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  • Isherman

    Well done to the Black Caps on a fine test series win, with a few records and milestones thrown in for good measure,..looking forward to the ODI series and that’s not always been the case in recent years, good to see them looking confident and able.

    • Wendy

      Wow…looking at the news it seems Martin Crowe is not much longer for this world.

      Edit: Sorry, that wasn’t meant to be a reply, but fitting nonetheless.

      • Isherman

        He’s not well at all, and its a great shame. That being said I think he’s being quite stoic and pragmatic about it, that’s a credit to him, and I wish him all the best for the time he has left.

        • Wendy

          How hard must it have been for him to walk into one of his loved pitches and make that announcement?

          Poor bugger.

        • Wendy

          For those who didn’t see it, he said it has taken his terminal illness for him to realise what really matters in this world.

          Would that we could all learn that lesson without it taking a terminal illness.

      • Nige.

        very dignified in his final days, weeks. Isherman (? think t’was he) shared a column from
        M.C the other week that couldnt have been written any better and had a lot of acceptance and humor in it.

      • Isherman

        All good Wendy, chalked up as an ‘extra’ so to speak.

      • I remember watching him score 299 at the Basin and give the rubbish can a good walloping on the way into the dressing room after getting out. He twice scored 188, and then his 299.

    • kiwibattler

      The consistency in their performances we haven’t seen since the 1980’s. If they keep this up it may go down as our greatest cricketing era.

  • kiwibattler

    Good to see Kerre McIvor eating a very large slice of humble pie on the radio this morning. After defending the police’s zero-speed tolerance the other day on talkback and banging on about how she easily kept to the speed limit or just under when travelling from Auckland to Hamilton who should then receive a $30 speeding ticket…………I’m sure Kerre did her utmost to keep exactly to the speed limit on her trip – the fact she couldn’t goes to prove that the police are more interested in taking money off good drivers than catching the real problem drivers.

    • pisces8284 .

      Yes the other day she was very surprised to find that most feedback went against her sanctimonious opinion.

      • Wallace Westland

        And doesn’t she seem to have an awful lot of sanctimonious opinion’s these days?

    • Dave

      No doubt “officer” saw a well healed blonde (ish) woman probably driving a German marque, and very capable of paying.
      Perhaps next time Kerry, get an old Holden, put a smoke in your mouth and sak if you can get WINZ to pay the fine for you.

  • Wendy

    A friend and I were having lunch in a café today when we had cause to help a lady with her very frail elderly parents.

    What made me a wee bit sad was the sheer and total surprise of the daughter that people would come to help them.

    Shakes head at the sad state of society.

    • kiwibattler

      Left-leaners would say that this was all due to those horrible right-wing voters and the decline of left-wing govts worldwide…….

      • yossarian

        It’s clearly the fault of John Key, crony capitalism, dirty politics, communications with a certain well-known blogger, deletion of emails and tweets, and sundry other offences including restricting the rights of some people to travel overseas to fight for those fine upstanding practitioners of Islam. Well if not all the above, John Key for certain.

    • Nige.

      to be expected with all the crap jammed down peoples throats in the main stream media.

  • Nige.

    Chris mentioned the brand BRAUN last night. I firmly believe that if a brand is good it should be shared. Some people get quite fanatical about them.

    Whether you are a doctor, receptionist, teacher, builder, swimming instructor we all encounter brands.

    What are your favorites in you field? Why?

    Are there some brands that you think people should never trust?

    • cows4me

      Export or Tui.

      • kiwibattler

        ….and what about some good brands?

        • cows4me

          Not much big city choice here KB.

          • kiwibattler

            Ha! Yes – best a beer than no beer at all.

          • rantykiwi

            It’s an online world now cows – there’s more to life than just pulling tits and drinking bad beer :) You can order all manner of quality comestibles and have them delivered to the farm.

        • Wallace Westland

          Export Gold. Three gold medals at International Brewing Events. How’s your brand stack up?

          • kiwibattler

            Don’t they give those things away in Weet-Bix packets?

          • Wallace Westland

            Heineken drinker eh? :)

          • kiwibattler

            Can’t stand Heineken – to be fair I don’t have a particular brand as with so many beers to try nowadays I prefer to explore…..

      • Nechtan

        Double Brown, for me.

      • Curly1952

        Was a great Export fan however I reckon the brew has gone off since they changed to the clear bottles. Have gone back to a full bodied Waikato – should be piped free into every house.

        • Wahbonnah

          It is, but its called storm water!!!

    • caochladh

      I have found that most “brands”, just like us have failures and what may work for one person, doesn’t necessarily meet the expectations of another. When I find something that works brilliantly for me, I go out and buy another as a back up before some idiot tries to improve it or it gets deleted.

      • Moonroof

        Well put. Consumer electronics is a minefield for that.

