David Clark has come up with a number for the cost of raising the minimum wage – $427m. It’s not clear if this is just for the increases to $14, or if it also includes expected increases from $14 with then inevitable upward push.
It seems the asset sales programme might be in the shit.
National signed the UN indigenous peoples right thingy (that labour wouldnt sign) and that gives LEGAL protection to such things as water. Its way beyond the influence that the treaty might have, and it cant be ignored. Much more to come on this one yet.
Pete et al
On the minimum wage, please note that the baseline $ is just the start. Add to that 8% holidays, Sick pay 2%, ACC 3% and Kiwisaver 3 or is it 4% … plus admin costs.
So $14 would become $16.50 plus The red melons $16 is really $19 plus.
And the rate in USA is ??????? Still less than $10
“Queer Avengers also call for a struggle “beyond marriage””
“The Queer Avengers stress that marriage equality is not the end of line for LGBT rights and that struggles beyond marriage lie ahead.
“There are many family structures which marriage and adoption law does not cover, for example polyamory and whangai adoption. “This is not the final struggle,” Sara concludes. “We’re looking ahead to the struggles beyond marriage.””
Lee01: Well if not “the end of civilization”, at least a perfect example of what happens when you start re-defining terms such as “marriage”, whose meaning has been agreed and understood for centuries.
Who can remember the Klark government’s assurances when the Civil Unions bill was passed that “its not marriage…gays are not interested in marriage, they just want their partnerships recognised?”
I see in the article about Wall being pleased with PM’s backing that Chauvel is calling polygamy an “outlandish notion”.
Not that long ago “marriage equality” would also have been an outlandish notion.
And if equality is the goal then polygamy and p’andry are surely not outlandish.
This must be very upsetting to minorities in our multicultural society where those forms of marriage are valued,Tibetans and Muslims, Africans for example. Many of us who celebrate diversity and equality will be upset by his insensitive comments ,particularly coming from someone who identifies so closely with minorities who have a history of discrimination against them.
They muck you up, your mum and dad.
They may not mean to, but they do.
They fill you with the faults they had
And add some extra, just for you.
But they were mucked up in their turn
By fools in old-style ties and coats,
Who half the time were soppy-stern
And half at one another’s throats.
Man hands on misery to man,
Especially if he marries him.
Or a woman weds her girlfriend
“I do” is all they need to say
Until they need to tell adopted kids
Your Mum and Mum are both gay.
Or your Dad and Dad, as the case may be
May be enough to turn a kid
Sir Bob Jones can join company with his fellow history revisionists as they attempt to rewrite history to suit their one eyed views. If Maori were to follow his lead then a case could be made to toss the Crown out and Maori could resume control of their country and resources. There are after all two parties to Treaty, not one as inferred by Sir Bob.
KevinH: Interesting that you use the phrase “history revisionists”…because that is exactly what the Sir Robin Cooke led Court of Appeal became in the 1980′s when they decided that a document which had been held to be “a simple nullity” by our courts for 110 years or so was suddenly became “our founding document”, containing all these wonderful “principles” which generations of Judges had failed to find in it.
I don’t want to bore you or others with a disquisition on international law as it applies to treaties between nation states. Suffice it to say there are a number of requirements – not least of them that the the parties are themselves capable of entering into a treat with another nation state – before one can say that a document is a “Treaty” as the law understands that term. The so called “treaty” fulfills none of them. But don’t take my word for it – consult any text which covers the subject of how states make treaties with each other, and how the contents of such treaties become part of each nation’s domestic law (There’s a little clue for you).
If the “treaty” was anything at all, it was a treaty of cession, under which one party cedes sovereignty to the other. That is what Article 1 contains – a cession of sovereignty by the tribes who signed it to the British Crown.
But sadly that Jack is long out of the box….the political reality now is we either resign ourselves to endless demands from the “treaty partner” or we make a stand and say “enough”. You’ll be pleased to know I think there is little to no chance of the second happening.
God here. I thought I would take the time to personally explain my absence in the Aurora shootings. While I was at it, I thought I would also explain my absence during every murder, massacre and crime that has ever taken place in World history, and in every war, in every famine, drought and flood.
You see, I do not exist. I never have. Did it really make sense to you that I would create an entire Universe with billions of billions of planets and wait about 13,700,000,000 years just so I could focus on a few Jews from Palestine about 2,000 years ago while ignoring the rest of the 200,000,000 people on the planet at the time? Did I make those few Jews or did those few Jews make me?
