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  1. The MSM in this country can be a bunch of dishonest arseholes and can twist things to suit their own agenda. The Statue of Captain Cook was vandalised in Christchurch last Tuesday night. At least Chris Lynch Media (who is not mainstream) reported the vandalism as this.

    https://www.chrislynchmedia.com/news-items/captain-cook-statue-vandalised-in-politically-motivated-attack

    But “The Press” well “Stuff” had to report it as this:

    “A statue of British coloniser Captain James Cook in Christchurch’s Victoria Square has been twice vandalised.”

    https://www.thepress.co.nz/nz-news/350182571/captain-cook-statue-defaced-politically-motivated-action-anniversary-his-death

    It seems “The Press” do not know the definition of the word “Coloniser” and are are just muttering the Maori Party’s lame mantra about Captain James Cook. Here is the Merriam-Webster Definition of “Coloniser” : “one that colonizes : an individual or entity that establishes a colony or colonies”:

    Most Dictionary’s have a similar or the same definition.

    James Cook never colonised this country in any way, he never settled here, he passed through on each of his three voyages, he was a Navigator and Explorer, he never established any settlement in this country and he never took control of this country’s inhabitants or land.

    It seems The Press and its owner, Stuff, have great difficulty in even the most simple things, like presenting the truth. The sooner they fail and fall into financial oblivion and their Reporters who write this sort of dishonest shit become unemployed the better off this country will be.

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      • Correct, you only have to look at the Statement demanding a ceasefire by Israel in Gaza put out by Luxon, Albanese and Trudeau this week, all WEF Toadies. Luxon and this Government can’t think or speak for themselves, he needs the support of his WEF mates to do so.

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        • At least Chris Kenny on sky called out the trio.
          He gets some things right.
          Sky have also been reporting on new wind farm proposals using huge areas of farmland.
          Hadn’t noticed until recently that the turbines on the hills by the Napier Taupo road have red lights that flash on and off through the night to warn aircraft .I can see them from my room.

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            • Well they did of course.
              When Cook hauled up in the sounds the local iwi chief bartered his women to the seamen for depositing their semen.
              Can’t remember the objects that were given, probably needles and axes.
              It’s all recorded in Cooks Diaries which are actually quite a good read.
              Readers digest did a short version of them years ago as well. Might still find that at a book fair.

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        • The duplicitous stupidity of these three so-called ‘leaders’ comments on Gaza leaves me speechless.

          The animals who run Gaza (together with around 80% of the population who support them) have been rocket attacking Israel for 20 years on a regular basis before they committed their evil terror assault on October 7th. Southern Israel has been literally depopulated with tens of thousands of Israelis fleeing their homes, towns and kibbutzes – and these grovelling weasels want Israel to stop destroying Hamas!

          Luxon you spineless halfwit. You don’t represent me and you don’t represent any decent New Zealander who has any morality or conscience.

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    • I blame the education system. doesn’t teach Cooks English anymore.

      The destruction of the truth is evident everyday with our politicians , media and generally poorly educated masses.
      Most, I suggest, couldn’t tell us what a dictionary is let alone how to use one, even online.

      They never read, never listen and generally have fucked up brains.

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      • Pretty much all politicians at national level in AU, NZ, US, Canada, UK, Ireland, Euro countries are bought and paid for.
        They are sellouts, by the biggest majority in any party.
        RINO. Republican In Name Only… applies in many parties in the countries today.

        There area few holdouts like Italy but these are temporary.
        Winston peters will be gone in a few years .
        Shame Jones is too lazy to take up the mantel.
        He likes to yak but cant strike fear like Rob’s lad, Winston.

        Politicians are there at the will of their masters.
        They are not there for you.
        It is well established in US National politics that local congressmen/women are largely owned and there are massive funds (PAC) behind them each time now, from business, mostly, but also ‘interested parties’ (Think Soros, B Goates and the like) where they will unseat a sitting member and move the funds to a more, ahem, amenable candidate.

        I would strongly suspect that since 2010 there has been lot of election ‘tampering’ of counts. In these countries, as ‘required’.
        Africa must be laughing hard.

        I don’t believe the 2020 count for NZ or US.
        2019 in AU was an odd one when all indicators were that Scott Morrison would get rolled. He was not. Within a few years All Australia was suddenly Labor (except Tasi) despite the horrific performance at State level of Labor in QLD and VIC. These don’t make sense.

        In NZ 2020 hundreds of thousands of National voters swung over to keep the greens out!! Bullshit. Winston ‘the thorn’ got turfed.
        Many weird results where we know the state apparatus has been corruptly leaning to liebour !!!

