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Drugs, Distortions, Lies and Police Operations!!!

Posted by te2ataria on August 29, 2019

Why do NZ police always fail to catch the drug kingpins?

Just how lucrative Is NZ drug market??? Is NZ one of the world’s biggest distribution hub for trafficking Meth, other illicit drugs?

In 2016, after Record methamphetamine haul in Northland rivals revenues of NZ’s biggest companies, we said:

Stop Celebrating!

Based on the ever so tiniest fluctuations observed in the street price of meth after each “major bust,” you can easily calculate that for every 1kg of the deadly stuff seized, more than 999kg are allowed to get through to the suicidal end users, all under the protection of authorities. There’s, of course an ongoing, but one-sided, competition between the “cartel” and non-cartel suppliers. The cartel members have a permanent “advance and collect your money” card, together with “get out of jail free” pass, in case of any inadvertent mistake by police. In a “business” so lucrative nothing is left to chance. Ask the PM. He’s the Key!

  • Total amount of meth seized by NZ police/Customs since 2016: About 1,500kg
  • Estimated amount of meth NOT seized/ allowed to go through: [Any ridiculously large figure would do!]

Meth Prices per Gram [2017/18]

  • Australia: $641.4 per gram
  • New Zealand: $573.9 per gram
  • Unites States: Price is Volatile $90 – $475 [US$60* – $300]

“An average dose of meth is about a quarter of a gram. Because of ice’s intensity, smaller doses provide bigger highs; a gram of ice can provide 10 to 25 hits (doses) of meth. Heavy meth users take three or more grams of meth at a time.”

*Even lower prices in the US have been reported in Los Angeles, San Diego, and Phoenix.

One hit of crystal meth causes birth defects: U of T study

Global Production

Amphetamine, discovered before methamphetamine, was first synthesized in 1887 by Romanian chemist Lazăr Edeleanu who named it phenylisopropylamine. Soon, methamphetamine was synthesized from ephedrine in 1893 by Japanese chemist Nagai Nagayoshi. Three decades later, in 1919, methamphetamine hydrochloride was synthesized by pharmacologist Akira Ogata via reduction of ephedrine using red phosphorus and iodine. [Wikipedia]

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime estimated the worldwide production of amphetamine-type stimulants, which includes methamphetamine, at nearly 500 metric tons a year (2015), with 37 million abusers.

Meth bust in New Zealand leads to arrests of two Brits
“Police uncovered 200 kilograms (440 pounds) of meth with a street value of NZ $144 million (€83 million, $93 million) concealed in plastic storage containers.”
https://www.dw.com/en/meth-bust-in-new-zealand-leads-to-arrests-of-two-brits/a-49958706

More than 60kg of meth seized by police, man arrested
More than 60kg of methamphetamine with a street value of $36 million has been seized by police in Rotorua.
https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/new-zealand/2019/08/more-than-60kg-meth-seized-by-police-man-arrested.html

New Zealand’s big and bizarre drug busts
Several kilos of cocaine [worth $3 million] that washed up on an Auckland beach on Wednesday may seem like a lot, but it pales in comparison to some of the busts we’ve had recently.Several kilos of cocaine that washed up on an Auckland beach on Wednesday may seem like a lot, but it pales in comparison to some of the busts we’ve had recently.
https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/new-zealand/2019/08/new-zealand-s-big-and-bizarre-drug-busts.html

Ten arrested, $12m of meth [20kg,] $1m cash seized in major nationwide drug operation
https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/new-zealand/2019/08/ten-arrested-12m-of-meth-1m-cash-seized-in-major-nationwide-drug-operation.html

How NZ police raids help stabilize the meth price!

University of Canterbury professor of sociology and criminology Greg Newbold said if the 448kg of meth seized in Northland had bypassed law enforcement it would have flooded the market, sending the price down. However, it was unlikely to have led to further p users.
https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/81051576/Methamphetamine-supply-and-use-continue-to-grow

In the 2016 Global Drug Survey conducted in partnership with global media partners, 17.8 per cent of the 7,633 New Zealanders who took the survey reported having used some kind of amphetamine as recreational drug in their lifetime.

