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IMO the Commerce Commission seems to be over-eager in taking up Sam Morgan’s complaint about a ‘boycott’ of real estate agents against Trademe following their real estate listing price increases.
I thought the Commerce Commission was there to protect the customer / consumer, and not as a ‘tool’ to be wielded by a near-monopoly such as Trademe (what Warren Buffett would call a ‘durable competitive advantage’) anxious to protest its patch. Trademe seems to have overplayed its hand in increasing prices and now wants to intimidate its real estate agent customers via the Commerce Commission to bail it out of a situation of its own making. It is rather like Commerce Commission saying that Consumer Magazine should be shut down as a collusion of consumers against businesses. There is also Tolpuddle Martyrs like overtones.
There does seem to be a valid area of concern – but that is between vendors and their real estate agents. If an agent has habitually been listing its houses with Trademe, then it should inform prospective new listings that a Trademe listing is no longer part of the package but is an optional extra. Vendors should not be caught caught by surprise with this. This is easily remedied – if a customer had reasonably expected a Trademe listing as part of the package the agent should arrange it.
If Trademe’s business model with real estate listings requires that (say) 90% of houses for sale are listed on Trademe, then Trademe must be prepared to meet an informed market (amongst real estate agents) with respect to its pricing. To obstruct a market being informed is anti-competitive and no way should the Commerce Commission be a party to this.
Hone Harawira on Ngapuhi and their treaty settlement:
And as fate would have it, Ngapuhi’s place in the whole Treaty saga is about to come full circle for, just as Ngapuhi was the birthplace of Te Tiriti o Waitangi, so too does Ngapuhi provide the basis for our future understanding of Te Tiriti.
The timing is right for Ngapuhi to step up to the challenge of ensuring Te Tiriti becomes a central plank in the constitutional transformation of Aotearoa, and the opportunity that it presents to redefine the future for its own descendants.
It would be interesting to get more detail from Harawira on what his central plank in the constitutional transformation of Aotearoa actually means.
He seems to be proposing a sort of socialism that gives overall power plus preferential treatment and funding to Maori descendants (funded by much higher taxing of the predominately non-Maori ‘rich’) with Ngapuhi playing a leading role.
The UK harbours some of the most dangerous Islamic radicals on the planet and is a global hub of terrorism. That is where we should be fighting it, not killing peasants who have no control or awareness of the wider world in other countries. The home front burns while America wages war in places most Americans have never heard of and could not find on a map.
Saudi Arabia is the worlds biggest financier of radical Islam, but is mates with the US. While Obama kills people in Mali !
American Jews Like Muslims Twice as Much as They Like Christian Evangelicals
A poll conducted by the Public Religion Research Institute, published April 3rd, finds American Jews to be very wary of the Christian sects that claim to support Israel and its expansionist policies most vocally.
“Most liberal Jews view the Christian right as wanting to impose a Christian America on them,” said Marshall Breger, professor at the Catholic University of America’s Columbus School of Law and leading voice on inter-religious relations. “To the extent to which the bulk of Jews are liberal, both politically and culturally, they’ll have negative views of the Christian right.”
Russia did a fine job with the Winter Olympics opening ceremony.
Putin has a tasty mistress who performed a significant role.
Anyway, is there enough spare flat land in Central Otago for an Olympic city?
If the farmers do well enough, instead of Sochi 2014, we can have Queenstown 2026.
Who might our PM be to open it?
The real story is not that Ryder was out having a beer, it is the Bracewell broke his foot in mysterious circumstances. So he is out of cricket again. Like when he stood on broken glass after a party and had a few months off.
Plenty of bowlers that actually want to play to replace him with.
@ flipper – ever been given a final warning? Ryder and Bracewell had been omitted from the playing eleven, sure. But if someone had woken up crook, or if Taylor’s wife had suddenly gone into labour, either or both could have been called on to play. They have let their teammates down badly.
Yes; I did stupid things when I was young, many years ago. But I wasn’t a professional sportsman being paid big money to be ready to play if needed, which both Ryder and Bracewell are. Both have form, and NZC could have cut either loose several times in the past. And what happened to cause Bracewell’s broken foot, which he didn’t have at final practice on Wednesday?
This is stupid, irresponsible behaviour, and, having stuck up for Ryder over the years, I am now over him.
Keeping: You display the traits of an envious left-winger who has never excelled at anything and lives in awe of successful young men such as Ryder. Maybe you are a Fairfax journo, they like puting it into anyone who exudes success.
Its not about KS growing up. Ryder’s an alcoholic, there’s lots of us about so he’s nothing special there but he has to decide what he wants , drinking or cricket and I know the drinking will always be more attractive to him until there comes a time but by then it will be too late for his cricket
Kea, Obama’s support for the radical elements in Syria’s opposition.?
Manolo , is been the bane of the American appointtees for ambassadorships to appoint political ones, both Democrats and Republicans.
A slingshot from 500 metres might be a bit ambitious.
Also set to board SV Tiama is Bob Lloyd, associate professor and director of energy studies at the University of Otago physics department. Prof Lloyd said he would ask the drill ship crew, via radio on the protest yacht, to halt its New Zealand drilling operations.
