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Friday, 17 November

22:34

Select committee membership "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Select committees Much of the work of the House of Representatives takes place in committees made up of a small group of MPs.  These committees examine issues in detail, from government policy and proposed new laws, to wider topics like the economy. There are 12 subject select committees and 5 specialist committees.  Select committee business items []

22:30

Rural round-up "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Fruit early but shortage of workers Yvonne OHarra:

Cromwell and Roxburgh orchardists are intending to start harvesting cherries this week, which is up to 10 days earlier than usual.
However, there is also a shortage of workers.

Orchardists spoken to by Southern Rural Life said at this early stage of the season, the regions crops of cherries and apricots were shaping up as some of the best there had been for a few years, thanks to the milder spring.

Cromwell orchardist Mark Jackson, of Jacksons Orchard, said everyone he had talked to was pretty happy with the season so far and with the way the crops looked. . .

The new post-quake normal for south Marlborough NZs biggest cul de sac Oliver Lewis:

In a pair of towns straddling a major highway, the sound of engine noise at night has become a curiosity.

People prick up their ears from inside earthquake-damaged homes, wondering about a noise that until a year ago was a near-constant hum in the background.

Any road big enough to matter is called arterial, but for the south Marlborough towns of Seddon and Ward the description is particularly apt for State Highway 1.

Winding its way through the surrounding vineyards and gold-coloured rolling hills, the highway pumped through a steady stream of travellers and trade lifeblood for businesses in the area. . .

Mustering courage Alex Cook:

Stretching along both sides of the Clarence River and straddling the Clarence Fault, which runs between the seaward and inward Kaikura Ranges, is Muzzle Station.

Its New Zealands most isolated high country station, and when the Kaikura earthquake struck, its most precariously placed.

No time to read? Listen here now

Its also the home of managers Fiona and Guy Redfern, and when the 7.8 quake hit just past midnight on 14 November, the couple could hear the horrific sound of rock walls around the house tumbling down, and the house cracking with the movement. . . .

...

22:30

Hooton on the government having to face the tough stuff now "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Matthew Hooton explains that play time is over for the government, they must now get down to tin tacks and start governing. Labours poor performance in parliamentary question time and the shambles over the election of the Speaker is merely the public evidence of a Beehive not yet even properly staffed. Some ministers have not []

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22:00

Of the 150 men how many of them are pedophiles? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Would you take a handful of lollies if you knew that some of them were poison? PM Jacinda Ardern when she was unable to pressure Australia into giving her the leftover dregs ( the worst of the worst) of the illegal migrants left on Manus instead handed over three million dollars of New Zealand taxpayers []

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21:30

Will it be the Greens or Labour who introduces this law in NZ? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Will it be the Greens or Labour who introduces this law in NZ? Breitbart reports on Scotland introducing legislation to stop poor people drinking. Britains Supreme Court has allowed Scotland to become the first country in the world to set a minimum price for alcohol, after a five-year legal battle. The measure is intended to bring []

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21:10

On Chloe Swarbricks maiden speech "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The youngest MP in Parliament is Green Chloe Swarbrick.It is very early days in her political career, she has a lot to learn and perhaps a lot to achieve. Here is her maiden speech in Parliament. Transcript: http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA1711/S00099/chloe-swarbrick-maiden-speech.htm Some responses to this from Reddit, which includes references to Golriz Ghahraman. ProVagrant: The message I took []

21:00

Embarrassing u-turn from Nash "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Stuart Nash has been forced to back-down over his claims the government absolutely going to bring in an Amazon tax: Revenue Minister Stuart Nash has admitted he jumped the gun on Wednesday when he said the Government would introduce a so-called Amazon tax on internet shopping. He said it remained correct that the Government had []

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21:00

Denise Lees maiden speech "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Denise Lees maiden speech has been widely praised for good reason.

I think it is worth reading in full, but have bolded the part where she describes the sudden death of her son, the aftermath and how that influenced her.

Tena koutou katoa

E tau nei tetahi pirere no Tikapa Moana.

Na ka kopangia maitia e te aroha o Maungakiekie, Maungarei hoki

Ka irihia ki a wai a Tamaki Herenga Waka

Ka irihia ki a wai a te Manukanuka Hoturoa

Na ka ungia nei ahau, hei mangai, hei taringa, hei kanohi mo te hunga ra,

No reira

Aroha ki a ratou kei te Tupou o te Tini

Ka mihia ki a tatou

Kia ora mai tatou katoa

Greetings to you all

A bird (fledgling) from the Coromandel has alighted here

Enfolded by the mana of Maungakiekie & Maungarei

Christened with the sacred water of Tamaki

Christened with the sacred water of Manukau

Sent here as the mouthpiece, the ears & the eyes for the people there.

Therefore

I acknowledge those who have gone before

I mihi to us

Mr Speaker, greetings to us all. And congratulations on your new role; you are one of seven members here in the 52nd parliament who sat with my father back in the 80s & 90s.

Many of us have had family precede us here, fathers, grandfathers, cousins, but unusually two of my colleagues fathers taught me in primary school, one of them moving on to become an MP, the other, my favourite teacher of all time. Well, now he happens to be in the building because his son is about to deliver a maiden speech.

No matter where you are in NZ, we are all somehow connected, somehow local, we inevitably know each other.

I drov...

20:57

Not Quite An Act Of War: Analysing Australias Push-Back Against Jacindas Manus Island Outreach. "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Real Human Suffering: In the face of the extraordinary Australian push-back against the government of Jacinda Ardern, it is important to remember the people at the centre of this controversy - the appallingly-treated victims of Australia's "Pacific Solution" who remain trapped on Papua New Guinea's Manus Island.

YOU HAVE TO GO BACK A LONG WAY to find anything remotely resembling Australias current treatment of New Zealand. For a supposedly friendly government to deliberately inject inflammatory disinformation into the political bloodstream of its supposedly closest neighbour is an extraordinarily provocative act. Not quite an act of war, but the sort of intervention that can all-too-easily provoke a catastrophic loss of trust.

Its the sort of thing that the Soviets and the Americans used to do to one another all the time during the Cold War. Except, of course, those two superpowers were ideological and geopolitical rivals of the first order. It takes a real effort to re-cast the relationship between New Zealand and Australia in similar terms. Nevertheless, its an effort we are now obliged to make.

So, what is it that Australia has done? Essentially, its national security apparatus (presumably at the instigation of their political leaders) has released, mostly through media surrogates, a number of related stories calculated to inflame the prejudices of a certain type of New Zealander.

Like Australia, New Zealand harbours a frighteningly large number of racists. Politically-speaking, such people are easily aroused and have few qualms about setting-off ugly, racially-charged, debates on talkback radio, in the letters columns of the daily newspapers and across social media. These individuals are trouble enough when all they have to fight with are their own stereotypes and prejudices. Arm them with the carefully assembled disinformation of fake news and they instantly become quite dangerous.
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20:40

A plea to Ardern on Paid Parental Leave "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Both Labour and National are playing politics on Paid Parental Leave. Labour insisted legislation needed to be passed under urgency with a plan to increase PPL by four weeks next July, and by another four weeks in 2020 (for a total of 26 weeks). That doesnt sound very urgent. Then National proposed an amendment []

20:30

Aussies muscling up over Jacindas virtue signalling "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Things are getting tough for Jacinda Ardern as she seeks to import 150 child rapists and ratbags from Manus Island, euphemistically calling them refugees: The Australian government has a warning for Jacinda Ardern deal directly with Papua New Guinea over the Manus Island detainees and face diplomatic consequences. The warning comes as an Australian []

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20:03

WHOSE GONNA BLINK FIRST? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Saint Jacinda has let her heart rule her head in seeking to embarrass Oz over their refusal to accept the NZL offer to take 150 'refugees' from Manus Island.    Her arrogance on the issue could well have severe implications for the Oz-NZL relationship.

This from the Australian Immigration Minister (paraphrased) ... 'It is your (NZL) sovereign right to negotiate direct with the PNG Government to take those refugees off their hands but should you do so you will be putting at risk the right of New Zealanders to enjoy visa free entry into Australia'.

Clearly Oz ain't gonna stand by and let queue jumper 'refugees' enjoy back-door entry into their country via New Zealand.

Ardern is now a prisoner of her own rhetoric.   Anyone wanna bet on who blinks first?

p.s.   And lets not even mention that Winston First doesn't want them anyway.




