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Listen up pansies, you are standing for public office not playing knuckle-bones with your sister


It seems there are a bunch of pansies out there, from Colin Craig to recent local body candidates who are all crying foul because..shock, horror, people are campaigning against them.

They all cry dirty politics. Listen up cupcakes…there is no such thing. There is just politics.

The latest cry-baby pansy pants is a candidate in Queenstown.

A high-profile Queenstown Lakes mayoral candidate has asked police to investigate an alleged “campaign” against him, saying he has no time for dirty politics.

Businessman Jim Boult, who is on the Hawkins Group board and is a former chief executive of Christchurch Airport, says he has laid a complaint with Queenstown police over an alleged campaign.

In a statement, Boult said over recent weeks he had become aware of actions “which may have had the intent of trying to influence the outcome of the election against me”.

He said he wanted a clean race and did not have time for “dirty politics”.   Read more »

The PSA Union ruthlessly picks on the little guy


Imagine the scene in the schoolyard. The bully grabs the scrawny new kid and hits him repeatedly. When he asks why the bully is picking on him he replies, ” You are helping Kevin with his homework. You have to stop doing that because he refuses to give me his lunch money and is making me look weak” The new kid is puzzled. ” But I only help him with French,” he replies ” Why aren’t you kicking John and Alan who are the senior students that tutor him for all his other subjects and also help him train for sports? ” “What do you take me for? Have you seen the size of Alan and John?  I need to send a message to the other kids not to mess with me and you’re that message kid.”

In the news right now the scrawny new kid is online retailer My Food Bag who is being pressured by the PSA Union to end its relationship with its frozen pea supplier, Talley’s.

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Two-minute Len’s tearful valedictory speech

Mr Brown was the first Super City mayor, elected as head of the amalgamated council in 2010.

In his valedictory speech, Mr Brown described the City Rail Link project, which was now under construction, as a metaphor for the changing spirit of Auckland since the 2010 amalgamation of eight councils.

He told councillors he felt bullish about the future of the city. Read more »

Back to Zero Mr Little


By going to a hug fest with Canada’s Trudeau, Andrew Little managed to edge closer to breaking the 21 day “no ballsup” record.  Earlier this week we reset it to zero as he decided to ignore the advice of one of our most effective and successful Labour Prime ministers ever.   Read more »

Time for some good old Key pragmatism: ditch the RMA reform until 2018

The Government’s plan to modernise the Resource Management Act appeared yesterday to be have hit the wall.

Meetings at Parliament next week to sign off revisions to the Resource Legislation Amendment Bill — which amends the RMA —have had to be cancelled.

Labour says that’s because the Cabinet cannot agree on what the changes should be.

The meetings were additional ones for the Local Government and Environment Committee which was to have considered an officials’ report on changes to the original RLA Bill.

This is a highly contentious piece of legislation which seeks to implement iwi participation agreements and strips back the notification and appeal process for resource consents.

It also establishes new “collaborative planning processes” but the Committee has heard a lengthy parade of objections to various bits of the Bill.

It was promoted with much fanfare in the first place last November by Environment Minister Nick Smith who said the 180 page Bill was about reducing the bureaucracy “that gets in the way of creating jobs, building houses, and good environmental management.”

“ It provides for greater national consistency, more responsive plannin Read more »

TVNZ: Too much money – Too little brains


TVNZ is set to abandon more than 40 years of history this weekend, as it farewells the TV One brand, renaming the channel TVNZ 1.

The move, announced this afternoon at the network’s new season launch, is part of a wider overhaul, which will see TV2 renamed TVNZ 2 and One News to become 1 News.

It follows a major overhaul by rival broadcaster MediaWorks this year, which saw it ditch the 3 News brand in favour of Newshub,

The cost of doing this will be substantial.  This branding is through everything in the whole organisation.   The question as to be asked:  what is the net benefit?   Read more »


NZ Herald’s owner NZME, have had a server compromised

And the ones to “out them” are Spark.   No really.


Thanks for playing the Spark Arcade game recently. It’s a promotion we set up with our partner NZME. Unfortunately, we’ve been advised that there has been a security breach on a server used by NZME, hosting the Spark Arcade website.

This means some information about you (your name, email address and mobile number, whether you won a Spark Arcade prize or not, and if you did, what that prize was) was vulnerable to access by a third-party.

A security breach.  That’s interesting.   Read more »


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Face of the Day


via Stuff

“When Donald Brash talks in glowing terms about Hobson’s Pledge and his determination to take away rights guaranteed under the Treaty of Waitangi, it sounds awfully like Donald Trump.” Mr Harawira says.

“Well good luck Donald [Brash] every country needs a red neck.”

Mr Harawira says a quick scan of “Māori privileges” shows exactly how Māori are getting on.

“Housing, badly. Employment, badly. Health, badly. Education, badly. Prison, badly. Need I carry on?”

Mr Harawira says what Dr Brash is trumpeting is “good old fashioned racism”.

When asked if the Hobson’s Pledge group is racist or promotes racist ideas, Mr Harawira told Newshub he believes the group is aiming to take away the rights of
Māori under the Treaty of Waitangi.

“Oh absolutely it’s racist, how can you call children dying in poverty ‘privilege’. What do you call 60 percent of your people being in prison? Privilege?

“Come on, absolutely this is racism and it’s time somebody called it out. I’m the man.” he says.

That was Hone yesterday.  This is Hone six years ago   Read more »