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  1. Here’s an indication on the net of our country’s true culture , “job market, interest rates ,inflation” 5000 views in 8 hours , “Taylor Swift effect sweeps Super Bowl” 104,000 views in 8 hours ,One News, 5x the highest view rate I’ve ever seen on a NZ sourced clip ???
    I reckon Taylor Swift will be the turning point in the US where a majority of people say “ just fcuk off you celebrity cnut” .
    “ This species has amused itself to death” Roger Waters.

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      • Yep, the longest, dopiest most unspectacular game, counted by the second and played by Dullards, that was ever dreamed up. And people pay to watch that sort of shit and the associated celebrities it attracts. No wonder the world is fucked.

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    • Well….. another really bad choice boyfriend for her, that guy she is dating/sleeping with had a huge hissy fit at his coach which was many times played on instagram, with him crying and grabbing the coach in fury. Think the tears were in anger as well!!!! Imagine if he does that on the Super Bowl in front of millions what he does at home. So many people will be thinking of how she has supported lots of loosers in the past and this one looks like a nasty piece of works as well.

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  2. looks like the bros are shit scared of this facial recognition stuff so have resorted to sending mice and rats into supermarkets to do the thieving instead!!!

    countdown has always been grotty imo, and theres a reason why its the dole bludgers choice when theres no pac n slave available.

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      • Actions and consequences. The greatest leader our country has seen banned plastic bags to save the planet and now the plebs import all sorts of undesirables into supermarkets. A person I know spent a short time working on supermarket checkout and she said you wouldn’t believe the filthy smelling bags people bring in and people wonder why they have to pack their own purchases.

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    • the govt just need to legislate that council priorise water and roads before they go spending on any vanity projects, rainbow shit and white elephants.
      you could imagine the outrage from councils tho if they were to be forced to spend ratepayers money on things actually beneficial to said ratepayers

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      • correct, at least our paste councils got that right (provably so), although to listen to the bullshit from the Commisioners they didn’t.
        Interesting that the commissioner have not done anything in the way of infrastructure that the council had not already planned but have spent a lot more money on vanity and force ratepyers to accept some f the managements worst ideas.

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      • I would add a time limit especially Wellington, yes it will mean double digit rate rises but the ratepayers continue to vote in R Soles so now they need to pay for their decisions so they understand that action have consequences, hopefully of the unemployment variety.

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  3. If you didn’t think Otago Uni was fucked before it is now.

    University of Otago appoints first Deputy-Vice Chancellor Māori

    Distinguished Māori legal scholar Professor Jacinta Ruru (Raukawa, Ngāti Ranginui) has been appointed as the University of Otago’s first Deputy-Vice Chancellor Māori.

    Ko kopoua e te pūmātauraka ture Māori taiea a Ahoraki Jacinta Ruru (Raukawa, Ngāti Ranginui) ki te tūraka hou o te Whare Wānaka o Ōtākou (Ōtākou Whakaihu Waka) arā, te Pou Koko Māori tuatahi.

    The new role was established to lead the Māori academic agenda of the university.

    I whakatūria te tūraka hou kia arahina ai kā mahere mātauraka Māori o te Whare Wānaka nei.

    As part of the senior leadership team, Professor Ruru will work across the institution to strengthen Māori content, delivery and methodology in research and teaching, with inclusion of te reo Māori and tikka; recruit and retain Māori staff; enable Māori students to continue to succeed at the highest levels; establish and provide senior Māori academic leadership; help mātauraka Māori flourish; and provide more spaces and opportunities for Māori to be Māori.

    https://www.nzherald.co.nz/kahu/inaugural-deputy-vice-chancellor-maori-appointed-at-otago-university/WL75KRSFTFEWVIYRYWELB7PE3U/

    Ngatia pakeha, Viking, Scandy, Shelty, Scotish, possibly Russian, possible eve a bit of pom. all round good bloke.

