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Thursday, 14 September

23:16

Cr Challenges KIN Story "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Kapiti Councillors were fully briefed on CRU Court challenge Cr Jackie Elliott Kapiti Districtwide Councillor Jackie Elliott has challenged a KIN story saying some councillors were not fully informed about a Coastal Ratepayers case against the KCDC. The KIN story ( Ratepayers Headed for the High Court; Sept. 11) said: November 13 is the []

23:00

Labours taxes should they be fiscally neutral? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Labour say the National Party are using scare tactics regarding whether Labour will tax New Zealanders more. But despite being asked a number of times, Jacinda Ardern has so far refused to put the matter to bed and commit to reducing other taxes to compensate households for the new taxes Labour still want to introduce. []

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23:00

Captain called wrong "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Jacinda Ardern made a captains call on the possibility of introducing a capital gains tax without putting it to voters.

Just a couple of weeks ago deputy Kelvin Davis was rebuked for saying it would be put to voters.

Yesterday it was her finance spokesman Grant Robertson who fronted the media to say that was no longer the case.

The captain called wrong.

It shows her inexperience.

It shows the party isnt ready for government.

It shows their leader isnt ready to be Prime Minister.

Experience and judgement matter and this episode shows she lacks both.

 

 

 


Filed under: politics, tax Tagged: Grant Robertson, Jacinda Ardern, Kelvin Davis

22:35

A Second Chance For Labour To Put Things Left. "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Victory Lies Ahead, Comrades! Allowing the Greens to make the case for change; assessing the force and quality of the Rights objections; and then, following a period of extensive consultation, fashioning a suite of reforms acceptable to a solid majority of New Zealanders. Such is the royal-road to making Labour the dominant force in New Zealand politics.

ITS NOT OFTEN in electoral politics that a party is given a second chance to get it right. In 1999, Labour and the Alliance (with the Greens more-or-less in tow) were gifted the chance to craft a political relationship that could have grown into a near-permanent lock on New Zealands still-new MMP electoral system. That neither partner in the Labour-Alliance coalition had the wit to seize, or even understand, the opportunity before them is a testament to the woeful immaturity of the New Zealand Left.

Perhaps the best way to describe the opportunity missed by Labour and the Alliance (and, after 2002, the Greens) is by deploying a military analogy.

Think of Labour as a large army marching through enemy territory. (The analogy works best if the army youre imagining is a nineteenth century one think of Napoleons Grande Arme, or Robert E. Lees Army of Northern Virginia.) The much smaller army of the Alliance is spread out well ahead of Labours line of march. Its role: to reconnoitre the territory into which Labour is marching; noting the disposition of the enemys troops; their strongpoints; and the places where their defences are weak and vulnerable to attack. Should the enemy encounter the smaller force, the resulting engagement will give the larger army plenty of time to prepare its defences.

For a while, it looked as though the Labour-Alliance combination had decided to work in precisely this fashion. The radical pol...

22:30

Jacinda and Grants little problem with their no new taxes pledge "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Yesterday Labour was forced into a flip-flop over taxes. Theyve promised no new taxes until the after the next election. There are several caveats though. The first is that the seven taxes theyve already announce standso no new taxes means no new taxes except these ones Labours undefined tax policies left them vulnerable to National []

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22:15

Water Tax? Think again "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Richard wrote A hot day in Gisborne [yesterday], 25 degrees. We were putting a roof on a big shed next to our house and come 4 oclock we had run out of water and very parched. I jumped on the phone and rang the wife to send miss 9 across the paddock with some water []

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22:00

Colmar Brunton out of step with others, still shows lead for left wing "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

1News Colmar Bruntons latest poll is out and shows continued good news for Labour: Labour has maintained its four point lead over National in a new 1 NEWS Colmar Brunton poll out tonight, the same margin as a similar poll taken last week. Its a good result for Labour, after backtracking on their tax policy []

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21:46

The James Shaw interview "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

It is James Shaws turn to be interviewed by Guyon Espiner on RNZ this morning. It is a big contrast to yesterdays with Peters. Greens will have been encouraged to be uop a bit (to 7%) in the latest Colmar Brunton poll, but it has been a hard campaign for Shaw since Metiria Turei left []

