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Thursday, 19 April

17:33

Funding the Web Commons, Or, How Do You Fund Crowdfunding? "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

A couple of years back, I decided to see if I could actually get funded by the communities who I created Disintermedia to inform and support. I started gathering information about different ways people could pay me over the internet, and adding it to a page called Help Disintermedia, which was initially created to publicly thank services like CoActivate that help us in non-monetary ways. First, I experimented with setting up the software to receive BitCoins, and put up a wallet address (is that right?), and over the next year that was followed by a link to a Patreon page, and then a Liberapay page. These micropatronage sites allow people to give small, regular amounts, and in theory, like newspaper subscriptions, many peoples small payments can add up. Im embarrassed to admit that so far, these efforts have been a dismal failure.

For a start, the BitCoin address I published was: 19KER7hfqXhZnHnnJ3VcGRr2w3i1v6e44e

But I have no idea now where this directs BitCoins to, or if anyone actually donated any, how to retrieve them. I just havent had the time to do all the reading required to fully understand how to use BitCoin; how to back up my wallet, how to accept payments to the same wallet from multiple devices, whether I can do this using the same address, so many questions! The same is even more true for other crypto-coins (FairCoin, FreiCoin, SolarCoin, NameCoin, FileCoin etc). If you can help me get to grips with any of this, especially if you are keen to donate to Disintermedia  please feel free to contact me.

Im also considering figuring out how to use Brave, Minds, SteemIt, Earn.io, and a bunch of other new systems that claim to offer ways of paying creators who contribute to the weaving of the free web. But seriously, figuring out which of these are honest, and viable, is a high-stakes research project in and of itself. With real money involved, theres no kind of software more attractive to bad actors, idealistic incompetents, and venture capitalists. They all take time to set up and learn to use well, and you cant get any benefit out of them without giving them real personal details and banking information. On top of that, theres a risk involved in implicitly endorsing them if they end up being dodgy.

Ive thought about experimenting with the newly relaunched Flattr 2.0, s...

15:55

The Late, Late Movie: Wild Geese "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Great cast with Burton,Moore and Harris; plus great support

14:55

The Late Movie: North Sea Hijack (1980) "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Roger Moore and James Mason lead a pretty good cast in this Andrew V. Mclaglen film

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

April 20 in history "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

1303 The University of Rome La Sapienza was instituted by Pope Boniface VIII.

1453 The last naval battle in Byzantine history when three Genoese galleys escorting a Byzantine transport fought their way through the huge Ottoman blockade fleet and into the Golden Horn.

1494 Johannes Agricola, German Protestant reformer was born (d. 1566) .

1534  Jacques Cartier began the voyage during which he discovered Canada and Labrador.

1535 The Sun Dog phenomenon observed over Stockholm and depicted in the famous painting Vdersolstavlan

1653  Oliver Cromwell dissolved the Rump Parliament.

1657 Admiral Robert Blake destroyed a Spanish silver fleet under heavy fire at Santa Cruz de Tenerife.

1657  Freedom of religion  was granted to the Jews of New Amsterdam (later New York City).

1689 The former King James II of England,  then deposed, lay siege to Derry.

1775 American Revolutionary War: the Siege of Boston began.

1792 France declared war on Austria, beginning of French Revolutionary Wars.

1809 Two Austrian army corps in Bavaria are defeated by a First French Empire army led by Napoleon I of France at the Battle of Abensberg on the second day of a four day campaign which ended in a French victory.

1810 The Governor of Caracas declared independence from Spain.

1828...

13:13

Sandy Hook Saga: Parents Suing Jones For Cruel and Dangerous Assertions "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Do you believe Sandy Hook was a False Flag? If so, then is a case of crisis actors yet again? It seems unlikely to me. Regardless of ones beliefs, this should be taken as indication that Alt. Media needs to tread carefully! AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) The parents of two children killed in the 2012 []

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12:16

366 days of gratitude "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Weve been having heating problems again.

The weather has been warm, so we havent missed it too much,  and the fix-it man turned up today, worked his magic and got the motor which heats the water which heats the house going again for which Im grateful.

11:00

Thursday nightcap "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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10:51

On living under a hyperreal sky "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

On the morning of 11 August 1993, my partner and I took a train and then a bus from Milan, where we lived, to Courmayeur, an alpine town near the French border. We didnt book any accommodation, but headed with our blankets a little way up Mont Blanc, in search of an open space protected from the lights of the city. It was the night of the Perseids, or tears of Saint Lawrence, when the

10:30

Ayn Rand: Phil Donahue interview 1980 "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

If you have a great Youtube or Vimeo video to share send it to videos@whaleoil.co.nz The post Ayn Rand: Phil Donahue interview 1980 appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

10:00

Tech Thursday "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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09:30

The Jordan Peterson Interview "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

If you have a great Youtube or Vimeo video to share send it to videos@whaleoil.co.nz The post The Jordan Peterson Interview appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

09:00

The freebird club: Senior citizens fighting loneliness "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

If you have a great Youtube or Vimeo video to share send it to videos@whaleoil.co.nz The post The freebird club: Senior citizens fighting loneliness appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

08:30

Daily roundup "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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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 [] The post Whaleoil backchat appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

07:30

Tweet of the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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07:00

Lets talk "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

What was the happiest or one of the happiest days of your life? If you could change one thing about yourself what would it be?   The post Lets talk appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

06:30

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Equivocate  to use equivocal language especially with intent to deceive; to avoid committing oneself in what one says; to use ambiguous or unclear expressions, usually to avoid commitment or in order to mislead; prevaricate or hedge; speak in a way that is intentionally not clear and confusing to other people, especially to hide the truth.

06:30

Old white man of the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Quote: Burt Munro, known as the fastest man from New Zealand, became internationally known for the records he broke at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah in the 1960s. In eleven record attempting trips to the National Speed Week, the Kiwi broke three world records on his Indian motorcycle one of which still stands [] The post Old white man of the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

06:22

TOMORROW IS POPPY DAY "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The theme for this years RSA Poppy Appeal, not all wounds bleed, highlights the fact that mental health injuries are the most common, but least understood, of all wounds suffered by New Zealand servicemen and women. 

75% of New Zealand's veterans with a mental health injury resulting from their service are under the age of 45. 

Please give generously.

 

06:00

Sudoku quiz "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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05:30

A tough love message that needs saying: Part three "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The following is a guest post from the blog Red Pill Jew. Due to its length, I have divided it into three posts so we can better absorb its message. This was not easy to write; I suspect it will be difficult to read as well.  I dont want to be harsh, I dont want to [] The post A tough love message that needs saying: Part three appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

05:00

Mental health break "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Nothing beats good ballet for visuals and music (not even Opera which can come a close second for me at times). Top for me is Prokofiev Romeo and Juliet Macmillan 2000. Prokofievs Romeo and Juliet extract 1. The Capulets have a ball, Romeo gate-crashes in a mask, and Juliet is introduced to us. She dances [] The post Mental health break appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

04:50

Five Eyes demand action on Russia hacking "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

British prime minister Theresa May. Photo EPA/Will Oliver

LONDON AAP

Russias cyber warfare attacks on the United Kingdom and its links to chemical weapons have prompted four countries in the Five Eyes security alliance to demand action.

The prime ministers of Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the UK met in London to discuss cyber security, and Russias attacks in particular.

The cooperation between our nations allowed us to trace Februarys NotPetya hack to Russia, UK Prime Minister Theresa May said in the meeting on Wednesday local time.

Russia is using cyber as part of a wider effort to attack and undermine the international system.

Its interference over the past year has included attacks on the public sector, media, telecommunications and energy sectors.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said illegal conduct from Russia cannot be tolerated.

Whether it is a chemical attack in Syria, the use of a nerve agent on British soil, or the expanding cyber attacks across the internet these must be resisted, they must be protected, they must be identified, Mr Turnbull told the meeting.

Mrs May said Russia is using disinformation campaigns to distort the truth of what happened in chemical weapons attacks in Salisbury and in Syria.

I have been clear to Russia that we know what it is doing. And we should be in no doubt that such cyber warfare is one of the great challenges of our time, she said.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said the four nations, who along with the United States make up the Five Eyes security alliance, stood in solidarity with the UK.

...

04:30

Climate change is so last century "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

We now have to achieve Climate Restoration. Quote: The Left, in the form of the think tank RAND, has gone full Luddite: Since the 1992 United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, society has organized efforts to limit the magnitude of climate change around the concept of stabilization that is, accepting some climate change [] The post Climate change is so last century appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

04:00

Map of the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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03:30

Rural round-up "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Zespri says Gold3 licensing tender to generated as much as $195M in 2018  Rebecca Howard:

 (BusinessDesk) Zespri Group said corporate revenue from the 2018 allocation of the Gold3 license release will be $190 million to $195 million, or around $253,000-to-$260,000 per hectare, a figure that is up on the prior year.

