31 days ago

Have you stuck to a New Year's resolution?

Denise Piper Reporter from Whangarei Leader

I am looking for people who have made a New Year's resolution and stuck to it! Whether your resolution was to quit smoking, lose weight, get fit or something else, I would like to hear from you. Please contact me on 0272-581-228 or denise.piper@stuff.co.nz

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2 hours ago


Geoff from Bay of Islands

I don't normally read “The Bay Comical” but the front page banner headline “SHOP LOCAL NOW” in this week's edition caught my attention.” There was then, on page 4, “Spending money locally supports us all” which probably could best be described as an “opinion piece” written by Steve Smith, CEO of Northland Chamber of Commerce. I personally would like to see a piece that says “Spending local money supports us all,” but more on that below.Both are, in my humble opinion, worthy of comment but before that, a little background on The Bay Comical. The Bay Comical, a/k/a The Bay Chronicle, is owned by “STUFF,” which also owns NEIGHBOURLY which, in turn, is owned by FakeFacts. In the USA
www.businessinsider.com.au... New Zealand is following suit thedailyblog.co.nz...

If you read the whole article, you could easily think that it was written about YOUR local shops, BUT if you look at the photograph you MIGHT just wonder where is “Hamilton” in the far north? Good question. There isn't one.I did a search for” Crate Clothes, Hamilton www.crateclothing.co.nz... worth a look, especially since the cheapest item is $100.00! I also wonder how, out of all the "local shops" in Hamilton, Crate Clothes got to be featured. The article also says "Avoid online sites," Crate Clothes seems to have a significant online presence with "gifts" from $100.00 to $1,000.00
The “article,” which you may also notice, is ANONYMOUS, bangs on about “ without having to drive excessive distances.” Hamilton is 355 km and a 4 ½ hour drive, probably on a good day, from Haruru. Shop LOCAL? We then have “the tug at the heartstrings bit” with “ that provide us jobs so we can keep paying the mortgage (if we can afford one. Mortgages are all fictitious anyway as banks do not lend money, but that's another story) put food on the table etc. I wonder which local shops our “Regional Economic Development Minister and champion of small business Shane Jones,” will be visiting. If he ever does, you can bet your boots that his fake news media followers will spend more then he does.

Finally, my guess was that the article was written to appear in probably most, if not all, of the other local versions of The Bay Comical and so I decided t have a quick search of Whangarei Leader www.neighbourly.co.nz... Surprise surprise, same ARTICLE and same PICTURE! I wonder how many more. It is obviously just a cheap way to fill as much space as possible with the same “stuff.” 2)Spending money locally supports us all “The economic model followed in Aotearoa is typical of most developed countries” Yes, it is also typical of most UNdeveloped countries and can be summed up in a few words “DEBT slavery created by an unsustainable fractional reserve debt money system” Mr. Smith refers to district councils such as Whangarei and Kerikeri and Kaitaia”Didn't know we had 2 new district councils, I wonder if the folks in Kerikeri and Kaitaia know about them! There are soooooo many other things in Mr. Smith's piece that are worthy of comment but it would take too long so I will end with “ Spending local money supports us all.” DEBT and INTEREST FREE local community currencies, money OF the PEOPLE, BY the PEOPLE, FOR the PEOPLE, are legal and provide tremendous benefits to the local communities because the money STAYS in the communities. One of the most successful local currencies is “The Bristol Pound,” bristolpound.org... you can even pay your RATES with it.There are already a number of local currencies in New Zealand which can be found here www.community-exchange.org... Local community currencies, along with savings pools, are anathema to the banking system which is why you will never see them promoted in the controlled fake news media. We created our own Far North local currency some years ago but it never took off due to it being advocated by volunteers who had limited time and money to devote to it.

It will be interesting to see what, if any, replies/comments get posted, especially from any member of the Northland Chamber of Commerce!

15 hours ago

We’re adjusting the electorate boundaries

Electoral Commission

We’re adjusting our electorate boundaries for the next two general elections.

By making sure each electorate has about the same number of people, we can give all New Zealanders equal representation in Parliament. It’s all balance.
If we move one of your electorate boundaries, you could end up in a different electorate to the one you’re in now – so we show you what we’re proposing before we make any changes and give you the opportunity to share your thoughts.

Have your say now at vote.nz
Find out more

1 day ago

Are you a recent home buyer? or a retiree in your own home?

The team Reporter from Sunday Star Times

Hi Neighbourly - we're looking for a first-home buyer to talk about why it was their goal to buy a house and the reasons behind it (need to be willing to be pictured with it). We're also looking for a few people 50 years or older to talk about how important owning their own home is to their retirement goals

Can you help? Email susan.edmunds@stuff.co.nz