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Kelvin Davis must be so proud

A vicious attack on a Whangarei woman abducted while jogging on the popular Hatea Loop Walkway and sexually abused was carried out by a deportee from Australia who suffered from sexual preoccupation.

Haydn Teoneroa Christy had a serious problem with drug and alcohol abuse and also smoked meth when he carried out the attack at 6.30am on April 29.

The 40-year-old, who affiliates to Ngati Kahungunu in the Hawke’s Bay and Wairarapa areas, was jailed for 12 years by the High Court in Whangarei yesterday after he earlier pleaded guilty to seven charges.

They were four charges of sexual violation by unlawful sexual connection, one of abduction for the purpose of sexual violation, one of threatening to kill, and another of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

A minimum period of imprisonment of eight years was imposed.

Suppression orders mean the reason behind Christy’s deportation from Australia and his previous convictions could not be revealed in detail.

This is the kind of person that the Labour party advocated for.  In fact, Kelvin Davis and Andrew Littler personally went to Australia to tell the Australians how to run their own country.  You can’t blame Australia for trying to rid themselves of our scum.  But Labour’s crim hugging has come to absolutely nothing other than solidifying the view that Labour are the party for the criminal underclass.   Read more »

Report: Gerry’s airport arrogance highlighted once more

Continued obfuscation by CAA means Gerry’s quest for a pie before flying is news again.

Former transport minister Gerry Brownlee bought chewing gum and a can of softdrink in a bookshop after barging through airport security, new information about the 2014 incident at Christchurch Airport shows.

One of his aides also bought food items while the group waited for boarding passes.

The Civil Aviation Authority has released the information after being told to by Ombudsman Leo Donnelly in response to a complaint about parts of the report being withheld.

Parts of investigator Dianne Cooze’s report remain redacted.

The report says there was plenty of time for Brownlee and his aides to board their flight to Wellington on the morning of July 24, 2014, if they had followed usual security protocols.

Brownlee was fined $2000 for the infringement and his aides were issued formal warnings, reflecting what the CAA saw as their limited culpability.

At the time, Brownlee offered his resignation to the Prime Minister. It was rejected. He apologised several times publicly for putting an airport security staff member in a difficult position.

Cooze described the unnamed staff member responsible for monitoring the Koru exit door into the secure area as being almost “dumbfounded” when Brownlee walked past and made a passing comment about being late for his flight, and then proceeded through into a gate lounge.

Brownlee’s presence and conduct, as a senior member of Parliament, would have had the effect of potentially exerting a degree of undue influence, whether intended or not, on this employee, the report said.

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Auckland: A billion here, a billion there; soon you’re talking real money

The Government is expecting Auckland to spend $30 billion on infrastructure over the next ten years — over half of the total local Government infrastructure spend over the same period, and almost as much as central Government will spend.

Of the $30 billion, $8.5 billion will be on roads; $2.8 billion on rail and $2.5 billion on fresh water, storm water and sewage.

The figures are contained in Treasury’s annual National Infrastructure Report which was released on Friday.

Finance Minister Bill English says of the 3823 projects in the 2016-2025 pipeline, 219 belong to central government and are valued at $40.5 billion, 3559 belong to local government and are valued at $51.1 billion, and 45 projects belong to the private sector at a value of $9.2 billion.

This year’s Auckland figures are up over seven per cent on last year.

Hands up those who are expecting 2% rates rises under Phil? Read more »

Photo of the Day

Georgia Tann is shown in a photograph dated August 1947. The Memphis branch of the Tennessee Children's Home opened in 1922. It was to close 28 years later amid national publicity fueled by charges that the director, Miss Tann, was operating a black market baby racket. (The Commercial Appeal)

Georgia Tann is shown in a photograph dated August 1947. The Memphis branch of the Tennessee Children’s Home opened in 1922. It was to close 28 years later amid national publicity fueled by charges that the director, Miss Tann, was operating a black market baby racket. 

Baby Stealer – Baby Thief – Murderer

All words attributed to the highly terrifying story of Georgia Tann, a Child Trafficker who operated out of Memphis, Tennessee before the State closed her Operation 

To childless couples, Georgia Tann was a salvation. From 1924 to 1950, Tann headed the Tennessee Children’s Home Society, a highly respected adoption agency. During her tenure, permanent homes were found for more than 5,000 babies. Joan Crawford, Mary Pickford and Dick Powell and June Allyson were just a few of the famous people who received their children from the home. But Tann guarded a deep, dark secret: a vast majority of these children were actually stolen from their natural parents.

The kind woman shows up at the door of the poor abandoned girl who has recently given birth to a baby. “I will feed and care for your child,” says the kind woman, “until you are healthy and able. Just sign this little paper.” And the kind woman takes the baby and the girl never sees her baby again, because the kind woman sells the baby to new parents in a distant city or, if the baby is sick or otherwise unsalable, she allows the baby to die of neglect and malnutrition or even of abuse.