        Hence the ‘Uniparty’ terminology.
        flip one for another. little changes.
        ——————-
        so yes….with our politicians , media and generally poorly educated masses….

        The poor education system taken over by the Feminazis at Primary and Secondary (not enough for Science and maths anymore) and universities are stacked with soy boys and rabid psycho anarcho-feminists who would have been committed 70 years ago.

        Yes, all those three elements -politicians, media and education have been corrupted since the march through the institutions that began in earnest 60 years ago.
        How much of that was the price L B Johnson had to pay to get the Presidency???

        MSM Media is so bad now that facts are only really exchanged in formats like this blog. Pretty much as society was 300 years ago where few could read, there was no radio or teevee (a blessing) so people passed on relevant information from one to another via people they could trust.
        How we have regressed.

        THEY are winning.

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  2. good, let it rip and lets have a decent cleanup of scum gang bros and muppet party losers…
    https://youtu.be/msxC-XyEV1I?si=sBheC85HYlpesUxO

    theres a stupid hippy drug rave going on this weekend not far from here, doof doof music all day and all night with drug fucked folk everywhere. couple of bags of fentanyl there will quickly solve the problem… permanently

    just think how much better off nz would be if a bag of the shit were dropped of to every mongrel mob party or funeral!

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  3. https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/politics/2024/02/government-plans-immigration-changes-as-population-grows-at-fastest-rate-since-1946.html
    New Zealand’s population over the second half of last year grew at its fastest rate since 1946, putting our total population now at just over 5.3 million people.

    The Government is planning changes to immigration settings with Finance Minister Nicola Willis saying the door is currently open to too many low-skilled workers.

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    • Oh Willis repeating the mantra. Many of the ones I encounter are better educated that Willis with her worthless degree that we the taxpayers funded for her.
      Thats why they succeed here.
      she better ask the dairy farmers where there help is coming from.
      The truckers where their drivers are coming from.
      The courier companies where their drivers are coming from
      The kiwifruit industry and indeed all the fruit growers where their help is coming from.
      The construction industry where their workers and specialists come from.

      Never done anything notable, never owned any business of note but know all about employing people. Next question where are the stats that show what level of education these immigrants have and lets compare them to our own population and see how that looks.

      Clearly a stupid Woman with out any capacity to explore, engage or to analyse. Indeed a typical Nat lefty.

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      • But, but, but she ‘worked at Fonterra under ‘The Great Leader and Navigator” Theo Spierings ////

        She got ‘real world experience ‘
        The Danone cock up/non-botulism; and the Beingmate losses being great training.
        Paying massive salaries to dickheads like Todd Moo-ller while farmers ran 2 years of losses due to low milk prices.
        Or moving HQ progressively away from dairy producing land (Taranaki. Waikato) to the Auckland waterfront . Way to connect… Not.

        Great business experience, Nicky /////

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  4. Here”s the so called accomplishments according to the chrome dome.

    After years of wasteful spending, absurd projects and higher costs for Kiwis under Labour, the country had its say and gave the Coalition Government a mandate to move quickly, and that’s what we’re doing.

    The Government’s 100-day plan laid out 49 actions we’ll deliver urgently to get our country back on track and – with the end of our first 100 days approaching in a few weeks – I thought I’d give you all an update.

    Among other things, so far we’ve:

    Started reducing public sector expenditure
    Refocused the Reserve Bank on reducing inflation
    Written legislation to repeal the Auckland Regional Fuel Tax on 30 June
    Required primary and intermediate schools to teach an hour each of reading, writing and maths every day
    Banned phones in classrooms from next term
    Stopped work on the Jobs Tax and the costly Auckland Light Rail project
    Began work to get our transport agencies building new roads
    Repealed the Ute Tax
    Stopped blanket speed limit reductions
    Reintroduced 90-day trials and cancelled fair pay agreements
    Repealed Three Waters
    Abolished Labour’s prisoner reduction target
    Improved security for health workers by putting security guards in more emergency departments.

    These are just some of the actions we’ve taken and there’ll be many more to come as we clean up the mess left by Labour and rebuild our economy, restore law and order and deliver better health and education.

    Keep an eye out this Sunday as I deliver my State of the Nation speech where I’ll share more about where the country’s at and how this Government is working relentlessly to get it back on track.

