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  1. There will be no roll bags so get prepared to put your fruit and veges in the trolley some kid has just been sitting in. 🤨

    Countdown introduces plastic-free trial in produce department
    https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/new-zealand/2020/01/countdown-introduces-plastic-free-trial-in-produce-department.html

    Countdown’s produce department is going plastic-free, starting with a 10-week trial.

    As of February 14, three Countdown stores in Manukau, Ponsonby and Orewa will begin the plastic-free experiment.

    “So bags of potatoes, the grapes, the apples, cherry tomatoes, none of that will be in plastic anymore, we’re going unwrapped,” Countdown’s Kiri Hannifin told Newshub.

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    • A bit like the whole response to climate change; they’re removing 1 tonne out of 280,000 tonnes of plastic consumption. Note how the article says “1,000kg” and “280,000 tonnes” to somehow make the contribution look larger.

      So 0.00036% for $500,000. Every bit helps, I suppose, but it’ll be interesting to see what alternatives they provide.

      Still more effective for the environment to have less children though. Some of those 3+ child families being 1 or 2 child families instead would do far, far more for our environment. And costs.

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      • Pac nSave have the compostable bags, which is good as at least they still have bags you can use. Imagine how disgusting the fruit and veg will be by the time its placed in the trolly that kids have stood in sat in etc. Your grapes rolling along with the potatoes. Thats it for Countdown for me, they are too woke and don’t actually give a shit for the customers. Its a shame as they are so close to were I live so I will just be using more petrol to get to the local pac n save or even more to get to the others. Every thing has consequences doesn’t it?? I wonder how the quiet time for Aspergers sufferers is going?

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    • Not really news.
      Who would go to countdown and pay 25% more than at Pak n Save?
      For basically the same thing since you don’t get bags at checkout at countdown any more- so I hear.
      I would not go to that mongrel outfit.
      Since Ted Van Arkel left as CEO in 2005 it turned to complete crap.

      Pak n Save Royal Oak has had paper bags for fruit for months.
      The 2 F+V places I go to to – both Chinese run – have plastic bags to put fruit in.

      Surely a whole lot of fruit and vege rolling around together will kill the checkout as you pick out 2 apples, 2 carrots, 1 apple, bunch bananas, 1 carrot ….
      jeez Wayne.
      What an idiotic outfit.
      Pleased I don’t go there.
      And people pay a premium there for ultra slow checkouts.
      WTF?

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      • Pak n Save all the way, man. The local one here in Glen Innes is well stocked, you get compostable plastic bags for fruit and vegetables and boxes at checkout. And you pay far, far less than you would at Countdown or New World.

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  2. It’s a sad day in Politics when you have to use your Daughter Neve to get the attention you crave especially when the Speaker of the house warned after she was born that know photos were to be taken or those that did would face consequences.
    https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12099977
    But now it is appropriate to pimp your daughter to the media to help you secure a second term in Goverment as the Prime Minister especially when you are losing support of the voter.
    https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12303264

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  3. Trends in employment law in 2019 and what’s in store for 2020
    https://www.stuff.co.nz/business/better-business/117951530/trends-in-employment-law-in-2019-and-whats-in-store-for-2020

    The legal landscape is constantly shifting. As employment law changes, employers need to keep abreast of the changes and adopt best management practices that are compliant.

    The Employment Law Team at leading law firm Anthony Harper deal with the full spectrum of employment law matters and are experts in their field. Anthony Harper urges anyone who engages staff to stay up to date with employment law changes and seek legal advice if unsure.

    Here are some of the trends from 2019 and future challenges which employers may face in 2020:

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  4. The media hysteria, over some Chinese people catching a cold, rages on.

    To avoid catching a cold do the following:

    1. Wash your hands lots.
    2. Do not go to medical facilities.
    3. Avoid people, especially kids.

    Of course this will lessen the chances of you developing immunity, so when a similar and more deadly virus comes along you are in trouble.

    The new coronavirus is here in NZ now and spreading. Count on it. Most will experience mild or no symptoms. See a shrink if you are worried.

    In the 2017-2018 flu season over 80,000 died in America alone. Nearly a million hospitalized in the USA. Where was the hysteria?

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  5. I hope this coronavirus makes Chinese people reconsider their dietary habits.

    Countless animals are endangered due to bizzare Chinese tastes and medicine beliefs. They also treat them cruelly.

