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Public servants don’t want to serve the public

This is the government that is bringing kindness back. It is also the government that is beholden to the unions. We saw very few strikes under the previous government but, now that Labour is back in control, the unions have an expectation that their needs will be met and their needs are very expensive indeed.

RNZ  reports: quote.

Ongoing strike action throughout the country’s courts may result in a miscarriage of justice, says the Chief District Court Judge.

Industrial action has disrupted court proceedings for months as the Ministry of Justice negotiates a new contract with the Public Service Association (PSA).

More than 2000 PSA members have voted to walk off the job amid work-to-rule action as negotiations with the ministry have reached a stalemate.

Chief District Court Judge Jan-Marie Doogue said the industrial action had caused significant disruption to the justice system and she had concerns for its wider implications.

Judge Doogue – who sits independently of the ministry and its employees – said hearings, including bail applications, were being delayed as a result of limited court hours. end quote.

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No letting fees? No problem.

Stuff reports that there are now no letting fees on rental properties. There are ‘tenancy fees’ instead. quote.

Letting fees are back, now being levied on investors rather than tenants.

A law change was passed at the start of this month to ban the fees, which are usually equal to a week’s rent plus GST.

The ban comes into effect on December 12.

Housing and Urban Development Minister Phil Twyford said it would save tenants millions of dollars.

But now property managers are introducing a fee to replace it, which will be charged to owners. end quote.

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Pike River, Andrew Little & the union that did nothing

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Andrew Little is leading the charge to reopen Pike River mine and to send people into unknown and possibly dangerous conditions to find the remains of the 29 men who died in the mine. It is a tragic situation which has been politicised by the government in a way that is truly disgraceful. Nothing can be achieved by doing this; no one will be found alive, and whatever remains are there will almost certainly not be recognisable. Better to leave the mine as a grave and a memorial. The families know where their sons and brothers are. Let them rest in peace.

But then I came across this article which puts a whole different slant on the matter and shows the government to be hypocritical at best, and Andrew Little himself to be possibly complicit in the disaster that happened 8 years ago.

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Now they’re coming for your sausage

Stuff  reports on a new directive from Bunnings: quote.

For health and safety reasons, those assembling a fundraising snack in a Bunnings carpark can no longer layer the sausage on the bread, then the onion, with sauce on top.

Instead, those hawking barbecued sausages must now put the onion between the bread and sausage.

“Safety is always our number one priority and we recently introduced a suggestion that onion be placed underneath sausages to help prevent the onion from falling out and creating a slipping hazard,” said Debbie Poole, Bunnings chief operating officer.
“This recommendation is provided to the community groups within their fundraising sausage sizzle welcome pack and is on display within the gazebos when barbecues are under way.

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Six days without Neve…

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In the history of New Zealand politics, there has never been a more incompetent and inexperienced government. They are trashing the economy and splashing around the public money that the previous government were at such pains to preserve. They don’t care. They lie, obfuscate (my new favourite word), redact, and when in doubt, they blame the previous government for ‘nine years of neglect’. We are going downhill very fast, and this government is pushing the handcart rapidly down the slope.

But they get away with it. They get away with it because we have an equally inept media pack, who fawn over the government and let them get away with murder. They, like the hip new kids in charge who look good, have lots of celebrity photo shoots and take a baby into cabinet meetings. It is all so COOL!

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Shane Jones digs himself into a hole

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Shane Jones’s billion trees project is having some trouble getting off the ground… if you see what I mean. quote.

Forestry officials working on the Government’s flagship One Billion Trees plan ordered more than one million pine seedlings for a block of land so choked with scrub and weeds planting couldn’t go ahead.

Forestry Minister Shane Jones told the Herald “ambition” and “enthusiasm” had a part to play in planting delays which struck the $32 million inaugural joint venture on the Far North forestry block.

Official documents show the Government planned to plant 1100ha with pine this year and had ordered about 1,100,000 seedlings for that.

The number of seedlings able to be planted collapsed to 191,000 as the condition of the land was revealed.

The Ministry for Primary Industries has yet to put a dollar figure on the cost to taxpayers, but market rates for seedlings put the cost of the order at about $400,000.

The deal between the Crown and the Far North’s Ngāti Hine Forestry Trust was trumpeted by the Beehive as the first Crown joint venture in the One Billion Trees programme.

Documents released through the Official Information Act show Jones sealed the agreement during a May 31 ceremony on a Ngāti Hine forestry block, at which he planted a tree using a shovel engraved with his name. end quote.

