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Maori Should Pay Everyone Else For Saving Them From Covid-19 Harm

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Seriously this needs to stop.  Some idiot Maori Party candidate has accused New Zealand of "ethnic cleansing" in their response to Covid-19.   Well that is just clay target shooting sport for us at this blog isn't it? Donna Pokere-Phillips, who's standing in the Hauraki-Waikato electorate seat in the upcoming 2020 election, says New Zealand is witnessing "the greatest peacetime loss of civil liberties in our history at the exclusion of a Māori voice". Apparently Maori were 2.5 more likely to suffer from Covid-19 deaths than any other race.  It never happened.  It never was going to. But now they need the money anyway?  Seriously. The budget has allocated the same number as the raw total treaty settlements for Maori to be as useless under Covid-19 as us token whitey thought they would be.  It is unbelievable? Maori should be writing the rest of us a cheque if truly the result of Covid-19 spreading was going to be that bad.  Whitey and

Chinese Embassy Accuse Winston Peters Of Lying

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As predicted yesterday, Winston Peters has started his own war with China for a reason so cunning I cannot work it out even in my most cynical of thought process. Today he got a bite from China. Winston Peters is on the record as saying the following: "They wanted a discussion as to why we were doing it because they thought it was an overreaction". The Embassy responded "China respects the lockdown decision made by New Zealand Government and has never dissuaded New Zealand from going into lockdown," the Chinese Embassy said. And just if there was any confusion. "We hope that Winston Peters certain people in New Zealand will stop lying spreading disinformation and creating trouble and bend over and take it up the rear work to enhance instead of undermining your largest export earners bilateral mutual trust and cooperation." They usually say "spirit of co-operation and friendship" (when they are about to bend you over a desk wit

The War With China Is On - NZ Needs To Pick A Side Best It Not Be Red

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In the context of the latest cold war like tensions between the USA and Mainland China: Today we were gifted online an extraordinary interview on Stuff with Winston Peters.   It was conducted by Eugene Bingham and Adam Dudding . Despite them carrying on like besotted little fanboys for their chat, I listened closely to the whole interview.  I don't care today how much play money Robbo and Cindy promised to give away.  Most of it will never eventuate as this Coalition is too hopeless to get to the point of spending any of it once various interest groups have fought over it. The interview is extraordinary for two reasons,  1. China did not want New Zealand to lock down, and;  2. Winston Peters told us that China did not want New Zealand to lock down Winston Peters is many things but an idiot who speaks out of turn, he is not.  He let this bat out of the bag entirely on purpose.  He is also in this instance not going to be telling a bunch of H1N1.  Every word that

Border Opening Envy At The Wealthy And Privileged - What Happens Next?

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I will tell you. All over the internet there will be media tempting you with clickbait about all the borders slowly opening and pitting those countries against ones that are not.  Summer will make this worse in the Northern Hemisphere as will winter in the South. Meanwhile New Zealand remains closed. Or does it? The travel ban put in place in February to stop the spread of Covid-19 has prevented more than 11,000 Chinese students who had been due back for their studies from travelling here. Hmm so 11,000 Chinese students are the next priority? Not only flying them back but whacking them in supervised quarantine or 2 weeks at once?  The logistics are well......mindblowing. Of course it is. Without these international students, universities stood to lose upwards of $170 million in fees. $170 million! Such a pittance now sounds like the beginning of a Dr Evil sequence from Austin Powers doesn't it?  Yes tomorrow Grant Robertson w

The Coronavirus Coalition Has Reached Peak Mental

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When: Jane Kelsey The woke Human Rights Commissioner Paul Hunt who David Parker Attorney General, gave 12 hours overnight to comment on this debacle, calls it a "great failure of democracy" And The National Party with ACT Agree that a centre-left coalition are breaching Human Rights and a law is a disgrace. Then it is. And the GREENS voted for it.  What may I ask is the point of them existing? It is time for the adults to step in.  We may "not be epidemiologists" with apparently no right to comment about the OTT health response, but there are a few of us who are lawyers, past and practising. The epidemiologists have done their job and can sit in the corner drinking their Jacinda Kool Aid after having D-list moments in the media spotlight. Chief Justice Winkelmann needs to now get off her throne and make some rather unhappy noises about the powers being handed to the Police.  Things like the Constitutional Separation

UPDATED - His Children At School With 100's But His Funeral With Only 10

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This tragic story shows us absolutely everything that is wrong with the Cult of Jacinda Ardern and her definition of "kindness" that has been lauded worldwide. Roy Green owned the Mad Butcher Pukekohe with his wife.  They have two children.  He was by accounts a popular member of the local community.  His business ran into trouble pre-Covid, he had "personal issues" and he spoke as a poster boy in several branches of the media of what the lockdown meant for him. The shop was making more than $92,000 a week before level four lockdown, but sales dried up when his was forced to close his doors. 'The money I do have in the bank is all going for outgoings at the moment ... it's a tough struggle,' Green said. 'I spend nights awake in bed, some nights I've sat there crying, wondering what I'm gonna do next.'  The shop was turning over $92,000 a week. This would not have been his profit so the number is irrelevant.  His debts

But It Has Ended Very Well For You Peter Beck

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While what he is saying is correct I find this an extraordinary thing to say in this time in history. Rocket Lab chief executive Peter Beck told Newstalk ZB's Andrew Dickens the Government shouldn't take up the role of the venture capital industry and isn't in the position to take risks. "You have to let nature take its course in respects, because when you artificially inflate or create markets it never ends well." I agree with him entirely. Only not has Beck taken the government wage subsidy let us revisit some history that he may not wish to travel back to in his time machine. Callaghan Innovation said it could not release details of the financial support for Rocket Lab because it was commercially sensitive. "From its days as a resident startup at Callaghan Innovation's Parnell research site, we have always recognised the unique opportunity Rocket Lab presents,'' said chief executive Vic Crone. I would say it has e