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  1. I just heard on the news that people are trapped on tunnels in Taiwan.

    It doesn’t bode well for Wellington building tunnels.

    Wouldn’t want to be on the train through the Rimataka’s either.

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  2. howitis April 3, 2024 At 8:43 pm

    A lot of buildings failed – or succeeded – depends on how you look.

    The buildings are designed to ‘break’ but the people inside live and can exit.
    This is what has happened.

    In ao tear zooland despite a load of shit from goo-mint the ‘earthquake regs’ are horse poo.
    Many buildings failed in the Kaikoura 2016 quake. A lot in wellywood.
    If people had been in the NEW Stats building, which crumbled, many would have died.
    No OLD buildings AFAIR broke. Only ones less than 30 years old.
    That is messed up.

    These Taiwan buildings are clearly broken. They get pulled down and rebuilt.
    This should have happened with the CTV building in CHC 2010/2011 but bureaucracy and BS meant it was not.

    115 people died. Not a single bastard has been held accountable.

    no witch hunt like the dangerous methane filled coal mine that had an explosion 150 km away 10 weeks before.
    Let the buildings break, not the people.

    NZ has it all wrong.
    The issue is it takes so fucking long to do any thing now in this zooland that a rebuild takes ages.

    Build ‘fail by design’ then deal with the aftermath.

    ——————————–
    Quite correct. The building should be designed so they survive in a way people can get out. In the case of CHCH two buildings stand out. The building in which all the stairs collapsed but people were safe and were able to be rescued by abseiling down. Not ideal but no one killed.
    The second was the TV building. Here everyone execited the building after the first quake, so the building did its job
    BUT, and here is why people were killed.
    A cursory assessment of the building was made and it was declared safe, ( at the urging of the building owners. This was made public at the time), and people returned, even though the building was creaking and groaning.
    Some left for other premises you will recall.
    The groans and moans should have told everyone it wasn’t safe.
    So we lost 115 people with all the anguish that caused.

    As Howtis says no one has been held accountable for declaring that building safe (at the behest of the owners as I recall), Instead they have gone after the engineer who designed the building.

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    • Princess Margaret Hospital built in 1950’s by Ministry of works – bricks – did not fail some damage but part closed due to asbestos, rest of Hospital used during the repairs by – wait for it – Canterbury District Health Board administration and rehabilitation – still standing today – is there a lesson??

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  3. howitis April 3, 2024 At 8:46 pm

    The 1855 Wairarapa earthquake was a humdinger.
    estimated 8.2

    guess you were not around for that.
    Perhaps Viking could give us a first hand account !! 😎

    Never really looked at that even though I spent a lot of growing up time there.
    If you want to look at a real earthquake go to Waikeremoana. The biggest BZ has ever has. (The South Island main fault could be like this one. when you see what happened there it can give you some idea of what a mainland crack might belike.
    That was 3000 years ago and a monster. Amazing power and there are boulders there bigger than houses. All hard as hell basalt.
    Its an inspiring place especially on a nice day with someone who knows its history, untainted by the modern version. There is detail online somewhere.

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    • The Wairarapa shake of 1855 was a doozy. It raised the bed of Lake Wairarapa 1200mm & lifted the course of the Ruamahanga river which left it unnavigable.

      But without the landslide caused by the huge earthquake which blocked a river valley Lake Waikeremoana would never have existed. The hydro stations built in the 30s would be part of one of the country’s most successful public works projects.

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      • Some farmers had built a road from Petone (and probably linking to roads further out) to the Wellington CBD (or nearby) and that road was lifted a huge amount in that earthquake. Apparently if you know what you are looking for, you can still signs of it up on the hill next to the motorway

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        • I have a picture of a painting of that foreshore before there was a road.
          If you go out to the wainui coast you can see the uplifts that have occurred in the area. I posted some pics a few weeks ago of the Pancarrow point where the uplifts can be seen. Someone had taken them from an aircraft.

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      • You cant build dams now.
        Three sparrows, eight fish, and budgie might die.

        But Maori wiped out multiple bird species and that is Ok 😢🙉

        From overseas sites that are just racists
        —————–
        New Zealand’s greatest biological loss is 42 percent of its’ terrestrial birds since human settlement 700 years ago. The 57 extinct birds evolved in an isolated land, and without mammal predators, developed various levels of flightlessness, ground feeding and nesting habits, and fearlessness over millions of years.
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        Due to habitat loss, their historical use as a food source by Māori, and predation by introduced species, many birds have become extinct and numerous more are threatened with extinction. As of 2019, 74% of New Zealand’s terrestrial birds are considered to be threatened or at risk of extinction.
        ————–

        But yeah, lets not build a dam

        Bugger it, let the fast tracking begin.
        By that we mean that NZ building under Notional will only be one fortieth the speed of an Asian country…. instead of one sixtieth.

