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  1. Heavens! The Herald sets the record straight on Cindy’s popularity.

    “Fact or fiction: Is Ardern really the most popular PM in a ‘century’?”

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  2. So, while in intent Peters is correct he should say who he beleives it is. Put it out in the open and let that person decide if its true or not and then they can take Peters to court if they think he has defamed them.
    But the cunning rat won’t do that. He, as always hide behind either pirveldge of Parliamant or the court process.

    In actualy real time reality no one fucking cares, except of course himself.
    One can only say he wants to hijack the election propaganda all over again.
    Sooner he has gone the better. (and he can take his eveil witch with him.).

    Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters has spoken to RNZ about his decision to appeal a high court decision.

    Peters is appealing a High Court judgement against him, saying he now knows who leaked his superannuation details in the lead-up to the 2017 election.

    “It’s about the privacy of anyone who has had their rights breached in this manner, it’s a foundation stone of our society and of democracy and without it we look forward to a very bleak future as a country, so it’s a very serious issue and it’s worth defending,” he said.
    https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/300016259/winston-peters-appeals-superannuation-case-decision?cid=facebook.post&fbclid=IwAR2saVeTyeahbcCMhcfitYXDEXS0cQH5EobueIhMIsK8yhP0mOi8JL2Z3wc

    We are over it winston. go and go fishing for the rest of your days on this earth.

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  3. Went into my local bank branch yesterday and after queuing outside (!) was greeted at the door by a pleasant bank employee who asked what service they could provide before she could let me in. My request was very straight forward and she then proceeded to ask me my contact details to put in an electronic register. I told her that this was not required as it is a bank and not a restaurant to which she proceeded to attend to my request without any further question.

    Wake the fuck up and push back NZ! You’ve lost all sense of proportion, perspective and rationality.

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    • What will you do if the State makes it compulsory to put a tracking app on your smartphone?
      I imagine the algorithm that runs the tracking program will gather a long list of phone numbers of people who have been in proximitity to a “positive case.”
      The algorithm will then send out automated messages to all 300 – 500 people who came in proximity with the infected person, ordering them to “report at once to a health facility or risk a fine.”
      Can you imagine the disruption to social fabric that would cause. Even more bureaucracy and chaos (whoops! tautology!)

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      • This automated messaging sent out, and then checked ticked off when reporting to “health facility”. Yeah right.
        Excuses,, the phone is off, because of flat battery, left the phone on a charger some where, house, car, etc.. Wife borrowed it.

        The dog swallowed it, and took so long to pass through.
        Must have been his contacts, “checking hats & coats” (“heads & tails”)

        Whose army is going to do the follow up of possibly 100’s if not 1000’s of contacts in some cases. Chaos.

        May as well have every one in NZ turn up for a test, say about once a week, or at the worst once a month.? More chaos, 🙁

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      • Easy O-Sen. I have an old model Nokia phone that won’t be able to be tracked. I will use that if I have to.

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    • Went to NZ post last week to get rego. for my car.
      A lady was just inside the door,clipboard in hand and asked
      for my name and contact number.
      One of you YSB’s mentioned a while back a false name which was bloody.funny. I gave her that name. Brock Lee plus a bullshit phone number.
      She didn’t bat an eyelid,and wrote it down.
      My next name I’m gonna use will be Justin Case.

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      • Nor are you breaking any law, as it is not required. 🙂

        Did you have the regional phone code for “Jupiter Street, Auckland”?
        Then there is a “VTNZ at Saturn Place”, just below Albany. 🙂

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      • I went to my local Chinaman for a coffee Saturday morning.
        He is a good sort and makes excellent coffee and pastries.
        There was a register.
        I entered Madonna, 666 Virgin Way, Heaven, Ph 021 555 666
        He did not even look.

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      • If there is to be any misuse of the phone number collected, I want it to have an effect on someone other than myself.
        That is why the phone number I give is that of DPMC: 04 8305000
        And I have changed my name to Jac Arden.

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      • The question is why did you bother?
        You could have sat in the local coffee/beer bar and done the same job without harassment and with much more pleasureable company.
        About to download the app for Caltex (its my local) so I don’t have to go inside crossing the gap between the pumps and the office when its pissing down with rain. (Another well designed plan from some fuckwit with a degree. Have you ever noticed.?)

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  4. Bridges and his deputy have the perfect defence against these upstart bullies in his caucus, the race card FFS, it’s quite obvious these manoeuvrings are anti Maori and in the socialist paradise of Aotearoa there is no better defence ,the entire COL will be falling over themselves to support Bridges.
    Alfies wife may even come up with some hard cash from his 20 billion dollar election bribery fund.

