June 2021 Newsletter

Hmmmm....let me check….holy cow has it been another month already! The busyness seems endless as money that would otherwise be spent overseas on holidays continues to circulate within our communities and local businesses, and throughout this beautiful country we are all so lucky to call home…...New Zealand. As it turns out perhaps our isolation from the rest of the world has not been such a bad thing after all? I guess this is a matter of perspective, but from where I am sitting everything seems rosy with the only way things could be better would be the ability to meet demand with supply. With new laws around rebates for electric vehicles coming into force on July 1st, and taxes on so called dirty petrol and diesel vehicles applying from January 1st, the market has again reacted with huge demand for cars over and above what we have previously seen. On one hand we are seeing EV orders increase markedly for those with a small fortune to spend, and orders for regular petrol and diesel vehicles also increasing as the average Joe public scrambles to buy a new car before the tax on the masses to fund the few comes into force. The good news here is there is no need to panic as most of the Kia petrol or diesel range escapes any penalty tax as new Kia’s meet or exceed the emissions standard. Only the performance Stinger gets a sizable tax added to it. Carnival as a very large vehicle has a small penalty, and the performance turbo Seltos also gets a small penalty added. All the rest of the Kia range including 2.0L Seltos, our biggest seller, is either zero tax or is eligible for a rebate. If you are lucky enough to be able to consider an EV there are cheaper Chinese electric cars out there, but a cheaper price comes with a reduced range. If you are planning to spend big you may as well invest in a range that is sufficient to atleast get you to Auckland and back. The Kia Niro EV and upcoming EV6 have just that…..a superior range. I do find myself wondering how our power grid is going to cope with all of the added demand…...maybe a possible solution would be for the greens to consider nuclear power to fill the gap…...🤔😇😜😂. Somehow I don't think that's an option…...so I figure we will all just have to let our clear thinking way smarter than me politicians make the decision for us looking ahead. They seem to be making plenty of unilateral decisions lately around a whole host of things. I would offer my opinion on all of this but I must remain neutral for fear of getting it all wrong and stepping on toes…..that being said, it's all in the best possible taste of course. 😃😎🤓. The Wife reckons I don't know when to shut up sometimes….so I will zip it now and instead look for some uplifting inspiration from about the place….so lets make this month's theme Inspiration...clever uplifting quotes from some truly smart people…..It turns out there are sooooo many its hard to know what to put in and what to leave out…... so…..I hope you are all prepared to be inspired!!! 😜 😎😇😃.

Brain Teasers.

1 . A businessman, for personal reasons of his own, needs to gain access to a notorious but elusive thieves guild. After snooping around the city for a few days, he finally gets a tip about the location of the guild entrance down a dark alleyway. After observing the entrance for about an hour, the businessman notices that the thieves seem to have some sort of passcode system using numbers. When someone approaches the door, they are given a number, and then they reply with a number. The first person steps up, and the guard tells them "twelve," to which they respond "six." The person is admitted. A second person approaches the door, and the guard tells them "six," to which they reply "three." The second person is also admitted. Convinced that he has cracked the code, the businessman approaches the door to the thieves guild, and the guard tells him "ten," to which he confidently replies "five." The guard immediately slams the door in the businessman's face, and a deadbolt slots into place. It seems the businessman is not as clever as he thought. What is another way the numbers that the guard asked the first two people could produce the numbers they gave in reply?

2 . A farmer challenges an engineer, a physicist, and a mathematician to build him a fence that encloses the most area worldwide with the least amount of fencing. The engineer proposes to fence the entire country around its coast line. The physicist proposes a long straight line of fence and said the length was infinite around the equator, as fencing half the world was the most efficient way. Though the fence would be longer the area to fence ratio would be superior. The mathematician laughed at the others, and then proceeded to build the winning fence. What did he build? The mathematician builds a small circular fence around himself and declares himself on the outside.

3 . A waiter at a classy restaurant likes to play a game with his diners, offering them a challenge that will earn them a 50 percent discount if they can figure it out. If they fail, however, they promise to give the waiter a hefty 50 percent tip. One diner accepts the challenge, and the waiter brings out an empty glass, a match and striker, and a used wine cork, and he sets these in front of the customer. Then the waiter sets a plate in front of him that has enough water on it to cover the bottom of the plate.The waiter says to the diner, "if you can get the water into the glass without touching or moving the plate, using only the objects I have brought you, then you get 50 percent off your meal tonight." This diner turned out to be pretty sharp, and he walked out with a 50 percent discount after his meal. What did he do?

4 . You are sitting in a rowboat on a small lake. You have a lead brick in your boat. You toss the brick out of your boat into the lake, where it quickly sinks to the bottom. Does the water level of the lake rise slightly, drop slightly, or stay the same?

