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It’s the lack of enforcement, dumb ass. It always is.

Prime Minister John Key says he’s not sure why more mobile truck shop operators aren’t being prosecuted.

A year-long Commerce Commission investigation into 32 traders found 31 of them were in breach of the Fair Trading Act, Consumer Finance Act and the Credit Contracts Act, but only a couple are being investigated further.

“Why they’re not prosecuting all of them, I don’t know,” Mr Key said on the Paul Henry programme this morning.

“But ultimately… people need to be held to account.”

Labour has called for truck shop operators to be licensed, so their right to do business can be simply revoked.

“One of the easiest things to do is get in a truck and go around and sell goods – you don’t have to be licensed, there’s no checks on you, you’re preying on the vulnerable,” he said last week.

Mr Key says the Government will look into why the Commerce Commission isn’t taking a harder line. Read more »

Losers to go for a walk, sorry… hikoi, to highlight state housing sale


Stop selling our state houses protest hikoi to parliament – John Minto

SHAN (State Housing Action Network) is organising a protest hikoi to parliament to demand National MPs and their allies stop the sale of state houses.

Groups of state house tenants and supporters will come from all over the country to converge on parliament on Tuesday 13th October (the first sitting day of parliament after the holiday recess)

“We are appalled that in the middle of a housing crisis for low-income tenants and families the government is trying to sell state houses to the private sector.” Read more »

Starting tomorrow, you need a finger up your bum

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in New Zealand men and the third most common cause of cancer death in men after lung cancer and bowel cancer:

1 in 10 will develop prostate cancer in their lifetime; 3000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer each year in New Zealand

Last year approximately 600 Kiwi men died from prostate cancer – that’s roughly the same number as women who died from breast cancer;

Māori men are 72 per cent more likely to die of prostate cancer once they are diagnosed than non-Māori men.

The Prostate Cancer Foundation of NZ encourages all men over the age of 40 to have regular prostate checks if there is a family history of prostate cancer. If you’re between 50-70 then consider an annual prostate check that includes both a PSA blood test and digital rectal examination (DRE).

In support of Blue September, landmark buildings around the country are turning blue:

-The Auckland Sky Tower, The Cloud, the Auckland Town Hall and the Aotea Centre;

-In Whangarei, Te Matau a Pohe, Kotuitui Whitinga and the Canopy Bridges;

-In Hamilton, Victoria Bridge and the Municipal building;

-In Rotorua, the Clock Tower, Museum and Princess Gate (8 buildings);

-In New Plymouth, Tom Parker Fountain; Read more »

How to nobble a sports team with political correctness

If you want to stuff up a top sports team then set arbitrary rules based on something like race or sex and then watch as your team falls apart.

A South African political party has taken the South African Rugby Union to court in a move that could see the Springboks miss the Rugby World Cup.

The Agency for New Agenda (ANA) party is seeking an order in a Pretoria court this week that would force players and officials to surrender their passports, the Guardian reports.

The ANA are protesting the fact that the Springboks squad doesn’t have enough black players which doesn’t meet the South African government’s policy on transformation.  Read more »

Auckland Council is wasting half a million bucks on external consultants

Auckland Council is wasting half a million bucks on external consultants who will then provide a list of alternative funding mechanisms that Council can consider.

Cameron Partners and EY will be paid $245,000 each to provide advice to Council.

The problem I have with this, is that most – if not all – of the alternative funding sources are already known.

They include:

– Joint ventures;

– PPPs (public private partnerships);

– Iwi partnerships;

– selling or leasing assets;

– outsourcing work;

– borrowing more money;

– alternative charging mechanisms.    Read more »

Mental Health Break

Seems that Team New Zealand can win just fine without taxpayers’ money

It looks like we can celebrate the end of corporate welfare of Team NZ, they have won anyway without picking the pockets of the taxpayer.

Team New Zealand have overcome a pre-start penalty to mount a final day rally to win yachting’s America’s Cup World Series regatta in Sweden in a dramatic winner-takes-all series decider.

New Zealand came through a difficult day in Gothenburg on a tight race course, with light and shifty conditions.

Skipper Glenn Ashby and prodigy helmsman Peter Burling on Monday posted a 2-1 scoreline in the two double-point races to overhaul Oracle Team USA, who had won twice on the first day.    Read more »

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