Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Gas hits $2 a liter in New Zealand

And what will the car do when gas reaches $10 a liter? Slash its tires? The cartoon is from The Dominion Post of December 16, 2010.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Manic Santa is after your money

Christmas is a curse. It's always a relief when December 26 dawns. The cartoon is from The Dominion Post of December 6, 2010.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Get Paid to Promote

I am now trying this. I have placed their promotional code at The virtual world of adilbookz. To go directly to Get Paid to Promote, click here.

Decision Points

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Book Depository ships free of charge

The BookDepository

Why didn't I find this service before I ordered a whole heap of books from Amazon?

November 14: So far, I have bought two titles from the Book Depository, and have found that books arrive more quickly than they do from Amazon. Although I haven't worked out my savings, I estimate I would pay at least $10 more per book if I made my purchases through a local bookshop.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Currency exchange service

Currency exchange. 45% referral  commission.

I'm going to use this to transfer money from Alertpay to PayPal. As far as I can see, you can't buy anything useful with Alertpay funds.

Foreign ownership issue still to fore

Cartoon from the Manawatu Standard of October 18, 2010. The gent with the specs in the corner is Paul Henry, the TVNZ Breakfast show co-host who lost his job over racist remarks he made about Governor-General Sir Anand Satyanand. See my other blog at for further information about Henry.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

My PayBox balance soars

I have just checked my account at PayBox, and found that I have a balance of $669.53. As I haven't put any real money into this account, I wonder whether I will ever be able to use my balance to buy anything. I would, however, recommend that you sign up for this new payment processor. After all, what do you have to lose?

No escape from debt

Cartoon from the Manawatu Standard of October 15, 2010.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Banks have it all their own way

Prime Minister John Key has expressed concern at the prospect of New Zealanders becoming "tenants in their own land". It's a concern that is shared by most New Zealanders, although many overlook the fact that all the big trading banks, including the Bank of New Zealand, are Australian-owned.

Cartoon from the Manawatu Standard of September 29, 2010.

Kindle Wireless Reading Device, Wi-Fi, 6" Display, Graphite - Latest Generation

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Pay Per Post: Get paid for posting

I am in the process of creating an account at Pay Per Post, which will enable me to blog from time to time on behalf of advertisers. If you follow me in doing this, you will find that, as part of the account-creation process, you have to "claim your blog" (i.e. prove ownership of it) by posting a randomly generated sentence in a blog entry and then going back to the PPP site and clicking on the "Claim" button. My randomly generated sentence is: How will a pulp result?

Friday, September 3, 2010

Fat cats continue to enjoy the cream

Cartoon from the Manawatu Standard of September 1, 2010.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Plenty of money . . . under the mattress

"Mr Hubbard" is Allan Hubbard, the founder of South Canterbury Finance — the latest New Zealand finance company to fail. (It was put into receivership on August 31.) The money under the mattress is a reference to the Hubbards' "low-tech" procedures and parsimonious lifestyle, which belied their great wealth. For several nights in a row on national television, we saw them sitting at what appeared to be the kitchen table and leafing through chaotic stacks of documents. They looked like a couple in a home for sufferers of senile dementia.

The cartoon, by Tom Scott, is from The Dominion Post of September 1, 2010.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Worries continue about land sales to foreigners

The "treaty" is an allusion to the Treaty of Waitangi, 1840, which was to have protected the lands of the native Maori from further "alienation". Needless to say, the Maori continued to have their lands taken by one means or another. The cartoon is from the Manawatu Standard of August 24, 2010.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Meanwhile, back at the gang headquarters . . .

Prime Minister John Key and his gang, including Minister of Social Development Paula Bennett, relax at their headquarters. Cartoon from The Dominion Post of August 16, 2010.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Fraud increases in New Zealand

A total of $72 million was taken in frauds during the six months to June, 2010, compared with $22 million in the first half of 2009.