        • caochladh

          The one thing that I can say that has stood out over the years for me is the Stanley thermos. I have been given all manner of flasks over the years, but without exception, they were all rubbish compared to the tried, true and tested Stanley.

          • Mags

            Where do you buy those? Have many thermos hopes dashed over the years.

          • caochladh

            This is one place that has a good selection. The picture is the one that I have had for years. http://www.caravancamping.co.nz/Our-Products/Tramping/COOKWARE/VacuumThermos-Flasks/Stanley-Stainless-Steel-Vacuum-Flask-19L/

          • 1951

            Now is your trust in this product because it keeps the water hot, because it doesn’t break as easily or you just like the colour?

          • caochladh

            Because it performs exactly to specification – it keeps the water (tea) hot and it is virtually indestructible. The colour matters not.

          • 1951

            Why I asked, is we use Thermos 6/8 cups which keeps the water hot till almost the next day but we are very good at breaking them. I may try Stanley next time :)

          • caochladh

            I’m sure you won’t be disappointed!

          • Garbageman

            was given one for xmas compared to others they are a solid unit

          • caochladh

            When I am at a loss as to what to buy for someone, that’s one of my standby’s.

      • Alright

        Eg, Microsoft.

    • Moonroof

      Prob a bit techo, Fluke multimeters. Bomb-proof engineering (and almost idiot proof), robust, reliable, and they keep their calbration. Tools, not toys.

      • rantykiwi

        I’ll add Megger to your list of meters too.

        • Dave

          I have a 1000 volt megger, wind up, its GOLD. got it when i started my apprenticeship, now 40 years on and still going.

        • Stuarts.burgers

          A “Wee Megger” ,there was an attempt at Radio School North Head to measure our impedance with one, we were a bit smart for that one but I believe they did catch the occasional one with it.

          • Greg M

            A mate of mine was CPO up there….

      • Nige.

        yeah i have always had fluke test lamps. Pretty reliable. and need to be.

      • Asian_driver

        Yes, I have a Fluke 71, 30 years old makes cheap meters feel cheap

    • rantykiwi

      “Nobody ever got fired for buying IBM” – but I prefer HP servers. And for networking gear it’s Juniper followed by Cisco.

      Thngs I won’t touch – vehicles made by Great Wall and Tata.

      • ozbob68

        Always buy computer kit which connects directly to each other from the same vendor. (eg. Disk Drives and Servers, network cards and network switches) This always ensures compatibility and avoids blame-sharing between companies.

      • Jag are made by Tata!

      • Tom

        I won’t have Great Wall or chery in my workshop.

      • Stuarts.burgers

        So no Jag or Range Rover in your driveway then.

    • kiwibattler

      Watching the cricket Kookaburra aren’t looking too hot with their dodgy cricket balls………..http://www.smh.com.au/business/kookaburras-misshapen-cricket-balls-no-laughing-matter-says-new-zealand-cricket-20150106-12ikye.html

      • Teletubby

        They need to get their problems sorted, I read somewhere today they are selling 1/2 million balls year at $100 a ball, that’s a $50 million market that has been put seriously at risk with the events of the last few weeks. They are having problems with them in Australia as well.

    • Cowgirl

      Xerox is best for colour laser printing, hate Ricoh.

    • Greg M

      Laney bass amps. If it’s good enough for Iommi, it’s good enough for me. I can’t kill the thing, and I have really tried.

      • Isherman

        With a Gibson SG Bass by any chance?…

        • Greg M

          I had one until about a year ago, drop C tuning, it was good.

          • Teletubby

            Ever tried a U-Bass?

          • Greg M

            I would love to, they look a lot of fun.

          • Teletubby

            They are a lot of fun, a pain to tune because the string are so fat that they don’t slide through the slots in the nut very well. I plug mine into the GK MB150 and it makes this big fat sound like an upright, always surprises people

          • Nige.

            What about a bass ukulele? Saw one in Ken Hams music worx (yes. its still there) I asked if it was intended to be used for chords. Apparently it is.

          • Teletubby

            That is exactly what we are talking about. They are not necessarily intended for chords however my friend whose main inspiration is Lemmy from Motorhead was playing chords on my one a couple of weeks ago and it sounded huge

      • Teletubby

        Gallin Krueger bass amps, not the cheap combos but the RB series and the MB150, beautiful tone. I recently had a bass player in nationally recognised heavy rock band try mine and he bought one the next day.

      • Teletubby

        And American made Fenders, For starters there is just something about the heft of them that lets you know you are holding quality and the playability of them exceeds any knock offs or Mexican Fenders

    • Wasapilot

      HP for their calculators. Have used RPN for years.

      • Nechtan

        Same, I struggle to use one with an = button.

