The New Zealand Herald’s Tim Murphy is one of the more high profile victims of an indicator light problem that has grounded an Air New Zealand flight in Hawaii for several days, leaving its passengers stranded with paid-for accommodation, $1000 compensation, and nowhere to eat or sit in the warm summer sun. Read more »
42.8% of Aucklanders surveyed by the Herald want Auckland Council to cut staff and salaries to reduce costs.
Many Aucklanders believe the best way to deal with looming budget cuts by the Auckland Council is to reduce staff and salaries, according to the latestÂ Herald-DigiPoll survey.
The council is facing cuts of hundreds of millions of dollars a year in running costs and capital investment in a 10-year budget being prepared by Mayor Len Brown.
The survey found that 42.5 per cent of Aucklanders believed the best way for the council to meet its budget plans was to reduce staff and salaries.
This was followed by 20.3 per cent support for rates rises of more than 2.5 per cent and 19.2 per cent support for delaying the $2.86 billion City Rail Link from 2016 to 2020.
A council suggestion to reduce services such as inorganic collections and library hours was supported by 8.9 per cent of the 248 Aucklanders in the survey of 750 people.
DigiPoll general manager Nandan Modak said the sample of 248 was too small to be considered a poll, but the Auckland results reflected the 750 nationwide responses.
The Auckland Council and its bodies employ about 8100 fulltime equivalent staff, fewer than the 9430 combined figure of the previous eight councils. The wages bill is about $702 million. About 1500 staff earn more than $100,000.
Further to the NZ Herald’s rather gigantic ballsup this morning, the Internet Party think’s it’s OK:
Colin Craig is a political moron.
Here is proof.
Conservative Party leader Colin Craig says he’d prefer National incumbent Murray McCully to stand in East Coast Bays, and has taken a shot at the deals National does with the Act and United Future parties.
And he has opened the door to Labour, especially if they are open to his bottom line of binding referenda.
For all those loopy supporters of the Conservative party who have been coming here and advocating that a vote for Colin Craig’s crazies would help John Key, wonder no more.
He is prepared to do a deal with Labour.
No wonder John Key has kicked him to touch.
After weeks of speculation, Prime Minister John Key has indicated that he will not pull Mr McCully from the seat. If Mr McCully was to withdraw from the electorate, it could have made it easier for Mr Craig to win a ticket to parliament.
“It would be my expectation he [McCully] would stand there,” Mr Key said this morning.
Without the seat, the Conservatives have to win at least 5 per cent of the party vote to enter Parliament.
This is the NZ Herald front page today.
Unfortunately the lead story photograph is NOT a picture of Kiwi soldier Guy Boyland.
It is in fact a photo of deceased Jackass actor Ryan Dunn!
David Cunliffe and Martyn Bradbury are running scared. Read more »
Now he’s after Mum’s chickens……….. Read more »
It appears only David “Tainted” Fisher is still sticking by his master. Â Whereas before the Herald appear to have been collective fans of Herr Dotcom, which then turned to a cautious silence, the accumulated public lash back has built to a crescendo where being seen to be in Kim Dotcom’s camp is no longer a career boost.
John Campbell and David Fisher are now lone voices in the face of a farce that is quickly spinning out of control.
Armstrong is over it too
The time has come for Kim Dotcom to put up or shut up, for this intelligent, canny but highly manipulative individual to front with his yet-to-be-made public disclosures which he boasts will blow John Key out of the water – and though Dotcom does not say it directly, presumably bring a rapid end to Key’s days as Prime Minister.
Dotcom must now prove far beyond any reasonable doubt that Key has lied repeatedly when challenged as to when exactly he became aware or was made aware of the former Megaupload mogul’s existence.
Time for word games are over. Â Armstrong doesn’t just want to smoking gun, he wants the corpse as well as video taped footage.
Key will stand or fall on the strength of Dotcom’s case. The time has come for the country to hear it and appraise it. The time has come for Dotcom to cut the babble and prove Key is the one talking nonsense when he insists that until the eve of the police raid on Dotcom’s Coatesville mansion he did not know of Dotcom, let alone that Dotcom was living in his Helensville electorate, or that Dotcom was the subject of a FBI investigation even though the intelligence agencies for which Key has ministerial responsibility had known for at least 15 months before the raid that was the case.
If the Prime Minister has not been telling the truth, then, as Dotcom and his supporters argue, it is a matter of paramount importance even if what they are arguing about could hardly be more trivial.
It follows that New Zealanders are surely entitled to know whether or not Key’s word is devoid of trustworthiness. And they should be told today. Not tomorrow. Not next week. And most surely not when it is most politically advantageous for the Internet Mana leadership – Dotcom, Laila Harre and Hone Harawira.
Actually, I think John is a little over dramatic. Â John Key will not fall. Â Assuming that sufficient hard information exists about John Key knowing about Dotcom before he has publicly stated he did, how many National voters will consider this enough of a reason to walk away from a booming economy, a don’t-rock-the-boat stewardship of our lives, and being one of the most liked people in politics? Â Read more »
Memo to the Herald and TV3 there is a reason your audience alongside your credibility is shrinking…your audience are not as stupid as you think they are.
David “tainted” Fisher’s story proved there was no conspiracy despite him stretchingÂ credibilityÂ to breaking point. It also, if anything, undermines Dotcom’s claims that Key had heard of him prior to the raids, not that anyone really cares when he heard ofÂ him.
As the editorial points out if Key did a deal with Hollywood it would be much easier to extradite him if he hadn’t been granted residency.
Good to see the useless Grant Robertson on the news defying his leaders edict for a positive campaign and calling for John Key to come clean on what he knows. SInce he wants John Key to come clean, how aboutÂ hisÂ boss tells us who his secret donors. It looks Labour want to continue to play gotcha politics, and the recent polls show Labour precisely how that is working out.
The Press editorial outlines the farce that is Kim Dotcom.
As if the saga of Kim Dotcom were not already absurd enough, this week it descended into a swirl of conspiracy theories that made it look like downright farce.
The theories are not necessarily compatible with each other or even internally consistent. Their main purpose is likely to turn out to be simply that they keep Dotcom’s name in the public eye.
Following them and attempting to disentangle them certainly adds to the stock of harmless public entertainment.
The theories have been fed by the release of email exchanges from Immigration New Zealand and the Security Intelligence Service about Dotcom’s application for permanent residency in New Zealand.
The application had been sent by INZ to the SIS for routine security and criminal checks. Dotcom was apparently anxious that permanent residency be granted so when he had not heard from INZ his agent had asked about it, prompting INZ to urge the SIS to hurry up with its report.
Many have leapt on an SIS officer’s off-hand suggestion in an email that “political pressure” was behind INZ’s interest in getting the SIS report. Â Â Read more »