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Monday, 20 November

13:04

Australia, New Zealand officials discuss screening for Manus refugees "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

By Charlotte Greenfield

12:05

World watch Tuesday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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

12:01

November 21 in history "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

164 BC Judas Maccabaeus restored the Temple in Jerusalem, an event commemorated each year by the festival of Hanukkah.

235  Pope Anterus succeeded Pontian as the nineteenth pope.

1272  Prince Edward became King of England.

1620 Plymouth Colony settlers signed the Mayflower Compact.

1694 Voltaire, French philosopher, was born (d. 1778).

1783  Jean-Franois Piltre de Rozier and Franois Laurent, Marquis dArlandes, made the first untethered hot air balloon flight.

1787 Samuel Cunard, Canadian-born shipping magnate, was born (d. 1865).

1789  North Carolina ratified the United States Constitution and is admitted as the 12th U.S. state.

1791 Colonel Napolon Bonaparte was promoted to full general and appointed Commander-in-Chief of the Armies of the French Republic.

1863 Maori surrendered at Rangiriri.

 Maori surrender at Rangiriri

1877  Thomas Edison announced his invention of the phonograph, a machine that can record and play sound.

1894  Port Arthur massacre: Port Arthur, Manchuria fell to the Japanese, a decisive victory of the First Sino-Japanese War.

1897  Mollie Steimer, Russian-American activist, was born (d. 1980).

1905  Albert Einsteins paper, Does the Inertia of a Body Dep...

09:34

Wonderful Headlines "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Who can forget the immortal headline from 1970s Australia:

"Smartest Ever PM Done Over By Dumbest Ever Premier"

This was on the occasion of Whitlam being totally outwitted and outmaneuvered by Bjelke Petersen over a replacement senator for Queensland.  Whitlam had pronounced himself th smartest ever PM and had called Bjelke Petersen the dumbest ever Premier.

Today saw a similar effort from Andrew Bolt although I must admit I have written the headline for him.

"Dimwit Outwitted By Halfwit"

On the occasion of terminal Turnbull delaying the sitting of parliament for a week in order for him to hide from the opposition and the media and Katter, not possessing the most scintillating of intellects, completely stuffing up Turnbull by declaring he will turn up to the house on the scheduled first day.  Of course Labour immediately followed suit.

Politics is such wonderful sport but I'm choking on all the popcorn.

08:21

Monday Thriller Rogue Male "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Peter OToole, Alistair Sim, John Standing


08:15

Lawrence Yules maiden speech "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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Nationals Tukituki MP, Lawrence Yule delivered his maiden speech last week:

Ki te iwi o Ngati Kahungunu, tena koutou

To all the people of Ngati Kahungunu, greetings

Ki nga hapu whanui o Heretaunga tena koutou

To all the hapu of Heretaunga, greetings

Ki nga kaumatua o Heretaunga tena koutou

To all the elders and leaders of Heretaunga, greetings

Kia ora mo te aroha, me te manaaki ki au mai ra no

Thank you for the love and support you have given me over the years

Tena koutou, tena koutou, tena tatou katoa

Mr Speaker it is a tremendous honour to speak for the first time at the beginning of the 52nd Parliament. It is a privilege to represent the people of Tukituki in this house and I thank them for voting and bringing me here.

Mr Speaker I acknowledge and congratulate you on your appointment, the appointment of former Hawkes

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08:12

Trump Toon "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Trump with his heroes Putin, Erdogan, Duterte

Ann Telnaes _Washington Post

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06:54

ON THE BRINK RADIO #223 A SACRED PLACE OF GUIDANCE FROM WHALES AND DOLPHINS "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The Latest From Jeff Wefferson, who is currently touring New Zealand. Hopefully I will catch up with him when he gets to Christchurch. Please visit Jeffs main site (Link below) and see his amazing art work. Jeff is a man of many talents. Martin H https://soundcloud.com/jeff-%20cyanobacteria/on-the-brink-%20radio-86-rod-ngawaka-kawa-%20marae-new-moon http://tutunui-wananga.blogspot.co.nz/2012/08/we-are-not-aloneyet-how-we-are-waging.htmlJ Jeff Weffersons Main Site: http://dolphinmatrix.com/Jeff Purchase some genuine []

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06:00

Whaleoil Backchat "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Good evening, welcome to Whaleoil Backchat. You dont have to stay on topic in these posts like you do in all others. Feel free to share your own stories, discuss other news or catch up with friends. If you havent tried it before, signing up for a Disqus account is free, quick, and it is easy. New []

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05:40

Mysterious energy appearing on Tennessee seismographs MAJOR fireball over So Cal! "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

  MrMBB333 Published on Nov 19, 2017 Update on the football field size asteroid approaching earth. Yet ANOTHER large fireball spotted by 100s of citizens in Southern California. (11/18/2017) Two Tennessee seismographs are displaying very odd energy signatures that are not consistent with earthquake energy.

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05:30

If you cant stand people being nasty to you, stay out of politics "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The man above, the wannabe politician Steven Chin, is being sued for (pauses for effect) defamation by another politician, Raymond Huo. Labour MP Raymond Huo claims he was the target of a nasty campaign leading up to the election that falsely accused him of having a criminal record and then asking police to wipe it. []

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05:00

To Merkel: Send Refugees Back to Syria. Merkel invites their families instead "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Before you get all smug and think this is Germanys problem.  Id like to remind you we have our own mini-Merkel in the making. The right-wing Alternative for Germany (AfD) party is calling for the repatriation of half a million Syrian refugees living in Germany, saying the imminent defeat of Islamic State makes the Arab []

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04:41

ON TPPA #2 "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Good on Labour for building on what had already been achieved by National in signing up to TPPA #2 (or whatever fancy name they now call it).   Good on them for having the courage to do a u-turn in their previous opposition to the TPPA.  

Good on the Greens for having the courage of their convictions and standing resolutely opposed to TPPA #2.

But you can be forgiven that wry smile at the antics of NZF in House over the deal.    Up until now NZF's position on the TPPA can be summed up as 'no way Jose'.   But last week in Parliament Shane Jones couldn't give a straight answer on where his Party now stood in relation to the deal ... could it just be that Winston First was/is still making up his mind?    That's the problem you have with a Party led by Archbishop Brian Tamaki in drag.

One thing for sure ... the NZ First touted free-trade agreement between this country and the  Russia-Belarus-Kazakhstan Customs Union has been assigned a priority by the Government somewhere below subterranael.

And we won't even talk about Acting Prime Minister Kelvin Davis performance at question time.   Suffice to say he was totally out of his depth and the media quite rightly roasted him for his incompetence.   He may well have been a half decent Principal of a small Intermediate School and he certainly killed off Hone Harawiri's political career but Prime Ministerial material he ain't.    

For this Government the recess week couldn't come quick enough.


04:30

What happened to all the relentless positividdy? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Arderns campaign strategy of relentless positivity was naive at best, if not deluded. Play nice idealism is all very well, but you also need mongrel and a killer instinct in your arsenal, in the rough and tumble of politics. -Stuff Relentless is generally a negative term: relentless rain, relentless suffering etc. One would not commonly refer []

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04:30

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Noctilucent  bioluminescent; shining, luminescent, visible or glowing at night, especially of high altitude clouds; night shining.


