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21 April 2018


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  1. sorethumb

     /  April 21, 2018


  2. robertguyton

     /  April 21, 2018

    “Who is Simon Bridges? It’s a question many New Zealanders genuinely don’t know the answer to.

    While Bridges has spent the past week talking to a couple of hundred people in Hawke’s Bay, and business leaders in Auckland, his counterpart has been having high-powered trade and security talks with French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and British Prime Minister Theresa May.

    There’s nothing quite like photos of Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern outside No 10 and on the steps of Elysee Palace to remind Bridges of his place in the world.”


  3. robertguyton

     /  April 21, 2018

    “Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has been selected to deliver a toast to the Commonwealth at a state banquet of world leaders at Buckingham Palace.”
    Have you seen the picture? Elegant to the max!

  4. robertguyton

     /  April 21, 2018


    Jacinda Ardern: Yes, Ardern was technically down in the One News/Colmar Brunton poll, dropping four points to 37 per cent in the preferred PM stakes. But that’s a long way ahead of Bridges at ten per cent, and the increase in support to her support parties should help with coalition stability.

    READ MORE: Ardern named in Time Top 100

    But away from all that – Ardern has had a great week in Europe, with both friendly photo ops and a serious win on the international stage. Is Ardern herself solely responsible for the fact France will support our bid for an FTA with the EU? Of course not. But it sure looks good.”

  5. Zedd

     /  April 21, 2018

    I see that the ‘High Tide cafe’ (in assoc. with Whakamana cannabis museum) has opened in the central city (Dn) 🙂

    might see you there PG; coffee for $4.20 🙂

    • I don’t do coffee, but I intend visiting there sometime soon.

      I attended the original opening of the cannabis museum in Caaversham.

  6. Griff

     /  April 21, 2018

    I hate rant
    Standards NZ.
    Trades because I just had the sparky in to check the house wiring and run the cable out to the solar systems shed.
    I explained to him what the solar system is and told him that the inverter is 2500 watts last week.
    That’s about 10 amp ac .
    While I was not here he run two 4mm feeds out .
    That’s cable enough for 64 amps As it costs me by the meter about two hundreds bucks worth of wasted capacity. He also helped himself to all the redundant wiring he striped out
    That’s theft it does not and never did belong to him.

    I just moved The solar setup from its temporary location to its permanent racking.
    Apparently I can do the dc side myself .
    Except it must comply to NZ standards.
    Well thats fine I am quite happy to do so.
    The only way to get the standards you must comply to is pay 200 bucks for it .
    As it will be a one off job thats a ripoff and waste of money.
    You need to comply to the standards to even install a simple solar electric fence as thats a considered a voltage converter so falls under its scope..
    Two hundreds bucks worth of hardware and the sods at NZ standards want you to pay 200 bucks for the few pages worth of detail needed to legally install it.

    Rip off merchants……

    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  April 21, 2018

      Yep, NZ Standards are the original rip-off merchants. Always have been. Should be abolished. You can do electrical work and have an electrician approve it, can’t you? I did a whole house like that except for the switch board.

  7. lurcher1948

     /  April 21, 2018

    There’s some sports host destroying his career on NZME newstalkZB at this moment, over Israel F, He’s rubbishing the Christian faith and quoting the old testament, he hopes Israel F dies and rots in hell, his name is or was Mark and his career is stuffed,I think of the 1000s of BSA complaints being sent this minute,