storming from behind when seemingly all was lost
Indeed. All those in local councils and gummint with billions
Wondering if Mr Key will be shortening his chances at the polls? Maybe go early?
storming from behind when seemingly all was lost
activists were circulating emails calling for a protest march to drive home their opposition to the bill, which replaces Labour's Foreshore and Seabed Act
the roadway is private and has asked Mr Hall, as a commercial operator, to pay a fee - otherwise he is trespassing
I've consulted other iwi leaders to inform them of what we intend to do and there is good support for me taking this position while the Maori Party is here
people who went in the forest for kai and firewood were being served trespass notices
John Key should explain why tribal ownership of Te Urewera National Park is "evil"?
There is no truth in that...
I'm just not going to write out cheques that New Zealand can't afford
One in five New Zealanders has unsafe or unregistered drinking water, a Ministry of Health survey shows.
IDIOT SIGHTING #1
My daughter and I went through the McDonald's take-out window and I
gave the clerk a £5 note. Our total was £4.20, so I also handed her a
Twenty pence piece.
She said, 'you gave me too much money.'
I said,'Yes I know, but this way you can just give me £1 back.'
She sighed and went to get the manager who asked me to repeat my
request. I did so, and he handed me back the 20 pence and said 'We're
sorry but they could not do that kind of thing.' The clerk then
proceeded to give me back 80 pence in change..
Do not confuse the clerks at MacD's.
IDIOT SIGHTING #2
We had to have the garage door repaired. The GARADOR repairman told us
that one of our problems was that we did not have a 'large' enough
motor on the opener.
I thought for a minute, and said that we had the largest one GARADOR
made at that time, a 1/2 horsepower. He shook his head and said, 'Lady,
you need a 1/4 horsepower.' I responded that 1/2 was larger than 1/4
and he said,
'NOOO, it's not. Four is larger than two..'
We haven't used Garador repair since. Happened in Moor Park ,Nr Watford
IDIOT SIGHTING #3
I live in a semi rural area. We recently had a new neighbour call the
Highways Department to request the removal of the DEER CROSSING sign on
our road. The reason: 'Too many deer are being hit by cars out here! I
don't think this is a good place for them to be crossing anymore.'
Story from Potters Bar , Herts , UK
IDIOT SIGHTING #4
My daughter went to a local Kentucky Fried and ordered a taco. She
asked the person behind the counter for 'minimum lettuce.' He said he
was sorry, but they only had iceberg lettuce.
From South Oxney Herts , UK ...
IDIOT SIGHTING #5
I was at the airport, checking in at the gate when an Irish airport
employee asked, 'Has anyone put anything in your baggage without your
To which I replied, 'If it was without my knowledge, how would I know?'
He smiled knowingly and nodded, 'That's why we ask.'
Happened Luton Airport .... UK
IDIOT SIGHTING #6
The stoplight on the corner buzzes when it's unsafe to cross the
street. I was crossing with an intellectually challenged co-worker of
mine. She asked if I knew what the buzzer was for.. I explained that it
signals blind people when the light is red.
Appalled, she responded, 'What on earth are blind people doing
She is a Local County Councillor employee in Harrow , Middlesex , UK
IDIOT SIGHTING #7
When my husband and I arrived at Our Local Ford dealer to pick up our
car, we were told the keys had been locked in it. We went to the
service department and found a mechanic working feverishly to unlock
the drivers side door. As I watched from the passenger side, I
instinctively tried the door handle and discovered that it was
unlocked. 'Hey,' I announced to the Fitter/Mechanic, 'its open!'
His reply, 'I know. I already did that side.'
This was at the Ford dealership in St Albans,Hertfordshire UK .
They walk among us... and the scary part is that is they have the RIGHT
TO VOTE and REPRODUCE!
Police said they were "devastated" by the toll
We may have lost this battle to stop people dying needlessly on the roads, but the war will continue
a seldom heard New Zealand perspective of WWII sublimely told
I'll let you know in due course
Actors' Equity is seeking a collective agreement and has asked its members to boycott the two Hobbit films.
In the episode, we're brought to the White House and the President asks us to answer this question once and for all
You are just a liar, you are bullshitting.' I went on and he stopped [me] again: 'You're just lying, you are misleading us.
said the list MP used "bullyboy tactics" by interrupting his submission and accusing him of lying about his evidence in "a bit of a tirade
Mr Henare said he would not apologise. "Why would I apologise for a little turkey who got found out lying? He was reading out a submission and I was following it and in two parts ... it was a completely different story.
"He'll get over it and if he doesn't, well, then, too bad ... He'll learn from his experience."
Labour MP Carol Beaumont, who sits on the committee, said she was concerned about how Mr Sleep was treated.
