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    • As someone who enjoys a good trip across the strait every other year to have a long road trip holiday in the South Island I can hand in heart say the last trips on the ferry back in October last year was the worst. The original sailing was cancelled due to unexpected maintenance and we had to be bumped to a later in the day sailing. Because the ferry we then caught was not able to take the direct shorter journey, we had an extra 30-40 minutes going the long way into the sound.
      Coming back we changed our sailing to an earlier time and ended up on the same ship as the first journey.
      It was the first time the Mrs said she was over catching the ferry.
      I’m serious when I say it’s gone down hill in the last 6 years. I wonder if the kiwirail board had Labours reverse Midas touch flunkies appointed.

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      • Brian, one only has to look at the Board of KiwRail, full of Lawyers, Bankers and Labour Party Stooges, none of whom has an ounce of experience in either running a Rail system nor a Shipping Company.

        Just look at these two Board members for example.

        1. Maryan Street – ex Labour MP and Labour Lackey.

        2. David McLean, Banker. Mr McLean, according to the KiwiRail Governance Board Website, is most proud of this achievement:
        “During his time at Westpac David promoted a number of diversity and inclusion initiatives. David is a member of the National Advisory Council on the Employment of Women.”

        Now what benefit is this into running the major infrastructure Rail and Shipping Company in this country? None and no expertise or experience either in the organisation he is Chairman of the Board, thereof. But if you want expertise in “Diversity” and “Womans Affairs”, Dave is your man.

        No wonder KiwiRail is a fucked organisation.

        https://www.kiwirail.co.nz/who-we-are/our-leadership/governance-board/

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        • Mclean was useless at Westpac, worst customer experience of the Banks and was then replaced with another useless token woman.
          Anz had a Great leader, replaced by wanker banker Key wo resigned cause the tank was empty again in time to dodge their dogdey dealing over a bond Issue. Never forget Key was a person involved in attempting the bankrupt NZ when he was in New York.

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          • The jew wanker banker johnny keys is indeed a traitor.
            His whole track record pointed to that .
            No good was ever done by that prick.
            Net zero promises ever fulfilled.

            As time goes by I have developed more respect for Klarkenfuhrer. She opposed the foreshore and seabed uprising; put the uppity maori in their place, had a measure of J Tamihere; and refused to sign UNDRIP.
            Keys reversed all this work that has now led to our apartheid that was heavily fertilised under the vicious bitch adern.
            Not that I could cross the road to actually like Klarkenfuhrer. She is not the likeable type.

            There are political idiots in this country who ‘think’ Keys could walk on water. They also tend to have TDS.
            He was solid in the rapid decline of notional and the endorsement of some extremely low grade Nat MPs .
            The pinko, fruity farrar , ran a strong parallel path with Keys.
            2 jews working on the destruction of western civilisation. Quelle surprise!!!

            I do surmise that keys would have been handed deals that made him rich, so he never had to worry about money again. It was standard practice. Send a good deal or two his way to make squillions. We openly know this is the gig for senior Uniparty politicians in the USA, now.
            I have much more time for Philip Burdon who was a self made multi millionaire that produced a product people wanted to purchase

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        • Now you are beginning to see Kiwi Rails problems.
          The arsewipes of Labour sacked Reidy’s previous boss and installed all those fucking useless socialists into the place.
          If you keep an eye on what Kiwi rail are actually doing they are working bloody hard to update the rail which has had no money invested in the equipment for many years.
          Almost daily I see the new gear and the difference it makes to us here. Our roads are full of trucks carting containers and logs and the more we get rid of the better.
          Tainui (bless them), have built a huge park in the outskirts of Hamilton to handle freight into containers to rail to the port, and Quayside Holdings which owns a chunk of POT have started on a project south of Te Puke to do the same. That is a 20 year project.
          There is no reason logs should be stored at our port and fumigated in the middle of Prime Real estate. They can be railed in to the dockside to meet the loading schedule and the sooner the better. The Mount has a big problem with air pollutants from shipping and port related activities.
          As an aside to that, remember all those tanks that were once on the waterfront in Auckland? Ever wonder where they all went? Come for a look down in the POT area. Its now a tank farm which is rather sneaky.

          and now we have politicians interfering again in operation decisions. We have an English Literature Major making major decisions on our infrastructure. Brown seems to be fixer of everything imaginable much like Mallard was. As for Goldsmith, well a slight movement left and he would fit right in next to Hippy.

