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  1. Wow the Labour led Coalition have really done a good job for those that voted for them over the housing situation since being installed as the Government.
    Public housing waiting list hits new high of 14,500 house holds, the waiting list has more than doubled from the roughly 6,000 Individuals or families on the list after the 2017 General Election.
    https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/political/407241/public-housing-waiting-list-hits-new-high-of-14-500-households
    With figures like these and the economy on a downturn we have stories like this that Labour promised wouldn’t happen on there watch of elected in 2017 but have been found wanting after two a bit years with no idea’s how to fix it.

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    • The numbers being accommodated in motels at taxpayer expense has increased four fold in the last quarter according to a report in our local paper. Tourists are being turned away.

      I struggle to accept that I need to pay tax to cover some one else’s housing costs while also having to pay for our family living costs. The hand up that may be a reasonable imposition on the taxpayer has been abused to the point where it is an unacceptable hand out.

      I do not expect the government to provide housing for my family. I accept the responsibility to provide for our family and have worked for over 50 years to do so. Well past time, in my view, to reduce access to the welfare being handed out by politicians seeking votes. Housing yourself and your family is a personal responsibility and a faster shift to reduce some of the public expectations in this matter is desirable.

      “More public housing” is not an electoral bribe I am interested in paying any form of tax or rates for.

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  2. One thing that has caused house prices to rise that many people forget is the number of split families
    Eg a normal family lives in one house
    If they split up or divorce, one partner needs to buy their own house or rent one.

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    • Yet, divorce rates (# per 1,000) is trending down (as are marriages / civil unions) and are now at the same level as in 1977. Net migration over the first 9 months of 2019 was 37,215. I’d wager the 37,000 new people moving into the country in a year is the largest problem.

      I would like to see more stats on what those migrants are doing. How many of them are productive and not claiming a benefit of some kind? For example, I’m working with a Chinese property developer at the moment. He has about 20 houses on the go at the moment that he’s adding to the housing stock here in Auckland, all targeted at medium income families and another 10 that he’s targeting at the higher end of the market. He’s an immigrant that’s come here and is working hard to make money, but he’s also starting to create more housing in NZ than the Labour government 🙂

      E.g. a good immigrant, not a bad one. You want people like him in the country, to help build it up.

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  3. Bullshit Successive Governments over the years have caused this problems you can’t just blame one, if they had any intention of fixing the housing problem they would all join together and stop land banking, completely rip the RMA apart and stop the monopoly on building materials making it a easier proposition to save and purchace a house. The problem is people want mansions instead crawling before they walk

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    • And how about stopping immigration for one year.
      And making all the neets get a job.
      That will fix the housing demand,
      And Cut the dole to nothing
      And reduce our taxes and lessen crime.
      All in one go.
      No work – no money.

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    • Our first house was a small three-bedroomed box stuck on a section.
      How I miss the great community spirit that got our nappy valley subdivision started.
      If someone saved up enough to lay concrete for a driveway, we all helped dig it out and get the boxing in, then everyone turned up with their rake for the pour, and if there was any mix left someone would nip over to the neighbours and box up a path to their letterbox so the excess could be wheel-barrowed over there.
      We may have started with a tarpaulin over the clothesline serving as a gazebo for entertaining, but we were all aspirational for ourselves and for our neighbours, and the luxuries of smart decks and shaded pergolas followed the essentials of fences and garages in time. Most of us were paying 20+% on our mortgages, but we repaid them and refinanced to move on to more prestigious postcodes.
      That bottom rung of the property ladder doesn’t exist any more, and I’m not sure young people would step up to the challenge like we did.

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  4. National need to pull finger. Election time is coming up, they have to be relentless and bash the living shit out of the part time prime minister ardern and the col. They have all the ammo they need, failure after failure after failure. C’mon Simon..step up to the mark.

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  5. This Government has unfunded St John’s since they have come to power even though there has been several stories published on the subject so even though NZ First want new laws on this and others like the Police and Fre Brigade they cannot be trusted going into Election Year, remember there promise to dairy owners over smokes and security camera’s is a great example especially over the latest to tax increases on tobacco.
    https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/warkworth-paramedic-kicked-unconscious-last-night-symptom-larger-problem-mp-says.
    This guy when apprehended should share a cell with one of NZ’S toughest criminals and left to defend himself without the intervention of prison guards.

