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  1. G’day!!

    ‘ow are ya, all mee fellow YSB-ers?

    It’s Monday, it’s cloudy (and dark), 10 degrees outside , an you’ve all godda geet up t’change the world.

    Luxflakes is still in charge, dragons still have to be battled so it’s up an atttem.

    If you DON’T have dragons to battle (And even believe in peace luv an’ mungbeans) , have a great day anyway, and DLTBGYD

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  2. Good morning, & to the later “emergents”
    May you not hit too hard some of those potholes,

    Always thanks to the one who puts up the sign “Pot-hole Hill” as one descends into Te Kuiti, to remind one to look a bit sharper.

    The power of “All Roads lead to Rome”
    Was well recognized in Germany with the autobahns too.

    New Zealand, until this decade, also knew that Roads were an essential, from the days of the “roadman” who was responsible for certain roads, even out in the boondocks.

    These days it is Centralization, that only follows formulas, to what can be done with a pothole, slip, drop out etc., which is often enough totally in adequate.
    Like only being allowed to dig-out a pothole to a certain limited depth, while ignoring that there may be a water-spring that keeps causing that problem over many decades as I have seen.

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    • youre right about the water spring thing, outside our old farm there were several under the road. big potholes would get scratched out and repaired and less then 48hrs would reappear.
      they then redone the whole stretch of road, took several months and they built it up about 30cm, said to wifey theres still no drainage for the springs so itll turn to shit again…. sure enough a little over a year later theres several large sunken areas and the beginnings of potholes.
      the think laying a geotextile fabric will stop it, nup you need to dig a trench, novaflo that shit and backfill with washed gravel.

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        • Funny you should say that.
          I watched tucker Carlson’s first speech in AU on his own TCN.
          An hour long. Over the weekend.
          Near the end he explained that if they don’t have a valid answer, the reply is ‘its racist’

          Stuck on slogans. Bereft of original thought.

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      • Millions of NZTA’s budget are flushed down the toilet every year because the gentle art of cleaning rubbish out of roadside drains & culverts is fading into folklore. An overflowing drain allowing water to flow over the road is a recipe for costly washouts.

        This is probably because the safety freaks require two kilometres of coneage, fifty puerile warning signs & three truckloads of early settlers wearing fluoro before any basic maintenance can be done.

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    • Also looks like since they shut Marsden point refinery and started importing all the asphalt we have an inferior product being put on the roads, bet they also have reduced the thickness of the asphalt to try make it go further, cant prove any of it but just seems funny that roads that haven’t been touched in over 8 years have very few pot holes yet roads done during that time start failing with in a year

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      • The other thing with the current ashphalt formula Nunnas, is that NZTA have gone from a petroleum based asphalt to a water based ashphalt which does not have the same strength or durability.

        Dumb, but have to save that planet from the evils of oil based products, don’tcha know.

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        • If the poo lice were doing their j0b they would drag these NZTA pricks out of bed at 4 am, have a 6 am hearing with a decent judge, and place them on a prison island by midday.

          Treat them like ‘Just Stop Oil’ wankers
          Sounds fair to me.

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      • nunnas, as hooli says its gone to a water based emulsion, this happened prior to the closure of marsden point so its closure has nothing to do with our roads.
        blame the woke enviromental regulations and woketards at nzta for that brainfart.

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  3. Drove back from Christchurch last night – left 4.45. Was amazed, almost continual traffic the whole way heading to Christchurch. Very little my way, good speed, no hold ups.
    Perhaps a whole of people did go away for the long weekend, coupled with the fact that fresh snow had fallen around the central South Island. Noticed on the way up how two areas that I know have just been resealed where really rough and looked like starting to crack up.
    Went into the new Pak & Sav Papanui that is apparently the largest in the South Island and second largest in New Zealand. Asked the security guard at the door whether they have the trolley pushers taking them out without paying. No, and we agreed that must be just a North Island thing.,

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  4. A hat-tip to Yvette.

    This is what angers me the most – after all of this taxpayer money…Māori have never been worse off in New Zealand with poverty, prisons, crime, mental health, housing, domestic violence and benefit dependency…all because billions have been denied to them by trusted Māori leaders such as JT, Willie & Co.
    I know because at the grassroots level I help these Māori out daily without any government assistance.

    It’s time for the whole House of Cards to be flattened, so we can start afresh, so Māori can finally receive the help they so desperately need.

    It’s time for the Serious Fraud Office to come in and comb through every inch of John Tamihere’s personal finances, Te Pāti Māori finances, Takutai Tarsh Kemp’s finances, Manurewa Marae finances, all Urban Māori Authorities, Waipareira Trust and every other single entity that John Tamihere has even the slightest connection with.

    And while these investigations take place the whole of Te Pāti Māori need to be put on leave without pay from Parliament, and a halt put on any further government money flowing to all of these organisations. – Brian Tamaki
    https://www.briantamaki.com/single-post/more-whistleblowers-from-manurewa-marae-speak-up

    Brian Tamaki may have another face in theology, but where he hits on this is right on.
    He can follow his heart or $, as many of us do, but New Zealand is a secular society.
    The separation of State & Religion is the rule so we having nothing to fear.

