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  • Whafe

    Absolutely stunning morning in Auckland, crisp temp whilst watering the tomatoes, will be a stunning day for sure. Gotta get out and amongst it today, this weather is to glorious not to.

    • conwaycaptain

      And Lyin’ Loopy Len will be in his secret bathroom plotting his next move to make Auckland the most liveable city in the world as people now sleep in their cars as they are jammed up on the motorways

      • dumbshit

        spare a thought for the people tangled up in the 28Km jam in Queensland yesterday

      • Whafe

        That he will be, it comes pretty easy to him.

        The challenging shape of Auckland needs to be taken fully into decision making on roading, transport etc etc…. To me, it sure feels like the challenging shape etc is NOT taken into account

    • Aucky

      Sure looks like a good one Whafe. I was up early to take one of our kids to the airport to catch the red-eye to Melbourne after her Xmas visit to homebase. Great sunrise and looks like being a scorcher. Could be so hot that I will be forced to spend some time inside watching the Second Test with a coldy or two to prevent dehydration.

      Have a great day Oilers one and all. Make the most of it.

      • Whafe

        Know that red-eye flight to Melbourne well, it is a roughy, especially with a dinner at the Melbourne end, long day.. Not on it for a few weeks yet, yay on that.

        Awesome the weather was great for the kids

        Can’t decide on long bike ride or a walk out on the coast

        • Aucky

          Yes top weather, one more due to fly the coop tomorrow back offshore. They love coming back to NZ but its not where they see their opportunities right now. Plenty of work here but not the scale of business to provide the really top specialist jobs. They will be back in a few years with plenty of cash in their pockets to help stoke the Auckland housing prices. Interesting perspective as they both think that Aucklands housing prices are a bargain compared to Melbourne & London.

          • Whafe

            Can fully identify with that. Back here for children

          • Aucky

            We are really lucky with the way that international travel & communications have developed and become more affordable. My parents left the UK and emigrated to NZ in 1953 – they never saw their parents again. That painful fact crossed my mind when our two headed offshore and how lucky we are that we communicate several times each week and get to see each other at least twice a year.

          • Cowgirl

            We are so lucky these days – I can’t even imagine not seeing my family again.

          • Aucky

            Yes, really sad when you think about it but that’s the way life was. Air travel was horrendously expensive and if I recall correctly a three minute phonecall cost five pounds (nearly two days wages) and had to be booked in advance. By the time my parents could afford the trip back to the UK their parents were dead.

          • Cadwallader

            These days we can even hear Milliband live! If Boris becomes the next UK Prime Minister we may see UK really begin to show some flair.

          • conwaycaptain

            Think of the original emigrants to these shores. Once they left dear ol’ Blighty they would never see or speak to their rellies again and a letter and a reply would take at least a year!!!

          • kehua

            Took my Mum 12 weeks on the Captain Hobson, full of Army wives, Xmas 1952 they arrived via Panama.

          • conwaycaptain

            Not the trip she broke down and was towed in by the Port Macquarie??

          • kehua

            Not that I am aware, I was 5 weeks in bed with German measles apparently.

          • Alfred12

            My parents my brother and I also emigrated in 1953 on the Captain Hobson. I was 5 and one very clear memory I have is Jack Hinton VC was in the cabin with Dad, my brother and I. I believe that VC’s went back to the UK annually to meet with the Queen post war.

          • Cowgirl

            I was told by my brother who lives in London that my apartment in Auckland would fetch a million pounds there. Current CV in Auckland is 350k. Some people in NZ don’t even know they’re alive.

          • Cadwallader

            Don’t forget the damn stamp duty in MEL 6% on a property purchase.

        • intelligentes candida diva

          Walk out on the coast my pick for you :-)

          • Whafe

            Yep, pretty much the coast, did the walk around the lake near Bethalls Beach, great little walk, good few swims and a coffee in Titirangi….

    • Michelle

      Yep good one here got some stock work to do then off to cut up more firewood
      l dropped a few big branches off some gnarly old totaras yesterday and have a few more to cut up with hubby we will be working in shade
      will spend time watching test later with a beer

      • Guess you are not in Auckland, would have needed resource consent to touch the Totara’s.

        • 1951

          I think she should get Resource Consent just for starting that job so early. The year has hardly started. That just makes the rest of us look lazy!!

      • dgrogan

        They’re practically a weed in Northland.

        • Michelle

          Yep leave a fenceline for too long and you have a hedge but on the coast they don’t grow

      • kehua

        Wild Out West Rodeo at Umawera tomorrow Michelle, Maungatapere next Sat and Sunday.

        • Michelle

          My old home town won’t get up there but might do Manungatapere

  • Garbageman

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/politics/news/article.cfm?c_id=280&objectid=11381122

    Mr Fisher will not be happy when he gets back from holiday if this is all this reporter can come up with, not even the old “attack blogger” line etc, most disappointing

    • 1951

      I enjoyed that read…… wouldn’t it be nice if Mr. Fisher was given leave to remain on holiday.

    • Rick H

      Regarding Cunliffe’s fake “twitter” account – allegedly done by his partner to get back at his enemies –

      I don’t for one minute believe Karen had anything whatever to do with it.
      Cunliffe himself did it, but when found out, shifted the blame on his “supportive” partner –
      who was never going to over-rule him and tell the world
      “No, I didn’t do it. Dave did”.

  • Bryan

    oh well sitting around table with Grand kids last night and Grandma producers some more Christmas crackers with their lame jokes but when i got mine i didn’t stop laughing for quite a while
    “what do you call a man with a paper bag on his head” Russell !!! classic

    • shykiwibloke

      Something like this for future articles?