    I am ok with the eating part, but not the cruelty or killing endangered animals. This shit has to stop. It’s a disgrace to their culture.

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  6. Will Des Ratima be handing in his man card any time soon?

    250 Taradale residents gathered at the Town Hall to discuss the recent gang altercation at Taradale McDonald’s restaurant where shots were fired in the street. The meeting was publicly advertised, but Ratima is complaining he didn’t get a personal invitation.
    This simpering fool is whining that the meeting was held in the community affected and not on a marae.

    “It’s time people stopped thinking for us, [that] they know what’s best for us, and go about constructing a solution with none of us in it,” he told Newshub.

    Grow a pair Ratima.

    The community is fed up with gang members choosing what the community has to tolerate.
    If you cannot step up and help find a solution to a problem because your ego has not been stroked with a personal invitation, then don’t be too surprised if the people affected by your inaction seek a solution without you.

    Maybe young maori men are turning to gangs because there is no leadership from kaumatua.
    You – Des Ratima – are the problem.

    https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/new-zealand/2020/01/hawke-s-bay-iwi-left-out-of-community-meeting-over-rising-gang-tensions.html

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    • Would the ‘community’ be comfortable going onto a marae? No doubt they would be concerned about not knowing protocol.
      Aren’t Maori part of the general community now, whether or not they are gang members?

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    • Ratima has been around for years.Typical of those Maori that think they are important and always looking at ways of getting an undeserved position on a council committee .
      Our councils are infected with people like him.You know, special people.

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      • Coincidentally the gang problem has also been around for years.
        Des Ratima has had plenty of time for calling hui on his marae to have karakia and to discuss the problem in Te Reo.
        And still ‘his people’ suffer the scourge that is gang affiliation as Ngati Kahununu repeated fail their own people through generations of inadequate leadership and all of our community – brown, white and brindle – pays the price.

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          • 23 years NZ Army 1977-2000
            Now retired.
            https://nz.linkedin.com/in/desratima

            “Cultural Mentor – using cultural values to assist individuals take control of their own pathways.

            Personal values – disciplined, logical, pragmatic and loyal. Honesty and integrity.

            I believe in empowering individuals, families and communities. Assist individuals achieve personal empowerment and strengthen personal mana.

            I cannot tolerate people who bully and disempower others.

            My substantial interests now include health, education, environment, community, biodiversity and politics.

            I advise NZ Police, Corrections, Local government and community development.

            I am retired and busy. I enjoy challenge.”

            Tribal leadership is a younger man’s game.

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    • One of the two people involved in the murder suicide in Wairarapa recently was a Ratima.

      The mass murderer Raymond Ratima killed 7 people in mastertin in 1992.
      Where was this Mr Ratima ?

      Raymond Wahia Ratima murdered 7 people
      his own three sons Piripi, Barney and Stacey ; two more children, and two adults.
      He tried to murder more.

      ‘Raymond Ratima expressed remorse at his court trial and the killings were quite out of character.’
      Murdering 7 people..out of character.
      You dont say!

      Maybe Mr Des Ratima could sort out some of his family shit before he has a big sook to others.

      The other thing to note:-
      The thugs join gangs usually by 17 yo.
      By 34/35 they are able to be beaten up by hothead 17 and 18 year olds with nothing to lose – after giving out many thrashings and hospitalisations themselves in the prior 20 years.
      Since they cant win bash-ups any more they become community workers, community leaders, and social workers.
      Cue some Harps and waiatas !!

      It is a pack of bullshit perpetuated by media filth who hide the truth.
      These once were warriors are still self absorbed thugs.

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  7. Stuff (Who work under direct orders of this Government) have cranked up the ‘Hate Speech’ campaign today.
    This comes after Ardern last week ranting and raving about censoring any FB criticism of her or her Government.
    Make no mistake- The ‘Hate Speech’ laws will make it illegal to criticise ‘Dear Leader’ Ardern in any capacity…

    Only one Political Party has the balls to oppose this massive lurch toward Totalitarianism from Ardern- Act.

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  8. Can the Democrats make their case any worse ?

    “The Democrat Party and their colleagues in the liberal mainstream media want to impeach President Trump for not sending lethal aid to the Ukraine quick enough.

    President Trump waited 55 days before releasing taxpayer-funded US aid to the Ukrainian government in 2019.
    Democrats want you to believe this was a “crime or misdemeanor”.