    Thank you,
    Christopher

    Not one resignation of a top Public Service leader, Yes Minister. until next time.
    Put a stop to well-thought-out infrastructure spending.
    Hasn’t got rid of the carbon bullshit indeed looks like he will make if more profitable.
    Hasn’t stopped funding the press but had his cronies listen to them whinge the other day. WHY?
    Seems to have forgotten to do anything about introducing tougher benefit qualifications.
    Still panders to the early immigrants. Hasn’t learnt that lesson yet.
    Hasn’t canned the Waitangi tribunal which should just about been no 1. on the list.
    Plenty to do and not much action.
    Oh and no money to train more policeman nor build another jail nor have the fixed the Three Strikes.
    Still giving our cash to the UN and Ukraine and considers that Russia is our enemy.

    Still lot to do in the few days remaining.
    don’t hold your breathe.

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  5. Woolworths have installed a medical machine, that for $5 and a urine sample, would diagnose any condition.

    When my mate went with a sore elbow, the computer printout read…

    “You have tennis elbow. Soak it in warm water and avoid heavy work for 2 weeks”

    Impressed, my mate wondered if he could fool the machine. He mixed tapwater with dog shite, urine samples from his wife and daughter, and then pleasured himself into the mixture. When he tipped it into the machine the next day, the printout read:

    “1. Your tapwater is too hard. Use softener.

    2. Your dog has ringworm. Give it antibiotics.

    3. Your daughter is on cocaine. Get her to rehab.

    4. Your wife is expecting twins. Not yours. Get a lawyer.

    5. If you keep playing with yourself, your fucking elbow won’t get better!”

    Thank you for shopping at Woolworths.”

    🤣🤣

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  6. Following my joke last week about the Holy Quran & the large number of private messages from Muslims that followed it, I would like to make the following statement:

    “Islam is a religion based on peace, love & respect & this is the central message of the Qur’an. As such I offer a full apology for making the claim that it encourages suicide bombing & violence.”

    OK, there – I said it. Now can you please stop sending me death threats?

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  7. So some dumb immigrants according to Willis.

    “We don’t actually spend all day studying,” Belle said. “It’s more like efficiently studying and I think that’s more important.

    “One thing I do I think is very important is always ask a lot of questions,” added Ena. “So even the smallest things, very pedantic questions I would ask them just to be sure.”
    Head of senior school Julie Fuge put it down to the girls’ curiosity.

    “They come in, they’re eager to learn and are asking quite insightful questions that sometimes make you go away and think, and you have to come back with answers,” Fuge said.

    “It’s really lovely to have that, I think they’re challenged to look outside the box.”

    St Cuthbert’s College twins Belle and Ena Yin’s record haul.

    https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/st-cuthbert-college-twins-belle-and-ena-yin-achieve-18-nzqa-scholarships-as-part-of-record-hauls/DTSOVDMEZVDW5OMP67EKZ34IIQ/

    Just some dumb immigrants in Willis words.

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    • pretty sure they didnt come here to drive ubers or sell vapes and boubon.

      nats were hoping an immigration flood would kickstart the housing market… turns out that dosent work if theyre all minimum wage losers.

      we need blanket bans on many countries unless theyre of actual high value.

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        • says the old coot in a dimentia ward. do you think they could have the brains to resurect your precious DNZ party that the low iq pig wrecked?

          if those girls are as intelligent as you think they are then they wouldnt have chosen such a shithole education system to excel in… if theyre as smart as you think then they will flee nz in the next few years and live a better and more high paying life abroad.

          95% of the folk that move to nz are shit quality and should never have been allowed in, but i guess a precious bleeding heart loser such as yourself would have a cry and think theyre all great.
          you only like cheap low quality immigrants so you can exploit them in your curtain sweat shop.

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          • A lot are also just looking for access to Aussie, too. Quite a percentage of one of my Indian mates’ friends have crossed the ditch.

            That’s the thing, too. Immigrants generally don’t have the same connection to here as someone born here. We’re just another stopover. Home is still somewhere else.

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            • alot of my pommy mates over the years done the same, pretty much within months being able to legally enter and work in aussie their families would move there.
              i guess nz is just viewed as a mandatory jail sentence to make them elegible for aussie.

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    • I can totally understand what he is talking about because I worked for a company that was similar —much smaller but built up around the same structure. A collection of smaller businesses that were given a lot of autonomy. I managed one of those businesses and the result was the people working in each business unit treated that business as almost their own. We often had no idea what some of the other businesses were or were doing.
      Then the long standing CEO retired and they bought in a guy who had run a large division of a NZ company overseas. He managed to wreck the company (which was publicly listed) within 2-3 years because he did exactly what that guy did at Fletchers. In Fletcher’s case the Board need to take some responsibility because the cracks must have been appearing when the guy was there or soon after –such as many good, long serving employees leaving the company etc.

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      • Have not read it; but the plonker that wrecked Carter Holt Harvey- CHH- in the early 2000’s was Chris Liddell .

