The Waikato expressway is amazing. Well, the completed bits are.
However, the absence of a motorway through Hamilton is a shocker. A bypass is on the way but, Hamilton, that’s a fail. Why weren’t you planning for the future?
All was good until Taupo, and then we hit the Taupo/Napier road. It’s a beautiful road but that’s when we hit the super trucks hogging the single lane carriageway, often exceeding their speed limit. It was worse from Napier to Woodville.
The dependence on trucks, the railroading of railways and the lack of capable roads make those roads a killer. (I have one friend who nearly lost both her parents on that road to a truck.)
Wellington was more clogged, even on the weekend, than Auckland. It’s like no-one thought people lived and worked south of the Beehive, which is where everyone works. We witnessed the full horror of the Island Bay cycleway. What used to be a broad safe boulevard is now a skinny death trap.
Coming north, we checked out the new MacKays to Peka Peka expressway. $630 million for 18km of Rolls-Royce grade road. It’s beautiful. So beautiful that Otaki MP Nathan Guy promptly said he wants $2 billion to extend it to Levin – even though south of MacKays is about the worst roading on State Highway 1. Read more »
Yesterday I drove from Wellington to Tauranga. I kept an eye on petrol prices. I only use 91 octane so I didn’t check any others.
In Plimmerton, just out of Wellington Z Energy wanted $2.06 (I ignored the .9 bit) That’s where I fuelled up. Bugger.
In Levin $1.79 – Allied and the others were $1.80.
In Rotorua Gull asked $1.72.
That’s 34 cents difference. Whew!!! Read more »
After listening to all the rumours regarding Slick Nicky’s new election disrupting book I decided to do some investigating to see if I could find out what it is all about. Since (as per Hager’s modus operandi) it will be based on stolen information not ” Leaks” as it will be spun by a complicit media, I went underground into the murky world of hacking to access his book publisher’s database.
Inside the database my pet hacker Cookedfish discovered a number of book covers that Hager is currently considering which gave us some clues as to what the book will be about.
London Piccadilly Tube Station drawing from 1928
The man heavily tipped as President Trump’s choice for New Zealand ambassador, former Judean itinerant teacher Jesus O’Nazareth, was scalded and slandered across the country by all prominent, less-than-prominent, and even the very-little-more-than-meaningless, anti-US grand-dudgeons possessing a shoulder-chip, access to wifi and a twitter handle on Sunday.
When approached by our twelve-year-old, trained and skilled, journalist, a founding-member of the Islamic Women’s Council of NZ (Halal-o-tea-roa) claimed Trump’s choice would be insulting Muslims in this country, especially Muslim women, and she would be texting ‘outrage’ about the pending appointment amongst her easily-offended online cohort as soon as her husband granted access to her smartphone again. Her irritation was ignited after hearing of O’Nazareth’s ignominious and hugely inappropriate display of public nudity; when confronted with the much-touted rumour that Jesus had actually been nailed up outdoors against his express wishes, and was offered very little in the way of choices for clothing, our informant (who wished to remain bigamous) claimed it had been a publicity stunt on the part of O’Nazareth. Read more »
UPDATE: I removed the polo-shirt images as they are for staff only and removed the questions about them from the survey.
Before you complete the second survey please have a look at these photos. You only need to remember the letter A) B) or C) of the product/s you are interested in buying.
Vernon Small can see smoke signals…shame Bill English can’t.
Prime Minister Bill English may make a decent fist of shearing, but when it comes to kicking for touch his style is more hack-it-and-see.
Faced with queries about the impact of the Maori-Mana non-aggression pact, announced on Monday, he punted them all into the distant future.
Would National continue its long-standing policy of not fielding candidates in the Maori seats?
“There is likely to be some discussion about that. We haven’t come to a conclusion but we didn’t stand last time.”
Every election was a bit different. He hadn’t thought about it in great detail.
Well then, what about abolishing the Maori seats? Read more »
On June 27, 1976, Air France Flight 139 took off from Tel Aviv, Israel, bound for Athens, Greece and eventually Paris. There were 246 passengers and 12 crew members aboard. Not long after the Airbus A-300 plane left Athens, four terrorists–two German nationals and two Palestinians–hijacked Flight 139. They were armed with pistols as well as a grenade with the pin removed, which one of the terrorists held onto as insurance against being attacked or overwhelmed by the passengers.
The hijackers, who were affiliated with the Marxist-leaning terrorist group Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine and the equally radical Baader-Meinhof Gang of West Germany, forced the plane to land in Benghazi, Libya, and eventually in Entebbe, Uganda, which was then ruled by dictator Idi Amin. The passengers who were not Israeli nationals were released, but this left over 100 innocent people still in their hands. The terrorists demanded that the Israeli and other western governments release 53 prisoners held in Israel, Kenya, Switzerland, France and West Germany, or they’d start killing passengers one by one on July 1.