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  • willtin

    It’s a nice feeling having broken my bonds as a ratepayer of Auckland.

    • Cadwallader

      Too right. I got home tonight to hear Larry Williams speaking to the future mayor of AKL on Mr Goof. (He denies he is campaigning.) The topic; more dreary bickering about AKL’s future transport needs. If you live away form AKL who could be bothered?

      • Nige.

        Goff lapped it up…without lapping it up. He was ga ga wasnt he.

    • Eiselmann

      Escaped three months ago to the central North Island …the land of great internet and buying a house for 10 percent of the price you’d pay in Auckland….and best of all no Len…..

      • willtin

        South Waikato here – Fibre at the gate, we just have to link it to the house. Water&waste is included in rates; which is why they might appear out of kilter to SuperCityites

        • conwaycaptain

          S Waikato, a good house for 180k a mansion of 250k.
          Sewerage, water all in the rates. and we have one of the lowest per capita debts in the country.
          Rubbish bags $1 per bag and collections every week and recycling bi weekly.
          Drive to anywhere at the speed limit and parking GREAT and huge parking spaces in the town (Putaruru)

  • corporate refugee

    Did you ever wonder what became of the blond singer in Abba? Apparently she kind of went a bit reclusive and shunned the spotlight and the media. But then recently she did her first live performance in about 30 years, for a charity show. She’s not bad for 65 years old.

    • sandalwood789

      She looks great!

  • kayaker

    I see Meteria is still her toxic self – the season of goodwill has had no effect. http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11390874

    • Cadwallader

      ‘warped, outrageous and deeply offensive.” That is her description of JK. Delightful creature. Her description would ideally attach to her own party and its world view.

      • kayaker

        She obviously has not caught on to the fact that this kind of talk went nowhere with voters. Long may she continue on her silly, train wreck path.

    • Isherman

      On telly she was dribbling on about the PM having “classic third term-itis”, ROFL, what the hell would she know about that, haha, not something I think she will ever have to worry about suffering either….
      As an aside, I still maintain Andrew Little is really unclear in his speaking, its got to be a real issue for him I think.

      • Tom

        She’d know quite a lot about thirds

      • Richard

        Well she was a third year fifth former.

      • Dave

        She knows a lot about thirds…… third rate parties…… third party for her, McGuillicudy Serious, Legalize Cannabis party, yup, the Greens are her third party, no further to fall now. In 2008, she lost the seat she contested in Dunedin north, yes, THIRD again. She has has in fact lost every electorate she has ever stood in, and she is a confirmed as a Trollop, yes, she is a founding member of the Random Trollops Performance Art Troupe. It seems, every bill she has drawn up, has been defeated.

        A comedian could write such stuff, its all there on Wiki. Almost forgot, she was raised in Palmerston North, enough said there…….

        • Isherman

          Please..stop..my cheeks are starting to hurt…

          • Dave

            The joke is, its all true. could go on even more with half an hour on the internet, and a call to my sister (who knew her at school)

        • Don W

          Meteria would not survive in a “Green world” Would not like living in a cave and foraging for food. She wants to be Queen of the castle living opulently off the wealth stolen from the serfs which the serfs have created . She has the castle,She lives opulently and contributes nothing.

      • Cowgirl

        The fix is obviously in for the next 3 years – arrogance and third termitis will be things we’ll be hearing a lot now from the opposition parties and their media pets as they desperately try to claw an election win back.

      • kayaker

        His diction and delivery is very poor, muffled. Not engaging at all. I think he’s on a hiding to nothing.

  • no bullswool

    Just watched Andrew Little on TV news regarding John Key no show at Ratana. Brilliant impersonation of ‘Steptoe and Son’ in contrast followed by a statemanlike appearance of John Key with a dash of humour thrown in.What were they thinking making such an unlikeable man their leader!! Great for a laugh and many more to come!!

  • Nige.

    Auky answered last nights question with:

    “The previous occupants of the room had loaded up the top of the ceiling fan blades with a mixture of french chalk and confetti”

    What pranks have you pulled or had pulled on you or have heard of?

    • Odd Ball

      This is from a while ago, it’s a comedian winding up a telemarketer.

    • Was told about this by the prankster: Put a small CD player on top of the suspended ceiling in an office above the boss’ chair. Adjusted the volume so you could only JUST make something out if it was totally quiet. Any ambient noise would drown it out. Whole office was in on it, so whenever the boss asked “can you hear music?”, co-workers would “try” to hear something and then go, “nope, nothing. Why?”. Drove the guy bananas for weeks before they let him off the hook.

    • Wasapilot

      As officer cadets in the RNZAF many years ago, we used to spend a fair bit of time in our mess bar. One night, one of our team got fall down drunk. We made a bed up for him in the middle of the sports field at Wigram, took him out to the bed and tucked him in. It can get a little cool in the middle of winter, especially on those frosty nights, which this one was. He woke up at around 6am with mild hypothermia. Those of us involved in the prank got two weeks loss of privilages. Was it worth it, oh yeah.

