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  1. Good morning. It’s rather quiet here, with some of the usual suspects missing.

    Speaking of missing – Mr M. Hunty is conspicuous by his absence. Has he failed to bribe the Thai police adequately?

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  2. Mr. Bear and Mr. Rabbit live in the same forest, but they don’t like each other.
    One day, they come across a golden frog who offers them three wishes each.
    Mr. Bear wishes that all the other bears in the forest were female. Mr. Rabbit wishes for a crash helmet.
    Mr. Bear’s second wish is that all the bears in the neighboring forests were female as well. Mr. Rabbit wishes for a motorcycle.
    Mr. Bear’s final wish is that all the other bears in the world were female, leaving him the only male bear in the world.
    Mr. Rabbit revs the engine of his motorcycle and says, “I wish that Mr. Bear was gay!” and rides off.

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  3. The Coalitions Plans for the next 100 days in office.

    Agree or disagree with all or some may be a moot point, but at least this lot have a clear path to improving the life of New Zealanders, delivering and repairing the shambles Labour, Ardern and Hipkins left this country in.

    Kianga Oras’ financial situation is going to be a big one, a huge debt which the useless MSM in this country conveniently for Labour have been very quiet on.

    Freshwater Management and SNA’s will all be addressed, but not too many peoples liking.

    1. Deliver a budget that reduces wasteful spending while investing in front-line services like health, education and police.

    2. Legislate for personal income tax relief.

    3. Legislate to introduce the FamilyBoost childcare tax credit.

    4. Finalise the Government Policy Statement on Land Transport, freezing fuel tax until the end of 2026 and delivering significant investment for transport.

    5. Take decisions to implement the Going for Housing Growth plan while making the MDRS optional for councils.

    6. Respond to the independent review of Kainga Ora’s financial situation, procurement, and asset management.

    7. Introduce legislation to improve the rental market.

    8. Release draft plan to ease restrictions on building materials from overseas for public consultation.

    9. Take decisions on measures to increase investment in renewable electricity generation.

    10. Introduce legislation to amend the RMA to clarify application of National Policy Statement on Freshwater Management in relation to individual consents for freshwater and to extend marine farm consent.

    11. Introduce legislation to suspend the requirement on councils to identify and adopt new Significant Natural Areas.

    12. Finalise policy to keep agriculture out of the ETS.

    13. Commence an independent review of the methane science and targets for consistency with no additional warming from agricultural methane emissions.

    14. Reform the CCCFA regime to improve access to credit for home buyers.

    15. Initiate the first regulatory sector review.

    16. Take decisions on the scope of the extension to the Covid-19 inquiry.

    17. Take decisions on reform of the Holidays Act.

    18. Raise the energy New Zealand brings to key relationships through international engagements, focussing on our traditional partners, the Pacific, and South East and South Asia.

    19. Take decisions on the removal of the ban on offshore oil and gas exploration.

    20. Commission a study into New Zealand’s fuel security, including investigating the feasibility of reopening the Marsden Point Oil Refinery.

    21. Establish a Regional Infrastructure Fund.

    22. Progress legislation to improve rehabilitation, reintegration and safety outcomes in the Corrections system, including by extending eligibility to offence-based rehabilitation programmes to remand prisoners.

    23. Take decisions to restore Three Strikes.

    24. Launch a review of the firearms registry.

    25. Take decisions on establishing a Youth Serious Offender Category and making Youth Military Academies a standalone sentencing option for the Youth Court.

    26. Set targets for improving public service outcomes.

    27. Take decisions on the rollout of structured literacy for year 1-3 students, including a phonics check.

    28. Take action to strengthen teacher training, including refocusing Professional Learning and Development for teachers on numeracy, literacy and assessment.

    29. Take action to develop standardised assessment and regular reporting to parents.

    30. Introduce legislation to reintroduce charter schools.

    31. Launch an Attendance Action Plan and introduce the first phase of initiatives to lift school attendance.

    32. Take decisions to disestablish Te Pukenga and consult on a proposed replacement model.

    33. Issue a new Government Policy Statement on Health, setting the government’s priorities for the health system for the next three years.

    34. Take decisions to streamline the Medsafe approval process.

    35. Take decisions to tighten controls on youth vaping.

    36. Take decisions on the repeal of Section 7AA of the Oranga Tamariki Act.

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    • what in the hell does “take decisions” actually mean in political weasel waffle?

      also note the green streak shining through with renewables… no doubt that means hundreds of millions in “incentives” to scam green energy companies

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    • 1. Deliver a budget that reduces wasteful spending while investing in front-line services like health, education and police.
      ————————–
      that is always cute political mantra but actually delivering is harder.

