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  1. Jacinda Ardern shows her ignorance in slamming National for it’s’ offensive ‘ claims of political interference in Boochani asylum bid.
    Can someone please explain and remind me what happened in the Karl Sroubek’s Immigration case especially who gave references and their involvement with our not so squeaky clean Prime Minister and how offensive that was to many New Zealanders.
    So why wouldn’t Stuart Smith and National have any faith in the Prime Minister’s bullshit and bluster.
    https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/jacinda-ardern-slams-nationals-offensive-claims-political-interference-in-boochani-asylum-bid
    I would like to why the Prime Minister can endorse criminals like Karl Sroubek and then tell opposition MP’s that it is offensive to hold the Prime Minister and her Minister to account for not doing their job.

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    • You need to write and ask her that.
      We all do.
      Be sure to write slow and use crayon.

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    • Any person purportedly coming here with a visa for a purpose, but then overstaying that visa time and disappearing, does not then qualify to stay on my ordinary citizens view of what is OK or not.

      When the individual is apprehended, or turns up, he needs to locked into a container and sent back as deck cargo to where ever he came from. Any subsequent bid for entry to this country should be denied.

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    • I thought Jacinda’s text buddy Ritchie ‘Hardcore’ made all our Immigration decisions?..

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      • The Sandringham slapper also asked her ‘friends ‘ overseas about locking down the country in March.

        So why the hell are we still paying public servants at 100% of pay?
        They are not needed.

        Perhaps in her warpo world- the more tatts you have, the wiser you are !!

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    • Happychappy…
      It took me a few seconds to realise that the second photo in your One News link
      wasn’t a photoshopped one of Ardern.

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  2. Who runs New Zealand the Health Ministry the Labour Party or our Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.
    Coronavirus : Jacinda Ardern orders review into the 24 Quarantined people wanting to visit dying relatives. I particularly find it disturbing that Jacinda Ardern likes to front the media and receive the accolades with political advantages they bring but is quick to shovel the blame when all goes wrong, then orders a review to cover her tracks and involvement in the decision making.
    https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/politics/2020/05/coronavirus-jacinda-ardern-orders-review-into-quarantined-people-wanting-exemption-to-visit-dying-relatives.html
    Jacinda Ardern is a cold hearted bitch that uses the word kindness to cover her incompetence.

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    • She orders a review, does she?
      Have anything to do with MoH getting their clipboard taken off them in Court?
      Our beloved Prime Minister is sooo kind.

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      • More of that clip board removal coming as well I suggest.
        They have used this as an excuse to usurp our constitutional rights and there are more than a few in the Legal Profession that will be pissed about that.
        The latest move being to introduce a bill in the House today to alter all the immigrationLaws.
        One has to ask why and then look under the covers.
        Sure the immigration laws are not that flash but lets have that debate properly.

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  3. FFS, Only in NZ , The very IWI organisations that have a tax free status now want billions of taxpayer dollars,FFUUUUUCCKK.
    And please don’t tell me horseface is going to jump on Airforce one and go to Aussie in search of CAMERAS again? she should stay here and sort out the cockup with her B/S about funeral “permissions”. This PM is a frickin liar and our gutless bribed media are not calling her out.

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  4. Apparently Ardern is going to do a video conference with the Aussies,someone should warn the Australians to fact check everything that comes from her mouth,perhaps the Aussie media could ask her the questions our cowardly MSM refuses to ask.

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    • Same owners but govt. funded in aussie.
      Facebook is gatting as bad with its censorship screwing around with things that get posted, factchecking that is mearly another opinion.
      Why do they discredit themselves by doing this?

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      • I think a lot of people get Tourettes when that bitch is on TV lying.

        The lies flow like the Amazon River.

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    • Rev- that programme should come with a warning that those watching who are offended by lies should switch off the sound when ardern mouth is moving and close their eyes when her head is bobbling to prevent vertigo.

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    • Here’s hoping the PM’s video conference is a huge success, so that it can
      be held as precedence for her and other trough wallowers to forego future overseas junkets.

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  5. Iwi checkpoints designed to protect vulnerable communities from coronavirus are changing focus under alert level 3.

    Tai Tokerau Border control, led by Hone Harawira, has been running checkpoints on the main roads in Northland since the country went into coronavirus lockdown under alert level 4.

    Last week, the checkpoints — run in association with local police — were busy turning around one in 10 drivers who were stopped.

    https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/coronavirus/300004125/coronavirus-iwi-checkpoints-stop-move-to-random-checks-under-level-3

    So now its random checks under the police watch.

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    • Not acceptable at all. Any politician thinking that is OK would not get a vote from me. Quibbling over the supposed legality or talking of community good is just a distraction. The road blocks are not acceptable.

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    • We need to run an experiment to see if police are biased in their shutting down of roadblocks. The control for the experiment will be a roadblock manned by gang members.

