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44 days ago

Free glass jars

Joe & Gaylene from Hikurangi Coastal

Hi everyone
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46 days ago

CHANGING THE (VOTING) SYSTEM

Geoff from Russell

I recently watched the movie “BREXIT- The Uncivil War,” and one thing that I just realised was how “social media” were used to get the message out. The cumbersome bankster and political establishment controlled FakeFax Media, which I have seen described as “The Unholy Trinity,” were … View moreI recently watched the movie “BREXIT- The Uncivil War,” and one thing that I just realised was how “social media” were used to get the message out. The cumbersome bankster and political establishment controlled FakeFax Media, which I have seen described as “The Unholy Trinity,” were not really interested in anything PRO Brexit and so another way to get the message to “WE the PEOPLE” had to be used. You may wonder what relevance this has for us up here in The Far North, well, here goes. I do not imagine that the LSM (Lame Street Media) would be interested in helping WE the PEOPLE change anything for our benefit, so social media could well be the (only) way to go to make the change.
We have, as y’all know, the local elections coming up in October when we decide who is going to “stick it to us” for the next 3 years. If you go on the FNDC website and look at what normally happens, you will see that there are several candidates for each seat and each candidate gets some votes and one gets a few more than the rest and so gets elected by a minority of the voters. I decided to do my own research, to save you the trouble, and here is what I found
www.fndc.govt.nz... Nine candidates contested four councillor seats in Bay of Islands-Whangaroa Ward, compared with 14 candidates in 2013 and 13 in 2010.

• PRIME, Willow-Jean (No affiliation) 4937 votes – elected 19%

• COURT, Ann (No affiliation) 4608 votes – elected 18%

• MCINNES, Tania (No affiliation) 3145 votes – elected 12%

• HOOKWAY, Dave (No affiliation) 3097 votes – elected12%

• BROWN, Harko (No affiliation) 2856 votes

• McNALLY, Steve (No affiliation) 1779 votes

• TERRY, Fred (Independent) 1703 votes

• JOHNSTON, Jane (Independent) 1689 votes

• CRAWSHAW, Patrick Leonard (No affiliation) 1553

• Informal - 19 votes

• Blank - 211 votes

OK, there were 25,367 total votes cast and of the 4 councillors elected. 19% was the best result and 9,558 Votes (38%) were, in effect, WASTED. Another way of putting it is that 4 councillors were elected by 62% of the total vote which means each was elected by an average of 16.5% of the total. Under the STV (Single Transferable Vote) system this COULD NOT/WOULD NOT happen as EVERY vote counts.

Just as an aside, Willow Jean Prime spent very little time as a councillor before being whisked off to become a $160,000.00 a year Labour bench warmer, the current mayor did it in reverse.

Here are the results for Te Hiku Ward

Nine candidates contested three councillor seats in Te Hiku Ward, compared with 11 candidates in 2013 and eight in 2010.

• KITCHEN, Colin (Toss) (No affiliation) 2926 votes – elected 20%

• FOY, Felicity (No affiliation) 2133 votes - elected 15%

• RADICH, Mate (Independent) 2013 votes – elected 14%

• COLLARD, David (Independent) 1942 votes

• WINDELBORN, Hazely (Independent) 1830 votes

• GARDNER, Adele (No affiliation) 1103 votes

• ATKINSON, Lawrie (Awanui Progressive and Ratepayers Inc.) 1001 votes

• SENIOR, David (No affiliation) 996 votes

• HITA, Karena (Haititai Marangai Marae) 603 votes

• Informal - 19 votes

• Blank - 68 votes

Here there were 14,547 votes cast and 3 councillors were elected with a total of 49% of the votes cast, an average of 16.33% and 49% of the votes were wasted. Again, under the STV (Single Transferable Vote) system this COULD NOT/WOULD NOT happen as EVERY vote counts

The Mayoralty election in 2016 was straightforward as only two candidates contested the Mayoralty, compared with seven candidates in 2013 and four in 2010. This time it is a whole different ball game as there are, as I understand it, at least FOUR candidates. My concern is that the 3 “newbies,” Hookway, Hepi and McInnes could well split the vote enabling Carter to sneak in again, this time on a minority vote like the councillors.

