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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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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!

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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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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Yes Nanaia dear, that’s the general idea


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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Medical students upset over Labour’s blue budget

Chris Hipkins Photo: RNZ / Rebekah Parsons-King

I don’t think the budget has made anyone happy. The list of those upset with Labour’s blue budget is growing. This time it is medical students: Quote:

Medical students are upset with the Government for not getting rid of a cap on the number of years a student can get a student loan.

The National government put the eight-year cap in place in 2011, and it was opposed by the Labour Party and many students associations – particularly medical ones.

It means students who undertake a five-year medical degree after finishing a four-year degree in another field cannot get student loan money to cover their fees, living costs, or course-related costs in their final year.

Labour, NZ First, and the Greens all committed to getting rid of the cap in their election manifestos, but Budget 2018 did not implement the change.

“It is disappointing to see this new Government, in their first budget, to not live up to these expectations,” NZ Medical Students Association Vice-President Ajda Arsan said.

“Not only is this a waste of much needed doctors in the workfield, this is a waste of the taxpayers dollars already invested in that training. What help is a medical student with half a degree?” End quote.

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