Daily review 13/12/2023

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47 comments on “Daily review 13/12/2023 ”

  1. bwaghorn 1


    What does willis mean by unsustainable high unemployment? Is it tomany or to few unemployed?

    And the mind-numbing stupity of canceling the ferry replacement, fucking short term myopic fucking retard finance minister, tax cuts won't bridge tha gap on a 2 island nation you fucking idiot.

    • Kat 1.1


      JAG has it worked out …..“This decision will have negative impacts on New Zealanders and freight ability to travel between islands. Might be a death knell for rail freight on the main trunk.”

      Willis is just a pawn……”A resilient ferry service should not be an open chequebook paid for by the taxpayer,” she said.

      You can see where this is going……..further derailing of Kiwi Rail……..three guesses who will benefit…….

    • Cricklewood 1.2

      To be fair, there had been a bit of scuttlebutt about that the chosen ferries were a complete fuck up in that the size and design was very poorly suited to Wellington harbour in particular its strong winds hence the massive blowout in the infrastucture cost. Essentially a case of making the harbour fit the ferry rather than choosing a ferry suited to the harbour. They need to get cracking on replacement ferries but they need to have the ability to berth in a tight space in strong winds.

      • Kat 1.2.1

        But 'they' have no intention of getting cracking on replacement ferries…..'they' do have wet dreams on scuttling Kiwi Rail though…..

        This from the Labour govt 2022…..“This Government has invested heavily in KiwiRail over several budgets to ensure that it is better placed to deliver on the Government’s objectives. As a state-owned enterprise, KiwiRail will be best placed to participate in several competitive markets, including freight both on-land and across Cook Strait,” Minister for State-Owned Enterprises, David Clark said.

      • bwaghorn 1.2.2

        Hmmmm was there ever a large project that didn't come with a sizable chunk of grumbling from the ranks?

        • Cricklewood

          Nope, eitherway we need new ferries and an ocean going tug capable of proper assistance in the event of a breakdown.

          They got very lucky with that last breakdown.

    • joe90 1.3

      The current fleet is fucked and the clowns have guaranteed that we're going to have years of ship's masters having to do more with less, delaying and cancelling sailings as the risk of mid-strait break downs rises, if not an actual disaster at sea.

      Also, do these clowns have any idea about the daily volumes of goods that cross the strait.

      Supply bottlenecks and empty shelves ahoy!

      • Kat 1.3.1

        Any ongoing issues with the ferries will be sold as 'all Labours fault'……but what Luxon and Willis can sell you is…………. ”We want a resilient, safe and reliable Cook Strait service and we are committed to ensuring that is available to New Zealanders.”…………………..”We have a responsibility to ensure the public gets good value for money.”

        Good value for money……..the writing is on the wall…….

  2. adam 2

    Just watched the maiden speech Mariameno Kapa-Kīngi. (will add link when it comes up)

    Awesome, just awesome.

    At the end you got to see the unity of the opposition.

    The three parties Te Pāti Māori, Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand, New Zealand Labour Party have a good basis for a constructive working relationship for all of us. The future does have some good options, rather than the kaka that has been served up.

  3. Jack 3

    Bloody amazing response from our government today on the cost blowout on Labours unfunded open cheque book ferry project. The days of open cheque books are over. Who needs hybrid electric ferries before anyone else. The future for NZ under this government is awesome 🤩

  4. Muttonbird 4

    Kaikōura (Picton) voted Stuart Smith with an 11,000 majority. I guess no-one told them their ferry infrastructure funding would go into Auckland landlords’ pockets.

    That's a shame.

    • Jack 4.1

      Nope. They are probably just decent common sense people that realised unfunded Robbo fairy dust projects, like any good ponzie scheme, can’t last forever.

      • observer 4.1.1

        If they really did think that, outside your fevered imagination, can you provide any examples of those voters opposing the Picton development that is now scrapped?

        Anything you like … National Party candidates, local editorials, councillors, etc?

        Come back to us not with "I reckon", but "they reckon".

        Here's what they reckon. What have you got?

