Compare and contrast the attitudes of these two tenants

Two tenants with two very different attitudes have been written about by the MSM recently.

MARTIN DE RUYTER/STUFF Single mum Cindy pays $490 a week for a caravan in Nelson she shares with her two boys.

The first tenant had found herself paying a high rent of $490 a week in order to put a roof over her two young son’s heads. She and they were living in a caravan park in Nelson where the owners allowed her to stay longer than is generally allowed because of her inability to find a state house in Nelson.

Instead of complaining about the shortage of houses with their rental subsidised by the government in Nelson she accepted the offer of a three bedroom home for $106 a week in Timaru. In order to find affordable housing for her and her sons, she made the difficult decision to leave behind her family and friends.

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Map of the Day

So who will be writing a book like Hillary after today?

In other words stop your whinging and get on with it…

The Waitangi Tribunal has told Ngapuhi to sling their hooks and get on with negotiations:

The Waitangi Tribunal has turned down a request for a hearing over the Crown’s withdrawal from pre-settlement talks with Ngāpuhi.

Prime Minister Bill English announced in June the government was pulling away from discussions aimed at resolving the Northland iwi’s differences over representation.

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Sure the councillors are retarded, but it ain’t their fault

Some people really look to sheet home blame for some really strange things….like blaming a council for a road being swallowed by the sea.

Council incompetence is to blame for the loss of a waterfront road to coastal erosion, residents of the Southland town of Colac Bay say.

Southland district councillors agreed this morning to delay permanently closing Colac Bay Foreshore Road for at least a month until they have had time for a site visit.

Residents have been calling on the council to go further, and commit to restoring and reopening the road for good.

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John Key boards the post-PM corporate gravy train

Key is embarking on an after-politics career as a professional director – he is also on the board of Air New Zealand and tipped to take over the chairmanship there. Now is the time for him to strike for those key positions, while his name still has impact and his face is fresh in people’s minds.

This isn’t an unusual strategy – former prime minister Jenny Shipley and Jim Bolger also went on to pick up board positions, although Bolger’s were primarily in state-owned organisations.

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Photo of the Day

Mata Hari. Margaretha Geertruida “Margreet” MacLeod (née Zelle; 7 August 1876 – 15 October 1917).

Mata Hari

“I am ready”

I am a woman who enjoys herself very much; sometimes I lose, sometimes I win

–  Mata Hari

In February 1917, a French judge and a dozen police officers barged into Suite 113 in a luxurious hotel on the Champs Elysées. The beautiful female occupant appeared – naked, according to one account – and handed around chocolates in a captured German helmet.

Ten months later, the woman, was shot as a German spy by a military firing squad in the forest of Vincennes, east of Paris. She was a dancer, not a soldier and probably never much of a spy. She came from a country, the Netherlands, which was not even involved in the Great War.

Mata Hari, (Margaretha) was a Dutch exotic dancer, courtesan, and accused spy who was executed by firing squad in France under charges of espionage for Germany during World War I.

Hari was also a successful courtesan, though she was known more for her sensuality and eroticism rather than for striking classical beauty. She had relationships with high-ranking military officers, politicians, and others in influential positions in many countries. Her relationships and liaisons with powerful men frequently took her across international borders. Prior to World War I, she was generally viewed as an artist and a free-spirited bohemian, but as war approached, she began to be seen by some as a wanton and promiscuous woman, and perhaps a dangerous seductress.

Though she was executed by the French for espionage on October 15th, 1917 and her name is practically synonymous with “female spy,” it is unlikely that she was guilty of the crime for which she was executed and may have been used as a scapegoat by the real culprit.

Behind the legend of the ‘maneater’ executed for seducing soldiers and selling their secrets is the story of an abused woman who was forcibly separated from her daughter.

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Poem of the Day

(Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)

A concerningly named Mo Leicester is very excited about Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern

Jacinda – its going to be official, Im sure you’ll be PM by Sunday.
I know you have felt trapped as Winston’s political detainee,
being chased around Wellington by the paperazzi,
but hang in there, a Labour govt will be an actuality,
before the week is out, you will be high-fiving Clarkee,
for his unwavering support and sensitivity.
You will surpass John Key to the highest degree,
uniting Aotearoa under one family tree.
This whole episode has has made us all super thirsty
So heres to you Jacinda, our new queen bee.

Well, gol-lee!

But justanzer tries to bring Mo back to earth

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The crims get more money than the victims. See if you can make sense of this

DAVID HALLETT/STUFF

Stuff reports

New Zealand’s only female plane hijacker could receive a $25,000 compensation payment unless her victims claim it.

Asha Ali Abdille’s nine-year jail term expired in February.

It has now been revealed that $25,000 was paid into a victims’ claims trust account in her name.

The money was compensation for wrongs that occurred in the corrections and criminal justice system. But the Department of Corrections refused, on privacy grounds, to say what had happened to Abdille.

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Just run the quackers over

People are stupid, like this fool who avoided running over next year’s duck season targets and ran his Jeep into a lake.

A man whose Jeep ended up in the Otago Harbour this morning says the accident happened because he swerved to avoid ducklings.

Iain Sweetman said he braked hard while travelling around a blind corner on Portobello Rd so he would not hit the birds.

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