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  1. I feel all warm and fuzzy.
    We are urged by UNwomen to use the pronoun ‘owner’ instead of ‘landlord’.
    Example:
    “Ed is my landlord”…..NO!!
    “Ed is my owner”…. YES!!

    What you say matters.

    Help create a more equal world by using gender-neutral language if you’re unsure about someone’s gender or are referring to a group. https://unwomen.org/en #GenerationEquality via
    @UN_Women

    https://twitter.com/UN/status/1262322788687323136

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  2. So that was that NZ National Party that was!

    Born 1936, died 2020, destroyed from inside by the very thing it was formed to combat; socialism / communism.

    I am totally uninspired by the new team in charge; both socialists, both intent on taking the party (nay, merging the party) into the NZLP / CoL and both media darlings..

    It does however raise an interesting question: Given that the party is now all but destroyed (‘cos ‘socialism’ rules OK!!), will we see an exit of ‘Principled’ MP’s from the Nat’s or will they just continue to have their snouts in the trough?

    Sadly I expect the latter, but, although I have my doubts, am hoping to be proven wrong.

    The difficulty now is who to vote for come September;, especially as a blue vote is now only a red vote in drag, and yellow isn’t my favourite colour..

    Decisions, decisions..,

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  3. When will the National Party executive start listening to the voters

    On the day when Soimon was so foolishly installed by the retarded blue rinse National party caucus, I posted a comment on Kiwiblog doing a quick straw poll canvassing the mood of the readers of the (then) closest thing we had to a free speech blog.

    The results were an overwhelming straw poll in favour of Judith Collins over all the other leadership candidates combined.

    It seems we (the voters) were right then about what a catastrophic failure Soimon was going to be, I suspect the panic flip flopping of the same current National caucus is going to be just as destructively stupid now as it was in February 2018.

    And yes, this is one great big “I TOLD YOU SO” comment – just in case the National party is savvy enough to monitor HYS as the most effective way of monitoring the mood of the shy Conservative voter. I don’t like being right about shit like this – but it seemed obvious at the time – and it seems obvious the Nats got it wrong now.

    I guess the problem is that now that National are on their 4th leader in 3 years, they’ve dug a hole and this is the configuration going forward.

    So here it is – if Todd Muller doesn’t score significant points against stoopid Cindy within 7 days – then he’s another Cunliffe candidate, and National are going to need their 5th leader after the election loss.

    The problem is that I’m not sure there is going to be much of a country left to save after 2023.

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    • I guess we have to give Muller a go to see what he is made of, DP.
      Quite honestly, I don’t think anyone within the cliques of the Parliamentary National Party could care less what we no-names out here think anyway.
      They don’t even answer legitimate messages or emails from constituents – in our experience.

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      • I fear you are right Gravelroad – the current National caucus are no better than they were during their self-obsessed and ineffective 3rd term, they’re not listening and they still think they know best. After three terms in government MPs turn into wankers and they need to lose their jobs en masse before they start listening again.

        Personally my very real worry is that Blue, Red and Green have all be bought and paid for by the shadowy operatives that provide cover for Soros and the CCP. We have ceased to be a functioning democracy.

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        • DP – the other issue we are talking about here is the influence of the smarmy Mr Bolger over Mr Muller – a dubious role model surely?
          We well remember a town square meeting held in the 1980’s when people were very anxious about the Roger Douglas blow torch “reforms”.
          There were hundreds attending for a small-town event.
          Bolger as the leader of the Opposition stood up there spouting that the encumbent government was “evil”.
          He said he was going to lead us out of penury as a new Messiah.
          Trouble was that, once he became the National Prime Minister he cynically continued with and strengthened the same policies he argued so passionately against.
          He was also very patronising- especially regarding the role and opinions of women. Women do not forget these things!

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          • OMG – I didn’t know that the man responsible for inflicting MMP on us was a Muller mentor. This whole business of having two ostensibly identical left wing parties leads no where good. The US tried this out with the McCain, Bush, Bush, Romney globalist Republican socialists vs the crooked crime DNC socialists. Their nation is still tearing itself apart and if Trump wins a second term (please if there is a God in heaven – let Trump win) then it’s going to be bloody.