The New Zealand Health Survey, carried out in 2013, found 25,700 Kiwis used amphetamine-type drugs – 1,400 were dependent on the drug, while 24,300 were casual users. [Truth shall set you free! Do the arithmetic yourselves! ]

“[Someone] copped a $400 fine for bringing an orange into the country. An orange intended for her child to eat on the way back to New Zealand.”
http://www.news.com.au/travel/travel-advice/flights/can-you-bring-fruit-into-new-zealand-forgotten-banana-ends-in-tears/news-story/951f9aaa3e29f3318e1763758bc9f5e1

Meanwhile, official figures put New Zealand’s usage rate at 0.9 per cent of the adult population.
https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/81051576/Methamphetamine-supply-and-use-continue-to-grow

NZ population:
0–14 years 19.6%
15–64 years 65.5%  (or about 3.2 million people)
65 and over 14.9%
Total: 4,885,300 (Stats NZ 2017 estimate)

In 2014, 50 per cent of frequent methamphetamine users questioned said they got their supply from a gang member, up from 36 per cent in 2013.

And last year, 51 per cent of charges were for importation, manufacture or supply.

Meth Abuse
In general, however, someone who is taking between 100 to 1,000 milligrams of meth every day is considered to be abusing the drug and is at risk of an overdose. Using up to 5,000 milligrams of meth a day is considered chronic binge use. Such people are at an even higher risk of overdose. http://thewayoutrecovery.com/blog/2014/09/03/how-much-meth-does-it-take-to-overdose/

Meth on Demand: How could the govt stats be true, when…

Operation Reverse ‘classic’ example of organised crime cells ‘setting up shop’ in New Zealand
https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12229996

https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12229972

Meth use

The most recent figures from the New Zealand government indicate that P use has declined from a high of 2.7% of the population using in 2003, to fewer than 1% of the population today.

At Higher Ground, a leading drug rehab centre in Auckland, the majority of clients are addicted to meth. Despite government assurances that the P epidemic is waning, the waiting list to get into Higher Ground is months long, as it is for other drug treatment centres around the country.
“In our experience there are more P addicts every week, they are more addicted, and they are getting younger,” says director Johnny Dow.
“P is so destructive because addicts hit rock bottom so much quicker and so much younger,” says Dow.

“Before, heroin addicts could last 20 or 30 years before burning out, but P wears addicts out in five to 10 years. Its effects are just horrendous and I don’t think we’ve seen its peak yet.”
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/jul/13/making-meth-how-new-zealands-knack-for-p-turned-into-a-homebaked-disaster

Crystal Meth in Australia
In the Fiscal Year of 2012-2013, security personnel in Australia arrested 101,749 people for drug crimes. During the course of their investigations, police made 86,918 seizures of illegal drugs during the past year, which was a 66 percent increase over the past decade. https://www.havocscope.com/tag/meth-news/

Australian Crime Commission’s annual illicit drug data report, released on Friday, said that there was a record 112,000 illicit drug arrests in Australia in 2013-14, a 10 per cent increase on the previous year. The number of arrests for amphetamines, cannabis, cocaine, steroids and hallucinogens were all the highest on record.

There was also a record number of illicit drug seizures, at more than 93,000, a 7 per cent rise on 2012-13. More than 27 tonnes of illicit drugs were seized over the period, compared with less than 20 tonnes in the 12 months before. This included a record 3121 cocaine seizures, and a single 10-tonne seizure of benzaldehyde in Victoria. Benzaldehyde is a chemical used to make methamphetamine.
ACC chief executive Chris Dawson said if the benzaldehyde seizure had not been made, the chemical could have been used to produce up to 4.5 tonnes of methamphetamine, or 45 million individual street deals with a total estimated value of $3.6 billion.
https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/illicit-drug-arrests-and-seizures-at-record-high-australian-crime-commission-20150515-gh2n6o.html

Methamphetamine overdose: How much meth does it take to OD?