    Well the “trans” do when seeking to read to kids in libraries.
    A good fight against the Hegelian dialect, in not accepting the what is a total “metaphysical” concept, that is not based on Socratic Principles of Science.
    To get many people to live in a lie, even if they do not agree.

    Now I wonder why Sam Uffindell is not in charge, or assisting, or having an over sight of the Fraud & Audit departments?
    So much to forensically search through, like the connections of Mahuta-Corp, etc.. and many others, robbing the taxpayer.

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    • Yep that was Sams forte. always thought he should get a job like that BUT he is a white skin and the god bothering catlickers in the Nats with their Te Triki mates would never allow that.

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    • Problem solved = funding (gravy) dries up.

      Those with their snouts in the gravy trough will do everything that they can to keep the gravy coming. To do so, the problems must never be solved.

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    • What a load of shit.
      “According to Ngāi Tahu creation stories, earthquakes are caused by Rūaumoko, the son of Ranginui (the Sky Father) and his wife Papatūanuku (the Earth Mother). Māori have experienced rū whenua, which means ‘the shaking of the land’ for centuries.”

      “The earliest recorded evidence of an earthquake has been traced back to 1831 BC in the Shandong province of China” Fair way from New Zealand.

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      • Remember these same buggers think your dad driving a ford Prefect has been the cause of the world reaching boiling temperatures….
        ………where people live work and play !!

        Even though it is not .

        A lot of this to my eyes is serious Munchausen syndrome
        the Maori juju shit is as well.

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    • “The weaving together of different knowledge strands, Mātauranga Māori and western science, strengthens our understanding of our whenua (land) and supports conversations on how we can be better prepared for natural hazard events, such as an Alpine Fault earthquake, together.”

      Of course it is. It is patently obvious. There is nothing clearer in this fine Motu.

      “motu
      in British English
      (məʊˈtuː IPA Pronunciation Guide)
      NOUN
      Hinglish derogatory

      a fat man or boy

      Collins English Dictionary. Copyright © HarperCollins Publishers”

      Meanwhile, in New Zealand, derision, scorn and cries of what a load of Bullshit can be heard around the Nation.

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    • Remember Long or Strong, Get Gone : If you are near the coast, lake, or any large body of water and feel a strong earthquake that makes it hard to stand up OR a weak rolling earthquake that lasts a minute or more move immediately to the nearest high ground or as far inland as you can, out of any coastal tsunami evacuation zones.

      Have to say the last time I was in one where I couldn’t stand up was a long time ago.
      And I was on top of a hill at Paramatta.
      would have been around 1971

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      • I think we also need to revive the words “spastic”.
        As we are now diagnozing the true problems of our leaders.

        spastic
        /ˈspastɪk/
        adjective
        adjective: spastic
        1.
        relating to or affected by muscle spasm.
        relating to or denoting a form of muscular weakness ( spastic paralysis ) typical of cerebral palsy, caused by damage to the brain or spinal cord and involving reflex resistance to passive movement of the limbs and difficulty in initiating and controlling muscular movement.

        It seems that NZ media kept silent about these :—
        Symptoms :— bobbling head, erratic & continuous arm & hand movements,

        The symptom of rubbing about the nose, may have another cause. …. … probably financed by WEF associates? ,,, eh Comrade …

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    • 2m 38 sec
      oh, that retarded gurl with the teeth

      Carlson – No, I wont mention that!

      The response is interesting because the filthy lying media just gave a completely biased view in other countries about this WEF saint.
      I know Just-in Turdeau is a real WEF prick.
      As I don’t bother with MSM it now leaves me curious.. what does the average lazy consumer of horseshit media-filth lies think of Turdeau?

      I don’t get side-lined with their wall to wall crapola.
      Same with continual lies over Russia…all my life … and the hard on that no-longer-Great Britain has had for Russia for over 150 years.
      (Look over there, not at this name:- Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson !! )
      Same with Continual lies over the chews.
      The clumsy lies over the gaslighting shit about some poisoning in Salisbury. That went off the rails fast!
      The Western version of flight MH17

      I worked out long ago to bypass this crap
      Avoiding MSM is a safe and effective way of finding reality.
      Watch out for mockingbirds 😲
      and don’t mention Iran Air Flight 655.

      ————————————
      FYI
      https://www.findmypast.co.uk/blog/discoveries/boris-johnson-family
      Boris Johnson’s grandmother, Frances was the daughter of Russian-American palaeographer Elias Avery Lowe and Helen Tracy Porter, an American translator. These are Boris Johnson’s maternal great grandparents.
      Elias Avery Lowe was born in Russia in 1879.

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      • Not really. They later lost a lot of the land which was flooded when the Mangakino Hydro Dam was built in the late 1940s & apparently weren’t compensated.

        The balance is in forestry with some leased to dairy farms.

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          • The Wellington Regional Council are responsible for holding the lake at agreed levels. They have a contract that local earthmoving companies can tender for which involves keeping a dozer on site or close by & available to open the lake when necessary.

            Then it gets messy. The cockys are screaming to open the mouth because they’re getting flooded & the iwi at certain times of the year want it closed so they can gather the eels heading out to sea to spawn.

