New Zealand’s Silliest Local Government Spending (Ctd)

imgresThanks for all the nominations that have flooded in. We are sifting through them all at the moment.

Hawkes Bay seems to be a cracker of a place for silly local government spending. The Hastings District Council, and Mayor Lawrence Yule, the winners of the first silliest local government competition have come up with a great scheme to slow down traffic on Hawkes Bay Roads.

Hastings councillors voted to reopen submissions on the 80km/hr Safer Speed Limit changes by way of a full submission process at a full Council Meeting on 13 May

http://www.myvoicemychoice.co.nz/new-lower-speed-limits

While not quite as silly as building a sewerage treatment scheme without a roof to keep in the stink it looks like Lawrence Yule wants to take Hastings back to the days of Muldoon. The main roads between Hastings and Napier and Havelock North and Napier are now 80km an hour, down from 100 km so people have to crawl across the bay on council controlled roads. This is allegedly for safety reasons, not nanny state reasons.

The good burghers of Hawkes Bay have been pissed off with Lawrence telling them they have to travel at nana speeds, so the council has had to spend more money on consultation to tell the council that we don’t like traveling at Muldoon era speeds.   Read more »

IMPORTANT: Update on Pak ‘n Save

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Whaleoil has been under a well organised and sustained attack.  We’ve had a Denial of Service attack, which shut the blog down for a number of days.  We have had some of our emails and Facebook chats hacked.  We’ve been under a commercial attack where advertisers have been approached with a very one-sided story, and based on that, withdrawn their advertising from Whaleoil.

Yesterday, I ran an update on this situation, reporting that of all the advertisers that has made public statement about blocking their advertisements from Whaleoil, only Foodstuff (fronting for Pak ‘n Save) was refusing to talk to any of the communication you sent them.  And – no ads.

As a result, I felt it was fair enough to call the block a deliberate stance.

Mere hours later, as if by magic, Pak ‘n Save ads started to appear on the web site.   Read more »

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Georgina Beyer

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Internet Mana candidate Georgina Beyer has had the scales lifted from her eyes and has seen Kim Dotcom for who he really is.

She has said that he is pulling the strings and is in politics for all the wrong reasons – including revenge.

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via dailymail.co.uk

George Washington spent 7% of his Presidential salary on alcohol. (source)

 

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