        He ‘atomised’ the company into 32 (AFAIR) Business units that then had to compete with each other.

        Example . The HR Dept (oh yay) was separated out with the academic view that it could do recruitment for other companies as well as CHH Business Units.
        The reality- not the academic claptrap – was that immediately the experienced recruiter agencies – Hays, Robert Half – or whomever offered deals to the other 31 Bus Units.
        so the Recruitment Business Unit got bugger all work and the other Business units were paying money outside the Group.

        It was a failure but by then Liddell had secured his role at International Paper in the US, then jumped over to Microsoft, finished early there etc etc
        He really screwed it and the non-employee , motivated entrepreneur, Graham Hart picked out the bits he wanted.

        I think Fletchers never fully recovered from Hugh Fletchers vandalism in the late 1980s/90s. It should have; but Fletcher Building has always stumbled.

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  8. Not much comment here on the NZDF vs Covid mandates court case that was ruled in favor of the NZDF claimants. Same lawyer is handling the NZTSOS case, so they are hoping for a similar ruling. If that does occur, that will be a huge win for Freedom of Choice and human rights.

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  9. The contrast.

    This:
    Infideliter 🇳🇿✖⚖✖🇳🇿
    @Infideliter2022
    Heard today from a very reliable source that the remains of up to 120 Spanish/Portuguese sailors were discovered on the Mataka Peninsular in the last two weeks. Apparently its been hushed up by the relevant authorities. Why?
    Any Xers in the Bay of Islands heard/confirm anything?
    The claim is pre Māori.
    https://twitter.com/Infideliter2022/status/1758398288573960252

    With this:
    https://twitter.com/OrangaTomatoe/status/1758409716483698706

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  10. Commander DC – NZ Politics Group (Gab)
    @nzpoliticsgroup
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    Alert🔴🚨🚨

    HIPKINS TO RESIGN ⁉️ – Unconfirmed

    A little birdie told me that Hipkins has been in a top secret meeting with officials today 2 discuss his upcoming resignation.

    As you know his popularity has PLUMMETED since the election which is now affecting the party itself.

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    • I had often written off Winston as a gravy-training bauble racketeer in the past, but when I read the NZF policies leading up to the election I thought they made a lot of sense and so I voted NZF.

      I’m so glad I did. Thank you Winston for seeing the country’s challenges for what they are. And thank you also to ACT; together both of these ‘junior’ coalition parties offer the only hope of reversing the decline of our country by forcing National to at least partially get off the fence in some important areas. Fingers crossed.

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      • Leighton Smith interviewed him on his podcast a couple of weeks ago. I’m only part way through it but it is worth a listen. In places Winston is quite diplomatic but as he explains he is the Foreign Minister, so he takes the job seriously

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  11. Beggar groups travel to Rotorua to make up to $400 a day from ‘generous’ locals

    Organised begging gangs are believed to be travelling to Rotorua because the city has become known as “generous” to the homeless – with some boasting they can make up to $400 a day.

    It has prompted local homeless people to ask them to move from their turf.

    https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/beggar-groups-travel-to-rotorua-to-make-up-to-400-a-day-from-generous-locals/QTRCFGRNPNFEBG3ZKN2NZSS7PQ/

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  12. Alexei Navalny (an opponent of Putin) has died in prison, so the globalists come out blaming Putin and they are going to get him for it (according to Von der Leyen from the EU). Hearing of his death I thought it was a co-incidence so soon after Tucker’s interview and the “conspiracy theorist” in me said I would not be surprised if the CIA or NATO knocked him off.

    Then this this video surfaces –https://twitter.com/i/status/1758554299120939222

    Who knows what hell is going on ?

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  13. No new immigrant is to be homeless, or lack a place he can call home.

    No one was asked. [about the replacement Immigration]
    https://youtu.be/-PE-f_ar30U
    4 mins 18 secs : Feb 15th 2024 : Modernity : Paul Joseph Watson.

    So the Council sends a requisition notice to the house these people own;- pushing the point that it was not up to compliance whatever, & nobody lives there. …. yeah right ….
    – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – —
    Doctor Zhivago (1965) – Scene 8/16: Returning Home
    https://youtu.be/D5ikX1e7TrQ?t=19
    4 mins 28 secs :

    The point is made in 2 minutes 20 secs on the bureaucracy is looking to subdue us.
    A good reminder on how we are to be reformed, in the Great Reset, Build Back Better, agendas, or whatever fancy name bought to mind.
    – – – – – – – – – – — – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –
    And so New Zealand is signed up to the UN Global Migration Pact also which at some stage will bite NZ’ers in the arse, as the bureaucracy will find ways to do these things for the “common good” reasons.
    The hand brake may be on via Winston Peters? but afterward? ? ?

