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  • EveryWhichWayButLeft

    So, a quiet Sunday night – boys are entertained, dinner is cooking away, cold beer in hand, Tool on the wireless…

    Just contemplating what last week’s big reveal might have been and whether it will happen tomorrow. David Parker has fired his interference shot already, so who’s next in line to grab headlines?

    At least my popcorn is all stocked up.

    • Carl

      Like this.

      • EveryWhichWayButLeft


  • Sally

    So Hone is going to vamp up Mana for 2017 and he going to have a chat with KDC for backing. Does Hone need more money? Didn’t he get the message that KDC is toxic.
    Just shows Hone is only concerned about feathering his own nest.

    • Jono

      You’d think he’d have learnt his lesson. The fact he’s entertaining working with KDC again means he’s learnt nothing.

      • sheppy

        Or he wants the money!
        Come on Hone try working for a living like the rest of us, you might even discover something about life outside of the parliamentary trough that’s relevant to expanding the northland economy and giving your constituents a brighter future

        • Raibert

          Question is – what else is Hone good for?

          • James Growley

            NOTHING! Hone is simply good for nothing.

          • Sooty


    • James Growley

      There was never any doubt in my mind what his and Mata Harre’s primary motivation was. I recall watching post election interviews with his constituents and virtually everyone who didn’t vote for him gave their reason for not doing so because Harawira was selling their votes to a German criminal.

    • colin herbertson

      i would hope dot con will be long gone by then

    • Wheninrome

      It has to be KFC, not KDC, lots of Hone’s constituents treat the place like church, or home away from home. There has to be payback somewhere for all this loyalty to the brand.

    • dumbshit

      does he think dot-crim will have a “hot-line” from the USA then?

    • JAFA Gazza

      Hone just wants a paycheck. The public told the IMP to …. Off …KDC is starting the IP in the USA….Based on his excellent yet “toxic” (his word) input here….Hone lost his troughing rights….and now he needs to find a way of makin 160K a year…..excuse me I’m going to buy popcorn and beer…

  • cows4me

    Watching the two bobs with their heads in the sand, where’s these fast rising sea levels when you want them.

    • jcpry

      A pair of good solid work boots could have been well employed. What ninnies!

  • dgrogan

    Is Auckland’s Mayor for real? Secret “dressing and bathroom” indeed.

    • Wendy

      Just when you think he cant get any more ridiculous…he does.

    • James Growley

      I wonder if he has installed a “Cone of Silence” in the secret dressing room? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g1eUIK9CihA

      • cows4me

        He needs to install a padded cell.

  • James Growley

    So, none of the Muppet’s who traveled to beaches around the country to stick their heads in the sand and demand a 90% reduction in green house gasses, got there by car then. I didn’t see any donkey’s, bicycle’s, rickshaw’s or other non-motorised parked up by their protests.

    • Beetle

      One Sunday we couldn’t exit our drive which was blocked by a big gas guzzling 4wd with a “no drill, no spill” bumper sticker on it. The reason the truck was parked there was because there was a protest on – the street was clogged up with large gas guzzlers – not a bike in sight. Usually I don’t care what people drive, but when they are busy telling the rest of the nation how to behave they should expect a little scrutiny.

      • James Growley

        Exactly! I have also noticed that most of worst diesel belching banger’s on the road have a weepy green message sticker on the bumper or rear window.

    • Lindian

      Even the Muppets look better than they did with their head in the sand and butt in the air!!!! Don’t they realise how plain STUPID they looked?????

  • Wendy

    I just looked up to see what the commotion in the garden was. I have three magpies upsetting the usual residents. Im just waiting to see if they deal to my blonde of a cat.

  • Shane M

    One of the most ironic quotes I’ve read today, from http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/63920428/Protesters-shown-supermarket-door

    “We don’t get involved in political discussions. Pak’N Save is not a political brand.”
    – Foodstuffs corporate public relations director Antoinette Laird

    No, of course not…

    • dgrogan

      “Pack ‘N Save is not a political brand”. Only when it suits them, obviously.