20:00

Collins gives Twyford and Ardern another hiding "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Judith Collins continues to hand out the spankings. Yesterday on the AM Show she spanked not only the utterly smug and condescending Phil Twyford, but also Jacinda Ardern. Judith Collins has launched a stinging attack on Jacinda Ardern, saying the Prime Minister needs to understand our relationship with Australia isnt student politics. Ms Ardern has []

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19:30

Greens disappoint one of their most loyal voters "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

  It has been interesting watching Martyn Martin Bradbury take to blogging in support of the government.  I told people that the leftie blogs would have a huge decision to make if they were to survive.  Be honest or perish. Seems that Bradbury doesnt want to perish. (excuse the language, but it has to be []

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19:17

A problem with Kelvin Davis "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

There is no doubt that Jacinda Ardern stepped up into the role of Labour leader, and stepped up further in post-election negotiations, as new Prime Minister and generally in her role in international politics (Manus aside). Not so Kelvin Davis. It seemed to be a good idea to appoint him deputy to Ardern, he had []

19:15

Our Unique Fuchsias "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Kotukutuku (Fuchsia excorticata) By Cushla McGaughey Kotukutuku is the worlds tallest fuchsia. It is a tree reaching at least 13 metres in height, with a trunk up to 30cm or more in diameter. It is common in lowland and lower montane forests, growing at forest margins and along banks of stream. Easily propagated from seed []

19:00

Saturday soapbox "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Saturdays soapbox is yours to use as you will within the bounds of decency and absence of defamation. Youre welcome to look back or forward, discuss issues of the moment, to pontificate, ponder or point us to something of interest, to educate, elucidate or entertain, amuse, bemuse or simply muse, but not abuse.

Image result for margaret atwood quotes images

A word after a word, after a word is power. Margaret Atwood.


Filed under: soapbox Tagged: Margaret Atwood ...

19:00

Whaleoil General Debate "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Morning everyone, and welcome to Whaleoils daily General Debate post (another one called Backchat will start at 6pm). To participate youll need to register a free Disqus account. There are some rules, and if there is one thing about Whaleoil that you need to know is that these rules are dispassionately and strictly enforced.  (No []

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18:30

Face of the Day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

A remarkable situation has developed over the Manus Island stand-off Immigration Minister Peter Dutton has opened the door to a potential refugee resettlement deal between Papua New Guinea and New Zealand, acknowledging it is a decision for the two sovereign states that Australia could not block. But he warned any arrangement would be against Australias wishes and []

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18:15

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The word for today is nocent (adj) Causing injury; harmful. Source : The Free Dictionary Etymology : Nocent derives from Latin nocent-, the stem of nocns, present participle of nocre to harm. The widespread Proto-Indo-European root nek-, nok- underlies Latin nocre and its derivatives noxa, noxia harm, injury, and the adjective noxius harmful, noxious. []

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18:00

Daily Proverb "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Proverbs 18 16 Giving a gift can open doors; it gives access to important people!

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17:20

General chat "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Is there any way we could have a thread for the more lightweight stuff like music and general chat? Do it here. Please no personal attacks or bickering. Anything abusive, provocative or inflammatory may be deleted.

17:15

Media watch Saturday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

18 November 2017 Media Watch is a focus on New Zealand media, blogs and social media. You can post any items of interested related to media. A primary aim here is to hold media to account in the political arena. A credible and questioning media is an essential part of a healthy democracy. A general []

17:10

Open Forum Saturday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

18 November 2017 This post is open to anyone to comment on any topic that isnt spam, illegal or offensive. All Your NZ posts are open but this one is for you to raise topics that interest you.  If providing opinions on or summaries of other information also provide a link to that information. Bloggers []

12:05

World watch Saturday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Friday GMT For posting on events, news, opinions and anything of interest from around the world.

12:01

November 18 in history "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

326  Old St. Peters Basilica was consecrated.

1105 Maginulf elected the Antipope Sylvester the IV.

1210 Pope Innocent III excommunicated Holy Roman Emperor Otto IV.

1302 Pope Boniface VIII issued the Papal bull Unam sanctam (One Faith).

1307  William Tell shot an apple off of his sons head.

1421 A seawall at the Zuiderzee dike broke, flooding 72 villages and killing about 10,000 people.

1477  William Caxton produced Dictes or Sayengis of the Philosophres, the first book printed on a printing press in England.

1493  Christopher Columbus first sighted Puerto Rico.

1626  St. Peters Basilica was consecrated.

1686  Charles Francois Felix operated on King Louis XIVs anal fistula after practicing the surgery on several peasants.

1730  Frederick II (Frederick the Great), King of Prussia, was granted a royal pardon and released from confinement.

1785 David Wilkie, British artist, was born (d. 1841).

1793 The Louvre was officially opened.

1803 The Battle of Vertires, the last major battle of the Haitian Revolution, leading to the establishment of the Republic of Haiti, the first black republic in the Western Hemisphere.

1809 In a naval action during the Napoleonic Wars, French frigates defeated British East Indiamen in the Bay of Bengal.
1836...

09:19

ON PARLIAMENT AND OTHER THINGS "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Been an interesting week and I was fortunate enough to be in Parliament for a number of maiden speeches and the after-match hospitality.     It is my experience that you get to see new members at their best in making their maiden speeches ... before they get ground down by the very institution of Parliament and the caucus machine.

There were good speeches from across the political spectrum and I'm loathe to single out any particular one (or two) but I will ... the speeches from Denise Lee (National, Maungakiekie) and Paul Eagle (Labour, Rongotai) where they laid bare personal tragedies in their lives were particularly moving.   I commend them for their courage in sharing those moments with us.     I wish them and every new MP well ... Parliament is a fishbowl and not for the fainthearted.   Some will leave the House having made a name for themselves; others will leave disappointed.

We're now seeing the result of National's bluff when, on the first sitting day of Parliament, Labour folded and agreed to increase the number of seats on Select Committees to 108.    Of the thirteen Committees constituted National has parity of numbers on eight of them.

For the record those Committees comprise Economic Development, Science and Innovation (10 members - Nat 5, Lab 3, NZF 1, G 1);  Foreign Affairs, Defence & Trade (8 members - Nat 4, Lab 3, G 1); Governance & Administration (8 members - Nat 4, Lab 4); Health (8 members - Nat 4, Lab 4); Justice (8 members - Nat 4, Lab 4); Maori Affairs (8 members - Nat 4, Lab 2, NZF 1, G 1); Primary Production (8 members - Nat 4, Lab 3, NZF 1) and Regulations Review (six members - Nat 3, Lab 3).   That's going to make it 'interesting' ... especially for the Government Whips.

I wear my political bias on my sleeve and so here are a couple of messages for those who would argue that the Government ain't legitimate ... get over it; it is.   It's a product of MMP and, while MMP is a bastard system, its our system and it ain't gonna change anytime soon.    National should treat the next 2 years, ten months as a gift to renew and reinvigorate.    When you're the Opposition the grass roots membership can have a huge say in policy development ... it's much easier to advocate new ideas outside government rather than when you oc...

09:00

Kapiti Coast Strawberry Festival "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The proceeds from our Hospice Strawberry Festivals go towards paying for all the services our patients need doctors, nurses, pain-relieving medication, counselling, home visits and much more. Saturday 18 November 9am-3pm This year its all happening in the grounds of Kapiti School on Rimu Road, opposite the Council Buildings and the Library. As well []

08:15

Action for Manus Island refugees Sunday 19 November, 1pm @ Aotea Square "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Jacinda Ardern announced today that it could take up to 5 months to come to a deal with Australia to take 150 of the 600 men stranded on Manus whilst the Australian government has effectively abandoned them, demolishing parts of the detention center and cutting off water, power and food supplies in a situation the UNHCR describes as "desperate".

We demand that our new government negotiates directly with the Papua New Guinea government to BRING THEM HERE.

Please join us on Sunday @ 1pm at Aotea Square & lets lift our voices for peace & justice. Please share the Facebook event with your friends & family.

Cant make it on Sunday?

There is plenty you can do. Here are four ways you can take action on this urgent issue:

1: Sign & share the petition demanding the NZ Government #BringThemHere on Facebook or Twitter, and forward this email to a friend.

2: Tweet at our PM @jacindaardern and/or Immigration Minister @IainLG and/or @TurnbullMalcolm here are a couple of suggested tweets:

Hundreds of refugees on Manus in desperate situation. @TurnbullMalcolm needs to evacuate now. We need to bring them here @jacindaardern @iainLG

Refugees on Manus Island in danger as detention centre shuts. We need to urgently #BringThemHere! #RefugeesWelcome @jacindaardern @IainLG @TurnbullMalcolm

3: Call or email your MP, Jacinda Ardern and Iain Lees-Galloway directly: jacinda.ardern / 04 817 9370 & iain.lees-galloway / 04 817 6967

4: Send a message of solidarity directly to refugees on Manus & let them know we stand with them and want them here. Iranian journalist Behrouz Boochani is being held on Manus & is reporting the situation there tweet at him @BehrouzBoochani or use #BringThemHere

Thanks for taking action today!