Other common signs of meth overdose include:

cardiovascular collapse, chest pains, confusion, convulsions, dehydration, delirium, dilated pupils, hyperactivity, hyperthermia, rapid breathing, severe hypertension, stroke, sweating profusely, tachycardia (irregular or fast heart beat)

The following represent a list of side-effects and complications methamphetamine use can result in:

Heart attack, kidney damage and possibly kidney failure, infections, agitation, coma, missing and rotting teeth (called “meth mouth”), stroke, seizures, paranoia, chest pain, complete stopping of the heart, difficulty breathing
heart attack, repeated infections, severe stomach pain, severe weight loss
skin sores (boils)…

Psychological complications resulting from long-term meth use include:

severe inability to sleep (insomnia), major mood swings, delusional behavior,
extreme paranoia…

Police Claims of Drug Busts and Asset Seizures

Millions in assets seized as Police continues focus on money laundering
Police seized $250,000 at one address as part of Operation Menelaus.
Wednesday, 28 August 2019 – 2:40pm
National News

As part of the operation, Police have put restraint on three Remuera properties worth more than $7.3 million in total.
https://www.police.govt.nz/news/release/police-seek-witnesses-following-fatal-incident-whanganui

10 people arrested in major national drug operation
Wednesday, 7 August 2019 – 3:33pm
National News

New Zealand Police have arrested 10 people and seized over a million dollars in cash and assets following a major operation targeting the supply and distribution of methamphetamine. … at 17 residential and commercial properties throughout the wider Auckland, Canterbury and Southland districts.

The seizures took place across a number of Auckland suburbs including New Lynn, Blockhouse Bay, Avondale, Manukau, Mt Eden, Grey Lynn, Karaka, Greenlane, Manurewa and Northcote, with search warrants also taking place in Avonside, Christchurch and central Dunedin.  … part an operation dubbed Operation Maddale…

To date the investigation has seized 20 kilograms of methamphetamine, with an estimated street value of more than $12 million.
https://www.police.govt.nz/news/release/10-people-arrested-major-national-drug-operation

Lamborghini, Louis Vuittons and liquor to be handed over following High Court decision
Friday, 19 July 2019 – 2:11pm
Auckland City

More than $5.3 million in assets, including several luxury vehicles, will be forfeited to the Crown, following a decision in the High Court in Auckland.

It follows a lengthy Police investigation dubbed Operation Fireball, which resulted in the arrest and subsequent conviction of 43-year-old Auckland man Ka Kit Yim for importing and possessing methamphetamine for supply. He was jailed in 2017 and is currently serving an 11 and a half year sentence.
https://www.police.govt.nz/news/release/lamborghini-louis-vuittons-and-liquor-be-handed-over-following-high-court-decision

Large commercial methamphetamine lab located near Tauranga
Friday, 28 June 2019 – 11:17am
Bay of Plenty

A number of warrants have been executed in the Bay of Plenty in recent weeks on the back of a significant operation run by the National Organised Crime Group (NOCG).

Yesterday another warrant was executed at a McLaren Falls Road address and Police located a significant clandestine laboratory capable of producing several kilograms of methamphetamine each week.

This find will significantly disrupt the supply chain of methamphetamine in the area. [NOT true!]
https://www.police.govt.nz/news/release/large-commercial-methamphetamine-lab-located-near-tauranga

Police recover drugs and cash in Otago
Cash recovered in the search warrants this morning.
Monday, 10 June 2019 – 5:28pm
Southern

Otago Lakes Central Police have recovered a significant amount of drugs and cash, and made multiple arrests following search warrants executed in Queenstown and Cromwell this morning.

Police seized over $200,000 of methamphetamine and more than $30,000 in cash along with other drugs in Queenstown.
https://www.police.govt.nz/news/release/police-recover-drugs-and-cash-otago

Arrests, asset seizures following major methamphetamine investigation + MEDIA ADVISORY
Tuesday, 28 May 2019 – 9:32am
Wellington

Police have arrested 35 people and seized more than $1 million in assets following investigations into methamphetamine distribution in Wellington District.

The Police Asset Recovery Unit has restrained assets valued at more than $1.1 million with a Proceeds of Crime Disruption Index value of $3.7 million.
https://www.police.govt.nz/news/release/arrests-asset-seizures-following-major-methamphetamine-investigation-media-advisory

Police make further arrests in operation targeting Comanchero gang
Monday, 15 April 2019 – 3:43pm
National News

Six people were arrested and about $4 million worth of assets were seized as a result.

Two residential properties, several high end vehicles, including a number of Range Rovers, Harley Davidson motorcycles and a Rolls Royce, along with a total of $100,000 in cash and two firearms were also seized.

