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    • Bono was a bit of a hypocrite when he told people that they should pay their fair share of tax…whilst he had his money in tax havens. (Tony Blair did the exact same thing).

      On the other hand, he has admitted capitalism is the best tool in getting people out of poverty in more recent years. I wonder if that makes him a pariah to his Leftard mates.

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        • Winston hasn’t sold a zillion albums and filled every stadium on Earth with fans. Bono knows capitalism alright!

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          • No Winston hasn’t but that doesn’t stop him believing he is a legend in his own right and has the right to impose his crazy, self-serving bauble rich beliefs on the country.

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  1. According to ASB, the (NZ) economy is more sluggish than expected.

    Instead of blaming the CoL they claim that global trade is cooling off due to the US-China Trade War (yet the US economy is booming), and the favourite whipping boy of Brexit. While I’m sure they have had an impact, the economy has been slowing anyway due to the nincompoops in government.

    However, they also admit that demand has “softened across the board”.

    Interestingly enough, they state that agriculture is doing well and is propping up NZ’s GDP. Well, the CoL are planning on destroying that with the whole climate change agenda and more subtly with the gun ban (pest control in particular). So, we won’t have that to depend on in the future.

    https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/money/2019/05/economy-more-sluggish-than-expected-asb.html

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    • Stop with the bullshit “pest control” thing.

      Most pests (rats, rabbits, stoats, possums, rats etc.) are killed by chemical means and the change in gun law will make a very minor impact on pest control in most areas.

      Deer, for instance, were brought under control by men with bolt-action 303s for christs sake.

      I, and no doubt most thinking NZers, agree with your message but adding bullshit simply diminishes that message at a time where it needs to be straight, clear, correct and concise.

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      • I was referring to the recent National meeting where farmers were accusing Bishop and the other of forcing them to hire pest control contractors (at $50/hour) to a job they could informally do themselves. That is shoot pests.

        If true, and I have no reason to doubt them, then that will further add to the costs of farming.

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        • Also, this pest control argument isn’t a bad one to level at a certain segment of Leftists, especially those with pretenses to environ-mentalism. That being pests will increase thanks to government stupidity.

          You may think this is a daft idea but I’ve already seen a few of my Left acquaintances baulk over it; they were pro-gun banning until the government has come for their particular guns, and they have already used this argument to justify why they need their now illegal guns. Admittedly, these are all owners of lifestyle blocks but it might catch on.

          The argument has an emotional appeal to it which is how Leftist stereotypically argue.

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          • I disagree.

            The pest control argument is aimed squarely at the people who already support the argument.

            Basically a push for popularity among the group rather than an appeal to those outside it.

            I do agree however that it is a daft idea.

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            • As the saying goes “Don’t look a gift horse in the mouth”.

              While I doubt the appalled Leftist will vote National or ACT anytime soon, it 1.) gives this pause about the CoL and 2.) might persuade them to vote for a different party (not Labour, Greens nor Winston First) or not at all.

              It also can appeal to the Leftist tactic of emotional appeal, the “feelz”. They generally dislike the idea of stoats, weasels etc “winning” against native flora and fauna.

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  2. The council elections are coming up.
    In Tauranga we have been lorded over by about the most incompetent Mayor for a while. Haven’t had a descent Mayor for many years. not since the job was socialized by too much money and influence.
    Tenby Powell has put his hand up for the job. Born and grew up here and has gone on to be very successful. Has supported small business for a long time.
    If you live in Tauranga and are fed up with the gross mismanagement of our city by successive hopeless Mayors and CEO’s,(present one excluded), then go along and listen to him or follow Tenby on FB.
    https://www.facebook.com/tenby.powell.

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  3. Kiwibank announced yesterday that it will stop accepting cheques from it’s customers. Have they jumped the gun with many aged still heavily relying on the good old cheque book for their financial transactions. The head of Kiwibank is said to have asked his 72 year old mother if it was a good idea. What he forgot is there are a lot of much older eldery than a spry 72 who are not interested in or not capable of learning online banking.

    The AMShow are running a poll asking do you still use a chequebook:
    No 57%
    Yes 43%

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    • mrspdmand I often do shopping for my aunt and uncle aged 89 and 94 and they often rimburse us by cheque as it is not convenient for them to get to either a bank or even a cash machine. They do not internet bank and cheques also have the advantage of being able to pay the exact amount owing without having to shag round with change.

