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Archive for January, 2017

Concrete conmen: Anything short of life sentence w/o parole would be miscarriage of justice

Posted by te2ataria on January 31, 2017

Breaking News: 

Children who visited Auckland’s Pukekohe Intermediate Dental Clinic between September 13, 2016 and January 23 could be at risk of blood-borne viral infections, in particular Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C and HIV, due to malfunctioning dental equipment.

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Then again our govt and tourist industry thrive on passing off defective goods all the time

Four males facing fraud charges for allegedly selling [sub-standard] concrete panels from China disguised as an Australian-made brand will have their identities kept secret for now, said a report.

“The Commerce Commission said the Chinese concrete panels were imported over a six-year period between 2007 and 2013 as the German-designed, Australian-manufactured brand Hebel.”

Other News in Drips…

Tragic death of a 10-year-old (again) shrouded in  mystery
“Police Inspector Batty Brett had earlier confirmed the child’s death on Friday night, and that there were no suspicious circumstances. Police are supporting the child’s family.” http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11792020

Fatal crash on State Highway 12, Matakohe, Kaipara District
A fatal car crash has occurred on State Highway 12, Matakohe. At this stage no other vehicles are thought to be involved and the driver of the car is thought to be the sole occupant, police thinks.
http://www.police.govt.nz/news/release/fatal-crash-state-highway-12-matakohe-kaipara-district

Person found dead on State Highway 1 near Ashburton
A person has been found dead on the side of State Highway 1 at the intersection of SH1 and Northpark Rd near Ashburton, about 4.20pm on Tuesday, police spokesman said.
http://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/news/88953727/person-found-dead-on-state-highway-1-near-ashburton

Thanks to effective police work, family hire private investigator to help with search for missing teen
South Canterbury teenager Yuri Santana, 18, has been missing since last October. http://www.stuff.co.nz/timaru-herald/news/88888442/family-hire-private-investigator-to-help-with-search-for-missing-temuka-teenager

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Police thugs get a hard on when they murder someone or destroy homes?

Posted by te2ataria on January 30, 2017

Armed police from hell destroy house in botched paramilitary operation

Every time police fucks up, we pay!

Napier couple were forced to abandon their home and  move to a motel at public expense after their home was “destroyed” by armed police hunting a wanted man on Friday night.

Police acting Hawke’s Bay area [dickhead] commander said police received information that the hunted man, Shawn Harding, was at the address, but would not divulge details on how the information was received.

“Police acted on this information and took necessary steps to clear the property and confirm for themselves whether or not he was there,” he said.

How did they do that?

“The police just made the biggest cock-up,” said Greg Cummins, the occupant, who was ordered out of his Bristol St house in Tamatea.

“We came out of the house – guns in faces of course,” he said.

Police fired a hail of live rounds followed by flash grenades, smoke bombs and tear gas into the house, despite repeated assurances by Cummins that no one was inside. A vehicle parked on the property was also fired at repeatedly.

But police insisted they had tracked down their man.

“For three hours on the side of the road I said [to detectives] there’s no one else in the house.”

He offered to escort police in, and “kept telling them they were yelling at an empty house,” but was told it was against protocol.

More…

Other News in Drips…

Victim finally pronounced dead three weeks after fatal SH3 Manawatu crash

“A person who was critically injured in a crash on State Highway 3 three weeks ago has died in hospital today (Monday 30 January 2017).

“They are the second person to have died as a result of the crash, which involved a car and a truck at the intersection on Rangitikei Line and Oroua Road at about 7.30pm on Monday 9 January.

“Police are not in a position to release or confirm the names of the deceased at this time.” http://www.police.govt.nz/news/release/person-dies-three-weeks-after-sh3-manawatu-crash

Another fatal crash on Orari-Rangitata Highway

The male driver of the truck and trailer that crashed on Orari-Rangitata Highway near Timaru this morning has died. The crash occurred at 8.30am. No other vehicles were involved in the crash and there were no other occupants in the truck.  http://www.police.govt.nz/news/release/update-orari-rangitata-highway-crash

Man killed by drowning off Ruakaka Beach, Northland

An Auckland man has died after getting into difficulty in the water off Ruakaka Beach in Northland, shortly before 6pm on Monday 30 January, 2017.  It is believed the victim and two others were going out to check a crab pot.  http://www.police.govt.nz/news/release/man-dies-after-water-rescue-ruakaka-beach-northland

