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24 February 2019

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  1. lurcher1948

     /  February 24, 2019

    Morning,NEET*WOKE righties, your worse nightmare has arrived,have you all woken up
    Hell! Thanks for the call.

    I was in the middle of a nightmare.

    Dreamt that Labour had formed a government and the unfit-for-any-purpose harridan was pm.

    Terrifying stuff!

    Thank god you awoke me.

    …………………… Oh!
    *Not in Education Employment or Training

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  2. PartisanZ

     /  February 24, 2019

    “But a Tourism Youth Perceptions Research conducted by the Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED) and Tourism Industry Aotearoa (TIA) found young people were reluctant to sign up a career in the industry.

    They perceive tourism jobs did not pay well, were low-status, anti-social, temporary and with limited career pathways.”

    ‘Young Kiwis not wanting careers in tourism a concern’ – NZHeraldo

    https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12205431

    “The industry was plagued with structural and employment issues, she said, which needed to be addressed at Government policy and industry level.

    “Current employment practices, such as casual insecure work arrangements and minimum wage rather than living wage results in an unsustainable drain of talent,” Mooney said.

    “The lack of visible career paths exacerbates the high turnover.”

    Wise young Kiwis … ?

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    • Corky

       /  February 24, 2019

      Well, I can only talk from experiences I knew of from about three of years back. And that was tourism courses where going great guns. Many young people were signing up.

      So, somethings gone wrong real fast. Maybe the sector grew too fast?

      I know someone who’ll soon become a cabin crew member with Emirates. The pay scale isn’t that great ( it’s online) however, being based in Dubai, the perks make up for that.

      Looks like money is at root of all evil, eh, Parti ?

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    • sorethumb

       /  February 24, 2019

      Chinese bus operators are pushing NZr’s out of the Chinese market. Tiger Tours advertise a Chinese guide and driver in China (I was told by a Chinese person).

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      • Kitty Catkin

         /  February 24, 2019

        That was quick (being signed up by Emirates) when the NZ open day was Friday.

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        • Kitty Catkin

           /  February 24, 2019

          The Bible actually says that the love of money is the root of all evil, not that money itself is.

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      • Corky

         /  February 24, 2019

        Typical Chinese way of doing things all over the world, Thumbs. I notice Chinese tourist aren’t liked in some countries. Especially Thailand.

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        • Corky

           /  February 24, 2019

          Unbelievable.. is there any French culture left?

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          • Gezza

             /  February 24, 2019

            Of course there is, Corks. Only recently they’ve been throwing up barricades, smashing shop windows, and lighting fires in the streets to get the ruling classes’ attention.

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            • Corky

               /  February 24, 2019

              Ce qui sera sera.

              I notice in the clip some Chinese not used to the great outdoors said the French park they visited smelt like ‘cat piss.’

              Not good for New Zealand is it? If you want to talk about the great outdoors.

              Good to see one Chinese tour guide telling the tourists how to behave.
              That the guide is cognisant of Chinese failings is good. But what about the others..the ones as ignorant as their charges?

              Geez , I have enough problems worrying about Muslims..now I have to worry about Chinese. Still, at least Chinese aren’t into murder..yet?

            • Gezza

               /  February 24, 2019

              C’est la vie if you want hordes of tourists to spend their shekels in your country, Corks. Only a couple decades back Parisians were complaining about busloads of fat Americans taking over, being ignorant, rude & objectionable, & only wanting to eat burgers & french fries, & about their needing to stop so many English & American words from polluting the French language.

            • Corky

               /  February 24, 2019

              American tourists haven’t changed. They have a notorious reputation.
              Ran into a one during the Art Deco week in Napier. Crikey, talk about the CBD being packed..couldn’t move. Two cruise ships to add flavour to flavour.

              Anyway, I’m in the dentist chair shaking with the thought of my bill, when next minute a foghorn like sound went off:

              ”Ma tooth was crack in a fall on ma cruise ship. I’a had it fixed in Sydney, and the dentist mate- they call each other mate over there- fixed it and, um,gave me a course of antibiotics to treat an infection around the tooth.

              I lost them antibiotics, can’t find them anywhere. I need a new prescription
              before I leave in two hours.”

              That’s it, nearly word for word. Talk about entitled.

          • Kitty Catkin

             /  February 24, 2019

            Talk about improbable.

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  3. Corky

     /  February 24, 2019

    Corky’s Racist Call.

    A lady flew to my area to discuss business with a member of my household. She spent a couple of hours with my family member waving a pen, and from what I could see making dire pronouncements.

    After concluding her business she asked me to ring her taxi. She wanted to do a little sightseeing before her return flight left. I said I would be happy to show her around. She polity declined and said she liked ”doing her own thing.”

    So, as I went to call a taxi she asked me to stipulate ‘no Indian drivers.’ She said she found them ignorant and dishonest. I assured her our local drivers were very good. In fact I told her some of my best conversations with taxi drivers had been with Indians.

    She would have none of it. So I asked the taxi operator not to send an Indian driver. Without missing a beat the operator said that wouldn’t be a problem.

    And ten minutes later.. an Indian taxi driver turned up. The lady was most unimpressed. But she took the cab, going to the CBD. Unbelievably the driver took the long route to town. I got my family member to ring this lady and tell her she had been duped. She apparently wrangled her fare down by $5.

    Motto of the story: Sometimes the universe configures situations to confirm your prejudices.

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    • Gezza

       /  February 24, 2019

      A lady flew to my area to discuss business with a member of my household.
      That was no lady.
      But I find the story a bit dubious, tbh.

