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  1. It’s raining heavily again here in the winter less north, and it looks like it’s going to continue for the next three days. This is obviously caused by by trifecta of events, it’s a long weekend, someone declared a drought and I own a boat.

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    • You forgot the most obvious reason. Some whitey has pissed off the local taaaaroooonnga and they require koha so the spirits can settle down again.

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      • Being a culturally aware sort of bloke I have decided to spend the weekend on a Hikoi around various local drinking establishments giving drinking lessons to the victims of colonialism and sad Aucklanders who didn’t get the weather forecast.

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        • Well they will have to wait till bennie day next week for their local taaaaroooonnga, they can buy lots of spirits then!

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      • Ed, yeah but with this bad weather you’ll be able to travel north without problems because the moronic unemployed maori gangmember road blockers will be sitting on their couches with uncle Hone watching Netflix smoking dope and drinking piss.

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    • I used to live in the winterless North. My fond memories are mostly of mud, gumboots and wet weather gear.

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  2. “EDUCATION: How being a teacher aide is comparable to working in a prison, according to Education Minister Chris Hipkins”

    How can people buy this crap? The obvious answer is, if you’re not happy being a teacher aide, apply for a job in a prison. If you don’t have what it takes, then you shouldn’t be paid the same. Why do people go into low-paying jobs, knowing what the pay is, and then complain that they’re in low-paying jobs? My head hurts.

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    • Will be backdated to Feb 2020 when the payments are made.

      …… “a sort of mother helper” into “a skilled profession where you need to be trained”. ……
      …… comparing each element of a teacher aide’s and a prison guard’s work, including the risk of being harmed by children or prisoners.
      “We get spat on, scratched, bitten, have objects thrown at our heads. We are right in the firing line,”

      https://www.odt.co.nz/news/national/milestone-pay-deal-reached-teacher-aides

      I think they are missing the shank.

      A part of the agenda, to close the gender gap.

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    • Some probably deserve to be paid more. They are the ones dealing with some of the fetal drug and alcohol affected children but I don’t understand why this can’t be targeted. Unless you don’t want to admit that this is currently a big problem.

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    • Most of their patients should not be in a normal school anyway.
      They create distractions and interfere with teachers times for the mostly normal kids from getting a better education.
      They create (not their fault of course,),huge amounts of paper work etc for schools.
      And at the end of the day all the time and effort will make not one jot of difference to most of the patients.
      They are and will remain vegetables that need to be supported by those others trying to get and decent eduacation so they becoame quality earners once they go ointo the workforce doing whatever they chose to do.

      Another costly failing experiment.

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  3. New Zealand among nations expressing ‘concern’ at China’s security law for Hong Kong
    https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/world/2020/05/australia-us-uk-canada-release-statement-scolding-china-for-hong-kong-security-law.html

    China’s parliament on Thursday approved plans to introduce national security legislation affecting the city of Hong Kong. While details of the Bill remains unclear, it’s aimed at fighting terrorism and seccession in the city, but has sparked protests by Hong Kongers concerned it could potentially erode autonomy and affect freedom of speech.

    Peters, who noted his concern with the proposal last week, has again spoken out about the legislation curtailing Hong Kongers’ “liberties”.

    “New Zealand has a strong interest in seeing confidence maintained in the ‘one country, two systems’ framework under which Hong Kong is assured of a high degree of autonomy,” he said in a statement.

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    • The NZ police could go over and show the Chinese police how to run two sets of rules. One for Hong Kong people and one for the rest as they have recent experience in separatist goings on.

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    • The latest edition of Zooming in with Simone Gao features an absolutely excellent interview with Steve Bannon. Why can’t TVNZ run proper current affairs programmes like this? On the other hand can you imagine the mess Puddinghead Gower might make of such an opportunity!
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tPJkjzxhxmQ

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  4. National says ‘no talk’ of cutting benefits
    https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/politics/2020/05/national-says-no-talk-of-cutting-benefits.html

    It comes as Stats NZ revealed that 37,500 people became unemployed in April, which is a record monthly drop.

    It also reported a rise of more than, 30,000 people claiming the Jobseeker Support benefit.

    National finance spokesperson Paul Goldsmith said welfare cuts were not on the agenda for the party.

    “There’s no talk of dropping benefit levels at all,” he said.

    “We will have to spend more overall on benefits because there will be more New Zealanders on benefits. The real challenge is to try and reduce that growth of numbers and to ensure that as many New Zealanders as possible retain their jobs.”

    Goldsmith said another challenge was to get people back into jobs with a growing economy.

    But he said it was critical to reduce job losses.

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    • That’s OK, as long as they don’t have a problem kicking bludgers off the benefit I have no issue helping those in genuine need.

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  5. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4rCSYX6Q_qw
    Pompeo officially declares Hong Kong ‘no longer autonomous’

    Secretary of State Mike Pompeo declares that Hong Kong is no longer autonomous from China, days after Beijing moved to impose national security legislation on the territory; Fox Business correspondent Susan Li has the latest updates.