21:38

this whole election has just been a giant fucking kick to the guts? "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Inevitably there are people who are disillusioned by election campaigns as they become aware their ideals are a long way from being realised. From Reddit: An election of disappointments Far out. Is anyone else feeling like this whole election has just been a giant fucking kick to the guts? This is the first election that []

21:30

Will Tukituki come down to ethics? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The NZ Herald runs a slanted piece on the race in Tukituki between Anna Marge Lorck, Labours home wrecker candidate, and Lawrence Yule. It was videoed in Flaxmerethe most feral Labour loving part of town. This is a campaign that may well come down to personal ethics.   Lorcks campaign has been using a proxy []

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21:24

A view on Tweedlenational and Tweedlelabour "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Phil Duncan:  What yesterday told us about National and Labour Two events yesterday provided a micrcosm of the problem with the NatLabs, and yet more evidence of why workers and progressive people generally shouldnt support either wing of this party. One of the most obnoxious events in politics, and in elections in particular, is when capitalist []

21:09

Saudi sheep revisited "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Another old story that has curiously popped up in the middle of an election campaign. The Saudi sheep deal was embarrassing for the government and deserved scrutiny, but I have suspicions when a story dating back to 2013, that was a big thing in the media in 2015, suddenly pops up right now. RNZ: Saudi []

21:00

Quote of the day "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Drawing on my fine command of English language I said nothing.   Robert Benchley who was born on this day in 1889.

He also said:

The freelance writer is a man who is paid per piece, per word or perhaps.


Filed under: quotes Tagged: Robert Benchley

21:00

Whaleoil General Debate "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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

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20:45

Drip fed policies adding to the confusion "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

This has been a maniacal election campaign that has been punctuated by some major changes, with three party leaders stepping down, and one new leader turning the election upside down. That has created a confused political landscape, but also contributing to the mayhem has been the perpetual drip feeding of policies. With just eight days []

20:30

Face of the Day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Gareth Morgan says polls showing he wont make it into Parliament are wrong because they rely on the opinions of voters with landlines. When I ask the question in the town hall shows I do every night, Hands up those whove got a landline, its 10 or 15 percent, the Opportunities Party (TOP) leader []

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20:15

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The word for today is gravid (adj) Carrying developing young or eggs, pregnant. Source : The Free Dictionary Etymology : Pregnant, 1590s, from Latin gravidus loaded, full, swollen; pregnant with child, from gravis burdened, heavy, from PIE root *gwere- heavy.

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20:08

Polls, and pawns in a game of political chess and media mess "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

With just over a week to go until the election uncertainty rules. Polls are described as volatile meaning media cant neatly make predictions based on fast shifting and varying poll results. Pundits and political journalists are perplexed by the polls. As soon as they say if an election was held over the last few []

20:00

Daily Proverb "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Proverbs 15 14 A wise person is hungry for knowledge, while the fool feeds on trash.

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20:00

Friday's Fulminations "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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

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

Visitors might consider the wisdom of using moderate language.

Regards

Adolf

19:20

General chat "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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

19:15

Media watch Friday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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

19:10

Open Forum Friday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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

16:22

The Criminal Injustice System: Beyond Platitudes and Bleeding Hearts "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Aotearoa (New Zealand) has a lot of serious problems. Neoliberal reforms have been imposed against the will of the people here and it is only our pride and our racially informed sense of kinship with imperial power that keeps us from recognising that we are a neocolony a privileged neocolony perhaps, but a neocolony nonetheless.

Recent decades have been an affront to our sovereignty and our progressive and socialist history. We were the first country with a 40 hour working week, the first to allow women to vote, the second to have a comprehensive public health system, and the first welfare state. It cuts against the grain, therefore, that in 30 years we have gone from a country with no poverty or unemployment and near the worst income inequality in the OECD (7th worst in 2014). With relatively low wages and one of the highest costs of living in the world, neoliberalism is ripping apart our social fabric. We have a housing crisis that is worse than those hitting the US, UK, Australia and Canada, but it is even more of a shock because 30 years ago the idea of homelessness and of people begging in the streets was simply alien to us.

Make no mistake, neoliberalism has fucked this country, and I do blame the US and the UK along with those traitor scum politicians who serve the empire and not their own people. But in one key respect, neoliberalism was pushing against an open door. Neoliberalism seeks to shrink the social support offered by the state but it also seeks to grow the coercive powers of the state the police and the prisons. The latter harmonises much more easily with traditional Aotearoan values. We are a punitive people. We are not ruled by fear of malefactors to the extent that the US seems to be, but we still have a strong attraction to law-and-order.

