Open Mike 07/06/2017

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  1. riffer 1

    Gosh, this is good.

  2. The Chairman 2

    Doctors warn fees will increase unless Government stumps up more cash
    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/93363517/doctors-fees-will-increase-unless-government-stumps-up-more-cash-gps

    Labour’s health spokesman David Clark said we need to invest more heavily in primary healthcare but failed to elaborate how much more Labour would invest.

    • greywarshark 4.1

      Maybe we need Obamacare like that other well-run country we follow – the USA.

  3. Incognito 5

    A very good article IMO that deserves attention here: The middle class is ruining the American dream.

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11869848

    “Kids from more affluent backgrounds are entering the contest massively well prepared, while kids from less affluent backgrounds are not. The well-prepared kids win, and everybody pretends to themselves it’s a meritocracy,” he says.

    “We need to be honest that the inequality problem does not kick in at 99 per cent, but much earlier than that.”

    • The Chairman 6.1

      Little on the health funding shortfall
      http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/morningreport/audio/201846573/govt-short-changing-health-sector-by-2-point-3-billion-labour

      $2.3 billion shortfall unlikely to be corrected in first term.

      • Draco T Bastard 6.1.1

        Not surprising. It’s difficult and expensive to undo the damage that National does. And then we have to take in account that 2.3 billion is around 1% of GDP compared to the government using around 30%.

        • The Chairman 6.1.1.1

          It’s far more difficult when fiscal constraints have been self-imposed and there is no willingness to increase taxes of the elite.

          • Draco T Bastard 6.1.1.1.1

            True.

            Labour were fools to say that there won’t be any tax increases. Instead they should have said that taxes will be reviewed to cover the necessary expenses needed to maintain a good society.

            • McFlock 6.1.1.1.1.1

              Except, as I recall, they didn’t promise zero tax increases.
              They said that at that stage, dependent on the budget and how the nats left the country, they could pay for all their pledges in the current tax levels and would review the entire tax system.

              Even without going “gosh darn it, the Greens insist we raise taxes slightly, but that’s living in a coalition”, they have more than enough room for a “neutral tax shift” post review or even an outright increase.

  4. Ad 7

    It’s the 70th anniversary of the Marshall Plan.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marshall_Plan

    If anyone remembers the Marshall Plan, here’s a good text on how the German government views it now in terms of recent events:

    http://www.auswaertiges-amt.de/sid_192467928A5AB69CD9B00E5E1E7FB639/EN/Infoservice/Presse/Reden/2017/170518-BM_Marshall-Plan_70.html

  5. saveNZ 8

    Natz have taken 156 affordable state homes in Glen Innes and then turned that into only 39 affordable homes (if you think $650k is affordable).

    Of the 156 state houses only 78 are replaced.

    Presumably the other 104 homes are not affordable and for profit for the developer and Natz cronies.

    No wonder we have a fucking housing crisis with this type of carry on.

    The MSM are keeping the asset sales rout going by these vomitous spin articles not pointing out that the government are taking away affordable houses so that developers can profit from the asset sales.

    How stupid do they think people are??? No wonder Granny has to give it’s papers away for free these days.

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11870527

  6. weka 10

    Quinn Norton on the NSA leaker getting caught,

    Please tell me this man is never working with sensitive sources ever.

    👻 added,
    Yashar AliVerified account @yashar
    When someone mails you an entire document they are giving you permission to do this. Did the NYT reporters describe Trump’s tax returns? no. https://twitter.com/Dave_Fox/status/871939708489670656

    *

    I’ve had sources who were risking jail, or worse. Some understood the risks, some needed my help to understand and try to stay safe.

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    This kind of rhetoric sabotages what I do, & what I try to help other journalists do, in understanding, communicating, and mitigating risk.

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    The Intercept’s mistake was not exactly unheard of, people make these mistakes all the time, but in this case, the source bears the cost.

    *

    I was involved in a nearly identical situation: http://archives.cjr.org/feature/the_back_door.php … but we got lucky, the source was fine. No harm, no foul. Pure luck.

    *

    For me this isn’t about the Intercept being bad, it’s about prevention/mitigation: doing better in journalism, not writing off the problem.

  7. saveNZ 11

    Apparently Mondelez a US company, bought Cadbury and has taken out 130 million in dividends, a 120m loan so it can claim 43m in interest, and given itself 47.7m in royalties and service fees so it can maximise it’s profits while paying as little local tax as possible.

    Even sadder is that now the locals have to crowd fund to keep their jobs and factories at Cadbury so offshore companies can have more profit.

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11870727

    But the National government thinks this foreign investment is wonderful. This is ‘investment’ in the provinces.

    Tegal also has done a similar rout with it’s private equity owners who recently floated it and it’s now in trouble on the share market.

    On the float, a measly, 1.2 m was given in capital to Tegal, 129m was given to it’s shareholders aka the private equity firm, 130m to pay back debt the private equity firm took out to float, and 23m in fees for floating on the sharemarket.

    http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/ninetonoon/audio/201843153/business-commentator-rod-oram

    Apparently Business Desk did the analysis of Cadbury.

    Do commentators real not understand why Kiwis like to invest in property – rather than shares when this sort of carry on is perfectly legal.

    It’s a triple whammy of not encouraging people to invest in Kiwi business due to the routs, off shore companies not paying taxes and parasitically killing the business so that the locals lose their jobs and livelihoods.

    It’s obscene.

    • greywarshark 11.1

      More on Cadbury. Radionz did a piece this morning. An attempt to set up a local buy-in to keep the factory in Dunedin, and it is a reasonable investment with a known product and sales continuing for a popular product.