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  14. FROM LUXFLAKES FB PAGE
    (Although I doubt that he will red it or deign to answer the poster).

    Dear Mr Luxon:

    Let me get this straight. You are calling for Israel to grant a ceasefire in Gaza, and by so doing, giving Hamas time to regroup, re-arm, and then, at some future date, when they deem it expedient, do EXACTLY what they have done several times already, namely resume their attacks on the nation and peoples that they are determined to destroy.

    Have you not read the Hamas Charter which explicitly states that their SOLE purpose is to destroy EVERY Jew that they come across in a manner similar to that they demonstrated during their recent attacks? THAT is Hamas’ avowed purpose, and something they quite happily boast about, and which is why all and any ‘Aid’ to Gaza is largely funnelled into armaments and provisions for ONLY Hamas and it’s toadies.

    On the basis of this, and while now KNOWING exactly what Hamas’ intentions are and always will be, If YOU can now PERSONALLY live with the deliberate destruction of an entire peoples (Those [Especially Jews], living in Israel) on your conscience, then so be it, but as the PM of a supposedly-civilised nation, I would suggest that your call is at best naive, and at worst antisemitic and not befitting your role as PM of this country.

    You have made your position known, I just hope that you can live with whatever consequences may result.

    Thank you.

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    • Komata, what shits me is, there was a ceasefire on 6th October. It was not Israel that broke it but this bald headed Git of a PM, along with his new found PM friends in Australia and Canada, is now telling Israel to cease fire on those who originally broke it and be kind to Hamas and those who support Hamas. Why?

      Where is this fools logic?

      And of course, he is doing this as one of Five Eyes while spying on both Hamas and Israel. Long bow I know but Nude Nut hardly has clean hands himself.

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  15. Some of you may recall & wonder about David Henderson & his long battle with IRD NZ.

    ….. 17th Feb. 2024 ….. [David] Henderson wrote a book about his Inland Revenue fight, titled Be Very Afraid. [published 1999]
    The book in turn inspired a 2007 movie, We’re Here to Help, ….

    https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/christchurch-property-developer-dave-henderson-pushes-for-day-in-court/KTM4BEORXFCRBCS6C74XBAEOZA/

    And so another lot of charges from bygone years;– are stayed & not withdrawn, through the years.

    And earlier article 15 Oct, 2008
    https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/henderson-in-trouble-with-the-taxman-again/ZX6ORQWHZOWOSZDOHILYIGGC4M/

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  16. so like i hve said that stupid woman so called finance minister is no better than the last bastard, when it comes to not telling the truth or telling all the facts. what a fucking disgrace she and he baldhead prick of a boss is.

    ‘Perfect storm’: KiwiRail reveals what led to mega ferry cost blowout

    KiwiRail has dragged up an old stoush over the location of its Cook Strait mega ferry terminal in Wellington to explain why project costs ballooned to almost $3 billion.

    The Government has declined KiwiRail’s request for an extra $1.47 billion, scuppering the Inter-island Resilience Connection (iReX) project.

    As KiwiRail bosses fronted a select committee today, they issued a stark warning that new infrastructure will be needed, regardless of the fate of iRex, because the wharf at Port Marlborough is at “a very end-of-life state”.

    Finding second-hand ferries to replace KiwiRail’s ageing Interislander fleet won’t be easy either. Shipbrokers estimate just 22 ships in the world would be suitable and none of them is for sale.
    Finger pointing over location of Wellington terminal

    KiwiRail chief executive Peter Reidy told the transport and infrastructure select committee there was significant time lost deciding on the location of the terminal in Wellington which contributed to cost escalations.

    KiwiRail wanted a single-user terminal at King’s Wharf in downtown Wellington to accommodate the new mega ferries.

    But other stakeholders, including the regional and city councils, CentrePort, NZTA and Bluebridge, preferred Kaiwharawhara.

    There were concerns water sports would be put at risk with a terminal at King’s Wharf, and the size of a parking and traffic management area required to service it would decrease the amenity value of the area.

    KiwiRail backed down at the end of 2020 and was left with only a few months to work on the Kaiwharawhara option before a detailed design business case was finalised in June 2021, Reidy said.

    “It was a bit of a sprint.”

    ‘KiwiRail must be s***ing themselves’: Cook Strait ferry cost blowout lands with Nicola Willis
    Billion dollar blowout: Govt declines to fund Cook Strait mega-ferry project
    KiwiRail visited South Korean shipyard after Government scuppered ferries

    “The amount of geotechnical work that had been done in Kaiwharawhara, which was quite different from King’s Wharf, was very immature.”

