Open Forum – Saturday

22 July 2017

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35 Comments

  1. Conspiratoor

     /  July 22, 2017

    A good idea to break the intergenerational deadbeat cycle? Early release in exchange for the snip

    http://nypost.com/2017/07/21/prisoners-offered-a-reduced-sentence-if-they-get-a-vasectomy/

    • Gezza

       /  July 22, 2017

      Power’s back on in Oregon. 👍🏼

      • Conspiratoor

         /  July 22, 2017

        Slipped across the state line into potato capital of the world

        • Gezza

           /  July 22, 2017

          Essy enuf to do if you haven’t had a lot of practice drifting ya vehicle.
          How are you finding the sodbusters? Friendly folks? Expect they don’t see a lot of burnouts in tractor country?

          • Conspiratoor

             /  July 22, 2017

            A little odd but friendly enough once they learn youre just a ‘moron from noo zeelind. Irish heritage comes through strongly so there’s a touch of the eccentric about them

            • Conspiratoor

               /  July 22, 2017

              About to turn north for a long trek to Newtok. Need to see global warming up close

            • Gezza

               /  July 22, 2017

              What is your current mode of vehicular locomotion?

            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  July 22, 2017

              That sounds interesting, C. Sounds like the village was only built about 60 years ago and now they want $100m to move it.

            • Conspiratoor

               /  July 22, 2017

              Will post pic later G, it will make you weep. Catch-up on the balmy weather conditions back in god zone when I can

            • Gezza

               /  July 22, 2017

              In 2015, Newtok was one of the two towns featured in the Al Jazeera English Fault Lines documentary, When the Water Took the Land.[8][9] The community, who were originally nomadic, were given an ultimatum that they would have to settle in the permanent community or their children would be taken from them.[10] Wiki
              https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Newtok,_Alaska

            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  July 22, 2017

              Another abuse of power coming back to revictimise the victims, G? Maybe the nomads knew more about ttheir country than the bureaucrats.

  2. Missy

     /  July 22, 2017

    Pete, hope you are holding up, I see some areas of Dunedin have been evacuated due to bad weather & flooding.

    • Ok where I am, I live on a slope on the side of the harbour at 100m so only minor surface flooding, but lost the power so was out of action for a few hours.

      Slips all over the place though by the sound of things.

      At least South Dunedin seems ok this time. They have fixed the drainage system and were well prepared this time.

  3. Kevin

     /  July 22, 2017

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11893744

    “Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne said he was “desperately concerned” that illegal, synthetic drugs were leading to deaths.

    He said he warned of the consequences of having an unregulated market when synthetic drugs were banned in 2014 until they could pass a rigorous testing regime.

    “I warned at the time … that this would create a black market that would be far more dangerous than a regulated market. And sadly, that’s what it’s proved to be.”

    You’re absolutely correct Mr Dunne. And under a working Psychoactive Substances Act those people who have died would have been able to purchase non-lethal synthetic drugs. So why did you make it so that animal testing was banned under the Act making it impossible for any form of synthetic drugs to be approved? And if it wasn’t your idea why did you allow it?

    In any case time to step up and demand that the clauses be removed from the Act before any more people needlessly die.

  4. $10 mill LOTTO winner Lou Te Keeti. Loved the family’s attitude.

    Happy good news story.

    “”I saw this email on Sunday from MyLotto but all it said was ‘You have won a prize,’ but I thought it would be about $1000 and thought well that’s great, but the next day I just went to the tangi and carried on as normal. It wasn’t until I spoke to them on the phone I learned the full amount, but it did not hit home until I saw it in the account.”

    Two of his children live overseas in Australia so he broke the news to them over the phone.

    “I don’t think they really took it in so I sent them a photo of the winning ticket.”

    His wife Val was also still coming to terms with it.

    “We have lived in the same house here for 30 years just 250 metres from the marae and we brought all our children up here. We lived a good but very modest life. So in the days after the win, I thought I would surprise Val by giving her a dream house and got all these plans to get architects and designers and what not. But instead of being happy we actually had a big barney about it and she stormed out telling me ‘I could get stuffed with my fancy plans’.”

    That taught me a valuable lesson. That was the moment I came back down to earth. I had been getting carried away with things. Val came back and touched the timber walls of our house and she said to me ‘Lou, a big fancy house, that is not us, this is us’. And she tapped the wall and reminded me that the house we lived was made from timber from the pines in the kiwifruit orchard we used to have in the early years of our marriage.”

    Te Keeti said he was not drawn to big purchases of material things,

    “I need a new car and, yes, I will probably get myself one, but not until I’ve mended the cement on the pathway in the marae and tarsealed the pathways in the cemetery.”