Filed under: language Tagged: noctilucent, Robert Macfarlane

04:27

ON ZIMBABWE "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

I have been an interested watcher of Zimbabwe from the sidelines for many years.   Previously known as the 'breadbasket of Africa' it is a country with huge potential properly run.    The last three decades has seen the country driven to its knees by the Mulgabe regime.    And now it appears that Mulgabe has been deposed in what was effectively an Army coup (although nobody wants to admit that for a variety of reasons).

The new President is likely to be the sacked Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwe (aka 'the crocodile')  but before the world community cracks open the champagne it might do well to reflect on this from one of his colleagues from the war of independence who worked with him for many years when he said ... "he is a very cruel man, very cruel" ... or this from a Zanu-PF (ruling Party) official who said "You think Mugabe is bad but have you thought that whoever comes after him could be even worse?"

Interesting times ahead for Zimbabwe.   Lord Egbut knows the country intimately ... I would be interested to read his take on events.

Updated ... Mugabe refuses to go.    In a rambling and sometimes incoherent speech Mugabe essentially blamed Zanu-PF for the situation he finds himself in and insists he remains in charge while ignoring his and wife Grace's expulsion from the Party he supposedly doesn't lead anymore ... and the 'service' chiefs sat behind him stony faced ... only in Africa, only in Zimbabwe.     



04:05

Calligraphers Of Kapiti On Show! "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Wonderful exhibition at the library By Pam Kessler Wow! It really is something to see. The Art Space at the Paraparaumu Library has been transformed into a calligraphic wonderland! It is three years since the Calligraphers of Kapiti had their last group exhibition and from the amazing collection of work on show you can tell []

04:00

The laws of unintended consequences bite Labour on the ass "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Socialists have never been able to exhibit joined up thinking with their sloganeering and electioneering. In Wellington we are seeing the unhappy confluence of some of their daft ideas. Wellington could be staring down the barrel of the worst rental crisis in the citys history, property experts say. Record rent increases are forecast to hit the []

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03:49

Slaughterbots: Do You Want This? Time To Take Action! "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Reminiscent of the satirical Robocop movie. This is horrible! If this isnt what you want, please take action at http://autonomousweapons.org/  

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03:39

Small tsunamis detected in New Caledonia and Vanuatu after magnitude 7 undersea quake "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

A powerful magnitude 7 undersea earthquake struck east of New Caledonias Loyalty Islands in the South Pacific on Monday, sending small tsunamis towards New Caledonia and neighbouring Vanuatu, where authorities ordered evacuations. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center (PTWC) in Hawaii issued a tsunami warning for coastlines within 300 kms (186 mile) of the epicentre, but []

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03:30

Do you expect your Ezibuy catalogue models to include a fat old Maori woman? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Nothing is easy anymore.   Even selling clothes is a business full of pitfalls The absence in EziBuy of pictures of Maori, Asian, Pacific, Middle Eastern women of all ethnicities and nations, and other women who make up the diversity of New Zealand life, meant that women different from a white homogenous standard were made subject []

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03:16

Rob Hosking: A sceptical look at our Government "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Rob Hosking takes a good look at the Governments performance. Unlike many in the media who seem to have abandoned any critical abilities that might once have possessed, he seems not to have been sprinkled with Arderns fairy dust. Unlike for example Paddy Gower, fawner in chief.

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02:50

Does Ardern lie ? (2) "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

In a recent post Adam raised a question as to whether Ms Ardern lies.

It seems appropriate to consider this in more detail.

Stuff reported:

Jacinda Ardern says a Labour Government would reenter the Pike River Mine.

The leaders of Labour, United Future, the Maori Party and the Green Party signed a commitment in Wellington on Tuesday to reenter the West Coast mine.

That seemed unequivocal.

This was followed up by this, Newshub, families could be forgiven as seeing this as unequivocal, though there is wriggle room. A trait we are increasingly familiar with.:-

Jacinda Ardern has reiterated her commitment to creating a special government agency charged with recovering bodies from Pike River mine.

Also Stuff reported:

Little said the Government would likely pass legislation to create the entity.

He said he wanted to mitigate all the risks if possible, but if necessary the Government would consider passing laws exempting the new entity from health and safety laws to allow re-entry something Little proposed when Labour was in opposition.

Little said he considered the health and safety stance Solid Energy took regarding re-entry was unreasonable.

That seems unequivocal as well.

Yet now we see the following, from Andrew Little:

He did not intend to legislate for any exemption to the health and safety laws or immunity from liability for the Pike River Agency.

Ms Ardern stated:

Ms Ardern says entering the mine is something Labour has been long committed to, but if theres advice against it she will be open and transparent with the Pike River families.

Were going to give it everything weve got, she says....

02:42

Norfolk Island economy headed for disaster following Australian Government intervention, new report claims "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

An independent report on the economic situation on Norfolk Island following the Australian Government takeover of governance of the island last year, released today, warns the islands economy is heading for disaster as a result of spiralling costs and inappropriate regulation. Problems include the widespread imposition of Commonwealth and NSW regulatory regimes; the planned introduction of Australia's Modern Award System; the failure of the Australian Government to take up the responsibilities previously held by the Norfolk Island Government, such as for the promotion of tourism; the loss of direct passenger airline services between New Zealand and Norfolk Island; restrictions placed on primary producers and agricultural pursuits; and the removal of the general revenue raising powers of the Norfolk Island Government.


Written by economist and former scientist Dr Chris Nobbs, On the Brink of Disaster: The Impact of the Australian Government Reforms on Norfolk Island Businesses provides a detailed analysis of the impact of legislative and regulatory changes imposed on the island during the past 15 months.

Dr Nobbs concludes that the growing crisis is the direct result of flaws in the intervention by the Australian Government in Norfolk Island's governance and economy from 1 July 2016.

The report outlines the impact of substantial cost increases facing businesses, including double-digit price rises for incoming freight, a 15 per cent rise in telecommunications costs, a 12.7 per cent rise in regional council fees, along with regulatory changes that will see wage costs jump more than 35 per cent next year.

Based on a detailed examination of the current economic situation and the impact of significant legal and regulatory changes, it is projected that Norfolk Island will suffer a very large rise in prices, a steep downturn in tourism, a slump in business, a rise in unemployment, and widespread community distress, Dr Nobbs said.

By requiring both that Norfolk Island pay its own way and that Norfolk Islanders become like mainland Australians in terms of their obligati...

02:30

Life is like a box of chocolates "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

I have never understood why chocolate companies include chocolates that no one likes inside their chocolate box collections. We all know which ones I am talking about. They are always the ones left towards the end that no one wants. Many the time I have desperately searched through the remaining chocolates in the hope that one []

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02:25

Guest Review: "...the most important political book in recent memory." "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"




GUEST REVIEW
By Suzuki Samurai

Hard to believe that its only been a year since the orange twat took the throne. A year of sound and fury.

In his new book on the old forces the twat has released into the wild, Jeffrey Tucker turns down the volume, sharpens the focus, and delivers what I think is perhaps the most important political book in recent memory.

PJ ORourke touched upon the voters decisions in his book How the Hell Did This Happen?. And JD Vances Hillbilly Elegy, while an enjoyably disturbing read, didnt give us much more than what we already knew. But, if you really want the meat on the current situation then Tuckers new book, then Right-wing Collectivism: The Other Threat to Liberty is what you really must chew, and chew thoroughly.

