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Open mike 03/12/2010

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  1. Pascal's bookie 1

    It’s really shocking and bad about them there wikileaks. That AsStrange fellow sure is like unto a terrist. Leaking these sensitive and confidential documents is a a crime against law and order. How can civilisation be protected from evil doers if governments cannot be 100% sure that their sensitive and private communications will not be smeared all over the front page of the muck rakers braodsheets?

    Take the citizens of Spain and the United States of America for example. How can their respective governments work shit out if their people were privy to what the fuck.

    http://harpers.org/archive/2010/12/hbc-90007836

    The cables show that the embassy was briefed in detail about the pending cases, receiving information that was not publicly accessible and would have been known only to the prosecutors and the magistrates handling the cases. The embassy engaged Spanish authorities in detailed discussions about the specific judges handling these cases and on at least one occasion extracted a promise from prosecutors to seek to have one sensitive case—in which former U.S. attorney general Alberto Gonzales, former vice presidential chief of staff David Addington, John Yoo, Jay Baybee, Douglas Feith, and William J. Haynes figured as potential defendants—reassigned to a judge they considered friendlier to the United States. In fact, around the time of the cables in question the prosecutors acted just as the cable suggests they would.

    http://motherjones.com/politics/2010/12/wikileaks-cable-obama-quashed-torture-investigation

    Back when it seemed that this case could become a major international issue, during an April 14, 2009, White House briefing, I asked press secretary Robert Gibbs if the Obama administration would cooperate with any request from the Spaniards for information and documents related to the Bush Six. He said, “I don’t want to get involved in hypotheticals.” What he didn’t disclose was that the Obama administration, working with Republicans, was actively pressuring the Spaniards to drop the investigation. Those efforts apparently paid off, and, as this WikiLeaks-released cable shows, Gonzales, Haynes, Feith, Bybee, Addington, and Yoo owed Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton thank-you notes.

    Leaks are bad for diplomacy mmkay.

    Mood: sick of this shit.

    • Draco T Bastard 1.1

      Ah, Don’t you just love the smell of corruption in the morning?

      I do hope that the USAsians are waking up to the simple fact that they can’t trust their government.

    • ianmac 1.2

      But but but… They do these things for our welfare. They have the foresight and the vision for things that rilly rilly matter. And you peasants just don’t know! Trust them because their god is guiding them for a wonderful heaven on earth.

  2. BLiP 2

    BELLYACHING BY BLiP

    So, here I am stuck in my corporate cubby hole in an office stacked wall-to-wall with typical torpid tories. Smokos Tea breaks are a bit nuisance these days in that I have had to learn to bide my tongue for fear of startling the drones by accidentally kick starting their brains. Just to make sure that doesn’t happen today, I’m going to have to get a few things off my chest. Where to start . . . hmmmm . . . I know:

    John Fucking Key – what hollow, nasty, grubby, money-changing, venal excuse of a PM he really is. These days, one can almost expect vested interests to exploit the Pike River tragedy, but his speech yesterday really was disgusting. There he stood, before the people of The Coast telling them that the children who have lost their father will be okay because he lost his father and he turned out alright. What the prick didn’t point out is that when his mother was widowed, the benefit levels were sufficient. There was no under-pressure, half-trained, underpaid, overworked public servant whipping her arse into a minimum wage, unsuitable job. She didn’t have to wait 2 years to get a state house. There wasn’t a government in power demonising her “bludging” and trashing her privacy for political ends. School fees . . . ha bloody ha!! Fucking rich pricks soaking of the benefits offered by New Zealanders only to pull the the ladder the moment they get their manicured hands on the levers.

    And then there’s Peter Bloody Jackson. His Hollywood mates score $550 million for their mediocre movies yet the world acclaimed NZSO has to “make do”. You gotta wonder about the average Kiwi; Are we really a race of uncultured pop-corn munching knuckle-draggers? Chris Finlayson and his Cabinet mates certainly seem that way inclined.

    As for National Radio – sssup with today’s Morning Report? Of all the stories in all the world, the best they can come up with for the lead item is a sports story. Even worse, its soccer. Who really gives a single flying fling where the next soccer world cup gets held and, even for the half a dozen Kiwis that do, why isn’t the story tucked into the sports bulletin at the end of the news where it belongs. Right before the weather.

    Anyone getting a bit worried about our primary industry? News last week about the kiwi fruit industry doesn’t look good, it would appear oyster farming is in real trouble, there’s still an international glut of grapes so the wine industry is left to rort the locals as overseas returns continue the downward spiral. What, with the millions and millions of dead fish turning up in Northland, news that a third of our lakes are poisoned, the summer droughts coming early, and initial moves towards the wholesale privatisation of our water, things are not looking good. Would climate change have anything to do with it? Nick Smith wouldn’t have a clue.

    And the Labour Party – do they want to win in 2011 or not? I sometimes get the feeling the MPs have given up and are just going through the motions waiting for the lolly scramble for positions when Goff and Cunliffe resign to accept some Board of Directors’ sinecure. Pull your finger out, you lot!! BIG improvement required.

