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Greens shaft Te Kuha mine

Where is Shane Jones when you need him? Oh, that’s right. He’s too busy slagging off Fonterra and trying to get elected in Whangarei. Quote:

A controversial application to mine coal on conservation land on the West Coast has been declined by the Government.

The company behind the mining proposal said the announcement was “just another kick in the teeth” for the West Coast community, while environment groups have celebrated the decision as one “future generations of New Zealanders will be thankful for”. End quote.

I wish journalists would do some proper research. There was never any application to mine on conservation land. The application was for access across conservation land, to allow the mining to go ahead. The mine was already consented. Quote:

The company still has access to about 96hectares of reserve surrounding the conservation land that it could develop. However, it had indicated the mine would not be economically viable without the higher-grade coal within the conserved area.

The mine was estimated to provide about 60 jobs to the region but would have done “irreparable damage to an area with very high, unique and nationally significant conservation values”, a joint statement released on Saturday by Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage and Minister of Energy Resources Megan Woods. End quote.

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White people are noticing something new

Gosh. What is it?

We burn in the sun?

We are the most disparaged race on Earth?

White lives don’t matter?

Of course not. Drum roll…

Their own whiteness.

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Accountant. Boring. Loves tax. Needs to get out more. Loves the environment, but hates the Greens. Has been called a dinosaur. Wears it with pride.

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Tourists will take a hike

If it moves, tax it. That seems to be the essence of this government’s taxation policy, and it has tourists firmly in its sights. Having already committed to charging foreign visitors for many of the great walks in the country, and Auckland charging a ‘bed tax’ for hotel visits, now the government is looking at imposing a visitor levy of up to $35 per person, commencing next year.

Stuff reports: Quote:

Tourists arriving in New Zealand could be charged up to $35 to enter the country under a Government proposed international visitor levy.

On Friday, the Government will begin a consultation period, ending on July 15, to see if a tourist tax could ease the cost burden on communities and ratepayers for tourism-related infrastructure.

The proposed levy would impact international visitors entering New Zealand for 12 months or less, and would be at a rate between $25 to $35. end quote.

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Accountant. Boring. Loves tax. Needs to get out more. Loves the environment, but hates the Greens. Has been called a dinosaur. Wears it with pride.

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The real reason why women don’t ride

I really don’t understand why anyone reads The Guardian. Apart from writing a lot of leftist drivel, it also writes some of the most stupid articles you will ever read. Here is the latest in a long line of crass stupidity. It claims ‘Women shun cycling because of safety, not helmet hair’.

Of course, it is helmet hair. No self-respecting woman wants to sit in the office all day with their hair flattened by a helmet. It isn’t the only reason I don’t cycle personally, but it is definitely one of them. Quote:

As a woman who cycles, I am often asked why so few others follow suit. Is it because of helmet hair? Or the bottom-amplifying effects of Lycra? There’s no doubt that women generally feel more pressure to look presentable than men. And although I’m rarely troubled by saddle sores, I find the logistics of cycling to work a right pain in the bum: the skanky showers, the outfit changes, the struggle to find somewhere discreet to plug in a hairdryer. End quote.

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The winter of Winston

Liam Hehir at  NZHerald writes: Quote:

Nine months ago Winston Peters had big business in his sights.

Just a week out from the election, a press release — titled “Winston Peters: Our plan to clean up Corporate New Zealand” — described a wild west of low wages for workers and big payouts for fat cat executives.

The parliamentary veteran was talking tough, with policies including changes to the Companies Act to give shareholders more control of executive pay and a ban on big recruitment bonuses (golden hellos) and exit payments (golden parachutes) for bosses. End quote.

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Singapore sling

 

You know what they say –

Know when to hold them

Know when to fold them

Know when to walk away

Know when to run.

That song just might have been written for Donald Trump. Against all odds, he has pulled off a historic meeting with Kim Jong-Un in Singapore. No other United States President in office has met with a North Korean leader. Certainly, Obama, the ultimate diplomat, never managed anything near it.

