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17 April 2019

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  1. David

     /  17th April 2019

    https://www.stuff.co.nz/business/112092790/changes-proposed-to-building-act-mean-tougher-consequences-for-failings

    Fletchers dreams come true with their every wish granted by the clown show running the country. Requirement that all building products publish online what their products can and cant be used for which is a convenient barrier to entry of cheaper alternatives widely used overseas. More simple work now having to be done by CBPs pushing out smaller unlicensed but very good tradies. And then the imposition of massive fines further pushing out the smaller operator leaving the market for the big operators.
    The leaky building issue was a one off, it was caused by Hardies and architects so generally NZ has pretty high standards already and if there are any recent issues they are likely to be shoddy earthquake repairs by Fletchers.
    If you want to build/buy building products they are 30% cheaper in Australia including products manufactured here, if you want to build there it is 40% cheaper. We have too much government interference already, more is not going to make housing more affordable or renovating.
    This government does not have a single member who has ever swung a hammer.

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    • Blazer

       /  17th April 2019

      so what steps did your Nat party take to address the issues in their 9 years as ringmaster?

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      • David

         /  17th April 2019

        Nothing, why is that relevant ? Dont you expect more from the left than more protecting of the big end of town, tradies as a rule are no longer Labour supporters they should be looking at this as a wedge issue for themselves rather than pandering to the fat cats at the big construction forms.
        Its because the Labour party are stupid and have been quickly captured by the bureaucrats who love rules and punishments ably assisted by monopolistic building firms looking to the state to recover their margins.

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    • Blazer

       /  17th April 2019

      ‘This government does not have a single member who has ever swung a hammer.’

      Thanks for reminding me about the National P.M’s attempt at trying to hammer a nail into an election hoarding…he really displayed his ‘good,keen man’ attributes.

      I also recall Winston Peters who is a meMber of the current Govt,SHOWING EXACTLY HOW ITS…DONE.

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      • David

         /  17th April 2019

        Given Peters has done nothing ever in his life you would think he was able to nail up a campaign hoarding.
        Key was instead climbing his way to the top of one of the most cut throat industries on the planet, remarkably successfully at it too.

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        • Gezza

           /  17th April 2019

          Unfortunate turn of phrase, given that many people, myself included, do see financialism as a throat cutter of other humans.

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        • Blazer

           /  17th April 2019

          Peters has achieved more in his life than Key ever did.

          Key the ‘smiling assassin’ greased the right influencers in an industry that imploded and had to be bailed out by the long suffering taxpayer.

          This ‘too big to fail’ financial chicanery ,its frauds and deceptions have been exposed, but little has changed for these shameless,charlatans as they rig and manipulate interest and exchange rates and rip off hardworking stiffs all around the western world.

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    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  17th April 2019

      Every new regulation cuts jobs and wealth. It
      penalises the young and poor most. This will be no different. The Left elite don’t care.

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  2. Corky

     /  17th April 2019

    [Deleted – claims like that require substantiation. PG]

    Here you go, Pete. I was wrong, the number is much higher. Although some dispute those figures. I have provided a link to that also. Please remember I also used the term passive acceptance. The irony is the panel shown in the clip weren’t discussing Muslims per se.
    A Muslim women raised the point.

    At 4. 06

    https://www.channel4.com/news/factcheck/factcheck-worlds-muslims-radicalised

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    • Kitty Catkin

       /  17th April 2019

      The Shapiro claims have been debunked.

      It seems to be in poor taste to rake up this old, inaccurate claim when a few weeks ago we had the mosque massacres which were done by an Islamophobe. Stirring up fear and suspicion of Muslims with outdated and disproved ‘studies’ is a low blow.

