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Thursday, 24 August

23:30

Pay equity is a farce "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Guest post Pay equality is not the same as pay equity but both are laughable. As a manager I have a number of staff (more than 40) some that are performers and others not so much. I have a couple of millennials that are over-achievers. I like and respect them both. One is male, highly qualified []

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23:00

Hey you, yes you, Im talking to you "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Hey, you. Yes you, the guy in front of the screen. Come closer we need to talk. We need to have a little chat. Now I am not saying that it hasnt been fun. We have been fooling around for months now. I know you enjoy my company because you are here every day but []

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23:00

MoU is MoM "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The Memorandum of Understanding between Labour and the Green Party did a lot more for the latter than the former.

The Greens had everything to gain at the cost of Labour which only lost.

Often it was less a MoU and more a MoM memo of misunderstanding

Any pretence the agreement is worth anything is useless now when the Greens have done a u-turn and decided to stand candidates in Ohariu.

They might try to say it is to maximise the party vote, and that will be one motivation. But James Shaws refusal to endorse the Labour candidate makes it something more.

One poll shows it has less than 5% support and a couple of others show it above the threshold but at only half the level of support it had a few weeks ago. The Greens without the safety net of an electorate seat are now fighting for survival.

Taking votes, whether they be electorate or list, from Labour, in the process, wont worry them.

On the AM Show* yesterday morning, host Duncan Garner gave Shaw several opportunities to endorse the Labour candidate and he refused to do so.

The winner in this is Nationals candidate Brett Hudson who has worked as a list MP based in Ohariu for three years as a Green candidate will split the opposition vote.

The Green Party has a new candidate in Hutt South, after the previous one pulled out a few weeks ago. That is good news for National list MP Chris Bishop who seriously eroded the majority of Labour MP Trevor Mallard last election.

Mallard is standing list only and Bishop, who has had a deservedly high profile in the electorate in the last three years, was odds-on to take the seat against a newcomer. His chances are even better now the Green candidate will split the vote in this seat too.

All of this begs the question: if Labour and the Green Party cant play nicely in opposition, what chance would they have of doing so in government?

* Newshub covers the interview here but makes no mention of Shaws repeated refusal to endorse the Labour candidate.

 


Filed under: politics Tagged: AM Show, Brett Hudson, Chris Bishop, Duncan Garner,...

22:30

Taxinda swallows her first rat "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Labours internal polling is showing that Jacinda Arderns liberal announcements of Tax this, and Tax that, and Tax everything Else isnt actually earning them any votes.  So she needed to do a rapid flip-flop. So shes suddenly denounced raising income tax rates.  Which makes her smarter than Andrew Little, who would have driven the message []

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22:00

The Economy: How the political parties plan to manage your money "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The National Party propose to save money by reducing government debt to 20% of GDP by 2020. Once that target has been achieved they plan to reduce government net debt to 10-15% per of GDP by 2025. The National Party propose to maintain operating surpluses. The surplus was estimated to be $2.9 billion in 2017/18 and []

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21:51

Quote of the Day: On Al Gores predictions "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"



Ten years after Al Gores Inconvenient Truth and its guilt- and fear-producing predictions, examine just how accurate his junk science proved to be on his way to the bank:

  1. Rising Sea Levels inaccurate and misleading. Al was even discovered purchasing a beachfront mansion!
  2. Increased Tornadoes declining for decades.
  3. New Ice Age in Europe theyve been spared; it never happened.
  4. South Sahara Drying Up completely untrue.
  5. Massive Flooding in China and India didnt happen.
  6. Ice-Free Arctic false; further, the largest refreezing in years occurred two years ago.
  7. Polar Bear Extinction numbers are actually increasing!
  8. Temperature Increases Due to rapidy-increasing CO2 no significant rising for almost 20 years.
  9. Katrina, a Foreshadow of the Future false; past 10 years, no F3 hurricanes; longest [hurricane] drought ever!
  10. The Earth in a True Planetary Emergency Within a Decade Unless Drastic Action Taken to Reduce Greenhouse Gasses never happened.

      ~ Marc Morano, from his post Al Gores Inconvenient
          Sequel Comes As His Dire Climate Predictions Fail
          To Materialise

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21:45

Most capable of running the Government? "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

A Herald-ZB-Kantar TNS poll shows that while Jacinda Ardern has transformed excitement for Labour she has a way to go to convince enough voters shes good enough to run the country. NZH: Bill English well ahead of Jacinda Ardern as most capable leader It is consistent with the feedback we get on the ground, particularly []

21:30

Good example of how the Herald devalues itself in the eyes of the reader "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

If you are like an average reader and see that, you conclude it was Trump that said something.  And by the look of it, something at the lower end of clever. But it turns out the NZ Herald want you to just click on the headline.  Bugger the fact it isnt about Trump at all. []

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21:16

Fine only for growing cannabis for personal use "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The Christchurch High Court has ruled that growing cannabis for personal use normally warrants just a fine, with a community sentence being quashed on appeal. This reinforces court precedents of a fine being appropriate if the cannabis was being grown for personal use. Note that growing cannabis for supply is dealt with much more severely. []

21:00

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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21:00

Quote of the day "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

This will be our reply to violence: to make music more intensely, more beautifully, more devotedly than ever before.   Leonard Bernstein who was born on this day in 1918.


Filed under: quotes Tagged: Leonard Bernstein

20:52

Poetry gifted to the nation on Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"



Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day celebrates 20 years on Friday 25 August and gifts to the nation, inaugural online poetry Collection 20/20.

The 20/20 Collection features poems by many of New Zealands best loved poets, including C. K. Stead, who ends his two-year stint as Poet Laureate on Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day. Stead was one of 20 acclaimed poets asked to select one of their own poems for inclusion in 20/20, as well as a poem by their favourite or emerging poet. The 40 poems that complete the Collection reflect the diversity and vibrancy of our literary talent. The 20/20 Collection is free to download here: http://www.nzbookawards.nz/national-poetry-day/20-20-collection/.

The acclaimed poets featured in the 20/20 Collection are: Jenny Bornholdt and the poet she chose, Ish Doney; Paula Green and Simone Kaho; Vincent OSullivan and Lynley Edmeade; Apirana Taylor and Kiri Piahana Wong; Alison Wong and Chris Tse; Tusiata Avia and Teresia Teaiwa; Kevin Ireland and Gregory Kan; Diana Bridge and John Dennison; Andrew Johnston and Bill Nelson; Michael Harlow and Paul Schimmel; C.K. Stead and Johanna Emeney; David Eggleton and Leilani Tamu; Elizabeth Smither and Rob Hack; Richard Reeve and Michael Steven; Robert Sullivan and Ngahuia Te Awekotuku; Bill Manhire and Louise Wallace; Selina Tusitala Marsh and Reihana Robinson; Cilla McQueen and David Holmes; James Norcliffe and Marisa Capetta; and Brian Turner and Jillian Sullivan.

The 20/20 Collection features work by living New Zealand poets with one exception: Tusiata Avias selection of a poem by Teresia Teaiwa. Sadly, Teresia died of cancer in March, aged just 48. She was a much loved and influential figure in Pacific studies, and the New Zealand Book Awards Trust committee, who convene Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day, hopes that her inclusion in 20/20 encourages more people to seek out her important creative and critical work.

Award-winning writer and Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day spokesperson, Paula Morris says, "Lots of people do talk about this as being a really great time for poetry in New Zealand, and one reason is that there are a lot of new young voices coming out that really reflect New Zealand as it is now. You see a huge amount of diversity; you see younger people writing and publishing books and younger people appearing on stage, and you see Asian writers and Pasifika writers and Maori writers. Poetry is where they are often first emerging."

To celebrate Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day, many of the 20/20 poets will take part in more than 100 events nationwide. For full information, including places, venues, times, tickets and more, go to: http://www.nzbookawards.nz/national-poetry-day/calendar-of-events/.

20:51

Latest from The Bookseller "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"


Where's Mr Lion unveiled as Sainsburys children's 'book of the year'
Baby and toddler book Where's Mr Lion has been crowned 'book of the year' at the Sainsbury's Children's Book Awards.





Hometown Tales look beyond London for new voices
Weidenfeld & Nicolson has revealed the first four books in its Hometown Tales series, which aims to promote regional diversity by publishing voices from across the UK.



Second CUP journal challenged by China
Cambridge University Press (CUP) has fended off another request from Chinese authorities to censor content in one of its journals.