  • jude

    I have never had an encounter of a spiritual kind.
    I heard recently,a bathroom door opened in a patients room, all by itself, no open window or breeze. The patient said her Mum did not like closed doors if unoccupied,so it was suggested she was “visiting” the patient.
    Has anybody had an experience like this?
    I am a bit skeptical. I have to see it to believe it.
    I know rooms are blessed when a person passes away. This was different.:)

    • sheppy

      I had an unused watch show the exact time my father passed away. Hadn’t looked at it for a while until I glanced over

      • Cadwallader

        I awoke early one morning (just after 5am) and there was a woman on the radio dribbling weird inanities. I hoped it was a nightmare and tried to go back to sleep but Newstalk insist it really does exist.

        • sheppy

          Many odd things happened around then, none of which you could pin down without tiny bits of doubt but too many to dismiss as just random occurances

          • Cadwallader

            I am pleased I am not alone. It really is a disturbing experience!

    • James Growley

      About 4 months ago, I was in the office working at a computer when I felt it was getting unusually cold. I got up to adjust the AC and saw my mother standing by a photocopier. As I went towards her she disappeared. She died ten years ago.

    • Gaynor

      There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio,
      Than are dreamt of in your philosophy.
      – Hamlet (1.5.167-8), Hamlet to Horatio
      Never ever discount anything…..

  • sheppy

    Yesterday we have 2 bikers critical in hospital after a crash and today we have another one. Could there be a connection between seeing a police car, traffic slamming on the brakes due to zero tolerance paranoia and bad outcomes?
    Yesterday there was a police car sat close to where the crash happened as I’d passed the spot about 10 minutes earlier and a lot had braked just in case they had strayed over 80k when they saw the police car.
    What’s the betting accidents caused by zero tolerance paranoia aren’t documented

    • Bazz Stewart

      Except the police have dropped the zero tolerance road rule!

      • Iva b ginn

        When did they drop it????

        • Wendy

          The day after they didn’t announce it.

      • sheppy

        Problem is they haven’t publicised it so in reality does anyone want to chance it? For most, myself included its brake and then check speedo (I use the cruise set on the speed limit so its seldom over)

      • JAFA Gazza

        I drove back fro Pakiri today. And …keeping on the 100Kph (BMW Cruis e control) .outside lane the is a guy doing 95 Kph……….what do you do? he aint overtaking…he is just established in the outside lane…..”undertake” cos he is an arse…or just let it go….

        Dropped down two and “undertook him”…got back into the outside lane….and because of traffic…slowed… He starts flashing me to move over…….

        Entitlement. That all.

        JUST. KEEP. LEFT. !!! It aint hard!!!

        • Blackcap

          I agree with you that the “keep left” should be more enforced here or at least enacted. Where I come from in Holland it is a 400 Euro fine if you pass someone in the wrong lane. Ie if you are in the slow lane and you go past a car in the fast lane you are already in trouble. People that are in the fast lane when they should not be get told smartly. Once this gets through to the psyche of a country it also helps ease congestion on the motorways.

          • ex-JAFA

            A professional limo driver once told me that each lane is legally a separate road, so people are entitled to drive in whichever lane they like.

          • Blackcap

            That might be in this country but the law could soon be changed to accommodate this. I really get frustrated with those holding up others in the so called “fast” lane. I note there are plenty of signs here saying keep left but these do tend to get ignored by a vast number of drivers.

          • Nebman

            Wishful thinking on his part and an urban myth. What not a lot of people appreciate is that traffic in the right hand land is technically overtaking traffic in the left hand lane. The law treats it as one big passing lane. Stay there at your peril.

        • Frank N Further

          From NZ Road Code::
          “Keeping left on a laned road

          Most roads in New Zealand have lanes marked on them with a white line or raised studs.
          When driving on a laned road, it is important to drive your vehicle within your lane.
          Where there are two or more lanes on your side of the centre line:
          keep in the left-hand lane as much as you can
          don’t use the lane closest to the centre line if you will hold up other vehicles.

          The lane closest to the centre line should only be used when:
          you want to pass another vehicle
          you want to turn right
          the left-hand lane is full with other traffic or is blocked.”
          The Police should enforce the above.

    • Wendy

      Doesn’t a copper sit there most of the time?

