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  1. Days after Mr Trump’s very good D-Day remembrance tour which included several meetings with the Queen of New Zealand (QE1?) the slime is full of false criticism of Mr Trump on the tour.

    Talk about preaching to the converted!

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    • I wonder if it is appalling.

      I wonder if it is not more of an indictment by the lad’s peers on a system that allows classes and learning to be interrupted and interfered with by having children who cannot perform socially thrust upon them.

      It would be interested to hear the teachers honest comments but of course, in this modern, false, PC world that can never happen.

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      • Of course it is appalling, there must have been something positive about the poor child. If they were going to give every child a ‘prize’ then something negative on it isn’t it.

        That is from a special needs teacher, in the wrong job I would suggest.

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        • The teacher has been suspended pending an inquiry.

          My point, however, stands.

          How else can anyone raise the subject than by obvious protest (which I believe this is) in this bloody mad PC world?

          The idea of having handicapped children in class with normal children only works if the handicapped ones do not create a problem within the class.

          This child obviously does.

          The only real problem I have is the teacher insisted the father and child take the award home. This is over the top and deserves discipline.

          Oh, and yes, I used “handicapped” deliberately.

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      • It is one thing to oppose mainstreaming of disabled children, it is absolutely another matter to bully an individual to make the point.
        And the school has its PC hat on backwards.
        It subscribes to ‘every child gets a prize’ but doesn’t treat every child with courtesy and respect.
        That’s appalling in my book.

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      • Well, it is a problem in all schools and is where so much money is being wasted. Many of the special needs are just there for babysitting while the p[parents do whatever. All at the expense of the learning of the other kids and the stress of teachers. School rooms are not the right p[lace for these kids they are special needs and need to be accommodated in that way.
        sooner we recognise that the better. Just dumbing down of the classroom and uploading incredible workloads on teachers.

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        • He needs a tutor who is trained to deal with special needs kids. At my kids’ school they spent 100 grand on a perimeter fence around the entire campus, to accommodate ONE special needs kid who tends to run away all the time. Why not buy a 50 dollar dead- bolt FFS? Seemed insane to me.

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          • Some classrooms have 2.3 &4 of them. Each needs a tutor. That works for the room.
            They used to have schools that catered for their needs and workplaces that did the same. Until the Shipleys and Clarks came along and did this. along with chucking all the mental health patients on the street.
            Special needs are not called that for no reason.

            A few will integrate the rest simply cannot. It’s not their fault but it creates all manner of other problems.

            Bad enough with new entrant teachers having to cope with potty training of 5 year olds and schools having to feed breakfast to kids.
            I kid you not.

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    • I note on reading the story that at one stage he sold a $2,000 Rolex he stole to an antique dealer for $120.

      The judge awarded the antique dealer reparations but I do wonder which one was the bigger thief.

      As to your question, if the antique dealer benefits, NO.

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  2. When you are loading YSB, do you wait long for it to load? Someone complained that it takes too long.
    If your answer is yes, please uptick.
    I might have to many photos etc, and May have to remove them.

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    • First load of the page for me every day is ~12 seconds. By comparison, Kiwiblog is sub 1 second; NZ Herald is ~3 seconds. Thereafter it is a bit faster; more like the Herald in terms of performance.

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    • Add some plugins.
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      Your welcome.

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    • yes, takes time to load, refresh. About 10-15 seconds
      Also takes same time for up tick.

      It is nice to see the colours on the up/down ticks, but would appreciate if the colour came on after the tick, or a change of colour.
      That way more quicker to scroll past if all ready ticked or to see a new reply.

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  3. I tried to post this before. It didn’t work so I’ll try again. Apologies if it ends up being a double post.

    Today is the 85th anniversary of a momentous occasion.

    Today, in 1934, in a production called “The Wise Little Hen” saw the debut of Donald Duck.

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    • I get behind morons doing 20 or 30 kph under the 100 kph limits now. I have to pass constantly just to maintain the speed limit. If it gets lowered to 80, some will drive 50! I’ll go insane, like many others. Road rage will spread like wildfire.

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    • The amount of noise that horrible woman makes, you wouldn’t know she’s only the “associate” minister. I suppose she has to fill the vacuum created by Phil Twyford spending all his time defending the indefensible Kiwibuild.

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    • The problem isn’t the speed limit. Educate the average New Zealand driver a bit more.