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  4. Lets hope this gets legs in more places including education.

    https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/hastings-truck-driver-who-refused-covid-jab-gets-29000-payout-for-wrongful-dismissal/3QG5LXXYI5HPFMJBWXH3HMX23E/

    A line-haul truck driver who was sacked for not getting vaccinated against Covid-19 has been awarded nearly $29,000 for unjustified dismissal.

    Wayne John Basher has been awarded $15,000 in compensation for humiliation, loss of dignity and injury to his feelings, and $13,967 for three months of lost wages.

    Basher had been working for Big Chill Distribution Ltd since 2011 and won company awards for being a top driver multiple times.

    At the time of his dismissal he was based at Big Chill’s Hastings depot, driving between there and Putāruru, between Te Awamutu and Rotorua, and occasionally Palmerston North. Most of his work time was spent in his cab alone.

    Basher told the Employment Relations Authority he was unjustifiably dismissed because Big Chill did not follow a fair and reasonable process before letting him go, and had coerced its staff into getting vaccinated during the Covid-19 pandemic.

    Basher was dismissed on January 24, 2022 for not getting vaccinated under Big Chill’s internal vaccination policy.

    This was the day after the entirety of New Zealand was placed on the “red” alert setting under the “traffic light” Covid management system, as the Omicron strain was spreading through the community.
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    Big Chill, part of the Freightways business, which employs more than 5000 people, consulted its workers on a vaccination policy in 2021 and encouraged vaccination with $75 payments and a lottery for fully vaccinated staff.

    It announced in December 2021 it was introducing mandatory vaccination for all roles.

    Basher refused to be vaccinated. He had argued he did not meet customers on a regular basis and the depots he worked at were large enough to ensure he could maintain adequate distances of separation when he was present.

    Big Chill told the Employment Relations Authority it was “substantively justified” in dismissing Basher because he was required to be vaccinated to carry out his role under its policy.

    But Basher said Big Chill was unjustified in introducing a vaccination policy. He says his role was wrongly assessed as being covered by the policy because no proper individual risk assessment was carried out.

    He also said that even if driver roles were covered by the vaccination policy, Big Chill did not consider the way he carried out his role or workarounds he could make, and therefore “did not exhaust all other reasonable alternatives” that would allow him to keep his job.

    Authority member Natasha Szeto said Big Chill either declined or ignored a request to provide Basher with more information around the health and safety risk assessment for its drivers to justify its assessment of his role as “high-risk”.

    She said that was “not a step that a fair and reasonable employer could take”.
    Do you have a justice story we should be covering?

    She said Big Chill could also have considered carrying out an individual risk assessment for Basher’s role, particularly because he was one of few cases of unvaccinated workers.

    “Given the downstream consequences on Mr Basher’s employment, I consider a fair and reasonable employer could have genuinely engaged with him on the risk assessment, even in the context of a business that was continuing to respond to the impacts of a global pandemic,” Szeto said.

    She said Big Chill could also have offered Basher leave as an alternative to dismissal.

    “I have found that Big Chill did not follow a fair and reasonable process in terms of the risk assessment for Mr Basher’s role, nor did it consider leave as a reasonable alternative to termination,” Szeto said.

    “It follows that Big Chill unjustifiably dismissed Mr Basher from his employment.”

    Szeto found in Big Chill’s favour on two other grounds, saying the company did not breach Basher’s individual employment agreement, and did not breach its obligation of good faith to him in regard to the privacy of his personal medical information.

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    • Thank goodness someone is standing up to lux flakes. The fact that he is bringing her on shows what an absolute FUCKKKK he really is. Thank goodness for the other two parties in government, and I hope they stand up to him with his pathetic woke ideas. Is this what the national voters chose???????