Tucker has taken the most important aspect of the recent and ongoing political pantomime, the emergence of the Alt-right, and shows us from which sewers this phenomenon emerged and where it may take us if we dont grasp its danger.

Better than that, he demonstrates to the left (and to us) how they in no small way were the creators of this bastard group. And he shows the right (and us) why they have so far been unable to curtail (or even properly identify) the emergence of new thinkers of an old-school nationalism, nor prevent being smearing by them with an associative layer of filth.

For me, his most important observation is for the libertarians tempted by this primitivism which Ill leave for you to read for yourself. Because you must read this book about one of the very great dangers of our time.

02:00

02:00

Lawrence Yules maiden speech "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Nationals Tukituki MP, Lawrence Yule delivered his maiden speech last week:

Ki te iwi o Ngati Kahungunu, tena koutou

To all the people of Ngati Kahungunu, greetings

Ki nga hapu whanui o Heretaunga tena koutou

To all the hapu of Heretaunga, greetings

Ki nga kaumatua o Heretaunga tena koutou

To all the elders and leaders of Heretaunga, greetings

Kia ora mo te aroha, me te manaaki ki au mai ra no

Thank you for the love and support you have given me over the years

Tena koutou, tena koutou, tena tatou katoa

Mr Speaker it is a tremendous honour to speak for the first time at the beginning of the 52nd Parliament. It is a privilege to represent the people of Tukituki in this house and I thank them for voting and bringing me here.

Mr Speaker I acknowledge and congratulate you on your appointment, the appointment of former Hawkes Bay resident Hon Anne Tolley as Deputy Speaker and other presiding officers.

I acknowledge the sanctity if this house, those that have gone before and all members of this 52nd Parliament. Regardless of your political convictions, I know you all enter this place to make a difference.

I acknowledge the leaders of all political parties and respect their seniority and mana.

Congratulations to Prime Minister Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern, Deputy Prime Minister Hon Winston Peters and all Ministers.

I acknowledge the Rt Hon Bill English and Hon Paula Bennett as Leader and Deputy Leader of the National Party. On behalf of all National MPs, I wish to thank both members for their outstanding performance across the nation in the election campaign. I am incredibly proud to be elected as a National MP and I thank them for their time in Tukituki during the campaign.

I acknowledge Party President Peter Goodfellow, the Board and National party staff led by Greg Hamilton. I offer a particular vote of thanks to Central Region Chair Bernard Cleary for his support, advice and personal help.

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01:30

Here they are: The perennial free food parcel demand means we are worse off stories are back "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

And all on the same Monday morning.  What a coincidence! Follow me on this thought experiment. If you could go somewhere local for free petrol, would you go? If you turned up and it said only ask if you really need a free tank, would you turn away? Can you imagine a percentage of people []

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01:20

Quote of the Day: "The trouble with political jokes..." "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"


"The trouble with political jokes is that they often get elected to office."
~ Tony Pettito
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01:00

Even the people helping the homeless are telling you not to give them money "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Christchurch social services are warning people not to give money to an increasing number of street beggars, most of them not genuinely homeless and making a jolly good living out of it. A recent street count found 215 people were sleeping rough in Christchurch, some as young as 12 with addiction issues choosing to sleep []

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00:30

Jacinda needs to grow the eff up "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The left-wing used to throw their toys about John Key when he was offshore. They said he was embarrassing, that he couldnt pronounce things properly and he was a poor representative. Now we have Jacinda Ardern, and her petulance and churlishness is even more embarrassing. The NZ Herald reports: Sainsbury, who is well known for []

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00:00

Photo of the Day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Madame Mayhem Mormon Sex in Chains Case A cloned dog, a Mormon in mink-lined handcuffs, a former Miss World contestant and a tantalising mystery. At first it seemed a straightforward example of the oddball stories which emerge during the long, slow, news days of high summer Joyce McKinney said shed fallen head-over-heels in love with []

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00:00

Rural round-up "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Out fishing while his cows milk Mark Daniel:

Dairy farming was always a likely career path for Graham Barlow, of Fermanagh Farm, in the Piako district of Waikato.

The farm name gives a clue to the family heritage: a great-grandfather came to New Zealand from County Fermanagh in northwest Ireland many moons ago.

Milking 320 Jerseys calving in March (75%) and November (25%) on 90ha, Barlow went straight from schooling to dairy farming, soon realised he hated milking but was interested in all things technical; he describes himself as a techno-geek. . .

62 years and counting:

AI technician Don Shaw (79) has been surrounded by dairy cows his entire life, bringing many calves into the world.

Raised on an Ohaupo farm, Shaw is a fourth generation New Zealand dairy farmer. For the last 62 years hes worked as an AI technician, inseminating about 250,000 cows.

Although now retired from a sales consultant role at CRV Ambreed, Shaw is still an AI technician, working October and November on four Waikato farms, inseminating cows. . . 

First and second wins for southern family in Mate & Wool cup  Pat Deavoll:

The Gibson family of Foulden Hill, Middlemarch earned a quinella when their cattle took out first and second places in the Meat & Wool Cup at the Canterbury A&P Show.

Yearling hereford bull Foulden Hill Mustang narrowly pipped its two-year-old santa gertrudis colleague to take the title. 

Whats more, Mustang had earlier won the Junior Meat & Wool Cup over a charolais heifer owned by the Fisher family of Banks Peninsula. . . 

Open Gates:

The whole country cares about whats happening with our waterways, including us.

And we want to show you what were doing to protect them. Things like planting, fencing to keep cows out of the water and managing nitrogen. So, come and visit one of the 40 farms were opening.

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Sunday, 19 November

23:30

The cold hard truth is hard to ignore with Trumps economy "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The haters are always going to hate, or in Jacinda Arderns case, make flippant comments. But she should find some reserve because it is getting harder and harder to ignore the turnaround of the US economy under Donald Trump. If Jacinda Arderns government can do half as good then I might change my tune Progressive []

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22:30

Too early to panic over latest increase in road toll "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Between 2014 and 2016, the New Zealand road toll increased by 12 percent. Were also not alone, with the Ministry of Transport listing New Zealand among 19 other OECD countries that have experienced an increase in fatalities. To try to understand the reasons behind this upward trend, the Ministry of Transport commissioned an independent analysis []

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22:00

Coalition Governments broken promises so far "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Broken Promises 1.The promise to enter Pike River Mine 2.The promise to hold a binding referendum on seven race-based seats. 3. The promise to build a backup fuel pipeline from Marsden Point to Auckland Debate moderator Mike Hosking told English the rupture of the fuel pipe to Auckland Airport made New Zealand look like a huckleberry []

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21:58

Remembering John Murray "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Man for All Seasons deserves a Kapiti Memorial By Alida Van der Velde, a long-time friend of John Murray You probably remember that our friend and teacher the Very Reverend John Stewart Murray, John, died on the 17th February this year. Since then several tributes in KIN have described what  he has done for people []

21:30

New Zealand not progressive enough in a world full of change "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

We were hardly at the vanguard of legalising same-sex marriage. By 2012, when we did it, more than a dozen other countries had. We came to the party 11 years after the first. Plus, if we were so progressive, we would have changed the flag. Forget all the excuses about the disappointing designs. If we []

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21:15

Wear it or drink out of it: Whaleoil Swag is guaranteed to get a reaction "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

This GROUND CREW Unisex 3/4 sleeve Raglan shirt inclusive of GST will cost you $44.84 NZD and if you buy it on its own the shipping to New Zealand from America will cost you only  $6.77 NZD if you live in Auckland. This Whaleoil Biker PATCH Unisex Zip Hooded Sweatshirt inclusive of GST will cost you $83.94 []

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21:00

Birds and people pooh too "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Water quality in Canterbury rivers is improving:

Recreational water quality sampling has found that, of the 52 monitored freshwater swimming sites, 12 have improved a grade, and four declined.

