Waiheke Island

I hope she gives him his money back

You can’t pay for this kind of publicity…..oh wait you can.

Do you want an insignificant encounter to be blown up out of all proportion?

Call the Boagster,

She has been making mountains out of molehills since the seventies

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Nanny Phil now wants to tax your supermarket bags

One of the most pressing issues of this campaign appears to be the use of plastic shopping bags in supermarkets.

It must be very serious because Phil Goff, the front-runner, now wants to tax or ban plastic shopping bags.

Auckland should follow the United Kingdom and charge about 10 cents for plastic supermarket bags, says Mayoral candidate and Labour MP Phil Goff.

In May this year, Countdown on Waiheke Island stopped using plastic checkout bags and Goff wants to reduce plastic bag use citywide.

“Last year the United Kingdom introduced an equivalent 10 cents charge on all plastic bags used in supermarkets (with exceptions for some goods such as meat, fish and vegetables). The result was an 85 per cent reduction in plastic bag use. This is replicated in cities around the world which have taken this action. We need to do the same,” he said. ? Read more »

Behind the tree-huggers, what the media isn’t telling you

Let’s start with the tree…it isn’t 500 years old. Sources inside the Auckland Council tell me that the?council’s own arborists reckon it is barely 100 years old.

Then you’d think from the media that there is just one tree that needs saving without telling you that there are multiple Kauri on the site, some even bigger than this one…presumably they must be near a 1000 years old given their size. All bare this one are going to be retained in the development.

Anyone with basic history skills can tell you that Kauri in the Waitakeres were pretty much clear felled for their timber, except for one large pocket…which this tree is nowhere near. This will be a regrowth Kauri and as such is barely 100 hundred years old. There is no way that a 400 year old Kauri that close to the Manukau Harbour would have survived the clear felling of kauri.

Then we have the treehugger protesting a legal property development who has become the media’s hero.

But he ?is a Green Taliban extremist from Australia who has done similar stunts in Tasmania.

The Hager lover has even written his own Dirty Politics Waiheke. Like most green types he doesn’t believe in freedom of speech.

Yet Waiheke has not been immune to the rise of the attack blog. Ever since being voted out of office in the 2013 local body elections, former Waiheke Local Board deputy chair Jo Holmes and her sidekick Jerry Flay, along with ?anonymous? guest bloggers have been publishing daily blogs attacking: The Mayor, the new Waiheke Local Board Members, especially Paul Walden, Denise Roche, Green MP based on Waiheke, her partner and daughter, me, and anyone associated with Green or progressive politics anywhere.

Far from being a discussion of policies and ideas, the daily blog posts have been heavy on the personal attack, making unfounded accusations and relying heavily on superficial comments on people?s appearance. As Martyn Bradbury points out ?Politics can be angry, politics can be loud. ? but hateful? Hate politics has no place in a modern democracy?

In the Waiheke Whale Oil ?joholmes.com?, Denise Roche is referred to as ?an old bag?, Becs Ballard is referred to as ?Barbie? I am called ?a silly little boy?, and implications alluding to physical characteristics of Denise?s 15 year old daughter have been made too.

Whilst for many the blog may be a form of light entertainment, as it is far more entertaining than any satire of the subject material could be, it is scarily serious. Jo has written or hosted pieces in favour of single use disposable plastic bags, blogged against the public fruit tree project in Blackpool, railed against the concept of ?fairtrade?, and has called Generation Zero (the youth climate change action group) ?just like the Hitler youth?! Whilst it would be amusing if read as satire, like The Civilian, or The Onion, there is no reason to believe that the views expressed there are not genuinely held. Jo admires and models herself on Cameron Slater?s Whale Oil blog. I?ll say that again: Jo admires Cameron Slater, and proudly considers her blog the Waiheke equivalent.

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Stop whining Deb

Waiheke Island’s new ferry operator says it cannot keep offering pensioners free passage without sharing a subsidy the Government pays its competitors.

The Explore Group says it will serve notice next week of an intention to charge fares for holders of SuperGold cards, most of whose travel at weekends and after 9am on weekdays on the rival Fullers passenger and Sealink car-ferry operations is reimbursed by the Government.

