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Saturday, 16 December

21:30

Coming to Dominion Road soon "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Labour is going to foist a light-rail system on us and it will travel down Dominion Road, one of the worse roads in Auckland for traffic. Far from it easing congestion, it is likely to make it worse, as Dublin recently found out. Dublins latest tram line has been accused of causing traffic chaos since []

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21:00

Herald editorial on Big Brother "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The NZ Herald editorial from yesterday discusses the advent of Big Brother. What would George Orwell make of surveillance we live with today? The Big Brother of his novel Nineteen Eighty-Four was watching an entire population by mysterious means. These days there is no mystery involved, and no state control of the cameras. Just about everybody is []

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20:30

Governments pensioner power subsidy can be used to heat mansions "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The Governments power subsidy can be used to heat mansions, as it is available for all pensioners irrespective of means. Rather than singling out poorer families to receive the Governments new Winter Energy Payment, the Government is relying on wealthy Kiwis to opt out of the scheme. The payments were officially announced as part of []

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20:14

Not prepared for the effects of climate change "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Dont worry, be happy? If the Dunedin climate changes to have more of what we have had over the last month many wont complain. But they will of we get more storms, floods, coastal erosion and droughts. New Zealand ill-prepared for rising cost of climate changehttps://t.co/8VTb4pSoQh pic.twitter.com/outX2l9tDB Newstalk ZB (@NewstalkZB) December 16, 2017 A []

20:06

Governing For The Other Half Of New Zealand. "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Up Where We Belong? In the end, the promise to be a transformational government is a promise to put the need of the many ahead of the greed of the few. Keeping that promise is unlikely to retain the confidence of the business sector, but it just might be enough to win the confidence of that other half of the New Zealand people whose votes made this government possible.

THE LABOUR PARTY has never been very tolerant of dissenters. It is, therefore, unsurprising that very few within its ranks have reacted positively to my recent posting on The Daily Blog. No matter how many private reservations Labour supporters may be harbouring about Grant Robertsons fiscally responsible economic policies, they would rather his critics refrained from giving public voice to their concerns.

The case they make for maintaining radio silence on the new governments performance is that criticism, no matter how well-merited or constructive, will only reinforce the National Oppositions shambolic narrative. What Jacinda Ardern and her team need more than anything else at this time, argue their supporters, is a few weeks of relative calm in which to prepare themselves for the challenges of 2018.

Convincing New Zealanders that their new finance minister is not a swivel-eyed economic loon is regarded as crucial to this process of political consolidation. Grant Robertson winning accolades from mainstream journalists for his fiscal and economic responsibility is much more to be desired, at this stage of proceedings, than receiving the hearty endorsement of radical leftists. Its baby steps that Labour needs to take right now not giant strides.

One critic of my criticism put...

20:00

The economic treason of the Greens "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

It is often said that the Green Party are Luddites and want to return us to the stone age. They, of course, mock anyone who says this. I facetiously labelled them the Green Taliban because of their wish to reject modern conveniences in favour of a more forced ascetic existence. Little did I know just []

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19:46

RNZ, te reo Mori and Brash "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Ki te tangata? An increased use of te reo Mori on Radio NZ has been a talking point for some time. It doesnt bother me, but I think it is overdone at times. But it has bothered Don Brash. Late last month: There was a response by Emma Espiner at Newsroom: The threat of Te []

19:30

Comment of the Day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

From George and his open letter to Grant Robertson: Open letter to Grant Robertson: Its been a couple of days since your mini budget. Just enough time to let the fairy dust settle. Like yourselves and everything you represent, it was a work of fiction. You, Robertson, strutted the stage like some prima donna believing []

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19:23

Local Papers Not Printing "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Raising an important issue By Roger Childs Waikanae resident, John Robinson, responded to articles in the Kapiti Observer and the Kapiti Observer about the danger to dotterels at the Waikanae River estuary. He raised valid issues in concise letters to the editor, following the requirements set by the papers, but neither weekly was prepared to []

19:00

Sunday soapbox "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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

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Being taught to avoid talking about politics and religion has led to a lack of understanding of politics and religion.

What we should have been taught was how to have a civil conversation about a difficult topic.


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19:00

Whaleoil General Debate "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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

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18:57

The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 100 Answers "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The 20 question special to mark the century, can still be attempted by scrolling down to December 13.   Remember that no correspondence, computers or cell phones may be entered into!   Answers below.   The two official languages of Canada are English and ______ (French)   Today taonga means treasure. What did it mean []

18:55

Evidence in the Russian investigation "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

There have been many claims and counter claims in the investigation into Russian interference in the US election, the most prominent of course being President Donald trumps denials. There is good cause to question how both politics and justice operates in the US, especially when judicial investigations involve politicians and and political parties and campaigns. []

18:30

Face of the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

screenshot-Whaleoil Sonny Bill Williams responded to criticism his daughter wasnt in a car seat on a family holiday in Rarotonga with this photo. Sonny Bill Williams has hit back at those who took him to task on social media around a controversial holiday photo. The All Blacks midfielder posted a snap last week during his family []

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18:24

Caution advised over Christmas, but a resolution is required "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

This is wise advice but there is a risk of a chilling effect on harmless socialising. While holding sexual nuisances, abusers and predators to account is long overdue, there are dangers. Passing contact, pats on the shoulder, back, bum, could be misconstrued, or they could be an invasion of personal space, or could be sexual []

18:15

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The word for today is footloose (adj) Having no attachments or ties; free to do as one pleases. Source : The Free Dictionary Etymology : Footloose combines the words foot and loose. It was first recorded in the 1690s.