      • Platinum Fox

        I have two 12Cs, respectively, 30 and 23 years old. An indispensable financial calculator. I bought the second one for use at home so I didn’t have to carry one back and forth.
        Despite my best efforts over many years most of my more recent colleagues couldn’t “get” RPN.

        • Dave_1924

          HP12C is a genuis piece of kit.. programmable and the financial world used to run on them… they take some getting used with the input methods though

          • Platinum Fox

            Yet people used to use adding machines that worked on the same principle.
            I guess that I had a slight advantage as I had included a paper in numerical analysis in my bachelor’s degree so I knew what RPN was long before I ever saw a 12C.

        • Wasapilot

          I have had several scientific models over the years, currently have a 35S. I started using HP’s in the late 70’s when programmable calculators became affordable. The limited memory then made the reduced number of keystrokes that RPN allows desirable.

          With the memmory in modern calculators, it makes that advantage obsolete, but I just can’t use a normal algebraic calculator, and I am to old to change

    • Steve (North Shore)

      HOLDEN
      watch out, ducking for cover

    • Wendy

      A fave: Lindt chocolate

    • Chris EM

      McKinlays Shoes. Handmade in Dunedin, comfortable and last for years.
      My workmates all buy cheap shoes, throw them out within 6 months when they break and buy new cheap shoes.
      Quality works out cheaper in the end.

      • Garbageman

        Agree Chris my # 1 reason for never shopping at the Warehouse # 2 no kids

    • Isherman

      Gamakatsu hooks, the best there are.

      • Betty Swallocks

        The first decent spinning reel I bought when I started earning money in 1969 was a Mitchell 301 (made in France, as they were then.) I still use it and it’s almost as smooth as when I bought it – the only spares I’ve used over the years are 2 bail arm springs and 3 new casing screws.

    • Yeahright

      I am a bit of a Sony addict, can not fault anything of theirs. Love my Sony Camera.

      • Nige.

        im a real fan of the old stuff but the more modern stuff seems to be designed for people who think differently to me.

      • Moonroof

        The Sony CD player just turned 25. Still playing.

        • TonyM

          I’m convinced old CD players are more tolerant of scratched CDs…. how could that be?

      • Wendy

        Id love a Sony DSLR…it is the digital version of my Minolta so it will fit all my lenses. One day.

    • Tom

      Mitutoyo verniers.

      • Greg M

        I have a Mitutoyo dial caliper I have had for 25 years. Brilliant.

        • Tom

          I wish you could buy replacement glass faces :(

    • Glenn

      Apple for me, computer, phone, tablet and in the near future a watch. Initially introduced when starting in graphic design too many years ago, can be pricey but can’t deny the quality and performance.

    • Garbageman

      HTC phones for their beauty style and innovation, my M8 ONE is a masterpiece and Southern Comfort to dull the pain of being a neo-liberal tory prick

    • InnerCityDweller

      Leatherman Charge multi-tool. Never leave home without it. Toolbox on the belt.
      Love my Apple products, they link and sync and the build quality is superb.
      New Balance Minimus runners. Best travel shoe in my book. Lightweight, washable and super comfy.

    • Danner boots…first pair lasted 20 years. New pair now.

      Also RM Williams Boots

      • TonyM

        Lowa boots still going nicely

    • Mark

      Favs; Spyderco,Ariat Boots,Leatherman Wave,Surefire,Glock, reason,stuff that works,everytime & built to last & warrantied the same.

      Never trust; Telecom, or whatever name they are using this week,Westpac.

      • Wendy

        I love my Tactical 9.11 boots. Love love love.

  • Isherman

    Here’s an idea for a bit of mid week fun, take a cricketing term and match it with a political Party, personality or something in that vein. I’ll start with;
    Deep Cover: Hone’s current whereabouts.

    • Carl

      Duck = Mallard.

      • Steve (North Shore)

        you win the internet

    • Steve (North Shore)

      Silly mid off = Cunliffe

    • ozbob68

      Bowling a maiden over, Chris Carter

      • ex-JAFA

        Wouldn’t that be David Parker?

        • ozbob68

          Doh! too true!

        • kiwibattler

          In defense of Parker that was just a ‘fly slip’.

    • rantykiwi

      No ball(s): Colin Craig

    • Wasapilot

      Silly point – wussell

      • Dave

        Oh, I would have said “no ball” for no flag Wussell.

    • Greg M

      Wide = Meteria Turei.

    • Wasapilot

      Deep backward square – any of the looney left would fit here

    • kiwibattler

      Extra cover – Cunliffe’s secret trusts

      • Isherman

        Oh thats gold, lol.

      • Jafarma

        Or even deep extra cover; or perhaps that’s KDCs assets?

    • Carl

      12th man. The Greens they get picked but don’t get to do anything.