Quite frankly, who cares what Carol Beaumont says
Its central pressure was measured by reconnaissance aircraft to have plunged as low as 893 mb
Labour to shake up benefit system
This week, the Overseas Investment Office gave Australia-based Bathurst Resources the green light to make significant headway on its plans to develop an opencast coalmine next to Solid Energy's Stockton site on the West Coast
You have to protect some of those areas before they disappear
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'Anti-terror' raids in Urewera
Citing the Terrorism Suppression Act, police arrested 18 people in nationwide raids linked to alleged weapons-training camps in the Urewera mountain ranges, near the township of Ruatoki in eastern Bay of Plenty.In addition to raids in Ruatoki and nearby Whakatane, search warrants were also executed in Auckland, Wellington, Palmerston North and Hamilton. The raids followed 12 months of police surveillance of activist groups ranging from environmentalists to Maori separatists. Around 300 police, including members of the Armed Offenders and anti-terror squads, were involved in the raids. They seized a small number of guns and 230 rounds of ammunition.
Among those arrested was veteran Tuhoe activist Tame Iti. Police claimed Iti was involved in running military-styled training camps in the Urewera Ranges and was planning a guerrilla war to establish an independent state on traditional Tuhoe land. The Solicitor-General subsequently decided that there was insufficient evidence to lay charges under the Terrorism Suppression Act, although 16 people faced weapons charges.
Those arrested were released on bail within a month of their arrest. Depositions hearings to determine whether they should stand trial did not begin until September 2008. On 17 October Judge Perkins ruled that all but one of those arrested in the raids be committed to trial on various firearms, weapons and explosives charges. The accused were remanded on bail to appear back in court in February 2009, indicating a lengthy legal process to determine the outcome of these raids.
The Urewera's had experienced similar police action before. In April 1916 a large force of heavily armed constables was sent to arrest the Tuhoe leader Rua Kenana. Shooting broke out and two Maori, including Rua's son, were killed. Rua's trial in the Supreme Court was one of the longest in New Zealand's legal history. He was found not guilty of sedition, but guilty of resisting arrest and sentenced to one year's hard labour, followed by 18 months’ imprisonment. The presiding officer, Judge Chapman, commented that Maori needed to learn that the law "reached every corner" of the land. Eight members of the jury later publicly protested the harshness of this sentence.
There is no free lunch when it comes to any of this stuff
John Key is Prime Minister because of Epsom ... Without Epsom there's no Act. Without Act, Helen Clark would still be Prime Minister.
Act leader Rodney Hide has sent a message to the National Party, saying it could lose power if it fails to give him an easy ride in the Epsom electorate next year.
the Government's handling of the foreshore and seabed issue would lead to "a proliferation of iwi-owned beaches. That's not what New Zealanders want. And [Treaty Negotiations Minister] Chris Finlayson and the National Party have no mandate to deliver it.
there was nothing to prevent iwi with customary title charging for access to beaches and said it would give politicians the power to cut back-room deals with iwi rather than leaving it to the transparency of the courts
it's time for the Prime Minister to grow some hair on his chest, start to get informed and stop being so PC
He's the Prime Minister, he's not some pussy that the Labour Party decided to plant in the National Party so I'd say to the Prime Minister get back to watching the rugby and worry about being so overtly politically correct when the rest of the country needs you to show some real leadership around the economy.
What I find even more irritating is that the Labour party allowed the use of their brand and obviously didn’t maintain sufficient control over the candidates using that brand. The subsequent actions of the local government commission in detecting the problem, the police in investigating it, and the Labour Party for assisting that investigation and stating their position appear to have been exemplary.
DR BRIAN EDWARDS – Media Consultant and Commentator
Well I want to ask you a couple of things. I wonder first of all whether you think you deserved all the odium and contempt that was heaped on you about the travel business? That’s the first thing.
CHRIS Absolutely not.
BRIAN Oh okay. And the second thing I want to know is if Phil Goff hadn’t forced you into what was in the end quite a humiliating performance in front of all the journalists, your second apology if you like, would any of this happened?
CHRIS Probably not Brian because I would not have felt used as a scapegoat.
- Roly Ellis 2557 - new Mayor
- Keith Fenemor 2065
- David Roberts 1923
- Brenda Dodunski 1898
- Chris Southgate 1777
- Warren Davidson 1955
- Bill Keltie 1544
- Shirley Hull 1469
- Peter Johns 1338
- and no David Lea - ex-Deputy Mayor thankfully
Mayor Harvey gone!I can add that after two decades of the eco-dinosaur with his rampant rate rises, pandering to rabid greenies and those of ethnicity looking for a place at the trough, I for one rejoice in seeing his departing backside. One can only hope today, the rest of his Liarbour mates are routed from the council troughs around the Super City.
"deeply disappointed that a candidate standing under its name is being prosecuted for alleged irregularities in enrolments for the local body elections"
"deeply disappointed that a candidate standing under its name has been caught red-handed for alleged irregularities in enrolments for the local body elections"
Labour did not do police checks on all its members and although it did some background checking on people who put themselves up as candidates for national politics, the party head office did not control processes at local body level.