Open Mike 09/10/2018

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  1. AsleepWhileWalking 1

    Another disabled person abandoned by the system.

    I hope you all at least click the link. Maybe if Stuff highlights more of these stories MSD will be publically pressured to allocate funds specifically to build this type of housing.

  2. Ngungukai 2

    PM quote “New Zealanders are getting fleeced by fuel supply companies ?” I guess she means the ones like Z, BP & Caltex ?

    • Tuppence Shrewsbury 2.1

      44% of the price of a litre of petrol goes to the government. There is a price floor for petrol because of tax. The petrol companies need to make a profit out of the remaining 55% after they purchase it from off shore. then they need to pay tax on that profit. The lower the price of petrol, the greater the tax component.

      seems to be a lot of tax in that comment.

  3. marty mars 3

    Damn the bloody dam!!!

    The Royal Forest & Bird Protection Society of New Zealand Inc has outlined “serious concern” about a local bill designed to enable construction of the proposed Waimea dam, near Nelson.

    On September 19, the Tasman District Council (Waimea Water Augmentation Scheme) Bill passed its first reading in Parliament. It was referred to the governance and administration committee, which accepted submissions until midnight on Friday.

    The bill seeks to gain an inundation easement over 9.67 hectares of conservation land in the Mount Richmond State Forest Park, needed for the reservoir of the proposed dam. It also aims to vest in the council 1.35ha of Crown riverbed in the Lee Valley on which the dam will be built.

    In a written submission to the select committee, which it also released to Stuff, Forest & Bird says the use of a local bill “is misguided in attempting to override sound conservation legislation and reduce the amount of public scrutiny that should be given to this activity on public conservation land”.

    National, Labour, NZ First and Act MPs supported the bill at its first reading while the Greens opposed it. Labour Minister David Parker said he didn’t know of a “better water augmentation scheme in New Zealand than this one”.–bird-outlines-serious-concern-about-waimea-dam-local-bill

    WAKE UP parker you egg – start thinking of the PEOPLE in Tasman not the money hungry selfish commodifiers. WAKE UP!!!

    • SaveNZ 3.1

      +100 marty mars – agree WAKE UP labour but I wouldn’t bet on Parker doing the right thing.

    • Bearded Git 3.2

      This Labour party is about votes not green policies. All the more reason to vote Green in 2 years time

  4. SaveNZ 4


    Absolutely disgusting. Also considering how it takes Chorus about 3 or 4 tries before they can send somebody who is competent about time they actually worked out how many of the workers have paid for the job to get residency and actually can’t do the job and are probably paying for the job.

    This is a huge issue for the country. Under the Natz a staggering amount of employment and immigration breaches have been tolerated or indeed encouraged.

    The poor broadband roll out alone is costing the country in lost productivity. It is very difficult to get a decent Internet service around Auckland and a lot of it is the contractors who have now shown the 97% investigated were breaching minimum employment standards!

    “An MBIE investigation into the industry found that 73 of the 75 Auckland-based sub-contractors investigated had breached minimum employment standards. Breaches included employers failing to maintain employment records, pay employees’ minimum wage, pay holiday entitlements, and provide employment agreements.

    E tū Communications Industry Coordinator Joe Gallagher says this is alarming, but not surprising.

    “We have known about the effect of this contracting model since they started it,” says Joe.

    “This model of contracting and sub-contracting has allowed Chorus to pass the buck, resulting in contractors exploiting their workforce to keep to budgets and schedules.

    “It has resulted in terrible outcomes for the affected workers, as well as poor delivery of services in many areas.”

    • SaveNZ 4.1

      The first thing they need to do is put Chorus and their subcontractors on the employment stand down list and ban them from hiring more overseas workers for minimum 5 years!

      Then actually test some of the subcontractors and see how many do not have any skills for the job and work out how many of these unskilled, unlicensed contractors are actually victims of or involved in immigration scams.

      It is amazing how many foreign workers who don’t speak any English from places like Nigeria work for Chorus and also weird how they can’t do the job either and you have to wait weeks for someone else to come and fix the numerous faults that Chorus can’t fix the first, second or third time.

      Even the other providers like Spark and Vodafone and 22 degrees who rely on Chorus are sick to death of them as you have a massive rigmarole to get anything done and you have to go through the provider in most cases!

      Chorus should be voted worst company in NZ and they can’t do their job and when they go bankrupt through their incompetence, hopefully another competent firm can do the job.

      • tc 4.1.1

        Chorus is what’s left after various telecom managements plundered the customers for large profits without reinvesting in the network. Then it got Chinese walled yet somehow I hear spark still clip the sth cross cable ticket which is network not retail.

        I have sympathy for them as most internet services which perform badly could be down to the retailer failing to manage capacity. Looking at you spark and voda.

        You’ll probably find few faults are actually down to a poor install and the industry is bleeding workers to the NBN in oz who are flashing the cash.

        • SaveNZ

          Yep but my point is, NZ to be competitive needs to raise wages to retain the skilled people, not just rely on cheap bodies to do the work, who actually can’t do it and are paying to get residency in many cases.

          We can’t be competitive with fake internet and phone lines and fake workers!

          Agree the telecom providers didn’t invest either and just are coining the profits and then every day, it just gets worse and worse for customers and business relying on the service and eventually guess what, they move their businesses to OZ or Singapore or apparently even central Nigeria has faster Internet access than Auckland.