The cartoon is from the Manawatu Standard of August 13, 2010.
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Eve offers Adam a New Zealand apple

On August 10, 2010, the World Trade Organization said Australia was breaching international trade laws by refusing to allow New Zealand apples to cross its borders, and rejected the 80-year-old Australian claim that there is a risk of fireblight and other diseases being introduced to Australian orchards.

The cartoon is from the Manawatu Standard of August 12, 2010.

Unemployment rises in New Zealand

"New Zealand’s unemployment rate climbed by more than economists forecast in the second quarter, driving down the currency and adding to the case for the central bank to pause interest-rate increases later this year," Bloomberg reported on August 5, 2010. "The jobless rate rose to a seasonally adjusted 6.8 percent from 6 percent three months earlier, Statistics New Zealand said in Wellington today. That exceeded the 6.2 percent median estimate in a Bloomberg News survey of 11 economists."

The above cartoon is fromThe Dominion Post of July 19, 2010. Prime Minister John Key addresses the National Party conference while Finance Minister Bill English fumbles with papers in the background.

The pen is mightier than the sword

Cartoon from the Manawatu Standard of July 7, 2010.
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

NZ doing its bit to stem global warming

Keep up the good work, Nick (Environment Minister Nick Smith). Cartoon by Tom Scott from The Dominion Post of July 2, 2010.

Monday, June 28, 2010

Maybe the whole country is now owned by China

Cartoon from the Manawatu Standard of June 14, 2010.

Building consensus for the sale of Kiwibank?

And if they did put it up for sale, would it be bought by one of the big banks and then closed down? (Remember the fate of the Post Office Savings Bank, which disappeared into the maw of the ANZ?) Seem to remember making some comments like these a couple of years ago.

The cartoon is from The Dominion Post of June 10, 2010.

Monday, May 31, 2010

The New Zealand Budget, 2010

The cartoon above is from The Dominion Post of May 21, 2010, and is a comment on this year's Budget from the National Government of Prime Minister John Key (left) and Finance Minister Bill English (speaking). The editorial below, which is more sympathetic, is also from the paper's May 21 edition.

The 'weight' of 15% GST

This cartoon is from the Manawatu Standard of May 21, 2010, and is a comment on the Government's announced rise to 15 percent in the goods and services tax.

15% GST a 'reward' for forbearance

This cartoon, from The Dominion Post of May 17, 2010, anticipates the Government's announcement in the Budget of a rise to 15 percent in the goods and services tax. The dude with the long nose, pointed ears and horns is Prime Minister Kohn Key. To his right — i.e. to the left of the picture — is Finance Minister Bill English.

Privatization: For some, things never change

Cartoon from the Manawatu Standard of May 11, 2010.

Water (itself) won't be privatized, says Rodney

Cartoon from The Dominion Post of May 7, 2010. Commenting on this issue, Sue Kedgley of the Green Party said on May 5:

Every New Zealander should be worried about Rodney Hide’s latest bill on local government — which will allow our water supplies to be controlled and managed by private companies for 35 years, and will force Councils to focus only on ill-defined ‘core business’ (which excludes, amongst other things, the environment).

Multinational corporations are scouring the world, looking for water supplies they can take over and run for a profit. They know that water is going to the be the oil of the 21st century — a scarce resource that wars will be fought over — and they are keen to get their hands on as much of it as possible.

Now they have New Zealand in their sights, aided and abetted by Rodney Hide and the Key government.

This Bill will allow the management of our water resources to be transferred to private corporations, and will transform the provision of water services from a public good to a source of private profit. It will also transform water from something that is essential to human life, into a commodity to be traded for profit.

Once a Council has entered into one of the 35 year public private partnerships, the driving influence on all decisions relating to water will be the return to the shareholder, not the public interest.

Many of these sorts of public private partnerships or water privatisations, have proven disastrous overseas. They have resulted in soaring profits for shareholders — and soaring price rises for consumers. Instead of upgrading infrastructure, companies use the savings to maintain and increase their dividends, so they have resulted in widespread under-investment in water infrastructure (as happened to rail when Faye Richwhite took over its running).

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Cat is out of the bag: The rich don't pay tax

Tom Scott's cartoon in The Dominion Post of April 22, 2010.