He would ask they stop their search and focus on discovering renewable energy, such as solar panels and wind turbines.
I thought solar panels and wind turbines had already been discovered. What doesn’t seem to have been discovered yet is how to make solar and wind energy cost effective enough to supercede fossil fuel, along with all the electric powered transport and infrastructure.
Ryder is not successful , he’s has by no means reached his potential and never will as a cricketer while he continues to drink. I hope to see you at the park today having spent your $45 , I have and will be again and would have been pissed off on Thursday if Ryder had turned up to bat crook.
Its not about envy its about him being a paid employee and not fulfilling the conditions of his employment. Same if you are a driver or a lawyer or whatever
Here’s an idea for the Tino Rangatiratanga devotees:
Identify yourselves as Maori, and be issued your own Maori passport.
Set up a whole different government within New Zealand for Maori, paid for by non Maori as a start up, whereby all those who identify as Maori have their own hospitals, pension scheme, welfare state, currency, education system, TV & radio channels, everything*. Some already exist so we’re on the way already.
Then every dollar Maori earn for themselves can be used for their self determination. BUT no money from the non Maori taxpayer can be transferred across to those who have identified themselves as Maori, because they are now truly separate citizens. They can sort out their inter-tribal squabbles using Maori lawyers with Maori money. The rest of us could then sit back and watch as they destroyed themselves
Keeping Stock, cricket is a game. It is nothing more. They do not “represent New Zealand”. It is a bunch of guys playing a silly game. The drinking habits of the players is their business. If you removed all the boozers and druggies from public life we would all be poorer for it. Many famous talented people had raging addictions but still contributed enormously to the wider world.
I suggest your opposition to this man is simply about you wanting to impose your view on others.
The drinking habits of the players is their business.
Not when they are under contract (agreed to by both parties) that stipulates limits on drinking. Just like the drinking habits of employees is the business of their employers if it can adversely affect their work performance and safety.
I suggest your opposition to this man is simply about you wanting to impose your view on others.
That’s absurd. Nothing is imposed. People share their opinions here because, ah, that’s a major part of blog use.
Kea you make numerous pontifications on Middle Eastern affairs including the USA’s alleged support for the Radical elements in the Syria opposition.
You have not provided any evidence at all.
Providing evidence for God.?
Totally irrelevant.Just stick to exposing your ignoramus knowledge of the ME.
“and no way should the Commerce Commission be a party to this.”
Um, you mean the Commerce Commision, who in their last outing virtually trashed Chorus as a company, putting in doubt both the copper and fibre infrastructure? That Commerce Commision? Of course they will do the “right” thing. They are public servants, and they know what to do. They are here to help.
I say this to those that persist in knifing Ryder….
1. If he is an “alcoholic”, as is claimed (definitions vary according to body type, metabolism, religious belief etc., etc), and he harms no one but himself that, in my view, is his affair. Period. (PS no social/ health cost bullshit please)
2. If every perceivable “bad habit” were to be eliminated from those participating in sport, at whatever level, there would be no participation and nothing to watch. Once it was smoking…. and the lovely, but economic simpleton/naif, Bert Sutcliffe prostituting himself for Rothmans because we as a nation were too self centred to reward him for efforts which made most every New Zealander proud. (But that was only sport… and it was his career choice , I have heard bastards argue)/. Today there is gambling….on horses, a sure fire way to economic ruin. Even cricket and rugby commentators in 2014 promote gallops AND trots. Remember Nelson and the WIs????
3. Ryder and Bracewell do NOT represent me….or you. I had no part in choosing (or not) them, and I suspect you few are no different.
4. The talk of role models is bullshit spoken by those that never achieve anything beyond back yard rugger or cricket. Successful sportsmen and women strive for excellence in sport. Role modelling is best left to the holier than thou types here….and in the MSM.
So Keeping et al…..may be “grow up” is the wrong plea. Bugger off …. Get lost would be more appropriate.
PG, ["Not when they are under contract (agreed to by both parties)"] Other peoples employment contracts are not public business unless it is a public company.
Polly, Fuck you. If you had any reasoned argument you would present it instead of crying trollllllll like a halfwit. If you don’t like your prejudices being challenged then why put them on display ?
stephieboy, you are the guy you claimed Israel and Jews have no influence on US foreign policy ! You accused me of sourcing info from Stormfront and conspiracy sites. When I gave you links from msm in both the US and Israel, you disappeared and returned the next day with the same lie. Your ignorance is breathtaking and so are your lies. AIPAC is a well known, well established, powerful , organised, well funded high profile organisation in the US. But you denied it even existed. !
“What doesn’t seem to have been discovered yet is how to make solar and wind energy cost effective ”
Oh, that’s been discovered all right. Basically you put a raft of taxes on to all other activity – ETS, Carbon, income tax, CGT, etc., and then you redirect that money to to companies named things like “Solyndra”, etc. A useful side affect is productive activity is reduced so you dont have to buy so many wind turbines from China. You still have to replace them in twenty years of course, but, if you are lucky, that is when the right is back in power, trying to pick up the pieces of the clustf**k.