            Not often I feel sorry for local government managers but this is one instance where they can’t win no matter what they do. 🙂

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    • We always knew the Gnats would accelerate this
      As they did 2008 to 2017
      with no end in sight.

      Cant define Treaty terms
      Cant make a ‘captains call’ to return all speed limits to 2020 levels on 1 Oct 2024
      Cant stop borrowing to pay for an obscene surplus of pubic servants.

      But does manage to find appointments for Paula Benefit, Simon Bridges, Blinglish, Steffie Joyce et al .

      Christine Findlayson (they/them) will be beating off to this as I write.

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    • Lake Wairarapa was gifted to the Crown by local Maori chiefs in 1896. It was supposed to be compensated for by transfer of ownership of nearby land to the Maori but instead ended up with local iwi owning a large block of land in Mangakino. The Crown wanted ownership of Lake Wairarapa because it was the key to controlling water levels in the lower valley. As the Ruamahanga River flowed into the south end of the lake lower levels allowed the development of much flat fertile land to the north & east.

      Originally, as stated, the river flowed into the lake except that it didn’t really flow. Rather it seeped through wetlands to the east into the lake then into Lake Onoke. The huge southerly swells hammering the river mouth at Lake Ferry frequently drove up shingle, blocking the entrance like a dam raising river/lake levels right up the valley nearly to Featherston.

      From 1963/65 a diversion channel was dug which allowed the river, even in flood, to bypass Lake Wairarapa & flow directly to sea. The river mouth was kept open with dozers & a dam with gates (known as the barrage) was built allowing water from the rivers flowing into the lake to be retained until the Ruamahanga dropped.

      All these actions set the stage for the bleating of local Maori who weren’t too keen on the fluctuating lake levels buggering up their kai gathering & who were highly pissed off with the Mangakino chicanery.

      IMHO they got a raw deal. What they do now that they own the lake will be interesting & will effect the value of a lot of valuable property.

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        • Probably will. Cameron owns a block of land south of Lake Wairarapa & west of the channel running between the two lakes. It’s very low lying with marginal drainage & grass growth gets hammered by the salt laden cold southerlies. Most of the property was owned by Lands & Survey who subdivided it into four small dairy farms which were balloted out in the late 1970s.

          They all failed & in one case I know about the cocky walked off the land. It’s not my sort of country.

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  5. The latest VFF email tells us the ladies have been invited to a sit down meeting with the Covid Inquiry –the current one. They gave the invitation serious thought before deciding to go along. This is a major coup, in my view. It would seem to indicate the Inquiry members have got very worried by the recent announcement that there will be another more extensive inquiry after theirs. I hope VFF are not going to end up being used by them in a PR spin campaign.

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    • As I have high hopes that the second enquiry will kick the doors open my preference would have been for VFF to have sent the invitation back marked ‘gone no address’.

      “He who sups with the Devil should have a long spoon” seems apropos.

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  6. A nun, badly needing to use to the restroom, walked into a local Hooters.
    The place was hopping with music and loud conversation and every once in a while ‘the lights would turn off.’
    Each time the lights would go out, the place would erupt into cheers.
    However, when the revelers saw the nun,the room went dead silent. She walked up to the bartender, and asked, ‘May I please use the restroom?
    The bartender replied, ‘OK, but I should warn you that there is a statue of a naked man in there wearing only a fig leaf.’
    ‘Well, in that case, I’ll just look the other way,’ said the nun.
    So the bartender showed the nun to the back of the restaurant.
    After a few minutes, she came back out, and the whole place stopped just long enough to give the nun a loud round of applause.
    She went to the bartender and said, ‘Sir, I don’t understand. Why did they applaud for me just because I went to the restroom?’
    ‘Well, now they know you’re one of us,’ said the bartender, would you like a Drink?’
    ‘No thank you, but, I still don’t understand,’ said the puzzled nun.
    ‘You see,’ laughed the bartender, ‘every time someone lifts the fig leaf on that statue, the lights go out.
    Now, how about that drink?”

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  7. The BS never ends

    Russian interference
    Those bloody Boris’s and Dmitri’s

    https://home.nzcity.co.nz/news/article.aspx?id=401385&fm=psp,tst
    ———————
    Tories ‘highly alarmed’ by network of pro-Russian Facebook pages interfering in UK election

    Revelations of foreign interference in the UK election, uncovered by the ABC, have been described as “highly alarming” by the Conservative Party, which will be writing to the Cabinet Office seeking urgent advice about how to combat it.

    Ahead of the UK elections, the ABC has been monitoring five coordinated Facebook pages which have been spreading Kremlin talking points, with some posting in support of Nigel Farage’s populist Reform UK party — a key challenger to the Conservatives in the July 4 poll.
    ———
    The ABC shared its findings with disinformation experts, who said the network’s activity had the hallmarks of a Russian influence operation.
    “For me, it’s Russian,” said AI Forensics head of research Salvatore Romano.
    ———————
    The five pages all feature criticism of several UK parties including the Conservatives and Labour. Some of these pages have supported Reform UK leader Nigel Farage, with two calling him “the people’s champion”.
    ———————-
    Ad library data showed it targeted the ads to British men who were older than 65 years old and were paid for using Nigerian currency (NGN).

