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  1. Done some shopping yesterday for my Ma at countdown she is fond of the Watties big eats and I’ve been buying them for her for years, usually around $3.00 to $3.50 yesterday $4.80 if thats not filthy price gouging I don’t know what is ,shame on countdown or Watties.
    That is the sort of behaviour that causes public anger and the dangerous repercussions that can and will flow from it.
    And strangely my receipt wasn’t torn off and dropped into my bags as is normal practice I had to ask the cashier for it , maybe they don’t want people to go home and compare receipts,of course this isnt the workers fault it’ll be a directive from the owners of the business. AUSTRALIAN ARSEHOLES.

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    • You have to no that Specials where negotiated weeks ago or months ago. Company buy shelf and end space. Either with with stock credit or cash By not passing on special . Supermarket gets full wack for previous negotiated cheaper price

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  2. I see we have made Breitbart as a Nazi State in training,
    https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2020/03/30/new-zealand-police-website-to-inform-on-neighbours-breaking-lockdown-so-popular-it-crashes/
    One comment :
    mikeyyy • 4 hours ago
    You guys will be singing a different tune when New Zealand is being held up as a model example of how to handle a pandemic. Only ~500 cases and one death so far from coronavirus.
    Social distancing is the best weapon right now and ignoring it does nothing but help the virus to spread.

    Perhaps this is the mike from Kiwiblog – he may be singing a different tune as regards the numbers in a weeks time as well.

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    • What will they be singing when Obergruppenfuhrer Bush extends the “dob in a neighbour” to other behaviours the government deems not in the country’s interest?

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  3. Sign of the times.

    Kia ora

    Wherever you are in New Zealand or around the world, I hope that you are managing well with the impact of Covid-19.

    Here at Air New Zealand we are certainly facing unprecedented times and I am incredibly proud of how our people are doing their part to ensure our nation continues to keep domestic and international supply lines open for the carriage of medical goods, cargo and essential services personnel.

    We have had to cut more than 95 percent of our flights here in New Zealand and around the world. As a result, we are beginning the difficult process of materially reducing the size of our work force this week.

    Air New Zealand is an expensive business to run with operating costs in the billions. Like any household or business, we have outgoings (utilities bills, lease payments etc) and income (revenue) to cover our bills.

    Our revenue has decreased drastically

    Before Covid-19, we had annual revenue of around $5.8 billion and made a profit of $374m in the last financial year. We also had around a billion dollars in the bank in case an unexpected event hit our business.

    The global reduction in air travel has hit Air New Zealand hard and we are earning less than $500 million revenue annually based on the current booking patterns. This means we are dealing with a significant reduction of over $5 billion in revenue per year.

    While we are expecting at least domestic bookings to increase again once the Level 4 Alert has been lifted, the harsh reality is that most countries (including New Zealand) will rightly take a cautious approach to opening their borders again. International tourism flows make up around two thirds of Air New Zealand’s revenue, which means the lack of incoming tourists also has a flow-on effect on our domestic network.

    In that light, it is clear that the Air New Zealand which emerges from Covid-19 will be a much smaller and largely domestic airline with limited international services to keep supply lines open for the foreseeable future.

    Immediate action is needed to ensure our survival

    Air New Zealand currently employs around 12,500 people around the world at a monthly labour cost of $110m. Given our operations will be much smaller for some time, we will need fewer staff. We expect in a year’s time, we will be at least 30 percent smaller than we are today.

    We have been collaborating with our Unions and our Air New Zealanders to explore how we can together reduce the costs of running our airline. Many Air New Zealanders have offered to take Leave Without Pay, reduce their hours or explore voluntary exits. We have also made savings from voluntary pay cuts by the Board of Directors, myself as Chief Executive Officer and my Executive team, and cancelling all incentive payments for staff on Individual Employment Agreements.

    The Government’s recently announced wage subsidy may provide some relief which would be helpful. We are working with the Government to determine how the subsidy can be applied in our business and in turn to the benefit of our people. The subsidy is, however, a short-term measure and doesn’t right-size the business for the future, especially when you consider that even in a year, we will be 30 percent smaller than we are today. But we are grateful that the Government has put in place a scheme that means the cuts to the size of our workforce are not as deep as they would have needed to be without the subsidy.

    The workforce reduction has started

    The reality is that given we are expecting to be at least 30% smaller than we are today we will need to reduce the size of the workforce by up to 3500 roles.

    The extent of this reduction is based on conservative assumptions and we may have to change these as the situation evolves, especially if the Level 4 Alert goes beyond the planned 28 days or border restrictions are in place for a prolonged period.

    So, this week we have begun the process of consulting about large-scale workforce reductions in our international regions. New Zealand will follow. These are painful but necessary measures to ensure this country retains its national airline in the long term, albeit a smaller one.

    We are committed to supporting affected Air New Zealanders as they transition out of the business. We are exploring redeployment opportunities and have in place a range of free independent services, such as budgeting, mental health counselling support and career advice.

    I am conscious that a smaller Air New Zealand also comes with a significant impact on our suppliers, some of whom may have to reduce the size of their workforces as well.