    Reidy said natural hazard risk modelling has changed since then and the fallout from the likes of the Kaikōura earthquake is still being filtered into building standards.

    The Kaiwharawhara site meant building on an earthquake plate that required 270 piles going 70 metres into the ground, he said.

    The seismic risks alone accounted for a $250 million increase in costs.

    There was also a flood risk that required the site to be raised by 1 metre, Reidy said.

    Board chairman David MacLean stressed the project’s cost blowout was not driven by the size of the ships but rather a “perfect storm of factors” including the change of the terminal location, the seismic code, and inflation.

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    KiwiRail has dragged up an old stoush over the location of its Cook Strait mega ferry terminal in Wellington to explain why project costs ballooned to almost $3 billion.

    The Government has declined KiwiRail’s request for an extra $1.47 billion, scuppering the Inter-island Resilience Connection (iReX) project.

    As KiwiRail bosses fronted a select committee today, they issued a stark warning that new infrastructure will be needed, regardless of the fate of iRex, because the wharf at Port Marlborough is at “a very end-of-life state”.

    Finding second-hand ferries to replace KiwiRail’s ageing Interislander fleet won’t be easy either. Shipbrokers estimate just 22 ships in the world would be suitable and none of them is for sale.
    Finger pointing over location of Wellington terminal

    KiwiRail chief executive Peter Reidy told the transport and infrastructure select committee there was significant time lost deciding on the location of the terminal in Wellington which contributed to cost escalations.

    KiwiRail wanted a single-user terminal at King’s Wharf in downtown Wellington to accommodate the new mega ferries.

    But other stakeholders, including the regional and city councils, CentrePort, NZTA and Bluebridge, preferred Kaiwharawhara.

    There were concerns water sports would be put at risk with a terminal at King’s Wharf, and the size of a parking and traffic management area required to service it would decrease the amenity value of the area.

    KiwiRail backed down at the end of 2020 and was left with only a few months to work on the Kaiwharawhara option before a detailed design business case was finalised in June 2021, Reidy said.

    “It was a bit of a sprint.”

    ‘KiwiRail must be s***ing themselves’: Cook Strait ferry cost blowout lands with Nicola Willis
    Billion dollar blowout: Govt declines to fund Cook Strait mega-ferry project
    KiwiRail visited South Korean shipyard after Government scuppered ferries

    “The amount of geotechnical work that had been done in Kaiwharawhara, which was quite different from King’s Wharf, was very immature.”

    Reidy said natural hazard risk modelling has changed since then and the fallout from the likes of the Kaikōura earthquake is still being filtered into building standards.

    The Kaiwharawhara site meant building on an earthquake plate that required 270 piles going 70 metres into the ground, he said.

    The seismic risks alone accounted for a $250 million increase in costs.

    There was also a flood risk that required the site to be raised by 1 metre, Reidy said.

    Board chairman David MacLean stressed the project’s cost blowout was not driven by the size of the ships but rather a “perfect storm of factors” including the change of the terminal location, the seismic code, and inflation.

    KiwiRail board chairman David MacLean stressed the project’s cost blowout was not driven by the size of the ships but rather a “perfect storm of factors. Photo / Mark Mitchell
    KiwiRail board chairman David MacLean stressed the project’s cost blowout was not driven by the size of the ships but rather a “perfect storm of factors. Photo / Mark Mitchell

    Chief capital planning and asset development officer David Gordon said they were keen on King’s Wharf because it was closer to the CBD and they knew Kaiwharawhara was a seismically active zone.

    “GW [Greater Wellington, the regional council] and everybody else said: ‘No we don’t want you there’.

    “They weren’t paying for it but there comes a point in time with any project, if every stakeholder is against what you want to do . . . at some point, you’ve got to give up the fight.”
    Stark warning over state of port infrastructure

    Reidy acknowledged the Government’s decision to move on from the mega ferries.

    However, he issued a stark warning about the state of portside infrastructure on either side of Cook Strait.

    “The terminals have to be built. New Zealand, that’s all of us, has to find a solution. Port Marlborough wharf has probably got about two to three years left. It is at a very end-of-life state. You talk to CentrePort, there’s work we’ve got to do as well.”

    This infrastructure, enabling a safe and resilient Cook Strait crossing, was of national significance, McLean said.

    “The question we have always struggled with is: Why was KiwiRail building terminals? We are not a wharf owner.

    “We were sort of carrying most of the cost with the Government of that and running the project but that’s not necessarily the only answer.”
    In the market for secondhand ships

    Before Christmas, Reidy suggested part of the iRex plan could be salvaged and that the mega ferries could still be built and then sold instead.