      • sheppy

        Yes, however normally you are either deliberately speeding or at the speed limit and don’t have to worry if you haven’t checked the dial for a couple of seconds as you won’t have exceeded the tolerance

    • Pete

      What annoys me is the Police’s fascination with closing the roads after an accident and drawing chalk lines and placing cones everywhere, endless photo’s ands documentation. Now I understand the reasons why, to aid in prosecution or other investigations, and can see the sense in doing so on quiet rural roads, but not in an area or on a major roading asset like the AHB with video surveillance everywhere, as far as I’m concerned they need to tend to the injured and once they have been moved, drag everything out of the way and get traffic moving again, there will be plenty of video footage to view so they can prosecute people for doing 1 KPH over the limit later on.

  • Vlad

    Anybody else over the Kardashian-style worship of the sad Millie Elder-Holmes by the NZ Herald?

    This unfortunate kid got hooked on P, escaped jail because of the caring attention of her step-father Paul who hated gangs; hooked up with a gang-related nonentity who eventually died in a brawl, and is now being built up as a celeb.

    All very sad, but not to be celebrated.

    • Richard

      Someone lifting themselves up and out of drug addiction like she has is to be lauded in my book.

      If she can inspire other young women to do the same from the exposure this brings then all the better.
      Maybe you could pop down to Fight Club 88 and lodge a complaint.

      • JAFA Gazza

        True. But find someone from the streets who have done this.I agree with Vlad…this is Celebrity seeking. She is NOcelebrity – neither was the boyfriend.

        Celebrate WHAT exactly? This is a media beat-up…..and she wil be soaking some dosh or getting exposure…Really.

      • Vlad

        Fight Club 88 is the Headhunters gang outfit. Would you like to state what you are implying? That if I criticise hero worship of Millie’s lifestyle and her elevation of Conor to sainthood I should get the bash? I just don’t think the Herald’s elevation of this sad chapter in a person’s life should be turned into a celeb-fest. Especially since Paul detested gangs and all they stood for.

      • intelligentes candida diva

        She had money behind her in the form of her stepfather and mother that helped ‘pick her up”. Its a huge commitment and price tag to get off a drug like ‘P’

        I am pleased for her she is off P but I do not think she is deserving of being lauded.

        I know a lady > standing by her daughter to get off drugs, her husband recovering from an accident, she works two jobs, never complains looks at the glass half full and always looks amazing… she gets my praises …but neither she nor her family are famous to NZ she is an ordinary woman doing an extraordinary job.

      • HR

        She is not trying to lift herself up from drug addiction, and I doubt she has any interest helping anyone but herself. Especially for the right price…

      • Imogen B

        There is nothing remotely inspirational about the spoiled little rich girl gone bad and running with the rough.

    • Petrus Calvus

      You have at least one supporter on this. It’s about time this got out of the headlines.

      • JAFA Gazza

        Nah – he has many. Millie is an attention seeker. Thats it really. Sad about the boyfriend….but hey ho! Drugs and gangs and fights. It aint gonna end well. But to make her a CELEBRITY?????? Pfft I spent 10 years in London and walked amongst Celebrities…. Mille a Celebrity??!! Pfft!

    • Bill Hanna

      Sillie Millie, she had the gall to complain when the MSM was calling after the death of her partner, not 2 weeks after she graced the front pages of the Women’s Trash Mags. Apparently she only talks when the price is right. He bled and she led.

    • James Growley

      I find it odd that someone who is getting over a “P” addiction is hanging out with the very people who have a history of manufacturing and dealing the substance.

  • jude

    a puzzle kids solved in 10 mins..according to FB..pic attached.

    • Chris EM


      • jude

        number of” zeros” in a number.

        • Chris EM

          Duh, OK didn’t see that. What about the other numbers? How does 8809=6?

          • jude

            yes! I called them zeros but daughter said they were” holes ” in the numbers:)

          • ozbob68

            8 is two holes each.

    • Wendy

      These puzzles drive me insane!

      • jude

        I know. I was adding , dividing !

        • Wendy

          I have done heaps of psychometric testing and I always fail these stupid number sequence puzzles.

    • intelligentes candida diva

      What is the answer Jude?
      I’m good with adding, subtracting, dividing and multiplying but thats it. ..is it one of those binary equations?