Car hits woman during yet another police pursuit

A woman was hit by a “stolen car” during yet another police chase in central Wellington, with the “thieves,” two men and a woman, all in their 20s, still at large. http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/323411/driver-hits-woman-during-police-pursuit

Girl taking toilet petition to Parliament

A Wainuiomata school girl, who has Crohn’s Disease, is seeking a law change to make workplace toilets accessible to certain groups where there are no public restrooms. Twenty thousand New Zealanders have chronic, incurable inflammatory bowel disease, which often comes with diarrohea and abdominal pain.
http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/323417/girl-taking-toilet-petition-to-parliament

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Deadly police pursuit: One ‘murdered,’ five injured

Posted by te2ataria on January 29, 2017

One person murdered, five others injured – one critically – in yet another deadly police pursuit

One person was murdered and five others were injured – one critically – after a car fleeing police collided with two other vehicles at a South Auckland intersection.

One person was critically hurt, while three others had serious injuries and another victim was in a moderate condition, according to a St John ambulance spokeswoman.

“The crash happened after police attempted to stop a black saloon car on Great South Rd about 10.30pm. The vehicle fled and a short police pursuit ensued, a police spokesman said.”  http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11790685

One killed in fatal crash near Gore

One person was killed and another injured in a single vehicle crash on Donald Road, Maitland, near Gore.
http://www.police.govt.nz/news/release/one-dead-fatal-crash-near-gore

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Police preempt pathologist, coroner (again) after yet another corpse washes up near Wellington

Posted by te2ataria on January 28, 2017

Body discovered at Paekakariki, Kapiti Coast

Saturday, 28 January 2017 – 12:17pm
Wellington

Wellington Police have recovered a body this morning, Saturday 28 January 2017, at Paekakariki on the Kapiti Coast.

The man was found washed up on the rocks by a member of the public at approximately 9:15am.

His death is not thought to be suspicious [in the absence of an autopsy?] or self-inflicated [sic] and a formal identification will be completed shortly.

A post-mortem examination is expected to be completed tomorrow and the death will be referred to the coroner.

No further information is available at this time.

ENDS

Police Media Centre

http://www.police.govt.nz/news/release/body-discovered-paekakariki-kapiti-coast

[With apologies to our foreign readers for the much-wanting quality of NZ police’s detective work and their poor literacy skills. Moderator B.]

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ONLY one road fatality report allowed today!

Posted by te2ataria on January 27, 2017

Woman killed in head-on collision on SH2 near Eketahuna

A woman was killed and another seriously injured in a two-car crash on State Highway 2 near Eketahuna this morning, police said.

Another woman is still being treated for serious injuries.

“Police have also received a report of a large diesel spill on the road which stretches between Mt Bruce and Pahiatua.”

Police have not revealed whether diesel spill caused the crash.

http://www.police.govt.nz/news/release/update-2-eketahuna-crash

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Far too many people go missing in New Zealand

Posted by te2ataria on January 27, 2017

Road Fatalities: News Blackout is in effect today!

Many hundreds of people are [permanently] missing in New Zealand

Among those who went missing without a trace recently…

Where is Lydia Grace Solvander?

Lydia Grace Solvander

Christchurch Police are seeking 25-year-old old Lydia Grace Solvander and are seriously concerned for her wellbeing. Solvander has been missing for more than a week and was last seen in the Hillmorton area on Tuesday 17 January 2017.
http://www.police.govt.nz/news/release/waikato-police-seek-missing-21-year-old-hazael-mailata

Waikato Police seek missing 21-year-old Hazael Mailata

A 21-year-old Hamilton man is missing after a friend lost sight of him in the Waikato River early this morning. Hazael Mailata and his friend were on the bank of Waikato River when Mr Mailata went for a swim shortly before 3.00am this morning, Wednesday 25 January 2017. He was last seen in the darkness in the river and there has been no contact with family or friends since.
http://www.police.govt.nz/news/release/waikato-police-seek-missing-21-year-old-hazael-mailata

Otaki Fatal boating incident

Police can now release the names of the two men who went missing while using an inflatable boat at Otaki Beach on Monday 23rd of January 2017.

The man whose body was recovered on Monday was 52-year-old Wayne Anthony De Bruyn of Otaki.

