Will National privatise the RMA process?

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Somehow this slipped past the radar because most journos seems to be calling it in at the moment, but it just popped back on.  Corin Dann reports

The government wants to let other providers compete with local councils for the issuing of property consents.

The government blames council red tape for a lack of housing development. Read more »

Some thoughts from a reader on RMA reform

A reader emails:


‚ÄčIt is great news that the Government is going to reform the RMA, but if the prime suspect is still operating with impunity will it make any difference?

Talk to anyone in the property industry and their eyes will roll back as they recount the endless torture endured at the hands of Local Government. Whilst many point the finger of blame at legislation there is no question that the bigger issue is the manner in which the law is implemented and administered by the control freaks within regional and local councils.

Hand in hand with reform of the RMA, needs to be systemic reform of the LGA to refine the functions and powers of Local Government.

What New Zealand doesn’t need is more bureaucracy and meddling by a gravy train of local officials.

What New Zealand needs is efficient competitive opportunities and pragmatic short term processes to allow planning approvals for urban areas. There is no question that the environment needs protecting in places and that the RMA has done well to ensure that empirical and judicial scrutiny is applied to development in sensitive locations.

But within our urban landscape too much prissy and protective rule making has choked the daylights out of development. ¬† Read more »

Get ready for Peak Soil Fertility

via The Express

via The Express

We’re always running out of something it seems. ¬†This, from the UK, where they think they only have about 50 harvests left before they can’t grown any more food in their soil.

Intense over-farming means there are only 100 harvests left in the soil of the UK’s countryside, a study has found.

With a growing population and the declining standard of British farmland, scientists warned that we are on course for an ‚Äúagricultural crisis‚ÄĚ unless dramatic action is taken. Read more »

Mental Health Break

Photo caption of the day

 
adjective: ambiguous
  1. open to more than one interpretation; not having one obvious meaning.
    “ambiguous phrases”

    Dotcom has lost his appeal.

-The Herald

It is true. I don’t know about you guys but I certainly don’t fancy him.

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Map of the Day

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Art.  World in wood.

(Global warming panic version:  no ice at the poles and the landmass of Antarctica is also gone Рunder water, somehow)

 

Remember Josie? Yeah, the one that thought breast feeding was close to incest. She’s back

If you haven’t picked up on the “breastfeeding incest” story, go do that first. ¬†Then, cop a load of today’s installment of this one-woman troughing disaster:

d22e4Last week she sparked fury among mothers after saying breastfeeding was ‘vile and borderline incest’.

And now unemployed NHS scrounger Josie Cunnignham has revealed she will sell her breast milk in her latest cash-grabbing venture.

The unemployed mother-of-three, who made headlines after smugly revealing she had received a ¬£4,800 breast enlargement from the NHS, welcomed a daughter last month after flirting with the idea of selling tickets to her child’s birth.

In a bid to make money, the would-be glamour model has now revealed she will sell her breast milk to new mothers and men with ‘milk fetishes’ instead.

Defending her decision, she [said]¬†‘My breasts are for my partner, not my child.’

Despite smoking and drinking throughout her pregnancy, she said she wanted to sell milk to new mothers for ¬£2 an ounce – and ¬£10 an ounce to men with ‘milk fetishes’.

‘I should be able to produce around 30ozs a day, that’s up ¬£300 a day or ¬£2100 a week,’ she added.

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Here’s an idea for Keith Locke…YOU go and tell ISIS in person that dialogue is the answer

Keith Locke reckons we should establish dialogue with a bunch of ranting, stone age killers.

I’m not kidding.

This is the same guy who thought Pol Pot was just misunderstood…and who jumped for joy when planes flew into the World Trade Centre during 9/11.

In April 1975 Locke wrote a lead article for ‘Socialist Action’ under the banner heading: “Cambodia Liberated: Victory For Humanity” The “liberators” were of course the Khmer Rouge led by the infamous Pol Pot.

and;

When I first saw the planes fly into the towers I jumped for joy, I was so happy that at long last capitalism was under attack. Until, it suddenly dawned on me, what about all those poor pizza delivery boys, those poor firemen, those poor policemen, those poor lift-operators, all those poor cleaners, all those other poor workers who are forced to work for and were trying to save those greedy and horrible capitalists!? My heart and head was so confused – happy that some capitalists had been killed and very, very sad for all those who had died while working for them.

So excuse me if I don’t just scream at the NZ Herald for giving this guy a platform. On the plus side it is a shrinking platform.¬† Read more »

Our ISIS problem solved: Iraqi PM doesn’t want our help

Sending the SAS or not to send the SAS?   Key vs the left and the media?   All of this is no longer a problem.

Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi [yesterday]ruled out any foreign ground intervention to assist government forces in retaking territory lost to jihadists and urged Sunnis to give up such hopes.

Abadi was speaking in the city of Najaf after a rare meeting with the most revered figure among Iraqi Shiites, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, and before a trip to neighbouring Iran.

“No ground forces from any superpower, international coalition or regional power will fight here,” Abadi told reporters, reiterating previous remarks on the issue.

“This is my decision, it is the decision of the Iraqi government.”

Some officials and Sunni tribal leaders in areas most affected by the unrest have argued the world should step up its involvement from air strikes to a ground intervention against the Islamic State (IS) jihadist group.

Ignoring the fact that ISIS are quite happy to have foreign boots on the ground, the fears of the Iraqi PM seems to be more about being invaded by stealth: ¬† Read more »

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Photo Of The Day

Photo: The Prop Store The Nautilus Car!!! One of the coolest cars ever build, custom made for the Movie ‚ÄúLeague of Extraordinary Gentlemen‚ÄĚ starring Sean Connery.

Photo: The Prop Store
The Nautilus Car!!! One of the coolest cars ever built, custom made for the Movie ‚ÄúLeague of Extraordinary Gentlemen‚ÄĚ starring Sean Connery.

 The Nautilus Car

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