The Central Hawkes Bay dickhead mayor has a challenger

Peter Butler is a total dickhead, prone to flashes of anger and outbursts.

Now he has a challenger.

Central Hawke’s Bay businesswoman Alex Walker is throwing her hat into the ring and standing for mayor at this year’s local body elections.

To date, the only other candidate to come forward and announced they will bid for the mayoralty is current CHB mayor Peter Butler.

Ms Walker said she was standing with an aim to providing a young, fresh approach to council leadership in the district.

“My vision is for a vibrant, innovative and energetic community,” she said.

“We have important opportunities facing our district as water and regional investment increases and we need to be ready to make the most of them.

“We need local governance that is sustainable, future-focused, customer friendly, and positive in its leadership of our people.”

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Whaleoil General Debate

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Face of the Day

via Newshub

via Newshub

After a distinguished career with MediaWorks spanning 23 years, Newshub at 6pm and Paul Henry Presenter Hilary Barry has decided to leave the company.

Mark Weldon, Group CEO, said: “On behalf of MediaWorks, I want to thank and pay tribute to Hilary. She is a brilliant broadcaster, highly respected journalist and much-loved personality, who will be missed by myself, colleagues and audiences.  Read more »

Word of the day

The word for today is…

opprobrium (noun) – 1. Disgrace arising from exceedingly shameful conduct; ignominy.
2. Scornful reproach or contempt: a term of opprobrium.
3. (Archaic) A cause of shame or disgrace.

Source : The Free Dictionary

Etymology : 1680s, from Latin opprobrium “disgrace, infamy, scandal, dishonour,” from opprobare.

Daily Proverb

Proverbs 29

1Whoever stubbornly refuses to accept criticism will suddenly be destroyed beyond recovery.

Friday nightCap

At least she’ll die having led a meaningful life

Non-PC safety video

Caution: this was made before people got all squirmy about not offending anyone


Today’s Trivia


Welcome to Daily Trivia. There is a game to play here. The photo above relates to one of the items below. The first reader to correctly tell us in the comments what item the photo belongs to, and why, gets bragging rights. Sometimes they are obvious, other times the obvious answer is the decoy. Can you figure it out tonight?

Sea lions are sometimes considered to have the smelliest breath of any animal. Not only do they eat 60lbs of fish every day, which gets caught between their teeth and rots, but frequently vomit up “indigestible fishy leftovers.” The rotting fish also causes tooth decay.  (Source)

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Native Australian bees are completely harmless


I think I’ll pass thanks