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    • Alice , Good fricking grief. ,unbelievable, as I’m not working today I’ve tried to ring Luxon and our local MP Penk ,I had a good call with Penks secretary and She didn’t know anything about it, unfortunately Luxons phone isn’t being monitored at 9.34am so let’s hope the Russians don’t invade right now.??
      Ring the Woke bastard 080072736282 and tell him what prick he is if this is true…

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  5. https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/politics/2024/02/christopher-luxon-says-councils-responsible-for-rate-rise-decisions-under-government-s-alternative-three-waters-plan.html
    Christopher Luxon says councils responsible for rate rise decisions under Government’s alternative Three Waters plan

    The Government on Monday confirmed the controversial Three Waters reforms were being scrapped in favour of “Local Water Done Well”. The Coalition said its reforms would ensure drinking water, stormwater and wastewater stayed in local hands.

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    • Why would you automatically assume there would be rate rises? Some Councils have been doing their jobs properly and do not have water problems.

      BUT then there is Wellington City Council. With our quarterly rates invoice, received yesterday, we got a letter saying there will be an extra annual levy (tax) to pay for the work to be done on a “sludge minimisation project” at the cities sewage treatment plant. First most people had heard of the project.

      The levy is $81 in 24/25 for those connected to the system with CV on their house of over $1mill going up to $326/yr from 27/28 and will be in place for 33 years to cover the ESTIMATED $400million project cost. So they can set a figure for the levy without knowing the budgeted cost of the project.

      Those with a CV under $1 million do not pay anything at this stage. Commercial premises pay more and ” Maori protected land” are exempt !!

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      • The price to pay -literally- for living in shithole

        Yes, budgets mean nothing to these anarchical critters.
        They cant even do simple maths anyway, so a budget is useless.

        Ask if you can get an $81 reduction on general rates as you will never go the the St James theatre, another $81 reduction for never going to US-owned Reading cinemas.
        Etc.
        All the luvies projects, count me out.

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      • Why the f**k do Maori get special treatment again????????? Time for David and Winston to tell Luxon Maori must pay the same as other NZers including rates on Maori land and their charitities are just disguised commercial operations without paying tax. EG Nga Tahu Tourisims and Land edvelopment business’s.

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  6. Saggy@0914

    Be under no illusions; According to an informant who is acquainted with such matters (Though NOT as a wearer BTW), the wearers of such devices really DON’T CARE that they are doing-so; It’s an ‘inconvenience’ and is apparently regarded as such.

    There is definitely no shame, no care, no remorse, and indeed in some areas it is also worn with a high degree of ‘Pride’ as it shows that the wearer is ‘One of the bros’.

    Despite much noise to the contrary by the ‘hand-wringers’ who advocate for their use, it would seem that ultimately, such things do NOT unfortunately, serve as a deterrent,

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      • Howitis@1116

        Thank you for your 1116 response to my 0924 comment to Saggy.

        It is an interesting and somewhat perplexing one, as when replying to any comment that appears on this site, I ALWAYS use the ‘reply’ section below said comment; A practice I have followed since first becoming acquainted with this site (And, indeed, as I am doing to you now).

        My reply to Saggy followed this format and (As expected) appeared as such, albeit located four ‘replies’ below Saggy’s original post.

        On the basis of this, I would have to say that I haven’t the foggiest idea about what you are talking about, and as this is the first time I have encountered such a response, would now ask that you elaborate as to exactly what it is that you encountered with that specific post which prompted your reply.

        Thank you.

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    • Here is a suitable cheap and secure deterrent – time in an ex Military camp, could be under canvas inside a fence with facilties provided but used and maintained by the inmates. Waiouru and Bluff would also provide the unpleasant enviroment after six winter months that would make staying at home lying on the couch watching shit and KFC delivered paradise.

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    • AT are anti=car anarchists.
      Ie. an extension of the inaptly named ‘green movement’

      The march through the institutions.

      AT = Akl Transport who wreck roads, can-t run pubic transport – trains more off than on.
      The incompetence/deliberate disruption of railways – incl. the Picton fairies- is way, way worse than ever experienced by the Striking English unionists infiltrators of the 1970s.