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    • Waikatigirl@0747

      Unfortunately, and despite or the words spoken at the time of separation from the UK, the integration of Hong Kong into mainland China has only been a matter of time. There is a generation alive now that has had no previous experience under the British, and who’s anti-Mainland actions are largely living on past mythology. China has been remarkably tolerant, even possibly (and unusually), compliant, but the integration was ultimately going to occur like it or not. The activists currently trying to reverse the event (returning of Hong Kong to Chinese control), while motivated by sincere belief, are effectively pissing in the wind, and cannot in any way delay the inevitable. No surprises there, and if anything, by provoking the dragon to act, they have bought the whole event forwards far more quickly than may have otherwise been the case. Unfortunately it is a case of ‘you reap what you sew’ and the protesters have sown both discord and aggravation, evidently believing that they had the West’s support, for their actions, but not realising that aside from a few newspapers and some governments with long-memories, they are on their own, and no one will come to rescue them. Secretary Pompeo ‘s latest pronouncement is merely further confirmation of the situation. There is no way that the Americans are going to, or cannot afford to, get involved. They will be interested spectators, but not active participants, and will be going through the motions of expressing sympathy and concern, but as with all the other Western nations, will ultimately do nothing. New Zealand is part of the West, and will be likely to follow a similar line of expression. It is unfortunate (and makes great newspaper headlines), but the reality is that like it or not Hong Kong is now part of the mainland, and such will be increasingly integrated into the CCP system. As already noted, thanks to the actions of a minority (the activists), the process, has just been bought forward somewhat more quickly than would otherwise have been the case.

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  6. Another COL policy fail

    Industry slams forestry reform Bill as ‘cumbersome and unworkable’
    https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/rural/2020/05/industry-slams-forestry-reform-bill-as-cumbersome-and-unworkable.html

    One submitter, chief executive Tony Clifford of Hawke’s Bay wood company Pan Pac, said the law would give too much power over the industry to a small group of people.

    “One of our key concerns is the power [in the Bill] to make rules and impose costs onto the industry when very little cost-benefit analysis has been undertaken,” he said.

    “In our case, we just see [the law] as being cumbersome and unworkable.”

    Other criticism came from Don Wallace of the Farm Forestry Association, representing about 100,000 people owning shares in 14,000 small forests – many of them making little money.

    He questioned the need for a new forestry authority when its work was already being done by several state and private organisations.

    “We make a small amount of money out of our forests but we will lose much of that if we have to pay for another agency to duplicate the work of others that already exist.”

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    • All part of glorious leaders’ plan. How much legislation has Comrade Ardern passed that coalesces power into the hands of a small number of people – usually a government organisation or a public servant. With every law they pass they try to reduce the ability for democratic institutions to make their own decisions and try to bring it under state control.

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      • It’s a cunning plan to increase the number of state servants to hide the number of people on the dole!
        How are the numbers of public sevants under this labour government?

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  7. Predictions for the months leading up to the election

    So looking at the US, it’s obvious that there is a playbook that’s been issued by the great Bond villain Soros through his international web of NGOs (known as SMERSH) for elections in 2020.

    As far as I can tell here are the key points for lunatic left wing leaders:
    1) in the period preceding the election, do everything you can to spread Covid19 as far and wide among your nation’s population (don’t worry, so long as you can censor the opposition and control all media outlets you can say you are doing the opposite and we’ll make sure the sheeple don’t twig social media psyops will take care of that) remember FEAR IS THE KEY!
    2) Ramp up racial tensions in your country, give preferential status to any racial minorities. The goal is to promote a race war if possible. Don’t worry about any backlash, social media and MSM will continue to push the “white supremacist” angle and the useful idiots among the community will do the run interference. Remember FEAR IS THE KEY!
    3) Keep the sheeple in chains, do everything you can (even if you failed at spreading Covid – looking at you NZ) to keep the population in lockdown and restrict movement as much as possible. We learned from Trump in 2016 that we can’t rely on the usual methods to cheat at elections – so we’ve decided that it’s much safer if we move to a postal ballot basis for elections. As Tony Blair noted recently “we have people in place every government around the world” – postal ballots are so much easier to defraud if you have the right ways to duplicate ballots for our side and to destroy (or damage – that worked brilliantly in keeping Le Pen out in France) the opposition votes. We need people to be afraid to go the ballot box to bring in postal voting. Remember FEAR IS THE KEY.
    4) Keep moving forward with the Cloward-Piven strategy to overwhelm your nation’s finances and bloating debt beyond sustainable levels. Borrowing excessively is the key, we own the banks therefore if a country is in unsustainable debt, we own the country. The most important thing is to build widespread dependence on the state, destroy jobs, pay generous short-term and obviously unsustainable subsidies – make everyone afraid to vote for any populist opposition. Remember FEAR IS THE KEY.

    Folks, we are in the middle of a Marxist coup. No shots have been fired. But our country is being destroyed. In five years time, NZ will replace Venezuela as the cautionary example about why socialism must be rejected. We will be the new joke.

    And FEAR IS THE KEY!