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    • Land is always on the move.
      Taxing things wont change that.

      The Taupo eruption 2000 years ago was massive.
      The 1855 Quake dried out the inland port to become the Basin Reserve. It was a water filled basin prior.
      The current WTN airport was under water and a seaway for smaller vessels.
      The three mountains in the central North Is. came from volcanic activity.

      The Southern Alps came from land compression and related movement.
      The Canterbury Plains was formed by Glacial ice grinding large granite into sand.
      Rangitoto was only formed 600 years ago.
      The White Island eruption in 2019 was very minor in volcanic activity but notable that humans were there and adversely affected.

      Iceland is an active volcanic area.
      As is Hawaii;
      As is Indonesia.

      But hey, there are low IQ morons who suggest that if we tax people enough we can change the forces of nature.
      These same low IQ morons get excited that the sea level might change by a few centimeters or inches, but fail to see that over half of Napier today came out of the sea less than 100 years ago;
      Or even look at 8 years ago when the Kaikoura Coast jumped 2 metres out of the sea.
      Duh!
      So sad.

      a lot of these low IQ morons get paid out of your taxes.
      Johnny keys committed us to the Paris Climate accord starting at $1.5 BILLION a year from 2015.
      A bit dumb there Johnny.
      the adern critter committed us to a further $30 BILLION

      >> To change nature!

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  4. me thinks a few slanty eyes turned very round yesterday in taiwan!

    gives merica a good excuse to sneak in a few weapons etc under the guise of some aid, gives china a good opportunity to take advantage of the situation aswell.

    as already mentioned, those buildings are impressive how theyre still standing even tho theyre fooked and on such a lean. also wouldnt have wanted to be anywhere near the coast/cliffs with all those slips either.

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  5. The more I watch Chloe Swarbrick speak, the more I am reminded of the old Clive James expression, “She would ask you the time in a way that would make you wonder how she would play Richard the Third.”

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  6. Worth passing on, USA orientated but very adaptable to Aoooteearoannns expectations. 🙂

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WHY ? ?
    Are we living in a time where intelligent people are silenced so that stupid people won’t be offended?


    Why is it that when archaeologists find human remains, they can determine whether they’re male or female but none of the other dozen genders?

    

How is it that the government can’t control petrol prices…but the weather is something they can fix?


    We’re churning out a generation of poorly educated people with no skills, no ambition, no guidance, and no realistic expectations of what it means to go to work.



    Why are we told to lower Air Conditioner usage on hot days to prevent overwhelming the electric grid while simultaneously being told to trade in petrol cars for electric vehicles?

    

Why is cancelling student debt a good idea? Does it make sense to reward people who do not honour their financial commitment by taxing people who do?

    

Why is talking sexually in the workplace considered sexual harassment to adults…but talking about sexuality to children Grade 3 at school considered education?



    If your electric car runs out of power on the motorway, do you walk to a charging station to get a bucket of electricity?

    

Why are we running out of money for Medicare and not for welfare?

    

Mice die in mouse traps because they do not understand why the cheese is free. Just like socialism.


    The most powerful governments on earth can’t stop a virus from spreading…but say they can change the earth’s temperature if you pay more tax.

    
If you don’t want to stand for the National Anthem, perhaps you should give your legs to a veteran who lost his. That way a real man can stand in your place”.

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    • SB, have been at work, I am here now but am somewhat silent. The reason you see is, I have occupied my self since returning from work, by trying to establish this, from your Post.

      “They are very aware. The minister of Te Arawhiti is aware also,” Lyndon said.”

      Now for the life of me I can not establish what the Ministry of “Te Arawhiti” does, is or where it is based, nor have I been able to establish who the Minister of this Government Department is, as such I can not make a comment on your Post which will be acceptable here.

      There are other things in your Post SB which are all in a foreign dialect, such as;

      “In 2012, there were three applications to retain the whenua from uri, including Allan Halliday from Akerama Marae, who asked to retain the whenua for hapū purposes. The Crown declined that tono.”

      I have no idea what this is meant to say except a person of English extract (Allan Halliday) is demanding something for which I nor it seems the “Crown” whatever that is, understand.

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    • All I have heard Wayno Brown do in the last 6 months is push pubic transport.

      Where is it Wayno?
      There pretty much ain’t none, cuz.