Auckland Peace Action


06:08

Council defends use of fluoride in water supplies "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The South Taranaki District Council has a duty to fluoridate its water supply, as residents in the area have poor oral hygiene and a high level of tooth decay, the Supreme Court has been told.

A group opposed to fluoridation, New Health New Zealand, has taken legal action against the Council which has now reached the countrys highest Court.

Earlier the Court of Appeal and High Court threw out legal challenges by the group, rejecting its suggestion that fluoridation of the water breached the right to refuse medical treatment.

However South Taranaki District Councils lawyer, Duncan Laing, told the Supreme Court today that health legislation places a duty on local authorities to improve and promote health in their areas.

He said a doctor had suggested that fluoridating the water supply was a much better way of improving oral health in the area, than other possible methods targeting dental hygiene.

In Patea it was a doctors opinion that if the toothbrush and toothpaste were free there was no reason to believe they would be used.

He said the doctor suggested other measures such as banning sugary snacks in schools would not be as effective as fluoridation even if they could be introduced.

Mr Laing said the Local Government Act also empowered the council to fluoridate the water supply and regarding its safety, he said the Ministry of Health had reviewed scientific papers on fluoridation and also commissioned its own studies on the issue.

He said the merits of fluoridation had also been considered by other bodies over many years.

As far back as 1957 a commission of enquiry [was held] and also [later] the New Zealand Human Rights Commission [considered fluoridation], so its interesting its come up again at this time.

It was put to bed by the Royal Commission in the 1950s and by Privy Council case but now its reared its head again.

Mr Laing said local councils had three separate duties relating to water supplies, including ensuring an area had an adequate supply of water.

[And] to take all practicable steps to ensure water supply meets with the standards and to take all reasonable steps to ensure the water supply is wholesome.

Duncan Laing said nothing in that was contrary to fluoridating a local water supply.

He also rejected the appellants claim that the fluoride used in water supplies could contain a whole range of nasty chemicals.

The drinking water standards are a very comprehensive set of standards as to what can be put into drinking water and its simply not credi...

06:01

New Zealand, Invasive Species & Gene Editing "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

1920

Thanks to Ed Yong and his editors at The Atlantic for this story on one countrys approach to rats:

New Zealands War on Rats Could Change the World

The nation wants to eradicate all invasive mammal predators by 2050. Gene-editing technology could helpor it could trigger an ecological disaster of global proportions.

The first thing that hit me about Zealandia was the noise.

I was a 15-minute drive from the center of Wellington, New Zealands capital city, but instead of the honks of horns or the bustle of passersby, all I could hear was birdsong. It came in every flavorresonant coos, high-pitched cheeps, and alien notes that seemed to come from otherworldly instruments.

Much of New Zealand, including national parks that supposedly epitomize the concept of wilderness, has been so denuded of birds that their melodies feel like a rare gifta fleeting thing to make note of before it disappears. But Zea...

06:00

Whaleoil Backchat "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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05:30

Blasphemy "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Sunfed chicken-free chicken was launched in July and now the company was planning to release two new products: Sunfed beef and Sunfed bacon. While the chicken is made from yellow peas imported from Canada, Lee would not divulge the key ingredient in the beef and bacon products. She said there was no other product like []

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05:10

Supreme Court tackles medication angle of fluoridation case "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The Supreme Court looks set to tackle the issue of whether adding fluoride to water supplies amounts to medicating the consumer to reduce tooth decay.

The court has reserved its decision on an appeal by a group that opposes fluoridation of water supplies, New Health New Zealand.

New Health appealed against a decision that South Taranaki District Council should be allowed to put fluoride in the water supplies of Waverley and P?tea, two areas with poor oral hygiene.

One of the planks of New Healths appeal was the Bill of Rights Act guarantee that anyone had the right to refuse to undergo medical treatment.

Fluoridated water supplies delivered medication for a therapeutic purpose, New Healths lawyer, Mary Scholtens, QC, said.

The right to refuse medical treatment was subject only to such reasonable limits prescribed by law as could be justified in a free and democratic society.

For the minister of health, Crown lawyer Austin Powell argued fluoridated water was a public health measure, not medical treatment.

But there was point at which treatment and dietary additions came close to diverging, he said.

If the court found that adding fluoride was authorised, reading several provisions together, then it would be prescribed by law and the real issue would become whether it was justified, Powell said.

The council has defended the science behind fluoridation and said fluoridated water was not medication, its lawyer Duncan Laing said.

Fluoridating water was not delivering medical treatment, but even if it was medical treatment, it was legally allowed and was a minimal intrusion, he argued.

The Ministry of Health encouraged local authorities to fluoridate, after evaluating the scientific evidence and commissioning its own studies. It had been looked at on human rights grounds, and by a commission of inquiry.

There is a substantial body of evidence that fluoridation is a safe and effective way of reducing widespread disease, Laing said.

New Health has said that fluoride added to the water is not the same as medical-grade fluoride found in fluoride tablets and toothpaste.

New Health said the water additive was a product of the fertiliser industry, but Laing said that was not always the case.

Additives to drinking water had to comply with comprehensive water standards and it was not credible to say it added dangerous or inappropriate elements from the fluoride. New Health said contaminants such as mercury and arsenic came from the fluoride added.

Until 2002, l...

05:00

Political History tales: Having the PM for dinner "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

  Which country was it that found a politician good enough to eat and how long ago did it happen? It looked just like a funny facebook meme but it piqued my interest so I went looking for articles to back up the story and discovered that the tale was based on fact. In 1672 []

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05:00

Vomit Inducing Crap 1 Z Energy Faux Greens "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

There are many things that make Adam want to vomit. Suspect it comes with getting older. However, some are more offensive than others.

Looked for a video to exemplify my dislike, but could not find one.

My pick today is Z Energy, their sanctimonious faux Green ads really piss Adam off.


04:30

Whaleoil History Channel: Posts from the Vault "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Headline: ACT: Davids Dilemma [UPDATED] The post from the vault today is only a year old but knowing what you now know you can read Cams words with new eyes. This morning, I ran a story suggesting ACTs performance through David Seymour this year is noticeably less impressive than last year. A number of Whaleoil []

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04:30

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Nescience lack of knowledge or awareness; ignorance; agnosticism.


Filed under: language Tagged: nescience

04:00

Political pundits have enjoyed delivering easy to digest soundbites disguised as analysis "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The road transport industry is realising that the Greens are now in charge, and it has given them the willies. Political pundits have enjoyed delivering easy to digest soundbites disguised as analysis during coverage of the recent election and the formation of a new Government, but to declare it to be a victory for road []

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03:30

After the apology, theyll want cold hard cash "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Children taken from their parents by the New Zealand Government during the 1950-1980 period want their lives examined and the current Government to apologise. The first-person accounts of abuse were chillingly similar to those survivors whod shared their stories with me bashings, stompings and sexual abuse were woven through them all. Many had never []

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02:30

David Seymour in the Rear View mirror "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

How I tried, and failed, to make Act leader David Seymour fall in love with me -thespinoff.co.nz   Own Your Future book Review   [] Based on market research, we ultimately narrowed our campaign toward issues of housing, education, youth crime, and government waste. But there simply wasnt enough of a match between the existing brand, []

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02:00

01:45

New Zealand cartoons about refugees "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

These cartoons tell a history of New Zealand's response to the refugee crisis over the last few years. The most recent cartoons are first.

01:30

Media isnt catering for older people "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Im not quite sure why media doesnt provide older people with the content they like to consume.  There is a huge demographic with money, and somehow they are just left to their own devices. After a long, hard day at work and raising kids, moms and dads like to kick back in their favorite chair []

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01:00

Collecting hate crime data has no purpose other than to support a predetermined political narrative "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The New Zealand Human Rights Commission is promoting once again for the collection of data on hate crime. Hate crime is a label that has not been defined and is almost impossible to define as it is incredibly subjective. The quoted article states seem that collecting the data is the first step but they do not []

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00:41

Hamish Walkers maiden speech "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Hamish took over from Barcaly. Hopefully he will do better.

Homepaddock

Hamish Walker, Clutha Southland MP delivered his maiden speech yesterday.

Mr Speaker, it is the greatest privilege to be standing before you today as a Member of Parliament, elected by the people of Clutha-Southland, to represent their views, hopes and dreams for their region and for New Zealand.

People in Clutha-Southland are pioneering, hard-working and community-focused.

The rest of New Zealand can learn a lot from Clutha-Southlanders.

Its a place where people still look out for each other, people still know each other, and most importantly people still talk to each other whether it be across the fence or in the supermarket aisle.