          • SaveNZ

            You also wonder how long a company can survive for when you ring their call centre (Spark for example) and wait 1 hour for someone to pick up your call!

            Seriously a telecom company that has a 1 hour waiting time to answer your call!

            And most of them are similar and some (22 degrees I think) , even demand a per minute fee to answer a phone call about their service!

            Something is wrong! NZ is a race to the bottom and our government is obsessed with dirty deals with business for water and oil yet fail to notice the constant routs in banking and telecoms ripping off consumers and businesses for years, decades really, yet another reason why NZ is losing business and productivity with it completely off government radar because they are encapsulated with lobbyists.

  5. Adrian 5

    In our area a Chorus contractor who has had to come out numerous times to fix a common distribution box serving about 50 houses said the problem was that in the Phillipines where he comes from they had gotten rid of that type years ago because it was too old even then.

    • SaveNZ 5.1

      Ok faulty, banned materials, incompetent illegally working staff, not being able to fix anything for months, sounds like a NZ roll out then of IT funded by taxpayers, from the Natz.

      • Dukeofurl 5.1.1

        Different problems.
        One is the broadband rollout and the connections to homes- dodgy contractors
        Other one is Chorus own copper network with its ancient tech ..oh and again using contractors but at least these seem to be qualified in copper line phone tech.

        My advice to Adrian, ditch the copper line and go all mobile, some providers even provide broadband services over the mobile system.

        • Carolyn_Nth

          Interesting. I had copper til a month ago.

          It started to play up a few months back. I often couldn’t get a connection after the modem had been shut down for several hours (especially overnight), and I had frequent dropouts.

          After numerous calls and opine chats (the latter often unsuccessful as had dropout in the middle of the chat), Spark sent some Chorus guys (with proviso that if the fault was with my stuff, then it would cost me $80.00 plus labour etc.

          Anyway, 2 Chorus guys came. One spoke English, and they conversed with each other in another language – maybe from Indian sub continent or Indonesia, or somewhere in that region.

          The English speaking guy eventually pronounced they had found a fault with one of my 2 jack points and a cable from it, and had fixed it.

          Well, the dropouts then became less frequent, but I still often had problems getting a connection – though had discovered that when I dialed 123 on my landline, listened to the Spark welcome message for a few seconds, then hung up, I’d get a Net connection straight away.

          Spark then said they could send Chorus out again, but, again it could cost me. I talked to the estate agent property manager who told me something similar had happened to a few of their tenants after fibre had been connected to the tenants building. I was also told that when fibre had been connected to my building last year, they’d done a lot of work on the property.

          Anyway a couple of weeks later, I got an email from Spark saying my copper broadband was going up by $5.00 a month, and that it would be more expensive than fibre. So I did the switch.

          It isn’t noticeably faster or any easier to access online video content – in spite of this article claiming more people are switching to fibre, so must be there’s a growing hunger for more online content.

          I say BS – just a desire for some of us to get a reliable connection.

          • SaveNZ

            +10000 – Carolyn_Nth – completely normal – then the consumers end up picking up the tab, again and again. Used to have a fixed phone line, but had to abandon it because it’s a waste of time with Chorus as fixed lines don’t work – wonder why so many don’t have land lines any more in NZ – answer is Chorus incompetence.

            Considering Chorus got 70% of the taxpayer funded roll out of crown fibre, pretty sure that like leaky buildings, we will be seeing big problems down stream as they are big issues occurring even at the start!

            Going for the cheap and unregulated approach works a treat (sarcasm) and ends up being massively expensive as well as not actually providing the service that was needed in the first place, reliably.

          • Dukeofurl

            Isnt noticeably faster ?

            Thats because your own old equipment is limiting the service. What is the age of the device you are using . 5 years plus ? I liked my old desktop ( 2012) but I upgraded it both with more memory chips and a solid state drive. That enabled me to disable some tech that chews up the CPU . No compressed memory and no disk caching.

            Even the slowest fibre option which I have with 30Mbs is 10x faster than the old copper network which used to slow to a crawl at night.. But then I dont do a lot of downloads until I got netflix and there is no way the copper would cope and I’m only 1km from the telephone exchange.

            • Carolyn_Nth

              My main laptop is about a year or two old. My second one is a refurbished offlease SSD which is pretty fast on both copper and fibre. Not much faster on either laptop online.

              But, I probably don’t access a lot of material that requires a noticeably faster system either.

        • SaveNZ

          @dukeofurl, Sadly for consumers Chorus is involved both in the fixed lines and significantly in the crown fibre roll out of Internet.

          It was a good idea by the Natz (the only decent thing Joyce ever did) for the crown fibre roll out, but sadly using Chorus and their Ponzi monopoly and dodgy employment practices has made what should have been a massive success a partial one, with lots of skeletons awaiting at the expense of consumers and businesses in NZ.

          Like other companies that suddenly go under in NZ, Chorus has become an immigration and accounting Ponzi a long while back and held NZ sustainable business growth, back significantly.

          Is it really that hard to hire professional people and vet them to make sure they can do the job and pay to do the job right in the first place ?

          When will NZ even learn, just having a cheap warm body count in the workforce does not actually lead to productivity gains or a finished product (constructions) or service (tech/hospitality)?