      • Bill Hanna

        Reminds me of the Otago Uni prank of dressing an “incapable”mate in pyjamas and driving him out the main road near Cherry Farm Mental hospital. They had to stop after a couple of them nearly died from hypothermia as no drivers would pick them up as they tried to hitch back into town.

      • Nige.

        i once “piked out” at a mates place who happened to to live next to the shell garage in Stoke, Nelson. My older ‘mates’ Dion and Wade lifted me up on the couch i was crashed out on and out through the lounge rooms double doors and up the steep driveway and placed me down on the garage forecourt (of whom they presumable had gotten to know the attendant quite well) and left me there apparently from 11pm until 1am. As i was only about 15 and they were 18 they decided that they had better bring me in before going to bed themselves. i didnt wake thought the whole ordeal.

    • Bill Hanna

      Some students I knew taped a fish under the desk of a hostel mate. He actually left Universtity al together after a couple off weeks.

    • Tom

      Put 200grams of stickon wheel weights on the boss’s right front wheel before a long drive once.

      • stanace

        Once worked in a laboratory, tested large winchester samples of railcars which contained benzene. A large consignment came in, and the evil team leader said he would take possession of them all when we finished testing them.We knew he would use them instead of petrol, we all did.
        We were so p***d off, we substituted the benzene with styrene, they are both clear like water.
        His car only made it a mile down the road before the styrene solidified to polystyrene. Required a new engine!

    • Tom

      Used to sign my buddy up to Burger fuel propaganda every time we were in burger fuel store (thinking he’d get a load of junk mail), which was often as I lived in an apartment across the road (uni). Told him a while later, turns out he was getting a free ‘birthday burger’ every couple of weeks!

    • Richard

      We had a serial prankster on one job site.

      One day he filled up the roofers boots with silicone after he had left them at the bottom of the ladder to climb onto the roof.

      The prankster thought he had killed it, until lunch time rolled around and he found the roofer had layed a solid turd in his lunchbox right next to his sandwiches.

      • Nige.

        totally justified response. Someone i worked with in sydney told me his boss siliconed his esky lid closed in the morning so that by lunchtime is was glued shut.

        Nick responed the next day by siliconing the bosses ute door closed. Carpenters in sydney always drive brand new or near new commodores as im sure you know.

    • ex-JAFA

      “Friends” put some offal in the gear selector of my car. I had to pull the thing to bits weeks later when the stench got too much and I could see where the maggots were coming from.

    • Aucky

      Thinking back it was probably talcum powder & not french chalk but the effect was just as dramatic!

    • peterwn

      A certain Student Association president went to drive home and found four 44 gallon drums under his Mini wheels. He was not amused and tried to call the cops only to find the pay phone had been temporarily disabled.

      • 1951

        My sister was a proud owner of a mini which she bought brand new in the 60ies. She was also a Piper in the Timaru Ladies Pipe Band. She went to drive home one evening after a tough days competition& socializing, only to find her baby car had been picked up from the street-side park and placed in the gate way of a driveway next to it…..longways i.e. could not drive forward or backward due to fence. Cruel prank !!!

        • Dave

          We did that to a teacher at our High School in Palmerston North, she had a Fiat Bambina, took 8 of us to lift it and place it there. We also placed potato plugs n the principals Peugeot 405’s exhaust pipes. Thankfully it was our last day of school, we were out of there.

          • Hakaru

            A teacher at our school in a small town in Canada had a small Renault. We went out after school one day and lifted it onto the large snowbank from plowing the snow. We watched from a house across the street while he proceeded to shovel the snow from the front and back. Car was not coming down though as we had placed it over a fire hydrant. He finally had to get two towtrucks to come and lift it off. He never did find out who did it otherwise our marks might have not been as good.

          • Mags

            I loved my fiat bambina. I spray painted it blue. My first car.

      • Dave

        Along the same lines as Aucky’s one from last night. A friend was getting married, and asked if he could leave his car in our workshop so no one could “get at it” we agreed, but goodness knows why he trusted us. as arranged we put the car in our yard behind the workshop on the sunday morning after the wedding, jacked the back axle up, and carefully placed blocks under the axles at each side so it looked as if the wheels were on the ground. another mate wired some old meat to the exhaust, and filled the hubcaps with small stones, and the girls placed confetti in the air vents, got into their bags and placed confetti and other bits and pieces in the bags. We also put a few strings of tin cans on the back of the car.

        Anyway…. they got back, jumped in the car, and proceeded to go nowhere, suddenly it slipped off the blocks, and they were away. We heard they stopped every 5 km or so to remove another of our pranks!

        • jonno1

          Someone put confetti in the air vents of my car on our wedding day, except it wasn’t confetti, it was chads from punch cards (yeah, I know, it was a long time ago…) so a lot smaller. Took years to work its way out.

      • jonno1

        Did that to a lecturer once many moons ago, except it was a bigger car (a Falcon maybe). He wasn’t at all fazed, a great sport, so we took it down again. Can’t remember how many students it took to lift it, but it was a lot!

