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Talk about giving Labour and the Media party a freebie…

A mother of three children was told to pack her things and vacate an Auckland motel room, after it was bought by Housing New Zealand to house the homeless.

Faith Davis had been living at the Cimarron Motel for just over a year, and was one of 11 long-term tenants staying there in an agreement with Work and Income.

Last month the government bought the motel to help ease demand for emergency housing. The tenants were told they had to move out once their leases expired.

Many found other places to live, but four, including Ms Davis, were still struggling.

“Every time I get a call back, they want a full family and not a single mum, or they want professional workers, or they want students that work,” she said.

“It’s quite annoying.”

Ms Davis was also on a waiting list with Housing New Zealand, and had since been told she would soon have a home, but said her time in limbo had been traumatic.

Social Development Minister Paula Bennett said none of the tenants at the motel would be forced to leave. Read more »

Williams v Craig – Jury call it a night

The jury has been deliberating since lunch.  They have come back to the court room during the afternoon to review two videos.  The one of the Colin and Helen Craig press conference where they announced the Dirty Politics booklet, and the interview with Paul Henry that Colin did the next morning. Read more »

ACT want to get rid of ‘pretend’ ministries

Following from Rodney Hide’s column on ministries that serve no practical purpose:

Mr Seymour says he is “a little bit repentant” about having stated these ministerial roles serve no purpose, given former ACT leader Rodney Hide has subsequently noted in his NBR column that “they do play an important role – they provide somebody for the government to send to various events for photo opportunities…”

That aside, though, he insists they’re not roles that are “useful to the New Zealand people.”

Take the Minister for Women, for example, a role Mr Seymour singled out in ACT’s newsletter on September 19 (he rejects the idea as “cynical” that he was trolling in floating the idea on Suffrage Day).

He notes that “men are behind in almost all education statistics, most health statistics, men commit most of the crime but they’re also more likely to be a victim of a crime… Read more »

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Aucklanders, not voted yet? Then read this

…a former Senior Manager at Auckland Transport, Murray Noone, is being tried in the Auckland High Court for charges relating to bribery in the course of his employment at the Council.

Jo Holmes, Spokesperson for the Ratepayers’ Alliance, says:

“It will come as a bitter disappointment, but no surprise, to the ratepayers of Auckland that Council’s culture of waste that the Alliance has been shining a light on for 18 months extends to one of corruption and bribery.”

“The Auckland High Court heard that one of Auckland Transport’s senior managers Murray Noone, accepted nearly $1.1 million in bribes from a private company he was involved in awarding roading contracts to. The proceedings are exposing examples of alleged corruption and bribery up to the highest levels of Auckland Council.” Read more »

Rock Star Economy: what about those that can’t afford a ticket?

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I WROTE a letter to my main bro’ John Key about his rock star economy a while ago, and the reality of the regions mostly being about a rock and a hard place.

He never answered, but one of the best definitions of what a rock star economy actually means was an online comment by a Marc M. “Just wondered, by ‘rock star economy’ do you mean it’s likely to play a few choice tunes, trash a few hotel rooms, go on a drug binge then end up in rehab only to disappear into relative obscurity?”

Hilarious and accurate.

We’ve been hearing the choice tunes of neo-liberalism since the 90s and although the singers change, the lyrics of choice and freedom remain the same.

Tell the people sleeping in garages, despite their two jobs and three children, that they have chosen this.

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