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      • My very elderly parents still run a cheque book. Technology is mostly beyond them these days as they can’t retain the information on how to use the system, remember passwords, etc. They also believe they are open to being scammed and having their bank account emptied if they were connected to online banking. A not altogether silly thought as they are not as sharp as they used to be. It is a sad thing watching your once switched on parents decline as the years go by. There are also those who do not have computers, and do not wish to have online banking. The CEO of Kiwibank is jumping the gun by 10-20 years.

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  4. Two councils, obviously having far too much money left over from fixing roads, maintaining sewers etc. have declared a climate change emergency.

    I suggest anyone voting in those local electorates votes for anyone who:

    a/ is not on the current council (unless the record shows they dissented).
    b/ promises to reverse this disgrace and financially wasteful decision.

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    • Well thanks, Rachael! I live in Christchurch. And it must be pointed out that this happened in Springston, a little country town, not Christchurch.

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      • Not yourself obviously, but wouldn’t you agree that ChCh has more than its fair share of negative publicity?

        I have a grandmother buried at Lincoln and a great great grandmother at Halswell, so it gives me no pleasure to come to the conclusion, where was the thief from, more than where the cemetery was?

        ChCh needs some positive news coverage.

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        • I saw about that the theft of RSA plaques. What despicable scum and all for a few hundred dollars. The thieves sold the plaques to scrap metal dealers with the names and details ground off.

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        • Sorry at Linwood. sad, her ashes just buried at the base of a tree, there are concentric circles for identification.

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    • Now I’ve truly heard everything. Even the war dead are not sacred to some low-lifes. A life sentence in a dungeon is too good for her.

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    • Fantastic stuff and a great win for Christchurch!

      Can you please state now for our peace of mind that you will never live in Canterbury and as a bonus you will stop sending your thieving scum down here and allow us to continue our honest and open lives?

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      • They have always seemed to me to gravitate down there when they have been arseholed out of other places up and down the country, yes. I did say that CHCH seemed to attract that demographic and not that all ChCh residents belonged to that same demographic.

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        • Christchurch lost much of its status and became known as an oddball city over the Civic Creche and Peter Ellis witch hunt.

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          • The air is much drier than here in Northland. That’s a big plus, but our beaches are awesome!

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            • True regarding the beaches, but 9 times out of 10 a fucking easterly blows in and cuts through you like a knife. I guess this is why New Brighton Mall has never really taken off.

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    • If we had some innovative Judges perhaps giving her some time in the conveniently located Military Lock up might be the answer

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  5. Former Australian Prime Minister Bob Hawke has died aged 89.
    Hawke served as Prime Minister for almost nine years/ He won four elections in 1983, 1984, 1987 and 1990, and was finally forced out of office effectively by Paul Keating in 1991.

    Hawke is regarded by Aussies as one of Australia’s greatest Labor Prime Minister.

    Today Hawke would probably regard Hawke as a neoliberal traitor. Hawke established APEC, floated the Australian dollar, deregulated their financial sector, abolished tariffs, sold off state owned companies, reformed the tax system and generally transformed the Australian economy.

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    • Notably Mr Hawke was doing this while NZ’s National party was leading with wage freezes, think big, rent freezes, huge tarrifs, restrictions on imports and overseas expenditure, even bigger rural subsidies etc. etc.

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    • A Labor guy doing something positive for their country? Yes, he would be despised by his own party these days!

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    • Waikatogirl, you lifted that straight from Kiwiblog, yet Rachael accuses us Cantabs of being shameless thieves…. ?

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    • A man who enjoyed female company. When he was visiting NZ years ago his minders were kept busy arranging female companions.

      For a man of his age his stamina was legionary

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      • Beer was another company he enjoyed.

        His academic achievements were complemented by setting a new world record for beer drinking; he downed 2 1⁄2 imperial pints (1.4 l)—equivalent to a yard of ale—from a sconce pot in 11 seconds as part of a college penalty. In his memoirs, Hawke suggested that this single feat may have contributed to his political success more than any other, by endearing him to an electorate with a strong beer culture.

