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Auckland regional fuel tax a ‘political sham’

People are now very hostile with rising petrol prices, especially in Auckland: Quote:

The Auckland Regional Fuel Tax has been labelled “a political sham” by the Road Transport Forum NZ chief executive Ken Shirley as he called for the market around the country to be opened up to cheaper competitors.

Mr Shirley told TVNZ1’s Breakfast that while the falling NZ dollar and global geopolitical issues meant oil prices fluctuated, many parts of the country still pay more than Aucklanders at the pump despite the 11.5 cents a litre tax in our biggest city. End quote.

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

To read Cam’s previous articles click on his name in blue.

Garner on Labour’s uppercut

Duncan Garner doesn’t mince words and other Stuff columnists gush about Ardern’s tour of New York talk show programmes: Quote:

It’s the simple little things in politics that tell you everything you need to know.

A complex scandal with too many moving parts equals switch off. An easy one and the paying public get it.

When John Key ruled out working with Winston Peters, it was clear what he meant.  

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

To read Cam’s previous articles click on his name in blue.

Nothing enrages voters more than expanded entitlements for politicians

Politicians are a bunch of entitled, precious little cupcakes. Their entire existence is a pampered, taxpayer-funded lifestyle where every conceivable expense that normal people have to suck up is paid for out of the public purse.

But it is never enough. Now, Jacinda Ardern has extended those entitlements to have the taxpayer cough up for nannies: Quote:

The rules for ministers travelling overseas have been expanded to allow the Prime Minister or a minister with a baby to take a nanny or other carer at the taxpayer’s cost – but Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says the taxpayer will not be expected to pay for both her partner and a carer for baby Neve.

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

To read Cam’s previous articles click on his name in blue.

Recipe of the week

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Lemon Meringue Almond Slice

Course: Dessert
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Author: Michelle
Great pudding or slice with a cuppa

Ingredients

Base

  • 100 g butter
  • 2 tablespoons caster sugar
  • 3/4 cup plain flour
  • 1/3 cup cornflour

Filling

  • 1 can condensed milk
  • 3 eggs separated
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice

Topping

  • 1/4 cup caster sugar
  • 1/2 cup dessicated coconut
  • 1/3 cup flaked almonds

Instructions

Base

  1. Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy
  2. Add sifted flours
  3. Use your hands to knead mixture together
  4. Turn onto floured surface
  5. Knead lightly for 5 minutes
  6. Press evenly into a lined 19 x 29 cm dish
  7. Bake 180C for 15 minutes or until lightly golden

Filling

  1. Mix together filling ingredients
  2. Pour over base
  3. Bake a further 10 minutes

Topping

  1. Beat egg whites until soft peaks form then gradually add sugar
  2. Beat until thick and glossy
  3. Fold coconut through meringue
  4. Spread over lemon filling
  5. Sprinkle with almonds
  6. Bake a further 10-12 minutes or until almond top is golden
  7. Allow slice to cool in tin before cutting into pieces

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

To read Cam’s previous articles click on his name in blue.

Finally, a council makes a sensible decision

I have been very critical of the Marlborough District Council in the past for utter stupidity when making spending decisions.

They’ve recently made a decision that would surprise most out there, knowing how utterly stupid this council has been in the past. One only needs to remember the bus shelter built with a hole in it to get the picture: Quote:

The Marlborough District Council has decided against a ‘living wage’ policy for staff, which would have bumped everyone up to at least $20.55 an hour.

The council felt the living wage concept, based on Auckland and Wellington prices, was not a good reflection of Marlborough’s lower wage average, a spokesperson said.

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

To read Cam’s previous articles click on his name in blue.

Does the Labour-led government think Kiwi voters are stupid?

Phil Twyford
Credit: Pixy

Judith Collins continues to hold Phil Twyford to account.

She’s sledged him as the “Minister for Re-Announcing National Party initiatives”: Quote:

The Government needs to start crediting the National Party as Housing Minister Phil Twyford once again plagiarises a previous National Government housing announcement, National’s Housing spokesperson Judith Collins says.

This infrastructure funding is definitely not new. It was announced by the previous National Government in July last year.  

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

To read Cam’s previous articles click on his name in blue.

Winston to Bridges: “…reveal to the public who the leaker is, or I will”

Winston Peters says he knows who National’s dirty little leaker is, as do many, but he has upped the ante on this by saying that unless Simon Bridges names the leaker then he will: Quote:

WINSTON PETERS (NZ First): On Suffrage Day, the last thing I would’ve expected was a member of Parliament to get up and attack a woman. They could’ve left it till tomorrow or next week, but no, they reverted to type, because deviation and sideshows and roadblocks are what they’re famous for. They’re famous for that because they’ve got a leader who has an abundance of inquiries, and the most serious inquiry should be about his status as a leader of that party.

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

To read Cam’s previous articles click on his name in blue.

Can the DoC cull of Tahr be stopped?

The Minister of Conservation, Eugenie Sage, has ordered the cull of a significant number of Tahr in the coming months. She did this based on an agreement with the hunting community in the 1990s that Tahr populations should be kept at 10,000 animals. They are now well in excess of this number, and spreading rapidly through the South Island high country.

The exact numbers are not entirely certain, with estimates ranging from as low as 17,000 to as high as 52,000, and DoC saying that the population is increasing by 5,000 per year.    Read more »

As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

To read Cam’s previous articles click on his name in blue.

Jan Thomas digging in hard

Massey University vice-chancellor is digging in hard. She has said she has no intention of resigning. Quote:

Massey University’s Vice Chancellor has told students and staff she has no intentions of resigning after she misled the public over the cancellation of a Don Brash speech on campus last month.

Jan Thomas banned Don Brash from speaking at a Massey University Campus in August citing security reasons. End quote.

Yep, she’s digging the hole even deeper. Looks like we will have to deploy other tactics to force the lying Aussie bint out, since exposing her as a liar hasn’t seemed to work. Quote:

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

To read Cam’s previous articles click on his name in blue.

Cindy tried to look tough by sacking Meka the Muss

Digital image credit: Luke

Jacinda Ardern has obviously felt the pressure being applied on her about being weak and vacillating and has been forced by circumstance to sack Meka Whaitiri when she really probably wanted to do a whitewash: Quote:  

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has fired embattled MP Meka Whaitiri as a minister over an incident with a staff-member.

Whaitiri was stood down on August 30 after it was alleged she shouted at and manhandled a member of her staff three days earlier, and an investigation launched.

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

To read Cam’s previous articles click on his name in blue.