The range is the combined revenue estimate resulting from 700 hectares of Gold3 licence, and 50 hectares of Gold3 Organic new development licence, both released under a closed tender bid mechanism, New Zealands statutory kiwifruit exporter said in a release. The validation process for all bids is still ongoing and all bidders will be notified of their outcome from May 1. . . .

Water quality results show pleasing improvements:

Federated Farmers says all the hard work being done to improve our freshwater quality is starting to pay off.

The release of the National River Water Quality Trends by Land, Air, Water Aotearoa (LAWA) show that many more sites are improving than deteriorating for all the river water quality parameters monitored over a 10 year period.

There are lots of good things going on, both urban and rural, to help improve the quality of our waterways, Federated Farmers water and environment spokesperson Chris Allen says.

It is very good news. To see that the effort being made is starting to show results. . . 

Bigger role for water companies in farm strategy:

Irrigation companies have a bigger role to play in helping farmers make strategic decisions on land use, future innovation strategist Roger Dennis says.

Dennis is a key-note speaker at Agri Innovation in Ashburton on 2 May, held jointly by MHV Water, Ashburton Lyndhurst Irrigation and Barrhill Chertsey Irrigation.

He says many organisations influence farmers, but none is more agnostic about how farmers use their land than the company that delivers their water. . . 

Irrigation body confident of b...

03:30

Caption competition "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Totays cabzion combetizion is ein doosy. haffe fun. The post Caption competition appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

03:00

Newspaper spruiks mass immigration, gets whacked by readers "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The Australian used its front page today to spruik for big Australia and continued mass migration. Readers were not impressed. Quote: a landmark report released by Treasury and the Department of Home Affairs makes the case for a big Australia [] the report found that skilled migrants were delivering an economic dividend, lifting the standard [] The post Newspaper spruiks mass immigration, gets whacked by readers appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

02:30

New Zealands history of political gifts "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Our class-less leader Jacinda Ardern thinks that a cheap stuffed Kiwi made in China is an appropriate gift for a powerful world leader like Germanys Angela Merkel. Traditionally a gift from the Prime Minister of New Zealand to other leaders is a quality gift that was New Zealand made or especially significant to the recipient [] The post New Zealands history of political gifts appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

02:00

Thursdays quiz "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

You are invited to pose the questions.

Anyone who stumps everyone will win a virtual batch of apple muffins.

02:00

View from your window "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Where do you think todays photo was taken? Yesterdays photo: Maungatapu peninsula from Hairini causeway at dawn, Tauranga. ** Dear readers please send us your photos if you want VFYW to continue. Please try to ensure that part of the window is in the photo. It doesnt have to be taken from a house but [] The post View from your window appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

01:43

How To Unleash Your True Power As A Creator, Truthseekah "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

How To Unleash Your True Power As A Creator, Truthseekah

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Tell us who you are and how you got to where you are now...

Seems as great a place to start a discussion as any other.
After going through a period of religion, a deeper revelation dawned that the occult and mystic arts had more to do with being a powerful creator, rather than just a servant of one, that realization carries with it certain obligations, namely, that it honors ones creator if one is also a creator.
But, guilt, fear and pain, while unpleasant, are in fact one of the principle drivers behind the creation of in many cases, great art and innovative, inspiring individuals.
A deep and personal conversation about what makes people who they are, is, sometimes, the easiest way to see ones own path to a better future.
Please listen, laugh, learn and ponder over this truly provocative conversation that touches on everything from religious indoctrination to making music that comes from the soul!

01:42

Donald Trump scrubs the TPP again "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

US president Donald Trump. AP Photo/Alex Brandon

LOS ANGELES AAP

US President Donald Trump has again turned his back on the Trans-Pacific Partnership after just days ago raising the prospect he might consider rejoining the massive free trade agreement with Australia, Japan and nine other allied nations.

Mr Trump, at the end of a two-day visit by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at Mar-a-Lago in Florida, told reporters he was now actively pursuing a bilateral deal with Japan.

The US is committed to free, fair and reciprocal very important word trade and we are committed to pursuing a bilateral trading relationship that benefits both of our great countries, Mr Trump told Wednesdays press conference.

Australia, Japan, New Zealand, Canada, Singapore, Brunei, Peru, Vietnam, Chile, Malaysia and Mexico moved ahead on the TPP without the US and in March had a formal signing ceremony for the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), also known as TPP11.

Mr Trump also told reporters on Wednesday he was looking forward to meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in coming weeks in the hope of ridding the rogue nation of its nuclear weapons.

Hopefully that meeting will be a great success, Mr Trump said.

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01:36

CREDIT WHERE CREDITS DUE ... PERHAPS "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Readers will know I'm no fan of President Trump (nor his opponent in the 2016 elections).    Indeed, I think James Comey is pretty much on the money in his description of him.

But all that aside it appears his shear unpredictability as President may have forced the North Koreans to the negotiating table ... if he manages to pull this off he will have achieved what no other US President in recent times came close to.

Lotsa water to flow under the bridge and the talks (if indeed they take place) might well end in failure but, if I were a betting man, I would put money on them resulting in some easing of tensions accompanied by ???    The reality is the tough regime of US orchestrated sanctions are biting and the DKR needs to have them lifted either in whole or in part.   This, coupled with the limited economic reforms now being championed by Kim3, means the time might now be right for a constructive dialogue between the two nuclear nations.

If President Trump can pull this off he deserves kudos for that even though my opinion of him is unlikely to change.  


01:30

All sorted, Taranaki oil and gas workers have a lifeline "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Taranaki oil and gas workers have received a lifeline for their future employment: Quote: The Northern Territory government has lifted a ban on hydraulic fracturing of onshore gas that will open up more than half of the territorys land mass to the controversial practice. The first exploration fracking by petroleum companies is expected to occur early next [] The post All sorted, Taranaki oil and gas workers have a lifeline appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

01:15

Charter school rally outside Jacinda Arderns office "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

A rally outside the Prime Ministers office has been organised for Sunday the 29th. Quote: Dear charter school supporters, Thanks to your efforts, 3000 New Zealanders have signed a petition at www.savecharters.kiwi which urges the Government to end its plans to close charter schools. I have invited the Prime Minister to accept our petition outside her electorate [] The post Charter school rally outside Jacinda Arderns office appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

01:00

Photoshop of the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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00:30

Food, Glorious Food: Shepherds Pie "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Note you can use either beef or lamb for this dish. There are many, many variations on this recipe. So experiment. Use exotic spices for example.

00:30

Outrage over euthanasia pod "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

This a pretty cool solution to offing oneself without making too much of a mess. Predictably it has outraged some people. Quote: The announcement of the worlds first 3-D printed euthanasia machine has been met with outrage in the country its to be unveiled in. Australian Philip Nitschke, a prominent international euthanasia advocate, has built [] The post Outrage over euthanasia pod appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

00:15

Book review: You Are Awesome "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Todays review of You Are Awesome by Matthew Syed is by Alwyn Poole from the Villa Education Trust. The trust runs three schools, two of which are charter schools that are both fighting closure by the Labour government. The trust has been given the opportunity by international publishers Hachette NZ to sell great books at great prices! Their [] The post Book review: You Are Awesome appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

00:08

Flying Triangle UFO Sightings Over New Jersey "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

What exactly was that in the night sky over Wall Township on St. Patricks Day? Was it a UFO, or was it something else? Jeff Wallace, 43, of Wall, would sure like to know. He was driving to pick up his stepdaughter from the Quick Chek on Belmar Boulevard that Saturday night, when he observed []

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00:00

A quiet revolution "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Before I start, do you have any idea how hard it is to find a photo of only men in an office workplace environment? No matter how hard I tried there were virtually none. I could find the occasional photo of just two men together in an office, but more than that was impossible. [] The post A quiet revolution appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

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23:53

"Everyone wants to live at the expense of the State..." "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"



"Everyone wants to live at the expense of the State. They forget that the State lives at the expense of everyone."~ Frederic Bastiat
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23:50

Packing Their Bags For Downing Street "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Jeremy Corbyn and Tom Watson are packing their bags for Downing Street, as Theresa May, Amber Rudd, Gavin Williamson, and Boris Johnson, are having a secret meeting, to determine if their combined IQs can reach a double digit. Johnson of course being unbelievable at least since his Aid flights to Anguilla contained no Aid, but []

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23:45

Arderns Today Interview Aargh! "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

NBCs Today Show ran this interview with Jacinda Ardern

And you thought the 60 Minute interview was bad.

This interview is awful, Ardern and Gayford are simperingly twee at times.Tthen she says she was upset at a comparison to Trump. Well given the anti-immigarnt views of her government the comparison is not unreasonable.

23:30

I bet she gets told Five Eyes is now Four Eyes "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Jacinda Ardern is going to a meeting of Five Eyes partners. Quote: Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern will attend a security and intelligence meeting with her British, Australian, and Canadian counterparts today amid accusations that Russia is behind cyberattacks on millions of computers around the world. Ardern is seeking advice from the GCSB (Government Communications Security [] The post I bet she gets told Five Eyes is now Four Eyes appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

23:30

Trumps pre-emptive strike "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Chris Riddell The Observer

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This cartoon has neat nuances when you look carefully.