      You need to create conditions in which people want to work, in NZ, in these front line roles.
      Income, annual leave, uniforms, decent hierarchy above.

      Eg Dept of Education has been stuffed jobsworths, commies, and ne’er-do-wells for over half a century.
      It is an anti-man toxic environment for over 30 years and jumps on every new marxist trend that pops like a pimple eg trannie shit .

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    • 17. Take decisions on reform of the Holidays Act.

      There was the Novapay debacle more than 10 years ago.
      Notional were in goo-mint.
      A fundamental issue is that holiday pay has been made complex in ao tear zooland.
      They did nothing then in fundamentals to fix it.

      Stevie Joyce of course as the Chief Munter in munting about and no fkg solution from him as usual.

      To say they will ‘take decisions’ about it in the next 100 days sounds disingenuous when they were in the midst of a problem in the second term (2008 to 2017) with 5 more years to fix it
      ……they did Nothing.
      Johnny keys ‘first, do NO Good’ policy in action.

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    • 36 action points, but NOT ONE aimed directly at He Puapua, such as the taking over of all our coastlines and foreshores.
      Court action is already under way on this takeover, and once they are given away, they will be gone forever.
      It is URGENT – FAR more so than fiddling with small financial matters which can be addressed at ANY time.
      At least NZ First has the guts to tackle it directly
      NZ is supposed to be a democracy, but they are allowing the country to be divided by ethnicity with very doubtful degrees of parentage or reasonable cause for the gifting

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  4. More yackity yack, “action plans and time frames”.

    PM’s ‘very meaningful’ new 36-point list of priorities
    https://www.1news.co.nz/2024/04/02/pms-very-meaningful-new-36-point-list-of-priorities/

    “Just like our 100-Day Plan, this next action plan is focused on three key areas to make life better for Kiwis,” Luxon said. The first is “rebuilding the economy and easing the cost of living”, the second is “restoring law and order” and the third is “delivering better public services”, he said

    The new plan
    “Having a clear plan with specific actions and timeframes for delivery creates momentum and drives focus,” Luxon said in a statement announcing the 39-point programme.

    “New Zealanders expect and deserve delivery from their government, and that is exactly what they are getting from us.”

    Speaking to Breakfast this morning, he said the new set of actions was focused on tackling big decisions.

    “I want to break them down and actually put the decisions into quarters,” he said.

    “So it’s important that, every quarter, we’re moving things forward.”

    There’s “massive alignment” between the three coalition parties – National, David Seymour’s ACT and Winston Peters’ New Zealand First – over the core issues, he added.

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    • When one ‘transitions’ at 64 years of age not only no periods but one skips man-opause!

      Ask Bruce Jenner, former Olympic Decathlon gold medalist, for more.
      He got the ‘drive like a woman’ part correct, though.
      [ref South Park]

      Mmmmm. There is no women’s decathlon, only pentathlon.

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    • Hmm, Looks like you need to embrace the faith with more vigour. Just identifying as a woman won’t cut it. You need to give your whole body and soul to the cause, really, really believe or else, nothing. Bit like the reborn Christians and their healings.. If the healing didn’t happen, there wasn’t enough faith…. I can assist in this real, powerful faith conversion, for a small fee of course. Just don’t tell the Pope, he disapproves of these “on the side” offerings not sanctioned by the One, True, Holy Church etc etc.. .

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  5. If the Justice Minister, Paul Goldsmith in early February instructed the Law Commission to immediately cease work on Hate Speech Laws and as there are no current “Hate Speech Laws” for which Plod can charge Brian Tamaki’s Mob, which Plod said they would be working towards following Brian’s lot, righting what most people see as an an attack by Local Government on the Nuclear family.

    I see now, the Moozies are now upset with Paul Goldsmith.

    My question is, why do Moozies always think it is about them?

    The are neither a race nor an ethnicity, they are an ideology. It is as simple as that.

    https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/national/513176/muslim-organisation-questions-why-hate-speech-law-reforms-abandoned

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    • TAH@0932

      Notice how the muslims are now starting to flex their muscles and exert ‘control’ over things.

      They have form for this and only start doing-so when they constitute over 2% of the population and feel confident that they can ‘get away with it’.

      It’s been tried before so if you want to see the end-result of this just , look at most European countries.

      It will be interesting to see how luxflakes deals with it; I suspect that eh will ‘cave’ which is exactly what the muslims want as it will be seen by them as a ‘victory’ and embolden them further.

