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  1. PsyclingLeft.Always 1

    'Horrendous situation': Queenstown council under fire over vacant cabins

    Council PR man Sam White confirms to Mountain Scene that 32 of the 45 cabins on the site are not being used, news that infuriates Queenstown housing advocates who say council needs to get off its backside and pay the money to get the homes up to scratch.

    With the rental housing crisis the worst it’s ever been, the majority of cabins on the Queenstown council-owned Lynch Block site are sitting empty because City Hall hasn’t invested the money to meet healthy home standards.

    https://www.odt.co.nz/regions/queenstown/horrendous-situation-queenstown-council-under-fire-over-vacant-cabins

    I note the "hasnt invested". IMO this is about money. And not so much about bringing the places up to standard (FFS ! ) …IMO more about the land value . And always has been : (

    32 unused places. When people (workers incl) are living in cars ?!

    I'd say shame on the QLDC..but they dont have any.

    • gsays 1.1

      Do councils have a pecuniary interests register?

      Maybe there is more than one landlord in their midst.

      If so, shaming will not work,

    • Bearded Git 1.2

      I live in the Queenstown Lakes district and there is no doubt that the Council has been spectacularly useless at addressing the accommodation crisis. No measures at all have been taken to encourage the thousands of empty houses in the district to open up for rental purposes.

      I have a son living in a Queenstown backpacker for $50 a night so that he can get to his job there. Rental accommodation is non-existent.

      But on Checkpoint last night, when answering questions about the 32 empty council-owned cabins, Mayor Lewes went on and on about how valuable the land was where the cabins are situated, which to me sounded like his preference was to sell this land to a developer, rather than spend the money to allow people to live in the 32 cabins.

      With this attitude the accommodation crisis will only get worse.

      • PsyclingLeft.Always 1.2.1

        Hi BG. Thanks for reply. I did seem to remember you lived in this area. I have sympathy for your Son . And all the other hard pressed. And re the Mayor ? I didnt see it..but that would confirm my thought. Developer money…much more important.

        There is way more light..and heat being applied to this now. By some fucked off people. Who want answers. So….maybe there will be some revealing?

        I hope so.

        • Bearded Git 1.2.1.1

          We need to elect a solid Labour/Green Council.

          • PsyclingLeft.Always 1.2.1.1.1

            Im def looking. There are some ? Outnumbered…as always. Sadly, money..and apathy rule. (altho voter apathy maybe not so much..as the cold gets stronger ! )

            This…would be laughable if they weren't serious. Cold as charity? Have a hot shower. Price reduced for now…

            https://www.qldc.govt.nz/2023/may/23-18-05-cheaper-hot-showers-to-help-those-in-need-this-winter

            • Phillip ure 1.2.1.1.1.1

              I am homeless/houseless in the waiuku/awhitu peninsula area…

              No hot showers here..

              Interesting that the town with the worst reputation for treating their homeless.. Queenstown…provides hot showers for the homeless/travellers…

              Whereas where I am..under the aegis of the Auckland city council..(who..believe it or not..has a special committee to look after the homeless…but apparently their brief is to only build houses for the homeless…(would like to know how many they have built)…and they are not allowed to actually provide/fund practical help for the homeless..as in ablution blocks/whatever..

              Here there is nothing/zip/nada..and no council plans for that to change in any way for the better..

              And I reckon that both sucks and blows..

          • aj 1.2.1.1.2

            a solid Labour/Green Council

            It will never happen.

            • roy cartland 1.2.1.1.2.1

              Whatever it's called, it need to be green and focused on those that actually do the work.

            • Bearded Git 1.2.1.1.2.2

              There are a surprising number of green/left voters moving into the district….the population in the Queenstown Lakes is both increasing rapidly and is moving away from the old "farmers, developers and their friends" make up to a much more diverse mix. Wanaka may well be bigger than Queenstown in 20 years time especially if the Tarras airport is built, which I think will happen.

              Labour and the Greens did quite well in the 2020 election here.

              People around here are getting really angry about the lack of rental accommodation…..it is an issue in Wanaka as well as Queenstown….it is single issues like this that can focus people on voting for change.

            • Phillip ure 1.2.1.1.2.3

              @ aj..

              That's a big call…

              Would like to hear your reasons for saying that..

              As I think that as climate change increasingly smashes into our faces..a labour green party becomes more and more likely..

              And I presume you are a nact supporter..

              National..an ideologically bankrupt party… constantly looking backwards…in this case to the key era..

              And the raving loonies party…act…want nothing less than a far right revolution..and to dance upon the necks of the poor…

              Whereas labour are sorta struggling their way back from neoliberal-incrementalism…to a form of democratic socialism…albeit at a snail's pace…

              And the greens are the greens..the party focusing on what our future will be…and supporting a green revolution…

              Which is what we need..

              So the likelihood of a labour green government in more than just name…is very very high..

              So…your reasons for supporting the bankrupt and the raving loonies are..?