Its where I regularly see carefree kids riding their bikes around their neighbourhood, and where local people still rally together to support a good cause.

I intend to be a strong voice in Parliament for Clutha-Southland.

I believe in the core National Party values of strong families

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00:39

Andrew Falloons maiden speech "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Excellent speech and thanks to Ele for drawing my attention to it. Sets out why National is a great party.

Homepaddock

Rangitata MP Andrew Falloons maiden speech:

Thank you Mr Speaker. Congratulations on your election, and congratulations to your fellow presiding officers.

I stand here today the proud son of Shirley and John, and grandson of Ron and Joan, Arthur and Eva.

My family have sacrificed much for me to be here.

My paternal grandfather contracted polio as a child, making farming a struggle for my fathers family on their farm just outside of Waimate.

My maternal grandfather passed away at a young age, leaving my grandmother to raise three daughters on her own.

Gender equality was borne out of necessity she did the work of two men, and raised three strong and independent women.

She was a formidable woman, and had a huge impact on me growing up.

My father spent much of my childhood growing his small business, so much of the heavy lifting of raising my

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00:37

Labours got wrong priority for education "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Labour and education, an oxymoron

Homepaddock

The biggest priority for education spending is the long tail of under-achieving children, especially those who dont manage even basic literacy and numeracy.

The National-led government spent a lot of money working with young people who were destined for a lifetime on benefits knowing investing more now would save much more in both financial and social costs over their lifetimes.

This approach ought to be taken with education, giving one-on-one help to the children who arent school-ready when they turn five.

Thats the children who cant speak English or have poor language skills, even if English is their first language; those who come to school hungry and with other health needs; those who havent had the emotional, intellectual and material support all children deserve and need to ensure they are ready and able to learn when they get to school.

At the same time, children already at school who are

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00:30

Did Phil Twyford mislead parliament? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Phil Twyford claimed the other day in parliament that he and Labour had consulted extensively with business over the cancellation of the East-West link. Turns that may have been a porkie. NBR reports: The Auckland Chamber of Commerces chief executive rejects government claims that business received extensive consultation before Labour decided to scrap the East-West []

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00:00

Fridays answers "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Teletext gets my thanks for posing Thursdays questions and can claim a virtual bunch of peonies for stumping us all by leaving the answers below.


Filed under: diversions

00:00

Photo of the Day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The Horrible Jameson Affair While on an expedition into Africa during the late 19th century, James Jameson, heir to the Jameson Irish whiskey empire, reportedly asked to witness cannibalism in action. To this end, he purchased a slave girl and handed her over to men who murdered her and feasted on her flesh. While the []

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23:41

Zimbabwe: "classiest coup ever" "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"


A friend posts from downtown Harare, where murdering thug Robert Mugabe appears to have been (finally) overthrown, to observe :

"You gotta give it to Zimbos! They even coup in style. People are out shopping, coffee shops and restaurants are occupied by relaxed smiling people. Even the city of Harare staff are out fixing potholes. The only absence is that of traffic police harassing road users. Even the army which is very present at shopping malls and the CBD are watchful but friendly. That is the classiest coup ever!"
And the opposition's Morgan Tsvangirai posts that Mugabe must now formally stand down, that a "roadmap" be set in place for free and fair elections, and that "SADC, the African Union, the UN and the broader international community be the underwriters and guarantors to the roadmap to free and fair elections."
This is the only assurance to an irreversible path to national freedom, happiness and economic prosperity.
   To our neighbours, you now all know the simple choice you face; either support our rights or our refugees.
Nicely put.
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23:30

Awesome, Auckland Council set to go on cat killing spree "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Auckland Council wants to go a cat cullingexcellent, the first good thing Phil Goff has done. Cats without microchips found roaming in sensitive environments will be killed under Auckland Councils new pest eradication programme. Auckland Council is proposing to spend $307 million over the next 10 years to rein in the regions pests and protect its ecosystems and []

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23:08

These 35 cities in China are as wealthy as some countries "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

https://www.rt.com/business/409592-china-cities-gdp-countries-economy/

Decades of skyrocketing economic growth have resulted in some Chinese cities having economies as big as many countries.

An infographic, made by Visual Capitalist, compares some cities in China, which has a population of 1.4 billion people. The numbers are gross domestic product (GDP) by purchasing power parity (PPP). Have you heard of the cities of Suzhou, Wuhan or Tangshan, which are as wealthy as Austria, Israel or New Zealand?

These Chinese towns are not isolated, and are connected creating megaregions like the Northeast US, in which New York City, Philadelphia, Boston, Baltimore, and Washington, DC are close to each other, creating a mega economic zone, Visual Capitalist explains.

In China, there are three important megaregions.

Yangtze River Delta

With a combined GDP of $2.17 trillion, the region unites cities like Shanghai, Suzhou, Hangzhou, Wuxi, Ningbo, and Changzhou, and is economically as b...

22:30

Rural round-up "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Fonterra launches plan to improve waterways:

Fonterra today launched an ambitious plan to help improve the quality of New Zealands waterways.

Based around six strategic commitments, the plan will underpin Fonterras efforts to promote healthy streams and rivers, including a strong focus on sustainable farming and manufacturing.

The release of the plan signals Fonterras desire to play an active role in delivering healthy waterways for New Zealanders and builds on the Co-operatives previous efforts in this space. Recent examples include Fonterras commitment to restore 50 key freshwater catchments, its membership the Farming Leaders Pledge and work with the Department of Conservation on the Living Water initiative. . .

Feds Applaud Fonterra On Bold Climate Change Announcement:

Federated Farmers support Fonterras bold push to get to zero emissions of CO2 on the manufacturing side of the Co-operative, both in New Zealand and across its global network.

And we await with interest to see what the contribution is that they will be making to reduce biological emissions, which whilst we have some promising options under development to control them, there is a lot of work still to be done, Federated Farmers climate change spokesperson Andrew Hoggard says. . .

Fonterra pledge will build on existing environmental initiatives says Feds:

Fonterras pledge to improve the nations waterways and environment is a commendable and achievable aspiration says Federated Farmers.

The dairy co-operative has outlined today six commitments towards its target of reducing its environ...

22:30

Fat Tony is dead right, doesnt seem to be too much howling about it either "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

It is probably because Fat Tony is a Labour guy that there is no howling about his comments about the pointlessness of learning Maori. Former Labour Party president Mike Williams has suggested there is no need for Te Reo in prisons because it does not help inmates get a job once they are released. Mr []

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22:17

Did Youthquest Kapiti Need To Fold? "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

We contacted MPs, we had potential proposals for sustainable income for next year. We just needed to get to next year. Darcy Hata, Youthquest Kapiti mentoring manager Well-heeled young folk do better? By Roger Childs Back in June, I was honoured to be present at the Youthquest Kapiti (YQK) prize giving. (Good to know that []

22:00

New Zealands most reluctant Prime Minister "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

New Zealand finds itself in a very bizarre position right now with a politician who is quite possibly the most reluctant Prime Minister in New Zealand history. Not all politicians have a burning ambition to become the leader of their party and then eventually the Prime Minister. Many aspire to be a minister with a portfolio and []

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21:37

Labours got wrong priority for education "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The biggest priority for education spending is the long tail of under-achieving children, especially those who dont manage even basic literacy and numeracy.

The National-led government spent a lot of money working with young people who were destined for a lifetime on benefits knowing investing more now would save much more in both financial and social costs over their lifetimes.

This approach ought to be taken with education, giving one-on-one help to the children who arent school-ready when they turn five.

Thats the children who cant speak English or have poor language skills, even if English is their first language; those who come to school hungry and with other health needs; those who havent had the emotional, intellectual and material support all children deserve and need to ensure they are ready and able to learn when they get to school.

At the same time, children already at school who are struggling with numeracy and literacy need more help.

Then theres children with special needs who for their sake and others in their classes need more help than a single teacher with a room full of children can possibly give them.

Helping these children requires more teachers and teacher-aides. It also requires better teachers.

Teacher unions insist all teachers are good teachers. Theyre not, like any other group. They are spread on the bell curve with some excellent ones, some duds and most in the middle.

Putting more money into more training and support to improve teaching standards is another priority.

Teachers arent particularly well-paid in comparison with other professions. Part of the fault for that lies in the union insistence that all teachers are equal and refusal to countenance performance pay.

That aside, pay rates that make teacher salaries competitive with pay rates for other occupations which compete with them for recruitment would help.

The new government is determined to alleviate child poverty. Ensuring all children achieve at school so they have what they need to succeed when they grow up should be part of that.

Instead, Labours first priority is spending even more on those who mostly need it least, tertiary students.

