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Council Compact City plan for affordable housing in tatters

Auckland Council officers must be sweating bricks because the holy grail of their compact city plan – apartments – are experiencing sky rocketing price rises.

Auckland apartment prices have hit an all-time high, up almost 32 per cent in a year.

Data from realestate.co.nz out this morning showed a new average asking price of $660,000 for Auckland apartments, up 31.5 per cent since November last year and almost twice as much as the price rise for Auckland houses, which rose 16.8 per cent annually.

Brendon Skipper, realestate.co.nz chief executive, said prices had been rising steadily since 2013.   Read more »

Whaleoil is going strong


Been a while since I’ve run one of these, and people are always asking, so here’s an update.   As you can see, last month was nice enough.  With no major controversies involving Whaleoil, we’re ticking along evenly.  But that’s on the good end.  There is also a bad end.   Read more »

Is NZ too dumb for news?

In an interesting article at Rolling Stone, Matt Taibbi sifts through US politics to arrive at the problem with modern news media.

This is a horrible thing to have to say about one’s own country, but this story makes it official. America is now too dumb for TV news.

It’s our fault. We in the media have spent decades turning the news into a consumer business that’s basically indistinguishable from selling cheeseburgers or video games. You want bigger margins, you just cram the product full of more fat and sugar and violence and wait for your obese, over-stimulated customer to come waddling forth.

The old Edward R. Murrow, eat-your-broccoli version of the news was banished long ago. Once such whiny purists were driven from editorial posts and the ad people over the last four or five decades got invited in, things changed. Then it was nothing but murders, bombs, and panda births, delivered to thickening couch potatoes in ever briefer blasts of forty, thirty, twenty seconds.

What we call right-wing and liberal media in this country are really just two different strategies of the same kind of nihilistic lizard-brain sensationalism. The ideal CNN story is a baby down a well, while the ideal Fox story is probably a baby thrown down a well by a Muslim terrorist or an ACORN activist. Both companies offer the same service, it’s just that the Fox version is a little kinkier.    Read more »


Richard Harman on Angry Andy’s reshuffle

Much of what was announced had been flagged privately some time ago by the Little team to journalists and therefore wasn’t surprising.

But what was slightly surprising was the way some of the veterans of the old “anybody but Cunliffe” faction have kept their seniority.

The standout decisions were:

  • Phil Twyford replaces Nanaia Mahuta as Number Four in the caucus.
  • Nanaia Mahuta slips to 12.
  • Jacinda Ardern jumps from 9 to 5.
  • Kelvin Davis goes from 8 to & but is now the highest ranked Maori MP and spokesman for Maori Development.
  • David Parker goes from 15 to 11 but loses Trade which goes to David Clark. Parker picks up Environment.
  • The biggest loser – apart from Nanaia Mahuta is former leader, David Cunliffe who has gone from 14 to being unranked.

Below the top 12 Shadow Cabinet Ministers and two whips are another 10 unranked shadow cabinet ministers.

This group includes several members of the “anybody but Cunliffe group” – David Shearer, Damien O’Connor, Clayton Cosgrove and Stuart Nash— as well as new MPs, Jenny Salesa and Peeni Henare.

The whole unranked group will find themselves in something of a Ministerial idol — promotion to an assured Cabinet position will depend on performance.

And Mr little emphasised several times during his media briefing yesterday that performance would be largely measured by work rate. …

Basically, those on the back benches are either as wanted as shit on a shoe or they are too lazy to do a decent job.   The list troughers and the permanently damaged.   Read more »

That’s why they are so good at marching backwards

I was reading an article about the downfall of the leftists in Argentina and the mad socialist bint leading them, Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, when I came across this quote about Argentina.

“The thing you have to remember about Argentines,” a former Chilean government minister once cautioned me, “is that they aren’t like other Latin Americans. They’re Italians who speak Spanish, but dream in French.”

And that more than anything else explains why Argentines became one of the best armies in the world at marching backwards…they learned by copying the cheese eating surrender monkeys.

Right enough hilarity…the rest of the article is about the collapse of socialism in South America.

Regionally, the collapse of Kirchnerism represents both a sign of the public’s dissatisfaction with the 21st century socialist model espoused by Kirchner and her regional allies, and a potential catalyst for further weakening of South America’s socialist status quo. Whether this weakening really comes to pass will depend on how closely Macri the president mirrors Macri the candidate. Should he continue to speak out against violations of human rights and civic freedoms in countries like Venezuela and Ecuador, as he has done, this will do much to undermine a shameful legacy of silence that has deeply damaged the region’s democratic norms.   Read more »

Mental Health Break

Bad journalism or pro-Palestinian bias?

Truth Revolt reports on an interesting experiment on the streets of Paris:

Jewish journalist and correspondent for NRG Zvika Klein took to the streets of Paris to get reactions to a curiously worded and very bogus headline that puts the focus on the deaths of the Islamists who just terrorized their city, not the victims. It’s an experiment meant to expose the bias from world media as they regularly paint Israel as the aggressor when Palestinians launch terrorist attacks against them.

The fabricated headline read:

“7 Men Shot Dead During Paris Attack; 129 Dead”

Incredibly, this parody is almost identical to a BBC headline that was posted after one of several knife attacks in Jerusalem in October perpetrated by Palestinians against Jewish victims; in this case, two Israelis killed, and a mother and baby wounded. It read:

“Palestinian Shot Dead After Attack Kills Two”    Read more »


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