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11893726

    • Corky

       /  July 22, 2017

      I feel sorry for this chap. He has little idea what is lays ahead for him. Bludgers, family disputes and new friends….and long lost relatives who just ”happen to be in town.”

      He could have avoided many of these problems if he had just kept his mouth shut.

      Yes, it’s a great news story. The question is- for how long?

      • Gezza

         /  July 22, 2017

        My money’s on Val telling them to get stuffed with their fancy plans, Corks.

  5. lurcher1948

     /  July 22, 2017

    They cannot stop dairy robberies they stalk private citizens slurring them and keeping their jobs, they fine you for doing 3km over the speed limit so who else can the POLICE harras i know the RSA… the police losing the public respect at the speed of light…
    https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/94962721/excop-fights-police-over-harsh-alcohol-sting-that-could-have-closed-rsa-permanently

    • Drink driving is a crime is it not?

    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  July 22, 2017

      Agreed, Lurch. The Wellington police are already notorious for their gross abuse of their function re liquor licenses.

      • Gezza

         /  July 22, 2017


        Details please Al.

        • Alan Wilkinson

           /  July 22, 2017

          Farrar at Kiwiblog has been onto it for some time, G. Check it out over there.

          • Gezza

             /  July 22, 2017

            Why do I always have to be the one who checks out the maori words n shit!

            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  July 23, 2017

              Probably because you’re the one with the stamp collection. Puts other people off doing it for you.

            • Gezza

               /  July 23, 2017

              Pussies.

  6. HIDE offers up a few reasons Mme Larper aka Turei should “pay it back”

    “1. My girls at three would blame Dolly when they played up, as in, “Dolly made me do it.” At four and six they take some responsibility. In blaming welfare for both her predicament and her lying, Ms Turei shows an infantile sense of personal responsibility.

    2. Ms Turei presented her admission as a badge of honour in that she, too, has had to struggle. There was no hint of shame or of embarrassment, just a poor me.

    3. She’s oblivious of where her money came from. She has no thought of taxpayers struggling to earn a living to support their families and having to support hers as well.

    4. Ms Turei sees no need to apologise. Indeed, in Turei logic, it’s taxpayers who should apologise to her for not providing the money she needed. They left her “stressed and terrified,” the poor dear.

    5. At the time Ms Turei was a single mother choosing to study law. She found time while studying to stand first for the McGillicuddy Serious Party in 1993 (she got 121 votes against Jonathan Hunt in New Lynn) and then the Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party in 1996 (she was fourth on the list, ahead of Nandor Tanczos). She graduated in 1999. She fails to see any cause-and-effect between her choices and her predicament.

    6. Ms Turei demonstrates a gargantuan sense of entitlement. She is not only entitled to have her adult choices funded by others but if the funding proves insufficient she is entitled to lie and cheat to get more.

    7. As Ms Turei sees it, it’s not up to her to make restitution. That’s WINZ’s job. “If WINZ does an investigation, of course, I will pay the money back.”

    8. Ms Turei has waited over 20 years to make her admission, apparently for political advantage in election year. She has even attempted to benefit from admitting her fraud.

    9. “Todd Barclay’s actions damage the relationship between the public and the politicians elected to represent them. The Green Party want to be part of a government you can trust” – Metiria Turei.

    10. Fellow co-leader James Shaw has promised that with enough Green votes Ms Turei will be Deputy Prime Minister. She would have to either order a general amnesty for all benefit cheats or prove a gigantic hypocrite”

    Source nbr

  7. lurcher1948

     /  July 22, 2017

    Come on Todd Barclay you are as bad as the green co-leader getting $3000 a week to do stuff all,both MPs are taking the piss out of us.

  8. lurcher1948

     /  July 22, 2017
  9. lurcher1948

     /  July 22, 2017

    Donald Trump you could learn from Napoleon failures,don’t prod the Russian bear in winter and No golden Russian showers,just saying https://www.juancole.com/2017/07/lessons-napoleon-russia.html

  10. patupaiarehe

     /  July 22, 2017

    Was a little bored after work yesterday, & wasn’t really in the mood for the pub. Then I remembered something that Corky posted last week…
    The kids & I tested it today, & it works great. Not only for boiling water, but also for motivating them to pick up all the branches that are spread about the section, after the recent storm 😉


    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  July 22, 2017

      Nice, patu. But the sticks in the top pick are in the wrong end?

      • patupaiarehe

         /  July 22, 2017

        Shhh Alan! Gets it going quicker 😉 The amount of heat it puts out is quite surprising.

    • Gezza

       /  July 22, 2017

      Fkn awesome mate!