    The missus. I told her that the world is going to end on December 21 2012 , but do you think it got me out of painting the house over the Christmas Break? Yeah right.

    Whew!! All better now. Thanks for listening. As you were.

    Regards

    BLiP.

    • r0b 2.1

      If it’s any consolation – and it probably isn’t – that beautiful rant has made my day! You know what? I think I’m going to try that trick on painting the house too…

      • BLiP 2.1.1

        heh! Cheers mate. I think I might have said it before but The Standard is my de facto support group while I’m at work. And, look . . . its nearly morning tea. Okay, let me see:

        – false bonhomie programmed . . . ✔

        – fixed grin in place . . . ✔

        – remembered to ask the boss to borrow the site waterblaster over the weekend . . . ✔

        – prepared for the usual jokes about my preference for herb tea . . . ✔

        . . . should be sweet now ; )

    • With you there most of the way Blip …

    • ak 2.3

      Rant ‘o the week! made my day too, onya BLiP!

    • Tigger 2.4

      Why wouldn’t you want your house looking good for the apocalypse, BLiP? Remember, God is watching. I believe his favourite colours are white, off-white and eggshell…

      Great rant, rather stirring even!

    • just saying 2.5

      12:41 am, November 19th, 2010

      As key might say, it’s funtastic stream of conshitness (Nald, J. 2010).

      That little beauty just had to be resurrected!

      Kudos Lprenet for the brilliant search engine.

      You write so well I’m often green with envy as I LOL (even when you are accusing me of being a jandal worshipping yoghurt mucher or some such).

      Far be it for me…. but have we uncovered the Standard’s new columnist?

      ps there’s only one solution when the house needs painted – you gotta move!

      • lprent 2.5.1

        Not mine. It is a program called Sphinx that does the legwork as a daemon, and a plugin called Sphinx Search that does the interface. I hacked Sphinx Search to remove its ability to actually control Sphinx for extracting the data because I found it was too simplistic – it was easier to set up cron jobs. I also changed the display interface a little. (And I really should get these up on the net as a plugin and instructions).

        But it is awesomely fast and doesn’t chew much of our scarce resources. The previous search engine was starting to kill the server as the posts and comments kept increasing.

        I do need to actually put in some instructions about how to really use the engine.

    • Draco T Bastard 2.6

      Who really gives a single flying fling where the next soccer world cup gets held and…

      More people in NZ play and watch soccer than those who play and watch rugby. Considering this fact chances are there’s more people in NZ that are concerned with where the SWC is played than where the RWC is played. Other than that, yeah, sports is not news and shouldn’t be a lead item.

      Hmmm, look at that Dead Zone that just so happens to cover the north of the North island. Time to look for a primary industry that doesn’t damage the environment so much.

      • prism 2.6.1

        Sports in the news this morning – FIFA seem to have the world soccer by its short and curlies and decided that they would extend their tender touch right through till 1922 and Qatar, where outside the playing stadiums the temp will be 50o C! They have a strong religious bias against alcohol but the journo informs us, FIFA has the right to over-ride a nation’s laws on such social behaviour and immigration. I wonder when an Indian-cricket-offshoot organisation will seem a good idea for soccer bodies?

        • Jeremy Harris 2.6.1.1

          Are we really a race of uncultured pop-corn munching knuckle-draggers?

          In the choice between a boring 3 hr movie watching trees walking next to elfs carrying rings and a boring 3 hrs watching a fat guy play a tuba, I’m a uncultured pop-corn munching knuckle dragger…

    • ianmac 2.7

      Blip you sure can sort the wood from the trees.
      “There he stood, before the people of The Coast telling them that the children who have lost their father will be okay because he lost his father ……………”
      You surely don’t think that this was a crafted comment to connect all those nice West Coasters with the theme of State House fatherless kid made good as in the theme for the 2008 election? Surely you are not suggesting that there is a cynical advantage taken of a tragic event as a bit of electioneering for the 2011 election? No way! No way???

    • BLiP,

      Hot damn mate, I finally understand my husband about them smoko’s and the thundering stupidity surrounding him. He just had a weeks holiday and is dreading to go back to what we call the other paradigm.

      For what it’s worth any plans I had about getting him to paint anything this Christmas I will postpone awhile so you saved at least one poor bugger from that this summer.

      Thanks for the rant.

      Cheers

      Trav

      Captcha: CONTRIBUTION. And yours surely is.

    • bobo 2.9

      Great rant thanks blip 🙂 shame you didn’t cause an awkward outburst at the watercooler would have made for good viewing. Careful mentioning the NZSO.. finlayson might outsource it to a cheaper eastern block countries orchestra.

    • LynW 2.10

      Wow, it is said ‘a problem shared is a problem halved’ but my afternoon just got a whole lot heavier! Being reminded of all that in one go ( but grateful I can minus the house painting, which is one thing I personally don’t have to worry about!) really is such a downer! TGIF!
      Seriously though, I do wonder what the tipping point will be?