That scenario may sound like the dark side of a fairy tale, but that seemingly kind woman, accepted for most of her life as a model of civic virtue, lived in Memphis.

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Marlborough Express should have tried doing their bloody job!

The Marlborough Express is having a crisis of confidence at the moment.

The Marlborough Express has warned that it can’t go on as a daily paper forever and it is considering new ideas, including reporting sponsored by readers and printing on fewer days of the week. Could other local papers with sagging sales go the same way?

The Blenheim-based daily paper has launched a project it calls Express of the Future to “rethink the way we fund local news and sustain the future of local journalism in this region.”

“Digital audiences are growing rapidly and people are slowly moving away from print and advertising revenues are declining,” Fairfax Media’s Marlborough editor Nicola Coburn wrote.

“At some point in the future, we will not be able to sustain a daily newspaper. The time has come to change,” she warned.

The staff, local businesses, advertisers and readers are all being asked for their ideas.

Nicola Coburn has even invited readers drop in for a chat in the mornings. If they’re shy, they can put a sticky note suggestion on a wall set aside for the purpose.

The editor’s article also said: “We have a strong initial plan.” So how much influence will the local readers and advertisers really have in this process of rethinking the provision of local news?

Mediawatch’s request for an interview was moved up the chain to Fairfax’s senior editor in the South Island, Joanna Norris, who is also editor of Christchurch’s daily The Press.

Joanna Norris said rumours about closing the Express have been circulating after Fairfax Media conducted some audience research in the are recently – but they’re false.  Read more »

Cartoon of the Day

Credit:  BoomSlang

Credit: BoomSlang

Jason Kander gun video turns race on its head

Remember that video? We featured Democrat candidate Jason Kander (above) and his gun video some weeks ago and it seems his video is working.

In the fight for control of the US Senate, the gun-rights-supporting state of Missouri was widely expected to re-elect a seasoned Republican. Then the Democrat candidate, Jason Kander, demonstrated in a campaign commercial that he could assemble an assault rifle in 30 seconds while wearing a blindfold.

Now the race, pitting him against the incumbent Republican, Roy Blunt, is too close to call and with it the broader fight for control of the Senate.

With two weeks to go until the elections, Mr Kander’s dexterity with a rifle could yet tilt the balance of power in Washington.    Read more »

The Western Double Standard: Protect Islam Ridicule Christianity



One of the above costumes was removed from Amazon because of complaints about it. Amazon was accused of using “a religious garment for commercial purposes.” A religious garment being used as a costume was considered offensive by the complainants. The wrath of a higher deity was even mentioned by those opposing the costume. Amazon removed the costume using the excuse that it didn’t follow their selling guidelines but they left the other costume for sale so clearly they were lying about the real reason why it was removed.


The world’s biggest shopping portal, Amazon, sells many Halloween costumes. One of the novelties in 2016 has been the “Sexy Burka”

…The commercial colossus of Jeff Bezos removed the item from the website, after Amazon had been swamped with accusations of “racism”, “Islamophobia,” of marketing an Islamic garment with the white face of a model and using “a religious garment for commercial purposes”. “You are disgusting, my culture is not your costume”, wrote many users of the Islamic faith. Others used a less adorable tone: “Whoever you are, you should fear Allah. This is not a joke.”

A spokesman for Amazon promptly responded: “All Marketplace sellers must follow our selling guidelines and those who don’t will be subject to action including potential removal of their account. The product in question is no longer available”.

So that Halloween parody of the global symbol of female oppression has been censored.

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No more holidays for you in Fiji, Mr Soper

Barry Soper goes nuts over Fiji...again

Barry Soper goes nuts over Fiji…again

Barry Soper is clearly manstruating. He has had a mad flick at Fiji Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama in today’s NZ Herald, calling into question the PMs legitimacy and that of his government.

It is dripping with sarcasm and petulance.

If you got close enough to him you have seen the crocodile tears freely flowing, although if you are a member of the New Zealand media there was no fear of that.

Fiji’s former military dictator, and now elected Prime Minister, Frank Bainimarama has left the country after a three day “official” visit which in reality was a well lubed trip here to watch the All Blacks thrash the Wallabies at Eden Park on Saturday night.

When we re-established links with Fiji at Prime Ministerial level last June, Bainimarama let rip saying there appeared to be a substantial body of opinion in New Zealand, led by our generally hostile media, that what was happening in Fiji somehow lacked legitimacy, that he lacked legitimacy and that his Government lacked legitimacy.

As the tears flowed, he continued, saying it wasn’t borne out by the facts. Fiji’s moved on, he declared, but it appears the New Zealand media has not.

It’s a great pity that the Fijian leader didn’t take the opportunity to better understand the media here. He had ample opportunities during his relatively light schedule which was distributed on the eve of his arrival. The itinerary’s most repeated phrase contained three words: No media opportunities.

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