      We don’t have more efficient roads when we have lots of fatal crashes on our roads – that slows down traffic as well so the idea that travelling at 10km/h faster, 20km/h faster on narrow, dangerous, windy roads is somehow better for the economy is completely ridiculous” Ms Genter said.

      Really? We have so many crashes on our roads that we can drop 30 – 50km/h off the speed limit and still be faster? Fidjit.

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    • I feel it is the way how the education system has affected learning.
      That is the answer. That is the formula. No more thinking is to be involved.

      No appreciation of road conditions, sealed or unsealed, no recognition of traffic conditions, like school is out, and do some thinking.
      So many now do not want to think, not to be accountable, just to be told, this is the speed around that corner, the speed in this area, and they are sold the pup that then all will be safe, if you follow Auntie Julie’s formula.

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      • And being able to experience and react to things, is that sort of thinking also a consequence of risk aversion, no tree climbing, no jungle gyms? Country kids are better equipped when they get on the road for the first time. They have driven on farms, have had to react to situations.

        Let alone people from other countries who might only come from cities.

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    • In general I agree there is too much control freakery in this country, way too much. That said it depends on which roads they are wanting to reduce the speed limit on. For example the road I live on was unrestricted (100kph) until logging operations started a couple of years ago then a Temporary 50 sign went up. This road is narrow and windy and even a skilled rally driver would have difficulty doing 100kph along it so the temporary 50 was no big deal. Now the logging is finished and I notice the Temporary sign under the 50 has been removed but not the 50 so the speed limit has, de facto, been reduced. The locals are pleased and not at all bothered. On the other hand I was driving up near Hamilton the other days and see that sections of the new road up there are now 110 kph. Perhaps rationalisation is needed not just blanket reductions but whether these do gooder freaks will understand that concept I wonder.

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      • The 110kmph is on the Waikato expressway north of Hamilton and on the southern motorway between Hamiton and Cambridge. The complete antithesis of the road you describe as “road that is narrow and windy and even a skilled rally driver would have difficulty doing 100kph along.”

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        • Indeed it is. I live on the Mainland and seldom drive in the North Island these days but I drove to Auckland a few weeks ago and I would have to say that that stretch of road from Cambridge to AKL is probably the best piece of road in the country now.

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  4. Another difference is that in 1994, mothers were listed as the main perpetrator of violence against children, however, in 2019 that switched to men known to the abused child – often their father or father figure, Hardley said.

    The ethnicity of children coming into contact with the service has also changed to more than 50 per cent Māori, 37 per cent NZ European and around 1.3 per cent Pasifika or Asian.

    https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/crime/111643496/once-were-warriors-25-years-on-violence-addiction-sexual-abuse–what-has-new-zealand-learned

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      • No names. So much talk is around prison reforms and reconnecting with whenua, turangawaewae, it would seem that knowing, or at least being acknowledged on a birth certificate goes towards that, before ending up in prison.

        I also don’t think that women should put themselves into the category of, I don’t know who the father is.

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      • If there’s not a ‘warrior gene’ there’s something very like it at the heart of Maori troubles.

        I look at it this way:

        The Tangata Whenua migrated here in anything between 7 & 40 canoes depending on the story teller. That’s not a huge gene pool & the fact that they arrived & settled in different parts of NZ didn’t help. Then as food supplies dwindled inter tribal warfare became common. Many groups were wiped out or taken as slaves.

        In the interval between this & the musket wars Maori existence was knife edge. Forget aroha……life was short & brutal with the threat of war or starvation ever present.

        This wasn’t the era of the scholar or tohunga. This was the time of the warrior, the fighting man who could defend his iwi & their mana. Everything else was secondary……so long as there were women kids could be replaced, if food was short feed the warriors & bugger the wise men.

        This ended two centuries ago but Maori attitudes & thinking haven’t caught up.

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      • She was offended and that wasn’t my intention at all, I was curious about the prospect. I do not think that anyone has to scratch most of us to find a basic animal underneath an air of civility that we portray. If those traits are more pronounced in some cultures, they will be the survivors if there is an apocalypse.

        Different traits for different times, humans are very adaptive to their environments, we are the arch predator, well maybe not me exactly.

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        • …..”Different traits for different times”…..

          You’re onto it. For an individual to be elevated within his/her society they must possess an ability needed by that society at the time. If warriors are thin on the ground they will be revered but in times of peace, less so. Their value will wax & wane.

          But imagine a society or grouping constantly at war & fighting for mere survival for centuries. The seers, the thinkers & weaker have little value in those circumstances. They will die out & take their skills & abilities with them probably without passing on their knowledge or their genes.