    • Vicky32 2.11

      “Of all the stories in all the world, the best they can come up with for the lead item is a sports story. Even worse, its soccer. Who really gives a single flying fling where the next soccer world cup gets held and, even for the half a dozen Kiwis that do, why isn’t the story tucked into the sports bulletin at the end of the news where it belongs. Right before the weather.”
      Seconded!
      Deb

    • M 2.12

      BLiP

      I salute you! Didn’t have a chance earlier to check in.

      Adored your spleen venting on Key – [deleted, not a wise comment — r0b].

      All that shifty SOB needs is a trenchcoat, gaaa, he makes my flesh crawl.

      Anti spam: crashes – with Key helming the country that is what will come to pass.

  3. Red Rosa 3

    Go BLiP! TGIF….

  4. Tigger 4

    Famous Aussie cook on the Oxford dictionary’s claim that the pavlova was invented in NZ “most Australians would agree with me that the true pavlova belongs to Australia,”

    So what, our pavlova is ‘false’? Damn Aussies. Why do they remind me of torys? Oh, because no matter what evidence you throw at them they still think everything is theirs by right of birth.

    • prism 4.1

      I didn’t know that early on there was some jelly concoction called pavlova. Discussing it on radio it was pointed out that meringue has been around for yonks but we know that our version called pavlova is NZ as it is made with good NZ cream and topped with good NZ kiwifruit (an immigrant once called Chinese gooseberry). It’s an icon and it’s ours!

  5. Anne 5

    Parliamentary Service’s report on Pansy Wong is due to be released today. Will it be a whitewash?
    Will she resign from parliament? Will there be a byelection? Maybe we’ll have the answers by the end of the day.

    • The Voice of Reason 5.1

      I’m told that, despite the rumours, Wong has not been ordered out of the country by Key. Her absence is apparently entirely due to shame and her unwillingness to be publicly ridiculed in the streets of Howick. She has agreed, however, that her resignation will be announced during the Xmas/New Year snooze fest. The by-election will be in February and National’s candidate will be AK councillor Jami-Lee Ross.

      • prism 5.1.1

        JL Ross would seem an appropriate facsimile for that NACT position.

        • The Voice of Reason 5.1.1.1

          I gather there’s some debate in Labour as to who their candidate should be, given that a by-election in a National held seat can genuinely be seen as a referendum on the Government’s performance, unlike Mana. Raymond Huo ticks a lot of the boxes and may be capable of pulling off an upset. Actually, it’d be funny if Labour win on the night by 1080 votes; imagine the frantic spinning from the right of how that’s really a major victory for them, just like in Mana.

      • Lanthanide 5.1.2

        Doesn’t sound like she’s going to be resigning.

        • The Voice of Reason 5.1.2.1

          Not yet, anyway! I have to say this report is a surprise, Lanth. My Tory mole told me that there were so many trips, both in Government and opposition, that it was near impossible to determine what was legit and what was shameless moneymaking. Perhaps the fog of confusion has saved her, but, like Worth, there may be more to come that will eventually see her off.

    • Draco T Bastard 5.2

      One rule for politicians, one for the rest of us
      It appears that it was a whitewash.

      • Jim Nald 5.2.1

        Can’t trust whatever comes out of either end of the donkey

        Wong can return to multi-tasking. Business as usual

        • Jim Nald 5.2.1.1

          To clarify, that second line of my 2:18pm comment is not at all an endorsement of the latest news.

          The report is here.

          Can someone explain more about the form, manner, process, etc adopted for the investigation? I was under the impression the Speaker himself would conduct the inquiry. Looks like jonkey and him have just kicked the ball to touch, passed it to someone else, and then have the ball handed neatly and easily on a plate. Who is “Hugh McPhail, Consultant” re first thing that can be read on the first page? Why him? Why the choice of doing it this way? How can this be acceptable? How can the public be confident whether there was robust questioning, examination, investigation or scrutiny? What other public offices or officers are there who can do an independent job of inquiring into the issues? How can folks trust that the matter has been investigated properly?

        • Irascible 5.2.1.2

          The “double-standard” machine has rolled out its findings on the Wongs’ business & politics mixing and discovered surprise, surprise low level malfeasance and, therefore, a possibility of Pansy being rehabilitated into the Cabinet of double diptons and associated rorters by the member for Hawaii when he returns to his postal address in Helensville.
          The discovery that it’s OK for the Wongs to use a taxpayer funded office as their business address is another of example of Key allowing a generous abuse level for his MPs as a mark of transparency… the “findings” don’t add up although they do reveal Pansy as being damaged goods and a “confused” representative of this present government.

          • Colonial Viper 5.2.1.2.1

            Wow, Wong must really be a big money earner for the National Party.

            But that is all history now.

            I don’t think that Key has figured out that with her mana publicly tarnished, a lot of Chinese business people are never going to go near one of her fund raising events again.