    • Nechtan

      Best one I can think off, one of the lads was having a bit of a feud with one of the other lads. He “borrowed” a large forklift and lifted up the guys car and moved it to an area where some shipping containers were stacked. Then proceeded to stack the containers around the car so it wasn’t visible. Missing car guy reports car stolen. A week or so later a chopper is flying over the containers and reports back to HQ why is there a car in the middle of these containers?

      • Nige.

        i was asked to visit my mate at work while he was on the nightshift to give him some company as he was working at the mussel factory alone cleaning the floor (???-I know. man card, right-???)

        He said “get on the front of the forklift and ill lift you up and you can see the whole of town from up there”

        Well…Brendyn took me three stages up and then jumped of the forklift…then he started spraying the concrete where we were outside with the fire hose. He then proceeded to DO BACKWARDS DONUTS while i was up there!!!

        I learned that night that i could scream.

    • Dave

      Mates years ago were identical twins, their own mum had trouble telling them apart and at school their teachers had no hope. Around 16 they were dating, and yes, one twin decided to wear his twin’s favourite shirt and take his GF out. I cant print the results of that date, but the aftermath and bickering lasted a long time.

  • Jimmie

    Just saw that big blaze in the US that burnt down the apartment block. They said that the apartment building had been built with a lightweight timber frame which caused the fire to burn like crazy.

    Was thinking of the Green’s mad scheme for wanting to build high rise apartment buildings with timber and how many lives will be endangered if this ever occurs.

    • ex-JAFA

      They’d be well pleased. Remember they want to drastically reduce the human population.

    • peterwn

      There has been no concern about a certain four storey wooden commercial building in Wellington which is used by many people each day.
      A multi storey wooden building is OK as long as:
      1. It is lined with gib board – which is fire resistant.
      2. There is a sprinkler system (the building I referred to has one).

  • Sooty

    Police are losing more goodwill in New Plymouth by ticketing and fining cyclist riding on the foreshore walkway. $55 fine for no helmet. Police reckon it is classed as roadway, even thou it goes no where near the road. They arrested and carted an offender off to the police station. The trouble was that the gentleman was out cycling with his 11yr old daughter who was left on the side of the walkway by her self.

    • peterwn

      The definition of ‘road’ for Land Transport Act purposes is very wide, and includes beaches, etc.

      The ‘gentleman’ should not have kicked up a big stink or try to deceive the police – those are the only reasons he would have been arrested. There is a valid point though, since the girl was under 14 the police should have ensured she was cared for and not left her alone.

      I assume the actual situation was as you indicated.

  • niggly

    Been listening to a couple of commercial radio news bulletins today (including Checkpoint)

    Sad to hear Metiria Turei being all negative at Ratana and whinging about John Key. For goodness sake, articulate a positive vision for kiwis Metiria – both Maori and Pakeha etc – rather than engage in dirty attack politics. Who wants to listen to a negative whinging whiner?

    Then I hear TVNZ news promos on the radio about them showing pictures of the Carterton balloon tragedy, ie.. “the photos that the photographer didn’t want released”, as if it’s the photographer who is in the wrong. I wonder how the MSM journos would feel if it was one of their sons or daughters that died that day and then to hear other MSM media crowing about showing the photos of terrified people that are about to die a most awful death. Rather sickening, but hey that’s the MSM for you.

    • Wasapilot

      The gweens still haven’t worked out that the voters don’t like negative campaigning. These fools will keep this up for the next 3 years, then after ending up in another meaningless oposition predicament, not refelecting on why yet again, they are irrelevant.

      • STAG

        Ah the circle of life. So satisfying.

        • willtin

          From Ashes, to some green s**t, to Ashes. Did I miss something?

        • cows4me

          So true.

      • caochladh

        I know its all about “democracy”, but it still toasts my muffins that we have to pay through the nose to have these cretins beat us over the head with their nonsense.

    • wooted

      I thought it was about time our leaders stopped sucking up to a small indigenous group every year.

      Maybe JK has an important prior appointment on February 6th, like he has to have his hair cut in Melbourne or something

      • Nige.

        i was just saying to a work mate today how it is one thing to admire a culture….but when that becomes getting down on your hands and knees and groveling to them that is a completely different story.

        • Reaper

          One certainly loses any admiration when forced to grovel for too long.

    • ozbob68

      Yep, the Greens shirty that JK doesn’t grovel up to them on their turf, rather that he is representing NZ and being asked to speak to show how NZ is doing so well on the world stage. Very diplomatic of Little to say so as well, that could come back to bite him at potential coalition discussions.

    • Dairy_Flat

      Turei is a green; positivity is an alien concept to the melons.

    • Dave

      Think of it from her perspective. JK is the most popular PM in NZ history, she and her elk have no chance of improving their position, labour are a little hostile towards them with Little ruling the roost, Wussel is missing in action, she has nothing to smile about!

    • Mags

      Green an appropriate colour for her. Green with envy.

  • STAG

    I am disgusted to see the media have had their way and the Carterton ball accident photos have been released.

    Why? They serve no purpose other then to provide conformation that it was horrible, horrible way to die.