Contents of Aldiss' diaries kept secret from family
Brian Aldiss' family will first discover the revelations of the late writer's diaries at the same time as the rest of the world when they are revealed at a Bodleian Library exhibition.



Muddy Stilletos to launch literary salons across 18 counties
Glamours former books editor has set up a new literary salon with plans to expand across 18 counties.



Jensen stays with Bookouture in new deal
Bookouture has acquired a new novel from Louise Jensen, Kindle number one bestselling author of The Sister, The Gift, and the forthcoming The Surrogate.


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Harkness' supernatural love mystery adapted for Sky 1
The first of Deborah Harkness' bestselling All Souls Trilogy, A Discovery of Witches, is being adapted for Sky 1 and Now TV starring Matthew Goode and Teresa Palmer.



'Harry Potter' screenings break Durham Book Festival records
Ticket sales for three screenings of "Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone" at Durham Cathedral have broken all of the citys book festival records with 1,500 selling in one day.



Horowitz and de Waal to appear at BA Conference
Authors Anthony Horowitz and Kit de Waal will join Brian Blessed at the Booksellers Associations conference in Birmingham next month.



Octopus' Caroline Brown promoted to associate publisher
Caroline Brown, publicity and marketing director at Octopus, has been promoted to associate publisher in addition to her current role.

20:48

Arts Journal - Words "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"





Are Alt-Weeklies Dying?

Storied alt-weeklies like Philadelphia City Paper, the San Francisco Bay Guardian, the Boston Phoenix, Knoxville, Tennessees Metro Pulse and its replacement may have shut down. But last week, Local Independent Online News Publishers reported that it added 19 new members in 15 states. LION now has 160 local news publishers as members in 39 states. So are alt-weeklies dying? Or are they finding a kind of new life online?


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Read the story at Poynter Published: 08.23.17

20:47

Labours tax working group "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Labour have been saying for some time that in government they would set up a tax working group of experts to examine options for reforming our tax system. Grant Robertson on 29 March 2017: Speech to launch the Budget Responsibility Rules We recognise that the best taxation systems have three key characteristics they are []

20:47

Publishers Lunch "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Today's Meal

Briefs

Chelsea Eberly has been promoted to senior editor at Random House Children's.

Bookselling
Barnes & Noble's concept store in the new Legacy West mall in Plano, TX is still on the way, though it didn't make the developer's original opening date of March. (The mall itself has been opening up this spring and summer.) The bookseller's first small-size concept store, at 9,000 square feet, is still due to open this fall.

New bookstore Rough Draft Bar & Books will open in Kingston, NY, on November 1. The 2,000 square foot store will sell new fiction and nonfiction, serve craft beer, and host events.

Forthcoming
The new novel from John le Carre (aka David Cornwell) releasing September 5, A Legacy of Spies, "is being heavily advertised as the first George Smiley novel in over 25 years," the WSJ notes. But "the Smiley connection is a bit misleading: The unassuming German culture-loving hero of some of Mr. le Carr's most popular novels, such as Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and Smiley's People, makes only a brief cameo in A Legacy of Spies."

Le Carr will appear at the Royal Festival Hall in London on September 7 for "An Evening with George Smiley." The event will be livestreamed to over 300 movie theaters around the UK, and will be shown at "a number" of US movie houses in the fall.

Awards
The 2017 Thurber Prize for American Humor named its three finalists:

Born a Crime, by Trevor Noah
Ampd, by Ken Pisani
Mr. Eternity, by Aaron Thier

20:47

Off the Shel "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Books Make Great Gifts: 8 Favorites We've Received from Friends and Family

August 24, 2017
By OFF THE SHELF STAFF




As the saying goes, good things come in small packages, and giving someone a book can be a good thing that lasts long after the wrapping paper has been put into the recycling bin. Below, our staff shares eight books theyve received, and the lasting impact those thoughtful gifts have had on their lives. Make memories, give books.
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20:30

Letter to the editor "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Letters: Electric cars and heating will mean that every house has to be rewired

SIR  Victoria Ward (Dont boil the kettle while charging your electric car because it will blow the fuse, National Grid warns ) only scratched the surface of the problem of increased demand from electric vehicle charging.

There are many larger demands than a kettle an electric shower or a large oven, for example that could easily be in use simultaneously with the car charger and the kettle.

An even more intractable problem will emerge with the preposterous proposal to convert gas-fired central heating systems to electrical power.

Electricity board fuse ratings would have to be upgraded three-fold or four-fold and domestic wiring would have to be replaced. The distribution network and grid system would also require strengthening even if we had the wealth to build the associated power stations and install all the battery plants that would be required to store electricity from renewables.

Paul Spare
Davenham, Cheshire


...

20:30

Face of the Day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Jacinda has the backing of a TOP bloke He told Newstalk ZBs Chris Lynch Jacinda Ardern is an intelligent person and good communicator and has triggered a generational voting change. I think Jacinda will win, and from my perspective, Im absolutely thrilled about that because it means it helps the younger people suddenly feel []

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20:15

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The word for today is perambulator (noun) 1. (Chiefly British) A baby carriage. 2. (Surveying) a wheel-like instrument used by surveyors to measure distances. Source : The Free Dictionary Etymology : 1610s, one who perambulates, agent noun in Latin form from perambulate. Sense of baby carriage is first recorded 1856; often colloquially shortened to []

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20:08

Social media on election day "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

From Reddit: Anyone seen anything from the Electoral Commission about what to do with social media on polling day? The High Court made a ruling last year that might mean the guidance the Electoral Commission has previously given regarding social media use during the election period and on polling day is no longer accurate. Has []

20:00

Daily Proverb "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Proverbs 25 13 Trustworthy messengers refresh like snow in summer. They revive the spirit of their employer.

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20:00

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

19:20

General chat "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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

19:15

Media watch Friday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

25 August 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 []

19:10

Open Forum Friday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

25 August 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 []

14:05

World watch Friday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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

14:01

August 25 in history "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

1248 The Dutch city of Ommen received city rights and fortification rights from Otto III, the Archbishop of Utrecht.

1530 Tsar Ivan IV of Russia  Ivan the Terrible was born (d. 1584)

1537 The Honourable Artillery Company, the oldest surviving regiment in the British Army and the second most senior, was formed.

1580  Battle of Alcntara. Spain defeated Portugal.

1609  Galileo Galilei demonstrated his first telescope to Venetian lawmakers.

1724 George Stubbs, British painter, was born (d. 1806).

1758 Seven Years War: Frederick II of Prussia defeated the Russian army at the Battle of Zorndorf.

1768 James Cook began his first voyage.

1817   Marie-Eugnie de Jsus, French nun and saint, founded the Religious of the Assumption, was born (d. 1898).

1825 Uruguay declared its independence from Brazil.

1830 The Belgian Revolution began.

1835  The New York Sun perpetrated the Great Moon Hoax.

1894  Shibasaburo Kitasato discoversedthe infectious agent of the bubonic plague and published his findings in The Lancet.

1898  700 Greeks and 15 Englishmen are killed by the Turks in Heraklion, Greece.

1900 Hans Adolf Krebs, German physician and biochemist; Nobel Prize laureate, was born (d. 1981).

1910  Dorothea Tanning, American painter, sculptor, and poet, wa...

10:59

A Weapons Expo in New Zealand?! What can I do? "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Some places to start in supporting our campaign against the Arms Trade

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Every year arms dealers, the military and the government come together at the Weapons Expo to make deadly deals about weapons and war. This year theyre returning to Wellington and weve linked up with Peace Action Wellington to shut it down. Here are some things you can do to help:

...

10:50

Appalling non-apology from Hosking, TVNZ "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

On Seven Sharp last night Mike Hosking upset the Mori Party with a comment on voting. He said to co-presenter Toni Street: You cant vote for the Mori Party because youre not enrolled on the Maori electorate. That appears to be incorrect, or at least misleading, because you can party vote for any party, including the Mori Party. []

10:11

Rabbis disavow Trump "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

In a mark of concern, Jewish religious leaders shun Trump

A prominent coalition of American rabbis has decided not to hold its annual conference call with the president to mark Jewish holidays, citing Donald Trumps remarks on the recent violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, as supporting those who advocate anti-Semitism, racism and xenophobia.

We have concluded that President Trumps statements during and after the tragic events in Charlottesville are so lacking in moral leadership and empathy for the victims of racial and religious hatred that we cannot organize such a call this year, the groups the Central Conference of American Rabbis, Rabbinical Assembly, Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association and Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism said in a statement.