  6. just saying 6

    http://bowalleyroad.blogspot.com/

    ‘The Unlucky Generation’ – the latest from Trotter is worth a read IMO

    • Jum 6.1

      “This generation’s curious passivity has opened a yawning gap between the rapidly ageing rebels of the 60s and 70s and the generation of young New Zealanders only now entering their 20s. Not even the threat of global warming or the biggest financial disaster since 1929 have been able to shake the Rogernomics Generation’s conviction that all intervention is futile.

      But, if the dangerous fatalism of this zombie generation isn’t overcome, then very soon the luck will run out for all of us.”

      Such an accurate assessment of my two.

      ‘Jennycide’ LOL

      • prism 6.1.1

        There have been such amazing gadgets invented in Generation X’s time, first you buy them, then you find out how to use them, then you get addicted to using them. Or you go on magical journeys and fight little wars facing your computer and you are wholly involved with what you are doing in a more self-indulgent way than ever before.

        Young people tend towards a preoccupation with self and sorting a life. And getting a credit card and having the consumer life you want to have Now. (That was before things went pear-shaped, and now they are treading water.) None of this stuff leaves much time for individual thought about wider issues that aren’t summarised and triviallised by mouthy but charismatic media personages.

  7. After my personal re-evolution, where on my birthday of 20/12/2012 i withdraw my money from the bank, cancel my AP’s and close my account.

    I will travel to Farewell Spit to see in the new age. I hope no one else is there.

    where do you plan to be BLiP ?

    • BLiP 7.1

      At the end of the world?

      Southside, bro. Playing pool, winding up me mates, casting fond glances over at Mrs BLiP as she nails another triple-twenty trio of arows to gales of laughter and hearty cheers from her crew, keeping half an eye on the barbie as the young uns cook our dinner whilst flirting amongst themselves in anticipation of the arrival of the band booked to party us on into the wee small hours. Same ole ; )

  8. Draco T Bastard 8

    Likelihood of Govt cutting KiwiSaver contributions increasing, NBR says.

    It is becoming increasingly likely the Government will cut state KiwiSaver contributions as it looks to get its books under control, the NBR reports this morning.

    What a surprise, more financial mismanagement from those idiots in the Beehive.

    • BLiP 8.1

      Its like they’ve all inherited their money or made their fortune via leveraging. None of them at all seem to value the idea of saving for the future. Its all about now, now now. I’m beginning to wonder about the three-year parliamentary term. Does its relatively short period engender a sense of “hurry-up” about the actions of a Tory crew who are prepared to do anything for power? Would five or even six years make a positive difference, or is it better for democracy that “the people” maintain a veto over the short term??

      Questions, questions, questions . . . hmmm . . . any good links in this regard?

      • prism 8.1.1

        Don’t know links Blip but I think we should trial having a four year term, gives long enough to introduce policies and evaluate them. Looking at 100 years we would go from 33 elections to 25, not a great difference. A 5 year term would cut numbers severely.
        But as commentators say that many politicians are in constant election mode, going to a four year term would give them more time to concentrate on working for the country not just furthering their own, and party interests.

        We could also set a two-term rotation of leader. This is used elsewhere and it stops accretion behind a vote-winner who can get concreted into a holding position favourable for the party rather than dealing with the country’s needs and problems.

        • Lats 8.1.1.1

          I agree Prism. A 4 year term would mean that govt might actually have to achieve something in order to get re-elected, rather than spend the first 12 months blaming the previous administration, and the rest in the build up to the next election. Or it might not, that really depends on how good their spin doctors are I suppose, and how gullible the sheeple are towards leaders like our “beloved” Mr Smile-and-wave.

          The only downside to the idea of restricting terms for leaders to 2 is that should we ever get a truly visionary leader who succeeds in uniting the people and actually serving the country exceptionally we would be forced to abandon said leadership after 2 terms. I think Helen is probably the closest we’ve come to that in my time as a voter, and after her the cupboard looks a little bare. So I think this is a sufficiently unlikely occurrence that it isn’t really worth worrying about.

          I also think it is high time we broke out of our fixation with the 2 party system. Looking at the MSM you’d hardly know sometimes that we have more than 2 parties. I suspect that constantly referring to Labour (or Nat when Labour holds the reigns) as “the opposition” reinforces this view in the public’s mind that only 2 parties really matter. I understand that currently Nat and Labour garner the vast majority of votes, but there really is no good reason for this. Under the old FPP system this made sense, but MMP allows for much greater flexibility in voter preference.

          • prism 8.1.1.1.1

            Two party fixation is likely to continue in NZ I think. In other democracies too the public can’t seem to go beyond dual thinking and I note closely balanced percentages amongst the mass of voters.

            And what other parties? Greens are an important minor vote, Jim Anderton seemed to me to be as close to true Labour as any but his party wasn’t able to get traction apart from his Sydenham electorate. Then the Maori Party tries to find its point of leverage. Then there are race and culture connections such as P.I. or Asian.