    Confidence in our iconic airline

    These are unprecedented and challenging days. However, I am confident that by taking the necessary measures now, Air New Zealand will get through this difficult situation and one day return to serve all our destinations at home and many more around the world.

    Thank you for your ongoing support of Air New Zealand and our people as we work through this.

    Ngā mihi nui,

    Greg Foran

    CEO
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    If you are involved in tourism then you are in for a tough time.
    If you feed off the turim dollars the same.
    Bonus will be internal tourism will get cheaper, at least until the event business gets going again. (about Xmas time).

    Meanwhile Airnz flew 4000 crayfish to China last night.

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    • Meanwhile Airnz flew 4000 crayfish to China last night

      Well you’d hardly expect them to walk.

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      • I hope on the return Air NZ flight they remember to pick up Themosticles bats, pangolins etc. he ordered.
        I ordered a couple of civets and a raccoon dog as they are natural predators to Themos’s menagerie.
        I’ll wait till I get them home before quarantining them, cos that’s how we roll in good ole N of Z.

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      • Poor Air NZ – so desperate for anything to carry. I hear a rumour that pretty soon they’ll be loading up logs to fly off to China 🙂

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      • Harvey ,No wonder the chinese love crayfish they are actually closely related to cockroaches and Im serious, for them it must be like having a 5 kg piece of KFC ,FFS.

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      • Uncle shane ponied up $1 million towards the cost. Expensive fucking crayfish. Bet the chows don’t pay $250 plus other costs and margins each for them.

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        • Why is Jones subsidising them ? Also the 4000 seems funny. We do not sell crayfish by count we sell them by the kg. 4000kg would be more likely and then all the more reason why Jones should not subsidise them. Maybe there was very little else on the flight and the real purpose of the flight was to back essential medical supplies to bring back.
          I’ll have to do some checking with a friend who sells a large percentage of NZ cray exports.

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    • You have to be kidding? 4000 crayfish to China??? F**k me, that is incredible what the f..k are we doing flying planes anywhere let alone there? I believe the germs live a long time on hard surfaces. Imagine those little germs sitting on the aircraft after arriving in China while the crayfish are off loaded. are they expecting them to hop off on the way home again????? I really do not know if they would but that is the question I have. So much for isolation here pals.

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    • As I said yesterday, this sort of thing will start off as a murmer, build into a rumble and eventually turn into a deafening roar that is heard around the globe. We’re being lied to, every day, on all things. Thanks for posting Kea – soon there’ll be so much evidence out there that even the moronic “Nah – that’s just a conspiracy theory” nutters will have to believe that we’ve been fucked over.

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      • I suspect this global hysteria will be studied by academics for years.

        It’s a shameful and disappointing time for humanity. If you want to know how Hitler targeted Jews and other socialist states rounded up millions of their own people to murder, just look around. It only took days.

        The police had to set up an online page to snitch as informants were clogging the phones. The site promptly crashed due to so much traffic. Mao and Stalin could barely dream of such compliance.

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    • More Common sense and responsible analysis

      If you are hearing about #covid19 “reinfections” in Asia, I can offer you my take as a virologist. The best explanation for what we’re seeing is likely due to three things…

      1) The patients have likely indeed recovered from their covid infection and are on their way to clearing the virus as their immune system hunts down every infected cell and stray virion. But there are still lingering bits and pieces of the virus around.

      2) these tests can be very sensitive at detecting viral genetic material, even it’s just a non-infectious byproduct of the immune system conquering the virus.

      3) but it’s also sometimes the case that the test yields a false negative result; maybe the swab didn’t pick up enough material or was mishandled, so the next retest turning up positive could be catching the original infection, not a new one.

      Any responsible coverage of these “reinfection” rumors makes the point that we should not assume that these recovered patients actually were reinfected again or even that the low levels of viral material detected means they are infectious to others.

      https://twitter.com/PeterKolchinsky/status/1244029896453754880

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    • However after a visit from Reichsfuhrer Busch – Stuff have mended their ways and have NOT opened this one up for comment – can’t have the groundswell of public opinion against the implementation of martial law being seen can we?

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  4. My goodness Simon will have wet dreams for a month after seeing that at work today.

    Does Mama have handcuffs, blindfolds and a whip?

    I know there is a dungeon in the House.

    Still she probably played that out before with the fella from Dunedin, Bent Bently.

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  5. Why does this report from Canada look so eerily familiar?

    It looks like the Canadian Chief Medical Health Office was clearly and unequivocally wrong and late in the advice that was provided to the Canadian government on how to deal with the emergence, spread and containment of Covid-19.

    This Covid-19 timeline from the Edmonton Journal steps out a disgusting litany of lies, incompetence and just plain PC stupidity.

    What I find most disturbing, is that it looks like the playbook for how Jacinda responded to Chinese virus – it’s almost as if the two progressive leaders were playing from exactly the same script!

    Or is it just a matter of public health leaders in Canada and NZ are both identically incompetent.

    At every step of the way, the advice from the Ministry of Health has been well-intentioned but completely incompetent. Every step of the way, the measures announced were criticised by the public for being too little and too late. We need to have a Royal Commission – hopefully after the election (and please good Lord after the CoL have been sent packing) – to document the most catastrophic government failure in NZ’s history.