    • Graeme 1.3

      I've lived in one of those cabins, in the mid 80's. It's exactly the same now as it was then. It was a 1950's crib / bach and wouldn't have been too bad in it's time and in summer (Queenstown was always, and still is primarily a summer resort), but winter at the camping ground was challenging. Frozen toilet in the morning would be the story this morning.

      One of the cabins might have a bit more space but a car would be a lot warmer right now.

      The Motor Camp has been controversial for ever. It goes back to the very start of the town where a bit of land was set aside for 'community purposes', it later became used as a camping ground and various parcels were added to it, becoming a quite large camping ground close to the centre of Queenstown by the 60's. The council leased sites to wealthy Otago and Southland families who built cribs there and generations had their holidays on the site, just like many other camping grounds around the country.

      By 80's / 90's the wealthy families had moved on to having proper holiday houses around town and were keeping their cribs up at the Camping Ground for a bit of rental income and the hope of a fat capital gain from the Council. Eventually Council terminated the leases and the wealthy Otago and Southland families got shafted. In the meantime the Camping Ground had become the home to what's now the Freedom Camper demographic and they got a bit possessive of their prime spot in town.

      Once Council had possession they demolished / removed most of the cribs and the old Camp, redeveloping the Camp part and selling off development rights to a large portion. The resulting development, if it happens, will be for a similar demographic to the 40's cabins, but the 2030 version of those people.

      Now QLDC in lumped with 45 of the better cabins in a discrete part of the old Camping Ground that were built to a slightly better standard. Some have been brought up to current standards, but others are too buggered to be worth fixing. Long term the local Housing Trust would like to get hold of the site and put 150 appartments on it which would be a good thing, they do some good work. Unfortunately it's also a very prime site in town and lot's of other parties want to pay Council very large sums to secure it. So the issue will go on for some time yet, or maybe QLDC might be about to hand the block over to the Housing Trust.

      • PsyclingLeft.Always 1.3.1

        Hi Graeme. Thanks for very detailed reply and local insight. I also know them well…as I used to do contract work around there years back. Amazing the situation. I truly wonder at it. And I absolutely agree, as you, and BG say…some very big dollars to be made on the QLDC and developer side. Could be that Housing Trust be the best solution?

        Anyway..as I say, theres going to be a lot more exposure on this.

        • Graeme 1.3.1.1

          The worker accomodation issue has been a thing for a very very long time, and has a lot of complexities and nuances. Before neolibs became a thing all the big employers had staff housing, government, banks, transport, hotels etc, and there was a lot of it. All that was 'rationalised' in the neolib revolution. Now the same employers can't get, or retain, staff because there's nowhere affordable and / or stable for them to live. And yet there's 10x as many houses here as there was in 1984.

          The housing trust is doing a lot of very good work, but they are catering for a huge demand. Add to that the huge number of people who come here for the perceived lifestyle and then can't afford to live here, of are outside the Trust's remit, you have to have a job and there has to be a benefit to the community from getting Trust housing. Evidently they only take on a very small percentage of people who express interest, and then the waiting list is many times their available units.

          We turn over (churn) a huge proportion of our population as well, in 90's it was perceived wisdom that we churned half our population every two years. Probably a bit more stable right now but that could change dramatically if property development went south. People leave for a verity of reasons, cost of living being one, the shallowness of the economy another, and the extreme compeditivness of the place another, there's always someone coming over the hill that will pay more for your house and do your job for less, the place can be brutal.

          It's Whakatipu, the place of strength, that makes you strong. That's why people want to come here and be part of it. Unfortunately that energy takes it's toll on people and isn't appreciation of it isn't universal.

          But it's our home, we have been able to make it work, but those skills make it hard to fit into other communities.

          • PsyclingLeft.Always 1.3.1.1.1

            Re the "neolib revolution"…I was working there..doing all kinds. I was living there..when the first Mediterranean Style (aka leaky home) were being thrown up. Thrown literally

            https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leaky_homes_crisis#Factors

            I did wonder at? And some Tradies were pretty vocal about…..

            But money as always….

            Later I got some not so lovely jobs. One I well remember…groundfloor apartment Kelvin Heights, was smelling real bad. Scumbag developers had dug into a slope…thrown up units using concrete blocks. No…drainage , or sealer on blocks ! etc etc. Water pouring thru blocks. Carpet was nearly growing mushrooms. Tenant understandably pissed off !

            Later….QLDC paying out millions..because of : earlier QLDC. You prob know about the Building Inspections which werent…

            And….short term gain…for very long pain. The neolib way.

            What has been learned from any of this type of thinking ?. Seems a bit of fuck all.

            I hope some get angry and Activated enough….

    • Patricia Bremner 1.4

      Yes, and that comment, "It would be best to decide next year". (Because the Nacts might be in and we will get the rise in value?) sick isn't it!!!imo

      • PsyclingLeft.Always 1.4.1

        Hi Patricia. I am really quite worried for NZ if Nact ever get control. IMO there will be some terrible change and consequence then.

        Please Labour and Green. Fight back. For all our future.

      • Graeme 1.4.2

        It's been next year for the last 40 years, and really a lot longer. Not really political on a national scale, but waiting for things to line up locally.