    The Nigerian connection is significant because previous online Russian propaganda networks were found to have been operating from Africa.

    Meta, the parent company of Facebook, in 2020 exposed Russia as being behind troll networks from Ghana and Nigeria, which was targeting US voters with disinformation.
    ————————————-

    extracts above
    This is truly hideous Brit ‘official information’ from the scum
    The Torys deserve to be smashed
    Sadly the alternative under Slimey Starmer is bad
    They are forked
    Think of Canada and multiply by 3

    This is true goo-mint MISinformation at its best

    Read it and weep, if you dare
    All trigger words
    Its source here is the Australian ABC but this Misinfo will be all over the show like viral shedding.

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  8. Senior minister Todd McClay will accept the findings of an expert panel which has been asked to provide advice on lowering methane emission reduction targets.

    So our UN controlled government has set up a brought and paid for ‘trust the science’ expert panel of scientists to provide a pre-determined outcome to the scam that is methane emissions and global warming targets, when common sense could tell them for free that it is all complete bullshit and should be scrapped by lunchtime.

    https://www.interest.co.nz/public-policy/128470/senior-minister-todd-mcclay-will-accept-findings-expert-panel-which-has-been

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  9. MSM
    cant help themselves
    —————–
    ….Marine Le Pen’s far-right National Rally (RN) won the first round of legislative elections on Sunday, leaving incumbent president Emmanuel Macron’s centrist alliance lagging in third behind the left, projections by polling groups said.

    The projections gave the RN 34% of the vote, compared to 29.1% for the left-wing New Popular Front alliance, and just 22% for Macron’s centrist camp…
    —————————

    Far right ??
    and queer wee Macron as ‘centrist’
    bloody hell
    That is a rather rotten centre that if it was fruit you would throw out rather than risk serious health consequences.

    I wish I had kept my paper dictionary with 1980s version of words!!

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      • Official :
        Macron has pledged to see out the remainder of his final presidential term, which runs until 2027, but he now faces the prospect of having to appoint a prime minister from an opposition party – in a rare arrangement known as “cohabitation.”
        ————————-
        Five year term as Prez.
        Now max of 2 terms.
        Used to be 7 years there until 20 years ago.

        I imagine macron will stay on to be a spoiler for Le Pen.
        He has the right to resign. This would force a separate election.

        He will do what his controllers tell him
        – like jakinda addhhern (Tucker C pronunciation ) ; nudenut; Doctor Jill biden; turdeau; various European and Scandinavian “leaders”

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  10. Court gives go-ahead for Kim Dotcom’s hard drives to be passed to FBI

    At the hearing in Wellington last year, Dotcom’s lawyer Simon Cogan argued the law under which the material would be released to US authorities only applied to the criminally relevant information on the devices, rather than the hard drives themselves. Sending the entire devices would be against the Bill of Rights, Cogan said, submitting that New Zealand Police should sift through the material first.

    https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/national/520717/court-gives-go-ahead-for-kim-dotcom-s-hard-drives-to-be-passed-to-fbi

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    • That gets interesting
      The hard drives will be at least 12 years old
      Hard drives – or even SSDs fail.
      I bought a Western Digital 1 Tb drive in 2019. It died in 3 years.
      I have one from 2017 that works fine
      They vary.
      Some could have failed in 12+ years

      I wonder if they mirror imaged them; and if so, was it illegal at the time ?
      ————————-
      Declaration
      While I find this German -Finnish person rather odious I do not believe he should be prosecuted and hounded for simple copyright issues that many US companies did the same at the same time.
      He exercised take down notices.

      I see him as similar in ways to Sean Parker who founded Napster.
      Parker had the advantage of FBI contacts and probably was in league with deep state /CIA when he got involved with the DARPA-derived Fakebook
      Therefore he was only going to get lip service punishment.

      The whole gig in NZ was initiated by Johnny keys. this was early 2012 when there was not enough evidence on display of Keys traitorous activities.
      eg Sell out on UNDRIP; Bright line test (cap gains) ; Paris accord Billions per annum loss; mass immigration from the third world; TDS etc

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      • Agreed and slippery key bails as soon as the seat hots up. His gig at ANZ was no different. quit in the face of an enquiry into bad dealing by the ANZ.

        Very likely the drives are stuffed. Remember who controls the CIA and Hollywood. Did Key ever visit Eienstiens Island.
        He has been exposed now as an Israeli operative.

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  11. Darwinism safety takes hold in Featherston just in case a stupid driver stops over a railway line

    ‘They don’t care’: Traffic island cuts custom from businesses
    https://www.1news.co.nz/2024/07/01/they-dont-care-traffic-island-cuts-custom-from-businesses/

    A traffic island was installed near a rail crossing on Featherston’s main street for safety, but it has had a negative impact on nearby businesses.

    Two Featherston businesses have been forced to let staff go after road safety improvements caused customers numbers to drop.

    At the start of this year, a traffic island was installed outside The Baker and Lang’s Pharmacy on Featherston’s main street by the rail crossing.

    KiwiRail said the traffic island removed the risk of “right turning cars from stacking across the rail” but it also blocked southbound cars from turning into the parking area for the businesses.