          • tc

            Joyce also didn’t stop chorus from overbuilding the other non chorus govt funded fibre rollouts.

            Their inadequate duct capacity has opened up the area to other players in dark fibre which thankfully keeps it rolling along.

  6. greywarshark 6

    Checking in on the neighbours
    From The House, 7:30 am on 7 October 2018

    Daniela Maoate-Cox, The House senior producer
    A group of MPs from the Labour and National parties have been chosen to visit Vanuatu and Solomon Islands but before they went Daniela Maoate-Cox asked why the trip is necessary.

    Why not ask to go to Nauru and offer the island some help so they are not dependent on Australia and under their thumb? Then we can release the prisoners from the concentration camp and have to nurse them back to near normality and hope.
    It would be a sign that we can be humanitarian.

    • Dukeofurl 6.1

      nauru is 11,000 people who pissed away their wealth but still have a better standard of living than their neighbours. Closing the camps just means Australia will shift them elsewhere

      Solomons is 600,000 people who are dirt poor.

      Thats a correct choice to pick the most needy population.

  7. greywarshark 7

    Bring back the stocks and whipping for destructive useless men (and women) who vandalise and destroy.l
    A man has attempted to climb and has broken a Len Lye sculpture in Wellington – costing much money, has injured himself, costing us hospital time and dollars.

    What would be better is having safe places and counselling for people with mental problems that can be improved and controlled without medication. I think that a farm where the men can be kept enclosed where they can work and have decent conditions and attention as needed.

  8. greywarshark 8

    Something to act on! Think, plan and act quickly on something perhaps!

  9. “Corrections Minister Kelvin Davis says New Zealand seems to be playing catch up when it comes to instilling indigenous cultural values into the prison system.”

    No, no and no again. This is COMPLETELY BOGUS. Try not putting people in prison especially indigenous people’s. Ffs

    • Antoine 9.1

      When they don’t commit crimes


    • Dukeofurl 9.2

      “This is COMPLETELY BOGUS. Try not putting people in prison especially indigenous people’s. Ffs”

      Thats just a fanatsy , most people in prison are in there for violence and the rest are who have stolen large amounts of money or atrocious drink driving records or scores of burglary convictions.

      • marty mars 9.2.1

        Rubbish. Try reading the context. Hint “instilling indigenous cultural values into the prison system”

        • Dukeofurl

          really . Buzz words make people like you feel good but dont change peoples lives.

          • marty mars

            You can’t even get to ‘buzz words’ – I don’t think you even know what the hell you’re talking about in this sub thread. What is the reason Māori are negatively disproportionately represented in prisons? Do you want to make prisons indigenous cultural paradises? Or do you want to stop people going to prison in the first place? It’s not fucken rocket science mate.

      • arkie 9.2.2

        How are you certain of your description of the people in prison?

        Prisoners may be convicted of offences across multiple categories. This information is based on the most serious offence a prisoner is convicted of.

        Indigenous people are undisputedly imprisoned more than other groups;

        “Māori are significantly over-represented in our prisons. While only five percent of Māori come into contact with the justice system, they make up 50 percent of our prison population,” David Rutherford said.

        “Over 60 percent of prisoners have a learning or mental health disability. I believe that better identification of these issues early on will mean the lives of most of these people will stay on track. Many of these people simply shouldn’t be in prison.”

        What’s this ‘fantasy’ you speak of?

        • Antoine


          Your link shows that 80% of people in prison are there for “violence, sexual offences, dishonesty” or “traffic” (presumably intoxication related) offences. Is that inconsistent with what Dukeofurl said?

          > Indigenous people are undisputedly imprisoned more than other groups;

          I don’t think anyone’s contesting that.


          • arkie

            You have collected 3 separate categories into your 80% The majority of prisoners are not imprisoned for violence which is what Duke asserted. Duke also said:

            and the rest are who have stolen large amounts of money or atrocious drink driving records or scores of burglary convictions.

            I don’t know where this info came from.

            Also Duke is contesting that, as are others in this thread. Duke called it a fantasy.

            • Dukeofurl

              Didnt say majority , said most. And its true 60% are sexual or physical violence that includes murder and homicide which could be around 500 prisoners for those two offences alone.

              Who in their right mind wouldnt would be saying prison isnt the answer for these sort of offences.

              • Dukeofurl

                arkie seems to think the 20% that are sexual offences are ‘not violence’ ?

                This is the sort pig ignorant attitudes you have then its hardly worth discussing.
                Are you thinking that because they didnt struggle enough it wasnt rape or sexual assault.
                Unbelievable .

              • arkie

                Didnt say majority , said most.

                greatest in amount or degree.

                “they’ve had the most success”
                synonyms: nearly all, almost all, the greatest quantity/part/number, the majority, the bulk, the lion’s share, the mass, the preponderance
                “she spends most of her time in London”

                the majority of; nearly all of.

                “the two-pin sockets found in most European countries”
                synonyms: nearly all, almost all, the greatest quantity/part/number, the majority, the bulk, the lion’s share, the mass, the preponderance
                “she spends most of her time in London”

                • Dukeofurl

                  So are you catfishing veutoviper then ? Wouldnt surprise me

                  • arkie

                    Excuse me?

                    I am not VV and you don’t know what catfishing is.

                    You are attempting to derail by smearing me.