Explore chief executive William Goodfellow said older passengers, who had received free trips on his vessels since they started on the Auckland-Waiheke run in late October, would receive a grace period “of weeks rather than days” before having to buy tickets.

But after that, they would have to pay $16 for a one-way fare or $29 for return passage.

“The reason we have accepted them to date is that we believed we’d get a fair outcome from the Ministry of Transport for the whole SuperGold Card scheme,” Mr Goodfellow told the Herald.

“We’re doing it simply out of goodwill, because we thought fairness would prevail, but it obviously hasn’t.” Read more »

Dirty Media

Apparently when I publish publicly available information from QV and other public sources as to the address, value and other information about a ‘journalist’ who likes to do the same thing to the subjects of his book it is a gross invasion of privacy that requires public sanction, official complaints, and complaints to other bodies as well. All despite the fact that the same ‘journalist’ is listed in the public directory, the electoral roll plus submissions to parliamentary select committees that all publish the same address for the world to see.

I look forward then to the left wing blogs, David Fisher, John Drinnan, Matt Nippert and John Campbell all being outraged over the publication of the private details of Mark Hotchin, his wife, and his assets all over the Herald on Sunday today in a rather derogatory article designed to continue the vilification of a man who still remains uncharged for any crime and despite that has his assets still sequestered by the same judge who let Kim Dotcom splash the cash despite him actually being charged with real crimes.

For most people, shelling out $3.4 million on a plush Waiheke Island pad would be trading up.

But for former Hanover Group director Mark Hotchin it seems a case of trading down.

In November, Hotchin family trust KA No 3 bought 74 Korora Rd, Oneroa, for $3.4m.

The purchase comes after the same trust sold an exclusive 4.5ha property at nearby Boatshed Bay for $14.25m three months earlier.

The property at 46a Matapana Rd, Boatshed Bay, sold well above its July capital valuation of $13m.

Real estate agent Harry Howe would not comment on the new pad at Korora Rd, but marketing brochures described panoramic views over Owhanake Bay and the Hauraki Gulf to Little Barrier Island.

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Don’t mine it. Litigate it. Mine it. Double Charge it.

The Auckland City Council have caused additional cost through an own goal, and are now trying to recover these costs from the very people that pointed out the idiocy of their ways in the first place.

A reader emails

Hi Cam

RE: Price increase from Quarry business on Waiheke

doh

Appears ACC are double dipping for their services ? Read more »

Nimbyism alive and well…on Waiheke

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NIMBY’s oppose the neater and tidier development of a marina on Waiheke

I see the Horrid?s irony bypass continues to deliver, calling the mega-wealthy John Hawkesby ?an island winery owner and wine reviewer? and backing his David vs Goliath battle to stop progress on Waiheke in the form of a much-needed marina in the most logical place to have it.

Opponents of a 160-berth marina plan for Waiheke Island’s most visited bay are trying to raise $175,000 for a battle in the Environment Court by taking $20 donations and selling T-shirts and tickets to a variety concert.? Read more »

Can we get one of these?

Waiheke Island would be a good place for a Nuclear power plant.

A landmark deal to build Britain?s first nuclear plant in a generation is set to be signed tomorrow, bringing to an end two years of wrangling over subsidies for the project.

Ministers are expected to announce an agreement with EDF Energy to guarantee the French energy giant tens of billions of pounds of revenue for the proposed ?14bn Hinkley Point plant in Somerset.

Leaders of rival energy firms warned this weekend that the deal will lead to increases in consumer bills to fund subsidies for the plant. ? Read more »

Mental Health Break

? the tipline

Submitting this You Tube video & cover done by a young NZ artist?showing shots of Waiheke Island to show your readers something good?can come from there 🙂

Enjoy reading your blog!! ?Perhaps as a Mental Health Break

The cameraman was also in his late teens. ?I am impressed at the?technology skills young folk process and use!!

Katy Perry – Wide Awake – Cover by SparrowMusic

Sheep Shagging Banned on Waiheke Island?

This is sign on Waiheke Island. I was wondering if it is just for sheep? Is goat, pig or cattle shagging allowed?

Isn’t that where Chris Carter has a bach?

Sheep Shaging banned on Waiheke Island?

Sheep Shaging banned on Waiheke Island?