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  • LabTested

    Evans-Pritchard from the UK Telegraph updates the situation in Russia:

    A last-ditch attempt to defend the exchange rate by raising interest rates to 17% failed within hours. Interbank overnight interest rates hit 30%

    the central bank faces a horrible choice between ferociously high interest rates – perhaps 100% – or exchange controls.

    the shock is surely enough to set off a chain of corporate failures and push banks over the edge…. Russia’s economy has shrunk to half the GDP of California

    On Consumer Panic:

    55pc of consumer goods in Russia are imported and these are doubling in price. People are buying anything they can that keeps its value …Ikea has suspended sales of kitchens saying it cannot meet demand. Western Car companies have suspended sales to Russia.

    there is a de facto run on banks as depositors pull what they can from ATM machines

    The Future:

    Western sanctions are still escalating. ….this week the US Congress (passed a law) that tightens the noose further

    Putin can retaliate…“He is going to escalate….to test the credibility of Nato while Obama is still in office,” …in the Baltic states with Russian minorities. ….. “The nightmare scenario is if ‘little green men’ appear in one of the Baltics,

    However – for the last decade, an elite cell at the US Treasury has been sharpening the tools of economic war, crafting ways to bring countries to their knees without firing a shot. The strategy relies on control over the global banking system… “It is a new kind of war, like a creeping financial insurgency, intended to constrict our enemies’ financial lifeblood, unprecedented in its reach,”

    Article is well worth a read

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/economics/11305146/The-week-the-dam-broke-in-Russia-and-ended-Putins-dreams.html

    • Wasapilot

      I wonder if Russia on it’s economic knees could be a dangerous, desparate animal?

      • caochladh

        That would be cousin Vladimir then.

        • Wasapilot

          Vlad the meglamaniac

          • caochladh

            Well, it is the northern winter and what better time to hold Europe to ransom over the natural gas supply?

          • LabTested

            Lithuania & Poland have both built LNG ports so they can take delivery of middle east gas. In Poland’s case capacity is 50% of annual needs. Lithuania is 100%. Both countries are also building separate Nuclear power plants – while it will be a few years before they are commissioned, Russia is driving its customers to find any other source of energy. Bad long term plan.

          • Stuarts.burgers

            Do both countries have existing Nuclear Power Plants or is this a new field for them.
            The reason I ask is that it seems that it is almost impossible to build new ones in the west and Germany seems to be closing or planning to close all of it’s ones due to “Green” pressure, so how did they get the build started with out Lucy Lawless and the Boy MP racking up air miles to join in the protest.

          • burns_well_eh

            Vlad the “Man of the Year” 15 times running…

    • Isherman

      I’ll second that, good read. Also, it will be interesting to see it means for the countries that are in a “customs union” with Russia, this could upset his long term geo-political plan which is to re create a variant of the soviet union in response to NATO membership encroaching what was Russia’s sphere of influence. It will be interesting to watch it all unfold.

      • LabTested

        another article I read this week said 50-60% of Russians are directly dependent on the government. They are either State employees, Pensioners, or receive direct grants. The social contract has been that Putin guarantees everyone an increasing standard of living (Ikea furniture, holidays in Turkey etc) & people let Putin do what he wants.

        However Russia needs oil at $100 a barrel to balance its budget. At the current price of $60 the social contact is going to be broken.

        • Disinfectant

          We saw the European expansion of the German Nazi’s who soon came to realise that the promise of Socialism was unsustainable.
          Sovereign State after State was plundered to keep the promise to those who gullibly accepted it without critical analysis, leading to millions of deaths for those got in the way.

        • Nebman

          OPEC want it at that rate too but they want the shale oil barons in the US to bleed a lot more before they tighten the screws on supply. The OPEC boys will be making $$ on anything over $20/barrel so they’re happy to let it fall.

          There is a corresponding huge drop in excise tax our government takes going on as well, so I’d be worried about where the they are going to make up the shortfall from…

          • Isherman

            Yep, below $50/barrel shale starts to look shaky economically,until the cost of production can be brought down substantially, which it may do in time, but not overnight. Ive heard the banks are already starting to get a wee bit nervous over it.

          • Nebman

            They should be. I think the shale oil is in trouble a lot higher than that – possibly as high as $80/barrel – they have huge reserves though. Not sure about the cost of production coming down anytime soon though as it has always been hideously expensive to produce.