          The violent & combative will rise to the top. They will become the heroes & their offspring will be promoted. Slaves & the physically weak will be denied the rights to reproduce.

          To say that individuals & society are influenced by outside influences with no input from selective genetics requires more stupidity & political correctness than I could muster on a bad day.

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    • And then at the end there is this comment:
      “Author Alan Duff has said he wouldn’t write the book again because Māoridom has progressed beyond Jake “the Muss”. But has New Zealand?”

      No, Maoridom has NOT progressed beyond. Just more excuses. Until “Maoridom” fixes THEIR violence, sexual abuse, alcohol abuse, drug abuse, behind THEIR closed doors then they will continue to show up in the justice and social services statistics. Apologists and more tax dollars thrown at the problem cannot do it for them.

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      • All the tax dollars in the world from the “well being” budget will solve nothing. With no way to account for how the extra free money will be spent, you can be sure the liquor stores, pokie machines, KFC’s, TAB’s, and your local friendly meth dealer will be doing brisk business.

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  5. Dear god…. the SLG is so transparent.

    All it requires is a few adverse comments from political columnists about her handling of the Budget and they panic, rolling out full face photos of squirrel and more interviews with Jethro by the resident lefty Tim Roxborogh.

    I guess there is still the prospect of another baby and the wedding in her war chest….

    Failing that look for a fall guy to demonstrate she has teeth….(pun) might I suggest twitford.

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  6. I agree about the mainstreaming, it is a point that I have made before. Is the teacher’s action going to help the child? A properly trained special needs teacher would, in my opinion, have better mechanisms for dealing with the child.

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    • Where is all this money going to come from I hear you cry? Why, from out the pockets of you dwindling band of hard working tax payers of course. You don’t expect the feckless dole bludgers and useless, low IQ immigrants from Africa and the ME to pay for it, they come here to bleed us dry not to contribute.

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      • And don’t forget the huge amount of OUR money the government has now got to waste, ooops, I mean spend on the gun confiscation which most thinking people are beginning to realize will not do anything to improve our “well being” let alone our safety.

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          • Until now the pool of black market guns available to criminals has been relatively small. This is evident from the sort of guns that are most often found by Police following gang shootings and other criminal acts involving firearms, sawn off old shotguns and cut down .22 rifles. Very few modern handguns or modern sporting rifles (those the idiot press like to call “assault rifles”) are ever used in crime here which suggests they are not widely available. Of course the fact that NZ’s firearms crime rate is so low anyway given our high rate of firearms ownership in the general population means that figures are easily skewed, a 100% increase in the number of killings with a handgun may just mean two this year instead of one last year.
            The ban of semi auto centre fire rifles may help to change that and could well provide a bonanza for criminals and gangs. There may (and I stress may) be some gun owners who have been law abiding and never caused a problem who, feeling victimized by this government’s ignorant and foolish rushing of laws which unfairly punish people who are absolutely innocent of any crime or involvement in the horrible Christchurch event, may decide not to hand in their guns in spite of the ban. Such guns will disappear onto the grey market and more worryingly still will potentially filter through to the black market where they may be bought by criminals and or terrorists. The guns the government has rashly banned have not been a problem, they simply have not featured in crime in this country and the public has been lied to by the government, the Police Association under its anti gun zealot leader Cahill, and the rabidly anti firearm media.
            The only semi autos the government can be sure of getting handed in are those registered as “E” cat and those who own them are the most law abiding and thoroughly vetted of all NZ’s gun owners. One has to ask why, with such a controversial piece of legislation, no proper cost benefit analysis has been carried out? The answer is fairly obvious, because the cost is vast and the benefit is nil.

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  7. New Zealand may be looking at its trade relationship with China through rose-tinted glasses, says Michael Every.

    Rabobank’s Head of Financial Markets Research Asia-Pacific told Jamie Mackay that the rest of the world has a very different view.

    Today on The Country, Every painted a bleak picture of the “ugly, ugly, ugly” plight of the global economy and said the situation was not helped by trade war tension between China and the US.

    In fact, Every said the two countries were heading for a cold war, which “New Zealand just doesn’t want to wake up to”.
    https://www.nzherald.co.nz/the-country/news/article.cfm?c_id=16&objectid=12237949

    A good read and we should take notice.