    But Finance Minister Nicola Willis said this was a risky strategy and Reidy announced yesterday that KiwiRail has officially started discussions to terminate the contract with Hyundai Mipo Dockyard (HMD) to build the ferries.

    Reidy said they were now in the market for second-hand ships.

    But they need to find ships built after 2010 which have redundancy built into their mechanical systems, Reidy said.

    “If we don’t find ships that are of that level, we are just replacing our ships with other old ships with no redundancy.”

    Having this redundancy would avoid situations like when Kaitaki lost power in Cook Strait last year and issued a mayday call because all four engines shut down when there was a problem with the one cooling system.

    McLean said there was a shortage of second-hand ships and there was a huge queue for getting new ones built.

    Indications from shipbrokers were that there were only 22 second-hand ships in the world that would meet KiwiRail’s criteria, including the capability to cross Cook Strait’s notorious waters, and none of them was for sale, McLean said.

    However, that could change if KiwiRail had an active bid in the market, he said.

    The $551m fixed-price contract to build the new ferries has proven to be a good price.

    If the same contract were signed today, KiwiRail estimated the cost could increase by as much as 40 per cent.

    KiwiRail had spent $424m on the iRex project as of the end of December. Of this, $90m was spent on the ships, $300m on the terminals, and the rest on programme management costs.

    This does not include the cost of breaking the ship-building contract which is still being negotiated.

    https://www.newstalkzb.co.nz/news/business/kiwirail-reveals-what-led-to-cook-strait-mega-ferry-cost-blowout/

    So Willis has some explaining to do. It ain’t the ships its the land costs driven by Govt. intervention. Always stuck out like dog balls. the bitch should quit before she wrecks more of the economy. Perhaps she should do the benefit bit instead. and perhaps they should sort out the shit between councils and their nice to haves etc. Might even be better to build it up at Mana. shorter route and not earthquake prone to the same extent. We did have a passenger Ferry there for a while. Went to Nelson IIRC.

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  17. For anyone who has the fucking nerve to tell me that we need to pay for water have a read
    At first I thought this was funny….Then I realised the awful truth of it. Be sure to read all the way to the end! Think bin charges need to be added in too.
    Tax his land,
    Tax his bed,
    Tax the table
    At which he’s fed.
    Tax his work,
    Tax his pay,
    He works for peanuts
    Anyway!
    Tax his cow,
    Tax his goat,
    Tax his pants,
    Tax his coat.
    Tax his tobacco,
    Tax his drink,
    Tax him if he
    Tries to think.
    Tax his car,
    Tax his gas,
    Find other ways
    To tax his ass.
    Tax all he has
    Then let him know
    That you won’t be done
    Till he has no dough.
    When he screams and hollers;
    Then tax him some more,
    Tax him till
    He’s good and sore.
    Then tax his coffin,
    Tax his grave,
    Tax the sod in
    Which he’s laid.
    When he’s gone,
    Do not relax,
    It’s time to apply
    The inheritance tax.
    Accounts Receivable Tax
    Airline surcharge tax
    Airline Fuel Tax
    Alcohol Tax
    Airport Maintenance Tax
    Building Permit Tax
    Cigarette Tax
    Cooking Tax
    Corporate Income Tax
    Goods and Services Tax (GST)
    Death Tax
    Driving Permit Tax
    Environmental Tax (Fee)
    Excise Taxes
    Income Tax
    Fishing License Tax
    Food License Tax
    Petrol Tax (too much per litre)
    Gross Receipts Tax
    Health Tax
    Heating Tax
    Inheritance Tax
    Interest Tax
    Lighting Tax
    Liquor Tax
    Luxury Taxes
    Marriage License Tax
    Medicare Tax
    Mortgage Tax
    Pension Tax
    Personal Income Tax
    Property Tax
    Poverty Tax
    Prescription Drug Tax
    Real Estate Tax
    Recreational Vehicle Tax
    Retail Sales Tax
    Service Charge Tax
    School Tax
    Telephone Tax
    Value Added Tax
    Vehicle License Registration Tax
    Vehicle Sales Tax
    Water Tax
    Workers Compensation Tax
    Tax (GST) on Tax.
    And Now they want a blooming Carbon Tax!
    STILL THINK THIS IS FUNNY?
    Not one of these taxes existed 100 years ago, & our nation was one of the most prosperous in the world… We had absolutely no national debt, had a large middle class,a huge manufacturing base, and Mum stayed home to raise the kids.
    What in the Hell happened? Could it be the lying parasitic politicians wasting our money?
    Oh, and don’t forget the relatively new bank charges….
    And we all know what we think of Bankers.