Where are the other major religions on this?


09:04

Prisoner suing Corrections over alleged prison rape "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Prisoner suing Corrections over alleged prison rape:

A prisoner who says he was raped by his cellmate is suing the Department of Corrections for what a lawyer said was hundreds of thousands of dollars.

The revelation emerged today as the prisoner gave evidence in the trial of his former cellmate, William Katipa.

Katipa has denied 14 charges, including sexual violation and threatening to kill. The Crown said he sexually abused three of his former cellmates.

The witness said Katipa repeatedly raped him over a week while they shared a prison cell. He said at one point, Katipa threatened him with a knife and told him not to say anything about what had happened.

Under cross-examination from Katipas lawyer, Andrew Speed, the witness confirmed he had instructed a lawyer who has filed papers in the High Court.

Mr Speed said the witness was suing Corrections for hundreds of thousands of dollars.

The witness said he had not seen the final papers filed with the court but believed the figure was $90,000.

He confirmed there were inconsistencies between the claim filed and the evidence he had given in court but said he had not seen a draft of the papers before they were filed.

The witness confirmed it was a large amount of money and would change his life. At one point he told the court his lawyer had struggled to get hold of him because he is homeless.

09:02

New Zealand Memories Of The World "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

. building peace in the minds of men and women. UNESCO mandate Part of a world-wide mission By Roger Childs Maintaining the world heritage is no easy task. Buildings, statues and libraries may survive for centuries and then be destroyed in the so-called modern world. Warsaw lost 95% of its documents in World War II. []

08:48

TOPling? "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

In some ways Gareth Morgan and his TOP party were a refreshingly different addition to the election mix. They had well researched and specific policies, they werent after power, they wanted to influence policies. And Morgan connected well with audiences. But the last few days in social media they look like toppling over. Perhaps its []

08:41

Money for writers #3 "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The University of Waikato invites applications for Writer in Residence for 2018. The salary is $52,000. Yes, $52,000.

The position is open to writers of serious non-fiction, dramatists, novelists, short story writers and even poets. It helps to have a record of previous publications of high quality, and (I am paraphrasing based on my experience of assessing similar applications) making a good case for why this particular residency would help with your project.

As well as the $52K the fellow gets an office with computer in the School of Arts and access to the university library. There are no teaching or lecturing duties, and the fellow will be able to make use of the Michael King Writers Retreat in Opoutere for up to two weeks. A fortnight in Coromandel all paid for!

On the other hand, The Writer is expected to live in Hamilton during the tenure of the award. So, swings and roundabouts.

Full information is here: applications close on Friday 29 September.

08:23

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Hey Clint

Homepaddock

Clint  a block forming part of a natural limestone pavement, separated from others by fissures; a crevice or gully in limestone rocks; a hard or flinty rock; a rocky cliff; a projecting rock or ledge; any small surface exposure of hard or flinty rock, as on a hillside or in a stream bed.

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08:19

Capital gains tax: quite a few reasons for scepticism "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Michael Reddell points out some points re CGT that many ignore

croaking cassandra

Going through some old papers to refresh my memory on capital gains tax (CGT) debates, I found reference to a note Id written back in 2011 headed A Capital Gains Tax for New Zealand: Ten reasons to be sceptical.  Unfortunately, I couldnt find the note itself, so you wont get all 10 reasons today.    But here are some of the reasons why Im sceptical of the sort of real world CGTs that could follow from this years election.  Mostly, repeated calls for CGTs whether from political parties, or from bodies like the IMF and OECD   seem to be about some misplaced rhetorical sense of fairness or are cover for a failure to confront and deal directly with the real problems in the regulation of the housing and urban land markets.

Anyway, here are some of the points I make:

  • in a well-functioning efficient market, there are typically

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08:00

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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07:00

This popular Meme about Free Speech is flawed "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

That is wrong. What if telephone line providers took away your right to use the telephone because they thought you were an A-hole? What if no power company would provide power to your home because of who you vote for? What if German car manufacturers refused to sell cars to Jews or Muslim countries refused []

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06:30

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Clint  a block forming part of a natural limestone pavement, separated from others by fissures; a crevice or gully in limestone rocks; a hard or flinty rock; a rocky cliff; a projecting rock or ledge; any small surface exposure of hard or flinty rock, as on a hillside or in a stream bed.


Filed under: language Tagged: clint

06:30

Pope Francis is an idiot "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Political leaders from all over the world were urged by Pope Francis to defend migrants. He said that migrant safety must be paramount, arguing that they should also surpass national security concerns. The pontiff continued to say that refugees must not be collectively deportedThe popes message comes at a time when Europeans increasingly harbor anti-immigrant []

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06:01

Mapping the Worlds Most Liveable Cities "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

If you want to move to one of the worlds most liveable cities, pack your bags and book flights to Australia or Canada

Infographic: The World's Most Liveable Cities | Statista

You will find more statistics at Statista

As Statistas Niall McCarthy notes, The Economist assessed 140 major cities worldwide on stability, healthcare, culture and environment, education, and infrastructure, declaring Melbourne the most liveable city in 2017 for the seventh year running. Australias second most populous city scored 97.5 out of 100. Vienna, the Austrian capital, came second and three Canadian cities rounded off the top five Vancouver, Toronto and Calgary.

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As well as those three Canadian cities, a total of three in Australia made the top-10 list (Adelaide and Perth as well as top-placed Melbourne). Interestingly, U.S. cities are notably absent from the top of The Economists list with Auckland, Helsinki and Hamburg all boasting high liveability scores.

The Syrian capital of Damascus was at the very bottom of the ranking with a score of 30.2, along with Lagos in Nigeria (36.0) and Tripoli in Libya (36.6).

Reprinted with permission from Zero Hedge.

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06:00

Cindys republic "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Guest post I had just finished writing and sending Pete my article entitled Who is Cindy? when I opened up the New Zealand herald to view their latest article Jacinda Ardern: Its time to talk about a republic. Well knock me over with a feather! I had penned that we should beware a Helen []

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05:30

As seen in Petone "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

A reader sent in this photo of a sign in Petone.   I guess whoever put it up is at least guaranteed a win out of this election.

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05:28

PREFU surplus: its yours "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"


Some experts have declared that it is necessary to tax
the people until it hurts. I disagree with these sadists.

~ Ludwig Von Mises

The Government opened the books yesterday to forecast that taxing until it hurts will, this year, see $3.7 billion more ripped from your pockets than is spent.

Which has seen both BlueTeam and Red Team begain their advance auction of these over-stolen goods: the Blue Team are offering more roads and stadia, more boot camps and social investment on top of some unspecified increase (at some ill-specified time in the future) in middle-class welfare; the Red Team meanwhile are putting more emphasis on investing in health, social and education investment [sic] and a dismally dangled carrot of free tertiary education policy which would not be fully implemented until 2025.

Have these misbegotten sadists forgotten from whence this wealth has come?

Yes. Yes, of course they have.

They took it from you. It was yours.

They took more than they needed.

Wouldnt it be nice if, instead of arguing how they should all spend it and on what electoral bribes, they simply gave it back?

Had they thought about that?

.

05:21

Corin loves Jacinda as well "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Following on from Adams earlier post, the same source delivered I Love Jacindas other major soul mate:-

 


05:13

05:00

Mental Health Break "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

All In from Paul Theodoroff on Vimeo.

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04:36

Waikawa Copter Crash "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Police responding to report of helicopter crash, Waikawa Beach The Police say that at about 1:20pm they got a report of a helicopter crash on farm land near Drake Street, at Waikawa Beach. Emergency services are still responding to the incident, however initial reports from the scene say that the two occupants are both out of the []

04:30

Gab.ai saddles up for a legal battle against authoritarian pro-censorship tech world "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Gab.ai which is the free speech alternative to Twitter has found Silicon Valley to be extremely hostile to a free speech platform. It has been an up hill battle for them from day one with the MSM keen to smear them as a site solely for the alt-right and white supremacists. The most recent door []

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04:00

Map of the Day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

River Basins of Portugal and Spain in Rainbow Colours Click here for larger view

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03:30

Joyce PREFUd the Labour Party into a corner "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Steve Joyce has used the opening of the Governments books to send a message to voters: if Labour wants a big bribe, it will have to raise taxes. The quick summary of the Pre-election Fiscal Update (PREFU) is that there is not the extra money available many thought there would be over the next few []

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03:07

Quotation for Today 24/08/2017 "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

From Karl du Fresne opining on the Greens

Its not long since North and South magazine devoted its cover to a glossy, Vanity Fair-style photo featuring some of the partys most attractive young candidates. It looked like a fashion shoot. No party has ever assembled a more photogenic slate.