On a completely different topic, I don’t understand why the media has such an obsession with with Shapelle Corby. Thousands of drug mules are caught and imprisoned in asian nations every year. What makes her so different? She was clearly guilty as sin, was it because she had pretty blue eyes and weeped on cue? Why should she be treated more leniently than others, because she is Australian? Because she got distressed by being in an Indonesian prison?
So get this for hypocrisy. The US’ freshly minted ‘top diplomat for Europe’ says in a phone conversation to the US Ambassador to Kiev: “F… the EU” over its response to Ukraine (which BTW is yet another George Soros special which everyone in the diplomatic and intelligence communities know, the only ones who don’t are the useful idiots amongst the public who hallucinate these things just spring organically out of the grassroots).
Of course, duh, the Russians are monitoring the conversation, as everyone with the capability is doing these days, and publishes the comment on YouTube. Bwahahahahahahaha.
Then she turns around and says: “Certainly we think this is a new low in Russian tradecraft.”
WTF did she think the Russians would do, given the US is trying to f.. it over in its own backyard? How would the US react to say, a ‘grassroots’ revolution in Mexico? This is exactly what anyone who knows how Russians think could have predicted they would do. If anyone’s displaying a new low in tradecraft, it’s Nuland, for being so profoundly stupid as to make the comment over what effectively is an open mic and then expressing surprise over the inevitable fallout.
See Lecher Len’s lover wants her old job back . . . I suppose she can be funded with the pathetic $40,000 Lech is paying towards his extended tour of debauchery. Come on Auckland, wake up, not only is he defrauding ratepayers, he is laughing in your faces, backed by media, Labour councillors, and non-ratepayers.
One day at a time kea old fruit.
Just provide the link and source for your allegation re US support for Radical elements in the Syria opposition.
You never produced any conclusive evidence that the US is beholden and in the pay of Te Aviv.That was the point I was making.
BTW.Do you agree with Pat Condell that Israel has a right to exist for the umpteenth tine.?
Yes or No.?
My reference to Stormfront etc was merely a query about your sources.
stephieboy (496 comments) says:
February 8th, 2014 at 8:48 am
Kea, Obama’s support for the radical elements in Syria’s opposition.?
Manolo , is been the bane of the American appointtees for ambassadorships to appoint political ones, both Democrats and Republicans.
I suspect that Flipper is, deep down, a closet Labour/Green’s member. He is an exponent of taking whatever money, accommodation, honours and opportunities might be offered (in this case by NZC), making promises of best efforts, best behaviour et cetera in return for such rewards and then taking the view that a contract is a one-way street and that one’s promises are best ignored.
What really convinces me of his affinity to the green philosophy is his total intolerance of any view other than his own and that those who may dare to disagree with him should be dismissed from the debate – usually in abusive fashion.
NZ scientists take on sugar
A group of New Zealand scientists is gearing up to emulate the success of anti-tobacco campaigners by getting rid of sugar-flavoured soft drinks by 2025.
For Dr Gerhard Sundborn, the fight against sugary soft drinks springs from their effects on his extended family, as well as being part of his job as a public health advocate and academic.
“My mother is from Tonga. I’m part Tongan.
“Our community and my family members have drunk a lot of soft drink. My mother has diabetes.”
Dr Sundborn has three children, aged 5, 3 and 2. Are sugar-sweetened drinks found in the Sundborn home? “Absolutely not. If we get fizzy drink it will be diet [containing artificial sweetener]. http://www.nzherald.co.nz/lifestyle/news/article.cfm?c_id=6&objectid=11198199
Sugar added drinks are bad, while diet is good?
Many online international articles in fact claim diet sweeteners can be 100 times sweeter than sugar and spike blood sugar levels the same way, stimulating insulin release the same way, and causing any other food calories in the system at the time to be stored in fat cells, more often than not around the waist.
All a little like global warming and “climate change”, it is agreed there is a problem, but not all the mechanisms and feed-back systems are totally understood.
So we have a fucking dopey Emissions Trading Scheme and seem generally confident that is enough.
Similarly we may tax the shit out of sugary drinks, and drink diet alternatives as Dr Sundborn’s children do, and then wonder what the fuck went wrong.
Where does Peter Gluckman, KNZM, FRS, FMedSci, FRSNZ, New Zealand scientist and first Chief Science Advisor to John Key stand on this?
PS: And will the TPP allow Coca Cola to sue for loss of market share due to local legislative changes?
Sorry kea but you need to understand that people like you need to get out of their stunted egocentric world view and understand the simple fact that many simply do not agree with you. It’s as simple as that . if you cant lump it then go and troll on forums like WND that you seemmto ove linking to.
Now what and who is World Daily News.?First it’s run by the extremely right wing Christian Fundementalist Joesph Farrah.Next it’s regarded as to the right of Fox news .Next it has a strong dislike and distaste for Obama.Note also and typically for WND .it’s failed to verify and cross check the allegation from the retired Major Gen.
Cunliffe on being tough with Australia
Thought he was on to a win win situation
If Key was successful in changing anything, Cunliffe could say I pushed him to it
If Key wasn’t successful, Cunliffe can say he failed, as I indicated he would.