          • M C Chinaman

            I do believe there is an issue of sunk cost with shale oil production, i.e: the investment has already been made so each extra barrel produced comes down to marginal cost. If the reserves are large (and I believe in Alberta and North Dokota they are, with resultant scale economies) then I would say they can keep producing at a much lower oil price.

          • Nebman

            It only really makes economic sense where there is no domestic oil supply so in the States they are in direct competition with the local producers even though ExxonMobil, Chevron and Shell to a lesser extent have got investments in shale oil production at some level. But the OPEC countries simply turn on the tap and it comes out of the ground. They’ve got greater reserves and their cost of production is always going to be lower than shale oil.

            It will be interesting to see where it ends up that’s for sure!!

        • All_on_Red

          Russia has survived Oil at $30 before.

    • Sir Cullen’s Sidekick

      Angry Andy could adopt this as an economic model for his so called vision of the Labour party…..

    • Mark

      An elite cell at US Treasury is only as strong as its Boss. Putin has balls,Michelle has Barrys’ in her handbag. This could get really ugly before Putin wins.

    • Nebman

      Really valid points all but I think you give the US Treasury too much credit. These are the same people that oversaw the GFC and the response to that was to reject the most basic principles of Capitalism and charge down the road of bailing out firms that were “too big to fail” when in fact they should have been allowed to fall over. The West failed too learn any lessons from the GFC other than how to hide things a little better. The property boom is back on and the cycle will be repeated in time.

      With the US economy hamstrung for all practical terms by Partisan politics, it’ll be a long time before they’re in a position of economic power that is real and effective over anyone. At the moment they are relying on their European allies to really tighten the screws on the Russians and that comes down to treaties negotiated back when they did have real power.

      It’ll be interesting to see how it all plays out. Putin may be a despot but he is a popular one and if the Russian people think the West is trying to bring him down, he’ll maintain popular support for a long time I think.

    • cows4me

      It must be hell trying to put a price on anything 10 rubles for bread in the morning, 20 at lunch time and 40 at closure. They won’t be able to continue for long, something will have to give.

      • LabTested

        Russia is not there yet, but a good read for anyone interested in hyperinflation is – ‘When Money Dies, The Nightmare of Deficit Spending, Devaluation, and Hyperinflation in Weimar Germany’ by Adam Fergusson

        anyway -pic

        • Mags

          Makes you understand why inflation has been a focus over the years. Some forget how bad inflation can be for the economy. There has been a bit of criticism about this recently.

    • All_on_Red

      Here’s a report which provides a more thorough and completely different view of Russia. I was quite stunned by the difference in this compared to what you may read in the media. Russia is more sound than you might think.
      http://www.awaragroup.com/upload/Awara-Study-Russian-Economy.pdf
      Putin has transformed the economy over the past 10 years by building on supplying the domestic base first. Did you know Russia is the third largest exporter of software after China and India. Oil revenue only provides 27% of their Tax income. Low levels of public service. GDP has doubled. Manufacturing in all sorts of sectors doubled .Neither did I and there’s lots more stuff in there.
      Oh and California might have a high GDP but frankly GDP means nothing if you’re going bankrupt which California is.

  • George

    “Late last night when the whole world slept
    Down to the garden of dreams I crept.”
    Zora Cross.
    Those two beautiful lines could sum up Christmas Eve for most children. Sadly at this time of year my thoughts turn to all those children who are abused and neglected by their feral parents. Those two lines are so real for these children. It is only when they are asleep do they creep down to the garden of dreams. My love and thoughts are with them.

  • Whafe

    A flurry of very warm humid weather for Auckland, it is a sauna pit…..
    The beach is calling a good many people….
    Another day and a half to go, yeah ha……

    • Ryan

      Does not seem humid at the moment.

  • Nechtan

    Lynyrd Skynyrd doing the Xmas thing

  • Isherman

    Tis the season for unlikely Christmas songs….

    • Nige.

      Oh oh!!!

  • Alright

    Here is a classic.

    Without wanting to spoil it I can’t help reflect on the fact that 15-25 per cent of Muslims in the world simply cannot abide the concept of Peace on Earth.

    ….and more proof that David Bowie is Annie Lennox’s brother….

    • mommadog

      That was great. Haven’t seen it before but it definitely put me in a Christmas mood.

    • SVlover

      Totally wrong! They do not fit together at all. IMHO

      • Alright

        Point of clarification: Do you mean peace and Muslim’s don’t fit together?