      • Patricia Bremner 1.4.3

        Yes Phillip, because of that worry I have donated $60 a fortnight. No outings for lunch with the girls 'till we win!!devil

        We haven't a hope of matching their war chest, but small amounts often and support we can offer puts "Feet on the ground"

        I feel as you do.

        Sure prices are scary, but they are not better in Australia. A friend's daughter has had her rent go from $550 to $750 a week, so landlord greed is there as well. Our son in Queensland was telling me some things have doubled in price, and veg and fruit are scary. Electricity is going up 10 to 24% depending on the plan they are on. Covid fallout.

        There is a concerted effort to show our Government as chaotic.

        A group are researching all possible errors and their media mouth pieces are magnifying and running with the headlines to create an impression. imo

        The "Good News' is being crowded out. We have seen this before in Key's time.

        Seymore has announced he intends to force National to undo Labour's work. OK!!! The stakes are high so we need to support the main idea. Wellbeing of people and place.

        The greed merchants are lining up.imo.

        So come on Labour and Green and Maori Party supporters, believe we are able to change things. It may not be quick, but it is so much better now than in 2015./16.

        • tWiggle 1.4.3.1

          Yes, greed merchants indeed, Patricia. No doubt Luxon's little popover to the UK a few months ago fitted in long talks with Serco over private prisons and the debt companies who cream interest off student debt.

          Meanwhile his recent Oz trip was almost certainly to look over the LibNat's privatisation of CentreLink, the disbursment system for pensions and benefits. Plus haggling over the possible cost of a used RoboDebt computer system. And capped by a cosy chat with the earnestly Pentecostal former-PM, Scott Morrison, about how to open government to The Rapture by consolidating Ministries.

          • Patricia Bremner 1.4.3.1.1

            Cheers tWiggle. Too right, all plans are to promote profit at any cost. Scary that people might be looking at them seriously?

    • tsmithfield 1.5

      This seems quite unforgivable, especially since they would likely be renting the cabis out to people desperately needed there for hospitality etc.

  2. gsays 2

    Agrivoltaics.

    Combining PV solar panels and agriculture. Shade tolerant food plants grown under PV arrays.

    One of the benefits is a reduction of irrigation of up to 50%.

    Here is an interesting 13 minute overview.

    • roy cartland 2.1

      And as it increases in development, you'll get designs of panels that don't look so ugly and spoil the aesthetic. Quite apart from the tesla roof, there are these:

      Terracotta:

      https://www.dyaqua.it/invisiblesolar/_en/rooftile-invisible-solar-integrated-for-heritage.php

      Glass:

      https://www.popsci.com/turn-your-smartphone-into-solar-panel/

      • Bearded Git 2.1.1

        Agree Roy and agree with gsays above. Solar is the way to go.

        My experience from Spain, where I travelled recently for 10 weeks in rural areas, was that the solar panels are able to be blended into the landscape. While they still have adverse effects these tend only to be noticeable when you are very close to the panels.

        Solar is rapidly getting cheaper than wind towers too. This the data to 2020:

        "the global weighted-average levelized cost of electricity for newly commissioned utility-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) projects fell by 85% between 2010 and 2020, from $0.381/kWh to $0.057/kWh. Over the same period, costs for onshore wind projects declined by 56%, from $0.089/kWh to $0.039/kWh."

        https://www.powermag.com/the-solar-and-wind-power-cost-value-conundrum/

        If these cost changes are carried forward to 2023 at the same rate the relative costs are (and closing rapidly) :

        Solar 0.042/kWh
        Onshore Wind 0.033/kWh

        • roy cartland 2.1.1.1

          Yes, (Western) Europe! Where I guess they have more of an attachment to aesthetics than we or the States do. Europe seems to be at the forefront of many of the visually appealing solar panel designs.

          It's similar with wind turbine design – if you want to get the majority on side, don't just go for the cheapest, most utilitarian design, make them appealing; something people want to look at. It's not beyond the scope of creative minds, the Scnadies have been doing it for years.

        • gsays 2.1.1.2

          In respect to solar vs wind, no moving parts for solar.

          I understand the gearboxes in the big turbines on the Tararua ranges are being replaced annually.

          • joe90 2.1.1.2.1

            PV panels have their issues.

            Solar power is booming. Global photovoltaic capacity grew from 1.4 GW in 2000 to 760 GW in 2020, and solar power now generates almost 4% of the world’s electricity, according to the International Energy Agency. But experts say this astonishing growth in low-carbon power is also a ticking time bomb.

            More than 90% of photovoltaic (PV) panels rely on crystalline silicon and have a life span of about 30 years. Forecasts suggest that 8 million metric tons (t) of these panels will have reached the end of their working lives by 2030, a tally that is projected to reach 80 million t by 2050 (Nat. Energy 2020, DOI: 10.1038/s41560-020-0645-2). But today’s technologies for recycling these units are inefficient and rarely deployed.