    A new dark age is commencing and we have ringside seats. NZ will be among the first to fall. Brought to us by the idiocy of MMP.

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    • Speaking of race wars, the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis has certainly been expoited by opportunists to go on a looting spree.

      It is insane that the arresting officer choked the handcuffed and subdued Floyd to death, and the other officers did nothing. The police have a duty of care to the people they have arrested and restrained. I would been interested to look into the background of the killer cop. What skeletons are in his closet?

      It is obvious that the cop did not believe that Black Lives Matter. How did he get to the this state of mind? What had he experienced in his career as a police officer that led him to this awful state? What personal factors helped him to take on this attitude?

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      • Yes indeed, now that we know that the Obama crime administration perverted every part of the Justice and Intelligence community – creating a DNC gestapo – we have to look very carefully about how well coordinated the responses of the community are to police violence. I think this is all part of creating a platform for the fat racist Stacy Abrams to be parachuted in to the DNC VP role. The idiotic lunatic left want to get another one of their diversity bucket list goals completed:
        – first black woman
        – first morbidly obese person
        President.

        The DNC are currently terrified by Trumps popularity among black voters, they’re terrified of the Blexit movement as black voters are leaving the DNC plantation in droves. They need an artificial race war to show that Stacy Abrams is the answer. They do think that the voters are that stupid. Fortunately, the US voter is now awakening to how dirty and evil the DNC are.

        Minneapolisis a DNC false-flag. The timing is too perfect – there is a media hype blitz going on for Stacy Abrams right now – coincidence??

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        • If you are right about Stacey Adams then the DNC have completely lost the plot. Even Joe Biden is ten times better than her.

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      • The killer cop has been in trouble multiple times in the past. Hope he gets murder for this. He’ll do hard time.

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        • For a police officer to get to this state of believing that Black Lives Don’t Matter, there have to be both external “push” factors and internal “pull” factors at work.
          Examples of “push” factors would be exposure to the mindless violence of the streets, the senseless black-on-black fratricide, citizens hopelessly addicted to drugs and welfare. Internal “pull” factors could be that the officer had sociopathic authoritarian tendencies and a deep personal hatred of people who did not conform to his world view.
          Who knows.

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        • Saggy ,I saw a post on a blog this morning from Detroit ,the guy knew the murdered man and said he was a known street thug that had been robbing people for years ,of course this isn’t an excuse for the appalling way he’d been treated ,but then again this episode is no excuse for the black youth smashing windows,burning cars and buildings and shoplifting.

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          • Revtech120@0923
            It has been interesting to see the scale of the response to the Floyd death. It was not ‘Spontaneous’ in its appearance, but, as with the majority of so-called race riots in the United States, carefully thought out and prompted and assisted in it’s creation. Observation over many years indicates that so-called ‘Spontaneous’ outbursts don’t involve the destruction one’s own homes or infrastructure, but that carefully pre- organised actions, usually from outsiders, and used get the process rolling, do tend to have that effect. The instigators, will by now have quietly left the area, leaving the perpetrators to effectively wake up and wonder what on earth they have done, and why they will have done it. All of which makes for very good 6:00 News material, and inevitably the complicity of the US MSM has to be questioned. The fact that the riots (which they weren’t) occurred in Democrat territory is singularly ironic, given that the Dems still believe that Blacks should stay on the plantation, (as indicated by Joe Biden’s comments a few days ago) and that any assistance in rebuilding the area will be unlikely to come from the local Democrat political machine.

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    • Look on the bright side. The nations of Eastern Europe are far more likely to reject the central EU government decrees because they know first hand what it is like to live under socialism, where it is every man for himself.
      If your dire prediction comes to pass, the New Zealanders of the post-Venezuelan-style NZ dystopia will be so innoculated against the socialist virus that the ideology will be buried for a couple of generations.

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  8. The Media Party is desperate to find ways to tear Muller down. Apparently a hijab is a symbol of unity and love, but a memento of a moment in political history is a symbol of hatred and division that disrespect the shooting in Christhurch. The world is going insane.

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      • Nah, just bought and payed for!
        Going to be interesting to see which of the screeching harridans are going to be left after the coming media clean out!

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        • Capricorn ,for the murderous male Muslims the hijab is a very handy piece of clothing when they are seeking to carry out an honour killing, it saves them from having to look for a telephone cord or piece of rope.

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      • Shes a well known big mouth letters to the editor type. Grain of salt however if you do see it in the street push it over.

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  9. The COL got a anti smoking in cars bill passed the other day, by chance did it also include,
    vapping, drugs, cannabis aswell?

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  10. COL building bigger bureaucracy in health

    Ministry of Health ‘considering options’ to increase funding
    https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/new-zealand/2020/05/ministry-of-health-considering-options-to-increase-funding.html

    The College of Public Health says the pandemic has exposed a “massive” shortfall in investment over many years, leading to a chronic lack of specialists, both of doctors and non-medical disciplines.

    Medical Association welcomes DHB funding, but wants recognition for GPs

    Half of the current specialists – who number just 172 nationwide as against 130 in 2005 – expect to retire in the next decade.