Cunliffe’s Achilles heel – We haven’t forgotten it was bloody Helen Clark who fucked the arrangement up to start with and Cunliffe in the Labour Government not long after, had quite a bit of time to comment then.
Stick to waka rescuing photo opportunities, David, although as Paul Henry observed, Shane Jones is better at pulling things than you.
Gee Flipper. Have you tried Anasol. I am told it works wonders. I see it took all of 9 minutes to assess the reaction of all your mates. That didn’t take long. Tell me, were there two or three of them?
Did you ever look up the meaning of the word “bigotted” when we last crossed swords?
To go back to the issue, and I can imagine that you were so blinded by the spittle of your outburst as not to be able to appreciate what I was saying, Ryder and Bracewell are being paid by New Zealand Cricket. They have been given the opportunity of performing on the world stage and they are given the opportunity of earning substantial amounts of money. New Zealand Cricket is entitled to something in return. If all its players behave like at the New Zealand Cricket will be demoted to a second tier Cricket playing nation. So New Zealand Cricket extracts promises from its players. Those promises include abiding by the code of conduct.
It does not matter whether you regard that code of conduct as unreasonable or not. I doubt very much whether New Zealand Cricket consulted you. You do not get a say because you are not paying the money. The players promised to comply and, in the case of these two, they have repeatedly broken those promises. New Zealand Cricket is quite entitled to say “enough”. Keeping Stock is also quite entitled to say that he has had enough. No one is in the slightest bit interested in your bluster and fluster and if you want to get down to personal abuse then you very much take the risk of being stereotyped with those who make personal abuse, and lack of accountability a specialty.
understand the simple fact that many simply do not agree with you. It’s as simple as that . if you cant lump it then go and troll on forums like WND that you seemmto ove linking to.
Facts are not a popularity contest. As expected you singled out one source and ignored the others. I have previously sent you sources from main stream Jewish news sources, only to have you vanish… then return with the same crap. CNN is rabidly pro Obama, but again, no mention of that source. You seem to think the propaganda of those who say things that fit your prejudice are more credible. What a surprise.
And I can “lump it” just fine thanks It is not me who sits there like a petulant narcissistic child screaming trollllllllll when confronted with things I don’t want to believe.
I actually have sympathy for the US EU ambassador Victoria Nuland ,her apparent indescetion. notwithstanding
Now who just does the US support.?
The EU oriented Ukraine.?
Or the non orientated EU Russia.?
Typically for the US its a case of damned if you do and damned if don’t..
No doubt kea’s Christian Fundementalist Joesph Farrah and WND will swoop onto this.
U.S. President Barack Obama is preparing to arm the Syrian rebels and step up American efforts to bring down President Bashar Assad’s regime, senior administration officials told the Washington Post on Tuesday.
Sofia@9:46 – The old, convenient obsession with sugar in soft drinks, enabling “big business” to be attacked again and new, distortional taxes to be introduced. Of course sugary soft drinks are a problem, but by no means the only one – probably not even the major one.
If public health interests are serious about excessive sugar consumption (and they should be), they would be educating the world – including NZ – about the elevation of blood sugar levels though over-consumption of carbohydrate-based food like potatoes, rice, pasta, pizza and bread. This happens daily with people who never consume a soft drink.
With modern-day low-exercise lifestyles, the volume of that kind of food that we eat makes a huge contribution to obesity here and in other “advanced” countries. Yet most people in this country are totally ignorant on the subject, and our health authorities remain largely silent on it.
You are a dimwit.
You have no idea what positions I hold … or have held. Nor what influence, AWAY FROM KIWIBLOG (not that KB has much influence on sport at any level) that I may or may not exercise.
Lest you jump to a conclusion, I am simply saying that you are talking through your backside… as you do on most every matter….. like me to name a few on which you have been wrong????? You really are the type that believes their “position” in the beltway gives them power. Those Law Lords and the International Commission of Jurists, must be quaking when studying your batting average on such matters Nookin. Your average is no better on this.
When the number of players in cricket exceed 11, your view would be worth considering.
Whatever the contractual terms are, they are a matter for Ryder/Bracewell and NZC – not you or I….or the holier than thou brigade here.
Claiming a breech of the contract/code (there is /has been no suggestion of unruly or inappropriate behaviour of any kind) when NOT in the playing roster is far fetched.
But clearly not for beltway control freaks such as you.
Kea I have examind your links including the above and nowhere does it say or demonstrate the US is funding and sending arms to the particular radical Taliban and al Queada elements in the Syrian opposition.Ignorant as you are about the Syrian opposition and who they repsent . They in fact contain widely disparate, ideologically different and opposing elements with a string moderate element.It also helps explain why they are not as effective militarily as they could be with
this disunity in ideas and beliefs,
The facts are the US has limited the kind of aid it does provide.It has e.g refused to provide surface to surface air miissles least they fall into the hands of radical elements.
The US response has in fact been measured and conservative fulling far short of an imminent invasion and full occupation that the you have ranted and grunted on about.
Again the evidence and documented proof that the US ( and Israel for that matter) are deliberately targeting military aid to Radical Jihaddist elements like the Taliban and Ak Queada in Syria.?