      Rough times would seem to be ahead as a result.

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    • The slimes can integrate dress, talk act like the rest of NZ and they will have no issue of hate speech, dont integrate then consider going to any slime shithole and be happy, perhaps we shoul;d start give a lot page to help those who want to leave NZ permananetly with a one way ticket and a few $’s.

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  6. “Take decisions” does not inspire confidence. As for ” measures to increase investment in renewable electricity generation” – they are still addicted to the Net Zero delusion.

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    • The State of Mississippi has just issued cease and desist notices to Blackrock over the ESG priorities saying that their job is to make money for investors such as the state and not drive social objectives.
      Gunna be fun to watch.

      I think I posted that yesterday. No time to check but you can probably find it on the Epoc times or the Mississippi rags.

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  7. Just drove through the Brynderwyns – the road is open for Easter. I can’t believe I’m saying this but they have done a massive amount of work and shifted heaps of dirt. Something has definitely changed in the road works department, it’s almost like they’re trying to outdo the Coromandel road. The other funny thing was the traffic was flowing quickly and easily – no cone truck loads of over weight early settlers doing everything they can to slow things down. Congratulations NZTA you’ve finally got it right.

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  8. Had a long conversation with a Contact person this morning.
    Had received a letter about cutting my power off after being congratulated on becoming a ‘new’ customer after 30 years.
    Maintained my cool as we discussed issues that always came back to the ‘process’.
    We had to follow ‘the process’.
    I asked about low user rates and she said that wasn’t available in my area. I asked why do some have availability and some don’t. That’s the system but it’s been changed now.
    She reminded me of that CEO in the Mr Bates story last night. I asked her if she had watched the programme and she said no.

    May be the whole power system needs ‘decisions ‘ to be made about it.
    I want to get power produced from hydro only so that price is not distorted or subsidised by solar or wind.

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    • “As Ian Miller noted on X (@ianmSC):

      “It’s hard to figure out which possibility is funnier here — that he has no idea what’s being said under his name in proclamations and public posts, or that he’s already forgotten what happened literally yesterday.”

      ‘Funnier’ or ‘scarier’?

      My eldest brother has dementia – I feel he basically has a three hour current memory – With all the things Biden has put in front of him to sign I would suggest he has forgotten already as it wouldn’t be important to him.

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    • Biden has dementia, forgetful and meandering stories. This morning I went to visit my dear old mum, 92 up at the hospital rehabilitation ward after she fell and banged her head. She is okay but not yet allowed to go back to the old peoples village. Her dementia is as obvious as that old man in the large white house on Pennsylvania Ave.

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  9. Hooker Phil’s comment referencing dementia & its effects is pertinent.

    One of the obstacles that life’s path throws up for me from time to time is the renewal of my driver’s license when I turn 75 later this year. I found out, through a mate who has had to jump through the hoops recently, that along with the expected medical comes a test to see if enough of us old codgers’ marbles line up that we’re not an undue risk to other road users.

    Fair enough except that our local quackery, along with many others it seems, have decided that the appropriate test should be one used for dementia. eg https://www.nzdementia.org/Portals/0/LiveForms/785/Files/M-ACE%20NZ%20Version%20A.pdf?ver=2020-08-25-092545-193

    My mate was blindsided with this & by his own admittance only just scraped a pass. So did one of my granddaughters who at 27YO wasn’t quite as cocky after I gave her the test as above. There are other similar tests but the point is that dementia tests are looking for memory lapses which have little to do with the problem solving & information processing involved in driving a vehicle.

    This wasn’t unnoticed by a neuroscientist, one Kerry Spackman, quoted in an article in the Herald last week. He opines that “it would be a bit like giving someone a music test to see if they are good at playing tennis”. Refer: https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/neuroscientist-criticises-cognitive-tests-given-to-senior-drivers-outrageous-doctors-use-them/G6QBDANH7JE7XJ4GYFEW6MB3VA/

    If any of this blog’s readers or their friends/family members are going to be renewing their license in the foreseeable future be warned of the latest brainfart from the medical profession who increasingly regard us as useless eaters.

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  10. Oregon’s Democratic Gov. Tina Kotek on Monday signed into law a bill that recriminalizes the possession of small amounts of drugs, ending a first-in-the-nation experiment with decriminalization that was hobbled by implementation issues.