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    • Hawke only had a 15 month Overlap with Muldoon (re Tinman) .
      Not a lot.
      ALP reforms were not the scorched earth that occurred in NZ with Douglas.
      Douglas was a single-minded reform zealot who ignored the human factor.
      With Fat Guts Lange intervening at end of 1987 the job was only half done.
      We got the pain without proper gain.

      The Economic reforms in AU in the 1980s were driven by Keating rather than Hawke.
      Hawke was more Chairman of the Board so think of a John Key/Bill English approach.
      Keating did the hard yards which is why the last few years of Hawke’s PM time he and Keating did not get along. Keating did the engine room work then wanted to move up to PM sooner than actually happened.
      We saw this with Tony Bliar and Gordon Brown (Brown wanted to roll the liar years earlier) although comparing Hawke and Keating to those odious critters is a little unfair.

      Hawke came in during a short sharp recession. He left under the same.
      Hawke was a master performer with media of the 1980s.
      He was a good deal maker.
      He certainly had economic knowledge with an Economics degree and Rhodes scholarship but his was more an oversight role on economic reform than engine room.
      Under his time as PM the economic gap between NZ and AU widened considerably and continued under Keating.

      Note that NZ has mineral wealth but the endemic chicken approach means it is left in the ground.
      One third of NZ is in conservation estate.
      We see the results with the Pike River mine built as a tunnel into a Nat Park instead of making sensible decisions.
      A couple of holes in the ground in a land no-one can see except google earth is a small price to pay for economic progress a la AU.
      We will stumble by as an agrarian economy until the Marxists put an end to that.
      New Venezealand!
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        • Is that your job? Would it be rude to ask which general part of the country that you inhabit?

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        • Is this your sort of Morality?
          putting your hand down little girls and boys pants in front of other people and making it disappear morality, give me a break, is that the sort of morality you want to discuss. If the kiddy fiddler disappears again in early July, it clearly shows zero morality for all concerned right to the top. He wood have broken the world record if he can make it through the next election being hidden and just having bail extension after extension with full name suppression.
          You are one sick person if you support this sicko getting delayed justice.
          Tell me this is immoral. Or is his brother and others being falsely tainted all for the good cause of the party. Disgusting behaviour.

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        • Yeah cos nothing says morality like condeming generations to welfarism with no aspiration or purpose along with the added hit of not having a father or stable family environment to grow up in.

          Why does Labour hate the poor so much Fairydust?

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      • Agreed . Another tail to wag the dog. This was where one of John Key’s best moves was to get the Maori Party on board even though he didn’t need them for the numbers at the time. Not needing agreement from all parties on everything.

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  6. A woman decided to have a face lift for her birthday. She spent $5000 and felt really good about the results. On her way home she stopped at a dress shop to look around. As she was leaving, she said to the sales clerk, “I hope you don’t mind me asking, but how old do you think I am?” “About 35,”he replied. “I’m actually 47,” the woman said, feeling really happy. After that she went into McDonald’s for lunch and asked the order taker the same question. He replied, “Oh, you look about 29.” “I am actually 47!” she said, feeling really good. While standing at the bus stop she asked an old man the same question. He replied, “I am 85 years old and my eyesight is going. But when I was young there was a sure way of telling a woman’s age. If I put my hand up your skirt I will be able to tell your exact age.” There was no one around, so the woman said, “What the hell?” and let him slip his hand up her skirt. After feeling around for a while, the old man said, “OK, You are 47.” Stunned, the woman said, “That was brilliant! How did you do that?” The old man replied, “I was behind you in line at McDonald’s.”

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  7. From the “How Sad, Never Mind” corner of NZ:

    https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/new-zealand/2019/05/ministry-for-social-development-spied-on-beneficiaries-privacy-commissioner.html

    This bit concerns me:

    “We recognise we have to balance clients’ privacy rights alongside our responsibility to taxpayers to investigate serious fraud in a timely way, and to establish the facts.”

    No, you don’t! Fuck their “privacy”!

    These people are beggers requesting charity from the taxpayers of New Zealand.

    ALL taxpayers of New Zealand have the right to know everything about them. They have cancelled any right to privacy when they started accepting charity.

    And among other things taxpayers need an explanation why someone so broke they can’t support themselves has a fucking cellphone in the first place!

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    • Legally they are protected by the Privacy Act, so MSD is constrained.

      I wholeheartedly agree with the cellphone comment.