  • mommadog

    Tis the season for goodwill to all men and that got me thinking about race relations in NZ and whether the Waitangi Tribunal has helped or hindered. Its a long thought process but came about because I am now in possession of a poster sized certificate that belonged to my grandfather. The edges were all tatty and it hadn’t been looked after that well. so I have found a frame with mat to put it in that got rid of the edges. The certificate is dated 19th May 1906 and has beautiful scroll work around the outside with a kiwi, ferns and Maori carving as part of the artwork. Pretty impressive for 1906 and shows an appreciation for NZ and our indigenous culture. I am not sure I have seen such a nice modern day inclusion. Just before the holiday started I was also told by my boss that all staff have to do a mandatory cultural education i.e. Maroi module next year. It is part of my work place development plan. It might be a good programme but making anything mandatory gets my backup and doesn’t make me feel kindly toward all men. It only speaks of minority PC correctness being forced on everyone. Oh well 2014 isn’t finished and it looks like 2015 will be interesting to say the least.

    • Alright

      Is it a multinational company?

      If you analysed the company’s clients/customers what would the second largest ethnicity group be?

      • mommadog

        Don’t know about the second ethnicity but the first was definitely Pakeha male.

        • Alright

          If it were Auckland-based it would be advised to help (not instruct) staff to study Asian culture.

          I hate to say this but I’d be looking for a another job.

    • OneTrack

      1984 – almost there.

    • Terence Hodgson

      Actually fascinating to see how much Maori motif-work and patterning was done on everything from postage stamps to book binding in NZ from the 1890s. A props of a ‘module’ perhaps you could read the letters of the early missionaries back to their HQ in london and do a spiel on social usages like slavery and ritual suicide (i.e. the forced suicide of a chief’s wife after his death). Don’t seem to hear much about these usages any more!

  • steve and monique

    See the Greens have complained that John Key has deleted his texts, and this has caused some check into his record keeping, to see if has breached the rules.

    Edit= Cams name has popped up again.

    • Sally

      The Greens are being ridiculous. Next they will want to record all his phone calls.
      Practical questions.
      If he can’t delete his text what happens when his storage is full?
      Does he have a phone for work and different one for personal use?

      • cows4me

        JK should be asking the Aussie pest to put up all his texts, call his bluff.

        • ex-JAFA

          I think it was Paul Henry who invited him to do that. Wussel said he’d do it when the law required him to do so. But Mr Key should do it now, even though the law doesn’t require it. Double standards much?

      • OneTrack

        The Greens are just getting their new totalitarian rules finalised for when they take power. Then, everybody will have to submit their texts for approval.

      • Bluemanning

        The law doesn’t apply to texts; again the greens are barking up the wrong tree :-) or just barking.

    • caochladh

      This should come under the “frivolous and vexatious” rule and the Aussie Muppet should be billed for wasting everyone’s time.

  • caochladh

    The Green transport of the future……….

  • Alright

    These guys can sing.

  • Jdogg

    Courier Post might want to head into damage control. Disgusting! https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=10154898980850462&pnref=story

    • cows4me

      Hope you didn’t order a chandelier Jdogg.

    • mommadog

      Guess if your parcel doesn’t arrive you know where its gone. I agree disgusting and it should be headline news.

      • Lux

        Exactly and it looks like 4 vans involved ..

        • Jdogg

          Shocking eh? Especially the kick to one of the packages. These people need the sack.

    • Lux

      Wow, I’ll never use them again.

    • kayaker

      Wow! Thanks for posting. This may explain why a package I had delivered from the US last week was soaking wet. The wet package had been placed inside a much larger box.

    • willtin

      I wonder what they do when it’s raining? Not hard to guess – they obviously don’t GAF.
      Can’t wait until this hits the ‘Headlines’ … waiting….waiting… waiting.. Yeah right!

      • Jdogg

        Heard it on WO first!!

        • willtin

          I guess we are nearly Freed??

          • Jdogg

            It’s just a shot away!

          • willtin

            Roll it on out

          • Jdogg

            You got it!!!! ;)

    • burns_well_eh

      This is obviously a fake from 1991 or before. I can definitely hear Billy T when he talks about that guy not having a job on Monday.