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  5. This is not to say New Zealand will adopt this but the continued stories of those who want it seem to be in the news daily.
    The detail : Could Universal Basic Income work in New Zealand.
    Pope Francis wants it mark Zuckerberg , Gareth Morgan and Desmond Tutu , Morgan describes it as a revolution of a tax and welfare system , it’s called the UBI also known as the Citizen’s income or basic living stipend as some call it free money.
    So this is a hot topic around the world right now, including Finance Minister Grant Robertson who says it’s on the table, with a situation now where a large proportion of people will be relying on income from the State for an extended period.
    https://i.stuff.co.nz/national/the-detail/300016192/the-detail-could-a-universal-basic-income-work-in-new-zealand
    This was Labour Party policy leading into the last Election and pulled at the last minute as it was hurting them in the polls so beware now than seem to be more popular than ever Saint Jacinda who can do no wrong as Prime Minister I wouldn’t like to bet against this happening.

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    • I see Introduction of UBI as a substantial barrier to re creating a resilient economy. Getting out and getting to work is the answer. Handing out cash to couch sitters is not.

      From this taxpayers view it is hard enough meeting my obligations to my family. I do not need a tax burden imposed on me to cover the ongoing expenses of others as well. The UBI proposal is not a vote buyer for this taxpayer.

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    • I saw some numbers in 2017 on Morgan’s UBI.

      This required tax on workers to be 60 cents in the dollar tax at about 60-65k pa.
      Morgan is a dodgy bugger and had a crappy performing Kiwisaver scheme.
      He was so treacly sweet with his insistence it be sold to a NZ outfit.
      The poor recipients were Kiwibank. Not like they would know the difference.

      That prick Morgan likes to push for higher personal taxes and yet he never made any voluntary payment of tax for his tax free gain (close to 70 mill) on his son’s Trade Me nor the tax free gain from his Kiwisaver scheme sale .

      Gareth Morgan needs to STFU.
      He tried politics once in 2017 and was not honoured at less than 2.5% of the vote so under 1 in 40 liked the cut of his jib.

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  6. So Jacinda is having a talk with the seven dwarfs ” You all need to stay home and look after yourselves and most of all be kind to each other, except you Sneezy you can fuck off”

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  7. So its out with aluminium making and in with low value low labour content green energy. Is It?

    For both our nation’s economic future and from a decarbonisation perspective, the more green renewable energy we commission the better. The world is looking for green energy sources, not only for data centres but also for many other applications. Here in New Zealand, retiring coal-fired heating in schools and industrial heat in dairy factories and other industrial applications will also make a big difference to reducing our carbon footprint.

    There is also a way that we can export our green energy. I understand Asia is hungry for green hydrogen and ammonia for transport fuels, heating and conversion back into green electricity. For many Asian countries (and similarly in Australia), converting to electric vehicles won’t decarbonise their economies. They may as well be plugging their cars into a lump of coal to recharge them.

    https://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=12332768

    Data centres are all fine so long as they can make enough money to be paid in taxes to keep us all in holidays and trasvel and pay the hospital bills. But they won’t becuase its a race to the bottom as usual and any profits will be smuggled offshore as they do.

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    • Tiwai Point is one of the few smelters worldwide that can honestly say that their product is made from so called green energy so why would you want to close it down , if you are into all this “green” BS.

      If we have enough “green energy” to run a lot of data centres , electric cars, electric bikes etc . then lets go for it but the greenies will have to accept more hydro dams, a couple of small nuclear plants and mass covering of the landscape with bird killers . Because they will not accept that, then they better bury their heads back in the sand.

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    • Quite right Ross12 & Viking

      NZ aluminium is green & clean aluminium.

      Are the markets paying and extra substantial premium for that?
      Should be marketed as such in those electric cars etc.. and that premium cost put on those greenie things.

      Shows how much of a con this green & clean is.

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  8. Was in Timaru all yesterday morning while my wife was at an appointment so took a walk along each side of Stafford Street, the main “high street” of Timaru. Started about 10.30 – shops all had there nice signs saying only 2 or 3 or even 10 people in the shop – at that stage looked up and down both sides and did not get to see 10 people in total – along with their sanitiser and in some cases a register to sign. They obviously hadn’t read the bit that says that is not required, or they could be retaining it for their own marketing.
    Overall very few people were around either outside or within the shops. All but one travel shops were shut, with a sign bravely saying they were working from home, cancelling bookings perhaps?
    Two banks had their security guards outside marshalling the one waiting customer into place onto the one metre distance squares.
    Only a few shops were not yet open but a number of café type shops were not, despite there displayed hours indicating they would normally be so. A large Chinese restaurant was not yet opening, the sign apologizing for the owner who was trapped overseas and could not get back. On that note it was refreshing to see the $2 shop was open without any notices or restrictions, almost tempted to go into that one.
    One hairdresser had both workers wearing masks, two others didn’t have anything and then one lady hairdresser had on a plastic coverall plus a face mask with a plastic visor, that covered her eyes and ears but left her mouth open. Obviously a talker.
    A number of places said by appointment only, I really question how long they will keep that going, or am I the only one that cannot be bothered with all that.
    There are a number of shops for rental already in Timaru, even some major ones like Dawson’s Shoes closed not that long ago and I would question with the amount of people around etc how long many of these business will continue to have staff standing by the door just to see that someone squirts sanitiser, again, on there hands or fills in a register.
    With winter and the flu season, almost upon us along with many of our people filled with fear I do question the outlook for many of these stores in the medium to long term, I would suspect Timaru may be reasonably typical of many medium sized towns. I have no idea how our larger cities are operating.