The man missing and presumed drowned, is 35-year-old Jared Anthony Anderson of New Plymouth.
http://www.police.govt.nz/news/release/name-release-%E2%80%93-otaki-boating-incident

Mother of four Shelly Crooks, 36, missing since December 22

Ms Crooks was last seen in the Punakaiki area on 22 December 2016. She was walking the local tracks and may have then hitchhiked north. Shelly is 180 cm (6ft) tall and of medium/solid build.

Shelly Crooks,36, missing since December 22

http://www.police.govt.nz/news/release/police-renew-appeal-find-shelly-crooks

Brighton Beach search continued to NO avail

“A person described as of short-medium height, wearing black or dark-coloured clothing, was seen walking in to the water at approximately 10:20am, Friday 20 January 2017.”

Police said they had not received a report of a missing person which may relate to the incident[and which may indicate the person missing was a foreign visitor.]
http://www.police.govt.nz/news/release/update-brighton-beach-search-continues

Quentin Barrett is missing – have you seen him?

Quentin Barrett, 19, Missing in the Manawatu

Quentin Barrett, 19, is missing from Terrace End, Palmerston North since 19 January.

What happened to Pat Wearn?

Pat Wearn, 73, missing without a trace.

Massive searches in the Torbay, Long Bay and Browns Bay areas for 73 year-old Pat Wearn proved futile. Ms Wearn left her home address in Torbay at 12:30 Monday January 16, to go for a walk, but did not return.

What happened to this Korean woman?

yoonSookChun

Yoon Sook Chun, 47, is one of more than 500 foreigners missing in New Zealand.

Mrs Chun was last seen on May 18, 2009, shortly before she left her Christchurch home. Mrs Chun “held both a New Zealand and South Korean passport.  Neither passport have been used to travel out of the country since her disappearance.”

Search blog contents for details of many others who have gone missing without a trace in New Zealand.

Other News in Drips…

Good Riddance: Helen Clark resigns from UNDP

Former New Zealand Prime Minister [the orthodontically-challenged] Helen Clark has finally resigned from her post at the UN. Clark heads the UN Development Programme till April 19.

With her leaving, who would now pay for the fake New Zealand reports aimed at fraudulently boosting tourism and investment?

Woeful incompetence: Police open their legs and allow two people to…

A 41 year-old male and a 25 year-old female stole a patrol vehicle during a vehicle stop this evening.

“At approximately 6:25pm police stopped a vehicle on Wilson Road, Netherton. While the officer was conducting a breath test on the female driver, two passengers, a male and a female, got out of the car and drove off in the officer’s patrol vehicle.”

The vehicle was subsequently located in Meremere. It had been set alight, causing extensive damage. http://www.police.govt.nz/news/release/two-arrested-after-patrol-vehicle-stolen

 

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32 Foreigners killed in New Zealand in 32 days

Posted by te2ataria on January 25, 2017

Road Toll News Blackout: ONLY one road fatality report allowed today!

Known foreign victims of fatal crashes, drowning, police shooting, NZ tourist deathtraps…

At least 32 foreigners have been killed in New Zealand since December 23, 2016. The fatalities (tip of the iceberg?) have been reported by the police and/or documented by the media, and mirrored on this blog.

American, British, Chinese, Cambodian, Czech, Filipino, German, Greek, Indian, Sri Lankan, Swiss and Tongan nationals are among the known fatalities.

The two foreign employees of XERO, Mykhalo Stepura from Ukraine and Pavel Pazniak from Belarus, whose deaths/murders are still a mystery, were found dead in the Tararua Forest Park on November 22, 2016.

How Many Foreigners Killed in NZ Since 2000?

About 4,000 overseas visitors, international students, foreign workers, recent emigrants and refugees have lost their lives and 24,000 others seriously injured in New Zealand since year 2000. [Updated January 2017]

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“Glorious George” says New Zealand is world’s least corrupt country (again!)

“Transparency International’s Corruption Perceptions Index [#posttruth]” for 2016 has given New Zealand a score of 90 points out of 100, placing it in first spot (shared with Denmark) for the least corrupt out of 176 countries.

And they had the chick to say: “This year’s results highlight the connection between corruption and inequality, which feed off each other to create a vicious circle between corruption, unequal distribution of power in society, and unequal distribution of wealth.”

How could this be???

Transparency International is an illegitimate brainchild of the infamous “bankster” billionaire Mr George Soros.

So, why was French hiker’s death kept secret by New Zealand police?

That’s just the police. Besides, they were only being economical with the truth to protect the tourism industry!!