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18:15

20% OFF Whale watching "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Greenies watch Whales and Oilers watch Whaleoil. We know you all love a bargain and we know everyone loves a chance to win a cool prize. On Monday we will be announcing a $500 prize that EVERYONE who has a Silver Subscription or above will go into the draw to win. Today, however, we are []

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18:00

Daily Proverb "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Proverbs 17 17 A friend is always loyal, and a brother is born to help in time of need.

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17:20

General chat "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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

17:15

Media watch Sunday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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

17:10

Open Forum Sunday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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

12:05

World watch Sunday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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

12:01

December 17 in history "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

497 BC The first Saturnalia festival was celebrated in ancient Rome.

546  Siege of Rome: The Ostrogoths under king Totila plundered the city, by bribing the Byzantine garrison.

942 Assassination of William I of Normandy.

1398  Sultan Nasir-u Din Mehmuds armies in Delhi were defeated byTimur.

1531  Pope Clement VII established a parallel body to the Inquisition in Lisbon, Portugal.

1538  Pope Paul III excommunicated Henry VIII.

1577  Francis Drake set sail from Plymouth on a secret mission to explore the Pacific Coast of the Americas for Queen Elizabeth I.

1583 Cologne War: Forces under Ernest of Bavaria defeated the troops under Gebhard Truchsess von Waldburg at the Siege of Godesberg.

1586  Emperor Go-Yozei became Emperor of Japan.

1600 Marriage of Henry IV of France and Marie de Medici.

1637  Shimabara Rebellion: Japanese peasants led by Amakusa Shiro rose against daimyo Matsukura Shigeharu.

1773 At Wharehunga Bay, Queen Charlotte Sound, 10 men who were with James Cooks navigator Tobias Furneaux died at the hands of Ngati Kuia and Rangitane, led by their chief, Kahura.

Ten crew of Cook's ship killed and eaten

1819...

10:34

Ashley Judd, Mira Sorvino thank Peter Jackson for being honest about Weinstein blacklist "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

DANI MCDONALD Last updated 10:49, December 16 2017 Two Hollywood actresses have thanked Sir Peter Jackson for speaking out about Harvey Weinstein and his brother, saying they orchestrated a smear campaign that led to him blacklisting them both. Ashley Judd and Mira Sorvino were responding on Twitter to a Stuff story in which Jackson spoke []

09:50

Spontaneous Human Combustion? Man Mysteriously Burns To Death Walking Down Street! "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Its been a long time since I last saw a case of SHC in the media. Is this the same phenomenon of old, or are the NWO targeting innocent random citizens to test beam weapons? Or perhaps this poor guy wasnt a random target? Lizzie Dearden The Independent Saturday, 16 December 2017 A []

06:00

Whaleoil Backchat "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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

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05:38

Nominee for judge a tad underdone "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

I guess the the nominees for judges are not always top flight lawyers, but this one is a tad on the underdone side. MUST WATCH: Republican @SenJohnKennedy asks one of @realDonaldTrumps US District Judge nominees basic questions of law & he cant answer a single one. Hoo-boy. pic.twitter.com/fphQx2o1rc Sheldon Whitehouse (@SenWhitehouse) December 15, 2017 []

04:40

New Zealand judge dismisses 7 of Kim Dotcom's 8 arguments against extradition to US "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

New Zealand judge dismisses 7 of Kim Dotcom's 8 arguments against extradition to US | 15 Dec 2017 | A New Zealand judge has rejected seven of the eight arguments made by Kim Dotcom, in which the founder of the file sharing giant Megaupload presented reasons why he shouldn't be extradited to the US. The arguments were part of Dotcom's appeal of a High Court decision made earlier this year, which states that he is eligible to be extradited to the US. That appeal will be heard in February, according to the New Zealand Herald. "I [Justice Timothy Brewer] have granted the USA's application to strike out causes of action 1 to 7 of the statement of claim for judicial review dated 21 July 2017," the ruling states. "The proceeding is now 'live' only in relation to the eighth cause of action."

04:30

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Wemble to be undecided or indecisive, to switch back and forth between decisions, opinions, options, or directions; to invert a basin or pot on a shelf so dust doesnt settle on the inside.