The magazines website promoted the issue with the line: The Greens as youve never seen them before. With Tureis undignified exit and the subsequent blood-letting, that line acquired a whole new meaning.


03:00

Paypal experiences angry reaction from Pro-Free Speech customers "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Paypal customers worldwide including some of Whaleoils subscribers have been cancelling their Paypal accounts because of Paypals anti-free speech stance against websites like Bare Naked Islam and Jihad Watch and individuals like Robert Spencer and free-speech advocate Pamela Geller. On Saturday afternoon, the Soros-funded hard-Left website ProPublica published a hit piece calling upon PayPal and []

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02:30

Lipstick on a pig and the Greens like youve never seen them before! "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Karl du Fresne observes Media scrutiny of politics and monitoring by pollsters is now so merciless and unrelenting that the landscape can be transformed in hours. Politicians have lost the ability to control events. Developments wash over them almost faster than they can react. Politics has turned manic. Less than a month ago the election []

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02:24

James Shaw really is a fopdoodle "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

From Stuffs debate

Aug 23, 2017 1:51 PM

Stuff Editors

James Shaw: I dont own a house, I never have and at this rate I never will.
Is this fopdoodle for real?
He was supposed to be a competent business professional? Does he have a investment portfolio? Has he lost money from bad investments? Is he just silly? He is running for public office We need to know> On this statement he has made crystal clear that the man is clearly not one to be trusted anywhere near the NZ economy. Neither are the Greens. Shaw a man out of his depth and drowning, but very slowly and before our eyes. Please Jacciah just crucify him now and save us any more agony.

02:17

Parthenolide could down-regulate the blood IL-1beta and TNF-alpha concentrations in model of knee osteoarthritis. "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

PMID:  Zhongguo Zhong Xi Yi Jie He Za Zhi. 2013 Oct ;33(10):1382-4. PMID: 24432684 Abstract Title:  [Effect of parthenolide on serum expressions of interleukin-1beta and tumor necrosis factor-alpha in rabbits with knee osteoarthritis]. Abstract:  OBJECTIVE: To observe the therapeutic effect of parthenolide (PTL) on rabbit knee arthritis (KOA) and its effects on serum expression of interleukin-1beta (IL-1beta) and contents of tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-alpha).METHODS: Eight rabbits were randomly selected from 40 healthy pure-bred New Zealand rabbits as the normal control group. The KOA model was established in the rest 32 rabbits by plaster cast fixation of the right hind limb extension position. After modeling they were randomly divided into 4 groups, i.e., the model control group, the high dose PTL group, the middle dose PTL group, and the low dose PTL group, 8 in each group. Serum contents of IL-1beta and TNF-alpha were detected using enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay.RESULTS: Compared with the model group, IL-1beta and TNF-alpha concentration decreased in the 3 PTL groups (P

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02:03

Jacinda Ardern tells Mike Hosking: No capital gains tax, no to troops "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Its been a huge few weeks in politics, and for Labour in particular. But what are the issues behind the headlines? Mike Hosking this morning grilled Lab

Source: Jacinda Ardern tells Mike Hosking: No capital gains tax, no to troops


02:00

Photo of the Day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

A Legend in his Own Lifetime Sir Ranulph Fiennes Regarded by many as the greatest living adventurer on the planet, the legend of Sir Ranulph Fiennes started with his exploits in the British Armys SAS unit. Today, the 73-year-old Brit is the embodiment of the modern adventurer. Fiennes has tackled Everest and was the first man []

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02:00

Thursdays quiz "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

This is your opportunity to pose the questions.

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


Filed under: diversions

01:30

Talleys is the worst company ever, apparently. But I cant see it "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

A young fisherman who lied about his father being killed in a car crash, forcing the skipper to return to port, causing $170,000 in lost catch and operational costs, will only pay back a fraction of the amount lost. Talleys Fisheries Amaltal Columbia sailed from Port Nelson on December 18 last year, with crew member []

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01:15

TOSSERS TOSS, PROSSERS PROSELYTIZE? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"



It is election time and we still have free speech.

Yesterday, and I paraphrase, ACT leader and Epsom candidate suggested one of Winston First acolytes might be talking rubbish.

At the Business NZ Conference Richard Prosser delivered a desire that a Winston First supported government would nationlise the Power Companies, yes that was what he delivered, to which Seymour in a later address dropped an "F" bomb.

Basics Mr Prosser.
Even if you toss every tenet of business fairness and long standing ethical treatment of investors who will include many of your support demographic out with the bath water, such nonsense will fail to garner a single vote.
Where to find the sum equal to every dollar of the prefu surplus announced yesterday to finance your wet dream.
What bit about the 51% partially owned companies delivering better returns to the State than they could find as wholly state owned can you not grasp.
It was the melons and Labour who at the time of the floats warned the shares in the 49% could be forcibly retaken at cost.
And that bit of economic stupidity made it easier for the pledge and for a seriously advantaged price for investors
Seymour summed up very well as to how a man who presents in a less than ideal physical condition could manage a Ministerial appointment, along with the already adequately exhibited deficit as an economic wizard
If that is the level of a Tosser's  economic awareness  then he is somewhat special needs, but they are a good fit with "The Boss" as history  reveals regularly with a seemingly endless entourage of the inadequate.

Those National supporters who are dismayed at recent form of their government need to rethink what a protest vote to Winston First will deliver.

Update, this was written before reading the later comments on Veteran's post.

Update two, The Winston bit of Winston First has explained and as Slater has as a central belief, explaining is losing.
They will not buy back at cost they will go into the market and buy, now my Mercury (Mighty River) became further enhanced by economic illiterates.
What happens when a buyer comes to the market, well usually the price rises, cant wait.
That is akin to fearful speculative betting on the other team, based on a truism even when your team loses you still  win.

01:04

Ep 7: Beyond Punishment: The Movement for Transformative Justice "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Ep 7: Beyond Punishment: The Movement for Transformative Justice:

This is an episode on transformative justice, which is one alternative to prison that No Pride in Prisons supports, from Rustbelt Abolition Radio, a podcast that discusses prison abolitionist thought and practice:

Abolitionists are committed to creating a world without police and prisons, but what alternative visions and practices of addressing intimate harm might point the way toward such a world? In this episode we explore efforts to re-imagine the politics of violence, harm, safety, and redress, spearheading practices of accountability and healing that move beyond the punitive logic of the carceral state.

Mia Mingus from the Bay Area Transformative Justice Collective discusses alternatives to carceral feminism, and how the movement to end child sexual abuse points the way toward radically re-imagining practices of justice. We also speak with Claudia Garcia-Rojas, co-director of The Chicago Taskforce on Violence Against Girls & Young Women, and Maya Schenwar, Editor-in-Chief of Truthout and author of Locked Down, Locked Out: Why Prison Doesnt Work and How We Can Do Better.

01:00

Rural round-up "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Shortened calving proves its worth for Manawatu farmers  Gerard Hutching:

Manawatu dairy farmer Peter Bailey has discovered the merits of shortening his calving period in a trial that is believed to be a New Zealand first.

DairyNZ said farmers with an average sized herd could add about $20,000 extra income to the business through the system.

Peter and his wife Merrin, who farm at Newbury on the outskirts of Palmerston North, synchronised their herd at mating to try and get as many as possible to calve down in one day. It was an experiment he had been thinking about for a while.

Our vets were keen to trial herd synchrony and I had been talking the talk so it was time to walk the walk. . . 

Inghams posts 2.5% gain in FY earnings in NZ, cites improved trading from second half    Jonathan Underhill

(BusinessDesk) Inghams Group, which is the number two poultry producer in New Zealand behind Tegel Group, reported a 2.5 percent gain in New Zealand earnings, saying trading improved in the second half after a weak first half and the trend has continued into the 2018 year.

Earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation at the companys New Zealand unit rose to A$36.2 million in the 53 weeks ended June 30, from A$35.3 million a year earlier, according to the Sydney-based companys annual results. New Zealand revenue climbed to A$361 million from A$353.5 million. . . 

