Jan 242015
 

bad bossWould you still shop at an upmarket Department Store (you know, where they sell $400 toasters – seriously!), if you knew they paid many of their staff only just above the minimum wage?  That they look for any reason they can to dock their employees final wages when they leave?  Where the senior managers all but ignore staff who they decide ‘are not at their social level’?

Do you think large retail organisations who do things like listed above, should be exposed for who they are – so consumers who care about their fellow workers can boycott them, until they start paying a ‘Living Wage’ (like ‘The Warehouse’ now does).

LIKE this post if you feel Average Kiwi should start exposing these BAD Employers.  Also, feel free to email me with examples of Employers you know of who fall into this category.

 Posted by at 3:01 am
Jan 112015
 

I haven’t talked about it publicly before, but maybe this is the time to mention two incidents where we were shocked by Police Action (or lack of it) in Dunedin since we have been here.

In one incident, about six years ago, we were shocked to see a young man from next door screaming and ranting while waving an axe around on the street outside our house.  He then had a heated argument with someone who stopped in a car, still holding the axe in a threatening manner.  Obviously we immediately phoned 111, incredibly it took 45 minutes before one Police car arrived, in no great hurry, with two Police officers.  They came to our door and said, quite casually, “Umm, you reported a guy with an axe?”

No arrest was made in the above incident, apparently he was just “upset” because his flatmates had played a practical joke on him, so the Police took away his axe and told us “We will let his Mother know”.  The man was in his early twenties!  The fact a mass murder occurred only a few years before this, just down the road from us, was not lost on my family or I. 

The other incident involved a Police Officer (allegedly) swearing at and basically bullying a group of young guys who had been silly enough to knock a cardboard real estate sign down as they biked down the street, which they promptly put back up when the Police car stopped.  The Officer (allegedly) refused to give them his name or number, telling them he “didn’t have to” and continued swearing at them, etc.  It resulted in him charging one of the boys with Disorderly Behaviour – yes, for knocking a cardboard sign down.  Even though the Sergeant later apologised for the actions of his officer, and the boy was given diversion, it didn’t stop in said officer arriving on the boys doorstep two weeks later with two other Officers, telling him he thinks he was probably the one who damaged some letter boxes, even though no one had seen him and there was no evidence whatsoever – only when his Father came out did they apologise and quickly leave.

I think overall the Police have a tough job, and most do their best. But I have said for years, there is something very wrong with the Police culture in Otago and in the management of the Police here. The lack of Police Patrols visible on the roads even though Dunedin has one of the highest crash rates (pro-rata) in NZ, is just one example.

Maybe one day, the Police Commissioner will actually do his job, and hold a major investigation into what is and isn’t happening in Otago / Southland Policing.  

See this recent article in the ODT about the numerous disciplinary actions taken against Otago / Southland Police

 Posted by at 12:59 am
Jan 052015
 
John Key, the Grim Reaper?

John Key, the Grim Reaper?

What happens when you freeze Police funding, then cut Police funding?  You get less and less frontline services, and ‘secondary Policing matters’ like traffic management, get placed on the back burner.

That is exactly what has happened in NZ over the last few years, with an incompetent Government who has an incompetent PM and Finance Minister freezing then cutting Police funding.  To make matters worse, the Police Management, like Hospital Management around the Country, were warned “not to complain publicly” or face consequences.

Subsequently we have less frontline services because Police Officers are spending much of their time doing paperwork that used to be done by admin staff that they can no longer afford.  Less effort is put into traffic policing, because the Gov’t pushes the heavily underfunded Police force to cut crime numbers, at the cost of lives on the road.  Thus – we have just had one of the highest holiday road tolls in many years – with 17 deaths.

If you need first hand experience of this, have a drive around Otago roads, especially around Dunedin.  You can easily go days without seeing one Police Patrol actively monitoring and taking action against dangerous drivers.  In fact I have personally driven to Invercargill from Dunedin, and returned, without seeing one single Police patrol (in 500kms of State Highway One!), yet seen numerous drivers crossing the centre line, overtaking on blind corners and on no overtaking lines, been overtaken by vehicles easily exceeding 120kmph, and more! Let alone the dozens of red light runners you can see within twenty minutes of watching any main intersection in Dunedin.