    As a result, the bakery has seen a 60% decline in income, and the pharmacy has declined by 30%.

    “We feel like we haven’t been listened to and they don’t care,” he said.

    He said KiwiRail was not aware of any incidents at the rail crossing but the risk of someone being hurt was “too great to ignore”.

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    • I can understand the bakery facing a loss of customers but I’m challenged to see how the chemist is losing business.

      You can buy a loaf of bread anywhere but the nearest competition the pharmacist faces is Upper Hutt (32Km), Martinborough (18Km) or Greytown (13Km). Seems a long way to travel for a prescription or any of the overpriced crap pharmacies deal in just because you have to park over the road.

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    • Nelson has the same thing, they alter the traffic flow, remove parks and wonder why business fail and people hate the council. The dumb asses we have cant see it at all, wonder if they would see it if a neon sign was put there to spell it out.

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      • Competition ??
        Can anyone where name a Council in NZ that is NOT off the rails, evil, and malicious.

        Ref for example
        -the glue-on cycle bridge in Waikanae that detoured traffic for 3 months – BIG detour for many, daily.
        The hate is big.
        -Massive spend on speed bumps but nor repairing potholes
        -wasting time on resolutions about Hamas, or Ukraine or TPPA

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          • There is malice plus ignorance.

            The malice derives from the fact that many of the elected councillors, plus employees, are ignorant, drooling with utterly stooopid ideas; that they act with malice to carry out these ideas.

            The intended malice part is not forgivable.

            Auckland Transport is filled with these malicious critters.

            councils that declare a ‘climate crisis’ are acting with malice to constituents.

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          • Is it arrogance in their ignorance?
            Or is it ignorance of their arrogance?

            Is it because of having no responsibility, knowing they will not be pulled down by accountability.

            Which of the above creates this stupidity.
            There seems to be many forms of negligence?

            Can all of that be stupidity, when we know DEI is being practiced, so that there is no meritocracy?

            Forgive in the name of Stupidy??

            To ignore, & even more, censor Socratic Science, so the old Scientism is bought back, to be revered as “Follow the Science” that is that new fangled scientism of the “metaphysical” like in the “non-binary” etc..

            So many ideologies to be worn as a badge of honour, while they systemically are unleashed by those stupid ones.

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    • Some where in the South Waikato,
      So does this also create a detour on a detour.
      .
      …. State Highway 1B Telephone Road rail crossing has been closed since the tracks were damaged by a truck in April 2022. …..
      .
      …… SH1B east of Hamilton closed, detour in place ….. 1 April 2022
      .
      …… “one of the most dangerous of 1300 public road crossings in New Zealand” ….
      .
      …. Further work will take place at the rail crossing on Telephone Road to ensure that it remains closed to traffic for the foreseeable future.
      A crossing for pedestrians and cyclists will be built, subject to final approval from KiwiRail. ….

      https://nzta.govt.nz/projects/sh1b-telephone-road-rail-crossing/
      .
      From the ? & answer section.
      Also to note in another answer, that it seems that some of those roads there are also used for “SH1B detour” when needed.

      Somewhere in the background, although unsaid;– the taniwha, must be helping to collect koha for maori, iwi & hapu

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      • Plenty of links to see how they systemically take their time.

        …..results were clearer when asked about the impact of the closure, with
        72 per cent responding that the closure had been negative,
        22 percent saying the closure was neutral and
        6 percent saying it was positive. …

        https://nzta.govt.nz/media-releases/community-interest-strong-in-the-future-of-sh1b-telephone-road-rail-crossing/

        I admit I do not really know the area,
        If you spot a ute doing a few rounds or more, round the round-abouts, strong chance it is me.
        Takes a bit sometimes to read all the available signs, to then get lined up, to keep count, to make sure & it is best not to be too hasty.
        Nothing worse than taking the wrong exit, as such a mission to find your way back, or find a way back on at some other part, then realize you are now travelling the wrong way. 🙂
        Particularly during their construction stages & then to find one is on a road a few 100 metres that peters out, yet to built.

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  12. Some more reasons why KiwiRail has been derailed.
    A job for one of maori elite.
    .
    …… • Guiding communications and hui to ensure proactive and meaningful engagement
    with Iwi.

    • Enhancing KiwiRail with your Mātauranga Māori to help improve KiwiRail’s own
    knowledge and understanding of Tikanga and Te Reo Māori
    • Building and maintaining highly collaborative relationships with other agencies
    and third parties on matters of significance to Iwi
    • Building and maintaining strong working relationships across KiwiRail to grow
    confidence and support the uptake of the Rautaki Māori.
    Facilitate opportunities for Iwi, Hapū and Māori and their respective entities to be
    involved in the iReX projects.
    • To work with Iwi, Hapū and Māori to enable KiwiRail to understand their needs
    and aspirations
    • Facilitate and support interactions between Mana Whenua, Kiwirail and third
    parties such as project contractors and consultants
    .
    KiwiRail is committed to the principles of the Te Tiriti o Waitangi (partnership,
    participation and protection) and as such we work with our Iwi partners and the wider
    Māori community to meet their needs and aspirations in their takiwā. ……

    https://www.kiwirail.co.nz/assets/Careers/Sarah/Iwi-Engagement-Advisor-iReX-and-Lower-North-Island.pdf?vid=4
    .
    And why the Kiwi Rail wakas were launched into such deep water with a bottomless pits of $money.
    Now how much was raked off in that program so far?
    .
    …. The group was initiated by Māori staff in 1989, and formalised in 1990.
    Its objective is to strengthen whakawhanaungatanga (relationships) among employees and associated partnerships at all levels, through the sharing of knowledge and increasing awareness of cultural, social and economic issues. ...
    .
    …. The committee liaises, advises and consults with KiwiRail management to promote positive outcomes for Māori, for KiwiRail and for New Zealand. …..