      I think that regions have to set up investment trusts or something to buy their main and likely ongoing enterprises. Government is determined to undermine stability in jobs apparently carrying forward neolib ideas that people work harder when they are insecure and living near survival level. That’s the theory, but not sure what they say about working people when there is no work. Do they have a theory to counteract the despair of not having any part to play in society?

      food Otago
      8:54 am today
      Dunedin public called on to invest in Cadbury proposal
      From Morning Report, 8:54 am toda
      Listen duration 3′ :49″ en
      http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/morningreport/audio/201846594/dunedin-public-called-on-to-invest-in-cadbury-proposal
      Less than a year before Cadbury is due to close its Dunedin factory and the race is on to save it, and up to 360 jobs. A Dunedin City Councillor is launching a last-minute bid to keep the factory open with his ‘own the factory’ campaign.
      and
      http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/332441/last-ditch-bid-to-keep-confectionary-made-in-nz

      https://www.odt.co.nz/news/dunedin/20m-plan-save-factory
      Jim O’Malley, a Dunedin city councillor, is trying to raise $20 million to keep the factory open on a portion of the site.
      Mr O’Malley is working in a personal capacity; the Dunedin City Council is not involved in the bid.

      Mr O’Malley’s plan is to run a public share offer aimed at the general public as well as business.
      Before launching any share offer, Mr O’Malley has organised a two-week pledge period to gauge interest, starting today.
      If there was little interest, the plan would be dumped, and the ”lights will turn off in March”.

      Shares in Dunedin Manufacturing Holdings (DMH) would be priced at $50 if the offer goes ahead.
      A website has been launched – http://www.ownthefactory.co.nz – to register pledges.
      ”You will not be committed to make an investment at this time, but we ask you to only make a pledge if you intend to invest in the future,” he said.

      and
      http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/93402836/ambitious-20-million-plan-to-keep-kiwi-cadbury-brands-in-new-zealand

    • Draco T Bastard 11.2

      Seen that a few times over the past few years. Foreign company buys local company that has little or no debt and immediately takes out a huge loan and pays a massive dividend.

      It shouldn’t be allowed as it’s nothing more than a scam and can result in the local company going bankrupt – usually after the new owners have sold it on.

  8. Johnr 12

    Just listened to an interview on National Radio from a jellyfish expert. Apparantly they (the jellyfish) have no heart, no brain and no backbone. I thought, there you go, they must be tory voters.

    • McFlock 12.1

      yes, they also usually kill with thousands of stingers that each inject a tiny trace of poison into an almost invisible or trivial cut, the weight of these injections eventually killing a larger organism

      • weka 12.1.1

        They have also apparently defied evolution and are now eating up the food chain. Which I kind of admired, so maybe there is hope yet 😉

    • greywarshark 12.2

      There were a lot of interesting things said on the radio jellyfish interview. I’ll pass on what I remember to add to the sting of the humorous twist that johnr heard. (E&OE)

      The dried jellyfish or some, are very water absorbent and can be used in products requiring that, baby naps etc.
      Jellyfish are colonising and can act together though individual entities attached to main platform.
      They bloom naturally, and spread to wide proportions, and this will happen with climate change because more warmth will encourage.
      They drift and depending on their structure will drift to the left or right, depending on which ‘sail’ the majority put up.
      They eat into our fish stocks, and when hauled up with fish catch in a massive reproduction phase, they tipped the fishing boat over.
      One has a sting that mimics herpes with blisters, and like herpes will stay in the body arising later and this may last for years.
      I think in Oz they always take vinegar with them to the beach. If not, swill salt water over stings, if you rub them they hook into you more and release venom or something, yuk.

      I was wondering if over the Barrier Reef perhaps they could moor? jellyfish clumps to shade and cool the water – if they could de-acidify the water it might help, but presumably they would have the opposite effect.

      It looks as if we need to find a way to use them as resources if they are going to be increasing with as bad effects as we ourselves have.

      • garibaldi 12.2.1

        Don’t knock the old jellyfish too much, we may well have to use them as a source of protein when our fish stocks collapse.

      • Incognito 12.2.2

        When listing facts & trivia about jellyfish you cannot omit green fluorescent protein, which has its own pedestal in cellular and molecular biology research.

        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Green_fluorescent_protein

        • greywarshark 12.2.2.1

          Hey these jellyfish are definitely something else! I was all prepared to dislike them but the next thing I’ll find out that one brighter one is my first cousin once removed.

    • Gosman 12.3

      Wow way to diss almost 50 % of the voting population there. Good luck with trying to win them back after that.

      • dv 12.3.1

        When did the Natz get 50% of enrolled voters?

      • Draco T Bastard 12.3.2

        People need to learn from the truth, not get upset by it.

        • In Vino 12.3.2.1

          Yes – Diddums, Gosman. As if much more than 1% of voters would have even noticed that one comment. More fun to annoy you than worry about people who probably have not read the thread… After all, you seem to exist for the sole purpose of annoying the majority who read this site.

  9. Draco T Bastard 13

    We keep hearing from conservative idiots, such as Family First, that like to rewrite history to conform to their biases about how great the nuclear family is. Real history, once you get round to reading it, proves them wrong.

    Citing “How Did We Get Into This Mess?: Politics, Equality, Nature” by George Monbiot:

    “The nuclear family, as idealised today, was an invention of the Victorians, but it bore little relation to the family life we are told to emulate. Its development was driven by economic rather than spiritual needs, as the Industrial Revolution made manufacturing in the household inviable. Much as the Victorians might have extolled their families, ‘it was simply assumed that men would have their extramarital affairs and women would also find intimacy, even passion, outside marriage’, and often with other women.8 Gillis links the twentieth century’s attempt to find intimacy and passion only within marriage – and the impossible expectations this raises – to the rise in the rate of divorce.”

    “The conservatives’ supposedly moral concerns turn out to be nothing but an example of the age-old custom of first idealising and then sanctifying one’s own culture. The past they invoke is fabricated from their own anxieties and obsessions. It has nothing to offer us”

    • greywarshark 13.1

      8 Gillis links the twentieth century’s attempt to find intimacy and passion only within marriage – and the impossible expectations this raises – to the rise in the rate of divorce.”