    The new law rolls back a 2020 voter-approved measure by making so-called personal use possession a misdemeanor punishable by up to six months in jail. It also establishes ways for treatment to be offered as an alternative to criminal penalties by encouraging law enforcement agencies to create deflection programs that would divert people to addiction and mental health services instead of the criminal justice system.

    https://www.msn.com/en-gb/news/uknews/oregon-governor-signs-a-bill-recriminalizing-drug-possession-into-law/ar-BB1kU21p

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  11. https://www.1news.co.nz/2024/04/02/man-has-refugee-status-revoked-after-unfounded-persecution-claims/
    A man who had his refugee status revoked has been accused of helping others make fraudulent asylum claims and offering to sponsor a woman’s visa through a fake marriage.

    The 37-year-old returned to China six times after claiming he was at risk of persecution there — the first just weeks after he was told he could settle here.

    But two months after getting permanent residence he returned to China and stayed seven weeks.

    In 2019, he was convicted of assault with intent to injure and threatening to kill or commit grievous bodily harm and has since been charged with receiving stolen property.

    “In 2018 and 2019, the Refugee Status Unit became concerned that [he] may have been facilitating fraudulent refugee claims after he had been observed visiting the Unit’s office on a regular basis and taking multiple blank claim forms,” it said in its decision.

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  12. Joyce, friend of Howitis , appointed by Nats for only $4000 / day .
    I’m sure this guy has been meddling in the background the whole time and now he is going to have far too much influence over development in this country.
    Not only jobs for the boys but big favours for big business.
    Typical of Nats.

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    • I drew the maximum out of the ATM this morning and paid cash for everything. Happily it coincided with Gold Card day at Countdown too. We should all make the utmost effort to use cash and thwart the digital currency nonsense.

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      • nasska, in my boredom driving last week i listened to a doco on that incident. russian incompetence were responsible for many of those deaths but then if they hadnt have got trigger happy the muslims wouldve done it anyways as they really didnt have any way out except meeting allah.

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        • There’s no doubt that the Russians could have handled it better as the death toll was very high. Still, by the third day without food or water I doubt that many of the kids would have lasted the course of another day’s negotiations.

          I’m glad it’s not me who has to make decisions like that.

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  13. Inside OpenStar’s ambitious attempt to build a nuclear fusion reactor in New Zealand

    Unlike traditional nuclear fission, which splits atoms apart, fusion combines them together. The process has multiple benefits: it does not produce the same hazardous waste, primarily uses a fuel derived from seawater, cannot cause a meltdown and does not facilitate the creation of nuclear weapons.

    While there are plenty of upsides, they come with a catch.

    “One of the reasons why it’s safe is related to the reason it’s so hard,” OpenStar CEO Ratu Mataira told Newshub.

    “We have to get this plasma insanely hot to do anything. It’s a very small amount of something at very high temperatures… basically if anything goes wrong, it just cools down immediately.”

    https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/technology/2024/04/inside-openstar-s-ambitious-attempt-to-build-a-nuclear-fusion-reactor-in-new-zealand.html

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  14. Dr. Matthew M. Wielicki
    @MatthewWielicki
    Here is how the @WHO teaches health professionals to communicate climate science. No joke folks…

    Ask yourself… Why do the leading scientific institutions hide from a debate? What do they have to hide?

    https://twitter.com/MatthewWielicki/status/1774801239332487672

    Note: Wasn’t able to download PDF to confirm but, 1hr in on toolkit launch event vid gives you an idea of the language they will use to build a narrative.

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  15. On the website of the multicultural swamp sometimes referred to as the Masterton Public Library https://street-stories.nz/project/street-stories-how-mastertons-streets-were-named/ we find this:

    ……”The naming process is very important to us – it is a way we claim ownership and recognise the specialness of places and things we hold dear. When we name an object we claim proprietorial rights over it”……

    It carries on to explain (or promote) the Maori names for the towns & features of the Wairarapa. Read in conjunction with ” we claim proprietorial rights” it points the way forward that the authors wish us to take.

    My blood runs cold!

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    • Is there a street named after the recent past Maori Pardy co-leader
      Marama Fox?

      She was Masterton based

      Of course Fox is here married name. Perhaps use her maiden name – Smith

      I’m sure even we whities could pronounce that 🙂

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      • To date it seems that we’ve been spared that particular humiliation. In fact I’m not certain that she’s still around.

        Marama’s last public appearances of note were in Dancing with the Stars & pissed in charge of a vehicle both in 2018. The shame & ignominy may have finally got to her. 🙂

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  16. Hi. Been away. I see no-one has pissed Ed off and we still have a great place to express our thoughts complaints, frustrations and have a bit of a laugh along the way. Still pissed that NZTSOS lost the High Court challenge.

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