    The Government and Jacinda in particular have approached the Chinese virus in the same way as a man falling off the Empire State building – who says all the way down “So far, so good”. There was no preparation, there was no proactivity, there was no effort to contain the spread, there was no testing and there was a lot of delay of containment measures so our PTPM could have her scarf and mulish expression 15 March hugathon.

    When we get through the other side of this – we have to keep reminding people how Jacinda delayed banning public gatherings so she could wear a scarf and pull stupid “empathy” faces at the bereaved from the Muslim community.

    Lest we forget!

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  6. Kea , A very good article Kea ,the problem is nobody in any position of influence is willing to actually come out and say “whats going on here I think we are entirely overreacting to this virus” because of the backlash,but never fear those same people of influence will jump on the bandwagon when it becomes apparent that we have overreacted and say “I always thought we were overreacting actually”
    Ardern of course wont be able to after saying “10s of thousands will die”.

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    • Don’t underestimate the enormous social distruction this does. It generates a guarded mistrust of others, that is very hard to remove.

      The release of people’s Stasi records, after the wall came down, destroyed the states of the former GDR more than anything. They found out who snitched. People never recovered from that. Those who could, left entirely.

      The people snitching here in NZ are filth. They need to suffer and never be forgiven.

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      • Please understand that if you use a “dob-in” website, there will be a record of you doing so.

        There is a fine line between “whistle-blowing” and “snitching.”

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    • It’s called socialism, worked for a while in a few European places and then imploded. If capitalism is really dead in this country we know who to blame for it. I’m sitting here watching my business slowly die while this stupid bitch raves on about kindness and helping people while at the same time trying to get you to dob your neighbour in. We are being slowly strangled by an ideologically driven bunch of power hungry cretins who combined would lack the business acumen to run a lemonade stand. The inevitable uprising is approaching as large numbers of people like myself have their assets and futures stolen. After that what do we have to fear from Field Marshal Mike Flange and his cohorts?

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  7. I remember a few years back when Winston first appointed Jacinda ‘Capitalism has Failed’ Ardern to the role.
    Some wit on Kiwiblog was complaining ‘I bet in a decade or so we will be living behind the Iron Curtain’
    How wrong was he??
    As I stood in the rain yesterday lining to buy food for my family, while Police and Security yelled at the masses to stay in line, it dawned upon me that we are living behind the Iron Curtain already! After only three bloody years of Jacinda…
    This is seriously all of Ardern’s Stalinist fantasies coming to life…Will we ever get our freedom and our great little Country back?

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    • This is what I am very frightened of. I fear for the future of this country. Will we ever get back the freedoms which were taken away from us? Mike Bush said we better have a very good reason to drive to reach the supermarket or dog park . Is taking the picking up food or taking the dogs for a walk not sufficient reason? This taking things too far. So are all those biking only going around the block? This so very frightening I would have thought you would run into many people walking around the block, With the paths we have chances are we would never make the 2 metre rule of isolation when out, i we are now living behind the Iron curtain. Once the weather changes with rain and cold there will be a huge surge in people on anti depression medication. Animals as well I would think.

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      • Lizzie.
        Your fears are reasonable considering the amount of MSM generated end of world scenario’s we have had to endure since, well, since Trump was elected, coincidentally.
        If you line up the ducks of imagined catastrophe’s you can see the correlation.
        All of the doomsday predictions were and are fictional.
        All of the media, film, television etc in the world are owned by 6 companies.
        They own propaganda, and have the rights to spread it. And they do, unchallenged, until now!!
        Trump has exposed them, all of them, for what they are………Deceivers.
        As his plan to save the world unravels you will be in a much better place, we all will.
        Be patient, it won’t be all beer and skittles.
        Trust the plan.

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    • They shall have to change the folk name of New Zealand to “The Land of the Long White Curtain.”

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  8. In modern times, the Ides of March is best known as the date on which Julius Caesar was assassinated in 44 BC. Caesar was stabbed to death at a meeting of the Senate. As many as 60 conspirators, led by Brutus and Cassius, were involved

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    • The globalist motherfuckers do like their symbolism – for me 15 March will always be the day that I knew we were headed for governmental fascism. The realisation washed over me as I was listening to media reports that afternoon.

      I still feel sad when I think of that day – but not for the political opportunism reasons that Cindy talks about.

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      • We’ll be fine.
        I too, went through the internal struggle of feeling guilty about not doing something… anything.
        I soon came to realize, that my fears, were not mine, but subversive implants.
        We have been falsely taught to trust someone else or something else.
        That is the lie.
        Trust yourself.
        You will feel and be much better for it.

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  9. Ardern has been banging on at Australia to provide financial support for NZ’ers over there. Day after day. But she doesn’t afford the same courtesy here.
    I have tenants who are a lovely young couple with a baby from SA who emigrated here just before Xmas. They had jobs to come to as a requirement of their visa applications. Now their incomes have been slashed due to the virus and they can’t afford the rent they were paying. I suggested they go to WINZ to see what could be done to assist them, and they were turned away as they are not yet citizens or permanent residents. They are great tenants and I’m working with them on this.
    Ardern is a bloody hypocrite.