    “In the short term, the ministry is currently considering options to increase funding available for new Public Health Medicine Registrars in 2021,” the ministry said in a statement.

    It is putting $1.3m into training this year, which helps fund eight new trainees.

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  11. The pathetic attempt by unfunny comedian bombs. The ‘humour’ has nothing to do with Maori culture, just crap comedy.

    TVNZ comedy show pulls episode after MP criticises treatment of her name
    https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/entertainment/2020/05/tvnz-comedy-show-pulls-episode-after-mp-criticises-treatment-of-her-name.html

    An episode of TVNZ’s Have You Been Paying Attention? has been pulled from the state broadcaster’s streaming service after an MP criticised the show’s mockery of her last name.

    In the May 20 episode of the game show, comedian Urzilla Carlson was asked whether “Hipango” was the last name of a National MP or if it referred to a dairy and gluten-free yoghurt. She chose the yoghurt, mispronouncing the name as she tried to say it out loud multiple times.

    It prompted criticism from the National MP in question, Harete Hipango, who wrote on Facebook that she and her three adult children who carry her name were “not amused at the poor taste humour of a Sth African/NZ Kiwi so-called ‘comedienne’ bastardising our family/whanau name on national television in order to generate a few half-hearted laughs”.

    “As a state-owned entity that should be guided by Treaty principles, TVNZ needs to reevaluate its approach Te Ao Maori, and its understanding of how an insult to one’s name is, by extension, an insult to one’s whakapapa,” she wrote.

    “This kind of sophomoric humour is a tone deaf reflection of how Māori culture and values have been consistently overlooked, particularly during this crisis time. What’s in a name? Whakapapa.”

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    • “Hipango”
      Hip-‘an-Go.
      Yep. That sounds exactly like some name a focus group on yogurt would come up with!
      (Seriously)

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        • She is the MP for Wanganui. Tony Stuart (aka Keeping Stock) a frequent commentator on KB helped her campaign last election by doing her social media work. It would not surprise if Tony picked up this pathetic nonsense and highlighted it all.

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    • Same bunch of Left-Wing Comedians who made ‘jokes’ about aborting Simon Bridge’s children…
      Curious that they have never once made any of their supposedly hilarious ‘jokes’ about Jacinda…

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      • Similar to the rapper who rapped about raping John Key’s daughter. Hasn ‘t made a song about Adern’s daughter. Also turns out they know each other. Seems to be a particularly low level of decency on display here.

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        • I’d love to get my hands on Cindy’s contact list. She has a few dodgy mates that we already know about: Tom Scott the rapper, Sroubek the drug dealing fighter, Hardcore (don’t actually know if he’s dodgy, but including him anyway because of his name)

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  12. A family is at the dinner table. The son asks the father, “Dad, how many kinds of boobs are there?” The father, surprised, answers, “Well, son, a woman goes through three phases. In her 20s, a woman’s breasts are like melons, round and firm. In her 30s and 40s, they are like pears, still nice, hanging a bit. After 50, they are like onions.” “Onions?” the son asks. “Yes. You see them and they make you cry.”
    This infuriated his wife and daughter. The daughter asks, “Mom, how many different kinds of willies are there?” The mother smiles and says, “Well, dear, a man goes through three phases also. In his 20s, his willy is like an oak tree, mighty and hard. In his 30s and 40s, it’s like a birch, flexible but reliable. After his 50s, it’s like a Christmas tree.” “A Christmas tree?” the daughter asks. “Yes, dead from the root up and the balls are just for decoration.”

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  13. ‘Absolute trainwreck’: MPs react to Todd Muller’s first week as National leader
    https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/politics/2020/05/absolute-trainwreck-mps-react-to-todd-muller-s-first-week-as-national-leader.html

    Todd Muller’s first week as leader of the National Party was an “absolute trainwreck”, according to Labour MP Willie Jackson.

    “What a trainwreck, what an absolute trainwreck. From the start I think he underestimated how tough the job is.”

    Even veteran National MP Judith Collins, currently ranked fourth in the party’s caucus, said it “wasn’t as good but parts were really good”, giving her new boss a seven out of 10, but admitted she hadn’t seen some of the interviews with media.

    “I’m backing Todd now. He’s a very competent person.”

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    • Muller was doing well until he backtracked and apologised about that bloody hat.
      It all went to shit from there- The media had their win and could smell blood.
      Hence Nikki Kaye grovelling and apologising for the Nats not having enough Maori….

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      • You would think that Muller, as an ex-corporate executive, would have better people-management skills. I hope he doesn’t turn out to be a dud.

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        • I love it for the Special W to be saying it as he has not had a very good week has he. Even had to apologize to to the duck for flapping his gums out loud!

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    • Waikatogirl, you do realise that Wilie Jackson has only just learned how to spell his name correctly? this is the main reason he’s never Maorified his name, the shock to his system of having to learn another name has been out of the question,
      Poor Wihahi hakson.LOL

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    • Wanker Wiiiie wants to deflect attention from his
      own piss weak shortcomings.
      What a dickhead.

