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Seriously? You’re going to try that excuse again?

A drunk driver who has clipped yet another person is trying to get a discharge without conviction for the second time.

A driver has admitted careless driving causing injury after hitting a cyclist and breaking his collarbone.

Blenheim woman Wendy Louise McDonald Florence, 52, was driving west on Stephenson St about 7pm on September 21.

Police said Florence paused at the Maxwell Rd intersection, which was controlled by a give way sign, before turning right onto Maxwell Rd, passing in front of a cyclist.

The cyclist, heading south on Maxwell Rd, was unable to stop in time to avoid Florence’s car, and crashed into the front right-hand side, the police summary of facts said.

He was knocked from his bike, breaking his right collarbone as he hit the tarseal.

The cyclist was taken to Blenheim’s Wairau Hospital by ambulance, where he had surgery to fix his collarbone using a metal plate.

Florence told police she did not see him when she pulled out.   Read more »

Ratbag mayor wants people to act with respect and trust, chance would be a fine thing

One ratbag gets replaced by another ratbag, and he wants everyone to act within an environment of respect and trust?

He could have started by telling the truth about his real thoughts on the dodgy socialist and world class theatre.

The new mayor of Marlborough District has made a plea for the new council to respect the decision-making process they have been elected to do.

John Leggett – the district’s first new mayor in 12 years, after Alistair Sowman stepped down at the election – told councillors at today’s swearing-in ceremony that he wanted an environment of respect and trust.

Mr Leggett was at the centre of confidential material leaked to an online website before the election, aimed at embarrassing him.   Read more »

It worked, ratbag porno principal has managed to smear others

A ratbag porno principal caught with 1500 pornographic images on his school provided laptop smeared a whole bunch of other people, including other principals, Ministry staff and Police, in an attempt to mitigate his offending.

It’s worked sort of, investigations have started looking for these people.

Top education officials and police chiefs investigated their own staff following accusations some may have sent a Northland principal pornographic emails.

It comes after the respected Northland educator admitted on Monday to having 1500 pornographic emails on his work devices – saying they were “joke” emails sent to him by friends, including other principals, Ministry of Education personnel and police officers.

On Monday, the principal – who has interim name suppression – appeared before the New Zealand Teachers’ Disciplinary Tribunal.

He is accused of financial mismanagement of his former school and having pornographic images and videos saved in his emails, which were accessible on four work devices.

He told the tribunal: “They came from principals, Ministry [of Education] personnel, police, who are good friends of mine.”

Later adding: “Some were from a policeman so I thought, ‘they’re fine, they’re from the cops’.”

His police officer friend had indicated the practice was widespread within the police force, the principal said.

However, today the police said it had no information to indicate any police officer had sent inappropriate emails to the principal.   Read more »

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This is why we have a crime problem, judges practice catch and release on our criminals

Fairfax ran a story on the weekend about the effects of drugs on society with the main thrust being the hurt that drug addiction causes.

But in the middle of all the tears and angst were these little nuggets of information.

The summary of facts for the offending outlined how unstuck Joshua Morton’s life became.

On January 1, the defendant was at Waitara’s Marine Park when he saw the victim in a parked car. He walked up to the victim and punched him in the head through the half open window.

As the victim tried to get out of the car, the defendant kicked at the door repeatedly  and then launched more punches, causing the window to smash. Joshua Morton then presented a set of nunchuks (two small metal bars joined by a chain) and used them to smash the windscreen and punch the victim’s head. The victim was left with a split nose and a facial cut, a sore jaw and abrasions to his back.

Later the same month, Joshua Morton smashed his way into his parents’ Waitara home, stole his father’s ute and left.  After the matter was reported to the police, the defendant was spotted on Cracroft St.

After activating the red and blue lights, police did get Joshua Morton to stop and get out of the car.  However, he got back into the ute and drove off at speed. He was arrested a short time later.   Read more »

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TVNZ and Andrea Vance go all in for disgusting spitting criminals

Andrea Vance had a piece on 1News last night about Police use of spit hoods. They are designed to stop scumbag criminals from spitting at Police.

One commenter noted:

Vance is exercising the usual array of crim hugging HR Muppet’s over the police use of spit hoods on the disgusting mongrels they have to deal with. I say those who are bleating about mongrel’s rights on this should do a bit of walking in the moccasins to see if they enjoy being covered in saliva contaminated with god knows what and waiting on tenterhooks for test results to see if they have contracted a fatal disease. Whilst Vance has the opportunity, she should blag a spit hood from police stores and present it to Goff in case he feels that way inclined again.