            I just don’t understand what it is about the Kiwi psyche that means our nation is so self-destructive and so obsessed with fascist left wingers. Bolger should just go away – he’s just such a joke – the fact that he gets wheeled out to front left wing wet dream policies is just a huge embarrassment. National need to die out and be replaced but where is our Farage, where is our Boris, where is our Trump, where is our Salvini, where is our Wilders?

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          • Bolger was a shocker.
            He took the unfinished stuff of the dreadful Geoff Palmer and completed them.
            The worst was the RMA.
            Dreadful legislation from the get go.
            This was personally championed by the dripping wet Simon Upton.
            Now Upton is Commissioner for the enviwonment.

            Bolger shut down Ruth Richardson’s reforms that would put a halt on the excessive Social welfare reforms from the early 1970s.
            These had morphed from being safety nets to ‘options’
            These were due for a rework in the light of 20 years experience of them.
            But NO from the “Great Helmsman’
            Ironically, a title earlier bestowed on Mao ZeDong.

            Bolger gave us leaky homes by allowing people to build with untreated timber.
            This has been a huge financial and emotional cost to the citizens of this country.
            Usually the ones that invest and try to get ahead.
            Slapped down by Bolger Govt stupidity.
            As of 2017 it had cost as much as the Christchurch earthquakes of 2010/11
            The Antipodes of Auckland is in Spain. But we do not have Spanish weather.

            Bolger continued to make poor financial sales of Taxpayers assets.
            Mostly in dreadful deals. BNZ and Railways being notable ones.
            He sold off the Railways – because Govt should not own railways- then became Chairman of F..ing Kiwirail… and appointed a joker from outside the Railways to be CEO but was a good Catholic.
            That CEO was not renewed for a second term.

            Bolger. What a Cnut.

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            • I remember back in the early 90’s I think it was when Bolger wanted to lift up the Beehive, put it on rollers and move it. It was just after the Asian crisis, NZ was almost broke and the cost was going to be $100 000 000. That idea got the arse card and so did Spud B in the following election. Never did like the smary arsed full of himself prick.

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              • The original beehive cost $16 million,
                That was before the large 1970s inflation

                The Asian Financial crisis was 1997

                Bolger did not lose an election once he was PM.
                He was however rolled by his own Notional party while a sitting PM.
                The replacement – Shipley – was no better.

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      • And why does everybody and everything have to be compared to Jacinda so that she still gets a mention, they must be worried that if she isn’t in the face that she will be forgotten quickly.

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    • Well put DP. I suggest that the 66% religious “retarded blue rinse National party caucus” put emphasis in getting their reactionary socially conservative policies & preferences over the line.

      For them the good of the country counts for shit so long as God’s happy & the Pope is in his Vatican.

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      • I am definitely not standing up for them as I am agnostic, but just a gentle reminder Nasska, that our current PTPM was a member of the LDS faith, then left them as she didn’t agree with the way gays were treated, only to embrace with both hands and a tea towel the strongest haters of anything gay on this earth, the Muslims. At least these guys stick to their knitting and we know where they stand as far as religion goes.

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    • Along with the changing Nat leadership all that’s missing are the snapper being waved in parliament! I agree DP, we have more sense of what is needed for an effective leadership from the real world than a bunch of pretenders in the Nat’s caucus. Judith was the only answer then to lead National to a win and Judith is still the only answer.

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      • Agree but the loons in National would rather lose than put JC in charge. Still, if they put a 20% performance in next election then most of the wets will get kicked out – the list isn’t going to protect them and when they go to their electorates they’ve got little to show for their efforts.

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        • Chuck the only way he could pull it off is with help of Winston so there goes any trust in Todd Muller right from the start. I have voted National four by on 50 years and they have lost mine and wife’s vote for 2020. At least for all the criticisms that have been leveled at Simon Bridges at least he had the balls to stand and say he would never work with Winston or NZ First as long as he was Leader.

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        • The day that Christians stop trying to run the lives of myself, my family along with my friends then crawl back into their churches, shut the doors behind them & worship their imaginary friend will be the day I lay off.

          Vote ACT.

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        • Chuck,
          Will Muller be preying on voters or praying to his god?

          Nasska is entitled to free speech .
          Let he without sin cast the first stone.
          I just watched the last half hour of ‘Oranges and Sunshine’ this morning.
          You might want to be careful defending the indefensible.

          In politics, as they say, it is not the deed but the lies and cover up that get you.