  • cows4me

    I’m sure glad I don’t live in New York, they have a loony liberal mayor, Bill de Blasio, that would give old Lenny a run for his money. The guy has to be as thick as to short planks. No doubt he thought he was been a super cool liberal siding with those protesting the death of Eric Garner and criticising the police unions. I wonder what his feelings were when he came to offer his condolences to the police and they turned their backs on the fool. The mans a A one noddy. The police are the only ones defending his precious city from total anarchy and this politically correct fool plays the wrong card. There are very serious lessons here for our own politicians that are now playing our police against the public. The politician in New York played a very bad card and our so called leaders aren’t far behind.

    • All_on_Red

      The NYPD aren’t happy with him alright. Here he turns up and they all turn their backs on him.
      http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/nyc-crime/nypd-cops-turn-backs-de-blasio-hospital-article-1.2052215

    • Nige.

      (Im stating the obvious here as usual)

      Mayors, by and large it seems are not much more than egocentric, glory seeking, baby kissing, opportunistic posers. Particularly if they are carrier politicians.

      • LabTested

        The dreadful truth is that when people come to see their MP they have run out of better ideas.

        Boris Johnson

        Ping-pong was invented on the dining tables of England in the 19th century, and it was called Wiff-waff! And there, I think, you have the difference between us and the rest of the world. Other nations, the French, looked at a dining table and saw an opportunity to have dinner; we looked at it an saw an opportunity to play Wiff-waff.

        Boris Johnson

      • Platinum Fox

        You missed out that they all seem to want to leave a legacy monument Nige. The bigger the city, the more expensive the monument.

  • Nige.

    1st world problem i know… but…. Seriously annoyed with the pieces of crap who stole Leon MacDonalds 15 rugby jerseys, here in Blenheim.

    Hes worked bloody hard to get to where he is today and every young boy (well…virtually) dreams of achieving what he has done. Hes been all around the world and suffered multiple concussions and had to prove himself time and time again.

    Hes made his way out of a little town and then chosen to return here and raise his family and grow several businesses which just goes to show his great character and attitude he has to his community.

    These two stupid boys will get caught. no doubt about that. Blenheim cant keep a secret for very long. I just hope the jerseys haven’t been destroyed. Thats what inbred ferals tend to do when they panic. Destroy stuff.

  • Alright

    Before anyone leaves the room thinking Sting can only his own songs get a load of these Christmas songs. He is a genius.

    • Wasapilot

      Another example of his class IMHO

      https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=PeKE2Z-9HVM

      Brilliant video Alright, thanks for posting.

      • edee

        Another example

        • Alright

          MY FAVOURITE! I’ll post a live version under. We are fellow travellers.

          The whole 2010 Sting Live in Berlin concert is breathtaking.

          Have a look. Each song should autoplay one after the other.

          It is a remarkable concert. I have bought about six DVDs of it (JB HiFi) online for friends. They are learned music people and they just love it and play it over and over.

          autoplay….https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_169i3YLt18&list=PLtGsHYiFHfJwZZ0l397r-3sp8da1ColTg&index=1

          • sarahmw

            bit late to the party but thanks for putting this up. I love Sting his music is haunting and surreal and best listened to live.

    • edee

      I bet that night was magical.
      Durham Cathedral is breathtakingly beautiful. Built in 1093 that makes it 921 years old. Being from a pit village in the North East and having been to Durham Cathedral many times, and Durham Castle, this brought a lump to my throat and a yearn to see it one more time. Thank you for sharing it.

      • Alright

        Edee, I was discussing this very dimension with a friend today. She has been there and says it is gob-smackling beautiful. And she has had to see the destruction of Christchurch Cathedral. It brought home to me again how “young” NZ’s built infrastructure is.

        1093! How do you ever catch up with that? The oldest thing we (apparently) have in NZ is a Kauri tree and some moutains!

        • MaryLou

          AR – I don’t believe it of you. I just noticed your upvote on my query about Jude’s bird. Do you mean to say you’ve been sitting in the background over the last couple of weeks, pretending you knew what it is too?

          • Alright

            Ok. You have found me out. I’m a fraud! Actually I was just too spineless to ask!. I up voted you because I have loved Jude’s posts about Jingles.

            I’m not always Alright…..

          • MaryLou

            That’s ok. Us townies can’t be expected to know about wildlife, unless it’s served up on polystyrene and with a label.

            My first trip to Fiji found I had to ask the resort staff with the big green things were, hanging off the palm trees. This isn’t quite as embarrassing as that… is it?