      The experimental roadblocks will be as follows:
      1. Middle-aged white males
      2. Middle-aged white females
      3. Ethnic Chinese males
      4. Non-Maori Polynesian males
      5. Muslim men in traditional garb
      6. Indian males
      7. A mixture of 1-6
      8. Young white males with very short haircuts

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  6. I think the saying is she gets worser and worser. Power has gone to her head and she and her club of misfits are so controlling, if someone doesn’t do something now we are stuck in this time warp for the rest of our lives. . Simon, David, anyone at all, show your metal, get stuck in. I understand nastiness does not come easily to you or you would be in the fuc*ing nasty COL, but now is the time to show them up for what they are. Nasty controlling f**ks. Go hard and go fast (like that?). There is so much ammunition from them that you have a lot to work with.

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    • Lizziep ,Im assuming you are a younger YSB member only because you actually believe any of those useless cowering blowhards in Wellington are going to say or do anything that might hinder their reelection chances, there are better odds on Cindy going a week without knowingly lying.

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      • No sorry I am in my 70s rev, I just have to live in hope or I would be done for, especially at the moment. Life is hard enough if one doesn’t have hope then you have nothing. And to be honest I would rather things got back to normal and am absolutely willing to take my chances against the virus if life would return. I think most older people would, we all know we are going to die at some stage and accept that.

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        • ……”we all know we are going to die at some stage and accept that”…….

          The Godaddled don’t. It’s strange that they have an exit strategy where they get to sit on a cloud & strum a harp with the Saviour for eternity yet bitch & moan when their time here may be up.

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        • Lizziep. You are absolutely right with that statement,I havn’t been around as long as you but we simply can’t rely on that shite down in Wellington to fix the coming horrendous problems we face ,none of them alone are up to it and as a collective we would be better to employ a bunch of kindergarten 4 year olds and get them to tick multiple choice columns for the answers to our problems,at least that way we’d get a few things right.
          Very few of the troughers have taken a pay cut,TYPICAL….

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  7. A great job for the nephs.

    Dairy sector wants New Zealanders to consider farm work as labour shortage looms

    The dairy industry wants New Zealanders to fall back in love with life on the farm.
    https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/dairy-sector-wants-new-zealanders-consider-farm-work-labour-shortage-looms

    “We can’t bring in any new migrants for June 1 and there were quite a few coming in for the change-over being Moving Day or Gypsy Day. So we’re just trying to work through just how big the shortfall is and putting some plans in place to recruit some of the New Zealanders who have found themselves redundant because of Covid-19.”

    Lewis said farming had gotten a bit of a bad rap for being hard, dirty work over the past decade, he reckoned there was plenty of upside.

    “You might get up a bit earlier at around 5am, but on the other hand my staff go home for an hour at breakfast, an hour at lunch and they’re home by 5pm.

    “We have housing and housing at affordable rates. We have meat, we have milk, you know. My staff get a bit of cheese and a bit of honey that’s made on the farm and they get to spend more time with their families.”

    Lewis said an entry level-dairy assistant could expect to earn about $50,000 a year and quickly advance if they apply themselves.

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    • Just the thing for all those Air New Zealand cabin crew who will be looking for work. They can become (what’s the NZ phrase?)– “tit pullers.”

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      • Austin Mitchell in his 1972 book “The Half-Gallon Quarter-Acre Pavlova Paradise” described cow cockies as people who turned mud into milk.

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        • Perhaps as in the old days “milk from a bull”,
          though these days there is “AI” to keep the cows in production.

          Could they adapt to have ‘natural green’ dyed hair? now & again.
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  8. Immigration Minister Iain Lees-Galloway said the bill would offer “pragmatic solutions”.

    “One of the practical challenges is to quickly manage visa changes for large numbers of migrants who are unable to leave New Zealand due to the Covid-19 pandemic,” he said

    The bill introduces eight time-limited powers allowing it to:

    • Impose, vary or cancel conditions for classes of temporary-entry visa holders
    • Vary or cancel conditions for classes of resident-class visa holders
    • Extend the expiry dates of visas for classes of people
    • Grant visas to individuals and classes of people in the absence of an application
    • Waive any regulatory requirements for certain classes of application
    • Waive the requirement to obtain a transit visa
    • Suspend the ability to make applications for visas or submit expressions of interest in applying for visas by classes of people
    • Revoke the entry permission of people who arrive either on private aircraft or marine vessels (to align them with people who arrive on commercial flights, who can already be refused entry)

    https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12329521

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    • When does the lawnmower seller get out of the slammer? This will be one of the considerations behind these changes. Sweep all their fuckups away with these changes to the immigration system.

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      • He’s next due in front of the Parole Board in Nov this year. He has a statutory release date of 5 January 2022.

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  9. ANZ CEO ‘a bit gutted’ after Finance Minister says banks ‘not meeting’ needs of businesses

    ANZ CEO Antonia Watson says she was “a bit gutted” to hear Finance Minister Grant Robertson’s comments that banks were “not meeting their needs nor our expectations as a Government”.
    https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/anz-ceo-bit-gutted-after-finance-ministers-comments-banks?auto=6153984654001

    On Friday, Mr Robertson announced the Small Business Cashflow Loan Scheme, saying that it had “become clear that the support that is available to our small and medium businesses from banks is not meeting their needs nor our expectations as a Government”.

    The passing of the law was the result of an administration error, Interest reported.

    “That is why we have moved to provide this scheme to give some much needed cashflow,” Mr Robertson said on Friday.

