Big win here. We’ve campaign for years that the model of local democracy should be up to the people, not the politicians. Thank you for making it possible to highlight, boring the politicians to take it seriously. 🙏

    The Not So good

    Enable Auckland congestion charging. – We agree with congestion charging in principle, but not while the Auckland Regional Fuel Tax is in place. Helping Wayne Brown tax more when his Council still wastes billions, doesn’t make Auckland more affordable! We will be fighting for assurances that the new tax will be revenue neutral (i.e. Auckland ratepayers compensated elsewhere).
    Replacing first year fees-free uni with third year fees-free. – The transfer from the working class to grads who are likely to be higher income earners will continue, but at least it pays for kids to finish a degree, rather than making it costless to just start it.
    Taking up to 6 months to issue a Cabinet Office circular stating that Government services should be prioritised on need, not race. – But why take 6 months?
    Only supporting a Treaty Principles Bill up to the select committee stage. – The National Party and/or NZ First are clearly not convinced on ACT’s policy for a referendum to define the Treaty principles once and for all. It is judicial activism about the so-called ‘principles’ that got us onto the path of undemocratic race-based government and many will believe that only a referendum will put it to bed and prevent backsliding in years and governments to come. Clearly a well-organised organised grassroots campaign could get the government over the line.

    Public sector reform, and cutting the cost of government

    Nicola Willis managed to win over both support parties to deliver tax relief effective from 1 July next year. While her package is modest (it doesn’t even compensate for fiscal drag – where effective tax rates get higher thanks to inflation pushing incomes into higher marginal tax brackets – since the start of the last Government) at least it is a start! But with NZ First vetoing the foreign buyers tax, Christopher Luxon and Nicola Willis will need to work even harder to slim government agencies (good!) or face borrowing even more (bad!).

    Based on what we are hearing around Wellington, and what is now slowly coming to light about fiscal stink bombs that were not included in Treasury’s pre-election fiscal update, it’s looking likely that deeper cuts or a later surplus is inevitable. The first meeting between Ms Willis and the Secretary to the Treasury – who is supposed to ensure there are no fiscal surprises for an incoming government – could be awkward… 👀

    All eyes will be on the half-year update, that must be published before the end of the year.
    The unlikely ally? Winston gets it. 🦅

    NZ First’s agreement contains the commitment to Reduce Core Crown expenditure as a proportion of the overall economy. For this to come from NZ First, rather than ACT, suggests they ‘get it’ in terms of the fiscal challenges New Zealand faces. We were watching Mr Peters comments very closely prior to the election, and they were refreshingly hawkish.

    After all Mr Peters is experienced enough to know that the only true tax cut is a cut to spending!
    Where to from here?

    Right now the team are at work, heads down on policies and possible Parliamentary bills consistent with the objectives of the new Government. While the coalition agreements are a great first step, the devil is always in the detail, and we know that once officials get the ear of Ministers, everything becomes much harder.
    Join us tomorrow with special guest, Lord Daniel Hannan

    Tomorrow, we celebrate our first 10 years, hosting Lord (Daniel) Hannan, and special guests at the Gibbs Farm. We will also be launching our book The Mission – The Taxpayers’ Union at 10.

    We still have a limited number of tickets available, so if you would like to join us at the most impressive outdoor sculpture park in the southern hemisphere, head over to our website for details on how to buy tickets.

    Onwards and upwards!

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  28. Here is a task for Kea that he is well eauiped to do.
    Its all about facisits and their cancel culture.
    Here ya go kea.
    sock it to them.

    Why does cancel culture work? Because people let cancel culture work.

    Why is it a thing? Because we’re willing to give in to the bullies.

    I’ve just gotten off the phone with Jonathan, who unfortunately has told me that cancel culture has struck once again- this time against us.

    On Sunday, Jonathan and some of the team are going to Waiheke Island at the invitation of a community group there to talk about free speech, and what’s at stake if we don’t defend it. It was going to be a fairly laid-back affair over some nice coffee and brunch at Nomads Cafe.

    When the group ‘Anti-Fascist Waiheke’ heard about this, they took it upon themselves to contact the owner of the cafe where we had arranged to meet.

    The owner claimed to be a supporter of the Free Speech Union, but then he received a single text, and saw one Facebook post, and that was enough to cancel the event.

    The local coppa is even a supporter of ours and had said he’d hang around to ensure everything was peaceful.

    Look, on one hand, I get it. The owner of Nomads is just trying to run his business, and doesn’t want to get caught up in any nastiness. Our team contacted him and said we’d pay a bond. If there was major disruption because of our presence, we’d use that to cover the inconvenience.

    But he just wanted us to go away.

    Isn’t that the way it is, so often? We just want the problem to go away. Even though by ignoring the problem, we’re making it worse, and much harder to deal with next time.

    It’s ironic that ‘Anti-Fascist Waiheke’ tried to cancel a discussion on free speech- that seems pretty fascistic to me.

    And that’s the reality of our time, those who cry the most about fascism are those most willing to throw their weight around to silence those who disagree with them.

    Could someone please send Anti-Fascist Waiheke the definition of ‘fascist’… or maybe just a mirror?

    Never fear, Robert, we acquired a new venue for our meeting in less than 40 minutes.

    Here’s my point- if we say we’re for free speech, accept that in our day and age, that might not always be popular. We’re at this point as a culture because we’ve kept on trying the ‘popular’ path, and not stood up for the fact that free speech means others can say things you disagree with.

    If I can be perfectly honest, I’m almost more annoyed at Nomads than at Anti-Fascist Waiheke. While Anti-Fascist Waiheke’s ideas are misguided, at least they’re doing something about them. The owner of Nomads claims he likes the work of the Free Speech Union that’s needed at this time. But when a single text is sent or a single Facebook comment (which had a sum total of 1 ‘like’ on it) posted, they ran. Who’s ponying up with the courage to stand for their values?

    This is why cancel culture works. Because we let it work. How do we stop cancel culture from working?

    Stop letting it work.

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