            That is an enormous problem. PV panels contain toxic materials, like lead, that can cause environmental pollution, yet many are dumped in landfills when they die. They also contain valuable materials that could be reused to make new solar cells, but today these resources are mostly wasted.

            https://cen.acs.org/environment/recycling/Solar-panels-face-recycling-challenge-photovoltaic-waste/100/i18

            • Bearded Git 2.1.1.2.1.1

              Yes Joe90, there are always problems, but as the article you reference says:

              "Researchers are now racing to develop chemical technologies that can help dismantle solar cells and strip away the valuable metals within. Others are reprocessing the cells’ silicon wafers so that they can be turned into fresh batches of solar-grade silicon. Several European projects aim to make these kinds of processes commercially viable in the next few years."
              “In the EU, legislation requires PV manufacturers to recycle waste panels and recover at least 80% of their mass, an effort largely organized through an industry consortium called PV Cycle. In 2018, French waste management company Veolia opened a dedicated PV recycling facility to process this waste, recovering bulk materials and low-grade silicon.”

              I find it hard to believe that the volume of material being generated from end-of-life solar panels is significant in comparison with the overall waste being produced from all manufacturing and industry.

              I also doubt that the gearboxes that are being replaced annually in the Tararua ranges wind-turbines are being recycled.

            • gsays 2.1.1.2.1.2

              Be wary of perfection being the enemy of good.

            • joe90 2.1.1.2.1.3

              Apples with apples.

              Globally, the mass of all the blades expected to be retired by 2050 may be as high as 43 million t, according to a study led by Barlow (Waste Manage. 2017, DOI:

              https://archive.li/AUfgj#selection-2733.3-2737.12

              • Bearded Git

                This 43 million tonnes of wind tower blades to be retired is amazing given that one of the key characteristics of the blades is that they are very light

                • joe90

                  Reinforcing fibres and composites make up 70% of their mass so >55m blades are weighing in at >twelve tonnes and newer >120m blades are pushing >26 tonnes each.

                  Light they ain't and there's three to a rotor.

                  • Bearded Git

                    Ok joe90 that is open to debate:

                    “The blades of the wind turbine are far more efficient when they are light in weight…. Lightweight blades make it easier to assemble and disassemble the wind turbine structure and allow the blades to turn more smoothly and efficiently, enhancing their performance."

                    "There are several disadvantages of heavier wind turbine blades, one being they are substantial pieces of mechanical materials and can have lengths of up to 180 feet. This, coupled with the fact that the entire wind turbine structure can reach over 460 feet, can make them rather unsightly…..Wind turbine blades that are heavy in structure and weight are more expensive to manufacture and assemble."

                    https://altenergyoptions.com/should-wind-turbine-blades-be-heavy-or-light/

          • Bearded Git 2.1.1.2.2

            That would make sense, and be very expensive. The true costs of windpower may only now be coming home to roost.

            • gsays 2.1.1.2.2.1

              Don't mention the concrete.

              "The pads are 16m wide octagonal shape with depths varying from 2.55m at the centre to 1.5m at the edges. Each pad contained 375m3 of 30MPa concrete and 28 tonne of reinforcing steel."

              Warning this is a pdf link. interesting all the same.

              https://cdn.ymaws.com/concretenz.org.nz/resource/resmgr/docs/conf/2006/s5_p3_davey_green.pdf

              • Foreign waka

                There are lots of discussions in Europe about of loss of arable land due to the concrete islands of these turbines. Also, the blades are changed and yes, you guessed it, the "old' ones are just left on the ground as no one wants to deal with them. There is not much talk about it but under those turbines one can find quite a number of birds being victim of those blades. I doubt that the situation is any better in NZ. I feel that, before embarking on those "green" solutions, perhaps legislation has to force those propagating and selling the product to make it a true green solution including waste, environmental impact, food security, water contamination etc.

                • Incognito

                  I’m sure that you’re correct but I wish you had supported your assertions with some evidence.

                  Here are 2 articles to sharpen the mind with:

                  Mortality limits used in wind energy impact assessment underestimate impacts of wind farms on bird populations (https://doi.org/10.1002/ece3.6360).

                  Paint it black: Efficacy of increased wind turbine rotor blade visibility to reduce avian fatalities (https://doi.org/10.1002/ece3.6592).

      • gsays 2.1.2

        Those terracotta units are handsome.

        I don't mind the asthetics of solar arrays, nor wind turbines TBH. I have friends that live downwind of Trustpower and Merdidian's farms in Ballance. Sounds like you are at the ocean with the constant gentle roar.

      • Bearded Git 2.1.3

        Those terracotta solar tiles are amazing…missed that yesterday sorry.

  3. tWiggle 3

    20 min cities conspiracy theories: at a Residents Association near you

    Have a read of how events unfolded in Fairfield. Hamilton deputy mayor talked to a meeting stacked with local and national conspiracy nutters on what the 20 min city concept is in practice.

    Things took a quick turn from the rational in a hurry. One step further along the lunacy spectrum hitting politics. It may seem silly, but I find it very worrying. Social media misinformation has hijacked many NZers to the point of craziness.

    • ianmac 3.1

      Wonder if the hard time being experienced by the Wellington Mayor is fed by conspiracy nutters. If you can't get elected then destroy democratic meetings?

