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Dirty Dairying ratbag cops another fine

The problem with these ratbags is that they see paying a fine as an acceptable cost of doing business.

A recidivist polluter has been handed the biggest fine for dirty dairying in Taranaki history.

Rahotu dairy farmer Francis John Mullan, 64, was fined $66,000 in the Environment Court today for two charges of discharging effluent into groundwater and a stream on one of his eight farms.

Taranaki Regional Council director of resource management Fred McLay said the fine was the largest of its kind ever imposed in the region for discharge of dairy effluent and the council had applied for an enforcement order to get Mullan to comply with resource consents.

“The fine and the enforcement order application deliver a strong message about the need for all consent-holders to take their resource management responsibilities very seriously to protect our environment,” McLay said.

Mullan pleaded not guilty to the two charges but a jury returned a guilty verdict after a two and a half day trial in December.   Read more »

National will have to lance the Sabin boil eventually, might as well be now

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Claire Trevett explains the current situation

Prime Minister John Key has refused to comment on reports National MP Mike Sabin is under investigation by police but said he would be surprised if Mr Sabin was not at Waitangi this year as the local Northland MP. Read more »

Who is Andrew Little? Did Andrew Little spend the summer preparing for his first speech?

Here is a short clip of Andrew Little’s first speech of the year.

You would have thought that a man in the most important role of his life would have spent the summer working on his speaking. He did not. In 36 seconds he keeps ducking and weaving and looking like he doesn’t belong there.

At several stages in his speech he ran out of breathe and stumbled and stuttered.

And TVNZ obviously didn’t get the memo about what a great speech it was because Katie Bradford apparently said it was a little bit flat. A little bit flat is not going to cut it when it comes to convincing New Zealand that he is our future Prime Minister.

Corin Dann is also disparaging.

Labour Leader Andrew Little has delivered a solid, well-targeted, if unspectacular State of the Nation Address this morning.

The speech was deliberately lacking in policy detail and instead aimed at reassuring business, and in particular the small business owners who’ve deserted Labour, that the party wants to work with them not against them in creating a growing economy.

 

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Who is Andrew Little? Where is the Union Members $3 million?

Andrew Little made a huge pitch to the Labour members during the leadership election claiming he was the man who rebuilt the EPMU. As we saw yesterday it was all “I” “I” “I”.

So he was the man responsible.

So why has no one questioned him on the EPMU accounts, which are publicly available? The part to look at is the Education and Training Trust, which is note 18c in the 2013 the accounts.

What appears to have happened is in 1996 $6m of members money was transferred into the Education & Training Trust. At some stage this amount miraculously turned into $3m, with $3m going missing.

Little took over in 1999, he had senior positions until then. There are two big gaps in the accounts.

Note that all union accounts have to be made publicly available and are on www.societies.org.nz (Organisation number 1023) so we are not making anything up, we have just investigated Little’s time as the head of the EMPU and want to know where the money has gone. We also want to know why the accounts do not tell the public, let alone union members, where the $3m is.   Read more »

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Credit:  SonovaMin

Credit: SonovaMin

Why Labour isn’t connecting

Labour is a glass is half empty type of party.

They can never, to partial quote Monty Python, never “look on the bright side of life”.

The aren’t aspirational, mainly because most of then look at life through the rear view mirror, always looking wistfully at the past and where we have been but never at the future and where we are going.

Take a look at this graphic from Labour that their adherents and forelock tuggers are chucking around social media.

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Argh crap. I warned him about this

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John Key may get good advice but it doesn’t mean he accepts all of it.  He’s breaking one of the golden rules for starters:  explaining is losing.

Prime Minister John Key and Labour Party leader Andrew Little are both poised to deliver keynote speeches tomorrow, but Mr Key has got in first, setting the agenda with the issue closest to everyone’s heart – housing, but specifically selling off the ones the state owns. Read more »

I think she needs to be sectioned, she certainly needs help

Cactus Kate wrote on Facebook:

Instead of media writing endless ridiculous articles about this woman vilifying her further how about they investigate why she isn’t locked up and given proper mental health care? Quite clear she needs it.

Who is she talking about?

Drinking water ain't going to help love

Drinking water ain’t going to help love

A woman who has been branded a “menace” and banned from being near children, was given a last chance by a District Court judge.

Margaret Mabel Dodds, 59, on November 28 breached a condition of her prison release that she not to  be near children aged under 16.

In the Christchurch District Court today, Judge Gary MacAskill said Dodds was well known to court, continued to be a risk to the community, and was at a high risk of going back to jail.

He sentenced her to intensive supervision for two years with conditions that she attend counselling and treatment as recommended by her probation officer.

Judge MacAskill warned Dodds that if she came back to court again for this type of offending, the court would have no alternative but to send her back to jail.

Dodds is a resident of the Seager Clinic at Princess Margaret Hospital, and has been banned from parks, recreation centres, shopping malls, some streets, public transport, and schools.

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