    Ms Watson said she was “a bit gutted”, adding “we’ve touched nearly $10 billion of business lending… as an industry we’ve done over $6b of new lending to new businesses”.

    “The difficulty is you have to balance the need of the business with making sure you’re actually lending responsibly.”

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  10. Her Ladyship was being chauffeured to a very elegant garden party when her Rolls Royce failed to proceed.
    The chauffeur rang the Automobile Association who informed him they would be there in 30 minutes.
    He lifted the bonnet and began to rummage around when impatiently her Ladyship asks.
    ‘Would you like a screwdriver?’
    To which he answered in impeccable English ‘ No thank you your Ladyship, we won’t have time before the AA arrives!’

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  11. How could the Health Ministry or those in charge at our DHB’S let this happen.
    Six elderly patients treated in presumption of having Coronavirus after nurses work in virus- free and COVID -19 Wards.
    WaitemataDHB says it apologized to families of the patients on the ward and is planning to change rosters for nursing staff.
    It comes as three nurses tested positive for the Coronavirus, Colleagues of the nurses told Newshub.
    https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/new-zealand/2020/05/coronavirus-six-elderly-patients-probable-cases-at-waitakere-hospital-after-nurses-work-in-both-virus-free-and-covid-19-wards.html
    Well the Government not going to like this story being unveiled as again it tests their credibility.

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  12. Lockdown of a few weeks translates into a delay of how long? Years?

    It’s been hilarious to watch Wellington incompetence play out over the shitshow that is the Transmission Gully roading project.

    Originally there was noise about it opening in April 2019, then it was 2020, then the government made a bold announcement on 15 February categorically, unequiviocally, definitely, irrefutably stating that it was going to open 1 November 2020. (The fact that they were so utterly retarded as to say that when it was clear to most sane observers that Chinese virus was going to drive some significant impacts on us all – is all the proof one needs that stoopid Cindy was flailing around with fuck-all idea about what to do).

    And now we hear that it’s going to be delayed (NO SHIT SHERLOCK), but NZTA aren’t sure how long a 6-7 week lockdown is going to prolong the project.

    “But DP” (given the rather ‘blue’ connotation that acronym has in other contexts – I’m not sure I want to be associated with that abbreviation), I hear all you eloquent and erudite YSB commenters exclaim “Surely a 6-7 week lockdown would only delay the project by (uhmm) 6-7 weeks?”.

    Well, right on fellow YSBers, that is what one would think! Especially given that the Liar in Chief is talking up a storm about accelerating ‘shovel-ready’ projects as part of their economic stimulus package! And if the Liar in Chief is throwing money around then surely they can “Go early and go hard” to make up a mere 6-7 weeks if they throw a bit of extra resource at the project? Is there any infrastructure in the whole of the Solar System that is more “Shovel ready” than bloody TG is? If there was a definition of “shovel-ready” in the Oxford Dictionary – it would have a picture of Transmission Gully beside it!

    Nah! That’s not the way it works though is it? We’ve all learned that absolutely everything the Liar in Chief says is not backed up by reality? We know that she can’t lie straight in a fucking bed! And that the likelihood of anything happening in a going “Early and going hard” fashion is likely to be limited to the First Semen Donor’s interactions with Emirates flight attendants.

    Well known local left wing extremist MP and seriously cucked Nissan Leaf driver Chris Bishop is even talking about this being a 1-2 year delay for Transmission Gully.

    What a fucking shitshow!

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    • Here’s the TV report from last night. The route is rough ground but is only 27km long. Good on Chris Bishop for chasing the CoL up over this botched infrastructure delay.

      Frustration grows as Transmission Gully project delayed again

      Commuters in the Lower North Island are frustrated after more delays to the troubled Transmission Gully motorway project.
      https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/frustration-grows-transmission-gully-project-delayed-again?auto=6153966669001

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    • Well they have some 80 australians employed on the project. when can they return?

      We have a comoany here that has just built a brand new concrete plant. Made in Italy but can’t commission it because the person who klnows how lives oversea’s. some millions of dollars.

      Now if it was a sewer line then they could fly in, live ina nice hotel on quarantine and then get to work.

      The Auckland train tunnel has 20 Philipino’s not able to return and uncle Shanes Bros simply don’t have the skills nor the right attitude.

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  13. Make no mistake; St Ashley, patron saint of healthcare, is every bit the hard nosed bureaucrat with a penchant for power. Listen to this interview with Kim Hill where he describes how empathetic the MoH mandarins are while they denied 24 applications by family members to visit dying family members. He actually skewers himself with his own argument.

    https://www.rnz.co.nz/audio/player?audio_id=2018745167

    Seems he knows very fucking little about empathy and law which has been amply demonstrated by his ministries actions, the high court judgement of Justice Tracey Walker, the comments by former AG Chris Finalyson and veiled threats about lockdown extensions.

    What’s that saying about absolute power….?

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  14. It’s such a relief that the KiwiBank chief economist Jarrod Kerr expects the unemployment rate will rise
    rapidly to peak at around 9.5-10.5 per cent. “We’re expecting the unemployment rate to peak by the end of this year,” he said.
    Ref: https://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=12329350

    The consensus is that unemployment will peak in the data from Q3 to September 30, 2020, and then improve.

