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    Battleship reacted to KM... in NZ Politics   
    She is scary and now a seasoned polly so she will have fine tuned her ability to speak a lot but say nothing.
     
    It wasn't that long ago that there was an option to tick a box on the voting papers that effectively was a vote of no confidence in the system and/or pollies. But too many started ticking it and it was removed as it showed the pollies the punters were getting restless. The Election commission holds surveys after each election to get a feel for things like why a million people +/- don't vote and until the election before last you were able to say 'I did not vote as I think the pollies and/or system are broken i.e. I intentionally did not vote for reasons that are political'. You also have the option of I did not vote as I was at work, busy sailing, was to lazy to get off my arse or simply I was too stoned and forgot, assorted reasons like that which are not politically based. Not to mention the 'it was too hard' or 'I don't understand the paperwork' options. But again, the number who said 'for political reasons' started creeping upwards faster and faster. Last post election survey they asked the questions but did not split out those who didn't vote due to political reasons, the only reason you'd do that is to hide a growing dissatisfaction with the pollies and/ or system, the exact same reason they removed the 'no confidence' option on the voting papers.
     
    They are pollies, they are the power, they know what's right, they must be obeyed so to have a publicly visible number, that is a big and growing number, challenging that is poor form for them. The easy way to hide the fact there is growing dissatisfaction from those who may not have thought about it, may have thought about it but think you have to vote as the millions of marketing dollars keep telling us all, or those just thinking there must be a better way is to hide them. The easy way to do that is simply don't give the option and don't ask the question. As you can see in this thread to say you don't vote for political reasons is an invite for a strong sales pitch as to why everyone should...plus a pile of random dribble and for a reason I can't even start to understand a significant number of music videos. But if you look at those pitches they say the same thing, all of which has more holes than a large brothel in Amsterdam.
     
    The 380,000 number is from the last post election survey published by the electoral commission in which they split out the assorted reasons, which was after the 2011 election. With the numbers voting and those not since then it's not hard to extrapolate out the number will not have got smaller. How much bigger, only the pollies know.
     
    It's what the opposition get paid moonbeams to do in the adversarial system we use. The last opposition did exactly the same and had no less nor no more legal powers than the current one. But the last one did lack two very key elements, size and knowledge.
     
    As we now have the unusual situation of a minority government and a unusual large and experienced opposition, something we simply haven't had since before Helen retired, all we are seeing is a opposition with more power and smarts than we have had for many years combined with a bunch of newbies who haven't been there or done that yet. They will learn and will have to fast or they will be schooled big time again, just like they were the other day. They learnt a lot the other day, it will do them all manner of good.
     
    Wanking on this opposition are aholes and the last wasn't is simply sour grapes or a sh*t understanding of how the system is set up.
     
     
    Who is this Cindy?
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    Battleship got a reaction from 1paulg in NZ Politics   
    Did you actually listen to the interview? If so do you have any idea about what they were talking about?
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    Battleship got a reaction from w44vi in Volvo Ocean Race footage   
    Helicopter shots from after the start this morning pretty impressive.
     

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    Battleship got a reaction from jim s in Volvo Ocean Race footage   
    Helicopter shots from after the start this morning pretty impressive.
     

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    Battleship reacted to idlerboat in NZ Politics   
    The question of who can build what / where is a very interesting indication of society..
     
    Given the proposition that...
     
    You own or have title to land...or reasonable agreement ..
    You build in a manner that is "not going to endanger any others"
    You build in a manner that "will not ultimately or fundamentally cause alteration or pollution out side of your land"
     
    Then why cant you build without interference ?
     
    In nearly all cases if you correctly and directly meet the above criteria, the answer to "why not" is to do with "preserving or increasing financial gain of the adjoining properties.  It is important to understand that this last has nothing to do with the value of the home as a dwelling. It in fact is a cause of overbuilt, (in all aspects) ...
    Expensive areas do not translate to social cohesion. Most very expensive areas are "peaceful" only because the occupants have nothing to do with each other.
     
    I have watched the change of an area and its financial values over 50 years and its corresponding change in socialization and neighborly connections......
     
    Housing is badly viewed as a "savings device" before that of a dwelling. 
     
    Or to put it another way...
    If I want to make money by saving money.....building a tiny house out of recycled material in a manner that is pleasing to my eye......why should someone have a right to stop me because they want to spend large amounts of money on a house with the hope that it will increase in re sale due to "the market"...
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    Battleship reacted to southernman in Marina eWof requirements   
    There is a whole industry created around H&S.  Our business H&S costs have increased 500% in the last 3 years.  And they will increase further.  For small business wanting to work with big business you have to do it.  It's just you don't have the opportunity always to recover this in your revenue as the economies of scale don't apply to small business.  There is an army of H&S leaches running around making money out of this bloody stupid in often cases rules.  
     