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  14. Australian pundit accuses Jacinda Ardern of ‘pushing the NZ economy off a cliff’
    https://www.msn.com/en-nz/news/national/australian-pundit-accuses-jacinda-ardern-of-pushing-the-nz-economy-off-a-cliff/ar-BB14E57n

    “No national leader has been as feted as Jacinda Ardern during this pandemic. But while she might have popular support, the facts are she is pushing the NZ economy off a cliff,” the Sydney-based journalist wrote.

    Creighton described New Zealand’s “hard lockdown” as “the favoured pandemic solution of the left”, and appeared to find it ironic that Ardern’s “star has only risen” despite “shutting practically all business” during the lockdown.

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  15. Waikatogirl, fifty thouand million dollars,let that sum sink in, but never fear Willie Jackson and the Maori caucus will have a plan to fix our problems they always do have.

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    • Willie doesn’t even understand the question. His only talent is obfuscation and leaving the listener so stunned as not to question him further. 🙄

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      • He also throws insults at the person asking the question (which he can’t comprehend).
        Dr Shane Reti got both barrels yesterday, It got so bad that the duck actually pulled him up.

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        • Saggy ,even his own moron COL members weren’t laughing at the fricking idiots attacks on Reti.
          Jacksons not qualified to be in the position he finds himself in and is a disgrace that he’s been made a minister for no other reason than he’s a loud mouthed thuggish Maori.

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    • Should we all apply? Something else for the Nats to do. Clean up in aisle New Zealand?

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      • I’ve always thought a Minister of Social Development whose family was involved in a serious Benefit Fraud case is a fucking horrendous conflict of interest…

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        • Capricorn One , what would you say about a government members brother having been recently convicted of murder and I dont think he’s even been sentenced yet , I have no doubt that it was colonisation that made her brother brutally murder her sister in law .
          The carpet munching ultra feminazi from the east coast is who I speak of, the same person that wanted full time care for her miracle berth no man needed brat paid for by taxpayers.

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  16. Breaking:
    Trump signs social media executive order that calls for removal of liability protections over ‘censoring’

    Flanked by Attorney General Bill Barr, President Trump signed an executive order in the Oval Office on Thursday that calls for new regulations under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act of 1996 (CDA) to remove statutory liability protections and cut federal funding for tech companies that engage in censorship and political conduct.

    The president’s order came just two days after Twitter took the unprecedented step of slapping a “misleading” warning label on two of Trump’s tweets concerning the fraud risks of nationwide mail-in balloting. The move immediately backfired: Experts disputed that Trump’s tweet was actually misleading, in part because mail-in balloting has been linked to ongoing fraud; Twitter’s fact-check itself contained false statements; and Twitter failed to apply the standard of review to other users.

    https://www.foxnews.com/politics/trump-signs-executive-order-on-social-media-companies

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    • i would be similarly concerned here, we all know how good Labour are on following up…anything. let alone eligibility to vote.

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        • The censorship here in NZ has been atrocious.
          DP has pointed out quite succinctly, on many occasions, how the machine drives a thumping great wedge between groups and factions that do not follow the socialist mandate.
          They generate fear and mistrust as a control mechanism.

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  17. EXCLUSIVE: Jeffrey Epstein had surveillance cameras hidden throughout his properties worldwide in a ‘blackmail scheme’ to extort his powerful friends, victims tell new Netflix doc about the pedophile

    In the documentary Filthy Rich, which is based off the James Patterson book of the same name, director Lisa Bryant describes how Epstein used a secret computer server and kept all footage under lock and key.

    The film shows Farmer returning to Epstein’s New York mansion where she worked as a receptionist and an art consultant for a few months in the mid 1990s.

    She said the camera room is just by the front door and is lined with lead, a precaution normally associated with nuclear fallout shelters.

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8361607/Jeffrey-Epsteins-surveillance-cameras-blackmail-scheme-extort-powerful-friends.html

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    • I am sure than Epstein’s friends/associates/enemies would have assumed that the playboy’s mansion was crammed with bugs. They would have to have been incredibly naiive to think otherwise.

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    • Might not be for the Government though. Private sales of gold in the US, and worldwide, are through the roof, shortages everywhere, even in NZ.

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      • The Federal Reserve was set up by corrupt bankers in 1912 -13.
        They’ve been fleecing customers ever since.
        The three bankers who went against them were on board the Titanic when she sank.

        Hence, the furore behind the salvage company given the all clear to salvage the telegraph machine.
        Judge: Salvage firm can recover Titanic’s telegraph machine

        Smith is the maritime jurist who presides over Titanic salvage matters from a federal court in Norfolk. Her ruling modifies a previous judge’s order from the year 2000 that forbids cutting into the shipwreck or detaching any part of it.

        Smith’s order is a big win for RMS Titanic Inc., the court-recognized salvor, or steward, of the Titanic’s artifacts. The firm recently emerged from bankruptcy and is under new ownership.

