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        • Mate, the main drag of Taumarunui can only be navigated with an old 4WD with extra low range manual gearbox, so Cameron Road is a piece of weasels water. However, I just hate to think what it cost to make Cameron Road the obstacle course that it is, a substantial green paint job down both sides of the road, concrete bunds, abutments and divisions for Africa. Some fool has bolted plastic sticks in the road, taken away parking and obviously the Commissioners do not want the local ratepaying businesses to enjoy customers and then ultimately fail. It looks like a failed City Planners paradise to me. I think I prefer the moonscape that is the main drag of Taumarunui.

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          • AH. The commissioners ( much as we dislike them) were not responsible for that contract. That was signed by our piss awful CEO. a former policeman from Wellington. ( One occasion where I would agree with SB.)

            No amount of complaining about bus stops in the cycle lanes and cycle lanes in the car lanes makes a difference. Its what the govt. decreed. Another reason to dislike the Greens and Genter and Labour. It’s all about buses and high rise shit for beneficiaries. I can only hope plenty of these building companies who believe in Labour go belly up faster then they are. Around 120 a month lately. More the fucking better.
            Will the Nats change anything, not likely? They are all hothouse dwellers in their other lives.

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        • If you bloody visitors paid a toll to come here and the tolls were given to our council to build roads that NZTA won’t/haven’t then we would be fine left to our own devices but all the smart arse johnny come lately’s who come here on a free ride won’t do that then moan like an unpaid whore about our roads. Another centralization project that has been wrong forever..

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          • So V2, the Tolled Roads you speak in your little bit of paradise of are SHY 29 and SHY 2, they not local roads, therefore please explain why, when local Council does not control those State Highways, should they be given, Toll revenue.

            All Councils in NZ are given a portion of Road User Taxes collected by NZTA, which should be allocated to roading. If your Commissioners are not spending that RUC in its entirety on roading then that should be taken up with the Commissioners.

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  1. I is here. Morning all, went fishing in Whangarei harbour yesterday. A heap of snapper and a couple of trevally one 63 cm long which is pretty big by Trev standards. Took us forever to cut them all up. All this only 5 minutes from Marsden Cove.

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  2. Until cash incentives that equal incomes from work are removed, the inter-generational problem will continue to plague New Zealand. Yes, there will be downsides to money management. But will they be any worse than the devastating social outcomes that come from unconditional welfare?

    https://www.bassettbrashandhide.com/post/lindsay-mitchell-national-needs-to-go-further?postId=46c5a5e2-5652-41f4-a5e9-6f2847294967&utm_campaign=98271107-7cb6-46cc-a79b-07a748c8d3c1&utm_source=so&utm_medium=mail&utm_content=d341fbf5-1827-45b9-9d77-e8560a297f25&cid=0e30c3c6-5fa5-4aad-8fbb-f511907bcec4

    I would add the bring back youth rates would help. I for one would employ anther person or maybe two. Multiply that and the 30k on job seekers would disappear.

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  3. A Māori elder and climate change spokesperson for the Iwi Chairs Forum—a group of New Zealand tribal leaders—has won the right to sue some of New Zealand’s largest corporate greenhouse gas emitters.

    Mike Smith seeks to establish civil (tort) liability for those emitters’ contributions to climate change, arguing that they have negatively impacted his family’s and tribe’s land, water, and cultural values.
    Earlier this month, the Supreme Court overturned lower court rulings (pdf) which had struck out the claim, meaning he can now present his case to the High Court.

    Mr. Smith is not seeking damages, saying he only wants a safer world. He has raised three causes of action in tort: public nuisance, negligence, and a novel duty to “make corporates responsible to the public for their emissions.”

    https://www.theepochtimes.com/world/nzs-supreme-court-allows-groundbreaking-climate-change-case-to-go-ahead-5587680?utm_source=Aomorningbriefnoe&src_src=Aomorningbriefnoe&utm_campaign=Aomorningbriefnoe-2024-02-19&src_cmp=Aomorningbriefnoe-2024-02-19&utm_medium=Aoemail&cta_utm_source=Aomorningbriefnoecta&est=8JPZOFQATt00aAjyHBQhZGmODmIKwVQSMTDa9GxANQWcWEdbVWW2k8NihWjXr6c%3D

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  4. Frequent administration of mRNA COVID-19 boosters may impair the immune system response in immune-compromised individuals, raising questions about whether giving multiple vaccine doses is more harmful than beneficial.
    According to a narrative review published on Jan. 27 in Clinical and Experimental Medicine, repeated COVID-19 vaccination may increase the likelihood of experiencing SARS-CoV-2 infection and other pathologies. Additionally, receiving multiple doses may result in much higher levels of IgG4 antibodies and impair the activation of white blood cells that help to protect the body from infections and cancer.

    https://www.theepochtimes.com/health/frequent-covid-boosters-in-immunocompromised-may-be-causing-more-harm-than-benefit-new-review-suggests-5583284?utm_source=top5noe&src_src=top5noe&utm_campaign=top5-2024-02-18&src_cmp=top5-2024-02-18&utm_medium=email&est=AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAc%2FEqeh0ByNPbzLQDv2xVRbd1xjyUTaYjpkxfaqmct7pu7cs%3D