          Similarly with the Catholics and their child rape.
          Not only did they condone it but they covered up; lied; let it continue; paid hush money from the stooge collections; moved the rapists around esp to third world countries like the Pacific Islands and Philippines.

          Here is a question for you Chuck.
          If the priests were raping 12 year old girls rather than 12 year old boys do you think there would have been more noise and action, and sooner?

          a second question.
          If Muller wins will the Catholic Priests stop raping altar boys?
          Y’know, Preying on them.

          That would be the third Notional Party Catholic PM in 30 years.
          What does it take to make the rapists stop?
          I suggest castration and, as we are still in the Be Kind bubble, use anesthetic.

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    • MM, well its my impression that Simon realized he was struggling and he seemed to welcome the change. I doubt there was a coup as such but a great agreement all round.
      IMHO Simon did an excellent job of his daily meets but no matter what he did the govt. had shut the door to everything except their behavoir.

      I t would be wise again in MHO, for todd to give him a very senoir post such as Attourney General for that is where he scored the hits on the Govt. So some portfolio’s around that would be fair reognition of his talents.

      As a big plus Todd is a tall man. (ring any bells?) and he will over shadow Cindy and lots of the other Labour rug rats.
      Nicky Kaye is another short person syndrome.

      Now he needs to rid the place of that nasty Maggie Barry and the geriatric Nick Smith before Smith wrecks something else..

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  4. I hope Muller has shagged someone in the press gallery – or is preparing to do so – since that’s the only way to get their attention away from the Jacinda fluff pieces and pictures of her in her Jesus pose with the earnest face on.

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  5. As an addenum to my previous comments, can anyone define for me (or at least point me towards where it might be found), exactly WHAT the NZ National Party actually stands for ideologically?

    I’ve looked certainly, but to date have been unable to find exactly where it might be located…

    Thank you.

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    • According to Wikipedia the current position is:

      …..”The party’s principles, last revised in 2003, include “loyalty to our country, its democratic principles and our Sovereign as Head of State; national and personal security; equal citizenship and equal opportunity; individual freedom and choice; personal responsibility; competitive enterprise and rewards for achievement “……

      Though I wouldn’t give too much credence to that lot of “salute the flagpole” waffle.

      I would phrase them thus:

      ……”loyalty to the Vatican, its authoritarian principles & the Pope as Head of State, security of religious establishments, citizenship & opportunity for worshippers, freedom & choice (you’re kidding, right?) personal faith, enterprise & rewards for achievement according to records of donations to the party.”…..

      Hey! At least I’m honest about it.

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  6. It’s tough out there in the rural busineses

    Rural towns devastated by drop in business after COVID-19 lockdown
    https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/rural/2020/05/rural-towns-devastated-by-drop-in-business-after-covid-19-lockdown.html

    But, he said he is juggling operating costs with plummeting profit, as well as hiked prices from his suppliers.

    “So we might have to reduce business hours, or shut down for a few days to manage that which will end up a loss for the business.”

    Waiouru running on empty
    Typically a steady stream of traffic would drown out the sound of gunfire ringing from the nearby military training grounds in Waiouru, but apart from the odd freight truck, the service town is now empty.

    Christle Pilkington is in town helping her parents run the Welcome Inn.

    “Usually we’re a very busy motel, lots of traffic coming through being on a key transport route. Things like the army and Desert Storm tend to generate a lot of visitors.”

    In the past two months only a handful of essential workers have stopped for a night at the Inn.

    The family business has lost dozens of bookings and tens of thousands of dollars.

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    • Waikatogirl, Im amazed at the people around the place who think things are back to normal already ,even my own younger family members cant see any problems looming.
      forty million unemployed Americans on the benefit with nothing that can be done to fix the American economy spells doom for our country ,but most people are skipping along in the sunshine whistling away as if nothing has happened,its head in the sand insanity.

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      • That is because there is a big disconnect between the earning of, and dishing out of money. If we run out of money just print more is the answer.
        The other thing I have found astonishing is how many people of all ages who have “loved being in the lockdown” and would be happy to go back.
        That’s what you get when the people are shielded from reality with bribe payments.