    The families have already seen them but I didn’t want to.

    • ozbob68

      And the photog who took them was basically robbed by TVNZ via the coroner. Doesn’t really send a great message to anyone with evidence to submit it to the authorities, would be better to delete it and deny everything.

      • STAG

        I know, where are his property rights in all of this? They were requested by the coroner, he doesn’t own the rights to them so why is he able to facilitate their release against the owner’s wishes?

        • metalnwood

          Exactly, when the coroner was finished with them there was no need for the photos, there was no public interest to override the rights of the owner.

          • Asian_driver

            so the Coroner dot.comed them

  • Alright

    Keep in mind Ratana is just another secterian religion. Like….um…

    • STAG

      Move along, nothing to see here…

    • mommadog

      The old days version of the modern Destiny Church perhaps? Except it has lasted longer and probably had better intentions i.e.not just making the head preacher rich.

      • 1951

        So why is it imperative for all& sundry in Parliament to turn up to Ratana on an annual basis? Other churches that do wonderful work in support for different peoples in our society providing Rest Homes, Private Hospitals & care for the down&outs, don’t seem to demand such attention to perform what they feel is necessary. Todays performance is as in every other year, seems patronizingly close to the carry-on on Wai-tangi Day. Time for us to challenge this as well, I think.

        • Don W

          I think it is called appeasement, which seems to be rife these days.

    • LesleyNZ

      Yes thought that too – especially when Little Andy said that the Ratana prophet endorsed the Labour Party (or said something like that) all those years ago. I think Little Andy might have been bit annoyed that he was not treated as a special VIP today (unlike Gareth Morgan) so he gave Ratana a bit of a serve.Winston on the other hand got it so right today. On talkback (Leighton’s show) a Maori guy called up and said that the problem with the Ratana church is that when Ratana died they took their eyes off Jesus and elevated Ratana. And Heather DP – don’t think John Key would have been disappointed at all. http://tvnz.co.nz/national-news/gareth-morgan-john-key-under-fire-ratana-6222835

      • metalnwood

        I dont know anything about Ratana but I read the part about the prohpet.. I dont believe much in modern day prophets.

        Having said that, there are the Maori prophets that get it bang on when they predict money will be coming their way shortly after finding a tanewha..

    • SlightlyStrange

      I was pleased to hear some comment on the 3news report tonight about how perhaps Key had it right, and perhaps the politicians should stop going, that the ratana people might appreciate that – making it a celebration, rather than a political statement again.
      I’d appreciate it not taking up a weeks news leads every year!

  • Nige.

    HUH! I think Mastodon may be a Christian band.

    If you can stomach the sound (lyrics are provided on screen) I would really be interested in your interpretation.

    (im counting on YOU EWWBL, Isherman, B.O, cowgirl etc)

    • willtin

      Writing as I listen.

      I thought the band my son is in, ‘Masses’ had a Christian bent. Then I listened to
      abattoir.

    • Isherman

      There was a Christian metal band in the 80’s called Mastedon, with an ‘e’, didnt last long. This one’s not rerally doin much for me, but I found one the other day you may just appreciate, not sure if youve seen it, a good ol Slayer cover…with Banjo.

      • Nige.

        the bridge at 1:50 ha ha priceless!

      • Nige.

        i have to admire Pete. He suffers for me by sharing delicate little gems like this one as he comes across them.

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YD-1fBWHioA

        • Disinfectant

          Absolute rubbish!

    • willtin

      Being partly deaf, from music, motorbikes and industry; I grooved to the music, I didn’t understand a word (well, maybe one or 2)

    • BloodyOrphan

      I think calling them Christian is taking it a bit to far, they do seem to be about hope and connection to the human psyche.

    • EveryWhichWayButLeft

      Nothing wrong with the sound Nige! There’s plenty of good Mastodon tunes.

      I wouldn’t have interpreted this as a Christian song, just the usual formula of lyrics with anything in the alt./heavy genre.

      As for the band being Christian [not that I think that matters], apart from their second album (Leviathan) there’s nothing overt that I have noticed – in fact I think it’s actually about Moby Dick from memory.

      • Nige.

        yes and “blood mountain” is one of the best examples of a metal concept album. Once you know the story it plays like a movie score.

    • Nechtan

      Billy Connolly nails the whole “Christian Rock” thing

      (warning language Its Billy after all)

  • Richard

    Went out for a round of golf today……anyone want some free golf clubs.

    • willtin

      I hold a couple of course records. 212 for 18 holes is one of them.

      • Richard

        In our yearly builders tournament there is always a prize for “the most golf” everyone’s a winner.

      • Are you sure you weren’t 10 pin bowling?

        • willtin

          Pauatahanui Course ca. 1991. One did have to aim to avoid the sheep grazing.

          • LabTested

            I actually hit a ball backwards. Just nicked the top. gave it so much back spin it ended up a meter behind me.

          • Dave

            I once played a round at the Ekatahuna course, it was on a farm, and the greens were the equivalent of others roughs, and before playing, one was advised to move the sheep.

