One of Steve Joyce’s corporate welfare darlings is making headlines

Rocket Lab is a US company, but in all publicity here in New Zealand, especially when it is about their corporate welfare they are described as a Auckland based company.

The reality is different, even Bloomberg knows they are a US company.

New Zealand, known for breathtaking scenery and fine wine, will add one more claim to fame when it becomes home to the world’s first commercial space-launch site later this year.

A U.S. company, Rocket Lab plans to build a base on New Zealand’s South Island from which to loft small satellites into low orbit. The goal is to increase the pace and affordability of sending up imaging and communication gear used for services including weather monitoring, natural disaster management and crop surveillance.

“Creating and operating our own launch site is a necessity to meet the demands of our growing customer manifest,” Chief Executive Officer Peter Beck said Wednesday. “With the launch frequency possible from this site, Rocket Lab is one major step closer to its goal of making space commercially accessible.”    Read more »

Cry Baby of the Week


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I’ve been waiting all week in case a better one came up but this week’s cry baby really takes the cake.

A transgender shopper claims she was ridiculed by an assistant while trying on shorts at a department store in Auckland.

Mary Haddock-Staniland was at the Botany branch of Farmers with a friend yesterday. But while in a female changing room, she overheard a shop assistant ask colleagues if it was okay to let “half-man, half-woman” in.

Mrs Haddock-Staniland said the staff member was rude from the start, laughed at her and repeated her slurs to other customers.

“The way she singled me out made me feel as if I shouldn’t be there … I’m disgusted, I’m a strong transgender advocate in the community.”

Mary Haddock-Staniland is a cry baby.

She has chosen to live like that and her personal choices have put staff in places like Farmers in an invidious position. Presumably she is still physically a man, though we can’t possibly know from the breathless reporting of outrage. But Farmers staff are supposed to know this and let a man change in a female changing room? Try that at the swimming baths and see how you get on.   Read more »

Jihadists groups now at each other’s throats


ISIS and another jihadist group in Syria are at each other’s throats and mimicking their killing techniques.

A rebel group battling ISIS in Syria has turned the tables on its enemies by capturing and slaughtering dozens of Islamic State soldiers on camera.

Dressed in orange jumpsuits – attire usually worn by ISIS’s victims – the Jaysh Al-Islam soldiers lead 13 shackled jihadis to their deaths.

Jaysh Al-Islam calls itself the ‘Army of Islam’ and reportedly commands as many as 25,000 loyal fighters following the merger of around 60 rebel factions inside Syria.

Islamic State’s captured soldiers are forced to kneel as a commander announces: ‘Allah did not make a disease without appointing a remedy to it.’   Read more »


Will the MSM ever look at Andrew Little’s record, Ctd

His leadership is a dog's breakfast and tastes like a dog's leavings

What do you mean there are irregularities?

Over the past few weeks we have been looking into the EPMU under Andrew Little’s stewardship. There are a series of financial anomalies that need explaining, especially for a man who wants to be Prime Minister and be responsible for the Government Accounts.

Previous Questions were asked here, here and here.


We also provided the original documentation from the Societies web site. This is all public source information so anyone can find it if they visit the Societies web site.   Read more »

Mental Health Break

Andrew Bolt on the bias of media

Andrew Bolt shares remarkably similar thoughts to my own on the inherent bias of media personalities.

What’s relatively new is journalists being called out publicly for their bias. For many years, when dissent was punished or simply not published, journalists congratulated each other on being balanced – or at least seeming so.

I’m talking of the time when even George Negus – Negus! – was assumed to be impartial. When Phillip Adams was seen as at the centre of respectable opinion. When the ABC defined the middle ground.

I think one of the sources of the rage so many journalists have for the likes of me is that we are now calling out this fraud, using endless evidence. I have no hesitation in leveling with the audience and announcing my own biases – humanist, conservative, liberal, rationalist and individualist – but I have no hesitation in pointing out the biases of others in the media, too, particularly on the ABC. For a start, I want to end this deceit that the ABC is balanced and not at all leaning to the Left.

ABC presenters have been outraged to have their cover blown. Some – Jonathan Green, Virginia Trioli and Patricia Karvelas – profess astonishment at being identified as Left leaning, either because they are simply not self aware or because they don’t want you to know where they lie.

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The square heads are getting sick of dodgy Greek ratbags

Time is up for Greece, and the Krauts are utterly sick of them.

Berlin has delivered a blistering attack on Greece’s beleaguered radical prime minister, Alexis Tsipras, accusing him of lying to his own people and seeking scapegoats for the country’s misery everywhere but in his own ranks.

The German government dismissed desperate attempts by Athens to salvage some form of bailout, prompting Tsipras to hit back, accusing the country’s creditors of trying to “blackmail” Greek voters with dire warnings that a vote against austerity in this weekend’s referendum would be a vote to leave the euro.

Tsipras referred to leaders of other eurozone nations as “extremist conservative forces” and blamed them for the capital controls that have forced the banks to shut down and ration cash.   Read more »

Google cars drive like a granny, but that’s ok


People argue that self driving cars are risky, yet after millions of miles Google’s self drive cars have only had about a dozen accidents and none were the fault of the car.

Perhaps it is because they drive like grannies.

Google cars drive like your grandma – they’re never the first off the line at a stop light, they don’t accelerate quickly, they don’t speed, and they never take any chances with lane changes (cut people off, etc.).

Google cars seem to be a little overly-cautious at intersections where visibility is limited: Think a T-intersection where a big truck or a bush blocks visibility for the road that needs to turn either left or right. The Google car I saw inched forward very slowly with a lot of pauses, as if it was stopping to get its bearings even though it obviously hadn’t pulled forward enough to “see” anything. It appeared very safe, but if I had been behind it I probably would have been annoyed at how long it took to actually commit to pull out and turn.

Google cars are very polite to pedestrians. They leave plenty of space. A Google car would never do that rude thing where a driver inches impatiently into a crosswalk while people are crossing because he/she wants to make a right turn. However, this can also lead to some annoyance to drivers behind, as the Google car seems to wait for the pedestrian to be completely clear. On one occasion, I saw a pedestrian cross into a row of human-thickness trees and this seemed to throw the car for a loop for a few seconds. The person was a good 10 feet out of the crosswalk before the car made the turn.  Read more »

The House Today #nzqt

Question time/Questions for oral answer starts at 2 pm today.

Questions to Ministers

  1. Dr SHANE RETI to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received on the international economy and its effect on New Zealand’s economy?
  2. GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Finance: Does he agree with the Prime Minister’s advice to farmers in November of last year that they should not get too worried about the milk price?
  3. IAN McKELVIE to the Minister for Primary Industries: What recent announcement has he made about Government support to help tackle hill country erosion?
  4. CHRIS HIPKINS to the Minister of Education: Does she stand by all her statements?
  5. DAVID SEYMOUR to the Minister for Social Housing: In light of his answers to Oral Question No 2 on 30 June, does he consider overseas investment in community housing projects to be consistent with the openness of other countries to New Zealanders investing internationally? Read more »