                    Take a deep breath.

        • Dukeofurl

          yes . Most of the people have serious violence or scores of previous convictions ( which means the non prison sentences havent ‘worked’)

          Your numbers have 40% for violence , 20% sexual offences.

          So those two types of violence are 60% right away – which is what I said
          Dishonesty is 20% which means scores of burglary convictions per prisoner or stealing very large amounts of money – often from the community.

          The real problem is men, who are often affected badly by drink or drugs so they commit offences …over and over.

          • arkie

            I don’t find the level of info about the crimes that you seem to in those stats

            • Dukeofurl

              Percentage of Prisoners According to Most Serious* Offence Type

              Its in the link if you tried to read it.

              Do you have trouble with % too? ….sheeesh.

              • arkie

                which means scores of burglary convictions per prisoner or stealing very large amounts of money – often from the community.

                The real problem is men, who are often affected badly by drink or drugs so they commit offences …over and over.

                Where do you get this information from?

                • Dukeofurl

                  Ask the judges . have you never been in a courtroom for a day ?

                  It figures if you have led a cotton wool life and dont even read the papers.

                  I dont know what ideas you are advancing by quibbling over what the definition of violence is or what the background to far too many offences are or whether 60% is a majority.

                  these arent some numbers from a cricketers annual. real people are affected by violence

                  • arkie

                    So you acquired this information from asking judges?

                    I’m asking you to clarify because you asserted that Marty was fantasising about the over representation of Māori prisons. You then mentioned what you thought their crimes were. I’m just asking you where you got these ideas.

                    Real people are affected by over-incarceration.

          • SaveNZ

            Weird how there does not seem to be much interest in preventing the drugs getting into NZ in the first place in fact under globalism it seems to be yet another thriving industry going from strength to strength.

            Didn’t the colonists of old, give small pox blankets to the locals to help them in the take over?

            Then it comes out that the meth test standards the woke lefties meet far righties decided were pretty much made up and no scientific evidence for it – but a lot of state house land sold and people evicted, which certainly benefited a few interested parties, in particular politicians and consultants and developers.

      • SaveNZ 9.2.3

        @Dukeofurl, Sadly the. people stealing the most money from NZ seem to be outside our justice system and are actually celebrated or under the radar or benefit from generous loop holes in the law to allow the stealing to continue.

    • Gosman 9.3

      Why should indigenous people be treated any different to other people in relation to whether they get put in prison?

      If you think prison is not the correct place for people then it should be avoided for ALL not just some based on their cultural background.

      • solkta 9.3.1

        Why should indigenous people be treated any different to other people in relation to whether they get put in prison?

        I think that is the point that marty is trying to make.

        • marty mars

          Thank you and yes. ‘Trying’ being the operative word.

          • Antoine

            Oh well, that I can agree with


            • marty mars

              Good you get the point now. Sheesh took you long enough.

              • Antoine

                So this is the thing Marty, if you say “Try not putting people in prison especially indigenous people”, everyone thinks you mean that indigenous people should not be imprisoned even when they commit serious crimes.

                If you instead lead off with “I want equality” and “indigenous people should be treated the same as other people”, a lot of wrangling will be avoided.


                • I am flabbergasted that people thought that. Just shows my self disclosed Māori voice is often misunderstood. Kia ora to those who got it.

                  • Antoine

                    Now you get it.

                    And further, when people hear Andrew Little talking about wanting to reduce the prison population by 30%, they think he means not putting people in jail even when they have committed a serious crime. Or letting serious criminals out early.

                    Hence much of the apparent right/left divide on the subject.


                  • McFlock

                    Don’t be flabbergasted. It’s a typical tory reaction.

                    The only people they see going to prison are Very Bad People, because their mate who committed a wee bit of white-collar fraud only got homeD or a couple of years at most. They don’t see the fact that benefit “fraud” is treated more harshly than tax evasion. They don’t see the impact of little offences here and there meaning that someone doesn’t get “good character” credit. They don’t get that not knowing how to wear a suit or not having “respectable” people as character witnesses can all skew judicial attitudes. They don’t get that “not looking right” means more police attention which means a greater number of arrests, even if the actual offence rate were lower or the same.

                    It’s just like how they think other ideas about equity/equality mean “levelling down”, rather than “building up”.

                    Bunch of small-minded fuckwits.

      • mauī 9.3.2

        So you won’t address a fundamental problem in our criminal justice system because of some One Nation ideology / “We are all One people” racist BS… Ok…

        • Gosman

          If your issue is with locking too much people up then whether or not they are ‘indigenous’ is irrelevant. Deal with the underlying issue and don’t attempt to have a justice system treat people differently because of an accident of birth.

          • solkta

            don’t attempt to have a justice system treat people differently because of an accident of birth.

            No attempt needed. We already have that.

            • Dukeofurl

              A judge will look at the crime and the previous criminal history. Discounts come for pleading guilty early enough, remorse when interviewed by probation.
              Where maori miss out is lack of things like references from people in community and sometimes cant make reparation.

              Its quite analytical. Doesnt have ethnicity in it. However we do have a history of too easily imprisoning maori which has carried through to today because they will have existing convictions.

              • solkta

                Its quite analytical. Doesnt have ethnicity in it.

                Yes God you must be right, knowing the inner workings of all those brains and all.

