More good news, NZ easier than Singapore to do business

Poor old Andrew Little. He’s going to find it hard to get angry over this news.

New Zealand edged out Singapore as the easiest country for doing business in the World Bank’s latest rankings, while several emerging market countries improved the most by pursuing business-friendly reforms.

In its annual “Doing Business” report, the World Bank cited reductions in labor-related taxes and new regulations that make paying taxes easier as key reasons for moving New Zealand to the top spot from its previous runner-up position.

Macedonia broke into the coveted top 10, while Brunei had the biggest improvement, moving to 72nd from a rank of 84th last year as it made electricity supply more reliable, passed a new insolvency law and increased protections for minority investors.

The World Bank report tracks regulatory changes in 190 countries for businesses throughout their life cycle – from the ease of business start-up regulations and getting credit to property rights.

It said a record 137 economies made reforms to make it easier to start and operate businesses in the last year, with more than 75 percent of the changes occurring in developing countries.

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Two ways to shut down criticism of Islam

Despite living in the information age where freedom of speech is meant to be a right, books are being burnt and speech is being criminalised. A desire to silence critics of Islam is something that many progressives and followers of Islam have in common. Muslims in Lebanon responded to a rumour that there was a pamphlet in a Christian library that criticised Muhammad by burning down the library. Progressives in the West attack criticism of Islam or its followers by labelling it hate speech and criminalising it.


When we think of mass book burnings we tend to think of the Nazis who were big on destroying literature and knowledge that they did not approve of. It is happening again as another supremacist ideology ( Islam )  burned over 50,000 books in my grandparents’ homeland, Lebanon. While Progressives are not yet openly burning books like Muslims are in Lebanon they are attacking free speech in various western countries around the world by criminalising it. Again and again, the only speech they criminalise is speech that criticises Islam or its followers.

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Fenton ‘Jong un’ Wilson is going to learn what utu means

The new Hawke’s Bay Regional Council was sworn in yesterday and they have a new chairman after Fenton Wilson discovered the Ruataniwha dam wasn’t really an election winner after all.

Rex Graham has been elected as the new chairman of Hawke’s Bay Regional Council.

Rick Barker was voted in as deputy.

This morning, the council’s nine elected regional councillors were sworn in at the inaugural council meeting.

A large crowd gathered at the council’s Napier’s offices where Mr Graham was elected unopposed.

After being nominated by former chairman Fenton Wilson and seconded by Mr Barker, Mr Graham received a unanimous vote.

Mr Barker was nominated by councillor Alan Dick and seconded by councillor Neil Kirton, and was also elected unanimously.

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Ratbag mayor wants people to act with respect and trust, chance would be a fine thing

One ratbag gets replaced by another ratbag, and he wants everyone to act within an environment of respect and trust?

He could have started by telling the truth about his real thoughts on the dodgy socialist and world class theatre.

The new mayor of Marlborough District has made a plea for the new council to respect the decision-making process they have been elected to do.

John Leggett – the district’s first new mayor in 12 years, after Alistair Sowman stepped down at the election – told councillors at today’s swearing-in ceremony that he wanted an environment of respect and trust.

Mr Leggett was at the centre of confidential material leaked to an online website before the election, aimed at embarrassing him.   Read more »

Mike Lee is right and Phil Goff is wrong

It is almost never that I agree with Mike Lee but in this case he is right.

Auckland Mayor Phil Goff supports a blogger joining the Auckland Transport board after leaving two councillors off the board.

Last week, Goff announced two council appointments on the board would remain vacant for now to look at the best form of accountability for Auckland Transport and other council-controlled organisations.

He was not convinced having councillors on the board – Mike Lee and Chris Fletcher have been board members for six years – and subject to secrecy provisions was the best form of accountability.

Patrick Reynolds, of the Transport Blog, has applied for an observer role on the board, despite the blog stating it “is not associated in any way with Auckland Transport”.

Reynolds is seeking a customer focus committee board observer role – a non-voting and unpaid position.

In a letter to the board, Reynolds said he was a highly engaged customer and commentator on Auckland Transport issues who believed his “other side of the counter” perspective would be extremely valuable.

“There is now significant commonality between our aims and official AT policy. We are highly aligned with AT,” Reynolds said.

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Nick Smith makes more…. housing announcements


Housing Minister Nick Smith announced the new development on New North Road, just 8km from the CBD, on Wednesday after signing an agreement with the Marutuahu Ropu and Ockham Residential Ltd, the first under the Crown and Tamaki Collective Housing Protocol.

Under previous rules the former New Zealand Transport Agency site would have been able to sustain 24 homes, but with Special Housing Area status that figure has more than quadrupled. Read more »

Is Islam inherently Violent?

Vote early and vote often

Voting has started in the US, and Clinton is pushing for people to lock in their votes as she sees the momentum shift away from her.   A bit like our left in the last month leading up to the 2013 elections tried to do.

The Pussy Grabbing Hit was to distract from the Wikileaks story, and it worked for a week and a bit.  But attention is now shifting away.  People know Trump is a misogynist.  The media are now staring at having to repeat themselves, while the Wikileaks material has hardly been covered.


Someone else wakes up to the fact the left are the Nasty Party

Scot Addams of Dilbert fame may have taken a few years longer to reach the same conclusion as we have at Whaleoil, but he’s finally figured out the glue that holds together the left in politics.

I’ve been trying to figure out what common trait binds Clinton supporters together. As far as I can tell, the most unifying characteristic is a willingness to bully in all its forms.

If you have a Trump sign in your lawn, they will steal it.

If you have a Trump bumper sticker, they will deface your car.

if you speak of Trump at work you could get fired.

On social media, almost every message I get from a Clinton supporter is a bullying type of message. They insult. They try to shame. They label. And obviously they threaten my livelihood.

We know from Project Veritas that Clinton supporters tried to incite violence at Trump rallies. The media downplays it.

We also know Clinton’s side hired paid trolls to bully online. You don’t hear much about that.

They steal, hack, deface, threaten and use blackmail.  Standard leftie TISO tactics.   Read more »

Has Google broken their own motto?

Google’s motto is ‘Don’t be Evil‘.

But it appears that they might just be…evil.

Google’s autocomplete search results favor Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump when someone attempts to find out how they can vote for either candidate. Trump’s name is completely omitted from the autocomplete results.

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