          Of course they have an “expert” group looking at it. Cairns was CEO POT.
          They should have sacked the chairman and some of the others and put Cairns in charge but they won’t, they will find some Nat follower who will tell them what they want to know.
          You got what you voted for. More backsliding and lack of fortitute.

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          • Good summary

            You say
            …You got what you voted for…
            well only 38% voted for notional last October and in the intervening 8 months this number has not increased. They have done SFA to bring more on board.

            the peculiarity of MMP is that liebour became coalition leader in 2017 with a similar 37.9% in 2017.

            I suspect you would be lucky to find even 38% of regular contributors to YSB voted for nudenuts neutered ninnies.

            Yes, Simeon Brown at 33 yrs old seems to be Mr fixit.
            The Bill Birch of the 2020s.
            One would like to think…NOT like Steven Joyce of the 2010s
            There are bugger all other ministers with any useful ability, so he is IT !

            Goldsmith is academically able but this does not translate to pragmatism.
            A complete YES man. He has stood aside for many elections to allow ACT to take Epsom. He is a wind up toy.
            Reminds me of a phrase from early in my career–academically brilliant; socially unacceptable!

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      • De ja vue really.
        Travelled across from Wellington back around 1972 moving to Motueka and on that trip the ferry hit the bottom. Remember it. Of course all was denied at the time but there was no doubt that it did. Was turning to reverse in after missing the first shot. Can’t remember if it was windy or not. Long time back.

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      • He hasn’t sacked any of them for being incompetent yet. until he does nothing changes.

        He will be waiting for the expert committee to tell him what is already obvious so he can grow a pair.
        At what continuing cost to the taxpayer?

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        • Seems to be the case now with all Simeon’s ventures.
          Form a committee.

          Just make Kapiti expressway 110 or 120 km /hr
          Gazette it and make it live on horses birthday.
          TBH people do 110 there anyway.
          When I drive south I use the cruise control where I can.
          Sitting on 99 km/hr by the time I am on the EWY I regular get passed and my trusty Cobra does not pick up any speed cameras. It is kind of like it is just left alone, to be realistic.

          Is someone counting the notional committee numbers like the 162 or what ever formed by liebour in the 2017 to 2020 period ?

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          • Yes, but labor party made a mint getting the tilth from committe members. Free travel from the provinces, 5 star accommodation, crown limo to the committe meetings and sex parties every night! They were only too happy to tilthe.

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    • They are employing a lot of imports as engineers on the vessels, they have little to no idea on what they are doing according to the info ive been given. They cant get kiwis as the pay rate is too low. Any one with an engineers ticket worth their salt has gone to Australia.

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  1. Heard this morning that Transpower are setting out the terms of reference and scope of the enquiry into the toppled tower. The results of the investigation should be known by the end of next month.

    So half an hour to work out who undid the bolts, and 5 weeks to work out how to cover their arses.

    And in the meantime that old chestnut: “No comment because there’s an investigation underway”.

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  2. TAH@0751

    Sadly, this is nothing new and has been going on for years. As you correctly point out, with one very small exception, (Street – and then only in relation to ‘staff’ matters), none of these individuals have any ‘rail’ experience and indeed, due to their backgrounds (Air NZ, ‘Transport consultancy’) it could be strongly-suggested that they could actually be operating in direct opposition to the very transport system they are now in control of., in a manner similar to what happened when Toll (A trucking firm) got hold of Kiwirail and proceeded to gut it, before selling it back to the NZ Government for $1!!

    It would appear that these people are literally ‘Only there for the money and Perks’, and until that changes, things are only likely to get worse. Since he’s ex Air NZ, don’t expect luxflakes to change the current line-up.

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    • Komata, just to correct you on one point, Toll bought KiwiRail for a pittance and sold it back to the Government for $690 million, in an absolutely knackered state. The Government then had to spend multi millions to get it back into any sort of operational state.

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      • Yep and are still spending.
        Their spending is not something that is a quick fix, it takes years.
        And there is plenty to do.
        Airnz needs a couple of planes so they go lease them. Rail doesn’t have that same opportunity as all Airnz has to do is shift passengers and freight. If it had to own its own terminals and roading then it would have failed a long time ago.
        Rail is an on the ground thing and has to content with the land structures of NZ.
        It could maybe lease ferries and even loco’s and may do so but it still has to build stations, yards and lines etc.
        A tough ask IMHO. especially when not in favour with people like the Nats and left to lefties who have no idea.