      • Nechtan

        My one and only game 13 hits just to get on the 1st green (a par 3 apparently) followed by 6 shots to get it in the hole. Not my strong point.

    • Alright

      Laugh out loud funny.

      …Just put them on TradeMe…

      • Don W

        Depends on whether or not they are still in serviceable condition.:)

        • Richard

          One story at the club goes that there was once a member who at the end of a particularly bad round threw his clubs one by one and then the bag and trundler into the lake never to return again.

          • Don W

            After your bad day, It did cross my mind , your clubs ending up in a lake.

    • Chris Chitens

      Grandfather had serious anger issues and thankfully only ever took them out on his golf clubs. Nan saw him storm into the shed once and when she wandered over he had put his driver in a vice and was hacksawing it and spitting at it.

    • ozbob68

      You know what it’s called “golf”? because all the other good four letter words were taken.

      • Wheninrome

        Gentlemen only ladies forbidden

    • Nige.

      what is it… something like “golf is best described as a good walk spoiled by a little ball”

      • Richard

        Yep, Mark Twain said ” golf is a good walk spoiled “.

    • metalnwood

      I never played golf for long enough periods to get very good at it but I did get a hole in one on the 14th par 3 at takapuna.

      I rang my dad to tell him as I got him back in to golf some 20 years ago. He was happy for me. Next time I was in his office I noticed he had four hole in one trophies…

    • cows4me

      Mr Richard you should come out for a round of fishing, stuff the golf, if you if wish to come Taranaki i have heaps of mates that love golf .

  • caochladh

    I wish I had this guy’s skills when running around the con-course. Something perhaps for all the WO BG2 participants to aspire to. ;-)

  • Nechtan

    I’ve posted this before but never mind its a classic.
    Its Friday evening and we can mellow out a bit.

    • willtin

      Unlimited ups.
      Probably my favourite classic.

    • Jafarma

      Yeah it’s good, but I just can’t bring myself to put it in front of Stairway to Heaven

  • LovetoTeach
    • JAFA Gazza

      Prefer mine….all Geeks should have one! :)

      • LovetoTeach

        Love it.
        Am looking for some T-shirts to lighten up Fridays at school. I’m a music teacher, so if anyone finds some fab music related t-shirts, please post a link :)

        • willtin

          I have bought several items, including T Shirts, from this site, They are genuine and generally good quality products.

          http://www.thinkgeek.com/product/c498/?srp=27

        • Greg M

          Hey good luck! My music teacher way back in the late 70’s was a real inspiration and we still keep in touch. I’m sure you will find what you need. :-)

      • Moonroof

        A coworker wears that. Great look for front of house with customers. Amusing but maybe don’t represent one’s employer wearing it. Private, yes, professional, yeah, nah.
        My shirt is plain black, a picture of Mohammed on a dark night. (edited

        • JAFA Gazza

          Bought mine at the Lumsden in Newmarket…where their staff wear various theemes of the same relating to Beer Hops etc…If you are working there…you will know me by the number of ciders I have bought! ;)

  • caochladh

    Woo-Hoo The latest from Rogue Morgan: “Today’s New Zealand Roy Morgan Poll shows National surging to 52% (up 6% since November 24-December 7, 2014); the highest support for National since June 2014. However, support for Prime Minister John Key’s Coalition partners has fallen with the Maori Party 1.5% (down 0.5%), Act NZ 1% (down 0.5%) although United Future is still on 0% (unchanged).
    Support for the main opposition Labour Party is at 26% (down 1%) and also down for the Greens 11% (down 1%) while NZ First is down 1% to 6%. For the parties outside
    Parliament the Conservative Party of NZ is 2% (down 0.5%) while the
    Internet-Mana Party alliance is at 0% (down 1%) and support for Independent/
    Others is 0.5% (down 0.5%).
    If a National Election were held now the latest New Zealand Roy Morgan Poll shows that National would win in a landslide and be able to govern in its own right.”

    • Disinfectant

      Call a snap election and biff MMP out for good.

    • 1951

      That’s a good Woo-Hoo moment. I like the ‘trending’ of the Greens. Nice, slow downward slide, just hope that’s the way they continue.

    • Chris EM

      Ha! This will make some already bitter people much more bitterer.

      • caochladh

        Even if National was on 82%, they would still be in denial.

        • Cadwallader

          How soon before Little Angry gets the chop? The unions must be pondering this about now.

          • caochladh

            I think the bitter left have found the perfect leader in bitter angry Andrew. With a bit of luck with all that bitterness in one place, they will self destruct.

          • Dave

            Its a bit like having a garden full of rotten cabbages, if you cut them out, there is nothing left – you starve! Who do they have to replace him? Robertson, well, he is on his third attempt, not a good look, gay etc etc. Jacinda, too young – aha, Welcome Kelvin Davis, stand up and be counted.

    • Dave

      YES!! Angry Andrew Little is achieving all his objectives – for National, Thanks Andy.