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Rainey still denies the truth

Veteran trougher Pete Rainey from Nelson just doesn’t get it.

The Nelson election campaign has been marred by dirty politics, enlivened by social media stoushes, and dominated by one decades-old debate.

By Saturday afternoon, the Nelson City mayor and councillors, as voted for by you, will be revealed, following an at-times turbulent, but mostly mundane six-week campaign.

Aside from so-called “dirty tricks” by some and the occasional clash on Facebook, it has been an election campaign dominated by the Southern Link.

Dirty tricks? Oh, I see, telling the truth is “dirty tricks” now is it?   Read more »

Ratbag councillor stirring when she has skeletons in her own closet

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Cynthia Bowers is well known to regular readers of the blog. She’s been nominated for her dodgy behaviour before.

She is also a councillor who likes to say one thing in public and quite another thing in other circumstances.

Instead of answering valid questions about her own dodgy Horse of the year projects and the corporate welfare granted secretly by the council to a water bottling plant, she is instead chucking dirt over three of the most ethical councillors in the region.

The regional councillors representing Hastings are being called on to be more transparent about the funders of their re-election campaigns.

To provide voters with transparency in the local body elections, Hawke’s Bay Regional Council candidate Cynthia Bowers is calling for all candidates to disclose donations received, citing the 2013 election donations of her opponents for the Hastings ward.

In response, councillors Rick Barker, Tom Belford, and Rex Graham have blasted Ms Bowers for insulting their integrity.   Read more »

Pleurnichard of the Week

We have a winner for crybaby of the week, or pleurnichard as the Cheese Eating Surrender Monkeys would say.

A Frenchman whose attempts to hitchhike out of the West Coast landed him in court says New Zealand should be renamed “Nazi Zealand”.

Cedric Claude Rene Rault-Verpre, 27, appeared in Greymouth District Court this morning charged with wilful damage after his disastrous four-day mission to get out of Punakaiki. Rault-Verpre pleaded guilty to damaging road signs.

He was ordered to surrender his passport as part of his bail conditions and remanded to appear in Christchurch on Friday.

In court, Rault-Verpre said he had spent four days on the side of State highway 6 at Punakaiki and no one had bothered to even offer him water.

Locals contacted police yesterday alleging Rault-Verpre took his frustration out on road signs at Punakaiki.   Read more »

Where is Jessica Williams going to get her peas from now?

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Jessica Williams has just run into a massive problem. Fresh from her campaign to bully My Food Bag into ditching Talleys peas from My Food Bag she now has an ethical dilemma to deal with.

It seems McCains is now also persona non grata with union ratbags.

Their crime?

Using “scab labour”.

McCain Foods South Canterbury workers who have travelled to Australia to fill in for striking workers from the company’s Ballarat factory have been condemned by the E tū union.

E tu national industry strategy director Neville Donaldson, whose role focuses on the food industry, has confirmed three workers from South Canterbury travelled to Ballarat last week and a further seven are expected to go this week.

It is believed they were shuffled through the Ballarat factory’s back doors to avoid picketing staff.

One of the workers, a Timaru man, was a union member who resigned his membership as soon as the union expressed concerns to him about his decision to travel to Australia.  Read more »

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Dodgy theatre, dodgy council, dodgy media…why did no one act?

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After we busted John Leggett and the Marlborough Express tried to ignore the story there still remain a number of unanswered questions that I am sure the ratepayers of Marlborough wants answers to.

For a start, let’s examine this “world class” theatre malarky.

The council and the backers of the theatre must seriously think that the wine industry will continue to be strong there and “hopefully”, one day, all the “movie stars” of the world will just fly on in and while there doing their up-market shopping at The Warehouse and Farmers and the $2 shops they get so worn out that they want to catch a Broadway show direct from New friggin’ York.

There was never a valid business case for this white elephant. Now the council is committing more ratepayers cash after burning $5 million with the loan guarantee.

It took a brave staffer and some braver staff at the Mex to finally get some traction on this by leaking the audio of Leggett’s hypocrisy.

Then there is this comment in the article:

Public-excluded meetings were usually held for genuine reasons of commercial sensitivity.

“I have a view that using this sort of thing for political expediency is just despicable, and it is harmful to credibility – particularly for the person that actually recorded and released it,” he said.

Sowman said it raised the question of how many other recordings were made.  

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