    https://www.kiwirail.co.nz/who-we-are/our-people/te-kupenga-mahi/
    .
    Tell me again who is running KiwiRail? & on what principles?
    .
    This is about electricity, roads, all infra structure.
    So this time, who is running New Zealand infrastructure.
    How far the Labour government has got some of these things in place, or further enhanced, or enforced such concepts I do not know.
    .
    ….. | New Zealand Infrastructure Commission (2023)
    State of Play – Māori Engagement in Infrastructure
    What does the literature say?,
    Wellington, Te Waihanga | New Zealand Infrastructure Commission.
    .
    1.5. What will happen next?
    We are currently in the process of undertaking our own research into Māori engagement in infrastructure, including research aimed at addressing some of the gaps identified in the existing literature.
    We will also look for opportunities to release the findings of our
    research in stages.
    We are aiming to release all our findings by March 2024.
    Our reports will indicate areas where we consider that further research is necessary …

    https://tewaihanga.govt.nz/media/toon3c32/m%C4%81ori-engagement-in-infrastructure-what-does-the-literature-say.pdf
    .
    The point is we know the Tri-Coalition stopped 3 Waters with much fanfare, but left the Mahuta-Corp connected the Fresh Water system.
    Has the Tri-Coalition cleaned out the rot here? Will they?
    Has David Seymour got things lined up to come out against the depth of this control?

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    • In a city where buildings rise tall,
      A landlord dreams of rental haul.
      With every brick and polished floor,
      He seeks to open wealth’s grand door.

      He paints the walls in hues so bright,
      Ensuring every room feels right.
      A kitchen modern, sleek and clean,
      With counters fit for magazine.

      A garden blooms with vibrant life,
      A peaceful haven, free from strife.
      Balconies with views so grand,
      Invite the tenant’s eager hand.

      The landlord markets far and wide,
      With photos taken from each side.
      A listing crafted with great care,
      To show the charm his home does wear.

      He sets the price with shrewd insight,
      Balancing between what’s fair and right.
      For tenants seek a space that’s best,
      And willing pay for peace and rest.

      In bustling streets or quiet lanes,
      His properties yield handsome gains.
      With contracts signed, the rent flows in,
      The landlord’s smile, a testament to win.

      But more than money, there’s a part,
      Of making homes with all his heart.
      For every tenant, every lease,
      Brings a little slice of peace.

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        • In the cold south where the winds fiercely blow,
          Lived a wild red-headed man with a beard aglow.
          A hunter, a fisher, a farmer by trade,
          In nature’s vast kingdom, his presence he made.

          His hair was a flame in the frostbitten land,
          With eyes like the ocean, blue, deep, and grand.
          His rifle was steady, his aim ever true,
          Through forests and fields, he fearlessly flew.

          In rivers that shimmered with morning’s first light,
          He cast out his line in the stillness of night.
          Patient and silent, he’d wait for the bite,
          A master of waters, both calm and in plight.

          In the fields he would toil as dawn kissed the earth,
          With hands rough and weathered, he knew his own worth.
          The soil, it would yield to his powerful hand,
          A steward, a shepherd, he nurtured the land.

          With the howl of the dogs and the cry of the hawk,
          He wandered the wilds, never needing to talk.
          His story was written in tracks through the snow,
          A legend in whispers where the cold breezes blow.

          The wild red-headed bearded hunter, so grand,
          A fisher, a farmer, the heart of the land.
          In the cold south, where the harsh winters reign,
          He lived with a spirit untamed and unchained.

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              • Here is an ode to Nass,
                A tale of moments that amass.
                In fields of green and tender grass,
                Time slips by, never crass.

                Beneath the sun, the shadows pass,
                Reflecting in the river’s glass.
                In every dream we dare to grasp,
                We find our strength, our steadfast clasp.

                Through challenges that come to harass,
                We rise again, no fears surpass.
                In knowledge shared within our class,
                We find the wisdom to outlast.

                As stars align in night’s crevasse,
                We journey forth, hearts bold, steadfast.
                With memories that forever amass,
                We sing this ode to dear old Nass.

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  13. See what you did.
    Kāinga Ora CEO Andrew McKenzie quits over government changes
    Kāinga Ora chief executive Andrew McKenzie is stepping down because an overhaul of the organisation is not what he signed up for.

    Simon Moutter, who chairs the government’s social housing agency, said McKenzie would leave at the end of October, after doing an “excellent job” over the last eight years.