Our prison population has traditionally been high, but as incarceration rates have grown in other countries we have kept our place in the leading pack (excluding the US which is in a league of its own). We imprison people at nearly twice the rate of Canada; 45% hi...

15:43

New Zealand: National MP Trained by Chinese Spies "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Via: Newsroom: A National Party MP who studied at an elite Chinese spy school before moving to New Zealand has attracted the interest of our Security Intelligence Service. The list MP Jian Yang did not mention in his work or political CVs a decade he spent in the Peoples Liberation Army-Air Force Engineering College or []

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

September 15 in history "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

668  Eastern Roman Emperor Constans II was assassinated in his bath at Syracuse, Italy.

921  At Tetin Saint Ludmila was murdered at the command of her daughter-in-law.

994 Major Fatimid victory over the Byzantine Empire at the Battle of the Orontes.

1254 Marco Polo, Italian explorer, was born (d. 1324).

1616 The first non-aristocratic, free public school in Europe was opened inFrascati, Italy.

1649 Titus Oates, English minister and plotter, was born (d. 1705).

1762 Seven Years War: Battle of Signal Hill.

1820 Constitutionalist revolution in Lisbon.

1821  GuatemalaEl SalvadorHondurasNicaragua, and Costa Ricajointly declared independence from Spain.

1830  The Liverpool to Manchester railway line opened.

1831  The locomotive John Bull operated for the first time in New Jersey on the Camden and Amboy Railroad.

1835 HMS Beagle, with Charles Darwin aboard, reached the Galpagos Islands.

1851  Saint Josephs University was founded in Philadelphia.

1857 William Howard Taft, 27th President of...

11:44

A Book about the Book "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

A must read, must own By Leslie Clague I recently finished reading a book entitled  The Book Actually, the full title is The Book: A Cover to Cover Exploration of the Most Powerful Object of our Time The author is Keith Houston. If you are a lover of books and reading, I think this is []

09:43

Uncensored Magazine Issue#49 Out Now! "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

  In This Issue: Peruvian Mummy: Human? Alien? Hoax? Uncensored presents intriguing images and information on this controversial archaeological specimen on Page 64 Sex Robots In Japan: our interaction with robots has gone from science fiction to reality with startling speed, and Uncensored examines the bizarre directions the relationship between man and machine are taking on Page 39 []

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09:02

I like not this poll, bring me a better one "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"


And lo, a better one was brought:

1 NEWS / Colmar Brunton Poll results for tonight, Thursday September 14
Labour Party      44% (last week - 43%)
National Party    40% (last week - 39%)
Green Party        7% (last week - 5%)
NZ First             6% (last week - 9%)
TOP                  2% Steady
Maori Party        1% (last week - 2%)
ACT Party          0.6% 

Ooh, this one has a Labour/Green government not needing any other coalition partners.  I like this poll much better!  Too bad an individual poll isn't worth anything, I guess - this one would be a keeper if they were.

08:55

Joyce v Robertson finance debate tonight "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Stuff are streaming a finance debate from 7:00 pm between Grant Robertson and Steven Joyce. This may be challenging for Robertson in particular after todays tax u-turn. Ok, Im getting sick of it already, same old arguments flying to and fro. Robertson has just interrupted Joyce about five times in a row stopping him from []

08:40

Sunshine rose this morning, Peters demands urgent inquiry "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Winston Peters doesnt call for inquiries as often as the sun rises but hes almost as predictable. ODT:  Peters calls for inquiry into National MP Speaking in Dunedin today, Mr Peters told about 260 people New Zealand had been caught out and exposed to being a pawn of the Communists in China. The influence of []

08:31

Labour lose their nerve on tax "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Theres been a lot already written and commented on todays tax back down from Labour so I wont go over it all, but it looks like they lost their nerve on their tax working group strategy. Labour say they wont implement any new taxes they havent already been announced until after the 2020 election, but []

08:28

Quote of the Day: On impatient reformers "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"


"[I]mpatient reformers, thinking it easier and shorter to get possession of the government than of the intellects and dispositions of the public, are under a constant temptation to stretch the province of government beyond due bounds..."
~ John Stuart Mill