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    • From Paul Craig Roberts
      https://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2024/01/18/americans-enslaved-themselves-to-the-state-when-they-accepted-the-income-tax/

      long read
      some extracts

      …..It was not until 1913, 137 years after the Declaration of Independence established a free people who are no longer free, that there was an income tax.

      …The threshold for being subject to income tax was high, and the first rate was 1%. The Georgia legislature voted to ratify the amendment because as one legislative leader concluded, “there’s no one in Georgia with an income high enough to be subject to the tax.

      …1913 was also the year that the Federal Reserve, with its policy of depression, inflation, recession, and inflation, was established and unleashed on America, and it was also the year that World War I and its inflation was about to be launched by the French, Russian, and British Governments. War and inflation quickly brought income tax home to insouciant Americans who thought they were exempt.
      ——————-
      Goo-mints never give back; they take more and more
      Your returns do not increase with that.

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  18. Green backlash: ‘Centrist’ Karl Tiefenbacher provisional winner of Wellington City Council byelection
    It’s a Green backlash in Wellington this afternoon as locals have voted in self-described centrist Karl Tiefenbacher in the city council byelection – replacing former Green councillor Tamatha Paul.

    Wellington was out of step with the National-led Government in last year’s general election when Paul and Julie Anne Genter turned two safe Labour electorates Green.

    Paul previously won the Pukehīnau/ Lambton ward for a second term in 2022, with the highest majority of any Wellington City Councillor. She stepped down from her role as councillor last year after securing a seat in Parliament.

    https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/green-backlash-centrist-karl-tiefenbacher-provisional-winner-of-wellington-city-council-byelection/W2W5XT27NJFYDBFER62O3BYJIA/

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  19. New Zealand First
    @nzfirst
    Freedom of speech is fundamental to any democracy. That is why, as part of our coalition agreement, we are protecting freedom of speech by ruling out the introduction of hate speech legislation and stopping the Law Commission’s work on hate speech legislation. The vague and overreaching proposal by the previous government was careless legislating and we’ve stopped it in its tracks.

    https://twitter.com/nzfirst/status/1758690731181654411

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  20. Typical Nats. Pick on those that can’t help themselves and leave the basr-tards that can alone.

    Benefit changes being legislated under urgency will mean people on the equivalent of a disability benefit and their carers will lose out on more than $2300 a year by 2028 – a change equivalent to about 5 per cent of the recipient’s income.
    Social Development Minister Louise Upston has introduced legislation to index benefit rates to CPI inflation rather than wages. Benefits have historically been increased upwards each year by CPI inflation. Benefits will still go up each year, but by thousands of dollars a year less than had the change not been made.

    In 2019, the former Government switched the method of indexation to wages, which is similar to how superannuation rates are calculated. Wages tend to rise faster than inflation, meaning benefit rates would rise higher, faster under Labour’s system. The new Government is reverting to the old system, which officials believe will save the Crown $669.52 million over the next four years. Benefits will still go up each year, but by much less.

    Figures presented to the House modelled what the changes would do to benefit rates; however, they were based on out-of-date assumptions, including a forecast that the Consumers Price Index (CPI) would be higher than wages this year, meaning the change would be net-positive for beneficiaries this year, before those gains ebbed away.

    The Herald has taken the most up-to-date figures from the Beehive to update the figures presented to the House. going to save a paltry 150 million a year.Less than the cost of their chauffeured cars. Arseholes.

    https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/politics/revealed-new-benefit-rates-reduce-forecast-incomes-of-disabled-by-2300-by-2028/XDBRBCHG5JECJATULYNDPDWMQ4/

    they really are inept and fucking disgraceful.
    Less than the cost of their retirement fund and chauffeured cars and air tickets to other places.
    Miserable cunts.

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  21. Its Tiwai time again.

    Tiwai smelter closure would ‘bloody hurt’: Business Chamber.

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    Tiwai Point Aluminium Smelter at night with Bluff Hill in the background. (File photo)
    The Southland Times

    Rio Tinto says it is working as quickly as it can to make a decision on the future of the Tiwai Point Aluminium Smelter in Southland.

    “We continue to work closely with [electricity] generators, Ngāi Tahu, and the community to secure a future for the smelter beyond 2024,” a spokesperson said.

    In the meantime, the Southland Business Chamber said it was taking steps to ensure the region’s engineering and manufacturing businesses were well-prepared for any transition if the smelter closed in December, 2024.

    https://www.stuff.co.nz/business/350170756/tiwai-smelter-closure-would-bloody-hurt-business-chamber

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