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    • How can there be a seasonal flu when we are essentially isolated from the source of it?

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  9. So Mark Mitchell has thrown his hat in the ring as well as Todd Muller?

    Simon Bridges admitted there is strain within his own party, with colleagues set on going for his and deputy leader Paula Bennett’s jobs.
    https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/simon-bridges-acknowledges-coup-attempt-within-his-own-party-after-disastrous-poll?auto=6157794695001

    “The leadership of the National Party is a focus. I’m aware that a couple of my colleagues will challenge or seek to challenge myself and Paula Bennett as leader of and deputy leader of the National Party,” he told Breakfast host Jenny-May Clarkson.

    “I want to see this resolved very quickly so we can get back, Jenny-May, to focusing on the things that matter to New Zealanders, to Kiwis, no matter if it’s our livelihoods or our aspirations in uncertain times.”

    Mr Bridges wouldn’t name anyone who he believed would contest his role, saying it was up to them to declare their leadership intentions. However, earlier this morning Mr Bridges told the AM Show that one of those people is MP Mark Mitchell.

    When asked on Breakfast if he would step down, given his statement that he wants the situation to be resolved quickly, Mr Bridges was reluctant.

    “I’m not going to do that. I’m very confident I will win,” he said.

    “But I want to put it to the test against the challengers so we can resolve it as a caucus, and as I say, look, move on.

    “Politics to me isn’t a popularity contest or something. It’s actually about ideas, values, plans and who can deliver those, and I think in National under my leadership we have got the team and the track record that’s shown we’ve done that.

    “There’s no doubt that this sort of stuff is a distraction but we’ll resolve it quickly so that National can be there fighting for New Zealanders who are losing their jobs, raising and showing positive plans on how we’ll deal with some of these issues, as I say, like big spending and debt and the problems for our country.”

    Mr Bridges said when it comes to polls, though, before Covid-19 National was the most popular political party by some way.

    He added that after the immediate health response to the crisis, focus will return to economic issues.

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    • In some ways I’m surprised that Mark Mitchell is prepared to risk a challenge for what is a pre poisoned chalice.

      He is however, the only hope the party has & I wish him good fortune.

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    • Mark Mitchell stated categorically this morning, as many times prior, that he’s loyal to Simon. Hmmm

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          • Good point Sooty. Whoever takes Bridges’ position is only warming the chair until Luxon is ready to make a move. From Wikipedia:

            …..”Luxon identifies as an evangelical Christian.”……

            …..”Luxon is opposed to abortion law reform, decriminalising euthanasia, and recreational cannabis.”……

            IOW something for everyone except the average voter & a perfect fit for the Godaddled who know best. He’ll lead the purist, most right wing minor party on the planet.

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    • I can’t help thinking this is a ruse by the opposition to cover up the shit that they are wrecking on us all. If they are doing so well why bother? I’m voting for ACT so have no skin in the game, but seriously this is all a tactic by lie ber party etc etc. It’s like the movie about the tail wagging the dog to cover up what was going on in the states a few years ago. Diversion tactics.
      There needs to be a firm stand by National I have waited and waited there have been so many opportunities for them but they are gutless or agree with what Lie ber are doing or perhaps keeping their powder dry? It is getting too late now for them to make a stand. Plenty of New Zealanders would support a centre right wing government but ACT Is the only one at present.

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      • There is no more time left. National cannot climb the mountain of 3 years of media promotion for Labour + the $20,000,000,000 war chest for electioneering upon a Covid-19 surge in popularity. If they had listened and nailed Labour hard on every single issue and illustrated how they’d do it differently over the last 3 years to build up as a credible alternative, but they haven’t.

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        • Agreed Pascal
          …and that failure is squarely in Bridges and Bennett’s court.

          There is no coming back from :-
          ‘we disagree with the Zero Carbon Bill but will support it so we can change it later.’

          That makes my piss boil.
          They can feck off right now.

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          • I thought that after they supported the first amendment to the Arms Act. The Zero Carbon shambles just confirmed it.

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        • The chance they had to nail Labour was on Keys election. They had the numbers but lowtowed to the Maori Party rather than ACT.
          Trusting the Nats to do anything is a fools risk.

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    • So much for loyalty by Bridges.

      Mark Mitchell was telling the Hosk this morning that he supported Bridges and I believe him.

      Fuck you mate….

      Who needs enemies when you have friends like Bridges.

      I hope Bridges get handed his arse as we need the dangerous socialist bitch to be dealt to by someone with a spine.

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    • The LVL mill in Marsden Point looks likely to lay off half their staff – about 150 will hit the scrap heap. A decision on the future of the refinery is supposed to come out next month, I’m told it’s not looking good.