23:15

Mark Mitchell: The cost of prisons cannot be an excuse not to put people in prison "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The Prime Ministers Chief Science Advisor recently released a report that said being tough on crime is to blame for rising prison costs and inmate numbers, which will be music to Andrew Little and Grant Robertsons ears. The cost of prisons cannot be an excuse not to put people in prison, if thats where they need to be.   The post Mark Mitchell: The cost of prisons cannot be an excuse not to put people in prison appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

23:00

Yet you let Twyford attack Chinky-sounding names "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Perhaps if Jacinda had stopped Twyfords scurrilous attack on people with Chinky-sounding names she might not have been compared to Donald Trump: Quote: Jacinda Ardern has told a top-rating American television show she was infuriated by being compared to US President Donald Trump. NBC talk show Today ran a pre-recorded feature on the Prime Minister overnight called Pregnant and [] The post Yet you let Twyford attack Chinky-sounding names appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

23:00

Private property is private regardless of size "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Increasing numbers of visitors are increasing problems for landowners who may restrict or refuse access.

This was one of the issue identified by Walking Access Commission Ara Hkoi Aotearoa in the South Island High Country Access Report.

One landholder, who has a popular walkway that crosses his property, spoke of the numbers of people increasing from approximately 30,000 per year in 2013 to an expected 70-100,000 people in 2017.

While most private landholders, the Department of Conservation and local authorities all agreed that the percentage of poorly behaved visitors wasnt getting worse, the number increases mean the impact of poor behaviour is still growing.

One noted issue was the impact of the internet making it harder to predict which walks/areas will become popular one viral Instagram post or YouTube video can result in thousands more people coming to a place previously only known to locals.

Increased numbers and unpredictability are also making landholders warier of opening new access points. A farmer happy to have a track with 1000 people per year might be less willing to do so if they are fearful they will instead have 20,000 people per year.

With more people you get more problems with people who dont understand outdoor etiquette leave gates as you find them, dont disturb stock, take only photos, leave only footprints. . .

Friends have a musterers hut near a walking trail. Trampers found the key, went into the hut, turned on the gas, used it and left it on, left rubbish then posted where to find the key on social media.

Many interviewees pointed out that numbersin themselves are not necessarily a bad thing, but rather it is the unpredictability and thelack of control over where people go that can cause problems. Positives of increased numbers include more money owing into regions, and more opportunities for farmers to diversify their income streams to help subsidise bad years in their core operation such as accommodation on trails, concessions for guided tours, and more. . . 

The lack of appropriate infrastructure to go along with tracks and trails was noted repeatedly, in particular a lack of toileting facilities and the impact that has on the environment. . . 

Who pays for the infrastructure and attends to its upkeep? Landowners who get no return for access dont want to, nor do councils with small rating bases when most of the visitors arent ratepayers....

22:30

Around Britain:Cockles Old Leigh On Sea, circa 1950s "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Nestled on the banks of The Thames Estuary and close to Southend, this little fishing village was one we visited frequently when Adam was a boy. My grandfather would often take the family on a Sunday drive to Southend. In the late afternoon before returning to London we would go to Leigh for cockles, with buttered white bread and my Nana would have a plate of whelks. Sometimes my Grandfather and my Dad would time our arrival so they could get a pint of beer.

This clip is from around that time or a few years before.

Very fond memories.

Have been back in later years and Old Leigh is still quite pleasant, though the overall area is much changed.

22:30

Actually, Paul Spoonley, you are wrong "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

A local politician in Auckland is defending his racist rants on Facebook as free speech, but says he is sorry if his words have caused offence: Quote: Derek Battersby has used his social media page to rail against Asians, celebrate a fatal police shooting, and call Minister for Women Julie Anne Genter a silly b.. He [] The post Actually, Paul Spoonley, you are wrong appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

22:00

Conflict of interest issues in PMs office, again "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

There has been much talk in the media recently about recruitment issues inside the prime ministers office. Recently the role of chief press secretary has made the news after Mike Jaspers moved to a new role. Stuff reported on 26 March: Quote: Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is looking for a new chief press secretary after [] The post Conflict of interest issues in PMs office, again appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

21:30

Russian Cyber Attacks Worldwide "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Blower London Daily Telegraph

Nine To Noon reports on Russian hacking threat

https://adamsmith.files.wordpress.com/2018/04/ntn-20180418-0909-gcsb_points_to_russian_cyber_attacks_on_nz-128.mp3

Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) director Andrew Hampton said the agency had been alerted by the US of the malicious cyber threat campaign targeting network infrastructure. 

In the agencys annual report in November, Mr Hampton said 396 serious incidents affecting New Zealand were reported last year, with indications 122 had connections to foreign intelligence agencies, including Russian state and state sponsored actors.

Mr Hampton told Nine to Noon this latest report from two of New Zealands Five Eyes partners has identified known compromises in particular sorts of equipment.

The GCSB had made the report available to New Zealand organizations so they could be aware of the potential threat, he said, and so they could contact the agency if they become aware of any vulnerabilities. More at Link

Perhaps this will cause the dispiritingly large number of apologists for Putin in our midstto reconsider. One would hope, but doubtless they will not.

Later in Checkpoint there was this item

https://adamsmith.files.wordpress.com/2018/04/ckpt-20180418-1743-gcsb_checkin...

21:30

Daily crossword "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

This is Subscriber Content. You can access subscriber content, including crosswords, polling, commentary and podcasts by subscribing to one of our membership packages. The post Daily crossword appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

21:19

Climate Change Committee announced, significant omissions "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

James Shaw, Minister for Climate Change, has announced the members of the Interim Climate Change Committee. The members have a wide range of relevant experience, but notably there is no farmer or oil and gas industry or transport representation. The Minister for Climate Change today announced the membership of the Interim Climate Change Committee, which []

21:15

Has your Whaleoil subscription expired? Do you want to upgrade or change your sub? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

If your subscription has not automatically renewed it may be because you hadnt ticked for it to automatically renew when you set it up or be because your credit card has expired or be because you have removed your credit card details from Paypal. or be because of insufficient funds If you want to update [] The post Has your Whaleoil subscription expired? Do you want to upgrade or change your sub? appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

21:01

Questions about Winston Peters and NZs foreign policy "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Winston Peters negotiated the roles of Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs. Some of his positions, especially on Russia, have been controversial and somewhat mysterious. Guyon Espiner asks some pertinent questions, like What is Winston Peters foreign policy, anyway? To outsiders New Zealand foreign policy must look like a riddle wrapped in []

21:00

Quote of the day "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Its amazing how we will suffer pain and abuse to keep our lives predictable. Well let our inner voices brutalize us, rather than live with the possibility that we might be wrong about how we see things. Well think, Well at least its a pain thats familiar. Uncertainty. Ruby Wax who celebrates her 65th birthday today.

21:00

Liberalism an explanatory video from The Economist "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Obviously it tackles this topic lightly, but reasonably effectively.

One small niggle it might have stressed a little more that todays progressives, are far from being Liberals and choosing Trudeau as a Liberal exemplar was the wrong decision. He is not one.

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 [] The post Whaleoil general debate appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

20:44

Fossil baleen whale discovery in New Zealand "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

This video says about itself:

36.4M-Year-Old Fossilized Skeleton May Be Oldest Baleen Whale Relative

12 May 2017

Whale fossil found in Peru is the oldest-known baleen whale relative ever discovered, according to research published May 11 in Current Biology.

From the University of Otago in New Zealand:

New genus and species of extinct baleen whale identified

April 18, 2018

University of Otago palaeontologists are rewriting the history of New Zealands ancient whales by describing a previously unknown genus of baleen whale, alive more than 27.5 million years ago and found in the Hakataramea Valley.

The new genus and species of extinct baleen whale is based on a skull and associated bones unearthed from the Kokoamu Greensand, a noted fossil-bearing rock unit in the South Canterbury and Waitaki district from the Oligocene period, which extends from about 33.9 million to 23 million years ago. At this time, New Zealand was an archipelago surrounded by shallow, richly productive seas.

Former PhD student in the University of Otagos Department of Geology, Cheng-Hsiu Tsai and his supervisor, Professor Ewan Fordyce, have named the new genus Toipahautea waitaki, which translates in Mori as a baleen-origin whale from the Waitaki region.

Professor Fordyce says the discovery is significant in...