    • kiwibattler

      ‘Bowled through the gate’ – Gerry Brownlee at the airport…….

    • ozbob68

      Googly = Kelvin Davis

    • Carl

      No ball= Georgina Beyer.

    • kiwibattler

      ‘Silly point’ – any left-leaning politician during question time.

    • Nechtan

      Extras, the Green party.

    • Steve (North Shore)

      Bails, now who is going to get that association?

      • Nechtan

        The she beast?

      • Carl

        Shane Jones.

      • Isherman

        Asenati lole- taylor?

    • rantykiwi

      Deep midwicket: Len Brown

    • Steve (North Shore)

      Stumps = Phil Goff

    • Iva b ginn

      Silly mid-off = Winston Peters!!!!

      • Carl

        Winny would be the drinks man

        • They wouldn’t get to the players.

      • kiwibattler

        After the election Winston should have retired hurt…….

    • Hard1

      Dropped=Cunliffe.

    • Jafarma

      Fine leg = Jacinda Arden

      • Sally

        Also a maiden

    • Carl

      The site screen = KDC.

    • Hard1

      Runner=Dotcom

    • Curly1952

      Out – Hit wicket – Dotcom, Hone, Laila etc

    • Jafarma

      Cow corner: Sue Moroney or Jan Logie – I can’t decide

    • Box = Tau or Mallard

    • Jafarma

      Third slip: Grant Roberston?

    • kiwibattler

      ‘Hold up an end’……….had someone in mind for this but forgotten……..never mind.

      • Jafarma

        Peter Dunne? Te Ururoa Flavell?

        • Isherman

          Cant be Dunne, he aint got no batting partner…..

          • Dave

            Can Vance stand in for that role, she seemed to be trying for it.

    • Carl

      Last one. Runner = someone leaving Darren Hughes place.

      • Dave

        And still running, or on an all expenses paid trip to keep him silenced.

    • Sally

      Drinks – Winston Peters

    • Jafarma

      Byes = the Labour and Green parties every election

    • Sally

      Hack. Hager

      • kiwibattler

        On the same wavelength maybe a ‘slash outside’ could be Andrew Williams?

    • Michael

      Duckworth-Lewis Method: why Bill English has so many kids

    • Sally

      And straight drive. Cam

      • Moonroof

        Cover drive. Into the stands, ay Cam :)

    • Uptheante

      Tea break – JK and Banksy

    • Wendy

      Golden duck…that Labour/National/anyone who has a bit of money bird from Tukituki.

    • EveryWhichWayButLeft

      Baggy Green = Materia

    • Nechtan

      Daisy cutter…………Colin Craig

    • Isherman

      Some pearler responses, one term appears not to have been ascribed so I will, not a politician as such but anyway. The Wrong’un: Martin ‘Wrongly Wrongson’ Bradbury.

      • Sooty

        What’s happening with Wronglys attempt to vote twice?

        • Isherman

          Not sure, cant see anything coming of it though. I would love to be wrong on that of course.

    • Cadwallader

      Silly Mid-on and Silly Mid-off= Greenie co-leaders.

    • Cadwallader

      Bad light= Brendan What’s his name?

    • Cadwallader

      Wide=Greenie co-leader Meturia.

    • Cadwallader

      Short-leg = David Parker

    • Cadwallader

      Extras=Len Brown

      • Isherman

        and plus 4 for the others.

    • chwaga

      Bowl a maiden over – Lees-Galloway or was she no maiden

    • Teletubby

      Sticky wicket = Len Brown

    • Teletubby

      Right Arm Fast = Len Brown again

      • Isherman

        Or Bumper, (old name for a bouncer), its quite scary how many could in some way be matched with old LLL. I’ll stop before I take a swipe at him with a Grubber….

    • Dave_1924

      Winston and Immigration at election time: Always trying to bowl a Chinaman….. [that’s left hand wrist spin for the non cricketeurs out there]

    • Uptheante

      Wired (wide) – everyone who attends an aotearoa legalise cannabis rally

  • jonno1

    On a more positive note: the vin du jour is Spade Oak Viognier 2010, and so far I’ve still done no paid work this year. Bliss.

    Made a second visit to Mission Bay today with 6yo grand-daughter; life doesn’t get much better than that. Took her home with the intention of bringing back 3yo grand-son, but he decided he wanted to stay with daddy who was working round the house. Nana was most offended, haha. But he did give me a ride around the property on the back of his quad-bike. Very impressive riding skills and yes, he wears a helmet, although I didn’t. :)

    It’s great to see the grand-kids relating to their parents – another grand-daughter is at scout camp with her dad this week, and a third at horse-riding school with her mum. I just love to see my grand-children so secure in their families together with the active involvement of all their grand-parents, cousins, aunts/uncles etc.