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        • From my bouncing around vessels throughout NZ it appears that all companys have become reactive rather than proactive with maintence and inferstructure. Most of the vessels are at the point of needing millions spent on them or sent off to the breakers yard. We are becoming the dumping ground for knackerd things. Nz has decent port inferstructure but is underutalised, when on a container vessel it was often that we could have had a lot more boxes on it than we did as it still seems they would rather road ship them than sea freight

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    • Diversity hires. Communists believe anyone can do any job they’re placed in. Trouble arises because THAT IS A LOAD OF BOLLOCKS!

      This country was built by clever people with a No.8 wire ability to see a problem and fix it. Now they are running it by incompetent committees on FEELZ on a shoestring budget because they’ve run the economy into the ground.

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      • NZ actually had a good bureaucracy from the 1930s to the 1980s
        This was ruined by Rogernomics.
        Now these pricks are out for themselves and trade favours with ‘mates’ to all have favours in their pockets for when tough times comes. Bugger the country.

        When you look at what was achieved in the 1930s depression with all that surplus cheap labour – tunnels, roading, forestry
        That was some forward thinking, and organisation. The workers had the tools and resources to get he job done. These were not basic make work schemes.
        Often the workers lived in crude camps but they had work and a place to sleep.

        The development of roads, dams and electricity supply followed.
        It got done.
        Auckland has not built a water dam since 1977. 47 years ago. The existing are getting old.

        There is a series I believe shown on NZ teevee but made by NZ on screen.
        One can see it it direct there
        https://www.nzonscreen.com/title/making-new-zealand-2014/series
        Making New Zeraland
        Excellent docos.
        Most fade in the last ten minutes; but packed with info .

        In the 1970s when ‘Mother’ England (wrecking itself as well at the time) told NZ it wanted to play house with Europe, the Dairy Board execs got off their bottys and found new markets.
        Could you imagine the dumb arse overpaid chumps at Fonterror doing that ?

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        • Still 14,000 new but useless bureacraps imposed on NZ by ardern to be terminated with two benefits, one savings in salaries, office and running costs, two – unemployed bureacraps have the opportunity to show they can be useful by getting a productive job/business or by failing prove they are the useless drongos we think they are.

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  3. I have already written to Simeon Brown in February of this year.

    “Congratulations on your achievements so far and in particular my grateful thanks for your reply to me from a previous email regarding the Waimate District Council and their adherence to the Interim Speed Management – unfortunately they have blindly intend to follow their stupidity in full adoption despite having their meeting on the very day you announced the abandonment of the Road to Zero Plan.

    I am simply passing on this video which I will assume you have no doubt seen all, or in part of Ms Rosie’s quite blatant thumbing of her nose at you and your Government.
    I would urge you to quickly get rid of her and all in the upper echelon who reflect those same views or you will still be wondering in three years time while no significant changes have been made.

    Attached : https://theredbaiter.com/2024/02/18/deep-cultural-rot-at-nzta/#respond

    I have now written again –

    “Dear Simeon,

    I have previously written to you and was reassured that you intended to put a hold on the complete Zero Traffic Management plan.
    Interesting the Council adopted the new restrictions on the same day you announced that you would be rescinding all the speeds etc changed since 2020.
    Today the Council has announced that those changes have now been approved by by the very Department under your direction.
    Do they take no notice of you?

    Regards

    “Safer Speeds to be Introduced
    21 Jun 2024, 5:08 pm
    Safer speed areas for Waimate have been given the green light and will soon be in place.

    The changes are a result of Waimate District Council’s Speed Management Plan, which was approved by the Council last year and now by NZ Transport Agency Waka Kotahi.

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  4. I see JAG is having a bleat about the ferry running aground. Sorry Julianne but anyone who puts any faith in the comments of a mad woman who thinks less parking will attract more customers is as mad as she is.

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  5. Didn’t expect this outcome.

    A Swiss court sentenced 4 members of the billionaire British Hinduja family to up to 4.5 years in prison for exploiting household staff at their Lake Geneva home.

    The sentenced members include Indian-born Prakash Hinduja and his wife Kamal, as well as their son Ajay and his wife Namrata.