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  10. I see our communist Govt has confirmed that it’s not a matter of saving lives, but saving money.

    A female was concerned she was infected but was not allowed to have a test. After persistent questioning the health official she spoke to finally admitted that tests cost $3000.00 each.

    Is this an example of Arderns kindness ?

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    • How can a test possibly cost $3,000? The Germans, a wealthy country I know, are carrying out 100,000 tests pre week and within days will increase that to 200,000 tests per week. I cannot believe they are paying more than probably $30/test. Is it socialist medicine that makes it so expensive here?

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      • Blame Cindy. She has pissed off so many people with her stupid brand of wokenesss, that we as a country are being screwed financially. These tests are all from overseas and with so many other countries in the queue for test kits, they are being served before us. No amount of free air freighted crayfish will change this fact.

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  11. Cut-and-pasted from elsewhere. Feel free to add to this list.

    How many lives have been saved due to Covid-19?
    – Hardly any traffic – fewer RTCs (Road Traffic Collisions)
    – Pubs shut – No drink driving, no fighting at closing time
    – Illegal Drugs – Supply lines disrupted, shortage of “gear”, fewer OD’s, gangland killings
    – Terrorism & Mass Shootings – Have any of these taken place?
    – Industrial accidents reduced
    – Plane crashes less likely due to reduced flights
    – Refugee deaths- Unlikely boats/human caravans will be setting off with borders shut & lock-downs

    However, you also have to offset other indirect deaths due to COVID-19, such as:
    – People who die of non-COVID19 illnesses because they couldn’t get treatment for them whilst the hospitals are clogged up
    – Mental heath cases from being cooped up that lead to suicide
    – People who, due to the isolation, turn to drink/drugs

    It is possible that total deaths per month may actually be significantly lower over the next 6 months due to the societal behavioral changes enforced by governments.

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    • hospitals are not clogged up .
      Normal daystay stuff could happily proceed soyes others will die becuase everyone has got the shits over this.

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      • The lockdown is perhaps necessary so that the proles don’t find out that the media is lying to us.
        Just received this in an e mail from the UK:

        “With A&E departments and hospitals in the country near empty, there is no capacity issue in the NHS, more a hypochondria crisis in the country”

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  12. Yesterday morning (29/3/20) on Magic Talk Radio’s “Sunday Café” programme hosted by Roman Travers, Brash once again presented the New Zealand public with a decidedly inconvenient question. At what point, he asked, does the price of saving human life become too high? It’s one of those questions that is normally only posed, well behind the scenes, by specialist clinicians and senior civil servants. Politicians, unsurprisingly, shun such questions like the plague (if I may use that term). Their stock response is that human life is not subject to such crude cost-benefit calculations. That no price is too high to pay to keep our fellow human-beings alive.

    https://www.interest.co.nz/opinion/104305/prompted-don-brash-chris-trotter-mulls-question-when-government%E2%80%99s-meritorious-quest

    Unfortunately Trotter turned this into a mouth piece for his socialism.
    Still worth the read.

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    • “That no price is too high to pay to keep our fellow human-beings alive.”

      The Feelz is strong in this one…

      What is the point of sacrificing the economy today to keep human beings alive now if the resulting economic collapse tomorrow causes even greather death and suffering?

      Let’s think of the future. The elderly (and I include myself) have lived our lives. Now we need to let the youth live theirs. They have a greater future than we do. They are our future (even if we are no longer here.)

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      • I doubt that I’m going to explain this well but before WE can put a value on a human life we need to know whether the sufferer puts much value on it. The recent debate over the End of Life Choice Bill was dominated by Godbotherers & those closest to losing their own parents to the diseases of old age.

        If an old person is a fighter who’s determined to go the distance I would be far happier about pushing finite resources to their cause. If they are only hanging in because someone lacks the guts to hand them the off switch & hides behind the law of the land why do we need to go against their wishes.

        It seems to me that everyone from Chris Trotter to Don Brash, from politicians to your local branch of Jerks for Jesus get a say rather than the one person with a genuine stake in the matter.

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      • “Let’s think of the future. The elderly (and I include myself) have lived our lives. Now we need to let the youth live theirs.”

        – sod off 🙄

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      • “no price is too high to pay to keep our fellow human-beings alive”

        Look at how many millions we are prepared to spend to exhume the dead.

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  13. Bwaaaahahaha 🤪

    Courtney Place has large congregations of homeless laughing and passing joints around.

    Freedom fighters.

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  14. The Tokyo government is clamping down on bars, nightclubs, and those beloved hole-in-the-wall drinking establishments. The logic is sound. These establishments are where you have people packed closely togther, with poor ventilation, and you don’t know who the people are (untraceable, as people pay by cash).

    This is what I mean (nice video of the “Golden Gai” bar district in the happier days of 2018): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DqiF89MkBDU

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  15. Email from Simon Bridges

    Dear —

    This week marks an important step in our constructive and principled approach to scrutinising the Government’s response to Covid-19.

