building consents were "at a depressing level, and probably cannot get any worse"
So we are about to see some severe pruning of the local council's building Stasi numbers? And a corresponding reduction in my rates?
In the face of public uproar over the demolition of three 70-year-old buildings, Auckland Mayor Len Brown has promised to do his utmost to avoid a repeat
We will do everything reasonable in our power to ensure this doesn't happen again
five-year tussle with heritage campaigners
We've tried to do everything properly
"This message has to start in our homes and schools, workplaces and places of worship, sports clubs and community organisations"
An "unfortunate" grazing lease renewal on conservation land skirting Lake Ellesmere/Te Waihora should be reversed, Ngai Tahu says
Labour will scrap income tax on the first $5000 and introduce a new top rate for the highest earners under plans revealed by leader Phil Goff today.
would make the first $5000 of income tax-free, a policy that would be introduced in stages
Goff has also targeted property investors who use losses on their portfolios to offset their income tax as part of a promised crackdown on tax avoidance, branding them "bludgers" and pledging to close the loophole.
Labour will target speculators who arrange their affairs so they can rip off the tax system and leave other taxpayers to carry the load. This kind of avoidance is bludging.
be respectful of others when spreading the Gospel online and not see their ultimate goal as getting as many online hits as possible
We must never forget we promoted the hell out of Clint Rickards. Almost to the very top. It must never happen again.
Rickards was acquitted of rape in 2006
I didn't feel affected by the alcohol
On his way he was stopped at a checkpoint near the Waikato River control gates. He failed three breath alcohol tests, including the evidential breath test.
did not request a blood test until 18 minutes after he failed the breath tests
He had the opportunity but missed it
Voyager 1 is nearest to the edge of the "heliosphere," where the million mph flow of charged particles from the sun — the solar wind — meets interstellar space.
It's still working, more than 5 million "steps" later. "I bet that motor is probably the longest, continuously operating device in space, ever.
They have working memories a million times smaller than your home computer. They record their scientific data on 8-track tape machines. And they communicate with their aging human inventors back home with a 23-watt whisper.
We have had to start thinking outside the square a bit.
The association, which has been in existence for 122 years, has opened one of its centres near the University of Otago during the school holidays, to run a holiday programme in conjunction with the university's Summer School.
The Kelsey Yaralla Kindergarten reopened on January 10 and will remain open until normal classes at the remainder of the association's kindergartens resume officially on January 24.
the New Zealand Educational Institute was unhappy about the kindergarten opening during the official holiday period
NZEI's responsibility is to make sure collective employment agreements are upheld.
We realised our families don't have the luxury of a five-week break
the association was not violating union contracts by asking teachers to work during their official holiday
Doing what it takes. In other words, a bribe to vote for those who breed and are not taxpayers. Rewarding their voting base. It will come to pass.
She said Australia also had a "baby bonus" - worth around A$5000 ($6430) a year - for some who weren't eligible for leave provisions.
While Labour had not yet considered a similar step, she said the difference between the two countries showed New Zealand had to make some improvements.
Nobody is saying it should be a benefit for life, but it is to assist people at a time when they are caring for children. Surely the aim here is to bring up responsible, well cared for kids. And those of us who have tried it know that that is hard work.
Working for Families would be more generous for parents of children under 2 - allowing more freedom for a parent to remain at home with young children. Changes to the domestic purposes benefit were also planned.
It is recognised that a Commissioner to Te Aute College will require highly perfected skill sets and competencies to ensure the iconic school with its long and proud history of contributions to the nation remains open.
There is the understanding that the selection of a commissioner will not proceed without agreement from the Trust Board, who will participate in the nomination and appointment process and also assist in the preparation of the terms of reference.
The peak well below the 1974 flood level spared numerous homes and high-rise apartment buildings from flooding.
hard-core, serious, mainstream Greenism exposing itself in all its nudey-rudeyThe temperature is rising in the frog pot, reaching desperation levels.
Of course, this transcendent god will exercise his punishment through the state.
It goes without saying that the required authoritarian society needs to be controlled by enlightened elites, like, well, the good Professor.
Greenism is not going to fade away. The biggest mistake we could make is to laugh off Greenism and not take is seriously precisely because it is so absurd. It is an evil ideology with totalitarian aspirations. It is insinuating itself more and more into the corridors of power in the West. It must be exposed, confronted and rejected. Desperate times and all that.
And how will we feed all those thronging masses? Read on.
Here's a sum I just did.
In 2070, population will probably have grown to about 9.0 billion
-- an increase of 35%;
CO2 levels will probably have increased to nearly 700 ppm
-- an increase of about 300ppm.
An increase in CO2 atmospheric concentrations from 380-400 to 680-700ppm sounds serious, right?
Well, here are some figures:
The average indoor room has 600ppm (more if you've got a stove or a cave.)
You won't notice a continuous level of 1,000ppm for your lifetime. This is the OSHA ventilation standard, which is ultra-precautionary.
Workplace laws prohibit a shift of more than 10 hours at more than 10,000ppm.
At 20,000ppm you might start to feel uncomfortable (sweaty, headache...) after several minutes.
Workers are not supposed to be exposed to more than 30,000ppm for more than 10 minutes.
At 50,000ppm CO2 is definitely toxic, you will die after long exposure.
At current rates of increase it will take planet earth 26,000 years to kill you by CO2.
Now... Where's my cigar?
A hospital surgeon is fighting a drink-driving charge after driving home from a bar with what police say was more than double the legal breath-alcohol limit
Alarmed at discovering that the state pays for 96,000 cellphones, Gov. Jerry Brown issued an executive order Tuesday seeking to cut in half the number of devices being billed to taxpayers.
Brown also wants to reduce the number of state vehicles ... is requiring that each vehicle’s purpose and necessity be "rejustified,"
"I don't understand how, in the society we live in today, with the laws we have, how people can still feel uncomfortable."
They've yelled at customers outside our shop, saying `Don't go in there', calling us faggots.
... and men are bastards
Mr Key says he will also start turning his mind seriously to finding a replacement for Governor General ...
But he had fired off one name to a colleague and the response had been, "Don't even think about it".
"Untrustworthy and obnoxious" is what his ministerial colleague had thought about the suggestion, which remains unknown.