      Who can know about causes for divorce even after doing huge long term research? But finding someone to live with life-long is quite a task, and getting used to someone of another gender, another family, and having to form one’s own family culture, is quite an effort and can be greatly affected by stresses from outside, and unreal expectations, and self-centred or narrow interests. Being drawn to passion is a mistake. It’s the result of peak emotion and who can live at that level all the time, or would want to it would be exhausting, one would be sated. Reality says, to have a peak there must be a lower base that’s common. Even when there is divorce available, some people stay married, they may get past wanting a real friendship and enjoyment and settle for what they know on the basis that divorce might end up worse.

      It’s a wonder that we don’t give up trying to live with some other ornery blighter, but we are such hopeful romantics!

      • Draco T Bastard 13.1.1

        But finding someone to live with life-long is quite a task

        They didn’t say that previous generations weren’t finding someone to live with lifelong. they just said that there was a whole lot more flexibility in relationships than what the conservatives like to portray up to and including having sex outside of the main relationship.

        • greywarshark 13.1.1.1

          I have a book about rural English customs. It says that often an Anglican minister unmarried, in a rural area, would have a young housekeeper and would find her a good husband as time went on. And then get another young housekeeper. I have forgotten when perhaps late 1800s.

          • Draco T Bastard 13.1.1.1.1

            That sounds like the same type of myth as the myth of chivalry that Bill put up.

            And I really don’t know WTF it’s got to do with how the nuclear family is a modern creation used to help businesses by splitting people from the community.

  10. Gosman 14

    Question about the Paris agreement. Why do you need government to sign up? Why can’t citizens make the sacrifices that may need to be made?

    • Andre 14.1

      5……4…….3……

    • Muttonbird 14.2

      Venezuela in 3, 2, 1…

      • Gosman 14.2.1

        What has Venezuela have to do with the Paris Climate Agreement?

        • Andre 14.2.1.1

          That was probably a response to when your comment was just “test”, before your edit.

        • Muttonbird 14.2.1.2

          You wondered if your ban for lying was lifted and didn’t want to type your inane point if it wasn’t going to appear.

          I guessed you were going to rant about Venezuela but instead it was a rant about self-regulation in response to climate change.

          Self-regulation. Interesting concept. How does it work?

    • weka 14.3

      “Question about the Paris agreement. Why do you need government to sign up? Why can’t citizens make the sacrifices that may need to be made?”

      Citizens can make the sacrifices too. What steps have you taken Gosman?

      • gsays 14.3.1

        This is a conversation I am interested in.
        What are the sacrifices/changes folks have made in respect to climate change?

        I have stopped flying back and forth from aucks for work.

        Started planting trees too.
        Our house is heated by solid fuel so if I keep planting as well as harvesting, it should be a closed loop.
        I live rurally so have been cutting trips to town unless there are three reasons to go.

        • weka 14.3.1.1

          The last one for me too, it’s not that hard. Working local food too, both within NZ and reducing food coming from overseas. I burn wood but haven’t done much on replanting yet. What are you doing with that? (I don’t own land).

        • Bill 14.3.1.2

          A few years back a British guy won an employment case off the back of human rights legislation when he lost his job for refusing to fly for conference meetings etc.

          The human rights legislation is the same here as there.

          The judge decided he was discriminated against on the basis of his belief (around AGW) and that the discriminationwas on a par with religious discrimination.

          I’m not saying everyone’s who’s aware of AGW and who is ‘forced’ to fly by their employer will have either the presence of mind or stamina to follow that lead, but some might – maybe even someone reading this comment. 😉

  11. Andre 15

    Heh. Top law firms won’t represent Trump. Coz he probably won’t pay any attention to their advice and will likely stiff them like he does to everybody else.

    http://www.msn.com/en-nz/news/world/four-top-law-firms-turned-down-trump-report/ar-BBCbJc0?li=BBqdg4K&ocid=mailsignout

  12. Muttonbird 16

    Massive disconnect here from Bling. He admits vulnerable families don’t trust him or his government or the Police yet can’t imagine how more money might, I don’t know, fund research into repairing that trust and pay for more decent people at the coal face to action the results.

    That’s before we even get into the community-busting, inequality-growing hopelessness among the disenfranchise which his government has carefully watched over.

    This, ‘I care on my bad days’, shit is disgusting from him after admitting he and his predecessor are at fault.

    http://www.newshub.co.nz/home/politics/2017/06/bill-english-on-family-violence-sometimes-on-my-worst-day-i-think-we-service-misery.html

    • greywarshark 16.1

      Sounds like Blinglish just wants to feed into their hopeless meme. Out of our big hearts we keep trying – but – fling hands open – what can we do, just hold the line really when talking about the great unwashed and beneficiaries, and really all those that aren’t like US.

      Craaaap. People go doolally when they are constantly confronted with closed doors when they knock and expect to be spoken to. When that’s been going for three generations and the only jobs available are those where you are supposed to sit like a battery hen, and you have never been able to sit quiet and relax, then you’re not suited by the jobs available. Some action jobs that go away for the week, and back to the pub and some films in the weekend, would get work for youngsters like this. It would take them out of their peer group and environment to where they could learn to put their back into it and properly despise the finger-tappers. Then there would be equality of put-downs.

      Just government planning the economy would be a start. But the buggers resigned from that when Labour went and got Rogered back in 1984 and they’ve taken years to stand up again after that. Perhaps now they can grow a pair and do what a decent government can do, efficiently, first phase within a year and having some clear movement by 100 days. Then second phase – trying ten different projects in second year, and carry on five for third year. And if elected again, explore new ways of implementing those projects both completed, and piloted taking the next term. Plus jump start and trial some new ones. The energy would grow, people could come up with a project thought out, rough costings, ideas for obtaining resources (not stealing them after midnight from across the river etc.) and things would be amazing. And there would be a few frauds. That’s only to be expected so need lots of practical auditors to ensure frauds were kept small. But one fault can’t stop good outcome.

