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State tenants living in cold, damp houses

TVNZ  reports that state tenants struggle with keeping their houses warm too: quote:

State housing tenants are resorting to bubble-wrapping windows, using ovens as heaters and sleeping in one room to stay warm – because they say the heaters provided are simply not suitable.

Social housing providers have installed tens of thousands of 2000 watt electric convection panel heaters in state houses, but tenants complain they are not fit for purpose.

Even when curtains and windows were closed and the houses were insulated, they could not get their houses warm, tenants have told RNZ. end quote.

Oh, this is delicious. After all the beating up on private landlords, it turns out that state tenants are living in houses that are too cold and keeping the curtain closed (and the windows shut no doubt) will only cause dampness and issues with mould. quote:

The manufacturer, which RNZ has chosen not to name, said there was nothing wrong with its heaters and there was more likely to be issues with insulation or the way tenants were using the heaters.

It said all electric heaters of the same wattage in a similar sized space would heat the room in the same way. 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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Shaw brings out the bribes

A newspaper reports that Green Co-Leader James Shaw has ‘whole stack’ of options bribes to get Kiwis into electric cars: Quote.

The Government is poised to announce a raft of new initiatives bribes to help get more Kiwis behind the wheel of electric cars (EVs).

This could potentially include swapping out the Government’s fleet of petrol cars for EVs, Climate Change and Acting Associate Transport Minister James Shaw said. […]

He has a “whole stack” of policy options bribes which he hopes would make EVs more attractive to consumers and make them more cost competitive compared to conventional petrol cars.

“One of the big [ideas] is asking what the Government is doing to leverage its purchasing power and convert the Government’s fleet to electric.” End of quote.

I can’t see the DoC staff being too keen on a change from their current vehicles as there are not a lot of charging stations where they work. 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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The most politically incorrect cartoon in the entire world

I have wanted to publish this cartoon for a long time but it makes even me cringe. I cringe not because it is politically incorrect but because of the brutal truth contained within it.

Today I saw a news story that illustrates that the theme of the cartoon is sadly spot on.

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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.

You can follow me on Gab.ai 

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Colonisation is to blame

…for Maori being over-represented in prisons

Photoshopped image credit: Luke

Newshub reports quote:

A new report reveals most Māori believe their over-representation in our prisons is a direct result of colonisation and racism – and experts agree.

More than 900 Māori people participated in a 28-question online survey as part of research conducted by ActionStation and the University of Otago. end quote.

They may choose to believe it. That doesn’t make it real. quote:

Those results were combined with interviews with seven experts and data from previous studies. Supervisors also attended the Safe and Effective Justice Summit in August to gather data for the report.

The results are a damning indictment of the prison system and its impact on Māori.

An overwhelming majority of respondents (90 percent) believed structural racism is to blame for disproportionate Māori prison representation, rather than individual blame. end quote.

We’ve heard it all before. Those nasty white people cause Maori to assault, rape, beat up their own children…

… beat up their own children… quote:

That belief was supported by justice experts, who pointed to Pākehā settlers imposing British justice systems onto Māori as the inciting incident for New Zealand’s racial inequity. 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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Now they are coming for your statue

 

As the rest of the world pulls down statues and rewrites history, New Zealand has decided to join the party. The statue of Captain James Cook, at Gisborne, is going to be removed, and erected somewhere else. The Telegraph UK  reports quote:

statue of Captain Cook will be removed from a hill in New Zealand following protests by the local Maori community which says its ancestors arrived there long before the famous British explorer.

The council in Gisborne on the North Island said it will relocate the statue, which was erected in 1969 but has been repeatedly defaced by vandals who have daubed it in red paint, stolen its sword, and once covered Cook in a painted white bikini and sandals.  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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New tenants rights sink landlords

 

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Fixing the rental property could cost its owner upwards of $100,000.

A Newspaper reports that landlords in the Bay of Plenty, where rental property is in chronically short supply, are selling their properties because of ever-increasing tenants rights. This follows on from an article last week where over 900 tenants in Hawkes Bay, including a number of families, enquired after a one bedroom property. quote:

Some landlords are selling up their rental portfolios as the Government looks to introduce tougher regulations that will beef up tenants’ rights.

The Government has a raft of proposals including heating homes, taking away a landlord’s right to say no to pets and axing letting fees but industry experts say it was a knee-jerk reaction and ”catered to a segment of tenants who have had bad experiences”.