Further, do you really think I would sit back and do nothing while Nazis killed 6 million of my “chosen people,” but find it important enough to intervene and turn water into wine to stop some hosts being embarrassed at a wedding in Cana? Why did I seem to be so active in the Middle East for a brief period about 2,000 years ago, but totally absent everywhere else on the planet and for the rest of recorded history? Did I make the Jews or did the Jews make me?
So, you really think my periodic miracles prove my existence hey? Then why not something inarguable and unambiguous, like a huge crucifix in the sky, or my face on the moon? Why is it always that believers have to construct my miracles out of perfectly explicable natural events?
This happens every time there is a tragedy or near tragedy of any kind, anywhere in the world and in all cultures. Captain “Sully” Sullenberger pilots a distressed plane to land safely on the Hudson River in New York City with no deaths, and it’s a miracle from God; a young girl is found in India, totally terrorized, but alive after being abducted and ra.ped for a week, and it’s a miracle from my competi.tor Rama (or Vishnu or Shiva) that she is returned to her parents; or a family in Northern Pakistan survives an errant American missile attack, and it’s a miracle from Allah.
What all these self-serving proclamations of miraculous intervention always ignore is the downside of the incidents. The fact that the passengers and crew of Flight 1549 were terrorized and the plane destroyed, that 11 innocent people are dead in Aurora, that the girl was held for seven days, ra.ped and sod.omized and will be traumatized for the rest of her life, or that a number of innocent civilians were killed by the missile.
Of course, none of these incidents really are “miracles.” When the totality of facts are taken into account, “miracles” turn out to be nothing more than believers who are desperate for some sign of my existence ignoring the downside of a set of facts, focusing solely on the upside and calling the quarantined “good” a miracle from me or one of the other sky-fairies. A CEO might as well ignore the liability side of his balance sheet and declare it a “miracle” that his company just doubled in value.
Another annoying habit my “miracles” seem to have is that they always seem to tag along, just behind medical science, like an annoying kid brother who won’t go away. Until the mid nineties, those with AIDS who prayed for a miracle were never granted one. Medical science finds a way to permanently suppress the disease, and all of a sudden I start to perform miracles with AIDS patients. No polio patient ever received a miracle until the Salk vaccine and I routinely ignored cancer patients until chemotherapy and radiation treatments were developed. Suddenly, prayers to me from cancer patients are regularly “answered.”
Why is it that I still seem deaf to the pleadings of amputees who would like their fingers, arms or legs back, to those who have physically lost eyes or ears, to the horribly burned and to all others who ail from patently visible and currently incurable maladies? Why is it that, at the very same time, I am very receptive to the prayers of those whose condition is uncertain, internal and vulnerable to miraculous claims?
Take five minutes to make two lists; one of those ailments I will miraculously cure and the other of those I will not. You will quickly find it coincides perfectly with those conditions medical science (or the human body itself) can defeat and those we cannot. Why do you think that is? It is almost as my miracles are created out of medical ambiguity isn’t it?
No, my human friends. I am afraid I do not exist. I do not read your minds (or “hear your prayers” as you like to call it) and you are not going to achieve immortality (or “eternal life” as you like to call it) no matter how many commandments from Iron Age Palestine you choose to “keep”. Move on and enjoy the few years you have. You were all dead for the last 13,700,000,000 years and it wasn’t that least bit uncomfortable now, was it?
Top Ten Signs You’re a Christian
10 – You vigorously deny the existence of thousands of gods claimed by other religions, but feel outraged when someone denies the existence of yours.
9 – You feel insulted and “dehumanized” when scientists say that people evolved from other life forms, but you have no problem with the Biblical claim that we were created from dirt.
8 – You laugh at polytheists, but you have no problem believing in a Triune God.
7 – Your face turns purple when you hear of the “atrocities” attributed to Allah, but you don’t even flinch when hearing about how God/Jehovah slaughtered all the babies of Egypt in “Exodus” and ordered the elimination of entire ethnic groups in “Joshua” including women, children, and trees!
6 – You laugh at Hindu beliefs that deify humans, and Greek claims about gods sleeping with women, but you have no problem believing that the Holy Spirit impregnated Mary, who then gave birth to a man-god who got killed, came back to life and then ascended into the sky.