      • jude

        Add the number of “holes ” in the number , eg 8 has two “holes”

        • intelligentes candida diva

          Didnt see that coming

          Edit: Thank you Jude no way I would not have got that

          • jude

            Ditto. Am really impressed how some brains can look for patterns like that. I am too old school I think:)

        • Michelle

          never would have got that, certainly different

  • intelligentes candida diva

    Driving home tonight after visiting a special person and listened to this cool song…good video too
    The Picturebooks – Your Kisses Burn Like Fire (Of…: http://youtu.be/9Z2q-7-SqD0

  • Cadwallader

    I recently fulfilled an ambition and went to Mt Rushmore to view the carved faces of the four Presidents. It is a dramatic work but could possibly do with some updating…JFK’s profile, Clinton’s organ etc.. It got me thinking who NZ could feature from among its politicians on the side of a mountain. (Don’t suggest Dot.Com as we don’t have a large enough mountain. Mind you, Brownlee, Horomia and Lange would be out too.) Muldoon’s face plastered across Mt Cook would scare the tourists so its tricky. By the way for those old enough to Remember “Close Encounters Of The Third Kind” I visited the Devil’s Tower National Park in Wyoming too. This is the strange looking peak where the spacecraft “landed.” For the record it wasn’t there.

    • Spiker

      Its quite an impressive carving of the dead presidents isn’t it. I visited about 97ish I guess. Was on a road trip from Washington to Kentucky. We got there about 11pm & slept under the trees until it was light enough to actually see them & get a pic, then it was back on the road.

      • intelligentes candida diva

        Road trips are the best.
        Sleeping under the trees, relaxed lifestyle, you had a great road trip then cruising here and there?

        • Spiker

          Yep, I went over to meet up with a bunch of internet friends from the now long dead Basspro chatrooms. Three of us drove from WA to KY stopping along the way visiting other forum members & finally arriving at Kentucky lake where we had a fishing competition involving about 20 forum members. Then drove back again. Awesome time. Did a similar thing the next year over in the New England states. No fishing comp with that one but did manage to snag a bride. ;-)

          • intelligentes candida diva

            What a great adventure. How was it meeting in person the forum members? I.E. familiar or like meeting new strangers

          • Spiker

            It was really interesting. Even though we were meeting for the first time it was like just catching up with good friends. We knew each other all so well already & in general had a great time. One or two were a bit weird but in a harmless way. The two guys I rode with were hard case, father & son. Both vets, dad from Vietnam & son from Desert storm 1. They didn’t take anything from anyone. They had a stand up argument with a park ranger & Mt Rushmore who was trying to move us along (didn’t work) Both were carrying & the ranger kept his hand on his gun the whole time. I really was a little worried how that was going to turn out. In the end all parties agreed to disagree & the ranger moved on to easier pickings.

  • Chris Chitens

    I just listened to the Tom Scott interview on RNZ. Love his music, like his charisma, but boy, what a deluded little clown when it comes to politics. He sounded on the verge or tears towards the end with Kim (although to be fair I might be too if she started to tear me down). Hill Sun Tzu’d his hiney good and proper- he defeated himself and then packed a big stink.

    This video sums up what happened to Tom Scott yesterday.

    • Chris Chitens
      • TonyM

        Never heard of him but the last couple of minutes at 26 mins or so and the end are classic. Kim at least has a standard of what is acceptable!

        • Alright

          Tom Scott (the cartoonist) is a genius. Then, at the other end of the scale, is this moron.

  • Alright

    I believe you….

    Sorry, the image associated image misfired…will try again….

  • Wendy

    Wine + cashews + chippies = fruit + protein + carbohydrate.

    • Michelle

      yep, whatever makes you smile is my way of thinking these days

    • Alright

      Dietitians say you can’t have enough fruit.

    • Nige.

      and getting off the couch rapidly to go to the luau is exercise ay

      • Wendy

        Que est que “rapide”?

      • Wahbonnah

        Hey Nige,
        Any chance you could ask Cam if he could get Rodney Hide to write a guest post on the Super City?
        Specifically covering if he thinks the Super City is working as he planned, and if not, why he thinks it isn’t working as he planned, and how he suggests the problem (s) get fixed.

  • Spiker

    Quick update on the Paul Henry book auction. It was successfully concluded with $205 realised & just deposited into Cams account. Thanks to all that supported & bid on it. I hadn’t anticipated such a decent amount being raised. Cheers!

  • Alright

    The genius of Sting (et al).