            As for the two-term rotation I thought someone would refer to Helen Clark. She was good but I think she had done most of her dash in the first two terms, certainly if those amounted to 8 years she would have had a good opportunity and perhaps more stability in numbers to advance useful policy. Going back further if Muldoon had been rolled earlier we would have lurched on successfully, fine-tuning as we went. Probably without the cleansing of the stables approach of the Neo-Labourites we would have achieved the necessary change following the Oz example and stayed closer to their various economic trend lines.

            Lanthanide – I thought that 4 years would be about right – 5 years is such a long time and only gives 20 elections a century rather than the 33 we have now.

      • Lanthanide 8.1.2

        My aunt who lives in the UK and works in the public health system over there was very disparaging about their 5-year electoral cycle. She says that all the current government has done is decided to do the austerity pain in one big hit for 4 years in a row, so in the last 6 months before the election they can have a lolly scramble to encourage the punters to vote for them again.

        She also said that the propaganda coming out about the health budget not being touched is a load of rubbish – she has to cut her department’s expenditure by 25%, which because her costs are 95% wages means her team is going from 5 members to 4, and none of them are getting pay rises for the foreseeable future, compounded with having to pick up the slack because the workload isn’t magically going to decrease by 25%.

        I think any length of term that you go for is going to have it’s advantages and drawbacks, as long as the people you are electing are human and therefore afflicted by the human condition.

    • KJT 8.2

      It would not be a bad idea if the money was reinvested in a sustainable energy saving future for New Zealand.

      The idea that we are going to get endlessly compounding interest for our monetary savings is impossible in a finite world.
      Savings invested in US dollars are going to disappear when they have to crash their currency to pay their debt’s anyway.

      We are just investing in a monetary bubble. We all know what happens to the small investors when it bursts.

      Have a think to what will happen when all the boomers retirement assets worldwide are liquidated over the period of their retirement. How large the NZ economy would have to be to allow that spending without inflation eating up the savings.

      • Draco T Bastard 8.2.1

        It would not be a bad idea if the money was reinvested in a sustainable energy saving future for New Zealand.

        It’s being used to “save” more. In other words, the NACTs are seeing it as spending rather than saving.

        The idea that we are going to get endlessly compounding interest for our monetary savings is impossible in a finite world.

        Yeah, I know. The present financial system doesn’t work but, while we’re still within that paradigm, we have to play by it’s rules. I’d much prefer to see the government issuing money at 0% interest instead of borrowing and defining the Renewable Resource Base so that we could get to being sustainable and equitable faster.

  9. The Voice of Reason 9

    Roy Morgan Poll:

    “The latest New Zealand Roy Morgan Poll shows support for John Key’s National-led Government has risen to 55.5% (up 1.5%). Support for Prime Minister Key’s National Party is 51% (up 1%), the Maori Party 3% (up 0.5%), ACT NZ 1.0% (unchanged) with United Future 0.5% (unchanged).

    Support for Opposition Parties has fallen to 44.5% (down 1.5%) with Labour Party 33% (up 0.5%), Greens 7% (down 2%), New Zealand First 3.0% (unchanged), Progressive Party 0.5% (up 0.5%) and Others 1% (down 0.5%).”

    One interesting aspect of the poll is that the number of respondents refusing to name a preferred party more than doubled to 4.5% of those canvassed. That indicates a growing ‘undecided’ camp, which must be encouraging to Labour.

    http://www.roymorgan.com/news/polls/2010/4610/

  10. felix 10

    So much for frickin aliens. Another bug hunt.

  11. Pascal's bookie 11

    Those that have enjoyed the dubious delights of anti-malarial drug mefloquine (Lariam) might like to imagine getting a massive dose in a time frame when one is also subject to sensory deprivation, solitary confinement and intensive interrogation with no prospect of being released.

    http://www.newshoggers.com/blog/2010/12/gitmo-residents-routinely-given-psychoactive-drug-study.html

    people got themselves hanged for doing this sort of shit during wwii.

    meh.

  12. bobo 12

    So Pansy stays and pays back a few hundred, nothing to see here… move along now..

    • gobsmacked 12.1

      That month-long investigation, in full:

      “Sammy Wong, did you, by any chance, conduct any private business at all, on those many taxpayer-funded trips to China?”

      “No.”

      “Well, sir, that’s all the evidence we need! Sorry to have bothered you.”

      • Tigger 12.1.1

        If it was this cut and dried why couldn’t she confirm all this weeks ago? But happy to have her hanging around. Like Lee, Wong is damaged goods – keeping her in the party does National far more harm than setting her adrift…

        • bobo 12.1.1.1

          Yep I raise my glass to Pansy may she live wong and prosper in National. Look forward to more of her incoherent rants in the house.

        • Lanthanide 12.1.1.2

          Damaged goods in the public eye, perhaps, but if she’s still pulling in all those large donations, ultimately she is still of great benefit to the party.

          captcha: philosophy

  13. Draco T Bastard 13

    No time to take in the view on Waterview

    Local people found out on 18 September that they had 20 working days to put in a submission to the project,

    The umbrella group representing local interests managed that significant hurdle, and are now obliged to present their expert evidence to the Board of enquiry no later than 17 December.