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  5. Strangely enough we don’t have too much trouble with the local natives, sure you have a percentage of thieves and drug dealers but most of them work. There are some big employers in Bream Bay, Northsawn Lumber are one of the biggest timber treatment companies in the country. Then you have the refinery now known as channel infrastructure which still employs heaps, Nortport, the stevedores C3, ISL, ISO efc, a lot of people work in the haul out yard and Obelisk Engineering is growing like topsy. Then there are also heaps of small businesses dotted around the place and we had our first cruise ship come in the other week. Marsden Cove is also the most used boat ramp in Northland. The local tribe Patuharakeke are a bunch of perennial bludgers who seem to survive on appeasement from Northport who are trying to get their expansion plans through at the moment. Being a tribe the head honcho is thick as a brick but has the right name. They have virtually no assets – they sold everything years ago and are now trying to manufacture false claims as you do. I can’t see them trying to claim the harbour or stop anyone fishing any time soon. Anyone with a brain is too busy working and nobody cares about the rest.

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  6. Just in case tour beaky freind is watching.

    The average price of a house in Rotorua has risen to $746,000 after the city’s average residential property values increased by 0.4 per cent in three months.

    According to the latest data from the OneRoof Valocity House Value Index, taken at the end of January, property values across the country are up by 0.9 per cent compared to three months ago.

    OneRoof’s latest House Price Report showed property values were up quarter-on-quarter in 90 per cent of suburbs nationwide, with the biggest quarterly lifts in Arrowtown, Mataura and Whitford.

    https://www.nzherald.co.nz/rotorua-daily-post/news/rotorua-property-market-oneroof-house-price-report-shows-turnaround/S647PTMXHVAWDN5FJJGY5LT2BA/

    Tauranga’s average residential property values are up by 1.5 per cent according to the latest data from the OneRoof Valocity House Value Index.

    The data, taken at the end of January, shows property values across the country are up by 0.9 per cent compared to three months ago.

    OneRoof’s latest House Price Report showed property values were up quarter-on-quarter in 90 per cent of suburbs nationwide, with the biggest quarterly lifts in Arrowtown, Mataura and Whitford.

    Of the 793 suburbs with 20-plus settled sales in the last 12 months, more than 40 per cent saw year-on-year value lifts, reflecting the turnaround in the market.

    In Tauranga, this means the city’s average residential property value has risen to $1.09 million.

    Local suburbs with more than 20 settled sales in the year ending January 31 included Mount Maunganui, where property values increased by 3.7 per cent in the last three months to $1.46m.

    Papamoa Beach saw the second-highest three-month increase in suburb property value, a difference of 3.5 per cent.

    https://www.nzherald.co.nz/bay-of-plenty-times/news/tauranga-property-market-oneroof-house-price-report-shows-turnaround/YGVX6VKGVNHTPJUG42O5UGZAIE/

    Gunna piss a lot off. I’m happy.

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  7. Never mind fixing the roads. employee another 400 to catch speedsters.
    sock it to the rod user. so far there efforts havebeen dismal failures but the keep on.

    Our road safety agency is taking over speed and other traffic cameras with plans to massively increase the number of cameras on our highways and more than triple the number of tickets issued each year to 3 million.

    NZTA Waka Kotahi is also planning to increase the number of cameras on our roads from the current 150 fixed and mobile cameras to around 800.

    The plans are laid out in a Privacy Impact Assessment carried out by NZTA Waka Kotahi ahead of the planned high-tech development of a national camera network. Other documents show an expectation the changes will save $1.5 billion and between 1563 and 2431 lives over 20 years.
    https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/politics/revealed-transport-officials-plans-to-quadruple-speed-cameras-triple-traffic-tickets-and-save-lives/XIFM2JACOJF5RJV3GC4CSYCJEI/

    The privacy assessment said: “Over the next 10 years it is intended to expand the road safety camera system to approximately 800 fixed site and mobile cameras.

    “Cameras will be more visible, with fixed cameras clearly signed, and mobile cameras used in a more covert, general deterrence mode.”
    It said: “(NZTA) Waka Kotahi estimates by 2030 it will be processing around 3 million infringements annually, and their processes and technology will be capable of issuing these infringements close to real-time.”

    That was more than three times the current level of camera-sourced ticketing with police headquarters data showing traffic cameras caught 979,319 speeding drivers in 2023.
    NZTA Waka Kotahi estimated a network of 800 cameras would need about 400 staff to “manage the system and its information flows from collection through to prosecution”.

    The road safety agency’s high-tech solution included a plan to use artificial intelligence to carry out the checks needed to see if someone had broken the law, although it “acknowledges the need to strike a balance between efficiencies and maintaining the public’s trust and confidence in the system”.

    “This will mean a balance between automation and maintaining viable human oversight.”

    The expanded camera network would be accompanied by a public relations campaign “explaining the purpose and promoting the role of safety cameras” in a bid to win public support.
    Road to Zero initiative to save lives

    The agency’s regulatory strategic programme lead Tara Macmillan said increasing camera numbers to 800 could save a projected 130 lives a year.

    She said the agency was waiting on a green light from the new Government with plans to increase the camera network designed around the “Road to Zero” road toll initiative launched in 2019 under a Labour-NZ First Government.

