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Photo Of The Day

AP Photo/Bill Hudson.

AP Photo/Bill Hudson.

A Black Teen, A White Cop

And A Photo That Changed The Civil Rights Movement

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Dodgy Socialist Dam proposal is actually illegal

Fenton "Jong-un" Wilson

Fenton “Jong-un” Wilson

Radio NZ reports:

Consent applications for the $600 million irrigation scheme spearheaded by the Hawke’s Bay Regional Council are¬†still before a board of inquiry.

Under the proposal, 22 hectares of land in the Ruahine Forest Park would have its protection status removed so it can be flooded as part of the 450 hectare water storage lake.

But Forest and Bird advocacy manager Kevin Hackwell said the Conservation Act did not allow for disposal or exchange of protected land.

He said plans to set aside another section of land for conservation purposes also conflicted with the Conservation Act and the proposal was a long shot.

The Hawke’s Bay Regional Council can’t win a trick.

I bet Forest and Bird have sat on this for ages and just waited until the fools at HBRC made a dumb play, then BOOM they nail them with this.

The proposal has been a dog from the start. The proponents haven’t had nearly enough information to stand their ground, have lost in every court action, got rinsed in the Board of Inquiry and yet stupidly press ahead with even this latest land-mine unresolved.

It is high time Fenton ‘Jong-un’ Wilson fell on his sword along with the paid council staffers who have pushed this dodgy socialist dam along at great expense for no discernible benefit to the ratepayers.

 

– Radio NZ

Cartoon of the Day

Credit:  SonovaMin

Credit: SonovaMin

Bill dicks John’s books

A surplus was promised, and by whatever underhanded means possible, a surplus will be delivered.

The Government has been accused of massaging its books to ensure it reaches its goal of a budget surplus this year.

Treasury papers obtained by ONE News show that delaying spending on the Canterbury rebuild and increasing alcohol taxes are ways of boosting the figures, with current forecasts indicating the Government is set to miss the surplus by half a billion dollars due to falling dairy prices.

“To delay expenditure simply for what amounts to a political target is just offensive,” Council of Trade Unions economist Bill Rosenberg said.

Other Treasury suggestions include slowing down $33m in overseas aid spending by a year, increasing charges levelled at overseas visitors, and holding back on $100m in proposed cuts to ACC levies.

You can see why SkyCity and Team New Zealand are up against it. ¬† They are looking at squeezing the last few million out of the books just to make sure the bad dairy results can be compensated for. ¬† Read more »

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CWC: BAN v SCO

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You have to love your cricket to watch today’s game in Nelson. ¬†Although weather is on the way that almost guaranteed¬†to interrupt play for the South Africa-Pakistan match¬†over the weekend, this one¬†should be ok. ¬† Read more »

The things that amuse us

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The image of the woodpecker giving a small weasel a lift on its back became an internet sensation and went viral around the globe.

The emergence of photographer Martin Le-May’s incredible snapshot has sparked dozen of hilarious memes parodying his work.

Fans went to town creating their own versions of the image using a number of famous faces, including Miley Cyrus in her infamous wrecking ball get-up, Madonna and Chelsea captain John Terry.

Characters from the likes of Toy Story and Lord of the Rings were also featured in entertaining send-ups, as were world leaders such as Barack Obama, Vladimir Putin, and Kim Jong-un.

This is not the first time that the online world has united in creating comical ways of lampooning a picture. Hours after Kim Kardashian posted the image of her oiled-up derriere the internet reacted in force.

Most recently the two tone dress was given the meme treatment, with people creating graphics to mock the internet’s fascination with the dress.

People have had some fun with this one too: Read more »

John Key’s Ongoing Ethics Problems

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The by election in Northland highlights to the public that there is something dodgy going on in John Key’s National Party.

If suppression orders are lifted¬†on the prominent New Zealander’s¬†case there will be a very uncomfortable few days for¬†some politicians.

A half decent opposition leader will pledge that his administration would never allow an MP to stay if they faced charges of the nature Sabin is facing, or wife beating or losing pots of investors money while taking a massive annual management fee. Of course a half decent opposition leader would actually know about this, and perhaps who Winston reckons owes creditors. ¬†¬† Read more »

We’re building fewer houses than a decade ago? Why is this?

New figures show fewer houses are being built than a decade ago, despite recent increases.

The Statistics New Zealand figures come as concerns mount over a continuing shortage of homes making housing unaffordable for many people.

The statistics cover both residential and non-residential building, and show there was $15 billion worth of construction in 2014, $2.8 billion more than in 2013.

Nearly two thirds of that was in Auckland and Canterbury.

When broken down further, the figures show residential construction has risen steadily since 2011, but was still seven percent lower than its peak in 2004.

 

We’ve had lots of people with money immigrating to New Zealand over that time who have entered the market. ¬†The demand is there, but somehow we are still building less than we were a decade ago. ¬†We’re building less because…

…because councils are artificially restricting the freeing up of land for development. ¬† There are enough builders, there are enough people wanting houses, and there is enough money sloshing around. ¬†Yet new houses can’t get started at a good rate. Read more »

Police take control of bad tourist drivers

Police suspended a French visitor’s licence on the spot on Monday after he was nabbed doing 93km/h through Hari Hari township.

As a result, he forfeited his rental vehicle and was continuing his holiday using public transport.

Yesterday, a tourist driver was also escorted by police back to Greymouth and had their vehicle confiscated following an incident on the Coast Road near Barrytown. A marked police car witnessed sustained driving by the tourist across double yellow lines.

Hokitika police apprehended a driver yesterday after being handed video evidence of dangerous overtaking on the Awatuna straight on State highway 6. Acting sergeant Paul Watson said a local resident had filmed the dangerous manoeuvre on their dash cam. Read more »