Auckland house prices drop. Wait for Labour to declare a crisis in market confidence

Nick Smith does stuff all that is useful, but there is a glimmer of hope from latest house price statistics.

House prices may be starting to drop in Auckland – but it’s too soon to tell if the latest data shows a trend.

The new mortgage lending restrictions introduced by the Reserve Bank officially kicked in on October 1, but most of the main banks had already been introducing them over the previous couple of months.

Interest.co.nz’s regional Home Loan Affordability Reports for September showed the new loan-to-value-ratio mortgage lending restrictions on residential investment properties may be impacting house prices in Auckland.   Read more »

Historic call for equality and justice at Canada’s National Parliament

The head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim community Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad has made a historic address calling for equality and justice at Canada’s National parliament. “Love for all hatred for none” is the slogan of the Ahmadiyya community worldwide and it is this core belief that sets their sect apart from the two majority Muslim sects, Sunni and Shia. I have highlighted the parts of the press release that were of interest to me but you can read the press release in full here.

…His Holiness delivered an historic keynote address entitled “Human values – the foundation for a peaceful world” to an audience of more than 225 people at a special reception… at the Canadian Parliament in Ottawa.

…During his keynote address, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad addressed various issues of global importance, including the risk of a global war, religious freedom, increasing radicalisation and extremism and international relations….

Irrespective of differences of background…All people and all organisations, must collectively endeavour to uphold human values, and strive to make the world in which we live, a better and far more harmonious place.”

…His Holiness admitted that fear of Islam was growing in much of the world. However, he said that fear of the religion itself was completely unnecessary…

“Let me reassure all of you that Islam is not what you commonly see or hear portrayed in the media. As far as my knowledge of Islam is concerned, I only know of that Islam whose teachings are based on its name. The literal meaning of the word ‘Islam’ is peace, love, and harmony and all of its teachings are based upon these noble values.”

Unfortunately, the definition of the word Islam is as in dispute as what the values and teachings of Islam are. It is wrong to say that fear of Islam is completely unnecessary. If all Muslims were from the Ahmadiyya sect then what he says would be true but the reality is that they are a tiny minority that is not  recognised as being true Muslims by the majority Sunni and Shia sects. Also there is a difference between religious Islam and political Islam.

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Katie Hopkins calls CNN the Clinton News network



I thought for a second that Katie Hopkins was going to make the interviewer cry when she called CNN the Clinton news network but she is not the first to accuse CNN of a serious political bias. Bias is also alleged in an article with the headline These 7 CNN Tweets Show That They’re The Clinton News Network. 

CNN has been subject to allegations of attempting to influence viewers, as opposed to an unbiased approach to political journalism.


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Trump’s posts on Twitter come after Breitbart News contributor Julia Hahn noted that CNN erroneously reported that Trump’s statement that Clinton wanted to allow hundreds of thousands of refugees into the country was false.

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TPP: Helen Clark says yes. Andrew Little still says no

Helen Clark understands how trade lifts people out pf poverty. Andrew little does not.

Helen Clark understands that trade provides jobs, Andrew Little does not.

The TPP bill has returned to parliament.

The Bill that will allow the Government to ratify the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade agreement is back in Parliament and ready to go through its remaining stages.

The foreign affairs, defence and trade select committee reported the Bill back on Thursday – against the wishes of Labour and the Greens.

The bill amends 10 Acts to align New Zealand law with its obligations under the TPP, which the Government signed in February along with 11 other nations.

The committee made minor changes and reported it back on a majority vote.

Labour and the Greens put in minority reports.   Read more »

Cops set up a checkpoint to gather info on a possible murder. What’s wrong with that?

I’ve watched with interest as the left-wing goes troppo over Police actually doing their job.

Until we change the law, helping someone take their life is murder. Cops have used a creative way to gather intel.  Well within their scope.

The checkpoint was used to gain information on those they believed were importing drugs for assisted suicide.

The coroner advised police at the end of August that a death in June he was looking into involved a Class C controlled substance, and that the death had no suspicious circumstances surrounding it.

Police began an investigation into several other deaths which looked like they may involve aiding and abetting suicide, which is illegal and punishable in New Zealand by up to 14 years in prison.

Earlier this month, police stopped seven cars leaving the pro-euthanasia meeting and interviewed about nine people over the following days.

Police insist the checkpoint was not an investigation into pro-euthanasia advocates, but rather an essential part of the case investigation.

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Real Dirty Politics: Good on ya Hillary…don’t let ethics get in the way of winning

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I’m coming for yer guns!

The revelations of shenanigans from the Clinton campaign and associated parties like the DNC are making Nicky Hager’s and the Media party’s wailing over dirty politics look like nothing more than a push and shove at the sandpit of the local kindy.

The latest is that the DNC planted anti-gun people in a townhall meeting to set up questions, essentially using dead people to prove a point.

As the fiasco that is the 2016 Presidential Election draws to an inevitable close, gun control is once again becoming a major topic, after being back-burnered for most of the three Presidential debates.

This story from the Washington Times points out that Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton has been walking a fine line on guns as she tries to lure independents and even Republicans away from her opponent, Donald Trump. Clinton has repeatedly called for new gun safety measures, such as expanded background checks, while reassuring voters that law-abiding gun owners won’t be targeting under would-be administration—calls that were repeated during the final debate.

However, it has been made clear that a Clinton administration would mean potentially tougher gun laws on a federal level with a lasting impact on Second Amendment rights. As the story points out, if she becomes president, she will be able to reshape the Supreme Court by appointing justices who are hostile against the Second Amendment, who could then help reverse past decisions like District of Columbia vs. Heller.   Read more »

Vlad Newman puts another head on a pike


The inside word from Franklin is that Cr Daniel “Vlad” Newman has put another head on a pike, that of former local board chair Andy Baker. This is impressive and shows the depth of Vlad’s networks, as former chair Baker was one of six from “Team Franklin” candidates elected, and the hand-picked successor to Cr Bill Cashmore.   Read more »

The Moment of Truth

Prime Minister Paula Bennett? You are taking her for a spin today


The keys to the country have been handed down the ranks – five places. On Thursday, Paula Bennett is Prime Minister.

She’s taken up the reins because John Key is in India, Bill English and Steven Joyce are across the ditch, and Gerry Brownlee is in Paris – meaning the Social Housing Minister is officially the acting Prime Minister.

“I am the acting Prime Minister for I think all of 24 hours. The boys are leaving it to me,” Ms Bennett told Newshub. Read more »

More good news: Our sheilas are paid 9th best in the whole wide world

The opposition likes to go on about gender pay equality and how the government is doing nothing.

And yet this happens:

New Zealand has moved up one place in a global ranking of gender parity, but sits behind Rwanda and the Philippines.

The country now ranks ninth on the World Economic Forum’s index of nations based on the gender gap in key areas including the economy, politics, education and health.

The WEF, a not-for-profit body based in Switzerland, analysed data from 144 countries worldwide and said the global gender gap had widened to its largest since 2008.

It estimated that there will not be economic gender parity for another 170 years, an increase on last year’s estimate of 118 years.   Read more »