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Green Party Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage

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Things not looking good at the ‘Grossest Market’

Things aren’t looking good for Aaron Drever’s latest venture called the Grocer’s Market. Regular readers know that we have covered stories about Aaron Drever before. We’ve been keeping a close eye on his latest business and, it appears, so have Radio NZ.

Radio NZ reports:

Despite having no grocery or retail experience, former real estate agent Aaron Drever – who was stripped of his licence in 2016 after racking up nine disciplinary findings – bought the remnants of the Mt Eden Nosh supermarket in July last year after it went into receivership, and rebranded it The Grocer’s Market.

Nosh went under owing more than 100 staff hundreds of thousands of dollars. As the business struggled to stay afloat employees were convinced to stay on and work by owner Jonathan Denize who said he would sell his house if he had to.

Mr Drever convinced workers and suppliers from the Nosh days to stay on board with the same promise, saying he would sell his house to pay them if needed.

But Checkpoint has spoken to six businesses and two former employees who are fighting to be paid, some owed tens of thousands of dollars.

Vision Fresh, a Tauranga produce company, is in the process of filing legal proceedings, claiming it is owed $25,000.

Ashish Khurana, 31, owns Khurana Cleaning Services and says he is owed $1900.  

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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.  And 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 that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

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

Waitangi Past: How our PMs have been treated at Waitangi

Then-PM Helen Clark is jostled as she leaves the lower Waitangi marae on Waitangi

Labour PM Helen Clark refused to go back to Te Tii Marae in 2000 after being treated with disrespect by the protestors.

Four years later National MP Don Brash was assaulted by a protestor at Waitangi.

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A history of conflict at Waitangi – then National leader Don Brash is targeted by protesters in 2004.

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HDPA tells Bill to go

Heather du Plessis-Allan-Soper tells Bill English that his time is up:

Bill English is a safe pair of hands. A Conservative with a Conscience. A good Kiwi Bloke. Reasonable, rational, progressive.

Anyway, that’s the recurring view among supporters of the leader of the National Party.

It’s a lot to lose. Which is why Bill English should quit. Sooner rather than later.

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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.  And 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 that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

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

Clearly Marama Davidson doesn’t know the third Whaleoil rule of politics

Green list MP and co-leader wanna be Marama Davidson, hugs immigrant from South Africa, BDS activist Justine Sachs, demonstrating that she is ignorant of Whaleoil’s third rule of politics.

Here are the twelve Whaleoil Rules of Politics:
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25 reasons why HR sucks

Back to work blues.  We’ve all experienced or know someone who’s had a run in with Human Resources (HR).  These kingdom-building-little-Hitlers create a toxic work environment.

The over-inflated HR manager of a state-funded local institution took charge of the fit out for a new building project.  Surprise surprise budget blowout.

The HR department of another organization was asked to rewrite job descriptions as part of the company restructure.  The dictatorial method of reallocating tasks without employee consultation was somehow considered appropriate, and new job descriptions were duly produced.  Understandably they contained huge gaffes.

A young male employee was appalled to learn he’d been allocated the job of cleaning toilets when they became less than pristine, including the ladies loos.  HR had decided hygiene issues arising between cleaner’s visits would be addressed by the most junior staff member.  At least they weren’t sexist, right?

25 indicators that HR is killing your business is that they:

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Face of the day

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“Phil Goff, Mayor for a better Auckland,” was the slogan and clearly that was true if by better he meant a council that funds public sex parties that involve perversions like sticking an entire fist up another man’s bottom while a large audience watches and joins in.

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, do your own research. Do not be a passive observer in this game we call life.

In the New Zealand context what is poverty really?

When I was a child I wore some new clothes but I also wore hand me downs.

My family wasn’t poor.

My Mum bought cracked eggs from the farm to save money.

My family wasn’t poor.

She bought lamb flaps and turned them into mince with a hand mincer to save money.

My family wasn’t poor.

She grew vegetables and fruit on our quarter acre section in Kawerau

My family wasn’t poor.

She mended our worn clothes and extended the legs on my corduroy trousers with a pretty floral material.

My family wasn’t poor.

We didn’t have takeaways as a treat until I was around 11 and even then only once a year.

My family wasn’t poor.

My Mum cut everyone’s hair

My family wasn’t poor

We didn’t have a television until I was around 8

My family wasn’t poor.

We were a one income family but my family wasn’t poor.

The Labour government does not base poverty on what a family has or doesn’t have, they base it on what their income is in relation to everyone else.

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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, do your own research. Do not be a passive observer in this game we call life.

Lots of if’s, but’s and maybes from Twyford on rentals, but not a single solution

Phil Twyford really is struggling with the transition from opposition to government.

He attacked the former government for having no housing solutions, but he is now the minister and it appears he has no idea either:

New Housing Minister Phil Twyford has several plans to make life easier for renters, but has ruled out rent controls.

Instead the new minister is clear that in his view the only way to seriously keep rents in check is to greatly increase supply.   

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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.  And 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 that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

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

Should our politicians be born and bred New Zealanders?

A reader writes…

Good morning.  My thought for the day …

The more I read about Julie Ann Genter and Golly G, the more I think that the Australians have the right attitude.  Their politicians have to be born and bred Australians.  I’m beginning to understand their reasoning.

 

On the left Green list MP Golriz Ghahraman is an immigrant born in Iran whereas Green list MP Chloe Swarbrick was born in New Zealand.

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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, do your own research. Do not be a passive observer in this game we call life.