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Kiwibank lawsuit puts paid to Labour’s claims of better deal

Kiwibank has been added to the lawsuit against ANZ on overcharging of fees…the second bank after ANZ to be enjoined.

Fair Play on Fees has today named Kiwibank as the next bank to face a class action over unfair penalty fees.

Kiwibank customers must register at by 11pm on Thursday, 21 November 2013 to ensure their inclusion in the case. Court documents will be lodged on Friday, 22 November.

“Today is a positive step for the campaign. We now have a sufficient number of Kiwibank customers to take their complaint to court and fight to get their unlawful penalty fees back.  We expect thousands more Kiwibank customers to join the campaign as a result of today’s announcement and encourage them to do so before the court documents are filed.  Read more »

Sad and forlorn

Bowalley Road

Go and read Chris Trotter’s sad and forlorn post about Saturday’s failed protests, there is a definite air of resignation that time has moved past protestors:

“That one was clearly a lot bigger than this one’s going to be”, I commented, looking around the little square and registering how empty it was. Others seemed to share my sense of embarrassment at the low turnout, self-consciously lining the sides of the square.

The first of the “Aotearoa is NOT for Sale” protests, on 28 April, had attracted up to 8,000 people, but it was already clear that last Saturday’s wasn’t going to be even half that size.

I had feared it would be so. The law enabling the partial sale of the state-owned energy generators has been passed (albeit by a single vote) and the Government’s $120 million promotional effort is about to begin. Many New Zealanders, though deeply opposed to the sale of Mighty River Power, must’ve heard about Saturday’s protests and asked themselves: “What’s the point?”

And so the drums started beating, the marchers chanted “Power to the People!”, and the ragged column of 2,500 to 3,000 souls began it’s slow trudge up Queen Street. I looked around me and saw the multi-coloured union and political party flags fluttering, and the hand-painted banners bobbing up and down. (The best I saw read: “New Zealand: 51 percent pure – 49 percent for sale.”). “Who’s got the power?” Someone bellowed. “We’ve got the power!” the marchers bellowed back.

I lifted up my eyes and the gleaming towers of the banks and finance houses seemed to lunge towards me: BNZ, AXA, Deloittes, ANZ, National Bank: giants of glass and steel standing like sentinels along the length of Queen Street. I wondered how impressive we looked from those top floors. Did the financiers, looking down, see a torrent of angry humanity pouring through that narrow canyon like a river in flood? Or did they see a line of scurrying ants: too tiny and remote to merit more than a dismissive sneer?

Defending against Violent Crime

There has been much talk about allowing the Police to routinely carry sidearms with the increasing violence against them, but there hasn’t yet been a serious discusson about allowing citizens the right to defend themselves from violent crime.

In New Zealand we have been content to allow the Police to protect us, but the thin blue line is stretched defending even themselves let alone the general citizenry. A call to Police for help in the face of violent crime may well be what the official line is but can you really afford to wait until they turn up.

It isn’t the Police’s fault that they are stretched and with the ever expansion of meth fueled crime it is becoming increasingly likely that, in big cities at least, that you will be assaulted, stabbed, or maimed in some way by a P-head. Calling the cops is often too late.

The problem we have is that we have allowed the situation to develop as a society where we are largely dis-armed and thus vulnerable. There was a time, not too far past where bank officers would be issued revolvers and shotguns to go pick up the cash from the Reserve Bank. I know this because I worked with a few who did it when I worked at the National Bank.

If we were to visit allowing citizens to protect themselves then I think Open Carry should be the default…for as they say no one ever raped a .38.

Discuss away.

Nobody ever raped a .38