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    • Yes what is it with the railways in Auckland? Yesterday max temp was 25.3 degrees, a very normal summer temperature for Auckland but the lines were overheating requiring cancellations. I just heard on the radio that they are anticipating having to do it again today. Current temperature 23.1. Something smells fishy to me.

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      • First they said to replace real cars with electric golf carts that cost $80,000 and weigh tonnes.
        This scam has been called out , quite vocally in recent times.
        Then they kill of roads, put in expensive lumps of concrete in the road, make roads be at cycling pace, and steal roads for imaginary bike travelers.

        Then they said to use pubic transport – which in fact is a ghost network as they so seldom run.
        The wellywood area commuter trains that hark back to the 1950s and earlier are in real trouble.
        The control points in many cases are 80 to 90 years old and seriously need replacing.
        But no-one makes decisions in NZ.
        Towards net zero decision making.

        It is difficult to source rolling stock for rail as so few places use the 3 foot six inch rail line width. Hungary and West Australia is all I can name off hand.

        The so called City rail link is a white elephant – kicked off by critter Key – that may never finish. Its a fecking 2 mile tunnel with a diamond tipped drill . How hard is that?
        They would have been better of bringing in Chinese coolies like the US railroads in the 1860s and 1870s. Things got done.
        There looks like an unwillingness to complete.
        The contractors are spinning it out and getting paid more for doing less.

        In fact these are all pointing towards 15 minute cities and limited ability to move around.
        Reverting to 1960s China where bicycles are the dominant mode of transport.

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        • We’re stuck with narrow gauge. Although it’s now limiting the availability of rolling stock NZ’s topography made 3′ 6″ a logical choice when most of the country’s tracks were laid.

          Narrow gauge allows for tighter corners over standard.

          But the gist of your comment is spot on. Sooner or later & probably sooner, NZ will slow down & stop mired in the inertia of safety, rules & regulations dreamt up by the wanking classes.

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          • Mr/Mrs/They wiki…

            In some countries, narrow gauge is the standard; Japan, Indonesia, Taiwan, New Zealand, South Africa, and the Australian states of Queensland, Western Australia and Tasmania have a 3 ft 6 in (1,067 mm) gauge,

            whereas Vietnam, Malaysia and Thailand have metre-gauge railways.
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            Looks like Hungary is not 3’6″ as I had thought

            The railway network consists of 7,893 km, its gauge is 1,435 mm (4 ft 8+1⁄2 in) standard gauge and 3,060 km are electrified.

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      • I wonder how Australia and other hot countries with large rail networks – India- cope – perhaps Maori know the answer from the Martians they visited in their Galactic Waka and NZ didn’t pay enough KOha to get the secret.

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    • You think AT are incompetent. Let me tell you a story.

      Years ago, more than 10 years ago, AT bought some new Trains for Auckland and sent their old unsold carriages to Taumarunui and dumped them off, seldom to be thought of again. AT work on the principle, “out of sight, out of mind”..

      AT then claimed they had sold the carriages to some despot country in East Africa, but it appears the sale fell through because at the very last minute, just before they were to be shipped off to the Fuzzy Wuzzy, someone in Africa realised they had been sold a pup, as AT or their Agents had misrepresented the Track/Carriage width of the carriages and the Trains would not fit in Fuzzy Wuzzy land.

      The sale fell through, unsurprisingly. Then claims by AT that they had been sold to India seemed to be bullshit and that sale fell through.

      There, more than 10 years later, the incompetent AT have their carriages rotting in Taumarunui, now covered in graffiti and home to dero’s.

      The Mayor of Ruapehu District Council has been on both AT and Kiwirail’s cases to get rid of them and the Mayor and residents of Taumarunui had been promised by both parties last November that the fucked carriages would be gone by the end of January.

      It is now half way through February this eyesore is still dominant at the entrance to Taumarunui. God knows what the foreign tourists must think when they are greeted by this eyesore when the chokka Northern Explorer pulls in every day.

