New Plymouth

New Plymouth District Council clipboard killjoys mocked & ridiculed

You have to laugh.

The New Plymouth District Council is being mocked and ridiculed after destroying Fort Awesome.

Hut mania has taken hold of New Plymouth, with stick shacks popping on beaches around the district just days after a monster hut dubbed Fort Awesome was torn down by council workers.

The copycat structures don’t come close to the size of Fort Awesome, which was three metres high and estimated to weigh several tonnes – and neither do the small huts and single teepee show the engineering acumen of their inspiration.

The future of the huts is up to the New Plymouth District Council to decide.

District council parks and open spaces manager Stuart Robertson said there wasn’t an official limit on how big the huts could get. Council staff made a judgement call on whether to take them down based on the likelihood the hut could harm someone   Read more »

New Plymouth gave him the arse card, so now he’s trying to hide with the Maoris

New Plymouth didn’t want him…so now he is cuddling up to the Maori party.

New Plymouth’s current mayor has said a career in the Maori Party could be on the cards for him.

On Tuesday Judd revealed he had been a financial member of the party for a year now but as his term approaches its end this Saturday, with the local government elections, Judd said he’s looking to the future.

“I still have a young family to take care of but I’m not ruling anything out for the future just yet,” he said.

Judd said he hadn’t yet made up his mind about standing for the Maori Party in the New Plymouth electorate this coming election in 2017, but if he did he would be contesting current seat holder Jonathan Young of the National Party.

“I have no intention of being the candidate this election, but I’m not ruling it out for the future,” he said.    Read more »

New Zealand’s Dodgiest Local Body Politician nomination – Moira Irving

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Current Taranaki Regional Councillor Moira Irving has been living in Hawkes Bay but stayed on as a Taranaki Regional Councillor despite being in Hawkes Bay. She is now running as a pro-dam candidate in the Napier ward for the Hawkes Bay Regional Council, the anointed successor to the much unlamented retiring councillor Christine Scott.

Moira Irving ran for National in New Plymouth in 2005, and was beaten by Harry Duynhoven. There is no shame in that, as Harry was a popular local member with a long track record of service in New Plymouth. His career may have been less successful since the 2005 election, but the wheels were falling off Labour and he ran into the exceptionally competent and very underrated Jonathan Young in 2008.   Read more »

Mayor Andrew Judd is trying to get you to buy into his guilt trip

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An anti-racism hikoi in New Plymouth is reaching its end today, but Mayor Andrew Judd hopes it sparks a nationwide conversation about Maori-Pakeha relations.

Hundreds participated in the three-day march, which was organised to show support for Mr Judd after he announced he wouldn’t be standing for the mayoralty again due to the abuse he received for championing Maori issues.

Mr Judd was spat at and abused when he announced the council wanted to introduce a Maori ward, which received a resounding ‘no’ vote in a citizens-initiated referendum.

Mr Judd believes Pakeha have an inherent privilege and need to understand that if Aotearoa is to become a more harmonious society.  Read more »

Move over Annette, Little wants your seat

How unsubtle. I feel sorry for my good friend Annette King. I might send her some more flowers.

Andrew Little has basically told her to shove off, or at the very least let the cat out of the bag of her retirement.

Labour leader Andrew Little won’t run in Mt Roskill if MP Phil Goff is successful in his bid for Auckland Mayor, but Rongotai is in his sights.

Little has ruled out running in the long-held Auckland Labour seat saying, “there is a depth of talent out there already”.

Goff announced on Sunday that he would run for the super-city mayoralty next year and would stay on as Mt Roskill MP through to the election.

He would, however, relinquish his Auckland issues portfolio to avoid confusion as to whether he was attending events as an MP or with his mayoral candidate hat on.

When asked if Auckland Central’s Jacinda Ardern was an obvious replacement for the Auckland portfolio, Little said there were a number of Auckland MPs who are “potential candidates for that”.

Little will make his reshuffle announcements in the next week after holding off doing so until Goff had made a decision about the mayoralty race.    Read more »

Media party promotes lying to scam the taxpayer

If this story doesn’t make your blood boil then nothing will.

If Faith Richards had only lied about the pain she was in from her dodgy hip, she may still have her life savings.