    BUT NOW THERE’S THIS…
    Those same Democrats on the House Impeachment Team VOTED AGAINST the aid package to the Ukraine last year! ”

    https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2020/01/revealed-democrats-on-house-impeachment-team-voted-against-the-aid-package-for-ukraine-they-want-to-impeach-trump-over-video/

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    • Trump’s presidency has sent some of the Dems over the edge mentally. Just watch Pelosi, Shifty Schiff and some of the others twitching when interviewed. Their lies are unraveling. They just can’t accept Trump won. They are desperate to stop him winning again in November.

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    • She was busy doing photoshoots for Vogue?
      Maybe had an interview with Stephen Colbert that day?
      She has a Royal Wedding to plan and needs to concentrate on that??
      I get the impression that our ‘Dear Leader’ is not a fan of hard work- She certainly goes to great lengths to avoid doing her ACTUAL BLOODY JOB…

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  9. China says coronavirus can spread before symptoms show — calling into question US containment strategy
    https://edition.cnn.com/2020/01/26/health/coronavirus-spread-symptoms-chinese-officials/index.html

    China’s health minister Ma Xiaowei made a startling statement Sunday about the Wuhan coronavirus: He said people can spread it before they become symptomatic.

    “This is a game changer,” said Dr. William Schaffner, a longtime adviser to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

    It’s much harder to contain a virus — to track down a patient’s contacts and quarantine them immediately — if the patient was spreading the disease for days or weeks before they even realized they had it.

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  10. I need help. Stuff told me to fuck off and that Aoteoroa is inclusive. More of us need to lodge the same complaint and I need justification for not using Aoreiria and using the proper Te Reo name. Help, please.

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    • I do not accept that our use of Aotearoa in place of New Zealand in the headline on this story breaches the Media Council’s principle of Accuracy, Balance and Fairness.

      As New Zealand’s biggest website, it’s our duty to represent all New Zealanders. Given that te reo Māori is one of the country’s three officially recognised languages, and one on the brink of extinction, we use the term Aotearoa interchangeably with New Zealand, in the same way we alternate between family and whānau. Using the term Aotearoa in isolation, without also including New Zealand, is not inaccurate. I would argue that it actually fulfills the principle in terms of fairness and balance, by better representing a section of our community that is often ignored.

      This was their response. Any advice would be greatly appreciated; I want to escalate this.

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    • I found this on Stuff. I have sent it on to them.

      The widespread use of Aotearoa followed the arrival of the Europeans. But up till the 20th century the name applied to the North Island only (or parts of the North Island). Maori generally adopted the name Niu Tireni, a transliteration of New Zealand. Various sources cite Te Ika a Maui (the fish of Maui) as a widely used name for the North Island.

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    • For international emergencies, New Zealand should be used.

      For weather forecasts in NZ, New Zealand should be used.

      A couple of weeks ago, I heard TV one issue a storm warning for Aotearoa…. How the hell would a visitor to NZ know the location they were referring to?

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  11. ☆☆☆☆☆ Mass Hysteria Update ☆☆☆☆☆

    Went with a Chinese friend to various pharmacies. Pharmacist told me everyone is sold out and warehouses are empty.

    Pro Tip – go to a hardware store. Or better yet – a shrink.

    Smart pharmacist and I had a great laugh about it all inspite of her staff looking all poo faced about it.

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  12. I think Winston will spike Jacinda’s announcement on Ihumatao. She will deserately want this prior to Waitangi. I think she’s calling his bluff. Maybe she offered to back Jones on his forestry indiscretions if Winston plays ball on Ihumatao. But this could be Winston’s big chance to pull the pin on the CoL, thinking he may still emerge smelling of roses (he won’t)

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    • Winston won’t do anything but run way and hide when push comes to shove. They will create a diversion that grabs the news, quietly go ahead and it will be done.

      Remember he is a slimy as she is.
      Two slimy fstinkfish in a mud pond.

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  13. Free Press is Back
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    After a seven-month hiatus, the Free Press is back on a Monday. If you previously received Politics in Full Sentences at the end of the week, we are bringing back ACT’s forward-looking weekly for election year. If you like Free Press, please forward it to your contacts, so they can subscribe at this link.

