Sunday General Debate

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I wonder which one would be happier in the Happiness Survey?  

Top 10 happy countries  

  •       Panama (85%)
  •       Paraguay (85%)
  •       El Salvador (84%)
  •       Venezuela (84%)
  •       Trinidad and Tobago (83%)
  •       Thailand (83%)
  •       Guatemala (82%)
  •       Philippines (82%)
  •       Ecuador (81%)
  •       Costa Rica (81%)

Are you happy?

Of course not!

That’s what the General Debate is for – please make your way below and let us all know about it.

 

 


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  • Pokerface

    I don’t see any countries on that list where govt. welfare is an expectation.

    • Dave

      Perhaps Mr Key can rule, stating he intends to make NZ the Happiest country in the world and that they don’t have benefits. So all benefits stop on the 1st of February. People Don’t worry, be happy (& have another joint)

      • Ronnie Chow

        Welfare and health benefits are the star attraction for immigrants to this country , except for those illegals in Christchurch in the news today . Wonder if anyone down there in authority cares .

        • phronesis

          To be fair there are the (mostly asian) immigrants for whom the star attraction is using us as a stepping stone to get into the USA, and they aren’t after the welfare there.

          • Hazards001

            Australia..they want to go to Australia not the USA..the Yanks don’t give us an automatic entry. The number of Islanders, South Africans and Asians I’ve met and worked with over the years that bolted to Aussie as soon as they got NZ residency would numb your mind. Not citizenship….residency!

    • Gazzaw

      I’m happy & nothing gives me more pleasure than seeing the Manukau Heads when winging back to NZ after an overseas trip. I’ll put up with the TOW, the welfare bludgers, even Len Brown & Dotcon because life is so fucken good here in comparison to where I’ve just been.

      • Pissedoffyouth

        Where’d you go, bro?

        • Gazzaw

          USA, Asia, Europe, Australia – pretty much anywhere that my business life has or still does take me. I tend to see things the way they really are for the average Joe in other countries because I’m working & meeting up with colleagues who are in the same job as me so I can make an honest comparison.

          It’s different when you visit a country on holiday – you’re not concerned with the every day hassles, you’re relaxed and you have a bit of dosh in your pocket so everything is rosy. For instance I love Queensland – great food, the warmth and staying in a beach apartment with a nice rental car. Would I live there? No fucken way (sorry Dave) – the wet season, the heat, the flies, the bities, Gillard are sufficient deterrent for me.

      • Dave

        Hmmmm about three of the reasons i packed up and left. TOW and Maori grabbing anything and everything, and the negative value of anything they get/do. the Entitlement mentality that most are owed a nice lifestyle by the Govt, and then the Extreme risk of a labour / Greens government in 2014. Too much to risk, packed up and moved. Will be funny to watch Wussel Norman screw labour if they win and form an alliance to govern. Labour wont even see it coming.

        • Pokerface

          Will you pop back for a holiday in late 2014 and slip in a vote for us, Please?

        • Hazards001

          I’m happy because I have the nuts to stay. Worked off and on around the world because that’s the nature of my work but I always come home when I can and fight the fight even if it’s just contributing on a blog! “GIVE ‘EM A TASTE OF KIWI!”

  • Phar Lap

    Just reading in the Sunday Newspaper,some bird ,called Mau ,who a radio talkback guy referred to her as a dyke.She seems to be in denial,just like half the Lie-bour Party women known as Clark,s coven.Wonder why she is in denial,and is attacking the truth.I thought she came out of the TVNZ closet years ago.

    • Morrissey

      Alison Mau is not in denial about being a lesbian. She slinked out of the closet years ago. What she objects to is that halfwit Bruce Russell acting as if her being a lesbian is something to hold against her.

      • TayheiNotts

        I understood that homosexual men came out of the closet and lesbian women came out of the liquor cabinet.

  • cows4me

    If any of you townies are interested and subscribe to the country 99 channel myself and two mates are staring in a program called rural structures. Was recorded yesterday morning, probably on the box within a month. Over the last decade we have built a lighthouse and restored the old light removed from the Cape Egmont Lighthouse. Our lighthouse is 18 meters high, is a museum and has a working light. I was quite surprised how many tourists we draw as we live in a fairly remote area when it comes to NZ. If anyone is interested just google Cape Egmont Replica Lighthouse plenty of articles.