Trump is a deal-maker. He knows that in any deal you have to give the other party something they desperately want. Kim wants legitimacy, to be seen as a “real” world leader. That’s what Trump is giving him. An official meeting with the President of the United States gives Kim legitimacy. Now he moves in the best circles in the world.

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Accountant. Boring. Loves tax. Needs to get out more. Loves the environment, but hates the Greens. Has been called a dinosaur. Wears it with pride.

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Jones goes off again

 

If the current government really wants business confidence to improve, one of the best things they can do is to gag Shane Jones. After lambasting Air New Zealand for behaving like any other profitable business a few months ago, now he is having a go at Fonterra. This from Stuff Quote:

Outspoken Cabinet Minister Shane Jones has taken a huge swipe at Fonterra saying it’s time for a restructure and the chairman should “catch the next cab out of town”.

His comments come just months after he launched an extraordinary broadside against Air New Zealand, suggesting its chairman step down and its chief executive stay out of politics.

On Wednesday, the Regional Economic Development Minister tore strips off Fonterra saying, “I’ve been bloody disappointed that Fonterra, in my view, their leadership have not accepted there’s been a new government and there’s a new narrative, and I’ve had a gutsful of them believing they’re bigger than what their writ really is”. End quote.

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What’s in a name?

GRAY CLAPHAM
Not all Gisborne residents support a proposal to recognise the Māori name of Poverty Bay.

It was with a certain amount of dread that I heard that Victoria University of Wellington was to undergo a name change.  With several family members, including my son, having graduated from Victoria, I felt as if I knew what was about to happen. It was going to become the University of Te Whanganui-a-Tara, which of course nobody outside of New Zealand would be able to pronounce. Oh well. At least the University’s complaint that it gets confused with other universities with the same name wouldn’t be a problem then, would it? Or at the very least, it would be the University of Poneke. What annoys me about that is the fact that ‘Poneke’ is a Maori derivative of the original name for Wellington Harbour, which is Port Nicholson. In other words, we can’t have English names, but Maori bastardisation of English names is OK.

But then I found this article on Stuff which shows, as I suspected, that the move to rename everything is well underway and it doesn’t always go down well. Quote:

Poverty Bay has had a bad rap ever since Captain James Cook sailed away in October 1769, noting sulkily in his journal that he gave it that name “because it afforded us no one thing we wanted”.

Two and a half centuries later, Poverty Bay is on the verge of getting a second name, a more felicitous one. The New Zealand Geographic Board is consulting on altering the name from Poverty Bay to Tūranganui-a-Kiwa/Poverty Bay. End quote.

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Come fly with me

Fasten your seatbelts, ladies and gentlemen, you are in for a bumpy ride.

And no, you are not flying into Wellington in a southerly. You are about to read a story that will probably shock you to the core.

 

 

Do you see anything wrong with the picture above? This is a photo of air traffic controllers, although I admit, it is a stock photo, so I don’t know which airport. Shouldn’t matter though, should it?

No. Of course not.

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Clarke on Clarke

 

Things have been pretty quiet on the Clarke Gayford front in the last month or so after false rumours were circulating about him causing the police to intervene. You might think that this was a case of someone in the public eye not understanding the risks of drawing attention to himself and that he might watch himself in the future. If you thought that, you would be wrong. In this article from Newstalk ZB, Clarke, who forced the media not to talk about the false rumours about him decided to bring the subject back from the dead by talking about it himself. Quote:

Clarke Gayford has spoken about being smeared as the subject of a false rumour campaign, saying the experience has left him feeling “completely cynical”.

In an interview with Kim Hill on Radio New Zealand this morning, the partner of Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern was asked about being the subject – over several months on social media and via word of mouth – of untrue allegations and accusations.

But this morning, Gayford told Hill he had a different view now when he heard “whispering” about other people.

“Now I’m completely cynical [things I hear] about other people.”

Hill asked Gayford if he had audited his life, given he was now in the spotlight.

“We were all young once … did any of it make you nervous?” Hill asked. End quote.

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