President Obama has done such a horrible job with the economy and foreign policy that now Kenyans are accusing him of being born in the United States :-)
flogged w/o apology from here
National would put the estimated $5 billion to $7 billion proceeds from partial asset sales into a special fund, the Future Investment Fund
If Labour is elected government they will pay $1.2 billion or half of the cost of the proposed inner Auckland rail loop
We wont be going ahead with the holiday highway
death by a thousand cuts that is bleeding Qantas by $15m a week ... union leaders have said they want to slow bake us over a long period of time and we can't afford that.
We need to bring this to a close and we need to have an agreement before we put the airline back in the air
"While we are satisfied that the acceptance of gifts which are de minimis should not be considered corrupt ... the acceptance of other benefits in connection with official actions is rightly regarded as corrupt irrespective of whether there was an antecedent promise or bargain,'' they said.
"In the present circumstances, given the substantial nature of the benefits, no such defence was tenable.''
we are caught in a downward spiral that ultimately results in the Government being so bust it can't pay its bills
In the absence of a marked improvement in the external position, New Zealand may be more likely to be singled out in the funding markets in the future. All things being equal, any further deterioration in the ratings outlook could serve to raise debt servicing costs for the Crown as well as borrowing rates for households and businesses
there is at least a one in five chance of an outcome worse than that captured in the downside scenario. Indeed there are a number of risks for the economy over and above those captured in the scenario
a cloud over any big-spending promises planned for the campaignThe moths and cobwebs are to be exposed to strong sunlight as the PREFU is tabled later today. No doubt will be a deteriorating revelation of epic proportion.
Labour's savings plan ... "fairly big bikkies" ... to include an element of compulsion ... with a greater tax take from a new top rate of income tax and a capital gains tax.As usual some would be thieves want to offer large bribes for votes.
New Zealand consumers had been distracted from a deteriorating world economy
If we hadn't had the Rugby World Cup, ... it's helped deflect attention away from some pretty significant developments
the global scene has been nothing short of awful
The Lord Mayor of Melbourne tells would be freedom campers not to bother upsetting HMQ.
"I would also say that we will have a zero-tolerance approach to people who try to camp in our city.
"By all means, protest. That's perfectly all right and always has been, always will be, but you cant camp in the city.
"You can't disrupt the city for your own purposes, you can't capture the city, you can't hold the city hostage."
a spur-of-the-moment thing
iam pridem, ex quo suffragia nulli / uendimus, effudit curas; nam qui dabat olim / imperium, fasces, legiones, omnia, nunc se / continet atque duas tantum res anxius optat, / panem et circenses.
(Juvenal, Satire 10.77–81)
"Once the monkeys learn they can vote themselves bananas, they'll never climb another tree."
Already long ago, from when we sold our vote to no man, the People have abdicated our duties; for the People who once upon a time handed out military command, high civil office, legions — everything, now restrains itself and anxiously hopes for just two things: bread and circuses.HT Crusader Rabbit
Recent polling, including Act's own internal research, puts National's candidate, Paul Goldsmith, ahead of Mr Banks
Police were clearly on a mission to get us out of there and they used whatever force they decided was necessary
Forty people were arrested and 29 of those were issued with infringement notices for breaching a local government act
On Friday, there were violent scenes at the Occupy Melbourne site, with 100 people arrested as they were forcefully evicted from their City Square campsite
the protest breached City of Sydney regulations
Horizons chief executive Michael McCartney could not be reached for comment on Mr Beveridge's resignation, despite repeated attempts to contact him
``It's just what we didn't need,'' Tararua Mayor Roly Ellis said. ``It's been closed roughly 60 days now, so people are getting quite frustrated.''
``The productivity between Palmerston North and the Port of Napier is crucial and I think adding a few passing bays and other alterations will make this [Saddle] road much more useable.''
released on parole today after serving a third of his sentence for bribery and corruption
they've made radar contact and they know the pilot's boarding position is close to it [the beacon]. They've changed course to go to the beacon
From when they started to alter course they had at least an hour to recognise the hazard and it would have been staring them in the face on their chart
taxpayers may have to pay for part of the salvage and clean-up
... former Prime Minister ... was sentenced to seven years in prison Tuesday on charges of abuse of office ...
As much as 350 tonnes of oil had escaped the ship this morning after it shifted in big seas overnight and crushed part of the reef it was stuck on
Fears the ship would break up and its 2000 containers fall in to the sea were growing as bad weather continued.
Prime Minister John Key is also expected to fly into the city today to see the situation for himself
Race Relations Commissioner Joris de Bres said that although he deplored Professor Mutu's suggestion that New Zealand should discriminate against white-skinned people from certain countries, the Bill of Rights Act allowed people to speak their mind
also said the Education Act protected the freedom of academic staff and students to put forward new ideas and to state controversial or unpopular opinions
[He] embodied the Silicon Valley entrepreneur.
"He had no formal technical training and no real business experience. What he had instead was an appreciation of technology's elegance and a notion that computers could be more than a hobbyist's toy or a corporation's workhorse."
Auckland Council tonight voted a further $1.5 million for the Rugby World Cup in a deeply divided debate that swung on the casting vote of Mayor Len Brown
Brown said the money was necessary to take precautionary steps to continue delivering the brilliance and excellence
Auckland was a bunch of idiots who could not run anything
iwi wanted to self-govern the area stretching from Opotiki to Putere on the Wairoa side, and the edge of Taupo and Rotorua on the other side
iwi could sign a settlement including self-government of Te Urewera National Park and Lake Waikaremoana as early as next year
iwi had already proven it could self-govern
Closures of this extent only happen around once in a decade
while the scale of the slip looks set to surpass the slips of 2004, which kept the gorge closed for 70 days, that portion of State Highway 3 was expected to remain viable long-term
an unstable hillside that needs to shed more material before it stabilises
A Christchurch bar has come under fire for allegedly ejecting a customer because of his moko