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  1. Just watched it and saw what you did, a boat making a wise weather related call in the face of some unrelated and purly political game playing. I'd have done no different, in fact in 96 I did clear out of Tonga but then stayed another 6 days in the Nuku'alofa harbour due to weather. The Tongans did pretty much the same as those in the RIB, asked us to move on but when fronted with a firm 'No, the weather is dangerous, give us a day or 3' they backed off. The next day a pile of officials arrived again and I thought here we go only to find they had come to invite us to the Kings birthday bash at the Dateline, it was a goodie. They had the Miss Tonga pageant on as a prelude.... Oh good golly, which way is it to the cold showers??? But this story is in the media which means we only saw the view they wanted us too. The true story is highly likely to be very different.
  2. I'd say more control and money but using supply and demand as leverage. The council is a leftist one and like most leftists their desire is to control, to be everyone's Nana. There are definite angles in the battle which are about control, they want a lot more than they should be allowed and are legally allowed, not that abiding by the law seems to be high on their priorities. The other is money. The city is beyond broke, if it was you or me the banks would have started the eviction and mortgagee sale process, so any coin from anywhere they will have a crack at. Westhaven is already a cash cow for them and they reckon they can bleed the rich white prick boat owners for a sh*t load more. There is also the Panuku angle which would see all things marine related go entirely from around the marinas to be replaced with high priced apartments instead. That's their end game and those in Pine Harbour will see that's started already with the building out there, which is being built in contravention to some laws. The Council is assisting with that law breaking. The list is extensive sadly. We do not want to fight them all we want is a seat at the table when discussions and decisions are made that affect us all. Currently those who make all the calls do not have any skin in the game, none, so they do not have to live with their decisions......but you and I do.... and we have to pay for that pleasure. We'd also sort of like the laws of both Akl and NZ followed rather than ignored, something else that Panuku is not very good in doing.
  3. If you are genuine in wanting to know you'd get off your lazy arse and find out.
  4. Some of the sh*t going down is f**king scary, way up there in the WTF? stakes, funny, sad and some just wants to make you smack your head into a brick wall. You'll love this reason for why your berth cost will have to go up again shortly, this is the very stuff we are dealing with and we doubt most have any idea this goes on when they really should. The Westhaven office team is the office team and the dockmasters team, both live in the house in Westhaven. The plan is the office team move into the new (illegal) building as their new home. The downstairs of the house becomes the new workshop (Westhaven got paid 90K by NZTA to get it's gear out from under the bridge) and the dockmasters new home will be upstairs in the House. That does make some sense and decreases their physical footprint a bit, can't be a bad thing. But why the berth cost increases? We've been told when the office moves to the new building as the lease costs of it are that much higher the berth holders will have to stump up and cover that. Basically the council wants to charge the council a sh*t load more for the council to use a council building. Or for those OK with math what's really happening is the council has found yet another way to extract even more out of you rich white prick 1%ers. That's just one example of the bullshit going on that we are fighting to try and stop. Another is the up coming thingy where the Council/Panuku is going to try and bully all the berth holders into accepting a change in what is legally allowed to happen in Westhaven. Currently by law only 2 commercial mobs are allowed in Westhaven, Penny Whiting School and someones else that's slipped my mind. But look around and how has the council pushed into Westhaven, a sh*t load of ferries, close to 10 times the commercial footprint that the law allows, piles of charter boats displaced by the AC and a sh*t load more. Currently that is illegal activities in Westhaven so the council is about to push you into retrospectively approving their actions. Ya know what? I think they will manage to do it and do it with ease due to to how apathetic most of you are. That could easily break Westhaven and many of it's users as private will be competing with commercial in an environment run by money grabbers who don't give a flying f*ck about you. Once they have broken Westhaven the rest will topple like meek dominos, that is their stated plan. The other marinas have similar sh*t happening not on such a big scale but nests are being feathered using your money.