On Friday, a 40-year-old New Zealand national was arrested in Sydney with the help of Australian Federal Police.

A 37-year-old woman was arrested and charged with importing methamphetamine and money laundering.

A 48-year-old man has also been arrested and charged with importing methamphetamine.
https://www.police.govt.nz/news/release/police-make-further-arrests-operation-targeting-comanchero-gang

Police seize $3.7 million in assets in major organised crime operation targeting Comanchero gang (media release + advisory)
https://www.police.govt.nz/news/release/police-seize-37-million-assets-major-organised-crime-operation-targeting-comanchero

Arrests following search warrants, Manawatu
Friday, 21 December 2018 – 2:07pm
Central

Police have restrained over one million dollars’ worth of assets, seized $280,000 cash, 14 firearms and a significant amount of methamphetamine and other drugs.
https://www.police.govt.nz/news/release/arrests-following-search-warrants-manawatu

Drugs, cash and weapons seized in Sumner search warrant
Photo: Cash, Methamphetamine, Weapons seized
Thursday, 20 December 2018 – 7:20pm
Canterbury

During the search warrant Police located gang clothing, more than $50,000 cash, four firearms (of which three were loaded), a stun gun and 345g of methamphetamine with an approximate street value of $345,000.
https://www.police.govt.nz/news/release/drugs-cash-and-weapons-seized-sumner-search-warrant

Further arrests as Rotorua Police target sale and supply of methamphetamine
Wednesday, 12 December 2018 – 1:45pm
Bay of Plenty

A further three people have been arrested in Rotorua today, as more search warrants were carried out targeting the sale and supply of methamphetamine in the city.

Today’s arrests are part of an ongoing major organised crime operation involving Rotorua Police, the National Organised Crime Group and the National Asset Recovery Unit, which last week resulted in the arrest of four people and the restraint of nearly $400,000 worth of assets and the recovery of 15 ounces of methamphetamine.
https://www.police.govt.nz/news/release/further-arrests-rotorua-police-target-sale-and-supply-methamphetamine

Police arrest four in major organised crime operation (media release + advisory)
Thursday, 6 December 2018 – 11:13am
Bay of Plenty
https://www.police.govt.nz/news/release/police-arrest-four-major-organised-crime-operation-media-release-advisory

More than $300,000 in assets forfeited in Palmerston North
Thursday, 28 June 2018 – 11:33am
Central
https://www.police.govt.nz/news/release/more-300000-assets-forfeited-palmerston-north

Operation Notus update
1955 Ford
Friday, 15 June 2018 – 9:25am
Bay of Plenty

https://www.police.govt.nz/news/release/operation-notus-update

Operation Fauna targets synthetic cannabis supply in Western Bay of Plenty and West Auckland
Tuesday, 24 April 2018 – 1:37pm
National News

https://www.police.govt.nz/news/release/operation-fauna-targets-synthetic-cannabis-supply-western-bay-plenty-and-west-auckland

UPDATE – Operation Notus
Assets restrained during Operation Notus
Tuesday, 27 March 2018 – 5:12pm
Bay of Plenty

over $2 million worth of assets including; residential properties, vehicles, boats, and jet-skis. Cash and bank accounts worth over $100,000 have also been restrained.

Twenty-six firearms were located during today’s warrants as well as quantities of methamphetamine and cannabis.

Over the course of the investigation it is estimated that methamphetamine worth the retail value of at least $2.1-2.6 million was allegedly sold to the community by these dealers.

This amount of methamphetamine equates to approximately $5.4 million in social harm.
https://www.police.govt.nz/news/release/update-operation-notus

UPDATE: Operation Notus targets organised crime and drugs in Bay of Plenty
Tuesday, 27 March 2018 – 11:06am
Bay of Plenty
https://www.police.govt.nz/news/release/update-operation-notus-targets-organised-crime-and-drugs-bay-plenty

PHOTO – Five arrests in Wellington drug operation
Assets restrained by Police in Wellington drug operation
Friday, 9 March 2018 – 6:12pm
Wellington

Photograph in relation to media release on Wellington drug operation.

