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Whaleoil Transcript: Mike Hosking & Jacinda Ardern on the Coastal Pacific train, Formula E, Sroubek, Louisa Wall, the pride parade & whether Santa is male

Newstalk ZB

Starts at 7:27

Mike

Good morning, how was that train the other day?

Jacinda

Good morning. Aah, it was fantastic. I haven’t been on the aah… the Coastal Pacific before but to see it back up and running again was fantastic. What’s really incredible as you travel along the journey you can see the extent of the aah… the land slips, the amount of… ah… civil engineering, ah… genius that has had to be applied to getting the train back on the track.  You can see why it won an international civil engineering award.

Mike

Exactly, and deservedly so and when you look at the projects they beat, it is an extraordinary thing.  Having said that, and that is not a criticism at all, the $40 million you handed out, is that a genuine investment as opposed to a subsidy?

Jacinda

No, absolutely, it is an investment. Kiwi Rail, absolutely, we have… we have responsibility for, and what… what we’re wanting to do in the region is a boost for tourism is to increase the frequency of that… aah… of that service. It’s running seven months of the year, this boost will enable it to run all year round. It will enable extra capacity to built into the service, it will bring in a premium service, you will know from tourism offerings that aah… rail services internationally often offer that level of service and we don’t have that currently so we will um… upgrade the reservation service, um, upgrade three stations, ah, to cope for that extra capacity and um… involve a bit of marketing for the service.

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New Zealanders & non-NZ citizens are leaving & more Europeans are arriving

New Zealanders living overseas don’t have much to come home to except for friends and family.  It costs more to live here and we earn a lot less, on average, than our Aussie neighbours. 

Sydney airport photo credit Newstalk ZB

The cost of living in Brisbane is just under 10% less than Auckland, and the average salary gain of 30% makes crossing the ditch a financial no-brainer. Australia’s Budget Direct petrol comparison of $1.62 a litre in Brisbane compared to $2.11 here is slightly out of date, but you get the picture. 

Current migration patterns show a slowing down of net migration. Radio NZ reported that migration peaked last year with a net gain of 72,400 but since then it’s all been downhill.  

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The obscene carbon footprint of a top greenie

A previous Whaleoil article showcasing the hypocrisy of tub-thumping climate botherers at the UN is ‘’Green activists who live the high-flying life on the UN dime’.  Erik Solheim is one person of interest in the article. He was given the boot for the excesses Lushington D. Brady refers to.

Caption: Hardworking climate activists trudge from one gruelling UN summit to another.

Don’t do what I do, do what I say!

Until he was finally sent packing, this is the message that UN boss Erik Solheim gave to anyone who noticed.  His air miles are terrific though, which must be some consolation for being fired. Breitbart reports Quote.

The head of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has been forced to resign after building up an “obscene” carbon footprint. Former Norwegian diplomat turned green UN boss Erik Solheim racked up so many air miles at such enormous expense that disgusted donor nations had started to withhold funds.

The Guardian understands Solheim was asked to resign by the UN secretary general, António Guterres. Sources at the UN Environment Programme (Unep) said that countries unhappy with Solheim’s conduct were holding back tens of millions of dollars, threatening a financial crisis at the body.” End of quote.

Solheim just wasn’t clever enough in the troughing department; he made the fatal mistake of being too greedy with travel and too careless about C02 emissions. More use of a bicycle and the donors would have stayed put and he might still be in the top job.

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Daddy’s an Islamist from way back

Mr Eriklioglu (pictured centre) recently came to the defence of his sons, Samed (pictured left) and Ertunc (pictured right), and denied a family happy snap showing himself and his son displaying a distinctive one-fingered hand gesture was the salute of ISIS

“No, no my sons are not terrorists,” said the father of two Australian men accused of plotting a Melbourne terrorist attack. Dad was televised in New Zealand making this statement assuming that the gullible public would once again buy into the lie that Islam is a religion of peace and that his boys are devout Muslims, but not terrorists. Despite evidence to the contrary, there has been no retraction on New Zealand television because the media are not concerned about accuracy. They just don’t care. The Daily Mail reports. Quote.

Armagan Eriklioglu, the father of accused terror plotters Ertunc and Samed Eriklioglu, allegedly posted several incendiary messages on social media in 2014.

Among the series of Turkish-language messages were comments that allegedly promoted global conflict between Islam and the West, The Australian reported.

‘As long as Muslims continue fighting each other, obituaries and sorrowful songs will be in Kurdish, Turkish and Arabic and joyful songs will be in English and Hebrew,’ one Facebook message allegedly stated.

The father posted several photos at the peak of the Syrian conflict – one of which allegedly urged Muslims to go against any law that challenged the Muslim faith.

We will obey whatever religion of Islam says, even if it is a crime,‘ the accompanying caption in the Facebook message stated.” End of quote.

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Kiwibuild isn’t working but the mega UDA will fix it

Phil Twyford hit a Kiwibuild low in Wanaka. Quote.

Only seven of 10 Kiwibuild homes in Wanaka have sold. The development has been controversial – the ballot deadline was extended because only 20 applications had been received.

Now it has been revealed that only seven sales will proceed.

The homes are in a subdivision called Northlake. The four two-bedroom and six three-bedroom homes are standalone houses priced between $565,000 and $650,000.” End of quote.

Heads up bargain hunters! Three unsold houses in Wanaka will have to be sold below their current pricing to come off the books and free up cash to build more houses.

Rather than admit Kiwibuild is a fail, Phil Twyford is merging it with Housing New Zealand as the Housing and Urban Development Authority (UDA). Quote. 