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        • Phukets been a paradise during lockdown. Its like being on your own tropical island..with a few others hanging around. Just enough to keep it interesting. Next journey could be a castaway type place with just me and Wilson. Koh Phangan. ( Co Pang Nang )

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      • The young are in for a rude awakening, and not before time. Us oldies have been through recessions before and know what it can be like.
        I have no sympathy for all the yuppies who refuse to think of it as serious. Downsizing the house, selling all the toys, removing the offspring from fancy schools are all going to be the norm for them.

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        • The real problem is we don’t know what’s going to happen. Our turnover is down about 50% this month, which will be quite handy when we go for the subsidy in June. Our saving grace is we don’t owe very much and will probably survive. No point in selling the toys, the racing yacht market is more than a bit depressed at the moment. The vultures are out there trying to buy marina berths for half what they’re worth so I won’t be selling. The question is, how much worse will it get and how long will it last? I have no faith whatsoever in the current government and the way National are going the future is looking bleak. I think Muller has done what I thought was impossible and thrown a hospital pass to himself. I’m too old to throw in the towel and have spent to many years building my business up to walk away, so I guess we’ll just keep going and hope for the best.

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          • Ditto. finalised some big chnages for our business 3 days before lockdown.
            Committed to spending money we now need to find. Not sure what lies ahaed but so far we have been relativley busy. Won’t qualify for the next wage subsidy but maybe a loan.
            We will survive but didn’t need ot to be made harder. Getting to old for hard shit.

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  7. Todd Muller , waffle,waffle,waffle,blah, blah,blah,blah, B/S, B/S, B/S,,,,,,,,,,,,NEXT APPLICANT PLEASE …
    None of the billy bunters in Wellington have the ability to save our country from the coming shitestorm,Muller is just another God botherer that will fall by the wayside,but never fear little Nickey will rescue us,FFS this Muller guys reckons the pedophilic loosing his mind sleepy Joe Biden will be a better POTUS than Trump.
    And even more ominous he’s in a bromance with two mums Shaw ,we are truly lost for the next forty months at least.

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    • And don’t forget Mullet gets on with Peters and is going to hold the door open to NZF for the evil little dwarf to continue running his self-interest power trip. 😈

      Mullet has already said politics is the old way of doing it and he wants to work with the COL.

      FFS! 😡

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      • waikatogirl,WE ARE F–D, there is some serious pain coming to our beautiful country and we are like a rudderless ship facing a coming hurricane with not a sign of any capable leadership,
        Muller is just another drone spouting the same shit as when I was a schoolboy and Muldoon said “there’s light at the end of the tunnel”.
        I hate being so negative about the situation but it’s plainly obvious that we are facing some serious crap with our politicians floundering aimlessly with no idea or plan .

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        • Yup..and I dont trust anyone who waves their arms around when talking to you. As far as Im concerned the minute he mentioned the possibilidy of Wankstin still being around, that slammed it shut for me.
          2 ticks ACT. Its the only way out.

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      • I have been criticized for supporting Peters. However their is a big difference between me supporting Peters.

        Firstly, he is now the leader of the National Party. Secondly, there are a hell of a lot more reasons not to support him now that prior to the 2017 election.

        All the issues around his benefit especially how he lied about going in to W & I with his partner.
        Next, his lawsuit without any merit. Then his dodgy foundation and the investigation by the SFO.

        My Muller effectively opening the door to negotiations NZF can maybe make the 5%.

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      • WG Doesn’t he realise that one of the reasons many voters did not like Bridges was because we thought he worked too much with and agreed too much with the Government.

        On a side note : Muller has already got the “kiss of death” —Jack Tame !!!! thinks he has got a chance of winning the election

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  8. I know of Andrew Dickens but I do not know much about his views. Reading this article it seems I live on a different planet.
    Here is saying Bridges was anti everything especially re the virus issue. Here I have been thinking Bridges was too soft and raising
    “merry hell” enough.

    https://www.newstalkzb.co.nz/on-air/heather-du-plessis-allan-drive/opinion/andrew-dickens-where-simon-bridges-went-wrong/

    I will be looking forward to Dicken’s view in about 12 months time when the economy is starting took like Venezuela and he is clinging desperately to his job (if he has one).

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    • Ooops in too much of a hurry . Should be ” Here he is saying Bridges was anti everything re the virus issue. Here I have been thinking Bridges was too soft and not ” raising hell ‘ enough.

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    • Oh fuck. My comment was meant as a bit of fun…. but since posting it I just read this in the NZ Herald:

      “while the caucus decision in February to rule out any post-election Government with NZ First still stood, Muller did not rule out having a second look at it.”

