Public servants are leaving Auckland in droves, but nobody dares speak the real reason

One of the many unfortunate consequences of Auckland’s grossly over-priced housing is the barrier it presents to people moving to the city.

New Zealanders in other parts of the country have to lower their sights considerably to sell their house and buy one in Auckland.

Conversely, Aucklanders will be wary of moving to another centre unless they can afford to keep their Auckland property.

There is logic, therefore, in a proposal from Auckland school principals, which we reported last Sunday, to pay teachers a premium to work in the city.

A survey of 157 principals found a third were confident they could make appropriate appointments to vacancies in their schools.

The reason was not just the difficulty of finding enough teachers willing to move to Auckland but of keeping those who were here.

Those saving for a house could buy one much sooner if they moved out of Auckland.

If they owned a modest house in Auckland it was tempting to sell up and buy something better in a smaller town for the same price. In three of the surveyed primary schools, there were no less than 28 vacancies at the start of this month to replace teachers who had resigned.

The highest turnover is in schools in Auckland’s areas of highest wealth and half those who resigned had left the city. Read more »

Police admit to being tougher on Maori

via: The Guardian

via: The Guardian

Police Commissioner Mike Bush has admitted the police force has been influenced by unconscious bias in their relations with Maori.

But he says police have recognised the problem and have made positive steps to address it.

“I think like any good organisation, you have to recognise that there can be some unconscious bias in your organisation. We’ve recently started some training with the executive, which will filter through the rest of the organisation, because the first thing you have to do is acknowledge that it exists.” Read more »


EXCLUSIVE: “Grandma” strikes back. Your move, Mr Craig

If you didn’t catch last night’s article where Colin Craig sent a rather impressive letter to someone, you’ll need to catch up first.   Then come back and read this.

Whaleoil has obtained “Grandma”‘s reply to Mr Craig’s letter.

19 November 2015

Mr Craig

Re your email of 18 November 2015.

LEAVE ME ALONE! I consider your post-litigation email between us, which decided in my favour, a re-opening of matters already decided by the court and you harassing me because you did not like that result. This appears to be the case, from your reference too!

“You will recall that you previously made allegations of fraud (or theft) at the ERA hearing between us and you were required to retract these allegations at the hearing after we had independent auditors show you were wrong.” You are silly re-litigating the Court’s decision which was in my favour

I would suggest that you do not contact me in any way, not by phone, txt, email or visit me. In failing this I will have no alternative but to go to the Police. You are therefore on notice from today, being 19 November 2015. Read more »

He sounds like a real winner to me. So he earned the punch, if it even was one

I think the cops were very restrained with this feral scumbag. He resisted arrest, and got pepper sprayed then decided to fight back.

He’s lucky he only got a push in the face and didn’t end up tased or Glocked for his troubles.

A man who alleges police punched him in the head during his arrest plans to lay a complaint.

A witness filmed Pitiroi Turner being arrested in the carpark of a KFC in Napier last night, but police say the video doesn’t show the whole picture.

Turner was on the ground with one arm handcuffed when he appears to be punched.

Police say the man’s head was pushed to the ground to stop him struggling, but Turner refutes this claim.

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Photo Of The Day

An aerial view of Freeman Ranch.(Daniel Wescott)

An aerial view of Freeman Ranch.(Daniel Wescott)

Body Farm

How do forensics experts know what they know? A lot of it is due to research done on body farms, research facilities that examine how bodies decompose.

Through the 1970s, forensic scientists still largely relied on research involving pig carcasses when consulting on criminal cases and attempting to determine the all-important post-mortem interval — the time between when a person dies and when his or her body is found. No one had ever watched a human body decay in a controlled setting firsthand.

That changed in 1980 at the University of Tennessee, where the anthropologist William Bass founded the first body farm. Bass got the idea after being called on to help police in a local murder case: they’d found a disturbed Civil War-era grave and suspected that the body in it was a recent one, swapped in by the suspect to conceal the evidence. Bass analyzed the body’s clothing and other factors and found that wasn’t the case. But he was troubled by the incomplete knowledge of human decomposition.