      • Bryan

        LOL puts a new meaning on the phrase “the bagman”

  • Hard1

    If there is one thing that Freed can spare us, it will be the gushing public eulogy of common folk who die in accidents. Day after day we read about suddenly public lives that would be of no interest if the person hadn’t died. This is very much NZ parochialism at it’s best, the sudden elevation of the commoner to saintly status on the front page.

    We have lost the quiet and sorrowful grieving that should accompany a sad loss, and replaced it a very public and selective snapshot that serves no purpose. The articles offer us no insight into the failure that caused the deaths, no life lesson to carry with us to prevent another fatal accident. To quote one article, “That’s exactly why nobody stopped him, because people had seen us do stuff like that all the time. It was like, ‘Benny’s going to do another stunt’.”

    These crafted and selective eulogies serve the Media well, drawing fascinated readers into a private world of almost voyeuristic intrusion. Is there no place sacrosanct to the MSM paparazzi ?

    • Wendy

      I have noticed with these reports that the “journalists” are relying more and more on the victims Facebook pages for inanity to write.

      • Cadwallader

        Not being a FB user I hadn’t thought of that approach but I bet you are right. If the “journalist” can’t even be bothered to talk to a family member it makes the obituary just another flight of lightweight fancy!

        • shykiwibloke

          Just makes Journo’s that much easier to replace with a piece of code…..

          • Cadwallader

            Or with a screaming baboon!

          • IKIDUNOT

            Based on the info I get from my daughter who works at a baboon sanctury in South Africa (C.A.R.E.), this is an insult!

          • Cadwallader

            Point taken replace baboon with amoeba.

        • Wendy

          I hardly use FB either, but I see it more and more often…

          “John Smith posted on (Whosever) Facebook page “RIP bruthah”. Johns mother posted “My beautiful baby gone to be with the angels now”.

          Seriously? That isn’t journalism or reporting.

    • Wheninrome

      Front page again on Herald out till 6.15a.m. 6 people in car, (must have been a people mover) 5 is max allowed (number of seatbelts in a sedan car). I did not know her when alive, I still don’t know her. She is a private individual, not a public figure, why do “journalists” consider that we wish to read about it. I read it purely because I was annoyed it was on the front page and wanted to see whether it could possibly be earth shatteringly important to people who did not know her, in any way at all.
      Where is the real news in these papers. The news that effects me and the rest of New Zealand in some substantial way. What is happening in the rest of the world which will have an effect on us.
      It seems the “journalists” would have us stay a little cut off island.

  • sheppy

    According to TVNZ the road toll is now double what it was last year – when will someone stop the police zero tolerance revenue raising and make them concentrate on road safety instead?

    • shykiwibloke

      Came across this recently on my web travels and it seems appropriate somehow….

    • sheppy

      AND now on TVNZ the assistant chief commissioner says it’s down to slowing down and being sober – this guy needs glasses as he clearly can’t seen that the current policy of revenue raising +1km speed enforcement and low alcohol limits has helped double the road toll
      It’s very sad that we have such a dangerous set of management in charge of our road policing

  • Rick H

    Regarding Cunliffe’s fake “twitter” account – allegedly done by his partner to get back at his enemies –

    I don’t for one minute believe Karen had anything whatever to do with it.
    Cunliffe himself did it, but when found out, shifted the blame on his “supportive” partner –
    who was never going to over-rule him and tell the world
    “No, I didn’t do it. Dave did”.

    • Catriona

      Whether he sent or she sent it – there was a considerable amount of truth in it.

  • Wallace Westland

    Loving the weather at the moment but these ruddy flies are giving my electric fly swatter a good work out.
    Mind you I’m developing a fierce backhand…tennis anyone?

  • Huia

    Just sitting at the computer, home alone and minding my own business when I got a punch in the middle of my back, nearly ruined my shorts I got such a fright. It was a large thrush who had sneaked inside, panicked, then flew straight into me.

  • Hard1

    This article will take a week to reach the Herald, so you may as well read it now….

    “A goldfish lover from Norfolk paid hundreds of pounds in vets’ fees when his pet became constipated.

    The owner took his ailing fish to Toll Barn Veterinary Centre in North Walsham where vets told him it was constipated and an operation would cost about £300.”

    http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-norfolk-30655444

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  • caochladh

    Friend in Berlin for New Year reported that she got hit in the face by two rockets, followed by some clown throwing a bunch of whiz-bangs at her head. Not surprising when you watch this new years eve drive through the streets – http://mobil.stern.de/panorama/silvester-in-berlin-fotograf-filmt-wahnsinn-auf-den-strassen-aus-dem-auto-2163480.html?mobil=1

    • Skydog

      I’ve experienced quite a few NY celebrations in Germany. God knows how I never lost an eye. People would aim sky rockets into other crowds. It was carnage.

  • Bluemanning

    If the left had won the last election would their representative be invited to attend the World Economic Forum? Edit meaning

    http://www.msn.com/en-nz/news/national/key-going-to-influential-forum/ar-BBhrTbc?ocid=UP97DHP

  • Sally

    Did a return trip on the Northern Motorway between Oteha Valley Rd and Silverdale today, not a speed camera in sight.
    Now wondering if the Police monitor this site and read yesterday’s post http://www.whaleoil.co.nz/2015/01/aa-gets-right-stop-taxing-motorways-speed-cameras/

    • Monty Bank

      So did I,at about 1300 but I saw A police van tucked behind some bushes near the constellation drive Southern on-ramp. I think it was scanning traffic heading North.
      Skulking behind the flaxes.

      • Sally

        Police van must have moved on. I was on the road about 1330. I made a point of looking behind every bush!

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