      Bloody hell. Even though he’s a Carbon Clown I thought he sounded pretty OK yesterday and I was willing to give him the benefit of the doubt… but if this report is correct, then there’s no way I would ever vote National in September.

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      • Muller has been skipping in the daisies hand in hand with Jimmy Shaw introducing his carbon neutral bill. The agricultural sector are not enamoured with the new leader of the Nats climate change views an who represents agriculture.

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        • That’s interesting WG. I thought Muller was credited with helping to water down the ZC Act, to help farmers. Maybe it was Bridges who was putting the heat on, to water it down –at one stage Shaw said Bridges was talking out both sides of his mouth etc.
          I think Bridges did say at the end of the process he would look to make modifications to it, if National got back in–if I have got that right it will be interesting to see if Muller upholds that.

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  9. Gee… the guy who had thirty five years to prepare for a pandemic, is telling us he got it wrong.
    I’m so glad that destroying economies and ushering in communism were so clearly mandated on the ‘do no harm’ Hippocratic oath you swore by, Fauci.
    Your masters are ever so proud of you Faux chi Ping.

    Anthony Fauci warns of ‘irreparable damage’ if lockdowns are kept in place for too long

    “We can’t stay locked down for such a considerable period of time that you might do irreparable damage and have unintended consequences, including consequences for health,” Fauci said.

    https://www.businessinsider.com.au/anthony-fauci-irreparable-damage-stay-at-home-too-long-2020-5?r=US&IR=T

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  10. My comment on Muller’s FB. Some likes please.

    “Hi Todd, I have question for you about Peters. Do you think Peters committed welfare fraud or is to incompetent to be a lawyer of an MP as he cannot fill out a simple form?”

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  11. Here’s a good one. A cut and paste from a USA site comment.

    “Chanel Rion of OANN was great with the question too: has Trump considered pardoning Obama for his crimes? ”

    For those that do not know –OANN is an independent right of centre or conservative media company with it’s own TV channel.

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    • Muller and the Nats are not getting my vote. He’s already annoyed me and I can’t see that changing with his flippant statement that :

      “This is what you can expect from my leadership: First and foremost – I’m about what’s best for you and your family – not what’s wrong with the Government.”

      It bloody well should be about what’s wrong with the Government.” That’s what an OPPOSITION is for! Good luck fighting the upcoming election if it’s not about what is wrong with the present government!!
      🙄🙄🙄

      Here you go folks a message from Toddy.

      Dear —

      Yesterday afternoon I was elected as the Leader of the New Zealand National Party. Nikki Kaye was elected as the Deputy Leader.

      I’m incredibly humbled by this opportunity, and I want to assure you that I will give this job my all. I will work hard, with my incredible team, each and every day to make you proud of us and the National Party.

      There is no Team Todd, there is no Team Nikki, or anyone else – there is only Team National

      Now, we must begin taking another step forward together, with confidence.

      This is what you can expect from my leadership: First and foremost – I’m about what’s best for you and your family – not what’s wrong with the Government.

      And I’m not interested in opposition for opposition’s sake. We’re all tired of that kind of politics.

      I’m about ideas that get results.

      My absolute focus as National Party Leader will be New Zealand’s economic recovery after the immense devastation from COVID-19.

      We will save jobs, get the economy growing again and we will do so by leveraging our country’s great strengths: our people, our communities, our great natural resources, our values of hard work, tenacity, innovation and aspiration.

      Only a National government can provide the leadership to do that.

      That is why we must win the next election. Your donation now will make a massive difference. We need your support.

      Can you chip into our Campaign Fighting Fund right now?

      Click here to chip in $30

      Click here to chip in $50

      Click here to chip in $100

      Labour has failed against every measure it has set for itself in Government – KiwiBuild, Light Rail, child poverty, prison numbers.

      New Zealand needs a National government and I would love your help so we can achieve that.

      Remember to like the National Party Facebook page and I will send further updates via email.

      Thanks for your support

      Todd Muller
      Leader of the National Party

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          • Reality is guys that if you don’t support National-We are looking at Labour Governing alone.
            Act are fucking awesome- But at best they can get 7 or 8% of the vote.
            If Jacinda governs alone- You have no fucking idea what horror she will inflict on us in the next few years.
            I have met Jacinda and her ‘International Marxist Youth’ comrades.-If you knew how fucking extreme their hatred was for us ‘Capitalist Pigs’ and our families you would be VERY afraid…

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      • He guy does not even believe his own sales pitch.
        How does he reconcile these statements.