20:35

German reaction to Ardern visit "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The visit if a prime Minister from a small remote country is not a big deal in Germany, but Jacinda Ardern has had some (relatively limited) coverage there. Collated by Geoffrey Miller in Twitter. Relatively little coverage in German media of @jacindaardern's visit to Berlin. Nothing from ARD/ZDF public broadcasters. The few reports on the []

20:30

Face of the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Quote: Barbara Bush, the beloved wife of one former president and mother of another, died at the age of 92 on Tuesday. The former First Lady and former President George H.W. Bush had the longest-lasting marriage in presidential history 73 years. As the Bush family matriarch, Barbara Bush dropped out of college to follow [] The post Face of the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

20:23

The Israel Folau furore continues "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

I have stayed away from the Israel Folau issue until now. A rugby player saying something silly doesnt sound very newsworthy to me. Someone with religious beliefs saying someone else will go to hell if they have different beliefs or sexuality is not new or unusual. Religious people have long claimed that everyone []

20:15

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The word for today is nudiustertian (adj) Pertaining to the day before yesterday. Source : The Free Dictionary Etymology : From Latin nudius tertius, literally, today is the third day. Earliest documented use: 1647. The post Word of the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

20:00

Daily proverb "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Proverbs 19 20 Get all the advice and instruction you can, so you will be wise the rest of your life. The post Daily proverb appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

19:45

Is Trump losing the plot. Or does he think people are stupid? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The clip focuses on Trumps new tweet where he flat out contradicts what he said to Lester Hale a year ago re Comeys firing.

19:20

Media watch Thursday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

19 April 2018 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 []

19:15

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. Note: I thought I scheduled a post for General Chat today but cant find it. If it turns up []

19:15

Trump Toon "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Christian Adams Evening Standard

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Emmanuel Macron, French President, has claimed he moderated Trumps proposed attack on Syria.

Both men have extremely high opinions of themselves.

19:10

Open Forum Thursday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

19 April 2018 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 []

15:55

The Late, Late Movie: The Ghost Train "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

This 1941 film starred Arthur Askey with Richard Murdoch. It was adapted from Arnold Ridleys famous play.

Nowadays if Ridley is remembered it is more likely as Godfrey in Dads Army.

He authored many plays over the years.

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

April 19 in history "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

65 The freedman Milichus betrayed Pisos plot to kill the Emperor Nero and all the conspirators were arrested.

531  Battle of Callinicum: A Byzantine army under Belisarius was defeated by the Persian at Ar-Raqqah (northern Syria).

1012  Martyrdom of Alphege in Greenwich, London.

1529 At the Second Diet of Speyer, a group of rulers and independent cities protested the reinstatement of the Edict of Worrms, beginning the Protestant Reformation.

1587  Francis Drake sank the Spanish fleet in Cdiz harbour.

1686  Vasily Tatishchev, Russian ethnographer and politician was born (d. 1750).

1713 With no living male heirs, Charles VI, Holy Roman Emperor, issued the Pragmatic Sanction of 1713 to ensure that Habsburg lands and the Austrian throne would be inherited by his daughter, Maria Theresa of Austria (not actually born until 1717).

1758  William Carnegie, 7th Earl of Northesk, Scottish admiral was born (d. 1831).

1770  Captain James Cook sighted Australia.

1770 Marie Antoinette married Louis XVI by Proxy marriage.

1775  American Revolutionary War began at the Battle of Lexington and Concord.

1782 John Adams secured the Dutch Republics recognition of the United States as an independent government. The house which he had purchased in The Hague, became the first American embassy.

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12:46

365 days of gratitude "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The weather which brought a light shower to our place last night left a sprinkling of snow on the Kakanui mountains.

They stood out against the blue sky this morning, freshly dressed in white, reminding me again how blessed we are to live where nature treats us to such beauty and for that Im grateful.

11:00

Wednesday nightcap *NSFW "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The myth of the socialist Scandinavian countries. **A bit of swearing so NSFW The post Wednesday nightcap *NSFW appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

10:30

Thomas Sowell on facts and free speech "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

If you have a great Youtube or Vimeo video to share send it to videos@whaleoil.co.nz Dr. Thomas Sowell (Economist) joins Dave to discuss his upbringing and Marxist past, free speech on college campuses, distinguishing between classical liberalism and libertarianism, and his new book Discrimination & Disparities. The post Thomas Sowell on facts and free speech appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

10:00

Wednesday weapons "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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09:30

The unconscious mind of the SJW "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

If you have a great Youtube or Vimeo video to share send it to videos@whaleoil.co.nz This is a very interesting explanation as to why the left ultimately veers towards totalitarianism, its a view that will spark debate. The post The unconscious mind of the SJW appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

09:00

The fraud of multiculturalism "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

If you have a great Youtube or Vimeo video to share send it to videos@whaleoil.co.nz The post The fraud of multiculturalism appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

08:44

Fraught family issues and intimidating judges "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Relationship breakups and family arrangements can be fraught with problems. Fathers in particular can be put in difficult positions, often feeling helpless in the legal system, with preference often given to mothers. Some estranged fathers have been taking their frustrations too far. NZH: Police protect judges at home from intimidating Family Court protesters Judges are []

08:30

Daily roundup "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

I want a racoon! How embarrassing   The post Daily roundup appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

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 [] The post Whaleoil backchat appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

07:21

DIFRNT STROKES "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"




An All black, a member of a cult that accommodates adherents  tossing homosexual men blindfolded from upper stories and almost total silence.
A Wallaby player suggests homosexual men might be consigned to hell and it becomes a massive media outrage.

The rugby gin swilling old farts bend over backwards to allow the AB to remove sponsors logos from his strip while a young fart who may or may not drink gin is facing a sponsor backlash when her man makes rather questionable threats that may or may not ever eventuate from his christian motivated faith, while the Islam adherent just carries on with a finger saluting the judeo christians.
Of course should  the poor buggers, pun intended,  survive their horrific dive they will almost certainly face additional life threatening repercussions, invariably life ending.

07:00

Lets talk "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Have any of you been fixed How old were you when you had it done? Did any of you regret it? Did any of the fixes fail? The post Lets talk appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

Lets talk "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Have any of you been fixed How old were you when you had it done? Did any of you regret it? Did any of the fixes fail? The post Lets talk appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

07:00

Tweet of the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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06:30

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Exculpatory  tending to clear from a charge of fault or guilt; removing blame; exonerative.

06:30

Old white man of the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

A grateful woman writes: Quote: This morning I placed the dirty laundry in the washing machine, pressed start and went next door for coffee. Later I transferred the clothes to my dryer, pressed a button and wash day was over. Gone is the drudgery of wash day of my childhood in rural Ireland in the 1950s. [] The post Old white man of the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

06:00

Swedish feminists are crazy "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Swedish feminists are not only crazy and illogical, they are also dangerous. Their so-called feminism is now indistinguishable from hardcore communism where the state gets to control everything.  Swedens Feminist Initiative wants political parties that criticise migration banned. Thats right, they only want political parties with an approved view on migration allowed to take part in [] The post Swedish feminists are crazy appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

05:30

A tough love message that needs saying: Part two "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The following is a guest post from the blog Red Pill Jew. Due to its length, I have divided it into three posts so we can better absorb its message. This was not easy to write; I suspect it will be difficult to read as well.  I dont want to be harsh, I dont want to [] The post A tough love message that needs saying: Part two appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

05:00

Mental health break "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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04:30

Photoshop of the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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04:00

Map of the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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03:30

Bite sized political nuggets "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Our tax and spend government has been busy making the New Zealand economy poorer. Inspired by the Act party bulletin here are some bite-sized political nuggets, to sum up the most recent attempts to damage our economy. Michael Cullens speech about tax: In his speech, Michael Cullen said that our attitude to tax is atavistic, [] The post Bite sized political nuggets appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

03:00

The Daily Encourager builds students up as Arderns government tears students down "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

There is a wonderful article on a New Zealand website called the Daily Encourager that has the byline: News that builds people up. It is a news story about South Auckland Middle School which is one of the three charter schools I visited and wrote about a few years ago. As I read the glowing [] The post The Daily Encourager builds students up as Arderns government tears students down appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

02:30

The other side is not dumb "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

It is an unfortunate trait of human nature that we tend to believe, absolutely, that our personal opinions are the only possible correct ones. We also tend to believe that good people, naturally, share our views. Anyone who disagrees with us is not just wrong, but a bad person. The internet only amplifies this trait. [] The post The other side is not dumb appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

02:00

View from your window "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Where do you think todays photo was taken? The winner of the one-kilo bag of Coffee Vice coffee beans from our generous sponsor Bluburd is Wanarunna as your estimate was closest to the actual floor. Congratulations I will e-mail you today. Yesterdays photo: This photo was taken on our trip to the US in Jan. It [] The post View from your window appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

02:00

Rural round-up "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Government should use tertiary funding to push Kiwis into primary industries Sarah Perriam:

Imagine two high school students.

One drops out to work in a factory.

The other finishes school, and now travels the world with chefs and photographers.

Theyre both 25 years old, and earning $100,000.

How did they do it? They chose to work in the food industry, which has for too long been called a primary industry. . . 

Interim climate change committee immediately asked how to deal with agricultural emissions Henry Cooke:

Climate Change Minister James Shaw has announced the members of a climate change committee and asked them to look at how to get agricultural emissions down.