Bobby calves: the game changers within NZs supply chain  Andrew Jolly:

Executive Summary:

There is significant potential for New Zealand to increase its ability to utilise more bobby calves therefore making them a more valued product. It is important that we have a sustainable, viable, ethical and PR friendly value chain. It is also important that NZ Inc. gets this right to maintain farmers/producers social licence to farm and maintain our positive worldwide perception.

While difficult to calculate, it is estimated that more than $1 billion is on offer, if we can capture the full value of underutilised bobby calves. . . 

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00:41

No need for new or higher taxes "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

A useful summation of what Nationals focused approach achieves, as against Labours tax, spray $ and prey strategy. Labours are stirring up envy and resentment of success by constantly denigrating business and farmers.

Homepaddock

The PREFU yesterday showed a bigger surplus and slightly softer growth than expected.

A slightly softer growth forecast is the main feature of largely unchanged Pre-election Fiscal Update compared to the Budget forecasts three months ago, Finance Minister Steven Joyce says.

The softer growth New Zealand has experienced in the six months to March flows through to a lower starting point in the 2017/2018 year, Mr Joyce says.

The net effect is that growth is slightly lower through the forecast period averaging 3.0 per cent over the next four years rather than the 3.1 per cent predicted in the Budget.

The other notable change is that Treasury expects the labour market to be tighter over the next four years, with lower unemployment and stronger nominal and real wage growth.

Treasury forecasts unemployment to drop to 4.3 per cent by June 2020 and for the average annual wage to increase

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00:39

Sand Mining Will Disrupt Marine Life "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

(The recent approval for Trans Tasman Resources Ltd to mine for iron off the south Taranaki coastline is a huge environmental issue. Retired New Plymouth resident, Murray Crombie, was formerly the citys DoC Area Manager, so his professional background lies in the protection and management of natural areas. In the article below he analyses the []

00:30

A feasibility report into a high-speed commuter train from Auckland to Hamilton "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Waikato University already looked into the issue of high speed rail between Auckland and Hamilton.   Heres the summary: First identified as New Zealands leading unplanned city by William Hobson, Auckland City has significant housing and transport crises which have rapidly escalated over the past decade (King, 2004 & Bassett & Malpass, 2013). Renewed interest in testing []

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00:25

100% Pure Tourism NZ advert ruled not misleading "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

After seeing the latest government funded Tourism New Zealand 100% Pure advertisement of two tourists enjoying the best this country has to offer, I, like many others, was shocked to see at 1 min 20 seconds one of the tourists cup her hands and lift them to her face as if to drink river water.

Although the next shot transitions before you can see her drink, the message portrayed that tourists can drink straight from our rivers is all too obvious.

While the alpine sourced Blue Pools at Haast are fine to drink from, this advertisement is misleading considering 61% of monitored waterways are too polluted to swim in, let alone drink. The advertisement also does not contain any reference to the location at which she drank the river, opening the possibility for tourists to mistake polluted rivers for the river they saw in the video.

Given the potential harm this advert could cause to tourists who believe it is fine to drink from our rivers, I decided to file the following complaint to the Advertising Standards Agency (ASA):

 

At 1 minute 20 seconds during the 100% Pure New Zealands advertisement, it shows a woman drinking water directly from the river.

Principle 1 Advertisements making an environmental claim should be prepared with a due sense of social responsibility to consumers and to society.

The claim being made in this advertisement is that New Zealand rivers and waterways are safe to drink from. This is completely misleading and dangerous given 61% of monitored waterways in New Zealand are unsafe for swimming, let alone drinking. The social responsibility of TNZ is to be honest with tourists both within New Zealand and overseas about the dangers of drinking river water. About half of river sites monitored for E-coli nationwide had median levels unsafe for livestock to drink, let alone humans, according to data from the New Zealand Ministry for the Environment. This is widely accepted in the scientific community.

Principle 2 Advertisements making environmental claims should not contain any statement or visual presentation or create an overall impression which directly or by implication, omission, ambiguity or exaggerated claim is misleading or deceptive or is likely to deceive or...

00:03

Biometric Data Harvesting: NZ soldiers in controversial intelligence-gathering programme in Afghanistan "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Here we go guys. Data harvesting taking place in every corner of the globe as the NWO/2030 Agenda marches forward. How does that song line go? Total control over you         New Zealand soldiers in Afghanistan took part in a controversial biometric data programme,  The Valley has revealed. New Zealand soldiers helped collect []

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00:00

Book Review Own Your Future chapter five: Welfare "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Points made about Welfare in this chapter included: Welfare saps the will to live and to plan a meaningful life and that is a tragedy Welfare was a well-intentioned government programme One of the most enduring images in New Zealand political history is the photograph of Michael Joseph Savage carrying a wooden table inside []

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Wednesday, 23 August

23:30

Rob Hosking on Labours capital gains tax gamble "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Labours new willingness to talk about capital gains tax shows how confident the party is getting that it can win on September 23. Capital gains taxes have always been regarded as a third rail of New Zealand politics touch it and you fry, politically. Labour had a capital gains tax in its 2011 and []

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23:21

TV3 News The I Love Jacinda Show "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Spotted this late last night. Gower is totally OTT re Jacinda and this is so apt

 


23:00

Will the Media Party do for Jacinda what they did for Hillary? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Nothing summed up the Media Party support for Hillary quite like the Magazine covers that were printed in expectation of her winning the American Presidency. The Media party did such a good job convincing the population that she was going to win that regressive liberals had a melt down the likes of which have never []

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23:00

No need for new or higher taxes "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The PREFU yesterday showed a bigger surplus and slightly softer growth than expected.

A slightly softer growth forecast is the main feature of largely unchanged Pre-election Fiscal Update compared to the Budget forecasts three months ago, Finance Minister Steven Joyce says.

The softer growth New Zealand has experienced in the six months to March flows through to a lower starting point in the 2017/2018 year, Mr Joyce says.

The net effect is that growth is slightly lower through the forecast period averaging 3.0 per cent over the next four years rather than the 3.1 per cent predicted in the Budget.

The other notable change is that Treasury expects the labour market to be tighter over the next four years, with lower unemployment and stronger nominal and real wage growth.

Treasury forecasts unemployment to drop to 4.3 per cent by June 2020 and for the average annual wage to increase from $58,900 at March 2017 to $65,700 by 2021, a $1300 per annum improvement on the Budget forecast.

This is getting down to where only the unemployable those who cant or wont work  arent in work. If we dont have enough locals willing and able to work we will need more migrants.

Other changes to the forecasts include:

A smaller balance of payments deficit across the forecast horizon
Lower CPI inflation, especially in the 2017/18 year
Net government debt falling below 20 per cent of GDP in the 2020/21 year. New Zealand Superannuation Fund contributions remain scheduled to resume in that year.
Most other elements of the forecast remain very similar to budget predictions, with nominal GDP, migration levels and budget surpluses largely unchanged, although the timing of budget surpluses has changed.

The Budget surplus is expected to be $2.1 billion higher in the year just finished, Mr Joyce says. However Treasury expects the lower growth forecast to result in surpluses that are $1.8 billion lower over the next four years. The net effect is about even.

The Governments strong fiscal management means that New Zealand is one of the few OECD countries to be posting fiscal surpluses. This hard-won position is underpinning the Governments strong economic plan which is delivering jobs and steady real wage growth for New Zealanders.

Con...

22:52

Publishers Lunch "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"



Today's Meal

Briefs: Clinton Excerpt Recalls Trump As "Creep," And More
Excerpts from Hillary Clinton's forthcoming What Happened were released to Morning Joe and played widely in the media this morning. Recalling the presidential debate shortly after the release of the Access Hollywood tape of Donald Trump, Clinton writes: "This is not OK, I thought. It was the second presidential debate and Donald Trump was looming behind me. Two days before, the world heard him brag about groping women. Now we were on a small stage and no matter where I walked, he followed me closely, staring at me, making faces.

"It was incredibly uncomfortable. He was literally breathing down my neck. My skin crawled. It was one of those moments where you wish you could hit pause and ask everyone watching, well, what would you do? Do you stay calm, keep smiling and carry on as if he weren't repeatedly invading your space? Or do you turn, look him in the eye and say loudly and clearly, 'back up you creep, get away from me. I know you love to intimidate women but you cant intimidate me, so back up.'"

People
At Random House Children's Noreen Herits rejoins the publicity team as executive director, reporting to Dominique Cimina. She was previously director of marketing and publicity at Workman. Jillian Vandall has been promoted to senior manager of publicity.

