Building’s owner, has two-thirds of protected public tree hacked away, to get better sea-view

S1140008Some years ago I was living in Western Australia and I recall just two episodes, as bad as this, where residents of expensive waterfront property, did irreparable permanent damage to the publically owned tree-scape along the bank of the Swan River, and to a  protected rock reef, on Rottnest Island.

This is the longest of 8 filmed segments at Sumner beach, this Saturday, (not Sunday !) 17 February 2018. Apologies for one incident of strong language ! Sorry but I felt very strongly about this.

Just previously on Wednesday afternoon, the building owner John Visser, “got” (paid or tricked him ?) someone with a large carpenter’s handsaw to hack away about two-thirds of a protected, 90-year-old, Norfolk Island Pine tree.

The tree was specifically “protected” and was on council land. Due to the growth habit of this particular type of tree the damage is irreparable.

Navi Singh is the tenant who runs the Blackbird Cafe and Bar, operating out of the building and he says people have cancelled bookings since the tree was hacked at.

The council are investigating. I hope they sue the phukkers responsible for whatever it costs to replace this tree with one which looks like what this looked like before, and as described in my video, the costs for doing a “not ordinarily possible” task are likely to amount to NZ $250,000 or more (maybe much more).

 

Here (hopefully !)  is a link to a video I recorded earlier today.  But if the clickable link fails, just try searching Youtube for a video titled

751. “eco-terrorism” Hacked Norfolk Pine tree, Sumner, 17/02/18

 

 

Following that is a link to the first, and then second stories, as featured on the Christchurch “Press” newspaper’s, Stuff website. (They both worked when I checked them earlier).  It’s worth noting that a photo accompanying it in the newspaper was from a different angle and showed some different details, than the several photos accompanying the website articles.

 

https://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/news/101455443/diy-tree-trimming-job-in-seaside-christchurch-suburb-ecoterrorism-community-board-member-says

 

https://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/news/101482972/man-regrets-ordering-branches-to-be-cut-from-protected-sumner-pine-tree

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Lifestyle block residents in prestigious area, complain about annual $30 water charge

HouseNEroadisland2Sorry, I have no sympathy for these folks. This tiny community on Banks Peninsula, not far from Akaroa, has a small community water service which costs them just $30 per household, per year, and is run as a community co-operative.

The water is not treated and often fails to meet recommended health guidelines. Simply engaging a formalised study will cost them almost $1,000 per household. Many residents currently either buy bottled drinking water or have folks bring in containers when visiting nearby Akaroa, or Christchurch.

Well DIKK-HEDZ, just get y’self a friggin’ rainwater tank ! I had just one 900 gallon tank in remote Western Australia, and because it refills several times through the year, it works out that I could get about 4,000 or 5,000 gallons out of it. At the time of buying it, 1995, the tank cost about $600 and was guaranteed for 25 years (but if located in a shady area, such as under my verandah, had an expected lifespan of 50 years).

I used that water for my drinking, including unboiled refrigerated water and never had any related health problems, and there was no treatment to my water, except for a basic “leaf” and debris filter at the rain entry point. I once found a small scorpion in there, washed almost clear in colour. I guess I did ingest a microscopic amount of scorpion cell colouration chemical ! He was still alive and healthy though, so I liberate him a few hundred metres down the road.

These people are so lucky and blessed to live the lifestyle they do in their community, and they’re whinging for no good reason ! Suck it up, and get yourself a small rainwater tank just for drinking etc. Note that on a very rare occasion, I think just once or twice in 17 years, when my scheme (“city) water supply was discoloured in Western Australia, I simply hand carried in buckets water from my rainwater tank to fill the washing machine. However some people with countriy properties are entirely dependant on rainwater tanks, or at the very least, have the tank water plumbed on separate pipes to come into the house for convenience. The photo above is of my WA rural property, photo taken about 2005, from the road just to the North of the house.

Here’s a link to the original article in Christchurch Press newspaper’s Stuff website from 11 February 2017.

https://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/news/89033679/okains-bay-residents-want-drinkable-water

UK Poolice… are you shitting me ?

According to the texts, human digestion takes one to three days. I guess it depends mostly on different individuals and how much of what vegetables. or meats have been eaten lately.

One has to wonder, how on Earth, some UK “Poolice” have been allowed to keep getting court orders to allow them to keep a suspect in custody with no actual evidence. Lamarr Chambers, aged 24 from Essex.

They claim that they are waiting for him to poop out some drugs, but as it passes day 21, and they seek further court orders, I would seriously worry if this is not just a deliberate abuse of court process. Perhaps they suspect his backside of being a particularly large “chamber” ?