    Superficial Times

    Media took the bait hook, line and sinker, going nuts at the title of our Waitangi Day State of the Nation Address (Make Aotearoa Great Again). As the week went on, smart commentators pointed out their good-people-and-bad-people, with-us-or-against-us reaction was Trumpian. Meanwhile, if you want to have a pleasant brunch at a fun and informative event to kick off election year, please join us by registering here.

    What’s at Stake

    This year will decide whether we are governed by spin or substance. The current Prime Minister’s idea of an election year kick-off announcement is that she’s changing the Labour Party’s Facebook settings. The real issues remain untouched. Productivity growth is woeful, education test scores are sliding down the international rankings, and we still can’t build houses at prices the average person can afford.

    Government Spending

    Will we return to restrained government spending, or give an emboldened Labour government a blank cheque? Before the last election, Treasury forecast the government would spend $86 billion in 2020. After three years of this Government, Treasury now forecasts this year’s spending will be $94 billion. Revenue forecasts have risen fractionally, but in three years the Government has turned a forecast $6 billion dollar surplus into a $1 billion deficit. ACT’s 17.5 per cent flat tax is the antidote, putting new and dopey spending off the table in favour of the private sector.

    Trump-Ardern 2020

    Free Press predicts Trump will be re-elected. His fiscal policy of running deficits in good times is insane but he’s delivering for his voters. The hangover from this binge will be nasty, but he’s exclusively focused on re-election. Ironically, Jacinda Ardern also needs the global economy to stay rosy until election time later this year, so she’s counting on him. She’s also running the well dry in election year, and the private sector is paying for it.

    Regulatory Assault

    Will the constant regulatory assault on business in general and the rural sector in particular be turned back? Abrupt charter school closures, oil and gas exploration ban, firearm laws, plastic bag ban, Zero Carbon Act, freshwater regulations, and market studies on whole sectors have chilled the New Zealand economy. When your rights can be struck out by a pen stroke (or an announcement in the case of oil and gas), why plan for and invest in the future? ACT’s Regulatory Constitution would deliver something New Zealanders have never had: rights they can uphold against Parliament.

    Housing

    The National-Labour consensus: wave hands wildly but carefully do nothing effective is the single biggest policy failing of the past 30 years. Free Press spoke to American truckies who earned $70,000 and were mortified by $180,000 houses. “Our market is going crazy”, they cried… Now they’re just grateful they don’t live in New Zealand. Working people must be able to afford their own future in our country. Industry insiders quietly tell ACT that only our policy would work: Replace the RMA. Share GST on new builds with the consenting council. Replace council building consents with private insurance.

    Firearms

    Will New Zealand have a firearms register? The Government will find it technically impossible to implement it before the election, so the winner can cancel it before the Police lose everyone’s details. The gun buyback was a disaster. The most honest handed in the least dangerous guns and bought new ones. Meanwhile the firearm community’s faith in the Police is at an all-time low. A perfect environment for the next terrorist. ACT’s policy is no register, a restored E-Category, and to get the woeful Police out of administering firearm laws.

    Free Speech

    Will free speech remain a cornerstone of our liberal democracy? Free Press suspects that Government will be too chicken to introduce hate speech laws before the election. If we’re wrong, the result is the same, the criminalisation of unpopular speech from 2021. The freedom to think and express ourselves freely is reason enough all by itself to win this election.

    Education

    New Zealand students continue to slide down the international rankings, even as domestic test scores have risen. The Government’s cancellation of charter schools has not helped. At least the Nats now claim the schools were the best idea they never had. There is no limit to what you can achieve if you don’t care who takes the credit. Now we have a bigger idea. Put every parent in charge of their kids’ share of the education budget and let them take it to a public or private school of their choice. Student Education Accounts could transform New Zealand.

    Next Week

    We’ll be back with the State of the Political Parties. If you like Free Press, please forward it on. If you are not a member of ACT, please consider joining. You can also donate whether you are a party member or not here. We can win, but we need your help.

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  14. Historical hysteria versus facts.

    2002 West Nile virus (Encephalitis) will kill us all

    First identified in Uganda 1937
    According to the CDC, from 1999-2015, 43,937 people in the U.S. were reported to be infected with West Nile virus. Of those infected, 1,911 died.

    2004 Sars will kill us all

    SARS-CoV is thought to be an animal virus from an as-yet-uncertain animal reservoir, perhaps bats, that spread to other animals (civet cats) and first infected humans in the Guangdong province of southern China in 2002.
    According to the World Health Organization (WHO), a total of 8,098 people worldwide became sick with SARS during the 2003 outbreak. Of these, 774 died.