How valid are reports by the likes of Transparency International…

To give you an idea, World Happiness Report has consistently ranked NZ in the top 10 happiest countries [#fakenews] despite the suicide figures, social inequality, homelessness, abject poverty…

However, Happy Planet Index recently placed our country in 38th spot for HAPPINESS [and gave only 119th ranking for ecological footprint] out of 140 countries.

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Another day of censorship, secrecy and post truth in the Zombie Democracy

Posted by te2ataria on January 25, 2017

Road Fatalities: News Blackout in Effect!

Mystery surrounds death of 4-year-old Dunedin boy

A truck carrying bobby calves and three young boys went off the road and overturned into a paddock, killing the youngest of the four occupants, a 4-year-old Dunedin boy on January 13.

“The driver, understood to be a Dunedin-based dairy farmer and neighbour of the boys’ family, suffered serious injuries and was taken to Southland Hospital alongside a pair of 6-year-old brothers, who had minor injuries,” said a report.

“I have no idea what his route was, where he was going, or what he was doing at that time of night [and why he was travelling with the neighbour’s three young boys,]” said the policeman dealing with the case.

The boy’s name has not been released, “with a police spokeswoman confirming the family had approached the coroner to get their son’s name permanently suppressed.”

Gay billionaire and Trump supporter another XERO connection

A 193-hectare Wanaka lifestyle block has been purchased by the gay billionaire Peter Thiel, who has apparently become a New Zealand citizen.

German-born Thiel bought $147 million of shares in NZX-listed technology company XERO in 2013, said a report.

“Thiel, a conservative libertarian, supported Donald Trump’s bid for the US presidency and donated $1.25m to Trump’s campaign. After Trump’s victory, Thiel was appointed to his transition team.”

Other News in Drips…

Englishman killed on State Highway 27 near Matamata
The man who was struck by a vehicle and killed on State Highway 27 near Matamata, early on Saturday morning has been named 24-year-old Michael William Spink, from North Yorkshire, England, police said.

He was reportedly on his way home after his own vehicle had ended up in a ditch.

Fatal Norsewood crash
The two people killed in a crash on State Highway 2, about 5km north of Norsewood on Sunday were father and son, Aaron Bruce McDonald (37) and Cruz McDonald (8), police said.
http://www.police.govt.nz/news/release/name-release-%E2%80%93-norsewood-crash-correction

Name release – Waiwhakaiho drowning
The man who drowned in the Waiwhakaiho River, New Plymouth, on Monday was 17-year-old Jaden Peterson, police said.
http://www.police.govt.nz/news/release/name-release-%E2%80%93-waiwhakaiho-drowning

UPDATE: The Otaki River search –
The Otaki River search on the Kapiti Coast has been suspended for the night. A man’s body was found on Monday 23 January 2017. It is believed a second person remains in the water. http://www.police.govt.nz/news/release/update-otaki-search-suspended-night

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5.4 Magnitude earthquake rattles Opotiki, New Zealand

Posted by te2ataria on January 23, 2017

Road Fatalities: News Blackout in Effect!

Sent by a reader

Earthquake strikes 42km ENE of Opotiki, New Zealand –USGS

The quake was centered at 37.940°S , 177.730°E [Bay of Plenty] and struck at a depth of 54.1km, according to USGS.

[The quake was downplayed by Geonet, which reported it as ‘moderate’ measuring 5.0 magnitude.]

Other News in Drips…

Water thefts reported in north Auckland

Water thefts reported in dry Mangawhai

Desperately dry weather is bringing out the best – and worst – in residents in north Auckland.

Posts on social media have highlighted the dark side of dry communities, with water reportedly stolen from home and business water tanks.

A Mangawhai Police spokesperson says there have been no official reports, but a resident did make an informal complaint.

Filling up with 10,000 litres before going away for the weekend, the resident returned to find an empty tank, but filed no official report with police.

Selected Headlines:

One dead and another missing after inflatable boat flips off Kapiti Coast
http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/88682384/One-dead-and-another-missing-after-inflatable-boat-flips-off-Kapiti-Coast

Vanished into Thin Air: Family of missing Auckland woman Patricia Wearn release statement
Wearn went missing a week ago in Torbay and police said today that there was little chance she would be found alive.
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11787141

Where were the cops…?

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Ultimate Post Truth: “Alternative Facts”

Posted by te2ataria on January 22, 2017

Sent by an American reader [UPDATED on January 23, 2017]

What if Trump had taken the same oath of office as his sidekick?