Two days earlier, Fairfax Media carried an article headlined "Trade Me founder Sam Morgan says tax burden falls on workers". It began as follows:

One of New Zealand's richest men says he effectively pays no tax.

Sam Morgan, who created online auction website Trade Me in 1999 and sold it in 2006 for more than $700 million, has criticised the tax system as unfair to "working people".

Flush with tax-free cash from the sale of Trade Me, he said the system meant he effectively dodged the tax man. "I was lucky enough to sell my company in a country with no capital gains, so I paid no tax on the sale.

"Now I've got no income effectively, because I don't have a proper job, so the tax that I pay is minimal.

"The tax I do pay, I throw money into my charitable foundation. I can't touch that money, it is for charitable purposes. I pay basically no tax. And that's not right, but what am I supposed to do?"

Mr Morgan, 32, was estimated to have made at least $227m from the sale of his business to Australian media company Fairfax, publisher of The Dominion Post.

He is now a member of the Fairfax Media board. According to the last annual report, a non-executive director earns about $155,000 (A$120,000) a year.

For the rest of the article, click here.

New Zealand farmers caught in a vise

Cartoon from the Manawatu Standard of April 13, 2010.

Drought hits New Zealand farms

In Manawatu, in the west of the North Island, we always seem to get some rain. But it's a different story in the east, on the other side of the dividing ranges. And interestingly, the subtropical north has this year been hit by a severe drought.

The above cartoon is from the Manawatu Standard of April 12, 2010.

White man squeals as foreigners snap up NZ farms

Cartoon from the Manawatu Standard of April 7, 2010.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Bank robberies increase in New Zealand

I have no time for criminals. If everyone were criminal, society wouldn't function. It would collapse in chaos. There would be no banks, or anything else, to rob. So the criminal, in the pursuit of his criminal activities, relies on the fact that most people are honest.

The above cartoon is from the Manawatu Standard of March 31, 2010.

Monday, April 5, 2010

The work-at-home experts

Here is another useful gadget:

The code for this is:
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At the time of writing, the links in the gadget don't work. I am trying to find out why.

Code for currency converter

I have just found this gadget, which you can easily place on your website:

Just copy and paste the following code:

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Tuesday, March 30, 2010

The rich always find poverty disgusting

I love the way this cartoonist, Hodgson, incorporates champagne bubbles in his caricatures of the rich and powerful. The cartoon is from The Dominion Post of March 29, 2010.

Hong Kong buyers chase NZ farms

As populations rise and resources dwindle, we will see a lot more interest, in the Asian economies, in buying substantial chunks of New Zealand. These farms will then become Chinese, Japanese and Korean farms — in effect, parts of China, Japan and Korea — and will produce food for the folks back home. I don't think New Zealanders have grasped the possible implications of this.

The cartoon is from the Manawatu Standard of March 27, 2010.

New Zealand economy shows 'a pulse'

The consensus seems to be that the recession has bottomed out in New Zealand, and that things will improve from now on. But as the National Government tightens up on sickness and unemployment benefits, and moves to reform the tax system in ways that will almost certainly hurt low-income earners, I think there a lot of anguish ahead. These days, the most I can get for my six-month term deposits at the bank is 5 per cent, compared with 8 per cent before the recession struck.

The above cartoon is from the Manawatu Standard of March 26, 2010.

When does a game become a career?

A cartoon that reflects the changing status of/attitude to rugby in New Zealand. Once a game, it is now a career — and a very lucrative one at that.

On March 24, 2010, TVNZ reported:

Carl Hayman is making no apologies for turning his back on the All Blacks to play for French Top14 club Toulon.

With his contract rumoured to be in excess of $1.2 million a season, Hayman said he has moved on from the national side.

Speaking on Sky Sport's Northern Exposure, Hayman said the time has come to be a bit selfish, whereas everything used to be about the All Blacks and his province.

He said while the World Cup was an attraction, the last one didn't exactly go too well.

The cartoon is from the Manawatu Standard of March 23, 2010.