    Take the Justice Precinct project in CHCH - inductions, endless H&S meetings, SOP's, everything done right BUT still endless injuries.  Look at the level of skill employed on this site - in most cases bloody terrible to dangerous.  Muppets running the cranes, H&S and site reps constantly change, no one knows what's going on.  Absolute madness.  And the head contractor makes a massive loss!!
     
    I think we will see things get even tougher than they are now.  
     
    You only have to work in the UK to understand a little about how things will end up here.  Bloody mental in most cases, but suck it up.  The safety boots I've worn for years and years are apparently no longer approved as they are dangerous because they don't have laces.  Honestly WTF since when have slip on boots been dangerous, bloody practical, less back bending to undo laces, foot get stuck you can get the boot off quickly.  
     
    Rant over.  Small Business Owner.  
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    Battleship got a reaction from gert in Sigh.. Flares!   
    Update on this, spoke to the supplier of these flares this morning and the distributor has sent replacement flares down so props to them for standing behind their product. 
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    Battleship got a reaction from Sabre in NZ Politics   
    Probably a little unrealistic in this age, I don't believe a CGT will make a jot of difference to house prices (it hasn't overseas) it will just move affordability further up the food chain, if you want a real change vote for the cat hater, Labour will only give you more of the same. 
     
    It's good that you are thinking of the greater good, believe or not I think most of us here are, we just have differing views on how that will be achieved.
     
    Personally I don't want the last nine years of scrimping and saving by all of NZ to go down the gurgler with a pre election vote purchasing lolly scramble just because of the culture of envy prevalent in some sectors of our society.
     
    PS. I have often found in life the ones who give the most are those who have the least.
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    Battleship got a reaction from Clipper in NZ Politics   
    Probably a little unrealistic in this age, I don't believe a CGT will make a jot of difference to house prices (it hasn't overseas) it will just move affordability further up the food chain, if you want a real change vote for the cat hater, Labour will only give you more of the same. 
     
    It's good that you are thinking of the greater good, believe or not I think most of us here are, we just have differing views on how that will be achieved.
     
    Personally I don't want the last nine years of scrimping and saving by all of NZ to go down the gurgler with a pre election vote purchasing lolly scramble just because of the culture of envy prevalent in some sectors of our society.
     
    PS. I have often found in life the ones who give the most are those who have the least.
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    Battleship got a reaction from erice in NZ Politics   
    Probably a little unrealistic in this age, I don't believe a CGT will make a jot of difference to house prices (it hasn't overseas) it will just move affordability further up the food chain, if you want a real change vote for the cat hater, Labour will only give you more of the same. 
     
    It's good that you are thinking of the greater good, believe or not I think most of us here are, we just have differing views on how that will be achieved.
     
    Personally I don't want the last nine years of scrimping and saving by all of NZ to go down the gurgler with a pre election vote purchasing lolly scramble just because of the culture of envy prevalent in some sectors of our society.
     
    PS. I have often found in life the ones who give the most are those who have the least.
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    Battleship got a reaction from jim s in NZ Politics   
    Probably a little unrealistic in this age, I don't believe a CGT will make a jot of difference to house prices (it hasn't overseas) it will just move affordability further up the food chain, if you want a real change vote for the cat hater, Labour will only give you more of the same. 
     
    It's good that you are thinking of the greater good, believe or not I think most of us here are, we just have differing views on how that will be achieved.
     
    Personally I don't want the last nine years of scrimping and saving by all of NZ to go down the gurgler with a pre election vote purchasing lolly scramble just because of the culture of envy prevalent in some sectors of our society.
     
    PS. I have often found in life the ones who give the most are those who have the least.
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    Battleship got a reaction from harrytom in NZ Politics   
    Probably a little unrealistic in this age, I don't believe a CGT will make a jot of difference to house prices (it hasn't overseas) it will just move affordability further up the food chain, if you want a real change vote for the cat hater, Labour will only give you more of the same. 
     
    It's good that you are thinking of the greater good, believe or not I think most of us here are, we just have differing views on how that will be achieved.
     
    Personally I don't want the last nine years of scrimping and saving by all of NZ to go down the gurgler with a pre election vote purchasing lolly scramble just because of the culture of envy prevalent in some sectors of our society.
     