      • Patricia Bremner 3.1.1

        Yes ianmac, Our son in Hamilton says they try to disrupt all the time, and the dirt bike riders in the city try to provoke the law to cover for other crime. The use of Police Helicopters are having some success at linking people places and incidents.

    • roy cartland 3.2

      Care to summarise? That link is quite a lot to wade thru.

    • LawfulN 3.3

      This is what happens when your culture refuses to treat ignorance as a moral failing.

    • The Chairman 3.4

      Social media misinformation has hijacked many NZers to the point of craziness.

      What was the misinformation?

  4. Stephen D 4

    If this is right, and plenty of farmers defect to ACT, what’s National good for?

    https://www.stuff.co.nz/business/farming/132266877/federated-farmers-releases-political-wishlist-for-this-years-election

    Should their % of the vote drop below the low 30s, are they viable as an alternative government?

    • PsyclingLeft.Always 4.1

      I have previously linked this…

      Federated Farmers' president steps down to contest election as ACT's Rangitīkei candidate

      https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/country/489565/federated-farmers-president-steps-down-to-contest-election-as-act-s-rangitikei-candidate

      The Fed Farm union wasn't quite militant/political enough for him ?!

      IMO Act are going for…well I wont say gold… more a dairyshit brown. (incl added extra Climate denial) .

      NZ will be fucked if Nact pull it off…..

    • Cricklewood 4.2

      Absolutly, if Act become the permant home for say the 15-20 percent of the right it allows the Nats to move closer to the centre and only needing to find 30-35 to be in govt. A lack of viable coalition partners has been the Nats accillies heal in an mmp enviroment.

      You can be certain that money/power brokers on the right will be quite happy with how things are playing out.

      • Stephen 4.2.1

        Not sure about that high for Act. I can see 10-15. But I can’t see Nats getting much more than 30. Not with Luxon dragging them down.

  5. tWiggle 5

    I wonder at the political depth available to a Nat or NACT government once elected. There is very little rollover of MPs with ministerial experience, not to mention Luxon's failings. A new government will be a government at sea.

    I worry not only for NZ's internal public life, but because the world situation will require strong expert leadership for NZ in the next decade. I think Ardern's step down was also because she understands the global challenges ahead of humanity.

  6. scotty 6

    Interesting article from Bernard Hickey re Mayor Brown

    https://open.substack.com/pub/thekaka/p/dawn-chorus-finally-the-rainy-day?r=awkty&utm_campaign=post&utm_medium=email

    For anyone interested link to live stream of today's Auckland Council meeting resumes at 1.00pm

    https://councillive.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/

  7. Ad 7

    Hang in there Donald Trump.

    You're the only way the Democrats are going to get back into the White House next year.

    https://www.foxnews.com/politics/former-president-trump-says-has-been-indicted

    Indicted, or guilty, or in jail, just keep going.

  8. Michael P 8

    I know politics is super important.. (ahem…) but this is potentially the biggest news story in the history of humankind… and not a squeak out of the mainstream media.

    3 part article with Background and fact checking..
    https://thedebrief.org/fact-check-q-a-with-debrief-co-founder-and-investigator-tim-mcmillan-part-1/

    Need to know.. more to come..

    [You already have an approved e-mail address here. Use this if you want your comments to appear here – Incognito]

    • Incognito 8.1

      Mod note

    • Drowsy M. Kram 8.2

      Alas, alien magicians won't fix our self-made problems on spaceship Earth – we're just not sufficiently exceptional to be worth the bother. And, if they're polluting Earth's biosphere with their faulty UFOs, why should we think they could help us anyway?

      Only humans might save their global civilisation – emphasis on might.

      Climate change: How is my country doing on tackling it?

      Every year countries pledge to cut their greenhouse gas emissions in an effort to curb the impacts of climate change.

      But still global temperatures keep rising.

      So which countries are on track with their climate commitments to help stick to 1.5°C and which are not? Find out using the interactive chart below.

      Have a guess – which countries?

    • observer 8.3

      If you can't be bothered to provide even a one sentence summary of your topic, I can't be bothered to click on the links.

      Just saying "Hey, Youtube exists" doesn't cut it.

    • SPC 8.4

      CIA created CT.

      1947 – off the record to the media, it was a UFO.

      1947 – on the record, there was no UFO

      Strategy – have the media onside, during a war – including a Cold War – there are state secrets such as tech developments that are not part of the public domain. Area 51 meant information at highest security clearance levels (Capitol Hill rules over 50 states and media are banned from some Committee hearings on grounds of security).

      So, claims, without evidence, of having alien stuff – are here a diversion from their growing capability with the tech they do have. Artificial intelligence meets quantum computing and meta verse – and the rest is in sci fi. Chinese social credit and the threat of the rule of the imperial palace of heaven over the US democracy. Psychological warfare in the 21st C – AUKUS levels 1 and 2 and tech development – magic weapons.

    • SPC 9.1

      This and the case in Oz is why self ID was a mistake. It's the ones who will not transition who are the most obnoxious, the ones with least regard for what women want.

