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What sort of scumbag defaces a charity’s billboard to make a political point?

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Key Derangement Syndrome is strong in the scumbag who defaced a charity’s billboard in order to make some sort of spurious political point.

A Heart Foundation billboard in Hamilton has been defaced in political protest.

The billboard aimed at raising awareness of heart disease as ‘New Zealand’s biggest killer’ was erected on Commerce St, Frankton in early February.

Yesterday the foundation was informed by a member of the public the blackened out image of a man representing the disease as a ‘serial killer’ had been replaced with a sketch of the Prime Minister John Key’s face.

Heart Foundation head of marketing Vanessa Winning said foundation employees and volunteers are upset the billboard has been used for political protest.

“It’s really disappointing that a charity is being targeted to score political points. I find it unthinkable that someone would vandalise our billboard, and consequently mock a seriously crippling disease, just to make a political statement.”    Read more »

CWC: IRE v SA

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Seems a long time between drinks, but here we go.   Should be a foregone conclusion, but then again, Ireland may surprise – maybe even taken strength from their 6 Nations run of 6 unbeaten games.   Read more »

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A tattoo I would get

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This tattoo is awesome…it’s one that I would wear with pride.

A poignant tattoo honouring Kiwi war veterans has caught the world’s imagination, going viral on social media just days after being inked onto a Lower Hutt man.

A photo of Bruce Neal ‘s patriotic body art had gained 128,000 likes on Facebook by this afternoon, plus nearly 5000 comments and 40,000 shares.

The Wainuiomata ex-army man got inked last Thursday, and just hours later the tattoo was getting thousands of likes after Petone tattoo parlour Pieces of Eight uploaded a snapshot.

“It just went ballistic,” Neal, 59, said.   Read more »

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Internet Party spending causes further embarrassment

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Kim Dotcom’s failed Internet Party has been dealt another humiliating blow.

Final election returns reveal $3.5 million was given to the Internet Party by Dotcom. It ended up getting 34,094 votes – that means Dotcom spent $102 per vote.

The election returns reveal the party’s explosive press secretary Pam Corkery was paid $15,000 for her 15 weeks’ work – that’s $1000 a week.

Party Leader Laila Harre was paid $66,000 – more than $4000 a week.
The party spent more than $1 million on election related advertising, including $122,000 for a YouTube parody of Prime Minister John Key and US President Barack Obama. It also spent $21,000 on T-shirts. Read more »

Frank Underwood makes the speech that John Key should be making

This is the speech that John Key should be making…unfortunately it was made by Frank Underwood, a Democrat President in House of Cards.

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Martin Crowe Inducted Into ICC Hall of Fame

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Another government department worth axing

WorkSafe has taken the bizarre step of laying charged against WINZ because some crazed nutter walked into a WINZ and killed two people.

WorkSafe has filed a charge against the Ministry of Social Development following the Ashburton Work and Income shootings last September.

The charge under Section 6 of the Health and Safety in Employment Act alleges the ministry failed to take all practicable steps to ensure the safety of its employees while at work.

Work and Income (Winz) is a service delivery arm of the ministry.

The charge was laid in the Wellington District Court today following the conclusion of an investigation begun by WorkSafe shortly after the incident.

No further information is available and no further comment would be made as the matter is now before the courts.

Russell John Tully, 48, has been charged with murdering Work and Income front-counter workers Peggy Turukira Noble, 67, and Susan Leigh Cleveland, 55, on September 1 last year.