08:24

The Peters-Espiner interview "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Guyon Espiner interviewed Winston Peters on RNZ this morning. It was widely regarded as not very flattering of Peters. Perhaps staunch supporters still think hes got what it takes but it raises serious doubts of his capabilities. RNZ link: The Leader Interview Winston Peters A $3 billion costing for New Zealand Firsts policy to []

08:10

1 News/Colmar Brunton poll "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The latest 1 News/Colmar Brunton poll: Labour 44% (last week 43%, previous 43%) National 40% (last week 39%, previous 41%) Greens 7% (last week 5%, previous 5%) NZ First 6%  (last week 9%, previous 8%) TOP 2.0% rounded (last week 1.9%, previous 0.9%) Maori Party 1.1% rounded (last week 2.0%, previous 0.5%) ACT 0.6% (last []

08:00

Whaleoil Backchat "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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

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07:28

Polls, eh? "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

For Election 2017.

I think Putins hacked our polls.

Thats *Putin*, you paranoid left wing conspiracy theorists.

Not Hooton.


07:13

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Pirr  a state of agitation or excitement; a fit of anger; a gentle breeze; a light wind.


Filed under: language Tagged: pirr

07:00

A bunch of questions we need answers to before election day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

There are so many elephants in the room, political parties are hoping their specific one is hidden behind someone elses. WIll Jacinda remain Leader of the Labour party for a full term?  The reason I ask is because former leader Andrew Little was placed as list position three.   That doesnt look like the normal []

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06:30

Teaching at a South Auckland Partnership School "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

South Auckland Middle School is a charter ( partnership) school that enabled its Year 7 & 8 students to shift the National Standards curve up by 18% in 2016. It already has a waiting list of almost 100 students for 2018. Guest Post: On September 6th a Manurewa teacher wrote a rather depressing and society []

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06:00

Labour switch strategies: forget about taxes, look how much we can GIVE you "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Labour has launched a new online calculator that show how much extra families with kids will get from Labours Families Package, says Leader of the Opposition Jacinda Ardern. Families can go to www.labour.org.nz/calculator and see how much better off they will be with Labour thanks to our Families Package. Labours Families Package calculator allows families []

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06:00

New Zealand: National MP Trained by Chinese Spies "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

A National Party MP who studied at an elite Chinese spy school before moving to New Zealand has attracted the interest of our Security Intelligence Service. The list MP Jian Yang did not mention in his work or political CVs a decade he spent in the Peoples Liberation Army-Air Force Engineering College or the Luoyang language institute run by Chinas equivalent of the United States National Security Agency. That agency, the Third Department, conducts spying activities for China.

05:30

Unions like NZEI are the cause, not the solution of teacher shortages "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Unions like NZEI are the cause, not the solution of teacher shortages, ACT Leader David Seymour. Desperate measures like writing off student loans and providing dedicated teacher housing would never be on the table if teacher unions had negotiated salaries in line with other sectors. In recent decades teacher unions have been the problem, not []

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05:00

Mental Health Break "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Burning Man 2017 Radical Ritual 4K from Justin Majeczky on Vimeo.

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04:49

The best cartoons of the 2017 New Zealand general election (so far) "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Scott - Dominion Post 14 September 2017 Scott - Dominion Post 12 September 2017 Tremain - ODT 12 September 2017 Emmerson - NZ Herald 12 September 2017 Scott - Dominion Post 9 September 2017 Tremain - ODT 7 September 2017 Hubbard - 7 September 2017 Chicane - Southland Times 6 September 2017 Murdoch - The Press 6 September 2017 Emmerson - NZ Herald 6 September 2017 Scott - Dominion Post 6 September 2017 Emmerson - NZ Herald 5 September 2017 Scott - Dominion Post 8 August 2017

04:34

Barry Crump Collected Stories "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"




Barry Crump was one of New Zealands most popular authors ever, selling over 1 million copies of his 24 books between the publishing of A Good Keen Man in 1960 through to his death in 1996.
Though the reputation he gained in the wake of his turbulent personal life sometimes overshadows his literary career, he remains a superb storyteller, who perfectly captured the lifestyle and laconic humour of the rugged Kiwi outdoors man. His ability to craft a tale that is both moving and funny is superbly illustrated by the huge international success of the movie Hunt for the Wilderpeople, which is based on his book Wild Pork and Watercress.

