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  1. David

     /  30th July 2020

    I am listening to a train wreck interview of Nationals housing spokesperson Jacqui Dean and I have lost the will to live, she would give Labours folk a run for their money.
    Make it stop please, probably one of the worst interviews I have ever heard it sounded like they they were interviewing Doris from number 37 who saw a funny incident with a dog and has found herself on TV being asked about it.

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  2. artcroft

     /  30th July 2020

    I see the greens have voted to repeal the Waka Jumping law, they voted for at the start of this term. And like most Green initiatives, this repeal is ineffective because there’s no time to advance the law into statute before parliament rises.

    Just… hopeless.

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  3. duperez

     /  30th July 2020

    “Heron said he took Boag at her word when she said she hadn’t shared the data with anyone other than Boag and Walker.”

    What with Boag being a most honourable woman.

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  4. Corky

     /  30th July 2020

    Laugh of the day. This is how bad things are now. I would like to have know all the facts behind this case…but I can guess.

    https://www.stuff.co.nz/taranaki-daily-news/news/122280110/nurse-gets-struck-off-for-racist-comments-in-first-hearing-of-its-kind–then-walks-out-during-karakia

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  5. Pink David

     /  30th July 2020

    Lockdowns kill.

    “Almost 2,700 people a week have died because of the effects of lockdown, analysis of official data suggests….”

    https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/07/29/lockdown-has-killed-21000-people-say-experts/?utm_content=telegraph&utm_medium=Social&utm_campaign=Echobox&utm_source=Twitter#Echobox=1596053475

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    • We will probably never be told how many died here because of it. The 306 80+ people who died over and above the usual number for the time of year have had no coverage; they may have been seen as expendable.

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      • Pink David

         /  30th July 2020

        Is there any good data source for NZ excess deaths? Seems quite hard to find current data.

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        • Duker

           /  30th July 2020

          When I went looking a few months back , the latest data then was from 2017. During 9 years of neglect all the stats for all sorts of things was wound back.
          Back in 2012 the government even set efficiency targets for the 2018 census to save 5% by the all online thing….. we know how that worked out as a major screw up even though they spent more

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        • Pink, the 306 figure came from the Official Information office when someone requested it.

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  6. I don’t often go to KMart, but was glad to see that it has been restocked at last. The possibility of it going under with the loss of who knows how many jobs was appalling; people who work there and those who worked in the transport and other areas. Let’s hope that KMart will not be one of the casualties of the lockdown after all.

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    • Duker

       /  30th July 2020

      Thats been obvious even during the lockdown, the queues went out the door. Restocking maybe not an every day thing where you live , but I ones I can go here seemed to have plenty of everything

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    • Not just where I live; trying to order online was hopeless as the things were not there. Not In Stock, Not In Stock, Not In Stock.

      No queues out the door during lockdown here, all the shops were shut. No exceptions.

      Two PDTs seem sorry that KMart seems to be all right again. How mean-spirited.

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    • Blazer

       /  31st July 2020

      I don’t often go to K-Mart,but I went there one day and saw an empty shelf.
      Based on this I am worried that K-Mart may have to…close.

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  7. Corky

     /  30th July 2020

    This types of testing won’t last for long. Why? Because 6 out of 10 bros will test positive for drugs. Then we have the middleclass P jockeys. It won’t look good when Dr Quackmeister has to reschedule is surgery appointments because he’s just been arrested for failing a drugs test.

    https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/political/422372/land-transport-drug-driving-amendment-bill-proposes-random-roadside-drug-testing

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    • Duker

       /  30th July 2020

      The Greens will oppose it because ….(vague reasons) but really its about votes

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    • It’s arrant nonsense that 60% of Maori are drug users. Look at the statistics.

      No doubt there are a few doctors who use drugs, but they are likely to be a small minority; too much to lose.

      Do you regard the doctors whom you have claimed to have among your rellies as quacks ?

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    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  31st July 2020

      They seem to be introducing this without evidence of levels of impairment? Seems to be sadly typical of modern reporters incapable of asking the obvious questions.

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