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  6. Finally a tally for the cultural enrichment that seems to have become traditional in France for more than a decade.

    France saw 1,457 vehicles set on fire across New Year’s Eve, surpassing the previous record of 1,290, ……
    ….. French police allegedly attempting to keep the number of burned cars under secrecy so as not to “create an escalation”,…..
    ….. Ministry only counted cars that were directly set on fire and not those that had received damage as a result of fires. ……

    …… president of the Departmental Fire and Rescue Service, describing the youths as “ultra-violent, in organised bands”.
    “We are dealing with very mobile groups that light fires for the sole purpose of seeing the firefighters and the police arrive and confront them. We have reached a milestone: they no longer target vehicles but men. They act to hurt them,” he said. ……

    https://www.breitbart.com/europe/2020/01/12/france-2019-saw-record-1457-cars-burned-new-years-eve/

    That is just one night of diversity celebration.
    The French seem to accept this as the new “normal” 🙁

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  7. Some Natonal Mps are “working”

    From Stuff

    “Faafoi added that Budget 2019 had included $197 million to strengthen and expand the Housing First programme.

    That funding would be able to support up to 2700 homeless whānau across New Zealand, he said.

    However, National’s Associate Housing spokesperson Simon O’Connor said: “Labour was too quick to meddle in the rental market when it should have been focused on building houses”.

    “The reason we’re in this mess today is because KiwiBuild tanked, Labour’s new rental standards scared off landlords at the affordable end of the market, and its decision to end tenancy reviews increased pressure on social housing supply.”

    If National were to get back into government at this year’s election, it said it would “prioritise our most vulnerable Kiwis by throwing our weight behind community housing providers and introducing a target to reduce the time it takes MSD to house Priority-A clients on the social housing register”.

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    • My view is these whanau need to be clear the problem of housing themselves is not one for any government to be expected to solve. The government may assist those in dire need through unavoidable circumstance to get reestablished, and Simon O’Connor refers to community housing providers.

      A community rethink seems necessary. Housing your family, and dependents, is for the individual to accept responsibility for. Any expectation the government, local or national, will provide housing is not sustainable or realistic as a burden on taxpayers and ratepayers. Community providers may step up and provide housing at a price to cover costs but a free or cheap option funded by rates or taxes paid by others should not be an expectation as a solution to a personal responsibility or problem.

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  8. As the picture at the top of YSB depicts, I do hope Harry and Meghan enjoy living independently

    Boris Johnson refuses to comment on ‘royal showdown’
    https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/world/2020/01/boris-johnson-refuses-to-comment-on-royal-showdown.html

    The head of state announced there would be a “period of transition” with Harry and Meghan – who have said they want to be financially independent and step back as senior royals – living in Canada and the UK.

    Joining the Queen at Sandringham was Prince Charles – Prince of Wales – and Prince William – the Duke of Cambridge – for the face-to-face talks with Prince Harry.

    The Queen has described the talks as “very constructive”.

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  9. Is this the norm for our pass there used by date Jounalists like Vernon Small when they move on and become press secretary for the party they are aligned to. While I can’t prove that Johnathon Young is 100% right it what he has quoted I am less inclined to agree with David Parkers opinion and don’t have a lot of trust in his politics.
    https://i.stuff.co.nz/taranaki-daily-news/news/118747312/modelling-used-by-national-mp-to-condemn-freshwater-proposals-misinterpreted–environment-minsters-office
    Davd Parker Bill’s passed in Parliament will end up like a previous Labour Prime Ministers Bill’s Geoffrey Palmer not fit for purpose and need to be rewritten sooner than later

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  10. Petition circulates in US counties to protect civilian gun rights
    https://www.skynews.com.au/details/_6121872316001

    Legislation surrounding gun laws looks set to be a key issue in the 2020 US presidential election as petitions regarding the contentious topic have been circulated and signed by those seeking to protect their Second Amendment rights.

    Several counties in the state of Kentucky are taking steps to try and prevent their rights to weapons being limited.

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  11. Maybe some 3d chess moves here?