    The Waterview community group has applied for funding from the Environmental Legal Assistance Fund, but because the application and approval time lines for that process are typically (at least) some 4 -6 weeks,

    Sounds like what I was expecting from the NACTs EPA. It’s not there for environmental protection but actually stopping such protection so that the capitalists can make even more profit without accountability.

  14. Santi 14

    Any comments about this article in todays Dominion Post? http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/4418030/Union-asked-to-explain-36k-debt

    Why the silence from the left?

    • just saying 14.1

      Quite right Santi.
      Let’s have a whip round eh?

    • lprent 14.2

      I’m puzzled why you (or the DomPost) think it is an issue of much interest.

      The IRD has rather a large amount of power to collect anything that is owed. It is clear that they’re aware of it from the mention of accumulated penalties. That is why they have penalties and I can’t recall a business or organisation that has employees or revenues that I’ve been involved with that hasn’t picked up a few at some time or another for late payments.

      It isn’t like unite is doing a Pansy and misuses money from taxpayers (ie me).

      Just looks like another boring dogwhistle to me. It may make you salivate but I can’t see anything newsworthy or even discussable about it.

  15. john 15

    UK being hit by climate change big time its getting the worst winter in 100 years and its only just begun.

    Millions endure second nightmare journey home from work as forecasters predict EIGHT INCHES of snow tonight In London for Pete’s sake!

    * Woman dies after falling into freezing lake in West Yorkshire
    * Body of man in his 50s pulled from stream in Surrey
    * Eight inches of snow forecast tonight for London and South East
    * 900 flights cancelled as Gatwick and Edinburgh airports close
    * Shops running out of basics as lorries struggle to deliver
    * Passengers stranded overnight on freezing trains in South East
    * Police advise people not to go out unless absolutely necessary
    * Temperatures set to fall to -6c, with winds making it feel even colder

    Refer link for report:
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1334410/Snow-frozen-Britain-grinds-halt-57-workers-arrive-late-work.html

    [lprent: Off topic. Weather is not climate, the topic was on climate, and this is a weather report. Moved to OpenMike. ]

  16. Vicky32 16

    What gives with Julian Assange? I don’t trust the old American reporter woman on TV3….
    An article I am reading about it all..
    http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article26963.htm
    Deb

