Finally we get started on decent transport links to Northland

Simon Bridges and John Key have turned the sod on a much-needed motorway to Whangarei.

The current road is a dog, and Whangarei is growing immensely. If Kaikoura showed us anything it is wise to develop alternate infrastructure as Wellington is now finding out with their crippled port. Whangarei port has been constrained by poor roading infrastructure so this motorway is welcome.

A motorway from Auckland to Whangarei has been flagged by Transport Minister Simon Bridges.

Speaking at today’s sod turning to mark the start of the $709.5 million Puhoi to Warkworth motorway, Bridges said over time the motorway would extend to Whangarei, a distance of 162km.

Prime Minister John Key and Bridges turned the first sod during a tour of roading projects north of Auckland, including a new roundabout in the township of Waimaukau.   Read more »

Erdogan connected to ISIS – Wikileaks claims as they release 57,000 emails

It has long been suspect that Erdogan was complicit in assisting and helping monetise Daesh, now Wikileaks has released 57,000 emails showing many undesirable details.

WikiLeaks has released a tranche of more than 57,000 personal emails from the account of Turkey’s Minister of Oil Berat Albayrak.

Albayrak is the son-in-law of the country’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

The emails span a six-year period from 2000 to 2016 and allegedly reveal his level of influence in the country’s political scene.

The emails appear to have been obtained by Turkish hacktivist group Redhack, and which threatened to make his communications public back in September.   Read more »

INCITE:Politics Issue 12 is out!

Gareth Morgan’s new policy announcement is a complete train wreck

Gareth Morgan has announced his first policy and it is one that will tax every single asset you have…a car, a boat, a house…all because Gareth Morgan thinks that you shouldn’t spend money like that.

His interview with Paul Henry was an utter trainwreck.

Gareth Morgan, leader of the new Opportunities Party, tried to explain his tax policy to Paul Henry on Thursday morning.

The policy proposes putting a minimum rate of return on all productive assets, including houses and land – so people could be taxed for owning the home they live in, or for having an expensive car.

Henry made it clear from the outset he didn’t agree with the idea.

“I’m calling it an envy tax,” he said.

“Oh ok. Well that tells me where you are,” replied Morgan, and the battle was on.   Read more »

Tagged:

Now that Bill is going to be PM what do the opposition think?

Bill English has bullied the caucus into getting across the line. He will be our next Prime Minister.

The Maori party wanted him, the Media party wanted him, Nicky Hager wanted him…and my good friend Brian Edwards really wants him:

I like Bill. Bill is just great. Really, really great. And – sorry to blow my own trumpet – but if anyone should know, I should. Well, me and Judy really – the team that brought you Helen Clark. Back from the dead, some would say, but I couldn’t possibly comment.

Anyway, back to Bill. Did I say Bill was great? What an understatement! Bill is stupendous, charismatic, a master of oratory and, no point in denying it, a real stud. The stats never lie. And here’s the thing: I’m a dyed in the wool Labour man. A socialist, to be strictly accurate.   Read more »

Whaleoil General Debate

Whaleoil General Debate is brought to you by
unnameduse coupon code WHALE OIL to get 10% off e-cigarettes and e-liquids


keep-calm-and-don-t-shoot-the-messenger-3Morning everyone, and welcome to Whaleoil’s daily General Debate post (another one called Backchat will start at 6pm). To participate you’ll need to register a free Disqus account.

There are some rules, and if there is one thing about Whaleoil that you need to know is that these rules are dispassionately and strictly enforced.

Face of the Day

Word of the day

The word for today is…

immure (verb) – 1. To confine within or as if within walls; imprison.
2. To build into a wall: immure a shrine.
3. To entomb in a wall.

Source : The Free Dictionary

Etymology : 1580s, “enclose with walls, shut up, confine,” from Middle French emmurer and directly from Medieval Latin immurare, literally “to shut up within walls,” from assimilated form of in- “into, in” + Latin murus “wall”. Military sense of “fortify” is from 1590s.

Daily Proverb

Proverbs 8

5You simple people, use good judgment. You foolish people, show some understanding.

Thursday nightCap

Just a reminder…. these people vote

×