During swimming season (November to March), Environment Canterbury assesses the health risks from faecal contamination at popular swimming sites around the region.

We test and grade popular places that people swim in Canterbury.  This year 12 sites have improved.  The year before, 10 sites improved and the year before that only five improved, so the trend is going in the right direction, said Tim Davie, Chief Scientist.

The improvement demonstrates the hard work of landowners to exclude stock and protect waterways by planting and fencing.  Reduced runoff from two dry summers has helped as well. . . 

Its good to see farmers getting credit for the work theyve done to protect waterways.

Too often farm animals get all the blam but birds and people pooh too and now the blame for some of the problems is correctly being laid on birds:

. . . Hurunui District Mayor Winton Dalley said large numbers of birds near the Hurunui river were likely to be a major contributor to faecal contamination at the popular swimming spot by State Highway 7, which is the main route to Hamner Springs.

There is no logic that it is farm related, but we do know there is considerable bird life in the river just upstream of the site, he said.

But Mr Dalley said he was unsure what could be done to move them on.

I dont know what is feasible in terms of whether they can be moved to somewhere elsewe will have to talk to bird experts, but we will first have to determine that is the cause, he said.

Mr Davie said the regional council was continuing testing at the Hurunui site, but it did blame birds for the faecal contamination at Lake Hoods main swimming beach.

Its fundamentally to do with birds and the lake circulationthere was a raft there and the birds sat on itwe had a lot of faecal contamination there, said Mr Davie.

Th...

21:00

Labour Lies: Hipkins assures tertiary sector they will not implement immigration restrictions "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

National Party Tertiary Education Spokesperson Paul Goldsmith is welcoming the Governments apparent U-turn on their policy to gut the international education industry by massively reducing the number of foreign students coming into New Zealand. During the election campaign, Labours policy was clear in order to reduce immigration they would reduce the number of international []

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20:30

Twyford doubles down and promises even more houses will be built "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Phil Twyford is writing cheques his government cant cashhes now doubled down on the housing promise of building 10,000 houses a year. Before the election, Labour said it would build 1000 state houses a year  now the Governments saying that number could double. Housing and Urban Development Minister Phil Twyford told TVNZs Q+A he was confident the Government could []

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20:07

Toll prompts call for crisis meeting "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The Associate Transport Minister has called officials to a crisis meeting over the road toll https://t.co/H6RivCfcmn Newshub (@NewshubNZ) November 19, 2017 The Associate Transport Minister has called officials to a crisis meeting over the road toll. Its passed a grim milestone 328 dead on our roads so far this year. Thats the same []

20:00

If only it was a wrestling name Trainwreck Davis isnt getting any good press "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Trainwreck Davis might sound cool as a wrestling name, but in politics it is bad news: Jo Moir writes at Stuff: Labour has a problem. For the last week, Kelvin Davis has been acting prime minister and its been nothing short of a trainwreck.   Winston and Jacinda were off gallivanting around the world stage and []

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19:48

Climate related trends "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

NASA has several interesting trend animations in their Climate Time Machine. Carbon Dioxide September 2002: This time series shows global changes in the concentration and distribution of carbon dioxide since 2002 at an altitude range of 1.9 to 8 miles. The yellow-to-red regions indicate higher concentrations of CO2, while blue-to-green areas indicate lower concentrations, measured []

19:30

Sosolving child poverdy includes narrating a play? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Jacinda Ardern needs to grow the eff up. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern took time out of her busy schedule to read Peter and the Wolf with a Kiwi twist to a packed audience this afternoon. Wearing a trademark red jacket, Ardern narrated the story as 185 children and parents at the sold-out performance at the Herald Theatre []

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19:09

Farce news, when comedy becomes the headline "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

There are enough problems with passing comments on social media becoming news stories, but now claims by a comedian have hit the headlines. Click bait headline at NZH: Did Trump mistake Jacinda for Justin Trudeaus wife? The question that no one seems to have asked apart from the Heralds headline writer is answered in the []

19:00

Quote of the day "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Truth isnt always beauty, but the hunger for it is.   Nadine Gordimer who was born on this day in 1923.


Filed under: quotes Tagged: Nadine Gordimer

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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18:52

Labour MP files defamation papers "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Another political defamation  case, this time Labour MP Raymond Huo , who has filed papers against Peoples Party president Steven Ching and his wife Ailian Su. NZH:  Raymond Huo says he was falsely accused of corruption & criminal record Labour MP Raymond Huo claims he was the target of a nasty campaign leading up to []

18:38

Eagle wants rewrite of adoption law "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Ex Wellington councillor has been elected to take over Annette Kings Rongotai electorate. He wants a rewrite of adoption laws to make it easier for adoptees to find their birth parents. He talked about this in his maiden speech in Parliament. In 1973, the late Norman Kirk and the then Labour Government introduced the domestic []

18:30

Face of the Day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

When it came to New Zealands position over the Manus Island refugees, Ardern said it was as simple as just doing the right thing. Jacinda Ardern says shell use her voice to speak up for whats right, and represent New Zealand on the international stage. Sometimes when we take a view, it might not be []

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18:19

US nuclear general discusses illegal order to strike "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

This seems to be hypothetical musing but it is seen as significant that a US General involved in nuclear strike decisions openly discussed what he would do if given an illegal order to launch nukes. Reuters: U.S. nuclear general says would resist illegal Trump strike order The top U.S. nuclear commander said on Saturday that []

18:15

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The word for today is stumblebum (noun) 1. A person regarded as blundering or inept. 2. A punch-drunk or second-rate prizefighter. Source : The Free Dictionary Etymology : alcoholic derelict, 1932, from stumble + bum.

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18:08

Mugabe sacked as party leader "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The ousting of long time leader Robert Mugabe progressed in the weekend with Zimbabwes governing party voting to expel him and his wife. His resignation as President has also been demanded, or he will be impeached. Mugabe is scheduled to address the country shortly and is expected to resign. Guardian: Zimbabwes ruling party fires Robert []

18:00

Daily Proverb "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Proverbs 20 16 Get security from someone who guarantees a strangers debt. Get a deposit if he does it for foreigners.

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17:36

The Veiled Threat: Australias Campaign Against New Zealand Refugee Policy "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Another twist in the farce over the stained treatment of refugees on Papua New Guineas Manus Island has surfaced.  New Zealand has been insisting for some time that it is more than willing to welcome some 150 to its shores. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, much to the irritation of Australias Turnbull government, has been particularly enthusiastic.