The taxpayer already pays more than 70% of the cost of tertiary study.

If more help is needed, it should be targeted at those who really need it; at areas of study where there are graduate-shortages and in loan write-offs for professionals willing to work in hard-to-staff places.

The average graduate earns around $1.5 million more over a lifetime than non-graduates who will be paying more tax to help them into better paid jobs.

In opposition th...

21:36

What Are The Greens Playing At? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

"WTF, James!" The Greens do not appear to understand that the key to improving their partys position electorally, as well as strengthening its hand politically, lies in conceiving of the Labour-NZ First-Green government as a single entity: one which must either hang together or, most assuredly, it will hang separately! Stealing their comrades electoral lunch, in these circumstances, can only damage the Greens every bit as much as it damages (and enrages!) Labour and NZ First.

WHAT DO THE GREENS think theyre playing at? Their response to the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) has done themselves, and the government theyre ostensibly part of, a huge disservice. Honestly, its the sort of reaction one might expect from a clutch of radical student politicians: long on principle, short on common-sense. If this is how the Greens plan to conduct themselves over the next three years, then they had better find themselves an electorate they can win (without Labours support!) and fast. Because keeping their party above the 5 percent MMP threshold is likely to prove a constant struggle.

Perhaps theyve convinced themselves that by waving their anti-TPP banners across Twitter and Facebook they will pick up all those woke voters whove accused Jacinda Ardern and David Parker of selling out to global capitalism at Danang. How many might that be? Almost certainly a lot fewer than the very substantial number of generous Labour supporters who gave the Greens their Party Vote on 23 September to make sure they didnt disappear from Parliament altogether. If the Greens arent willing to reciprocate that sort of solidarity, then theres bugger-all chance of it being repeated!

The Greens do not appear to understand that the key to improving their partys position electorally, as well as strengthening its hand politically, lies in conceiving of the Labour-NZ First-Green government as a single entity: one which must either hang together or, most assuredly, it will hang separately! Stealing their comrades electoral lunch, in these circumstances, can only dama...

21:30

Kelvin Davis is (tits) in Maori and in English "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

I am starting to wonder who will be the first minister to be given the arse card given their lacklustre performance in the house at the moment. The worst performer is Kelvin Davis. He got hammered the first day by Bill English, then on the second day resorted to speaking pidgin-Maori to answer questions. His []

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21:15

New to the Blog or just want to test your knowledge? Take the Moderation Quiz "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

I have noticed a few new commenters making work for our wonderful moderation team lately so I thought that now would be a good time to offer a refresher course on Moderation. I understand that for many of you who are new here you will not be used to forums that do not allow personal []

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21:01

History As Propaganda "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The case of Vincent OMalley By John Robinson   Recently several of us took the train to Wellington to hear a talk at the National Library by Vincent OMalley about his recent book, The Great War for New Zealand, Waikato 1800-2000. OMalley does not take on the role of an independent scholar; indeed, he is firmly []

21:00

Under no circumstances whatsoever should you subscribe to Whaleoil "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

  Dont start getting any ideas about subscribing to Whaleoil just because you enjoy its content or because it is the only New Zealand Political blog offering podcasts. Sure it has something new every 30 minutes starting at 6am in the morning and running till 9pm at night but just because it has the hardest working []

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20:30

The Muppet Show continues, this time it was Robbos turn to be crushed "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

I almost feel sorry for Grant Robertson, he had to front for Stuart Nash, and got torn apart for it. Nashy seems to be in hiding after getting told to pull his head in by Robbo.   Judith Collins obviously knew more about the topic than both Nashy and Robbo combined. Hon JUDITH COLLINS (NationalPapakura): To []

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20:00

Honeymoon over? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The new governments honeymoon could be over already. NewstalkZB reports: The first ripples of discontent have emerged in the new Government, as Labour and New Zealand First criticise the Greens for cheap horse-trading for considering a deal in exchange for supporting a waka-jumping bill. An internal email reveals that the Green Party is considering negotiating []

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19:30

Ex-Motor pool mechanic and now Defence Minister stupidly lax with medals "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The ex-Motor pool mechanic and now Defence Minister, Ron Mark, has been made to look like a bit of a fool for wearing his medals incorrectly and in some cases without a permission. In order to wear foreign medals you have to get permission. It appears Mark didnt. Defence minister Ron Mark has admitted wearing []

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19:21

There's a surprise "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Encouraging more adoption?

I doubt this guy is a good fit for a feminist government.

19:15

RIP Henry Eaton Smith 1922-2017 "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

  As a community we celebrate and we also grieve together. The amazing Merryl Madsen who has worked for the Villa Education Trust for the last decade had her father pass away on Saturday. He was a remarkable New Zealander and was a hero in WWII. A member of the 24th battalion and awarded the []

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19:04

Senator next target, sexual harassment reckoning floodgates "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The Harvey Weinstein revelations and accusations seem to have opened the floodgates of accusations of sexual harassment in the US. Kevin Spacey has also been publicly disgraced, Republican candidate for the Senate Roy Moore is under fire and now  a Democratic senator, Al Franken, the latest to be accused publicly. Sexual impropriety by politicians is []

19:00

Quote of the day "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

One of the ways to avoid being beaten by the system is to laugh at it. Peter Cook who was born on this day in 1937.


Filed under: quotes Tagged: Peter Cook

19:00

Whaleoil General Debate "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Morning everyone, and welcome to Whaleoils daily General Debate post (another one called Backchat will start at 6pm). To participate youll need to register a free Disqus account. There are some rules, and if there is one thing about Whaleoil that you need to know is that these rules are dispassionately and strictly enforced.  (No []

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18:55

New Zealand lose to Peru "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

New Zealands All Whites had a praised 0-0 home draw in the first leg of a Football World Cup qualifier, but were undone 0-2 by Peru in Lima. Given the big difference in world rankings this was creditable albeit disappointing loss for New Zealand. It was always going to be difficult for the All Whites. []

18:30

Face of the Day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Once may be a coincidence.   But twice is a pattern:  Someones not happy with the new batch of Green MPs.

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18:27

Ardern on foreign policy and trade "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

After her first international trip after becoming Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, in  report from Newsroom Ardern adjusts to life at the top Sam Sachdeva reports on her vision on foreign policy and her aims on trade. Leading on climate change and nuclear-free The summits were a chance not only to meet world leaders, []

18:17

Ardern on Trump He is consistent "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

On her Asian trip Jacinda Ardern has been reported to have met Donald trump briefly but had little interaction with him. She has been questioned about her impressions of him on her return to New Zealand. NZH Q & A with Jacinda Ardern: We have a role in taking a lead: What was your []

18:15

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The word for today is netiquette (noun) Etiquette practiced or advocated in electronic communication over a computer network. Source : The Free Dictionary Etymology : Netiquette is a blend of the words network and etiquette. It came to English in the early 1980s.

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18:00

Daily Proverb "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Proverbs 17 16 It is senseless to pay to educate a fool, since he has no heart for learning.

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18:00

Friday's Fulminations "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

There is mild moderation.  Normal rules of blogger etiquette and courtesy to blog hosts will apply.with serious transgressors being thrown out.

Unfortunately our system does not allow your comments to show up in the blog post itself.  Just in the comments section.

Visitors might consider the wisdom of using moderate language.

Regards

Adolf'

17:20

General chat "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Is there any way we could have a thread for the more lightweight stuff like music and general chat? Do it here. Please no personal attacks or bickering. Anything abusive, provocative or inflammatory may be deleted.

17:15

Media watch Friday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

17 November 2017 Media Watch is a focus on New Zealand media, blogs and social media. You can post any items of interested related to media. A primary aim here is to hold media to account in the political arena. A credible and questioning media is an essential part of a healthy democracy. A general []

17:10

Open Forum Friday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

17 November 2017 This post is open to anyone to comment on any topic that isnt spam, illegal or offensive. All Your NZ posts are open but this one is for you to raise topics that interest you.  If providing opinions on or summaries of other information also provide a link to that information. Bloggers []

16:32

Human rights issues bite in fluoride test case, top court told "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

A group fighting the fluoridation of drinking water supplies in court has argued tooth decay is not serious enough to warrant imposing it on a whole community. Ann Marie May reports.

Opponents of adding fluoride to water supplies say it breaches human rights to protect against unwanted medical treatment, a Supreme Court test case has been told.

Two small Taranaki towns, Waverley and P?tea, are at the centre of the case after the South Taranaki District Council decided to add fluoride to their water supplies.

?New Health New Zealand has taken on the council and the minister of health, and says fluoridating water supplies breaches the right to be able to refuse to undergo medical treatment.