    ,,,,,, Iran pays $3 billion annually to Pyongyang for various forms of cooperation—about 10 percent of North Korea’s gross domestic product. ……
    ….. The missiles launched by Iran on Jan. 8, which targeted but didn’t harm any U.S. forces in Iraq, meanwhile, are widely believed to be of the Qiam model, which Chang says is “based on a North Korean design.” ……

    https://www.theepochtimes.com/us-strategy-of-deterrence-with-iran-sends-message-to-north-korea-experts_3198959.html

    A 2 for 1 throw, and so will there be a hiccup in the flow of funds as probably arranged by Soleimani to N Korea, 🙂

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  12. Is there any doubt that this is where a lot of large donations would have originated from to fund NZ Firsts secret Foundation. Racing supporter Graham O’Brien said the bill was the biggest land grab since early Colonial Days. A section in the bill has proposed the Minister of Racing to be able to use the money from the sale of small Racing Clubs towards funding improvements in other venues.
    https://i.stuff.co.nz/national/118762109/proposed-new-racing-industry-reforms-will-take-money-from-sale-of-stratford-freehold-track
    So Winston gets to give money to other Clubs for improving there venues, I wonder what he will want in return your guess is as good as mine.

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  13. I am enjoying using my new macbook Pro 16 ”
    The big screen is handy for all the pages I have open.
    Running 2 websites plus other stuff, takes up space.
    One thing I have noticed is with 5 or more tabs open on the Firefox browser, the laptop was getting very hot.
    A quick search as to why this was happening and the problem was all the open tabs, makes the CPU work overtime. and heats up. So I closed all non used tabs.
    No more overheating.

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    • Or, you know. Use it for it’s intended purpose – open 400 tabs, flip the damn thing over and cook some eggs. And when you’re ready to buy a device that doesn’t choke and melt when you open 5 tabs, I can introduce you to a few nice PC based laptops 🙂

      (Is that the response you were fishing for?)

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    • Here, here Pascal

      Now using my :-
      HP Probook Win 7; 8 Gb RAM; Running 1 TB spinning hard disk
      Google Chrome with over 50 tabs open incl 6 YouTube (on pause; not playing) tabs
      15 Word Docs
      5 Excel docs
      and more
      CPU use 10- 27%; Physical memory 70 to 85%
      it sits on a CoolerMaster brand cooler fan which I only use when the air temp gets to about 26 Deg C.
      With our global cooling that has not been necessary for over 9 months.

      My HP Probook Win 10; 500 Mb SSD; 16 Gb Ram handles way more

      Perhaps the heat is from the Hell that Buddhist Steve Jobs went to and a bit is escaping as the zombies try to make a prison/hell break
      or,
      The heat building up where Tim Cook will go to Hell for being a homosexual (or negligible innovation in the last 8 years) 🙂

      Anyhow, if I can find my old Apricot F10 computer from 1985 I’ll ship it down.
      I don’t use it as it is a bit underpowered but probably bedda than what you have !!

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  14. Piers Morgan clashes with a journalist in fiery debate over racism against Meghan Markle
    https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/entertainment/2020/01/piers-morgan-clashes-with-a-journalist-in-fiery-debate-over-racism-against-meghan-markle.html

    “I would argue Camilla Parker-Bowles, Princess Diana and Fergie all got 10-times worst coverage in the media,” Morgan said. He said the media had just recently left Prince Harry and Meghan alone while they were on their six-week Canada holiday.

    He asked whether Hirsch believed he was racist, to which she said: “The narratives you are perpetuating, yes they are racist. Where have you been racist? I came on here to discuss debates, but you take the position on the side of racism”.

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  15. The news is filled with negativity. But we should remember and celebrate achievements. Bill Gates recently shared the “Beautiful News” website and it’s quite uplifting.

    For example, in the 25 years between 1990 and 2015, nearly a billion people were lifted out of poverty. That’s a sizeable chunk of the worlds’ population and I’m betting it’s not going to be because of socialism or communism 🙂

    And even better, click through to the Data and they give you the Google docs + source URLs for the data used, so you can check and fact-check to your hearts desire.

    Love it.