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04:30

My Overton Window needs mending "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Guest Post: Some years back I contacted a Perspective Salesman about purchasing my very own Overton Window. It was something I had been wishing to acquire for some time but I had been waiting until I was in a financial position to afford such a luxury for my rather modest dwelling. At the time I []

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04:00

Is Europe run by Laurel and Hardy? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The Great Wall of Calais, built to prevent illegal migrants coming to Britain, contains a series of unlocked doors. So the migrants are now opening the doors. Its like Europe is governed by Laurel and Hardy. -Anne Marie Waters [] The 13ft barrier, dubbed The Great Wall of Calais, was built using 2.3million of UK taxpayers []

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03:47

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: More Pressure On Trump "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The soul of the Republican party, tattered from bigotry and auctioned off over and over again to naked self-interest and greed, was absolutely not restored by the defeat of Roy Moore in the Alabama Senate  race this week.  Detroit Free Press Democrats coming up By Roger Childs The Democrat victory in Republican heartland country has []

03:30

Net Neutrality: The other side of the story "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Plenty of articles have been written about how terrible it is that Net Neutrality has been removed and it is a lot harder to find the other point of view so here it is People who support Net Neutrality include Socialists and people who dont know what Net Neutrality is. The simplest way to explain []

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03:00

Mental Health Break "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Ed Sheeran and James Blunt perform Elton Johns Sacrifice  

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02:30

A peek at the past: Extracts from a readers memoirs "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Guest Post: Extract One: WW2.   The beginning.   My first memory of it was being fitted with gas masks and the posters which said,Hitler will send no warning, so always carry your gas mask Then there was the arrival of the Anderson Air Raid Shelter. For this, which consisted mainly of sections of curved corrugated []

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01:51

ON 'LABOUR'S' MINI-BUDGET "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

It would be churlish not to give Labour's mini-budget a passing tick.   Grant Robinson was bequeathed a 'set of books' the envy of many countries and a lot different from the decade of deficits 'they' gifted  National back in 2008.   Add to that record low unemployment and healthy projected GDP growth and 'they' had considerable room for maneuver on the back of 'their' promise to reverse National's tax cuts legislated to take effect from 1 April 2018.    

Labour's budget was old style Labour.   'We' know better than you how to spend 'your' money.    And they certainly spread it around like pixie dust.    You would have to expect both Labour and the Greens to get a post-budget bounce in the polls based on the 'good feel' factor ... not so sure about Winston First although you might ague that they might also benefit from the winter power subsidy for recipients of NZ Superannuation clearly directed at placating the permanently bewildered NZF demographic upset at losing their tax cut. 

But lets look at the various spending initiatives and ask whether it's quality spending.   The answer has to be NO.    Take for example that winter power subsidy.   It's not targeted.   Every pensioner gets it whether they need it or not.   So perhaps someone can set out the justification for the likes of say Winston Peters to get it.   The man's on a salary of $334,734 plus a non taxable allowance of $16,980 plus his parliamentary superannuation which he accessed when he lost his seat in parliament estimated at $60,000 +/- plus his NZ Superannuation at $15,651 (now he's sorted that little problem out) for a total of $427,635+/-.    Why does someone earning $427,635 need a subsidy to help cover his winter power bills?    Answer, he doesn't.    Even the so called Working for Families tax credit scheme has abatement provisions built into it.    So, why not this?   

No-one can argue against targeted expenditure to meet an identified problem but untargeted government largesse is wrong and dumb particularly as the budget has an identified structural weakness in the very limited provision for public servant salary and wage increases over the next three years.   A government of the 'Left' is going to have its work cut out working through State empl...

01:30

Advice to Santa: avoid the Jacinderference "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Guest Post: By Brian Rogers First published 08/12/17 SunLive.co.nz   newsie.co.nz We dont want much from Santa this year. Not in the material sense. Heres some advice for the big guy, and were getting in first before our new PM tries telling him how to run the show. Because if she thinks she can boss Australia around, []

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01:12

This Shy, Playful Dolphin Just Became Endangered "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

A special kind of dolphin is just one species among thousands now considered endangered because of human impact, according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), which issued its new listings of endangered and threatened species this month.

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Because the shy kind of dolphin lives in rivers and along coastlines in south and southeast Asia, their habitat has become fragmented because of boats and industrial fishing operations.

And one of the main things that's killing them is a fishing tactic that uses gillnets, nets that stretch across the water and entangle fish as well as unintended animals, such as the Irrawaddy dolphin. The finless porpoise, also newly listed as endangered, suffers from run-ins with gillnets as well.

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Gillnets hang like curtains of death across rivers and trap everything that comes into contact with them, Craig Hilton-Taylor, head of the IUCN's red list, said in a press conference on the new listings in Tokyo. 

But the group hopes the new listing will help raise awareness for the species, sparking possible policy changes so that the Irrawaddy can come back from the brink of extinction, mirroring conservation success stories like the one that brought kiwis in New Zealand from endangered to vulnerable. 
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01:00

If Stuff can use fictional families to explain the mini-Budget then so can Whaleoil "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

ALISTAIR HUGHES The Seuseus gain $163 a week how are you doing? [] In May, we introduced you to five made-up families, who we used to help explain how the then-National-led Governments families package would work. During the election campaign, we said hello to the families again, stacking up how Labours proposed package compared with Nationals. []

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00:30

You know where you can shove your can of tomatoes dont you? (Just kidding) "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Message received loud and clear   For a less emotionally charged explanation This afternoon, I took $500 worth of groceries, that a kind Aunty had paid for, down to Te Whare Aio. When I got there, they were very keen for me to take photos of the pantry, as it was. They hadnt staged it. []

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00:00

Photo of the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

William Patino was 25, married to a wonderful woman, with a good house and a nice job. From the outside, it looked like her had everything, but inside, he felt empty. He sought help, and a doctor diagnosed him with depression. Life had lost its color and light, he said. Nothing no longer appealed to []

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00:00

Saturdays smiles "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Sam and Beth had been to the festival of carols service at their local church.

