Open Forum – Sunday

17 February 2019

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  1. Blazer

     /  17th February 2019

    an interesting article from a banking insider…too many bouquets and not enough brickbats imo.

    https://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=12204245

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    • Pink David

       /  17th February 2019

      Any different to Tinder?

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      • Kitty Catkin

         /  17th February 2019

        Not really.

        The headline assumes that women are too dim to know what they’re doing in this sort of case.

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      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  17th February 2019

        Exactly. No different than the risks in taking on any relationship as far as I can see. If it works both win, if it doesn’t cut your losses and try something else. Just an opportunity for man-haters like Mau to vent and journalists to clickbait.

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    • Corky

       /  17th February 2019

      Like I say..kinky stuff happens around Labour, Blazer.

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  2. High Flying Duck

     /  17th February 2019

    Martyn can be funny at times:

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  3. Blazer

     /  17th February 2019

    Corky’s worst…nightmare…

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  4. Corky

     /  17th February 2019

    Aussie battlers show National the way forward when dealing with the ”Kinky Left”

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  5. Corky

     /  17th February 2019

    Given the supposed Maoris on this blog-and supporters- it’s surprising no one apart from me has congratulated Mike King on becoming New Zealander of the year.?

    Why aren’t I surprised.

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    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  17th February 2019

      I gave you an uptick for it, Corks.

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      • Kitty Catkin

         /  17th February 2019

        Who are these ‘supposed Maoris’ ?

        I don’t suppose that Mike King reads this, so there seems little point in congratulations that he will never see.

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        • Corky

           /  17th February 2019

          ”I don’t suppose that Mike King reads this, so there seems little point in congratulations that he will never see”

          What a chicken little you are. But you are right, from your European perspective. So you wouldn’t understand.

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          • Kitty Catkin

             /  17th February 2019

            Another meaningless response, What on earth is a European perspective ? ‘European’ isn’t a race or nationality and people from Europe don’t have a single perspective on anything, as you ought to know even if you’ve never been there. Even people from the same country don’t.

            There’s no point in posting a message to a person who’ll never read it in that place. There’d be some point in sending it TO that person. It’s like open letters.

            Chicken Little is a character in a children’s book who thinks that the sky is falling. I take it that you didn’t know this and were parroting something that you’d heard somewhere and not understood. It makes no sense in this context, of course.

            Yesterday you were rambling about God and vaccination in a reply to something that had nothing to do with either.

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            • Corky

               /  17th February 2019

              Maybe Pickled Possum could point out your ignorance. I can’t be bothered.

              ”Yesterday you were rambling about God and vaccination in a reply to something that had nothing to do with either”

              I apologise for that. Those comments required extrapolation, general knowledge and ironically, a ‘literal displacement.’

              ”Herd immunity.”

              Unfortunately, not your forte.

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  18th February 2019

              No, they didn’t. They had nothing to do with the sunject and were meaningless rambling. They were irrelevant and babbling about my belief in God, which is none of your business. and then babbled about vaccination.

              General knowledge had nothing to to do with it.

              Your comment about extrapolationm general knowledge and literal displacement are more nonsense.

              I suspect that my general knowledge is far greater than yours. It served me well on Mastermind, for example.

              Please stop trolling. it is very tiresome.

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  18th February 2019

              rambling. They were irrelevant and babbling about my belief in God, which is none of your business. and then babbled about vaccination.

              General knowledge had nothing to to do with it.

              Your comment about extrapolationm general knowledge and literal displacement are more nonsense.

              I suspect that my general knowledge is far greater than yours. It served me well on Mastermind, for example.

              Please stop trolling. it is very tiresome.

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  18th February 2019

              Did you realise that European is not a nationality ?

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  18th February 2019

              And that being European can mean being Swiss, Norwegian, French, Belgian, German, Dutch…there can never be a European perspective on anything, even if the word’s used to mean Pakeha. Even Pakehas don’t all think alike on everything.

      • Corky

         /  17th February 2019

        Thanks, Alan. I seem to receive my lumps for supposed anti-Maori sentiments ( just plain truth from my perspective). Yet when my ‘lump givers’ have a chance to shout Maori success from the roof tops..they are nowhere to be heard.

        Apart from Kitty… and her great show of support for Mikey…not!

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        • Kitty Catkin

           /  18th February 2019

          You have often said that Pickled Possum isn’t really Maori, despite being told by those who know her that she is. Now you think that she can explain the meaningless European perspective. You’re trying to have it both ways.

          You know nothing about my feelings towards Mike King (who is not called Mikey) so please do not troll about this. You whine about straw men, but constantly use them.

