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Babywatch. Any day now. :D

I misread that as:

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Thai guy, you are clearly a massive fan but please refrain from making comparisons between the PM and the woman in the middle :thumbup:.

I'm guessing the lady on the left specialised in shallow water rescues.


That picture led me to look up what Nicole Eggert (Summer Quinn) on the far left is up to now. That reminded me that she was on Charles in Charge with Scott Baio. That led me to discover #ScottBaiotoo.


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That's Buddy Lembeck, that is.


It is too. What a career Willie Aames had. Eight is Enough and Charles in Charge. That's like being in Nickelback AND Bush.


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#ScottBaiotoo :shock: I guess he wasn't the sort of new boy you wanted in your neighbourhood.


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#ScottBaiotoo :shock: I guess he wasn't the sort of new boy you wanted in your neighbourhood.


He was in charge of the wrongs as well as the rights, tbf.


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Don't suppose Winston has popped into Pike River yet while I wasn't watching ?


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In other news the three strikes law is soon gone .

Good job.

why is this good ?
there is currently a sick fudge going before the courts has beaten a person to the edge of their life , been covicted, then raped and murdered , convicted, now potentially done the same again ,wtf is wrong with locking the sick fudge up forever?


It’s good because there is zero evidence it makes any difference.


This particular piece of legislative crap paper had its genesis in the good ol' usa , where it props up the highest incarcerated population in the world and underwrites the bottom line of he Corrections Corporation of America , Serco etc etc.
http://www.correctionscorp.com/
Our rates of incarceration have increased dramatically since this was introduced along with major changes to the Bail laws and US style court processes that introduced 'plea bargaining" .

When all this is combined with our grossly outdated [and flawed since day 1] Drug laws then you have a system that turns the young and stupid into Crim School graduates in short order.

I've been pretty unimpressed with the coalition performance so far , but the fascists at head office may just regret rolling Andrew Little , he seems to be on a mission to sort out some of the major garbage introduced by Key/Collins.

Kia kaha Andrew , go hard.


Little is a failed union organiser, poor quality ping pong player and a total numpty


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Good to see that the Amazon site will be blocked to Kiwi users very soon. They don;'t want to collect the GST on purchases from Kiwis. Don't care - Kiwi retailers need to be protected (Trump style) and Amazon can get stuffed.

They have to collect for Oz too but there they are opening a store and website for Oz users.


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If you really think the only reason people buy online is because it has no 15% GST then you are as dim as those retailers who ignore the fact their business model is 15 years behind the times.


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If you really think the only reason people buy online is because it has no 15% GST then you are as dim as those retailers who ignore the fact their business model is 15 years behind the times.



Fuck you too


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 Post subject: Re: NZ Politics Thread
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Fuck me but for a man with a degree you are too stupid for comprehension.

They don't want to go thru the hassle of collecting GST or go through the hassle of paying it so they won't be shipping here. It's got nothing to do with where you want to buy your cheap drones. Unless they open a NZ operation, they're gone which is great for NZ business.

Being a Gnats supporter, you like seeing NZ business prosper don't you - or is 'all about me' with you too?


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 Post subject: Re: NZ Politics Thread
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If you really think the only reason people buy online is because it has no 15% GST then you are as dim as those retailers who ignore the fact their business model is 15 years behind the times.


Do you agree that the amount of tax large international companies like google and amazon pay in the country where the sale is made/service rendered is in desperate need of fixing?


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You don’t have Amazon in NZ?


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You don’t have Amazon in NZ?


We do, they don’t pay tax.


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 Post subject: Re: NZ Politics Thread
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I buy goods overseas all the time from UK and US based sites. No way they are going to collect and pay 15% GST on behalf of Jacinda and her band of merry tax collectors. WTF should they? They are operating in their own tax jurisdiction and meeting their tax obligations there. Why the fudge would they want the admin hassle and compliance costs of collecting and then paying 15% GST to the NZ Govt. Labour trumpeted this as some sort of win because they thought they could get the big players like Amazon to come to the party. But smaller dealerships like the ones I deal with definitely won't. And now even Amazon have given NZ the two fingered salute. Welcome to the real world Jacinda. :lol:


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Let's also remember goods worth over $400 were already captured by NZ Customs and you pay a lot more than just the 15% GST. They also hit you with Customs Duty so the irony is if Labours policy was successful they'd capture the rats and mice under $400 but goods over $400 would actually work out cheaper. :lol:


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Do you have the bubbly ready?