How about you cut the crap and just say what you really think ?. It is the pretending that annoys me. If you want to go with what your cult says then fine. Just don’t pretend it is a reasoned position. You decide what you want to believe then work backwards looking for evidence.
@Nookin: When someone resorts to boorish comment, innuendo, insults etc, it’s a sure sign they’ve totally lost the debate.
Especially when they attempt to smother further discussion by telling other commenters to ‘Go Away’, ‘Bugger off’, ‘Get Lost’ or at times ‘F*** off’ – even reverting at times to sentences of bold font or even CAPS to try and make a point.
It’s as if their view is somehow the ‘only’ one and no-one else can voice an opinion.
We all know that you are a very important man and that you know a lot of very important people because you are always telling us how important you are and how many important people you mix with. I seem to remember you saying that you are/were on some National Party electorate committee. I hope you don’t boast about that. Your approach to reasoned discussion and consideration of issues of importance to the common man (non-entities — in your mind — like me) is chilling. Labour and the Greens are making a huge thing about the arrogance of the right. Please don’t give them any more fuel!
Perhaps you can define “beltway” for me. Do you mean the press gallery (which gleefully adopted the name) or do you give the term its US connotation? Either way, you are shooting blanks. I live in a quiet little SI town far away from politics, news media etc. I have no connection with the beltway.
Your puerile attempt to bring Bain into this typifies your faux-bravado. I will take you up on your challenge about the Law Lords and the International Commission of Jurists, though. (Have they been consulted by Ryder and Bracewell or is this just some attempt by you to name-drop as a means of bolstering your ego?) Please refer me to any comment that I have made that’s takes issue with anything that they have said on any specific issue. Don’t make it up, Flipper. Give me the link.
Cricket is not an eleven man game Flipper. While only eleven take the field there is always a wider squad just in case. Ryder is there because of the very real possibility that Taylor might have had to pull out with notice. Bracewell is there in case of injury. There has been any number of instances where players have been injured in warm-up sessions or who have become ill overnight. It is a common occurrence.
As for my “holier than thou” view on Ryder — I pointed out that NZC was within its rights to say enough based on the terms of its contract with the players concerned. I also said that KS was entitled to make his own observations. That is as far as I went. You, on the other hand, strongly disagree with the validity of their view and their rights — which I support — to express them. Who is “holier than thou”?
Interesting someone ranting that we have batsmen with a better test average than Ryder ready to take his place who are not playing in this game.
Ryder has a test average of over forty, I cannot think of one player who is not playing in the test who has an average close to that.
I have this sense of a Jeckyll/Hyde character lurking in a dark room getting his rocks off with downticks and a voodoo doll with pins. Someone has had their ego twisted out of joint. Probably ripping wings off flies at the same time.
He supports Obama’s policies in this.
Also, McCain met with a delegation of Syrian clergy in Washington, there to plead their case for the Christians being slaughtered. McCain didn’t want to hear it, threw a tantrum and stormed out of a meeting, He was so rude that senator Lindsey Graham had to apologize for him.
Hell-bent on arming opposition forces in Syria—despite strong evidence that they’re run by Islamic terrorists—John McCain displayed behavior unbecoming of a United States Senator during a recent meeting with Syrian Christian leaders touring Capitol Hill.
The delegation of Syrian clergy came to Washington to raise awareness among lawmakers of the growing crisis among the region’s minority Christian community. Christians make up about 10% of the Syrian population and they are being targeted and ruthlessly murdered by radical elements of the rebel forces, according to the visiting church officials. They say the media and human rights groups in the west have been largely silent on the ordeal of the Christians in Syria.
A number of churches have been destroyed or burned, children were killed when rebels fired mortar rockets at an Armenian Christian school in Damascus and countless others have been abducted by Islamic fighters, the Syrian delegation reveals in a statement published by the research group, Westminster Institute, that brought them to Washington. Eleven nuns have also been abducted and are still in captivity and two bishops are still missing after getting kidnapped during a humanitarian mission.
But Senator McCain, an Arizona Republican, evidently doesn’t want to hear negative stories about the rebels he’s working to arm. So he stormed out of a closed-door meeting with the Syrian clergy officials last week. Held in the Senate Arms Services Committee meeting room, the reunion also included senators Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island, Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut and Joe Manchin of West Virginia. Graham is a Republican and the rest are Democrats.
McCain marched into the committee room yelling, according to a high-level source that attended the meeting, and quickly stormed out. “He was incredibly rude,” the source told Judicial Watch “because he didn’t think the Syrian church leaders should even be allowed in the room.” Following the shameful tantrum McCain reentered the room and sat briefly but refused to make eye contact with the participants, instead ignoring them by looking down at what appeared to be random papers.
The outburst was so embarrassing that Senator Graham, also an advocate of U.S. military intervention in Syria, apologized for McCain’s disturbing outburst. “Graham actually apologized to the group for McCain’s behavior,” according to the source, who sat through the entire meeting. “It was truly unbelievable.”
Passengers on Air New Zealand flights to the Cook Islands and elsewhere will be urged to watch a video featuring cavorting swimsuit models.