    According to the old statistics “The unemployment rate peaked at 10.7 percent in 1992, at 7.7 percent in 1998, and fell to a low of 3.7 percent in 2007.”
    Ref: http://archive.stats.govt.nz/browse_for_stats/snapshots-of-nz/nz-progress-indicators/home/economic/unemployment-rate.aspx

    It looks like Kiwibank is guessing that unemployment later this year will peak at around about the level it was at the end of 1991.

    I ask you, who remember the period of 1991-1992 when NZ was in its last recession, do you think this time will be about the same, or will it be much worse? What are your predictions for the unemployment curve shape this time around? Will it be higher? Wider? Or both?

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    • Much worse this time around. I reckon predicting end of September for peak unemployment is far too early.

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      • Which is a great argument for a Nov/Dec election when the pain caused by our clowns in govt is climaxing and voters can return the favour the favour by eliminating NZ1 and the Greens leaving Labour to travel back to the beehive in a mini bus and sulk on the opposition benches.

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    • “229,566 people are directly and another 163,713 indirectly employed in tourism in New Zealand – 14.4% of the total number of people employed in New Zealand. ” That is just one industry that is going to have a major impact – how does 14.4% look to you Jarrod.

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    • “The consensus is that unemployment …….” There is that word consensus again, so you can guarantee the figures are wrong. They will be playing with computer models again —I’ll go with Hooker Phil’s approach as being much more accurate.

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    • Kiwi/post/bank is not a real bank.
      The old POSB- Post Office Savings Bank was far superior 40 years ago.
      It had very advanced computerisation in the 1970s. Way ahead of eg English Banks.
      Then POSB was flogged off cheap to ANZ.

      Kiwi/post/bank – another of Jim Anderston’s creations – has never performed
      TSB runs rings around it.
      It purchased big-talking, underperforming Gareth Morgan’s Kiwisaver fund circa 2013.
      Klutzes.
      Another ‘Kiwi’ in front of it from Labour.

      That joker is soooo wrong.
      It is a pity Tony Alexander left the BNZ last year. He was very good.
      Would be useful now.

      N.B. 91/92 was not the last Recession in NZ.
      Recession is two consecutive periods of economic decline (if you are a wanker you call it negative growth)
      These occurred in 1997+ and 2008+.
      NZ traditionally has long drawn out shallow recessions as the Govt tries to prime the pump.
      Australia is smarter and allows bloodletting and is often away again inside 18 months and even a year (1982/83).
      NZ lets the pain go on for years.

      Add in that the Minister Of Finance has no experience in Business whatsoever and his father was convicted and jailed for financial crimes.
      https://www.rbnz.govt.nz/research-and-publications/discussion-papers/2014/dp2014-02

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        • He did not listen to Neil Young.
          Young wrote ‘Hey Hey My My’
          ‘its better to burn out than fade away’

          Greg decided to fade away than burn out.
          I am not sure where he is now.

          I see Neil Young got his US citizenship early this year – he is Canadian born.
          He promptly wrote a vindictive letter to President D J Trump
          starting with
          “You are a disgrace to my country.”
          What a dick licker.
          He was a citizen of 2 weeks.

          He was wanking on years ago with his daft song ‘Southern Man;’
          having a go at ‘all the Whities of the South’ about slavery when slavery had been finished more than a 100 years.
          The Great Lynyrd Skynyrd did their counter with ‘Sweet Home Alabama’

          So probably a good thing Alexander did not listen to Neil Young.

          Re: being an economist:
          I guess it is difficult to do graphs and charts of the economy when it is based on wellbeing, kindness, and feelz…
          …when the govt tells you Capitalism is dead, bans guns, then gets out a cannon and blows the economy away.

          Plus this ‘transparent’ outfit is suppressing more and more information to go with its lies.
          They could not even deliver a baseline Census.
          How incompetent is that.
          This makes economic forecasting pretty bad as the ‘official’ understated figures for debt and unemployment show.

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  15. I hope some will sign my petition. Link below.

    That the House of Representatives urge the Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern to apologise to those cancer patients whose treatment was delayed to allow for a possible influx of people infected by COVID-19.
    Petition reason

    I read in the NZ Herald on 23 April of a woman with stage two breast cancer and recommended for surgery having to dip into her meagre savings and pay $15,000 to have the surgery done privately. I believe this is not unique and that many cancer patients have had indefinite delays in surgery or scans as a result of the decisions made by a small group of people, including the Prime Minister. Putting the lives of cancer patients lives at risk unnecessarily is unconscionable.

    https://www.parliament.nz/en/pb/petitions/document/PET_97603/petition-of-chuck-bird-rt-hon-jacinda-ardern-should-apologise

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  16. Major Christchurch drug bust nets $2 million worth of meth
    https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/new-zealand/2020/05/major-christchurch-drug-bust-nets-2-million-worth-of-meth.html

    About 3kg of the drug, with a street value of more than $2 million, was seized by police following an investigation into the supply of methamphetamine in Canterbury.

    Several thousand dollars in cash was also seized during a series of search warrants.

    Two men – aged 31 and 39 – have been charged with possession for supply.

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  17. Sadly they have disabled the video of the discussion between Trev and Gerry.