Mike Pence took the vice presidential oath of office as follows:

I Michael Richard Pence solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter: So help me God.  [Hint: Highlighted text would have most probably resulted in impeachment.]

Trump said:

I Donald John Trump do solemnly swear  that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.

Trump compares US intelligence services to Nazi Gestapo

Donald Trump shitting bricks and eating his words at CIA’s Wailing Wall

President Donald Trump is telling CIA employees whose work he has publicly doubted that no one feels stronger about the intelligence community than he does. Trump is addressing about 400 CIA employees at their headquarters in Langley, Virginia, on his first full day in office. Trump told the workers that they are really special and amazing people and that “I am so behind you.” The meeting follows Trump’s repeated and sharp public criticism of U.S. intelligence agencies before and after the election. He challenged and at times belittled their conclusions that Russia attempted to influence the election to help him win the White House.

New White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer Blasts Media Over Reports On Inauguration Size

Pictorial Evidence: Inauguration Size

Kellyanne Conway: Press Secretary Sean Spicer Gave ‘Alternative Facts’ | Meet The Press | NBC News

“Normal Facts”

ft-inaug-crowds

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How many of the road fatalities will police report this weekend?

Posted by te2ataria on January 22, 2017

Auckland pounded by strong winds and heavy rain

Auckland is being battered by strong winds and heavy rain resulting in multiple weather-related incidents.

Multiple trees and at least two power lines have fallen down in the central Auckland area, and there have been a number of minor crashes, police reported.  http://www.police.govt.nz/news/release/auckland-police-attend-multiple-weather-related-incidents

[Several injuries have been reported by Aucklanders.]

Fatal crash near Matamata
A 24-year-old man was killed on State Highway 27, between Matamata and Waharoa, Waikato shortly after midnight. The victim, a pedestrian, was hit and killed violently by a vehicle.
http://www.police.govt.nz/news/release/fatal-crash-near-matamata-overnight

Pukekohe Fatal Crash
At least two people were killed in the crash on Morgan Road, Pukekohe, police reported. At least one of the occupants is a male. No further details have been released, probably because the victims are foreign visitors.
http://www.police.govt.nz/news/release/update-3-pukekohe-crash

At least one person seriously injured in yet another Hamilton police chase
http://www.police.govt.nz/news/release/fleeing-driver-incident-hamilton

Three seriously injured in small plane landing crash
http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/322745/three-seriously-injured-in-clarence-runway-crash

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What smart Americans are talking about right now…

Posted by te2ataria on January 20, 2017

Sent by an American reader

The 45th President of the United States was a CONMAN who also threatened our national security…

The following images are posted on Twitter:

 

 

Will add other readers’ thoughts as submitted…

Related Links:

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French hiker’s death kept secret by New Zealand police to protect tourism

Posted by te2ataria on January 20, 2017

Foreword: New Zealand police have been under strict orders to withhold, censor or otherwise block reports of tourist fatalities in New Zealand. The censorship also applies to reports of road fatalities. Currently, about two out of every three  road fatalities go unreported.

Frenchwoman killed on January 11, police withheld report until forced by foreign media to release details

A 53-year-old Frenchwoman was killed in a fall near Milford Sound, Fiordland National Park on January 11, but her death was kept secret until today, when police was forced by foreign media to release the details.

The victim was tramping with her husband, who has since left New Zealand. Her body has been recovered but it was not known when it would be returned to her family, said a report.

“A police media spokesman said miscommunication internally had meant details of last week’s incident were not released earlier.”

Recent fatalities in the area include

  • An unnamed 31-year-old Israeli soldier killed in 2016
  • German tramper Christine Lenicker kiled in 2015
  • Australian tramper James Poland killed in a 130-metre fall in 2011

In November 2016, a French tourist was killed while hiking on Banks Peninsula.
http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/88586387/french-tramper-died-after-fall-in-fiordland-national-park

How Many Foreigners Killed in NZ Since 2000?

About 4,000 overseas visitors, international students, foreign workers, recent emigrants and refugees have lost their lives and 24,000 others seriously injured in New Zealand since year 2000.