    McMillan said the agency’s plans were at a “foundation” stage and the initial steps would see an increase to 200 cameras including point-to-point cameras. The existing network of 150 cameras would be boosted with 24 sites under construction and another 27 sites being scouted, she said.

    Among those were a dozen areas where point-to-point cameras measuring average speed over a distance were planned, she said.

    She said advancing beyond that was down to the Government’s transport priorities. Transport Minister Simeon Brown had been briefed and the agency was awaiting the government priority statement and “clarity around the Government’s priorities and investment envelope”.

    “The transport minister has been very interested in safety cameras. We’ve provided the minister with a lot of information. The Government understands the importance of road safety and are really committed to positive outcomes for New Zealanders.”
    Police said speed was a factor in this 2022 crash which left several youths with critical injuries. Photo / Hayden Woodward
    Police said speed was a factor in this 2022 crash which left several youths with critical injuries. Photo / Hayden Woodward

    McMillan said artificial intelligence as part of the infringement notice regime would not be a part of the revamped system on launch.

    “Initially we’ll be doing manual verifications but that is certainly something that we’re looking at down the track.”

    She said “maintaining the trust and the confidence of New Zealanders” was critical so it would not go ahead without integrity, security and verification checks.

    McMillan said there were also discussions under way with police as to what information it might want from the camera network. That would then be weighed against the Privacy Act and the burden it might place on NZTA Waka Kotahi.

    Documents show NZTA Waka Kotahi largely has to build the network from the ground up with functions held by police at “end of life”. That included the processing of images captured by cameras and a system that would generate and send infringement notices.

    McMillan said the agency would shortly be putting out a contract for tender for the operation of the mobile speed camera vans.
    Transport minister wants cameras to save lives

    Brown wouldn’t be drawn on the camera network expanding to 800 cameras and 3 million tickets.

    He said NZTA Waka Kotahi had funding for an additional 50 cameras to bring the new network to a total of 200. He expected those cameras to be placed in high-risk areas to improve safety.

    “The focus of these cameras is to ensure drivers in these high-risk areas comply with the legal speed limit, reducing the risk of deaths and serious injuries.”

    Brown said he was writing the draft Government Policy Statement on Land Transport as part of the new Government’s 100-day plan and it would have “a strong focus on safety enforcement on our transport network”.

    Documents show the agency’s plan was to use advanced camera technology to have “automated oversight of the roading system”.
    Minister of Transport Simeon Brown. Photo / Alex Cairns
    Minister of Transport Simeon Brown. Photo / Alex Cairns

    That included speed cameras, cameras detecting speeds travelled between two points, red light cameras and, in the future, cameras that detect mobile phone use and seat belt wearing, and those managing transit lanes which require more than one person for legal passage.

    The agency already had trials under way on point-to-point speed cameras in Auckland and, shortly, at Moerewa in Northland.

    The document said in 2019 speed was a factor in 73 fatal crashes and 408 serious injury crashes – and that the introduction of speed cameras in 1993 saw a 23 per cent drop in fatal and serious injury crashes in cities and towns and an 11 per cent drop in rural areas.

    NZTA Waka Kotahi’s assessment of the impact on privacy raised concerns about the level of intrusion into people’s lives and recommended that the information collected be limited to only what was needed. It also said deploying cameras as a “national system” needed “national senior management oversight”.

    The caution around privacy reflects the expanse of the roading camera network and its ability to scan and track number plates – and in some cases even scan body heat through vehicles.

    “Although cameras and recording devices are ubiquitous in our society, these tools are viewed as intrusive and potentially generate emotive commentary alleging unwarranted surveillance systems.

    “Technology systems such as CCTV and surveillance type systems are of considerable public interest.”
    Caution sounded over risks to reputation

    It urged the road safety agency to use the assessment as a “living document” to which it would return “when new uses for cameras are contemplated and when existing deployments are altered or used in different ways”.

    Failure to manage the risks could see the agency “suffer scrutiny and reputational damage” at a national level, the assessment said, which could lead to constraints on expanding the network with “a resultant negative impact on the Road to Zero programme”.

    Labour’s transport spokesman Tangi Utikere said it was important the “primary focus” of an expanded system was road safety and saving lives and not generating revenue from traffic tickets.

    “Fewer deaths on the road and fewer injuries – that’s the key thing.”
    Five teenagers were killed in a high speed crash in Timaru in 2021.
    Five teenagers were killed in a high speed crash in Timaru in 2021.

    Road safety campaigner Clive Matthew-Wilson of the Dog and Lemon Guide said many accidents occurred because of inappropriate but not necessarily illegal speed.

    “Installing cameras on our main highways is not going to affect the majority of offenders. Reckless speeding by idiots is a huge problem on our roads, but these idiots aren’t going to be stopped by a speed camera.”

    Matthew-Wilson said the strategy was designed to “slow down the average driver but the average driver is not the problem”.

    He said automated systems sending out tickets were “useless for the highest-risk offenders”.

    “Almost every study ever done has concluded that the threat of fines and disqualification have zero effect on the groups most likely to cause fatal accidents. You send them a ticket, they add it to the pile. You disqualify their licence, they drive anyway.”