    National MP squabbles with Speaker over COVID-19 social distancing rules in Parliament
    https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/politics/2020/04/national-mp-squabbles-with-speaker-over-covid-19-social-distancing-rules-in-parliament.html

    But Brownlee wasn’t finished. He said MPs had been wandering in and out of the chamber in close proximity to one another throughout the afternoon, and singled out New Zealand First leader Winston Peters.

    “The most senior member of the chamber left today and had a conversation within about a metre of another person inside the chamber,” Brownlee said.

    “Similarly, when the second-most member left the chamber, a similar exchange occurred… Now, either we’re doing it properly, or not at all.”

    The Speaker said he “had enough” and ordered Brownlee to take his seat.

    “We’re not going to have an inquiry into it.”

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    • I looked at it Sooty and was amazed that 30% wanted level 3 extended (at the time I looked). Just shows how the Govt and the MSM have absolutely terrified people with their fear mongering.

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      • A family member doesn’t want to go back to her job in retail and “be around all those people”. She is enjoying the enforced paid holiday. I’m guessing she hasn’t joined the dots that there won’t be a job to return to if retail doesn’t open again soon. 🙄

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  18. Well now isn’t this interesting, they knew back on 2005 that “Chloroquine is a potent inhibitor of SARS coronavirus infection and spread. ” And yet still they decided to trash the economy and ruin the future for our children and grandchildren. WHY DID THEY DO THAT? It is not only the Chinese who lied and tried to cover up what was going on.

    Sequential CQ / HCQ Research Papers and Reports January to April 20, 2020

    Executive Summary Interpretation of the Data In This Report

    The HCQ-AZ combination, when started immediately after diagnosis, appears to be a safe and efficient treatment for COVID-19, with a mortality rate of 0.5%, in elderly patients. It avoids worsening and clears virus persistence and contagious infectivity in most cases.

    ————————

    22 August 2005

    CDC Special Pathogens Branch
    MJ VIncet, E.Bergon, S. Benjannet, BR Erickson, Pierre Rollin, T.G. Ksiazek, NG Seidah,
    ST Nichole. Chloroquine is a potent inhibitor of SARS coronavirus infection and spread. Virology Journal. (2005) 2: 69

    Chloroquine has strong antiviral effects on SARS CoV infection of primate cells in tissue culture. These inhibitory effects are observed when cells are treated with the drug either before or after exposure to the virus, suggesting both prophylactic preventative and treatment use. The paper describes three mechanisms by which the drug might work and suggest it may have both a prophylactic and therapeutic role in Coronavirus infections.

    Full paper here:
    https://docs.google.com/document/d/1545C_dJWMIAgqeLEsfo2U8Kq5WprDuARXrJl6N1aDjY/preview?pru=AAABceuZssU*Dak1k7-VRQcbsD9IvLRaRQ

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  19. I have an old friend who is a frontline Senior Sergeant in NZ Police.
    I won’t tell you what City he works in as I don’t want to potentially identify him, and land him in trouble with his bosses at PNHQ.
    He told me-
    “Straight up mate- Since this lockdown began I have attended more suicides and suicide attempts than I normally would in a year”

    I have no doubt we are being lied to.
    The ‘Government of Kindness’ is covering this up as they are desperate to protect Jacinda’s ‘Saviour of us all’ reputation.
    Labour heavily politicised suicide at the last Election and now they are pretending it doesn’t happen?
    This Government disgusts me…

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    • You’re undoubtedly correct yet the idiot in charge of the Mental Health Foundation, Shaun Robinson, as recently as this weekend denied it. When he & others are exposed as bullshit artists they’ll claim that they were acting for the greater good & point out that many suicides are copycat actions.

      A death is not declared a suicide in New Zealand until a coroner has ruled it is one so they’ll have plenty of time to organise their litany of lies..

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      • One suspects Shaun Robinson is a ‘Jacindamaniac’ who has possibly been promised some new funding…

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      • Are coroners in this country independent of the ruling government or are they politically appointed? In other words, can you trust a coroner to tell the truth to the best of their abilities?

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        • In NZ coroners are lawyers who are appointed along the same lines as judges so I guess that if we trust the judicial system then we must trust them too.

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            • No doubt but as a long term Coaster you would know that things are done a little differently in the area & the further NE you go the more different they become. Tairawhiti entered the 20th century slightly later than the rest of the country.

              One of my old man’s anecdotes was of Maori getting a bit carried away during screenings of westerns at Ruatoria’s theatre. Apparently it was was not unknown for the manager & usher to have to escort a horse & rider from the foyer when reality got a little strained.

              I can still recall many of the shops having hitching rails. 🙂

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              • The hitching rails are still there and if you take a walk into town, you still have to dodge the horse shit on the pavement.

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      • They have little idea
        There are far too many outfits jumping on the bandwagon with no central control.