When they got home they went to bed.

Some time later, when they were sound asleep, they were awoken by loud knocking on their front door. Sam wasnt very happy  about this. He went down stairs and unlocked the door to be confronted by disheveled man who was obviously the worse for drink.

Sshcuse me Sshir. Will you help me with a pusssh.

Help you with a push! said Sam. You drunken idiot! Get away from my house before I call the police! Irresponsible people like you should be banned from driving! And slammed the door into the mans face.

He went back to bed and was astonished to find himself being reprimanded by his wife.

How could you be so mean and uncharitable. Beth  said. Surely this evenings sermon must still be ringing in your ears. How the innkeeper turned Joseph and Mary away on Christmas Eve. Here you are presented with a similar situation and you show yourself to be no better than that uncaring man. Shame on you.

Sam was upset by the relationship between what hed done and the Christmas story and was full of remorse. He ran down the stairs and opened the front door, but the man was no longer there. So, he ran down the path to his front gate to see if the man or his car was along the road; but there was no traffic or people at all.

On the off-chance that the man might still be around somewhere he shouted loudly. Hey mister, needing a push, where are you?

The unmistakable drunken voice replied immediately. Over here Sshir, on the sshwing.


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Friday, 15 December

23:55

Whats in Labours Medical Cannabis bill? "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Labour promised to something about medical cannabis in Taking action in our first 100 days: Introduce legislation to make medicinal cannabis available for people with terminal illnesses or in chronic pain And there is also the promises to Labour stalwart Helen Kelly to honour as well, after she openly admitted using cannabis to alleviate the []

23:30

Labours rank hypocrisy over private funding and providers "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Labour hates charter schools because they believe the state should provide education. It doesnt matter to them that Charter Schools do more with less, or that they get better results. It isnt the state providing it so it is bad. The same goes for Health. The new minister is busily cancelling private provision of healthcare []

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22:33

KCDC Horrified by Waste "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Kapiti has one of NZs worst records on waste Deirdre Kent, secretary for Low Carbon Kapiti says Kapiti council has revealed shocking statistics about the districts waste. In a letter to KIN, she says: Recently the council did a comprehensive audit on waste, analysing the content of 240 litre, 120 litre, and 80 litre bins, []

22:30

Extradited St John of God scumbag, Bernard McGrath, found guilty "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Catholic Brother, Bernard McGrath, fought tooth and nail to stay in New Zealand and avoid being extradited to Australia to face charges for sexually assaulting children in his care. He was eventually extradited in 2014. He has now been found guilty in Australia on charges of multiple counts of buggery, homosexual intercourse with a child, []

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22:30

Rural round-up "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Turning placentas, brains into health and beauty products Alexa Cook:

A small business in rural Hawkes Bay is cashing in on global demand for its health and beauty ingredients made out of animal by-products such as placentas, brains, and eyes.

The ingredients manufactured at Agri-lab, tucked away in the small town of Waipukurau, are sent all over the world.

We do all sort of placenta products horse, sheep, pig, deer, and cow placenta, said Agri-lab owner Angela Payne.

Ms Payne started the lab business in 1999, having previously worked as a veterinary nurse and on various jobs such as embryo transfer and parasitology.

In the first year turnover was $5000, but that figure has soared to an expected $2.5 million for the 2017/18 financial year.

Alliance Group working overtime to keep up with stock influx Alexa Cook:

New Zealands largest sheep meat processor, Alliance Group, is working overtime to keep up with an influx of sheep and lambs due to farmers off loading stock in preparation for a long dry summer.

Many regions are dealing with low soil moisture levels, slow pasture growth rates, and a lack of rain.

Alliances General Manager Livestock and Shareholder Services, Heather Stacy, said there could be some delays because many farmers were wanting the same space at the same time.

All of the Alliance plants were flat out with all of the plants and chains in operation and working extended hours. . .

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Did ewe know . . .  wool socks stink less as wool is naturally mildew and mould resistant.

Why are Americas farmers killing themselves in record numbers?  Debbie Weingarten:

The suicide rate for farmers is m...

22:24

Bologna Children's Book Fair "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"


Bologna Digital Media

Leading brands and start-ups gather here each year, with special events and training sessions happening in this place too - this is the unique mix you will find at the Bologna Digital Media Area for 2018 - a vibrant hub where the publishing community meets to present its new products and share experiences. Augmented Reality has begun to cement a new relationship with picture book publishers and new streams and interest in audiobook libraries have opened up business opportunities and revenues. This year, Google Plays Shazia Makhdumi will be joining us on the digital area and giving one of the key talks and her insights in how to build a successful business for kids and family content on the platform.
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22:22

The Roundup with PW "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"


Walmart, Hay House Back Away From Smiley: The mass merchant has cut ties and the publisher has distanced itself from Tavis Smiley following allegations of sexual misconduct.

New Zora Neale Hurston Discovered: HarperCollins will release the previously unpublished 'Barracoon,' about the last survivor of the Atlantic slave trade, in 2018.