    NZ Council for Civil Liberties chairman Thomas Beagle said he was concerned at the inclusion of artificial intelligence into law enforcement.

    He said our system of law required those accused of a crime to be able to examine the judgment exercised when accusing citizens of wrong-doing.

    It was also a basic rule of the Official Information Act that the Government explain its decision-making and it was difficult to understand how such explanations could be easily extracted from AI, he said.

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  8. A guy picks up a hitchhiker along a dark lonely road.
    The hitchhiker say “Thanks, man. It’s hard to get anyone to stop for me. Everyone worries that I’m some serial killer…LOL.”
    The driver replies, “I hear ya…but I figure what’s the odds of two serial killers being in the same car at the same time?”

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  9. Can the head of a tribe, who is a feather brain, with the right name, ever be replaced?
    Have the right named been tribal leaders ever since they signed the treaty?
    I’m picking the tribal leader got replaced regularly by anyone strong enough and ended up in the pot!

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  10. An Electric Car is like a Special Needs Child, it is in constant need of assistance or attention. But a whole pile of Tossers has given this ugly heap of shit, The Car of The Year.

    Well, I can tell you for a fact it will never be able to do what my V6, 26 year old 4WD Japanese Tank can do.

    An MG4 can’t pull stumps out,
    An MG4 can’t tow a tandem axle trailer for 600kms without refueling.
    An MG4 cant drag a boat to the boat ramp, launch a boat and retrieve it on a slimy ramp.
    An MG4 can’t tow your Caravan to a camp site some 500kms away in the bush without an electric cord being close by.
    Shopping trolly’s don’t bounce off an MG4 in a Supermarket car park.
    An MG4 will never reach 26 years of age and be at only half life.

    And yet my 26 year old V6 4WD Jap tank will never be the COTY

    https://www.drivencarguide.co.nz/news/mg4-wins-2023-new-zealand-car-of-the-year/

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  11. Treatment refractory acute necrotizing myelitis after COVID-19 vaccine injection: a case report

    A 69-year-old lady was admitted to the emergency department due to weakness and hypoesthesia in her hands 1 week after the Sinopharm vaccine injection. MRI showed a cervicothoracic cord haemorrhagic lesion that deteriorated within 48 h. The clinical course was refractory to conservative treatments. She underwent an emergency cervical laminectomy as a salvage treatment. Intraoperative samples were in favour of acute necrotizing myelitis.

    https://journals.lww.com/annals-of-medicine-and-surgery/fulltext/2024/02000/treatment_refractory_acute_necrotizing_myelitis.87.aspx

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  12. Thomas Cranmer
    @CranmerWrites
    It’s very unclear what the Christchurch Call has left to achieve. However OIA docs released in December reveal an interesting development. The Call is not just about terrorism and violent extremism but now is specifically looking at gender-based hatred.

    In a briefing paper to Jacinda Ardern in June 2023, it is noted that NZ is partnering with the US, Microsoft, Twitter and OpenMined to develop an algorithmic tool that is intended to be used by social media companies.

    The paper notes, “We have committed to looking specifically at gender-based (including anti-LGBTQIA+) violence/hatred as a feature of the radicalisation journey.”

    Indeed Ardern has a Senior Policy Advisor with the Call Unit whose lead responsibility is “gender issues”. There doesn’t appear to be any advisors with responsibilities covering terrorism or extremism.

    Why has the Call moved so far from its original purpose and when was the NZ public told of this development?

    https://twitter.com/CranmerWrites/status/1749907865018757573

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  13. Paywalled.

    Unaffordable green dream blacked out by reality
    One hates to be the bearer of bad news to the Tesla drivers of Mosman, but around 80 per cent of your electricity on Saturday night was produced from black coal.

    https://www.theaustralian.com.au/subscribe/news/1/?sourceCode=TAWEB_WRE170_a_TWT&dest=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.theaustralian.com.au%2Fcommentary%2Funaffordable-green-dream-blacked-out-by-reality%2Fnews-story%2Fe5b6f3aa87374cb4cce05992d67cd4f4&memtype=anonymous&mode=premium&v21=GROUPB-Segment-1-NOSCORE&V21spcbehaviour=append

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  14. Well here’s another couple of surprises. The shocks are coming thick and fast at the moment:

    Japan has succumbed to international pressure & allowed Muslim migrants into the country. As you can guess they have seen an uptick in crime, including sexual harassment & rape.
    They chant: “Japan is for the Japanese” “Muslims get out of our country” “Go home street shi*ters”
    https://twitter.com/i/status/1759202933781017083

    And this from Zuckerberg the hypocrite:
    Back before the mRNA Shots were forced on the General Public Mark Zuckerberg was captured warning staff about the mRNA Gene Therapy Jabs.
    https://twitter.com/BGatesIsaPyscho/status/1759121103304192447
    https://twitter.com/i/status/1759121103304192447

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  15. So just who are the real terrorists?
    https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/how-cia-destabilizes-world

    Peace through censorship?? That’ll work.
    https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/natos-new-mission-peace-through-censorship

    Socialism does not redistribute from the rich to the poor, but from the middle class to politicians. (ain’t that the truth)
    https://www.zerohedge.com/political/taxing-billionaires-wont-reduce-taxes-middle-class

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  16. New Zealand has experienced its lowest natural increase in population in 80 years.