        People shop around theses outfits in time of need so call numbers double up

        In Australia they keep it simple Call 13 11 14

        herein NZ
        WHERE TO GET HELP:
        -1737, Need to talk? – Free call or text 1737 to talk to a trained counsellor
        -Depression.org.nz – 0800 111 757 or text 4202
        -Lifeline – 0800 543 354
        -Suicide Crisis Helpline – 0508 828 865 (0508 TAUTOKO)
        -Kidsline – 0800 54 37 54 for people up to 18 years old. Open 24/7.
        -Youthline – 0800 376 633, free text 234, email talk@youthline.co.nz, or find online chat and other support options here.
        -Rural Support Trust – 0800 787 254
        -Samaritans – 0800 726 666
        -What’s Up – 0800 942 8787 (for 5–18 year olds). Phone counselling available Monday-Friday, noon–11pm and weekends, 3pm–11pm. Online chat is available 3pm–10pm daily.
        -thelowdown.co.nz – Web chat, email chat or free text 5626
        -Anxiety New Zealand – 0800 ANXIETY (0800 269 4389)
        -Supporting Families in Mental Illness – 0800 732 825.

        That is 12 right there
        too many

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    • I have very recently heard of some protocols have been put into manuals, on what to do when coming upon a suicide. This is in part of what is deemed an essential industry.

      The person wants the body not to be found, by the wife or family.

      Maybe some others may have seen that?

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    • If YOU were the Prime Minister and you had decided to go ahead with the Level 4 and Level 3.x lockdown scenario (yes, I know you wouldn’t have, but please bear with me), how would YOU handle information that suicide attempts and suicides had significantly increased during the lockdown period?

      – Pull the plug on the Lockdown plan as soon as you learned of the rise in suicide attempts and suicides and explain this to the public?
      – Inform the public about the rise but continue the lockdown?
      – Suppress the information about the rise? (What appears to be happening now.)

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      • – Go back through my previous press releases, see I allocated $455,000,000 to mental health in the previous budget while denouncing National for their poor spending and had only spent $3.2 million myself. Then put mental health services forward and advertise them more, rather than putting myself up on the podium for national acclaim.

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  20. Wait for the Lefties to turn on Roger Douglas after this piece. They actually reference the full paper, all 12 pages of it, so you can read that too if you want to see somebody thinking about options. I don’t agree with everything there, but at least he’s thinking about it.

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    • Labour ain’t thinking about it there’s not any brain between the lot of them!
      As evidenced by the fact they passed the wrong bloody law the other day!
      Now they have new laws to do whatever they friggin like!
      You can just see Twitford creaming his jeans with that one!

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  21. If National can not fiind mileage in this clusterfuck we are DOOMED, DOOMED I SAY!
    It’s sad that ACT continually have to save their bacon, for them!

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  22. Where’s kelvin Davis? Has he been chucked out of whitless protection today?
    Or is he hiding at home telling everyone he’s video conferencing like the rev clark!

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    • I imagine #commsgirl has a tough decision to make about Kelvin. Tourism has been decimated like no other industry. Real leadership is needed here. Kelvin has been promoted well beyond his ability in order to have a bro as deputy leader, and needed a portfolio to go with it. Now the tide’s gone out, and it’s obvious to everyone who’s not wearing togs (if they didn’t already know). How does she remove Kelvin from the job? Who does she replace him with. Maybe once we’re in level 2, Ashley can take over.

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      • Saggy ,you must be asleep you’ve totally forgotten Willie Jackson ,he’s the right colour,his politics is the same and for a few thousand bucks willie could probably be talked into transitioning into being a crippled lesbian maori woman with a lisp making him ideal for any position in the labour front bench….

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        • Wouldn’t slow ‘Wilma’ down, she would still be a loud mouth idiot who pontificates and talks in circles word bashing the opposition for not being maaardi.😉

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  23. Is the Reverend Clark back at his desk in Wellington, or still hiding out the backblocks of Dunedin!

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  24. Fixed term mortage interest rates in NZ are dropping faster than a ladyboys g-string in a short time room.

    2 year fixed @2.80% . You can ususally ask for, and get another .5% discount if you are a good established customer.

    GOLD GOLD GOLD! Buy Buy!

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  25. A very good article from German Economist and Director of New Zealand Initiative Dr Oliver Hartwich.
    New Zealand should take a leaf out of Germanys book Post COVID, New Zealand could learn a thing or two from Germany’s post war response in regards to economic recovery.
    Winston Peters approach is ‘exactly the wrong thing to do, Hartwich has flatly denied suggestions by Deputy PM and Foreign Minister Winston Peters to increase Government’s grip on the economy Post COVID, saying it’s the wrong approach to New Zealand’s recovery, “What we need now is not what Winston Peters talks about….quite the opposite ” he says.
    https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/politics/2020/05/coronavirus-government-s-post-covid-recovery-should-take-a-leaf-out-of-germany-s-book-economist.html
    Is seems that Winston Peters has given our Director of Initiative NZ the thought that Winston doesn’t know what he is talking about when it comes to the NZ Economy.

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    • happychappy

      Dr Hartwich is right. Viking linked this great video over the weekend which was a discussion between Dr Hartwich and David Seymour on the issue.

      https://www.facebook.com/watch/live/?v=241061983819208&ref=watch_permalink

      At the end in the summary he said the clearest evidence of what was talking about was to compare West Germany and East Germany and how they came out of the war recovery. That simple comparison was the best a clearest example you could get which most people could relate to. Viking also correctly said just look at Estonia as well but I’m not sure the average Kiwi would know much about them.