  13. Logie97 18

    Apparently the Russian involvement in the U.S. election is a little more sinister.
    Their foray into A.I. was to create a prototype humanoid.
    There are some who fear it got away and finished up winning the Whitehouse.

  14. greywarshark 19

    I was just thinking – what a great market for the wealthy cynic? Have your very own AI model of Donald Trump stumping round your home, making unsavoury comments, annoying your relatives, insulting the annoying neighbours, and threatening to beat up your creditors, and inventing bad jokes and making sexist and racist jokes and remarks. And you need not take any responsibility – just shrug and say it’s modern technology, a release of a beta version, ‘He’s like…you know… a force of nature.”

    And there could be a whole range of products, clothing stylists, hair stylists, musical versions of him as concert pianist, mad guitarist or drummer, singer – the mind boggles. This could be a revitalisation of USA business which had been in the doldrums just waiting for some new craze, and will truly MAKE AMERICA GRATE AGAIN.

    This could be a prototype version of the drummer:

  15. saveNZ 20

    NSA contractor faces 10-year sentence in first Espionage Act charge under Trump

    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/jun/06/reality-winner-espionage-act-leak-russian-hacking

  16. Armada 21

    Chatting to an Englishman at a social event.. ok a bar.
    Got around to UK GE and Brexit and migrants.
    His view is that Brexit will stop the flow of migrants into England and that that will be a good thing.
    I asked him where he lives and works and where he intends to retire: he said NZ.

    I told him that he was therefore a migrant. i suggested there was a dichotomy between what he was saying about migrants and his current status!

    “An ExPat, I’m not a migrant”

    “What’s the differance?”

    Things went downhill and I’m none the wiser. Can anyone enlighten me?

    • BM 21.1

      He believes he’s retiring to the colonies.

    • saveNZ 21.2

      It’s one of the complications of having been part of the British Empire.

    • gsays 21.3

      I am picking he is white skinned therefore an ‘alright’ migrant.

      • james 21.3.1

        Im picking that you are right in what he thinks.

        Its sad.

      • Armada 21.3.2

        Reading between the lines ExPat is a term with both or either racial and “Imperial” connotations!
        Do the English who come here have any other cultural bagage?

        What are we doing for immigrants from England to help adjust to our culture? Is there an education or cultural awareness program to help then overcome the negative aspects of their culture?
        Should we give them lesson in cooking and language to help them make the shift?

      • saveNZ 21.3.3

        He sounds like most migrants, white, brown and pink, there are not enough high paid or satisfying jobs in NZ so they come here and get residency or citizenship, work overseas once that is acheived and then are planning to come back here to retire.

        It’s working out kinda the opposite of what most governments would want…

    • Bill 21.4

      You wasted some precious drinking conversation time with a bigot – a racist one by the sounds of it.

  17. greywarshark 22

    Take note of this that I heard and have sourced for your information and knowledge.

    Bill English telling local government to borrow more despite that they are trying to be fiscally prudent and stay within limits to give them a high credit rating and low interest.

    49 Local Government entities do this by going through one agency but Billy Boy wants them to get as loaded up as government (which isn’t high of course, but is crushingly burdened by all the private credit for our imported purchases at home and out in the mean streets.)
    http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/businessnews/audio/201846567/business-news-for-7-june-2017
    Listen 3.30-6 mins – was on Business News 6.49am Wednesday 7 June 2017

  18. adam 23

    When will we realise that leaving the door open for the very rich to gorge themselves in a unfettered desire to fill the void of greed. Never works out well for ordinary folk.

  19. Janet 25

    The new Herald on line format is a straight steal from the UK Independent.

    • Dv 25.1

      And it’s crap

      • Incognito 25.1.1

        It’ll appeal to the Facebook and Instagram crowd(s) and people who think that a sentence or a Tweet equals an essay. The mind-numbing and dumbing down has reached its next phase; expect more photos of kittens & cupcakes 😉

  20. Karen 26

    Not only are the regulations for rentals completely inadequate, there are only 15 compliance officers for the whole of NZ. No wonder there are so many of these disgusting boarding houses.

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/93422776/just-15-compliance-officers-to-keep-entire-rental-market-in-line

    • adam 26.1

      Well I’ve never been able to get one off their butt to actually leave the office in Auckland. Glad the MP for Kelston was able to get (embrace) one into action recently. Good on her.

      Have to say since she has come back to parliament, she has been one of the best preforms for labour. I never hesitate sending people to her office for help.

    • David Mac 26.2

      With the rental regulations as they stand there is nothing stopping Stuff from running stories about people living in sub standard housing that throw a whole new angle on the situation.

      I want to read Jeff and Julia stories that go like this:

      “The prevailing wind blows straight into the front of our home. The gaps around the windows and door are really bad. The house is icy cold for 6 months of the year. We provided our landlord with a 14 day notice requesting that he start taking steps to fix the issue. He did nothing. After 4 months we lodged papers at the Tenancy Tribunal, cost us $20.

      The adjudicator ordered he must pay us $1500 damages and all of the rent we’ve paid since we gave him the 14 day notice is being returned to us. He gave us notice to move out, we went back to the Tribunal, it is illegal for him to kick us out for retaliatory reasons. We got $3000 damages for that.

      He still needs to fix the house but with our house savings and windfall of make good money, we’re looking for a do-up in South Auckland to buy.”

      The Tenancy Services website is really well organized and really easy to understand. Bugger boo hoo, get even.

  21. David Mac 27

    I thought there was a good question asked in the House today. A supplementary question so the Beehive Blues were able to answer with the trusty “I don’t have those details to hand.”