The interim committee is chaired by David Prentice, who was most recently CEO and managing director of infrastructure firm Opus International Consultants, and features former Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment Jan Wright.

The interim group will be replaced when an independent Climate Change Commission takes over in May of 2019, when Shaw hopes to pass a Zero Carbon Act, with an amendment at select committee to deal with agriculture. . . 

MPI committed to efficient Mycoplasma bovis compensation payouts:

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) is committed to helping farmers affected by the cattle disease Mycoplasma...

02:00

Around Britain: Whitby Yards "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Despite having visited Whitby many times, much of this was new to Adam

Great clip

01:30

Who would ever have thought? Landlords passing on increased costs "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Who would ever have thought that if you load up landlords with increased costs that they wouldnt pass them on to tenants with increased rents? Clearly the government believed that little fairy tale. Reality is somewhat different. Quote: Extra costs for landlords are being blamed for rent rises around the country. The NZ Property Investors [] The post Who would ever have thought? Landlords passing on increased costs appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

01:13

Designing monetary policy committees "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

For a government trumpeting openness and transparency, this seems a strange way to proceed.

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Last week the Reserve Bank of Australia hosted a conference on Central Bank Frameworks: Evolution or Revolution.  I wrote last week about the paper by Reserve Bank Assistant Governor John McDermott, which was given at the conference.

But when the RBA yesterday released most of the rest of the conference papers, I noticed one that really should be relevant to the current New Zealand work underway reviewing and revising the Reserve Bank Act.  Unfortunately, it isnt a fully worked-up paper, but the slides on Robust Design Principles for Monetary Policy Committees have plenty of content (and no equations, for those wary of what they might offer in such contexts), and should offer food for thought for the Minister of Finance and his Treasury officials as they pull together the new legislation.  Unfortunately, as far as I can see, the proposed New Zealand model is mostly quite inconsistent with

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01:00

Oscars Song 1942 White Christmas "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Perhaps given the year, not an entirely surprising choice

01:00

Cartoon of the day by SonovaMin "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

All cartoons as seen exclusively on Whaleoil are available to buy as prints directly from SonovaMin.com The post Cartoon of the day by SonovaMin appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

00:59

Farmers want Molesworth to stay as farm "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Unfortunately I suspect we will get a Green solution

Homepaddock

Farmers want the countrys biggest farm Molesworth Station to stay as a farm.

. . .The Department of Conservation started an online survey on the future of Molesworth Station, between Marlborough and Canterbury, in January to gauge public appetite for a radical rethink of the farm.

The survey follows up a 2013 management plan for the 180,000-hectare Molesworth, about the size of Stewart Island, which looked to move the station away from its traditional farming focus to include more recreation and conservation activities.

But Molesworth neighbour Steve Satterthwaite, of Muller Station, said getting rid of farming could create major ramifications for the environment.

As far as Molesworth is concerned, I believe it should continue to be farmed and theres plenty of reasons as to why, he said.

Without farming, there could be pest problems and weed issues, as well as a huge fire risk, Satterthwaite said.

Weeds, pests

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00:55

That was then . . . "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Homepaddock

Remember how hard Labour and the Green Party campaigned against the then-National Governments appointing commissioners to Environment Canterbury?

That was then, this is now:

National Party spokesperson for Greater Christchurch Regeneration has welcomed the decision by Local Government Minister Nanaia Mahuta to follow the previous National Governments approach to keep the current Environment Canterbury (ECan) board.

Nanaia Mahuta is making a sensible decision to keep the current ECan Board and returning to a full democracy at the 2019 local body election, as the previous National Government had planned, Ms Wagner says.

Labour made plenty of noise about the lack of full democracy in Canterbury whilst in Opposition. Both present Ministers Eugenie Sage and Megan Woods led an aggressive campaign to have full elections immediately.

Yet again, now that Labour is in Government it has abandoned its policy and is continuing with the plan started by National.

Our long-term approach

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00:30

That was then . . . "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Remember how hard Labour and the Green Party campaigned against the then-National Governments appointing commissioners to Environment Canterbury?

That was then, this is now:

National Party spokesperson for Greater Christchurch Regeneration has welcomed the decision by Local Government Minister Nanaia Mahuta to follow the previous National Governments approach to keep the current Environment Canterbury (ECan) board.

Nanaia Mahuta is making a sensible decision to keep the current ECan Board and returning to a full democracy at the 2019 local body election, as the previous National Government had planned, Ms Wagner says.

Labour made plenty of noise about the lack of full democracy in Canterbury whilst in Opposition. Both present Ministers Eugenie Sage and Megan Woods led an aggressive campaign to have full elections immediately.

Yet again, now that Labour is in Government it has abandoned its policy and is continuing with the plan started by National.

Our long-term approach whilst in Government was designed to improve the standards at ECan. In 2009, the previous Government appointed commissioners to ECan following repeated poor performance by the council in achieving their regulatory requirements.

Thanks to the hard work of the commissioners and the strong, sensible leadership of Dame Margaret Bazley and David Bedford, Canterbury now has one of the best performing regional councils in New Zealand.

This has always been about making good decisions for Canterbury. The commissioners were put in to complete the water management plan for Canterbury which had languished under the leadership of the previous council.

Nanaia Mahutas decision shows that the long-term plan started in 2009 has been effective. Half of the members on ECan were elected in 2016 and the plan had long been for the full council to be elected in 2019.

ECan wasnt working with elected councillors.

Commissioners have improved performance. Half the board are now elected members and as National planned, all members will be elected at the next local body elections next year.

Phil Twyford appears to be signalling the government dont have money for light rail in Auckland "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

OK, I shamelessly stole my headline off Bernard Orsman, but it is a ripper. Quote. Government Minister Shane Jones is being dispatched to Australia on a PPP fact-finding mission as the Government looks for ways to pay for expensive infrastructure plans. Transport Minister Phil Twyford said today the Government was open for business for private investors [] The post Phil Twyford appears to be signalling the government dont have money for light rail in Auckland appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

00:30

Food, Glorious Food 5 Ramsay Winter Warmers "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Colder weather, time for comfort food with these dishes

00:19

Picnic for Peace 25 April, 12 noon , Auckland Domain "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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Picnic for Peace: 100 years of resistance to war

Anzac day 25 April 2018

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00:00

First do no harm "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

I shake my head in disbelief about the way that the government treats private landlords. It all started with a media beat up on landlords having special tax breaks. They didnt of course. They had all the same tax breaks as any other business and this is something our friends in the media do not [] The post First do no harm appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

Tuesday, 17 April

23:52

Comment: Winston Peters will keep us guessing "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Analysis To outsiders New Zealand foreign policy must look like a riddle wrapped in a mystery, perhaps clear only to the enigmatic deputy Prime Minister and New Zealand First leader Winston Peters. by Guy Espiner, Radio NZ That phrase is, of course, butchered and borrowed from Winston Churchill, who was trying to decipher Russian []

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23:30

Just a day after the appointment of pinkos to oversee intelligence we find out the Russians have been hacking here "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Just a day after the appointment of pinkos to oversee intelligence we find out the Russians have been hacking here: Quote. There are signs New Zealand organisations have been directly threatened by Russian state-sponsored hacking, GCSB director-general Andrew Hampton says. Attributing cyber incidents to particular countries is something that is carefully considered and is a [] The post Just a day after the appointment of pinkos to oversee intelligence we find out the Russians have been hacking here appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

23:17

Did Jacinda Ardern just give Angela Merkel a chinky made toy? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The media are lauding up this photo, of Jacinda Ardern giving Angela Merkel a cute stuffed toy. But should they be? If you search the net for kiwi stuffed toy what do you find? Well, what you find is you can buy these toys for US$0.50 as long as you buy 1000 pcs.  Alibaba has dozens [] The post Did Jacinda Ardern just give Angela Merkel a chinky made toy? appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

23:15

The red line of chemical weapons "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

After the United States, France and Britain intervened in Syrias civil war this past weekend over Bashar al Assads use of chemical weapons on innocent civilians, the question which is repetitively raised is why draw the red line over these weapons and not over civilians dying by other horrible means such as bombings, shootings or beheadings?  Aside from being against international law as agreed by Geneva Protocol (which Syria signed in 1968), what about the use of chemical weapons makes everyone erupt into loud, moral convulsions of horror? Its an understandable question and one worthy of some kind of explanation.   The post The red line of chemical weapons appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

23:00

Farmers want Molesworth to stay as farm "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Farmers want the countrys biggest farm Molesworth Station to stay as a farm.

. . .The Department of Conservation started an online survey on the future of Molesworth Station, between Marlborough and Canterbury, in January to gauge public appetite for a radical rethink of the farm.

The survey follows up a 2013 management plan for the 180,000-hectare Molesworth, about the size of Stewart Island, which looked to move the station away from its traditional farming focus to include more recreation and conservation activities.