Almost all of Barry Crumps books are now out of print. This new volume of Collected Stories remedies that, by presenting five of his great classics in a handsome, hardback edition.

Barry Crump: Collected Stories belongs on the bookshelf of every New Zealand home, an important, highly enjoyable and often hilarious part of our literary heritage.

AUTHOR INFORMATION
BARRY...

04:30

According to Wikipedia white males are the only ones who are angry "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Angry white male or angry white man (AWM) or angry white guy (AWG) is a term used to describe a white male holding what is viewed as a typically conservative to reactionary viewpoint in the context of U.S. politics, typically characterized by opposition to liberal anti-discriminatory policies and beliefs. In particular, angry white menstereotypically oppose affirmative action policies and feminism. -Wiki When I did a google search for white male I was []

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04:26

A NEW, INSIGHTFUL AND ILLUMINATING LOOK AT THE LIFE OF SIR EDMUND HILLARY "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"


 A NEW, INSIGHTFUL AND ILLUMINATING LOOK AT THE LIFE OF SIR EDMUND HILLARY, BY A FELLOW MOUNTAINEER WHO WAS A CLOSE FRIEND FOR OVER HALF A CENTURY AUTHOR INFORMATION

 This new and important biography of Sir Edmund Hillary, a truly great New Zealander, breaks new ground among previous accounts of his life. The author, Michael Gill, was a close friend of Edmund Hillarys for over 50 years, accompanying him on many expeditions, and becoming heavily involved in his Himalayan aid work. He was also granted access by Sir Edmunds children to a large archive of private papers and photos that were deposited in the Auckland Museum after his death.

Building on personal experience, and this new unpublished material, Michael Gill has written a wonderfully insightful and illuminating biography. He describes the uncertainties of the first 33 years of Edmund Hillarys life, as well as the always-fascinating stories of the early attempts on Mt Everest, all a prelude to the first ascent which brought him instant world-wide fame. But too, this biography reveals, in part through personal letters, the tender and loving relationship he had with his wife  Louise. Her importance to him during their 22 years of marriage only underlines the horror of her death, along with that of their youngest daughter, in a plane crash in 1975. Sir Edmund eventually pulled out of the subsequent depression to continue his lifes work building schools and hospitals in the Himalayas.

Affectionate, but scrupulously fair, Michael Gill has gone further than anyone before to reveal the humanity of this remarkable man. Edmund Hillarys life was shaped by both triumph and tragedy, and while he became famous through his mountaineering achievements, ultimately it was his humility and great compassion for the people of Nepal that has become his...

04:14

How much more do you want to pay for food? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Homepaddock

We dont know all the details but we do know that a Labour-Green government would impose new taxes on farming:

Green Party and Labour Party policymakers want to hit dairy farmers with a trifecta of environmental taxes that could cost an average of $18,000 per year for each farm, and for those farmers that draw water for irrigation the cost would be in excess of $63,000 per year, says DairyNZ chief executive Dr Tim Mackle.

But unlike winning the trifecta at the horse races, theres nothing for New Zealands dairy farmers to celebrate, says Dr Mackle.  Our economists calculate that the proposed carbon tax would add an average of $6,850 to each farms costs, the nitrogen pollution tax would add $11,232 per farm and then theres Labours proposed water use tax which would add a further $45,000 average for farms irrigating.   He notes that of New Zealands 12,000

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04:06

Rock solid "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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This rock isnt for moving. We stand by our plan. #backing bill #partyvotenational


Filed under: politics Tagged: #backing bill, #partyvotenational, Bill English, NZ National Party

04:00

Map of the Day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

E-mail History in Metro map Style Click here for larger view

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03:30

Beware Jacindas land tax assurances "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Guest Post After a bit of a kerfuffle, Jacinda Ardern has strongly stated that her governments land tax will not include the family home or the land that a family home sits on. Voters might rest assured. Certainly a further tax on mums and dads who own a home to raise their family is difficult []

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03:00

Rural round-up "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Maniototo farmers challenge Ardern to visit them on water tax

A group of Central Otago farmers are challenging Jacinda Ardern to visit their farms to discuss Labours water tax plans.