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      • Corky

         /  February 24, 2019

        That’s unfortunate..have you be selected to take over from Kitty?

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        • Gezza

           /  February 24, 2019

          Um … no. Why do you ask?

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          • Kitty Catkin

             /  February 24, 2019

            Because you’re not pretending to believe this story ?

            What about the other one about the airline ? 😀

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            • Kitty Catkin

               /  February 24, 2019

              Given that India has the second highest Muslim population in the world, there’s a good chance that the Indian taxi drivers with whom Corks had the best conversations are Muslims 😀

  4. unitedtribes2

     /  February 24, 2019

    CGT

    Assuming the new tax applies CGT on your family home if you run a business from it. Assuming your home is now worth $600000 and its value appreciated by 6% per year. Assume you will sell it in 20 years.
    My calculation suggests your accumulated profit from your home business over 20 years would need to be $20000 annually. Please do the sum and correct me if Im wrong. If your net margin was 25% your annual TO would need to be $80000. Quite a home business. And for this all you are going to get is your bait back.
    We run a home business. Its an open garden. We enjoy sharing our efforts with those who appreciated it We charge a small fee but don’t make any profit from it. Are we going to agree to pay a tax on this. Doubt it. The public will miss out on enjoying our garden. This will be the same for our daughter who takes a few music students in, and our friend who dose upholstery in her shed. Such a dark place socialism is,

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    • Corky

       /  February 24, 2019

      Any chance of not declaring your garden income,UT2.. going ‘dark’ as they say?

      Lots of things changing around property and taxes. A CGT is just going to be an added stress for many people.

      In the story above ( the one Gezza doesn’t believe) my rellie has run into big trouble because of changes to Trust laws. Her business is run through a trust that’s been slapped with a tax bill of $26.000 . While I don’t know the full story, it’s certainly not a bill she was expecting.

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  5. Corky

     /  February 24, 2019

    North Harbour Rugby become limp snowflakes. Colin Meads will turn in his grave.

    https://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/383210/auckland-rugby-union-to-can-junior-rep-competition

    Of course the real reason is little white dudes can’t compete with the brown bombers who are way more physically mature at the same age.

    I think Harbour believes this move will level things more and attract young snowflakes away from other sports and playing Fortnite. It won’t.

    Damn..what happened to lamb chops, beer, boffheads and sheilas?

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    • phantom snowflake

       /  February 24, 2019

      Speaking of “snowflakes”; sorry I was a bit too busy to respond to your baiting yesterday, but this one??

      Snowflake is vicious and sly..

      Just showed that to Auntie Bubbie and her dentures ended up lodged in her throat!!

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      • Corky

         /  February 24, 2019

        Sorry, you have me at a disadvantage, PS. That aside, you must learn to accept a backhanded compliment .

        I’ve downticked you just to keep us on bad terms.

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  6. Finbaar Rustle

     /  February 24, 2019

    A four day working week is long over due.
    This would give an extra 370,000 Kiwis a four day working week.
    Unemployment solved.

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    • Gezza

       /  February 24, 2019

      Ok, that’s the white board thought cloud idea.

      Now put on the Black Hat & list all the things that could go wrong with it or need further investigation.

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      • Finbaar Rustle

         /  February 24, 2019

        Well in ’75 Rob Muldoon said “there will be jobs for you your children and their children”. How did that work out?

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        • Gezza

           /  February 24, 2019

          If that’s the first one on your list & you mean he tried implementing a four day working week & it didn’t work, I don’t remember that.

          Keep going.

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          • Finbaar Rustle

             /  February 24, 2019

            Jim Bolger promised to halve unemployment prior to the 1990 election but ended up doubling unemployment.

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    • Pink David

       /  February 24, 2019

      That assume that all the currently unemployed can do the ‘jobs’ you believe you create with this, which they can’t. Nor does it actually work like that either.

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  7. Finbaar Rustle

     /  February 24, 2019

    Jim Bolger promised to halve unemployment prior to the 1990 election but in fact doubled unemployment during his Presidency.

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  8. lurcher1948

     /  February 24, 2019

    Im watching FOX and some rightwing knuckledragger was wearing a MAGA hat in a club and someone pulled a pistol on him and told him to remove it,The FOX hosts were shocked that he had to remove the foul MAGA hat not the fact some nutter is walking around with a gun hanging off his arse…but then this is tRumps America, the land of the stupid and the dumb, where you can buy death in any shape, and any opioid

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    • Corky

       /  February 24, 2019

      Yep, the country that saved us and allowed your DNA lineage to be passed on. Maybe you are right , Lurchy?🤔

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      • Gezza

         /  February 24, 2019

        That was WWII, & they shot a bloody motar round into the middle of Paekakariki.

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        • Corky

           /  February 24, 2019

          Are you saying Lurchy was adopted?

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          • Gezza

             /  February 24, 2019

            Hang on, I’ll have a look 😐

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          • Kitty Catkin

             /  February 24, 2019

            They saved us ? Not what the soldiers who’d been there since the wars began thought – and said. Especially in WWI where they swanned in near the end and acted as if they had done everyone a huge favour.

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  9. Corky

     /  February 24, 2019

    For people with Trusts please check your tax status. You may be caught out if you don’t realise taxation rules have changed over the last few years.

    With major changes still before parliament, you will need to have your paper work in order. Otherwise you may be in for a hefty tax demand.

    https://www.heskethhenry.co.nz/insights-opinion/is-your-home-held-in-a-family-trust-the-new-tax-changes-affect-you-00224/

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    • Kitty Catkin

       /  February 24, 2019

      I would hope that most people are not that stupid. Look at the age of this article.

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