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63 Comments

  1. David

     /  May 2, 2018

    The jihad against house builders from the Auckland council shows no sign of slowing down with a 30% increase in development contributions, when you add in all the other council costs you are nudging 75K on an average first home build in fees.
    Fact is Akl council want to spend money on their priorities and not on providing infrastructure for new houses.

  2. lurcher1948

     /  May 2, 2018

    SIGH,Duncan Garner [deleted] mike hosking

    • lurcher1948

       /  May 2, 2018

      larger version probably a better term

    • Gezza

       /  May 2, 2018

      If only he really could delete Mike Hosking. 😕

    • duperez

       /  May 2, 2018

      Delete, complete, replete, effete? Whatever, Mike’s on the money according to the headline I saw: Hosking: Six months in this Government is out of its depth.

      I mean have they shown any indication at all of being able to handle the serious stuff – got rid of cycle lanes, got rid of cyclists, got rid of public transport, got his rating figures anywhere near Radio New Zealand’s?

      • lurcher1948

         /  May 2, 2018

        Does Hosking have a rental,negative gearings coming ha ha

        • Gezza

           /  May 2, 2018

          No – Hosking has a mental.

          • lurcher1948

             /  May 2, 2018

            He appears to have been given a column in the herald,Hes just an OVERPAID talkback host and his views are about as important as mine,and let’s not mention his wife.

  3. sorethumb

     /  May 2, 2018

    The Education Ministry has told the government it could achieve a “step change” in Māori children’s achievement by tackling their teacher’s unconscious bias against Māori children.

    https://www.radionz.co.nz/news/te-manu-korihi/356413/ministry-urges-bold-step-for-maori-education
    For years, this popular test measured anyone’s racial bias. But it might not work after all.
    https://www.vox.com/identities/2017/3/7/14637626/implicit-association-test-racism

    Anton Black once said it was “unhelpful” to associate poverty among Maori and Pacifica with larger families. He wears blinkers.

    • Kitty Catkin

       /  May 2, 2018

      It’s insulting and stupid to assume that Pakehas (of course) are automatically biassed….what about those who marry Maori partners like my neighbour ? Or another, former neighbour ? Or who knows how many others ?

      These people don’t seem to realise that there are Maori teachers . Are they unconsciously biassed ? What a damned silly expression. How can anyone disprove bias that they supposedly have without knowing it ?

      It’s a version of ‘Answer yes or no; do you still beat your wife ?’

  4. sorethumb

     /  May 2, 2018

    Right wing (once mainstream) politics in NZ is hampered by
    1. Climate deniers
    2. Real estate interests [The National Party].

  5. lurcher1948

     /  May 2, 2018

    The minster of finance on the AM SHOW muttered the words”negative gearing”and Marks first words were I WILL PUT THE RENT UP in a hissy fit, hell I feel sorry for his tenant.The slum landlords out there will be having shivers.

    • Gezza

       /  May 2, 2018

      Still a southerly Lurch. So when you’ve finished training with RED this morning, the livecam’s back up & you can watch the planes come in here if you like:

      http://hq.geeksonwheels.co.nz:193/axis-cgi/mjpg/video.cgi?resolution=704×480&dummy=1492397269909

      • lurcher1948

         /  May 2, 2018

        Got a bad case of the gout so hobbling NOT RUNNING but all going well i will be competing over the hill in Clarevale Saturday and Jesse’s first obedience training on Sunday at CABDTC

        • Gezza

           /  May 2, 2018

          Onya, Lurch. Best of luck for Sunday! 🙂

    • Traveller

       /  May 2, 2018

      All the Colaition’s policies around housing will put rents up, but that’s okay as we’re sockin* it to landlords as well. The reality for tenants doesn’t warrant a second look.

  6. Traveller

     /  May 2, 2018

    Nice for those of you interested in assisting our NZ Bird life to help with this upcoming survey

    https://www.landcareresearch.co.nz/science/plants-animals-fungi/animals/birds/garden-bird-surveys/taking-part

    • sorethumb

       /  May 2, 2018

      The problem is that trees cause shading and get into pipes.

      • Gezza

         /  May 2, 2018

        That is true. The roots also uplift footpath and driveway slabs. They can occasionally cause problems that are expensive to fix. But suburbs without trees and gardens look bleak and desolate to me & I wouldn’t want to live in them.

        • sorethumb

           /  May 2, 2018

          I have flat next door. Some Solanum laciniatum grew and covered their garage (hid everything). They are the fastest growing plant you’ve ever seen.
          On the front I had roots blocking pipes and had an expensive drainlaying job coming up. Now no trees there but not so many birds either.