        The Titanic had been traveling from England to New York when it struck an iceberg and sank in 1912, killing all but about 700 of the 2,208 passengers and crew.

        https://wcyb.com/news/nation-world/judge-salvage-firm-can-recover-titanics-telegraph-machine

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  18. Who thinks Comrade Cindy’s idea of opening up the border to Australia is wishing for a dead cat bounce in the polls just days from the election?

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    • It would be interesting if Scomo refused to open the border until that dodgy over stayer Bouchani is kicked out of the country. I would pay good money to see the reaction from Cindy and Golly.

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      • Australia could not give a stuff about what NZ would like. The way the Queensland Premier is playing politics, the state borders will not be open anytime soon and it is them that decide not Scomo. Opening the Australian border would be stupid if state borders are still in place (in some cases).
        The Australians are laughing at NZ politics it seems.

        Kenny “New Zealand. The Land of the Long Red Deficit” h/t wiseowl yesterday.

        Andrew Bolt ran out of time last night to have a real go at Muller over the MAGA hat but he did mange to get a quick dig in.

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  19. A West Auckland man who murdered his mother with a hammer has been jailed for at least 14 years.
    https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/auckland-murder-convict-bludgeoned-mum-hammer-jailed-least-14-years

    Martin Marinovich strangled his mother Noeleen before smashing her head with a hammer in their Ōrātia home in February 2019.

    The 28-year-old, who was his mother’s sole caregiver, then showered and drove to a nearby train station where he called 111 and told the operator he had killed his mother after an argument.

    He was jailed for life with a minimum non-parole period of 14 years in the High Court at Auckland this morning.

    At trial, the court heard Marinovich’s mother had bipolar disorder and relied on her son to run the house, fetch her medication and help her around the house.

    He said he snapped after arguing with his mother about her wish to go to Queenstown for her 60th birthday; strangling her until she was dead before picking up the hammer.

    Marinovich was very clear to specify his mother was dead before he attacked her head but a post mortem found the woman had defensive injuries consistent with a hammer on her hand and forearm.

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  20. Is the government starting to panic a little? Seems to me they are.
    New legislation almost on a daily basis being rammed through parliament
    and the opposition being given only 24 hours to read through it. New laws being passed quietly
    under the noses of the public. The future does not look good for NZ.
    I really hope I am wrong…..

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  21. I turned my first book of Cindy around in a book shop yesterday…..
    The wife said why did you do that, i said, the pleasure was great but not as good as sex !~

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    • There seems to be a truckload of them unsold- Still full shelves of the bloody things (at discounted prices now)
      I have no doubt that we that taxpayer paid for Jacinda’s little vanity project…
      Who the hell does she think she is?

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  22. A duck walks in to a bar. He looks up at the bartender and asks “Have you got any bread?” The bartender replies “No”. The duck then asks the bartender again “Have you got any bread?” Again the bartender replies “No” Yet again the duck asks the bartender, “Have you got any bread?” Now really annoyed, the bartender tells the duck “If you ask me one more time about bread, I will nail you to this bar by your fucking beak”. The duck asks “Have you got any nails?” The infuriated bartender yells “NO!”
    The duck asks “Have you got any bread?”

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    • So THAT’S what the Speaker of the New Zealand House of Representativess does after hours???

      It figures; he’s just as obnoxious in the House as out of it…

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      • Why isn’t The Duck wearing his speakers robes any longer? Did he realise they made him look like a dork? The absence hasn’t improved his ability not to show his bias. He’s still crap as Speaker! 🙄

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        • Waikatogirl, we should have known things were going to turn sour when quack quack was relegated to a position on the list that was never going to see him back in parliament,along came Cinderella ,won the election and the once unwanted Mallard gets the most powerful job in Wellington, and this is how they’ve been running the country ever since,crissis to crisis and not having any idea WTF they are doing.

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  23. National unveils JobStart scheme: Businesses would get $10,000 per new full-time hire
    https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/politics/2020/05/national-unveils-jobstart-scheme-businesses-would-get-10-000-per-new-full-time-hire.html

    The scheme, proposed by National leader Todd Muller and finance spokesperson Paul Goldsmith, would begin on November 1 and run for five months through to March 30 next year.

    Businesses would receive an initial $5000 payment when the hire is made, and the additional $5000 would be handed over after the new worker had been employed for 90 days.

    The payment would also be tax-free and would be managed by IRD. Businesses would need to apply to IRD with evidence they hired a new full-time worker over and above their new workforce.

    National says the money would be handed over within 10 days of the application’s approval.

    There is a catch: the scheme will be capped at 10 new employees, or $100,000 per business. National would limit the fund to $500 million, or once 50,000 jobs have been secured.

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  24. The Government has announced $58.8 million in funding over four years to fund libraries to support jobs and community services as New Zealand recovers from Covid-19.
    https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/libraries-get-58-8-million-government-funding-boost-over-four-years

    Internal Affairs Minister Tracey Martin said the funding, as part of Budget 2020, will “protect library services and … protect jobs”.

    “This package provides for free internet access in all public libraries to ensure that anyone can access the online services and information they need,” she said.