      Still, if the homeless in Wellington to go by, we, the taxpayer, are incredibly generous. Sir Bob Jones noted about them being fat; something I can definitely attest to.

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    • The cost of smokes and booze is an even bigger insult to the taxpayer. How about hot and cold running water, and three meals a day?

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  8. Venezuela tends to get all the attention these days as a communist shithole that we sometimes forget all the other communist countries.

    Cuba has introduced an even more brutal ration regime that only Bernie Sanders could recommend. (Cubans have enjoyed rationing since 1960).

    Of course, the Cuban government is saying the Cuban people are loving it.

    The Cuban Communist Party newspaper Granma has attempted to raise spirits with a barrage of propaganda praising the resilience of the Cuban spirit. “Our Greatest Strength Is in Our Human Capital,” a headline read on Wednesday. “We have all the conditions to move forward and overcome the adversities imposed on us by circumstances, including the cruel blockade that attempts to asphyxiate us economically,” the article, citing a Communist Party official, said.

    Cuban “President” Miguel Díaz-Canel, who answers to Castro, also appears on the pages of Granma telling Cubans, “We have enough intelligence and human potential and the material necessary to confront any task, no matter how complex.”

    Contrary to these assurances, Cubans have largely met the new policies with outrage.

    Luz Escobar, a reporter with 14 y Medio, published video and photos on Twitter Thursday of a long line to buy chicken. One woman told Escobar she had been in the line for three hours for some chicken; others conspired to use their friends’ children to gain sympathy and cut the line.

    “What a bunch of scoundrels,” an angry woman can be heard saying in the video.

    I suspect the Green Party here would be appalled. Not so much for rations and long lines waiting for them, but how dare they want chicken. Mung beans, day in and day out should be all that is required.

    https://www.breitbart.com/latin-america/2019/05/16/cuban-interior-commerce-minister-on-food-rations-majority-see-it-as-a-good-thing/

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    • I’ve read many an article about Cuba in National Geographic over the years, and you just can’t help feeling sorry for the average Joes there. Slums, snitches, photos of Castro everywhere, starvation, corruption, and general misery. Damn good cigars though…

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    • Got to be very suspicious of fat people in situations like that, because they show they have the real survival instinct.

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  9. The American left would hate NZ’s immigration laws- we are SO racist lol. You have to have an actual reason to emigrate here, not just “my country sucks so gimme a welfare cheque” like the USA and EU. I married a Kiwi girl but that alone did not guarantee my residence. I still had to go through a heap of red tape and provide FBI records (I’m clean!) and a medical to ensure i wouldn’t be a burden on the NZ taxpayer. There was a very formal process to go through. What a concept huh? To actually screen potential immigrants.

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  10. First – thanks Chris for setting up this forum for us. Now for the rest of you – what are you doing to stop the slide into socialism? One thing you can do is join https://www.nzsovereignty.co.nz/ – @NzSovereignty on twitter. They focus on two issues – free speech and UN migration pact. We need to build a movement, and get connected in real life before we get banned from social media. We need to discover those people with balls of the size of Tommy’s who can be our future leaders. My theory is that they’ve emigrated to the US already 🙁

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  11. Once more I’m disappointed in Judith Collins.

    David Seymour is correct in his assessment of Golriz Ghahraman being a real menace to freedom in this country.

    Collins responds with

    Time for some ‘time out’ on this. Please don’t refer to Golriz in this way. I do not agree with almost anything she says but she is a person and it does not assist political debate to dehumanise her like that.

    How is calling Ghahraman a menace to freedom in this country “dehumanising her”? Is Collins against speaking the truth?

    https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/politics/2019/05/judith-collins-defends-golriz-ghahraman-after-being-called-menace-by-david-seymour.html

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    • I don’t see how Seymour’s statement dehumanises her. Wrong choice of verb by JC. Besides, Seymour got it right. Golly the Wog is a menace in many ways. She’s also a vain, preening, arrogant and condescending control freak.

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    • Another nail in the coffin for National as far as this voter is concerned…Golriz is the enemy Collins. Yes, enemy. Like, where HAVE you been?

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  12. It has been said by wiser men than me that if Ardern has any serious clout or the means to sort out the Internet, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg would have attended the meetings.

    Instead he had his own meeting and then went shopping.