What it comes down to is, we have a totally incompetent Government, who has put NZ in $80 billion of debt, and cut essential services like Police, and Health to such a degree where they are now barely able to function.

But fair not, John ‘Pinocchio’ Key is enjoying his holidays in Hawaii! 

 Posted by at 3:34 am
Nov 222014
 
R.I.P.

R.I.P.

239 people (including crew) were onboard MH370 when it mysteriously disappeared on March 8th this year.  Not one single piece of confirmed wreckage has ever been found, nor has a definite crash area been identified.

I, like I am sure many of the family members of the 239 victims, have many questions.

Why is it the USA military and Spy Agencies can find an object as small as a cellphone from space, when they need to, yet they can’t find the no doubt huge wreckage of a plane?

Why is it that when this plane went missing, very limited help from the large Countries (USA, and the UK) was offered to find it, when the standard response from them is huge?

Is it simply a coincidence that “20 senior staff from a US technology company who had just launched a new electronic warfare gadget for military radar systems in the days before the Boeing 777 went missing”, were also onboard?

The 20 staff were from a company called “Freescale Semiconductor” who amoung other military and aeronautical equipment are also believed to supply equipment that can make an aircraft invisible to radar.  

Are we all just to put that down to ‘coincidence’ because if we don’t we will have the PC Brigade calling is “Conspiracists’?

Just keep in mind that it is not a conspiracy that these twenty staff from this company just happened to be onboard this plane that has literally disappeared, it is fact.  

The real question is – when will the USA or whoever was responsible come out and tell the truth about what they know about this aircraft, and where the victims are now.

 

 Posted by at 10:08 am
Oct 282014
 

gigadunAs you may have heard, there is currently a ‘gigatown’ contest on, that will see the winner have giga speed broadband enabled on all of it’s UFB cables, and a $700,000 investment injection also given to the winning city/town.

There are five finalists, four are barely worth a mention as they would do nothing with giga speed broadband, and it would simply be a waste of time.  The fifth is New Zealand’s first city, Dunedin.

Dunedin has arguably NZs top University (Otago), and one of the top Polytechs.  It also has many of NZ’s best schools, NZ’s main Training Hospital, and several World Class IT companies.  But as a result of a Gov’t that neglects it’s regions, it is struggling to move forward.

So, what can you do to help Dunedin get back to being what it should be, a leading city for all New Zealanders?  Join up on the www.gigatown.co.nz site, (Yes, its free!), choose Dunedin as your town to support.  Then go to the GigatownDunedin Facebook page HERE  and start commenting away why you love Dunedin, how giga speeds would benefit the city, and other relevant comments on the numerous topics posted each day.  They must be at least five words long, and include the hashtag #gigatowndunedin

If you use Twitter, you can also make five word or longer tweets, about why you love Dunedin, or why you think Dunedin should win the gigatown contest, and include the #gigatowndunedin .

Go on, be a real Kiwi, and support NZ’s first city – help give it a future, by just giving it a few minutes of your time each day for the next couple of weeks!

 

 Posted by at 6:45 pm
Oct 022014
 
The Average National Supporter in 2014

The Average National Supporter in 2014

I overheard this conversation today (I promise you it is word for word between two National Party supporters).

“Did you know the Gov’t is going to remove the right for employees to have teabreaks?”

“What?  What Gov’t?”

“Our Gov’t, the National Gov’t”

“No way, that’s illegal, thats just a Labour lie.”

“Um, no, it’s right here in the news. They are making it legal for Employers to not give their employees teabreaks, and also stop Union Reps coming onto work premises.”

“What the hell!  Why didn’t the media tell us about that before the election, no way I would have voted for them if I had known that!”

Sigh – and this is yet another example of two things.  One – the average National voter these days is as thick as crap. Two – the media purposely promoted National, hid their nightmare policies, and put down the opposition during the election campaign.

 Posted by at 8:27 am

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