    The government had made a number of changes and signalled more would be on the way, in response to an Independent Review published last month, Moutter said.

    Read more: The Detail – A Crisis at Kāinga Ora

    Led by former prime minister Sir Bill English, the review found the social housing system was not financially sustainable or delivering the homes needed..
    https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/political/520986/kainga-ora-ceo-andrew-mckenzie-quits-over-government-changes

    However despite not getting it right

    The departure would be treated as a redundancy in line with the terms of his employment agreement, given the material reduction in the accountabilities of his role, Moutter said, confirming it would include a six-month salary payout, as compensation for notice and redundancy.

    McKenzie’s annual remuneration for the 2023/24 year was $731,000, according to Public Service Commission data, indicating the redundancy would result in a payout in the vicinity of $365,500.

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    • Didn’t sign up for it ??

      He was there 8 years.
      Things change
      8 years is a bit long for a CEO of an established organisation
      (as opposed to a start up entrepreneur, eg Steve Jobs )

      I knew him a little bit when he was CFO at Auckland council.
      He was CFO of Auckland City council (the real one) and in the merger got to be CFO in the merged structure.
      He is a Wellington lad though and had worked at Telecom prior so may have had crossover with Simon Moutter.

      I would not trust a Simon Moutter evaluation.
      When the azzhole left auckland international airport they partied long and hard.
      He went back to Telecom, changed the name of spark and did bugger all else good.

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  14. the woke sisterhood strikes again.
    They have no right not to be offended.

    Hamilton City councillor Andrew Bydder. Photo: Supplied

    An independent investigation has been launched into the conduct of a councillor who wrote an expletive-laden rant to a neighbouring council in which he asked: “What the f**k are you r******d s*****c c**ts doing?”.

    Hamilton City councillor Andrew Bydder made the derogatory comments in an online submission to Waipā District Council over the placement of a third bridge in Cambridge where he lives.

    The architectural designer also told Waipā mayor Susan O’Regan to “Get off your fat arse and do your job” in the submission lodged several months ago.

    The submission prompted a Code of Conduct complaint by Hamilton mayor Paula Southgate who called the language “appalling”.

    “I think that behaviour from anybody, let alone a public person, is unprofessional. I can’t ignore it. It’s threatening, vulgar, abusive, disrespectful language.”

    https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/national/520995/investigation-launched-into-hamilton-councillor-who-wrote-expletive-laden-rant

    so they will waste money on all,this rather than fix the problem which of course is their under performance in their roles.

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  15. Rioting sore-loser lefties in Paris

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CDipbtzBkRA
    Riots break out in Paris after National Rally party wins first round of snap election

    Protesters were seen wreaking havoc on the streets of Paris following the conservative National Rally party’s first-round victory.

    The activists took to the streets to vent their anger over the party’s first-round victory by destroying public property

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  16. Dig baby Dig

    It’s one of the most significant discoveries of unearthed gold in New Zealand in four decades, according to the Australian mining company pitching the opportunity to investors.

    ASX-listed Santana Minerals’ exploration activities have found decent stores of the precious metal in deposits across the privately-owned Bendigo Station, near Cromwell in Central Otago.

    https://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/gold-rush-atop-the-multi-billion-dollar-discovery-in-central-otago/FILVQBQGLFHLPG6QXJSUCHOVGI/

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  17. Roll up, oinkers – Shane Jones is calling hogs to a new trough, called the Regional Infrastructure Fund (RIF), not as rich as the PGF, true, but a $1.2bn swill must be tempting. When it has been filled with a swill funded by taxpayers and invitations have been issued to various organisations to come and slurp, it’s fair to suppose it is a trough. This likelihood is increased significantly when we learn the invitation to come and slurp is issued by Shane Jones.

    More information about the RIF, including details about eligibility criteria and the application process can also be found on the Grow Regions website from today.

    Crown Regional Holdings Limited (CRHL) is a Schedule 4A asset holding company for loan, equity and asset investments managed by Kānoa – Regional Economic Development & Investment Unit (Kānoa – RDU).
    CRHL does not have a decision-making mandate to originate the investments that it holds. Once investments are novated (transferred), CRHL does not have an operational role in the day-to-day management and administration of CRHL investments.
    These functions are outsourced to Kānoa – Regional Economic Development & Investment Unit, part of the Ministry for Business Innovation and Employment (MBIE) through a management agreement which authorises it to act on the Company’s behalf.

    CRHL was first incorporated with the Companies Office on 3 September 2019 as Provincial Growth Fund Limited. On 24 June 2021, the company became Crown Regional Holdings Limited upon receiving Cabinet approval.

    About Kanoa-RDU

    In te reo, the literal translation of ‘kā’ is fire and ‘noa’, without restraint.
    Used in proverbs and lore, it also provides a broader meaning in Te Ao Māori.
    Kānoa was guardian of Hawaiki’s Rua-kumara or kumara store house. By distributing kumara to others, he helped his people thrive and develop both their whenua (land) and their capability. The name ‘Kānoa’ was chosen for the unit by Te Rau Kupenga in recognition of Kānoa as kaitiaki, a guardian who helped grow prosperity through investment.
    The phrase “Kei te kā noa te ahi?” – “Is the fire burning?” – is also used by tangata whenua to ask if their home fire is alight and all is well.
    This meaning encapsulates the core principle of Kānoa – RDU – the organisation – to enable the development of people and their communities to ensure their wellbeing and prosperity.