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      • Unfortunately the average Kiwi doesn’t know much more than:

        * Jacinda Ardern is amazing
        * When to collect the benefit cheque
        * That Shortland Street is on only 3 nights a week

        They just don’t think. They’re sheep in every sense of the word.

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        • The small Pacfic island nations who depend on tourism must be hurting. This could be an opportunity for China to step in and offer them loans.

          //

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    • I prefer Dr Hartwich to Winston Peters on the matter of economic recovery. I saw Dr Hartwich and Rod Duke speaking to the Epidemic Response Committee. Both were impressive. Neither saw government leading any recovery. Both made sense to me. I do not see any of the current crop of Ministers making any useful progress on recovery.

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      • “Other countries that have tried fixing their economy by printing money, Venezuela and Zimbabwe.”

        – Dr Hartwich

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  26. I don’t have the luxury of making a wrong move, Ardern says in face of Bridges’ repeated lockdown criticism

    Jacinda Ardern says the Government doesn’t have the luxury of making the wrong move after Simon Bridges criticised its decision to remain at Alert Level 3.
    https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/dont-have-luxury-making-wrong-move-ardern-says-in-face-bridges-repeated-lockdown-criticism?auto=6154228621001

    “We have to look at the cycle of transmission, making a decision based on a number today is a reflection of Level 4, not about where we are right now.

    “That member may have the luxury of sitting on that side of the House not bearing the consequences of a wrong move but we do not, we have to factor in the livelihoods of every New Zealander,” Ms Ardern responded.

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  27. No need for a vaccine, no need at all. Just a cheap, safe, well known drug that is off patent so any one can manufacture it. The Italians are giving it away free of charge at pharmacies as they ease their lockdown:
    https://www.dailymail.co.uk

    Remind me again why we wrecked our economies and ruined the futures of our children and grandchildren?

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    • Well at least he was not racing around with the feather duster stuck up his arse like a queer cunt!
      What is it in Dunedin, it certainly breeds some different type of people.
      Is it in the water or the inbreeding?

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        • The Naki stands strong proud and independent.
          Eg the Trustee Savings Bank said .. we are not merging with those lesser creatures 🙂
          It has been at the top of economic activity as long as I can remember – at least 4 decades

          Then along came ArDoom to send Oil and Gas to the Doom merchants.

          On the other hand
          -Dunedin city council lost 100 Cars, gives contracts to active gang members
          -Its Otago Rugby Union went under in 2012 in a rugby mad place
          -Its University produces more quacks than all the other universities of NZ combined
          -The DHB has been bailed out twice in the last 10 years incl. a Stat Manager in 2016
          -The Stadium loses a fortune and they use council money transfers (ratepayers money; illegally) to make it look not so bad
          – the wanker council has banned oila nd gas exploration because it is bad – but uses cleaning prodcuts, cars, computers, phones etc made from oil
          – the daft council sold its shares in ‘unethical industries’ at a loss to ratepayers – in a rising sharemarket! About 2015.
          -Dunny town produces phenomenally dirty cops
          -I can’t think of any murders that match the profile of : Bain, Clayton Weatherstone (employee of OU) ; the Venod Skantha murder of Amber Rose; from the Naki

          I’m not from Taranaki but admire the place.
          Dunedin- yeah, nah

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      • I put it down to their oppressive religious backgrounds Sooty. Their dour Scots ancestors lashed & sodomised God into the youth of the day & this exMP & Councillor is an archetypical specimen of what ensues.

        If it weren’t for the university, such as it is, Dunedin would become a gated community for confused Presbyterian’s. 🙂

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  28. I was wondering, if our leader decided to call a snap election how would she go about it and what would the time frame be as we get closer to the general election date? I have this theory that she could get Winston to bring the government down – let’s face it his party is toast, nobody will miss them and in a short time nobody will remember them. Cindy gets in for another term and Winston becomes roving ambassador to lovely places or something to that effect. I may be totally wrong, but by September people are going to be very unhappy with the way the economy is going and all sorts of things will be popping out of the woodwork. Going early is her best hope, how desperate for power is she?

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    • Winston is 75. Make him NZ ambassador to the UK.
      Call a snap election before the 12-week wage subsidy anesthetic wears off and people start to feel the pain.

      Key word: “Amazeballs”

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      • That’s the way I’d do it. I was wondering about the legal framework and timing. Anyone know the rules?

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        • Since when have the “rules” or “ethics” been of concern to the power-hungry?

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          • Someone here or KB, that he’s falling of the perch, not looking good. Has he had the corona virus?
            Will he out live NZF or will it out last him?

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  29. TOP is pushing for a UBI. Details here, but the basic numbers:

    * $12,000 per year per adult
    * $2080 per year per child
    * Financed by a flat tax rate of 33%
    * Financed by an asset tax

    They say it will massively increased productivity, happiness and cost us far less than our current system. Fuck me sideways.

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    • That “asset tax” looks scary.
      How are families going to accumulate inter-generational wealth if the government keeps them perpetually poor? Wealthier families can fund their members’ healthcare, education and retirement with their own money rather than having their hands out for taxpayers’ money.

