March 2017

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Guy spends US$1,000 to shoot almost every gun imaginable


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Auckland Council bans rates feedback from ratepayers

The Auckland Ratepayers Alliance reports on some underhanded ratbaggery from Phil Goff and his council:

Earlier in the week submissions closed on Auckland Council’s Annual Budget – the document which sets rates for the financial year beginning in July.

As per usual, your team at the Auckland Ratepayers’ Alliance sent in a submission on behalf of hard-working ratepayers like you (a summary of the submission is below). We asked to present in person to Councillors, as has been common in the past. One of the issues the Council will be considering is Phil Goff’s proposal to increase the wages of the Council and impose a “living wage” for all staff. We had lined up an expert labour economist who used to work for the Department of Labour to present to Councillors.

We’ve now discovered that to avoid having to listen to ratepayers, Councillors resolved not to allow people to submit in person on this year’s budget. They didn’t even want us – New Zealand’s largest ratepayer group – to present. They said ratepayers are not a ‘key stakeholder’.   Read more »

We need more police. Right now

Police say they’re concerned over a rise in the number of dairy and petrol stations being targeted in robberies.

The “regular targeting” of stores that sell cigarettes had become a “real concern for police” in the past several months, national prevention manager Superindendent Eric Tibbott said.

“Police is concerned at any increase in crime, including robberies of service stations, dairies and other retailers,” he said.

“We know that cigarettes and tobacco have always been popular with thieves, and these small, high-value items are often targeted by criminals committing small business burglaries and robberies.”

The stolen items were often on-sold online or to family and friends, he said.

A number of service station and dairy robberies have made headlines in 2017, with a 17-year-old on Wednesday arrested over an incident at the Dannevirke Caltex last week.

Police this week also said they had also arrested 15 people over nine separate robberies of the same Christchurch dairy.

The 24-hour Night ‘n Day dairy in Woolston was robbed on six separate occasions between August and December last year and several more this year.

The two men accused of robbing the BP in Rolleston, one disguised in an animal onesie, have also been arrested.

Canterbury police said it was also concerned about a number of aggravated robberies of bars and hotels in Christchurch.

The Brickworks Bar in Cashmere was the target of a second robbery in two weeks on Wednesday night, after staff were held at gunpoint.

The scumbags know that the odds of being caught are very small.  They swarm around and overwhelm the police and local communities. Read more »

Perhaps Pete could lease them Begging Bowl Kitty?

Labour is broke, I’ve been saying it for months, but now we have proof:

Labour is putting the hard word on supports to stump up cash, even threatening to scale back the election campaign if they don’t dig deep for the party.

On Tuesday, in an emailed plea to supporters for funds, campaign manager Andrew Kirton said the party had until Friday to raise another $9179 to reach its March target.

“There’s just 179 days until election day. We’re scaling up our campaign right now and talking to more voters, recruiting volunteers, training up our organisers and candidates, and developing our advertisements and digital campaign.   Read more »

Wayne Mapp Hits and Bill English Runs

A decision on whether an inquiry or further investigation is needed into allegations an SAS raid led to civilian deaths will be based on advice from the Chief of Defence Force.

Hit & Run by journalists Jon Stephenson and Nicky Hager claims six civilians were killed and 15 were injured in the raids, and the authors have accused Lieutenant General Tim Keating of doing everything in his power to avoid an inquiry.

But Prime Minister Bill English told reporters […] that he was waiting for further advice from Keating – a former commanding officer of the NZSAS – into whether any further action is required.

“He will tell us whether he thinks there is a basis there with any new evidence or any new information,” English said.

“It’s his job to look into these kinds of allegations…the book has turned out to be wrong, pretty fundamentally wrong about events that might have happened but certainly happened somewhere else.”

Keating clearly will not wish for an inquiry to be held.  It will go nowhere, will cost money, chew people’s lives to bits due to the time involved, and in the end it will have the same result as always:  Nothing to see here.   Read more »