  17. outofbed 17

    wiki leaks is back up http://213.251.145.96/

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  • Government confirms Bayfair underpass to go ahead
    Associate Transport Minister Julie Anne Genter today confirmed an underpass for people walking and cycling will be part of the Baypark to Bayfair Link project in Tauranga, following thorough investigations by Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency. “I’m very pleased to announce that the underpass will be going ahead,” said Julie ...
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  • Decisions made on urgent turf maintenance
    The Sport and Recreation Minister Grant Robertson has announced that urgent maintenance of turf and care for plants in non-plantation nurseries will soon be able to go ahead under Level 4 restrictions. “The Government has agreed that urgent upkeep and maintenance of biological assets will be able to go ahead ...
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    1 day ago
  • Acknowledging an extraordinary te reo champion
    E tangi ana a Taranaki iwi, e tangi ana te ao Māori, otirā e tangi ana te motu. Mōu katoa ngā roimata e riringi whānui ana, mōu katoa ngā mihi.   E te kaikōkiri i te reo Māori, e Te Huirangi, takoto mai. Takoto mai me te mōhio ko ngā ...
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  • Prime Minister’s remarks halfway through Alert Level 4 lockdown
    Today is day 15 of Alert Level 4 lockdown. And at the halfway mark I have no hesitation in saying, that what New Zealanders have done over the last two weeks is huge. In the face of the greatest threat to human health we have seen in over a century, ...
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  • Licenses, WoFs and regos extended under lockdown
    All driver licences, WoFs, CoFs, and some vehicle certifications, that expired on or after 1 January 2020 will be valid for up to six months from 10 April 2020, Transport Minister Phil Twyford has announced. “People shouldn’t have to worry about getting fined for having an expired document if driving ...
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  • Inquiry report into EQC released
    The Government has today released the report from the Public Inquiry into the Earthquake Commission chaired by Dame Silvia Cartwright.  Minister Responsible for the Earthquake Commission Grant Robertson says the Government wants to learn from people’s experiences following the Canterbury earthquakes and other recent natural disasters. “Dame Silvia’s report documents ...
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  • More time for health workers and elderly to get flu vaccine
    The Government has extended by two weeks till April 27 the amount of time priority groups, such as health workers and those aged over 65, have to get their flu vaccine before it is made available to the wider public. This year’s vaccination campaign is a key component of the ...
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  • Communities step up to help New Zealanders stay connected and fed during lockdown
    Communities stepping up to help New Zealanders stay at home to break the transmission of COVID-19 and save lives have received Government support, said Minister for Social Development Carmel Sepuloni. “Delivering groceries for the elderly who can’t shop online, providing data packs for low income families to keep them connected, and being ...
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    2 days ago
  • 120 COVID-19 testing centres now operating
    Across New Zealand 120 sites are taking samples to be tested for COVID-19.   68 community based assessment centres (CBACs) have been established to take samples from people with COVID-19 symptoms. Alongside this, 52 other centres including designated general practices, swabbing centres, and mobile clinics are now testing people for ...
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    2 days ago
  • Covid19: Government moving quickly to roll out learning from home
    The Ministry of Education is working with partners to develop a package of options so that students can learn at home when Term 2 begins on 15 April, Education Minister Chris Hipkins said today. Supports are also being prepared for households with children under five, to help parents and whānau ...
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  • Making learning from home accessible to Māori learners and whānau
    Māori Television to begin educational te reo programmes Ki te Ao Mārama – a new online learning space Thousands of hard copy learning packs ready for distribution Helpdesk and advice service for kōhanga, kura and wharekura Television, the internet and hard copy learning packs are some of the ways whānau ...
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    2 days ago
  • New Zealand to provide assistance to Vanuatu following Tropical Cyclone Harold
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters has announced an initial package of support to help the people and the Government of Vanuatu respond to the impact of Tropical Cyclone Harold. “Our Pacific neighbours have been hit by a Category 5 Cyclone at the same time as dealing with the economic impacts ...
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  • Planning for the future of tourism
    Tourism New Zealand to lead work reimagining the way tourism operates in post-COVID-19 world. Ministers to review International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy investment plan. The Government, industry and business are working together to develop a plan for how tourism will operate in a post-COVID-19 world, Tourism Minister Kelvin Davis ...
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  • NZ horticulture sector feeding Kiwis and the world during COVID-19
    More New Zealanders are taking up the chance to work in horticulture as the sector keeps New Zealanders fed and in jobs during the COVID-19 Alert Level 4 lockdown. “Our horticulture sector has long been one of New Zealand’s export star performers, contributing around $6 billion a year to our ...
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  • Work to repurpose PGF funds begins
    The Provincial Development Unit is working through applications and projects to see where Provincial Growth Fund money can be repurposed for initiatives deemed more critical to fighting the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones says. “We need to be throwing everything we have at ...
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  • A million workers supported by Govt wage subsidy
    The Government’s wage subsidy to protect jobs and keep workers and businesses connected during the lockdown has now supported over a million New Zealanders, with $6.6 billion already paid out. “We’re supporting businesses to pay wages, and stay connected with their workers so that we are all in a better ...
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  • Government helps Pacific communities fight COVID
    The Government is stepping up efforts to help protect New Zealand’s Pacific communities in the fight against COVID-19. Cabinet has agreed that $17 million will be allocated to support a COVID-19 Pacific Response Package, which will: Support Pacific health and disability services facing increased demand; Ramp up public health messaging ...
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    3 days ago
  • Statement from the Prime Minister on Dr David Clark
    “Yesterday evening the Health Minister advised me of his trip to a beach during the lockdown and offered his resignation,” Jacinda Ardern said.  “Under normal conditions I would sack the Minister of Health. What he did was wrong, and there are no excuses.  “But right now, my priority is our ...
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  • Statement from David Clark
    Last night as part of my preparation for the Epidemic Response Committee, I provided the Prime Minister with a complete picture of my activity outside my home during Alert Level 4.  That included the fact that on the first weekend of the Alert Level 4 lockdown I drove my family ...
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  • COVID-19 mental health support begins
    A range of support is being rolled out across New Zealand to help people look after their mental health during COVID-19 Health Minister David Clark said this morning. “COVID-19 has brought a lot of uncertainty into our lives and many of us will be feeling some level of distress or ...
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  • New Zealanders in Peru to be assisted by Government charter flight