• CARTER, John (No affiliation) 10975 votes - elected

• GILL, Peter (Awake at the Wheel) 4517 votes

• Informal - 10 votes

• Blank - 928 votes

• Again again, under STV this COULD NOT/WOULD NOT happen



SO the alternative to this “FPP” (First Past The Post) system is the “STV” (Single Transferable Vote) system which means that EVERY vote counts and you don’t get anybody winning with a minority. Interestingly, a number of councils use the STV system, as do all DHB elections. Heike Ngan from Far North Disgruntled Ratepayers kindly sent this link “www.stv.govt.nz... where I found this, among other things In 2019 STV is being used to elect members of these local authorities: Kaipara District Council Tauranga City Council (1st time) Ruapehu District Council (1st time) New Plymouth District Council (1st time) Palmerston North City Council Kapiti Coast District Council Porirua City Council Wellington City Council Greater Wellington Regional Council Marlborough District Council Dunedin City Council

Interesting eh? Especially that 3 are using it for the first time. I am waiting to hear back from the 3 to find out how the councils came to make the change.

I WAS investigating whether or not we might had enough time to make the change BEFORE.the elections in October. BAD NEWS is, it’s too late, GOOD NEWS is that it gives us over 1 year to get enough folks motivated to help. Anyone interested should have a look at Local Electoral Act 2001, Sections 27-29, ESPECIALLY section 29 will keep you posted, provided Facebook don't block my account again I believe that Section 29 is our way forward. 29 Electors may demand poll (1) A specified number of electors of a local authority may, at any time, demand that a poll be held on a proposal by those electors that a specified electoral system be used at the elections of the local authority and its local boards or community boards (if any). (2) This section is subject to section 32. (3) In this section and sections 30 and 31,— demand means a demand referred to in subsection (1) specified number of electors, in relation to a local authority, means a number of electors equal to or greater than 5% of the number of electors enrolled as eligible to vote at the previous general election of the local authority.

I have already gone through a lot of what we need to do to “change the (voting) system in my lengthy “DO YOU BELIEVE IN COINCIDENCES” post, so I won’t bore y’all with it again.

Here is the relevant part of Section 29 “(1) A specified number of electors of a local authority may, at any time, demand that a poll be held on a proposal by those electors that a specified electoral system be used at the elections of the local authority and its local boards or community boards (if any).

specified number of electors, in relation to a local authority, means a number of electors equal to or greater than 5% of the number of electors enrolled as eligible to vote at the previous general election of the local authority.

In view of there being, according to an FNDC councillor to whom I spoke, around 39,000 registered voters in the 2016 election, we need only a minimum of 1,850 signatures in order to demand that a poll be held SO if we can get 2,000, that should be more than enough. I am more than willing to coordinate this undertaking as it does seem that more of “the sleeple” are waking up and want change. There is radical change happening nationally in America and the UK and I firmly believe that this will be followed in France, Italy and others with, hopefully, the total demise of the globalist EU and a return to national sovereignty. It would be nice if New Zealand could be NATIONALLY sovereign but that won’t happen until we become FINANCIALLY sovereign, anyway, I digress, which I tend to do at times.

I am, as yet, not sure what kind of forms or paperwork we have to get electors to sign, that is on my “to do list” for next week.

There are numerous Far North Facebook groups expressing their dissatisfaction with the FNDC and so I am HOPING that at least SOME of the members will put up their hands and offer to help get the signatures that we need. I shall also be contacting all the Far North Residents and Ratepayers Associations that have e mail addresses and asking for their help.

I firmly believe, in view of what is happening elsewhere, that NOW is the time for WE the PEOPLE to make positive changes and POSITIVE change ALWAYS starts at the BOTTOM and goes UP, it NEVER starts from the TOP and goes DOWN. Too much vested interest at the top.

