Modern suit of armour

Weighing less than 20 kg, this hi-tech bit of gear takes a lot of punishment.

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Did the Great Wellington Regional Council Google Andrew Newman?

Regular readers will know that the promoter of the dodgy socialist dam, Andrew Newman, has bullied and insulted his way around Hawkes Bay in an attempt to get his socialist dam built.

Word is he expected a knighthood for getting the dam built. The problem for Newman was he didn’t listen to anyone who told him he couldn’t turn the Tukituki River toxic to build his socialist dam.

Word from inside the Hawkes Bay Regional Council was that Newman applied for the CE position at the Greater Wellington Regional Council.  People inside the council staff hates him enough to tell the tipline this on the 18th of June.

Word through the tipline from the middle tier of staffers at the extremely dodgy Hawkes Bay Regional Council is that CE and dodgy socialist dam promoter is applying for the CE position at the Greater Wellington Regional Council.

The problem for Andrew Newman is that his reputation precedes him.

GWRC think they are getting the Dream Team of socialist dam promoters from Hawkes Bay, but in fact are getting a Drub Team who have lost just about every important battle on their dodgy socialist dam.

They have lost because Andrew Newman has appalling relationships with stakeholders, and tried to promote turning the Tukituki Toxic despite being repeatedly told that not managing for Nitrogen would not work.

Unfortunately for Newman his chances of getting the GWRC role are not great.

Staffers at the council say that he told local iwi that he didn‚Äôt want Maori owning the port, so iwi have had a friendly chat to their mate on the interview panel. ¬†¬† Read more »

First it was the Japs, now it is the Poms, clamping down on welfare for migrants

Kiwis moan about their “entitlements” being eroded by Labour in Australia when Helen Clark sold them down the¬†river.

But migrant welfare bludgers are causing problems all around the world and just a few weeks ago the Japanese moved to limit entitlement to welfare.

Now the Poms are doing it too…a signal perhaps for Paula Bennett to look at toughening up our welfare eligibility rules too.

Migrants will be banned from receiving any benefits until they have contributed to Britain, under government plans to limit access to handouts.

David Cameron today announced the period for which European migrants can claim benefits is to be halved and recruitment agencies are to be banned from advertising jobs exclusively overseas.

But Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith revealed plans to go even further to secure EU agreement to stop benefits being paid to people who have not contributed to to the state, raising the prospect of handouts being linked to tax payments.

The Conservatives are forcing through further measures to deter so-called ‚Äėbenefit tourists‚Äô.

In January, the Government introduced rules that meant European migrants had to wait three months before they could claim out-of-work benefits ‚Äď and then could only claim for a maximum of six months. ¬†¬† Read more »

Police planted evidence in the Crewe murders

Well, there certainly seems to be a problem with high profile crime investigations.  This is another dent to an already shabby credibility to a force being let down by a few individual ratbags

Police have apologised after a review found the investigation into the murders of Harvey and Jeanette Crewe was “sloppy”.

Arthur Allan Thomas was twice convicted for the murders of the Pukekawa farmers in 1970. He spent nine years in prison before being pardoned in 1979.

A report released by David Jones QC today found a slew of shortcomings in the police investigation into the case, including inadequate record keeping and a poorly managed crime scene.

These foul ups have led to better procedures these days, but dear God, what on earth were they doing back then?

The review identified the “distinct possibility” that a brass .22 cartridge case which was at the centre of the 1980 Royal Commission of Inquiry into the investigation “may be fabricated evidence, and if this is the case, that a member of police would have been responsible”.

The Royal Commission had found that the man who led the police inquiry into the murders – the late Bruce Hutton – planted a shell case, effectively framing Mr Thomas.

The general community surrounding this crime has never been uncomfortable with Thomas being the murderer. ¬†They feel justice was done. ¬† But of course, this sort of amateur hour stuff doesn’t help anyone. ¬† Read more »

More and more victims are seeking to overturn suppression

There is movement happening in society…victims are rebelling against a law designed to protect them. They are seeking to overturn name suppression in sex abuse cases.

They are doing this because there is likely to be other victims that secrecy prevents them from being uncovered.

This is why name suppression of offenders must end. By all means protect victim with name suppression, but we need to stop allowing criminals to hide behind their victims.

Victims of a serial paedophile fighting to keep his name secret will today ask a judge to lift suppression of their names.

The two women, who live in Christchurch, were in tears this week as they recounted details of the sex crimes the man committed against them four decades ago.

They believe he used the automatic name suppression granted to all victims of sexual abuse to hide his past. They want his name made public so parents can keep their children safe.

There could also be other victims who had not spoken to police, they said.

“He’s just a mongrel,” one of the victims said. ¬† Read more »

Best Sad Kid Story Of The Week


Watching lawn bowls sober is more exciting to me than the ridiculous politics of Israel.  (I make the disclaimer in CAPS LOCK so there can be no confusion that this post was written by Whaleoil).

While social media is awash with general flag burners, Gaza campaigners and Israel haters touting dubious pictures, photoshopped or otherwise of children dying in war like it is a new phenomenon in 2014 that children die in wars, I am far more interested in Noel Wogan and his dog Bear.

Donelle named Bear during the final stages of her illness, in the hopes the puppy would make ‚Äė‚Äėanything in life bearable‚Äô‚Äô for her son.

Noel’s mother died and bought the doggie for her son. ¬†No pressure when a relative left the gate open and Bear did a bit of exploring. ¬†It seems to a neighbours house who didn’t know it was unbearable for the poor little guy to lose his doggie.

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Best the adults in Noel’s life look after that dog.


Propaganda 102

Before I continue with 102 in my series of posts to help you recognise, understand and analyse  propaganda I will add this disclaimer.

I am an ex High School History and English teacher. I am very motivated to learn from the lessons of history because otherwise I feel that we are doomed to repeat the same mistakes. I have a special interest in how propaganda was successfully used by Hitler to demonise the Jews and when I see the same techniques being employed now I feel honour bound to point it out. That is my motivation and that is my bias.

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