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Well, that escalated quickly. Â Patrice Dougan writes
Members of a board which yesterday agreed to halve funding to the Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust could find themselves in court after the trust said it may target individuals in a legal bid to overturn the decision.
Financial backing for the rescue helicopter is set to be slashed by $450,000 after the Auckland Regional Amenities Funding Board voted to implement the cut for the next financial year.
It follows a cut last year in which the rescue helicopter trust’s grant dropped from $1.2 million to $900,000.
Yesterday’s further reduction would mean the trust would receive $450,000 for the 2014/15 year.
Seriously, we are all complaining about ridiculous rates rises, but I would have thought the Arts to be non-essential spending, whereas getting people to hospital isn’t a nice-to-have.
The Herald has a useful list of “essential spending” that the board overseas Â Read more »
Yesterday we blogged about how out of whack David Cunliffe’s power graph was. We presented a nother view from the same data.
Another reader has emailed with his thoughts.
Haven’t really followed the arguments aroundÂ powerÂ prices. But what really grinds my gears is bad data analysis. I have done quite a bit of normalizing of data in my time and although it is a powerful tool, it has to be used with caution because it can really skew the data. As soon as I saw Labours press release I was suspicious about why they chose to normalize to the date they did.
Thanks to previous correspondent who made the raw data easily available, I normalized the data to 1990, as this was the closest data point to the reforms that people complain about. Also have blocked out via color who was inÂ power. Because of the data, I have “logged” the y-axis, so the changes are non-linear wrt this axis.
NZ is in black / bold. Shows that the price rise was not due to the early 90′s reforms. As there was almost no price increase from 1990 to year 2000. Furthermore the price was increasing before the reforms, then had reduced increases post reforms. So it is impossible to blame the reforms for the price increases.Â Read more »
The Unite Union love to put it about that they are New Zealand’s most far left Union. Â But have a look at their
feeÂ tax structure for their 7,000 members.
Their poorest members pay a whopping 2% of their income in
The wealthiest pay just .7% of their income in
Rather than have a progressive system that they promote for everyone else in New Zealand their own system is purely regressive to a flat
feeÂ maximum tax.
Matt McCarten and David Cunliffe need to have a wee sit down and develop Labour’s taxation policy along the same lines. Â It promises to be a vote winner in Epsom.
One may think the judge might have had the wool pulled over his eyes. The cash is with my Uncle back in India which is a Tui moment in itself, how about the judge locks her up until the “Uncle” returns it all.
Money from a Christchurch woman’s four false EQC claims, totalling $37,487, has passed out of reach to her family in India.
The Mairehau woman, 35-year-old Poulomi Chaterjee, has been ordered to pay $15,000 of the money back over the next five years in reparations, as part of her Christchurch District Court sentencing.
Most of the money went into the bank account of her uncle, who may be approached about having a “moral responsibility” to make some repayment.
In the meantime, Chaterjee is the only person who has been prosecuted and as a university student she will struggle to pay.
If EQC wants the rest of the money, it may have to take civil action.Â Read more »
David Cunliffe probably thought last week was going to be his low point.
Now we are getting a peek behind the curtains on what a Labour/Green government would look like, it’s a constant theme that the Greens are a huge turn off for potential Labour voters which Jones clearly grasps.
For a point of reference you should have a look at what the ousted Labour politicians from Tasmania are saying about their time with Green coalition partner.
in the meantime we get to enjoy Shane Jones kicking the Greens in the cods.
Labour MP Shane Jones says Greens are too thin-skinned after the party laid a complaint about his attack on one its MPs.
Greens’ head of staff Ken Spagnolo said he had raised Mr Jones’ comments with Labour head of staff Matt McCarten.Â Read more »
Yesterday the Herald editorial outlines the egregious case ofÂ the very agencies charged with protecting privacy in New Zealand now violating the privacy of others in order to prosecute a case laid Â by a moaning whinger who didn’t get a job and claims he was victimised as a result.
The law is not always an ass but it can produce an absurdity. The decision of the Human Rights Review Tribunal to make a company disclose to a failed job applicant the CVs and reference checks of others going for a job is an example.
The aggrieved party complained to the tribunal that he was discriminated against on the basis of age. He wants to see the credentials of others who applied or succeeded in the process. Under the court system’s rules of “discovery”, which the tribunal adopts, all information pertinent to an action needs to be handed over from the defendant to the plaintiff. The tribunal has dismissed an application from the company involved, Alpine Energy, to block that discovery under a section of the Evidence Act which covers confidentiality.
So Alpine and its recruitment agency must give the man the information it has on the successful candidate and those who contested and lost. This would include not only names, applications and CVs (although the tribunal and the failed job-seeker have agreed it need not include addresses and contact details) but also reference and perhaps security checks.
If one of those who applied, in confidence, has a criminal record or a past debt, the information could be made available. Presumably, medical information, past behavioural issues or work performance details provided by former employers and referees would also fall under this other person’s scrutiny.Â Read more »
You couldnâ€™t make this up!
The second instalment of Whaleoilâ€™s exclusive â€śmeet the helicopter hatersâ€ť features, introducing the members of Judith Tizardâ€™s Auckland Regional Amenities Funding Board, was charged in November 2011 with forgery, damaging a computer system and two counts of using a forged document â€¦ and was only discharged without conviction in December 2012 after pleading guilty on grounds of temporary insanity!
Sheâ€™s Anita Killeen.
Thatâ€™s right.Â One of board members who decide whether the Auckland Philharmonia needs money for a new Double Bass or the Auckland Rescue Helicopter needs it for spare parts only escaped up to 10 years in jail because she told the court she was irrational, forgetful and obsessive!Â Read more »
Typical Kim, that big jokester. Â Even though the referendum about changing NZ’s flag has been put off for a year, he’s all in with his own ideas. Â You know, from the Internet Party, that doesn’t care much about education, health care or law and order, but is first out of the gate when it comes to flags.
Mind you, to be honest, Kim does like his flags.
Stay tuned to Whaleoil over the next few days and weeks. Â We’ll let you know about theÂ realÂ secret life of Kim Dotcom.