          • mauī

            The issue of locking too many people up seems to be your issue, as you seem to want to use that as a way to ignore that we lock up too many Māori.

            If you want to address our inflated prison numbers then a major underlying issue is that too many Māori are in prison and you would need to address that.

            • Dukeofurl

              Our issue is we have too much crime. Gangs are portion of that and that connects to both Maori and polynesian gangs.
              European gangs are far smaller.

              • SaveNZ

                “Hong Kong triads are working with some of New Zealand’s most notorious crime gangs to cash in on the country’s growing methamphetamine business.
                Organised crime groups the 14K, Sun Yee On, Water Room, and Big Circle Gang all have a presence in the country and most recently gangsters from Fujian have become prominent. They work with New Zealand’s most powerful organised crime groups, the Headhunters and Hells Angels, buying and selling the addictive hyper-stimulant.
                Police in New Zealand say indigenous gangs saw the profits to be made from methamphetamine and realised they needed contacts to buy the drug, or its main ingredient, pseudoephedrine, from a source country like the mainland. Quickly, Asian organised crime groups became crucial players in the drug trade and over time their international links made them the real power brokers.

                ‘Commodity is power,’ Detective Senior Sergeant Chris Cahill, of the Auckland Metro Crime Squad told The New Zealand Herald. ‘The Asians have the commodity. So they have control.'”


                • SaveNZ

                  New Zealand did not register on the international drug market until the millions of dollars being made from methamphetamine grabbed the attention of bigger players overseas. Police here do not call them “triads”, as they’re referred to in popular culture, as the hierarchy here is a fluid, molecular structure rather than the traditional pyramid but the links to notorious international syndicates are real. Gangs like Hong Kong-based 14K, rival Sun Yee On, Water Room, and Big Circle have all had a presence here, as well as Malaysian, Thai, Taiwanese and Vietnamese gangs.

                  There is plenty of business to go around. Police and underworld sources agree that the organised Asian criminal groups “sit around the board room table together” with the local gangs, rather than starting a turf war, in the interests of making money.

                  Nothing is worse for the drug business than violent crime, such as the death of Prutsiriporn.


                  • CHCOff

                    That’s a concern when the tppa kicks in, that the situation gets exacerbated more. That type of corruption could pretty quickly over run the corruption that we already have to the political system, which was already pushing NZ into abit of an anarchic breakdown state of affairs.

                    Once that type of corruption got a foothold, it’s not like NZ has a KGB type of tradition that would be capable of clearing it out.

                    • SaveNZ

                      All the fraudsters are rushing into government departments and jobs to make money from bribes, been going on for decades now but increased significantly with Natz help.

                      You used to be able to pay a bribe and then get a state house for example, the British women who helped herself and gave her relatives fake jobs and took nearly 1 million under the nose of the new governor general while also committing benefit fraud, the cash for fake licenses, god knows how many corrupt or receiving cash payoffs in police and justice system and the councils are bound to be rife.

                      However I believe the worst pushers of TPPA are the Kiwi born neoliberals and politicians both local and government who are refugees from the Rogernomics era and never left their cushy job from the 1980’s.

                      Turns out that the free water to the Chinese was actively encouraged by NZTE for example…


                      If only the NZTE traitors could live in the real world and swap places with the Chorus subcontractor would be illuminating for those government advisors …. rather than having a huge army of nobodies in Wellington crunching out the same shit for decades and being lapped up by governments as the only thing they know.

                • greywarshark

                  I heard a sound bite of someone phoning an order through for drugs from some Asian country. Yes, how much was the approach. Don’t know how the payment was made but I understand that it is easy to order and there seem to be numerous ways to deliver it.

                  If people have a job and a life, they would limit their drug taking no doubt, but so much opportunity for a good life has been withdrawn from low income NZs and they have established a sub-culture. so have to be treated as addicted and helped rather than criminalised. (We all have a tendency to be addicted to some habit, some have the habit of passing stern judgments on others as losers!)

                  It is interesting to read Alan Duff’s Out of the Mist and Steam where he talks about his journey through his culture to where he is now. It was unique journey and not easy.

                  On Trademe – reliable NZ seller – $4 start and closes tomorrow – postage $4.50
                  Out Of The Mist And Steam – ALAN DUFF
                  Listing #: 179042211

    • adam 9.4

      Well said marty mars.

      Kaua e mate wheke mate ururoa

  10. Observer Tokoroa 10

    BUT greywarshark

    New Zealand is the place where you can do anything you like. Such as bash your baby against the wall.

    Kill people on the road. Dozens of them.

    Bash up Teachers, and Nurses. Terrify shop owners.

    Booze yourself stupid – particularly if you are female – with children. Plus Bastard Fathers.

    Eat all sorts of Lethal Drugs to make yourself mental – and become a Zombie

    Build leaky Buildings. Build Leaky homes. Under pay Staff.

    This is Aotearoa Greywarshark. Greed, Rape, Thieving, Murder and Destruction are the constants of life here.

    Aoteraoa stands for no Accountability. No Decency. No Punishment. No Shame.
    Aoteraoa truthfully stands for personal and mass Horror.

    • Antoine 10.1

      I have to say I would have trouble getting away with some of this, but YMMV


      • Drowsy M. Kram 10.1.1

        Profiling aside, which comment(s) would you not have trouble getting away with?