New Healths lawyer, Mary Scholtens, QC, said about 48 per cent of New Zealands water was fluoridated at present, without proof that fluoride was effective against tooth decay.

The chemicals used to fluoridate water were byproducts of an industrial process, and could contain contaminants such as arsenic, mercury and lead. It was a different grade from fluoride in toothpaste, or pharmacy-only medicines fluoride tablets.

One of the points in the appeal was whether fluoride was a medicine, and whether adding it to a water supply would amount to medical treatment. Under the Bill of Rights, medical treatment can be refused, subject only to reasonable limits.

Scholtens said water supplies should not be fluoridated unless the law clearly authorised it. Currently the authority to fluoridate was reached by a complex process, including reference to a Privy Council decision in 1965.

This is medicating water, the drinking water is just the method by which the medicine is delivered, and nowhere is that authorised.

The emphasis should be on determining for ourselves what we did with our bodies, she said.

Tooth decay posed no risk to third parties and was a manageable risk to the individual, so it was for the council to show why the right to refuse medical treatment needed to be limited to add fluoride to the water supply.

It was not settled that fluoridating water was a safe and effective way to prevent tooth decay, Scholtens said. The jury is still out on that.

Another of New Healths lawyers, Lisa Hansen, said 500ml of water from a fluoridated supply gave the equivalent to a fluoride tablet that was a pharmacyonly medicine.

The case is due to finish on Friday.

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13:29

U.S. seniors struggle more to pay for healthcare compared to other countries "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

By Steven Reinberg, HealthDay News  |  Nov. 15, 2017 at 9:57 PM

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 15, 2017 A new report finds the availability of health care for U.S. seniors lags behind that of other affluent nations.

Access to insurance isnt an issue, because all Americans 65 and older are covered by Medicare. But Americas seniors are still sicker than the elderly in other countries and are more likely to go without essential care because they cant afford it, according to the Commonwealth Fund study.

Our Medicare is not as generous as comparable insurance in other countries, fund President Dr. David Blumenthal said during a media briefing on Tuesday.

In other countries, government health insurance is not restricted to the elderly, but covers everyone, he said.

The United States is complacent about the value and benefits associated with Medicare, even though its a universal system, Blumenthal said.

We do know that we, as a country, do tolerate higher levels of inequality. Thats most evident in the fact that we underinvest, compared to other countries, in social services and overinvest, despite the lack of generosity of our insurance, in health care, he said.

Providing more social services to the elderly might help reduce the inequality of care, Blumenthal said.

For the study, researchers surveyed older adults about their health care. Participants came from Australia, Canada, France, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States.

Almost one-quarter of U.S. seniors didnt go to a doctor in the past year when sick or they didnt get a recommended test or fill a prescription because they couldnt afford it.

In France, Norway, Sweden and the United Kingdom, no more than 5 percent of older adults skipped care because of costs, the researchers found.

In the United States, 22 percent of seniors spent $2,000 or more on out-of-pocket costs during the past year. The only country with higher out-of-pocket costs was Switzerland, with 31 percent spending more than $2,000 out of pocket.

Among all the ot...

12:05

World watch Friday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Thursday GMT For posting on events, news, opinions and anything of interest from around the world.

12:01

November 17 in history "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

284  Diocletian was proclaimed emperor by his soldiers.

1183 The Battle of Mizushima.

1292 (O.S.) John Balliol became King of Scotland.

1511 Spain and England allied against France.

1558 Elizabethan era began: Queen Mary I of England died and was succeeded by her half-sister Elizabeth I of England.

1603 English explorer, writer and courtier Sir Walter Raleigh went on trial for treason.

1659 The Peace of the Pyrenees is signed between France and Spain.

1749   Nicolas Appert, French chef, inventor of canning, was born (d. 1841)

1777  Articles of Confederation are submitted to the states for ratification.

1796 Napoleonic Wars: Battle of Arcole  French forces defeated the Austrians in Italy.

1800 The United States Congress held its first session in Washington, D.C.

1811  Jos Miguel Carrera, Chilean founding father, was sworn in as President of the executive Junta of the government of Chile.

1812 Napoleonic Wars: Battle of Krasnoi.

1820 Captain Nathaniel Palmer became the first American to see Antarctica.

1831  Ecuador and Venezuela were separated from Greater Colombia.

1855 David Livingstone became the first European to see the Victoria Falls.

1858 Modified...

09:56

NZ - Human rights issues bite in fluoride test case, top court told "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

A protest in Nelson against fluoridation. (File photo)Opponents of adding fluoride to water supplies say it breaches human rights to protect against unwanted medical treatment, a Supreme Court test case has been told.

Two small Taranaki towns, Waverley and Ptea, are at the centre of the case after the South Taranaki District Council decided to add fluoride to their water supplies.

New Health New Zealand has taken on the council and the minister of health, and says fluoridating water supplies breaches the right to be able to refuse to undergo medical treatment.
New Health's lawyer, Mary Scholtens, QC, said about 48 per cent of New Zealand's water was fluoridated at present, without proof that fluoride was effective against tooth decay............

09:00

How To Legally Refuse A Vaccine, Dr Rima Laibow "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

How To Legally Refuse A Vaccine, Dr Rima Laibow

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Dr Rima Laibow www.Drrimatruthreports.com
Many people are being threatened and pressured into taking vaccines or giving them to their children,
Rima presents a new Vaccine card that not only advises you of your rights, but how to stand up to the hospital staff and government representatives that do not respect your right to choose.
http://tinyurl.com/AVDcard

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Breaking Down: Mandatory Fluoridation By Stealth & Why Cannabis "Green Fairies" Are Being Targeted "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Breaking Down: Mandatory Fluoridation By Stealth
& Why Cannabis "Green Fairies" Are Being Targeted

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Vinny Rants About how dental decay rates are again being used to push mandatory fluoridation in New Zealand
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/front-page-top-stories/news/article.cfm?c_id=698&objectid=11941478&ref=CE-NZH-DND-AM

And goes on to decry the recent arrest of medicinal Cannabis growers and their patients suffering, at a time when the Prime Minister herself is saying she doesn't want people jailed for Cannabis https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/crime/97772007/medicinal-cannabis-users-frantic-after-nz-post-dobs-in-prominent-supplier


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08:45

Complaint laid against Chief Justice "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

This sounds like it could be a big deal: NZs establishment rarely does more than mumble timid concerns to other insiders. So public bias complaint against Chief Justice is bold. https://t.co/I60zVuoA3Z Stephen Franks (@franks_lawyer) November 16, 2017 In a dramatic move the leading litigation funding group LPF Group have laid a complaint against chief []

08:12

North Korea to be ROCKED by seismic aftershocks for MONTHS following major earthquake : Was it a HAARP Job? "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

https://www.express.co.uk/news/world/880190/North-Korea-earthquake-aftershock-Korean-Peninsula-Sea-of-Japan-Ring-of-Fire-1978 NORTH Korean citizens have been warned to expect large aftershocks for months following the 5.4-magnitude tremor that struck South Korea on Wednesday. South Korea has been relatively safe from major earthquakes, but geologists have expressed concern over the rising number of tremors felt in recent years and warned of bigger seismic movements to come. []

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08:07

Green horse trading bombed "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

A leaked Green email suggests an attempt at negotiating with Labour over some minor policies and Martyn Bradbury is having a fit over it. Stuff:  Horse trading between Labour and Greens to get NZ Firsts Waka Jumping bill across the line Labour, NZ First and National have all decried a Green Party MPs suggestion []

07:48

Grace Mugabe: Why is the Presidents wife at the centre of Zimbabwes crisis? "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Hes 93. Shes 52. And theyve both been put under house arrest by Zimbabwes army. At the centre of the crisis currently gripping Zimbabwe is President Robert Mugabes wife Grace. Her rise from political obscurity to become the front-runner to succeed her ageing husband appears to have prompted the countrys military to step in, with []

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07:07

Fluoridation fight taken to Supreme Court: New Zealand "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

A group fighting the fluoridation of drinking water supplies in the south Taranaki towns of Waverley and Patea has taken its legal battle to the Supreme Court. It follows earlier hearings in the High Court and Court of Appeal, which ruled against legal arguments raised by New Health New Zealand, including a suggestion that fluoridation []

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06:31

Maiden Speech:- Golriz Ghahraman "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

To be honest I disagree with many of MS Ghahramans views, but I admire her passion and commitment. She will, hopefully be a useful addition to the Parliament.

Here is a link to a video of the speech

Here is the transcript of Golriz Ghahraman Maiden Speech

E ng mana, e ng reo, e ng karangatanga maha, tn koutou katoa.
Te mana whenua o tnei whi, Te ti awa, tn koutou.
Otir ng iwi whnui tn koutou katoa

Mr Speaker I congratulate you on your election and look forward to your guidance in this house.