        “This is what you can expect from my leadership: First and foremost – I’m about what’s best for you and your family – not what’s wrong with the Government.”

        “Only a National government can provide the leadership to do that.”

        “Labour has failed against every measure it has set for itself in Government – KiwiBuild, Light Rail, child poverty, prison numbers.”

        He desperately needs a new speech/letter writer. Actually it sounds like Boag has written this.

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      • …..”I’m about what’s best for you and your family”…..

        At least he’s honest about being a meddler. The only fucking thing Godboy & his Vatican rejects have accomplished in the past two years & eight months is to fudge peoples rights to determine their own paths & chart their own destinies!

        I don’t need the useless Nats to tell me when to die, what to smoke, nor do I require you to dictate what my granddaughters do with their own wombs.

        Fuck off & try to run a political party instead of poking your sharp pointed noses into people’s private affairs!

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        • “I don’t need the useless Nats to tell me when to die, what to smoke, nor do I require you to dictate what my granddaughters do with their own wombs.”

          But you are happy for a life member of ‘International Socialist Youth’ to inflict any carnage she wants on our once great Country? ‘Universal Basic Income’ Comrade? Apps on your phone tracking your movements Comrade??
          Socialists/Marxists (Whatever you call them) are just as brainwashed and extreme as any Religious fuckwit….

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  12. I went to town this morning to spend the money I didn’t part with yesterday.
    First arriving at 9.30 isn’t a good idea. Shops don’t open until 10 on Saturday.
    Cooled my heels at a cafe for a while then ambled back to the store I wanted.
    The only visible assistant was folding garments at the counter.
    I asked her to assist with the specific item I wanted, but was told sharply that I would need to wait until she’d served the only other person in the shop who was still grazing the racks.
    Touring the store while they chatted, I decided it was time to stand at the counter and wait.
    Nope, Tarquin and Penelope are doing splendidly post-uni, and we’re very proud of our Sheridan.
    And I’m at home again, funds in pocket.
    No recession here yet.

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    • I know what you mean.
      I went to pay my April VISA bill yesterday.
      Wow. 4 lines on the bill.
      4 visits once a week to the supermarket.
      Nothing else.
      I have never had such a thin bill.
      Usually it runs to a second page.

      The money is not circulating.

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  13. I didnt see you at Arataki Honey Harvey.
    I called in there this morning and refilled my 1kg honey pot for $11.Only two people there and sanitiser at door.
    It used to be $18. The arse is falling out of the honey market.

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  14. I don’t like to admit it folks, but this once decent country is fucked.
    It really saddens me that my grandkids won’t grow up in a society that looks out
    for each other. Or a government that doesn’t give a shit anymore about it’s citizens.

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    • Did Dan Satherley get a media award like halfwit Gower did?
      There is a new political leader in the country and this dickhead wants to write about office decorations.
      I though we formed out $50m so we could have quality journalism? Satherley isn’t it.

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    • I’m starting to like Todd Muller-He destroyed those lunatic Lefties at the Project when they attacked him last night….
      And so fucking what if he owns a MAGA cap? Does Jacinda own evil Marxist propaganda and literature?? (I fucking bet she does…)

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  15. If Muller is going to pull it off he will have to focus on more than the economy. Mike Hosking reported in some survey 66% of voters supported helicopter money. Some must be regular National voters and many would swing voters.

    That means that two thirds of the voters are financially illiterate. Many will not understand the arguments put forth by Robbo or Todd. They will listen to Cindy who may have forgotten what GDP means and believe what ever she says.

    National needs to also focus on law and order and race issues.

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  16. Revoke their citizenship and send them back?

    Auckland sweetshop co-owner who exploited workers released from prison
    https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/crime/300015669/auckland-sweetshop-coowner-who-exploited-workers-released-from-prison

    The co-owner of a sweet shop where workers toiled for up to 68 hours a week for less than $8 an hour has been released from prison.

    Nafisa Ahmed and her husband Mohammed Atiqul Islam were jailed in May 2019 after being found guilty of exploiting workers.

