Cry Babies of the Week

CRY BAIES: Tukituki Lhome-wrecker Anna Lorck with students Emily Pattullo (left), Kyle Brittin, Chris Hicks, Felix Ellis Jones and Brittney Lorck

CRY BABIES: Tukituki home-wrecker Anna Lorck with students Emily Pattullo (left), Kyle Brittin, Chris Hicks, Felix Ellis Jones and Brittney Lorck

This week’s cry babies are being promoted and enabled by Tukituki home-wrecker Anna Lorck, and one is her own daughter.

For young people trying to get their driver’s licence it appears the cost is standing between them and a little independence.

School student Emily Pattullo is 16 years old and still on her learner’s licence. She has attempted the test to get her restricted licence twice.

Twice she has failed.

“It has cost me $600 so far and I haven’t passed,” she said.   

Fellow student Chris Hicks is also still on his L-Plates, having also failed the restricted test two times.

He said he was failed instantly on both occasions – for what he believes were small things.

Getting his licence is still costing him. He is close to spending $700-plus on the process with nothing really to show for it.

“It is frustrating and definitely a cost,” he said.

“Not everyone has a heap of money to put into it,” he said.

Is it a money issue or a tits driving issue? Personally I think from the level of failure described it is a tits driving issue. But hey, that doesn’t matter get the PR mummy to run to the Media Party and blame costs for your failure.


Tukituki Labour spokeswoman Anna Lorck said it was far too expensive for young people to get their licence.

“If it is seriously costing them between $500 and $800 how are they meant to get that money?” she asked.

“How many are entering the criminal justice system for the first time through a traffic offence?”

Ms Lorck said perhaps one way to address the situation was to allow restricted drivers who have had 12 or 18 months on the road who have not got a single demerit point in that time to go on to their full licence without another test.

“Why are we making people go back and sit a test when they have already been on the road driving?” she asked.

All those kids in the photo go to private schools in and around Havelock North…they aren’t short of dollars.

In any case they could have practised and passed their licence first time and minimised the costs instead of wailing to the Media Party.


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They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet.   Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet, and as a result he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

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