about time as well
Housing Minister Phil Heatley said investigations had uncovered 397 cases in which tenants failed to advise Housing New Zealand (HNZ) about income from employment, business interests, assets, that they lived with a partner, or they sublet their tenancy.
give people a max time of 5 years
Did you know, that what you thought I said, was not what I meant :S
Goodness knows I could tell you about 72 properties paid for by Housing New Zealand in the Orakei area that no "needy" person could get into without being whanau, so I would invite you or anyone else on this site to post some links to political discussion that we can join. I am just not sure why (bearing in mind I am aware of previous political stouches) that you jumped on Rob for raising an issue that is real. One thing that is transparently obvious (I'm sure to you as well) is the shut down of any real political discussion in this country. The demise of TV7 shortly would be a perfect example. Shouldn't we be able as LSB family to discuss the ramifications of things like what you will choose in the referendum of MMP etc. Hidden information is not going to hit the front page of the Herald, Stuff or any other easily accessible media so why not have it here?
I know the election is coming up but there are any number of forums in NZ where people can vent their political opinions and prejudices...this is not one of them. The forums here are to discuss lifestyle farming in a wide sense, rural living and anything else non-inflammatory within reason.
In Internet slang , a troll is someone who posts inflammatory,  extraneous , or off-topic messages in an online community, such as an online discussion forum, chat room, or blog, with the primary intent of provoking readers into an emotional response  or of otherwise disrupting normal on-topic discussion.
If someone posts a one-off political thread, with a strong political bias, then we'll usually let it go. When it happens more than once then it is trolling. Why post on this forum that it's 'about time' that tenants were thrown out of their houses for lying?
I think you know that I am also very interested in politics and absolutely agree that the level of political discussion and understanding in NZ is dire but this is not a political forum. There are lots of political forums (or fora) out there.
Actually, I don't think that most Internet discussion does much to improve political understanding. The anonymity of the keyboard seems to allow posters to be viciously partisan and to feel free to attack opposing posters in the most irrational way. You only have to look at the Stuff or NZ Herald comments to see this.
Political blogs where discussion is informative and enlightening (sometimes) include:
and from that blog:
- Audrey Young on Politics
- Colin Espiner
- Hot Topic
- Inside the Beltway
- Karl du Fresne
- LAWS 179: Elephants and the law
- Media Law Journal
- Poneke’s Weblog
- The Rates Blog
- Show me the Money
- The visible hand in economics