    The prosecution noted that the family spent more on their dog than the workers.

    https://x.com/MarioNawfal/status/1804252474242646065

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  6. Ed.

    I’ve received via All Points Camping Club the winter edition of ‘Camping the Kiwi Way’ which delves into the latest crap surrounding caravan self containment certification. https://www.campingthekiwiway.org/8/winter-24/venting-cassette

    The latest brain fart I failed to see on the horizon is the requirement for ventilation even in the case of cartridge type waste containers which we have. (Thetford C400).

    A possible answer has been suggested https://www.mouterecaravans.co.nz/sog-system

    I’m chewing over how to go about it. How are you attacking the bureaucratic demands?

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      • Don’t bet on it. The link states:

        ……”NZ Lifestyle Camping’s network of testing officers continues to offer self-containment through the current NZ Standard, NZS 5465:2001 which is recognised by commercial and private host properties and is valid for 4 years.

        Starting June ‘24 we will offer certification with the new green warrant for those who specifically request it”…….

        The way I read it your new certification would cover “commercial and private host properties” but not DOC sites or freedom camping sites.

        We don’t normally park up anywhere other than holiday parks but downsizing & updating our present 26′ Jayco is on the cards & the currently lapsed certification will impact on the price difference.

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  7. Why Has China Purchased Farmland Near 19 Different Military Bases Inside The US?

    The Chinese have become extremely aggressive, and it is just a matter of time before we are at war with them.
    But even though many of our leaders publicly talk about the coming war, we are still allowing the Chinese to take advantage of us in unthinkable ways.

    We should have never allowed the Chinese to purchase large tracts of farmland near 19 of our most important military bases.
    Unfortunately, they are there now, and that will give them a major advantage when war finally erupts.

    https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/why-has-china-purchased-farmland-near-19-different-military-bases-inside-us

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    • …The Chinese have become extremely aggressive..

      Ooow scary people !!

      and yet
      The US this century has actually

      -invaded Syria
      -set up ISIS
      -Wrecked Libya
      -invaded Iraq
      -had a coup in Ukraine and using it as a surrogate for a hot war
      -invaded Afghanistan
      -tried to provoke Iran into war

      That barely scratches the surface esp with the deep state shite that goes on

      If the USA sank under the ocean tomorrow the world would not be worse off.
      We would replace the computer operating systems inside months – the US dominant ones are only there because they buy off or destroy decent competition; Probably out of scandinavia, which is very innovative in IT
      the US for 200 years has stolen others good ideas then locked them up in patents, and then use lawfare to defend
      They bought and shutdown Nokia – I wont go into detail but they wrecked them
      Same with Canadian RIM/Blackberry
      USA are fecking wreckers

      They don’t trade fairly and honestly with anyone
      They make fuck all we need
      hollyweird under the ocean would be a blessing, now
      BLM gone
      so many benefits.
      We would have a chance of peace in our time

      We could get some things in our life that is not crammed with yankee dep state spyware
      Hello alexa
      Hello siri
      always listening
      Mostly DARPA products

      so lets not get all jiizzy about China
      Tibet is a shit arsed little place where the religious Buddhists held every one under and killed any chance of progress
      read a little.
      The Dalai lama wanker is a fraud- the 14th reincarnation. Sod off !

      US has military bases in over 80 countries. No-one else has
      But these fuckers are the good guys ! ????
      Stop taking the LSD
      The real story behind the Russian missile crisis in Cuba is it was direct response to the US putting missiles in Europe aimed at Russia
      I think this only officially came out about 2016
      The public in USA were never told the truth – on most things- for 50 years

      If China went under the sea tonight a substantial and material amount of manufacturing would stop
      There would be shortages.

      Russia and India are large counter balances
      The EU has wrecked itself with Swiss and German activities so they are no bloody use to counterbalance
      Who wrecked the EU
      Was not the Chinese
      It was a suicide

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      • Just read the most magnificent not PC -King Solomons Mine- in which the adventurers shot and detusked nine elephants, described like they were simply picking jam for their scones. They cut out the hearts as it was the tastiest bit. The boss elephant charged and trampled them after, but got only one. Fortuneately for the reader, he was an African servant, and not a gun toting hero. lol burgers.

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  8. The West Creating Enemies Produces Allies For Russia.