          Actually suburbs with dense housing and large trees look bleak in a Christchurch winter (I think). A house needs sun in a cool climate.
          Have a look at Guildford Street
          https://www.google.com/maps/@-43.5044022,172.5778549,176m/data=!3m1!1e3

          • Gezza

             /  May 2, 2018

            I think you need to get a stream.

            • Gezza

               /  May 2, 2018

              Get one of these. One that won’t flood you out. This is my one. Best thing.

          • sorethumb

             /  May 2, 2018

            https://www.google.com/maps/@-43.4976106,172.5684033,3a,75y,140.8h,68t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sj6OlVyPoag0Lpwa__tLS5w!2e0!7i13312!8i6656
            Teesdale Street
            I bike down it on my way to work. Just junk houses, inappropriately sighted on too small sections. The country is full of this sort of dwelling.

            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  May 2, 2018

              Brought up our kids in Charlcott St a few blocks away. My wife’s parents lived in Heath St. Nothing wrong with the houses or neighbourhood. Good schools and sensible folk. Plenty of amenities. What’s your problem?

            • sorethumb

               /  May 2, 2018

              They are old now (for one thing) and they are ugly.

            • sorethumb

               /  May 2, 2018

              They are the edge of the quarter acre dream teetering on the edge (above an abyss). Their horizontal design skites of freedom; contradicted by small sections (like a fat woman in a mini skirt)?

            • Gezza

               /  May 2, 2018

              Definitely recommend that you see a professional.

            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  May 2, 2018

              Nah, big enough to host a mini cricket pitch and break heaps of windows – proper NZ childhood. Or a garden like my father in law loved to grow his fruit and veges. With a sleepout where his teenage daughter could hang out. Far enough from the neighbours to have a quiet row in private. No leaks and a garage to keep the family car with space for the family pet.

              You don’t know when you are well off. Try a tenement apartment anywhere else.

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  May 2, 2018

              Why would you want to break a lot of windows as part of a proper NZ childhood ? It’s an expensive hobby.

              The problem with that survey is, that unless it’s changed, it’s a fussy one to do. One would have to keep walking round and round, and how do I know if something’s been in when I was on the other side of the house ?

  7. sorethumb

     /  May 2, 2018
  8. Corky

     /  May 2, 2018

    Muriel Newman has just done an excellent interview with Leighton. She explained succinctly things that have forced me to turn my back on Maoridom. Things that are implemented via the concepts of inclusion and supposed rights over merit.

    https://www.nzcpr.com/the-pitfalls-of-change/

    • Kitty Catkin

       /  May 2, 2018

      I thought that you were half Maori yourself.

      • Gezza

         /  May 2, 2018

        That is the claim, but it has never been reliably verified.

  9. lurcher1948

     /  May 2, 2018

    Bit too late now, weeks of nasty libellous comments,AND NO MODERATION
    https://www.kiwiblog.co.nz/2018/05/reminder_on_defamation.html

  10. lurcher1948

     /  May 2, 2018

    If you want to get a glowing health report,basically Trump wrote his own report,and all the righties said (look how healthy he is)
    https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/dr-harold-bornstein-trump-wrote-health-letter_us_5ae8f5f7e4b06748dc8d591f

  11. Gezza

     /  May 2, 2018

    Question Time: The Trevor Show
    3 minutes

    • Gezza

       /  May 2, 2018

      Jacinda says they are sticking with the budget responsibilidy rules.

      • Gezza

         /  May 2, 2018

        and suppording New Zealanders on low incomes …

        • Kitty Catkin

           /  May 2, 2018

          and there are fairies at the bottom of MY garden…

        • Blazer

           /  May 2, 2018

          try cracklin Soimon for a …speech takeoff.

          • Gezza

             /  May 2, 2018

            Tell me about it! Question Toime between the two of them is like listening to the Clampetts/

            • Gezza

               /  May 2, 2018

              There’s sumpthink been clearly lacking in the edjication sistim for some toime when it comes to teaching Inglish

  12. lurcher1948

     /  May 2, 2018

    question time from Mr Speaker we have a minute to fill, up pops Winston and says Simon can tell us all he knows,it was a good laugh

    • Kitty Catkin

       /  May 2, 2018

      That’s about his level, fourth form wit (if that)

      • Gezza

         /  May 2, 2018

        Well Big Gerry then got up and said about a minute would be how long it would take the Foreign Minister to tell us all he’s forgotten. But it didn’t really have quite the same humour value because it’s a bit meaningless, but it filled in some more time so what the hell.