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    • Let us all hope that Jacinda does not plan to borrow any money from China either to build infrastructure or pay for our “well being.” I hope she is at least intelligent enough to recognise the lesson of the Sri Lankan port facility for example.

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    • Thanks for posting that Viking.
      I listened to The Country when it was on and was very surprised at his comments but think he is right.
      It may upset a few people where he says Trump is right but he does explain his reasoning.
      It is not only dairy to be concerned about as the Chinese are slowly buying in to other areas (water of course) and another big one is kiwifruit where may be in the future they will up their production enough to cut our imports.
      The more we spread our risk the better.

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      • NZ has been so helpful with their advice to China on how to improve their dairy industry, even supplying top performing dairy herds. Same thing with advice with other industries such as growing export quality Kiwifruit.
        There is a reason private business keeps their intellectual property secure!

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    • Exactly my take too! New Zealand is in desperate need of a proper Nationalist Populist party but don’t hold your breath. The Brexit Party in the UK are showing the way but they are a long way behind Italy and Hungary for example and since New Zealand often follows along behind the UK by 20 to 30 years we still have a very long time to wait and our two major parties can do untold damage to our country in the meantime and the sheeple will continue to vote for them. Very sad really.

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      • That is not confined to New Zealand of course. When deluded adolescents are studying such “degree” courses as gender studies, black history and “meeja studies” it is small wonder “graduates” of such courses cannot find jobs, they aren’t even equipped to flip burgers or work in a tyre depot.

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        • It depends of course, but a lot of university just teaches you how to study and think, critique things, those skills are transferable even from courses outside what might be considered to be the traditional courses.

          As with many things women did/do need to know who they are, women have long been told what they are, to whom and what for, so if some needed to break out and have external validation, that is okay, and I guess when men have been ground into the ground and have to find themselves, I would like to think that there was something for them.

          How do males grow up to be men today, those with fathers might emulate them. Those without reasonable male role models can only model themselves of the ones they have.

          I thought about doing one as a uni. elective if I had had to do extra papers. I would probably have been like Fairydust coming on here, but it could just be cheap therapy for identity issues.

          The easier we make it for people to know who they are and what their identity is the better. If you do not know who you are, someone might come along and say, boy, do I have a deal for you.

          It’s a lot of workshopping and interest groups.

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  8. I think it’s a little more complex than that. As capitalism has delivered greater across the board wealth, socialism has lost a rationale to exist. There’s no need for unions – the war for talent in industry means that it’s bad capitalism to screw your workforce – they’ll just fuck off to a better employer.

    Accordingly, the left, faced with extinction has had to look for other reasons to exist. They previously had great success with the divisiveness of the workers vs the bosses. And they’ve looked to open up other divisive causes. As a side product of this they’ve sussed out that the deadweights in society will always vote for free stuff from the left, which in turn has built a twin recognition:
    a) they can’t beat capitalism
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    b) you have to continually refresh your voting base as capitalism tops them out of poverty into a more sustainable situation

    So cultural marxism burst into being, with an endless search for victims and oppressors to enlist and renew the voting base. The loons on the left couldn’t have dreamed how successful the politics of division would be:
    – women are victims of men
    – young are victims of the old
    – warmists vs deniers
    – blacks are victims of whites
    – muslims are victims of Christianity
    – LGBTXYZ are victims of the straights
    etc etc

    The core final ingredient to make this lunacy work (in the short-term) is the indoctrination of the young, removing their ability to think for themselves and to fill them with lies and terrorise them with a million and one Chicken Little scenarios. I believe we are now approaching peak lunacy, which is a good thing as we’re starting to see the victim groups eat each others. I love it every time a woman is beaten by a man in women’s sport and then accused of being a “fucking TERF”by an MP.

    We need more popcorn!

    As for the right, well they too have been populated by the loons on the left. Our Parliament is no better than the UK one – 80% of the house is left of centre! Fortunately, no matter how censorious the left get though the brute power of the internet is slowly waking up more and more people every day on the utter insanity peddled by the bought and paid for MSM and the political classes.

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      • Psst so it was lol.

        I was a bit quick on the trigger there. I just went to see if I could make a pithy rebuttal and argue some little known fact that Japan did it too, but they didn’t apparently. The pictures of bound feet were horrific. I just thought that toes got bent under but they also ended up fitting very pointy shoes.

