Suggest you try some Goya or Toraja coffee - better than Java
9 posts • joined 2 Jul 2014
New Zealand has a Goods and Services Tax - a form of VAT with very few exemptions. The rules have also changed for low value imports - now any overseas supplier supplying more than NZ$60,000 in any one year need to register for and pay GST so the likes of Amazon need to charge GST.
The problem is getting companies to pay tax on the profits they make selling in NZ.
Population is somewhere around 269 million spread over many islands so logistics of getting all the voting papers to a central place for checking is difficult. This was parliamentary as well as presidential election.
The incumbent, Joko Widodo is a reformer. The hopeful, Prabowo is ex-military (dishonourable discharge) and ex-son in law of the former dictator President Suharto. Entirely possible Probowo supporters would plant a bomb then blamed it on the Islamists. Try to make the case that Indonesia needs a military man in charge to clean up the insurgents. It was this kind of clean up that got Prabowo kicked out of the army in the first place.
Emirates Team New Zealand have put their grinders (the guys who power the hydraulics) onto bicycles - leg muscles are stronger than arm muscles so the grinders can supply more power for longer.
If you are fan of the big boats KZ1 is on display outside the Auckland Maritime Museum.
Many jurisdictions have a provision for the seizure of the proceeds of crime that does not require a criminal conviction but still must go through the courts.
In New Zealand the "Crown" (government) only need to prove that on the balance of probability the assets are the proceeds of crime, rather than the more rigorous standard of beyond reasonable doubt required for a criminal conviction. This is commonly used to target people dealing in drugs or stolen property. Often the people up the chain who are organising for instance drug dealing never get their hands dirty so it is difficult to prove that they were selling drugs. Easier to show they have a connection to drug dealing and cannot provide a reasonable explanation of where the money/assets came from, therefore must have come from drugs etc.
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