5 – You are willing to spend your life looking for little loopholes in the scientifically established age of Earth (few billion years), but you find nothing wrong with believing dates recorded by Bronze Age tribesmen sitting in their tents and guessing that Earth is a few generations old.
4 – You believe that the entire population of this planet with the exception of those who share your beliefs – though excluding those in all rival sects – will spend Eternity in an infinite Hell of Suffering. And yet consider your religion the most “tolerant” and “loving.”
3 – While modern science, history, geology, biology, and physics have failed to convince you otherwise, some idiot rolling around on the floor speaking in “tongues” may be all the evidence you need to “prove” Christianity.
2 – You define 0.01% as a “high success rate” when it comes to answered prayers. You consider that to be evidence that prayer works. And you think that the remaining 99.99% FAILURE was simply the will of God.
1 – You actually know a lot less than many atheists and agnostics do about the Bible, Christianity, and church history – but still call yourself a Christian.
Auckland pub to host church services
A beer at church will put a new slant on Sunday services.
Pastors Calvin Culverwell and Vic Francis are turning Albany Sports Bar into a make-shift church, starting this Sunday.
Members of the Protestant Albany Shore Vineyard Churches have been working on the project for a year. They aim to help people reconnect with religion in a relaxed place.
The congregation can have a beer during the service, and pizza and fries would be provided.
But considering Luke 18.16 – Suffer the little children to come unto me
there is irony that The service is open to anyone over the age of 18.
After all, what is being asked for here seems so modest. Marriage remains something available solely to a man and a woman. Civil unions offer an alternative to those unable to marry, or who do not wish to marry. Civil unions are to be a new relationship option that takes nothing from anyone else, while providing choice to people currently denied it.
The Marriage Act is very simple legislation. Marriage is made by its history, its tradition, and its culture, and nothing in the Civil Union Bill affects those. We have a new institution, created in the 21st century, that will develop its own tradition and its own culture.
So civil union is a new institution, a new name, and separate to marriage. That is what it is all about.
The member who just resumed his seat will be pleased to know that the Civil Union Bill does not touch the sanctity of marriage that the member talks about. We are not seeking marriage, with this bill; we are seeking a civil union.
Has this had anything to do with Adam Feeley’s resignation?
How come on Mr Feeley’s watch, Don Brash and John Banks were never charged for signing Huljich Kiwisaver Scheme registered prospectuses dated 22 August 2008 and 18 September 2009 which contained untrue statements?
The ‘old boy’ network protecting DODGY John Banks?
That’s how I for one ‘perceive’ it.
[John Banks is the Leader of the NZ ACT Party and MP for Epsom, upon whose pivotal vote the Mixed Ownership Model Bill (which allows 'partial privatisation' of essential electricity assets) was passed 61 - 60. ]
Attendee: 2010 Transparency International Anti-Corruption Conference
Penny, quite obviously you have found some corruption and wrongdoing at last.
But nothing so far, except your own illusions, to connect it to Mr Feely’s resignation.
However Since 2010, they’ve found 2,600 illegitimate companies, and have been de-listing companies that don’t comply with various rules at the rate of more than 1,000 per month. Yet with more than 560,000 companies now registered in New Zealand one for every eight citizens the database is large and growing.
– publicwatchperson’s link http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10823341
There should shortly be an FBI instigated New Zealand Police operation with AOS and helicopters to arrest someone or other and shut the whole disgraceful site down.
One day a 12-year-old boy was walking down the street when a
car pulled up beside him and wound down its window.
“I’ll give you a bag of lollies if you get in the car” said the
“No way, get stuffed!” replied the boy.
“How about a bag of lollies and 10 bucks” the driver asked.
“I said no way” replied the boy
“What about a bag of lollies and 50 bucks?” asked the driver.
“No, I’m not getting in the car.” answered the boy.
“Okay, I’ll give you a bag of lollies and $100″ the driver offered.
“No!” replied the boy.
“What will it take to get you in the car?” asked the driver.
The boy replied: “Listen Dad, you bought the Volvo,
it’s all yours.”
The Pity Train has just derailed at the intersection of Suck It Up & Move On, and crashed into We All Have Problems, before coming to a complete stop at Get the Hell Over It. Any complaints about how we operate, can be forwarded to 0800-waa-aaah Quitchur Bitchin’ ..suck it up Maori Party, life doesn’t revolve around you.