      Such a good look for a nice place, not! AT do not care, out of sight, out of mind rules. Absolute arseholes with few others capable of challenging for the title.

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  7. An Englishman, Scotsman, Welshman, and Irishman are captured by the Afghan Taliban and sentenced to death by firing squad.
    Before being shot they are asked if they have any last requests:
    The Welshman says “Before I die, I would like to hear 1000 Welsh voices singing ‘Land of my Fathers’”.
    The Irishman says “Before I die, I would like to see 1000 Irish dancers performing ‘Riverdance’”.
    The Scotsmen says “Before I die, I would like to hear 1000 bagpipes playing ‘Scotland the Brave’”.
    “And you, English pig! What is your last request?”
    “For fucks sake, please shoot me first!”

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  8. Martin Bradbury & David Seymour are in a rowboat when they see a little girl drowning. Bradbury tries to save her but only manages to nearly capsize the boat. Seymour pulls him in, then proceeds to WALK across the water & save the little girl.

    Next day on his daily blog Bradbury informs his listeners that Seymour doesn’t know how to swim.

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  9. I was wondering if that super left Scottish communist maniac by the name of Foulkes who is standing for the Greens co leadership is in actual fact Craig Rennie in drag? The similarities are remarkable and he’s totally unelectable even by their standards.

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  10. A teen dad who was meant to be caring for his 5-week-old son so his partner could sleep smoked cannabis several times throughout the night – a move the crown say contributed to the baby’s death after he was struck in the head while being burped and dropped to the floor twice.

    Rawiri Sergeant, of Ruakākā, is on trial in the High Court at Whangārei for manslaughter over the death of his baby, O’Shea Tuhoe Sergeant.

    https://www.nzherald.co.nz/northern-advocate/news/whangarei-teen-faces-trial-for-tragic-death-of-baby-oshea/4PEZRYHPANAN7MDUHLMY42UQOA/

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  11. New Zealand First
    @nzfirst
    Our First Responders and Prison Officers continually risk their personal safety or New Zealanders, and we will honour that personal sacrifice. As part of our coalition agreement, we will Introduce the Protection for First Responders and Prison Officers legislation. This legislation will create a specific offence for assaults on first responders which includes minimum mandatory prison sentences.

    https://twitter.com/nzfirst/status/1757179174614442478

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  12. End of freebie EV top-ups as Vector sells its 12 charging stations to ChargeNet

    Vector’s 12 EV charging stations – at eight locations around Auckland – have been a popular way for electric vehicle owners to score a free top-up.

    But now the lines company has sold them to ChargeNet, and punters will have to pay from February 19.

    https://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/end-of-freebie-ev-top-ups-as-vector-sells-its-12-charging-stations-to-chargenet/TWJB76CAAZC65C6SZSR2ICWIOA/

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    • Let’s get this whole EV fantasy into perspective shall we?

      Figure,nz report that there are 1,205,569 passenger cars/vans in Auckland (presumably that means registered at an Auckland address).

      Vector was operating 12 EV charging stations. Obviously there are others somewhere in Auckland, but still, even if there are a hundred times this number of charging stations operating, this is a pitifully small number of people who can access a charging station for their electric wankmobiles.

      And the ecofucks want everybody to be forced into EVs!!!

      Fuckwits.

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  13. TAYLOR TOAST?
    Fletcher Building has indicated to the ASX that chief executive Ross Taylor may be about to leave as the company contemplates issuing earnings guidance likely to ‘materially vary’ from current analysts’ forecasts. (see page two, three. That letter was not in yesterday’s NZX Halt notice.)

    Fletcher Building [FBU] has indicated that its chief executive Ross Taylor may be about to depart as the construction giant contemplates issuing earnings guidance likely to “materially vary” from current analysts’ forecasts.

    The Fletcher Building shares were put into a trading halt on Monday ahead of the release by the company of half year results on Wednesday morning (February 14).

    Trading was halted on both the NZX and ASX after a request from Fletcher Building. However, the halt in Australia, which appeared to come later and after the Fletcher price had tanked by about 6% across the Tasman, included the release of much more information.