    That was despite a 3 per cent increase in the number of women aged between 15 and 49 – when most births occur.

    This combination – fewer births and more women of child-bearing age – resulted in a record-low fertility rate of 1.56 births per woman.

    https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/new-zealand-has-lowest-increase-in-population-as-birth-rate-falls-to-lowest-since-world-war-ii/HR434XTMHFAFZDIEG7AM4SSASY/

    • Millions of teachers in China face losing their jobs as birth rate plunges.

    • Europe’s fertility rate has been stuck around 1.5 births per woman for the past decade. It is far short of the 2.1 needed to maintain population levels.

    • 1 in 10 now 80 or older as country’s birth rate continues to fall in Japan.

    • In the US, the birth rate has been falling, dropping almost 23 percent between 2007 and 2022. Today, the average American woman has about 1.6 children, down from three in 1950, and significantly below the “replacement rate” of 2.1 children needed to sustain a stable population.

    • South Korea has the world’s lowest fertility rate.

    • Thailand’s Birth rate is at a Seven-Decade Low.

    • Singapore saw its lowest ever birth rate ever.

    https://twitter.com/cb_doge/status/1759295956481343741

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    • thanks to porn being so prolific now young women have gone from getting a hot load in the traditional deposit slot to taking it across their face.
      and no thats not a piss take its legit why i rekon lower pregnancy rate, well add in a sprinkling of abortions used as birth control aswell.

      from yarns ive had with a wide range of folk over the years “safe sex” is pretty much non existent except for the odd iud etc hence why sti are rife yet lower pregnancy rates hence my opinions above.

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        • guess the load up the arse goes with the whole porn thing too.

          id also add that the country is getting fatter and uglier so less getting laid??? then i see the state winz bludgers and the average woman on the street with kids in tow and realise fat and ugly is no longer a barrier to getting laid

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          • I’ve known young women in smaller centres who just aren’t interested in the guys there. The “good ones” are taken – the remainder are generally not great prospects in any sense.

            They’re not just being the typical NZ female “I’m a six but think I’m a nine and I deserve to be treated like a queen”, either.

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      • You could perhaps have looked up some detail.
        Several years ago the stats were published about young women getting pregnant. That has dropped drastically as the are educated earlier and because they are encouraged to have a career.
        Might have been Lindsay that published that info from the stats she watches. So not all what you think.
        As for the porn, well we would have to take your word fo all that stuff.

        To much idle time in the tractor then?

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    • The lower birth rate partially be explained by the economy. Inflation making it harder to meet ends.

      Have also noticed an increase in obesity. That’s got to have an affect. Is today’s diet also reducing ones libido?

      Lastly, the covid19 vaccine could have an unintended (or intended) side effect.

      My four cents worth.

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  17. Thomas Cranmer
    @CranmerWrites
    Since the Court of Appeal released its judgment on Friday which ruled that the current NZDF covid mandate is unlawful only yours truly at ZB Plus has run a story. No other media org has touched it. This despite ACT and NZ First issuing press releases today on the judgment and its potential impact on the scope of the Royal Commission of Inquiry.

    Last week, media representatives were at a select committee hearing during which they spoke of the challenges that AI and the tech giants pose for the local media industry. Today they run stories about Taylor Swift and mankinis.

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  18. Stuff asking themselves why they are shit, and ignoring the obvious.
    ‘Hey Watkins, a little advice, you get everything wrong.’

    Who do you turn to for news?

    “This isn’t a ‘poor me’. I know we in the media are hard to love. Over the years we’ve probably made more enemies than we have friends. The public interest journalism fund was the perfect ammunition for those enemies and we did a lousy job of fighting back.

    We don’t help ourselves by getting stuff wrong, either; it’s often little things, not big things. But it’s death by a thousand cuts.”

    https://www.stuff.co.nz/politics/350184643/who-do-you-turn-news

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  19. AREN’T WE DOING WELL!! (FROM LUXFLAKES FB PAGE)

    Although the text below appeared on luxflakes FB page seven hours ago, it doesn’t appear to have posted here yet., so I thought that it might be of interest.

    Make of it as you will.

    ‘Yesterday I gave my first State of the Nation speech as Prime Minister where I was straight up about the major challenges that we face as a country and outlined what our Government is doing to get New Zealand back on track.
    The last few years have been too tough, for too many of you. You were badly let down by a broken and distracted government.
    It’s important to be upfront about the mess left behind by the previous government, but you can be optimistic because we’re going to fix it.
    It is only through a strong economy that we can end the cost of living crisis, lift incomes and deliver better schools and hospitals.
    We are a government of action. We are delivering big changes and I’m incredibly proud of the progress we’ve made as a government in just 82 days as we’ve already achieved so much’

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    • I wonder how many Committees or whatever they called them Labour had set up in the first 82 days in 2017. I know they cost millions but cannot remember one thing that came out of any of them.
      They had nothing to do with the closure of oil exploration, that was a captains call in response to a schoolgirl petition or with the lockdown of this Country. That was the result of a phone call to a friend in London.
      Bitch.

