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Australian Restaurants better than New Zealand when it comes to service



I have just returned from a holiday in Melbourne with my Mum and a dear friend from my school days. We ate out a lot and tipped every time we had an evening meal. In Australia wait staff are paid differently and tipping is a key part of their income. I had often wondered if our system was fairer than those countries where tipping is normal. I wondered if everyone being paid a set amount was a fairer way to pay people rather than making a good portion of it dependent on customer satisfaction.

I cannot tell you if it is a fairer system and whether or not good Australian wait staff earn more than New Zealand wait staff in general but I can tell you that their service is outstanding. Earning part of your income in tips clearly motivates staff to bend over backwards to be of service.

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Notes from an odd world

The luvvies are really going to town on the demise of Mark Weldon.

At the same time they appear to be re-writing history.

Fairfax writes:

Weldon has stepped down following a recent string of high-profile blows, including the loss of popular broadcasters John Campbell and Hilary Barry.

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Co-incidence or Dirty Politics from Labour?


When politicians and those who worked for political parties gave this blog stories and leads for stories, Nicky Hager called it Dirty Politics. A political party giving a right wing blogger information was dirty he said and only the National Party did it.

When blogger and journalist Cameron Slater from Whaleoil, gave stories and leads to mainstream media journalists and Mainstream media journalists reciprocated by giving him leads and stories, Nicky Hager called it Dirty Politics. His analysis was very simple. Anyone daring to give or receive information from a New Media journalist was dirty. Ironically Nicky Hager claimed this without a trace of embarrassment given the fact that he has based all his investigative articles and books on stolen or leaked information rather than actual investigative research.

Recently I shared an e-mail to me from Phil Twyford and the Labour Party where he asked me to take a survey about healthy homes and the housing crisis. Included inside the survey were requests for permission to share my story with Mainstream media journalists.

Now in a strange co-incidence there is a story in the mainstream media about…

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More weasel words from Crone over the port

Vic Crone

Vic Crone is feeding nice stories to Bernard Orsman constantly now.

But if you actually look at what she is saying it is just more corporate weasel words with no promises for anything other than more weasel words and meetings,

Auckland mayoral candidate Vic Crone is promising to look at relocating the city’s port, saying its current downtown location is obsolete.

The port, she says, will be unable to keep up with the growth of Auckland in the next 50 years unless is expands further into the harbour.

“The community has spoken loudly and clearly,” Ms Crone said in a speech to the Committee for Auckland today.

“As mayor I will commit to leading a robust decision-making process to seek out a new home and transition our port there.”

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All over for Ted Cruz as Trump cleans out Indiana

Ted Cruz’s campaign is over as the funders tell him enough. Kasich’s plan to hang in for a contested convention is also in tatters.

Donald Trump, the amateur politician has handed the professionals their arse and boy are they upset. The same fools who loathe and underestimate the skills of John key are likewise dissing Donald Trump.

The pundits are silenced.

Donald Trump, mocked and minimized by the media for months, dismissed by the pundits as a fringe character, is now the de facto Republican nominee.

While I took him seriously from the beginning, I have to pause and remind myself that a non-politician, a billionaire real estate guy, just beat all these senators and governors and took control of the GOP.

In the end, Indiana was an anticlimax. The only surprise was that Ted Cruz, who vowed to fight on to the convention, abruptly dropped out.

Cruz didn’t mention Trump in his passionate withdrawal speech. Trump called him a hell of a competitor.   Read more »

Former army mechanic gets his knickers in a bunch

Ron Mark doesn’t really have the right temperament to even pretend to be the heir apparent to Winston Peters.

If his reaction in the House yesterday (4:02 in the video above)is anything to go by how on earth is he going to react to the news that Jonesy is going to make a comeback.

NZ First’s Ron Mark has been involved in another debating chamber spat, this time getting away with it despite calling another member a “lying little s***”.

An unidentified MP on the government benches interjected while Mr Mark was speaking on Wednesday night.    Read more »

Labour Rotorua digs in heels

Todd McClay could be in for a long wait if he expects an apology from Labour Rotorua for the unsubstantiated slur on the Minister’s character.

Steam N Mud reports Labour Rotorua’s latest response to the furore over their comments:

“We love that you’ve covered the story, but we don’t have anything further to add to our Facebook post,” Mr Marriner said.

“As Labour Rotorua we have no comment, I have no comment and Tamati is comment free on the post. Hope that’s okay. We just don’t have more to add.”   

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Whaleoil General Debate

keep-calm-and-don-t-shoot-the-messenger-3Morning everyone, and welcome to Whaleoil’s daily General Debate post (another one called Backchat will start at 6pm). To participate you’ll need to register a free Disqus account.

There are some rules, and if there is one thing about Whaleoil that you need to know is that these rules are dispassionately and strictly enforced.

Face of the day

Today’s face of the day is one member of a remarkable group of bikers who lend their strength to make abused children feel safe and supported.

Bikers Against Child Abuse International (BACA) exists with the intent to create a safer environment for abused children.

…BACA members truly go above and beyond in order to make children more comfortable and supported as they deal with the terrible cards with which they’ve been dealt — which often includes sexual and physical abuse. They’ll do everything from picking kids up from the bus to escorting them to and from school or therapy sessions. The children have these rough-and-tumble men playing with Barbies and painting butterflies on their faces.

But what strikes me most is the fact they’ll even attend courtroom cases in which child victims must testify against their abusers. Looking out into the seats and seeing them filled with their strong and powerful leather-clad friends can make a frightened and intimidated child feel much more secure. “The kid looks at us, concentrates on us knows we’re there for them.” Wow. This is absolutely remarkable.

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