      Which reminds me, i would like to dedicate this song to Angry Andy, the two words together just make me smile. Oh look, the song title …….

      http://youtu.be/e5HkuhSEnPQ

  • mommadog

    Richard Lindzen is a man I can totally agree with. Beautiful hot day today but guess what – it’s summer. This is normal. The climate knows what it doing and I trust nature and the planet more than I trust the greenie alarmists and hypocritical Al Gore / Russell Norman types

    Climate change alarmists have been likened to a fanatical ‘cult’ by an MIT professor of meteorology.Dr Richard Lindzen told a Massachusetts-based radio station that people who believe in global warming are becoming more hysterical in their arguments.’As with any cult, once the mythology of the cult begins falling apart, instead of saying, oh, we were wrong, they get more and more fanatical,’ he said.
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2922553/Global-warming-believers-like-hysterical-cult-MIT-scientist-compares-climate-alarmists-religious-fanatics.html

    • Chris EM

      He’s hit the nail on the head with the cult thing.

    • Don W

      Back in the 60s at this time of the year it was school holidays, it would be haymaking time, we had great weather and it was hot and at night it would be hard to get to sleep. The greenies and climate scientist are too busy protecting the gravy train that they are in.

  • jonno1

    Tonight’s tipple is a Te Awa Left Field Merlot Malbec, a single-vineyard Hawkes Bay blend. Very fruity. Here’s a little tip: place your palm over the glass and swirl the wine around, then sniff the aroma. It’s amazing what flavours you can detect (even if you can’t name them).

    • sarahmw

      Vina Borgia nice wee Spanish red from northeast Spain. Fine Wine Dining Co. Never spend more than $20. Never had a bad tipple.

      • jonno1

        Don’t know that one, but I agree that price is not necessarily an accurate indicator of quality. The Villa Maria sales are a great time to stock up on ends-of-line or whatever. Sometimes it’s just a label change but with a huge drop in price.

    • Cadwallader

      I can smell it from here!

    • Moonroof

      Geoff Merrill Cabernet Shiraz 2009 (South Australia). Good tannins, some fruit, long finish, went well with med rare sirloin and sauteed shrooms. Yes, I did plate a salad too.

  • Dave

    And in very important news, breaking to the nation, wait for this, its true, i couldnt make this stuff up………

    “The director of Maori research coalition Nga Pae o Te Maramatanga, Tracey McIntosh, says its confirmation as sole contender to be the Maori centre of research excellence is an opportunity to consolidate what has been done so far and build Maori research capability for the future.

    Nga Pae, which includes all universities as well as wananga, museums and private research institutions, will now prepare a more comprehensive proposal for the Tertiary Education Commission.

    Associate Professor McIntosh says the threat of losing funding brought Maori academics together, and they have come up with a new distributed leadership proposal making the centre more national.

    “We’ll have a co-director model with Jacinta Ruru from the University of Otago as the co-director alongside myself. We will have deputy directors Emma Wyatt from Otago, Jamie Ataria from Lincoln. We have got the theme leaders, Linda Nikora from Waikato, Helen Moewaka Barnes from Massey so it is that breadth and that strength. And of course when we drill down well over 100 researchers committed to the programme. We will expect that to extend now as we go through into full proposal,” she says.

    Tracey McIntosh says the controversy over Nga Pae losing its previous CORE funding is that there is now dedicated funding for a Maori research centre.

    Yes, they might lose funding……. oky dokey…..

    1) Research for what, Maori in education, failure / success ratios, barriers to maori ?

    2) Funding for what – if its for Maori studies only, its racist.

    3) Funding from whom, from government, not my tax dollars please ??

    4) Co leaders, associates, yes that fits, more snouts to the trough.

    5) it never ceases to amaze me the entrepreneurial spirit and resourcefulness of these Maori academics in finding more troughs to support their means to find more to moan about. Why cant they do something productive or useful, like tackle the crime rate……. or ……..

    NB: I came across this whilst looking at info on the Green Co-leader. Article sourced from Waatea news – don’t go there, its all anti white fellas and anti national… http://www.waateanews.com/Waatea+News.html?story_id=ODcwMg%3D%3D&v=931#.VMBMUjf2PDM.facebook

    • caochladh

      It beggars belief that these mongrels continually want more and more from the people they hate. Why can’t they find funding from their “loved” ones and their treaty settlements, or do the holders of those purse stings recognise them for what they really are.

      • Don W

        It ‘s called hunting and gathering.

        • Bobb

          No….it’s called extortion.

          • dumbshit

            “McIntosh”—that would be a recipe for short arms and deep pockets

      • Dave

        Why? well didn’t another Maori trust just lose $50 mill the other day. yawn, its so easy to hold ones hand out and just ask for more! And they wonder where their people get that mentality from.

    • Cadwallader

      What on earth are they talking about? Maori research is different in what respects to other research? “100 researchers committed to the programme.” Eh? This is nothing more than a highly expensive gab-fest.

    • Greg M

      The whole thing does my head in Dave. The betterment of things for Maori is not even on their list of things to do, it’s all about them.

  • Isherman

    This one because I’ve got a bit of a thing for doing 70’s & 80’s on Friday nights..