      For mine, human rights bodies and courts should ignore any complaint/action (as to access to womens spaces) by those who those who merely self ID.

      • Nic the NZer 9.1.1

        Them's been making a real effort to fit in recently by shaving off the full beard.

    • Nic the NZer 9.2

      If the spa's claims to the court are credible then no application was actually lodged to use the spa. Seems to be legal harassment over their policy documentation.

  9. Sanctuary 10

    Julie Fairey and Richard Hills – what complete centrist sell-outs.

    • Tiger Mountain 10.1

      Yep, the Councillors had their feet on Brown’s throat and should have kept them there.

      Lotu and Alf had a good alternative proposal but others vacillated. The Councillors may as well all go surfing now for the remainder of their terms as they have essentially waved the white flag.

      • higherstandard 10.1.1

        How is taking on 60M more in debt a 'good proposal' ?

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  10. adam 11

    Bugger the Greedy.

    Making our lives hell.

    Need a laugh ?

    Sensitive baby boom or Y generation types, just scroll past please, the video below will be way to much for you.

  11. tWiggle 12

    Guardian opinion on cost of living rises in Oz

    Chopper, the OECD and the European Central Bank agree as to the reason for Oz price hikes.

    'Why are the price rises happening? International research conducted by the OECD concluded “corporate profits contributed far more to Australia’s rise in inflation through the past year than from wages and other employee costs”. There’s been similar analysis from the European Central Bank. The Reserve Bank of Australia and Treasury disagree, I guess because the OECD is led by notorious communist Mathias Cormann.'