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Will state housing fix what Kiwibuild cannot?

Kiwbuild was this government’s answer to the housing problem, but it is not working. Providing houses to middle-class families who already have lots of choices was never the intention. They claimed that they would build houses for low-income families ‘locked out’ of the housing market. Actually getting on and building those houses for low-income families is a very different matter from shouting at the government from the other side of the house, as they are now finding out.

Those families are still ‘locked out’ and in the meantime, they have to be housed somewhere.

So is building a lot more state houses the answer? Bryce Edwards at Newsroom asks some pertinent questions: quote.

KiwiBuild is increasingly seen as not only delivering “too little, too late”, but also as focused only on housing relatively wealthy citizens. The Government has responded to criticisms of the scheme by pointing, as the answer, to its state housing initiatives and, in particular, to major work on providing low-cost rental housing.

Labour campaigned last year on building 1000 a year. Labour have now increased their promise to 1600 more homes a year, for the next four years – leading to a total of 6400 additional homes.

This is nowhere near enough. Given that New Zealand is experiencing such a serious housing crisis – especially for those at the bottom of the heap – surely a Labour Party might be expected to be doing something more impressive. end quote.

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Kiwibust

Phil Twyford
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During the election campaign, Labour promised to build 10,000 houses a year, all for low-income families who had been ‘locked out’ of the housing market. They made it sound easy as if the previous government had simply been remiss in failing to do anything about the worsening housing crisis. Labour was going to save the day. Labour was going to solve the problem for low-income families.

One year in and the government has now realised how hard it is to do that.

The truth is, as many of us knew during the election campaign, houses cannot be built quickly and cheaply here in New Zealand at all. Drastic changes, such as an overhaul of the Resource Management Act, will be required to do that, and this is very unlikely while Labour is joined at the hip with the Greens.

The problem is that the only people who can afford Kiwibuild houses are people who could afford to buy houses on the open market anyway. Let’s face it, at $650,000, Kiwibuild properties are not exactly cheap. Those that can afford them can probably find better houses elsewhere within the market.

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Tis better to be silent and be thought a fool than to speak and remove all doubt

Kelvin Davis cracking Photoshopped image credit: Luke                                               

If you have ever wondered why we don’t hear much from Kelvin Davis, you will soon know why. He replaced Jacinda on the Mike Hosking Breakfast show on Tuesday.

Putting it mildly, the interview was just plain embarrassing. quote.

Hosking

Tell me, why would your government cut a $30M deal to plant trees up north when no-one checked the quality of the land?

Davis

[….] but, hey look, are you saying that the Tai Tokerau land isn’t quality?

Hosking

Well, what we are finding out this morning is that the land in this particular deal that was done, a $30M deal to plant 1.1 million trees was so clogged up with weeds it couldn’t be used.

Davis

The land up there, the land up there I’ve seen planted in pine trees that you could barely get a bulldozer through but it’s still, the trees get planted and they still grow.  The weeds, in my opinion, don’t inhibit the ability of a pine tree to grow.

Hosking

So, the $30M deal, don’t worry about it, the trees you’ve lost from 1.1 million down to 119,000, don’t worry about it, it’ll be OK.

Davis

We will still be able to meet our target of a billion trees over 10 years, Mike.  You know, we’ve got to keep plugging on, this is a great policy of ours, that you know, there’s plenty of land up there that can be used. end quote.

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Iain Lees-Galloway has to go

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Heather du Plessis-Allen doesn’t hold back when talking about Iain Lees-Galloway. quote.

Do we even need to say it? Iain Lees-Galloway’s got to get the boot.

He’s unravelling like a cheap stitch. The latest revelations about his decision to give Karel Sroubrek New Zealand residency are almost unbelievable.

The Immigration Minister previously told us he agonised over the decision. He told us it was “right up there… probably one of the most difficult decisions” he’s had to make.

Now he’s admitted he didn’t even read the full file. And the decision took him less than an hour.

That’s not quite the Garden of Gethsemane agony we’d imagined. It was more of a Ts and Cs decision. You know the kind. When you upgrade the app, your phone gives you a long list of new terms and conditions, and you just scroll right to the bottom and click “accept”. That’s what just happened.

Lees-Galloway’s defence of his haste is embarrassing.

“I asked a lot of questions in that meeting.”

“I took longer, much, much longer over this decision than I have on other decisions.”

“I was thorough.” end quote.

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