        • Antoine

          I could terrify a shop owner on a good day (if they were quite small and easily alarmed)


          • SaveNZ

            If they banned cigarettes and alcohol from shop owners would solve a lot of problems but apparently that is where all the profit is.

            • adam

              All, no ‘only’ is the word you look for SaveNZ for dairy owners.

              • SaveNZ

                I think it’s the dairy owners that seem to be robbed the most and petrol stations… or places that have those items… but maybe there are those going about robbing fashion outlets, who knows.

                It’s the above lobby group full of dairy owners that seem to be campaigning the most for lock em up justice.

                They even started their own party… a bit of a stumbling block there though

                “A New Zealand political party’s general secretary has been charged over failing to properly declare more than $200,000 in donations.

                Police charged New Zealand People’s Party general secretary Anil Kumar Sharma with breaching the Electoral Act by failing to correctly file details of significant donations with the Electoral Commission.”

                “The People’s Party target voter base is mainly migrant voters and its focus was law and order following a spate of aggravated dairy robberies and taxi driver muggings.

                Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters has previously called the party “a National Party front”.”

                The charges were filed in the Auckland District Court last Friday, while the case will be heard again later this month.”


                • adam

                  That escalated…

                  My comment was about the fact that dairy owners are not making much money these days, and that cigs and alcohol have good margins (everything else has tiny margins) and they bring in loyal customers.

          • Drowsy M. Kram

            So you could (on a good day) terrify a small and easily alarmed shop owner, but how would you get away with that, i.e. what’s stopping the shop owner from dobbing you in?

            Maybe an otherwise good customer, from a ‘good family’, etc.?


    • greywarshark 10.2

      Observer T
      Don’t laugh at what I say, I am sure that you are being sarcastic. All that you write has happened. We have to look at it and try and rise above it, not mock those who draw attention to it and what needs to be done to prepare for the various trials that climate change plus the broil of political and immoral misdeeds will bring.

      I know a lot of bad things happen in NZ. I get upset but still hold onto the knowledge of good people I have dealings with and meet here. So after getting down, I come up with hope and work with those good people. I keep on trying but I don’t fool myself that everyone wants to live in a country that offers reasonable quality and respect. And it is sad that so many won’t bite the bullet and prepare for a harder future and try being the good citizen.

  11. ankerawshark 11

    This is seriously brilliant and seriously funny. Matafeo owns it big time.

    Not sure how to get rid of the add, but its about breast cancer and mamograms, so a good add to watch anyway.

  12. CHCOff 12

    It is the future first world cultural striving of gender equality that is in the best sense of, for example, a trad. Aryan aesthetics to an unquestionable type of corporate structure.

    The world is forever seeking to hold and grasp, Freedom and Adaptability/Efficiency, & the above is the modern symbolism to that.

    It is the New Zealand traditional egalitarian spirit, (which many immigrants will not readily understand) that has given the entrepreneurial class the massive opportunity to have these societal Values assocated with their products which as a nation who’s relative power will only ever be that derived from trade, is what should be getting built upon rather than the anarchist slash and burn neo-liberal nothing burger nation.

  13. chris73 13

    So random question time but does anyone have any good links to websites on how to pronounce (and preferably the meaning of) maori words and phrases

    I’ve tried searching youtube but I don’t seem to be getting anywhere so I’m wondering if anyone on here can help


  14. OnceWasTim 14

    Hard to know where to begin.
    Should it be the continued muppetry in central government agencies – such as Trade and Industry encouraging the sale of water; or should it be to do with Chorus subbies being royally ripped – all alongside the public servant (Stu Lumsden’s) assurance that we had “enough Labour Inspectors” just shortly before the election; or perhaps the state of Wellington’s bus ‘debacle’ – you know – that ‘space’ where we have a wee bit of a problem.

    I thought I’d just pop up to Newtown (Constable Street) from Mount Victoria where what I needed to do would normally have been completed within the hour. I’d try out GRWC’s new improved service. Under the old system, that would have been completed within an hour.
    I never realised just how bad this complete FUCKUP is. I left home before the nauseating ‘old school’ Jessie Mulligan kicked in after 1pm., before he had to don his lycras and bike up the hill to Teev 3. Midday Report was still rolling – in fact I think Maddison Ready was referring to the exceptional expertise of someone from Craig’s Investment Partners, giving what we were expected to believe was some sort of impartial and valuable take on the state of the meerkats.

    3.30pm, I’ve arrived home. The majority of it I walked.
    The only people I encountered not fussed on that journey was a guy on a Gold Card taking his mum for a day out on a bus journey. And she’d obviously lost the plot a few years back (not unlike my mother). Why they could even get a ride from the southern suburbs on the flat, up to Kingston. I think routes 23 and 29 figured in their journey.
    Meanwhile, others crowding the Newtown footpaths who simply wanted to get to Courtenay Place needed a transfer if they didn’t want to wait what transpired was up to half an hour.
    And while we watched the info boards (after having been told we’d have to walk down to the next stop), one #1 was Sched, then disappeared, and then 3 #1 services to places north turned up almost together.

    Sorry mate. It’s not JUST about implementation despite your creds, it’s the entire project from start to finish, and perhaps you should have had the gumption to check the requirements before you began your design.