Amazon and Luxembourg vs. the EU: Luxembourg is challenging a European Union order to recover about 250 million euros in back taxes from the e-tailer.

22:18

Publishers Lunch "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"


Today's Meal


Penguin Random House UK announceda lease agreement for additional new offices at One Embassy Gardens, between London's Vauxhall and Battersea, "a short walk" from the existing RH UK office at 20 Vauxhall Bridge Road. The new space has 83,400 square feet across five floors, and includes event space on the ground floor.

The company had announced in summer 2016 that it would vacate Transworld's offices in Ealing and Penguin's offices in the Strand to consolidate their employees. The new space will be ready at the end of 2019, and the two buildings with "both...be home to a mix of Penguin Random House departments." (In the US, PRH is
consolidatingthe downtown Penguin empl...

22:00

We have no idea of the costs but, hey Lets Do This! "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

An interesting answer to a FOI request has appeared on the Official Information Request site The request was to the Minister for Climate Change (a curious title as I thought he was the Minister AGAINST Climate Change) which asked: Can you please supply the total costs to the NZ economy, per year until 2030, for []

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21:59

Waterspout filmed off Rakino Island, New Zealand "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

A rare sight is being described as something of a miracle for one Waiheke Island resident. Jesse Rudolph says he and his colleagues were some of the lucky few who witnessed a waterspout off Rakino. Waterspouts are tornado-like formations which occur above water. "I hadn't seen one before, put it that way." He says the team were working at site when he spotted the water spout over the water.

21:31

Judge rules no copyright issue but fraud valid for extradition in Dotcom case "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

A judge has ruled in favour if Kim Dotcom on there being no equivalent copyright crime in New Zealand, but also ruled that Dotcom could be extradited on fraud charges. NZH: Kim Dotcom legal saga: Extradition to US over Megaupload still on cards but he claims court ruling is a major victory This latest legal []

21:30

Twyfords ban on Johnny Foreigner owning houses appears doomed "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Phil Twyford is this governments FIGJAM. He is a legend in his own mind. He is ramming through legislative changes to property laws, trying to ban Johnny Foreigner from owning property. But there is a problem: The Governments foreign home buyer ban is fast unravelling, with Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters confirming that Singaporeans may []

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21:00

Labours child poverty numbers dont add up, and a little girl waits "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

So exactly how many more children are lifted out of poverty versus the 50,000 in Nationals package? Grant Robertson told the media 38,000 more officials say 12,000 in the Disclosure statement. 12,000 is ok but its not 38,000 pic.twitter.com/OllD12HxZr Steven Joyce (@stevenljoyce) December 14, 2017 Steve Joyce raises a very good point about []

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20:41

Questions asked of Digital Advisory Group "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Minister of Broadcasting Clare Curran is setting up a Digital Advisory group that will be consider 11 questions: What is the current state of the ICT sector and ICT capability throughout the economy, society, and government? What are the possible future scenarios and their relative merits? What would be required to achieve an optimal future []

20:30

More embellishment from Golly G "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

David Farrar has released a letter (yes, an actual letter, how quaint) referencing claims made by Golriz Ghahraman about her legal practice in New Zealand. I received this letter by post. There was no name or address so I cant verify the authenticity of it. However I have no reason to doubt the content as []

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20:16

Slashing corporate tax a Trillion-Dollar Blunder "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Corporate tax rates and rates of tax for the rich have long been argued about. In New Zealand major changes in the 1980s were supposed to result in trickle down and benefit everyone, with more jobs and more pay. Instead it delivered more profits and more inequality and more hardship for many. The tax rate []

20:15

Tick tock, times running out for the Fat German after a big loss in High Court "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

I hope Kim Dotcom is getting his tailor to measure up a nice orange jumpsuit. A High Court justice has rejected seven of the eight arguments embattled internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom made against a long-running United States bid to extradite him over alleged money laundering and copyright breaches. In a decision released today, Justice Timothy []

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20:00

Hooton on Nationals old guard "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Matthew Hooton writes: At first blush, Sundays 1News-Colmar Brunton poll was good news for National. According to the poll, the government has received no post-election bounce. Jacinda Ardern, while polling creditably at 37% as preferred prime minister, is below where John Key and Helen Clark were at the same times of their prime ministerships. Meanwhile, []

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19:54

USA gutting net neutrality "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

There is world wide concern over the potential effects of the 3-2 vote by the US Federal Communications Commission to overturn net-neutrality rules that have required Internet service providers to treat all online communications equally. The Nation: Gutting Net Neutrality Is the Trump Administrations Most Brutal Blow to Democracy Yet The Federal Communications Commission voted []

19:30

Why the fuss over Donald Trump saying Jerusalem is the capital of Israel? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

There was much fuss made over Donald Trump stating the obvious, that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel, and that he would move the US Embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv. Protests ensued, but I wonder where were the protests when, Bill Clinton in 1992, George W Bush in 2000, Barack Obama in 2008 all []

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19:26

A new era of post baby boomer politics "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Jacinda Arderns rapid rise to the top in politics this year has perhaps signalled the beginning of a new era in New Zealand politics, where there is a sudden surge in influence of politicians who werent born in the fifties or sixties (of last century). Other politicians on the rise in Government, like Grant Robertson, []