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Will today be baby day?


You hoping for a boy or a girl?


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Do you have the bubbly ready?
I don't do bubbly. It's elitist.


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You hoping for a boy or a girl?
Gender neutral, of course.


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Thai guy wrote:
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Will today be baby day?


You hoping for a boy or a girl?
Gender neutral, of course.


:P :thumbup:


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You hoping for a boy or a girl?
Gender neutral, of course.


Would imagine so

She also seems like the type who will have a "No toy guns or dolls in the house" policy


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I buy goods overseas all the time from UK and US based sites. No way they are going to collect and pay 15% GST on behalf of Jacinda and her band of merry tax collectors. WTF should they? They are operating in their own tax jurisdiction and meeting their tax obligations there. Why the fudge would they want the admin hassle and compliance costs of collecting and then paying 15% GST to the NZ Govt. Labour trumpeted this as some sort of win because they thought they could get the big players like Amazon to come to the party. But smaller dealerships like the ones I deal with definitely won't. And now even Amazon have given NZ the two fingered salute. Welcome to the real world Jacinda. :lol:


Don’t let your anti-labour bias blind you. National will want to tax these companies as much as labour and its considered an international problem. You’d be hard pressed to find any political party anywhere supporting it (outside of where company recognised its revenue). It’s tax avoidance of the worst kind. Are you seriously advocating for that?


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Good to see that the Amazon site will be blocked to Kiwi users very soon. They don;'t want to collect the GST on purchases from Kiwis. Don't care - Kiwi retailers need to be protected (Trump style) and Amazon can get stuffed.

They have to collect for Oz too but there they are opening a store and website for Oz users.


Ha. What rot. If Kiwi retailers weren't massively overcharging for stuff - including Kiwi online retailers - then overseas purchases wouldn't be a thing.

This will do Kiwi retailers more harm in the long run. As soon as Amazon open a branch here, they're f**ked.

I don't agree with deadduck on much, but when goods can be purchased for half the price (even with the GST added on) from overseas, there's something wrong. The problem with the NZ retail sector is the lack of competition. This is too small a market to have dozens of players in the same space, so the consumer gets rorted. And the people lose out the most are at the poorer end. The well-to-do will just pick up the cheaper goods on their next overseas jaunt or use the mail-proxy service that NZ Post (and others) already offer.


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If you really think the only reason people buy online is because it has no 15% GST then you are as dim as those retailers who ignore the fact their business model is 15 years behind the times.


Do you agree that the amount of tax large international companies like google and amazon pay in the country where the sale is made/service rendered is in desperate need of fixing?


Yes and that is its own issue.

Going after those players by forcing them out of the NZ market to the detriment of consumer freedom is something I would oppose. Especially if they are the likes of Amazon, Google or Apple where there is no local alternative available.


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I buy goods overseas all the time from UK and US based sites. No way they are going to collect and pay 15% GST on behalf of Jacinda and her band of merry tax collectors. WTF should they? They are operating in their own tax jurisdiction and meeting their tax obligations there. Why the fudge would they want the admin hassle and compliance costs of collecting and then paying 15% GST to the NZ Govt. Labour trumpeted this as some sort of win because they thought they could get the big players like Amazon to come to the party. But smaller dealerships like the ones I deal with definitely won't. And now even Amazon have given NZ the two fingered salute. Welcome to the real world Jacinda. :lol:


Don’t let your anti-labour bias blind you. National will want to tax these companies as much as labour and its considered an international problem. You’d be hard pressed to find any political party anywhere supporting it (outside of where company recognised its revenue). It’s tax avoidance of the worst kind. Are you seriously advocating for that?