The airline told the Weekend Herald the video it had produced with American magazine Sports Illustrated will convey all the important safety messages it is required to provide under aviation regulations.
Feminist commentator Deborah Russell says she is disappointed the national flag carrier should have bought into the magazine’s business of objectifying women.
KS, the behaviour of Ryder and Bracewell, won’t detract from this test. If the reports are true the only people they’ve let down are themselves, again. Giving it too much oxygen is pointless and gives them more credit than they deserve for letting their teammates down.
Meanwhile, the drama continues at Eden Park with a real test of the character of the Kiwi batsmen all on again.
Christ, Lynne Prentice never fails to deliver examples of the closed mind. I mean by all means root for your team, but surely it has limits.
“A glorious waste of money for the titillation of perverts”
“Len Brown was strong-armed into paying $40,000 for the audit which turned up nothing much except that his wife brought a lot of hotel nights. Questions remain about who was responsible for the waste caused by the lack of scoping of the external audit. Looks like dirty politics at the ratepayers expense.”
Along with rehabilitation programmes, a $27.8 million expansion of audio-visual links to 14 district courts and nine prisons had resulted in fewer prisoners having to leave their secure facility to make court appearances, removing any threat of escape from an escort.
An extra $81.3m was being invested in upgrading five prisons, further improving security, as well as providing better facilities for prisoner rehabilitation and training, she said.
The Labour editor of “Manawatu Standard” is at it again, this time regarding Kiwis in Aus. This evil product of the left should not be in a position of influence in a rat hole, least of all a newspaper. To top that off, he is again supporting shoplifting. The editor, his paper, and his Labour Party masters, are disgraces to society.
Lots more articles like that if you don’t have an ideological objection against JihadWatch for any reason. FrontPage is another one.
The sad fact is that the ruthless Assad dictatorship has a better record than the United States or its Sunni allies of protecting religious minorities in the Middle East. What Syrian Christian, Alawite or Druze in their right mind would trade the Assad’s time-tested protection for the smooth words of a John Kerry, especially when they can see Sunni supremacist Saudis, Qataris, Turks and a motley array of jihadis over his shoulder?
Only thing is, both these websites do not believe in the slightest, that Israel is behind what the US is doing.
Lucia Maria , a brief background to Robert Spencer author and sponsor of Jihad watch.He’s rather like Joesph Farrah of WND .Ultra conservative and virulently antI Islamic and decidedly pro Israel.No surprises but he is also anit Obama and will dig up shit no matter how false and hurl it the President’s way.,
Lucy, many Jewish observers are the first to admit that many of these military actions would not have occurred without the lobbying of AIPAC and others. It is interesting to note however that Jewish folk polled often do not support these actions. There is a difference between what “Jews” want and what the lobby groups want. Just the same as the disconnect between American people and her leaders. AIPAC is dominated by Zionists who do not represent Jews generally.
Right now they want Syria in as big a mess as possible as a prelude to a strike on Iran. The last thing they need is a strong cohesive Syria right next door, when Syria enjoys good relations with Iran.
There are few countries on earth that can justify having nukes as much as Iran. They have been the victims of previous US aggression and are subject to economic warfare now. The US acts in the interest of Israel who has been crying for war with Iran for a long time. Right now the US army is parked up next door killing Muslims. The US is the only country to have used nukes and did so against civilians. Israel also has them. Iran has attacked nobody for centuries. They don’t get on with the Saudis, who are American allies and the people behind 9/11 and the biggest financier of radical Islam. It is a confusing mess, until you wake up and realise the only winner is always Israel.
stephieboy , you once again attack the source (or the messenger) and not the argument. Your sources, on the very rare occasions you give one, are invariably propaganda written by the warmongers. You of course know all this, but do it anyway.
So why not cut the crap and simply tell us what YOU think ? Stop the pretense of being reasonable and let your religious inspired prejudice come out. At least then we can agree to disagree.
Thanks. Yeah, I know who Robert Spencer is, that’s why I have no hesitation in recommending his website. I’ve been reading it on and off for the last nine years. With his family background and his knowledge and his fearlessness in continuing on JihadWatch despite threats to his life, he’s worth paying attention to, even if you disagree with him.
The WND guy is a bit too Protestant for me and a bit too “end times” as well, so I stopped reading that site a number of years back, but I am familiar with him as well. They’re generally pretty good with their information and are fearless with putting forward unpopular opinions as well.
No surprises but he is also anit Obama and will dig up shit no matter how false and hurl it the President’s way.,
Have you not been paying attention to what Obama’s been doing? He seems to be getting just about everyone, except for his most fervent supports, really, really annoyed.
PS: When I applied for speaking rights to raise the failure of the Ernst and Young ‘Report’ to follow the process set out in s.8 ‘Compliance’ of the above-mentioned Auckland Council ‘Code of Conduct’, I was unlawfully denied, so I just took them……
‘Faint heart never won fair go!’ (as it were
Auckland Council Governing Body meeting 30 January 2014, Auckland Town Hall:
Have you not been paying attention to what Obama’s been doing? He seems to be getting just about everyone, except for his most fervent supports, really, really annoyed.