    For years the government have offered proof of how many houses are being built by quoting the number of building consents granted. Getting the nod to build 20 apartments is of course quite a different thing to 20 families moving into their new homes.

    ‘Show me the houses!’

    When a home is completed, one of the last tasks is to have a ‘Code of Compliance’ issued. The question was: “How many NZ Codes of Compliance have been issued in the last year?”

    I think it’s a question worthy of going on the card. Allow them enough time to have that figure at hand. I think it will be an embarrassing number.

    • saveNZ 27.1

      And then minus off those houses that got demolished…. and those houses unliveable due to natural disasters…

      • David Mac 27.1.1

        Ha! Yes, a supplementary question could create a headline for the MSM.

        ‘NZ is 120 houses better off this year’.

        • saveNZ 27.1.1.1

          But had incoming migration of 70,000 plus 180,000 working visas issued, …. do the math, that’s why there is rising homelessness and overcrowding among other things.

          It’s really bonkers to be in the top 3 countries in the world per capita with migration (the others are Israel and Liechtenstein), and turning NZ a formally pristine wealthy and educated country into a banana republic with mass surveillance, pollution and disabled people being billed $200 a night for dodgy hotels and having to move from week to week. Or working families with kids living in cars.

          It’s the National government creating the problem as it benefits them voter wise and like all ponzi schemes looks good at the beginning with cash flooding in.

  22. David Mac 28

    Urban houses with large sections are often sold with lines like “Approval for 8 units”.

    Is Nick counting those 8 units when quoting consent numbers? The consent may go no further than a seductive sub-heading in the marketing for the property. Can’t live in those.

  23. greywarshark 29

    UBI
    A lovely long discussion on productivity and capitalism and so on that you can partake of while eating something warming while you chew over this which arises from Austria, but is in very readable English, not too much jargon.
    https://antinational.org/en/what-wrong-free-money/
    and
    http://www.cca-glasgow.com/programme/caught-learning–whats-wrong-with-free-money