    A letter from law firm Russell McVeagh, acting for Fletcher, said that the full Fletcher board was meeting on Tuesday to “consider a number of matters”, including “potential provisions and impairments and the earnings forecast for the full year”. There was also to be a board sub-committee meeting on Wednesday morning.
    https://www.interest.co.nz/business/126349/fletcher-building-has-indicated-asx-chief-executive-ross-taylor-may-be-about-leave

    It needs breaking up.

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  14. im sure sympathy will flow from the river to the sea for poor minto//////
    https://www.stuff.co.nz/nz-news/350176292/political-activist-complains-police-watchdog-after-being-pepper-sprayed-protest

    play stupid games win stupid prizes!!! laugh at the huge “gash” on his head.. looks like a pin prick, heads bleed like hell and there isnt even much blood but i guess a muppet like minto will tell us he got 50stitches in it.

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  15. It’s murder…not manslaughter.

    Naya Ropiu Fabian Wharekura pleads guilty to manslaughter in ‘drug deal gone wrong’

    Wharekura lunged at Parekura and stabbed him in his left side before turning around and attacking McGregor in an almost identical way.

    Parekura fell to the ground and bled to death while McGregor’s girlfriend used a shirt to apply pressure to his wound.

    https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/naya-ropiu-fabian-wharekura-pleads-guilty-to-manslaughter-in-drug-deal-gone-wrong/OKHZKQRYMRFB5HYPJZSZTOW7HQ/

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  16. Good ole Harvard…layers upon layers of deception.

    Errors found in dozens of papers by top scientists at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
    Harvard-affiliated research institute seeks retractions on six papers and corrections for 31 others

    Dozens of papers by the head of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and three senior DFCI researchers need to be retracted or corrected, the institute affiliated with Harvard Medical School has concluded after a freelance data sleuth alleged that they are “hopelessly corrupt with errors.”

    https://www.science.org/content/article/errors-found-dozens-papers-top-scientists-dana-farber-cancer-institute

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  17. Whoever is in charge of public relations & image spinning at Countdown must be wondering what is going to hit them next. On top of the rats & mice throwing parties in their unhygenic supermarkets they’re copping another round of criticism over the amount of info they’re collecting on the few customers they must have left.

    From https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/woolworths-can-record-licence-plates-video-audio-of-shoppers-and-link-to-everyday-rewards-card/C6SS45EX7RGKVBE3G7EHVEMT4I/

    ……”Tucked away under a privacy policy link in the terms and conditions of Everyday Rewards, it states the information gathered from customers includes not only full names, dates of birth and phone numbers but also images or audio recordings, IP address, email and other contact addresses.”…….

    I’ve been known to criticise Pak n Sav for the length of their queues & as I’m not a waiting type of person I avoid them like the plague. Now I can add Countdown to the list for entertaining vermin & trying for more of my personal info than a government department.

    New World it is then.

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    • nasska, good for you to believe countdown is the only place engaging in this behaviour. i think you may starve if you find out the truth.

      a couple weeks ago i sat in the car at new world while mrs sb shot in for a few things, from what i could see the new world car park has the most surveilance ive ever seen, more so then a bank.
      about 11 cameras just in the carpark, then when you go instore theres a couple every isle and above/behind every checkout. 2mins in a supermarket and youre likely on at least 40 cameras viewed from all angles.

      service stations all have number plate recognition too, the cops have proven to abuse that system through covid too.

      face it youre under the thumb of big brother whether you want to or not.

      i note at the bottom of that link some ditz bimbo cut up her card…. yeah thats gunna stop it!!!! shes already signed her life away on it.

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      • They can take as many photos as they like but unless they can link them to an ID they’re worthless. There are more than a few cops who believe that everyone should have a criminal record as it makes policing much easier if they know who they’re dealing with.

        But the part of the story that really boils my piss is the wall to wall vermin. Not content with ripping us off & recording the process they want to kill us too!