    • GregM

      Very interesting Cows, great stuff.

      • cows4me

        thanks Greg

    • Steve (North Shore)

      Always figured the light was on and someone was home C4me

      • cows4me

        Thanks Steve. You will probably find a picture of me and friends if you google Cape Egmont Boat Club +lighthose, I’m the one that looks like an idiot.

  • Pete George

    NZ Herald has a news report on a teenager who went missing in the Clutha River near Waitahuna. It can be a very unforgiving river.

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10858819

    Also unforgivable is the inaccurate use of library photos – it shows a picture labeled “Clutha River, Central Otago” which actually shows the Luggate bridge.

    Waitahuna isn’t in Central Otago, it’s in West Otago. And Waitahuna is 179 km from Luggate – that’s a bigger separation than Whangarei is from Auckland.

    • Such are the standards at the herald these days

    • williamabong

      It’s happened south of the Bombay Hills so it doesn’t really matter.

      • Random66

        Tell that to his family.

        • williamabong

          The comment in no way was meant to take away from the family the gravity of the situation, but it sure points out the major factor here,as far as accurate journalism is concerned the Herald couldn’t give a fat rats arse, it’s only column inches that matter so why bother researching the story.
          So while you get all prickly about the comment, see it for what it is, the only way you will ever change papers like the Herald is to hold them up to the sunlight and make them look like the idiots they are.
          By the way how is the weather in Auckland today?

          • Random66

            I honestly thought you were referring to the incident rather than the slack reporting of the herald. Apologies that I got it wrong. Not in Auckland, I’m south of the Bombay’s, the weather is fine thanks.

          • williamabong

            Legend

    • Dumrse

      Is there a fire engine on the bridge ?

    • GregM

      I kayaked down the Clutha a few years back. It certainly has some challenging bits, it’s not looking good for the young guy.

      Amazing country down there, had a beer with the locals at Cattle Flat.

      • phronesis

        And ya took a photo of it. Bloody tourists…

        • GregM

          Awww come on , have ya ever seen a more Kiwi scene?
          Had to be done :-)

  • AnonWgtn

    Mau loves the limelight, putting herself forward as the real dyke.
    Will it do the new programme she is compereing ?
    Doubt it unless the two little boys stfu, and let her be programme.

    • Morrissey

      She IS a real dyke. I can vouch for that.

      • williamabong

        Just another fucking woman doing a mans job.

      • Lofty

        I don’t mind her being a lesbian, I categorise myself as a male lesbian, after all I have never seen 2 women do anything to each other that I would not do or partake in ;-)

  • Pissedoffyouth

    Good the see MSM rip into the Standard somewhat:

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/8168145/Beaching-it-The-PMs-summer-tradition

    “Only on the Labour Party blog, The Standard, is there much criticism of
    Key’s holiday – and this overlooks Clark’s holiday antics.”

    I can see lprent sitting at the Olympics yelling at Bolt “The average person can only run 1.2mps, you should have your leg broken to make everyone else feel better! Doesn’t matter that you spent your life training and have good genetics for running, its not fair!”

    • Morrissey

      Going by his angry, obscenity-larded letters to me, L Prent would be yelling far more foul-mouthedly. I might send a copy of his hectoring correspondence to the editors of this esteemed organ, to see what they think of the World’s Best Sysop’s performance.

  • Pete George

    Also on accuracy in media, Standardistas are complaining that a Stuff article referred to The Standard as ‘a Labour Party blog’. Somene asked for an apology, another is claiming defamation.

    Since when did TS care about inaccurate descriptions?

    At least the Stuff claim is based on a widespread perception – and there’s undoubtedly a strong Labour input into TS. Many accusations by TS authors and commenters are blatantly dishonest attempts at discrediting, and it’s rare to see any apologies.

  • Lofty

    I guess that the woman on the motorbike will be wearing the riders helmet a bit later.

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