    2005 Avian virus will kill us all
    Bird flu is similar to swine flu, dog flu, horse flu and human flu as an illness caused by strains of influenza viruses
    Between early 2013 and early 2017, 916 lab-confirmed human cases of H7N9 were reported to the World Health Organization
    In 2017 there were 35 deaths, 2 potential cases of human-to-human transmission, and 80 of these 106 persons stating that they have visited live poultry markets

    2009 Swine flu will kill us all

    Initially called an “outbreak”, widespread H1N1 infection was first recognized in the state of Veracruz, Mexico, with evidence that the virus had been present for months before it was officially called an “epidemic”
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that swine flu infected nearly 61 million people in the United States and caused 12,469 deaths. Worldwide, up to 575,400 people died from pandemic swine flu.

    2014 Ebola will kill us all

    A total of 28,616 cases of EVD and 11,310 deaths were reported in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone. There were an additional 36 cases and 15 deaths that occurred when the outbreak spread outside of these three countries.

    2016 Zika will kill us all

    Mosquito-borne Zika virus is suspected to be the cause of 2,400 possible cases of microcephaly and 29 infant deaths in Brazil in 2015 (of the 2400 or so notified cases in 2015, 2165 were under investigation in December 2015, 134 were confirmed and 102 were ruled out for microcephaly.

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    • Wait until the Godnutters get in on the act:

      First plague: The contents of the first bowl will cause painful sores upon those “who had the mark of the beast and those who worshiped his image” (Revelation 16:2).

      Second plague: When this bowl is poured out, the sea will become blood and cause all life in it to die (verse 3).

      Third plague: After the third angel pours out its bowl, the rivers and springs of water will become blood (verse 4). Fourth plague: The fourth bowl will cause the sun to become so hot as “to scorch men with fire” (verse 8).

      Fifth plague: This punishment will bring darkness, pains and sores (verses 10-11).

      Sixth plague: The bowl containing this plague will be poured out on the Euphrates River, causing it to dry up and make land travel easier for the armies of “the kings of the earth and of the whole world” to assemble at Armageddon (the area of Megiddo, which is approximately 18 miles or 30 kilometers southeast of the modern city of Haifa). From this location, the assembled armies will then advance toward Jerusalem for a final battle against Jesus Christ (verses 12-16).

      Seventh plague: This final plague will consist of “noises and thunderings and lightnings” and “such a mighty and great earthquake as had not occurred since men were on the earth” (verse 18). Babylon, a powerful false religion, will fall (verse 19, compare Revelation 18:2) and there will be devastating hail, with hailstones weighing up to a “talent”—approximately 100 pounds (verse 21).

      And the pussies worry about a chest infection! 🙂

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      • From the flu .001%.
        From what I have been diagnosed with, 100%. (Congenital)
        However, I think with the pneumonia/sepsis deal being unaddressed, many peoples lives will be cut short.
        It seems the medical profession give up on patients too readily once you reach a certain point.
        I honestly believe it comes down to money, as in, is it fiscally responsible to extend your life.
        Sadly, you don’t get to choose.

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  15. Cindy and Jethro went to an art gallery. They find a picture of a naked women with only her privates covered with leaves. Cindy doesn’t like it and moves on but Jethro keeps looking.

    Cindy asks: “What are you waiting for?”

    Jethro replies: “Autumn.”

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  16. Solicitor in court – “I can prove my client was at home on the evening in question, I can read out his search history to the court.”

    Stephieboy – “that’s not necessary, I confess to the murder.”

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  17. Calls for Shane Jones to apologise for ‘sexist’ Pania Newton comments
    https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/politics/2020/01/calls-for-shane-jones-to-apologise-for-sexist-pania-newton-comments.html

    “It’s not okay for men to marginalise women, especially Māori men to our wāhine Māori. I didn’t just find it an attack on just myself, but it was an attack on all Māori women leadership and considering the history of Māori political movements and the role that women have played I felt that it was an attack on that history and the legacies of wāhine toa.”

    Newton has occupied Ihumātao for the last three years. Her relentless campaigning to have the disputed land returned to mana whenua garnered support from all corners of te ao Māori, including the kiingitanga.

    LOL

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