5 . Every day at noon an ocean liner leaves London to sail for New York, and (simultaneously) an ocean liner sails from New York to London. The crossing takes exactly seven days and seven nights in either direction. How many other ocean liners will an ocean liner leaving London today pass at sea before arriving in New York?

KIA NZ Press Release; Thursday 17 June, 2021

Kia EV and expanded PHEV model range delivers significant clean car savings for new owners Kia New Zealand has announced the arrival of a variety of new low-emissions models, to add to the existing range of EV and PHEV vehicles already on offer from the marque. “Kia has made no secret of our aspirations to introduce attainable no-and-low emission motoring to Kiwi customers,” said Managing Director of Kia New Zealand, Todd McDonald. “The introduction of the Clean Car rebate is a strategy which is very complementary to Kia’s own vision for the future, as we are in the process of expanding our range of EV, PHEV and low-emission Hybrid-Electric vehicles. “To satisfy immediate demand and to help customers make the change to plug-in motoring, we have accelerated the launch of new Kia PHEV models.” The additions to the portfolio include the Niro LX PHEV and Niro LX Plus PHEV. The new Niro LX is the most affordable Kia PHEV and is available from $55,990 plus on-road costs, which reduces to $50,240 plus on-road costs with the Clean Car rebate. The LX Plus, fitted with slightly more specification, is available from $57,990 plus on-road costs and reduces to $52,240 plus on-road costs with application of the rebate. “These new PHEV models offer the best of both worlds, delivering an all-electric range of up to 55km and carbon emissions of only 29gCO2/km when using the petrol engine,” said Mr McDonald. “The Niro PHEV is perfect for city commutes and urban driving in EV mode, then extended trips on the weekend without needing to plan a route based around charge points.” Five-star safety, five-year roadside assistance, five-year/ 100,000km warranty and seven-year/160,000km battery warranty add to all-round peace of mind motoring. Headlining the new portfolio of Kia EV models, and shaping to be one of the most eagerly anticipated launches of 2021, is the all-new Kia EV6. “As confirmed earlier this year, the stunning, fully-electric Kia EV6 will feature supercar performance, extra-long range, ultra-fast charging ability - and is coming to New Zealand,” said Mr McDonald. “It will be a flagship model for the new wave of EV’s from the marque and is the first of 11 new Kia electric vehicle models to launch by 2026. “In the meantime, we have a good supply of the remarkable Kia Niro EX electric vehicle. It offers a range of up to 455km, which is a significant advantage over its competitors, and after rebate it is available from less than $70,000 plus on-road costs. “We have also introduced a slight price reduction on the higher-specification Niro SX EV, making it an even more attractive proposition.” For those who desire a vehicle with impressively low emissions, but aren’t quite ready to make the switch to plug-in motoring, Kia offers a range of hybrid alternatives starting from only $40,990 plus on-road costs for the Niro LX. “The fuel-savings realised by these new PHEV and EV models, coupled with the Clean Car rebate, means there are a significant number of positives associated with joining the eco-car revolution,” said Mr McDonald. Kia models and Clean Car rebate details From July 1 through to December 31, and following the application of the Government rebate, the price of Kia EV models reduces by $8,625 and PHEV models reduce by $5,750. Note: Payment of the rebate is at the sole discretion of the NZ Government and not Kia NZ. Kia offers a wide range of low and no-emission options in addition to models listed below, but these are new vehicles eligible for the Clean Car rebate:


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A true senior moment…only in America!

An elderly lady did her shopping and, upon returning to her car, found four males in the act of leaving with her vehicle. She dropped her shopping bags and drew her handgun, proceeding to scream at the top of her lungs, “I have a gun, and I know how to use it! Get out of the car!” The four men didn’t wait for a second threat. They got out and ran like mad. The lady, somewhat shaken, then proceeded to load her shopping bags into the back of the car and got into the driver’s seat. She was so shaken that she could not get her key into the ignition. She tried and tried, and then she realised why. It was for the same reason she had wondered why there was a football, a Frisbee and two 12-packs of beer in the front seat. A few minutes later, she found her own car parked four or five spaces farther down. She loaded her bags into the car and drove to the police station to report her mistake. The sergeant to whom she told the story couldn’t stop laughing. He pointed to the other end of the counter, where four pale men were reporting a carjacking by a mad, elderly woman described as white, less than five feet tall, glasses, curly white hair, and carrying a large handgun. No charges were filed.