CAPTION: Some of the assets restrained by Police in a Wellington drug operation – $405,000 and 2.7kg of n-ethylpentylone.
https://www.police.govt.nz/news/release/photo-five-arrests-wellington-drug-operation

20kg [A$10 million] of Meth Accidentally Shipped to Couple in Australia
An elderly Australian couple Wednesday signed for a package containing 10 million Australian dollars’ ($7 million) worth of methamphetamine, which had accidentally been shipped to their house outside Melbourn, police said.
A further 20 kilograms of methamphetamine were found at the address where the shipper, Zhiling Ma, was arrested in the nearby town of Bundoora.
“It’s quite a large find to take off the streets, really,” police said of the drug haul. “That’s 800,000 hits off the street that we’ve intercepted yesterday which is quite significant.”
$7 Million Worth of Meth Accidentally Shipped to Couple in Australia

Meth in the U.S.

In the US state of Oregon, 232 people died from meth use in 2016, nearly twice as many as died from heroin — and three times as many as died from meth 10 years before, according to the state Department of Health.

Nearly 100 percent pure and about $5 a hit, the new meth is all the more difficult for users to resist. “We’re seeing a lot of longtime addicts who used crack cocaine switch to meth,” said Branden Combs, a Portland officer assigned to the street crimes unit. “You ask them about it, and they’ll say: ‘Hey, it’s half the price, and it’s good quality.’ ”

“…meth has the highest correlation with serious crimes. More than 1 in 5 burglars and nearly 40 percent of car thieves were also charged with meth crimes, according to the Portland Police Bureau.”

“The cartels’ efficiency has flooded the market far beyond Oregon. In 2016, customs authorities in San Diego seized 21,747 pounds of meth, almost 10 times what was apprehended in 2007. At border points in Arizona, California and Texas, agents seized 24 times as much.”

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First release of National Wastewater Testing [heavily diluted] results

Posted by te2ataria on April 30, 2019

Heavily diluted result of nationwide wastewater testing

A whitewashed, heavily diluted report has been made available for the first three months of nationwide wastewater testing, which reportedly covers around 80% of New Zealand’s population.

The drugs that have been tested for are methamphetamine, cocaine, heroin, MDMA and fentanyl, police said

“The preliminary results, from November 2018 to January 2019, show methamphetamine is the most commonly detected illicit drug nationwide, with approximately 16kgs [RYFKM] estimated to be consumed on average each week.”

Reality Check:

Either the junkies piss on the ground, or the results have been heavily diluted – no pun intended – by a couple of orders of magnitude.

“Regional variations in drug use have also been identified with methamphetamine use shown to be most prevalent per capita in Northland, MDMA in Canterbury and cocaine in the wider Auckland region.”

Note:

You don’t have to be a certified accountant or banker to work out the wealth distribution.

Key findings [from police report, comments in brackets are by the Moderator]

• Average weekly use of the detected drugs has an estimated street value of $9.6 million. This is estimated to generate approximately $500 million [highly suspect figure] of criminal profit annually.

Methamphetamine

• Methamphetamine remains the most commonly detected illicit drug nationwide, with approximately 16kgs consumed on average each week. [The police figure is wholly inconsistent with the massive size of meth market in NZ. ]

• Detected average methamphetamine use translates to an estimated 20 million dollars ($20,606,002) per week in social harm. Annually, this could equate to more than one billion dollars ($1,071,512,099).

• Methamphetamine use is most prevalent per capita in the Northland Police District, followed by Eastern District (Hawke’s Bay).

MDMA

• MDMA was the second most commonly detected illicit drug across the country, with an estimated consumption rate of 4kg [real figure about 60kg] on average each week.

• MDMA use is most prevalent in Canterbury District, closely followed by Southern District (Southland).

Cocaine

• Cocaine was detected in low quantities, approximately 700g [the actual figure is much, much higher] on average each week. This indicates a much smaller user base and likely reflects less demand and supply associated with the drug.

• Cocaine use is significantly more prevalent in the Auckland region (per capita) than anywhere else in the country.

Fentanyl

• Overall Fentanyl consumption averaged less than 3g per week.

• The apparent prevalence of fentanyl in Northland District, compared to other districts, must be viewed with caution as detected average usage across all testing sites is extremely low.

• The aim of testing for fentanyl is to establish a baseline of consumption so, over time, Police and the Ministry of Health can determine any fluctuations in the consumption. A baseline for consumption remains unclear at present.