Yes, most healthy adults can “hold it in” for a short while. Y’know how it is, you’ve got to “go”, but you’re only halfway home and the car’s stuck in traffic etc. So yes, most healthy adults can hold it in for awhile. But soon after getting in the door, you run to the loo and do what ya gotta do !

I find it hard to believe someone can deliberately not-poop for more than 3 weeks, and therefore wonder if this is just another way that “poolice” are using to harass people they don’t like, but who they have no actual evidence against.

In NSW Australia, cops have taken to using “drug-dogs” as an excuse to stop and search people in public, even though such searches have about a 95% false positive failure rate. Curiously that is about the same failure rate as the electoral roll “corrections” that were performed by the Republican run electoral commission in Florida USA, as they stripped primarily Democrat voters from the rolls, just before the state election, and therefore the win Federally, went to the Bush presidency (George W. Bush) in 2000.

Just how much longer, will these temporary court orders keep getting renewed ? In Egypt the court there has been extending monthly, for more than a year now, the detention of an AlJazeera journalist. I am not sure if he is being accused of anything, other than, being a decent bloke, and in Egypt it seems, that’s a serious charge.

UPDATED as of 2 March, there’s still been no “movement” and Lamarr Chambers, the accused person, after 44 days, is still locked up in a jail cell by agents of the local Gestapoo ! A person could be forgiven for thinking the judge was at least inept, if not outright corrupt, as the only evidence against him is a claim that “officers saw him moving his head towards his hand as if he was eating something,” prosecutor Kathy Wilson said. (yeah so maybe a fly was buzzing around his head, and he gave the famous “Australian Salute” ! ).

 

FINAL UPDATE … A report from 7 March (UK time)  said the charges were dropped and he was released from poolice custody after 47 days locked up. He has been taken to a hospital for observation (possibly they will give him a laxative, possibly they will give him private access to a toilet so he can sit down and have a poop in peace, with privacy and dignity). Poolice have though charged him with some vague OTHER offence about drugs. Something I find terribly disturbing about virtually every single report I have read about this case, is how the UK based media have continuously assumed that (1) the guy is guilty of drugs offences and (2) that he is “refusing” to go to the toilet. Firstly, he *might* well be completely innocent of all charges, and secondly, perhaps he just has not needed to go. Maybe, however unlikely, he has a really weird digestive system, or perhaps he has not ever felt the urge to go, given that, according to one report, there are two grown men in the same room with him, at all times, day or night. I know that’d give me the shits ( well the un-shits !) .

 

Here’s a link to the article on Christchurch newspaper’s “Stuff” website.

https://www.stuff.co.nz/world/europe/101284827/suspected-dealer-has-refused-to-poo-out-drugs-for-three-weeks-uk-police-say

“Future Slums” coming soon to YOUR street

Throughout all of New Zealand, but especially in Auckland and Christchurch, we know that there is a shortage of housing and a massive shortage, of “affordable” housing.

(Indeed if instead of using the government’s modified interpretation of the word “affordable” to mean “actually affordable under normal bank lending criteria by a worker earning what wages are actually paid”, then there is zero affordable housing available to be bought in Auckland and Christchurch).

Congratulations therefore would seem appropriate for the two young men (Matthew Horncastle and Blair Chappell) who have, according to an article in this week’s newspapers, built more homes in inner city Christchurch than even the Government.

Given their kickstart in life by being part of the Horncastle real estate family dynasty, (which they admit has helped with their education and finances) they’ve still put in a lot of effort themselves.

However I fear that much of their efforts have been misguided and they have simply been building (what one commentator, Jono5 described as) “future slums”. The guys suggest in one article that their buildings will stand for 100 to 200 years. That could be an awful lot of slum-living for an awful lot of unfortunate people. Their buildings in my neighbourhood of the Central City area, look little better than a prison. There seems to have been no thought given as to efficient solar passive design for example. Just plain rectangular boxes, two-stories high.

Another article pointed out how many people are against their 39 unit development opposite Hagley Park. Yes I’m sure it’s being built to comply with all council and legal requirements. But since Christchurch “Shitty” Council recently changed their rules, new housing is permitted with ZERO car-parking on site and ZERO direct motor vehicle access.

Their currently under-construction Hagley Park “future slum” is in an area which already suffers from a massive shortage of parking. Many nurses and other hospital support employees already have to be bussed in on extra private shuttle buses from parking areas well away from the area. That’s because some bright-spark decided to do massive re-development to Christchurch’s main hospital at the same time as surrounding buildings, all while no parking building was available.

(After several years of talking, they are now saying a new parking building will be built in another two or three years. It’s been suggested that it’ll be privately owned and operated, probably by the likes of Wilson Parking, a Singapore owned company, famous for providing minimal actual “service” at maximum cost).

