National’s RMA reform is neutered and comatose

They really should just shelve it until next term.  

It’s a watered down waste of time and resources.  Oh the irony.

The government’s latest attempt to reform the Resource Management Act continues to run into trouble, with the chairman of the select committee conceding on Thursday that the Resource Legislation Amendment Bill will miss its third report back deadline of Nov. 7.

In part, the delay appears related to the fact that Environment Minister Nick Smith is still negotiating with the Maori Party over aspects of the bill, which is struggling to gain sufficient support from government support partners to pass into law.

Prime Minister John Key said on Monday he believed agreements had been reached with the two-MP Maori Party, but Smith confirmed in a text message on Wednesday that “discussions with the Maori Party are progressing and constructive but not yet concluded” and were “some time away”.

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Goff gives Hulse the arse card; appoints one of his South Auckland mates as deputy

Phil Goff has replaced one of the architects of rates increases as his deputy with a member of the Terrible Ten who voted for rates increases under Len Brown.

New Auckland Mayor Phil Goff has confirmed the badly kept secret Bill Cashmore will be his deputy, while also announcing the council’s committees will be overhauled to cut down on meetings.

An official announcement on Thursday confirmed speculation National Party member Mr Cashmore would be picked for the No. 2 spot over two-time deputy mayor Penny Hulse.

Mr Goff – a former Labour Party leader – told reporters he hoped the appointment of Mr Cashmore – who ran unopposed in his largely rural Franklin seat – would send a message to Auckland’s farmers that they were still part of the super city.

“He has a reputation for getting things done. He’s a straight shooter,” Mr Goff said.

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“Frank by name and frank by nature”

Fiji PM Frank Bainimarama continues his official visit to NZ by poking borax at media, who I might add thoroughly deserve it.

Fiji Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama has used his first official visit to New Zealand to downplay past tensions between the countries.

But he didn’t hold back in criticising New Zealand’s media during a speech in Auckland today, labelling its reporting as unrelenting, negative and unbalanced.

Bainimarama said reports of his criticism of John Key during the New Zealand Prime Minister’s visit to Fiji in June were a media beat-up.

He said he got on “famously” with Key despite the Kiwi PM failing to see his “vision for Fiji”.

“It’s true that I’ve had a couple of issues with him saying that I’d shot my mouth off about the Pacific Islands Forum, that he hoped we weren’t going to be silly about enforcing the provisions of our public order, but it hasn’t unduly affected the warmth of our relationship,” he said.

Key had warned the Fiji government not to do anything “silly” following the arrest of six prominent Fijians last month. He also said Bainimarama had mouthed off about the forum.

“He knows that I’m Frank by name and frank by nature. And I know that he’s a similarly plain-speaking Kiwi,” Bainimarama said.

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Face of the Day


A Queensland-based New Zealand man has been sentenced to six years prison, suspended after two years, for abducting and assaulting his teenage ex-girlfriend.

Carl Gary Chapman, 33, abducted Billy-Anne Huxham, 19, from a Caboolture house in March 2015 before assaulting her several times over three days as he tried to avoid a police manhunt. Read more »

Word of the day

The word for today is…

dilatory (adj) – 1. Causing or intended to cause delay: dilatory tactics in the legislature.
2. Characterized by or given to delay or slowness.

Source : The Free Dictionary

Etymology : Late 15th century, from Late Latin dilatorius, from dilator “procrastinator,” from dilatus, serving as past participle of differe “delay”.

Daily Proverb

Proverbs 20

4Those too lazy to plow in the right season will have no food at the harvest.

Thursday nightCap

Staged or not, this sort of thing still thrills me

Erasing Mother and Father


Today’s Trivia


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The difference between a casket and a coffin lies in the design. Coffins are tapered at the head and foot and are wide at the shoulders. Caskets are rectangular in shape. (Source) Read more »