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      • Posted on this this morning. He sent me a letter.

        Today I gave my first State of the Nation speech as Prime Minister where I was straight up about the major challenges that we face as a country and outlined what our Government is doing to get New Zealand back on track.

        The last few years have been too tough, for too many of you. You were badly let down by a broken and distracted government.

        Under Labour, there was too much wasteful government spending, high inflation, high interest rates, an economy in recession, and rising unemployment.

        Despite all of Labour’s spending, violent crime went up, hospital wait-times went up, and education attendance and achievement went down.

        It’s important to be upfront about the mess left behind by the previous government, but you can be optimistic because we’re going to fix it.

        It is only through a strong economy that we can end the cost of living crisis, lift incomes and deliver better schools and hospitals.

        We are a government of action. We are delivering big changes and I’m incredibly proud of the progress we’ve made as a government in just 81 days as we’ve already achieved so much:

        Abolished the Ute Tax
        Cancelled the blanket speed limit reductions.
        Stopped Auckland Light Rail
        Started work on repealing the Auckland Regional Fuel Tax – gone on the 1st of July
        Cancelled the planned hikes to fuel tax
        Cancelled Let’s Get Wellington Moving
        Abolished FPA legislation and brought back 90 day trials
        Returned the Reserve Bank to a single focus on price stability
        Delivered more than $7 billion in savings
        Repealed Labour’s broken RMA reforms
        Banned cellphones in schools
        Made sure every kid in every school gets an hour a day of reading, an hour of writing and an hour of maths
        Begun disestablishing Te Pukenga
        Commissioned an independent review into the woeful state of Kainga Ora led by Sir Bill English
        Progressed work on a third medical school with Waikato University
        Taken the first steps to extend free breast cancer screening up to age 74
        Introducing legislation to disestablish the Māori Health Authority – because we want to see better results for Māori, not more bureaucracy
        Deployed 200 additional security personnel in hospital emergency departments
        Bringing in tough new laws going after gangs and illegal firearms
        Ending taxpayer funding for cultural reports
        Abolished Labour’s prisoner reduction target
        And just this week, we repealed Labour’s undemocratic and unaccountable Three Waters reforms.

        I am committed to delivering the change New Zealanders voted for because I am so confident this country can be so, so much better than we are right now.

        You can read my full speech here. https://www.national.org.nz/speechstateofthenation?utm_campaign=20240218_stateofthenation3&utm_medium=email&utm_source=nationalparty

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  20. The Greens who love to spend your money on absolute shit and unproductive crap are upset that Luxon and the Government want Beneficiaries who do not look for work or meet the standards set for them to improve their lot, to suffer some form of carrot and stick incentive.

    Ohh, the moaning and whinging from the Greens is music to my ears, so I guess Luxon and the Coalition Government must be on the right track.

    Funny thing though, the limp wristed soft cock that is Labours Master Sausage Roll Muncher, the pock faced Hipkins is strangely quiet. I guess he must have been rolled already and Labour can’t find anyone with any Nouse to take his position. Or he could be seriously out Bonking the new squeeze, but I doubt he has the intelligence to handle two functions at the same time.

    https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/politics/christopher-luxon-fronts-media-at-post-cabinet-press-conference-after-tough-love-benefit-remarks/WFK6HN5IRVED5HAJYHXGR4HTN4/

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  21. “Waka Kotahi has never been the agency’s legal name. While the Cabinet in 2022 approved that name, it was never put through in law, and its legal name remains the ‘New Zealand Transport Agency’ “…. so the big cry about changing its name “back” to nzta was just faux outrage as its been nzta all along and scum woke fuckers took it upon themselves to rebrand it.

    so can we sort this aotearoa shit while theyre at it then? and how the fuck does a govt agency change all its naming and branding when its not even legit and signed off on?
    shouldnt there be a head or 2 on the chopping block?

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  22. Winston Peters
    @winstonpeters
    New Zealand First campaigned on and fought for the removal of any and all remaining workplace mandates being enforced and we ensured it was included in our coalition deal with National.

    This ruling by the Court of Appeal is evidence that it is the right and just thing to do to get rid of these remaining mandates.

    https://twitter.com/winstonpeters/status/1759371625093623877

    ACT New Zealand
    @actparty
    The Court of Appeal’s ruling against the Defence Force’s vaccination mandate demonstrates the need to open up the independent Covid inquiry.

    All New Zealanders were affected by the previous government’s Covid response, and we shouldn’t have to rely on ad hoc challenges in the Courts to answer basic questions like whether government agencies were justified in curtailing our rights and freedoms.

    ACT was very pleased to secure a commitment in our coalition agreement to open up the terms of the inquiry. New Zealanders can now tell the Royal Commission exactly what they think it should investigate, whether it’s the justification of vaccine mandates and extended lockdowns, or the impact of lockdowns on business and kids’ schooling.

    ACT opposed the previous Government’s heavy-handed mandates, proposing a vax or test alternative instead.

    We’re encouraging New Zealanders to have their say on the Covid inquiry at http://covid19inquiry.nz.

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  23. So Proud
    Ratepayers might well ask why they are subsidising people who peddle the lie that it is possible to be born in the wrong body and people can change sex. The preponderance of events advertising as ‘queer’ is a gender ideology red flag.