          • Alright

            No. You you proved authenticity by asking the question. I hid behind you.

            Now, about the green things….were they dates?

          • MaryLou

            Umm, no. They were coconuts. They’re always brown in supermarkets…

          • Alright

            We’ll how were you ever expected to translate green things hanging like Christmas baubles on a tree to Coconuts.

            Utterly confusing.

            To be honest this world does my head in.

            PS Now I have come clean can you tell me what type of bird Jingles is?

          • MaryLou

            :) As soon as we hear from Jude! I do wonder if it’s just a chicken. That’d be educational.

            Right. Must get my beauty sleep, haven’t started with the Christmas shopping yet, so need to beat the hordes in the morning!

          • Alright

            Pheasant dreams (well Jingles could be). The hordes though will be there.

          • MaryLou

            Haha. The early bird catches the worm, and I’ll be up at sparrows fart! And crowing about it.

            I’m sure we’ll see you tomorrow!

  • Moonroof

    An upvote isn’t quite enough for this one MD, you nailed it with last paragraph. Welfare cheque = snip snip for both parties. Happy to help those in genuine need, but cases like you quote, that’s taking the proverbial out of us that pay our way (and then some).

    • Dave

      Helping out would need to include teaching them to manage and REDUCE expenses, no more kids, no petrol, no alcohol, no cigarettes and then the other expenses. Them productivity, the work type.

  • PG

    Please be seated. Take a deep breath. Pour a glass of wine. This defies belief: https://nz.news.yahoo.com/a/-/top-stories/25837760/pms-texts-to-come-under-spotlight/
    Next it will be the PM’s rubbish sifted on live TV.

    • jude

      Well I would have thought it was in the public interest for us to be informed of what text messages were sent between Kim Dot Con, the Greens, Niki Hager and certain Labour politicians.
      They were clearly intent on “overthrowing” the Government by trying to unduly influence the outcome of our General election.
      How any one can take the Greens seriously is beyond me.
      They now dictate who is entitled to privacy??
      It would appear Cam and John Key are not entitled to privacy, by the Green standard.

      • Wasapilot

        Well put Jude. Mrs Wasapilot and I are wondering How is Mr Jingles is?

        • jude

          I am so keen to show him off. I will post a photo.
          He is gaining weight daily and getting more feathers. He is becoming more like his Mum:)

          • MaryLou

            I have to ask – I’ve been trying to work it out without looking like a JAFA, but – what on earth is it???

          • InnerCityDweller

            One of Trevor’s moas

          • MaryLou

            If it wasn’t for the mohawk, I might have believed you.

          • InnerCityDweller

            it’s a moa-hawk…

    • Moonroof

      But it’s not April 1st. My txts from private number are not my employer’s business, who JK corresponds with on his own phone is his own private matter. Stating the blazing obvious I know. Gweens, really, you’re that desperate for an angle? Using up all that media oxygen on trivia when you could campaign on green issues like the corporate pollution of waterways?

      • jude

        The Greens are a waste of oxygen in my books!

    • Alright

      Re Key’s rubbish being sifted on live TV…the answer is probably.

      What a neat (read: totally ridiculous) way of stifling communication between the Prime Minister and those he represents.

      If I were him I tell us all to get stuffed and move to Hawaii.

      • Dave

        If we knew when they were going through JK’s rubbish wouldn’t it be good to slip an extra few bags in, on top a few carefully (false) emails between WO and JK, then a few part shredded email headers, WO to JK…. Subject. Xxxxxxxxxx. The reporter would be salivating, and as they dig deeper, a bag full of deat rats! However, headline the next day. JK destroys Comms with WO, and proof he kills innocent animals.

        • Alright

          Dead kittens (not rats) would do the trick. “Bronagh Key kills baby pets.”

          The whole gig is utterly farcical.

          Why JK bothers is beyond me.

          I know about Little and Norman though: they are otherwise unemployable and would have to go on (another) taxpayer benefit.

    • colin herbertson

      I wonder what traction they hope to get from this,inspite of them trying to expose Kay as untrustworthy every body see this for the harrassment it is.These are the people who would make the voting age 16 ‘cos thats about their level, grown ups just don’t vote for this stuff.

    • who’stoblame

      And the Greens preach about our civil liberties being eroded. I’m speechless.
      I suggest Wussell show the public all his communications too then including those to one big fat kraut.

