War with Auckland Council

Nick Smith and Penny Hulse have traded blows in the last 24 hours over the affordable housing.

A few weeks back I revealed that the Auckland Council had suspended processing Special Housing Area Consents – the consents that will deliver more homes and affordable homes under the Government’s HARSHA legislation.

At first they wouldn’t admit it, then yesterday Penny Hulse admitted that they had suspended consents, were looking at 40 odd other sites to suspend and don’t want any greenfield subdivisions. They want brownfield intensification. Council thinks it costs too much to build the connecting infrastructure. Boo hoo but also not true according to their own reports.

Nick has jumped in on Auckland Council and told them to process the consents or the Government will do it for them. About bloody time. He also told them to stop reducing their infrastructure budgets to stiff the Housing Accord.

Housing Minister Nick Smith is reminding Auckland Council of Government’s power to override local government if it does not co-operate on speeding up the supply of affordable housing.

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Politicians promote Free speech – within limits (H/T to Len Brown)

What the hell is going on with the National Party? ¬†Seriously, I’m starting to wonder if I’ve woken up in a parallel universe, because I actually agree with Labour here

Labour says it’s outrageous for the Government to tell its MPs not to attend Falun Gong celebrations next week.

Foreign affairs spokesman David Shearer says the email from Foreign Minister Murray McCully’s office warns ministers and MPs of the Chinese embassy’s “sensitivities”.

“Not only that, it also states the embassy will be monitoring the events and is likely to make an official protest if any politicians or `other officials’ attend,” Mr Shearer said.

“It’s outrageous to warn MPs off attending events. New Zealand has a proud history of free speech, freedom of religion and an independent foreign policy.”

What on earth is Muzza McCully smoking to be telling his colleagues not to attend functions? ¬† May I remind him of the National Party’s values? ¬† Read more »

Nats rolling in cash, far more effective with it than Kim Dotcom

Contrary to the myth the left wing likes to promote, that money buys elections, it really doesn’t.

Kim Dotcom proved that when despite claiming in court he was impoverished he donated millions to the Internet Party which spectacularly bombed.

Meanwhile the national party has been stashing the cash.

Donations to the National Party in 2014 jumped by more than half on the 2011 election year, as the party’s fundraiser outgunned Kim Dotcom’s largesse.

On Tuesday the Electoral Commission revealed the annual party returns, disclosing every donation registered political parties received over $1500, as well as totals for anonymous donations.

The National Party declared donations of $3.98 million, 55 per cent more than the $2.57m it raised in 2011.

Although Dotcom gave by far the largest political donation – $3.5 million – to the Internet Party, his party did not attract other cash from donors.

National raised just over $1 million from donations above $15,000, the level at which identities generally have to be made public. A further $2.75m was raised from donors who gave between $1500 and $15,000, a threshold below which the party can keep identities secret. All up, about 1000 people donated more than $1500 to the National Party.

National president Peter Goodfellow said the party had stayed in close contact with supporters and worked hard to raise cash, as it was going to be a “tough” campaign.

“We have 30,000 members and supporters. We keep good contact with them and they clearly showed that they wanted to support the policies that we were advocating,” he said on Tuesday.

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Len Brown’s one finger salute to Aucklanders

Len Brown has fessed up to the secret that he is planning to raise rates by 9% or more with specifically a 4% transport portion.

Auckland households are facing a steep rates rise of about 9.5 per cent to pay for Mayor Len Brown’s latest budget plan.

The mayor has released some details of the plan he outlined last Thursday, which included a general rates increase of 2.5 per cent and a targeted rate of about 4 per cent to top up spending on transport.

But because of new valuations and a lowering of business rates, it has emerged the combined impact of the general and targeted rate on households will be in the region of 9.5 per cent. This is a steep increase from an earlier 5.6 per cent average rates rise for households.

Mr Brown did not say what the latest average household rates increase would be, but gave the example of a $750,000 property, where the combined rates would rise from $2160 to $2365. He said this was a rise of $3.94 a week – equivalent to a 9.5 per cent rates rise.

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Today in History

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On this day, in 1966, Myra Hindley and Ian Brady were found guilty of the Moors Murders.

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Faces of the day

The NZ Hip Hop-eration crew Photo-joholmes.com

The NZ Hip Hop-eration crew
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Today’s faces of the day are New Zealands Hip Hop-eration crew. My parents watched their DVD and raved about them to me. I must admit I am loving what I have seen. Inspiring stuff.

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Word of the day

The word for today is…

quotient (noun) –¬† The number obtained by dividing one quantity by another. In 45 √∑ 3 = 15, 15 is the quotient.

Source : The Free Dictionary

Etymology : “Number of times one quantity is contained in another,” mid-15th century, from Latin quotiens “how often? how many times?; as often as,” pronominal adverb of time, from quot “how many?”

Daily Proverb

Proverbs 5

15Drink water from your own well–share your love only with your wife.

Tuesday nightCap

Berlin, not long after WWII ended.  Colourised.  Due to the Russian signs, I suspect the Russian quarter.