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Suffrage 125: big problems for our first female prime minister

Oh, what a wonderful photo. The 3 female prime ministers of New Zealand, together, marking 125 years of women’s suffrage (or, as many men point out, men’s suffrage of women, but I digress) and showing the world how women can do anything – in New Zealand anyway.

But things are not great for Jenny Shipley, former prime minister and now former director of the collapsed company, Mainzeal.

Stuff  reports: quote:

Former Prime Minister Dame Jenny Shipley and her fellow directors of failed construction firm Mainzeal are defending “reckless trading” allegations in the High Court in Auckland.

Plaintiffs for the liquidators of Mainzeal are making a claim of $75 million against its former directors in order to repay creditors.

Mainzeal Property and Construction, of which Shipley was a director from 2004 to December 2012, went into liquidation in February 2013. 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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Opera singer to call the tune

From Earth’s End

In a “you could not make this stuff up” moment, a student of educational psychology, operatic singing and film production (oh, and a convicted fraudster to boot) has been appointed to a top job advising Maori on climate change.

Clearly, Donna Awatere Huata is well qualified to advise Maori on climate change as her educational psychology background will assist in teaching the mantra of impending climate doom.  Her operatic background will ensure that everyone is singing from the same page and the film production experiences will assist with the needed special effects when the climate departs from the script. Read more »

In solidarity with the those in the world’s most despised demographic, WH has decided to ‘come out’ as an old white male. WH enjoys exercising the white-male privilege that Whaleoil provides for him by writing the occasional post challenging climate change consensus; looking at random tech issues that tweak his interest, as a bit of a tech nerd; or generally poking the borax at anyone in public life who goes on record revealing their stupidity. WH never excelled on the sports field because his coaches never allowed him to play in his preferred position on the right-wing. WH also enjoys his MG.

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Plastic bag ban creates opportunity for advertising

It hit me yesterday when reading Christie’s funny post about the rash of missing Countdown baskets that this is a huge marketing opportunity for canny companies. If Countdown and other supermarkets are going to inconvenience their customers and take away their free access to branded plastic bags that advertise their supermarket then other companies can step in to fill the void.

Imagine a shopping basket with your companies branding all over it. Now imagine thousands of shoppers all over New Zealand carrying them inside supermarkets. A big enough company could order them in bulk from China in company colours and with company branding and could practically give them away. It would be an amazing bang for their advertising buck as they will be used again and again.

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If you agree with me that’s nice, but what I really want to achieve is to make you question the status quo, look between the lines and do your own research. Do not be a passive observer in this game we call life.

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Handing over control

Do you want Mercury Energy, Contact Energy or Trustpower etc to decide on your next car purchase?

Do you want Google deciding the appropriate time to adjust your thermostat?

All this could be coming to an electrical socket near you shortly according to this article from PEI. Quote. Read more »

In solidarity with the those in the world’s most despised demographic, WH has decided to ‘come out’ as an old white male. WH enjoys exercising the white-male privilege that Whaleoil provides for him by writing the occasional post challenging climate change consensus; looking at random tech issues that tweak his interest, as a bit of a tech nerd; or generally poking the borax at anyone in public life who goes on record revealing their stupidity. WH never excelled on the sports field because his coaches never allowed him to play in his preferred position on the right-wing. WH also enjoys his MG.

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Now they are coming for your burger

Stuff  reports: quote.

The Government’s looking to ask “Big Food” companies to stop sponsoring sport.

It’s a move to tackle soaring obesity rates, alongside calorie counts on restaurant menus.

The proposals were contained in a “wish list” released to Stuff under the Official Information Act. end quote.

Fast food is in the government’s sights now. quote:

Fast food giants Burger King, McDonald’s, and KFC sponsor rugby, basketball, football, and cricket. Sanitarium runs the Weetbix Tryathlon, and Nestlé is a sponsor of junior rugby through its Milo drink. Netball is sponsored by mall chain Muffin Break. 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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Don’t be evil?

Breitbart has published a video recorded by Google shortly after the 2016 presidential election which reveals an atmosphere of panic and dismay amongst the tech giant’s leadership, coupled with a determination to thwart both the Trump agenda and the broader populist movement emerging around the globe. Quote.

The video is a full recording of Google’s first all-hands meeting following the 2016 election (these weekly meetings are known inside the company as “TGIF” or “Thank God It’s Friday” meetings). Sent to Breitbart News by an anonymous source, it features co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin, VPs Kent Walker and Eileen Naughton, CFO Ruth Porat, and CEO Sundar Pichai. It can be watched in full above. It can and should be watched in full above in order to get the full context of the meeting and the statements made.