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    Today is the first day of the global climate strike. Led by schoolkids, people all around the world are going to protest to demand action on climate change. New Zealand isn't doing it till next Friday (join us!), but if you want to get active early, there's plenty to do ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    17 hours ago
  • Climate Change: Squandering our opportunity?
    The Herald has a story today about the 400 MW of wind power currently under construction. Good news, right? Except that none of it is being driven by policy (instead, its about replacing Contact Energy's Taranaki Combined Cycle gas-fired power plant, due to shut down in 2022), and most of ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    18 hours ago
  • Protect The King!
    To Protect and Serve: When the Prime Minister finds herself enmeshed in the coils of a full-blown political scandal, her colleagues and party comrades have only one priority: to release her as swiftly – and with as little lasting injury – as possible. Is this what Jacinda Ardern’s colleagues and ...
    18 hours ago
  • The rot at the top.
    When military leaders cover up and lie to elected civilian authorities, the foundation of democratic civil-military relations is undermined because it is those authorities who are entrusted to hold the military accountable to the public that they mutually serve. But this is only true if civilian political authorities take their ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    19 hours ago
  • Challenging the voting age in court
    The Make It 16 campaign to lower the voting age is launching this afternoon, and they have already announced plans to challenge the law in court:The campaign, named "Make it 16" will launch at Parliament on Friday, with plans to take their case to the High Court, testing the rights ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    20 hours ago
  • Israel’s elections herald a long siesta
    by Daphna Whitmore The long years of Netanyahu’s reign are drawing to an end. For years he has epitomized reactionary zionism as he oversaw hundreds of thousands of Jewish settlers seize land in the West Bank. There are now 700,000 settlers, putting an end to the myth that Israel was ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    21 hours ago
  • Petrol companies promise prices will come back down once peace is restored to the Middle East
    BP, Z and Mobil all insist that petrol price hikes are temporary, “in a very literal sense.” The nation’s major petrol providers are trying to allay customer fears over prices, promising that they’ll move to lower them again “immediately” when the Middle East is returned to its formerly peaceful state. ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 day ago
  • All Blacks unveil boat for Rugby World Cup 2019
    South African coach Rassie Erasmus says he has no idea what they’re going to do about the boat. In a highly anticipated press conference this afternoon, All Blacks coach Steve Hansen has finally unveiled the team’s boat for its Rugby World Cup 2019 campaign. In a press conference that went ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 day ago
  • An increasingly shoddy coverup
    The Operation Burnham inquiry continued to question senior NZDF staff today, and their shoddy coverup over their knowledge of civilian casualties continue to fall apart. If you recall, first, we were asked to believe that it was all a series of "mistakes and errors": a senior officer with multiple degrees ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • If we are to avoid making the earth uninhabitable, we need to rapidly decarbonise our civilisation, and cut emissions to zero as quickly as possible. This seems like an impossible task, but its not. Pushing hard on a few technologies and trends will let us halve emissions in a decade:Greenhouse ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • A further attack on transparency
    The Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill (No 2) had part of its committee stage yesterday. its a generally tedious bill about the nitty-gritty of local government reorganisation. But it includes a clause making the Local Government Commission subject to the Ombudsmen Act, and hence the OIA. Great! Except of ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • Ihumātao and Treaty settlements
    Yesterday Ihumātao's mana whenua reached a consensus that they would like their land back, and asked the government to negotiate with Fletcher's for its return. The government's response? Try and undermine that consensus, while talking about how doing anything would undermine existing Treaty settlements. The first is just more bad ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • Protecting our history
    Its Suffrage Day, the 126th anniversary of women winning the right to vote (but not stand in elections) in New Zealand. And to celebrate, the government has bought Kate Sheppard's house in Christchurch:The government has bought Kate Sheppard's former home in Christchurch for more than $4 million. The Ilam villa ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • Climate Change: Ostracising the coal-burners
    The UN climate summit is happening in new York next week, and unlike previous years, coal-burners and denier-states are not being invited to speak:Leading economies such as Japan and Australia will not be invited to speak at next week’s crunch UN climate change summit, as their continued support for coal ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • Jojo Tamihere Salutes Herr Goff.
    Get Back Jojo! The elation in Mayor Phil Goff’s camp may be easily imagined as they watched social media light up in indignation at challenger John Tamihere’s "Sieg Heil to that" quip. Just when JT’s notoriously right-wing, sexist and homophobic stains were beginning to fade back into his ‘colourful’ past, ...
    2 days ago
  • Hard News: A fun but flawed weed documentary
    Patrick Gower is good value when he's high. Not that I've ever, you know, got stoned with him. But in the second part of his documentary Patrick Gower on Weed, he does what you'd expect in a modern weed documentary and immerses himself – first with a doctor, then a ...
    2 days ago
  • Candidate Survey: Western Bay of Plenty – Local Body Elections 2019
    We surveyed candidates on their attitudes to issues facing the Western Bay Region, find out what they think: “Closing the Gap” Tauranga, one of the area groups of Income Equality Aotearoa NZ Inc., has surveyed all candidates in the three local body elections to discover attitudes to some basic issues ...
    Closing the GapBy Tracey Sharp
    3 days ago
  • Project Nettie calls on scientists to defend biology
    Please spread widely, and sign, to support science and rationalism over the new irrationalism sweeping universities and institutions.  PROJECT NETTIE Sexual reproduction, the generation of offspring by fusion of genetic material from two different individuals, evolved over 1 billion years ago. It is the reproductive strategy of all higher animals ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    3 days ago
  • I’m glad I don’t live in Auckland
    Just when I was thinking that Palmerston North's mayoral race (which includes a convicted child molester / public wanker and a convicted child beater) was the worst in the country, Auckland mayoral candidate John Tamihere opened his mouth:Auckland mayoral candidate John Tamihere is being slammed for using the words "sieg ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Index of Power Update, 2018-19: China #2
    We reprint below an article from the excellent website the Economics of Imperialism by Tony Norfield This is an update of the statistics for my Index of Power, using data for 2018-19 and discussing what a country’s ranking reflects. The major change is that China’s rank has shifted up and ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    3 days ago
  • Climate Change: A history lesson
    Why is New Zealand climate change policy so crap? The Herald this morning has a long article on the twists and turns of climate change policy in New Zealand [paywalled / depaywall script], which shows where we've been. The short version is that the government first began worrying about this ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • What the All Blacks Mean to Us
    The All Blacks have been, for more than a century, arguably the most successful International sports team in the world. But they are more than that; even for those Kiwis who are immune to the charms of rugby (and there are more than a few), the All Blacks are ambassadors ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    3 days ago
  • No one is born into the wrong body
    A short and incredibly powerful speech from a young lesbian woman. No one is born in the wrong body. ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    4 days ago
  • Contempt
    Back in June, the UK Court of Appeal ruled that that country's continued arms sales to Saudi Arabia were unlawful. So you'd expect that the UK government stopped approving them, right?Of course not:The government has apologised for breaching a court ruling against the sale of weapons to Saudi Arabia that ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Covering up the cover-up