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  9. White supremacist leaflets dropped in Tauranga mailboxes

    https://www.nzherald.co.nz/bay-of-plenty-times/news/article.cfm?c_id=1503343&objectid=12238727&utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=nzh_fb&fbclid=IwAR1_GXIEwjoQpP5UploRecghxqszd0yutwfys377Cl3O29w0TMUiz7mBY4k

    It’s ALRIGHT to be WHITE”.
    It called for white people to awake and “save the white race”.

    “YOU have no need to say ‘sorry’ because you are Nature’s Finest,” the leaflet said.

    Newshub reported a resident who received the page found it “creepy” and had reported it to police.

    Someone has got all offended. given the area, it is a good guess to say it wasn’t a whitey. LOL

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    • I was about to post the same article; it’s on MSN as well.

      It’s okay to promote Tino Ranatiratanga. It’s okay to empower Maori youth.

      It’s fine to empower New Zealand Muslims. There’s even trusts dedicated to the concept of that support, welfare and empowerment.

      Chinese? Pacific Islander? Thai? It’s well, good and celebrated that people of those cultural backgrounds can celebrate and feel powerful within their culture.

      Mention that you’re of European decent and suddenly you’re far-right, Neo Nazi. To be fair, that leaflet is promoting one race over another – I’m pretty sure my wife is a damn sight finer than I am and she’s Han. But, I’m also sick and tired of being told we’re not worth mentioning and I can’t be proud of my Dutch ancestry, tall people, windmills, cheese, Tulips, Van Gogh and dykes because my skin is white.

      The fuck is wrong with people?

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      • I mentioned at a work conference once that I felt people of ALL cultures should be proud of their heritage and history, and that I was certainly proud of mine…
        I got a steely glare from the big bosses….And a dressing down from a supervisor afterward!
        *Yep I was in a Govt Department!

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        • I had a similar response when I disagreed that anyone could train to become anything they wanted to be, no limitations being a problem as help was available. Every one is equally trainable under the socialist belief system.

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    • I am not so sure that I think of myself as ‘Nature’s finest’, sounds a bit too narcissistic even for me.

      It seems evident that people are feeling threatened. Such a shame, I assume that since we are unsafe for Muslims that none will want to come here anymore?

      I do not want it to feel unsafe for me, and I do not have a choice whether to be here or not.

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  10. So according to Eric Crampton Treasury hasn’t been doing its job for years.

    https://www.interest.co.nz/opinion/100101/eric-crampton-says-treasury-has-been-haemorrhaging-talented-economists-years-and
    Treasury’s core job, then, isn’t to be besties with all of the other ministries. Good relationships are important, and make the job a lot easier, but delivering credible and rigorous advice to the government is priority. Sometimes government will not want to listen, and that is the government’s prerogative. But even in that case sound assessments, if published, help Parliament and voters to hold the government to account.

    Treasury is failing in that role and nobody else can do it.

    I don’t know when that all really started going wrong on Treasury’s end, but I know when I noticed it going wrong. It started with something trivial, as these things often do.

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  11. Jesus that picture of Ardern and her baby at the Naval launch is getting well thrashed by the Media.
    If I was a cynic I might suggest this was an effort by Labour/their Media to stem the backlash to her revolting snub of our WW2 vets…

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  12. Anyone care to speculate on how much longer the Stuff website (which I scarcely visit these days) will continue to have a “christchurch mosque terror attack” section, will it be a permanent feature like the motoring section or gardening or property I wonder? The main purpose of the section seems to be to promote the cult of victimhood and separateness among those who do not fit in with our Kiwi culture and don’t want to and to spread lies and misinformation about New Zealand’s other large minority group, law abiding, licenced firearms owners. I don’t know about you but I am SO over all things moslem and Islamic.

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    • lol love this bit of revisionist history….

      “It was very traditional for Māori warriors to go into battle naked,” Bennett said.

      “Basically, naked is more sacred and personal items are considered noa – not sacred. All things have energy and to fight naked means to fight pure, as with haka.”

      lol, or maybe you just didnt have clothing till the evil colonizing white devil showed up…?

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  13. Newshub just gleefully reported that Trump has performed a major u-turn on his threat to impose tariffs on Mexico. Not at all did they mention, or even hint, that this was the result of the Mexicans immediately caving in, pleading for an emergency summit, and taking steps to seal their southern border.

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    • Complaining about the racist justice system…

      Maybe those maori making those comments/opinions (because it’s definitely not a fact) that it’s a racist system against maori, should stop committing crimes…. (because, ya know, 99% of the time you have been caught doing criminal acts to have yourself before the justice system in the first place….)

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