    By Yvonne Van Dongen
    Contributing Writer

    “Funny how transactivists don’t need to check anyone’s pronouns to know who to intimidate.”

    https://theplatform.kiwi/opinions/so-proud

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  24. How, for example, does one strengthen a state when those charged with administering it believe the elected government is guided entirely by the wrong beliefs? How is public morale to be lifted when the nation’s key influencers hold huge swathes of the population in contempt? How is New Zealand’s crumbling infrastructure to be remedied in the absence of the sort of publicly-owned design and construction agency that oversaw the creation of so much of New Zealand’s key infrastructure from the 1940s to the 1980s? How can the nation’s productivity be lifted without a wholesale reduction in the size and influence of the professional-managerial class across both the public and private sectors?

    https://www.interest.co.nz/public-policy/126435/chris-trotter-asks-whether-applying-tough-love-fragile-nation-right-answer

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  25. Tide starts to turn on Nicola Willis over KiwiRail’s Cook Strait mega ferries – opinion

    The tide has started to turn on Finance Minister Nicola Willis as KiwiRail paints a grim picture of her decision to call time on its Cook Strait mega ferry project.

    She made a bold move late last year to decline KiwiRail’s request for more money after the Inter-island Resilience Connection (iReX) project ballooned to almost $3 billion.

    It sent a sharp warning to the public sector that this Government is not afraid to shake up projects that may have previously been presented as a fait accompli.

    It played well for the newly minted finance minister, but it was always a risk because Willis made the call without having a plan B.

    The only new thing the Government has announced this year concerning the ferries is appointments to a new ministerial advisory group to consider the future of the Cook Strait service. Nelson Airport chief executive Mark Thompson will chair the group and is joined by two other members – Mark Cairns and Roger Sowry.

    https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/tide-starts-to-turn-on-nicola-willis-over-kiwirails-cook-strait-mega-ferries-opinion/Y34AG3V6ZVFO7PPFS4KEMKHYM4/

    The current Interislander fleet isn’t getting younger- Aratere is about 24 years old, Kaitaki is 29, and Kaiarahi is 26, so they are reaching the end of their 30-year working lives.

    If there are other further major incidents on Cook Strait, such as the Kaitaki mayday call, before the Government gets a new plan sorted out, Willis will wear the consequences.

    Time is ticking.

    Stupid tart. Highly trained at fonterra.

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      • Well the answer is rather obvious is it not?
        Find a way to fund the job. Much of it is NZTA’ responsibility. Some of it is Wellington Harbour Board and Picton Harbour Board which collect the rent from the terminal lands. Some of it is the Regional Council. ( note here all run by broken arsed socialists which is the problem),
        Stop the bullshit over where it should be and rely on the advice of the people who know what they are dealing with.
        Willis lives in Wellington and so should have been well aware of the issues but she blew her arse out trying to be the big noter and has now decided to pay 3 people only one of which knows anything at all about ports, none of who know shit about ships, one who runs a 2 bit airport and one a Nat toady.
        She would have been better to appoint AH as an advisor. He knows more about ships than any of those three.
        Now even you could apply your thinking to solving the problem. Its a 100 year program.
        and you know as well that our biggest issue in NZ is that we never plan long-term properly.
        This is what happens when you do.
        Political bullshit from the elite ruling class who are here today and rich tomorrow.

        No wonder our best leave. We have trained engineers all over the world that come back for their holidays. Never to do stuff.

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        • V2 one of the options is to build the 3x ferrys that KiwiRail have contracted with Hyundai in the timeslot Hyundai already have allocated for the build. The steel would have been ordered, an amended design could be drawn up or a similar shelf design with a different traditional propulsion method, could be built and in the meantime fast track the design and build of the terminals to fit the ferry’s. They would all then be delivered in a short period with not much of an additional build cost, but a greatly reduced terminal / portside build cost especially if built where the existing terminals are. The whole operation is not all that hard to work out and with reverting to traditional propulsion methods there should be little change in the cost of the ferry’s.

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          • I read something last week that if true would give Willis an out. Obviously Kiwirail have grandiose ideas of terminals with gold taps which need to be cut back to the Nissen huts which are all that is required but apparently the requirement for the wharf poles to be sunk 70 metres into the ground has come about because of the expense of insurance on the terminals.

            The government as owner of Kiwirail could with a stroke of a pen & a bucket of bullshit wipe the need for insurance & effectively self insure. It doesn’t matter what they do as no-one will be happy so lets go for the cheapest, covered holding pen that can be built.

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            • do you guys never ead anything properly. Ready made it clear the other day that Wellington. actually doesn’t want the ferries anywhere near town because they would destroy the ambience for the swimming around the wharves.
              He also made it clear that they were essentially forced out towards kaiwhrawra which id at the fault line and the piling for that and the fill etc was indeed an astronmical cost.
              Willis was told that but after blowing her arse she is now scrambling to caver her arse.

              Yea lets have a fucking tenet like they did inauckland. How long did that last?

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          • The cost of the ferries is not the issue. That has been fixed for a longtime as youknow. . The cost is in the infrastructure.all blossomed out because the made screaming shut socialists that infest wellington decided to beat the shit out of rail because they are basically brain dead.

