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The Clive Palmer press conference

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It’s all interesting, but it gets very interesting from 11:00 onwards. A week after this press conference, Gladys Berejiklian resigned amidst a corruption scandal.

Written by Nick K

October 26, 2021 at 9:29 pm

RealMe will hold your vaccination status

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You heard it here first. And don’t think for a minute that you won’t need nor use a RealMe account.

This is a government database holding your personal medical information.

Nothing to see here, move along.

Written by Nick K

October 26, 2021 at 7:06 pm

Mathematical nonsense

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This Herald headline stands out, and not just today, but this message has been repeated for weeks:

Covid 19 Delta outbreak: Gangs may hold key to vaccination success

It didn’t seem right to me, so I checked out a few numbers.

As at September, there were almost 8,000 gang members in New Zealand, We could even say that this number is overstated, as the government is keen to let us know, so let’s say 7,000. If each gang member has 5 more family members in their environs, that’s 35,000 gang members or “associates” who “hold the key” to 90% vaccination “success”.

As at last week, almost 3,000,000 of us had a second Covid dose. We are at 71% of full vaccination from the eligible population, meaning a further 20% or 600,000 people required to be double-vaxxed for us to get to 90%

Even if all of my estimated 35,000 gang members/associates got two jabs, that’s not a drop in the ocean toward the 600,000 required. Even if we double my estimate to 70,000 people, it’s only 11% of the required number.

So no, Gangs do not hold the key. They’re not part of the solution. Never have been, never will be.

Written by Nick K

October 25, 2021 at 6:50 pm

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Questions for the day

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  1. What will the government’s GST receipts be for the last six months?
  2. This time next year, and early the following year, when the time comes for businesses to start paying provisional tax, has the government forecast what that shortfall will be, and if so, what is the expected drop?
  3. To combat 1 & 2, how does the government intend to pay for the expected drop in GST and tax of billions of dollars?

Written by Nick K

October 24, 2021 at 12:22 pm

You’re brainy because of your white supremacy

It’s not an overstatement that our Universities are in trouble when it comes to the ability to exercise academic freedoms. If you put your name to a letter that argues that Maori indigenous knowledge “falls far short of what we can define as science”, you are forced to resign.

But it seems it’s quite acceptable to publish an article in a medical journal claiming that University meritocracy is a result of white supremacy.

Merit should be redefined and universities should take greater notice of indigenous self-determination and “a lived understanding of socioeconomic adversity”, academics from the University of Otago argue.

White supremacy, privilege and “meritocracy” were stubborn hurdles to a more just approach to student selection, public health specialist Prof Peter Crampton and colleagues contend in the New Zealand Medical Journal today.

The authors argued principles of meritocracy and the ideology of white supremacy had ensured barriers to higher education remained in place, although well camouflaged.

As I said, this is in a Medical Journal.

Professor Peter Crampton must feel terribly upset and ashamed at being part of the white supremacy he complains so vocally about.

Written by Nick K

October 11, 2021 at 6:56 pm

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A reminder

We all need to hold him to this, if/when the time comes.

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October 11, 2021 at 6:32 pm

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Three Waters: Christchurch City Council’s rejection means nothing

Because the fascists in charge of this country will legislate and steal councils assets regardless, even if 98% of councils do not agree with the reforms.

So don’t get too excited.

National MP Barbara Kuriger asked Mahuta in Parliament if she would consider pausing the reforms given Local Government NZ and some mayors, councils, and communities have called for her to do so. 

“No,” Mahuta responded. 

Sign Act’s petition here.

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September 28, 2021 at 7:44 pm

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Three Waters: Sign Act’s Petition

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September 27, 2021 at 7:50 pm

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Three Waters: Some basic introductory facts

What are the Three Waters?

They are as they say, the three waters that make up our day-to-day infrastructure requirements: stormwater, wastewater and then drinking water.

Why is reform necessary?

Good question. If you peruse the Department of Internal Affairs page on it, it will tell you this:

The Government’s Three Waters Reform Programme proposes to create publicly-owned multi-regional entities that have the scale, expertise, operational efficiencies and financial flexibility to provide safe, affordable water services for New Zealanders.

These reforms are intended to safeguard and enhance this critical infrastructure and associated services for generations to come so that we can have safe drinking water, and sewage and stormwater systems with good environmental outcomes, that we can afford.