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    • MaureenW

       /  17th February 2019

      They did the other day – Gezza mentioned it I think, i upticked him (pretty sure it was G)

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      • Corky

         /  17th February 2019

        Great if he did. I mentioned it the other day, too…on the thread that was misnamed.

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      • Gezza

         /  17th February 2019

        Yes. I posted that I was pleased to see that he won NZer of the year, & that there aren’t enuf Mike Kings.

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  6. lurcher1948

     /  17th February 2019

    “You are blocked from following @dpfdpf and viewing @dpfdpf’s Tweets. Learn more”
    this is how the short rightwing knuckle dragging attack bloggers sort out pesky seekers of the truth, they only want numbers,and an echo chamber….cowards

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    • Corky

       /  17th February 2019

      I think the simple truth is, Lurchy.. they only want people who know the alphabet.

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      • MaureenW

         /  17th February 2019

        Nearly lost my coffee

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      • lurcher1948

         /  17th February 2019

        You are so smart Corky so many “COUGH COUGH” upticks,um BORING

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        • Corky

           /  17th February 2019

          Easy..easy now.!

          Unlike most, I don’t care about up or downticks. My uncle always says: ” Up and down ticks on a blog are the result of a misspent youth.

          The floor is yours.

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  7. lurcher1948

     /  17th February 2019

    PG fix your log in problem, no REMEMBERED email and username, asking for a heap of people….

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    • Kitty Catkin

       /  17th February 2019

      It was doing that to me, but hasn’t for a while. Every time I wanted to make a post, it made me log in, give password etc…

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    • Corky

       /  17th February 2019

      PG has already explained he can’t do anything. It’s a WordPress issue. Be strong,son. Post less.😃

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  8. Corky

     /  17th February 2019

    Hmm..Maori language is becoming popular among Chinese. The National Kapahaka festival will be translated into Chinese for folk attending.

    Now, on the face of it that’s good. But If I was the Chinese government, I would see having an influence in the Maori community as a quick way to gain political clout given Maori have special privileges in New Zealand.

    China could start dealing with Maori directly, bypassing central government. The Chinese way is always about the long game and relationships.

    Boy, talk about a match made in heaven.

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    • phantom snowflake

       /  17th February 2019

      A really puzzling comment from you Corky. Negotiations have been happening between Chinese business interests and Iwi for quite some time, even within your own rohe! I find it hard to believe that you would be unaware of this, but I just can’t figure out what you are playing at.
      From a couple of years back:

      More Maori business groups are talking with potential Chinese investors and partners following a economic summit in Hawke’s Bay, writes James Penn
      Deals reaching hundreds of millions of dollars are expected to be negotiated between iwi business groups and cash-rich Chinese companies. The big investment push follows discussions at the recent Taniwha Dragon Economic Summit.
      The summit, hosted during February in Hawke’s Bay by Ngati Kahungunu Iwi Incorporated, saw about 250 business leaders and politicians from the respective communities come together to explore commercial collaboration potential.
      A company based in Guangzhou has offered to sponsor the next summit and is keen to host it in China.
      NKII chairman Ngahiwi Tomoana said the summit heralded a step-change in engagement levels.
      “Maori incorporations and enterprise owners once reticent to join these discussions were full-bore with enthusiasm to add to the chorus of side-room meetings held throughout the summit.”
      One deal has already been transactioned, involving the purchase of a kiwifruit orchard in Hawke’s Bay for $40 million, and the associated employment and engineering businesses worth $12 million.
      The buyer was a Maori Trust, while Chinese importers expressed strong interest in developing a direct importing relationship.
      Just this weekend, a small delegation of Maori left for Shanghai, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, and Tokyo to visit four Chinese businesses and pursue joint ventures worth $60 million.
      Joint ventures are the order of the day for many Maori business groups. One Hawke’s Bay hapu group (with assets worth more than $70 million) were reportedly visited last Friday by a Chinese consortium looking for partners to build a hotel in the area.
      A Shanghai-based fishing company wants to co-invest with a number of Maori entities in a joint venture without having to own fish quota themselves.

      https://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11826900

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      • Corky

         /  17th February 2019

        Great stuff.

        Don’t confuse business with political clout. While it’s true business can give a certain degree of influence, I’m talking about the fundamental constitution of our country.

        Admittedly Maori still don’t have absolute control of our country; probably never will. However, given the way things are going China and Maori could hammer out deals that would dictate how Maori approached dealings with the crown.

        And of course.. real influence doesn’t start with business..it starts with language and culture.

        A great case study will be when our Island cuzzies can’t replay their Chinese loans. Let’s see what direction these island nations then take off on? Some already are moving away from traditional alliances.

        ”NKII chairman Ngahiwi Tomoana.”

        Yeah..I will leave it at that.

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