So he started collecting bodies. The very first one — a 73-year-old man who’d died of heart disease — was left to decay at an abandoned farm that had been donated to the university, just outside the town of Knoxville. Eventually, Bass and his students fenced in a 1.3-acre patch of woods on the property and began studying multiple bodies at once.

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A very good use for a taser

Some ratbags just deserve a good tasering.

A Christchurch man who drove through the city’s eastern suburbs allegedly damaging seven vehicles in a number of separate crashes has been subdued with a taser and arrested.

Police were first alerted to a trail of destruction at about 6:30 this evening with reports of a green holden ute causing a crash on Dyers Road and Maces Road in Linwood.

Subsequent reports from the public indicated the same ute had caused several more car accidents as it travelled toward the seaside suburb of Sumner.

The first happened on Main Road and Cliff Street, in Moncks Bay, followed by another on Wakefield Avenue near Wiggens Street in Sumner.

The reports also suggested the driver drove at people who tried to stop him.    Read more »


Taxing the stupid is lucrative for the taxpayer

The Police claim speed cameras are for road safety purposes, but it appears that they simply aren’t working as intended and are in fact mobile taxing machines.

Police have released details on the country’s five most lucrative speed cameras, but not everyone agrees they’re being used properly.

The Ngauranga Gorge north of Wellington is a costly bit of road for many motorists.

It’s where more drivers than anywhere else in the country are snapped by a speed camera – in the last year, more than 23,000 drivers were caught out.

The single camera raised almost $1.7 million for the Government’s consolidated fund.

Motoring journalist Dave Moore says speed cameras are a valuable tool, but in spots like the Ngauranga Gorge they seem to be more geared for revenue gathering.

“While the money gathering quote is often denied here it’s hard to see anything beyond that, because often a camera that isn’t making revenue is moved somewhere else,” says Mr Moore.

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Police Union boss goes all in on push for cops to have guns

Greg O’Connor is going all in as he pushes for Police to carry guns.

First up he had to create fear and used a couple of idiot journalists to milk that one with their stitch up, now he has doubled down on his bet and claimed cops are facing AK-47s, imitation Uzis, and pump action shotguns.

The Police Association president has revealed claims that Upper Hutt gunman Pera Smiler opened fire and hit a police car – narrowly missing an officer – before police shot and killed him.

Police have previously said their officers were fired on before they shot Smiler, but have always declined to give details while the incident remains under investigation by police and the Independent Police Conduct Authority.

Association president Greg O’Connor made the latest claim while releasing figures on the number of guns being seized around the country.

The association has recently abandoned its controversial call to arm all police, instead refocusing its efforts into getting a political inquiry into how criminals are getting their hands on bigger, more powerful guns.

Police and ACC figures show a drop in gun crime and injuries.

However, in the wake of two shootings in the past two days, in Hawke’s Bay and Lower Hutt, O’Connor said pump-action shotguns, imitation Uzis, and AK47s, were just some of the firearms police had seized in recent months.

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Is it time to acknowledge there is a “background road toll”?



The holiday weekend road toll has ended at five – two more than last year.

It’s the highest Labour Weekend road toll since 2012, with three people dying on the roads yesterday alone.

Police have described the toll as “disappointing”. …

“We are disappointed with this, we’re disappointed every time we lose somebody on our roads of course,” national road policing manager Superintendent Steve Greally said on Radio New Zealand this morning. Read more »


Only Mediaworks seem to think they have a winner with the illegal gun purchase

Public good?  Public service?   My arse.   This was all for ratings.   So how did that work out then?

The controversy surrounding current affairs show Story’s most high-profile investigation yet has failed to help pull up the ratings.

Reporter Heather du Plessis-Allan bought a .22 rifle over the internet for an item on the TV3 show, which aired on Wednesday night.

In a statement released before the show, Auckland City police announced they had opened a criminal investigation “following information that a firearm was purchased illegally online”.

But the drama does not appear to have enticed viewers, with Wednesday night’s episode receiving lower than average ratings.

According to figures from TV website throng.co.nz, 164,490 viewers tuned in to watch du Plessis-Allan purchase the rifle.

This was up slightly on the previous night’s episode, which saw a live audience of 132,060.

But according to a Stuff analysis of throng.co.nz data, it was below the average of 189,897 viewers per episode achieved during August and September.   Read more »