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  3. David

     /  17th April 2019

    Good lord an article in the Herald sourced from the Washington Post acknowledging the Russia thing was a witch hunt and there are serious questions as to how it started. It calls out CNN and MSNBC but there are many many more folk who look ridiculous.

    https://www.nzherald.co.nz/opinion/news/article.cfm?c_id=466&objectid=12223017

    Turns out Sean Hannity was right which must just break the lefty media yet we wont see them turn on Avenatti, Schiff, Nadler etc. and further shred their reputations and ensure a 2nd term for Trump.

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  4. David

     /  17th April 2019

    The left are great at finding issues that the evil tories arnt addressing and need sorting immediately, then unexpectedly they find themselves in charge and having to do something which of course being leftists is alien to them. All very well shouting about them and getting headlines rather than actually formulating a solution, its easier and less taxing.

    The issue was singled out by the Government for attention in last year’s Budget, but Associate Education Minister Tracey Martin admitted to the Herald that not enough had been done.

    “We put in $21.5m last year. It just hasn’t worked. It hasn’t been enough. We need system change as well as more money.”

    When that four-year funding boost was announced in May, the average wait for an appointment was 74 days. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said at the time: “In the life of a 3 or 4-year old child who’s hungry to learn, that’s 74 days too long.”

    The average waiting time is now 106 days, and in Wellington it is 178 days. That reverses a general trend of falling wait lists over the last five years.

    Martin said at the Budget that the funding boost would halve the waiting list. But the list has actually risen to 2637 children, up from 2552 in the middle of last year.”

    Throwing cash at a problem is not a solution lefties, it doesnt solve anything you need to do the yards and have a plan. The spending of more money has produced a worse result.

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  5. Corky

     /  17th April 2019

    Knife crime in Britain is out of control. Is this the way of New Zealand in the future? Of the Innocent being knifed in the streets? In some ways a knife is far more dangerous than a gun.
    It doesn’t jam for a start.

    Quote:

    ”Knives are a different matter. Anyone can get hold of one, carry one, use one. The first victim of knife crime in 2018 was killed at 12 minutes past midnight on 1 January. The second died three hours later. By the end of the year, 342 people had been stabbed to death, making it the worst on record.”

    https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2019/mar/21/stabbed-britains-knife-crisis-review-duwayne-brooks-bbc-one

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    • Kitty Catkin

       /  17th April 2019

      This is very old news. Knife crime in the UK has been a major problem for years.

      No, a knife doesn’t jam, but a knife can’t be fired over and over and kill many people at once.

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  6. lurcher1948

     /  17th April 2019

    The “WOKE” rightwinger Sean Plunkett” seems to be a magnet for hatred today,there’s an intense gay hater followed by an Islamophobe, followed by a gay hater followed by a person who thinks Muslims are taking away their rights and wants Sharia…but NO ONE wants to be interviewed by Sean as one has to have standards… Fox NZ style for intense white rightwing sounding knuckle draggers.
    My views are my own and racist,anti gay islamophobes shouldn’t be woke virtue signalling snowflakes…..ok

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  7. lurcher1948

     /  17th April 2019

    WOW Sean Plunkett after firing up your gay hating, islamophobe knuckle dragging WOKE rightwingers then crowing if some distressed gay committed suicide,due to your online abuse thats ok because(ITS FREE SPEECH) Well Sean I’m complaining to the people who can make your work situation uncomfortable, you cannot attract guests, as you sound pathetic and it would be noted by YOUR employers

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  8. lurcher1948

     /  17th April 2019

    So no new taxes, in fact removing taxes, ie secondry tax,this is how to remove any wind the National party thought they would get for their sails, replace 5% mr Bridges for 5% Judith Collins, WHY BOTHER,the floor mats been dragged away from under National,HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

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    • duperez

       /  17th April 2019

      Simon Bridges’ reaction is interesting.

      “The CGT debate wasted millions of taxpayer dollars” apparently. Should we do it 10 times over and call the bundle a “Flag Thing”?

      Over 18 months (the debate) weakened our economy by scaring businesses owners and investors? Um, exactly who was leading the negativity?

      Over 18 months the debate weakened our economy by scaring mum & dads out of getting ahead?