    I believe the health and safety of our people is paramount, but Kiwis rightly have many questions about how decisions made on their behalf affect them, their families, and their communities.

    Last week, an Epidemic Response Committee (ERC) was created by Parliament to provide the opportunity to question officials on the issues that matter to you.

    As the Chairman of that Committee, I want to ensure our scrutiny provides clear answers and reassurance for you, and ultimately helps to make our collective nationwide response to Covid-19 a better one and a stronger one.

    The ERC will be meeting online every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 10am to 12:30pm. Our first meeting will focus on our nation’s health response by hearing from the Minister of Health, Director-General of Health and others.

    You can watch the Committee’s meeting live on my Facebook page here
    https://www.facebook.com/simonjbridges/

    You can also watch it live on Parliament TV on Freeview Channel 31 or Sky Channel 86.

    I want to keep Kiwis as informed and up to date as possible on everything Government agencies are doing to keep us safe now, and ultimately how we can bring our country out of this epidemic on a strong foundation for the future.

    If you have any questions you want answers to, please email me at nlo@parliament.govt.nz

    We are all in this together.

    Regards

    Simon

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  16. Newshub stories:

    1. 14,000 will die if we don’t obey.

    2. Police demand a curfew.

    3. Army ready to enforce lockdown.

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  17. I see Ardern is subtly trying to take credit for Kiwis getting some financial help from the Aussie aid package. BS –the Poms, Germans, Chinese etc. in Australia, in the same position, will also get help.

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  18. Yesterday Labour’s Spin Team bombarded us all with ‘cutesy’ toilet training stories about the Messiah Baby…
    Today I have received a couple on invites/notifications on FB about tomorrow being ‘Jacinda Appreciation Day’. (I shit you not- Vomit inducing eh?)
    Wasn’t Electioneering supposed to have stopped?
    I am going to join the group and trace it’s roots….This is such fucking bullcrap

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    • I’d like to “reiterate” my abhorrence to those who are promoting a ‘Jacinda Appreciation Day’ 🤢🤢🤢. Sycophants, all of them.

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  19. Just got my orders from the Fuhrer, in the letter box. Yours will be there too.
    YOU MUST STAY HOME!!!

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  20. I have been thinking about the consequences of all this helicopter money.

    Maybe the best thing to come out of it will be the slow death of the climate change scam ( the Greta’s will continue screaming for a while). Reality will hit these politicians that they cannot afford these crazy “nice to have” Green ideas (eg. $70 + mill cycle tracks in Wellington –along the fore shore) , subsidising electric cars etc.

    Australia will be the one country which will really have to get tough and tell the renewable lobby group to take a hike, those who object to building dams to try to drought proof productive farmland can also take a hike, those who do not want new HELE coal fired power stations so there is cheap electricity to help rebuild industry can take a hike etc. etc . They will simply have to state in no uncertain terms they do not believe in the AGW scam any more and then by the way we are leaving the Paris Agreement.

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  21. Just found out that Otorohanga had its first case last week, great community notice skills.

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  22. “Iwi enforce ‘level 5 lockdown’ to stop spread of coronavirus in community”
    In what parallel universe is this allowed to carry on? These people may have good intentions with these local lockdowns, but they’re breaking the law, and have no authority to tell other people what to, and what not to do. FS if I tried this on, I’d have plod all over me.

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    • If you look in the background of that story, there is a camper van!
      So BRITZ CAMPERS, tell us all are you giving Hone and his picket line a FREE CAMPER?

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    • Wonders never cease “level 5 lock-down”

      Then wanting to place a curfew also. , issuing permits etc.. ….
      Just like the Government, we are here to help you.

      So what stage is DEFCON at?
      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DEFCON
      Loaded, Cocked and Aimed?
      Didn’t the government not defuse this situation?

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    • Curfews also being put in place too.
      ….. Permits are available through hapū chairs, who will then communicate this to those manning the borders. ….
      ….Waititi said if people arrive at the border without a permit, and if it is not for essential travel, they will be declined. ……

      ….. Ngāi Tūhoe is also planning to limit areas available to visiting hunters in what is called the “roar season” as it’s where many iwi members gather food. …..
      https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/coronavirus/120691990/iwi-enforce-level-5-lockdown-to-stop-spread-of-coronavirus-in-community

      So is this how the Police also wish to operate?

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      • “….. Ngāi Tūhoe is also planning to limit areas available to visiting hunters in what is called the “roar season” as it’s where many iwi members gather food. …..”

        Hang on – you mean the iwi members are still allowed to go hunting in the roar while the rest of us have to stay home. WTF?

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        • Saggy, That’s NZ the way Ardern see’s it , the chosen people can go out hunting an animal the dreaded white man bought to this country but whitey is banned .
          Perhaps if this is the way Maori are going to act with the Coronavirus world we live in the same standard can now be put on their precious greenstone ,
          All you dreaded whitey carvers out there go down to the rivers and stock up on Jade ,take tonnes of it it’s ok help yourselves It’s the new Maori way.
          If they get sick let them stay in their fortress , “yeah right”.

