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The government’s immigration policy is sinister. There’s not a care in the world for young Kiwis getting jobs and setting themselves up for life. As we have said previously, many new nurses are without work, yet 7000 nurses from overseas have been given work visas under National in the last seven years. Immigration is not slowing down. Today the latest figures show a new record has been set – migration arrivals at 126,700 for the year. Arrivals over departures is a record 70,400 – over 1300 new people a week looking for a place to live and many need a job. National is taking the cheaper option. It wants migrants as a more compliant workforce, stifling fair wages and driving down New Zealand workplace conditions New Zealanders are being side-lined with a government hell-bent on adding to the population to boost consumptive growth, as opposed to working on increasing productivity for long-term economic gains.
On the twelfth day of Christmas Domino's gave to me…an iPhone 7! In 25 words or less, tell us which App you would multi-task the Domino’s App with and why. We'll notify the lucky recipient tomorrow at 1pm. Full terms and conditions available at: https://www.dominos.co.nz/12-days-of-christmas-terms-conditions
To help all New Zealanders stay in touch with friends and family today, we’re letting anyone use our nationwide WiFi network without restrictions on data limits, or on who can use it. You can find the closest WiFi Zone to you at http://www.spark.co.nz/wifi
UPDATE: We're keeping the WiFi Zones open today (15/11) for everyone to use to stay in touch.
So it wasn't the best day for Sir Mark Todd and the New Zealand equestrian team. But let's not lose sight of how amazing it's been to have him in Rio at all. Having participated in eight Olympics is an impressive feat by any standard.
More on the day's woes, including an interview with Sir Mark and a tribute to him by presenter Peter Williams: https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/sport/other/hes-never-jumped-bad-before-mark-todd-rues-shocking-final-round-medal-hopes-sink
We would absolutely love to reach 50,000 followers by Christmas, but we need your help! The 50,000th follower will receive a signed Checkpoint mug – by John Campbell. So spread the word, folks. Help us reach 50,000 followers by Christmas :)
Yesterday a man was convicted in the Te Kuiti District court for beating his dog so badly that she had blood in her urine.
Tautu Thompson, 23, was sentenced to four months community detention, disqualified from owning dogs for 10 years, fined $1,500, and ordered to pay veterinary costs of $344.84.
The judge also ordered Thompson's dog be given to the SPCA, along with all other dogs he owns.
Thompson's dog was rescued by an SPCA Inspector after a member of the public reported him beating the dog.
The Inspector took the dog for urgent veterinary attention, which revealed the dog had a puncture wound between the eyes, bleeding from both nostrils, bleeding within her right eye, bruising and swelling around her left hind leg, swollen eyes and ears, bloody diarrhoea, and bloody urine.
Fortunately, after vet treatment and TLC the dog made a full recovery. She has been living with an SPCA foster family who may now adopt her and give her the loving home she deserves.
"This is a horrific case of violence against a defenceless animal," says SPCA New Zealand CEO Ric Odom.
"We are pleased that the court has handed down a reasonably tough sentence in this case due to the violent nature of the offending and the defendant's lack of remorse. We hope this sends a strong message to the community that it's not okay to beat your animals under any circumstances."
Will you help the SPCA continue to seek justice for animals who need us? Donate to the SPCA Fight Fund today: http://bit.ly/SPCAFightFund
Day one on THOR: RAGNAROK. So lucky to be blessed with a traditional welcome to country by local custodians of the land, the Yugambeh people. Even baby Matewa is representing. A coming together of Maori, Aboriginals, and Cosmic Vikings! Tihei Mauri Ora.
Over the last few days my management and I have had to front up to my sponsors. Not surprisingly, Land Rover, who for good reason have zero tolerance towards drink driving, have ended their relationship with me. I understand this completely and am disappointed I put them in this position.
A message from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth: "Prince Phillip and I were shocked to hear news of the severe earthquakes that struck on Monday. I send my condolences to the families of those who were killed and the people whose homes and businesses have been affected. Our thoughts are with you at this time."