      People catch pubic transport in the morning and on a 23 degree day it is cancelled due to heat.
      How do they get home Wayno?
      I know someone who had to drive from West Akl to pick up his wife in the city.
      So the journey in effect was a car going each way and lots of hassle, and extra congestion.

      And they want to ban cars and/or have congestion charging.
      You need an alternative.
      Pure communism!!
      Will Wayno convert to Islam so he can attend Prayer with Sadiq Khan?

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  7. It seems that the volume of comments has declined somewhat recently since the barrage of personal insults and flareups has subsided. While this has led to fewer entries, the overall quality and readability of HYS has improved markedly. Thank you team 😃✔️👍

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  8. The price you pay when your integrity is for sale.
    These pricks were silent when those who made a stand against the wicked witch and her evil plans were suffering. Heartless cowards.
    Now these whiney gap fillers, get wall to wall coverage from the very people who laughed at, and besmirched those who saw where the country was headed.

    Public sector workers losing jobs amid Government cuts under emotional, financial stress

    https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/politics/2024/04/public-sector-workers-losing-jobs-amid-government-cuts-under-emotional-financial-stress.html?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

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  9. https://www.1news.co.nz/2024/04/04/ministry-of-health-proposes-134-job-losses/
    RNZ understands the Ministry of Health is proposing to cut 134 jobs to meet the Government’s demands to reduce costs.

    NZ Doctor reported the ministry needed to reduce spending andwas expected to slash its budget by $78 million between 2023/24 and 2024/25.

    Ministry of Health staff were meeting on Thursday and Friday to discuss the proposal. Consultation would close on April 26 and a final decision would be made in June.

    Meanwhile, the Ministry of Social Development was expected to contact staff about voluntary redundancy options on Thursday morning.

    Next week the Department of Conservation and the Department of Internal Affairs would also announce their plans for cuts, and the following week Oranga Tamariki would do the same.

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    • There are maybe 3 journalists in the country
      1. Ian Wishart
      2.
      3.

      The rest are activist’s
      Like pooliament, really.

      Reducing the activists and REALLY giving them something to whinge about would be a good thing.

      All these fake causes give me the shits.
      wiminz pay gap; , waaaaycism; far right if you are not a raging destructionist; globby warming; getting Fizzer juice stabbed etc etc

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  10. People like the Race Relations Commission’s Tino Rangatiratanga Shared Leader, Julia Whaipooti and The Acting Race Relations Commissioner, Saunoamaali’i Dr Karanina Sumeo all have preconceived ideas and attitudes that there is Racism in New Zealand, only going one way and that the Early Settler receives, on any given day 93% of the Racism in this country.

    This Dud organisation and their two main protagonists make these claims but offer not one piece of evidence to back their assertions, but they assisted by the MSM, expect us to be gullible enough to swallow it.

    Time this country pushed back against this Bullshit.

    https://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO2404/S00015/national-action-plan-against-racism-must-include-maori-experiences-of-racism.htm

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    • This morning’s lead story in Pravda (formerly known as the Wairarapa Times-Age) tells of a resurgence of bullying & “violent incidents” at the Masterton skatepark.

      I walk past it everyday when I take the dog for a walk & I can with 99% confidence state that I know the ethnicity of the out of control little scrotes doing the bullying along with the paler recipients of the violence.

      Racism ! ! !

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  11. I see Luxon wants to make building cheaper and easier. Fire bombing the Whangarei District Council building department otherwise known as the diversity hire centre of the universe would be a good start.

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    • is that legit or an april fools gag that went over someones head?

      aw hell i just googled, its from a few weeks ago and its the wank yanks brilliant idea to counter chinese and russian lunar base plans.
      imagine the emissions to fly trains and track to the moon, not to mention all the specialized machinery needed.
      what a bunch of fuckwits

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  12. The parasite reduction campaign is progressing reasonably well although the MSD seem upset that their planned sacrifices were deemed insufficient:

    ……”MSD stopped cleaning its offices as often, got rid of plunger coffee and coffee machines, and started supplying only basic milk – meaning it would be water only for those with lactose intolerance.”…….

    This is on top of the offer to quit “nice teas” & get rid of office plants. When will the suffering end? ////

    https://www.stuff.co.nz/politics/350233814/ministries-confirm-staff-cuts-after-crowd-sourcing-savings-ideas

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    • i hope the govt allows enough in the budget so they can buy they worlds smallest violin.

      the bullshit about this is none of the high up scum will go, sure theres plenty of fluffers that are expendable but the poor decision makers will remain and continue the countries decline.

      also any of the ministries that kept hiring/expanding after the election need all the top heads to roll for doing so, anyone remotely linked to all that hiring should be first to go and with zero redundacy payouts or golden handshakes, i also dont think it would be too harsh to publicly name and shame them so they get blacklisted from private sector, the fuckers can stack road cones or wipe old ppls arses.