Features
The LA Times looks at how local publisher Colleen Dunn Bates at Prospect Park Books found success with careful publication of selected cookbooks and is the area's "only independent publisher of cookbooks." They note, "While her non-fiction and fiction catalogue expanded from two to 13 titles annually, she publishes only one cookbook a year, always by a local chef (or, in the case of 'L.A. Mexicano,' multiple chefs) with a following."
Author Thomas Ricks writes in the Atlantic about how longtime editor Scott Moyers persuaded him to completely rewrite his recent book on Churchill and Orwell -- and Moyers was completely right

22:43

Donald Trumps 57 most outrageous quotes from his Arizona speech "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The speech, if one can dignify the rambling and at times incoherent rant with that term contained the usual litany of lies and invocations of hate against those who do not bow before him.
There one or two real pearls though:-
eg.
  • 4 where he seems to be talking about the election campaign which ended in Nov 2016.
  • 7 where the wearing of a MAGA hat equates to national unity
  • 8,9,10 &11 where he seeks to claim he said good things about Charlottesville, when he did not he went on again about this in later parts of the speech
  • 29 et seq he attacks the media, now much of the media may be poor depending on your point of view, but Trumps demonisaation of the MSM is not good for society especially when the attack is because many in the media write negatively about Trump.
  • 41 reproduced in full here

Trump does not know what the truth is. He then attacks the two Republican Senators for Arizona, John McCain and Senator Flake. Unprecedented.

At 46 he threatens to close down the government with all the implications for financial markets worldwide. He is irresponsible and out of control.

Then the closing at 51.

57. So I think well end up probably terminating NAFTA at some point, OK? Probably.
Way to throw a major policy pronouncement into the end of a speech while negotiations are ongoing!
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22:41

Latest from The Bookseller "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"


Cartes Postales from Greece delivers a second week at number one
Victoria Hislops Cartes Postales from Greece (Headline) has once again voyaged into the Official UK Top 50 number one spot, selling 27,201 copies for 116,694a 19.3% boost week on week.



Harrogate to host UK-exclusive Dan Brown event
Dan Brown is appearing in Harrogate for the exclusive UK launch of his upcoming novel, Origin (Transworld).



'Don't punish CUP over censorship U-turn', China urged
The International Publishers Association (IPA) has applauded Cambridge University Press' decision to reverse the censorship of hundreds of articles online from one of its journals, but has also urged Chinese authorities not to punish the press for rolling back on its decision.



Jim Broadbent's graphic novel to Fantagraphics
Fantagraphic Books has signed Dull Margaret, the first graphic novel from actor Jim Broadbent, illustrated by comic book artist Dix.



Chinese education publishers found UK-based Innova
Three major Chinese education publishers have joined together to co-found a UK-based English Language Teaching publishing house.



PRH scoops memoir of body activist Howard
Penguin Random House Childrens is publishing the memoir of model and body activist Charli Howard.



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Liu made first BIBF Reading Ambassador
One of Chinas most famous authors will embark on his tenure as the first Beijing International Book Fair-backed Reading Ambassador this week, with a remit to promote a love of reading for pleasure - particularly to students - across China.



Portobello wins auction for Japanese 'literary sensation'
Portobello Books has snapped up a prize-winning debut from Japanese author Sayaka Murata entitled Convenience Store Woman.



'Extraordinary' response to call for Corbyn illustrations
Independent graphic novel publisher SelfMadeHero is to publish its comic-book anthology about Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn on the 25th September following an "extraordinary" response to its open call for submissions.



Foulds' novel on the 'perils of celebrity' to Cape
Jonathan Cape will publish Adam Foulds stunning, terrifying new novel about a self-obsessed actor and a deranged fan.



Yellow Kite title asks readers to re-think infidelity
Yellow Kite has acquired a book by couples therapist Esther Perel asking readers to re-examine their prejudices and assumptions about infidelity.

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22:40

Arts Journal - Words "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"


Sometimes When Your Editor Yells At You, Hes Entirely Right (No Matter How Much It Hurts)



Sometimes When Your Editor Yells At You, Hes Entirely Right (No Matter How Much It Hurts)
Thomas Ricks labored over his new book, making it just so. When he was done, his editor hated the result, and harshly told him so. In completely rewriting it, Ricks discovered not only that his editor was right but that he could produce something much better


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Village Voice To Quit Print Publication



Village Voice To Quit Print Publication


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The Glossaries That Define Africa



The Glossaries That Define Africa
When African writers get together on our own, we talk about glossaries. These additions to the main text, often vetted, if not entirely decided, by publishers, are crucial to how it will be received by readers. But when African writers talk about glossaries, we dont just exchange tips. (How long? How comprehensive? By whom?) We talk about whether to include one at all, whether to offer glosses within the text or omit all glossing entirely. To gloss, or not to gloss? That is the question.


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22:30

Bill doesnt want anything to do with Winston "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

New Zealand First leader Winston Peters has hit back at Prime Minister Bill English for saying he doesnt want Peters near monetary policy saying, thats what they think. Peters told business leaders today that such comments were arrogance in the extreme, and his party was the only one that realised the importance of exports []

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22:15

Boarding planes in Israel "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

via email: What a simple and brilliant idea! I particularly like the spare seat announcement!! TEL AVIV, Israel The Israelis are developing an airport security device that eliminates the privacy concerns that come with full-body scanners. Its an armored booth you step into that will not X-ray you, but will detonate any explosive device []

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22:10

How well is MMP working? "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

We have had MMP for 21 years in New Zealand. Our first election under MMP was in 1996. How well is it working? There have been definite improvements in diversity of representation, and in variety of parties in Parliament. There have been hiccups. There have been complaints about it from those who dont want MMP []

22:00

Do you want The Green Party in your pants? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Its a (Green) Party in your pants! Weve got some amazing new Green Party merch including these rather swish undies (also available as boxers), a collaboration with New Zealand-made, organic cotton clothing company, Thunderpants. Weve also collaborated with Peoples Coffee on a special Green Party blend, printed heaps of cool stickers for your bike/letterbox/everything, []

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21:30

Labours frontal Tax Assault "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

In fairness to Jacinda Ardern, she didnt raise the prospect of hiking the top tax rate, the media did. But she didnt deny it was part of her plans saying shed wait to see the state of the books and make a decision then, adding itd probably take several days to crunch the numbers. Well []

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21:17

Quote of the Day: On unethical unreliables "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"


Just beneath the surface of cell phone, electric vehicle, computer, wind, solar and other technologies are some shocking and inconvenient truths. These products are not made from pixie dust or raw materials beamed in from the Starship Enterprise. All require lithium, rare earth metals, iron, copper, silica, petroleum and many other materials that must be dug out of the Earth, using human labour or fossil fuels.
    Petroleum alone is the foundation for some
6,000 products besides fuels: paints, plastics, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics and much more. Lithium is essential in computer and electric vehicle batteries, neodymium in NdFeB wind turbine generator magnets, cadmium in PV solar panels, petroleum-based resins in turbine blades
    [Tax, regulation and litigation] has forced mining companies to go overseas [where] they are still pilloried, harassed and sued on a regular basis by radical groups in
Peru, Guatemala and elsewhere These well-financed, self-righteous anti-mining assaults too often leave villagers jobless and the world dependent on shoddy state-run operations like the rare earth mines and processing facilities in Baotou, Inner Mongolia, and locally operated, often illegal artisanal mines in Africa and Asia. The environmental degradation and human health effects associated with these operations are horrendous.
    Where are the Ben & Jerrys and Fair Trade demands for justice? The Berkeley and Brown student protests, sit-ins and boycotts against Nokia, Samsung, Apple, Lenovo, Tesla, Vestas and Trina Solar? The demands that college endowment and teacher pension funds divest from these companies? The outraged US and EU student marchers in Baotou and Beijing, to support workers, Joshua Wong and Liu Xiaobo?
    Where are the calls to replace state-run and artisanal mining operations with socially and environmentally responsible Western mining companies? Where is the WWF compensation to poor villagers for the wages, electricity, clean water and improved living standards they could have had?
    Environmentalist policies dont merely represent double standards. No matter how Greenpeace or the Sierra Club might disguise or sugarcoat them, radical green policies and campaigns are unjust, unethical, inhuman, imperialistic and racist.

~ Paul Driessen, from his article ...