But Molesworth neighbour Steve Satterthwaite, of Muller Station, said getting rid of farming could create major ramifications for the environment.

As far as Molesworth is concerned, I believe it should continue to be farmed and theres plenty of reasons as to why, he said.

Without farming, there could be pest problems and weed issues, as well as a huge fire risk, Satterthwaite said.

Weeds, pests and fires dont observe farm boundaries.

Any weed and pest management and fire prevention measures farmers do can be nullified if their neighbours arent doing their best too.

It was concerning the public could weigh in on the future of the Molesworth and potentially sway what happened with the station, he said.

It really concerns me that unaffected people that have no knowledge of the utilisation of Molesworth and the risk associated with not farming it can potentially have the input to sway the politicians or the decision-makers because of their numerical numbers, he said.

We are in the east of dry land zones, and if the fuel was allowed to be completely uncontrolled and public have unlimited access, the risk of a major fire in that environment would be one that would need to be considered seriously. . . 

Middlehurst Station farmer Susan Macdonald said she would like to see farming at the station continue, with the possibility of providing a little more public access.

She said it was important for farming at the station to continue for pest and weed reasons.

I would like to see it continue to be farmed in harmony with the environment and in harmony with peop...

23:00

Theyve wrecked the oil and gas industry and now they are coming for farmers "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

After taking the wrecking ball to the oil and gas industry it seems the government are now lining up the farming sector. The NZ Herald reports: Quote: A new climate change group has been immediately tasked with working out how New Zealand farmers can pay for their climate pollution. And the highly controversial decision about [] The post Theyve wrecked the oil and gas industry and now they are coming for farmers appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

23:00

Ardern changes language over Syria "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

NZs champion at pinhead dancing, PM Jacinda Ardern, gave another championship exhibition in Europe. In response to media questions Ms Ardern said NZ utterly accepts reasons for Syria strikes. So accepts is now utterly accepts.

However, not to be outdone Angela Merkel showed off her paces with this equivocation NZ and Germany are roughly in the same place re Syria and other matters. Marvellous piece of wriggle speak.

22:30

A range of voices that doesnt include any conservatives "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Andrew Little is making excuses for the appointment of dodgy lying journalists, mouthpieces for Kim Dotcom, anti-west conspiracy theorists, left-wing lawyers and former Soviet-era diplomats to provide some civilian oversight to the SIS. The NZ Herald reports: Quote: Justice Minister Andrew Little says he was surprised by some of the appointments made to a group [] The post A range of voices that doesnt include any conservatives appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

22:00

National asking hard questions about Hagers appointment "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Gerry Brownlee is asking hard questions. NewstalkZB reports: Quote: National is questioning the appointment of journalist and peace activist Nicky Hager to a new reference group set up by the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security, Cheryl Gwyn. Ms Gwyn announced the formation of the group on Monday, saying she stood in the shoes of the [] The post National asking hard questions about Hagers appointment appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

22:00

Trump Toon "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The Washington Post reports that President Trumps personal attorney Michael D. Cohen sometimes taped conversations. Trump has reason to worry beyond evidence of Russian collusion.

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21:45

Trevett seduced by Paris in the spring "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Claire Trevett overcome by Paris in the spring. There can be no other reason for the fluff piece masquerading as opinion in the NZ Herald today. Read like a piece for a womans magazine rather than a serious organ. Either that or she was channeling Bogart in Casablanca.

Alternatively she has been dusted with cherub dust from Les Trois Enfants Macron, Trudeau and Ardern.

Interestingly, it seems that Ardern and Trudeau share a similar fashion sense.

21:43

Replacement for commonsense "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The government has developed what it calls a Child Impact Assessment Tool. Essentially it's a template for testing any policy for its effect on children and seems to have been developed at the behest of the United Nations.

Having waded through it, including the separate section on possible 'differential' impacts on Maori children, I'm left with the one overwhelming response - it's a replacement for commonsense.

Sorry, no, I have another.

It is no wonder governments become so sprawling when you consider the hours and man power it took to devise this, and the hours and man power it will take to administer it.

21:34

Trump pushing weapon sales to Middle East "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

You would have to be cynical to think that this has anything to do with The virtue-bombing of Syria.  Arming the world: Inside Trumps Buy American drive to expand weapons exports In a telephone call with the emir of Kuwait in January, U.S. President Donald Trump pressed the Gulf monarch to move forward on a $10 billion []

21:30

Daily crossword "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

This is Subscriber Content. You can access subscriber content, including crosswords, polling, commentary and podcasts by subscribing to one of our membership packages. The post Daily crossword appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

21:28

Q: Is Trumps Brand Ayn Rand? "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"





It's said that Donald Trump got his narcissistic, winning-at-any-cost philosophy from reading Ayn Rands books. We are told that by former US Labor Secretary Robert Reich, among others, who reckons Trumps brand is Ayn Rand. But, explains Johan Norberg,  nothing could be farther from the truth. Reich et al are Dead Wrong.
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21:22

The virtue-bombing of Syria "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

There has been a lot of questioning of what looked like a largely symbolic missile strike on Syria. Donald Trump in particular, with the aid of the UK and France, made a big deal about mission accomplished, with limited damage of questionable targets and no idea what the flow on effects might be. There are []

21:15

Has your Whaleoil subscription expired? Do you want to upgrade or change your sub? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

If your subscription has not automatically renewed it may be because you hadnt ticked for it to automatically renew when you set it up or be because your credit card has expired or be because you have removed your credit card details from Paypal. or be because of insufficient funds If you want to update [] The post Has your Whaleoil subscription expired? Do you want to upgrade or change your sub? appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

21:00

Quote of the day "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Im a good person, I hope. But Im never as good as I want to be, never as nice as I want to be, never as generous as I want to be. David Tennant who celebrates his 47th birthday today.

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 [] The post Whaleoil general debate appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

20:51

Ardern utterly equivocates on Syrian missile strike "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Jacinda Ardern has been criticised for her weak language in response to the US, UK and French missile strike in Syria. Asked again about it on her visit to Germany she equivocated again. Yesterday Arderns previous comments were covered in Political Roundup: NZs fraught balancing act on Syria bombing New Zealand politicians and commentators are []

20:36

Near miss asteroid whizzed by in the weekend "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

An asteroid whizzed past us in the weekend with little warning it was on its way. It was only detected 21 hours before its closest approach, giving no time to do anything but observe. It missed Earth by about half the distance to the moon, so we werent close to disaster, but thats a near []

20:30

Face of the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Todays face of the day, Seven Sharp host Anika Moa, thought that the mature response to criticism of her tattoos was the knee-jerk reaction of getting another one. That will teach em! The post Face of the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

20:15

Ardern meets Merkel "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has moved on from France to Germany to meet chancellor Angela Merkel. RNZ: Merkel, Ardern discuss threats to world order Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has concluded warm and engaging talks with German chancellor Angela Merkel as she seeks to strengthen ties with one of the most powerful and experienced leaders in []

20:15

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The word for today is paseo (noun) 1. (a) A slow, easy stroll or walk outdoors. (b) The street, series of streets, or walkway along which such a walk is taken. 2. In bullfighting, the formal procession into the ring of the players, including the matadors, banderilleros, and horses, that occurs just before the [] The post Word of the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

20:00

Daily proverb "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Proverbs 18 20 Wise words satisfy like a good meal; the right words bring satisfaction. The post Daily proverb appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

19:20

Media watch Wednesday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

18 April 2018 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 []

19:15

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.

19:10

Open Forum Wednesday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

18 April 2018 This post is open to anyone to comment on any topic that isnt spam, illegal or offensive. All Your NZ posts are open but this one is for you to raise topics that interest you.  If providing opinions on or summaries of other information also provide a link to that information. Bloggers []

16:00

Crime: The Widower based on a true story "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

PLEASE NOTE E02 will not play with a US IP address

PLEASE NOTE E02 will not play with a US IP address

Excellent cast

14:05

World watch Wednesday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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

14:01

April 18 in history "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

1025 Bolesaw Chrobry was crowned in Gniezno, becoming the first King of Poland.

1480 Lucrezia Borgia, Florentine ruler and daughter of Pope Alexander VI, was born  (d. 1519) .

1506 The cornerstone of the current St. Peters Basilica was laid.

1518  Bona Sforza was crowned as queen consort of Poland.

1738 Real Academia de la Historia (Royal Academy of History) founded in Madrid.

1775  American Revolution: The British advancement by sea began; Paul Revere and other riders warned the countryside of the troop movements.