  5. Good lad for signing up, the more there are the harder it is to ignore. I do think there are a lot of berth holders and users of Akl marinas that really do need to have a wee suss of what is going on before they find it is really too late. Apathy is why we pay so much for our berths and do so with reducing facilities. What's is coming is potential a huge game changer which could easy see the end of the average NZers being able to afford a marina berth. The Trusts run out in 26/29 so we are only a few years away from that, if we don't drive pegs in the sand now it will be too late. Either get off your arse and do something or you may as well just bend over, grab your ankles and hope like f*ck Panuku is generous enough in their victory to use some lube.
  6. In that case you Govt is just like ours, very gullible and easy as to scam. Also it means the Chinese Govt get incredibly magnificent ROI where the US gets the total opposite.
  7. If you allow anyone in as they may feel a little hard done by then where do you stop? Yeap, as soon as the word gets out the gates are open, stand well clear.............. then pop down the bank and ask for another few billion to pay for the result.
  8. I'd be surprised if that is right. The Chinese airforce is growing by planes per day and they are building aircraft carriers like Brunswick builds 20ft fizzboats. If it is then it'll be a simple value for the $$ proposition as in a US contractor can charge the US Govt $6754 for a hammer and 30,000 for a dunny seat where you'd have to be one very brave bastard to try that on the Chinese Govt. The blob?? In a country with an obesity problem you may need to get a little more specific with that one, that only narrows it down to 100 odd million people
  9. https://www.yachtingnz.org.nz/sites/default/files/2018-10/AGM Minutes 2017.pdf Section 8. Its a motion around this affiliation fee discussion brought to a YNZ AGM by Waikawa 3 years ago.
  10. Opps got that wrong, the correct time is Refreshments at 7:00 pm and meeting at 7:30
  11. Tomorrow evening the Westhaven Marina Users Association is holding it's AGM. With recent developments and another one that popped up Thursday night that all contribute to making life harder for berth holders and marine related users of the area the meeting could be a goodie and may feature some fireworks if anyone from Panuku has the balls to turn up. 6pm in the Ponsonby Cruising Club Voting in 6 weeks will change absolutely nothing, voting in the council elections changed nothing, getting off your arse and turning up to meetings like this does.
  12. Agree painting anchor chains doesn't work that well, short term at best. East Tamaki Galvanisers are great, they are our 'go to', also Steelmasters in Penrose, both can spin the excess galv off making a far better finish. Disagree about the strength lose, NZ galvanisers tend to be knowledgeable, East Tamaki is exceptionally so*, which means they don't over cook the chain which means minimal strength loss, if any. Take it to some R A G Galvanisers in the arse end of WhyKickAMoocow then I'd be concerned, very much so. Comments do not apply to hi tensile chains i.e. above G40's, the game changes with those but next to none of you have them so no worries. * - that is both galvanising and when talking suspect things seen in chains. If you take anything to them and they point out a problem LISTEN TO THEM, they have caught many scary bits n bobs.
  13. Agree with Mark. There are a growing number of offshore reports and comments coming up about 'head to NZ, it's soft touch'. Maybe that's a reflection of the writers navigation skills.
  14. Panuku is working in the best interest of those who have paid for Westhaven many times over and are currently one of the most profitable things the council rakes income from - YEAH RIGHT!!!! The new building being built, illegally, was going to have a cafe in it, that's OK one would have thought...untill this sign appeared there on Wednesday Up to 1000 people at once??? The place says it has 36 car parks on its liquor license application, even if that was true, it's not, that's just bullshit. And all your berth fees went up today. Do you get the feeling Panuku sees you are easy to extract a sh*t load of coin from ATF machines and nice quiet and compliant ones. They do regard you are easily played suckers and rich ones. There is Westhaven Marina Users Association )WUMA) AGM on Tuesday in the Ponce. It maybe worth you turning up and lending support to these fighting to keep Westhaven for NZers and to make sure Panuku gives the finger to yet more laws and allowable Westhaven uses. Like under the laws there are no commercial vessels allowed in Westhaven....yet. The list is far bigger than you'd even imagine could exist. Also bare in mind Panuku are working on 'If we can break Westhaven then all the other marinas will fold like soggy toilet paper'. They are right, if they knock Westhaven over the rest will fall in seconds so even if you're not in West haven what happening there is your marinas future as well.