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    • It is a cascade now.
      The Warehouse to close stores; Fletchers; Air NZ ; Sky Casino; ….

      I am not sure if there are still the buckets in Cuba mall I saw years ago but this reminds me of those.
      Instead of water being passed on until one tips over, it is grief being passed an.
      And they tip over.

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  10. Cindy’s been giving out he email address, willy nilly again!
    Someone sent her 92 emails and has been charged with harassing the poor little petal!

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  11. If immigrants from 3rd-world countries tend to be not well known for their social distancing, and you employ a significant number of these immigrant care-givers at resthomes for the elderly, what do you think might be the risk factors you need to consider?

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  12. Everyone has their hand out for taxpayer funding. Uninsulated housing is a problem but a more pressing problem is so many likely to be losing their employment. Priorities people.

    $6b annual cost of tolerating damp, mouldy homes in NZ outweighs price to insulate them – advocate

    The cost of people living in damp and mouldy homes outweighs the cost of insulating them, an advocate says.
    https://www.tvnz.co.nz/content/tvnz/onenews/story/2020/05/20/damp-homes.html?auto=6157789874001

    Based on 2012 research, Mr Eagles said improving homes with decent insulation would mean a 43 per cent drop in hospital admissions for respiratory disease, as well as a 39 per cent drop in the amount of sick days that adults take off work and children taking time off school by more than 20 per cent.

    “It’s not that expensive, about $6000 per home,” he told Breakfast host John Campbell.

    “We’ve got half a million homes like this in New Zealand because we had very low insulation rules through our building code.

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    • State houses are probably the worst now. But the State doesn’t seem to have to abide by the same rules, with the same urgency, as the rest of us. Hypocrites.

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      • To be clear Saggy, Cindy is spending the money on giving us all another holiday. 😎
        // 🙄

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        • Whew, thank goodness for that WG. Only problem is no-one pays me when I take a day off.

          So Cindy, stick your holiday, and ask someone who knows a bit about business how to get the economy going. I’m sure John Key or Steven Joyce would be happy to help out.

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          • Same here Saggy. Hubby and I are self-employed. When do self-employed ever get down time to go on holiday?

            Being self-employed is not “Cindy’s kindy” where public servants just toddle off on the taxpayers dime.

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    • Well, the statements around sick days, hospital admissions and time off school is logical (although I’d like to know how the numbers were derived). If the cost / benefit of it works out as they say, then it makes sense to do it; as long as the health budget is adjusted for the shift in funding required.

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    • We lived in a totally uninsulated home OK so it was many years ago, I am in my 70s now so yep was a while. We never had mould on our ceilings my mother actually opened the windows to air the house out. We had an Essie heater in one room which was where we ate and sat. An open fire in the lounge which was used for visitors, so home was as cold as charity mostly. I have no idea why people have mouldy homes now, apart from not letting fresh air in opening the curtains or dirt perhaps? Bathrooms need to be open to the air for part of the day. Snowflakes. How did we survive uninsulated homes I wonder?

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        • And hot water bottles, you forgot the hot water bottles or in many cases a brick warmed up in the open fire, wrapped in a bit of rag and placed in the bed to keep you warm.
          And more kids to a room.

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      • Chances are you had an eiderdown made of down, that lasted 20 years.
        Or an array of real wool blankets.
        And woolen clothing like singlets and jerseys.

        Now the bed coverings are generally synthetic;
        And fleece tops.

        The kero heaters were good. Prior to 1973- cheap to run.
        Oil was used to burn.
        Now it is made into clothing- polyester!
        It is just not that warm as clothing.
        It causes people to sweat as it does not ‘breathe’ like natural fabrics.
        then the sweat makes you damp and cold.

        But dont tell the MOH. They might get a clue!

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  13. Elderly UK veteran Captain Tom to be knighted for raising millions for NHS
    https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/world/2020/05/coronavirus-elderly-uk-veteran-captain-tom-to-be-knighted-for-raising-millions-for-nhs.html

    The 100-year-old veteran who walked 100 laps in his garden to fundraise for the NHS in the UK during the COVID-19 pandemic has received a knighthood.

    Captain Tom Moore rose to international fame for his efforts in April which raised more than $60 million for healthcare workers.

    Boris Johnson, who almost died from COVID-19 and was treated in St Thomas’ Hospital, said the centenarian had provided the country with “a beacon of light through the fog of coronavirus,” reports the BBC.

    His knighthood, already approved by the Queen, will be formally announced on Thursday.

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  14. Mike Hosking at his best. One ability Mike has is to “see the wood for trees”

    https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12333332

    I think he is right about Steven Joyce but Joyce was hesitant at the time –he did not throw his hat into the ring until quite late in the piece. But I think his key point is absolutely right, good leaders do not need to be likeable –they have to gain the team’s respect which is something quite different.
    We will have to wait and see but if Boag and Bolger are backing Muller then that has to be “the kiss of death”.
    National need to get rid of the influence of incompetents like Boag.

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  15. Alice, Alice, Who the feck is Alice?