    The couple, who are New Zealand citizens, owned Royal Indian Sweets and Cafe in Auckland’s Sandringham. Their business went into liquidation in 2017.

    They were charged with human trafficking, exploitation of temporary workers, and other immigration-related charges.

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  17. What would Stalin think of Putin?

    There is a Russian joke that addresses this question.

    Stalin appears to Putin in a dream and says: “I have two bits of advice for you: kill off all your opponents and paint the Kremlin blue.”

    Putin asks, “Why blue?”

    Stalin: “I knew you would not object to the first one.”

    Stalin would be very proud of Putin.

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  18. Why are we still at “Level 2” in this isolated little country? Let’s press the RESET button and go straight to “Level 0” and try to kick-start the economy back into life before rigor mortis sets in. Which it will.

    Japanese NHK reports that Hertz Global Holdings (the holding company for Hertz Rentals) has applied for (US) Chapter 11 (protection from creditors so that the company can restructure). (With 38,000 US employees.)

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  19. Pensioner could lose home after being told to pay $115,000 in rates by Friday
    https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/local-democracy-reporting/300017615/pensioner-could-lose-home-after-being-told-to-pay-115000-in-rates-by-friday

    Rogan, Mangawhai Residents and Ratepayers Association chair, is among about 100 ratepayers who have spent at least a decade in long running legal argument, fighting paying Kaipara District Council (KDC) rates towards the Mangawhai ecocare sewerage scheme’s huge cost overruns above initial estimates.

    The Supreme Court ruled in favour of KDC. The council has told Rogan and his wife Heather, 74, they have until May 22 to pay $115,000 in Supreme Court-ordered costs – which include penalties for unpaid rates in the long-running battle.

    Mangawhai ratepayers were initially told the final ecocare sewerage scheme would cost no more than $10.8 million when it was first announced in 2003, then $37 million in 2009 and up to more than $60 million by 2013. The scheme’s resulting financial burden on KDC led to the Government appointing commissioners to run the council, in what became New Zealand’s longest-ever commissioners’ tenure.

    The Mangawhai Residents and Ratepayers Association exposed illegalities around the way rates were collected towards the scheme’s ballooning costs, which the Government in December 2013 responded to by putting in place legislation to legally validate their collection.

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    • All Rogan has to do it refuse and get a gang of local residents to participate in an anti-council rate-refusal movement. He can get a film-maker in to document the process.

      I mean, if the East Cape police won’t enforce the law over road blocks, then would Kaipara police enforce the council’s ruling?

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    • I remember this case .The council were out of order with this system and the supreme court ruling surprised me.
      It underlines how we as ratepayers are at the mercy of councils who can keep tapping ratepayers funds to beat people up in court.

      There has to be a better way to challenge councils over decisions that impose major costs on small groups of ratepayers such as in this case.
      I spoke to Heather a few times a few years ago over another matter.She is a lovely person.

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      • National chnaged the law to absolve the council and allow for these rates to be charged. Never to be trusted that lot.
        And we think cindy is bad, well the Nats did a similar thing here. Arseholes.

        And don’t forget that that the white hori from National is the mayor up there enforcing this.

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  20. What do you reckon nasska? Can’t give a pat and get that look of total devotion without man’s best friend.

    Meet the robot-dog that could soon prove useful on the Kiwi farm
    https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/rural/2020/05/meet-the-robot-dog-that-could-soon-prove-useful-on-the-kiwi-farm.html

    The days of the humble Kiwi farm dog could soon be numbered.

    A US company has created a robot that can navigate even the toughest terrain and even herd sheep.

    And thanks to technology developed right here in New Zealand, it can go places no other robot can.

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  21. Shane Jones calls iwi’s reason for barring access to Cape Reinga ‘cultural mumbo jumbo’
    NZ First MP Shane Jones is calling for Northland Iwi Ngāti Kuri to open up the road to Cape Reinga immediately saying their cultural reasons for erecting a large gate across State Highway One is “rubbish”.
    https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/shane-jones-calls-iwis-reason-barring-access-cape-reinga-cultural-mumbo-jumbo?auto=6158706378001

    They say the area needs to be blessed and cleansed due to Covid-19, because according to Maori tradition, after death, people’s spirits travel there to depart to the afterlife.

    “This notion that the spirits need to slumber post Covid is rubbish, this notion that the spirits are travelling to Cape Reinga to hibernate.