      If Bridges’ response weren’t so funny it would be sad. David Shearer may have had fish in Parliament but Simon Bridges is floundering just about everywhere on just about everything.

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    • Corky

       /  17th April 2019

      Six more years of free energy payments, Lurchy. Congratulations, son. And guess what..you still have what could be a world first budget surprise coming up.

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      • lurcher1948

         /  17th April 2019

        YEEEHAAAA AND YOU ARE PAYING, Corky….work your arse off…..ps you dont have time to post,GET WORKING you are paying for my pension

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  9. Corky

     /  17th April 2019

    Kitty is back to her rude best by correcting others grammar. This time it was mine when she erroneously suggested there is no such thing a a ‘self goal; it’s meaningless.’ Admittedly the term isn’t common but that doesn’t make it incorrect. I have heard coaches berate a player for scoring a self goal.

    Some manners, net etiquette and not living off others posts would go along way to improving the perception she has higher learning credentials.. and is actually a relevant contributor.🙄✔

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    • Kitty Catkin

       /  17th April 2019

      Corky back to his ignorant worst by not knowing the difference between grammar and vocabulary and inventing having heard an expression.

      Google self goal and see what appears.

      The rest of your post isn’t worth dignifying with a response.

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      • Kitty Catkin

         /  17th April 2019

        One other person who uses the term in this context proves nothing at all. Mr Sohle is unlikely to be a real person and probably isn’t English from his name.

        See how many references to self goals in football appear online except this one. Own goal is the accepted term.

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      • Conspiratoor

         /  17th April 2019

        Your childish attempts to derail corkys posts by nitpicking his grammar are just silly and pathetic. This is a blog ffs. Its not a writers workshop where we all come down on tuesday evening to critique one anothers latest attempts at iambic pentameter prose. Grow up

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        • Kitty Catkin

           /  17th April 2019

          You are another person who doesn’t realise the difference between vocabulary and grammar. Corky often writes arrant nonsense.

          Iambic pentameter prose ?

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        • Kitty Catkin

           /  17th April 2019

          Good luck finding iambic pentameter prose; it’s a verse form.

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          • Conspiratoor

             /  17th April 2019

            I see that has gone right over your head. Grammar, vocab who cares except you. If you have to troll every one of corkys utterances how about trying to deconstruct his arguement. Theres a novel thought

            Al and others are right, you really are a nitpicker

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            • Kitty Catkin

               /  17th April 2019

              Now who’s being a troll ? I do question his arguments, but his conceit is such that he can’t accept that he could possibly be wrong. His claims about what WINZ pays for are refuted on their own website, but he still insists that he’s right.

              His Islamophobia leads him to discredited websites whose views are intended to promote illwill and dissension.

              There is a great difference between vocabulary and grammar. One is a list of words, the other is the structure of a language. Both, when used incorrectly, lead to unintelligibility.

  10. lurcher1948

     /  17th April 2019

    National below 40% next poll, a so yesterday party lead by the walking dead, Bridges or Collins?what was the question,but then who cares…its all Jacinda Ardern these days

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    • Kitty Catkin

       /  17th April 2019

      The Coal seem to have caved in on the CGT after public pressure, from what I hear. Here’s hoping.

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  11. The Aroha Nui concert is on 3, and livestreamed here: https://www.threenow.co.nz/live-tv-guide/three

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  12. Corky

     /  17th April 2019

    Hmm..my joker cuzzie has just e-mailed me to say he’s off to see the PM in Hastings tomorrow. I don’t know if he’s having me on, but I doubt she will be at her best after today.

    Talking of the PM…when is she going to get rid of that huge lump of humanity standing next to her doing sign language? She did a few press gallery speeches with a diminutive women for a few weeks. That made such a difference. That woman faded into the background and I was able to concentrate on the PM for a change.

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  13. lurcher1948

     /  17th April 2019

    Thanks not nice Corky.he is who he is

    Reply

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