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  18. The Earthquake Commission (EQC) has become the Natural Hazards Commission Toka Tū Ake in order to be better prepared when it comes to recovering from a range of natural hazards, not just earthquakes.

    This change is part of the new Natural Hazards Insurance Act, effective from 1st of July which is aimed at representing the broad spectrum of natural hazards covered by the Commission, including tsunami, landslides, volcanic activity, earthquakes, and geothermal events.

    The Natural Hazards Commission says the Government has run its natural hazards insurance scheme for nearly 80 years, covering damage to insured properties from different natural hazards.

    The new Act, passed in February 2023 under the previous Labour government, keeps the coverage mostly the same but clarifies entitlements and improves the claims process for homeowners.

    Chief Executive Tina Mitchell says the Commission exists to reduce the impact of natural hazards across New Zealand.

    https://www.interest.co.nz/insurance/128494/associate-finance-minister-david-seymour-says-he-has-asked-treasury-review

    Who knew?

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  19. New German Citizens Must Now Affirm Israel’s ‘Right To Exist’?

    Germany’s new requirement that prospective citizens affirm the State of Israel’s “right to exist” is just the latest of many examples of “thought-policing” by Western governments on that country’s behalf.

    As Israel began its attack on Gaza, Germany and France banned pro-Palestinian protests. This month, Germany designated the “Boycott, Divest, Sanction” (BDS) movement — which targets Israel — as an “extremist movement.” Like the protests that targeted apartheid South Africa in the 1980s, BDS activists advocate economic pressure to bring about a new political order in Israel.

    In the United States, that same expansive IHRA definition was incorporated into the Antisemitism Awareness Act passed by the House of Representatives in May. It exposes colleges to federal punishment if students or professors make a forbidden statement or argument about Israel. Though it sailed through the House on a 320-91 vote, it has yet to be taken up in the Senate.

    https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/new-german-citizens-must-now-affirm-israels-right-exist

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  20. A few affirming songs like that in NZ should do well too 🙂

    OFFICIAL VIDEO – “Don’t Welcome Me (To My Own Country)” – The Emily James Trio.
    https://youtu.be/1iuG3z4cr18
    3 minutes. : Nov 5, 2023

    A transcript of the lyrics are there & are good, music though in a country format. 🙂

    Something to sing in reply on occasion? or at some event.
    Good for a stir! 🙂

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  21. Even the leftist snakepit that is Stuff can’t ignore the obvious but there’s good news:

    ……”At this point in the delegate process, Biden would likely have to decide to drop out for there to be a new nominee. And the people he listens to most in the world — his wife and son — are telling him to stay in.”……

    https://www.stuff.co.nz/world-news/350328296/gathered-camp-david-bidens-family-tells-him-stay-race-and-keep-fighting

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    • To have Biden somehow win/cheat the election only enriches that family.

      To not to be President Biden, then there will be no pardons for remainder of the Biden family, for the crimes, like embezzlement, cheating taxes, Burisma Ukraine payments, etc. & the flow through so many companies in an effort to hide the original source of the money,
      Then there are the Chinese connections, witnesses, Hunter’s lap top, Hunters well paid paintings etc..

      Doubt that Joe now even collects the Mr 10%, but Jewell, Biden’s 2nd wife will make sure.

      So the family call will be “Keep on going Joe”, “mind that step”, and “Didn’t you do well in answering all the questions”

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  22. DEMOCRATS ARE DESTROYING DEMOCRACY

    What they want instead is a one-party state like California[2], where “elections” are held but a Party member always wins. They want intra-party selection, not competitive multiparty election. This is why Democrats seek to jail the opposition — so they can run without opposition. And this is also why they seek to control the Internet — so that the Internet doesn’t threaten their control.

    https://www.sgtreport.com/2024/06/democrats-are-destroying-democracy/

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  23. FFS, setting us up for the influx. Arseholes!!

    Government improves mass arrival management

    “While we haven’t experienced a mass arrival event in New Zealand, it is an ongoing possibility which would have a significant impact on our immigration and court systems,” Immigration Minister Erica Stanford says.

    “This Bill ensures we are better equipped to manage a mass arrival event, uphold the human rights of asylum seekers and protect the resilience of our critical courts and immigration infrastructure.

    https://www.beehive.govt.nz/release/government-improves-mass-arrival-management

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  24. Charted Daily
    @Charteddaily
    The RBNZ’s 2025 budget also has $35m for “engagement with the public & other stakeholders” to ensure NZers trust their “stewardship”. That’s up $20m (133%) in just 2 years. Maybe spending that much might be a reason “it’s becoming harder to maintain trust in public institutions”?

    Wow, docs released today by @ReserveBankofNZ show they are planning a 20% ($18m) increase in staff costs in 2025 vs 2024. Staff costs will be up almost 230% since 2018. Apparently the wage restraint everywhere else in the public sector doesn’t apply at the RBNZ.
    https://x.com/Charteddaily/status/1807703659637260592

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