The idea had been canvassed for some years, and got serious early last year, when the then National-led Government called for submissions on the UDA concept.

….A UDA could be allowed to build along to far more generous planning rules than would otherwise apply to the surrounding area. One city, two rules. Maybe six storeys high instead of three, as a hypothetical example.” End of quote.

The Auckland City Council [ACC] submitted “largely in favour, but with plenty of conditions“.  Quote. 

[ACC] argues the council should have the right of veto on some issues, and that in Auckland council agencies such as Auckland Transport and Watercare, should have a role in determining the parameters of a development.

Also that as the name suggests, a UDA should only be able to operate in existing, or already planned urban areas, not in infrastructure-hungry rural sites.” End of quote.

We won’t know whether the ACC got what they wanted until more detail is released. Quote.

Cabinet papers about it would be released for public feedback.

The Ministry of Housing and Urban Development would report back to Cabinet on the plans within the next few months.

Legislation would then be needed to establish the authority through Parliament.” End of quote.

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A letter from Mrs Claus

To whomever it may concern

Please stop messing with a Christmas tradition because you will be the death of Santa if you continue with this madness.

I beg of you, please rethink replacing my husband with a woman dressed up as a man. It is just not right.

And please think of me too.  The thought of being married to a woman makes me feel just a tiny bit nauseated. I am angry that you would put me in this position.  Whatever the LBGTXYZ community thinks, Santa is my husband and I will not swap him for some trollop dressed up in his clothes.

I beseech you, please also think of the children and how confused they will be. Women do not have Santa’s deep dulcet tones that make the room resonate with his masculine “ho, ho ho”. This will really screw with their little heads.

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Strikes are a hallmark of this government

The chain reaction of strikes has become a hallmark of this coalition government as battle worn district hospital boards (DHBs) continue to fight with unions.

Interest.co.nz says it has been decades since strikes of this magnitude last occurred.* Scoop reports on the latest: quote.

Employed midwives are striking for two hours, twice a day, over a two-week period through to 5 December. In all, 540 strike notices have been issued by MERAS, the midwives’ union, to the 20 DHBs.”

Women in labour need not fear being abandoned to their partners to deliver their babies as midwives provide “life-preserving services” (LPS) and must have someone on hand.  Hence the four-hour rolling strike split into two 2-hour chunks a day.End of quote.

Midwives rejected the DHBs’ latest proposal to align their pay with nurses in this long-running pay dispute because they think they can get a better deal than the nurses did. Quote.

A decision by members of MERAS not to accept a DHB pay offer has nothing to do with being worth more, less or the same as nurses.

We have a different code of practice, different expertise and have a different history to nurses. Other health professionals like physiotherapists and occupational therapists have pay differentials that reflect their qualifications, level of responsibility and scope of practice. Why shouldn’t midwives have their pay rates set in the same way?” End of quote.

Yeah, nah, the real reason is that midwives think they can get more money than the nurses did. Everyone thinks this government is a soft touch.

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Santa Jones’s money scramble is a fizzer

Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones has $3 billion allocated to spend on the regions over the next three years, but the regions have to apply for it. Either some are slow to do that or the allocation is haphazard. For whatever reason, Santa Jones’s money scramble is a fizzer because the largest spend so far is on Santa Jones’s pet project of planting one billion trees.

Interest.co.nz reported on progress in September. Quote.

The New Zealand Howard League for Penal Reform received $7.5 million towards getting ex-offenders a driver’s licence and the Hundertwasser Arts Centre and Wairau Māori Art Gallery in Whangarei received $10 million.

In April, $13 million was committed to “investigating and supporting a 41-kilometre “Mounga to Moana” walking experience in Taranaki.

By early August, Jones has allocated $126,395,900 to 65 initiatives across the country – just 4% of the way through his $3,000,000,000 target.

A few weeks later, he unveiled by far the biggest item on the PGF agenda – $240 million towards the Government’s one billion trees target.

Despite this, there is still some $2.65 billion left to allocate by the 2020 election.” End of quote.

Since then $350,000 was allocated for a “detailed business case for the expansion and enhancement of the National Aquarium of New Zealand in Napier.”

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Collins visits golliwog country & slams political correctness

Visiting Wanganui and Hawera this week Collins slammed the government for political correctness and its recent oil and gas exploration policy change.  She met with about 70 people at the Jane Winstone Retirement Village in Wanganui and then visited Hawera after being invited by local MP Harete Hipango.

Photo credit: Debbie Ngarewa-Packer/Facebook

Collins was a week too late to purchase a golliwog from the Hawera A&P show and missed the politically incorrect Hawera Lions Club float of black painted faces, but took the opportunity to slam the government for promulgating politically correctness. A newspaper reported.  Quote.

I’m so sick of being told what we’re not allowed to think. And if you say something that questions the current Government then you’re called a denier. It’s like a heresy.

“They’re generally anti-religion but I reckon they’d be pretty good at the Inquisition.

“They’re right into it. If you don’t agree with what they say then you’re a bad person.” End of quote.

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US Congresswoman shows Muslim colours

Ilhan Omar is the newly-elected U.S. representative from Minnesota’s 5th congressional district, and a member of the left-wing “Justice Democrats”.  She is one of two Muslim women newly elected to Congress.

Omar argued against a bill making it a felony for American parents to subject their daughters to female genital mutilation (FGM). Quote.

[The bill] “calls for loss of custody and prison terms from five to 20 years, depending on the extent of the injuries,” as well as “increas[ing] penalties for those who perform the procedure,” the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reported. End of quote.

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