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Cindy James was known to be a friendly and loving person. She didn’t drink excessively or touch drugs and married a man who was nearly two decades her senior. They shared a workplace where he was a doctor and she was a nurse. It was only a few months after they divorced that her life turned upside down.

Who Killed Cindy James?

A woman is found murdered after reporting more than 100 incidents of harassment and violence, but police think she staged the attacks herself.

This is a tragedy that unfolded over seven years of attacks and harassment by an unknown perpetrator. Her violent death – far from offering closure – was only the beginning of an agonizing journey through layers of family secrets, official negligence, and conflicting stories.

On June 8, 1989, the quiet Vancouver, British Columbia, suburb of Richmond was shocked when a body was found lying in the yard of an abandoned house. The victim was a 44-year old nurse named Cindy James. She had been drugged and strangled. Her hands and feet had been tied behind her back. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police believed that Cindy’s death was either an accident or suicide.

Soon after leaving her husband in 1981, James started receiving threatening phone calls. The police started to investigate but over the next several months, the harassment increased. She reported prowlers outside her house at night. Windows were smashed and phone cords cut. According to a friend, James claimed bizarre notes were being left on her doorstep, and that she had been attacked several times.

In the seven years before she died, Cindy reported nearly 100 incidents of harassment.  Five were violent physical attacks. Over time, the police began to doubt her stories. But Cindy’s parents never doubted that their daughter was murdered. Cindy’s father, Otto Hack:

“The police did not investigate the possibility of homicide, of somebody murdering her, but zeroed in on trying to prove that she committed suicide.”

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Photo: Mike Browne

Photo: Mike Browne

Gooey Gumhead Statue

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Native advertising? Yep

Read this article in the NZ Herald from yesterday…it makes you wonder how this is even news.

Canadian migrant Genevieve Westcott remembers the 20.5 per cent mortgage rates of the 1980s.

“When we first came to New Zealand in the mid-80s, we had planned to stay for just a year to sample the Antipodean delights. We had left behind a beautiful house in Vancouver. We were horrified at the mortgage rates in God’s Own. In 1987, when I was headhunted back to Canada, the mortgage rate had peaked at 20.5 per cent compared to Canada where the rate was 9.75 per cent for a one-year fixed mortgage. We didn’t waste any time buying a new home in Toronto,” the broadcast journalist remembers.

But by 1991, she had returned here, buying a sprawling villa in Devonport’s Summer St where she lived for 17 happy years.

“Our mortgage rate then, as I recall, was about 14.5 per cent. Luckily we brought Canadian funds with us from the sale of a Toronto home to bolster our purchase. But we still had to go to the bank and it took us a few years to pay off the mortgage. We had quite a party to celebrate when the momentous day arrived.

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Terry Fox

Terry Fox

Inspirational

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Picking on foreigners completely daft

Policy Parrot says:

Not wanting to ruffle ones own feathers to fly into this debate this Parrot does get a little excited over this housing debate. Like when a mirror and bell was put inside one’s cage.

Labour are demonstrating that they have no grasp whatsoever where it concerns housing and what drives housing prices or affordability. Clumsy buffoons stumbling around in the dark.

Certainly we have foreign buyers and there are the urban rumours of buyers magically appearing to swipe away a house at auction before boarding a plane back to wherever with the house locked up. But are they true and to what extent?

This Parrot is reminded of an old ‘laundered money’ hiding in property topic that caused no end of heated debate at a drunken dinner with fellow parrots one night earlier this year.

Yes there are certainly wealthy foreigners buying up land for land banking purposes on the skirting edges of our biggest city. But they are targeting big tickets land parcels, not individual houses.

However there is a decided lack of evidence to prove the extent of either activity and no strong evidence relating it all back to comparative sales volumes for native kiwis to provide us with certainties. Everyone commentating is guessing.  Read more »

Auckland will never sprawl to be the size of Los Angeles

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Sydney urban sprawl

Policy Parrot says:

Len Brown has been stating off and on over the last few months that we – the people of Auckand – don’t want our city Auckland to sprawl and and become like Los Angeles.

His words ‘we don’t want Los Angeles sprawl’.

That has made this parrot laugh hysterically and fall of one’s perch because Auckland will NEVER become a city sprawled like Los Angeles.

Does Len even know how big our little wee city is?

The answer is – very small. A gnats arse if we are frank with ourselves. Comparably to other cities in the world our city is one of the smallest.

Auckland is 580 sq km. It is the 178th largest city in the world by area land mass. Even Adelaide is bigger at 729 sq km.

Sydney – our nearest international comparison – is 1687 sq km and is ranked 25th. Sydney is 3.5 times bigger.   Read more »

More on Len Brown’s stealth tax plan for Auckland

Len Brown’s furtive little formula for housing poor families of 8 on the third floor of an apartment building next door to you is unravelling as we speak.  The extent of his tax plans is now being revealed.

Buried in Brown’s secret Addendum for taxing the pips out of Auckland’s landowners is a scheme called ‘Shared Land Value Uplift’.  This is code for a big Brown Tax, and “Shared” means paying Len to house impoverished people in your street.

What isn’t well known is Len has shopped around for uncover the most expensive con-job in the developed world, via Vancouver:

“In Canada, Vancouver City operates a system of negotiating community amenity contributions when land is rezoned (but not when it is developed for individual buildings or houses). Council policy is that 70 to 80% of the increase in property value arising from rezoning should be used for community amenity contributions, including affordable housing. The rezoning generally involves the redevelopment of existing urban land, for example rezoning from industrial to residential, and from low density to high density uses.” (page 18 of the Addendum to Len Brown’s recipe for AucklandRead more »