    • Don W

      Wasn’t Billy Joel a successful golden glove boxer.?

      • Isherman

        Won 22 bouts on the amateur GG circuit I think it was.

        • Don W

          The ‘piano man’ , is a great song.

          • Isherman

            It is, but its pretty much the universal ‘go to’ song of his, so I chose something else that I remember liking as a kid.

    • Yeahright

      Billy Joel – the bridge was the first Album I brought. Still remember it and love it

      http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Bridge_(Billy_Joel_album)

      • Isherman

        Matter of Trust was one I liked from that album.

  • damm good thrashing

    Just because a man has $50 million dollars doesn’t guarantee he will make sensible comments.

    • Salacious Crumb

      Yep. There’s nothing more sanctimonious than a wealthy socialist.

    • Isherman

      For a wealthy white dude suggesting Te Reo be compulsory in schools, he should be first in line for some lessons, his oral performance with Maori at Ratana was just plain embarrassing.

      • Don W

        His oral performance with the Queens English isn’t that flash either.

        • Isherman

          I’ve heard the remark today that “he is Welsh of course”….

          • Don W

            Welsh or welch, to fail to pay ( a debt) or fulfill an obligation. His Kiwi saver was a poor performer.

  • Disinfectant

    The idea of taking water from Lake Tekapo to feed into the Opihi/Opuha catchment has been around for decades and has again been raised by William Rolleston of Federated Farmers.
    The Opihi/Opuha catchment headwaters drain from the eastern side of the Two Thumb Range. This range is mostly Greywacke. At the very foothills there is Limestone. Water on the Western side drains into the Waitaki Catchment. The waitaki in the Lower reaches flows through Limestone as well.
    The Local runanga opposes Lake Tekapo’s water from being diverted into the Opihi/Opuha catchment because it would be “mixing water with different mineral composition. But they haven’t opposed the Waitaki water from being used for irrigation on the lower Waitaki irrigation scheme. So what are they on about? Are they seeking to oppose so as they can collect a cheque?
    Engineering firm “URS New Zealand” prepared a report where they noted “… the proximity of a possible scheme to Maori Rock art and recommended a cultural impact assessment during any further investigation of the project.
    All this just beggars belief. I think we live in a world of absolute nutters who have
    ingratiated themselves into certain sections of Society thinking that they are the voice of reason. They are not.

    • Cadwallader

      In the 1970s the idea was mooted to siphon water from the Lake Tekapo into a relatively short canal plus a penstock through the Burkes Pass area and into the Opihi headwaters. Today with the creation of Lake Opuha it may be preferable to channel it into the Opuha. These decisions are for engineers and not for some non-qualified person who communicates with spooks.

      • Disinfectant

        A more recent design (late 90’s) saw it coming over Burkes Pass and then being diverted into both the Opihi and Tengawai catchments.
        For the bit going into the Opihi, a canal was then proposed to take it across Ashwick Flat to Lake Opuha.
        At one stage it progressed to the point where markers were driven into the ground where the canal was to go.

        • Cadwallader

          I understand from friends who live near Cave that the Tengawai isn’t flowing at all currently but there is obviously some bubble-up in places as there is the odd pool to swim in. Is the pub at Cave still known as the “Cave-Inn?”

          • Disinfectant

            Yes very low rainfall in South Canterbury. The Two Thumbs normally get rain from both the Northwest and Southerlies/Easterlies, but not this time. Lake Opuha is predicted to run dry in about three weeks.
            Can’t comment about the pub, but I remember it as being busy in the 60’s/70’s when the town had the railway, transport company, and a full blown Post Office.

    • Aucky

      I suspect that a rather large taniwha lives in the area but can be dealt with very effectively with a hefty dose of koha.

      • Disinfectant

        God help us all if it is the same one that resided in the Waikato a few years ago. He took some shifting that one.

        • Dave

          I believe he moved south, and is currently residing right under any proposed earthworks / damn. What whitey needs to do is propose all the earthworks, and wait for the whinges, the Maori artwork, and all the Tanawhai to come out of the woodwork along with the removal fees of tens of millions. Then produce “Plan B”and proclaim, well that’s good, as the Tanawhai and artwork wont be affected by this new plan.

          • MaryLou

            Yup. Time all Taniwha were forced to make their presence known – a full and final list of where they all live, and no chance for any more to be named.

        • Don W

          Did he go by the name “Underpants Morgan” The Tainui Taniwha.

    • 1951

      As kids our favourite swimming hole was at Hanging Rock. There is a cave with rock drawings there but well above flood levels. The others in that area are not near the Opihi or Taniwhai. I’m absolutely amazed there is a runanga to be concerned about the rock drawings. When living & growing up there in the 50s&60s it was my father & uncle that corralled the interest of Canterbury Museum to have them fenced off to protect from sheep.

      • Don W

        Good on your father and uncle for protecting these sights . I doubt that Iwi would have cared , too interested in feathering their own nests .”White man’ has probably done more to protect Indigenous things yet is constantly being criticized .