    Ms Martin said about $30 million will protect about 170 librarian jobs.

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  25. Can’t have the luuvies missing out on their kulture, but is it a priority with the economy circling the drain?

    The Government is putting $175 million into the arts and music industry to go towards the recovery of Covid-19.
    https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/pm-announces-175-million-arts-and-music-industry-decimated-covid-19?auto=6160177605001

    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern made the announcement today, saying the arts and music sectors have been “decimated” by the impact of Covid-19.

    “We know many of our creatives get income from multiple sources and it is an ongoing challenge to piece together the gigs and commissions to earn a livelihood,” Ms Ardern said.

    “A healthy cultural sector has many positive flow-on effects for other important parts of our economy, such as technical production, hospitality, venues and domestic tourism.”

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    • Fuck the “cultural sector” What about manufacturing, farming, forestry ?
      Where do this dumb bitches priorities lie?
      Make Ardern GO AWAY.

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      • But how can the Labour elite go see a highbrow play or the NZ Ballet if the “cultural sector” don’t have extra taxpayer funding? // 😶

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          • Along with all the public sevants that have nit lost a brass razoo or their houses in the mad queens melt down!

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    • Waikatogurl@1516

      Don’t forget, that in the ‘Revolutions’ so beloved by our Cindy et al, the arts community has always tended to support ‘The Party’ as it gives them employment and a licence to create! The fact that it is art that pushes the party’s propaganda, is of course a small and inconsequential detail. Despite the always venal comments about ‘Artistic Principle’ and ‘The gloriousness of The Cause’ and ‘The purity of expression’ etc. etc., it is ALWAYS about the money, self-preservation, and the need to provide for one’s family. In such situations the proles can go hang (sometimes literally), it’s the money and ONLY the money that counts. New Zealand is no different…

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  26. Australian journalist critical of Jacinda Ardern, New Zealand economic direction defends column
    https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/politics/2020/05/australian-journalist-critical-of-jacinda-ardern-new-zealand-economic-direction-defends-column.html

    He claims “public finances are in tatters” due to tourism being obliterated, points out the country’s issue with productivity, and says public debt is about to explode.

    In his column, Creighton called New Zealand’s response to COVID-19 “draconian”. He said despite New Zealand being an island with a “massive moat and a small population spread over an area the size of Italy”, the “stringency of its lockdown was higher than practically any other country, according to Oxford University’s Blavatnik School of Government”.

    The writer told The AM Show he was motivated to write the column after seeing the immense international praise being heaped onto Ardern during the pandemic.

    “It always frustrates me when someone attracts so much praise, there must be some otherside. My role as a journalist is to point out the faults or the flaws. I think there are flaws within New Zealand’s response to the crisis that needed to be pointed out. The economic costs of the shutdown are just extraordinary.”

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    • Adam Creigton is a very smart cookie. He is often a guest on Credlin and Bolt. We have no financial or economics journalist who comes any where near his ability.

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  27. But Sepaloni said only this morning it wasn’t a priority to check businesses who had received a wage subsidy.

    Grant Robertson says there will be ‘zero tolerance’ for businesses abusing the wage subsidy
    https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/politics/2020/05/grant-robertson-says-there-will-be-zero-tolerance-for-businesses-abusing-the-wage-subsidy.html

    “The vast majority of New Zealand businesses are doing the right thing and they have used the wage subsidy to cover their employees’ wages and stay connected to their employees so they are in a position to open again,” he said.

    However, thousands are not. More than 3000 refunds of the wage subsidy have been made, comprising a total of 83.4 million returned – and Robertson said there could be more where that comes from.

    “We have zero tolerance for anyone who has knowingly provided false or misleading information and these people are being held to account.”

    His warning follows a backtrack by the Government on publishing the data from the Ministry of Social Development’s (MSD) audit of the subsidy scheme.

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    • How about the fat poof having “zero tolerance ” for wasting taxpayers money?
      How about the fat poof having “zero tolerance” for bankrupted business owners?
      How about the fat poof having “zero tolerance for thousands of hard working Kiwis losing their jobs?
      How about the fat poof having “zero tolerance” for desperate, people taking their lives because of his useless government and their failed policies and pointless “lockdown”?
      This “government” is the worst in NZ’s history. This country and the people are still the best in the world.
      I don’t want any more damage from lying, greedy, selfish, corrupt assholes. We are better than this and we deserve better from so called “leaders”.

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  28. Labour stealing National’s policies. Got none of your own ideas Robbo?

    Grant Robertson ‘prepared to consider’ National leader Todd Muller’s proposal to incentivise hiring
    https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/politics/2020/05/grant-robertson-prepared-to-consider-national-leader-todd-muller-s-proposal-to-incentivise-hiring.html

    The Finance Minister is “prepared to consider” National’s proposal to give businesses $10,000 every time they employ a new full-time worker, but there are aspects of the policy he’s wary of.

    Grant Robertson said on Friday the proposal by National leader Todd Muller is “certainly an idea that we’re prepared to consider” and said there is a “range of options” the Government is looking at to further support businesses.