I guess that’s it for now folks, the ball is firmly in your court/hands and I hope that there will be offers of assistance.

45 days ago
46 days ago

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48 days ago

Massive Theatre comes to Whangarei!

Massive Company

Hilarious, left field, exploding with originality, Massive Theatre Company’s ’Like a River’ is an unpredictable and rule-breaking countdown to a better, different world.

In a lively conversation with each other and the audience, our ensemble of five fearless young actors wrestle with the … View more
Hilarious, left field, exploding with originality, Massive Theatre Company’s ’Like a River’ is an unpredictable and rule-breaking countdown to a better, different world.

In a lively conversation with each other and the audience, our ensemble of five fearless young actors wrestle with the complexities of what it means to be a hero.

Written by the acclaimed and brilliantly funny playwright Jo Randerson, ‘Like a River’ performs at Forum North on August 7 at 7pm, for one night only.

“I liked the show especially the themes that the show deals with. It’s the things that we don’t talk about, or too afraid to express, that really resonated with me as a teenager” - Rutherford College student
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48 days ago

RODENTS

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The benefit of using rodent bait stations are that they exclude non-target animals & children, provide an enclosed space where rodents feel comfortable to feed on bait and protect bait from moisture & dust.
🐀Wear clean gloves when handling bait stations (and baits) – this prevents human odours deterring rodents.
🐀Place bait stations against walls/fences, under cover of vegetation or disguised by placing rocks etc. on & around the stations – there is evidence that rodents can become shy of station shapes.
🐀Consider the rodent species and where they are likely to be - roof rats are arboreal (tree climbers) & spend most of their time off the ground, so fix stations at height such as in roof spaces and even up trees.
🐀Ensure stations are on a firm base – stations that rock or move when rodents enter are likely to discourage them from entering; maybe fix stations in place with a bracket or screws.
🐀Clean stations at least annually – brush out & rinse thoroughly with clean water.
🐀Regularly check bait – if all the bait has been taken double the amount of bait placed in the station.
🐀Pre-bait – where there is other food readily available to rodents & it can’t be removed, pre-bait stations with the same food for 1-2 weeks or until rodents are feeding on the pre-feed, then switch to the toxic rodent bait.
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49 days ago

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49 days ago

Red Cross Journey 2019

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Red Cross Journey 2019 registrations are now open!
Grab your neighbours, friends, whānau and sign up to the challenge.

This is the perfect opportunity to boost your mood, improve your energy and best of all, help people in need in your communities and overseas.

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Red Cross Journey 2019 registrations are now open!
Grab your neighbours, friends, whānau and sign up to the challenge.

This is the perfect opportunity to boost your mood, improve your energy and best of all, help people in need in your communities and overseas.

Walk, run, dance, jump, or hop 10,000 steps a day and learn about global and local events and get to know real people who have been affected by disaster or conflict. Your fundraising efforts will go towards helping others, just like the people you will learn about.

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49 days ago

Random Acts of Kindness – August 1st to 31st 💖

The Team from Neighbourhood Support New Zealand

All it takes is a kind gesture to change someone’s day. From paying it forward in line at a cafe to giving flowers to a friend ‘just because’ - this month we’re encouraging our members and supporters to make New Zealand a better place one random act of kindness at a time.

The options for … View more
All it takes is a kind gesture to change someone’s day. From paying it forward in line at a cafe to giving flowers to a friend ‘just because’ - this month we’re encouraging our members and supporters to make New Zealand a better place one random act of kindness at a time.

The options for doing so are endless! Being kind doesn’t have to cost a thing, after all a smile is free. For those who want to go the extra mile, here’s some other ideas: Buy extra kai at the grocery store to donate to a food pantry, help someone with a broken down car or flat tire, bring treats into work for colleagues, send an encouraging text to someone who needs it, let a car into the traffic ahead of you, take a gift over to new neighbours and introduce yourself, write positive messages in chalk on sidewalks around your neighbourhood, or surprise loved ones with a visit.