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  23. Sit Rep – Wellington:

    Police are everywhere. I saw a guy taken down by 2 cops for riding a bike on the waterfront.

    Bread lines are continuing. Morale is terrible. Only the homeless seem to have any spirit and I over heard a group of them complaining about this shit. They may be our only hope of rebellion.

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  24. And for you tragics out there. This little gem.

    For those of you who like junk Mail the lockdown is making it tough.
    A whole weekend of empty letterbox .

    😆 😆

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    • A waste of time for Rebel sport and Briscoes to pay for leaflet drops when they cannot sell anything.

      Who the hell uses those anyway in 2020?
      Too glossy for dunny paper* and cannot be recycled because of the coating.

      With pricespy and priceme why would you bother?

      * maybe for shiny arsed public servants //

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  25. She-beast Raelene Castle – CEO of Rugby Australia – is taking a 50% pay cut

    …Rugby Australia chief executive Raelene Castle has announced she will take a 50 per cent pay cut worth over A$400,000 as the game’s governing body reported a provisional A$9.4 million deficit for 2019….

    From AUD800,000 to AUD400,000 – how does she do it?
    Don’t panic too much for her folks.
    The top marginal tax rate at over AUD 180,000 pa is 45%
    So every dollar over 180k is taxed at nearly half.
    The top 400 to 800k is 45% so, ceteris paribus, she is actually giving up 220k net.

    I suspect RA will be in massive do do
    They had the huge payout to Israel Folau. They were not doing too well before this.
    There will basically be no revenue this year.
    At best they will be reset to the status of the early 1970s.

    Like many sports, when/if there is a recovery and a working capitalist system as we know it, will the previous sponsors be in a position to pour the money in ?
    I doubt it.
    These are not ‘normal times’
    We may not see them again for a generation, if at all.
    This could be the Big Reset.
    It looks like it.

    The Cactus Kate blog recently shows just how bad this is for sport giving Americas Cup as an example
    https://asianinvasion2019.blogspot.com/2020/03/americas-cup-in-auckland-stick-fork-in.html
    She has been doing good work on a daily basis in recent times (like Ed, of course!)

    There is a sea change
    Given the likelihood of 20% (? + ) of the employed not having a job to go back to combined with accumulated debt as mortgage holidays delay, but don’t remove, debt citizens will (bloody well should) say to Local Authorities and Central Govt
    ….don’t be frivolous with our funds.
    Like tens of millions to Americas Cup
    Cactus has mentioned in her blog the God-awful Auckland ATEED should be shut down.
    I have said that for 10 years. They basically give away ratepayer money to ‘sporting mates’

    BAU (Business as Usual) is gone burger.

    There will need to be a major reset in professional sport.
    There will be a major reset in society
    Given this looks like a firesale for idealistic purposes (huge panic and less than 20 people in all NZ’s 220 hospitals) the future does not look so bright that I need shades.
    It looks extremely dull.
    Grim would be an appropriate word.

    Professional sport will be one of many casualties.
    Tourism will have a 2+ year shadow to begin to get back to where it was.
    Many Airlines will go bust and the remainder will not be in a mood to offer great deals.
    Overseas students will take at least a year to recover and people will exercise ‘unconscious bias’ towards Chinese students.
    Still not a reason to hug them!

    This is a reset.
    This is a firesale.
    Because of the flu.
    Let’s see how long Raelene Castle can hold on to even a $400,000 salary!

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  26. I am not sure where this came from; whether it was recommended here or from another feed.
    anyhow I watched this last night
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c3hXZS5eZmo
    Nick Searcy | Politics in Hollywood

    Very good.
    A Hollywood actor/director makes a speech – 35 mins plus 15 min questions outlining how the Hollywood elite are left leaning and exclude those who are not.
    He is calling for an alternative.
    I found it interesting and clarifying from his insight.

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  27. It looks like some of the thinking people are waking up. Last night on Sky Andrew Bolt pushed quite hard on the question of how a country gets out of lock down and the real need to do it quickly. Basically he was saying we need to change direction –instead of locking down the majority of the working people we should be focusing on testing and “locking down” those that test positive , looking after the elderly and vulnerable people better. Getting people back to work and economy going has to be a priority otherwise the economy will never recover was his big push.
    Now I see Sir John Key is saying something similar —“getting out of it is harder ” , referring to getting out of the lock down.
    This is all similar to President Trump hoping to get going again by Easter –which he now says was aspirational and is probably not achievable but he at least was recognising a real big issue. Of course the stupid MSM were and are rubbishing him but again he is right.

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  28. While we are all fixated on the CCP Virus crisis and the cure which looks like being more deadly than the disease let us not forget the cancer that is spreading through our western countries at an ever increasing rate.

    “The primary weapons used by the Muslim Brotherhood in western countries are deception and victim status. ”

    Our Prime Minister has already shown that she has been well and truly taken in by them. See how the Jihad is progressing in Canada in this new video from the bravest woman in that country:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SP4ki6-Y4Ic

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    • No wonder we haven’t heard a squeak from the Greens. They must be wetting themselves with glee with the world returned to a communist environmentalists paradise of the population reduced to subsistence living, lining up for bread and apparently this has all lead to an almost instantly clean environment after a few days. 🤔

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  29. Has anyone had the time to watch Bridges committee at work ? Was it any good ? ( I have seen that Prof Skeggs was critical of the Govt. )

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    • ……”watch Bridges committee at work ? Was it any good “……

      It’s likely that the soporific effect will turn us into a nation of zombies.