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    • Well well well. The first public admission that “I have no Idea” and accept anything from any where. You beauty Grant, complete fuckwit.

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  29. Government is ‘fluffing around’ on economy while New Zealanders ‘lose jobs at a rate of knots’ – National’s Paul Goldsmith
    https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/politics/2020/05/government-is-fluffing-around-on-economy-while-new-zealanders-lose-jobs-at-a-rate-of-knots-national-s-paul-goldsmith.html

    Paul Goldsmith says the Government’s “woeful” track record on infrastructure projects should be a major concern for New Zealanders going into the next phase of economic recovery, saying there’s “not very much at all” to show for all their announcements so far.

    Thousands of Kiwis have lost jobs over the past few weeks, with Treasury forecasting New Zealand’s unemployment rate will rise further over the next few months before peaking at about 9.8 percent in September.

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    • “9.8 percent”

      Another one who has no idea what’s coming. Its going to be far worse than simply slipping backwards a bit, as some commentators imagine.

      We are in deep financial and social trouble. Ruled by a psychopathic socialist.

      You can’t see it yet but we are a failed state. We are not even a developing country, as we are regressing.

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  30. Not one of our politicians would be fit to shine his shoes. What is there not to love about the man?

    ……”US President Donald Trump has signed an executive order aimed at removing some of the legal protections given to social media platforms.

    It gives regulators the power to pursue legal actions against firms such as Facebook and Twitter for the way they police content on their platforms. “…….

    https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-52843986

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    • Facebook and other social media are a bigger threat to our way of life and personal safety than radical Islam.

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      • Slight exaggeration there old bird.

        Even Zuckerberg isn’t sufficiently deranged to think that 72 virgins awaits him if he kills a few hundred non combatants & kids. That sort of madness requires a religious belief.

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  31. US charges North Koreans, Chinese nationals in multi-billion dollar money laundering scheme

    Federal prosecutors on Thursday unsealed a 50-page indictment charging dozens of individuals who they accuse of illegally transferring more than $2.5 billion through the global financial system to North Korea’s foreign exchange bank since 2013 in an effort to skirt U.S. sanctions.

    The grand jury indictment charged 28 North Koreans and five Chinese nationals with propping up “over 250 front companies” to launder payments that “transited through the United States,” after the Foreign Trade Bank had been sanctioned by the U.S. Treasury Department over its support of North Korea’s nuclear and ballistic missile programs.

    https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/us-charges-north-koreans-chinese-nationals-multi-billion/story?id=70932712&cid=social_twitter_abcn

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    • None of the Yanks business. The whole propaganda campaign against NK is on behalf of Israel. Like all the other US warmongering.

      The self declared master race of gods favourites are concerned NK might give nuclear tech to Iran. A peaceful country that hasn’t attacked anyone in over 300 years, but who jewish extremists have vowed to wipe off the face of the earth.

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  32. If I had a time machine, where would I go?

    Versailles 1919 to witness the end of World War One?

    Egypt 2700BC to see the Pyramids being constructed?

    200 million years ago to behold the Jurassic age of dinosaurs?

    Would I fuck.

    I’m going back to when I lost my virginity to do the bitch properly.

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  33. National MPs say law change lets Government scrutinise ‘every foreign financial transaction’
    https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/politics/2020/05/national-mps-say-law-change-lets-government-scrutinise-every-foreign-financial-transaction.html

    National MP Andrew Bayly said the law change gives too much power to the Government – an argument reminiscent of recent opposition to the controversial legislation setting the framework for the alert level 2 rules.

    The new law will be reviewed every 90 days – but that only came about after a committee process. Similarly, the controversial level 2 framework legislation was given a 90-day review clause only after National raised concerns.

    Bayly said the foreign investor legislation “allows the minister, and it provides for one minister, to have the right to look at every financial transaction involving a foreign party to come through his or her office”.

    Green MP Eugenie Sage argued the legislation is necessary to “ensure that we don’t have key assets, which have dropped in value because of COVID, being alienated overseas”.

    She suggested the Opposition exaggerated concerns about the Government’s power to review every financial transaction involving a foreign party.

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    • Why shouldn’t see who is sending money to people anywhere in the world and money coming into the country? Who knows it maybe for drugs, guns, or brides!

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  34. This journalist should be wearing a mask.
    There is definitely something in the air, as glimpsed by the camera.

    No thugs here, as they are all peacefully protesting at the Minneapolis police station, as the stooge reports.

    https://twitter.com/i/status/1266222112458629120
    12 seconds

    Where are the twitter “fact checkers”
    Fake news,

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  35. OMG here is the modelling idiot from Auckland University still trying justify the crap work of modellers. He cannot say NZ death rate figures are out but tries to say the UK is out by a factor 2 and the USA has it all wrong. What an idiot.
    The CDC figures in the USA are 20,000 less than the worldometer (?) website that everyone relies on. The CDC say there have been more deaths from pneumonia compared to Covid over the same period.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jZI2Kx4W46M

    I could not watch it all because he is so full of it.

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