Live in Auckland? Your household’s share of Len Brown’s debt is $20,000

" Our Debt is this big "

“Auckland Council’s Debt is this big “

The Auckland Ratepayer’s Alliance has been crunching the numbers and they have revealed that the Auckland Council’s liabilities if equally divided between every Auckland household works out to $20k per household.

Last week they launched the first of their Ratepayer Briefings where they examine the Council’s debt since amalgamation. If you would like to read it in full you can click here. 

Auckland Council's ticking timbomb

Auckland Council’s ticking timbomb

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And so the media-induced ‘panic’ about TPP starts

Guess what?  Under TPP, Customs can stop products they think violate copyrights or trademarks.

Customs will be given new powers to hold goods at the border that they suspect breach copyright or trade marks under the Trans Pacific Partnership.

And those who find themselves on trade mark infringement charges could pay more, with New Zealand courts to be given new discretion to award additional damages.

Those penalties would come on top of the compensatory damages already provided for under New Zealand law for trade mark infringement.

TPP will also require a new ‘patent linkage’ system to be established, where a pharmaceutical patent holder would be notified if a generic version of their product is submitted to Medsafe for regulatory approval.

New details on the TPP were released by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (Mfat) today in the form of fact sheets, including one on intellectual property.

Customs will need to be given new powers that would allow it to act on its own initiative to temporarily detain material suspected of breaching copyright and trade marks.

The Government has also agreed to extend existing laws on technological protection measures (TPMs). Read more »

Australian Muslims break out the victim card


It is pretty standard procedure really. Every time a terrorist act is committed by a Muslim or Muslims in a Western country one of the well funded Islamic organisations ( funded by Saudi Arabia or another wealthy Islamic country ) makes a huge fuss in order to take the media focus off the murder/s of the actual victim/s and onto the poor Muslim community who they frame as being the real victims.

In Australia the organisation Hizb ut-Tahrir has been busy. The 15 year old terrorist was radicalised by a gang in the local mosque and was given the gun to use in the local mosque and his sister the day before flew out of Australia on a flight bound for Istanbul and may have been attempting to reach Iraq or Syria.These facts though are irrelevant to Hizb ut-Tahrir as they have expertly put together a propaganda package to ensure that the Muslim community are seen as the victim and that the Australian government and people are blamed for what a 15 year old Muslim boy did.

The Australian reports that Islamist group Hizb ut-Tahrir Australia refused to condemn the attack, and carried on with a protest “calling for the end of U.S. and Russian action in Syria,”

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Alleged Manurewa Recreation Centre assault: audio released

A NINE-YEAR-old boy has been told he’s no longer welcome at a ratepayer-funded leisure centre for kids while the two staff members accused of assaulting him continue working there.

Today Whaleoil can reveal more details about the disturbing handling of an incident last month involving two female staff employed by the council-run Manurewa Recreation Centre – which include claims the women responsible for the alleged assault on Wyatt Attard took a hands-on role in the “whitewash” of an internal investigation that followed.

There have also been claims the boy was interviewed by centre staff without the permission of his parents, both of whom are demanding action.

The matter has now been referred to police, but remarkably neither woman has been stood down while the complaint is being investigated.

Instead, the council’s Leisure, Parks, Sport and Recreation manager Rob McGee has banned Wyatt from attending the centre until such time as the police conclude their inquiries.

In an email obtained by Whaleoil, McGee confirmed the council’s position:   Read more »

Bob McCoskrie loves the Streisand Effect


via 3 News

Hayden Donnell at 3 News has noticed that Family First frequently boosts the publications or events they protest against due to the Streisand Effect.   He had an email exchange with Family First director Bob McCoskrie:

“Hi Hayden. The problem with your thesis is that you’re suggesting that if we just stay silent, the problem will go away.

Anything but!

It’s when these events happen that we can raise the concerns that so many have about, for example, the harms of porn and the pornography industry,” he wrote. Read more »

Real Estate agent deposits clients’ money in own personal account


Aaron Drever

AN AUCKLAND real estate agent charged with misconduct after depositing more than $100,000 of client funds into his own account has escaped with just a fine in the latest case to test the credibility of the Government watchdog responsible for policing the billion-dollar plus a year industry.

The Real Estate Agents Disciplinary Tribunal, led by octogenarian former district court judge Paul Barber, was established under the Real Estate Agents Act 2008 to supposedly crack down on rogue real estate agents.

Although the tribunal has wide-ranging disciplinary powers at its disposal, critics say under Barber it’s become morally bankrupt and hopelessly incompetent.

The latest case to raise eyebrows involves Auckland agent Aaron Drever, who pleaded guilty to a charge of misconduct under the Act after obtaining more than $100,000 from vendor clients, which he then banked into his own account.   Read more »

Journalist guilty of computer crimes for helping hacker


It is a headline I hope to see originating in New Zealand media one day.   But patience is a virtue.

A federal jury in northern California has found a journalist guilty of computer crimes for helping hackers deface the Los Angeles Times website. Read more »

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Face of the day

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Cromwell 82-year-old Moya Twaddle  Screenshot from video on stuff –

Today’s face of the day is 82 year old Moya Twaddle. I relate to her because in my mid forties I too decided to do something that up until that point in my life I had never thought I would do.

Can you guess what Moya did?

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Word of the day

The word for today is…

peripeteia (noun) – A sudden change of events or reversal of circumstances, especially in a literary work.

Source : The Free Dictionary

Etymology : Also peripetia, 1590s, from Greek peripeteia “a turn right about; a sudden change” (of fortune, in a tragedy), from peri- “around” + stem of piptein “to fall”.