21:00

Quote of the day "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

So plant your own gardens and decorate your own soul, instead of waiting for someone to bring you flowers.  Jorges Luis Borges who was born on this day in 1899.

From the Poem You Learn.


Filed under: quotes Tagged: Jorge Luis Borges, You Learn

21:00

Disgraced Dunedin police officer resigns "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

A Dunedin police officer who conducted a two and a half year campaign of harassment against a businessman has resigned. It sounds like he jumped before he was pushed out. ODT: Officer leaves in disgrace Jeremy Buis was found guilty of criminal harassment, threatening to do grievous bodily harm and intentional damage after a judge-alone []

21:00

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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20:48

NZ First response to PREFU "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Winston Peters with NZ Firsts response to the Pre-election Fiscal Update: Rosy Glow On The Economy Is A Sham Todays Treasury forecast puts a rosy and reassuring glow over New Zealands economic outlook as you would expect. Look a little deeper and the gloss evaporates, says New Zealand First Leader and Northland MP Rt []

20:37

Green response to PREFU "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

A media release from Green leader James Shaw after the release of the PREFU: Bigger surplus means we can end poverty, clean up our rivers, and tackle climate change A bigger surplus will allow a new government to manage the economy responsibly while making the changes people know are needed, like lifting kids out of []

20:33

Labours reaction to PREFU "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

I cant find any official response from Labour after the release of the Pre-election Fiscal Update, but Jacinda Ardern has been talking to media. NZH: Labour can still pay for policies despite softer economic outlook, Ardern says The Labour Party is promising that it can still follow through on its core health, housing and education []

20:30

Face of the Day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

An ACT Party candidate has been booed at a debate for saying hate speech is disgusting, but part of living in a free country. Stephen Berry was speaking on Tuesday night at a debate in Wellington hosted by LGBTQ group Rainbow, and discussed his views on free speech. In a free country, freedom of speech []

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20:20

Nationals response to PREFU "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The National Partys response to the Pre-election Fiscal Update: The National Party will commit to implementing a further Family Incomes Package in the next term of government, subject to certain fiscal conditions being met. Our strong economy means the Budget 2017 Family Incomes Package will provide a positive boost to after-tax family incomes on 1 []

20:16

Pre-Election Fiscal Update 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Media release from Minister of Finance Steven Joyce on the PREFU. A slightly softer growth forecast is the main feature of largely unchanged Pre-election Fiscal Update compared to the Budget forecasts three months ago, Finance Minister Steven Joyce says. The softer growth New Zealand has experienced in the six months to March flows through to []

20:15

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The word for today is nystagmus (noun) A rapid, involuntary, oscillatory motion of the eyeball. Source : The Free Dictionary Etymology : Medical Latin, from Greek nystagmos nodding, drowsiness, from nystazein to nod, be sleepy, from PIE *sneud(h)- to be sleepy.

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20:09

Trumps campaign for popularity "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Seven months after becoming US president Donald Trump is turning to campaign style meetings in apparent attempt to prove his popularity, or to stoke his ego, or something. He succeeded at winning the election in part through his campaigning, so seems to think it will win popularity as president as well. Yesterday he had a []

20:00

Trump Toon "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Morten Morland The Times

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20:00

Daily Proverb "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Proverbs 24 13 My child,[b] eat honey, for it is good, and the honeycomb is sweet to the taste.

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19:20

General chat "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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

19:15

Media watch Thursday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

24 August 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 []

14:05

World watch Thursday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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

14:01

August 24 in history "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

79   Mount Vesuvius erupted. The cities of PompeiiHerculaneum, andStabiae were buried in volcanic ash.

1198 King Alexander II of Scotland, was born (d. 1249).

1200  King John of England married Isabella of Angouleme in Bordeaux Cathedral.

1215  Pope Innocent III declared Magna Carta invalid.

1349 Six thousand Jews were killed in Mainz  after being blamed for thebubonic plague.

1391  Jews  massacred in Palma de Mallorca.

1456  The printing of the Gutenberg Bible was completed.

1511 Afonso de Albuquerque of Portugal conquered Malacca, the capital of the Sultanate of Malacca.

1556   Sophia Brahe, Danish horticulturalist and astronomer, was born (d. 1643).

1561 Willem of Orange married duchess Anna of Saxony.

1591 Robert Herrick, English poet, was born  (d. 1674).

1662 Act of Uniformity required England to accept the Book of Common Prayer.

1759 William Wilberforce, English abolitionist, was born (d. 1833).

1814  British troops invade Washington, D.C. and burned down the White House and several other buildings....

11:15

Air New Zealand Is Coming After Americans With A Talking, Flying Kiwi "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The small airline known for its innovations and kooky safety videos is taking its first big swing at the fast-growing U.S. and Canadian market.

Air New Zealand has a thing or two to teach Americans. First and foremost: that a kiwi is a type of bird, its not extinct, and despite being flightless, it is capable of flying perfectly wellat least when strapped into one of Air New Zealands coach seats.

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11:05

Ardern on Tax the facts "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

From the Comrade Jacinda parody account, but like all good parodies, close to the truth

 


10:51

The Jacciahs first 3 weeks "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

 


10:38

Damian Light to lead United Future "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

UnitedFuture announces new leader @damianlighthttps://t.co/4a02fzhbkA pic.twitter.com/58ylTPurHV United Future (@UnitedNZ) August 23, 2017 Damian was deputy leader and the only visibly active member of United Future other than Peter Dunne so this is no surprise. Ive met Damian, hes a nice guy, and intelligent enough to know how hard things are going to be for []

10:35

Trump in Phoenix "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Adam detests Trump. Adam thinks Trump is a disgrace, but he believes in free speech, so here is the lying braggart with his fake tan in full flow in Arizona today, aided and abetted by his VP Pence.


10:23

Taxing business "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

A reasonably lengthy post, but well worth reading;plus read the comments thread as there are some interesting points made there also

croaking cassandra

One subject that seems destined to get little attention in the current election campaign is the appropriate tax rate to be applied to business income.  As Ive noted previously, our company tax rate is now in the upper third of those in OECD countries.  And if there is any discussion at all in this campaign, it seems more likely to centre on plans to raise more money from companies   foreign companies anyway.   The government has just announced measures designed to have that effect, and parties on the left seem keen on doing even more, under the cover of OECD-coordinated moves in that direction.

I was talking to some tax people yesterday, which prompted me to dig out the OECD data on company tax rates and company tax revenue.  Both matter.  A country can have quite a high statutory headline company tax rate but also have so many

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09:30

Green candidate now standing in Ohariu "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The Green party has just announced they will now stand a candidate in the Ohariu electorate. Last November it was suggested that Labour and the Greens may be doing some deals in electorates. TVNZs Breakfast @Breakfaston1 Good morning, @avancenz joins us soon with exclusive details of backroom deals between Labour and the Greens ahead of next []

09:03

Labours Janus faces "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Gareth Morgan has been in trouble for suggesting, in a sexist tweet, that Jacinda Ardern has the face of a pig. If I were to characterise the Labour Party of the Ardern era, then I would use a different metaphor. I think that the party is a little like the Roman god Janus, who had []

08:47

NZ First disarray on asset buyback policy "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

NZ First has struggled to get attention in a volatile election campaign, but they attracted the wrong sort of attention today at Business NZ conference at Te Papa. MP Richard Prosser caused a stir he warned he would set the cat among the pigeons with comments on a State buyback of power company []

08:00

Whaleoil Backchat "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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07:00

My generation is no longer their generation "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The rise of Jacinda Ardern and the resignation of Peter Dunne show New Zealands political scene is heading towards a generational change, writes Tim Watkin. A stark difference has arisen between the two major parties in recent days one doubling down on old ways and another bursting with new generation vibes. Peter Dunnes resignation []

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06:31

Country matters #6 "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Michael Baume in the Spectator on cow dialects:
Keeping inequality in proper perspective, the London Evening Standard last week ran a full page article quoting Sir Patrick Stewarts US National Public Radio talk explaining that the dialects of British cows moos reflect, like their human counterparts, a society dominated by class, social status and location. He noted that the sound made by a cow from West Oxfordshire, birthplace and home to many right of centre politicians, is quite an upper-class bray compared with those from West Yorkshire. The National Farmers Union backed this up, maintaining that when cows are mo(o)ved from one area of strong accents to another, there is a problem of them initially not responding to the new accent. Cows in the West Country have the distinctive Somerset twang (more of a moo-arr) while Midlands beasts moo with Brummie accents and Geordie tones are heard Tyneside. And in the US, those bred in the southern states sound very different from the moos heard in the north. In the Anglospheres animal farms, all cows are not equal.
I wonder if this is the case in New Zealand, that a Friesian from Southland might have a different moo from a Waikato Friesians, perhaps with a hint of a burr. 