    The New Zealand Government has made arrangements to charter a flight for New Zealanders stranded in Peru to depart the country, following agreement with the Chilean government to allow the necessary transit through Chile, Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters announced today. “Like many travellers around the world at the moment, ...
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  • COVID-19 Hospital Preparation Well Advanced
    Hospital preparations for COVID-19 are well advanced says Health Minister David Clark. “Hospitals across New Zealand are repurposing buildings and training staff to get ready for COVID-19 patients. This gives me confidence that we are well prepared for any potential increase in COVID-19 patients needing hospital level care,” said David ...
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    1 week ago
  • Further measures to support businesses
    The Government will be introducing legislation to make changes to the Companies Act to help companies facing insolvency due to COVID-19 to remain viable and keep New Zealanders in jobs. The temporary changes include: Giving directors of companies facing significant liquidity problems because of COVID-19 a ‘safe harbour’ from insolvency ...
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  • Govt’s COVID plan, economic strength recognised
    The Government’s plan to cushion the blow of COVID-19 by supporting incomes, jobs and businesses, and position the economy to recover has been backed by another international report. International credit rating agency Moody’s today reaffirmed its highest Aaa credit rating on New Zealand, saying the economy is expected to remain ...
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    1 week ago
  • Government supports air services to offshore islands
    The Government has stepped in to support vital air links to our offshore islands, the Chatham Islands, Great Barrier Island and Motiti Island, Transport Minister Phil Twyford announced today. “As part of our $600 million support package to minimise the impacts of COVID-19 on the aviation sector, the Government has ...
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  • Funding certainty for sports through COVID-19
    National sports organisations have been given certainty of funding to ensure they can remain viable through the COVID-19 pandemic, Sport and Recreation Minister Grant Robertson announced today. “The global spread of COVID-19 has had a significant impact on sport and recreation in New Zealand, including the cancellation or postponement of ...
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    1 week ago
  • Butchers now allowed to process pork
    Changes have been made to allow butchers to process pork, only for supply to supermarkets or other processors or retailers that are open, Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor has announced. “We carefully weighed the risk of allowing butchers to open their shops for retail customers, but the risk of spreading COVID-19 ...
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  • Essential workers leave scheme established
    Essential workers who take leave from work to comply with public health guidance are being supported with a leave scheme to ensure they will continue to receive income, say the Minister of Workplace Relations and Safety Iain Lees-Galloway and Minister for Social Development, Carmel Sepuloni. A number of essential businesses ...
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  • Govt WhatsApp helps share COVID-19 information
    A Government WhatsApp channel has been launched to help make information more easily accessible and shareable in the fight against COVID-19. Govt.NZ, which is free to use on any mobile device, will carry information and news for the public, businesses, healthcare providers, not for profits and local government. It can ...
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  • Managed departure plan for stranded foreign nationals enables safe, orderly exit
    The Government has announced a plan to enable the safe, orderly exit of tens of thousands of stranded foreign nationals from New Zealand during the current COVID-19 Alert Level 4 restrictions, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Winston Peters has said. “When we moved into lockdown a week ago, the ...
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  • Government delivers COVID-19 support to GPs and Pharmacies
    Health Minister Dr David Clark says the Government is delivering on its commitment to support general practice doctors and nurses, and pharmacies on the front-line of our fight against COVID-19. "For us to overcome COVID-19, we need community health services such as general practice and community pharmacy to step up ...
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  • Susan Thomas the new Chief High Court Judge
    Justice Susan Thomas has been appointed Chief High Court Judge, Attorney-General David Parker announced today.  She replaces Justice Geoffrey Venning who has resigned from the position.   David Parker paid tribute to Justice Venning, who he said had stewarded the High Court very capably over the last five years.   “On behalf ...
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  • Business Finance Guarantee – applications open
    Businesses can start applying to their banks for loans under the Business Finance Guarantee Scheme set up to support the New Zealand economy during the COVID-19 pandemic. “We’re moving quickly to protect New Zealand businesses, jobs and the economy during this unprecedented global economic shock,” Finance Minister Grant Robertson said. ...
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  • Work starts on ways to fast-track consents to boost recovery from Covid-19 downturn
    Work is underway looking at measures to speed up consents for development and infrastructure projects during the recovery from COVID 19, to provide jobs and stimulate our economy.  Environment Minister David Parker said the COVID-19 pandemic is a serious global crisis that will have a wide ranging and lasting impact ...
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  • Advance payments to support contractors
    Advance payments will be made to transport construction industry contractors to retain the workforce and ensure it is ready to quickly gear up to build projects which will be vital to New Zealand’s COVID-19 economic recovery, Transport Minister Phil Twyford announced today. He said keeping the workforce required to build ...
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  • Government seeks infrastructure projects
    The Government has tasked a group of industry leaders to seek out infrastructure projects that are ready to start as soon as the construction industry returns to normal to reduce the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, Economic Development Minister Phil Twyford and Infrastructure Minister Shane Jones say. The Infrastructure ...
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  • Health system scaled up to prepare for COVID-19
    Work to scale up the health system in preparation for COVID-19 was today outlined by Health Minister David Clark, as he reported back to the new Epidemic Response Committee. “We are well placed to contain the spread of COVID-19. We have taken early and decisive action at our borders, and ...
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  • Essential media COVID-19 guidelines refined
    The Government is refining its COVID-19 essential business guidance to include the distribution of news publications for communities which are hard to reach. The Minister of Broadcasting, Communications and Digital Media, Kris Faafoi, said the move was in recognition of the importance for New Zealanders who might be harder to ...
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  • Supermarkets able to open on Easter Sunday
    The Government is ensuring supermarkets can open on Easter Sunday so we can buy groceries, but stay closed on Good Friday allowing workers to take a break. This provides a balanced approach and ensures we avoid large queues that two days closure may cause. “Supermarkets will be able to open ...
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  • New Zealand defence personnel conclude mission at Taji
    Following the successful conclusion of the Building Partner Capacity (BPC) mission at Taji, New Zealand defence personnel are returning to New Zealand from Iraq, in accordance with the Cabinet decision made in June 2019, Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters and Defence Minister Ron Mark announced today. “New Zealand is very ...
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