    PS. I have often found in life the ones who give the most are those who have the least.
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    Battleship reacted to bazzathemammoth in NZ Politics   
    Ok you got me. She is technically my step daughter and I don't care if she learns Te Reo or makes a treaty claim. As for the rest of it, bollocks is a pretty poor response. What don't you agree with and why do you think I'm wrong?
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    Battleship reacted to KM... in NZ Politics   
    He's just having Shearer moment by the looks, he is also sorry for being a man. I don't know why as his assertion is pasty skin bloke have some sort of pasty skin bloke privilege which brings goodies and stuff no one else can get. Surely when he was born he got handed everything like I did apparently. But I do wish some arsehole had pointed that out earlier, along with where my goodies had been stashed, it would have saved me years of living on the bones of my arse and working hard out to get somewhere. Just to think of all that time on the beach I could have had I've they hadn't hidden my special pasty male privilege from me for so long. Mind you it appears I'm not alone and most pasty males also had their privilege hidden from them also.
     
    I tried to get into Te Reo classes twice. Both times I basically got told 'piss off honky'. Hard to have any sympathy for them now if that's their attitude. But I try to pick up words and use them when I can, I'd like to call a couple of the that are obese arsehole racists to their faces and in their own language.... maybe one day.
     
    Just ran all the lads thru the Labour 'What's in it for me calculator'. Bit disappoint not one of the team will get anything bar one who will get some student bribe money, which I guarantee you will be spend on paintball gear. They need to be on a benny, that would be good for over 12 hundy but they work so nothing. Do the same allowing for the tax bracket creep change next April and all get a little something except for 2 who get nothing extra. I would have thought with all the talk from them all everyone was up for a few hundy a week.
     
    As a FYI and only talking income tax for a childless pasty male on the median wage. Under Labour $0.00, Under the Natz assuming the tax bracket change happens next April they will get $18 a week more after tax. Add a 10yo kid and it changes a little. Labour will give you $45 a week. The Natz appear to be somewhere between $9 and $27 a week extra...on top of the $18.
     
    I am genuinely surprised that with all the massive handouts going on the average worker on the median looks to be getting nothing to feck all unless they have been breeding like rabbits, are a student or have some sort of freaky situation happening.
     
    Complex taxes getting more complex. Dump the lot and make GST 25%. Done, you spend it you pay. And don't wap on the rich are the winners, the new GST on a K Fry Party bucket would be $7.98, on a 7 Series Beemer it'll be $44,000, on a new 40ft AWB import more like $90,000 plus Duty.
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    Battleship reacted to bazzathemammoth in NZ Politics   
    Sounds great. If they bring it in I will sell my shares in the boat, quit my job and do a marine biology course. I can just about guarantee 2 things: I will finish it and I won't ever be employed with it. It will be a cracker few years though. They do some mean dive trips!
     
    I'll break up with the Mrs so she can get the dpb and ill get the student allowance. Since Mrs Turei said its ok to defraud the system we will sneakily live together anyways and have heaps more free time than what we do at the moment. If the govt pushes her to get a job then we will just have another kid! We will even get more money for it!
     
    Oh and since I will be living on your taxes can I also sail on one of your boats?
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    Battleship got a reaction from bazzathemammoth in NZ Politics   
    Another point of view.
     
    James Cargill
     
    Do not be bewitched by Jacinda Ardern's education policy. This six billion dollar plan to up student allowances and give a free first year of study is a crazy idea. Already the amount of people that start Uni and bail after one year is phenomenal and Labour's policy will only underwrite and increase this wasted money.
    It may sound "attractive and nice" now for young people but in the long run you will be paying for it. This money doesn't come from no where. It comes out of the pockets of hard working New Zealanders, and once completing tertiary education you will be joining this group of hard workers. You won't just be paying for your own education but paying for all the wasted course fees of those who decide to waste their time and Government money on half hearted 1 year stints studying who knows what.
    Most of the money spent in this policy will not translate into economic growth but will be wasted. As a recent graduate who has worked hard to pay off all my student loan debt this policy is a kick in the face.
    Labour is trying to be Santa Claus giving out benefits willy nilly in exchange for no hard work in return. But effectively they are robbing you to do so, taking the country into unsustainable debt, and destroying the future of New Zealand.
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    Battleship reacted to harrytom in NZ Politics   
    At last NZ is starting to wake up,steady as she goes Bill.
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    Battleship reacted to wheels in NZ Politics   
    Sabre, how old are you? Were you voting last time Labour was in power? Do you know how irresponsible they were? They had the biggest surpluses any Gvt had seen in donkeys years and chose NOT to pay down debt. The pretty mush wasted it. They created the largest number of Gvt employees, like they had some idea they could lower the unemployment figure by giving everyone Gvt positions, and yet unemployment went up. And most of all, Kiwi businesses were closing left right and centre and Kiwis themselves were leaving NZ in droves. They had no clue back then and I see the exact same problems that they are wanting bring back in again.
    I can't say I am in favor of National either, but they most certainly did get NZ through a really difficult Financial time and with 3 major natural disasters at the same time. People keep forgetting that. The reason why many area's of spending have been tight is because it has been a pull in the beltbuckle situation. Now they have surpluses, they can start spending in the important area's.
     
