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Martin Crowe Inducted Into ICC Hall of Fame

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Another government department worth axing

WorkSafe has taken the bizarre step of laying charged against WINZ because some crazed nutter walked into a WINZ and killed two people.

WorkSafe has filed a charge against the Ministry of Social Development following the Ashburton Work and Income shootings last September.

The charge under Section 6 of the Health and Safety in Employment Act alleges the ministry failed to take all practicable steps to ensure the safety of its employees while at work.

Work and Income (Winz) is a service delivery arm of the ministry.

The charge was laid in the Wellington District Court today following the conclusion of an investigation begun by WorkSafe shortly after the incident.

No further information is available and no further comment would be made as the matter is now before the courts.

Russell John Tully, 48, has been charged with murdering Work and Income front-counter workers Peggy Turukira Noble, 67, and Susan Leigh Cleveland, 55, on September 1 last year.

Cartoon of the Day

Credit:  SonovaMin

Credit: SonovaMin

John Key moves under urgency to cancel MP payrises

John Key has announced his intention to change MP pay rises.

Prime Minister John Key today announced an overhaul of the Remuneration Authority Act, tying MP salaries to those of the wider public sector, which will be passed under urgency.

Mr Key says the decision was made after the Remuneration Authority’s latest determination which saw the total remuneration received by MPs increased by about 3.5 per cent.

“That increase was neither necessary nor justified at a time when inflation is at 0.8 per cent,” says Mr Key.

“While the decision was made independently of MPs, they should not be receiving increases which are disproportionate to the wider public sector.”

Mr Key says the Remuneration Authority referred specifically to the criteria contained in the Remuneration Authority Act 1977 as the reason for the increases, therefore a law change was necessary. Read more »

Impertinent question

via Newstalk ZB

via Newstalk ZB

Why is Grant Dalton going around assuring sponsors that the New Zealand government money is guaranteed? Is he blowing hot air, or does Steve Joyce have some explaining to do?

Norway makes one step forward and two steps back

Today I read about how the government of Norway( despite public opposition to their decision) deported 824 Muslims. According to many different reports on the internet this resulted in a 30-31% decrease in violent crime. Reading this made me think that if such an unpopular decision had such measurable and pleasing results that it would enable the Government to make more sensible non politically correct decisions to protect its country.

Unfortunately they are not consistent in their decisions as a man I would consider public enemy number one in Norway was not deported back to Iraq because he risks the death penalty there.

Mullah Krekar (original name: Najmeddine Faraj Ahmad) is a Kurd who moved from Iraq to Norway in 1991

Mullah Krekar (original name: Najmeddine Faraj Ahmad) is a Kurd who moved from Iraq to Norway in 1991

This is a man who has spoken at length about how he and Islam supports murdering anyone who burns a Koran or draws a cartoon of Muhammad. This is a man who in 2012 was sentenced to 5 years in prison for making repeated death threats against Norwegian politicians and kurds if they pursued certain civil actions against him. This is a man who ..

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One Labour MP got 1/6th of all the funds raised

… Labour MP Stuart Nash was the … biggest recipient of donations, declaring he received $99,000 last year.

He said that was the key to his success in winning the Napier electorate – and in being the only candidate to win a seat back from National.

“The majority of the money actually went on full page ads in our community weekly and Napier mail,” he said.

Mr Nash said money was not the only thing needed to run a successful campaign but it was incredibly important.

“Would I have won without that level of money and level of support? Possibly. But this certainly made it a lot easier because we were able to build a profile.”

In total, Labour’s 71 candidates raised just over $604,000 in donations – less than half that of National’s candidates.

71 candidates got $604,000 – about $8500 on average.  Or, if you take Nash’s lot out and divide by 70… $7214 per candidate.   That’s just really, really sad.   No wonder they’re all looking at Nash and going “what the hell?”.   Read more »

Taxpayers’ Union do what Labour can’t

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The Taxpayers’ Union have landed a beauty, with this morning’s Herald covering their exposure of a IT screw up that’s set to cost taxpayers four times Novopay.

How the hell Labour didn’t pick up on this first I’ve got no idea.

The TU press statement says:

“The latest tax bill introduced to Parliament last week proposes that a number of child support measures enacted in 2013 be repealed because of this cost blowout.  The original cost estimate to implement the 2013 reform was $30 million. That’s now $210 million. The cost of the U-turn is forecast to cost at least $163 million.”

“$163 million is an extraordinary cost, more than $100 for every New Zealand household. Not a single dollar of that amount goes to vulnerable kids or struggling families.”

“The officials say that the majority of the higher cost is the depreciation and capital charge associated with the capital expenditure. That’s bureaucratic code for an IT cost blow out.”

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Concrete Cancer Cover-up, Ctd – Did Nick Smith mislead parliament?

The concrete cancer cover-up fiasco affecting New Zealand’s $400 million concrete sector has taken another turn with the Minister for Building and Housing Nick Smith now looking like having misled Parliament.

Under questioning from Winston Peters, the Minister for Building  and Housing Nick Smith initially covered off his statements by saying that “I have been assured by officials”.

But Ministers have to satisfy themselves that the answers they’re getting from officials are right – otherwise they get caught out.

So when Nick Smith gets cocky and thinks he knows best, he gets held to account.

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Sources inside the industry have told Whaleoil of  a ‘WTF’ moment when they heard Nick Smith say this, and are now asking who is advising the Minister on this issue.

If he was getting good advice, he would not have told Parliament that “high alkali cement is allowed under New Zealand cement standard” – a statement that is likely to come back to haunt Nick Smith for the simple reason it is just wrong.   Read more »

Apparently all of you are “nutjobs and losers”

The Rural News column “The Hound” thinks all of the readers of this site are “nutjobs and losers”.

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