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IMPORTANT: Update on Pak ‘n Save

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Whaleoil has been under a well organised and sustained attack.  We’ve had a Denial of Service attack, which shut the blog down for a number of days.  We have had some of our emails and Facebook chats hacked.  We’ve been under a commercial attack where advertisers have been approached with a very one-sided story, and based on that, withdrawn their advertising from Whaleoil.

Yesterday, I ran an update on this situation, reporting that of all the advertisers that has made public statement about blocking their advertisements from Whaleoil, only Foodstuff (fronting for Pak ‘n Save) was refusing to talk to any of the communication you sent them.  And – no ads.

As a result, I felt it was fair enough to call the block a deliberate stance.

Mere hours later, as if by magic, Pak ‘n Save ads started to appear on the web site.   Read more »

The left’s economic sabotage of Whaleoil – progess report

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As you may recall, the left, through their attack blogs, have been systematically targeting advertisers on Whaleoil.

Among those that knee-jerked some reactions based on a very one-sided complaint (and without consulting with us), were Powershop and Flight Centre.

I’m happy to report that both of those companies have recommenced their advertising.   This isn’t a sign they support us.  Instead, it’s a sign that they will advertise wherever their customers are.  And with a quarter of a million of you, their customers are Whaleoil readers too.

Keep in mind that Whaleoil never called for a customer boycott on these companies.  In fact, we only revealed Powershop as one of the companies involved until after they reversed their decision to block advertising.

So, any of you who took your business away from Powershop and/or Flight Centre, please take these developments into account when you do your business in future.

(and let’s face it, $159 per person one way to Sydney or Brizzy is a good start when you easily pay double to get to Queenstown)

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Attempts to undermine Whaleoil financial vialbility continue [UPDATED]

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Hacked from Martyn’s Daily Love and Truth blog:   Read more »

Shearer. David Shearer… now where have I heard that name before?

They stuck new batteries in David Shearer so he could come out and be “outraged” about power prices.

Power prices are soaring “out of control” on the eve of winter, with some companies hiking prices up a “staggering” 9 per cent in one month, Labour says.

The price increases were “totally unreasonable” for Kiwi families, energy spokesman David Shearer said.

Energy Minister Simon Bridges earlier predicted power prices to rise about 2.4 per cent over the six months from February to August 2014, but Shearer claimed many regions had exceeded this in just one month.

“In Christchurch, some power company prices have jumped over six per cent in just a month. Other companies have hiked their prices up a staggering 9 per cent in a month,” Shearer said.

“It is simply not fair for Kiwis to face those sorts of bills.”

Shearer based his assertions on data from the PowerSwitch website, which tracks national power prices.

The latest PowerSwitch figures show significant price rises from March to April across the country.

Christchurch appears to have been hit the hardest, with two companies, Nova and Powershop, recording price increases of more than 9 per cent for the month.

Cherry picking.  I don’t blame him, but he also didn’t quote the prices that stayed the same, or went down.  We have an issue of “average” increases versus a cherry picked increase of one particular supplier.  A supplier which, had held the prices low a long as possible but had to catch up.   Read more »

Nationalisation of power to save us $1.25 a week?

So let me get this straight…the Greens and Labour want to nationalise an industry so they can save us $1.25 a week?

Martin Johnston writes about power prices.

Home electricity bills rose by $63 on average in the 12 months to February, with the biggest increases generally occurring in some smaller cities and their large rural hinterlands.

Dunedin got off lightest, with an increase of $9, and Auckland came second at $13, a rise of just 0.6 per cent in the retail price, weighted by retailers’ market shares.

At the top end of the scale, families and other domestic power users in Nelson/Marlborough suffered the biggest increases, of $133 (6.2 per cent), followed by the East Coast on $128. The figures come from an analysis – done by small retailer Powershop – of survey data published by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment.

Powershop shows up in the ministry data as having imposed increases towards the upper end in some of the areas where it operates. In the Auckland area fed by the Vector lines network, for instance, Powershop’s retail price rose by 4.1 per cent in the 12 months, approaching double the 2.3 per cent increase of the area’s biggest retailer, Mercury Energy.  Read more »