No I'm not advocating tax avoidance by big corporations like Amazon. What I am getting at is that the relatively small online retail chains based in other tax jurisdictions like the US and UK are not going to collect and charge 15% GST on behalf of the NZ Govt and then return the money to NZ and why should they? They are meeting their tax obligations in their countries and are under no obligation whatsoever to comply with NZ tax laws. It's up to our Govt to levy the GST on goods imported into NZ. Successive NZ Govts have deemed collecting GST on imported goods under $400 too hard and uneconomic so now they are expecting overseas retailers in different tax jurisdictions to do the job for them? Good luck with that. It's all a crock anyway as deadduck has tried to point out. I often pay GST and customs duty on goods over $400 but it's still a lot cheaper than buying from NZ retailers. I often land goods for say $700 including GST and Customs charges that I would otherwise be paying $1,200 for in NZ. It's a no brainer and the GST is a non issue.

Labour is trying to spin it like it will help NZ retailers but it won't.


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Good to see that the Amazon site will be blocked to Kiwi users very soon. They don;'t want to collect the GST on purchases from Kiwis. Don't care - Kiwi retailers need to be protected (Trump style) and Amazon can get stuffed.

They have to collect for Oz too but there they are opening a store and website for Oz users.


Ha. What rot. If Kiwi retailers weren't massively overcharging for stuff - including Kiwi online retailers - then overseas purchases wouldn't be a thing.

This will do Kiwi retailers more harm in the long run. As soon as Amazon open a branch here, they're f**ked.

I don't agree with deadduck on much, but when goods can be purchased for half the price (even with the GST added on) from overseas, there's something wrong. The problem with the NZ retail sector is the lack of competition. This is too small a market to have dozens of players in the same space, so the consumer gets rorted. And the people lose out the most are at the poorer end. The well-to-do will just pick up the cheaper goods on their next overseas jaunt or use the mail-proxy service that NZ Post (and others) already offer.


I don't blame NZ retailers. They are the meat in the sandwich. Goods shipped into NZ are massively overpriced by the manufacturers and distributors. The poor old retailers are just trying to make a buck on already over priced goods. I've spoken with local retailers and the prices I'm able to get direct from overseas online sellers are less than they have to pay to ship the goods through the licensed distributors. It's a rort alright but the retailers are not to blame.

Who can ever forget those two clowns from Adidas trying to explain why you can buy an All Black jersey in the US for about half the price it costs in NZ. :lol:


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Good to see that the Amazon site will be blocked to Kiwi users very soon. They don;'t want to collect the GST on purchases from Kiwis. Don't care - Kiwi retailers need to be protected (Trump style) and Amazon can get stuffed.

They have to collect for Oz too but there they are opening a store and website for Oz users.


Ha. What rot. If Kiwi retailers weren't massively overcharging for stuff - including Kiwi online retailers - then overseas purchases wouldn't be a thing.

This will do Kiwi retailers more harm in the long run. As soon as Amazon open a branch here, they're f**ked.

I don't agree with deadduck on much, but when goods can be purchased for half the price (even with the GST added on) from overseas, there's something wrong. The problem with the NZ retail sector is the lack of competition. This is too small a market to have dozens of players in the same space, so the consumer gets rorted. And the people lose out the most are at the poorer end. The well-to-do will just pick up the cheaper goods on their next overseas jaunt or use the mail-proxy service that NZ Post (and others) already offer.


I don't blame NZ retailers. They are the meat in the sandwich. Goods shipped into NZ are massively overpriced by the manufacturers and distributors. The poor old retailers are just trying to make a buck on already over priced goods. I've spoken with local retailers and the prices I'm able to get direct from overseas online sellers are less than they have to pay to ship the goods through the licensed distributors. It's a rort alright but the retailers are not to blame.

Who can ever forget those two clowns from Adidas trying to explain why you can buy an All Black jersey in the US for about half the price it costs in NZ. :lol:


There are definitely retailers in the space that you mention, but there are also plenty of retailers out there who push the margins beyond where they need to be - I've had to work with some in the past. The internet trading age has come as quite a shock to them. At the end of the day, regardless, the consumer is the one that suffers - and I don't understand why enzedder would be delighted with that outcome.