1783 Fighting ceased in the American Revolution, eight years to the day since it began.

1797 The Battle of Neuwied  French victory against the Austrians.

1831 The University of Alabama was founded.

1840 Samuel Revans printed the first newspaper in New Zealand.

Samuel Revans prints first newspaper

1847 A Maori raid on the Gilfillan farm at Matarawa, near Wanganui, left four family members dead.

Gilfillan killings near Wanganui

1848 American victory at the battle of Cerro Gordo opened the way for invasion of Mexico.

1880 An...

14:01

Oil and Gas and Nukes and Rainbows "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Ever feel like something that should have called for champagne and cigars just felt a little anticlimactic? by Martin Harris I remember the eighties like it was yesterday. Yeah, I know, Im getting old. One of the great memorable moments for many of us living in New Zealand in this decade was when the charismatic []

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13:30

BBC Radio Drama: Murder at the Vicarage by Agatha Christie with June Whitfield as Miss Marple "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Excellent cast including Nigel Davenport,Richard Todd, Imelda Staunton,Francis Matthews

13:00

History Brixton Market "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

We used to live some 40 years ago in Herne Hill and regularly shopped in the market.

This brought back memories.

12:35

365 days of gratitude "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Monday was washing day for my mother.

The job wasnt as arduous as it had been for her mother who had to boil a copper.

But the wringer washing machine Mum had made doing the laundry much more time consuming than the automatic one I have.

A lot of other housework is much easier now than it was for previous generations and Im grateful for that

 

12:06

SIMPLY UNBELIEVABLE "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

That the COL would agree to establish a reference group to assist the Inspector-General of Intelligence & Security carry out her role without reference to Parliament simply beggars belief.    That some of those so appointed have earned themselves a certain notoriety compounds the issue.

And let's be very clear.   The appointments will have been made by way of Ministerial warrant.   This is a government initiative and, dollars to donuts, will have been made without reference to our Five Eyes partners.    Make no mistake ... there will be consequences ... perhaps not immediately ... just a slow turning off of the tap.

Appears to me the Greens are well on the way to achieving what for them has always been a cause clbre ...  the editing of New Zealand out of Five Eyes.     But this can't be sheeted home just to the Greens.   Labour and Winston First along with the Greens are jointly and severally responsible. 


11:30

Warning could bring back bad memories "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Not all childhood memories are good ones. Many will remember this, and not fondly possibly one of the most unpopular people in town: What an excruciating noise. The murder house must have been a commonly used name. One shot in the video shows a treadle drill I suffered that once when the power []

11:00

Tuesday nightcap "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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10:30

Gun commercial "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

If you have a great Youtube or Vimeo video to share send it to videos@whaleoil.co.nz The post Gun commercial appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

10:00

Theological Tuesday "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Part III. REPLACEMENT THEOLOGY: TIME-HONOURED ERROR from Evangelical Zionism on Vimeo. The post Theological Tuesday appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

09:45

Arderns Paris Speech "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Jacinda Ardern gave a speech at university in Paris, where the audience was largely composed of students

The link above is to a video of the event below is the transcript

Apart from the paragraph which Adam has posted about earlier, there some other areas of concern of which more later.

Address to the Paris Institute of Political Studies

16 April 2018

Paris

I feel incredibly humbled and proud to be here today.  I also feel hopeful. 

Humbled because I come from a small country thousands of miles away. We are self-deprecating people, quick to downplay our relative importance, but in spite of that, one that has never been afraid to use its voice. 

And thats why I also feel proud. 

It may not seem obvious but in New Zealand the generations before me were shaped by the debate on Vietnam, the politics of sport and apartheid, and the nuclear-free movement. 

But my generation my generation will be shaped by climate change.

And when thinking about how this generation will react and how we will collectively respond, I feel hopeful. 

I havent always felt that that way.

In 2008 I ran for Parliament for the first time. I was 28 years old. The seat I was contesting was in the rural Waikato, the place I grew up and one that centred around our agricultural community.

A public meeting was held weeks before the election in the heart of the seat. As one of only a few meetings it was well attended. I brought my grandmother and mother as moral support and took position with the other candidates at the front of the hall for speeches and a question session. 

Near the end of the eventing I was asked two especially controversial questions. One on environmental regulation, the other on climate change.

I answered them both matter-of...

09:30

The police are threatening me "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

If you have a great Youtube or Vimeo video to share send it to videos@whaleoil.co.nz The post The police are threatening me appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

09:22

Controversial members of Intelligence and Security reference group "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Theres been a bit of consternation expressed over the members who have been named as members of the Intelligence and Security reference group panel. Im not sure there is real cause for concern. The members: Professor Rouben Azizian Director, Centre for Defence and Security Studies, Massey University Thomas Beagle Chairperson, NZ Council for []

09:05

Waikato Times letter of the week #85 "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

From the edition of Tuesday 10 April. As always, spelling, punctuation, grammar and logic are exactly as printed in the Waikato Times.


Trumps morals
I see you are still publishing reports of President Trump and his apparent poor morality. What about our prime minister who is going to have a baby out of wedlock.  Where are her morals.? What kind of example does she set for other women. But I would just imagine that her partner thinks that why buy the cow if the milk is so free. If she had told the New Zealand voters she was pregnant when she ran for office how many would have stayed away from her? So its best if we clean up our own backyard before we criticise others. Isnt this supposed to be a Christian country or has that just gone by the wayside too? I know you wont print this as its the truth and not fake news.

Jim Crain Sr
Hamilton

So here are the Band in 1983 with Milk Cow Boogie, Levon Helm on vocals, Richard Manuel on drums.

09:00

The Paris climate fraud "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

If you have a great Youtube or Vimeo video to share send it to videos@whaleoil.co.nz The post The Paris climate fraud appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

08:30

Daily roundup "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

roundup The post Daily roundup appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

08:00

Prime Minister mis-speaks in Paris speech "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

There has been some debate on Twitter today about a paragraph in a speech given yesterday by NZ Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.

The relevant paragraph is here:-

Address to the Paris Institute of Political Studies 16 April 2018

I entered Parliament that same year, but as an Opposition MP with my party losing that election after nine years in office. I distinctly remember sitting in the debating chamber and watching from the backbenches as legislation that brought in our emissions trading scheme was eroded, and as a committee of Parliament was established to question climate change. It felt to me like we were slowly but surely sliding backwards.

Then on Twitter there were various tweets on of the main threads was originated by Hamish Price

Peter Dunne, the former MP and Minister, was the Chair of the Select Committe and he responded:-

Later in response to a more explicit query from Hamish Price we had this:-

There has been quite a lot of negative comment re Arderns remarks, nut then the Labour trolls and fellow travellers piled in and some threads became involved in detailed semantic debates and the development of tortuous interpretations of language.

However, it seems quite clear to this observer that yet again Ardern lied and lied blatantly. She used an overseas speech to spin again an untruth so as to make an argument .

Hamish Price again:-

She was seeking to make herself the heroine in the eyes of her audience. It is probable that she will have succeeded, because the chances of her audience fact checking the claim are remote.

Furthermore, it is appalling that to date there appears to be no mention in NZ media of this spin and misinformation.

In addition, she may well have br...

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 [] The post Whaleoil backchat appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

07:30

Lets talk "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Swimming or sunbathing? Honesty or others Feelings? Dine in or delivery? The post Lets talk appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

07:14

Tooth decay sparks move to add fluoride to Darlingtons water "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

A MOVE to introduce a mineral to the water supply in a town where more than a third of five-year-olds have one or more decayed, filled or missing teeth has been revealed.

Some 63 years after being invited to take part in a five-year trial to test the benefits of adding fluoride to the water supply, Darlingtons council looks set to be urged to do so by one of its committees.

When it rejected the scheme in 1955 members of Darlington Town Council said they feared they were making a mistake, but residents did not all want fluoride in their water.

Seven years later, the Ministry of Health published the studys results, which found there had been a substantial improvement in the teeth of young children in the areas which agreed to the study and no evidence of harm from fluoridation had been discovered.

At a meeting of the councils children and young people scrutiny committee members heard a proposal to introduce fluoride to the towns water supply was being drawn up following a study which exposed stark differences between childrens oral health between areas where the mineral is or is not in drinking water.

Members were told childrens oral health was also closely linked to deprivation, but there were huge differences between the economically similar areas of Darlington and Hartlepool, where the latter has fluoride naturally in the water.

Councillor Anne-Marie Curry said fluoridated water was the least intrusive way of helping people look after their teeth.

She told the meeting: There is still a feeling that there should be a choice. If they dont want the fluoridated water we should suggest they filter it or drink bottled water.

Last year, Dr John Furness, a consultant paediatrician based at Darlington Memorial Hospital, said despite weekly extraction clinics for youngsters in the region, councils were refusing to pay for the fluoride to water because of the cost involved.

Durham County Council has heard while 61 per cent of children were suffering decay in the Woodhouse Close area of Bishop Auckland, just six per cent were in the Chester-le-Street South division, where fluoride has been added to the water supply since the 1960s, at a cost of around 50,000 a year.

However, campaigners say there is no conclusive evidence about the benefits of adding the mineral to the water supply.

After being told about the possible move in Darlington, Professor of Health Policy at Kent University Stephen Peckham said schemes which had seen NHS staff support families were far more effective than fluoridation....