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    Over the next four years, Budget 24 will support the training and recruitment of 1,500 teachers into the workforce, Education Minister Erica Stanford announced today. “To raise achievement and develop a world leading education system we’re investing nearly $53 million over four years to attract, train and retain our valued ...
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  • Joint statement on the New Zealand – Cook Islands Joint Ministerial Forum – 2024
    1.  New Zealand Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Rt Hon Winston Peters; Minister of Health and Minister for Pacific Peoples Hon Dr Shane Reti; and Minister for Climate Change Hon Simon Watts hosted Cook Islands Minister of Foreign Affairs and Immigration Hon Tingika Elikana and Minister of Health Hon Vainetutai Rose Toki-Brown on 24 May ...
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    1 day ago
  • Middle East, Africa deployments extended
    The Government has approved two-year extensions for four New Zealand Defence Force deployments to the Middle East and Africa, Defence Minister Judith Collins and Foreign Minister Winston Peters announced today. “These deployments are long-standing New Zealand commitments, which reflect our ongoing interest in promoting peace and stability, and making active ...
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    2 days ago
  • Climate Change Commission Chair to retire
    The Climate Change Commission Chair, Dr Rod Carr, has confirmed his plans to retire at the end of his term later this year, Climate Change Minister Simon Watts says. “Prior to the election, Dr Carr advised me he would be retiring when his term concluded. Dr Rod Carr has led ...
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    2 days ago
  • Inaugural Board of Integrity Sport & Recreation Commission announced
    Nine highly respected experts have been appointed to the inaugural board of the new Integrity Sport and Recreation Commission, Sport & Recreation Minister Chris Bishop says. “The Integrity Sport and Recreation Commission is a new independent Crown entity which was established under the Integrity Sport and Recreation Act last year, ...
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  • A balanced Foreign Affairs budget
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters confirmed today that Vote Foreign Affairs in Budget 2024 will balance two crucial priorities of the Coalition Government.    While Budget 2024 reflects the constrained fiscal environment, the Government also recognises the critical role MFAT plays in keeping New Zealanders safe and prosperous.    “Consistent with ...
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  • New social housing places to support families into homes
    New social housing funding in Budget 2024 will ensure the Government can continue supporting more families into warm, dry homes from July 2025, Housing Ministers Chris Bishop and Tama Potaka say. “Earlier this week I was proud to announce that Budget 2024 allocates $140 million to fund 1,500 new social ...
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    2 days ago
  • New Zealand’s minerals future
    Introduction Today, we are sharing a red-letter occasion. A Blackball event on hallowed ground. Today  we underscore the importance of our mineral estate. A reminder that our natural resource sector has much to offer.  Such a contribution will not come to pass without investment.  However, more than money is needed. ...
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    3 days ago
  • Government sets out vision for minerals future
    Increasing national and regional prosperity, providing the minerals needed for new technology and the clean energy transition, and doubling the value of minerals exports are the bold aims of the Government’s vision for the minerals sector. Resources Minister Shane Jones today launched a draft strategy for the minerals sector in ...
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    3 days ago
  • Government progresses Māori wards legislation
    The coalition Government’s legislation to restore the rights of communities to determine whether to introduce Māori wards has passed its first reading in Parliament, Local Government Minister Simeon Brown says. “Divisive changes introduced by the previous government denied local communities the ability to determine whether to establish Māori wards.” The ...
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    3 days ago
  • First RMA amendment Bill introduced to Parliament
    The coalition Government has today introduced legislation to slash the tangle of red and green tape throttling some of New Zealand’s key sectors, including farming, mining and other primary industries. RMA Reform Minister Chris Bishop says the Government is committed to  unlocking development and investment while ensuring the environment is ...
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    3 days ago
  • Government welcomes EPA decision
    The decision by Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) to approve the continued use of hydrogen cyanamide, known as Hi-Cane, has been welcomed by Environment Minister Penny Simmonds and Agriculture Minister Todd McClay.  “The EPA decision introduces appropriate environmental safeguards which will allow kiwifruit and other growers to use Hi-Cane responsibly,” Ms ...
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    3 days ago
  • Speech to Employers and Manufacturers Association: Relief for today, hope for tomorrow
    Kia ora, Ngā mihi nui ki a koutou kātoa Tāmaki Herenga Waka, Tāmaki Herenga tangata Ngā mihi ki ngā mana whenua o tēnei rohe Ngāti Whātua ō Ōrākei me nga iwi kātoa kua tae mai. Mauriora. Greetings everyone. Thank you to the EMA for hosting this event. Let me acknowledge ...
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  • Government invests in 1,500 more social homes
    The coalition Government is investing in social housing for New Zealanders who are most in need of a warm dry home, Housing Minister Chris Bishop says. Budget 2024 will allocate $140 million in new funding for 1,500 new social housing places to be provided by Community Housing Providers (CHPs), not ...
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    4 days ago
  • $24 million boost for Gumboot Friday
    Thousands more young New Zealanders will have better access to mental health services as the Government delivers on its commitment to fund the Gumboot Friday initiative, says Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters and Mental Health Minister Matt Doocey.  “Budget 2024 will provide $24 million over four years to contract the ...
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    4 days ago
  • Residential Tenancies Amendment Bill passes first reading
    The Coalition Government’s Residential Tenancies Amendment Bill, which will improve tenancy laws and help increase the supply of rental properties, has passed its first reading in Parliament says Housing Minister Chris Bishop. “The Bill proposes much-needed changes to the Residential Tenancies Act 1986 that will remove barriers to increasing private ...
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    5 days ago
  • Montecassino Commemorative Address, Cassino War Cemetery
    Standing here in Cassino War Cemetery, among the graves looking up at the beautiful Abbey of Montecassino, it is hard to imagine the utter devastation left behind by the battles which ended here in May 1944. Hundreds of thousands of shells and bombs of every description left nothing but piled ...
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    5 days ago
  • First Reading – Repeal of Section 7AA of the Oranga Tamariki Act 1989
    I present a legislative statement on the Oranga Tamariki (Repeal of Section 7AA) Amendment Bill Mr. Speaker, I move that the Oranga Tamariki (Repeal of Section 7AA) Amendment Bill be now read a first time. I nominate the Social Services and Community Committee to consider the Bill. Thank you, Mr. ...
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    5 days ago
  • First reading of 7AA’s repeal: progress for children
    The Bill to repeal Section 7AA of the Oranga Tamariki Act has had its first reading in Parliament today. The Bill reaffirms the Coalition Government’s commitment to the care and safety of children in care, says Minister for Children Karen Chhour.  “When I became the Minister for Children, I made ...
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    5 days ago
  • China Business Summit 2024
    Kia ora koutou, good morning, and zao shang hao. Thank you Fran for the opportunity to speak at the 2024 China Business Summit – it’s great to be here today. I’d also like to acknowledge: Simon Bridges - CEO of the Auckland Chamber of Commerce. His Excellency Ambassador - Wang ...