    Who the hell is Todd Muller?
    How do you even pronounce his name?

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    • Went to school with my kids. Son summed him up today, “never had any balls then and is unlikely to have grown any now”.
      Todd’s a nice guy of the Faith so therefore the Faith will want him in place, hence the prompting from the useless prick Bolger.
      Wasn’t that well thought of at Zespri. Didn’t last long at Fonterra and that tells us something.

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      • Thank for the info

        He was 40 something on the list in 2017.
        It will be hard to see him getting support.

        His association with Bolger kills it for me, in any event.
        Bolger is an Irish Republican socialist.
        A NINO.

        These doolons love to tell others what to do.
        There are a lot of them in the Unions.

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  16. A rabbit walks into a pub and says to the barman,

    ‘Can I have a pint of beer, and a Ham and Cheese Toastie?’

    The barman is amazed but gives the rabbit a pint of beer and a ham and cheese toastie.

    The rabbit drinks the beer and eats the toastie. He then leaves.

    The following night the rabbit returns and again asks for a pint of beer, and a Ham and Cheese Toastie.

    The barman, now intrigued by the rabbit and the extra drinkers in the pub, (because word gets round), gives the rabbit the pint and the Toastie. The rabbit consumes them and leaves.

    The next night, the pub is packed.

    In walks the rabbit and says, ‘A pint of beer and a Ham and Cheese Toastie, please barman.’

    The crowd is hushed as the barman gives the rabbit his pint and toastie, and then burst into applause as the rabbit wolfs them down.

    The next night there is standing room only in the pub.

    Coaches have been laid on for the crowds of patrons attending.

    The barman is making more money in one week than he did all last year

    In walks the rabbit and says, ‘A pint of beer and a Ham and Cheese Toastie, please barman.’

    The barman says, ‘I’m sorry rabbit, old mate, old mucker, but we are right out of them Ham and Cheese Toasties.’

    The rabbit looks aghast.

    The crowd has quietened to almost a whisper, when the barman clears his throat nervously and says,

    ‘We do have a very nice Cheese and Onion Toastie.

    The rabbit looks him in the eye and says, ‘Are you sure I will like it?’

    The crowd’s bated breath is ear shatteringly silent.

    The barman, with a roguish smile says, ‘Do you think that I would let down one of my best friends? I know you’ll love it.’

    ‘Ok,’ says the rabbit, ‘I’ll have a pint of beer and a Cheese and Onion Toastie.’

    The pub erupts with glee as the rabbit quaffs the beer and guzzles the toastie.

    He then waves to the crowd and leaves….

    NEVER TO RETURN!!!!!!

    One year later, in the now impoverished public house, the barman, (who has only served 4 drinks tonight, 3 of which were his), calls time.

    When he is cleaning down the now empty bar, he sees a small white form, floating above the bar.

    The barman says, ‘Who are you?

    To which he is answered,

    ‘I am the ghost of the rabbit that used to frequent your public house.’

    The barman says, ‘I remember you. You made me famous.

    You would come in every night and have a pint of beer and a Ham and Cheese Toastie. Masses came to see you and this place was famous.’

    The rabbit says, ‘Yes I know.’

    The barman said, ‘I remember, on your last night we didn’t have any Ham and Cheese Toasties. You had a Cheese and Onion one instead.’

    The rabbit said, ‘Yes, you promised me that I would love it.’

    The barman said, ‘You never came back, what happened?’

    ‘I DIED’, said the rabbit.

    ‘NO!’ said the barman. ‘What from?’

    After a short pause, the rabbit said …

    ‘Mixin-me-toasties’

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    • Can somebody explain this to me tomorrow night, please? I’ve been working far too hard the last few days and my brain isn’t fully functional.

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        • Ok, no wonder. Thanks, Mike. I will make a note to brush up on my “things that are deadly to rabbits” reading list 🙂

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  17. The Govt contact tracing ap is not authenticated. FAIL!

    Flaws in Government’s contact tracing app beginning to surface, just hours after release

    The Government’s Covid-19 app was launched just this morning but flaws in the technology have already begun surfacing.
    https://www.tvnz.co.nz/content/tvnz/onenews/story/2020/05/20/reports-of-contact-tracing-app-not-working.html?auto=6157839111001

    Legally, Mr Roberts has to provide a QR system onsite for his customers at The Longroom. Now with the Government’s contact tracing app some of his customers are having to sign in multiple times and he’s questioning its efficiency.

    “We find that people get stuck at the door waiting to do the code and if there’s three or four people then there is a slight delay. But if they’re’ having to do two apps to come in then it’s going to go on.”

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    • I notice Newstalk ZB have a “Like what you have read” Yes/No.
      I clicked YES as I think we should show support for media prepared to be critical of the COL.

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      • Mike Hosking is right, National MPs should choose the leader with the skills to lead, not because Simon or Todd or whoever are a good guy and a friendly mate. It’s the same with successful business entrepreneurs, they generally look at things in a different way from the rest of us and that difference is their success. I know, I’m married to one who thinks differently! 😊

        https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12333332

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  18. Meanwhile Cindy is back grandstanding on govt propaganda tv1 on how well she has done controlling the Wuhu flu.