    • Michael

      Talking of wine, I understand that Gary Voss and Annette Atkins have Voss Estate in Martinborough on the market. I’ll be very sorry to see them go as they have been wonderful people to deal with and have made some very good, reasonably priced wine (unusual for that combination in Martinborough). I’ve always been a fan of their Chardonnay and the Waihenga blend (both now discontinued) and they also had an exceptional Riesling. Their main claim to fame is the Pinot Noir which has never been bad and in good years was a real treat.

    • Nechtan

      I was fishing down on the local wharf yesterday and there was a 3 year boy fishing with his poppa and he was catching quite a few mullet (sprats) and one was a beauty. He was having a ball. Similar story today lots of young kids fishing with mum and dad and having a great time.

      • jonno1

        Probably in common with many oldies I think I enjoy my grand-kids more than I did my own kids. Maybe it’s a combination of having more time but also less time, if you get my drift. Also, we can hand them back when there’s a meltdown, so win/win. I also recall the positive input of our parents (now all gone) into our kids.

  • HSV325

    I went to Hamilton this morning from Auckland to pick up some car bits and man what a frustrating drive. People in the fast lane doing 95 and wouldn’t get out of the way and on the dual lanes people side by side doing the same speed and you couldn’t pass. Arnold was out big time and saw them in 5 different locations. On the way back was a bit better and I was thinking I wonder if the speeding fine revenue has sunk like a stone as most before seemed to sit on 108-110 and with the 10K tolerance business was not going well so they chopped it back to 1K tolerance to drive some revenue.

    • Steve (North Shore)

      Arnold should have been watching TV. Hamilton has some green acres.
      Whoosh for those who don’t know

    • Michael

      If I wasn’t a proselytizing atheist I’d say it was God’s way of telling you not to go to Hamilton!

    • yossarian

      according to my calculations at average speeds of 95 and 110 you make it to Hamilton about 18 minutes faster at 110. Are those 18 minutes so important to you? And your need to be there that much faster is so much more important than the rights of others to stay within the speed limit? And the justification for breaking the law at 108-110 is what exactly? I suspect the “HSV325” tells us something, either actual or fantasy.

      • Dave

        I do take your point about going over the limit, but lets all agree the road is for all, and if every driver kept left, and pulled over to let faster traffic past, no one would really care if that car going past you when your travelling at 90, or 92 Km/H was doing 105, 110, or even 125 Km/H. Their speed becomes irrelevent, and the slower drivers can smile thinking the speeder might get caught.

        My plea to the slower drivers, KEEP LEFT, let the faster ones past.

        • yossarian

          I don’t disagree with your thinking, but I do wonder why so many NZ drivers think it is their right to drive at any speed above the limit that they consider ok, yet deny the right to other NZ drivers to travel at a speed under the limit (and I mean within reason, not snail pace) that they think us safe for them. The main highways in this country are so bad, single lane each way outside of the motorways, with little to no separation between directions and few passing lanes (which many drivers simply cannot handle anyway) that all most are doing in roaring past at 110 plus is racing up behind the next car that is going to slow them down again and defeat the whole purpose of the above speed limit overtaking anyway. Of course bad things will never happen to people like HSV325 because they are such superb drivers, eh?

          • HSV325

            Disagree bad things do happen. I lost my licence for 3 months 4 years ago for speeding demerit points. Lesson learned and now I don’t go over the threshold in force at the time.

          • yossarian

            Fair enough, I acknowledge your point. My beef is that kiwi drivers seem to think they should be able to drive at any speed they like simply because they can (ie, have the horsepower) but consider it also their right to decry those traveling at -and I do mean AT – the limit, and even worse those driving under it, as somehow interfering with their rights. As I said, with the generally crap roads we have in this country usually the time you save by blowing past at 110 plus is nothing because right in front of you there is yet another law abiding citizen to hold you up.

          • HSV325

            My point I guess is the road between Auckland and Hamilton would be one of the best in the country with dual lane so stick to the left if you aren’t going to drive at the limit in force. Now if I was going to Whangarei that’s a different story! With eternal roadworks you have to drive to the conditions and not a lot of places to do over 100km/h

          • BlitzkriegNZ

            The roads are fine, it’s just that most drivers are useless, especially when they get in my way!

          • Dave

            I agree wit hBlitz, 99% of raods in NZ are fine, its terrible drivers, and slow drivers who dont keep left and in turn impeed the flow of traffic. A couple of examples:

            A few years back, i travelled Palm Nth to Constellation drive every 2nd weekend for a few months. Google says, 534 Km and 6.5 hours non stop. I would try and leave the Fairway S/Stn at 6pm after fuelling up, and even with a 10 min stop halfway, mostly was at home with a cuppa before midnight. Fastest trip, was when it was a very stormy and wet night the entire length of the country, the beauty was very other traffic, and at night, its easier to pass as you can see the clear road in front easily.