    “I hope they called into the Houhora Pub and met their cousins Captain Morgan and Johnny Walker,” said Shane Jones.

    The MP is of Te Aupouri and Ngai Takoto descent and says the Cape belongs to the nation and has significance to all Māori tribes.

    “It’s a place of national significance that’s being tainted by people that don’t know what they’re talking about and who have no mandate.“

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    • What do the historical Maori texts and scriptures say on the spiritual consequences of road closure? Surely there must have been a late 19th Century Maori congress where these philosophies of the great Maori thinkers and religious men were written down and edited by an illustrious committee of Maori academics (graduates of the best UK or Australian universities of the day) to lay down a canonical guide to Maori spirituality and practices?

      No?

      What do you mean the elders are just making this spirit stuff up as they go?

      And you believe them?

      //

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  22. Hollywood Film Producer Charged with $1.7 Million COVID-Relief Fraud
    Individual Used Funds for Personal Expenses

    “This defendant allegedly used Paycheck Protection Program loans to pay off his personal credit card debts and other personal expenses, rather than using the funds for legitimate business needs,” said Assistant Attorney General Brian A. Benczkowski of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division. “As the department has made clear, those who defraud the PPP to line their own pockets at the expense of the American people will be brought to justice.”

    https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/hollywood-film-producer-charged-17-million-covid-relief-fraud

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  23. Some say that the global financial system was just about to collapse, having failed to deal with serious flaws in the GFC of 2008.
    Well golly gee whizz! The timing of the coronavirus is impecable. This is just the cover/opportunity/lucky break many governments need to push the rotting financial chassis over the cliff and watch it crash and burn on the beach below. Wasn’t out fault! It was the CCP! (How convenient…)

    Am I being too cynical?

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  24. “I hope they called into the Houhora Pub and met their cousins Captain Morgan and Johnny Walker,” said Shane Jones.

    Ive never liked Wristy Jones but he comes up with some cracking one liners.

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  25. So Peters has got his wish sort of. But the National Caucus and the Party rulers have to agree.

    If Todd has any sense at all he will avoid even talking about it. But bolger was winstons mate so we won’t know for a while. We don’t need NZ First with Peters.

    But at his first press conference as new leader, Muller said it was possible it could be “refreshed”.

    “It’s a far more intelligent stance than someone who has just gone, who ruled me out, and I said at the time there will come a time and soon when they will want to talk about that more than I do,” Peters said.
    “You never say never because in the end you are caught in circumstances either before or after the election where the number one thing … is whether they are going to get a stable government.

    “You are caught with people who have done their best to crucify you and visa versa, and it is a campaign type of battle that goes on, but the day after the election, the number one thing has got to be ‘how can a stable government be formed from these circumstances.

    “And anybody who says ‘never, never, never’ hasn’t even thought about the responsibility they may have, like Simon Bridges.”

    Strategy mattered and Bridges did not seem to understand that,” Peters said.

    “That’s rather sad. He had no strategic understanding of the calling he was in.”

    Yes he did. They didn’t want to deal with the two faced slippery bastard. (and they shouldn’t)

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    • These pricks need to remember one thing, and one thing only.
      They are here to serve US. Rather than playing games and one upmanship, they need to head down arse up and work for the better of ALL fucking NZ’ers, not just maori, namby pamby minority groups, themselves. Get with the programme or DFCM. Righto, my little Thai princess has arrived so we are off for a greasy..pizza.

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  26. This guy know how to get them
    Can we borrow him for a while?

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  27. Going to get wet next couple of days. Good weather for ducks.

    Heavy rain is expected in central New Zealand from tomorrow afternoon and most will see rain on Monday.
    https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/heavy-rain-forecast-most-nz-sunday-and-monday

    A heavy rain warning has been issued for Nelson west of Motueka from 1pm tomorrow to early Monday. Up to 130mm of rain could fall, with peak rates of 10 to 20mm an hour overnight.

    A heavy rain watch covers northern Buller, the rest of Nelson, northwestern parts of Marlborough and Mount Taranaki from tomorrow afternoon to Monday morning.

    Heavy rain could cause streams and rivers to rise rapidly. Surface flooding and slips were possible and driving conditions could be hazardous, MetService warned.

    The wet weather could ease a prolonged drought across much of the country.

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