Australia has remained resolutely cold to the offer, insisting that such an arrangement would undermine its own blunt approach of discouraging boat arrivals and the industry behind it. For the perplexed on this issue, Australia keeps funding alternative camps on Manus, hoping for the remaining refugees to shut up and slide quietly to other destinations.  A number are being encouraged to go to the United States in a deal US President Donald Trump deems dumb.

Now, New Zealands angle has shifted, largely prompted by the crisis following the closure of the Manus Island facility at the Lombrom Naval Base.  The PNG government is being asked directly as to whether some arrangement might be reached, thereby avoiding Australian intransigence.

The response from the Australian Immigration Minister was characteristically sinister and appropriate for a former police officer.  With barely veiled menace, Peter Dutton suggested that New Zealand would have to think about their relationship with Australia and what impact it would have.  Theyd have to think that through, and wed have to think that through.

Duttons playground remarks did not stop there. He also rebuked New Zealands announcement that aid money would be offered to those on Manus Island and Nauru: Well, its a waste of money in my judgment, I mean, give that money to another environment somewhere, to Indonesia, for example.  Found wanting, Dutton has taken to lecturing a sovereign state.

Dutton then did what every Australian politician glancing across the Tasman does: suggest that New Zealand was somehow benefiting from Canberras punitive approach to boat arrivals.  Not that New Zealand has been ever openly asked about this take of the unwanted sacrifice.

We have stopped vessels on their way across the Torres Strait planning to track their way down the east coast of Australia to New Zealand We have put many hundreds of millions of dollars into a defence effort to stop those vessels We do that frankly without any financial assistance from New Zealand If new boats arrive tomorrow these people arent going to Auckland, theyre going to Nauru.

This is a repeated Australian gripe: its small neighbour benefits from having a natural shield to the north; it can afford to be more moral on issues and idealist in its aspirations.  Hard, realistic Australian pol...

17:10

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.

17:09

Media watch Monday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

20 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 []

17:08

Open Forum Monday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

20 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 []

13:04

With Gene-Altering Schemes, Be Careful What You Wish For "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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The short-tailed weasel, or stoat, decimated native bird populations after it was introduced to New Zealand. Altering the genes of invasive animals might save threatened species, scientists said, but could also have devastating consequences. Credit DeAgostini, via Getty Images

Two days ago we were intrigued by the notion; today, not so much. Is it a cat fight between two of the science...

12:01

World watch Monday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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

12:01

November 20 in history "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

284  Diocletian was chosen as Roman Emperor.

762 During An Shi Rebellion, Tang Dynasty, with the help of Huihe tribe, recaptured Luoyang from the rebels.

1194  Palermo was conquered by Emperor Henry VI.

1407 A truce between John the Fearless, Duke of Burgundy and Louis of Valois, Duke of Orlans was agreed under the auspices of John, Duke of Berry.

1695  Zumbi, the last of the leaders of Quilombo dos Palmares in Brazil, was executed.

1620  Peregrine White, was born first English child born in the Plymouth Colony (d. 1704).

1700 Great Northern War: Battle of Narva  King Charles XII of Sweden defeated the army of Tsar Peter the Great at Narva.

1739 Start of the Battle of Porto Bello between British and Spanish forces during the War of Jenkins Ear.

1765 Sir Thomas Fremantle, British naval captain, was born (d. 1819).

1820 An 80-ton sperm whale attacked the Essex (a whaling ship from Nantucket, Massachusetts) 2,000 miles from the western coast of South America (Herman Melvilles 1851 novel Moby-Dick was in part inspired by this story).

1841  Maketu Wharetotara, the 17-year-old son of the Nga Puhi chief Ruhe, killed five people at Motuarohia in the Bay of Islands.

Mass murder in the Bay of Islands

1845 Argentine Confederation: Battle of Vuelta de Obligado.

1889  Edwin Hubble, American astronomer, was born (d. 19...

11:59

10:39

'Thank you Russia for beating hate with love' - New Zealand supporter's heartfelt letter to football fans "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

When New Zealand failed to become the 32nd and final qualifiers for the Russia 2018 World Cup, going down 2-0 to Peru in their play-off second leg in Lima, it shattered the dreams of their steadfast official supporters group - 'The Flying Kiwis'. The group had hoped for a return to Russia since visiting last summer for the 2017 Confederations Cup, held in four Russian cities from June 17 to July 2, and in which New Zealand played in the opening match against hosts Russia at St. Petersburg Stadium. Defeat hit 'All Whites' fan Matt Fejos the hardest. The Wellington native traveled to all three New Zealand games at the tournament, from St. Petersburg to Sochi and back.

08:00

Sunday Stand-up "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

CAUTION:  Bad language and adult themes are common in stand-up comedy

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06:31

Apology to Lord Eggbutt "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Hi Lord Egbut

Please don't take the deletion of your comment personally.

I didn't actually read your comment before hitting the deletion button.
Just checking to see if it still works.

You are welcome to comment anonymously on my posts but please don't expect me to bother engaging in a response.


If you wish your views to be more
widely known why don't you start your own blog.

It's not like there is a lot of competition on the Left so you could do quite well.

There will be no shortage of material as you will be guaranteed at least one clusterf*** a week to spin.

To get you started I've found a logo for you. Humble apologies if it's the wrong gender.

Cheers
Lou

06:31

Bring Them Here "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"


In the West there was panic when the migrants multiplied on the highways. Men of property were terrified for their property. Men who had never been hungry saw the eyes of the hungry. Men who had never wanted anything very much saw the flare of want in the eyes of the migrants. And the mean of the towns and of the soft suburban country gathered to defend themselves; and they reassured themselves that they were good and the invaders bad, as a man must do before he fights. They said, Those goddamned Okies are dirty and ignorant. Theyre degenerate, sexual maniacs. Those goddamned Okies are thieves. Theyll steal anything. Theyve got no sense of property rights.
John Steinbeck, The Grapes of Wrath


Sex with underage girls. Rampant violence. Tables awash with gambling money. No, its not the latest Netflix blockbuster, but allegations against the 370 men detained on Manus Island. the claims.... some of them by Australian intelligence - are yet to be proven, or disproven, but it smacks of yet another outrage against vulnerable, desperate people whose only crime is to have sought asylum and a safe haven. You cant help but be sceptical of the claims. Smear campaigns against refugees is nothing new but more of that in a moment. And the timing of the leak is suspect. If this behaviour was rife, how come its only just been revealed hot on the heels of PM Jacinda Ardern offering - to Australias immense displeasure - to resettle 150 of the men in New Zealand?

First up, who are these men? They are asylum seekers who arrived in Australia by boat from various strife-torn countries throughout the Middle East and Asia. In 2012, Australia began offshore processing of those seeking refuge on its shores under the rather chillingly named Pacific Solution. A washing-of-hands, more like, and certainly not a solution for the refugees themselves. The policy was condemned from the start for its ad hoc nature, and for the removal of desperate people to facilities that were barely inhabitable, with unreliable water and power supplies, poor medical facilities, as well as the mental impact that remaining in limbo would have on a population already fleeing dire situations in their home countries.

Since July 2013, about 1500 people have been transferred to Manus, in Papua New Guinea, from Australia. As The Conversation reports, The number of asylum seekers on...