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  16. The New Year continues with puff pieces on Jacinda, Clarke and Neve which some of the “sheeple” lap up. The compliant MSM will continue this right up to the day before the election. The MSM have negative stories on National and in particular Simon Bridges trip to China. In the meantime poor old Winston 1st is left with no oxygen. It won’t be long now before fucking Whinestone tries to make himself relevant by creating some scandel or other for the media to latch onto. You know…….. the usual Whinestone Way!

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    • yes its a disgrace

      But as I said in the Taiwan election post…
      She won the election, even though most of Taiwan’s media are Chinese owned or controlled.
      So it shows the people are not always taken in.
      I think many people (and even non bloggers) and ordinary people are starting to wake to the fact the the MSM is very left wing, anti Trump, anti Bridges, pro Left and pro Jacinda, pro Climate Change and pro Maori.
      They dislike being fed propaganda.

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  17. Wait for the fucking wedding down Queen St Auckland coming up about 4 months out from the election.
    Peters will be throwing that much shit around to attract the attention that he thinks he deserves, his pin stripe suit will need drycleaning every day along with a truckload of fucking mouthwash !~

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  18. I am far from being anti Maori. They are the indigenous people and this is their homeland. They have a right to exist. We are the guest cultures.

    However, some of the legal changes, and utterances of the Chief Justice, are deeply concerning. Under Labour we are seeing the formation of institutional apartheid.

    Maori have always done poorly under Labour regimes. These divisive politics of hate and entitlement will be a disaster for Maori and all other Kiwis.

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    • Kea it is there own fault they except it without a fight and as soon as it time for the next election they can’t wait to vote Labour and hope Labour will honor there promises this time. Maori have been given billions in treaty settlements but it stays at the top never trickles down to those in need. It is easy to blame others than to except that you are to blame for your own stupidity.

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      • “It is easy to blame others than to except that you are to blame for your own stupidity.”

        That my friend is the way lefties operate. Always someone else’s fault. They live in a different world to those with practical minds and who take personal responsibility for their actions and beliefs.

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          • My personal opinion on this matter, for what it’s worth, is this.
            I’ve watched the slow and painful dying of, what used to be, proud races.
            In my youth, Maori and European used to be friends, good friends.
            Play together, work together, party together, grow together.
            Something, both disturbing and profound, happened.
            Entitlement agendas sprung up, out of nowhere, and now, as a consequence, incessantly plague us.
            All of us.
            One party, with the aid of ne’er dogooders have cemented our fate. Labour.
            Labour promote racism and disharmony.
            You cannot take from one group and give to another and expect equality.
            They know this and they don’t care, they really don’t.
            Labour bring all the nastiness and vitriol to the forefront every time they are voted in.
            They are expert projectors of blame.
            They tell everyone that we, are responsible for lighting the fire, while pocketing the matches.
            They treat us with contempt.

            Maori are now dependent on the state, to such a degree, that not even those at the top are aware they have been bought and continue to be bought.
            They owe Labour big time and, Labour being Labour, shove that fact, in their faces, time after time…..election after election.
            They are prisoners, addict’s of false hope, the hope that some day they will stand on their own two feet and be a proud people again.
            Labour will not allow it….ever.
            Labour foments dissent, in the quest for complete control and to ultimately achieve a broken society, on it’s knee’s, begging in the streets, with no choice but to succumb to pitiful hand outs laden with debt, that will be paid back, in full, with interest.

            Socialism has no place in New Zealand, ever, full stop!

            PS: I love my country.

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    • They are the indigenous people and this is their homeland. They have a right to exist. We are the guest cultures.

      100 years ago, maybe. Now? We’re New Zealanders. They represent our history, our past and what is our unique heritage. But that includes the descendants of the European settlers, the Chinese that came for the gold rush, etc. and what they brought to the country. It’s not a static thing.

      Maori have always done poorly under Labour regimes. These divisive politics of hate and entitlement will be a disaster for Maori and all other Kiwis.

      Very true. When I first started reading about NZ politics, I recall a story of a West Coast family of European decent. They were poorer than a Maori family in Rotorua, but received a lower subsidy in terms of medical costs. (Was Doctors visits or something like that – too many years ago to find the actual link). They were poorer, but because they were white and not Maori, they received less. Even though they needed it more.