    Open Mike 08/10/2018

    at 15 and below, and my comment at 15.2 seems all the more reasonable.

    I’m going to be waiting for the next lot of spin with phrases like “change averse”.
    Already there’s been a consultant telling us it’s all about implementation rather than design.
    FUCK ME with a feather duster. Sometimes the bleeding bloody obvious seems to escape many. Oh, and for the privilege of taking advantage of this new improved service I’m expected to believe is superior to what happened before, as a cash fare payer, the fare is 25% more expensive.
    A bloody case study in how NOT to do things.
    Lucky for GWRC and its verbally flatulent apparatus they’ve been given till December. THe longer it goes on, the worse it gets

    • Kay 14.1

      @OOTim. Not batting an eyelid here unfortunately. I’m pleased to report I was able to get from Kilbirnie to Mirimar very successfully yesterday, but there’s still severe apprehension every time a bus trip is needed, even a short hop like that one (I allowed myself 45mins to get there). I have however had to stop going out in the evenings altogether now for the foreseable future due to the very real risk of being stranded far from home after dark.

      It will be interesting to see if this driver’s strike goes ahead. Even as someone totally dependent on buses, I’d actually quite like to see the entire bus network taken out of action for a week and see if the resulting chos would be enough to force central Govt to take over.

    • greywarshark 14.2

      Once was Tim
      I am a newcomer to Wellington and was travelling in Constable Street just recently. I was worried about a hub transfer but didn’t need one on my route thank goodness. You have my sympathy and i heard two drivers talking and they were confused and unhappy too. All the best.

      • OnceWasTim 14.2.1

        Yep well, when all said and done, a bloody MINOR inconvenience by comparison with Chorus contractors being exploited, people trafficked (yes right here in ‘lil ole NuZull), and public servants flogging off water to the highest bidder and at the expense of those paying for the positions representing a public they’re expected to serve.
        And as I listen to Checkpoint, I’m kind of wondering why it’s taken this long for some of them to now feel comfortable enough to state the bleeding obvious publicly (such as a Devoy and a Lumsden).
        Again!!! time for some analysis of what’s all gone wrong in our public service over the past decade or so.

        The good thing is I’m now fairly sure the coalition is beginning to wake up, and recognise that in many circumstances the advice of their “officials” is not always what it seems to be.

  15. Ed 15

    The world is burning.
    Yet the Herald is leading with this as news.
    A headline that reflects the selfish first world problems that trouble its readers.
    As Draco repeatedly says, we can’t afford the rich.

    “Air New Zealand’s Koru Club full: Passengers diverted to airport’s Strata Lounge.”

  16. Morrissey 16

    Nike: “Just Do It.” Jeremy Corbyn’s desperate
    and cynical enemies: “Just Smear Him.”

  17. Morrissey 17

    Profiles in Courage. NOT
    No. 3: Sen. SUSAN COLLINS

    cowardy-custard n., A coward; a timid or fearful person (prob. suggesting trembling in fear like a custard wobbles.)

    ….Collins’s wholehearted embrace of these vapid GOP talking points is emblematic of her entire justification for supporting Kavanaugh, which basically consisted of her closing her eyes and plugging her ears to information that would prove inconvenient to the creation of a conservative Supreme Court majority. The “process has finally hit rock bottom,” she said. That—not Kavanaugh’s lies, or his troubling judicial record, or Ford’s credible testimony about what he did to her—was what Collins felt the need to lecture Americans about.

    Her choice is so disappointing because her Republican colleagues—the McConnells and Grassleys and Grahams of the world, who long ago turned into cartoonish, misogynist supervillains—are honest about who they are and what they want. Collins, who helped save the Affordable Care Act, and sometimes tut-tuts about President Trump, and has proven herself capable of abandoning the stock GOP position, is not. Like Jeff Flake and Ben Sasse and Joe Manchin, she cares far more about appearing moderate and independent than doing things that a moderate, independent legislator would do.

    Profiles in Courage. NOT is an occasional series commissioned by Daisycutter Sports Inc. to highlight the moral (and sometimes physical) cowardice of politicians and their lackeys.

    No. 2: Simon William “Bill” English

    Open Mike 18/02/2017

    No. 1: Justin Trudeau

  18. joe90 18

    TS’s very own malignant anti-semite was triggered, too.

    President Donald Trump’s Twitter attack last week on George Soros set off a round of anti-Semitic attacks on the Jewish financier, as well as authoritarian calls from key Trump supporters for the president to use state power to freeze or seize Soros’ assets.

  19. Observer Tokoroa 19

    Hi Greywarshark

    I don’t write with sarcasm. I just use actuality.

    That is, I observe exactly what is taking place.

    Wish you well.