Nationals Bill English is a farmer from Dipton in Southland and Labours Jacinda Ardern is from Morrinsville in the Waikato, so perhaps this could be a question in the Leaders Debate come the election. Can they tell the difference between regional moos? 

06:30

This needs to be repeated until it sinks in "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

At least somebodys awake. This needs to be repeated until it sinks in. Europe must wake up, urges Poland Interior minister Mariusz Blaszczak, telling state TV that we are dealing with a clash of civilizations, where Muslim enclaves form support bases for terrorists. The official, a member of the ruling rightwing Law and Justice Party (PiS), said he []

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06:30

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Scumber  the dung, particularly that of a bear, dog or fox; to defecate; to void excrement.


Filed under: language Tagged: scumber

06:24

Bougainville group adamantly against renewed mining "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Radio New Zealand |  23 August 2017

A group calling itself Bougainvilleans United Against Mining has re-stated its opposition to a resumption of mining at Panguna.

The government in the autonomous Papua New Guinea province wants the huge copper and gold mine re-opened to give the economy a lift ahead of the independence referendum to be held in 2019.

Bougainvilles Mining Minister Raymond Masono this week applauded a joint resolution by ex-combatants to back the re-opening, but one of those praised by the minister, a former Bougainville Revolutionary Army commander, James Onartoo, said he and his group do not support it.

Mr Onartoo said their group, which includes many women, landowners and ex-combatants, will not support Panguna being re-opened, or mining anywhere on Bougainville.

Members of the group joined a blockade that stopped the Autonomous Bouginaville Government (ABG) from signing a memorandum of agreement with landowners at Panguna two months ago.

Mr Onartoo says the ABG is weak and lacks the l...

06:00

Toxic language detection is totally inadequate "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Alphabet (nee Google) is working on Perspective, which is a machine learning algorithm that tries to detect toxic language. Perspectives got a ways to go, and some of the errors the program has been shown to make are enough to cause one to question if machines will ever be able to parse meaning-laden human expression []

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05:46

The Prefu "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Not the lolly scramble many hoped for.

RNZ has a sober article

Consequently, PREFU suggests that Labour will impose more and higher taxes..

The full PREFU is here.prefu17

Look forward to all the lies and obfuscatiom.


05:32

The political ads Labour "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

First up is Labours new ad

Is it credible?

Very much focused on Ardern?

Was anyone else struck by the grandiose promises?

Did they really promise Homes for all who will pay for these?

What will that promise cost?

Is it false advertising?

 


05:30

Yellow paint spilled all over Wellington "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Pollen season has arrived early this year, and its causing some concern for environmentally aware Wellingtonians. The Greater Wellington Regional Councils hotline is being inundated with calls from people reporting paint spills in waterways, but it turns out to be pollen. Environmental regulations manager Al Cross said the council doesnt want to discourage people ringing []

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05:26

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

An example might be the NZ Greens are a group of fopdoodles.

Homepaddock

Fopdoodle   stupid or insignificant fellow; fool; simpleton; someone of little significance.

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05:24

Farmers pledge will work where water tax wont "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

This post is well worth a look

Homepaddock

Farming leaders have pledged to make rivers swimmable:

In a first for the country, farming leaders have pledged to work together to help make New Zealands rivers swimmable for future generations.

The Farming Leaders Pledge has been signed today by a group of New Zealand pastoral farming leaders, that represent over 80% per cent of that countrys farmed land, committing them to an ambitious goal of working to make New Zealands rivers swimmable for their children and grandchildren.

Group spokesperson, Federated Farmers President and West Coast dairy farmer Katie Milne says the intent behind the pledge is clear.

Many of our rivers are not in the condition we all want them to be. We are doing this because we want our kids and their kids to be able to swim in the same rivers that we did as children.  And by swim we mean swim. Its as simple as

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05:00

Mental Health Break "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Herbie and Nathan Fletcher: Peninsula South from Nixon on Vimeo.

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04:30

Cloudfare bans those with evil thoughts but not those with evil actions "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

You can now add Cloudfare to the long list of online platforms that pick and choose which voices are allowed free speech. They are not alone in their jihad on free speech. Paypal this week refused service to truth teller and free speech advocate Pamela Geller and also cut Robert Spencer and Jihad Watch from []

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04:00

Map of the Day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Countries currently eligible for SmartGate automatic border entry Click here for larger view

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03:30

Labour appear to have access to new physics and more money "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

David Farrar doesnt believe thats possible High speed rail to Tauranga for $20 million yeah right The Herald reports: Labour leader Jacinda Arderns $20 million promise to link passenger rail services between Tauranga and Auckland has already hit a snag, with Port of Taurangas boss questioning its likelihood.  Ardern pledged the $20m to establish the []

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03:26

Once We Were One: Review "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others. George Orwell Animal Farm Exploding the myths and lies By Roger Childs Andy Oakley was brought up in Cannons Creek where he mixed with many different ethnic groups. He cares deeply about New Zealand society and what the future holds. The key thesis []

03:00

Green Party leader James Shaw thinks Denial is a river in Egypt "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The Green Party leaders lack of political savvy has reached critical mass. Even his advisors have recognised what a mistake it was to use Metiria Tureis story of benefit fraud as an election stunt. One has fallen on his sword and resigned for his part in the debacle and one has been transferred sideways. Instead []

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02:30

Just who is Cindy? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Guest post This latest year or so in politics has been to say the least turbulent, and not only here in NZ, but in arguably our greatest partners in the World, the USA and the UK. First we had Brexit, and then President Trump. What impressed me most about Brexit and Trump was the obvious []

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02:10

Otaki Fatal Crash "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

91-year-old dies in mobility scooter crash with car Police say they are investigating a fatal crash involving a car and a mobility scooter in Otaki. Emergency services were called to Waerenga Rd, between Aotaki St and Kowhai Court, just after 4.30pm yesterday. A 91-year-old man who was on the scooter died later in Palmerston North Hospital. []

02:00

Photo of the Day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

King of Coke Pablo Emilio Escobar Gaviria was a Colombian born drug kingpin and often referred to as the King of coke. The drug lords ambition and ruthlessness made him one of the wealthiest, most powerful and most violent criminals of all time. Escobar, at one point, was the biggest drug dealer in the world. []

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02:00

Rural round-up "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Hard work earned admiration of all:

WHEN it came to work ethic, it would be hard to look past legendary North Otago market gardener Reggie Joe.

For more than 45 years, Joes Vegie Stall on State Highway 1 at Alma has been a landmark. From humble beginnings as a small roadside stall with an honesty tin, the business expanded to a busy operation, attracting a loyal following of customers.

His wife Suzie acknowledged it was his garden and customers that Mr Joe put first, followed by his family for whom he did it all.

His ambition in life was simple; to create a better future for his four children. Having known hardship firsthand, he was determined they would receive a good education.

Mr Joe died peacefully, surrounded by his family, in Dunedin Hospital on June 8, aged 82. . . 

Primary industries feel under siege as prospect of Labour-led govt firms:

INSIGHTS ABOUT THE NEWS The divide between regional and urban politics is being thrown into ever sharpening contrast as the election campaign unfolds. Agricultural industries and rural communities feel under siege in the looming election.

As reported in Trans Tasmans sister publication The Main Report Farming Alert, weeks ago the chances of a Labour-led government seemed unlikely, but now the chance of this happening seems possible with policies which could prove ruinous for NZs main export industries.

Labour will tax users of water, including farmers (but not those companies using municipal supplies). Both the Greens and Labour are committed to bringing agriculture into the emissions trading scheme and say the carbon price should be higher. They have not stated how high they want animal emissions to be taxed. . . 

Farming leaders pledge to make all rivers swimmable Gerard Hutching:

Farming leaders representing 80 per cent of the industry have pledged to make all New Zealand rivers swimmable, although they dont say how or by when.

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01:30

Bill English gets interviewed by a newspaper "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Asked what his biggest weakness was, English said he tried not to dwell on that question but instead focus on his strengths. In my case, I can be pretty dogged, pretty focused on the longer-term and stick at it. And where Im not so good on some things, thats what a team is for. []

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