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Christmas Countdown Special: EMA reaps what it sows

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EMA boss Kim ?The Campbell Clown? Campbell can?t be too much longer in his job.

Members of the EMA board have called the tipline begging not to be included in the Christmas Countdown series.

They reckon they didn?t know anything about what The Campbell Clown was up to when he decided to launch a campaign to steal $2.1 billion in Vector shares from the people of Auckland and South Auckland and cancel their $335 Christmas dividend and give the shares and money to Len Brown so he can build his trainset.

They didn?t know The Campbell Clown had come under the spell of Michelle ?The Boagan? Boag.

Well it may be too late for the EMA board.? Look what fell off the back of the bus: ? Read more »

Christmas Countdown: Boagan Dwarf One – Heather Shotter

 

Wait until I get my mitts on your cash

Wait until I get my mitts on your cash

Heather Shotter is the first of Michelle Boag?s ten dwarfs.

The Shotter?s an old, old mate of the Boagan?s, a keen gardener and a big fan of immigrants.

She was a PR flack at Sky City and moved up the ranks to become head of operations. Coincidentally, she got in a relationship and later married its CEO Evan Davies. Unfortunately the marriage didn?t last as long as it might have. Still, The Shotter?s come a long way for a girl from the Hawke?s Bay.

Now her close connections with the city?s most powerful men and women have landed her a job with the ?Committee for Auckland? over which The Boagan has influence.

And now The Shotter?s signed up her ?committee? to support The Boagan?s plan to take the $2.1 billion in shares off the Auckland Energy Consumer Trust (AECT) and cancel the annual $335 Christmas bonus it pays to every house, flat and business in Auckland and South Auckland.

They?ve got Kim Campbell?s EMA to back the confiscation and theft as well.

The Boagan, The Shotter, and Campbell want the $2.1 billion in shares to be given to Lyin? Len Brown?s Auckland Council.

The plan is that Lyin? Len would then sell the $2.1 billion in shares that had been stolen from Auckland energy consumers to pay for his trainset.

You are reading this right: The Boagan, Shotter, Committee for Auckland, EMA plan is to confiscate $2.1 billion in privately owned shares, give them to Lyin? Len and then try to get him to sell them, including to the people they stole them from.

National rising star Jami-Lee Ross puts it best: ?Surprised by EMA’s stance on AECT. When was the last time a business lobbyist called for a $2 billion private asset to be nationalised???

So who is The Shotter?s ?Committee for Auckland?

Here?s the truth: it?s mainly a front for Lyin? Len himself. ? Read more »

Christmas Countdown: The Boagan Who Wants To Steal Christmas (and her Ten Dwarfs)

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Whaleoil is launching a new series today. It?s called the Christmas Countdown and we?ll be introducing you to a whole lot of Michelle Boag?s friends this side of Christmas.

It seems like the Boagan has a new client. Is it John Collinge continuing his boring feud with Warren Kyd? Or a construction company like Downer, Hawkins, Fulton Hogan or Fletchers? ? Read more »

So after years of whinging about gambling what does a Labour leader hopeful do?

Grant Robertson has banged on about gambling for ages, attacking constantly the Sky City convention centre deal.

He is even in Hansard railing about gambling and gambling harm.

What is his response to Major Campbell Roberts, from the Salvation Army, who said that the proposed legislation cancels out any benefits, that the harm minimisation measures allowed for in the legislation are a joke, that they are neither robust nor effective, and that they do not represent any significant improvement on the current ineffective practices of Skycity Casino, which are already failing to reduce gambling harm? What is his response to Campbell Roberts? comments?

Yet around rolls the Melbourne Cup and what is Grant Robertson doing?

That’s right being a hypocrite and flaunting his gambling stubs from the TAB.

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If anyone knows about prohibition it is the Sallies…and they say it doesn’t work

Some very wise words from a Salvation Army boss about prohibition, both of alcohol and cannabis.

Simon Collins takes a break from pimping the poor to talk to to Alistair Herring of the Salvation Army.

A New Zealander who has come home after heading the Salvation Army in Pakistan says prohibition never works, but more restrictions can reduce the harm from drugs and alcohol.

Commissioner Alistair Herring, 63, who returned from Pakistan in April to head the Salvation Army’s NZ addiction services, said Islam’s ban on alcohol did not stop Pakistanis suffering serious addiction problems.

“Muslims are not allowed to hold alcohol licences in Pakistan on the premise that Islam is against addictive substances,” he said. “What tends to happen in reality is that Muslims who want to drink will go to the Christian or non-Muslim community for their alcohol. I have talked to Muslim folk in Pakistan and they acknowledge that it is a problem. There is also a huge drug problem, of course.”

He said Salvationists vowed not to drink or smoke voluntarily “because of who we are and the services we provide”. But compulsion was “quite a different thing”.

“Prohibition is never going to work, has never worked,” he said.

He said he would be “very cautious” about decriminalising cannabis, as proposed by Auckland Deputy Mayor Penny Hulse, but he acknowledged the inconsistency of laws on cannabis and alcohol.