            Similarly, Wesport to the Commodore hotel Chch in a storm, i managed that just over 3.5 hours. Very little traffic, night time, and a very good car to pilot.

            Its not dangerous to travel at the speed limit, and be in control of the vehicle.

          • I.M Bach

            I lost my license for demerits in late 2007, the usual 3 month deal. Did it change my driving/riding speeds? Not a bit. If I see a safe place to sit on the ‘sweet spot’ of a modern machine then I’ll do it. That’s usually about 120-130kph. If it’s raining you’ll be lucky to see me topping the limit though, it’s about driving to the conditions and if I get a ticket for speeding on a straight stretch of road in the middle of nowhere or on an empty motorway, in the sunshine, then so be it. It means and proves nothing despite what the road-side lecturer would have you believe.

          • TonyM

            As long as they keep left and don’t speed up in the passing lanes!

          • Dave

            I am a considerate driver, I will pull over and let any motorists past. However, I’m also a quick driver, travelling just over the limit mostly, and i do not like slowing for corners etc, my car is equipped to handle most situations, they are very well maintained, and i have the experiance to handle the driving (I believe) The thing, is to always have an out, an escape route if things go pear shape.

            Now, where in the road code, or police manual does it say its other motorists job to slow the average speed by travelling under the limit, or by denying others an opportunity to pass.

            PS: The most frustrating drive ever was round east cape, oh so many terrible drivers and super slow vehicles, and the roads whilst bumpy, were not too bad.

        • pisces8284 .

          I refuse to pull over if they are tail gating me though

          • They are tailgating you because you won;t get out of the freakin’ way.

            The road code clearly states that it is YOU who is in the wrong with that attitude.

          • Wendy

            Booo!

          • I.M Bach

            If somebody is on your backside it’s highly likely they want to pass you. Some consideration please.

          • Michelle

            Had someone tailgate us at night and we were doing the speed limit of 80kms so waited for passing lane and they took off and then we come across same car pulling over a young driver who took up the challenge and got pinged for it
            Bit annoyed the police were baiting people in an unmarked car and then had them pass us again and then do a u turn at Wellsford and head off back towards Warkworth

          • I.M Bach

            It happens a lot. I was on my bike trailing a camper van and a Commodore sedan near Nelson one beautiful summer’s afternoon; we came to a passing lane and the sedan didn’t move from behind the camper. I was wary thinking he might pull out on me as I was overtaking so I gunned it, passed the pair of them while hugging the centreline to give my left more room in case he did pull out and guess what? I got pinged for speeding during the overtaking maneuovre.

          • Wendy

            “Keep left unless overtaking”.

          • pisces8284 .

            Driving over the Rimutakas there is only one lane and you always get some idiot who wants to drive over it too fast. If you didn’t slow down for corners there you would be over the edge pretty quickly. There are places where you can pull over so people can pass and I usually do, not if they tailgate me though

          • TonyM

            Try that elsewhere in the world and you’ll wonder what hit you.

            Europeans have zero tolerance for this and it goes to horn, high beams and waving of arms in about 2 seconds

            Police over there don’t target instanteous speed only average and traffic cops come down hard on people who pass on the left, are in a right lane not passing and not observing following distance (biggest sin on the autobahn and will cost you a lot if you are caught)

            Yes I know they drive on the other side I’ve change it to make sense in NZ terminology.

      • HSV325

        Actual mate. 95 km/h in the fast lane is an annoyance if you like to drive. If they were doing 100km/h I’d just wait until I could pass safely and wouldn’t have even posted. Under the 10k threshold I have never been given a ticket so I don’t consider I’m breaking the law and I always used to set my cruise at 108K

        • Asian_driver

          if you set your cruise at 108 then your actual speed is about 100 so no suprise you dont get too many tickets

          • HSV325

            I checked it with a GPS actual is 107 which was surprisingly accurate

          • Dave

            Mine is identically out, but we always set our speed (cruise) control using the GPS.

    • Yeahright

      I agree, I drove about 1000 km over the holidays and the drivers causing the most problems where caused by slow drivers, this testing the patience of some people who in turn did crazy passing.
      It wasn’t the speeders, most sat on 100km, it was the 80-90km drivers.

      • xennex

        Most people need to calibrate their speedos with their GPS phone. I had a Toyota company car which would show 122 kph at a true 100 kph. (And the other Toyota company car showed 120 kph @ 100 kph, so it wasn’t a single faulty speedo.)
        The rest of the people drive slow because they are not confident.