I begin by acknowledging what a breathtaking honour it is to sit among this Green caucus.

I acknowledge also those who sat here before now: Especially Catherine Delahunty and Keith Locke You spoke to injustice wherever it happened. That meant a lot to someone like me. Mojo Mathers, for proving to me, and us all, that we all exist beyond our labels And Metiria Turei for baring her scars bravely to highlight the pain of others.

But today, I want to acknowledge also, those who tell me every day that I dont belong here. That I should go HOME where I came from. That I have no right to criticise governments here I should just be grateful I wasnt left to die. Hundreds of messages, comments. Mr Speaker, come call for rifles being loaded. Im numb to it because this is reality for those of us from minority backgrounds.

But I want it noted that this happens every time we scapegoat migrants in this house, every time a TV presenter asks a PM when the governor general is going to look like a Kiwi and sound like it a Kiwi and that PM laughs. Every time we call refugees leftovers from terrorist nations for political gain.

We feel the effect of that out on the streets. We cant shed our skin.

Patriotism that represses dissent or creates second class citizens is archaic and dangerous. Its antithetical to our culture.

So this day I stand, proud and determined. This day is about democracy and equality, values which New Zealand holds so dear, embodies and stands up for so boldly.

I love this country, but patriotism a love of this country means expecting the absolute best for her. Standing up for the country that we know is possible.

I protest, fight for equality, and fairness because justice is what love looks like in public (thats Dr Cornell West)....

06:00

Whaleoil Backchat "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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05:30

This is the article by a respected and experienced journalist the main news outlets will not touch "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

by Karl du Fresne The state giveth and the state taketh away READERS PLEASE NOTE: I submitted the following article to the few mainstream outlets that I considered likely to be interested in publishing it. None accepted it, for reasons that I understand. Journalistically, its problematical for several reasons. Nonetheless I think its a story []

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05:01

The Friendliest Cities in the World "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The worlds destinations have been ranked according levels of happiness, friendliness, safety and treatment of tourists with some unexpected cities topping the list.

In a list released by holiday website Travelbird, Australia has been poorly represented with only Sydney and Melbourne recognised in the top 100.

Australians are renowned worldwide for their friendliness and jovial nature but it seems tourists arent impressed with the land Down Under when it comes to safety and welcoming travellers with open arms.

Travel experts and tourists who have jetted around the world were quizzed on their perceptions of each city they visited, and Australian destinations were harshly ranked by overseas holidaymakers.

Both Sydney and Melbourne were evenly matched in the overall happiness of citizens both scoring a pleasant nine out of 10 but it was the Nordic city of Oslo which took out the number one spot as happiest destination in the world with a perfect 10 score.

Trailing close behind Oslo on the happiness scale is Copenhagen in Denmark, while Reykjavik in Iceland made third place and three consecutive Swiss cities held down places four, five and six.

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European and Scandinavian cities dominated the top 10 happiest locations in the world but right behind Toronto, Canada, was Auckland at number 11 and Melbourne and Sydney tying at 9/10 for happiness too.

The cities with the unhappiest locals were found to be Kiev in Ukraine, Phnom Penh in Cambodia and New Delhi in India.

The next category each city was ranked in was safety sourced from United Nations data which investigated the perception of security and how safe people feel.

An unexpected winner of this department was the UAE city of Abu Dhabi with a perfect score, while Melbourne sat at 49th place and Sydney at 58th, likely because of the thre...

05:00

The first Whaleoil parking ticket has been issued for the month of November "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Recently I reintroduced a Whaleoil tradition/prank that was created way back in 2013 called the Whaleoil parking ticket. A Whaleoil parking warden e-mailed me yesterday and shared the following story and photos with me. We were on our way back from Feilding on Sunday and stopped in for a quick beer at the local Otaki pub. As []

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04:30

Environmental Racism, yep thats a thing "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

[] [about a dozen students from] The student group Fossil Free Penn held a discussion on environmental racism as part of its weeklong engagement project called Divestfest Wednesday afternoon.[] [] In discussing environmental racism, the speakers highlighted the Israel-Palestine conflict. The Jewish National Fund, an organization that plants trees in Israel, was a major subject of discussion. After []

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04:30

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Morphological  relating to the form or structure of things; relating to the branch of biology that deals with the form of living organisms, and with relationships between their structures; relating to the patterns of word formation in a particular language, including inflection, derivation, and composition.


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03:50

Higher spending, tax, debt "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

We should all be very concerned. Robertson obfuscates and blusters, but little else

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Economists are warning that the Labour-led governmentd Debt will be billions more than planned.

. . . In Opposition Labour laid out a fiscal plan which would borrow around $11 billion more than National had proposed, but still cut debt as a share of the total economic output from 24 per cent to 20 per cent by 2022.

The plan formed a major point of contention during the election campaign, as National finance spokesman Steven Joyce was widely mocked for his claim that Robertsons plan had a major fiscal hole.

This is a very good argument for independent costing of party policies before an election.

But bank economists, who monitor the likely issuance of government bonds, are warning of pressure for Treasury to borrow billions more than Labour had signalled because of new spending promises.

ANZ has forecast that Labour will borrow $13 billion more than Treasurys pre-election fiscal

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03:30

The Tongan election today "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

We think elections are just elections, but when you look closer, there are some interesting challenges and differences that happen in other countries. The election is a year early after King George Tupou VI, for the first time in history, dismissed the countrys once popular but controversial Prime Minister Akilisi Pohiva and dissolved parliament in []

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03:00

Mental Health Break "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Water II from Morgan Maassen on Vimeo.

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02:30

Guest Cartoon: The invulnerable ** Caution may cause offence "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Guest Cartoonist: Wormwood is a renowned yet mysterious artist. After serving his time-fighting in the Middle East, hes committed to making comics, comics so dark they have a 36% chance of getting aborted. Perhaps youve met him once on a dimly lit train to Budapest, or in a musty opium den in Shanghai. Theyre out []

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02:00

Andrew Falloons maiden speech "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Rangitata MP Andrew Falloons maiden speech:

Thank you Mr Speaker. Congratulations on your election, and congratulations to your fellow presiding officers.

I stand here today the proud son of Shirley and John, and grandson of Ron and Joan, Arthur and Eva.

My family have sacrificed much for me to be here.

My paternal grandfather contracted polio as a child, making farming a struggle for my fathers family on their farm just outside of Waimate.

My maternal grandfather passed away at a young age, leaving my grandmother to raise three daughters on her own.

Gender equality was borne out of necessity she did the work of two men, and raised three strong and independent women.

She was a formidable woman, and had a huge impact on me growing up.

My father spent much of my childhood growing his small business, so much of the heavy lifting of raising my sister Anna and I fell to my mother.

On top of looking after two kids, holding down a job, and being involved in a variety of worthy causes, she made the time to go to night school.

Shes always been an example to me of the importance of education, and of lifelong learning.

Im a firm believer that we are products of our environment.

That the people we meet, and the experiences we have shape who we become.

In that sense, I recognise my privilege.

I come from a loving family. Two parents, still together.

I was born and raised in Ashburton, at the northern end of the Rangitata electorate, the sort of place you wouldnt have thought twice about letting your kids stay out kicking a ball around the local park until sunset.

The Rangitata electorate Im proud to represent spans much of Mid Canterbury and South Canterbury.

Unlike the 20 or so Auckland MPs who have to share a pretty average rugby team, Im spoilt with two strong Heartland teams.

In the west we have the...

02:00

Map of the Day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Map of European Trade Routes, 14th Century Click here for larger view

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01:30

National gives Labour a second chance to fix the sexist parental leave law "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

National has proposed a change to the Parental Leave and Employment Protection Amendment Bill that would allow both parents to take paid parental leave at the same time, if that is what suits them best. The Government is refusing to recognise that parents are best-placed to make their own decisions, and should be free to []

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01:00

Maritime Union in desperate need of a humour transplant "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Some people really just need to lighten up a little. FERRY McFerryface has only just been christened but its already polarising maritime staff who have taken a stand against the vessels name and refused to work on it. Maritime Union of Australia spokesman Paul Garrett today told 2GB Mornings he was furious with the decision to christen []

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00:30

Jacinda mocked by Duterte for her lack of real life experience "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Jacinda Ardern went to the Phillipines wagging her finger. She almost got it snapped off as Rodrigo Duterte just mocked her stupidity when it comes to international relations. Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has asked Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern whether New Zealand has atomic bombs during their bilateral meeting at the ASEAN summit. Mr Duterte asked Ms []

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00:24

Oral Questions 16 November 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Questions to Ministers 1. Hon PAULA BENNETT to the Prime Minister: Does she stand by all her Governments policies? 2. JAMIE STRANGE to the Minister of Housing and Urban Development: Has he received any reports on the forecast rate of housebuilding with and without KiwiBuild? 3. Hon STEVEN JOYCE to the Minister of Finance: Is []

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00:00

Thursdays quiz "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

You are invited to pose the questions.

