From the only in NZ File: Mongrel Mob Money Laundering Success

It should have been an open and shut case but the senior member of the Mongrel Mob had an extraordinary claim in his defence.

More than a million dollar in assets, including a 123ha forestry block, has been seized from a senior member of the Maketu Mongrel Mob.

In a statement, police said they’d secured the forfeiture of $1.17 million in property under the Criminal Proceeds (Recovery) Act, from Valentine Nicholas, who lives in the Bay of Plenty and was president of the Maketu chapter of the Mongrel Mob.

This follows a High Court judgment issued last week on the back of two criminal trials where Mr Nicholas was facing charges of money laundering.

Mr Nicholas was found not guilty at a second trial after the first trial ended in a hung jury.
Justice Hinton in the Tauranga High Court found the senior gang member was unable to show evidence of a “legitimate source of income” for a number of years.

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Still don’t understand how MMP got us this mess? Use the Pie method

And why did Bill have no friends?

Let that sink in.

You are not going to want to miss any of this

It is time to buy a ticket to the best show in town. You have seen the movie Legally Blonde and now here on Whaleoil over the next three years we will bring to you the new Kiwi Reality politics show. A thrilling series that will consist of countless posts all about the ” positively ” gorgeous new PM, Jacinda Ardern and her sidekicks.

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Ardern: Capitalism has been a “blatant failure” in New Zealand

Strap in for a Labour government that is going much further left than Helen Clark did.

Incoming prime minister Jacinda Ardern says capitalism has been a “blatant failure” in New Zealand when measured by child poverty.

When asked if capitalism had failed low-income New Zealanders, the Labour leader said: “If you have hundreds of thousands of children living in homes without enough to survive, that’s a blatant failure. What else could you describe it as?”

Ardern was speaking on TV3 show The Nation.

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Existential Question of the Day

Can you figure out these Australian Idioms?

Click on below image to take the quiz.

Shame Shaw is clear that he isn’t part of this government

They did it, and here I am as well

Lisa Owen: After 27 years in the wilderness, the Green Party have government ministers for the first time. So they’ve gained, but what have they given up? The Green Party leader, James Shaw, is with me in the studio now. What do you think of the deal you got?

James Shaw: I’m delighted with it. I mean, like you said, after 27 years in the wilderness, and the Greens have a great affinity for the wilderness, of course, we now have government ministers, and that is a huge gain for us.

So you’ve got three ministers outside of cabinet, one undersecretary. New Zealand First got four ministers inside cabinet and one undersecretary. How fair do you reckon the carve-up is?

Well, I don’t think of it as a carve-up. I think about what is the arrangement that we’ve got that enables us to work on the things that we campaigned on – everybody knows what we campaigned on – and that ensures that as a small party, we survive the experience of government. If you look at the history of MMP in New Zealand, it is littered with small parties that have gone into government but not quite made it out the others side. Because this is our first experience, I think the arrangement that we’ve got means that we can deliver on the promises that we made in the campaign and have a good first time in government.

Yeah, because MMP is all about proportionality. Do you think those proportions are right, though?

Yes. I mean, if you look at New Zealand First, they were holding the balance between National on one side and Labour and us on the other-

Because they would go with either.

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Wincinda will all but elmiminate child poverty

Lisa Owen tried to get blood out of a stone interviewing Jacinda Ardern

Lisa Owen:  So, you talked about child poverty there. National had said it would commit to raising 100,000 children out of poverty. Now that you’re going to be in charge, are you going to be more ambitious than that 100,000 target?

Jacinda Ardern: Oh, I’m ambitious that we eradicate child poverty. There should be no place in a wealthy society like ours for children to grow up without their basic needs being met.

That’s not going to happen overnight, though, is it?

Yeah, obviously.

So in terms of meeting milestone, first term, second term, where would you be at with the numbers about what you want to achieve?

My expectation is that our families package, which we will be introducing as a matter of priority will have the effect of lifting tens of thousands of children out of poverty. From there, though, I want to establish clear targets. We’ve always said that we want them put in legislation, and every year we will then report, as part of the Public Finance Act, on how much progress we’ve made. So, I can say now that, yes, I wanted to match their 100,000, but I want incremental goals to hold us to account. In my mind, some of the targets that we’ve set ourselves, some of the goals that we measure ourselves on as a society, don’t take into account the effects on individuals, on their wellbeing. This will be a government that takes into account those markers, and the wellbeing of people will be my sign of success.

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Whaleoil General Debate

Morning everyone, and welcome to Whaleoil’s daily General Debate post (another one called Backchat will start at 6pm). To participate you’ll need to register a free Disqus account.

There are some rules, and if there is one thing about Whaleoil that you need to know is that these rules are dispassionately and strictly enforced.  (No really.  Just the tiniest of slip ups and you’re toast.  This place is brutal. No sense of humour what-so-ever. You’ve been warned.)

Rat Face of the Day

Minister James Shaw.

This man was dying in a ditch for his fraudulent party co-leader just a little while ago.   This is a man that thinks crime is justified as long as it meets his conditions, not those of the law.   Soon he will be in charge of taxpayer money!

There will be a range of talent taking on ministerial roles.  James Shaw has already proved himself to have no sense of right or wrong when he’s in charge of taxpayers money and assets.   Talk about the fox being in charge of the hen house…