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David Slack starts the post election coalition negotiations.

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Claire Trevett looks back on dignified politicians

Few could question the integrity with which Sharples and Turia approached their political lives. They rarely got embroiled in the mundane distractions of politics, the grandstanding and personal snipes, unless it was in defence of themselves. They were the perfect complementary force. Turia was the rock, Sharples was the orator, galvanising and the perfect voice to quell suspicion about the Maori Party among Pakeha.

When it came to the Pakeha media, both took time to explain who they were and what they were doing, over and over again if need be. They were dignified, courteous and calm. Turia’s entertaining habit of breaking into giggles when asked the occasional ridiculous question often said more than words would have.

The reality of politics has had the usual erosive effect. The acrimonious split with Hone Harawira delivered a cut the party has yet to heal from, despite its bravado. It continues to struggle with the perception it has simply become a stooge for National. Its MPs would occasionally adopt siege mentality at times of trial rather than front the issue.

But they stayed relentlessly on message, and that message has stayed consistent throughout. For Turia, that message has been life-long: the case for Maori self-determination. In her maiden speech as a new Labour MP in 1997, she did not bother with the usual platitudes of paying homage to the party she represented, or those who led it. Instead, she spoke of Maori being forced to live in two worlds, “drip-fed, spoon-fed and acted upon like imbeciles”. Read more »

Len Brown has bigger problems to worry about than a sugar ban

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Len Brown seems to be so desperate to talk about anything else aside from the Council’s black budget that he’s now thinking about banning sugary drinks.

I’ve posted about Auckland Council’s perilous state of its finances, as has Len Brown’s former favourite journalist Bernard Orsman who talked about ‘how city budget hit crunch point’.

With Len not keen on talking to Bernard, his PR team have instead raced out to find diversions to take Aucklanders’ attention off his inability to deliver his promised pet projects.  If it wasn’t Waterfront Auckland’s clumsy attempt at spending millions on Queens Wharf, it was wheeling out Rod Oram to encourage Len to keep on spending up big.  Read more »

BREAKING: Will Conservative Party name “NZ’s Rolf Harris” that David Cunliffe lunched with?

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Please do not put anything in the comments that can even hint, suggest or otherwise lead to the identity of “NZ Rolf”, no hints as to what to search for, or what web sites to visit.  Doing so will see your ability to comment here permanently withdrawn

Waving the White Flag

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David Cunliffe and Martyn Bradbury are running scared. Read more »

IRD Scam warning

This needs a wider audience

A woman says she was almost swindled out of nearly $1000 by a “very well-rehearsed” scammer claiming to be from Inland Revenue and demanding payments.

IRD says it’s looking into the scam after it received at least 18 reports of scammers calling people claiming to be from the IRD, including a man who says he’s been duped out of $6500 by the scammers.

Clara Iqbal told TVNZ’s Breakfast this morning that a man phoned yesterday and said he was the chief investigating officer at the IRD and that there was a warrant out to arrest her as she owed $987 “and if I didn’t pay within 24-hours they would take me to court which could cost thousands”.

The problem is that this will fluster people into complying.

Ms Iqbal said the scammer knew all of her details and even appeared to be calling from an IRD number.

The scammers have managed to spoof IRD’s 0800 number, making it seem a legitimate call on caller ID.

Knowing everything about someone… well, you know, welcome to being an idiot and putting your life on the Internet.  But the spoofing of an 0800 number?  That’s something else altogether.     Read more »

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David Cunliffe has lost the public, bar 20%

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Just about any poll the newspapers run on David Cunliffe nets him a solid 20%.  But he’s lost it.  Even the media have given up on him, lest they look silly for supporting a political corpse.

(refer to Whaleoil’s rules of Politics, and corpse hugging for more information)

He can’t resign.  Nobody wants his job for the next 60 days.

Is there anything he can do?

Living small for a large life.

My latest interest and passion for the past two years has been the Tiny House Movement

I have a board on Pin interest where I add photos of tiny homes from all over the internet. While I do not want to live in a tiny or small home right now it is something that really appeals for when it is just Cam and I.

So what is the attraction of a tiny or small home?

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More Harawira signs you paid for

It seems Hone Harawira has funded his election campaign from the public purse with more taxpayer funded signs going up around the electorate.

Our Ground Crew member reports:

Last night I also saw them one on a fence on the corner of Triangle Road and Lincoln Road, Henderson  and another on the top of a building called “Mothers Cellar” in Lincoln Road, Henderson.

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Fence of the marae in Luckens Road, West Harbour, Auckland

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