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        • do you pay via cash or swipe a card?

          unless youre a strict cash only kinda guy then they know who you are. wouldnt e suprised if they get details from your phone too as you wander around the store.

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        • ,,,that really boils my piss is the wall to wall vermin..

          Well Nasska it is not just the liebour pardy that are wall to wall vermin….
          You have to factor in the greens (from the sliver to the shoplifted tee) and Te pati Crooked Tamihere/barcoded visage !!

          just sayin’

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  18. Napier Mongrel Mob member Hagen Henare robbed man a week after release from jail

    A Mongrel Mob member with a history of kidnapping and violence was involved in an aggravated robbery within a week of being released from prison.

    Now Hagen Taraiwa Wiremu Henare is back behind bars again.

    https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/napier-mongrel-mobster-with-violent-history-robs-man-a-week-after-release-from-jail-gets-sent-back-to-prison/B3VM4M4YO5DBBD7WBLNEVP5QTQ/

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  19. Braybots@1902

    Unfortunately, this is nothing new.

    Some 50 years ago, the job that I was doing was in a location which gave me a very clear view over a carpark serving a very upmarket shopping mall ( No location and no I wasn’t a security guard; the view was merely a bonus to my work).

    On this particular day, the carpark was full with BMW’s, Porsche’s etc, and down the middle of it came a rather scruffy individual who seemed to be looking at the vehicles in a way that was more than just mere curiousity.

    As I watched, he then started to try the doors of various cars until he found one vehicle, (A Volvo station wagon) which had an unlocked rear rear door, opened it up, then slid inside, closing the door behind him.

    He was now lying on top of whatever load was inside the vehicle.

    By now I was on the phone to Plod who said that yes, a Patrol Car would arrive shortly, and requested that I stay on the phone to keep them informed about what was happening. This I did.

    The chap in the ‘wagon meanwhile, evidently finding something to his liking, then opened the vehicle’s rear door, exited and closed the door behind him.

    He was now carrying a brown-coloured gym bag – the sort used to carry squash or badminton racquets and ‘sports gear’.

    He then walked away, casually and in absolutely no hurry, and while heading towards the exit, actually passing the inbound Patrol car as he did so!!

    I told the operator on the phone about this, and after turning-around somewhat rapidly before going back out onto the adjacent road, Plod eventually found and apprehended him.

    He eventually appeared in court and was sent to jail for theft and breaking and entering.

    So far, so good, but the kicker was that he had been released from the local jail only HALF AN HOUR before I saw him!

    I subsequently asked a NZ Corrections Dept acquaintance about this and while not knowing the case personally, he hypothesised that the ‘theft’ was effectively a means to return to the thief’s ‘Home’ and ‘Family’ (Especially if he had known nothing else since ‘first offending’ as a teenager), and that low-level thefts as I have described were surprisingly-common and effectively a means to achieve that aim, especially amongst long-term inmates.

    While not suggesting that this is what happened in the instance described in your post, the similarities are certainly there…

    Thank you.

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  20. Here we go again.

    Whitianga rest home: Influenza outbreak, six dead

    Six residents at Whitianga Care Centre and Village have died from an influenza outbreak in the space of 12 days.

    Care centre owner Oceania Healthcare confirmed the deaths to Waikato Herald and identified the strain of flu as influenza A. The virus was first identified in the centre on January 26 and all of the fatalities occurred between January 28 and February 8.

    Dr Felicity Dumble from Te Whatu Ora Health New Zealand, said they were notified of an outbreak with influenza-like symptoms at a Whitianga aged residential care centre on January 28.

    “The National Public Health Service (NPHS) provided information and guidance for managing the outbreak.

    https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/whitianga-rest-home-influenza-outbreak-six-dead/HJUC2B4US5DNTJEOHGJTLUWH6I/

    “From a NPHS perspective, the outbreak was closed on February 9 based on no further spread of the illness.”

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