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    • why do they use a heavily filtered/edited photo of the heinous beast?
      shes absolutely feral, fat as fuck and has a face like a dead rotting bulldog yet media want to make her look a bit more respectable.

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    • He hasn’t an iceberg’s chance in Hell of winning but the publicity will hopefully spark debate on the issue.

      Debate which has been sorely lacking as woke, lefty councils run roughshod over residents aided by the compliant media jerks.

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    • to be fair he could claim the funds were spent on illegal activities if its legit the crossing regulations state they must be black and white.
      but yea its likely not gunna be a winner but at least someone is taking a principled approach and taking a stand.

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    • O’Reilly said the Local Government Act gave councils broad powers that were difficult to challenge.

      “Councils have what’s called a power of general competence. That means within the purpose of local government they can do pretty much anything that any legal person or entity would be able to do,” she said.

      “A council can still have some degree of discretionary spending within its role as the local authority.”

      and you can thank the Hulun of Clark fame for that bit of legislation.
      It needs repealing and then councils bought back under control.
      Sooner rather than later.

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      • Have been saying that for years.
        Always lots of criticism of the RMA but the LGA and power of general competence has allowed councils to stray away from what was their core functions.
        Who is O’Reilly ?

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  13. Seattle Public Schools is dismantling its gifted and talented program, which administrators argued was oversaturated with white and Asian students, in favor of a more “inclusive, equitable and culturally sensitive” program.

    The district began phasing out its Highly Capable Cohort schools and classrooms for advanced students in the 2021-22 school year due to racial inequities, the school district notes.

    https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/seattle-public-schools-shuts-down-gifted-and-talented-program-for-being-oversaturated-with-white-and-asian-students/ar-BB1l0pB5

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    • ……”its gifted and talented program, which administrators argued was oversaturated with white and Asian students”……

      Only as it should be. You can bet your left testicle that black & Hispanic students monopolise remedial reading classes along with security & truancy services.

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    • Sooty, I really like the outrage over professional Womens’ Basketball, getting twice the salary of the Men in this country.

      Equality is such a wonderful thing in this A Oh Tea Fucking Rower and needs to be celebrated.

      Hypocrites, the MSM, NZ Basketball, the Women players involved in this, the lot of them. Don’t ever tell me Women in any employment get discriminated against.

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  14. Three Strikes law set for controversial comeback
    Since its inception, it’s safe to say the Three Strikes law has faced its fair share of criticism.

    Academics have condemned it for promoting penal populism and disproportionately targeting Māori and Pasifika communities.

    It’s also faced scrutiny over its role in disproportionately harsh sentences that do not match the seriousness of the crimes committed.

    Prime Minister Christopher Luxon has set out to restore Three Strikes in his Government’s next action plan. The aim is to have it back in action by June 30 this year “to hold serious, repeat offenders to account”.

    While the law was always intended to deter repeat offenders with the threat of progressively longer mandatory prison terms, it’s forever been marred by concerns that there was little evidence it had reduced serious offending.

    https://www.sunlive.co.nz/news/340424-three-strikes-law-set-for-controversial-comeback.html

    Never had a decent chance to stop the bad buggers. The nats watered it down to their everlasting shame so few people ever got to three strikes full term.
    Ask Garret.

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    • The intention of the act was to stop crime, not fill prisons & even the thicko career crims had an excellent understanding of the consequences.

      David Garrett held that the very small number of third strikers proved that it was starting to work.

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  15. LINDSAY MITCHELL: Cuts will only scratch the surface

    While this morning’s news heralded 134 job losses at the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Social Development has just announced their own plan to achieve the 6.5% savings requested by the new government:

    We will begin by offering people in some parts of our organisation the choice of voluntary redundancy. People will be able to apply until April 15. At this stage we don’t have a specific target of how many voluntary redundancies we are seeking. Those in frontline roles will not be able to apply for voluntary redundancy.

    After this voluntary redundancy process, it is likely there will be a further process targeting role reductions in some areas, mainly within our National Office in Wellington.

    Of course, opposition parties, left-wing media and unions are describing these cuts as cruel and disgraceful.

    https://www.bassettbrashandhide.com/post/lindsay-mitchell-cuts-will-only-scratch-the-surface?postId=2cab5b27-

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