    Yesterday NZDF officials were put on the stand about the lies they had told over Operation Burnham, making implausible claims that it was all a big mistake. But along the way, we learned they had already been put on the spot about it by a previous Defence Minister, who had ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Not as important as they think they are
    Farmers have been whining a lot lately, about the methane targets in the Zero Carbon Bill, about Canterbury's proposed nitrogen limits, and about the government's new proposals to stop them from shitting in our lakes and rivers. These policies are "throwing farmers under the tractor", they will force farmers off ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Behind Every Good Woman Should Stand – Another Good Woman.
    Alone, Alone, All, All, Alone: To argue that the Prime Minister is the victim of her advisers’ failure to keep her informed may offer Jacinda some measure of exoneration – but only at the cost of casting her as a hopeless political ingénue. A star-dusted muppet, whose only purpose is to ...
    4 days ago
  • Poor quality, poorly educated kiddie ‘Journalists’ spreading fake news
    In times of hysteria about the “World coming to an end” and “rising sea levels” so-called ‘Journalists’ who can barely spell words longer than four letters are having a ball! Though the majority of the Public have worked out that manmade climate change is nothing short of pseudo-science, and the ...
    An average kiwiBy admin@averagekiwi.com
    4 days ago
  • Chris Trotter on the BFD
    I don't want to give pblicity to certain parts of the internet that are better left to fester in their own irrelevance (I know, a bit like this place) but the listing of Chris Trotter as a 'author' on Cameron Slater's spinoff website, the BFD requires some explanation.Now, I don't ...
    4 days ago
  • Sex is not a spectrum
    The text below is a Twitter thread by Heather Heying that explains the essence of sexual reproduction and it long evolutionary history. She is an evolutionary biologist and a “professor-in-exile” after she and her husband, Bret Weinstein, stood up to supporters of an enforced “Day of Absence” for white staff and teachers ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    4 days ago
  • Climate Change: Trees, aviation, and offsets
    With crunch time for new Zealand climate policy approaching, most of the New Zealand media have got on board with a global reporting effort to cover the issue. There's one strand of stories today about polling and what it shows about changing public attitudes to the crisis, but the strand ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Pissing-Off The Israelis Is A High-Risk Strategy.
    Dangerous Foes: For those readers of Bowalley Road who feel disposed to dismiss any prospect of an Israeli destabilisation of New Zealand politics, the example of the United Kingdom repays close attention. Ever since the election of Jeremy Corbyn as leader of the British Labour Party, the Israelis have sanctioned, funded and ...
    5 days ago
  • Something to go to in Wellington
    Make It 16, the youth-led campaign to lower New Zealand's voting age, is holding an official campaign launch at Parliament this Friday from 16:30. If you'd like to attend, you can register using EventBrite here. ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • A founding member responds to Peace Action Wellington
    by Don Franks It was a lovely sunny Wellington afternoon with blue skies above  the beaches.  In Courtenay Place, political activists packed out a stuffy upstairs room for an important meeting. The assembled pacifists, anarchists, communists and independent young radicals of Peace Action Wellington felt the need for a mission ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    5 days ago
  • “Mistakes and errors”
    Current and former NZDF top brass are being publicly grilled this week by the hit and run inquiry over their public responses to allegations of civilian casualties. Previously, they've claimed there were no casualties, a position which led them to lie to Ministers and to the public. Now, they're saying ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • “Homosexuality is same-sex attraction and relationships, not heterosexuals with delusions of gende...
    by Rafael D. Quiles (gender-critical gay man from Puerto Rico) The writing on the wall is right in people’s faces and people just don’t see it or don’t want to. What could actually possess a heterosexual male to want to feminize himself and claim that he is a lesbian? Because ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    5 days ago
  • Trump: “Where’s my favourite dictator?”
    From the Wall Street Journal:Inside a room of the ornately decorated Hotel du Palais during last month’s Group of Seven summit in Biarritz, France, President Trump awaited a meeting with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi. Mr. Trump looked over a gathering of American and Egyptian officials and called out in ...
    6 days ago
  • Magdalen Burns, 1983-2019, fighter for women’s liberation
    by the Redline blog collective At Redline we are very saddened to hear of the death of Magdalen Burns who passed away on the morning of Friday, September 13 (British time). Magdalen was a great fighter for the rights of women in general and lesbian women in particular, a defender ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    6 days ago
  • Parliament and the Executive
    The Brexit issue has certainly brought with it a series of apparently difficult constitutional issues, many of them concerning the respective roles of the executive and parliament. Most of them arise because of the unwillingness of MPs, despite their professions to the contrary, to be bound by a constitutional rarity ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    7 days ago
  • The Abigail Article; Martyn Bradbury’s Article, and My Response
    . . This blogpost is different to my usual format of reporting on issues… Since July 1011, I have blogged on a variety of political issues; near always political and/or environmental; mostly highly critical of the previous National Government. Other issues included Israeli occupation of Palestinian lands and repression of ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    7 days ago
  • Police will have to wear silly Buckingham Palace hats from now on, says Police Minister
    Those close to the Police Minister believe the initiative may be the result of Nash “seeing a great deal” on AliExpress. In a move that comes seemingly out of nowhere, Police Minister Stuart Nash announced this afternoon that he expects all frontline staff to don bearskin hats, famously worn by ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • A sensible crackdown
    The government has released its Arms Legislation Bill, containing the second tranche of changes to gun laws following the March 15 massacre. And it all looks quite sensible: a national gun register, higher penalties for illegal possession and dealing, tighter restrictions on arms dealers and shooting clubs, and a shorter ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • California bans private prisons
    Private prisons are a stain on humanity. Prison operators explicitly profit from human misery, then lobby for longer prisons terms so they can keep on profiting. And in the US, prison companies run not only local and state prisons, but also Donald Trump's immigration concentration camps. Faced with this moral ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Why PPPs are a bad idea
    When National was in power, they were very keen on Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) - basicly, using private companies to finance public infrastructure as a way of hiding debt from the public. They were keen on using them for everything - roads, schools, hospitals. But as the UK shows, that "service" ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • A Movement That No Longer Moves.
    Moving And Shaking: There was a time when people spoke matter-of-factly about the “labour movement” – a political phenomenon understood to embrace much more than the Labour Party. Included within the term’s definition was the whole trade union movement – many of whose members looked upon the Labour Party as ...
    1 week ago
  • NZ ‘left’ politically embracing extreme postmodernism
    by Philip Ferguson Much of the left, even people who formally identify as marxists, have collapsed politically in the face of postmodern gender theory of the sort pioneered by American philosopher Judith Butler. For Butler even biological sex is socially constructed. “If the immutable character of sex is contested, perhaps ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • The obvious question
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • The moment I found out that you found out, I acted swiftly
    By Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern I am every bit as angry as you are. I am every bit as disappointed as you must be. The people with power, oversight and the ability to do something about these processes within the Labour Party should be ashamed. Whoever those people are, I ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • This is why people hate property developers
    Property developers think there is an "oversupply" of houses in Auckland:High turnover rates and falling prices may be a sign that there are too many new houses going in to some parts of Auckland, commentators say. [...] Property developer David Whitburn said there was a "bit of an oversupply" in ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Australia to Pacific: “Fuck you, you can all drown”