Anyone who stumps everyone will win a virtual bunch of peonies.


Filed under: diversions

00:00

Photo of the Day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The Dysfunctional Menendez Family Nightmare on Elm Drive If you thought you hated your parents. The crimes committed by Lyle and Erik Menendez in 1989 took teenage angst to terrifying levels when they shot and killed their mother and father, in one of the most brutal, high-profile crimes in American history. The Menendez brothers homicides at []

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Wednesday, 15 November

23:43

Environmental cost will likely stop Cooks seabed mining "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Photo: Florence Syme-Buchanan/RNZ

Radio New Zealand | 15 November 2017 

The Cook Islands Seabed Minerals Authority Commissioner says deep sea mineral extraction in the country will likely not go ahead if the environmental cost is too high.

Paul Lynch said the countrys Seabed Minerals Act ensured a careful, steady approach to any potential exploration or mining.

He said the act was...

23:30

That will pay better than his former union job "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Neale Jones, a union thug formerly of the EPMU and Andrew Littles staff, has bailed from parliament to work for a lobbyist firm. Labours chief of staff has taken a job with a left-wing lobby group thats reopening its New Zealand office, following the change of government. Neale Jones will start working for left-wing Australian []

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22:30

Collins continues to smack Twyford around the ears "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Judith Collins continues to dance all over Phil Twyford, who seems to have found a supplier of SMUG cologne and is using it in copious quantities: 6. Hon JUDITH COLLINS (NationalPapakura) to the Minister of Transport: Is he satisfied that cancelling the East-West Link Road of National Significance will be beneficial to transport in Auckland? Hon PHIL TWYFORD []

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22:30

Rural round-up "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Irrigation water flows at Sheffield as new scheme starts Heather Chalmers:

Sheffield arable farmer Damon Summerfield expects to double his production following the arrival of water from the massive Central Plains Water irrigation scheme, writes Heather Chalmers.

If Central Canterbury arable farmer Damon Summerfield is acting like an expectant farmer its no surprise. This baby has been 10 years in the making.

Hes even talking about a christening which is apt when the baby is irrigation water as part of the Central Plains Water community scheme. . .

Farmer vigilance helps keep sheep measles at low ebb:

New Zealand recorded its lowest lamb prevalence level of sheep measles in ten years, says the project manager for Ovis Management Ltd, Dan Lynch.

He says 0.59% of lambs processed in the season ending October were detected with sheep measles versus 0.64% last season.

Lynch believes this low prevalence reflects continuing onfarm control being exerted by farmers across NZ. This is a great outcome. . . .

Beef + Lamb New Zealand Chairman James Parsons not seeking re-election:

James Parsons, Chairman of Beef + Lamb New Zealand (B+LNZ), announced today he will not be seeking re-election in the organisations director elections in March.

Mr Parsons, who farms a 478-hectare hill country farm in Tangowahine, Northland, has served as the Northern North Island Director on the B+LNZ Board for nine years, including four as Chairman.

Although I am still very energised as the organisations Chairman, another three-year term would mean 12 years on the board and seven years as Chairman, says Mr Parsons. . .

Beef + Lamb New Zealand invites director nominations and remits/resolutions for Annual Meeting:

Beef + Lamb New Zealand (B+LNZ) today announced nominations have opened for two B+LNZ director roles and one positi...

22:14

The Fight for Nature "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Panel discussion at Victoria University By Bill Benfield Sue and I went to the Fight for Nature at Victoria University on November 10. The panel discussion was moderated by Kathryn Ryan, host of the radio programme nine to noon. The panel was Emma Marris from the US Bruce Clarkson, University of Waikato and a recipient []

22:00

The Citizens Guide to the Media Pt. 2: What Is Fake News? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

In the first instalment of the Citizens Guide to the Media, we covered how fake news has become the spectre stalking the media landscape in 2017. But what is fake news, exactly? Well, theres fake news and Fake News. Not everything reflexively dismissed as fake news by a hyper-skeptical public is literally fake. Some is, []

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21:30

Sledge of the Day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Poor old Stu Nash copped the Sledge of the Day from Judith Collins. Nationals revenue spokeswoman Judith Collins said Nash was enthusiastic but did not seem to be across the details of such a proposal. Enthusiasm is an excellent thing in a puppy, but probably a minister needs to be a little less.    Robbo []

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21:00

Darkness At The End Of The Rainbow? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

YES! Australians cheer the result of the postal plebiscite on Marriage Equality. This emphatic victory for social liberalism (61.6/38.4 percent) will hit conservative Australians hard. Liberal and National Party strategists may, however, attempt to exploit the fact that of the 17 federal electorates that voted "No", 11 are held by the Labor Party. Progressive Australians have won an important battle - but the culture war will go on.

WEDNESDAY, 15 NOVEMBER 2017 will go down in Australian history as Marriage Equality Day. In an unprecedented national plebiscite, 61.6 percent of the 79.5 percent of voting-age Australians who returned their postal ballots voted YES to marriage equality. With this resounding vote in favour, Australia joined the rest of the worlds progressive nations in rejecting homophobia and discrimination.

But, Wednesday, 15 November 2017 will be remembered for something more than Australias endorsement of marriage equality. It will also be recorded by social historians and psephologists as the day conservative Australians were required to accept a forceful and irrefutable message confirming their minority status in Australian society.

Hostility towards homosexuality is one of the most reliable markers of the authoritarian personality. It will, therefore, come as a profound shock to people of this personality type that their attitudes are not shared by an overwhelming majority of the population. That nearly two-thirds of their fellow citizens see nothing untoward about same sex couples getting married will deliver a shattering blow to their perception of normality. They will be dismayed by how far the world has strayed from their traditional values.

For some, the events of 15 November 2017 will prompt a thorough-going reassessment of their moral and political expectations of themselves and their fellow Australians. If they are lucky, this reassessment will...

21:00

Ill bet they are all affordable too "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Bill Gates is investing $US80 million to build a new smart city in Arizona. The city will integrate high-speed internet, smarter manufacturing, and systems that accommodate self-driving cars. The proposal makes Phil Twyfords plans for Paerata look utterly ridiculous. Billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates has purchased nearly 25,000 acres of land in southwestern Arizona for the construction []

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21:00

Higher spending, tax, debt "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Economists are warning that the Labour-led governmentd Debt will be billions more than planned.

. . . In Opposition Labour laid out a fiscal plan which would borrow around $11 billion more than National had proposed, but still cut debt as a share of the total economic output from 24 per cent to 20 per cent by 2022.

The plan formed a major point of contention during the election campaign, as National finance spokesman Steven Joyce was widely mocked for his claim that Robertsons plan had a major fiscal hole.

This is a very good argument for independent costing of party policies before an election.

But bank economists, who monitor the likely issuance of government bonds, are warning of pressure for Treasury to borrow billions more than Labour had signalled because of new spending promises.

ANZ has forecast that Labour will borrow $13 billion more than Treasurys pre-election fiscal update maintained the former Government would over the next four years, although around $3b of that would go to the NZ Super Fund.

Borrowing to contribute to the super fund is as reckless as borrowing to play the share market instead of paying off a mortgage.

This would see net Crown debt at 23 per cent of gross domestic product, 3 percentage points higher than Labours plan.

Outgoing ANZ chief economist Cameron Bagrie said the estimates for new spending were conservative, including an assumption that the new $1b a year regional development fund would come entirely from existing budgets. . . 

BNZ senior economist Craig Ebert said the figures were hard to determine so early in the term, but borrowing could amount to a number of billion dollars more than Labour had outlined. . . 

During question time in Parliament on Tuesday, Robertson maintained that the Government was sticking to its pre-election debt plan.

But what were not prepared to put up with is a situation where we do not have enough affordable homes, where we have not made contributions to the [NZ] Super Fund, and where an enormous social deficit is growing, Robertson said.

In those circumstances a slower debt repayment track is totally appropriate.

A much more disciplined approach to spending would be wiser....

18:00

Are you ready for bots to read your face? "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Would you turn on your webcam so that a customer service robot can get to know you better? Soul Machines, a New Zealand startup, thinks so. It builds a customer service bot with an amazingly human face and a simulated nervous system that interprets how customers feel and reacts accordinglyin part by watching them over a

Would you turn on your webcam so that a customer service robot can get to know you better?

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