    • Pete

      I firmly believe the problem on the roads is that the maximum speed limit just isn’t fast enough, it may sound quick, but 100 Kph is in fact, just 61 MPH…..my 1973 Mini 850 would do that! People feel so comfortable at this pace, they drift off into a world of their own and have no idea they share the road with people who know what they are doing ! The maximum speed limit needs increasing, and Police need to start busting these rolling road blocks with an instant $1000 fine, and 60 day ban, at least that way, these idiots might just start concentrating, or duck into the inside lanes as their ineptitude and lack of concentration…and fear gives them the wind up!

  • Trashley

    The surname Brown is on track to becoming synonymous with unaffordable train sets.

    http://www.santacruzsentinel.com/general-news/20150106/brown-on-high-speed-rail-we-can-afford-it

    “Brown has made the project one of his highest priorities, investing
    considerable political capital in what he sees as an important part of
    his leadership legacy.” – I suppose one major difference here is Len Brown has no political capital left to invest… in anything.

    • Platinum Fox

      And in Jerry Brown’s case an irrelevant train set.
      Thirty years ago San Francisco and Los Angeles were linked by [effectively] shuttle flights by a number of airlines which offered departures every half hour. In two years of monthly return trips, I don’t think I ever returned to SF on the flight that I was booked on as if you completed your business in LA early (or had a quick run on the freeway) you could always turn up at the gate and have an excellent chance on standby for an earlier flight.
      A three hour train ride as an alternative, no thanks. Smallish jets (B737s or A320s) with frequent departures are a far superior option.

  • Uptheante

    NZ Herald great at breaking news once again, homepage has the below article as 4th story down from the top. Quick google of the company involved and it lists all these other news site reporting this story as far back as May last year. Slow news day maybe or incompetent journos

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11383169

  • Disinfectant

    Listening to Radio Live about 6.30 am this morning and the host was saying his friend Jim Salinger was telling him that global warming of 4 degrees would happen.

    • rantykiwi

      And we wonder why Jim was let go by NIWA……

      • Huia

        Cant take to the new weather man on tv0ne, my husband always like to watch the weather and I now have to leave the room as I cant understand what the new blokes saying.

        • Greg M

          I’m getting used to the guy. I think he will be okay.

    • Pete

      indeed it does, when the sun comes up every morning !

    • Effluent

      I wonder if in his case, Jim is short for Jeremiah…..

    • Alright

      I know Jim. He is a fruit-loop.

    • OneTrack

      Did Salinger say when, and which model he is referencing?

    • Isherman

      I’ve no doubt it might eventually, just like it did last time the earth emerged from an Ice age, and as it will when we eventually get a bit closer to the big nuclear reactor in the middle of the solar system.

      • dgrogan

        Global warming is a reality. What is bogus, is the science that supports the excessive CO2 emissions gospel, according to the Greens.

  • kiwibattler

    Had the misfortune to hear Jessica Williams’ ‘Picnic with a politician’ on Radio Live the other day with Clayton Cosgrove. Now Jessica is the political editor and she summed up her thoughts of the difference between left-wing and right-wing as “The right being all about power and how to keep it at all costs whilst the left is about leading with principle’………no bias there then!

    • Nigel_F

      Have to laugh when you realise she got it back to front.

    • Yeahright

      My differences; Right, If the country does better, the people will. Left, the people do better, the country will. Problem about lefts’s is that people are greedy, take and take, and take without giving back. ( Social Welfare)

      • jude

        I agree with you on that. I think the right wing encourage success and celebrate achievement. Policies focus on empowering the individual through education,health and tax relief/incentives.
        The left try to encourage success by redistribution of wealth rather than the means of creating your own wealth.Their policies focus on taxing more and redistribution through welfare.
        Those policies don’t encourage growth

        • Moonroof

          Eloquently put. Enforced redistribution does not reward achievement, so why try?

          • jude

            I do not think the left have any knowledge really of how the economy works both within NZ and in the wider global sense.
            The left therefore rely on trying to make New Zealanders engage in the politics of greed and envy.
            They use words to encourage those emotions, like, “rich pricks’, “tory capitalists”,etc how the right wing are “uncaring”.
            The fact that New Zealand is so small, there are not enough “rich pricks” to tax to death to pay for their Utopia.
            That “rich prick” top tax rate caught a lot of middle income earners out.
            I don’t think people will forget those Clark/Cullen years easily.

          • Michelle

            How many from the left have or do run a business and how many of them have succeeded if they have done so?
            They just seem to have no idea how the economy works

          • jude

            I would suggest that many would not be able to balance a budget! The concept of including a line in that budget called, “saving” would be foreign to them. As would be,” going without” and only buying when the money is in the bank.!
            There is a reliance on spending everything ,pay packet to pay packet and the Government will pick up the rest.
            It irritates me so much when people talk as if the Government is some magic fairy that conjures up money for them to spend.