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    • Yep we noticed. Last week the lieing piece of crap said she wasn’t going to do that anymore.

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  19. Winston says NO to Cindy’s holiday fun idea! Is there ‘fur flying’ in the back rooms of the Beehive over policy disagreements between Labour and Winston NZ First?

    Winston Peters pours cold water on one-off public holiday idea

    NZ First and its leader, Winston Peters, are pushing back against calls for an additional public holiday.
    https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/winston-peters-pours-cold-water-one-off-public-holiday-idea

    “However, Mr Peters today tweeted: “Our answer after serious thought is – no.”

    “New Zealand has just been through weeks of lockdown – in some ways an enforced holiday. We understand how Covid put business owners under real financial strain.

    “We know that business owners are not paying themselves so they can keep their staff going and many who are paying their bills, but not paying themselves. That is why we can’t support extra public holidays – they come at a cost to businesses and workers.

    “It’s another day of no production, when production is well down due to Covid. For many businesses it’s a day of no income when they need to pay their bills. Holidays are great, but it will cost small businesses, and will cost 1000s of workers their jobs.”

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    • Heard on the talkback that Whinestone wears his headphones in the radio station upside down with the headband under the chin to protect the wig! Always protect the wig, so it doesn’t fall off!

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  20. Todd Muller ,Niki Kaye, FFS the national party are playing Russian roulette with a full chamber.
    My prediction 4 months out is a Cindy landslide ,this beeeaaacchhh could slip a facial recognition program into our country and no one would even care , $1000.000 and nobody knows when where or how the money appeared,but dont worry the new PLOD commissioner is onto it he’s outraged that he wasn’t informed about a policy that nobody knows anything about .
    It’s only a million dollars,who cares if some unelected official thought a facial recognition system would be great for the protection of NZrs and just “got the cash somewhere” and our MEDIA ??????????Crickets.

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  21. Todd Muller and Nikki Kaye: Who are the National MPs taking a pop at leading the party?
    https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/politics/2020/05/todd-muller-and-nikki-kaye-who-are-the-national-mps-taking-a-pop-at-leading-the-party.html

    But at 43rd and 13th respectively on the National Party list at the 2017 election, Muller and Kaye are not exactly high-profile – especially not compared to other potential candidates such as Judith Collins, Mark Mitchell or Amy Adams.

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      • I realise that Chuck as Amy is leaving politics at the end of this term. Newshub must have rehashed an old article from the last National leadership run when Amy Adams was standing? All this leadership balony is all a bit of a damp squib isn’t it as I doubt any of it is going to make a jot of difference to National’s ride in the polls.

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    • Could be a cunning plan from National. Muller ( an unknown ) and Kaye take one for the team to prove Simon has full support, sticking one up Peters and others at the same time who are constantly blowing on about Bridges not lasting the distance as leader.
      Not a bad idea.

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      • More likely Spud Bolger interfering by encouraging his office boy, Todd Muller to lead National out of the opposition wilderness? 🤨

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  22. Chuck Norris for PM
    He can start by kicking all those useless arseholes out of the Beehive, after he has finished kicking the crap out of them. Next,he can kick out all the overpaid,bloated public service sector.
    They can go on the dole for a year to give them a dose of reality.
    After that he can kick the shit out of all of the spin doctors, the PA’s to Commie Cindy, all of her grovelling press secretaries and most of the boot licking ass, kissing media.
    Then he can go and find Ashley Bloomfield and execute a perfect roundhouse kick straight between the prick’s glasses. Finally,he will kick out all of the fucked up,useless, crippling idiotic legislation that strangles the life out of employers and manufacturers and the primary sector.
    Now Chuck is ready to kick start the economy.
    His campaign slogan will be; “If you give a fuck, vote for Chuck”
    Chuck Norris for PM.

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    • Nah, national have all gone soy boys and girls, no more balls in that lot than the greens one with nuts!
      Labour lite! Charlie Luxton isn’t going to save them either!

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    • Guessing Seymour would have to fit in with National not the other way around so David is better to stay where he is.

      Vote Act 2020 ✅

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  23. Not everyone LOVES ❤️️Cindy

    Man charged with threatening to kill Jacinda Ardern elects for jury trial

    A 54-year-old Auckland man facing three charges of threatening to kill Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has elected a trial by jury.

    https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/man-charged-threatening-kill-jacinda-ardern-elects-jury-trial?auto=6157873894001

    Michael Cruickshank is facing another charge of harassment having sent more than 90 emails to Ms Ardern between October 2019 and January this year.

    The court has ordered he must not communicate with anyone on the internet except for family, a doctor and lawyer.

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    • That was 20 seconds of pointless footage, thanks oh useless media. They don’t even tell us how he threatened her!

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      • She should give out her personal email address.
        Last time was to lawnmower salesmen!
        That ended well!