    Ardern reminds me of the Peter Sellers film – The mouse that roared”.

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    • Zuckerberg met with Macron a week ago on local date 10 May. It was scheduled.
      they also met in Paris last July. Cindy’s trip is a Klingon.
      https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/world/2019/05/zuckerberg-meets-with-macron-ahead-of-christchurch-call-summit.html

      Of the so-called 17 countries that signed up the media included ‘the European commission’. Not really a country. Senegal is a former colony of France and generally likes handouts so will turn up for a free feed and sign whatever. Germany right next door signed but did not need to turn up for photos, shopping,and free feed.
      It is a terrible reflection when Ardern only wen to out large trading partner half the distance for only 12 hours. China will not forget this.

      The danger of these new agreements taking place is that they are ‘voluntary’.
      This means that Govts can use them when they choose; and ignore when they choose. This includes the UN Migration Pact. They should be more specific otherwise they are manipulation tools.

      When you read it properly it is clearing the way for selective censorship:
      “This may include using algorithms and other processes to redirect users away from such content or the promotion of credible, positive alternatives and counter-narratives.”
      In realspeak: if you don’t agree with OUR view we will redirect the narrative to one that does.
      1984.

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  13. Apparently a Mount Roskill bloke was looking over the fence when he saw his neighbour, Mohammed with his wife, burying their daughter up to her neck in their garden. They were about to throw rocks at her head so he called the police & we can say that good Kiwi justice as now practised has prevailed.

    He’s been charged with religious intolerance & Islamophobia.

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  14. “Raelene Castle today confirmed that Rugby Australia had axed Folau following his controversial social media post last month”. With her running the show no wonder Rugby is struggling across the ditch. Naturally the Media party are calling it his homophobic statement while ignoring all the other sinners. Lol

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    • Israel should enter politics on a conservative ticket, timing is perfect. Mind you can probably make more money playing overseas.

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  15. We have to hope that Aus Labors election hopes turn to shit tomorrow, because if they win we are going to get all of their rejected stoneage imigrants!

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  16. MPs may vote to declare themselves stupid. Much I reported yesterday about Environment Canterbury declaring themselves stupid, James Shaw is leading the charge to have our MPs declared stupid.

    The state of emergency isn’t binding and has no legal standing. But Shaw says it does have practical significance.

    There is no single definition of what it means, but most regions want to become carbon-neutral by 2050, at the latest.

    “For those councils it will be a significant move because it sends a [virtual, ed] signal to their own communities that they are treating this very seriously.

    Let’s pretend for the moment that Climate Change is serious. Is it cheaper to adapt or to prevent? The economist Bjorn Lomborg, makes it quite clear the adaptation would be many times cheaper.

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  17. These council climate emergencies are a joke.
    So lets see what happens in 5 years time
    They will look so stupid.
    Then they should pay us all back what they wil cost us!

    Sure there is some erosion, and people should not build houses on the beach.
    But that has always been the case.

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  18. Aren’t we meant to tell children the truth?

    My grand children’s school had a lockdown practice a week after the CHCH shootings. I do not know what the teachers told the kids why they were doing it, or if they said anything, but my 6 year old grandson informed them all that it was in case someone with a gun was trying to shoot them, and some of the kids got a bit upset.

    Anyhow apparently the teacher corrected him and told the class that it was in case of killer bees. My daughter in law and I think that the idea of killer bees would make the children run to see out the windows. Just what you don’t want. Had they already a plan in place for the eventuality or did they all just fly by the seat of their pants.

    When he got home and told his mother what the teacher had said, she of course said no you were right about the gun man, as they had had a conversation about the ChCh shootings, and then he wouldn’t believe his mother and it all ended up with a very confused 6 year old.

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    • You think that’s bad!

      The Education Act 1964 still allows impressionable kids to be brainwashed with religious shit while attending state schools. While, as a parent, I wouldn’t be too happy about sorting out a kid over “killer bees” because some fuckwit teacher couldn’t think on their feet I’d be absolutely ropeable should I have to disimbue a kid’s mind assaulted with stories of Skydaddy & his magical mystery tour.

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      • Tell children in South Auckland that “Killer bees” are coming is a totally different species to be scared of than in Christchurch. I’m assuming the Killer Bees gang hasn’t reached the South Island.

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