Buying an election
2 hours ago
It is a couple of 17-year-old idiots who chose to knowingly breach a crystal clear code of conduct, I am sure they are at heart good young men, but their parents need to let them absorb the consequences.
criticising their parents' action in taking the school to court as "inexcusable, infantile and reprehensible"
On March 23, 1965, America launched the first two-man Gemini flight designed to bridge the Mercury missions and the upcoming Apollo flights to the moon.
Before the program ended with the splashdown of Gemini XII on Nov. 15, 1966, NASA had learned a lot it would need to know to send men to the moon in 1969.
Spacewalking, docking, maneuvering and working as a team in space all happened first in Gemini spaceships.
Transport Minister Simon Bridges has confirmed a rail option will be part of an alternative Waitemata Harbour crossing that he says will "future-proof" the proposal.
Bridges said the move was necessary because of the rapid growth in Auckland over the next 20 years
The business case will look at a range of public transport options, including heavy rail. NZTA and Auckland Transport will be working together on this part of the project, including any necessary route protection for public transport.
And please, let no-one that MPs are well paid. A back bench MP is paid about as much as a mid ranking Lieutenant Colonel equivalent in the military or a Deputy Principal in medium size secondary school. Many MP's would take a salary cut on being elected. They are not well remunerated by any stretch of the imagination and those who would argue otherwise are saying much about their own level of competence.
A proposal to nearly double the international travel allowance of former MPs has been "slipped in under the radar"
for former MPs who qualified for the perk, it would increase the maximum rebate to around $20,000 a year
Labour MP Annette King said the law change ... had nothing to do with former MPs "trying to grab something."
That fossil fuels are finite is a red herring
It is an ironic truth that no nonrenewable resource has ever run dry, while renewable resources—whales, cod, forests, passenger pigeons—have frequently done so.
the shale revolution has yet to go global. When it does, oil and gas in tight rock formations will give the world ample supplies of hydrocarbons for decades, if not centuries. Lurking in the wings for later technological breakthroughs is methane hydrate, a seafloor source of gas that exceeds in quantity all the world’s coal, oil and gas put together.
Protest organiser Aprilanne Bonar:
"This goes part way to achieving the outcome we require"
We have a clear focus on protecting kauri particularly in areas such as the Waitakeres, but in this case a resource consent was lawfully applied for and granted and that decision must stand
last night the council was working with the property owner to consider other options and "another way forward"
I think the number of protesters indicates that there is significant community interest, but ultimately that is a decision for the Council.
Well I encouraged the mayor and said, look, there is significant concern, the Government's spending $25 million on trying to protect kauri trees.
Our preference would be if a way could be found to save this tree, but the regulatory tools rest with the Council.
It was a constructive meeting with the mayor - I expressed to him some of the concerns people have over the loss of this kauri tree. He indicated to me that he wanted to get back to Auckland and look at the options.
They might have to revise their position.
- those who want to cause harm don't usually give warnings beforehand - No warnings given, treehugger climbed tree in early hours - CHECK
- only radicals were able to justify acts as extreme as adding 1080 to infant milk if the pesticide wasn't pulled from government programmes - Treehugger willing to invade your property till you relent - CHECK
- When people's beliefs get to that point they [have] lost perspective on matters - Is a rabid treehugging feral greenie? - CHECK
- They feel so strongly about it they believe the ends justifies the means - CHECK
- likely to be on the fringe of society and spending a lot of time inside their own head - Loons the lot of them, especially the Waiheke ones - CHECK
- type of person who would go through with it would actually be deranged - You have to be totally deranged to be a greenie - CHECK
- have a radicalised mindset. They can't be convinced otherwise. They're the types who chain themselves to buildings and you have to eventually cut the padlock rather than talk them down - Is there a rabid treehugger in your tree? - CHECK
- do whatever they want, play with your brain and work on fear - CHECK
If the tress come down then so should the houses that are built in their place.
Burn the fucking things down, and when they are rebuilt burn em again.
Former Labour leader David Cunliffe has offered to climb a kauri tree under threat of being felled in Auckland
none of his Labour Party colleagues appeared willing to join him
Residents upset with plans to axe a 500-year-old kauri in their Auckland neighbourhood have managed to keep the tree-cutters away - for now
About 100 people gathered at Paturoa Rd, in West Auckland's Titirangi, early yesterday to protest the scheduled felling of the centuries-old kauri to make way for two houses that have consent to be built on the site
the climber, activist Michael Tavares, planned to remain there overnight
Waitakere Ranges Local Board member Greg Presland, who was pictured with fellow member Saffron Toms and chairwoman Sandra Coney, had posted the Facebook photo
residents and supporters were joined by members from Reweti Marae and mana whenua (guardians of the land)