    “I think what the US needs to do is to expand their axis of evil beyond three countries, because while we’ve got a rotating membership of it, it doesn’t seem to be quite large enough now. Like, is Iran going to get bumped by North Korea now?” Joked Sleboda. “The US has created far too many enemies in the world to be restricted to just three these days,” he added, suggesting that the US use the moniker the “Legion of Doom.”

    https://sputnikglobe.com/20240621/the-west-creating-enemies-produces-allies-for-russia-1119039897.html

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  9. Well.. That’s interesting.

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    • BB@1649

      The minor ‘problem’ with ‘nuclear’ is that it does tend to eventually produce rather toxic biproducts when it’s life is over and very noticeably, the gweens don’t seem to be very concerned about this ‘Major’., highly-toxic and extremely long-lasting (2-3000 years) problem.

      One has to wonder why this might be. A case of blissful or willful ignorance perhaps perhaps?

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  10. so we get all concerned about a ship that has ground on a soney beach but who cares about blocking a tunnel when someone can’t drive in their lane?

    Five injured in crash, Waterview Tunnel closed southbound SH20
    22 Jun, 2024 05:08 PM

    Two people are seriously injured and all southbound lanes in Waterview Tunnel are closed after a crash involving several vehicles. Video / Hayden Woodward
    https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/five-injured-in-crash-waterview-tunnel-closed-southbound-sh20/RWN6T224MUX45MGMAK3XKXX3ME/

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  11. Readers may recall that the the Aratere was the ferry dubbed “El Lemon” by the NZ media & perhaps with good cause. From https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DEV_Aratere

    # 1 October 2004 – “30 seconds of potential disaster” after Aratere had a steering fault in the Marlborough Sounds.

    # 10 February 2005 – Aratere was detained after a “crisis of confidence” with inspectors noting that she had arrived from Spain six years earlier in a shocking state. They could no longer allow her to operate as she was

    And plenty more. She may well be jinxed.

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  12. House Committee Forms Group To Tackle CCP’s Role In Fentanyl Crisis

    Fentanyl is the leading cause of death for people ages 18-45 in the United States, and we now know the Chinese Communist Party is the force behind that crisis, Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-Wash.) said.
    From funding the manufacturing and export of illicit fentanyl precursor chemicals to holding ownership interest in companies tied to drug trafficking, the CCP is not only an active participant in the drug trade—they are directly incentivizing it, he added.
    The report also discovered that Chinese authorities consistently fail to prosecute manufacturers of fentanyl and its precursors. Instead of cooperating with U.S. law enforcement, Chinese security services have been accused of tipping off targets of American investigations.

    https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/house-committee-forms-group-tackle-ccps-role-fentanyl-crisis

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    • You’re a funny guy

      The CIA has been the world leading illegal drug runner for more than 60 years now.
      No-one else comes close
      See the 1989 movie – air america with RDJ and Mel Gibson.
      Set in the 1960s they were not even trying to hide it

      They have been pouring drugs into Black inner city areas for decades- to quell the people
      The drug changes every 20 years or so, not the method nor intent
      Weed, 1984s crack cocaine and now fentanyl
      George floyds own choice of death

      Heck US has open borders now – Demonrat approved- so it is easy to just walk the drugs across, no checks
      Was not the Chinese govt that did that
      Drugs guns and money = Iran /Contra- a few countries involved there- Iran, USA , Nicaragua, Israel etc
      but not China

      do you really think the US deep state running a depopulation agenda is the slightest bit concerned ?

      Slogan
      Take Fentanyl; it’ll kill ya quicker than Pfizer can !!

      As I said above, get off the LSD

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  13. In the past few days there have been various references in media outlets to human remains dug up during excavation work in the Hamilton suburb of Hillcrest. Ref: https://www.nzherald.co.nz/waikato-news/news/human-remains-found-in-hillcrest-hamilton-determined-to-be-pre-european/SQEU5G4XHZBYDLINO3JGNQZFJU/ Police have confirmed that they have no further interest & that “the remains will be exhumed in consultation with local iwi.”

    All good but what impressed me was the interview with Ngāti Wairere historian Wiremu Puke. He spared us the usual lecture on Maori traditions along with rituals about burial sites & disrespect by Pakeha. Instead he went on to provide background & information about the area & pre European interments. He even went so far as to “thank the contractor who had the foresight to contact police about the remains.”

    What a change from the normal bitter gibberish. So long as people like Mr Puke exist there’s still hope for NZ.

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