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    5 days ago
  • Assisted departures from New Caledonia
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters has confirmed a New Zealand Government plane will head to New Caledonia in the next hour in the first in a series of proposed flights to begin bringing New Zealanders home.  “New Zealanders in New Caledonia have faced a challenging few days - and bringing them ...
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    5 days ago
  • Assisted depatures from New Caledonia
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters has confirmed a New Zealand Government plane will head to New Caledonia in the next hour in the first in a series of proposed flights to begin bringing New Zealanders home.    “New Zealanders in New Caledonia have faced a challenging few days - and bringing ...
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    5 days ago
  • Government to rollout roadside drug testing
    The Coalition Government will introduce legislation this year that will enable roadside drug testing as part of our commitment to improve road safety and restore law and order, Transport Minister Simeon Brown says.  “Alcohol and drugs are the number one contributing factor in fatal road crashes in New Zealand. In ...
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    6 days ago
  • Minister responds to review of Kāinga Ora
    The Government has announced a series of immediate actions in response to the independent review of Kāinga Ora – Homes and Communities, Housing Minister Chris Bishop says. “Kāinga Ora is a large and important Crown entity, with assets of $45 billion and over $2.5 billion of expenditure each year. It ...
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    6 days ago
  • Pseudoephedrine back on shelves
    Associate Health Minister David Seymour is pleased that Pseudoephedrine can now be purchased by the general public to protect them from winter illness, after the coalition government worked swiftly to change the law and oversaw a fast approval process by Medsafe. “Pharmacies are now putting the medicines back on their ...
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    6 days ago
  • New Zealand-China Business Summit
    Tēnā koutou katoa. Da jia hao.  Good morning everyone.   Prime Minister Luxon, your excellency, a great friend of New Zealand and my friend Ambassador Wang, Mayor of what he tells me is the best city in New Zealand, Wayne Brown, the highly respected Fran O’Sullivan, Champion of the Auckland business ...
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    6 days ago
  • New measures to protect powerlines from trees
    Energy Minister Simeon Brown has announced that the Government will make it easier for lines firms to take action to remove vegetation from obstructing local powerlines. The change will ensure greater security of electricity supply in local communities, particularly during severe weather events.  “Trees or parts of trees falling on ...
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    1 week ago
  • Wairarapa Moana ki Pouakani win top Māori dairy farming award
    Wairarapa Moana ki Pouakani were the top winners at this year’s Ahuwhenua Trophy awards recognising the best in Māori dairy farming. Māori Development Minister Tama Potaka announced the winners and congratulated runners-up, Whakatōhea Māori Trust Board, at an awards celebration also attended by Prime Minister Christopher Luxon and Finance Minister ...
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    1 week ago
  • DJ Fred Again – Assurance report received
    "On the 27th of March, I sought assurances from the Chief Executive, Department of Internal Affairs, that the Department’s correct processes and policies had been followed in regards to a passport application which received media attention,” says Minister of Internal Affairs Brooke van Velden.  “I raised my concerns after being ...
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    1 week ago
  • District Court Judges appointed
    Attorney-General Judith Collins has announced the appointment of three new District Court Judges, to replace Judges who have recently retired. Peter James Davey of Auckland has been appointed a District Court Judge with a jury jurisdiction to be based at Whangarei. Mr Davey initially started work as a law clerk/solicitor with ...
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    1 week ago
  • Unions should put learning ahead of ideology
    Associate Education Minister David Seymour is calling on the Post Primary Teachers’ Association (PPTA) to put ideology to the side and focus on students’ learning, in reaction to the union holding paid teacher meetings across New Zealand about charter schools.     “The PPTA is disrupting schools up and down the ...
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    1 week ago
  • Craig Stobo appointed as chair of FMA
    Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister Andrew Bayly today announced the appointment of Craig Stobo as the new chair of the Financial Markets Authority (FMA). Mr Stobo takes over from Mark Todd, whose term expired at the end of April. Mr Stobo’s appointment is for a five-year term. “The FMA plays ...
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    1 week ago
  • Budget 2024 invests in lifeguards and coastguard
    Surf Life Saving New Zealand and Coastguard New Zealand will continue to be able to keep people safe in, on, and around the water following a funding boost of $63.644 million over four years, Transport Minister Simeon Brown and Associate Transport Minister Matt Doocey say. “Heading to the beach for ...
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  • New Zealand and Tuvalu reaffirm close relationship
    New Zealand and Tuvalu have reaffirmed their close relationship, Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters says.  “New Zealand is committed to working with Tuvalu on a shared vision of resilience, prosperity and security, in close concert with Australia,” says Mr Peters, who last visited Tuvalu in 2019.  “It is my pleasure ...
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  • New Zealand calls for calm, constructive dialogue in New Caledonia
    New Zealand is gravely concerned about the situation in New Caledonia, Foreign Minister Winston Peters says.  “The escalating situation and violent protests in Nouméa are of serious concern across the Pacific Islands region,” Mr Peters says.  “The immediate priority must be for all sides to take steps to de-escalate the ...
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    1 week ago
  • New Zealand welcomes Samoa Head of State
    Prime Minister Christopher Luxon met today with Samoa’s O le Ao o le Malo, Afioga Tuimalealiifano Vaaletoa Sualauvi II, who is making a State Visit to New Zealand. “His Highness and I reflected on our two countries’ extensive community links, with Samoan–New Zealanders contributing to all areas of our national ...
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  • Island Direct eligible for SuperGold Card funding
    Transport Minister Simeon Brown has announced that he has approved Waiheke Island ferry operator Island Direct to be eligible for SuperGold Card funding, paving the way for a commercial agreement to bring the operator into the scheme. “Island Direct started operating in November 2023, offering an additional option for people ...
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  • Further sanctions against Russia
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters today announced further sanctions on 28 individuals and 14 entities providing military and strategic support for Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.  “Russia is directly supported by its military-industrial complex in its illegal aggression against Ukraine, attacking its sovereignty and territorial integrity. New Zealand condemns all entities and ...
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  • One year on from Loafers Lodge
    A year on from the tragedy at Loafers Lodge, the Government is working hard to improve building fire safety, Building and Construction Minister Chris Penk says. “I want to share my sincere condolences with the families and friends of the victims on the anniversary of the tragic fire at Loafers ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • Pre-Budget speech to Auckland Business Chamber
    Ka nui te mihi kia koutou. Kia ora and good afternoon, everyone. Thank you so much for having me here in the lead up to my Government’s first Budget. Before I get started can I acknowledge: Simon Bridges – Auckland Business Chamber CEO. Steve Jurkovich – Kiwibank CEO. Kids born ...
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    2 weeks ago

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