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Didn’t take Phil Goff long to threaten rates hikes of up to 16%

Phil Goff is just like Len Brown, but with his pants up.

He has been posturing for weeks over fuel taxes or tolls or some other way to pay for his dopey train set he inherited from Len Brown.

Now his cunning plan has been revealed. He is going to blame the government for ratcheting up rates by a threatened 16%.

Auckland mayor Phil Goff will have to find a new way to fund the city’s much-needed transport projects.

Cabinet has officially ruled out introducing a regional fuel tax to cover the city’s $400 million annual transport funding shortfall.

Mr Goff says the council is running out of alternatives to increasing rates by 16 percent next year.  

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Nikki Haley’s first press conference reveals the deceit of the UN

Watch this video to gain an understand how dysfunctional the UN Security Council and the General Assembly have become. Her press conference reveals just exactly the sort of subterfuge and ratbag behaviour that Murray McCully has been up to.

I doubt if our media would show this clip of the US Ambassador’s first press conference after her first UN Security Council meeting.

It gives you some idea of what Murray’s been up to at these meetings.

The first thing I want to do is talk about what we just saw in there. The Security Council just finished its regular monthly meeting on Middle East issues. It’s the first meeting like that that I’ve attended, and I have to say it was a bit strange. The Security Council is supposed to discuss how to maintain international peace and security. But at our meeting on the Middle East, the discussion was not about Hizballah’s illegal build-up of rockets in Lebanon. It was not about the money and weapons Iran provides to terrorists. It was not about how we defeat ISIS. It was not about how we hold Bashar al-Assad accountable for the slaughter of hundreds and thousands of civilians. No, instead, the meeting focused on criticizing Israel, the one true democracy in the Middle East. I am new around here, but I understand that’s how the Council has operated, month after month, for decades.   Read more »

Infrastructure is too important to leave to politicians

Andrew Dickens writes

The Waikato expressway is amazing. Well, the completed bits are.

However, the absence of a motorway through Hamilton is a shocker. A bypass is on the way but, Hamilton, that’s a fail. Why weren’t you planning for the future?

All was good until Taupo, and then we hit the Taupo/Napier road. It’s a beautiful road but that’s when we hit the super trucks hogging the single lane carriageway, often exceeding their speed limit. It was worse from Napier to Woodville.

The dependence on trucks, the railroading of railways and the lack of capable roads make those roads a killer. (I have one friend who nearly lost both her parents on that road to a truck.)

Wellington was more clogged, even on the weekend, than Auckland. It’s like no-one thought people lived and worked south of the Beehive, which is where everyone works. We witnessed the full horror of the Island Bay cycleway. What used to be a broad safe boulevard is now a skinny death trap.

Coming north, we checked out the new MacKays to Peka Peka expressway. $630 million for 18km of Rolls-Royce grade road. It’s beautiful. So beautiful that Otaki MP Nathan Guy promptly said he wants $2 billion to extend it to Levin – even though south of MacKays is about the worst roading on State Highway 1. Read more »

Guest Post – Filled and Fooled

Yesterday I drove from Wellington to Tauranga.  I kept an eye on petrol prices.  I only use 91 octane so I didn’t check any others.

In Plimmerton, just out of Wellington Z Energy wanted $2.06 (I ignored the .9 bit)  That’s where I fuelled up.  Bugger.

In Levin $1.79 – Allied and the others were $1.80.

In Rotorua Gull asked $1.72.

That’s 34 cents difference.  Whew!!!    Read more »

LEAKED: Potential book covers for Nicky Hager’s new book

After listening to all the rumours regarding Slick Nicky’s new election disrupting book I decided to do some investigating to see if I could find out what it is all about. Since (as per Hager’s modus operandi) it will be based on stolen information not ” Leaks” as it will be spun by a complicit media, I went underground into the murky world of hacking to access his book publisher’s database.

Inside the database my pet hacker Cookedfish discovered a number of book covers that Hager is currently considering which gave us some clues as to what the book will be about.

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Mental Health Break

Stupid is as stupid does

Progressives and liberals in America love to lobby for whatever ever fits their cause de jour. They are very good at coming up with silly hashtags and protests to promote whatever bandwagon they have jumped on each week. Illegal immigrants were unlucky enough to be chosen by them recently as they came up with the incredible Brain Fart of #ADayWithoutImmigrants. The idea was to encourage immigrants to refuse to work in order to show America just how important they were.
Of course, it was a stupid point to make since Trump supporters and Trump has no problem with legal immigrants only illegal ones. So what happened when illegal immigrants refused to turn up to work?

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Map of the Day

London Piccadilly Tube Station drawing from 1928

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