“I understand the younger generation saying to their parents, ‘So you are against my drug of choice but what about your drug of choice?'” he said. “We tend to want to use a sledgehammer with drugs and a feather duster with alcohol.”

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Irony: Problem Gambling foundation takes a punt on a court case

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This is a bit like the Medlab debacle. ?Repeat after me: “you can not get a court to overturn a government?funding?decision”.

Problem Gambling Foundation will this week take legal action to stop the Ministry of Health dumping it in favour of the Salvation Army.

The move comes as papers released under the Official Information Act show the PGF and the ministry embroiled in a long-running argument over the foundation’s right to speak out on gambling issues.

It includes the ministry threatening to terminate the foundation’s contract if PGF didn’t halt a campaign called “pokie free and proud of it” promoting pokie-free pubs. The PGF has engaged Wellington lawyer Mai Chen to act for it.

It will try to force a delay to the scheduled July 1 handover to the Salvation Army. PGF chief executive Graeme Ramsey said: “We don’t understand the decision. Mai Chen’s first reaction was that it didn’t look right. Now she’s investigated it, it doesn’t smell right either.” Read more »

How can we solve the paedophile NIMBY problem in our society

Lucy Townend reports

A high-risk paedophile is to be moved from a Palmerston North suburb after an outpouring of community concern.

The 27-year-old man, whom Corrections and police refused to identify, was convicted of raping a 10-year-old girl in 2006.

He was released from Auckland Prison to a Salvation Army men’s hostel in Lockhart Ave, Milson, last week after completing an eight-year sentence.

He is subject to an extended supervision order which allows Corrections to keep tabs on him, including 24-hour GPS monitoring, for the next seven years.

Before he was released from prison, a health assessor pushed for the maximum extended supervision order of 10 years, saying he showed little remorse and had a high risk of reoffending, even after a decade.

Since the offender’s move to Milson, the Salvation Army has been contacted by half a dozen worried people.

A flier which identified the man, his offending and his address was distributed to letterboxes in Milson.

The community invariably runs the pedo out of town. ? Read more »

Herald editorial on state house changes

The Herald Editorial discusses the changes the government have made to state housing.

An era ended yesterday. The idea that a state house was awarded to tenants for life has been consigned to history. Legislation that put an end to this idea passed through Parliament late last year, remarkably with little comment. The law came into effect yesterday just as quietly. From now on, tenants will face a review every three years to see whether their income or circumstances have improved.

The absence of much protest suggests the public attitude changed long ago. Yet it shows some courage on the Government’s part. Sooner or later an elderly person is going to be evicted from a house she loves in a neighbourhood where she has lived most of her life, so that a family may be given the three-bedroom home she has occupied alone, and she will be on television.

Normally Housing New Zealand would be able to offer her a smaller but reasonably alternative home. But another historic change that took effect yesterday means the corporation no longer decides who gets a house.

The role has been passed to the Ministry of Social Development, which will assess applicants’ housing need as part of all forms of assistance they require. That makes sense and should make the system fairer.? Read more »

Groucho Marx’s Labour party

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This accurately sums up the state of the Labour party.

You can see the evidence of this in their ham-fisted attacks and smears on Judith Collins and now John Key. Aided by their pals in the compliant media, like Patrick Gower and Corin Dann they really are making a mockery of politics, their party and journalism.

The excuse making and justifications of Gower’s recent behaviour in Shanghai, by journalists like Russell Brown, just make that sort of scurrilous reporting available to all.

I look forward to Patrick Gower invading the office of Selwyn Pellett and rummaging his drawers, fridge and bookshelves looking for evidence of his cozy relationship with Labour and the unions. Of course that won’t happen.

Since the departure of Helen Clark the party has been stagnant, and now since the arrival of the entirely false and contrived David Cunliffe in freefall in the polls. The current state of the Labour party can be sheeted home entirely to the legacy of Helen Clark.? Read more »

Green Taliban broadening their skill base?

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Waitakere Police investigating the aggravated robbery of a New Lynn dairy want to hear from anyone who may recognise this distinctive satchel. (Picture is on Police website)

At around 2.15pm on Wednesday 12 February a man entered the Sheridan Dairy at the intersection of Sheridan Drive and Gilliam Street, he had his face covered and was armed with a hammer.

The offender approached the counter, threatened the shop keeper and demanded cigarettes.

The robber was carrying a distinctive black satchel. Both the bag and the hammer were found a short time later between Grandison Crescent & Pokapu Street.

“The bag is quite unusual and we’re hoping someone may recognise it. It’s got a picture of the Greenpeace yacht on the outer flap and inside the bag is a Salvation Army label” says Detective Jackson Shewry, Waitakere CIB.

“The offender may be a local, he fled on foot down Gilliam Street and our enquiries to date lead us to believe he lives in the general area.”

The offender is described as a Maori or Pacific Islander, aged between 16-20 years old, with a small to medium build.

He wore a black hooded nylon jacket with a silver trim.

Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Shewry on 09 839 0628.

Information can also be provided anonymously to the organisation Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Maybe finances aren’t going so well for the ‘charity organisations’ and they’re resorting to other means to seek donations?