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Gordon Bennett wrote:
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Good to see that the Amazon site will be blocked to Kiwi users very soon. They don;'t want to collect the GST on purchases from Kiwis. Don't care - Kiwi retailers need to be protected (Trump style) and Amazon can get stuffed.

They have to collect for Oz too but there they are opening a store and website for Oz users.


Ha. What rot. If Kiwi retailers weren't massively overcharging for stuff - including Kiwi online retailers - then overseas purchases wouldn't be a thing.

This will do Kiwi retailers more harm in the long run. As soon as Amazon open a branch here, they're f**ked.

I don't agree with deadduck on much, but when goods can be purchased for half the price (even with the GST added on) from overseas, there's something wrong. The problem with the NZ retail sector is the lack of competition. This is too small a market to have dozens of players in the same space, so the consumer gets rorted. And the people lose out the most are at the poorer end. The well-to-do will just pick up the cheaper goods on their next overseas jaunt or use the mail-proxy service that NZ Post (and others) already offer.


I don't blame NZ retailers. They are the meat in the sandwich. Goods shipped into NZ are massively overpriced by the manufacturers and distributors. The poor old retailers are just trying to make a buck on already over priced goods. I've spoken with local retailers and the prices I'm able to get direct from overseas online sellers are less than they have to pay to ship the goods through the licensed distributors. It's a rort alright but the retailers are not to blame.

Who can ever forget those two clowns from Adidas trying to explain why you can buy an All Black jersey in the US for about half the price it costs in NZ. :lol:


There are definitely retailers in the space that you mention, but there are also plenty of retailers out there who push the margins beyond where they need to be - I've had to work with some in the past. The internet trading age has come as quite a shock to them. At the end of the day, regardless, the consumer is the one that suffers - and I don't understand why enzedder would be delighted with that outcome.



No one is doing anything wrong or rorting everyone, it's just the business model has been superseded.

There is no reason to pay CBD rents for storing retail goods on shelves and then to pay staff to tell you which shelf to go to and ring it up for you.

There is a sound logic to charging a consumption tax (GST), but in the modern world it carries tricky collection and enforcement costs. I think we should think about using other models for this reason.

Extracting more GST out of New Zealand consumers just means we can purchase fewer goods and we have less money left over to spend on local services.

If my books, clothes, and boardgames cost more from Amazon then I'm just going to spend the same amount less on coffee, burgers, craft beer and NZ made movies. This is:

- revenue neutral for the NZ gov
- revenue loss for local NZ business
- quality of life loss for NZ consumers


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I get books from the book depository as I prefer reading from paper to on a device. I can get just about anything I want easily and get it delivered you door from the UK for about a quarter to the third of what it would cost in a book store here IF, and it's a big if, I can find it here at all.

I don't mind paying GST on it, but it won't get me into an NZ bookstore. And for those less fortunate than myself it probably just means buying fewer books or moving to an electronic format.

Books are just one easy example of where we seem to pay significantly more in NZ than they door in other parts of the world. My colleagues from other parts of the world love to give other examples.


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I think NZ consumers are being 'gouged' for price based on a couple of observations I made last year... two identical items I use in Aus selling at twice the retail price in NZ.

That's gouging. I'm sure there's more of it... and I don't agree with the argument that a small market needs higher prices to sustain it. Small items, easily packed and shipped are a relatively low cost product to sell. Like Aus, the NZ retail sector needs a wake up call to alert it to the changed habits of shoppers.

As for taxing imports... why not shift the administration point for the transaction? Take that onerous task out of the seller's hands and apply it to the point of sale, it's a consumption tax after all. You'd do that by having every financial institution apply the charge and pass it on to govt. You could code in any tax free conditions for the consumer to apply.

We live in a world of electronic commerce. It shouldn't be hard to do.

I'd like to see that expanded actually, and made the main tax revenue collection point... every transaction, every one of them, paying a flat rate straight to govt. Can't avoid that, shifting funds is a transaction.