          • Disinfectant

            I have always thought that a good reality tv programme would be to get a few Socialists and/or Politicians together and get them to set up a business from scratch and see how they get on.
            And to make it realistic they would have to start out by risking an equal amount of money to that which they would also borrow from the bank to emulate real life.
            I would be glued to the box watching this one.

          • Michelle

            l totally agree, they couldn’t be left in charge of anything and they want to get their hands on our economy
            The only place for them is in opposition

    • Pete

      What probing, deep, insightful questions did she ask Cosgrove? What’s his fave meal?, or who’s his fave pop star! .or something equally as inept!

      Radio Lives latest jingle goes something like “Grown ups are dumb, and nasty, vote Labour Labour Labour…..and green.!

    • Cadwallader

      It is obvious this dim wit sat in the same class as Bradford and Smalley. Blatant lefty bigotry!

    • She can talk about principles…oh don’t make me laugh…that story is for another day.

      • Sooty

        You tease,you!

  • Isherman

    New Zealand wants to get some movement on reform of the Veto system of the SC members, yeah, good luck with that.

  • pisces8284 .

    Tomatoes, strawberries, new potatoes, courgettes, lettuce, cucumber, spring onions, spinach and broccoli out the garden. The good life right there

    • I had slow cooked lamb shanks left over from a lamb I bumped a few weeks back for Christmas dinner. Delicious. Unfortunately I was away from home so the veges were store brought.

      • Isherman

        A good thing for you, the price of shanks in the stores is damn near prohibitive nowdays..

  • kiwihornplayer

    Who is out of sync with who? I recall several months ago some serious discussion about raising the speed limits on many of our highways and how it would be perfectly safe to do so where road conditions suited. The Police now seem to have torpedoed that idea with the help of the AA who spoke out in favor of higher speeds at the time.

  • Warren Murray

    James Kelly Smith (19) of Springlands, appeared at the Blenheim District Court yesterday after being stopped on December 2 when he was clocked driving at 167kmh in a 100kmh zone.

    The police officer stopped Smith on State Highway 83 at Kurow, near Oamaru after he noticed him approaching from behind at high speed, before pulling into the right-hand lane to pass him, the court heard.

    Smith told the officer he was in a hurry to get to Queenstown and had no idea what speed he was going because he was looking at the road.

    A fines report was completed yesterday, showing Smith had nearly $8000 owing.

    Judge Jan Kelly sentenced Smith to 150 hours’ community work to be served on top of 13.5 hours he had outstanding from another 105-hour sentence.

    Once that was completed his $7712 worth of fines would be remitted, she said.

    On the charge of driving at a dangerous speed, Smith was disqualified from driving for six months.

    Judge Kelly did not impose further community work on the charge, saying she had accounted for it in the 150 hours’ community work she imposed in place of fines.

    “It’s quite a lot of hours but you have just got to get on and do them and then your fines will be remitted and it will give you a chance to get out of the system,” she said.

    This judge sure has extended a digit toward the Police, hasn’t she?

    What sort of a ratbag amasses nearly $8,000 in fines, by the age of 19? After being caught doing such high and dangerous speed, and having so much owing, why wasn’t the car forfeit?

    Does he need his eyes checked? Evidently he thought nothing of passing a police car at such a dangerous speed, what does that say about Smith’s judgement?

    Judge Kelly has valued Smith’s 163 hours of community service at over $47 an hour ($98,110 per annum, net). I wonder what valued service he actually performs?

    While many other drivers will have to pay their fines for infringements during the holidays, Smith doesn’t. I’m sure he has learned a lesson from this.

    The Police should appeal.

    – Marlborough Express

    • jude

      I don’t see the point of speed limits and laws if ,when they are broken, the penalty is a slap on the wrist with a wet bus ticket.
      There is a gap between the intent of legislation and the penalties being handed down by Judges.
      There should be maybe less ability for Judges to dream up their own sentences ?

    • I.M Bach

      Obviously 167kph isn’t as dangerous as 101. Excuse my sarcasm but this sort of madness in the courts grinds my gears and needs to stop.

    • Nige.

      sheesh. I hope he stays out of Blenheim permanently.

  • Wasapilot

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=1BzU1sYPjzo

    One for Greg M. A few laughs to be had after the credits. Filmed in Timor.

  • I.M Bach
  • Don’t speak about Helen like that.

  • Gaynor

    Al Qaeda develops new, ‘undetectable’ bomb?

    This is scary stuff …especially when they print instructions on how to use common items to make these undetectable bombs.. Bit different from the local Catholic mags…

    http://video.foxnews.com/v/3974531875001/al-qaeda-develops-new-undetectable-bomb/?intcmp=HPBucket&playlist_id=922779230001#sp=show-clips

  • Sooty

    Oh to be able to read the post that I have not seen before, instead of having to read them all over again. It all adds up to more than the allotted 8 min!

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