• As fentanyl has only been tested for very recently, it is too early to draw conclusions about what proportion of the fentanyl in wastewater is illicit.

Heroin

• Heroin was not detected at any of the testing sites between November 2018 and January 2019. This is consistent with other indicators that the opiate user population in New Zealand is very low [the jukies piss in their backyards!]

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Woman’s body recovered from car in water in Clifton, Christchurch

Posted by te2ataria on March 26, 2017

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Woman’s body recovered from sunken car in Moncks Bay

“The body of a woman has been recovered from a car that left the road and went into water off Main Road, Clifton yesterday,” police said.

Yesterday, driver of the car, a man, who is related to the woman, managed to get out of the car and has since received hospital treatment. http://www.police.govt.nz/news/release/update-2-car-water-clifton-christchurch

Missing Women of New Zealand

Search for Kim Bambus, yet another missing Auckland woman, continues, police insists

MISSING!  When last seen, Kim Bambus was wearing a dark coloured jacket, pink exercise top, black shorts and black and white Nike sneakers.

“Kim is from Ponsonby and it is believed she was in Piha to go for a run. She was travelling in a yellow Hyundai Getz, registration CWW418. This car was found on Log Race Road at 1am on Saturday 25 March.”  http://www.police.govt.nz/news/release/update-2-%E2%80%93-police-search-missing-auckland-woman-kim-bambus

Renewed appeal for sightings of missing Westport woman
“West Coast Police are still actively looking for missing Leanne Ryall, and appealing for help from the public to find her.

“The 50-year-old was last seen walking south along Cobden Street towards Derby Street, in Westport, at about 9am on Friday. Police have concerns for Leanne’s safety and would like to hear from anyone who may have seen her around that time or since.”  http://www.police.govt.nz/news/release/renewed-appeal-sightings-missing-westport-woman

Heavily Censored Fatality News From New Zealand’s Suicide Roads

Name release – Motorcyclist in Bulls crash
“Police can now name the motorcyclist who died in hospital on Friday following a crash in Bulls on Thursday evening. He was 26 year old Hayden Tahau, of the Taupo area.”
http://www.police.govt.nz/news/release/name-release-motorcyclist-bulls-crash

Murder and Serious Assaults

Sumner assault victim dies
“The victim of a serious assault in Sumner, Christchurch, on Thursday 23 March has now died in hospital.  A 38 year old female, 20 year old male, and a 16 year old are due to reappear in court on Monday, now facing the upgraded charge of murder.”
http://www.police.govt.nz/news/release/sumner-assault-victim-dies-charges-upgraded

Assault on father and son in Palmerston North
“A 38-year-old man and his 13-year-old son were pulled from their vehicle and assaulted by people armed with baseball bats in Palmerston North. Both victims received injuries that required hospital treatment, the younger reportedly suffering a fractured arm.”

“The incident happened at about 3.15pm on Saturday 25 March near the intersection of Main and Princess Streets.”
http://www.police.govt.nz/news/release/inquiries-after-assault-father-and-son-palmerston-north

P Nation

Widespread meth use rising across industries – NZDDA
“A New Zealand Drug Detection Agency spokesperson said more than 13 percent of its tests in 2016 came back positive for the drug, a 5 percent increase on the previous year.

“More than 80 percent of tests came back positive for cannabis use.”
http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/327490/widespread-meth-use-rising-across-industries-nzdda

 

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Only two things are infinite: the universe and government corruption

Posted by te2ataria on June 16, 2016

Foreword: As the UK voters line up for BREXIT (vote on EU membership), could NZ also hold a referendum on NOT to elect politicians like John Key and his gang whose allegiances are, at best, questionable?

Sent by a reader in Asbestos City

Cheapjack Chinese train makers repeatedly told “no asbestos”

“Chinese manufacturers were repeatedly told there should be no asbestos in trains they were manufacturing for KiwiRail, new information confirms”, according to a report.

Regardless, 40 of the 48 locomotives made for KiwiRail were contaminated and had to be taken out of service when asbestos was discovered; the have still not been completely cleaned up more than five years later.

A backroom deal by the PM over the purchase of KiwiRail locomotives is coming back to haunt the government, says New Zealand First.

