The Huddle from last night

I was on Larry Williams show on NewstalkZB with Barry Soper.

First up, big crack down on the fishing industry and the use of foreign flagged fishing vessels.

Then we’ve got the Shane Jones issue of him not backing down from granting Bill Liu citizenship.

And finally Key tells councils to act like grown ups when discussing the sale of their assets.


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  • Blokeintakapuna

    Shane Jones kept notes… $20, $50 or $100 notes…..Pure Gold Mr. WO – Priceless even!

    Sledge of the day award!

  • ConwayCaptain

    Now is the Govt going to bring back cabotage for the NZ coast???  We now have o’seas shipping co’s carrying cargo up and down the coast not paying GST ACC Tax etc.

  • ConwayCaptain

    They wont be able to reflag the Korean and Ukaine fishing boats under the NZ Flag as they will never be up to standard.

    Now they have to train the reqd number of NZers as crew and skippers and pay them accordingly.

    If Talley’s can make money with NZ flagged vessels and crews then the rest can.  If not sell their quota to Talley’s and let them do it.

    • BJ

      Agreed. And MNZ better sort out the changes to qualification requirements for CoC real soon or there won’t be anywhere near enough NZers qualified to crew our current shipping fleet let alone crew the fishing vessels.

    • Pukakidon

       That is a good thing Captain.   I am sick of these quota holders (Maori fisheries and others) pushing up the price of fish and then getting foreign boats in to take their quota without anything coming the way of NZ through wage taxes, employment and provisioning. The intangible benefits are not being exploited.

      It might give the NZ fisherman and industry a chance. Especially young Maori, this would be an excellent way of using their resource, rather than blindly chasing profit.   We are one of the only countries that allow this stupidity to continue.

  • parorchestia

    Christchurch ratepayers (and businesses) are facing huge rates increases and unprecedented increased costs in remediating their homes or businesses.  They are not in a state where they can afford to underwrite a stupid Council and pay an increase in rates of 7.5%.  Some of my friends who own small businesses have been able to hang on until about now on business insurance payouts and savings, but these are coming to a halt as their money runs out.  Yet the Christchurch City Council will not get off its arse and provided approval, funding or suitable premises for small businesses to occupy.  

    We save for rainy days.  It is pouring in Christchurch.  Yet our Councillors duck the issue, preen their feathers and ignore the civic disaster that is unfolding before their eyes.

  • AnonWgtn

    Is it the Christchurch Council’s job to fund a commercial venture, such as funding small businesses, once their insurances run out ?
    Their role is quite clear and does not include such as the above from Ratepayer’s funds.

    • Mediaan

      Seems that businesses find a suitable space to set up again, no red sticker, great. Then they cannot get approval to occupy it. Official approval.
      I am giving a loose impression here.
      On the other hand, expensive suburban streets with quiet leafy aspects are suddenly allowed to turn one house here and there into a very commercial looking retail or manufacturing outlet, complete with customer parking and folding pavement signage. From memory, 19 Rimu Street, which has suddenly burgeoned as a significant underwear sewing, fitting and selling business, placed among million dollar homes.
      Depending on which suburb and how close to existing retail maybe.
      Maybe the problem is nobody quite knows the plan.