Lucy,No he only listens to what he wants to hear. Eg: Pat Condell and rationalwiki. Both atheist site who he quotes when they are is anti his un-chosen group, but will dismiss when they do not support his prejudice.
I want peace in the holy lands. I want the West out of it. That is my bottom line. Do we have any common ground on that or do you think more war is the way ?
Pathetic batting from NZ in 3rd innings although given the quality of batting seen so far, it would be unlikely that India can chase over 400, which they will need if they are to pull off a win. Had we enforced the follow on it could well have been India in this position and losing by over an innings, lets hope we can chip out some Indian batsman out before stumps.
Penny – You see – the difference between me and you is that I rely on FACTS and EVIDENCE to substantiate what I’m saying.
So you will have no trouble then doing as suggested: post a rates demand on one of your many websites and link it to here to prove that you are just not a “technical” fucking liar like John Banks.
It’s very simple, Penny, but I know you won’t do it.
Narcissistic Personality Disorder is characterized by a long-standing pattern of grandiosity (either in fantasy or actual behavior), an overwhelming need for admiration, and usually a complete lack of empathy toward others. People with this disorder often believe they are of primary importance in everybody’s life or to anyone they meet.
People with narcissistic personality disorder often display snobbish, disdainful, or patronizing attitudes. For example, an individual with this disorder may complain about a clumsy waiter’s “rudeness” or “stupidity” or conclude a medical evaluation with a condescending evaluation of the physician.
In order for a person to be diagnosed with narcissistic personality disorder (NPD) they must meet five or more of the following symptoms:
•Has a grandiose sense of self-importance (e.g., exaggerates achievements and talents, expects to be recognized as superior without commensurate achievements)
• Is preoccupied with fantasies of unlimited success, power, brilliance, beauty, or ideal love
• Believes that he or she is “special” and unique and can only be understood by, or should associate with, other special or high-status people (or institutions)
• Requires excessive admiration
• Has a very strong sense of entitlement, e.g., unreasonable expectations of especially favorable treatment or automatic compliance with his or her expectations
• Is exploitative of others, e.g., takes advantage of others to achieve his or her own ends
Lacks empathy, e.g., is unwilling to recognize or identify with the feelings and needs of others. But feigns empathy
• Regularly shows arrogant, haughty behaviors or attitudes
• Accord themselves titles like Guardian or Watchdog
• Claim precarious exploits, like not paying rates, in support of some fantasy position.
Of course if you refused to pay rates on some principle, but then found it was ignored, after about three years
a true Watchdog should trash her own case to reveal the ineptitude of the Auckland City Council Rates Department.
But suffering some cognitive dissonance you likely can’t see that if you were avoiding paying rates, for one motive, if greatly conflicts with your other supposed driving force, that of anti-corruption, fairness [being "one law for all"], and holding the council to proper financial operation.
Either way you are screwed, Penny. Offered, of course, in as caring manner as you purport
Penny, if your claims are to be believed, that you haven’t paid rates since 2008, how would you explain that ACC hasn’t prosecuted you?
Could it be that you are seen as a special case, a Mayoral candidate at different stages, so not to be made a martyr of; a person who disrupts ACC proceedings, so rates action could be called vindictive, or they just don’t want to provide you with the publicity vehicle court action could be.
And if you are getting some sort of special consideration does that not put you on the same level as fucking Pants Down Len Brown receiving Sky City largess, just as you [if the truth is being told] are being privileged, contrary to “one law for all”, and like Mrs Brown with her fortunate upgrades, you are accepting the situation of apparent rent freedom, as a windfall, instead of calling them on their apparent fucking uselessness to collect rates due.
If you were a valid Watchdog you should have thrown yourself under the bus – an ACC one.
Offered, again of course, in as caring manner as you purport
But then some know different. Right: individual rates information is a privacy issue, but if you carefully ask the right question you can still get an answer to what you want to know. That too, in a caring way
Because ‘leave’ has not yet been granted by the ‘conflicted’ Attorney-General Chris Finlayson for the private prosecution against Mayor Len Brown for alleged bribery and corruption, the following affidavit I prepared is not subjudice – because the matter is not (yet) before the Court.
Why do I support Mayor Len Brown being charged with alleged bribery and corruption?
I suggest you read the FACTS and EVIDENCE for yourself:
In my considered opinion, both Mayor Len Brown and Deputy Mayor Penny Hulse are working in the interests of the 1% – unelected corporates and property-developers – whose mechanism for corrupt corporate control of the Auckland region, is via the unelected Committee for Auckland.
How many Auckland Council (and CCO) contracts are going to member companies of the Committee for Auckland?
How can it possibly be ok for the former CEO of Auckland Council, Doug McKay and now the current CEO, Stephen Town to be members of the unelected, invitation-only, $10,000 membership fee per year, Committee for Auckland?
Don’t you get it?
The main purpose of the Ernst and Young Report, was, in my considered opinion, to help protect Mayor Len Brown from possible criminal prosecution.
How on earth apparently NOBODY noticed, or took any notice, of the DUE PROCESS for dealing with non-compliance with the Auckland Council ‘Code of Conduct’ (s.8 ‘Compliance’) is utterly beyond me.
