rant on rising costs-fines
it seems like everyone is reaching into our pockets for cash
1 - due to some confusion over methods of communication got an email saying i had missed my chance for a 15% early payment discount so now needed to pay $2500 instead of $2125......didn't matter that i paid immediately on the email, which was a few days out of the grace period...they want the $375
wish i had the right to give everyone i deal with a bogus 15% discount so they paid on time, or even better didn't!
2 - daughter needed a high spec desktop for her 3D animation course
we ordered it, it arrives, we drive into the queen st. shop on a quiet saturday morning to pick it up, we drive into the bus lane to get to a loading bay, but it's a bus stop, so we drive a bit further to the loading bay, nip in grab all the boxes, off we go
a week later we get a $150 fine from AT's new cameras for driving in a bus lane for more than 50mtrs....doesn't seem to matter that there were no buses anywhere!
have tried to appeal the fine and sent in a time-stamped receipt showing that 2 minutes after the camera caught us in the bus lane we were in the shop picking up boxes, but our query seems to have disappeared in the system so now we've received a warning to pay within 28 days
3. have also had to pay AT $140 for a year's right to park on the street outside our house, now that they've expanded their residents parking zones
.............i wonder of this new emphasis on revenue raising has anything to do with the new rail link being a billion dollars short? and as Goff? removed the 2 elected members from the AT board there is no need for them to do more than give lip-service
4 - wife is worried airmail package from OS from sister got lost as it is well overdue
sister says OS tracking shows it came into nz 10 days ago, a few days after it was sent
put the tracking number into nz post and it says
Import duty & tax assessment
her sister sends these boxes over regularly with store-bought sweets, spices, magazines etc and they are usually worth about $200-300?, less than $400 so should be GST free and straight through customs to the postal service
but now it's being held for assessment, for how long?
i wonder if there's a new crackdown and any package with a declared value over $200? is being sidelined from customs as potentially trying to dodge GST through undervaluing?.
if so how long will we have to wait for someone to open the box, remove 20? small items wrapped in a foreign language, value them and get back to us with an estimate of GST value, or just let the box through like usual
so yeah! am getting pretty sick of getting pinged from all angles by unexpected, unreasonable add-ons
and certainly won't be voting for any politician of any flavour who won't commit to living within our means