“The PM and Minister Steven Joyce have some explaining to do. Why did the KiwiRail tender for the locos get re-opened when they visited China,” says New Zealand First Leader and Northland MP Rt Hon Winston Peters.

“There were already four companies shortlisted, none from China. The PM’s intervention wreaked of a backroom deal done on that trip. He meddled in the market with no concern for KiwiRail.

“Despite this sweet deal the Chinese makers did not comply with KiwiRail’s instructions and delivered dangerous goods.

“This is the price of doing favours and rushing in to sign up for cheaper foreign products.

“We are being landed with substandard rubbish – right now we are paying the price for importing shoddy steel and poor plumbing products.

“Buying New Zealand made, if possible, should be the mantra. When local firms win contracts there is a substantial spin-off to other businesses and communities.

“Economically, we will be a better country feeding our own supply chain.”

Union worried about 25-year warranty

The union said even the Chinese workers might have been exploited, as KiwiRail decided to use them without finding out how much they would be paid and without even caring about the matter one way or another.

“If a company funded by the taxpayer will not create jobs for New Zealanders, who will?” the general secretary of the union, Wayne Butson asked.

The NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) is trusting Steel and Tube to investigate itself [gimme a break!], after the company imported 1600 tonnes of substandard steel for the Huntly bypass.

Other News in Drips…

Meth arrests: Fisherman who went to police with information scared for his life
http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/crime/81077695/meth-arrests-fisherman-who-went-to-police-with-information-scared-for-his-life

Christchurch tenant housing more than 20 backpackers in five rooms
A reader is asking Christchurch City Council whether the tenants are backpackers or the homeless.
http://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/news/81111779/christchurch-tenant-housing-more-than-20-backpackers-in-five-rooms

The State’s other Stinking Secrets

Truth about the daily road carnage would hurt New Zealand’s $10 billion tourism industry…

The NZ TOURISTS or truth? Campaign (police censorship of road fatalities) continues…

Blog estimate: About 900 people are killed on NZ roads each year. [Most probably] up to 4153 road fatalities have occurred in NZ since 1 January 2016

  • No of road fatalities recorded by Minitru as of June 10: 154
  • No of road fatalities recorded by Minitru as of June 16: 156

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Flying a helicopter in NZ? Bad idea!

Posted by te2ataria on April 30, 2016

More reasons why you should bring your family to Godzone!!

A person was killed and another critically injured after yet another helicopter crash just east of Lindis Pass in Central Otago today.

“The man who is injured has abdominal injuries and is critical,” St John Ambulance spokesperson Andy Gray said.  http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11631448

For a comprehensive listing of helicopter and plane crashes in NZ, or those involving Kiwi pilots, search blog content.

Seven foreigners, including six tourists, were killed in a helicopter crash on Fox Glacier late last year:

  • Mitchell Paul GAMEREN, 28 [originally from Holland?] Queenstown (Pilot)
  • Andrew VIRCO, 50, Cambridge, UK
  • Katharine WALKER, 51, Cambridge
  • Nigel Edwin CHARLTON, 66, Hampshire, UK
  • Cynthia CHARLTON, 70, Hampshire
  • Sovannmony LEANG, 27, New South Wales, Australia
  • Josephine GIBSON, 29, New South Wales

Other News in Drips…

Rapist abducted, tortured 22-year-old victim before violating her

A 40-year-ole male accused of kidnapping, torturing and raping a woman who was jogging on Whangarei’s popular Hatea Loop Walkway has been remanded in custody, police said. http://www.police.govt.nz/news/release/police-arrest-and-charge-40-year-old-man-after-vicious-attack-young-female-jogger

Air NZ flight in lockdown after passengers and crew fall ill

Flight NZ281 from Singapore landed at Auckland Airport this morning, but remained on the tarmac while a biohazard inspection unit [decontaminated the plane?] http://www.stuff.co.nz/travel/travel-troubles/79475337/Air-New-Zealand-plane-on-lockdown-after-passengers-fall-ill

NZ rental properties all “methed-up”

Meth testing for rental properties are exponentially rising. “In three months 44 per cent of Nelson properties they tested returned positive results.” http://www.stuff.co.nz/life-style/home-property/79423702/Meth-testing-for-rental-properties-on-the-rise

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