But instead the New Plymouth woman told the truth, missed out on qualifying for a publicly funded hip operation and, unable to live with the pain, spent her life savings of $20,000 to get it done privately.

She said she had asked the doctor who assessed her at Taranaki Base hospital if exaggerating her pain would have helped her get an operation and not face a 12 month waiting period for a reassessment.

“I said, if I had lied you’d have put me through? And he said yes he might have done.

“My friends told me, exaggerate. You’re really bad, but exaggerate.

“In the community you hear it all the time. Tell lies if you go to the hospital. It’s the only way you get in,” Richards said.

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Who posts letters these days anyway?

Good grief some people are pathetic, stuck in their old ways.

Some old bastards are protesting because NZ Post is thinking of doing away with their post box.

A hardy group of protesters braved squalls and showers to go into battle for their local post box in New Plymouth today, with one going as far as saying he might chain himself to it.

The protesters chanted slogans and mailed letters telling the New Zealand Post chief executive Brian Roche to keep his hands off the St Aubyn St post box.

Moturoa resident Tom Waite lives nearby the post box, which is one of four slated for removal in New Plymouth this month.    Read more »

Halfwits abound, if only they’d quit

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New Plymouth Mayor Andrew Judd is up in arms because he has been called a dickhead and a halfwit. He should resign.

When put to a referendum the residents of New Plymouth  told him to stick his idea for Maori wards where the sun doesn’t shine. The idea was really dumb and it should never have seen the light of day.

Andrew is an Optometrist. He certainly isn’t a lawyer with deep constitutional knowledge – but you’d have the strong impression he knows more than anyone else – thus is justified in pursuing Maori wards for the district.

We all know that politics is rife with halfwits, most of whom feed greedily from the rate payer funded trough whilst providing themselves a platform for their over inflated sense of self (refer egos of gargantua) to parade about like a prize goose. And it’s generally these halfwit politicians who open their gobs to raise dumb ideas that they should have whispered quietly into their pillows at night as they cried themselves to sleep.

The Maori wards is one such idea. In Nelson a few years ago the same idea managed to be floated by the Councillors. But only briefly before sensibility prevailed and the locals voted down the idea through referenda.    Read more »

Halfwit mayor Andrew Judd thinks being called a halfwit is hate speech, now he is just being a dickhead

The halfwit Mayor of New Plymouth has gone full retard thinking that me calling him a halfwit is hate speech.

A right wing blogger has labelled New Plymouth Mayor Andrew Judd a “halfwit” following the referendum on Maori wards.

Establishing a Maori ward for the district was voted down in a landslide on Friday, with 83 per cent of people voting against and only 17 per cent in favour.

Online commentary and debate came quick in wake of the decision with Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater even calling for Judd’s head to roll.

“The halfwit Mayor in New Plymouth just can’t accept the result of a referendum he forced,” Slater said on his website.

“Instead of resigning, which an honourable man would do, he is now proposing other half baked solutions which will likely end up in the same place as his previous one…He should just resign and go lick his wounds in private – this wailing about a democratic result is pathetic,” Slater said in a post on his website.

Slater was one of hundreds who posted their thoughts across social media platforms and, like the poll results show, many were happy with the way it went.

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The halfwit Mayor in New Plymouth really should take the honourable course and resign

The halfwit Mayor in New Plymouth just can’t accept the result of a referendum he forced.

It has really ripped his undies. Instead of resigning which an honourable man would do, he is now proposing other half-baked solutions which will likely end up in the same place as his previous one.

New Plymouth mayor Andrew Judd has taken his fight for Maori representation a step further, calling for a law change so up to half of all councillors in New Zealand are Maori.

Judd, already fighting critics over his council’s plans to create a Maori ward, believes there should be more Maori representation across the country to better reflect the Treaty of Waitangi.

“The reasonable interpretation of the Treaty is that you would have fifty-fifty representation around the table,” Judd said.

“We should be incorporating the Maori perspective around council tables, and ultimately that would mean up to half the representation each.”

In September the New Plymouth District Council narrowly voted for the creation of a Maori ward seat, but the move has not been without conflict.    Read more »

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