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  24. Jacinda Ardern defends letter telling ministers to avoid COVID-19 Epidemic Response Committee
    https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/politics/2020/05/jacinda-ardern-defends-letter-telling-ministers-to-avoid-covid-19-epidemic-response-committee.html

    It said over the next few weeks, ministers will appear before select committees “to discuss estimates in their portfolios” – that means they appear before other MPs to discuss the money allocated for their portfolio in the Budget.

    “Therefore, any invitations to ministers to appear before the Epidemic Response Committee should be declined. This also extends to senior officials. The appropriate place for these discussions is now the established subject select committees.”

    Bridges said the letter “proves the Government’s response is to dismiss”.

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  25. Are Lefties generally stupid? I wrote on Facebook:

    This is the same Jacinda Ardern that lied about taking the 20% paycut? She was quick enough to claim she had internationally, and happily accepted all the accolades. But in terms of actually doing it? They twice vetoed David Seymour’s bill. Then, nearly a month after claiming she’s done it they introduced a voluntary option that does not publish the list of MPs that have done it. It’s disgusting.

    Lefty responds with: “You got actual proof of your claims?

    Do you want to be bitch-slapped with some facts? But it does show me how out of touch they are with reality and how much our media actively hide from them.

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    • Give them some facts that embarrass their beloved Jacinda and they will attack you and your family on FB.
      Happened to me last week.
      Labour Party trolls/paid activists insulting my FB profile and making inappropriate comments about my children….

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      • I gave your post a thumbs down Capricorn.
        Not for your post, but for those gutless tossers who attacked you and your children. Pathetic wankers.

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      • Same thing happened to us here, except because my wife works in a public facing industry (Real Estate) they went after her. Not directly, but the rumour mill was in full operation about the nasty South African right winger. Which is why I now have everything hidden on Facebook and always try to back up my invective with a link to the facts.

        Good luck mate. The kind Lefties are a bunch of angry, evil fuckwits that’s for sure.

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  26. I see David Bennett has gone public about rolling Bridges. I seem to recall he recently made some stupid statement and then doubled down before he had to make a public apology. I think he did it on Sean Plunket. Does anyone remember what he said?

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  27. Comrades

    Potato prices are the highest they have ever been in New Zealand history.

    This proves socialism works. Just weeks into communism.

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    • I look forward to my upcoming career picking $70 a-pop potatoes for the Motherland!
      Embrace the Glorious Socialism Comrades!!

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      • Only Party faithful will be rewarded with access to the glorious potato farms and youth rape camps comrade.

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      • If you travel north from Masterton on SH2 for about 15km there are rows of boulder fences built by Depression relief workers in the early 30s. The boulders, est 5 to 20kg, each were picked out of paddocks by hand, loaded on to horse drawn wagons & used to build fence lines. Similar on rural land at the back of Pahia & Kerikeri.

        If Labour keep borrowing & spending like drunken sailors this is what our unemployed will do. Probably for the Chinese who will own the land.

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        • Thank you comrade nasska for sharing your optimistic view of collectivist solidarity.

          Let’s hope your aspirational view of our future manifests itself in reality.

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    • Potatoes?
      Out family runs on medium-grain or short-grain rice (Vietnamese short grain rice is quite good).
      Potatoes are so much water that you are paying for!

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        • Long grain brown basmati rice is not something you come across in Japan that often. I don’t think you can make onigiri or sushi out of it.
          (There’s a lot of diversity in the world of rice.)

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    • And negative interest rates may be sooner than I thought;

      https://goldsurvivalguide.co.nz/what-would-negative-interest-rates-mean-for-new-zealand/

      Glorious, glorious socialism indeed.

      I gave you all the heads up on stacking silver a couple of months back. Still think it’s too late to become a gold bug given the silver to gold ratio. But the silver train will play catch up and leave the station sure enough. Up 12% the last week. I’m making more money (on paper) asleep than I make at work awake.

      Cash in the bank may become a worry sooner rather than later!

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  28. Todd Muller confirms leadership challenge, tells National MPs Simon Bridges cannot win election
    https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/politics/2020/05/todd-muller-confirms-leadership-challenge-tells-national-mps-simon-bridges-cannot-win-election.html

    In the email, which was seen by Newshub, Muller says National cannot win the election under Bridges. He also said he had formally notified his leader and National Party president Peter Goodfellow of the challenge.

    “It is essential that National wins this election,” the Bay of Plenty MP wrote. “I share the view of the majority of my colleagues that this is not possible under the current leadership.”

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    • Mueller is another socially conservative, religious Nat. If he replaces Bridges there will be no change in direction or dynamics. Neither appeal much to prospective voters.

      The phrase “out of the frying pan & into the fire” could have been coined to cover the options.

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      • What about the blonde?

        I know you only support the chosen ones religious beliefs for domination, but from a goyim perspective?

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          • Mikey is it your position that?:

            1. Sumerians did not exist.

            2. The Jews were lying about coming from Africa?

            3. That for centuries Jews, historians and all the locals, put aside their differences to conspire to create a false story that… jews were magically created by God in modern day Israel.