19:00

Saturday soapbox "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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

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The small truth has words which are clear; the great truth has great silence.  Rabindranath Tagore


Filed under: soapbox Tagged: Rabindranath Tagore

19:00

Whaleoil General Debate "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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

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18:43

Politicians for better or worse in 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Its that time of year when pundits give their picks on the best and worst, and winners and losers in politics for the year. For 2017, unsurprisingly, Jacinda Ardern is as the most successful and most influential. She was instrumental in a remarkable turn around in Labours fortunes leading into the election campaign, was responsible []

18:30

Face of the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Today we announced the Budget Policy Statement, the Half Year Economic and Fiscal Update (HYEFU) and officially introduced our families package. So what better excuse to start the day at @playcentre.mtalbert ! Usually the HYEFU is all announced via a lock up in Wellington, but we decided to do one in Auckland too and invite []

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18:15

Whaleoil information and subscription page "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

If you want to upgrade or change your subscription click here. If you want to update your credit card details click here. You can easily upgrade between subscription levels at any time by visiting your account page. When upgrading your subscription, it will be prorated based on the amount you have already paid and how much time is left on []

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18:15

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The word for today is eurhythmic (adj) 1. having a pleasing and harmonious rhythm, order, or structure 2. of or relating to eurhythmics. Source : The Free Dictionary Etymology : The English eurhythmic conflates two Greek adjectives: rhythmiks meaning set to time, rhythmical (movement); eurhythms, having the wider range of meanings rhythmical, harmonious (in []

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18:00

Daily Proverb "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Proverbs 16 17 The path of the virtuous leads away from evil; whoever follows that path is safe.

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17:20

General chat "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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

17:15

Media watch Saturday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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

17:10

Open Forum Saturday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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

12:05

World watch Saturday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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

12:01

December 16 in history "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

1431  Henry VI of England was crowned King of France at Notre Dame in Paris.

1485  Catherine of Aragon, Queen of England, was born (d. 1536).

1497  Vasco da Gama rounded the Cape of Good Hope, the point where Bartolomeu Dias had previously turned back to Portugal.

1653  Oliver Cromwell became Lord Protector of the Commonwealth of England, Scotland and Ireland.

1707  Last recorded eruption of Mount Fuji in Japan.

1770  Ludwig van Beethoven, German composer was born  (d. 1827).

1773  Boston Tea Party  Members of the Sons of Liberty disguised as Mohawks dump crates of tea into Boston harbor as a protest against the Tea Act.

1775 Jane Austen, English writer, was born (d. 1817).

1787   Mary Russell Mitford, English writer, was born  (d. 1855)

1790  King Lopold I of Belgium, was born (d. 1865).

1850 The Charlotte-Jane and the Randolph brought the first settlers to Lyttelton.

1882   Sir Jack Hobbs, English cricketer, was born (d. 1963).

1883 Max Linder, French pioneer of silent film, was born (d. 1925).

1888  King Alexander I of Yugoslavia, was born  (d. 1934).

1893  Antonn Dvoks Symphony No. 9 in E minor, Op. 95, From The New World was...

11:59

Midnight Movie The Swiss Conspiracy "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

B Movie spy thriller with a cast that had probably seen better days, but some enjoyable scenes


11:40

Ban Geoengineering: Sign The Petition! "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Activist Zane O Neill needs your participation!  Petitioning New Zealand House of Representatives Ban Geo-Engineering & Weather Modification in New Zealand Zane ONeill Rotorua, New Zealand https://www.change.org/p/zane-o-neill-ban-geo-engineering-weather-modification-in-new-zealand Update: Nearly at 2000 signatures! https://www.change.org/p/zane-o-neill-ban-geo-engineering-weather-modification-in-new-zealand/u/22130912

09:00

The Classic Whiter Shade of Pale Annie Lennox version "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Marvellous song and this cover is extremely good, suits Lennoxs vocal style

 


08:40

Something Else to Avoid When Youre Pregnant: Fracking "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Yessenia Funes Wednesday 3:51pm A new study has found that babies born closer to hydraulic fracturing had lower birth weights than those born farther away. The researchers think this has to do with pollution. Published in the journal Sciences Advances Wednesday, researchers analyzed all Pennsylvania birth records from 2004 to 2013, ending up with about []

08:27

The Ultimate NWO Fortress? London US Embassy "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

New US embassy in London has secret security features 14/12/2017 Newshub staff The new US embassy in London is the most expensive in the world and the most secure. Located on the banks of the river Thames, the 12-storey building cost US$1 billion (NZ$1,428,571,428). Its an urban fortress, but has been specifically designed not []

07:04

Another 8 planet solar system "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

NASA have now discovered an eighth planet orbiting the Kepler-9 sun or at least they were 2,545 light-years ago, we can only look back into history. NASA: Artificial Intelligence, NASA Data Used to Discover Eighth Planet Circling Distant Star The planet was discovered in data from NASAs Kepler Space Telescope. The newly-discovered Kepler-90i []

06:30

Daily Roundup "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

He couldnt be 100% sure but Bill suspected that it was a German parrot.

