NEW ZEALAND POLITICS

It's a shame Metiria Turei resigned

It pretty obviously had to happen. Her brutal honesty about her time on welfare decades ago backfired enormously and the right leaning mainstream media saw the opportunity to pour petrol on the fire she lit and stoked an inferno.

I met her about 10 years ago at one of the openUReyes film nights at the Southern Cross Garden Bar. We invited her as a guest speaker and she turned up, luggage in hand straight after landing at Wellington airport on a Monday evening. She spotted me lingering at the back of the crowd and picked me as an organiser immediately and we sat and chatted quietly while the film played. She hit me then as the real deal, a real person, not an actor and she stood up at the end of the film and spoke to the audience with relaxed authority and knowledge on the subject from a Kiwi political position.

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The want for rich people to put houses and other development in beautiful places must not outweigh the need for our environment to be protected

A marine reserve north of Auckland could have 1000 houses built on its shores if a development company has its way.

Okura Land Holdings Ltd is going to the Environment Court next to appeal a decision by the Auckland Council to knock back the development.

Long Bay Okura Great Park society spokesperson Teresa Moore said that number of houses would cause silt and heavy metals to go into the Okura Estuary.
READ MORE: http://www.newstalkzb.co.nz/news/national/concern-as-developers-plan-hou...

88 New Zealanders illegally spied on by the GCSB, government lied on sworn affidavits to the High Court about spying on Kim Dotcom

Firstly, who are the 88 victims of illegal spying in New Zealand by the GCSB? These rape victims absolutely must be notified of the crimes their government has committed against them.

Secondly, that information must be made public and those responsible held to account via prosecution. The rule of law means nothing if it does not apply to all citizens regardless of status or post. Disorder will follow otherwise.

Thirdly, the now confirmed lying on sworn affidavits made to the High Court about the illegal spying on Kim Dotcom by persons in government must be prosecuted.
CONTEXT: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11895912&r...

The problem is nobody gives a fuck about their community and they expect someone else to fix the problem

Shopping trolley loophole leaves Auckland Countdown responsible for rubbish dump
ARTICLE: http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/93241111/shopping-trolley-loophole-leave...

If you see a problem such as rubbish dumped on the street, complaining loudly is mostly a waste of time. You could always just take 10 minutes to clean it up yourself. The wider problem of course is that we have many members of our communities who just don't give a fuck. This is an illness of society. It is selfishness and a complete lack of respect for the environment and other members of your community that the rubbish just gets dumped on the streets in the first place, but there is also a complete lack of setting a good example by each and every person who simply walks past it.

Dozens trespassed from South Island Work and Income offices

I have said it here before but I will say it again. If the Department formerly known as "Social Welfare" would simply stop their aggressive bullying and dehumanisation of desperate and vulnerable people and re-jig the system to be compassionate and constructively helpful to those in need instead of projecting deep fear and intimidation onto them then we wouldn't need fat security guard cunts standing at the door of every WINZ office exacerbating the strong negative vibes.

The punitive welfare reforms brought in under the corrupt liar and former Prime Minister John Key and the endless media beatups on the poor have created this mess. It was never a problem until the psychopaths took hold of the government. Many WINZ clients are suffering from mental illnesses and all of them likely are in a desperate situation given the current housing crisis and skyrocketing rents and costs of living that this current government has been nurturing.

Historic PACER Plus agreement finally concluded

Thursday, 20 April 2017, 4:12 pm
Press Release: New Zealand Government

Hon Todd McClay
Minister of Trade

20 April 2017
Media Statement

Historic PACER Plus agreement finally concluded

Trade Minister Todd McClay says the successful conclusion of PACER Plus negotiations is a landmark day for trade and the sustainable economic development of the Pacific.

"PACER Plus is a unique trade and development agreement. It includes a development package of more than $55 million that will help raise standards of living, create employment opportunities and increase export capacity in Pacific Island countries,” Mr McClay says.

The agreement which was reached in Brisbane today by Pacific Island, New Zealand and Australian Trade Ministers includes tariff phase out periods which recognise the vulnerable nature of many Pacific economies and the strong relationship they share with Australia and New Zealand.

Smart Cities Could Be Crippled by Dumb Security

Urban centers around the world increasingly drip with technology. But as a hack over the weekend reminds us, city officials mustn’t forget that cybersecurity is a critical part of adding smarts to the urban environment.

On Friday night, residents of Dallas struggled to get as much sleep as they might have liked. At around 11:40 P.M., the city’s hurricane warning system sounded: 156 emergency sirens, all screaming out in unison. It happened another 15 times, each burst lasting 90 seconds, until the alarms finally fell silent around 1:20 on Saturday morning.
READ MORE: https://www.technologyreview.com/s/604124/smart-cities-could-be-crippled...

New Zealand Welfare System to Blame for People not Taking Underpaid Terribly Shitty Jobs Being Offered by Greedy Assholes

A Northland horticulture firm director says employing locals does not make economic sense.

A Mapua cafe made the news this month when its owner revealed she had struggled for six months to get anyone interested in a kitchen job.

Patrick Malley, of Onyx Horticulture, said it was a problem that affected his industry, too. It was hard to get people to turn up for work.
READ MORE: http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/91047042/Welfare-system-may-be-to-blame-...
EXAMPLE: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=1189...

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