        • 1951

          The drawings are on the route that maori used to cross to the Westcoast for pounamu. They are treasures that have survived because they are in limestone caves or over-hangs.The thing I find amazing is the nearest Maori settlement would have been 20 miles away (long way to walk) and there was absolutely no interest or care by them when we were young.

  • caochladh

    This latest make over the Material Girl seems to have gone through makes her look more like the Korean dictator. Is she planning a coup…….

    • Don W

      Maybe Meteria and Kim jong Un are planning on eloping, they would make a good couple.;)

      • Wasapilot

        Very similar ideologies,, you maybe onto something with this.

        • Isherman

          Hate to admit it, but I think between the two of them Kim Jong Un is both smarter and more honest than she is, but they are both equally bourgeois.

          • caochladh

            Ah! But she has the child bearing hips which according to the latest research produce smarter children, so he may well be tempted…uuugh!

          • Sir Cullen’s Sidekick

            Vomiting is the only option left now…..

    • Dave

      I think she is in the running to replace Titiwhai in escorting JK onto the marae next year.

      • caochladh

        Is there no end to their depravity.

      • pak

        Similarity to the North Korean dictator startling. This is not a flattering look for the Green lady.

  • Lord Evans

    Nag, nag nag…

    • Alright

      Lord Evans, brilliant!! I have looked at it three times and laughed out loud each time. Thanks for sharing it. It is a great cartoon. I often wonder how the authors of these bits of art do it.

      • Lord Evans

        Yep, just tickled my fancy too. Notice how I put Tui’s after the motorbike riding? That’s deliberate and probably the reason I’m (mostly) still in one piece after 40 years riding ;-)

  • MaryLou

    Heh heh – has been getting my goat for a long time that journalists are running round writing stories that suit their own views. I came to the conclusion that they all ought to get back to straight reporting rather than storytelling and reign in their egos a notch.

    Just jumped on the Freed website on the offchance that just maybe their might be an opening date posted (there’s not), but scrolled my eye down the list of role’s their looking to fill. Only 1 journalistic role (data, they’re looking for more than one), the rest of them are junior and senior reporters!! Coincidence?

    Obviously there are the other roles as well – was just looking at journalists.

    Edit spellong

  • Hakaru

    Netflix have a new comedy program called Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. I thought for a moment that our local of the original same name might have his own program but no it is about a girl who was held in a cellar. Sort of sounds like Kim Dotcom not being able to leave his place of residence. I am sure the program will be funnier than real life.

  • Alright
    • MaryLou

      Fabulous interview! That’s worth summin’.It’s nice to be able to see the PM on International TV and be smiling at the interview. If it was Andrew Little, I don’t think I’d have made it through the whole thing.

      • Alright

        Mr Little doesn’t have the X factor to even be invited on to Fox News (or to Davos). Fox News doesn’t like communists :)

        • MaryLou

          Just saw a fabulous piece on the news – Little and Turia spouting off about his arrogance in skipping Ratana. Reporter made the comment that actually the locals had told her they’d prefer none of the politicians had showed up, it’s supposed to be a “celebration, not a political football”!!

          Priceless

          • Alright

            The Also-Ran-Politicians will never get their heads around the downside to grandstanding.

            Mind you, why was the deputy PM there?

          • MaryLou

            :) They didn’t show him. Or if they did I missed it. Did he have anything interesting to say?

          • Alright

            Just to be clear we are talking about Bill English being at Ratana (not Davos). If I where him I would have stayed at home and talked to my wife about shopping!

          • MaryLou

            Might as well have. It really does sound like the performance by the other two is becoming more and more unbearable to many round the country. Although apparently Little wasn’t actually as bad as Turia.

          • pak

            Shopping discussion eminently preferable. Bill English was at Davos last year. Back home Labour (Parker) were whining about it. Now they and Greens whining about something else. Whatever National/Key/English et al do Opposition will find fault.

      • pak

        Little would have scowled his way through and no one would have enjoyed watching him. Key was smiling and very pleasant throughout. Bet you the lady interviewer came away saying “that New Zealand Prime Minister is such a nice man” !

    • Isherman

      Now can you honestly see Andrew Little competing with that and doing a better job?..yeah,..good luck with that pal.

      • Alright

        Andrew will need more than a Little luck. Think different parents!

    • 1951

      How nice to hear JK answer the questions. Hoping those so-called journalists on the TVtwins take note when they watch it.

      • Don W

        John Key is getting on with the job of running the country, not pandering to the so called squeaky wheels .

      • pak

        Yes and an interviewer who had done her homework.

    • pak

      Great interview – many thanks for posting link. Key is so personable and able to speak on a diverse range of topics with authority. He is a great representative of this country abroad. The difference between him and the Green lady speaking today could not be more striking. Whining and unappealing.

      • Alright

        Yes, agreed. And I’m pleased you watched and enjoyed the short interview.

        Style. There’s no substitute for it.

        People of different political views can call Key out on many things but not style – and substance.

        I am proud to have him Prime Minister of my country.

    • edee

      Losers, watch and learn.

  • I.M Bach

    For the balloonists among us.

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