    When it comes to the Greens though, they are simply smoking too much of something. James Shaw announced last night that they would plant 1.3 Billion Trees and the money the Country makes from that would be paid back as a dividend to all at $200+ per yr.
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    Battleship reacted to lebleaux in Urban Cowboy on Bean Rock Yesterday   
    A day in the life of Urban Cowboy
     
    Thanks for all the well wishes in the thread and yes, all are safe and the boat will live to fight another day.
     
    We started with a blast down the harbour with the fractional chute, managed to get 16.9 knots indicated for a few seconds. After turning at the bottom mark we decided to go to a second reef during which the main unzipped for the third time this year - main has had 7 years of tough use and may have had its last sail. A new one was ordered a while back and we await delivery. So we decided to sail back under jib only and finish the race. While we had speed we could not point and ended up close to Bean Rock, at which time we had a problem (I have no details because I did not see what happened) that lead to the jib sheet being let go whereupon we immediately lost momentum and could not tack out. We started the motor and tried to tack the boat but really had no where to go and ultimately we drifted sideways until we touched down - quite gently given the conditions. We got the jib down, got the crew into life jackets and called the coast guard. After a couple of minutes or so, that felt like a life-time, we managed to get everything lined up and were able to back off the rock. A quick check downstairs showed no sign of water so we journeyed back to Westhaven. Boat has been up on the floating dock this morning and we are happy to report that the damage is cosmetic - bottom of the bulb will need to be faired again and we have lost an amount of fairing off the keel. The hull and rudder are untouched. So, a bit of hard work and some epoxy and we will be back up and running. 
     
    Once again thanks for the well wishes in this thread. The story could have turned out much worse for sure, but we will be back.
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    Battleship reacted to bazzathemammoth in NZ Politics   
    The more I see of this woman the more scared I get. I really hope that you guys are right about her, because she scares the S%&^ out of me.
     
    Also I cannot understand how communism still seems to be thought of in a positive light among some intellectuals. Stalin was every bit as despicable as hitler as far as I can tell, yet the ignorance of what he did is astonishing, especially with my fellow millennials.
     
    Compare the most extreme capitalist system (USA) with the most extreme communist system (USSR) and tell me which end of the spectrum you would prefer to tend towards.
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    Battleship reacted to armchairadmiral in NZ Politics   
    That's how NZ used to do it before the 'all about me', the world owes me a living generation moved in. Good post Willow and now someone is going to tell you how lucky you are to have a boat. Probably Jacinderella. It will be God help NZ if her mob get elected, instead of God defend NZ.
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    Battleship got a reaction from erice in NZ Politics   
    Been there and done that, worked my arse off.
    I haved delivered newspapers, picked fruit on orchards, worked as a process worker, construction site labourer, washed cars, spent some time painting houses,worked at a sheetmetal factory, fixed motorcycles, spent 8 years as a concreter saved more, went back to school and learn't more as an adult all paid for by myself without any interest free student loan, now I'm in IT.
     
    There is always work if you are prepared to do anything. I have spent many a week when in my early 20's wondering how I was going to pay the rent.
     
    If you are not happy with your lot get off your arse and do something about it don't bitch and winge and blame the government and anyone else that may have a better work ethic.
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    Battleship got a reaction from smithy09 in This Weekend's Achievements   
    Yes was a bit concerned that it would all work but went pretty smoothly in the end. Even the prop is damn close get 4000 in neutral and 3900 in gear. 
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    Battleship got a reaction from jim s in Customer Service - Boat Related   
    A business run by an 80 year old i'd say.
    To be fair he probably doesn't remember the initial quote as he usually doesn't do them. You would be much better off going down and talking to him, the guy is old school. Surprised you managed to get him on the phone.
    Most likely there were a few things noticed on the re-rig that needed attending to.
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    Battleship got a reaction from rmiker in Customer Service - Boat Related   
    A business run by an 80 year old i'd say.
    To be fair he probably doesn't remember the initial quote as he usually doesn't do them. You would be much better off going down and talking to him, the guy is old school. Surprised you managed to get him on the phone.
    Most likely there were a few things noticed on the re-rig that needed attending to.
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