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06:15

Trump doubted intelligence, ignored advisers "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

A report from Washington Post that describes how Donald Trump was urged by close advisers to publicly acknowledge that there had been real Russian interference in the 2016 US election after being presented by the findings of country spy chiefs. Trump did once publicly state As far as hacking, I think it was Russia. We []

06:00

Whaleoil Backchat "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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

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05:00

Google discriminates against New Zealand Truth tellers *UPDATED "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Googles word censorship has been revealed to be like a blunt instrument revealing an inability to distinguish between those who seek to cause harm and those who are writing about those who caused harm and other terrible things from history. Google will not allow the small New Zealand registered charity Shadows of Shoah to use []

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04:58

The HYEFU Croaking Cassandra Comment "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Michael Reddell, author of the Croaking Cassandra blog, takes a look at some aspects of the HYEFU released yesterday.

Attempting to paraphrase his comments would not do them justice.

However, they are worthy of a careful read even for non-economists like Adam. The concluding sentiments are worth looking at, but the preceding thoughts need to be read as well to get the context.

But in some ways the biggest mystery in the entire document is the bottom line fiscal numbers themselves. As I noted before the election, I found it hard to conceive that people voting for a change of governmnet, for a left-wing government, were really voting for government spending as a share of GDP to keep on falling.  On the governments perhaps over-optimistic numbers, core Crown expenses in the last forecast year is expected to be smaller, as a share of GDP, than in any year of the previous National-led government.    To be sure, lower government spending will keep some pressure off the real exchange rate, but there are other ways to deliver that outcome.   And it is curious to think that the governing parties campaigned on the existence of all sorts of deficits in the provision of public services, and yet their fiscal numbers keep net debt (including the assets in the NZSF) dropping away to almost nothing.

net debt

I doubt it will happen: the economy is likely to be weaker (and it would be unprecedented if we got to 2022 without a recession) and spending pressures are likely to be greater than allowed for in these numbers, but these are plans the government is articulating and defending.  Im not entirely sure why.


04:55

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Threnody a poem, song or speech of mourning; a lament; wailing ode; dirge.


Filed under: language Tagged: threnody

04:30

It is time to stop funding Palestinian terrorism "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Bad news. The Islamic terrorist group we fund wont let us mediate the non-existent peace process that theyve rejected and walked away from every time and under every previous president. I dont know what well do now. But itll probably involve giving them more money (thanks to everyone who neutered the Taylor Force Act) and trying to []

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04:00

Trump defends Americas sovereignty "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

[] The Trump administration has decided to withdraw from participation in the United Nations Global Compact on Migration, representing another significant departure from the global governance policies of the Obama administration. In September 2016, during the waning days of the Obama administration, the United States had joined with the other member states of the UN []

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03:30

A poverty of life skills "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

[]Two refuge charities caused a stir on Wednesday when they denounced tinned tomatoes and canned chickpeas as unfit to feed to clients. Auckland-based refuge charity The Aunties has issued an outright ban on tinned tomatoes, saying the versatile fruit was useless for the women and children it supports. Meanwhile a Porirua refuge boss publicly pondered what people would do []

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03:00

Mental Health Break "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Hey, Marty! You can still buy a brand new DeLorean! The original DeLorean factory in Northern Ireland may be long gone but you can still buy a factory fresh example of the most iconic gull-winged doored car of all time.

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02:30

The label of student politics is being continued by Joyce "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Whaleoil is very good at creating a label and then reinforcing it over time. Many labels that start on Whaleoil end up being used by the MSM once they become commonly known. We really need to update our Whaleoil dictionary to include all the ones created over the past three years including Golly G. A []

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02:00

Rural round-up "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Fonterra releases first Sustainability Report on environmental and social performance:

Fonterra is proud to publish its first Sustainability Report, detailing its environmental, social and economic performance.

The Sustainability Report follows Fonterras recent announcements on emissions and clean water in New Zealand, and highlights the Co-operatives commitment to an open discussion on how it is taking its responsibilities seriously and where it is making real progress. The report was compiled using the internationally recognised Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) framework and independently assured. This follows global best practice and underlines the integrity of the report.

The dairy industry is a cornerstone of the New Zealand economy but its environmental footprint is of national significance. The report gives an objective view of Fonterras environmental footprint and our contribution to the United Nations Sustainability Development Goals. . .

Beef + Lamb New Zealand launches drought resources for farmers:

Beef + Lamb New Zealand has launched an online resource for farmers affected by the dry conditions.

The resources include a fact sheet outlining strategies to manage and mitigate the effects of drought, coping with stress on the farm and advice on feed requirements and animal welfare during the dry period.

Sam McIvor, chief executive of Beef + Lamb NZ, says with the correct planning and use of tools such as early weaning, body condition scoring and feed budgets, farmers can make the most efficient and effective use of limited feed resources. . . 

...