I live in the inner city, a small block of 1970’s built units, four being two-bedroom and a three-bedroom unit. We all have one garage space and one car-parking space on the drive beside. Yet as a “micro-community” we usually run to well over 12 cars, and that’s even though several of us have bicycles which we do use sometimes also.

Just down the road from here is one of “Williams Corporation’s” builds. It’s been finished for a couple of months now and sits empty, by the looks of it, un-sold and un-rented.

By amalgamating two unusually very-small individual house’s sections, they have built six tiny two-storey units. Just simple rectangular boxes. Not even with small upstairs balconies (it’s been known since the 1950’s that balconies “should” be installed on two-storey and above buildings). By checking the council website it seems they each occupy about 70m2 of land (includes a small outdoor courtyard,  and room to park your bicycle and council rubbish bins).

In common with the William’s ethos, there is zero car-parking on-site, and currently just one legal car-parking space on the road outside. (Full disclosure, it’s on the corner of a busy intersection, and the arrangement and future re-painting of yellow lines might at some later date be tweaked to allow 3 street-side car parks).

In a wander around the neighbourhood a few weeks ago I saw several more of their constructions, they seemed to be built to exactly the same plan. I will go back for another look later, but I do not recall seeing any car-parking available on-site there either.

The guys claim that folks nowadays prefer to use their bicycle to go everywhere or to pay for “Uber” taxi rides. Although that’s true to a VERY limited degree, I think the people able to pay NZ $375,000 for a one-bedroom apartment, are likely to also have the financial means, and the requirement, to own a car.

Here follows two links. The first is to one of the original stories this week, and the Second is a link to a short video showing the outside of one of their “future slums”. I have been waiting for a “Home Open” when I could go in and take some photos of the inside, but have never seen a home open advertised. Although several of the windows sport “For Rent” signs stuck to their insides. Those six nearby units appear to still be empty. (UPDATED 13 February 2018. I was past earlier and saw several windows opened. I’m not sure whether they were just airing the places out prior to a “home open” or showing, or perhaps some people have moved in there now. I’ll check it out more closely later, and get back to you.)

https://www.stuff.co.nz/business/100925722/we-get-to-design-cities-williams-corporations-ambitious-development-plans

Buying old filing cabinets is like buying an old car !

An article has been doing the rounds on Facebook, originally from the ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation). Australia’s ABC, is largely government funded, but is mostly independent, and has a presence mainly through television and radio, in both city and country areas.

I’m tempted to suggest that the ABC should release all the documents for immediate printing throughout newspapers and on the internet.

The filing cabinets were knowingly sold by a government department, in a locked condition, along with “whatever” was inside, Just because they had temporarily “lost” the keys and couldn’t be bothered asking around the office, ask the secretary or boss/manager or whoever, nor could they be bothered getting in a locksmith for a comparitively small fee (probably less than $200) to unlock all the cabinets nor could they be bothered to task one of their handyman/plant maintenance workers to open them.

If I bought an old unregistered second hand car “as is, where is” for $200, and after having it trailered home, find the boot was locked and after getting it open, I find, as well as a bald spare tyre and a broken jack, an old toolbox with a socket-set and some screwdrivers in there, then I’m bloody-well keepin’ them, and I’m gonna use them as I see fit ! (Sometimes it’s good to have some old tools, like screwdrivers you don’t mind hitting with a hammer or mallet).

I’d be phukked if I’d let a couple of bully-boys from ASIO (spy agency) come around and steal my stuff. Just like it would be reasonable to assume any old tools found in the boot of a car, come with the car, I suggest that any old files, or file dividers, or those metal clip things from which files hang, that come inside an “as is, where is” sold filing cabinet, come WITH the cabinet !

Just the other day, a guy at my work bought a cheap unregistered car without any keys. It was parked on the side of the road with a flat battery for many months. He paid like $150 full price, “as is, where is” , (and it is all legal, NOT stolen, etc).

It cost less than $200 to get a locksmith to come out, and unlock the car using locksmith techniques, the locksmith then made up a new key to fit, including an extra spare key, and the locksmith’s total bill including call-out fee and the new keys cost NZ $180.

So we are being told that the Australian government sold locked file cabinets because they could not afford (or be bothered) to pay a $200 locksmith fee ?????? I’m calling bull-shit on that ! ABC, please publish all the documents that you have been willingly, and as-good-as-knowingly, given !

Here is a link to the source of the original story

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-01-31/cabinet-files-reveal-inner-government-decisions/9168442?smid=Page:%20ABC%20News-Facebook_Organic&WT.tsrc=Facebook_Organic&sf180791106=1