Penny Bright ordered to pay $13k in costs, but rate payers still out of pocket

Penny Bright is fully capable of paying her outstanding rates but just doesn’t want to.

Auckland Council has today been awarded more than $13,000 towards costs incurred while recouping unpaid rates from activist Penny Bright.

Ms Bright owed $34,182.56 in rates for her Kingsland house, as of June 30, 2015.

The $13,249.20 of costs awarded by the Auckland District Court is in addition to the rates owed, which backdate to 2007.

Earlier this year, the court ruled Ms Bright must pay the rates owed to the council.   Read more »

Whaleoil Projects – The European Mount, ctd

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I have finished my little project of mounting Colin the Deer.

When I last blogged I was waiting for some 50% hydrogen peroxide to bleach and clean the skull. That arrived and the job was done in about 20 minutes…and some mild pain with getting stuff on my fingers, despite wearing gloves. The bleaching was awesome and all the stray bits of meat and stuff in hard-to-get-at places were gone. The teeth loosened up a bit though and one fell out since the stuff holding them in got eaten away by the peroxide. I expected that and the next step fixed it all up.   Read more »

Two questions for Chris Hipkins

It's a crisis I tell you!

It’s a crisis I tell you!

Following on from Chris Hipkins declaring a crisis in education, I have two questions for him to answer.

  1. Isn’t the real “crisis” in education that PPTA-staffed schools ensure that only 14% of Maori school leavers (20% of Pasifika) have University Entrance?
  2. Charter schools use their funding to provide uniforms and stationery and do not ask for donations. States schools have that choice and don’t do it. Will Labour require them to?

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Nasty Tamati calls McClay corrupt

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Tamati Coffey, bar owner, former weatherman and Labour Party windbag for Rotorua, has gone full retard on Rotorua MP Todd McClay.

You know those Panama Papers that tell people Aotearoa is a great place to launder money?

The NZ Herald has highlighted in the link below how Todd McClay put the IRD’s last review of foreign trusts and their taxes on ice, coincidently around the time John Key’s personal lawyer lobbied for him to do so.

A review that would’ve stopped our global embarrassment in the Panama Papers should it have been allowed to continue.

Mr McClay says the idea he was influenced by his boss’s lawyer “is insulting”, however when you read the corruption trail below, you’ll think being told it’s insulting is the insulting part.

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The Central Hawkes Bay dickhead mayor has a challenger

Peter Butler is a total dickhead, and prone to flashes of anger and outbursts.

Now he has a challenger.

Central Hawke’s Bay businesswoman Alex Walker is throwing her hat into the ring and standing for mayor at this year’s local body elections.

To date, the only other candidate to come forward and announced they will bid for the mayoralty is current CHB mayor Peter Butler.

Ms Walker said she was standing with an aim to providing a young, fresh approach to council leadership in the district.

“My vision is for a vibrant, innovative and energetic community,” she said.

“We have important opportunities facing our district as water and regional investment increases and we need to be ready to make the most of them.

“We need local governance that is sustainable, future-focused, customer friendly, and positive in its leadership of our people.”

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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

via Newshub

via Newshub

After a distinguished career with MediaWorks spanning 23 years, Newshub at 6pm and Paul Henry Presenter Hilary Barry has decided to leave the company.

Mark Weldon, Group CEO, said: “On behalf of MediaWorks, I want to thank and pay tribute to Hilary. She is a brilliant broadcaster, highly respected journalist and much-loved personality, who will be missed by myself, colleagues and audiences.  Read more »

Word of the day

The word for today is…

opprobrium (noun) – 1. Disgrace arising from exceedingly shameful conduct; ignominy.
2. Scornful reproach or contempt: a term of opprobrium.
3. (Archaic) A cause of shame or disgrace.

Source : The Free Dictionary

Etymology : 1680s, from Latin opprobrium “disgrace, infamy, scandal, dishonour,” from opprobare.

Daily Proverb

Proverbs 29

1Whoever stubbornly refuses to accept criticism will suddenly be destroyed beyond recovery.

Friday nightCap

At least she’ll die having led a meaningful life