01:30

Where in the world were these photos taken? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

1. 2.  3.  4. 5. 6.  7. 8.  9.  10.  Answers: France Bangladesh Russia United Kingdom Italy Albania America Australia South Africa New Zealand

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01:00

Bitcoin and FOMO "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The fear of missing out (FOMO) is a strong driver in any booming market.  But FOMO is not necessarily a good reason to rush into buying anything unless it is the last roll of toilet paper in the shop and you desperately need it. Simon Black has just posted this which makes some interesting comparisons []

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00:38

The Iconic Childrens Book "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

An early and lasting influence By Roger Childs Childrens writer Eric Carle was born in the United States, but spent much of his childhood in Nazi Germany. He loved drawing at school, but at the time degenerative art was forbidden in Germany. Fortunately for Eric, Herr Kraus his Art teacher, showed him examples of abstract, []

00:30

Mokos death leads to call for ALL children to be monitored by the government "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The coroner investigating Moko Rangitoheriris horrific death from severe child abuse has called for all children to be compulsorily monitored by government agencies until they are five years old. While there is a case to be made for monitoring at-risk families, monitoring all New Zealand children is a step too far no matter how well-intentioned []

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00:19

Fridays answers "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Andrea and Teletext get my thanks for posing Thursdays questions and can claim a virtual batch of Christmas mince pies by leaving the answers below.


Filed under: diversions

00:00

Photo of the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

December 15: On this day in history in 1791 the new United States of America ratified the Bill of Rights, which confirmed the fundamental rights of its citizens. The First Amendment guarantees,freedom of religion, speech, and the press, and the rights of peaceful assembly and petition. Other amendments guarantee the rights of the people to form a []

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Thursday, 14 December

23:50

7 Sharp "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

I see The Herald is touting for John Campbell and Hilary Barry to take over from Mike Hosking and Toni Street. mrspdm and I want to let TVNZ know that if John Campbell in particular gets anywhere near that show we will be changing channels at 7pm every night. I am only a sometimes watcher of 7 sharp, working three evenings a week but, mrspdm has been a regular watcher since Hosking joined the show. We both enjoy listening to him from 6am in the mornings where his editorial comments usually reconcile with our views - particularly where they relate to the current Government.

23:30

Diplomacy 101 Lessons for Jacinda "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

1. Respect other countries sovereignty. 2. Let them sort out their own issues. 3. If you are going to talk to them at all, talk to them quietly and discreetly, off the record, not via telephone, not via TV. [and also not via Facebook, Twitter or other social media virtue-signalling platforms.] Words of wisdom from []

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23:14

BCL confident of backing from Panguna landowners "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Panguna mine site

Radio New Zealand | 14 December 2017

Two companies vying for control of the Panguna mine site in Papua New Guineas Bougainville remain at loggerheads.

Earlier this week RTG claimed the resolution of a dispute over the leadership of the key landowning group at the mine site cleared the way for it to proceed.

But Bougainville Copper Limited, which used to mine Panguna and wants to return, says there is more court ordered mediation to come.

BCL company secretary, Mark Hitchcock, said a judge has ordered that the views of the membership of the Special Mining Lease Osikiang Landowners Association be sought.

And he says BCL was confident that it would win their backing.

We know for a fact that the majority of those landowners are pro-mining, to start with, and they are also supportive of BCL. We have seen that evidence. At the recent wardens hearing, we have seen the turnout at that hearing and we are confident of the support.

...

22:59

News Blackout In Horowhenua "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Commentary: When the forest falls silent By Veronica Harrod On November 29 there was a public notice in local community paper Horowhenua Chronicle which stated, the [Horowhenua district] council has decided not to establish a Maori Ward within the Horowhenua District. However, almost two working weeks later this is the only public statement that has been made to date. I []

22:30

Open Letter to Chris Hipkins "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Guest Post: Subject: Please Dont Close Our Partnership Schools Good day, We are writing this letter due to our increasing concerns that current government may potentially end the existence of Partnership Schools. Let us be quite frank and simply state that one size fits all (in relation to state schools and all children) is simply []

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22:18

Making Memories In The Tararuas "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

A November Crossing By Sandra Smith The first serious tramp I did was in 1977 when we tramped the Southern Crossing of the Tararua Range. For us it was a two and a half day trip. It was November. It should have been mild weather but we had a 3 day southerly blast upon us []

22:04

New Kaiser Permanente Study Provides Evidence of Health Risks Linked to Electromagnetic Field Exposure "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

New Kaiser Permanente Study Provides Evidence of Health Risks Linked to Electromagnetic Field Exposure  

22:00

License to kill bill lacks safeguards to protect the vulnerable says English "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Bill English has described David Seymours euthanasia bill as a very bad piece of legislation, saying that it lacks safeguards to protect New Zealands most vulnerable people. [] the National leader said while he was against all forms of assisted dying, the bill presented by ACTs David Seymour was particularly dangerous, implying it indiscriminately enabled []

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21:31

Donald and Vladimir on first-name terms "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Russian President Vladimir Putin says accusations of US President Donald Trumps collusion with Russia have damaged the US political system and demonstrated disrespect for those who voted for Mr Trump. Speaking at an annual news conference, Mr Putin again rejected claims of interference in the US Presidential election, saying that the accusations against Mr Trump []

21:30

How scientists try to shut down legitimate debate by using smear tactics "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Scientists are using lawfare as one tactic to shut down debate, from climate science to health outcomes to nutrition. Nutrition scientists seem to be some of the biggest offenders and one of their favoured tactics to shut down debate is to accuse companies of using Big Tobacco tactics in an attempt to delegitimise their input []

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