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    Default It's been very quiet around here lately

    We are under the flight path to Auckland Airport and usually have jet planes roaring overhead but since the border has been closed there have been none.

    Air New Zealand must be doing it hard plus the other airlines and the duty free stores at the airport must be closed.

    Luckily we are not in any business that relies on tourists. I am retired and SWMBO works for a bank in the international department and is, at present, working from home.

    How is everybody else doing? Hopefully the border closure is not hurting you too much.
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    not to bad here but air freight has tripled in price so thats effecting work. they have resorted to sea freight.

    the airline overseas is a horror show. a lot of big dollar (trillion dollar) deals done to keep aircraft industry going.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Roscoe View Post
    Hopefully the border closure is not hurting you too much.
    Sons work isn't affected by border stuff, just the govt having given the HNZ contract to China. In April, the bastards....
    So his workplace loses half it's income now and is thus putting people off at end of the year.


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    Quote Originally Posted by piroska View Post
    loses half it's income
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    BTW +1 ... if HNZ is not Housing NZ, what is it (serious)? And if it is, what exactly is the contract for?
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    What Housing NZ contract is that piroska? It seems odd that China is involved with that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CliveM View Post
    What Housing NZ contract is that piroska? It seems odd that China is involved with that.
    They do bathroom stuff, they import some and make the rest - like the vanities and such. That contract.
    The govt are sneaky bastards, you don't see big announcements about **** like this, they do it by stealth.

    They had the contract renewed every 4 years for ages, right on lockdown they lost it, sorry China now they said......

    It's not odd, China makes everything......
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    Quote Originally Posted by piroska View Post
    They do bathroom stuff, they import some and make the rest - like the vanities and such. That contract.
    The govt are sneaky bastards, you don't see big announcements about **** like this, they do it by stealth.

    They had the contract renewed every 4 years for ages, right on lockdown they lost it, sorry China now they said......

    It's not odd, China makes everything......
    Including Covid 19.

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    Quote Originally Posted by piroska View Post
    They do bathroom stuff, they import some and make the rest - like the vanities and such. That contract.
    The govt are sneaky bastards, you don't see big announcements about **** like this, they do it by stealth.

    They had the contract renewed every 4 years for ages, right on lockdown they lost it, sorry China now they said......

    It's not odd, China makes everything......
    I’m curious but confused.

    Are you saying that the Government is telling Private Enterprise where they must source some of their products/material?
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    Quote Originally Posted by B.M. View Post
    I’m curious but confused.

    Are you saying that the Government is telling Private Enterprise where they must source some of their products/material?
    i suspect what happened is they dropped the kiwi manufacturer and installer who makes the gear to fit their houses, and gone with an installer only crowd who sources standardised mass produced gear.
    the catch will probably be that the stuff may not fit the houses all that well.
    its like buying bunnings kitchen or bathroom set then making it fit the house. where as typically you make the kitchen/bathroom fit the house.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tweak'e View Post
    i suspect what happened is they dropped the kiwi manufacturer and installer who makes the gear to fit their houses, and gone with an installer only crowd who sources standardised mass produced gear.
    the catch will probably be that the stuff may not fit the houses all that well.
    its like buying bunnings kitchen or bathroom set then making it fit the house. where as typically you make the kitchen/bathroom fit the house.
    Yep when I designed this house the kitchen was scaled to suit a flat pack kitchen from Mega just encase and in the end that is what I put in. I used to design for them and have worked for a few years as an installer for a custom kitchen maker. At the end of the day the Mega ones use pretty much the same hardware and source benchtops from the same suppliers as the custom guys

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