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Thanks Len

Len Brown’s Unitary Plan is pandering to Len’s natural constituency in South Auckland.

What is proposed is out of control ridiculous

A couple have been told to apply to 14 different iwi to keep the water running to their home.

Brent and Jennifer Tassell will need approval to renew resource consent on a bore hole that has been operating for 10 years, supplying water to eight Puhoi homes.

The bore draws water from 305m underground and is the only source of water for the properties in Slowater Lane, on the northern outskirts of greater Auckland.

“It’s a hole in the ground that’s been there for 10 years,” said Jennifer. “It’s completely over the top for our situation.”

Under the draft Auckland Unitary Plan, all applicants for resource consent for new or existing developments must apply to iwi for them to assess whether it would have an adverse effect on mana whenua.

Who needs the Resource Management Act to stifle the ecomomy when you can have your local Iwi do it for you? ¬† Read more »

Ratbag bludger nailed cheating ACC

A bludger has been caught defrauding ACC.

I hope ACC is seeking repayment of his fraudulently obtained benefits.

An Ashburton man who pretended to need a wheelchair to continue claiming ACC payments has been sentenced to a seven-month stint of home detention.

Leslie Tamateatu Urquhart-Barrett, 55, would use a wheelchair when he went to the doctors but was seen driving and walking unaided during his everyday activities.

In the Christchurch District Court this week Urquhart-Barrett was ordered to pay more than $4000 in reparation and about $3000 in court costs.

The Ashburton truck driver injured his back and shoulder in a workplace accident in 2006. He received weekly compensation until August 2010.¬† Read more »

Don’t mine it. Litigate it. Mine it. Double Charge it.

The Auckland City Council have caused additional cost through an own goal, and are now trying to recover these costs from the very people that pointed out the idiocy of their ways in the first place.

A reader emails

Hi Cam

RE: Price increase from Quarry business on Waiheke

doh

Appears ACC are double dipping for their services ¬† Read more »

Paul Brislen loses the plot, Wrecking Crew joins in

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Any semblance of credibility¬†Paul Brislen had left has now evaporated completely¬†after he¬†made¬†one of the most bizarre claims I’ve seen for a while. Of course by aligning himself and being part of Matthew Hooton’s Corporate Wrecking Crew we are becoming more and more used to bizarre claims.

It appears Brislen is claiming¬†that public sector workers have been using inside information to buy up shares in Chorus. Yep, that’s right, he thinks that government employees are so flush with cash that they can afford to buy millions of shares in Chorus!

“On Friday, when a report by EY Australia into the financial viability of Chorus was received by the government but not released publicly, shares in Chorus jumped by over 7%, Tuanz says.”

I’m not sure what Brislen’s¬†smoking but it surely can’t be legal. For the share price to move 7%, I imagine millions of shares would have to trade hands.¬† Read more »

Len Brown still the best man for the job

The Stuff headline goes “Councillors still support Len Brown“.

Although that’s a factual statement, it would be similar to someone running the headline “People love Cameron Slater”. ¬†Even though factual, it is in effect useless.

In the case of the councillors and the article, it appears the actual reaction is more along the lines of fence sitting with a little bit of disgust thrown in.

In summary

Bill Cashmore, Franklin – “up to Brown” fence sitter

Dick Quax, Howick – Against Brown staying on

Alf Filipaina, Manukau – backs Brown

Calum Penrose, Manurewa-Papakura – backs Brown

Linda Cooper, Waitakere – Powerless to remove Brown

Chris Darby, North Shore – Not happy with Brown

Christine Fletcher, Albert-Eden-Roskill – fence sitting

Cowards:  2

Stay: 2

Go: 3

I suggest a better headline:  Brown lacks majority support from Council

Will be interesting if the Council is willing to work with this Mayor.  If they do, that may be remembered at the next election.

Stand Down Len Brown.   Get a fresh mandate.

Len Brown resource use “generally” within the rules. Generally.

According to Mr McKay, the report found that Mr Brown did not spend council money on gifts, car use or other travel to support his relationship with Ms Chuang. ¬†— TVNZ

Call me a cynic, but that doesn’t say “no council money or resources were used to support Len Brown’s relationship with Ms Chuang.

“Any use where it existed was generally within the permitted guidelines and policies,” said Mr McKay.

Generally.

Not totally.

Generally.

So some of it clearly wasn’t.

Where is this itemised, in the $100,000 “comprehensive” report?

There is no gender equality in an earthquake

via news.com.au

via news.com.au

Some interesting health stats reported on by Anna Pearson

Twice as many females than males were injured during and after the Canterbury earthquake, figures show.

A breakdown of injuries caused by the September 4, 2010 and February 22, 2011 quakes has also revealed the most common cause of injury across the disasters was falling or tripping.

Why would this be? ¬†Apparently, there are three working theories ¬† ¬† Read more »

Questions about Auckland City Council employment legalities

A reader wrote to me with a whole host of sharp questions

Would an ACC employee have any claim to ‚ÄúUnjustified disadvantage‚Ä̬†in the Employment Courts should they feel they are being forced to¬†resign their employment with ACC, rather than risk being associated¬†working for an organisation headed‚Äďup by a now-proven corrupt¬†individual/Mayor?

If Len‚Äôs continued insistence he‚Äôs done nothing wrong and claims to still have a valid platform to represent Auckland ‚Äď then surely
his actions, by association are condoned by ACC in general? ¬† Read more »

2013 Union statistics – just get worse and worse

The new societies Office Register just gets worse and worse for the Unions.

So good is the new register the following information is gleaned within minutes.

Observation by the Owl

The CTU is so irrelevant the Societies have not even put them on the list of 147 registered unions.¬† Read more »

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About time, great move by Collins

Judith Collins is moving to take another card way from the unions…she is going to spike their cash from ACC.

A $1 million government funding to the Council of Trade Unions to run accident prevention workshops is under review.

ACC Minister Judith Collins recently announced a near doubling of the amount of funding the Accident Compensation Corporation makes for accident prevention work, from $22.4 million to $40 million.

However that is accompanied by a review of existing programmes and in an interview with NBR ONLINE Ms Collins said she had told officials there are no sacred cows with regards to existing programmes.

‚ÄúAnd I‚Äôve told them if they need to kill sacred cows that need slaughtering, I‚Äôll back them.‚Ä̬† Read more »