06:11

Hooked By A Dame? "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The wonderful world of pantomime By Ralph  McAllister Jimmy Logan and Stanley Baxter dragged my brother and me into the world of pantomime. Alhambra Theatre in Glasgow, every Christmas, our gran would treat us to what was a highlight of the year. That was in forties Scotland. The cheers that reverberated as these famous dames []

06:00

Whaleoil Backchat "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Good evening, welcome to Whaleoil Backchat. You dont have to stay on topic in these posts like you do in all others. Feel free to share your own stories, discuss other news or catch up with friends. If you havent tried it before, signing up for a Disqus account is free, quick, and it is easy. New []

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05:49

Political Cartoons One of the best Sharon Murdoch "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Ms Murdoch draws superb and apposite cartoons. They make you think, take a step back and even like myself if you disagree they make you smile. To my ming the mark of a superb cartoonist.

sallies

 


05:35

Erica Stanfords maiden speech "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Thanks for posting this

Homepaddock

East Coast Bays MP Erica Stanford delivered her maiden speech this week:

Mr Speaker, can I congratulate you Sir, on your successful election to the role of Speaker.

I look forward to your rigorous application of the rules of this House and of course your great leniency when dealing with this freshly-minted member from the East Coast Bays. 

Under your stewardship Sir, I can see this House is moving with the times.

I was so very pleased to see you bouncing one of the beautiful babies of the House on your knee during a debate last week.

The Member from Pakuranga certainly seemed to enjoy his time on the big chair.

In all seriousness Sir, your commitment to making this a family friendly workplace is admirable and to see you leading, literally from the front, was quite a special moment. 

I would like to start today, by acknowledging and thanking

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05:01

Your pill spies on you The pill reports when its taken "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Your pill spies on you The pill reports when its taken by Jon Rappoport November 15, 2017 Source: NY Times, 11/13, First Digital Pill Approved to Worries About Biomedical Big Brother. Heres the new equation: A medicine is a pill is a sensor that reports when you took the pill. Achtung! Take your medication on []

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05:00

Teething problems are a small sign of bigger issues "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Claire Trevett writes about the teething issues that exist within the government, over silly things like a letterhead. As Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern set about her first international mission, a minor imbroglio over letterhead was erupting back at home. In an apparent bid to show Labour and its partners NZ First and the Greens were []

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04:30

Terrible child abuse allowed by Western country "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Imagine a Western country where child abuse is legal if the abuse is done by medical professionals with the permission of the parents. Imagine child abuse that starts when the child is four years old and that treats Puberty as a disease. Imagine child abuse that puts dangerous puberty-blocking hormones into a four-year-olds body that inhibit growth []

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04:30

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Bioluminescent  the production and emission of light by a living organism such as fireflies, glowworms, and certain fish, jellyfish, plankton, fungi, and bacteria


Filed under: language Tagged: bioluminescent

04:00

Has Jacinda thought through all the consequences of aggravating Australia? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Just to re-iterate what kind of people Jacinda is paying $3m towards. [Jacindas favourite 150 people]  detained on Manus Island regularly travelled into town to allegedly have sex with underage girls and buy and sell drugs, the Australian government was told last month. Some 161 offences, including sexual assault, assault and aggressive behaviour, allegedly committed by []

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03:55

Upsurge in big earthquakes predicted for 2018 as Earth rotation slows "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Im always wary of earthquake predictions for obvious reasons. Ive heard enough of them that never came to anything more than panickmongering, but still, I berated a number of luminaries for announcing the 2010 NZ Greendale quake to be a once in 16000 year event when another earthquake could occur at any moment. Lulling everyone []

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03:30

An ego the size of Texas "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

and an intellect the size of a pea, apparently. It takes weapons-grade levels of infatuation with your own sense of self-worth to the universe to pull a stunt like the one Pharrell Williams just pulled. [] The Grammy-winning musician appeared in Shanghai this week to debut a song titled 100 Years, which he described []

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03:10

Freedom Frenzy Grips Zimbabwe, But What Happens Next? "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

President Robert Mugabe is under intense pressure to resign. But nothing has been heard from the 93-year-old since he appeared at a university graduation on Friday. We want to tell President Mugabe, it is time to rest, Chipo tells us as she continues celebrating with her friends near Freedom Square. This is a new Zimbabwe, []

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03:00

Mental Health Break "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

WANDER IN PORTO from Hang gab Lee on Vimeo.

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02:32

Missing Submarines And Missed Calls "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Argentinas defense ministry said seven failed satellite calls that it believes came from a missing naval submarine were detected on Saturday in a likely sign the crew of 44 was trying to reestablish contact. The calls, believed to be from the ARA San Juan submarine, lasted between four and 36 seconds in the late morning []

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02:30

Woman of the year Linda Sarsour defends female genital mutilation "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Glamour magazine has named Linda Sarsour a pro-Sharia Muslim activist their Woman Of The Year. Unsurprisingly there has been pushback on their choice as people are shellshocked. It reminds me of when the UN put Saudi Arabia in charge of a Human rights panel and made them a member of a Womens rights commision despite their countrys []

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02:00

02:00

Erica Stanfords maiden speech "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

East Coast Bays MP Erica Stanford delivered her maiden speech this week:

Mr Speaker, can I congratulate you Sir, on your successful election to the role of Speaker.

I look forward to your rigorous application of the rules of this House and of course your great leniency when dealing with this freshly-minted member from the East Coast Bays. 

Under your stewardship Sir, I can see this House is moving with the times.

I was so very pleased to see you bouncing one of the beautiful babies of the House on your knee during a debate last week.

The Member from Pakuranga certainly seemed to enjoy his time on the big chair.

In all seriousness Sir, your commitment to making this a family friendly workplace is admirable and to see you leading, literally from the front, was quite a special moment. 

I would like to start today, by acknowledging and thanking the people of the East Coast Bays for their trust and confidence in electing me as their representative to this Parliament.

I am deeply humbled by the support that I have received from my community and I am especially proud to be the first female MP for East Coast Bays.

This is my first rodeo and as a rookie I owe a debt of gratitude to many people for their support on this ride into Parliament.

In particular I would like to thank my electorate Chair, Scott Browne, my high-school buddy and campaign chair Vernon Tava, and my dear friend and right-hand man, Tony Hannifin.

Today I must also acknowledge and thank my predecessor, and former boss of four years, the Honourable Murray McCully.

Murray was first elected as MP for East Coast Bays in 1987, a day after my ninth birthday, with the slim majority of 311 votes.

For 30 years he was a hard-working and well respected local MP, evident in the fact that he left Parliament with an impressive majority of over 15,000, which is a monumental effort and just shy of my very first majority of 16,000.

I jest Mr Speaker, but I am well aware I am fortunate to ride the shoulders of this political giant. 

...