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    • That was example of a politician saying a lot of grand words but actually saying nothing of substance.

      If he really believed what he was saying he would have fought the O&G exploration closure very hard. But I cannot remember even a whimper.

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  30. “Coronavirus: Jacinda Ardern wants to ramp up covid-19 testing”

    Why now? Popular demand? Internal polling getting affected?
    I think she’ll get a surprise when she does.

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  31. Just imagine if he died during lockdown.
    No state funeral, no carrying the casket on a gun carriage, no thousands lining the streets in celebration, no forning by her who must be obeyed,

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  32. There must be a lot of people out there with the virus, but not all of them will show severe symptoms (or any symptoms at all).
    Let’s play a thought game.

    Imagine that 100,000 people in the population have the coronavirus. Some tests are conducted, and 10,000 positives are found. Of these 10,000 positives, 500 eventually die.
    Question: What is the death rate from this virus? Is it 500/10,000 = 5%? Is it 500/100,000 = 0.5%? (About the same as the annual flu)

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    • That is the point Odakyu-sen. In your example it is 0.5%.

      But I think if extensive testing was done it could be a lot more than 100,000 . This virus seems to be highly infectious but does not kill many ON IT’S OWN. But if people have existing, bad, underlying health issues it can makes things a lot worse. That is why all the effort must be on helping isolate those with underlying health issues if much more testing done –isolate the positives away from the vulnerable.

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      • It opens the discussion on mortality vs morbidity:

        …..”While morbidity refers to your level of health and well-being, mortality is related to your risk of death. They are not the same thing. Morbidity doesn’t necessarily mean that your ill-health is immediately life-threatening. Over time, however, if an illness continues it may increase your risk of mortality (death).”…….

        People are listed as dying of Covid-19 where as in reality the virus was the tipping point.

        https://www.verywellhealth.com/what-is-morbidity-2223380

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        • “Death from Covid-19” is not the same as “Death with Covid-19.”

          The Devil is in the definition!

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          • ……”The Devil is in the definition”……

            Agreed! And the responsibility for the definers (aka the NZ Government & their pets) to get their shit in one sock & give us valid definitions is not ours!

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    • I’ve seen nothing to change my position that this is just a flu.

      Those who eschew politics and stick to science and logic, tend to agree.

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  33. Not on top of it are they!

    Coronavirus: Patient twice refused test before Covid-19 diagnosis
    https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/coronavirus/120673031/coronavirus-patient-twice-refused-test-before-covid19-diagnosis

    This was going to be the third time I was put off. It was a no from Healthline on Tuesday. On Wednesday my GP said I needed a test but his referral was also refused.

    But, once there, the clinician told me I didn’t meet the case definition for a test; I hadn’t travelled overseas recently and I wasn’t a close or casual contact of someone with the virus.

    I had symptoms, albeit mild. A bad cough had plagued me for five days and I’d just got over a mild fever and headache.

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    • Listen, you are meant to stay at home with hubby.

      This squirreling out to visit the Lover on Mondays, Boyfriend 1 on Wednesdays, Boyfriend 2 on Fridays and Toy boy on Sundays is just not on.

      Do you not remember the AIDS adverts from the 1980s?
      The ping pong ball going over the net..back and forth; more and more contact.

      Show some restraint woman!

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  34. A 101 year old Italian man and a 102 year old women, beat this Commie Cough.

    Also the Spanish flu and a few world wars.

    Cheer up folks 😊

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  35. Soros and the Coronavirus pandemic

    It is important to note that “INGOs are not elected bodies, are not founded on the principle of representation, and are not accountable to the public,” as pointed out by Dr. Raphael Ben-Ari, an expert on NGOs and international law. INGOs have no legal recognition and guidelines and their often biased “fact-finding” reports are rarely questioned by the media or even “national courts and international tribunals and institutions.

    https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2020/03/soros_and_the_coronavirus_pandemic.html

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  36. Who would have guessed limiting what you could buy meant more frequent visits to the supermarket.

    Coronavirus: Countdown removes ‘two per person’ limits on key items
    https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/lifestyle/2020/03/coronavirus-countdown-removes-two-per-person-limits-on-key-items.html

    two items per person on a range of products.

    The ‘two per person’ restrictions no longer apply to deli, seafood or Easter products either, Countdown says. For wine, beer and bakery items, the limit is eased to four per person.

    The move comes as Countdown eases the stringent rules it put in place to control demand amidst the coronavirus crisis. The changes are an effort to encourage shoppers to visit the supermarket less frequently.

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    • Was in our small ocal CD yesterday. Talking to one of the staff and she said they were nearly back to normal with stock and deliveries. Thursday Patmark reported a huge drop in spending. Now why would that be?

