He can always become a press secretary…TVNZ has a lot to answer for. It seems they have become the hatchery for Labour party candidates and mouthpieces…either that or they are actually embedded journalists, who are then brought in from the cold.
Mike Hosking had a great editorial on NewstalkZB this morning.
The numbers don’t appear to lie or in this case even mislead – there are fewer people leaving for Australia. Not just that, there are more people coming here from all over the world. This is from Stats NZ yesterday.
Yes an I blogged about that earlier and how Labour’s scam is now failing.
Let’s look at Australia first. This was always going to happen given Australia was always going to end up in the sort of trouble it has. When we panic about the people leaving the country the way we did a year back, we were made to feel like we were inferior and any number of TV shows couldn’t wait to line up the endless parade of people saying things like “there are more jobs over there” or “there is more money over there” or “NZ doesn’t offer me anything”. Or other TV shows would line up comparison couples – one in Sydney, one in Wellington – and they’d compare shopping lists and school fees and weather forecasts. It turned into this dumb sort of game where NZ came second and we’re supposed to feel stink. Read more »
Grass, an adult card game that has been on the shelves for decades, is currently being sold at Toyworld. It was only time before some nit picking busybody managed to get a newsie interested in the story.
Sarah Dunn to the rescue!
An adult card game which lets players pretend to be cannabis-dealing kingpins is being sold at Toyworld Nelson.
In Grass, players use cards to mimic dealing cannabis, stealing from one another and protecting their “stash” to amass drug money. Individual cards include “Steal your neighbour’s pot”, “Catch a buzz” and “Lust conquers all”.
“Like the real thing, it’s easy to learn,” say the tongue-in-cheek instructions. “We suggest that you begin gradually with Grass, till you get used to it.”
At Toyworld, it hangs in the puzzles section next to decks of playing cards and games like Uno.
Grass is out of the reach of most little hands, but would stand out to any older children who could identify the distinctive cannabis leaf emblazoned on the packaging.
The Planning Parrot writes:
Again the Night-Mayor Brown’s team of merry men have come up with a crazy idea that has been inserted in the draft Auckland Unitary Plan.
Section 18.104.22.168 Air quality under the heading “Air Discharge from transport” states:
Require applications for land use consent or designation for a high traffic-generating activity to demonstrate that:
a. Air discharges from vehicles have been assessed using best practice methods, such as modelling and monitoring, appropriate to the scale of the discharge and any potential adverse effects;
b. The combined concentrations of air discharges arising from the activity and and back ground levels will not cause adverse effects on human health or on regional or local air quality, and will meet the AAAQS;
c. Easy access to public transport is provided so that people have an alternative to private vehicles;
d. Access to and the layout and design of land use or activity facilities walking or cycling as a practical alternative to the use of private motor vehicles for trips to/from the activity”. Read more »
via the tipline
If you ever needed a reason to understand why the Conservative party cult led by Colin Craig is simply not credible as a political party have a look at this Facebook status update that was posted today, and then deleted.
Maybe there is hope. At least someone in the Conservative Party actually realised that was a gigantic blunder and deleted it. Shame my army was vigilant.
The skulduggery in the Ikaroa-Rawhiti selection means the nasty faction of the Labour Party is going to parachute in their candidate, Shane Taurima, over the line ahead of the very well regarded local candidates Henare O’Keefe and Meka Whaitiri.
Meka and Henare should sit down with the kaumatua of Ikaroa-Rawhiti and come to an agreement that one of them will stand so they do not get beaten by an nasty faction imposed outsider. Read more »
This morning I blogged about a dud Judge…but it turns out she isn’t a dud Judge after all, and it is the Herald that is a dud paper. It seems not all Judges named Philippa are crap.
I just received this email…it is self explanatory…now you can all heap piles of dung on the “decent journalists, trained and skilled” from the NZ Herald.
re: NZ Herald article this morning
I thought you should know that article relating to KEPA in today’s Herald is incorrect:
“Judge Philippa Sinclair sentenced him to seven months in prison, to be served concurrently. That means Kepu will not have time added on to his sentence and is still eligible for parole in 2015 on his manslaughter conviction.” Read more »
Two very good people, and very good potential MPs Henare O’Keefe and Meka Whaitiri are currently getting shafted by the nasty faction of the Labour Party who want to parachute in one of their own to Ikaroa-Rawhiti.
The orchestrated stitch up is being run by some very unpleasant individuals who have proven they are unelectable. Sources inside their camp are saying that they are terrified of Meka who is far more intelligent and competent than they are, and is likely to leap frog them to senior positions if she makes it into parliament. Read more »
UPDATE: Judge not dud after all
Another dud judge has caused some outrage. I’m not normally someone who would side with a union, much less the Corrections Association and Bevan Hanlon, however Judge Philippa Sinclair has really shown just how pathetic some of our judges are:
A dangerous high-security prisoner who killed a Corrections officer has been sentenced for assaulting two more but will spend no extra time in prison, a penalty the prison guards’ union calls disgraceful.
Latu Kepu was already serving a jail sentence for the manslaughter of prison guard Jason Palmer when he attacked two other guards in separate incidents last October. Read more »
After their manufactured manufacturing crisis, it comes as no surprise that yet another of Labour’s media stunts is backfiring.
In the same way you don’t hear Labour banging on about ‘the manufacturing crisis’ any more, you don’t hear David Shearer banging on about the number of Kiwis going to Australia anymore
And why is that?
In the year to the end of April New Zealand has seen a net migration gain of almost 4800 people, a two-year high, as more people arrive to live here long term than leave the country permanently. Read more »