      That’s why the desire to move to need based, rather than race based funding is such a good idea. Unfortunately it makes it impossible for Labour to cry victim, so … yeah.

      Will it ever happen?

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    • yes I think I’ll join his party, never mind the New Conservatives.

      He has a few very telling phrases

      42 secs “It was imposed on our people by a subversive press

      “Already the assault begins against the education of our children begins”

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    • The inside info is that Labour and the Greens are planning on lowering the voting age to 16 in the near future.
      Now consider the ‘Climate Change’ propaganda that our kids are being fed daily in School.
      And consider that beaming pictures of Jacinda Ardern have appeared hanging in classrooms in New Zealand Schools- This is propaganda and appalling political brainwashing that Joseph Goebbels would have been proud of….

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      • yes, we’ve al known that is their desire.
        But can they do it?
        Are they allowed to?
        Does it need a referendum or 75% of the MPs votes
        Or can Ardern and Liddle just wave their wand
        This evil Socialist Regime really marches onwards!

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        • Recall early in December, I warned that Ardern and her colleagues are pushing through a meaningless change to electoral law to test the waters and see if they can get away with it?

          They introduced the cap on foreign donations, despite it making no different to donations. Under urgency. And with the coalition outvoted National to get it through.

          Law change noted here.

          I still believe that was just a test and that before the election we’ll see a change that seems reasonable, but that will give Labour a massive advantage. Either by dropping the threshold (To 3% or something like that), thus guaranteeing a NZF return or introducing a Youth Vote (14 / 16+) or something similar.

          It will be reasonable enough that if you argue against it they’ll call you “racist” or “agist” or “far right” so the majority of NZ will swallow it. But it will screw any non-socialist / communist party and ensure they get in again.

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  19. just have to share this one –

    This should be on a giant billboard in every city in the US:

    “America does not need to see the tax return of a billionaire who became a public servant.

    America needs to see the tax returns of public servants who became millionaires while being public servants”

    Applies equally in NZ?

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  20. Close shave for National MP Nikki Kaye’s cat Charlie
    https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/politics/2020/01/close-shave-for-national-mp-nikki-kaye-s-cat-charlie.html

    Best wishes Charlie. At least you’ll be cool over the worst of the summer heat but you may need to snuggle up to Nikki on these cold nights to keep warm. The worst of it is looking like you have an oversize head that gives you the look of “pencil neck, shifty Schiff”. 😊

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    • Who give a fuck about this Nats cat. There are much more important things she should be commenting about, like disgusting education changes and the police raids on innocent citizens. Their failure to even comment shows they must agree with the COLL

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      • ……”Their failure to even comment shows they must agree with the COL”……

        National march in lockstep with Labour & the Greens while offering little other than slightly saner administration. I think it was David Lange who first used the phrase “poll driven fruit-flies” but it sums them up well.

        Yet I confess to taking a fleeting interest in the welfare of Nikki’s pussy. 🙂

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      • I gave you an uptick because there are more important issues than her cat but 2020 is going to be a marathon not a sprint to the election so don’t get your knickers in a knot too early in the game! 😵 😉

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  21. Bioluminescent plankton brings enchanting blue glow to Auckland beach
    https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/bioluminescent-plankton-brings-enchanting-blue-glow-auckland-beach

    Marine scientist Daniel Ward said the “glow” was caused by an oxidation reaction within the plankton organism’s body to produce light, to distract and evade predators.

    He said it could be difficult to predict when the blooms of marine plankton would show up, even in their preferred warmer water temperatures.

    “For the best experience of bioluminescence, the water needs to be disturbed, [through a] wave action or simply a swimmer splashing about as this triggers their defence mechanism,” Ward said.”

    Isn’t nature amazing!

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  22. The left are regressive and primitive.

    Led by the stinking animal Obama they shut down the US space program while spending trillions on war. The vile war monger Obama signed the US tax payers up to a Trillion Dollar nuclear modernization program, using his restarting of the cold war with Russia as justification.

    The funny thing is that the US had to catch a ride on Russian rockets to get to the space station as they had none of their own. All the while preaching anti slavic hate not seen since Nazi Germany.

    https://capitalresearch.org/article/nasa/

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