Gary Prentice from Rentals BOP said the agency had lost more than 20 properties in the past 12 months as clients sold their rental properties. end quote.

I think the fact that a landlord has no right to say that they refuse pets would be the final straw for me. Yes, I know a lot of pet owners are responsible, but the damage an uncontrolled pet can do is huge. I don’t see why landlords shouldn’t still have some rights over their own properties, and it is, of course, the landlord who picks up the tab for the damage. quote:

He said implementing changes when there was a shortage of rentals was ”crazy”. end quote.

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It might be headline grabbing but it is also vote grabbing

Winston Peters must be in seventh heaven with all the useful idiots out there opposing his Kiwi values bill.

One of those useful idiots is Simon Bridges: Quote:

Opposition Leader Simon Bridges has labelled talk of an NZ First bill, which would force migrants and refugees to agree to New Zealand values, as “headline-grabbing nonsense”.

And he is not the only one opposed, with both the Refugee Council of New Zealand and the Human Rights commission both opposing the proposed new legislation.

A draft bill drawn up by list MP Clayton Mitchell, Respecting New Zealand Values Bill, was discussed at the NZ First annual conference yesterday. 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.

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Enough with the man bashing

We have passed the tipping point and we should be very afraid.

This tweet from Golriz Ghahraman caught my attention:  Quote:

God what is going on in America?  Looking at that senate hearing just made me cry.  Imagine having to prove your sexual assault in the face of a raging powerful abuser – or he will get to sit on your nation’s lawmaking body for life, making the rules for all victims and abusers.  End of quote.

Golriz tweets more nonsense

Golriz has decided Brett Kavanaugh is guilty.  She has stated quite clearly that he is ‘a raging powerful abuser’.  Golriz, who as a lawyer, should understand better than most, the presumption of innocence. Golriz, who was so sure about Simon Bikindi’s right to a presumption of innocence, that she assisted in his defence.

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It’s great to have a voice.

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”

– Martin Luther King

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The brainwashing continues…

In my office, I am now an outsider. A renegade. Someone to be chastised. Why is this? What have I done that is so terrible? I’m not a criminal. I don’t smoke dope, although that becomes more and more acceptable. I don’t cook methamphetamine. I don’t eat babies or hurt animals. No. It seems my crime is much worse than that. I am guilty of continuing to use plastic bags.

I’ve always been a bit of a rebel. People tell me I’m ‘naughty’. I’m the one telling everyone to break the rules, to do things they are not supposed to. But when I engage with people on the subject, their arguments always fall apart. “Saving the turtles’ is a popular one, but it doesn’t take much to prove that no turtles will be harmed by any of my plastic bags. “We’ve got to do something about all the plastic we use” is another favourite, but no one seems to have an answer to the fact that the ban has started with the most convenient items, and no one seems worried about all the other plastics that they take home from the supermarket. My favourite is that we should ‘all change to paper bags like we used to have’. Nobody seems to have figured out yet that this will mean massive deforestation, and exactly what will that do for our levels of CO2, which is presumably what this is all about?

No. Some oracle somewhere has spoken. No one seems to know quite who or where, but the oracle has spoken and plastic bags must not be used ever again.

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Pike river recovery costs: Take the original estimate and triple it

Cabinet minister Andrew Little and representatives of the families of the men killed in the Pike River mine disaster have walked into the mine’s portal. (Photo / Facebook)

The original estimate for the Pike River Recovery Agency (Agency) operation to enter the mine was $23 million.

Costs continue to rise as the Agency decides where to place a new access tunnel to recover the bodies of the 29 miners who perished in 2010.

The only positive aspect of this whole process is the creation of jobs within the Agency for people skilled in the mining industry where New Zealand specialists have either disappeared overseas or sought alternative employment. Quote.

Pike River Recovery Agency has spent $2.5 million in its first financial year, including nine staff paid more than $100,000 a year.

And its boss warns that re-entering the West Coast coal mine, the site of a 2010 explosion that cost 29 lives, might cost millions of dollars more than its original $23 million budget, as the complexities of the operation become apparent.

Unaudited figures released to Newsroom under the Official Information Act show the agency’s biggest operational expense to June 30 was $749,000 for its 13 fixed term staff, and $524,000 for consultants and contractors. Its 14th staff member, senior project manager, Lloyd Steward, started on Monday. End of quote.

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The subject evoked in the collage is the debating of political issues with friends in a public place

Pablo Picasso
Glass and bottle of Suze (after 18 November 1912)
pasted paper, gouache and charcoal

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