“Yeah ? Well read my lips – you’re one batshit crazy SOB !!”
Well ‘Left Right and Centre’ if you weren’t yet another anonymous gutless Kiwiblogger, who doesn’t put their own name to their posts, and probably hasn’t done anything lately in the public interest that would cause your picture to be out there, I might be able to put a face to those ‘lips’?
Penny read comments 7:57, 7:48, 6:51, 6:32, 5:54, 5:48, 5:43, 5:16, 5:13, 5:01, 4:57, 4:50, 4:39, and 4:23
and wonder no more.
If you are telling the truth, your acceptance of a rates free situation for whatever the reason, is worse than Len Brown’s troughligacy and compromised position – general ratepayers know about Brown’s fuck-ups but yours seem hidden from them.
Post a rates demand as suggested, or piss off with your self ingratiation and magpie some other nest.
Sorry ‘nasska’ – I’m not quite sure who you think YOU are – but you aren’t actually my boss – and I have given you all the information that is required to prove that some of you are effectively telling porkies – so that’s it for now!
Penny Bright, a serially unsuccessful candidate in mayoral elections, stopped paying her rates in 2008 to protest a lack of council transparency. She said she would pay only when the council revealed details of the contracts it was awarding to private businesses as Aucklanders had a right to know where their money was being spent.
Councils have powers under which banks can increase debtors’ mortgage payments to pay their rates bills or they can apply to the courts to have arrears paid from deductions to ratepayers’ salaries.
Auckland Council uses these powers thousands of times a year, but Bright owns her own home without a mortgage, and is not salaried, and is therefore not susceptible to either tactic.
There are two other options for the council, but despite Bright’s non-payment, the council has not used either during the long standoff: it could seek a court order to have property seized and auctioned or it could seek a “writ of sale” allowing it to conduct a mortgagee sale. These are options available to any creditor owed money by an asset-rich debtor who is unwilling to pay up.
The council said it had obtained court orders to compel Bright to pay, and the rates debts had been secured by lodging charging orders against her property so she couldn’t sell it until the debts were paid.
But its restraint in moving to the last resort of seeking to sell Bright’s Epsom home appears to have been a result of a lack of clear policy.
Bright said she would welcome the council “making a martyr” of her and trying to sell her home, saying it would highlight the lack of council transparency.
Recalling the reason for her rates protest, Bright said: “I wasn’t going to pay my rates as long as they weren’t going to tell me where my money was going.”
Bright said a bureaucracy had been replaced by a “contractocracy”, and there had never been a jot of proof that contracting out council services had produced benefits to ratepayers.
“How come ever since they have been contracting out, rates have continued to go up,” she said. “There has never been a cost/benefit analysis of contracting out council services.”
She also dismisses the argument that contracts are commercially sensitive, saying a condition of doing business with the council, and profiting from ratepayer money, should be transparency.
Bright intends to stand again for the mayoralty in this year’s election, and there is no rule to prevent her despite her refusal to pay her rates. Bright has also been refusing to pay her water bills.
Auckland Council said the payment of rates was important to fund council services.
“Where there is no mortgage, councils across the country are entitled to invoke a sale of the property to recover unpaid rates,” the statement said. “Obviously, this is a serious step to take and not one any council would pursue lightly.”
The council appears to have been goaded by the refusal of one leftist political activist to pay rates for nearly five years. Auckland ratepayers beware. The super-city will soon have a new policy on when it will move to sell the homes of people who refuse to pay their rates.
A moment ago Penny was wondering “Where are all the so-called lawyers?
What is your ‘considered opinion’ on the ‘Rule of Law’ applying here?”
We wonder too.
What is the legal situation then when someone says they are not paying rates, but the council has obtained court orders to compel the person to pay, and the rates debts had been secured by lodging charging orders against her property so she couldn’t sell it until the debts were paid?
As indicated before, the situation is roughly “resolved” and not quite as the fucking liar would have you believe.
Nice one on the transparency, Penny.
Now that your DAY HAS BEEN MADE, enjoy your evening
Is it possible that since 2008 Penny Bright has paid any outstanding rates after receiving from ACC the information she was holding out for? I lack the willpower to read her scribblings, but she seems to be trying to avoid confirming that there are arrears remaining. I may have missed it, but I don’t recall a clear statement from her that there are rates outstanding that she refuses to pay.
All in the interests of transparency of course. And meant in the utmost caring and considerate way.
On behalf of ACC ratepayers, I hope any debt now secured against the subject property has a built-in inflation element. Otherwise over many years the debt will be basically inflated away at the expense of ratepayers, while the property increases in value – which will accrue to non other than our resident “person of the people”.
Nice work Ms Bright! Way to play the capitalist game – I just hope you don’t get kicked out of the 99% for joining the 1% with a well-though out scam.
Whilst I would agree that Mayor Len Brown’s personal behaviour was morally reprehensible, to which he has been held accountable, I would not agree however that he is corrupt and has engaged in bribery as alleged by Ms Bright.
Those allegations would require considerable investigation and review by several government agencies such as the Police, and would require irrefutable evidence and witness accounts to establish a prima facie case.