A group of seniors were sitting around at a cafe talking about all their ailments. “My arms have gotten so weak I can hardly lift this cup of coffee,” said one. “Yes, I know,” said another.”My cataracts are so bad, I can’t even see my coffee.” “I couldn’t even mark an “X” at election time because my hands are so crippled,” volunteered a third. “What? Speak up! What? I can’t hear you, said one elderly lady. I can’t turn my head because of the arthritis in my neck,” “My blood pressure pills make me so dizzy!” exclaimed another. “I forget where I am, and where I’m going,” said another. “I guess that’s the price we pay for getting old,” winced an old man as he slowly shook his head. The others nodded in agreement. “Well, count your blessings,” said a woman cheerfully…. “Thank Goodness we can all still drive.“



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Sayings That Should Be On Office Inspirational Posters:

If you can stay calm, while all around you is chaos…then you probably haven’t completely understood the seriousness of the situation.

Doing a job RIGHT the first time gets the job done. Doing the job WRONG fourteen times gives you job security.

Artificial Intelligence is no match for Natural Stupidity.

A person who smiles in the face of adversity probably has a scapegoat.

If at first you don’t succeed, try management.

Never put off until tomorrow what you can avoid altogether.

TEAMWORK…means never having to take all the blame yourself.

Rome did not create a great empire by having meetings, they did it by killing all those who opposed them.

The beatings will continue until morale improves.

Never underestimate the power of very stupid people in large groups.

We waste time so you don’t have to.

Hang in there, retirement is only thirty years away!

Go the extra mile. It makes your boss look like an incompetent slacker.

A snooze button is a poor substitute for no alarm clock at all.

When the going gets tough, the tough take a coffee break.


Succeed in spite of management.

Aim Low, Reach Your Goals, Avoid Disappointment.

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A priest, a doctor, and a lawyer were waiting one morning for a particularly slow group of golfers. The lawyer fumed, “What’s with those guys? We must have been waiting for fifteen minutes!” The doctor chimed in, “I don’t know, but I’ve never seen such inept golf!” The priest said, “Here comes the green-keeper. Let’s have a word with him.” He said, “Hello George, what’s wrong with that group ahead of us? They’re rather slow, aren’t they?” The green-keeper replied, “Oh, yes. That’s a group of temporarily blinded firemen. They lost their sight saving our clubhouse from a fire a few months ago, so we always let them play for free anytime until their sight returns.” The group fell silent for a moment. The priest said, “That’s so sad. I think I will say a special prayer for them tonight.” The doctor said, “Good idea. I’m going to contact my ophthalmologist colleague and see if there’s anything he can do for them to speed up the healing process.” The Lawyer said, “Why can’t they play at night?” (Sorry lawyers...all in good fun!)

A cowboy rode into town and stopped at a saloon for a drink. Unfortunately, the locals always had a habit of picking on strangers, which he was. When he finished his drink, he found his horse had been stolen. He went back into the bar, handily flipped his gun into the air, caught it above his head without even looking and fired a shot into the ceiling. “Which one of you sidewinders stole my horse?!?!?” he yelled with surprising forcefulness. No one answered. “Alright, I’m gonna have another beer, and if my horse ain’t back outside by the time I finish, I’m gonna do what I dun in Texas! And I don’t like to have to do what I dun in Texas!” Some of the locals shifted restlessly. The man, true to his word, had another beer, walked outside, and his horse has been returned to the post. He saddled up and started to ride out of town. The bartender wandered out of the bar and asked, “Say partner, before you go… what happened in Texas?” The cowboy turned back and said, “I had to walk home.”

That's it for the action packed month that was June 2021. The shortest day is behind us so it’s all downhill from here to Summer time, not that winter has been all that cold so far really. Plenty of hot coffee and conversation on offer at our yard for any of you that need warming up….and if you are lucky still the odd carrot cake making its way here!

Brain Teasers Answers:

1.The businessman should have said "three," the number of letters in "ten." Similarly, "twelve" has six letters, and "six" has three letters, the answers the first two thieves gave.

2.The mathematician builds a small circular fence around himself and declares himself on the outside.

3. To get the water into the glass, you are actually going to turn the glass upside down. Stick the match in the cork and place it in the middle of the plate that has water on it. Light the match, then place the glass over the top of the cork with the lit match. The match will heat the air in the glass, creating pressure against the water so some of the air leaks out. When the match goes out, the air cools again, relieving the pressure and suctioning water up the glass. Click on the image below to see how it works.

4.The water level goes down. The reason is that the mass or weight of the brick while it's in the boat displaces more water, compared to the volume, actual size of the brick when it is submerged in the water.

5.The answer is 15 ocean liners. When one sets sail from London, there are 6 other ocean liners already at sea that set out from New York. In addition to these, 7 more ocean liners will leave New York during the voyage, including the ship that leaves simultaneously from New York as our ship casts off from London. So a ship leaving London "today" will see 13 other ships in the ocean. In addition to these, it will cross paths with another ship as it casts off from London, and yet another as soon as it arrives in New York, adding 2 more. An ocean liner leaving London on any given day will pass 15 other ocean liners on its way to New York.