    World leaders are meeting in New York in two weeks for the 2019 Climate Action Summit, where they are expected to announce new and more ambitious targets to stop the world from burning. But the Australian Prime Minister won't be there, despite being in the USA at the time:Scott Morrison ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Implausible ignorance
    Labour Party president Nigel Haworth resigned yesterday over the party's sexual assault scandal. But while that's good news, its unlikely to take away the stench of a coverup. Because according to Paula Bennett in Parliament yesterday, pretty much everyone in the Prime Minister's office was involved as well:I have been ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Labour’s Fatal Flaw.
     Two-Faced? Labour insiders' commitment to the neoliberal status quo puts them at odds with their party’s membership; its trade union affiliates; and a majority of Labour voters, but this only serves to strengthen the perception they have of themselves as a special elite. Among the lesser breeds, they’ll talk up a ...
    1 week ago
  • Ten reasons the Tories do NOT want an election
    There has been a lot of talk about Boris Johnson wanting an election, and he has blustered with great gusto about 'chicken' Jeremy Corbyn refusing one, but I think there are many reasons why he is secretly glad he has been refused the opportunity:The Tories are an utter rabble,tearing themselves ...
    1 week ago
  • Prorogation Illegal, rule Scottish judges
    Scottish appeal court judges have declared that Boris Johnson’s decision to suspend parliament in the run-up to the October Brexit deadline is unlawful. The three judges, chaired by Lord Carloway, Scotland’s most senior judge, overturned an earlier ruling that the courts did not have the powers to interfere in the prime ...
    1 week ago
  • Let me explain what I meant by Everyday New Zealanders
    By Simon Bridges. The following is a press release from the office of Simon Bridges, leader of The National Party. Key ora, New Zealand. Happy Maori Language Week. Look, I’m writing to you today because I want to clear something up. There’s been a lot of kerfuffle around some things ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • Yes, the SIS is subject to the Public Records Act
    I understand there's some stuff going round about how the SIS "was removed from the list of public offices covered by the Public Records Act in 2017". The context of course being their records derived from US torture, which will be disposed of or sealed. The good news is that ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • An evidence-based discussion of the Canadian fluoride/IQ study
    Dr. Christopher Labos and Jonathan Jarry discuss the recent Canadian fluoride/IQ research. They provide an expert analysis of the paper and its problems. Click on image to go to podcast. The critical debate about the recent ...
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Australia in denial
    Australia is burning down again, and meanwhile its natural disaster minister is denying climate change:Australia’s minister responsible for drought and natural disasters, David Littleproud, has said that he doesn’t “know if climate change is manmade”. Clarifying earlier comments that the question is “irrelevant” when considering the Coalition government’s response to ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Philippines activist speaking on the Duterte tyranny
    Auckland Philippines Solidarity is excited to host Professor Judy Taguiwalo for a speaking tour of NZ in September. She is a well-known activist in the Philippines and was a political prisoner under the Marcos dictatorship. Professor Taguiwalo briefly served as a Cabinet member under President Duterte but was forced from ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Disgust
    I have no special insights to offer on the Labour sexual assault coverup. All I have is disgust. Disgust that an organisation could fail its people so badly. Disgust that they punished the victims rather than the perpetrator. Disgust that its party hacks are apparently blaming the victims for demanding ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Speak Up for Women calls out Greens’ censorship
    This open letter to the Green Party was penned after an opinion piece by Jill Abigail, a feminist and founding member of the party, was censored by the Greens’ leadership. (Redline has reprinted her article here).The intolerance of the Green Party leaders and their acceptance of the misogyny of gender ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Member’s Day: End of Life Choice, part 3
    Today is a Member's day, and David Seymour's End of Life Choice Bill continues its slow crawl through its committee stage. They're spending the whole day on it today, though the first hour is likely to be spent on voting left over from last time. After that they'll move on ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Flight to Los Angeles turned back after passengers decide they don’t want to go anymore
    An ambitious plan to fly to Los Angeles petered out into a brief sight-seeing trip and a desire to return home and get some sleep before work tomorrow. Air New Zealand has confirmed a flight to Los Angeles last night was turned back about a quarter of the way into ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • Indigenous Futures: defuturing and futuring – an analytical framework for policy development?
    There appears to be consensus – by omission – that the concept of indigenous futures should be accepted at face value. So I scavenged the internet to see if I could locate an academic descriptor or a framework around how we think about it as a concept, and whether it ...
    EllipsisterBy Ellipsister
    1 week ago
  • Cadbury rumoured to be releasing the Pineapple Trump
    Here’s another novelty chocolate to shove in your gob, New Zealand Cadbury could be seeking to make itself great again with a rumoured new release: Pineapple Trumps, a spin on its classic chocolate-encased pineapple treat and do-it-yourself tooth remover. The global confectionery manufacturer and bumbling “before” character in an infomercial, ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • The coming resource war.
    During my time in the Pentagon I had the privilege of sitting down with military leaders and defence and security officials from a variety of Latin American nations. Sometimes I was present as a subordinate assistant to a senior US defence department official, sometimes as part of a delegation that ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    2 weeks ago
  • Māori Language Week with The Civilian
    Kia ora, Aotearoa. It’s that magical time of year. Te Wiki o te Reo Māori. In English, the week that frightens talk radio. As you probably know by now, all your favourite media outlets are participating, some more successfully than others. Stuff has changed its name to Puna for the ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Will Horizons act on climate change?
    Local body elections are coming up next month. And it looks like all Palmerston North candidates for Horizons (the Manawatu-Whanganui Regional Council) want to take action on climate change:Climate change is set to be a key issue in Palmerston North for the next three years if those wanting to get ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • BORA reform is stalled
    Eighteen months ago, the government promised to strengthen the Bill of Rights Act, by explicitly affirming the power of the courts to issue declarations of inconsistency and requiring Parliament to formally respond to them. So how's that going? I was curious, so I asked for all advice about the proposal. ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Corbyn and Brexit
    As the Brexit saga staggers on, the focus is naturally enough on the Prime Minister and his attempts to achieve Brexit “do or die”. But the role played by the Leader of the Opposition is of almost equal interest and complexity. The first problem for Jeremy Corbyn is that he ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    2 weeks ago
  • A ditch for him to die in
    Last week, English Prime Minister Boris Johnson boldly declared that he would rather die be dead in a ditch than delay Brexit. Unfortunately for him, the UK parliament accepted the challenge, and promptly dug one for him. The "rebellion bill" requires him to ask for and secure yet another temporary ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Warning! Warning! Danger Jacinda Ardern! Danger Marama Davidson! Warning!
    Lost In Political Space: The most important takeaway from this latest Labour sexual assault scandal, which (if I may paraphrase Nixon’s White House counsel’s, John Dean’s, infamous description of Watergate) is “growing like a cancer” on the premiership, is the Labour Party organisation’s extraordinary professional paralysis in the face of ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Union solidarity with Ihumatao land occupation
    by Daphna Whitmore Every Sunday for the past two months unionists from First Union, with supporters from other unions, have set out to the Ihumatao land protest, put up gazebos and gas barbeques, and cooked food for a few hundred locals and supporters who have come from across the country. ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago

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