It was reported earlier this week that Google tried to boost turnout among the Latino population to help Hillary Clinton, only to be dismayed as the usually solid Democratic voting bloc switched to the GOP in record numbers. This video shows a similar level of dismay among Google’s most high-profile figures.

These individuals, who preside over a company with unrivaled influence over the flow of information, can be seen disparaging the motivations of Trump voters and plotting ways to use their vast resources to thwart the Trump agenda.[…]

Key moments from the video can be found at the following timestamps:
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In solidarity with the those in the world’s most despised demographic, WH has decided to ‘come out’ as an old white male. WH enjoys exercising the white-male privilege that Whaleoil provides for him by writing the occasional post challenging climate change consensus; looking at random tech issues that tweak his interest, as a bit of a tech nerd; or generally poking the borax at anyone in public life who goes on record revealing their stupidity. WH never excelled on the sports field because his coaches never allowed him to play in his preferred position on the right-wing. WH also enjoys his MG.

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Commercial reality trumps vegan virtue signalling

Morgan Redfern-Hardisty – Vegan coffee maker extraordinaire

Please allow me to introduce you to Mr Morgan Redfern-Hardisty.

Morgan has hit the news lately and caused a bit of local controversy up in Magical Mangawhai as a result of a classic case of Vegan Virtue Signalling (VVS).

I’m not sure what it is about Vegan’s and their apparent need to tell everyone, not only how they like to live, but how others should live their lives as well.

You see Morgan Two-Fathers has a nice little coffee cart type business known as Cool Beans Cafe (CBC) in the brilliant local, community trust run, Mangawhai Activity Zone (MAZ). MAZ is a truly awesome skatepark, playground, outdoor gym, play zone for all ages. It is the result of a lot of local fundraising and voluntary effort and really is a beacon to what can be done by a dedicated crew of like-minded good folk who care about their town.

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ExPFC, ex lots of things. Husband to a great woman. Father to great kids. Traveller, teller of tall tales, wannabe capitalist property magnate. I’m a passionate user of fossil fuels, a proud Kiwi, Ford over Holden, Indy over F1, V8’s over everything else.

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Who is this gloomy business community?

Liam Dann Photo: Economy Hub

Liam Dann has been drinking the government Koolaid. In a newspaper he writes quote:

Who is this gloomy business community? Does it really exist as a distinct cultural entity?

I don’t think so. I’ve been embedded in the business world for 20 years and I am sceptical of the idea that it is a homogeneous group. end quote.

Nobody ever said it was. The general view is that business confidence is low. That does not in any way suggest that certain business owners or business types are forming an incorporated society to promote hate of the government. quote:

An obvious and growing divide in the business world was on display last Tuesday as the Prime Minister delivered her big speech “confidence” to the gathered captains of industry at Westpac’s head office.

It was smart politics for Labour to bring the “big end of town” into the tent —​ as they have with the Christopher Luxon-led Business Advisory Council. 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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Burger King banned from hiring migrants

Well now. This is interesting.

Stuff reports: quote:

The company that owns Burger King New Zealand has been barred from hiring migrant workers for a year after under-paying a staffer.

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) imposed the ban after the company breached the Minimum Wage Act 1983.

Unite Union national secretary Gerard Hehir said the company paid a salaried manager less than minimum wage. The employee was a Unite member. end quote.

Well, first of all, that was incredibly stupid. They paid a ‘salaried manager’, who was also a member of a union, less than minimum wage. If you ever wanted to cause trouble in your organisation, I guarantee, this is the way to do it. quote:

“This is a large, high profile corporation and shows that this is not just a problem for small restaurants and fruit pickers – it goes right across most sectors and company sizes” Hehir said.

Burger King New Zealand owner Antares Restaurant Group was on Wednesday added to MBIE’s stand-down list for businesses that have breached minimum employment standards. It will be unable to hire migrant workers until July 17, 2019. 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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Fact checking Jacinda Ardern on business confidence

In her supposedly “big” speech on business confidence the other day our prime minster said this:

“When you line up business confidence with key economic performance measures over the last two governments there appears to be an inverse relationship between business confidence and the actual performance of the economy,”

Maybe I’m reading these charts from the ANZ Business Confidence Survey in July incorrectly? 

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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.

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