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    • The lefties (mainly Greens) on Wellington Council have a bit answer for. As I understand the major part of the cost is new revamped onshore facilities. Kiwi Rail wanted to have a bigger better joint facilty closer to town together with Blue Bridge. But the Council did not like the idea. So Kiwi Rail are forced to look at a stand alone facilty elsewhere at obviously a greater cost.
      Having said that I think Kiwi Rail are playing a dangerous political game. I’m no Willis fan but I hope she stands her ground.

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      • Why should she. She should be sorting out the mess you have just talked about.

        If she wins and in the meantime a ferry gets stuck in a stinking storm or even sinks with a loss of life will you feel sorry for her?

        Oh but the RMA we are going to change and oh but the building code we are going to change. These people never put 2 and 2 together to make 5 its always 3.

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        • So this should tell you about pork barrel politics from willis.

          always look under the bonnet.

          Roger Sowry – Partner, Saunders Unsworth.
          LinkedIn · Roger Sowry
          800+ followers
          Wellington, Wellington Region, New Zealand · Partner, Saunders Unsworth. · Saunders Unsworth
          Deputy Leader of the National Party (Opposition); 2001 – 2002. Minister of Social Welfare, Associate Minister of Health, Leader of the House; 1996 – 1999

          Roger Sowry Homecare Medical’s new chairman
          Whakarongorau Aotearoa
          https://whakarongorau.nz › news › articles › Roger-Sowr…
          New Zealand telehealth services provider Homecare Medical has announced the appointment of Roger Sowry as independent Chairman of the Homecare Medical Board …

          Roger Sowry – Ministers
          Beehive.govt.nz
          https://www.beehive.govt.nz › minister › roger-sowry
          The Minister of Social Welfare, Hon Roger Sowry today confirmed that changes to the work-test announced last year will go ahead from 1 April 1997.

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        • What I meant by standing her ground was it seems to be that Kiwi Rail just want to keep going with their exorbatant plan and politically undermine her. They seem to be playing a political “blackmail” game.

          BTW. Iagree having someone like Sowery involved is crazy. Get some from Europe with extensive ferry experience. It could all be done via Zoom or Skype or some other technology.

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          • Unless you get rid of the greenies in Wellington nothing will change and NZR are stuck with having to build a wharf on a faultline needing 70 mtr piles. There where the problem is.
            There’s where the cost is. FFS even the new buildings on the waterfront had to be pulled down. Funnily enough the old cold stores were there for as long as I can remember and went through a lot of quakes.
            1856 the earth moved and lifted all the town water front, the basin reserve area and Mirimar which were all under water prior.
            The best place for the wharf would probably be Point Howrd. Not on the faultline which is why the tanker berth was at Point Howard.

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      • The Labour brand is shot. Mc Nutty knows this, and realises there is an enormous amount of work required, just to get their head above water. Work and socialism are an anathema.
        That’s why he hasn’t thrown his hat in the ring.
        Jason Walls says Kieran McAnulty, Ayesha Verrall, Ginny Andersen, Barbara Edmonds are the future front-bench leaders. The others singled out are Tangi Utikere, Arena Williams, Camilla Belich, and Rachel Brooking.
        Their choice is bleak.

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  26. V2

    From memory you were in the baking racket at one point. Do you remember the weight of a sack of flour circa 1967?

    I recall delivering the wretched things into the local tea rooms/bakery ex the rail & I’m certain that they weighed 140lb (66kg). They were a bloody good lift.

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    • Well back in my dads day as an apprentice they were 200lbs. Was related to bushels some how but don’t remember all that.
      Then they went to 160 lbs which is where I started. That became 72 kg’s at decimal time.
      We used to carry them on our shoulders. Unload truck loads. First they came up by coastal freighter from places like Timaru and south. All handled one at a time.
      Then they were stacked in to cargons. Flat decks with removable side.
      Started when the ferries could bring them on rail. Held 120 bags. All Jute. Baldwins and sons used to do the cartage. Used to have a bunch of parongahua maori boys. Drink piss all night and turn up tat 7.00 am still pissed, to unload the trucks.
      Those were the days of the 40 mile road restrictions.

      Then they were changed to polyprop. Dangerous as hell as they would slip and fall out onto the floor. Bastards of things.
      That of course was super ceded when Timaru milling built their mill at Seaview. Then we had bulk tanker.

      Wairarapa I think used to get some of theirs from the flour mill in Feilding.

      Incidently it was all controlled by the Wheat Board and was subsidized by the taxpayer.
      The wheat board man was Fred Binns. Father of the Binns has been running around various companies over the last few years. A real bureaucrat so the apple didn’t leave e the tree by much.

      The Wheat Board was a classic failure set up by govt. Never benefitted anyone including millers and bakers but was controlled in farming interests, which it never succeeded in either.
      If anyone wants a lesson is classic socialist stupidity there’s a really early-on one.

      Have to say had my battles with them, eventuallywinning from our perspective.
      Theres lots of history around all that stuff.
      Incidentally I was out a Flat Point several years back and they were growing wheat out there. Must say it looked a relly good crop.

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