        • Kitty Catkin

           /  May 3, 2018

          Quite funny, though, when you think about it.

  13. lurcher1948

     /  May 2, 2018

    Here is a rather stupid RICH black TRUMP lover who said slavery was a lifestyle choice???,is ORANGE the new STUPID black,if you are a black republican it is

    • Kitty Catkin

       /  May 2, 2018

      It’s true that some went back to their former owners, especially old ones, but if that’s what he means it’s stretching it a bit. Think how many risked their lives escaping.

    • MaureenW

       /  May 2, 2018

      You missed the context Lurch. The story is about Kanye going against the Hollywood/music world glitterati (who all hate Trump) and letting blacks know that Democrats haven’t been kind to them, and to think for themselves instead of adhering to the group-think.

      • Gezza

         /  May 2, 2018

        Kanye said he would be standing for President in 2020, although I think now he’s saying 2024.

        • Gezza

           /  May 2, 2018

          His Mrs would be a hoot as First Lady. All cl ass.

        • MaureenW

           /  May 2, 2018

          I didn’t say he’s not a bit crazy – after all if Trump can do it, who knows?

          • Gezza

             /  May 2, 2018

            Well exactly. And that, as I recall, is why he said he was a contender – “Trump’s an entertainer, and so therefore if he can be Prez, so can he, Kanye”.

            I don’t know if he refers to himself in the third person like Donald J Trump, but he’s got time to learn to do that if not, and he’s obviously already sucking up and studying at the feet of the Master.

            • Gezza

               /  May 2, 2018

              So they’d have in the presidential line-up
              A B grade Actor
              A Bullshit Artist of the First Order
              A Rap Star

              Wouldn’t be surprised if Stormy Daniels followed him.

          • Gezza

             /  May 2, 2018

            When you look at the choices of both parties Maureen the place has obviously gone to the dogs and the rot has well and truly set in. Might as well just make it official and let Vlad run the country from Moscow. 😉

  14. sorethumb

     /  May 2, 2018

    The Legacy of the Soixante-Huitards
    The failure of the revolutionary moment ultimately validated the slower but surer strategy of the ‘long march through the institutions’ recommended by German activist Rudi Dutschke, who in turn drew on the theories of Italian communist, Antonio Gramsci. In his 1972 pamphlet Counterrevolution and Revolt, Herbert Marcuse, by then a patriarch and prophet of the neo-Marxist Frankfurt School, wrote approvingly:

    Rudi Dutschke has proposed the strategy of the long march through the institutions: working against the established institutions while working within them, but not simply by ‘boring from within,’ rather by ‘doing the job,’ learning how to program and read computers, how to teach at all levels of education, how to use the mass media, how to organize production.

    The original spark owed little to Marxist dogma. The students marching in the streets were of the Baby Boom generation, born after the war, who had known nothing but economic growth and the benefits of the burgeoning consumer society. In France, as in many Western countries, this generation was looking for a loosening of the restrictive social mores their parents had been happy to embrace after the trauma of World War II.
    Thus, the original protest led by prominent soixante-huitard Daniel Cohn-Bendit had been for an end to the prohibition on male students entering the dormitories of the women at the University of Paris in Nanterres. A Marxist and a Christian, Cohn-Bendit believed that sexual oppression was a symbol of political and spiritual oppression. In a stunning reversal, we now have student activists across the West demanding universities regulate and police relations between men and women, a switch noted with disbelief by Camille Paglia and other veterans of ‘60s activism. Cohn-Bendit, meanwhile, is safely ensconced in the EU Parliament, leading a group seeking to convert Europe into a single federated state.
    http://quillette.com/2018/05/02/legacy-soixante-huitards/

  15. lurcher1948

     /  May 2, 2018

    So Trumps keeping tariffs on our steel and aluminium, PM Jacinda Adern BRING OUR TROOPS HOME from the muslim world(why are we there) and put the MONEY INTO HEALTH CARE, Trumps new best friend is Brazil,let them die for the USA empire,Trump and the USA dont know who dies for their DAMN COUNTRY…BRING THE TROOPS HOME

  16. lurcher1948

     /  May 2, 2018

    Heres a thought, a Chinese naval base in Auckland and their airforce at Ohakea,i think Singapore flys a few jets out of there.That’s Labors budget solved and a poke in trumps eyes, USA remember your friends or the new boy on the block takes over