  15. Slight correction needed there. The Government of the day (the 4th Labour, David Lange) gave away 61% but also sold another pile which it received $83 million for. At the time the Government was lambasted for setting the TAC at such a high limit with experts saying it was far to high and would damage the fishery. The Government argued market forces would dictate what was caught or not. It only took a few years before the Government of the day (the 4th National, Jim Bolger) realised the TAC was seriously over cooked and reduced the number significantly. I am assuming those are 1986 dollars.
  16. Publicly, no they won't. But are they reacting to it? Oh hell yes, both fast and hard.
  17. That post from Ian needs to be in it's own thread. It is a HUGELY topical subject being discussed inside many, if not most, yacht clubs and I'm sure it will generate a lot of discussion.......and sphincter twitching in the odd Takapuna office.
  18. Next time instead of writing post with your hand on it generating the dribble that was your post before that one, just try posting 'I don't quite understand, can you explain it more please?'. See what happens when you do...note: I did translate your post from dribble into grown up before responding. A few Maori would do something rash and the rednecks would see that as an invite to start a civil war. Yes I do think it is both that simple and that outcome is a distinct possibility.
  19. Your post is so ridiculous and blatantly incorrect in so many ways it's actually rather humorous. One day I'm getting bitched at for discussing XYZ, the next I'm getting bitched at for not doing it. If only there was some consistency .......................... maybe one day the penny will drop. Legacy seems to ignore it, the doco went to lengths to show 'victims' but ignored the fact the victims are the aggressors (for lack of a better word), this thread hasn't even got close to the Moa, nothing I can see even mentions the Moa let alone addresses the fact it is there and it is a massive block to any change. The fact is if the Moa wanted change to the entire fisheries management, and it did call for it in the doco, it has ALL the power needed to make change happen literally over night. But history very strongly screams it will not do that unless some coin changes hand and I'd suggest history also suggest that coin will be in the many many millions if not billions. Who owns most of the quota? Who leases their quota to the dodgy fuckers? Who can stop leasing their quota to the dodgy fuckers? Who holds more than enough power to stop most of this dodgy sh*t before lunch tomorrow?
  20. There is a push planned on her for this weekend and then she'll go to market. I'll be told when that happens and will let people know.
  21. 'Crown' brand cold galvanising, like 'CRC Zinc it' but works. $25 odd a spray can which do go quite a long way. It's what galvanisers themselves use to tidy up the odd blemish.
  22. As it appears that post has got a few ears pricked I have asked the owner what the current state of play is with her. I shall let those keen know. I am being told she may need a little TLC on the cosmetic front but the $$ being mentioned means I'd almost be tempted myself...... note the 'almost', that is key to me waking up tomorrow.
  23. The show was interesting, not much new in it, lacked balance on some very key points and it, like this thread, did completely ignore the massive Moa in the room. I tuned in just to see what they were saying about it only to see them dance around it, that was disappointing but not unexpected. That Moa could change things in seconds and right across the entire industry.......if it choose to do so. Until that Moa is most likely bribed to the tune of millions if not billions I'm not expecting any significant change. Oh and someone needs to get rid of the other big block, Winston, he's been brought and paid for many times over big Big Fish.
  24. I'd say anyone who assumed any boat/s coming at them knows the rules is a very brave bugger or just stupid. Like Jon I use the 'might is right' rule....but I do also make effort to keep out of the ferries way, they are on the job and I'm often not plus be nice to them and as we see quite often they will be nice in return.
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