Anything else?

Yes. Here’s the “case for change” summary from the DIA – note the reference to Treaty-related obligations including, “…improving outcomes for iwi/Maori in relation to the three waters service delivery“. I never knew that my good full-blooded-Maori mate who lives in a near new house in Papamoa didn’t have drinking water nor decent stormwater delivery in his subdivision.

And to give that delivery for Maori who don’t have drinking water at the moment, here’s the simple organisational structure chart. Summarily, there are five separate reporting teams, with customers handily placed right at the bottom. This should work well, right?

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September 25, 2021 at 5:17 pm

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Three Waters: The issue of our generation

If time permits, I have decided to allocate all of my blogging time in the immediate future to analysing, describing and providing information on the Three Waters proposals. I can’t think of a bigger piece of reform this country has implemented since the Rogernomics reforms of the 1980’s. I really do think it is the issue of our generation. It has huge ramifications in many, many areas. And it is something that the government has allowed to “sneak” through while it has diverted us towards a pandemic. It is the perfect opportunity for politicians as they undoubtedly follow Winston’s Churchill’s advice of never letting a crisis go to waste.

I’ll start my series by copying, verbatim, an article from the Act Party newsletter this week, Free Press. It’s a great lead in:

We believe the important questions are: Is there a problem? What is it? What is the Government proposing? Will it work? What’s a better alternative?

Taking them one by one, there ARE problems with the three waters. Lead in Dunedin water and campylobacter in Havelock North water are real problems telling us the situation is not perfect. But there are other problems.

A few thousand ratepayers in Kaipara got themselves loaded with tens of millions in debt for an overpriced sewer ten years ago and they’re still paying. Some Auckland beaches are deemed to be unswimmable 20 percent of the time. Wellington’s water is a disaster. Then you talk to developers about getting new sections connected and you start to understand the housing market a bit better.

The problem is that, a bit like DHBs, some councils just aren’t up to modern asset management. They’re also underfunded, because politicians find it much easier to get their photo taken at a summer concert or a council sponsored business than a pipe that’s underground. It smells better, too. That doesn’t apply to all councils, but there are clearly some that need money and know how to do their three waters job better.

The Government’s solution is complete overkill, overlaid with treaty politics that’s got nothing to do with water quality. If they said, ‘we are trying to solve long held treaty grievances over water while improving water quality,’ they would be wrong but at least more honest.

The proposed reorganisation is not stealing assets ratepayers have paid for. The assets will still exist and serve the same properties for a fee. The ‘theft’ hysterics have not helped the situation because they’re obviously untrue. Put it another way, if your council did get compensated, would you trust them with the money?

But there is a huge problem with the proposed new Governance model. It will be remote, complex, and unaccountable. People in Rodney district, 50 kilometres from Queen Street, find Auckland Council unresponsive. Who do you call about your water from Kaitia, 350 kilometres from Watercare headquarters?

What’s more, you’re on a totally separate water system, so what efficiencies could they possibly offer you? The Government said their system would be five times more efficient at managing Whangārei water. Sheryl Mai commissioned a report from Castalia economics, which found that claim to be exactly as implausible as it sounds.

All of that is without mentioning the co-governance aspect. Once again, the Government’s obsession with the two-state solution of treaty partnership is divisive and ineffective. Why would being born Māori give you special insights into governing three waters infrastructure? They just can’t say.

A better alternative is what ACT’s Local Government spokesperson has laid out. The nationwide water quality regulator is a good idea, but it should not regulate a couple of users sharing a bore or a tank. It should only apply to ‘water systems’ with over 30 users.

Some councils are struggling, but the answer is not collective punishment. Councils should be allowed to create voluntary cooperatives, Auckland’s Watercare and Wellington Water are examples that already exist. ACT’s central-local infrastructure partnership model, where councils are funded to build infrastructure with real accountability for using taxpayer money is already a solution to many of the problems.

The Government has made it complicated but it’s really very simple. Create a water quality regulator. Done. Dump the current plan. Easy. Draw up guidelines for voluntary sharing agreements. Simple. Partner with any council of cooperative to fund needed infrastructure with accountability. If you doubt these are good answers, ask the National Party, who’ve copied it all!

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September 24, 2021 at 9:32 pm

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