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I think NZ consumers are being 'gouged' for price based on a couple of observations I made last year... two identical items I use in Aus selling at twice the retail price in NZ.

That's gouging. I'm sure there's more of it... and I don't agree with the argument that a small market needs higher prices to sustain it. Small items, easily packed and shipped are a relatively low cost product to sell. Like Aus, the NZ retail sector needs a wake up call to alert it to the changed habits of shoppers.

As for taxing imports... why not shift the administration point for the transaction? Take that onerous task out of the seller's hands and apply it to the point of sale, it's a consumption tax after all. You'd do that by having every financial institution apply the charge and pass it on to govt. You could code in any tax free conditions for the consumer to apply.

We live in a world of electronic commerce. It shouldn't be hard to do.

I'd like to see that expanded actually, and made the main tax revenue collection point... every transaction, every one of them, paying a flat rate straight to govt. Can't avoid that, shifting funds is a transaction.


So you're suggesting the banks or credit card companies levy the GST?


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Yes, exactly... with an inbuilt cost factor for them to ‘cover the cost of processing’


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Yes, exactly... with an inbuilt cost factor for them to ‘cover the cost of processing’


The concept seems fair enough. NZ GST is 15% on everything so fairly simple to calculate. Very few exemptions (unlike other countries where certain goods are exempted). I wonder how the financial institutions would feel about it? The banks currently deduct RWT on interest.


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Yes, exactly... with an inbuilt cost factor for them to ‘cover the cost of processing’


The concept seems fair enough. NZ GST is 15% on everything so fairly simple to calculate. Very few exemptions (unlike other countries where certain goods are exempted). I wonder how the financial institutions would feel about it? The banks currently deduct RWT on interest.


Oh they’d kick up a massive stink about costs etc... hence my suggestion to cover that. I’m sure some bank protecting suit type will jump in and explain why it can’t work according to conservative principles but I think it’s the way forward for countries trying to capture tax avoidance.


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guy smiley wrote:
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Yes, exactly... with an inbuilt cost factor for them to ‘cover the cost of processing’


The concept seems fair enough. NZ GST is 15% on everything so fairly simple to calculate. Very few exemptions (unlike other countries where certain goods are exempted). I wonder how the financial institutions would feel about it? The banks currently deduct RWT on interest.


Oh they’d kick up a massive stink about costs etc... hence my suggestion to cover that. I’m sure some bank protecting suit type will jump in and explain why it can’t work according to conservative principles but I think it’s the way forward for countries trying to capture tax avoidance.


I dunno. The concept of collecting cash and stashing it away for 30 days before passing it on to Govt would appeal to most financial institutions I would have thought. But I too will wait for some bank type to explain why it can't work.


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I notice all the political supporters of the big shop owners and mall owners don't even mention the price gouging rents that NZ retailers have to pay for, and pass on the costs to their clients.

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Enzedder wrote:
I notice all the political supporters of the big shop owners and mall owners don't even mention the price gouging rents that NZ retailers have to pay for, and pass on the costs to their clients.

No

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King

Eye

Deer

So what planet do you live on ? Are these shop tenanted and do these businesses turn a.profit in the face of internet shopping


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 Post subject: Re: NZ Politics Thread
PostPosted: Fri Jun 01, 2018 7:27 am 
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Dark wrote:
Thai guy wrote:
booji boy wrote:
Thai guy wrote:
Will today be baby day?


You hoping for a boy or a girl?
Gender neutral, of course.


Would imagine so

She also seems like the type who will have a "No toy guns or dolls in the house" policy


What poppycock !!


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 Post subject: Re: NZ Politics Thread
PostPosted: Fri Jun 01, 2018 7:31 am 
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eugenius wrote:
Dark wrote:
Thai guy wrote:
booji boy wrote:
Thai guy wrote:
Will today be baby day?


You hoping for a boy or a girl?
Gender neutral, of course.


Would imagine so

She also seems like the type who will have a "No toy guns or dolls in the house" policy


What poppycock !!

Will Helen give a book of communist lullabies as gift ?


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