01:30

EU courting us to get ahead of UK in a post-Brexit Free Trade deal "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

European Union Ambassador to New Zealand Bernard Savage talks to Otago Daily Times senior business reporter Simon Hartley about free-trade agreement negotiations. We started New Zealand scoping before Brexit began, [Bernard Savage] said. While being in a race with the UK was not a consideration, although Mr Savage hoped formal talks would begin in the []

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01:00

Jacinderella needs new shoes "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Jacinderella needs new shoes. We all need to chip in and buy Jacinda some new shoes, she seems to only have two pairs.  And everyone knows shoes maketh the woman. Here we have the black ankle boots.  Perfect for striding down the corridors of power.   They go with everything, any time of the day []

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00:36

Japan: Soccer v Rugby "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Transforming Japanese soccer By our Japan correspondent, Neil Smith Back when the Japan Football Association (JFA) was preparing to launch the J-League, players developed their skills at primary, junior, and high schools, then at university. This was also the case with rugby and other sports. This is where all the necessary contacts were made and []

00:30

Sunday Classic Comedy (26) That Was The Week That Was "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The classic BBC show that spawned so many other shows and gave a break to much talent. Sadly little survives


00:30

Fran OSullivan on Jacindas continued insults against Australia "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Fran OSullivan writes about Jacinda Arderns continued insults against Australia: Jacinda Arderns decision to pick a fight with our nearest neighbour over the Manus Island imbroglio risks inserting a thorn right back in the Aussies paw. Its no secret that successive Australian governments have tended to view New Zealand as freeloaders freeloading when it []

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00:00

Photo of the Day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Murder at The Savoy Hotel Marguerite Aliberts story is one of gritty survival followed by a lucrative life of prostitution. She pulled herself up from a world of poverty to mingle among Frances elite, and accomplished her goal of turning affairs into large sums of money. She is commonly remembered as Maggie Meller, a surname []

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00:00

Fierce Guide "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Fierce Guide Prints

Someone asked me today how to stop being afraid of life & I thought of you. So fierce & gentle with the people you meet & I told her what you taught me: let love guide you, in even the smallest things, because thats what all life is hungry for.  Fierce Guide  2016 Brian Andreas posted with permission.

You can buy books, posters, cards, ornaments and more and sign up for a daily dose of whimsy like this by email at Story People.


Filed under: whimsy Tagged: Brian Andreas, Story People

Saturday, 18 November

23:30

TOP will be back for 2020 (Fool me once, shame on me) "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Opportunities Party leader Dr Gareth Morgan today announced the formation of a public policy research unit that the party will use to further develop its evidence-based, best practice policy for the 2020 election. Now that TOP has experienced and survived its first election campaign and as the party continues to evolve, its time to beef []

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23:04

Settling In: How Was The Last Labour-Led Government Doing Two Months Out From Election Day? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"


Entitled The View From The Seventh Floor, this article was published on 26 January 2000, sixty days after the election of the Labour-Alliance coalition government on 27 November 1999. The circumstances and challenges confronting Helen Clarks new government, when set alongside those facing Jacinda Ardern and her colleagues, are at once strikingly similar but also jarringly different. By reproducing my seventeen-year-old article today, I hope to provide the readers of Bowalley Road with an opportunity to compare and contrast these two historical moments of significant political departure. - Chris Trotter

WHAT HAPPENS on the Seventh Floor of the Beehive affects everyone. From a handful of cramped offices thirty metres above Lambton Quay, issue forth the media releases, speech notes, bills and regulations intended to shape - and re-shape - the New Zealand economy. For the next three years, the speed and direction of economic policy will be determined by the two politicians currently occupying the Seventh Floor Labours Treasurer and Finance Minister, Michael Cullen, and Jim Anderton, the Alliances Minister for Economic Development. The success or failure of these two ministers will have an enormous bearing on the fate of the Labour-Alliance Coalition. Voters respond most vociferously to Government decisions which have a direct impact on their material standard of living. If they wish to remain on the Seventh Floor, Cullen and Anderton will have to get it right much more often than they get it wrong.

Five years ago, the idea that Michael Cullen and Jim Anderton might one day be working alongside one another would have been greeted with derision. As Labour and the Alliance staked out their respective economic positions, the responsibility for articulating the issues which divided the two parties fell to the two men who must now somehow unite them. It must be said, that both Cullen and Anderton embraced the former task with all the fervour and vitriol for which the Left is famous. Cullen christened the Alliance Leader Jim Il Sung equating Andertons protectionist predilections with the North Korean command economy. Anderton, not to be outdone...

22:30

Rural round-up "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Further 1000 Mycoplasma Bovis cattle to be culled in South Canterbury Ryan Dunlop:

A further 1000 cattle will be culled in South Canterbury due to the cattle disease Mycoplasma Bovis.

According to the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI), that will bring the total cull number up to 5000.

Meanwhile several people have applied to the ministry for compensation for loss of livestock and productivity. 

On Wednesday, MPI confirmed another farm in South Canterbury was infected with the disease, bringing the total infected properties to eight. . . 

Safes distortion of harmless farming practice Jon Morgan:

 Take a look at this video supplied by the animal rights group, Safe. It shows a cow running behind a car towing a trailer holding three calves.

Safe sent the video to TVNZ and it has been picked up by other news organisations and run by them without any attempt to find out what is actually happening.

Safe alleges that this is a distressed cow chasing after her calves, showing a strong bond between them.

However, the overwhelming opinion of dairy farmers who have seen the video is that nothing of the kind is happening. . . 

Wool sale best in a long time Alan Williams:

Prices gained ground across the board at Thursdays special live wool auction at the Christchurch A&P Show.

Best sale in a long time, PGG Wrightson South Island sales manager and auctioneer Dave Burridge said.

He estimated nearly $6 million of wool was sold at the sale, the second auction staged at the show.

First-up at the sale was the New Zealand Merino co offering and auctioneer Mike Hargadon later noted a little more enthusiasm on the buyer bench than at the usual market venue, in what was a very firm market for its fine wools. . . 

Shearing: Tony Coster wins national title at Canterbury Show:

...

22:30

Ready to intervene? Really? What are you going to do luv? Wag your finger? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Jacinda Ardern reckons NZ is ready to intervene in North Korea. Really? What is she actually going to be able to do? The Prime Minister says North Korea is absolutely a genuine and real threat and New Zealand is ready to play a role if requested. Jacinda Ardern told Patrick Gower on Threes The Nation []

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22:00

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has crossed the line "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

A Prime Minister should never use the media to damage a New Zealand business. Regardless of their personal views on a New Zealand business, PMs should not use their access to the press to promote activist activity such as a boycott. Jacinda Ardern in her short time as PM has already crossed that line, acting []

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21:30

Garner gives Labour a serve over paid parental leave "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Duncan Garner has given Labour a good kicking for their grandstanding over paid parental leave: Im in that really unlucky cohort that paid for everything and got almost no handouts. No paid parental leave, no 20 hours free childcare and no free university. But there was Alliance MP Laila Harre in 1999. She kicked all []

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21:24

The Curiously Good End of Year Party "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"


The Curiously Good End of Year Party is just around the corner... Here is a kind reminder with the practical information:

WhenSaturday 25 November

3.00 pm to 5.00 pm: come along with your children for storytime, workshops with Juliette MacIver (from 3 yrs) & Paul Beavis (from 9 yrs),  do some Christmas shopping - The Children's Bookshop staff will give you their best advice!

7.30 pm to late: enjoy drinks (homemade Curiously Good Beer), music, artwork exhibition-sale and good company!

Where: Gecko Press, 9 Holland Street, Level 1, Wellington

Thanks to those of you who have sent an RSVP. For the other ones... you have still time to do it!

We are looking forward to see you on November 25.