  20. eco maori 20

    Kia ora Newshub its a incredibly hard for all the USA ambassadors with the trump rhetoric . Some time’s I think when pointing out the gop flaws this alert some to there reality ??????? but no they will lose .
    It’s cool the Indian Wahine are standing up for there right’s no one else will
    I’m sure ancient India treated there wahine with much more respect than how they are treated at the minute kia kaha .
    Grant Robertson is the best qualified person to run the Crown’s book’s enough said.
    My offspring were all grown up before that smacking law came in .
    Most time’s when a child is playing up they just need one to come down to there level and talk to them they are just seeking attention give them more attention .
    I try not to take my mokopunas into shop’s when we look after them we do but only when we are buying them stuff.
    Loan shark’s need to be brought into line ka pai.
    That’s the problem with the World’s economy people who have the least money are charged the highest interests and people awash with money pay next to nothing that has to be reversed.
    There you go alcohol has a direct LINK to domestic abuse the data curves will follow the same trajectory up with the sales curves that is one reason this problem has not gone down alcohol lobbing all lobbing should be banned I could never handle hang overs.
    To the TAX working group increase the tax on alcohol and watch our bad stats drop that’s a logical move.
    Space travel is part of our future you know who Eco is backing why because if it was not for him no one would making as much electric cars as is all the rage at the minute .
    Xero accounting soft ware is a awesome product we have brought the other brands in the past we end up using excel and stop using them but Xero make’s accounting as easy as child’s play.
    Ka kite ano

  21. eco maori 21

    It give me a sore face when I see that more Kiwis are taking their retirement savings seriously one need to put money away for when they get older as no one else will do that for you Ka pai .
    A %7 increase is awesome lump sum payments up % 39 they are making these payments so they get all the government’s Kiwisaver subsidy there is a lot of good data coming out of this story .Kia kaha kiwi’s ka kite ano link below.

  22. eco maori 22

    Some Eco Maori music for the minute

  23. eco maori 23

    Here is a story that gives me hope for a happy healthy prosperous future for ALL OUR Mokopuna’s
    The Dutch Court rules in favour of OUR environment . The whole World will have to follow suit and work together to save our grandchildren’s future environment Kia kaha
    Ka kite ano link is below

  24. eco maori 24

    I remember when I was 8 there was a new kid in our class she was Indian all the other kid’s picked on her I would tell/make them leave her be next minute my
    Grate grandmother and I were going to her birthday her dad is still the whano doctor.
    Kia kaha to the Indian METOO movement that’s the way make your men see that with out you they would have nothing . And you wan’t your voices heard links below Ka kite ano.

  25. eco maori 26

    I agree with the most of this story the whole Papatuanuku need to plant billions of tree’s I say and cut carbon use how.
    A carbon tax and all the money is poured into saving our existing forest & plant new forest invest heavily into renewable energy
    Link is below ka kite ano

  26. eco maori 27

    Some Eco Maori music for the minute

  27. eco maori 28

    Eco Maori tau toko this Idea totally urban orchards it will give healthy food for the needy all our councils have to do is change the types of tree’s they plant in and around te mokopuna’s play areas in places were its safe for people to pick them . link below
    Ka kite ano many thanks for this story I say go one better and have urban vegie gardens to P.S The shops won’t lose to much profts

  28. eco maori 30

    Kia ora te maori TV I say online troll’s bulling is a big problem in Aotearoa at the minute
    As soon as there is a story about maori issues the troll’s jump onto the comments page and start spewing there racist rubbish .
    But I say one has to be careful when trying to make law’s to curb this problem that the laws are not used to silence free speech so I say be real careful what one wishes for ka kite ano.

  29. eco maori 31

    Kia ora Newshub that’s a nice big fine to stop the loan sharks predators $600 k that will make them think twice before they rip our people off .
    Its cool Peter Jackson’s films he has added color to the old films I have been looking at NZONSCREEN and some of those need a brush up the sound on some are bad to.
    Ka pai.
    Tongan fans for the Tongan League team are staunch and proud wish them all the best.
    Wow a new high rise building for Tamaki makau rau that looks like a cool design with a green floor ka pai .
    With the Sydney Opera house issue Allan Jones is not as popular as him and his m8 think enough said .
    Many thanks to Sea World people in Australia for saving the pepe Whale it was quite a dangerous task what I will say is animals have intelligence. They said the mother Whale new they were helping her calf . She could have easy squashed them.
    Vector lines company well if you got fined I say you have not maintained the asset correctly . They have to have people checking the lines are not in danger from trees falling on them and cutting power this is the main cause of power cut’s in bad weather .
    Daved Bowie was a artist who broke the mold for music like a few of his pears I liked his music It will be a bit old for the new generation .
    Did you see my pick of music this arvo .
    Andrew we are going to have a good couple of weeks of League Ka pai
    Ka kite ano

  30. eco maori 32

    Kia ora The Crowd Goes Wild James & Mulls all the best to the Breaker’s .
    Mulls did James jandles get caught in some wires .
    Congradulations to James sisters for having a new baby us men don’t know how easy we got it I get a reminder every now and then lol.
    Kangaroos well Mal Meninga he is a great Australian indigenous role model for all
    te mokopuna’s can’t say to much.??????? but I have a great memory.
    Thats the way the wahine Black ferns kia kaha
    Sam E hoa I get sore neck its a pain hurt it chasing my younger brother jumped a fence caught my foot on the fence and head butted the rock hard dirt bounced up and caught him. It did not start playing up till I got long in the tooth lol.
    Ka kite ano P.S I did not kick his ass all though I wanted to

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  • New Fisk
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
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    18 hours ago
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    18 hours ago
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  • Extra support for rural families
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  • Protecting wellbeing – ACC HQSC Trauma Forum
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  • World Mental Health Day a reminder of the importance of mental health work
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    7 days ago
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    1 week ago
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  • NZTA to refocus on safety following review
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  • Government putting right Holidays Act underpayment in Health
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