Christchurch Rebuild – EQC Pulling Plug, Fletchers Tells Builders to Start Looking Elsewhere For Work

It looks today like the Christchurch rebuild has withered on the vine. Three years after the quake, and with bare ground marking the places where many buildings once stood, it appears that the Earthquake Commission is giving up on the city. If you are in the process of emigrating to New Zealand to work on…

New Zealand’s Justice System Favours Families of Influence – Name Suppression for Leader’s Son Caught Drink Driving in Gisborne -updated

New Zealanders are reminded they have a two-tier justice system which again favours the families of the rich, famous and influential. The name of a teenager caught for drink driving in Gisborne is to be suppressed so as not to embarrass his “prominent leader” father. Furthermore, according to Stuff, he will apply for a discharge without…

British Newspaper Runs Dotcom Rap Video Lampooning Key and Banks

British newspaper The Guardian has run a story about Kim Dotcom‘s rap lampooning John Banks over the donations scandal. The Megaupload founder collaborated with top music producers to question MP’s denials about political contributions. Coming to a club near you soon, the rap is sure to be a hit. Remember the teapottapes saga and the way in which the offending cameraman…

Playboy’s Paradise – a New Brand for New Zealand?

The Auckland arrest of billionaire Kim Dotcom, an investor and online piracy facilitator file-sharing host, in his mansion made worldwide news headlines – and cost Kiwi taxpayers at least $70,000. Along with American agents, the New Zealand police had been conducting an investigation into Dotcom’s website Megaupload since August of last year. He and six…