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Let’s fix this

Let’sfix this

It has occurred to me that ‘Let’s fix this’ is a great alternative to numerous government working groups. Who needs expensive consultants with expense accounts when you can throw the problem to the Whaleoil readership and come up with multiple solutions quickly and easily.

Today we will attempt to answer the following questions:

  1. How should we house New Zealanders who need emergency housing?
  2. If people have been in emergency housing for 6+ months what should we do then?

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.

Identity for me, but not for thee

In the latest social justice outrage, commentator Sean Plunket stated that Golriz Ghahraman abandoned her country and implied that, as a foreign interloper, she shouldn’t be telling people what to teach their children in New Zealand :



Plunket then made the fundamental mistake of apologising for telling the truth. This allowed Golriz to perform her tiresome sanctimonious gloating, while Stuff and other New Zealand media outlets piled on.

Once again, we are shown that apologies never work because you are grovelling to people who don’t like you. Beyond the uselessness of an apology, we learned that the real question the media wanted answered was: Is Golriz a real Kiwi?

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Guest Post content does not necessarily reflect the views of the site or its editor. Guest Post content is offered for discussion and for alternative points of view.

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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.

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New Zealand called out at UN

Shalom.Kiwi reports: Quote:

New Zealand’s moral deficiency was called out at the UN today by Richard Kemp, a former commander of British troops in Afghanistan, Iraq, the Balkans and Northern Ireland, who also served with NATO and the United Nations. He tweeted:

“New Zealand Ambassador at UN talks about a one-sided loss of life in Gaza conflict. Presumably she won’t be happy until there are some dead Jews. Shocking and Shameful from a civilised country.” End of tweet.

Having just come from the Gaza front line, Kemp challenged the one-sided, distorted view of the UN, stating:

Based on what I observed, I can say that everything we just heard here (at the UN) is a complete distortion of the truth. The truth is that Hamas, a terrorist organization that seeks the destruction of Israel and murder of Jews everywhere, deliberately caused over 60 of its own people to get killed. They sent thousands of civilians to the front line — as human shields for terrorists trying to break through the border.

Hamas’s goal, in their own words, was “blood… in the path of Jihad.”  

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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.

Ask me anything: ACT’s maverick in Northcote, Stephen Berry

ACT candidate Stephen Berry

This morning ACT’s ‘maverick’ in Northcote, Stephen Berry, is live on Whaleoil and available to answer your questions. This is Stephen’s second visit to Whaleoil and we welcome him back. His guest post is below.


Up until the beginning of May the Northcote by-election looked like it was going to be the country’s slowest drag race. Two establishment candidates with about as much difference as vanilla and French vanilla ice cream, both seeking a smile-and-wave policy-free campaign with as little controversy as possible.

Having watched the past seven months (at the time) of dreadfully dull politics in which the blue-reds and the red-blues traded accusations that the other was spending less on government programmes than they would have done, I knew that Northcote deserved better. A genuine contest of ideas, bold proposals that can genuinely improve life for the people of Northcote and no more ‘politics as usual’.

Dan Bidois’ comprehensive traffic plan hit Northcote letterboxes last weekend. If you take out all the political fluff, his solutions will fit on the back of a postage stamp. Shannan Halbert has nothing new to add because his government have already announced it: a busway extension and a harbour bridge cycle path. If either of these candidates win Northcote, they’ll immediately fall into party line, vote whichever way they’re whipped and their maiden speeches will be the last we hear of Northcote till 2020.

As the ACT candidate for Northcote, I’m turning this moribund exchange of agreement between the two major party candidates into a proper three-way contest. My first act as Northcote’s MP will be to table a private member’s bill requiring the government to complete the Auckland motorway network within ten years. The first part that needs to be constructed is a second harbour crossing that links Point Chevalier with Kauri Point, stretching through Highbury and Glenfield before meeting with the Upper Harbour Highway.

So, ask me anything!

A guest post submitted to Whaleoil and edited by Whaleoil staff.

Guest Post content does not necessarily reflect the views of the site or its editor. Guest Post content is offered for discussion and for alternative points of view.

Brash: Respect ‘No’ votes on Maori wards

Tamati Coffey is having trouble understanding what democracy means. Don Brash assists him: Quote:

Politicians and media should respect the substantial votes against Maori wards in four districts, Hobson’s Pledge spokesman Don Brash said today.

Of those who voted, Palmerston North residents were 68.8% against Maori wards, Western Bay of Plenty 78.2% against, Whakatane 56.4% opposed, and Manawatu residents were 77.0% opposed, according to results released to date.

A result from the fifth district, Kaikoura, was awaited when this media release was sent.

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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.

Incite Politics

Not a bloody clue: National respond to Grant Robertson’s budget

The National party opposition’s response to Grant Robertson’s first budget has been as underwhelming as the document itself. Simon Bridges’ insistence that Robertson had delivered a “tax, borrow and spend” budget was as absurd as it was unimaginative. Indeed, it confirmed the first impression of many on the Right that Bridges wasn’t (and still isn’t) ready for the responsibilities of leadership.

Set against the performance of Amy Adams, National’s Finance Spokesperson, however, Bridges response to Robertson’s budget was masterful. Adams is clearly out of her depth in her current role and should be replaced . . .

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Great news, rich pricks can buy affordable homes under government scheme

Phil Twyford has let the cat out of the bag. Rich pricks will be able to buy up affordable KiwiBuild homes under the KiwiBuild scheme.

The NZ Herald reports: Quote:

People wanting to buy one of the Government’s affordably priced homes will not be income-tested.

That means high-income earners will not be blocked from purchasing one of the 100,000 planned houses to be built over 10 years, which will be priced at up to $650,000. 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.  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.

Yes Nanaia dear, that’s the general idea

Nanaiapotamus

Nanaia Mahuta, the Tainui Princess aka Nanaiapotamus, doesn’t want to build a new prison in her electorate because… if you build it, it will get filled up with prisoners: Quote:

The government may not be going ahead with the mega prison at Waikeria, after the Maori Development Minister said today they would not throw “$1 billion at a prison in Waikeria“.

In March, Justice Minister Andrew Little appeared on Marae, and said a decision would be made based on what Minister of Correction Kelvin Davis recommends.

He said a package developed by himself, Mr Davis and Minister of Police Stuart Nash would look at offending rates, the corrections system, the age of some of the prisons, “and what we need to do to make a more humane prison and corrections system in the long term”.

Appearing on TVNZ1’s Marae, Nanaia Mahuta was answering a question from National MP Jami-Lee Ross about what the budget meant for struggling families.

We aren’t going to throw 1 billion dollars at a prison in Waikeria. We want to put it into the regional economy,” Ms Mahuta said today.

“That will be something that will grow the economy, create jobs and opportunities that undoubtedly will see iwi benefit, will see Maori whanau benefit.” 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.  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.