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49 days ago

What do you think of councillors getting ratepayer-funded childcare?

Denise Piper Reporter from Northern News

Far North District Council is yet to vote on the new allowance for elected members - which covers childcare while they are doing official council business - but Northland Regional Council and Whangārei District Council have supported it. What do you think? (Please put NFP if your comments are not … View moreFar North District Council is yet to vote on the new allowance for elected members - which covers childcare while they are doing official council business - but Northland Regional Council and Whangārei District Council have supported it. What do you think? (Please put NFP if your comments are not for publication.)

59 days ago

Do you live on an unsealed road?

Denise Piper Reporter from Whangarei Leader

Are you sick of the dust caused by an unsealed road? I would like to talk with residents who have been impacted by unsealed roads. Please contact me on 0272-581-228 or denise.piper@stuff.co.nz or post your comments here (please put NFP if your comments are not for publication).

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56 days ago

What do you think of Whangārei's climate emergency?

Denise Piper Reporter from Whangarei Leader

Whangārei District Council today declared a climate emergency and vowed to take action. What do you think of the move? What actions should the council now take to mitigate the emergency? (Please put NFP if your comments are not for publication)

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49 days ago

5 NZ 'attractions' that don't live up to the hype

Sarah Reporter from Stuff

Hey neighbours,

Planning a trip around Aotearoa in the near future? Well, you can cross these five spots off your must-visit list.

From Taupō's self-described "iconic" Huka Prawn Park and the overcrowded sand baths at Coromandel's Hot Water Beach, to the decidedly average … View more
Hey neighbours,

Planning a trip around Aotearoa in the near future? Well, you can cross these five spots off your must-visit list.

From Taupō's self-described "iconic" Huka Prawn Park and the overcrowded sand baths at Coromandel's Hot Water Beach, to the decidedly average Moeraki Boulders in Waitaki - there are some places that just aren't worth your time or money.

Have you visited any of the 'attractions' on our list? Do you agree that they are overrated? If not, what makes them so great?

Share your thoughts in the comments below.

(Please add "NFP/not for print" if you do not want your images/ comments used on Stuff)

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49 days ago

Poll: What's the most popular night to eat fish and chips?

Virginia Fallon Reporter from Sunday Star Times

While there's no doubt kiwis love their fish and chips, we want to know what's the most popular night to eat them on. Is the takeaway an early-week treat for you or something you get on the weekends? Let us know!
Edited: Thanks for all your responses! With Friday the clear favourite … View more
While there's no doubt kiwis love their fish and chips, we want to know what's the most popular night to eat them on. Is the takeaway an early-week treat for you or something you get on the weekends? Let us know!
Edited: Thanks for all your responses! With Friday the clear favourite here's hoping you enjoy tonight's takeaways :)

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What's the most popular night to eat fish and chips?
  • 1.3% Monday
    1.3% Complete
  • 1.6% Tuesday
    1.6% Complete
  • 3.1% Wednesday
    3.1% Complete
  • 6.2% Thursday
    6.2% Complete
  • 68.1% Friday
    68.1% Complete
  • 12.8% Saturday
    12.8% Complete
  • 6.8% Sunday
    6.8% Complete
1635 votes
49 days ago

Should you be leaving your heat pump on?

Jo Haywood Reporter from Homed

There's no escaping this icy blast and the chilly temperatures make it tempting to leave your heat pump on, but should you? We've asked some energy experts for the best way to use your heat pump to keep your home toasty, and your energy bills down - and their answers may surprise you. … View moreThere's no escaping this icy blast and the chilly temperatures make it tempting to leave your heat pump on, but should you? We've asked some energy experts for the best way to use your heat pump to keep your home toasty, and your energy bills down - and their answers may surprise you. Check them out, here.

And if you don't have a heat pump, don't despair. There's plenty you can do to make your heating more efficient and your home a little warmer... Here are some common home heating mistakes you may be making and how to fix them.

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