07:00

Tweet of the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The post Tweet of the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

06:30

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Beaze to dry in the sun.

06:30

Old white man of the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Yesterday we thought about the modern woman, the Julie Anne Genter type, and her ability to grab a convenience meal out of the fridge and pop it in the microwave. But, how did the fridge get there?  Spoiler alert: Old white men were responsible. Quote: Before refrigeration systems were invented, people used to cool food [] The post Old white man of the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

06:00

The Labour party of yesteryear represented the middle "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

We are less than six months into a Labour, NZ First, Green Coalition and we must compare the difference between a Helen Clark led government with todays Ardern led government. For starters, Helen Clark, like her or not, was a smart operator. Her tax the rich to feed the poor socialist policies were dependent on [] The post The Labour party of yesteryear represented the middle appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

05:49

DOLLARS TO DONUTS "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

that 'our' government will turn a 'Nelson's eye' to the racist decision of the South African government to amend Section 45 of their constitution to allow the expropriation, without compensation, of land belonging to an estimated 12,000 white farmers for  redistribution to their mates in what will almost certainly be a re-run of what happened in Zimbabwe which saw that country turn from being the 'breadbasket of Africa' into a net importer of food.

The South African government is determined to make these people into economic refugees in their own land.    They are being made scapegoats in order to turn attention away from the economic failures and endemic corruption that is the hallmark of the ANC governing Party.  

Will there be worldwide condemnation of this decision? ... give me a break.    South Africa is a 'black' country and these are' whites' ... who is going to stick their head up over the parapets and advocate for them and risk being labelled racist.    Nah, better that those being dispossessed of their land are to be seen as authors of their own misfortune by accident of birth.   They must pay for the sins of their fathers and and sins of their father's fathers.   

South Africa faces a bleak future.

05:30

An open letter to my fellow American Jews: this is a tough love message "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The following is a guest post from the blog Red Pill Jew. Due to its length, I have divided it into three posts so we can better absorb its message. This was not easy to write; I suspect it will be difficult to read as well.  I dont want to be harsh, I dont want to [] The post An open letter to my fellow American Jews: this is a tough love message appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

05:00

Mental health break "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

In 2017 the NZSO toured with Martin Frost. He gave a dazzling encore, moving to the music. I wished I had known that the Kelzmer Dance was written by his brother Goran. And that Klezmer was a musical tradition of the Ashkenazi Jews of Eastern Europe. Here is a 2013 version. The post Mental health break appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

04:52

Why Does The Media Deal With Only One Issue....... "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

......... at a time?

I don't know. 

Of course, they do deal with more than one issue but it seems as though only one issue dominates.  Then, after a few short days, it disappears.   Politicians play on this phenomenon, often introducing faux controversies in order to hasten the exit from public view of some uncomplimentary issue de jour.

If it's 'Trump bashing' then its the same issue every day but dressed up in different pajamas.

If it's 'Adern adoring' then its the same issue every day but dressed up in different pajamas.  (I must admit just one or two journalists seem to have cleared the mist from their eyes on this one.)

However, one wonders:-

What's happened to North Korea? 

What's happened to the Australian Prime Ditherer's woeful so-called 'energy policy?

What's happened to Clare Curran's perfidy?

What's happened to Frau Merkel

What's happened to the so-called US/China trade war?  (Here's a clue.  Were China winning, it would be all over thee media in banner headlines.)

What's happened to the appalling Islamic child grooming scandals from half a dozen Englsh cities?





04:51

Horowhenua Expressway Gamble "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Nats front up for Expressway meetings, but risks ahead for Horowhenua Council  By Veronica Harrod, Horowhenua Correspondent The land and property development agenda of Horowhenua District Council, and councils in-house economic development board, could implode if the Transport Agency decides not to proceed with the expressway past Levin. This demonstrates just how high the stakes are in []

04:30

The bigotry of liberal America "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

It is an article of faith for many of the left that theirs is the side of righteousness. In the lefts worldview, they are the good guys, by default. Everyone else is not just wrong, but evil. When voters disagree with them, it cant be that they just had a different opinion. In the lefts [] The post The bigotry of liberal America appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

04:30

04:03

(Not so serious) Syria Invasion? Jacinda, Angela Merkel & Climate Change + Family Court Protestors. "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

(Not so serious) Syria Invasion? Jacinda, Angela Merkel & Climate Change + Family Court Protestors.

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What PM Jacinda Ardern can learn from Germany's 'mother' - Chancellor Angela Merkel
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PM Jacinda Ardern speaks about climate change after meeting with French president Emmanuel Macron in Paris
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/front-page-top-stories/news/article.cfm?c_id=698&objectid=12033811&ref=CE-NZH-DND-AM

Mike Hosking: Diplomacy is a failed strategy
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/front-page-top-stories/news/article.cfm?c_id=698&objectid=12033268&ref=CE-NZH-DND-AM

Police protect judges at home from 'intimidating' Family Court protesters
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04:00

Map of the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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04:00

RNZ Jesse Mulligan The Living Wage, does it pay? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

https://adamsmith.files.wordpress.com/2018/04/aft-20180416-1324-the_living_wage-128.mp3

Segment on a business paying the living wage. Some interesting comments though I am not in agreement with some of the attitudes taken.

03:30

Habeas Corpus: Where is the body? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The embarrassingly obsequious manner our Prime Minister displayed in her response to the recent air strikes in Syria is perhaps a reflection of her complete ignorance when it comes to matters of foreign affairs. It seems however that she is not alone with the leader of the opposition also chiming in with his own [] The post Habeas Corpus: Where is the body? appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

03:00

Road maggot toll climbs "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

It was way back when I was a young curmudgeon that newspapers began printing the road toll on their front pages. The idea was to remind everyone to take care on the roads. The road toll has dropped steadily ever since. But what about deaths caused by cyclists? In the interest of public safety, it [] The post Road maggot toll climbs appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

02:30

Jacindas Newspeak additions to your vocabulary "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The New Zealand Labour Party Manifesto 2017 says: Quote: Labour will future-proof the New Zealand economy by transitioning away from our reliance on fossil fuels to a high-tech, low carbon economy one that creates jobs by taking full advantage of renewable resources and existing and emerging technologies. [] And we will safeguard the right of [] The post Jacindas Newspeak additions to your vocabulary appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

02:18

Rising in the North, South, and West Heath Sector Workers Reject 2%. "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

From Middlemore to Whangarei Base and in little old Waitakere hospital the health sector workers are making the voices heard. At Middlemore over 300 nurses and health sector workers rallied supported by Unite Union, First Union and Etu. Notable was the absence of many public sector Unions though PSA did have a limited presence. At Waitakere Auckland Action Against poverty were there in solidarity while in Whangarei there was a chorus of car horns as the public enthusiastically voiced voiced their support for their nurses.

Turnout has been rather good With the Whangarei picket notably stronger than expected with around 50 people present. What is clear from the strong turnout is that the 2%pay offer is not even close to what is required by our health sector workers. Rather a figure closer to 18% would address the needs of the diligent heath sector workers.

Our workers deserve more 18% in 2018.

SA.

Whangarei
Waitakere

Waitakere

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02:00

Rural round-up "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Station owner hopes for permanent lake after landslide stabilised :

A landslide between Gisborne and Wairoa which caused a large lake to form has been stabilised.

On Monday, Gisborne District Council said strategic management of the slip in Muriwai had stabilised the area, and the previously-closed Paparatu Rd had been reopened.

Last month, Hawkes Bay Civil Defence manager Ian Macdonald said the landslide, which was likely triggered by a small, localised earthquake, had become a significant hazard and people were warned to stay away from it. . . 

Enthusiasm wins award for family:

Waipahi sheep farmers Ross, Alexa and Logan Wallace are this years Otago Ballance Farm Environment Awards winners.

Their win was announced at a dinner at the Lake Wanaka Centre on Friday night. Judges described the family as a supportive, close family unit with clear vision, great goal-setting and financial discipline.

They have incredible enthusiasm and a passion to learn taking on ideas, good use of external advice and analysing data for the best outcomes.

They have a strong environmental focus; land and environment plan, nutrient budgeting, wetland construction, retention of biodiversity and water quality emphasis, as well as an outstanding commitment to community and industry. . . 

Ploughing in her blood Nicole Sharp:

Ploughing is not your ordinary type of sport, but national finalist Tryphena Carter, of Riversdale, is not your ordinary type of lady.

Driving a tractor while towing a conventional plough is not a sport most would think of getting into, but Miss Carter was born to plough.

She is now in full preparation for the New Zealand Ploughing Championships, being held at Thornbury, Southland, this weekend, where she will compete in the Silver Plough class.

She started in the sport aged 15 and these championships will be her eleventh. . . 

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02:00

Andrew Marr interviews Corbyn re Syria 15/04/2018 "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Corbyn interviewed by Andrew Marr for the BBC. Corbyn even more frightening than usual.

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View from your window: Competition photo "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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