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      • Overseas investment? Foreign bank accounts? What these fuckwits don’t get is that they will actually drive tax avoidance behaviors and there will be massive capital flight from the country. Right at the time we will need it the most. Morons.

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          • Top was “Gareth I’ll kill cats Morgan” but he has stood aside after TOP failed miserably at the last election. His deputy is now leader. More lefties Sooty so no need to look them up. 😜

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        • The anti-laundry money Act already makes it a bit more difficult and costly and another phase has been added.

          https://www.justice.govt.nz/justice-sector-policy/key-initiatives/aml-cft/

          With a twist or 2 to tighten will be stopping money flow out of New Zealand.
          It may be considered illegal even in your new host country through some tax treaty.

          Where there is a will, and a smart accountant etc.

          Though in that link, they admit that about a billion $’s are laundered through NZ business.

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    • It sounds like they have already legalised Cannabis and are smoking 5 + joints a day !
      That is wacky baccy stuff.

      They are sinister.

      The scabby founder Gareth Morgan sold his (poor performing) Kiwisaver fund to Kiwibank.
      He paid no voluntary tax.
      He made $70 million on his shareholding in Trade Me and made no voluntary payment of tax – income, capital gain or anything else.This policy was in place while he was there .

      The UBI is another move by the left to impoverish the old
      It is designed to replace National super.
      It is a ‘dead granny’ move

      They are whack jobs

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  30. Well I wonder how long it will take for this to sink in. We have to rebuild our economy but somehow it will by limiting access to the outside world where we need to earn export earnings. Air NZ is stuffed now –or will they continue to subsidise freight planes to keep it on life support. There is a limit to how much business you can do over the phone or Skype or Zoom.

    https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-52540733

    NB. Being a BBC report you have to expect the dose of fawning over Ardern.

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    • ……”There is a limit to how much business you can do over the phone or Skype or Zoom.”……

      Pressing the flesh will still be important. I guess that if the person travelling was prepared to quarantine themselves for the prescribed time after returning to NZ there wouldn’t be a problem. There may be more trouble obtaining entrance to the country of destination as they’ll be in the same boat.

      If there’s one problem with getting your news largely from blogs it is that you become parochial. YSB & KB (for instance) are doom & gloom from dawn to dusk & beyond. IMHO what everyone ignores is that the entire fucking developed world including all our trading partners are in the same boat. Our handbrake is Hugzilla & her incompetent government but that has to be balanced with the fact that our top game is the supply of food to the world.

      If our salesmen & smoochers can’t travel freely then chances are that their competitors are in the same boat. We’re down but not out!

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  31. SUDDEN CHANGE, LONG TERM SHIFTS
    In Australia, almost 1 mln workers have lost their jobs since social-distancing measures to limit the spread of COVID-19 ramped up. Payroll data from the tax office shows the number of jobs slumped by -7.5% between March 14 and April 18 in a workforce of 13 mln. And this is just the start. Even for those who haven’t lost employment, household finances are under pressure. These sudden changes are not only going to hurt demand in a major way, they will also change household spending attitudes for a very long time.

    WHO WERE THE BUYERS?
    In Australia, new car sales fell a massive -50% in April – but that was nothing like the -90% plunge in New Zealand. If fact, you have to wonder how anyone bought a new car in the month, but just on 707 were in fact registered (only 43 were hybrids/BEV/PHEVs). April was closed for business other than for the supply of essential vehicles and 3 business days at the end of the month for contactless sales. Another 332 new commercial vehicles were sold, also a -90% crash.

    https://www.interest.co.nz/news/104851/review-things-you-need-know-you-go-home-tuesday-more-td-rate-cuts-building-consents-drop

    WEAK BEFORE THE LOCKDOWN
    The value of building work consented in March was down -15% compared to March last year. A much bigger drop in commercial building consents than residential building consents is of more concern because in the quarter it dropped -20%, the largest quarterly fall since 2010.

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    • Relax mate the economy is stone cold dead and it won’t spring into life post lockdown. The resuscitation attempts will only make things worse.

      Ardern’s life long dream of destroying the free market is achieved.

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  32. The COLFO case in the High Court has wrapped up for now.
    “We can’t predict when the Judge will issue his decision but we are hoping that it will be well before the election.”

    Before the election????? For fucks sake….pardon my French!

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    • What a pack of meterosexual wimps.

      Likely a real woman wouldn’t let them kiss her feat!

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        • They’re beyond that WG.

          Oysters & testosterone injections would be their only hope! 🙂

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      • Hard to believe that anyone would look forward to an evening of expressing feelings…
        Waikato Girl’s dinner seems much more preferable.

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      • There was a meme doing the rounds which sums this up Nasska.
        It pictured a wolf out in the snow, eyeing up a camp with some hunters gathered around a fire cooking.

        The wolf is captioned thinking to himself,

        “I am cold and hungry, if I go over and join those humans, what could possibly go wrong?”

        Twenty thousand years later…..

        Picture of a bichon frise type lap dog wearing a pink knitted hat and a pink collar.

        To think that lot came from viking stock.

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  33. Who thinks that the trans Tasmen travel will be like domestic travel again?
    I say never! Australia does not want any of NZs criminals and deviants to reinfest their lands!

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