            ???

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        • Doesn’t really do all that much for me. Definitely more socially liberal than me but she may be able to balance the Papist.*

          We take small blessings as they come.

          * Our friend & fellow commentator Viking confirmed that the poor bugger was born Catholic. He has received his allotment of guilt & mind control.

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          • Lucky the prick is not a faux European “Jew” or else the resident Zionist troll would target us for being critical.

            Please don’t judge Jews generally by Mikey. Most Jews find him as repugnant and intellectually limited as I do.

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      • Never had any balls as a kid son won’t have any now.
        Wasn’t that well thought of a Zespri. Wasn’t long at Fonterra. Bolgers protege.
        Long way short of PM material even if his mother thought he was.

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  29. The bro’s have blocked off access to Cape Reinga this time. FFS Nash, sort this shit out before someone gets really pissed, and runs these aresholes over.

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    • Not just blocked off, a gate posts and a gate across State Highway 1.

      https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/tourists-still-barred-cape-reinga-depsite-drop-alert-level-2?auto=6157897400001

      Northland MP Matt King made a video of a confrontation that took place with iwi as he tried to access the location.

      “It’s my customary rights and I’m prepared to knock you out if you pass that gate,” a person blocking access says in the video.

      Mr King talked to 1 NEWS about his experience.

      “This is not about Covid-19, they gave me a range of reasons as to why the road was blocked.

      “One was that DOC was doing maintenance up there, then they said it was their land.

      “Northland is a beautiful place with beautiful people in it and we’ve got a lot to offer and I just want to see the roadblocks taken down and us just getting back to business,” Mr King says.

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  30. Speaking of which – I see Ardern used the imposition of martial law to target drug dealing gangs… who are competion to her Hells Angels suppliers. The Angels were not touched, according to official police press releases today.

    Don’t talk about it though. Mike Bush said no.

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  31. Auckland Transport is closing a station and a railway crossing for four years to make way for work on the City Rail Link.
    https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/auckland-train-station-shut-four-years-crl-work-finally-gets-started-after-lockdown-delays

    The crossing on Porters Avenue will be closed to vehicles on May 29 and the adjoining Mt Eden station on July 11.

    The closures, which were delayed by the Covid-19 lockdown, will last until 2024, when the City Rail Link is due to be completed.

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  32. From a mainstay, to a cancer causing poison…. Just like that!!

    Next they’ll be targeting “Oil of Wuhan”, or whatever it is (wink, wink)

    Johnson & Johnson to stop selling baby powder in US

    The firm faces many thousands of lawsuits from consumers who claim that its talc products caused their cancer.

    The move comes after years of litigation where Johnson & Johnson has been ordered to pay out billions of dollars in compensation.

    https://www.bbc.com/news/business-52732755

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    • Some dumb shit for brain judge in the us started this.. some stupid woman had been stuffing her fanny with the powder for many years and then got cancer. The judge ruled against J&J. Judge is a stupoid as the silly tart that kept shoving powder up he fanny.

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  33. Dear Madame Ghislaine…….you’re done!!

    Citing criminal investigation, Ghislaine Maxwell seeks delay in Jeffrey Epstein victim’s lawsuit

    Ghislaine Maxwell can’t be questioned under oath about Jeffrey Epstein’s sex trafficking scheme because she is under criminal investigation, an attorney for the accused madam writes in new papers.

    The argument by Maxwell’s attorney Laura Menninger is a rare acknowledgment of the risk facing the British socialite who is said to be in hiding.

    https://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/ny-maxwell-delay-criminal-investigation-epstein-20200519-zxtbjulbuvgdzixkyi7ly3j6um-story.html

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  34. The black warlord doesn’t seem to mind.

    Trump is refusing to unveil Obama’s portrait at the White House, breaking a 40-year tradition

    President Donald Trump will not hold a ceremony at the White House for the unveiling of former President Barack Obama’s portrait, NBC News reported.
    This marks a break from a 40-year tradition honoured by presidents from both parties.
    Trump and Obama have had an extraordinarily contentious relationship, which hit a new low in recent days as Trump made unfounded accusations that his predecessor committed an unspecified crime.

    https://www.businessinsider.com.au/trump-refusing-to-unveil-obama-portrait-at-the-white-house-2020-5?r=US&IR=T

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  35. Australian study: COVID-19 spreads in schools ‘considerably less’ than influenza

    The study out of Australia, released last month by the National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance, found that “SARS-CoV-2 transmission in children in schools appears considerably less than seen for other respiratory viruses, such as influenza.”

    The study determined that, out of hundreds of “close contacts” that were in proximity to numerous positive COVID-19 patients in a school environment, only a scant number contracted the disease there.

    “In contrast to influenza, data from both virus and antibody testing to date suggest that children are not the primary drivers of COVID-19 spread in schools or in the community,” the researchers said.

    https://justthenews.com/politics-policy/coronavirus/australian-study-covid-19-spreads-schools-considerably-less-influenza

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