  • ozbob68

    I thought it took a lot to shock me, but I was chatting to a mate who worked for a transport company in Auckland. There was a young 15 year old girl doing work experience there who claimed that her family had told her “if you’re not pregnant by 16 and on welfare, we’ll arrange for it to happen ourselves”. Apparently they saw the added welfare income as more important than their child’s independence and future prospects. I’m pretty sure it happened as reported, my mate is not one to exaggerate.

  • Dave_1924

    These guys are “mentally unstable” as well??? Incidents in France 21/12

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/dec/21/france-dijon-driver-attacks-pedestrians

    EDIT: Changed to :These two guys are”

  • Nechtan
    • Alright

      Setting a great example (as the US typically does).

      The story was no doubt delivered by a reporter through clenched teeth.

  • pisces8284 .
    • jude

      This is all over Facebook too! .Paddy “I am so important” Gower.
      Does anybody know or give a toss of the “news” Mr Gower was reporting on?
      The MSM appear to be struggling to be taken seriously by anyone :)

    • 1951

      Oh he so deserves that.

    • colin herbertson

      oh i wish i was there

    • JAFA Gazza

      Brilliant!!! Paddy Growler…the Legend of his own lunchtime.

  • kayaker

    The Greens better be careful what they wish for. If JK has to reveal all his texts, then it’s open slather, game on for everyone in politics to reveal their comms with all and sundry.

    • Dog Breath

      This has the potential to become a huge can of worms. The complaint from the Greens is that JK has deleted txt’s that they think are subject to the archive act. How they think that this requirement is only for JK shows absolute ignorance of consequences. I look forward to seeing all MP’s being subject to investigation for compliance with the archive act with their txt messaging. What a nonsense.

      • JAFA Gazza

        And… OOOOPS!!! The Law of Unintended Consequences arrives at Wussel’s door. So what happened between Wussel and his visits and comms with KDC??? Oh..you’ve deleted the txt’s …well THAT is a bugger Wussel…So what were you saying about JK? Ah that’s right…. total BS

        • Alright

          The Law of Unintended Consequences is my favourite law.

          It often brings the self-righteous (and lawmakers) undone.

        • Dave

          Obviously JK will need a “burner phone” for texting home and non govt business so his texts home are not archived forever.

          Now let’s wait for the outcome and then ask, can the records from all previous governments and all MP’s for the past 12 or so years for starters. That includes you russel, now please explain.

  • Platinum Fox

    NIWA now thinks it’s in the weather forecasting business in competition with Met Service http://www.stuff.co.nz/life-style/christmas/64386837/niwa-issues-brighter-christmas-forecast.
    There are plenty of private sector forecasters so I don’t believe that we need to have two publicly funded services. Perhaps an opportunity for the Government to eliminate some cost as clearly whatever the NIWA people are supposed to spend their time on isn’t a full time job.

    • Moonroof
      • Platinum Fox

        I use Accuweather on my smartphone (it’s global) and Met Service if I want to see the three or five day rain forecast for NZ. I believe all the private forecasters obtain their satellite data for NZ from Met Service, so the only real difference is interpretation.

        • Moonroof

          Far as I know, while WW make some use of local data, long range maps are generated from several sources, Japan and US met data for SW Pacific, and BOM Australia. If someone knows different, please correct. FWIW, the 5-day maps are usually pretty right for Auckland region.

          • Platinum Fox

            WW’s site says: ” We are hugely thankful to the US Govt and New Zealand’s MetOcean for providing us with interactive long range maps at no charge.” MetOcean is 49% owned by the Met Service.

        • Dave

          I also use Accuwrather PF, find it really good and fairly accurate, big difference here is we can get suburb by suburb weather from Accuweather whereas the government run BOM only provides regional forecasts. That said, if there is a cyclone approaching the BOM provide 30 minute updates, so all other times it’s Accuweather!

          • Platinum Fox

            Only beef I have with Accuweather is that when I’m at home it thinks I’m in Newmarket when I’m really in Parnell. Mind you, there’s usually no difference between the Auckland (which I assume means central Auckland), Newmarket and Parnell hourly forecasts. I particularly like the hourly forecast of the probability of rain (if you don’t like the weather in Auckland, wait 20 minutes). I also loaded up the nearest ports to the places I was staying when I last holidayed in the islands.

    • JJ

      I guess their longer-term climate modelling was working so well so they’ve decided to try something closer to home.

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