        Once in a generation: 'Shovel ready' Picton terminal finally set for movement | RNZ News

        “The occasion was marked by a special event on Saturday, attended by the mayor John Leggett and councillors, MP Stuart Smith and other key stakeholders to celebrate the start of the enabling works.”

        Seems like they would know what they want, and Jack on a keyboard knows squat.

    • ianmac 4.2

      Marlborough used to be Leftish but the boundary was shifted down to just north of Rangiora and now known as the Kaikoura Electorate, even dopey Stuart Smith wanders in with an 11,000 majority, just like FPP.

  5. SPC 5

    It looks likely we will be losing 50,000 a year to Oz. As the tighten migration, Kiwis will find more opportunities.


    • Muttonbird 5.1

      I was listening to Kerre Woodman/McIver this morning. Her callers were racist, pessimistic and miserable before the election and they are racist, pessimistic and miserable after the election.

      No pleasing some people.

      • Kat 5.1.1

        "I was listening to Kerre Woodman/McIver this morning………."

        Are you into bondage as well tītī…..akin to sleeping on a bed of nails……..one way to get your ears pierced I suppose…….

      • tc 5.1.2

        Isn't that her and the outlets target audience ? Annoy the sales dept if that changed.

  6. joe90 6

    Lotsa buyer's regret.


    What will prevent the UK from rejoining the EU in the near future is not wider public opinion but rather the inability of a narrow UK political and media class to get over humiliation at the implosion of their delusions of grandeur


    • SPC 6.1

      It'll not be much longer before the majority of those in UK would be those who voted Remain in any case.

  7. SPC 7

    Fresh from voting in favour of a UNGA Resolution to demand a cease-fire.

    The prime ministers of Australia, New Zealand and Canada have voiced their support for a "sustainable ceasefire" in Gaza.

    "We want to see this pause resumed and support urgent international efforts towards a sustainable ceasefire," the three said in a joint statement

    "This cannot be one-sided. Hamas must release all hostages, stop using Palestinian civilians as human shields, and lay down its arms. There is no role for Hamas in the future governance of Gaza."


    153 nations (of 193) voted for the an immediate humanitarian cease-fire. 23 abstentions and 10 opposed.


  8. SPC 8

    Inflation is forecast to be 4.5% by the end of the year.

    An earlier forecast was 4% by this time, so it's coming down slower than hoped.


  9. joe90 9

    Russian Bolsheviks occupied Ukraine in 1921. Ten years later Russians weaponised famine to punish Ukrainians for their nationalist aspirations and their rejection of the new serfdom. The Holodomor killed more than three million Ukrainians.

    Since since the 2014 annexations and 2022 invasion more than 700,000 Ukrainian children have been kidnapped by Russia and millions of Ukrainian adults have been subjected to internal displacement and forced population transfers.

    This is who they are.

    10 minutes of hate: Russian propagandists talk about Ukraine

  10. Joe90 10

    We're in useless eaters territory. Fucking nazi.

    Wednesday 5 July 2023,


    When it came to COVID, we completely blew out what the value of a life was, completely, I’ve never seen such a high value on life.” That’s a quote from ACT health spokesperson Brooke van Velden speaking during a political panel discussion at the recent HealthTech Week.


    • Rolling-on-Gravel 10.1

      Thank you for this, Joe. I will incorporate this into my activism. This will impact my communities.

      Fuck ACT. Fuck David Seymour. Fuck Brooke Van Velden.

  11. Rolling-on-Gravel 11

    Here's the evergreen poem by Martin Niemoller on how this usually goes:

    First they came for the Communists
    And I did not speak out
    Because I was not a Communist

    Then they came for the Socialists
    And I did not speak out
    Because I was not a Socialist

    Then they came for the trade unionists
    And I did not speak out
    Because I was not a trade unionist

    Then they came for the Jews
    And I did not speak out
    Because I was not a Jew

    Then they came for me
    And there was no one left
    To speak out for me

    If he was more aware, then he would have included this (my addition):

    Then they came for the disabled

    And I did not speak out

    Because I was not disabled

    Here's a few more historical facts regarding killings of disabled people in Nazi Germany.

    I hope people heed what may come with travelling down this road…

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