Other New in Drips…

Police release Cyclist’s name in fatal crash on 18 January
The cyclist was violently killed after being hit by a truck on Awapuni Rd, near the Gisborne’s airport, about 9am on Wednesday. He was Jason Duncan Houia, aged 42.
http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/88522492/one-dead-following-crash-in-gisborne
http://www.police.govt.nz/news/release/police-release-name-fatal-crash-18-january

Body of missing kayaker found in Lake Rotorua [Bay of Plenty of Deaths]
The body of a man has been found in the water of Lake Rotorua, near Hamurana, Wednesday afternoon. Police have confirmed that the body belongs to a kayaker who was reported missing at approximately 5:00pm a day earlier. The victim’s nationality has not been revealed.
http://www.police.govt.nz/news/release/body-missing-kayaker-found-lake-rotorua

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Something fishy going on at XERO?

Posted by te2ataria on January 19, 2017

Sent by a reader

Mystery deaths of two XERO employees just found a new dimension

New Zealand businessman Chris Liddell’s appointed to Donald Trump’s inner circle

Mr Liddell, who chairs the board of the accounting software company, is slated to lead Trump’s strategic development group at the White House, according to reports.

In November…

Two Xero employees murdered because they stumbled on a dark secret?

The investigation into the circumstances surrounding the mystery deaths of two trampers in Tararua Forest Park over the weekend. [But, more likely than not, nothing will come out of it.]

The two victims were Mykhalo Stepura (also known as Michael Stepura), 39; and Pavel (Paul) Pazniak, 32, police said.

Both men were foreign nationals but were living in New Zealand.  Mr Stepura was originally from the Ukraine, and Mr Pazniak was originally from Belarus. http://www.police.govt.nz/news/release/tararua-forest-park-trampers-name-release

Stepura, a “father of two boys,” was a software developer who worked for Xero and lived in Lower Hutt.

“All of us at Xero are deeply saddened by the loss of our teammates, Pavel Pazniak, known to us as Paul, and Mykhalo Stepura, known to us as Michael,” a Xero spokesperson said.

“Our focus is on supporting their families at this difficult time. We are a tight-knit team at Xero and this is a tough time for many of us.

“As well as assisting the families, we are closely supporting our teams.” http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/86785417/Colleagues-devastated-at-death-of-two-men-who-were-tramping-the-Tararua-Ranges

Founded in 2006 in New Zealand, Xero describes itself as “one of the fastest growing Software as a Service companies globally.”

 

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If New Zealand is a happier country than Australia…

Posted by te2ataria on January 18, 2017

Sent by a reader, edited by Moderator N.

Then why, oh why, every kiwi dreams of moving their shit across the ditch???

Happy Planet Index has ranked Australia as the 105th happiest country, out of 140, and New Zealand, wait for it, 67 places higher at 38th.

Why is it then everyone and their uncles in this country dream of moving to Australia one day?

[The pathetic, totally discredited World Happiness Report, most probably paid for out of the UN funds by a certain senior official, had previously ranked NZ in the top 10 happiest country, but just one place ahead of Australia.]

NZ scored poorly on the ecological footprint, ranking 119th, but ahead of Australia at 139th out of 140.

The swine-sewage-infested Luxembourg came last on the ecological footprint front, and was the 139th candidate overall, just one place ahead of the “worst” country, Chad.

“The Happy Planet Index measures what matters: sustainable wellbeing for all” according to its website.

“Wealthy Western countries, often seen as the standard of success, do not rank highly on the Happy Planet Index.”

“Instead, several countries in Latin America and the Asia Pacific region lead the way by achieving high life expectancy and wellbeing with much smaller Ecological Footprints.

“The Happy Planet Index provides a compass to guide nations, and shows that it is possible to live good lives without costing the Earth.”

Happy Planet Index: Top 20 Happiest Countries

1. Costa Rica
2. Mexico  [Is Trump a factor?]
3. Colombia [YKM?]
4. Vanuatu  [Only if you can,t live without earthquakes!]
5. Vietnam  [REALLY?]
6. Panama  [Will they pay you?]
7. Nicaragua  [JIO]
8. Bangladesh [YFKM?]
9. Thailand  [Are you a sex pervert?]
10. Ecuador  [Doing more with less?]
11. Jamaica  [What did you inhale for breakfast?]
12. Norway [Do not marry locally!]
13. Albania  [Ouch!]
14. Uruguay [Rrrrrrrrrrrr…]
15. Spain
16. Indonesia [What about China?]
17. El Salvador [Any shred of evidence?]
18. The Netherlands  [Promiscuity a factor?]
19. Argentina [And Chile?]
20. The Philippines [How many hurricanes does it take to change your mind?]

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