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    • I’m sure the MSM psychos told me that cindy has put her foot down and demanded more testing though so all is well…….

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      • But 2 weeks ago in Parliament she assured us that the clinicians had it all in hand and all the folks that needed to be tested had been tested.
        Oral Q 2 Tuesday 17 march.

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        • First people are picking on the sign language folks and now you are are picking on the dull-witted and slow kids.

          Be Kind!
          Not everyone has a PhD you know 🙂

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  37. Police have denied being too heavy handed in the treatment of people who are deemed to be flouting the lockdown regulations.

    However the family of the executed walker have demanded a full inquiry into the incident.

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  38. It is a good thing they got the ventilators sorted out.
    That Ardern is just too stupid to breathe on her own.

    I sent 6 emails to MPs from Saturday.
    Yay, now there is the ability to purchase electrical goods and essential items from Mitre 10, Warehouse and Noel Leeming and a few others. Leeming is owned by the Warehouse Group.
    Some sense.

    Not saying it was me but wow there clearly was not one bit of forethought.
    You can bet Ardern and her Totalitarian/Commie mates were salivating at the control they had a week ago.
    We Deplorables can now get some necessary items.
    You can bet Ardern has the same view of us as she does of President Trump.

    I’ll bet 10 to 1 that Ardern is getting a lot of influence from her father. A Mormon.
    The not shutting down flights to/from Pacific would have been him.
    The police strong arming would have been him. (Former Cop)
    The austerity and attempt at joyless life.
    She is too dumb to make these decisions.

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  39. The cops may have been told to ease off.
    I went out in the Beautiful March sunshine about 5pm
    I covered a few miles on the (push)bike.
    No cops spotted whereas last Wednesday they were prowling the streets.

    A lot of people out enjoying.
    A good trick from a mate.
    If the cops are harassing you get some mixed herbs in a plastic bag.
    If they approach you shake it out rapidly and look guilty.
    I have my wee baggy.
    Misdirection.
    What the Govt has been doing for 2.5 years.

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  40. Have just been listening to Dan Bongino, whose analysis of American Politics is pretty insightful. He was saying how CNN and the other fake news media have been accusing President Trump of lying when he stated that the USA has carried out more Wuhan virus testing than any other country. The actual numbers are correct but on a per capita basis other countries lead the USA. CNN on the other hand says that the USA has the highest number of Wuhan virus cases than any other country, but refuse to report that per capita, the USA is actually 6th in the world…Dirty, filthy, lying media will say anything to dump on the Trump.

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  41. I guess with professional sport taking it up the Khyber will we still hear the moaning Minnies asking for equal pay for woman sporty spices?

    There will be a hell of a lot of sportspeople (Male or Female, not sure about the other genders) looking at large to almost total income loss for at least a season.

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  42. The Government has set up an email account to dob in price gougers after allegations some businesses were using the lockdown to put up prices.

    People who spot businesses raising prices can report their allegations to pricewatch@mbie.govt.nz.

    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said firms that put up prices without a valid reason will likely be in breach of the Fair Trading Act.
    ————————————–

    https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/coronavirus/120682925/coronavirus-jacinda-ardern-announces-a-new-scheme-to-dob-in-price-gouguers
    Well, I sugested that Ardern be potted for raising wages during this period so hop over to the email and send her a complaint.

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    • Such a nice Saudi man, for the religion of “peace”.
      Well at least Saudi Arabia is happy “Operation Restoring Hope” a few months after the initial strikes after a month or so of bombing in Yemen, started in 2015 and is still continuing on for over 5 years in all these forms.

      Tossing around cluster bombs in civilian areas.
      Supposedly using white phosphorous.
      Operating torturous prisons.
      Using young children in the militia and to be jihadists.
      Still scrapping killing and bombing this year & a hospital in February 2020.
      The blockade creating famine killing starving to death tens of thousands.
      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saudi_Arabian-led_intervention_in_Yemen

      And who’s life is prioritized by that supremacist?.

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  43. Is Sir David Skegg going to commit suicide tonight?
    https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/new-zealand/2020/03/coronavirus-sir-david-skegg-urges-government-to-show-clear-plan-to-eliminate-covid-19.html

    Wednesday morning Gnews, NZ
    -Martial law continues
    -The Govt still lies like a flatfish

    -Sir David Skegg was found this morning with 14 stab wounds in the back and two shots to the head.
    Police say there are no suspicious circumstances and the family say he was depressed in recent days.
    The death is referred to the coroner and the family request privacy at this time.
    ENDS

    The media feckers are even lying in that article
    They lie/say
    “One person so far has died in New Zealand due to the disease.”
    No, the person died with virus antibodies present. Big difference.
    If person X has cancer and a weakened body then has a heart attack and dies immediately then the cause of death was coronary. Cancer (and probably other ailments) were co-existent.

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    • The way you are saying it, all lefties are a bunch of murderers. With so many committing “Suicide” in the states that have links back to Killary Clinton, I would say we are all in danger if this Prof is found dead.

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      • Framed as satire good Sir.
        Perhaps not framed well enough.

        Try:
        Reports of Arkancide in Dunedin are greatly exaggerated !!

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