 


21:18

Sydney Writers' Festival "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"


Superstar children's author David Walliams is coming to town in December! Join David and special guests Julia Zemiro (City Recital Hall) and Jay Laga'aia (Riverside Theatres) for hijinks, laughter and storytelling. 
East West Street: A Song of Good and Evil  is not to be missed. Inspired by the music and stories that connected three key individuals in the Nuremberg Trials academic Hersch...

21:16

The Roundup with PW "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"


Ridout Resigns From Head of Zeus: CEO Amanda Ridout has resigned from her position, and will be leaving the company at the end of the month.

Donna Tartt Drops Her Agent: The author has left agent Amanda Binky Urban after Urban landed Tartt a $3 million deal for the movie rights to 'The Goldfinch.'

St. Louis Publisher to Begin Again: After 200,000 booksthe publisher's entire stockburned in a warehouse fire in St. Louis on Wednesday, Reedy Press moves on.

21:00

Fat Tony weighs in on Winstons utu "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Mike Fat Tony Williams has some words of wisdom for Bills crew over Winstons utu: For political junkies like me the 2017 poll is turning into the gift that keeps on giving. If anyone doubted that utu (revenge) was an element in Winston Peters decision to back the Labour Party and change the government, the []

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21:00

Mining personal grief for political ends "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

When politicians make promises do you take them at their word?

Under MMP thats harder because they can always use the excuse, that was their policy but had to let it go during coalition negotiations.

But if it was a promise made by the two parties in government and their coalition partner outside government that one cant be used.

In August, leaders of Labour, United Future, the Maori Party and the Green Party signed a commitment to reenter Pike River mine.

National, rightly, put lives before politics:

Environment Minister Nick Smith responded to the commitment and said the parties were either making empty promises to the families or proposing to water down a law intended to prevent future workplace tragedies. 

It is a hollow political stunt for parties to promise manned re-entry of the mine by the end of 2018, he said.  

It would be reckless for politicians to override the 800-page detailed assessment that concluded that manned entry deep into this drift was too risky to life.

There is no cover-up. There is no conspiracy. Pike River was a horrible industrial accident that unnecessarily killed 29 men.

The greatest duty we owe the memory of these men is to take the risks of explosions in gassy coalmines seriously and to comply with the new workplace safety laws that stemmed from the Royal Commission of Inquiry [into the Pike River Mine Tragedy].

Winston Peters said hed be one of the first to go back into Pike River and manned entry was one of New Zealand Firsts bottom lines.

Such promises are oh so easy in opposition, but what happens when the reality of government bites?

Pike River Mine minister Andrew Little says he cannot guarantee a re-entry of the mine and has told family members that he will do what he can but safety is the top priority. . . 

Ultimately, and the families are very clear, the first principle of the set of principles that are governing what we do is safety, the safety of anybody involved in the re-entry project....

20:30

Trotter has some sound advice for the Greens "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Chris Trotter has some sound advice for the student politicians of the Green party: 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 []

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20:28

Another family values politician fails and falls "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

We only tend to hear about the transgressors but there seems to be a lot of politicians who promote family values who act the opposite. Cleveland:  Ohio legislator Wes Goodman led secret gay life, made unwelcome advances to younger men, people who knew him say In public, Wesley Goodman was an up-and-coming conservative who championed pro-family and []

20:13

Trump pot mocks Franken kettle "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

President Donald Trump has mocked Senator Al Franken after revelations of sexual harassment. The Al Frankenstien picture is really bad, speaks a thousand words. Where do his hands go in pictures 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6 while she sleeps? .. Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 17, 2017 .And to think that just last []

20:10

Gene Editing vs. Alternative Technology "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

By Brian Berletic Ed Yong in his article, New Zealands War on Rats Could Change the World, helped frame an ongoing debate over using genetically...

20:00

Little walking back his Pike Promises "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Little Now it is Andrew Little walking back Labours election promises. This time it is the promise to re-enter Pike River. Pike River Mine minister Andrew Little says he cannot guarantee a re-entry of the mine and has told family members that he will do what he can but safety is the top priority. Little []

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19:45

Mike King predicts a rise in suicide rate "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Mike King, who is closely involved in addressing the high rate of suicide in New Zealand, predicts the numbers will go up. NZH: Mental health advocate Mike King is predicting a rise in our suicide rate We have to understand there are so many suicides that arent recorded. Coroners have to be 100 percent sure. []

19:39

New Map Reveals The Safest And Least Safe Countries To Travel To "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

By  Amanda Froelich Truth Theory

Are you planning to travel for the holidays? If so, you may want to reassess the intended destination, for 2018s Travel Risk Map reveals which countries are the most dangerous and which are the safest to visit. It turns out, most of Africa is very dangerous in terms of road safety and security. The safest, on the other hand, are Finland, Norway, and Iceland.

This map, by International SOS and Control Risks, shows the places most likely to put your health at risk. Low risk countries are marked in green, medium in yellow, high in orange, very high in red and those that have a rapidly developing variable risk, such as Brazil and Russia, are marked in light brown

The Daily Mail reports that the countries in the low category for health risks include Canada, most of Europe, the U.S., Australia, New Zealand and Japan. Countries you may want to look out for as they were deemed to have rapidly developing variable risk when it comes to hea...

19:30

JT makes some good points about the leak of Winstons private details "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

John Tamihere makes some good points in his Waatea column: Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters and the New Zealand public has every right to find out who used private information for political purposes and benefits. Thats why the main story this week was the serving of legal documents on people involved in breaking the Peters []

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19:15

The KIN Mid Week Quiz 96 Answers "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The latest challenge can still be done by scrolling down to November 15.   Remember that no correspondence, computers or cell phones may be entered into!   Answers below.   Which character in Schultzs Peanuts cartoons has a passion for Beethovens music? (Schroeder)   The film Murder on the Orient Express is based on a []

19:09

Principal on parental and school responsibility and accountability "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

In a senior prize giving speech a Dunedin principal has spoken of increasing pressures, especially from media, on schools on social issues and responsibilities. He said that while most parents did a fantastic job some needed to take more responsibility for their childs behaviour. ODT: Principal bemoans threats to schools A Dunedin school principal is  []

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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19:00

Sunday soapbox "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Sundays 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.

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The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing. Albert Einstein.


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18:30

Face of the Day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Prof. Anne-Marie Brady is a specialist in Chinese and polar politics based at the University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand. She is editor-in-chief of The Polar Journal, and has written nine books and over forty scholarly articles on topics ranging from Chinas modern propaganda system, foreigner-management in China and competing foreign policy interests in Antarctica.  []

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18:15

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The word for today is peacock (noun) 1. (a) A male peafowl, distinguished by its crested head, brilliant blue or green plumage, and long modified back feathers that are marked with iridescent eyelike spots and that can be spread in a fanlike form. (b) A peafowl, either male or female. 2. A vain or []

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18:00

Daily Proverb "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Proverbs 19 16 Keep the commandments and keep your life; despising them leads to death.

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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 Sunday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

19 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 Sunday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

19 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 []

17:00

New Zealand v Scotland "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The game starts at 6:15 am. Please keep rugby chat, scores and the final result out of General Debate for those of us who are watching the game delayed. Get your picks in before the game starts.  Winner will have bragging rights until the next game starts.

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