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31 October 2018

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  1. Lime scooters have been getting quite a lot of mentions lately, they seem to be contentious in Auckland. Gumboots have not been so prominent.

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    • David

       /  October 31, 2018

      Had lunch in the sun in Christchurch on Saturday and watched loads of people having fun getting around on their scooters, I was cynical but it seems to work quite well and adds a certain something to city life.

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    • NOEL

       /  October 31, 2018

      What is it 38 ACC claims in two weeks? That has the potential to be a lot over the year?
      Probably higher risk than confronting a bull.

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      • Kitty Catkin

         /  October 31, 2018

        Make it 20 a week for ease of calculation and it adds up to 1040 a year. I can only see it getting higher if people are stupid about the way they ride them, which a lot of them seem to be. That speed is too high for city pavements.

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    • Ray

       /  October 31, 2018

      Mathew Hooton has put a cheeky OIA in asking for the total cost of the party announcing the winners of the Kiwibuild houses.
      It will be interesting as he asked for the cost of getting all the Ministers and hangers on be added as well.

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  3. David

     /  October 31, 2018

    Things the media report on and the way they report them changes with whomever is in power, Labour are in so economic armageddon is widely covered and the PC pandering nonsense is terrible etc when things are little different.
    There is so little coverage of the signing of the TPP which is little changed from the previous version except the US is absent, no Jane Kelsey, no bumper stickers and soap dodging hippies in their Nike shoes taking Instagram pics on their Iphones whilst bemoaning the evils of free trade from a country that would be broke without it.
    https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/108238830/cptpp-trade-deal-over-the-line-after-final-nations-ratify-pact

    Homelessness and poverty have been fixed too with something as simple as a change in the Prime Minister.

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  4. Blazer

     /  October 31, 2018

    David
    ‘with this crowd in government the pickings are incredibly rich.’


    ‘when things are little different.’

    Homelessness and poverty have been fixed too with something as simple as a change in the Prime Minister.’…..being addressed with AFFIRMATIVE ACTION INSTEAD OF ..NEGLECT..THAT’S THE DIFF.

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  5. High Flying Duck

     /  October 31, 2018

    Breaking News:

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    • High Flying Duck

       /  October 31, 2018

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      • Kitty Catkin

         /  October 31, 2018

        I wonder how many million times that pun’s been made before.

        He also should learn the difference between which and who.

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  6. High Flying Duck

     /  October 31, 2018

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  7. High Flying Duck

     /  October 31, 2018

    “Doubt has been cast on the information relied on by Immigration Minister Iain Lees-Galloway to grant residency to drug-smuggler and gang associate Karel Sroubek.

    Lees-Galloway is now urgently seeking advice on reports that Sroubek might have been back to the Czech Republic since he came to New Zealand in 2003.

    “I am now taking advice on my options and need to consider the veracity of the new information that has been made available to me,” Lees-Galloway told the House today.

    National Party leader Simon Bridges said if the reports are true, it could undercut Lees-Galloway’s reasons for granting Sroubek a resident visa.

    “If you say this is some form of humanitarian basis because he can’t go back because maybe he’s scared, well, he did just that. He went back. He wasn’t scared.”

    He said Sroubek had effectively hoodwinked the Government.

    “They were duped. They were naive.”

    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, who has backed Lees-Galloway, said that the residency decision was made on the information available at the time.

    “If there is information that contradicts that, I imagine the minister would want to seek further advice on that,” Ardern said during Question Time.

    Lees-Galloway has been under pressure since it emerged that he offered conditional residency to Sroubek, even though Sroubek was found guilty of using a fake passport and is currently serving a prison term for smuggling MDMA.

    The National Party says it would have deported Sroubek if it were in power, and has called on Lees-Galloway to resign if he cannot justify his decision.”

    https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12152131

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    • Blazer

       /  October 31, 2018

      no one wants him here from either side of the house.
      National calling for the ministers resignation reeks of…desperation.

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      • High Flying Duck

         /  October 31, 2018

        I think it’s a bit OTT as well calling for resignation.
        That said, everyone thought the guy was lying – the appeals court said he was completely unreliable & the parole board said nothing he said could be trusted.
        And yet ILG believed him anyway?

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        • Kitty Catkin

           /  October 31, 2018

          I think that he should resign; this is a major stuff-up. The man is a convicted criminal, serious crimes that would mean that anyone else who asked for residence would be greeted with ‘Thanks for the hearty laugh, mate. Next !’

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  8. Blazer

     /  October 31, 2018

    don’t know whether to laugh or….cry..

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