The group of women, known as Water Maniototo, say they cannot afford a royalty on irrigated water, planned at one to two cents per thousand litres of water, and it could drive some off their land.

Francine Hore, who farms sheep at Patearoa, says she supports fixing up the nations waterways, but many farmers are doing everything they can already. . . 

Lambs hit $7/kg Annette Scott:

Low global stocks pushing lamb markets above the odds for this season is positive news for the New Zealand sheep industry but farmers are not yet jumping with excitement, Federated Farmers meat and fibre chairman Miles Anderson says.

Latest trade statistics revealed average export prices for both chilled and frozen product were tracking well above any prices seen in recent years, including 2011, the last time NZ saw such strong global demand for lamb.

Demand for chilled lamb had held solid in recent months, driven by the tight supply with chilled prices reaching historically high levels. . . 

Broken business makes comeback Annette Scott:

From a business that was essentially broken to one recording a modest profit in less than 12 months, NZ Yarn is now poised to add value for New Zealand woolgrowers.

Over the past year the Canterbury yarn processor has spun its own turnaround project.

Getting back on its feet to lift returns for farmers and shareholders had been the focus of NZ Yarns reinvention, chief executive Colin McKenzie said.

A year ago the business was essentially broken.

We have reinvented, repositioned and resized operations and moved from making sizeable losses to recording our first modest profit in July, McKenzie said. . . 

03:00

Fairfax not happy with Labours bribe for Red Radio "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Fairfax isnt at all happy about Labours boost for Red Radio: A Labour Party proposal to boost Radio New Zealands role in the media market and pay for it to launch a television channel has copped criticism from Fairfax New Zealand. Labour leader Jacinda Ardern announced on Tuesday morning that the party would provide funding for []

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02:30

Robbo is having a cry about tax cuts "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Isnt it fascinating?   As long as the polls were doing well for Jacinda, she was fronting all of it.  Less than 24 hours after a bad poll, and it looks like a man has to come rescue her. It is time for Bill English and Steven Joyce to stop the scaremongering and lies, and []

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02:15

The primary difference between Nazism (national socialism) and traditional socialism "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"


The primary difference between Nazism (national socialism) and traditional socialism is that while the traditional socialist divides the world along lines demarcated by class, the national socialist divides the world along lines demarcated by race.

Both are thoroughgoing collectivists. This is their essential similarity. The only essential difference between them is to which mass of humanity the particular collectivist demands that individuals sacrifice.   One puts human beings in a collective pot according to where they work; the other according to where they were born but to each of these two variants of collectivism the individual has reality only as part of the group, and value only insofar as he serves it.

Thus, as Ludwig Von Mises explains, where traditional socialism seeks a specially privileged position for the members of a definite class, national socialism is a system of socialism which seeks a specially privileged position for the members of a definite nation.

And where the pre-and-post-World War I Internationale aimed at a socialist organisation of the world in which the working masses of the proletariat would be assigned a privileged position, while the blood and riches of the bourgeoisie would serve this new dictatorship, the pre-World War II German National Socialist Party aimed at a socialist organisation of the world in which the people of pure German blood would be assigned a privileged position, while members of the inferior races would be assigned tasks where they would serve the Master (German) race.

The essential similarity in both cases is the sacrifice of the individual to the collective. The only essential difference is which particular sub-division of the collective is granted supremacy or, to put it another way: who, in each case, is sacrificed to whom.

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02:11

Election update "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Im starting to enjoy this election.


02:08

Quote of the Day: On academics and dictators "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"


"Foreign despotisms only have to declare their passion to improve the condition of the poor, and many an academic is lying with his back on the floor waving his paws in the air."
~ Kenneth Minogue, on how too many intellectuals too often end up as unpaid PR officers for dodgy regimes

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02:00

Thursdays quiz "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Youre invited to pose the questions.

Anyone who stumps everyone will win a virtual vase of camellias.


Filed under: diversions

Photo of the Day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Herod the Great The notable phrase Til death us do part has dripped from impassioned lips during marriage vows since 1549, having been altered slightly from the earlier Till death us depart. The meaning is self-explanatory: I will love you until we are parted by death. However, this natural end to any marriage has recently been called []

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01:52

More tax and bigger budget hole "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Labour has been frightened into saying it wont implement any recommendations of its tax working group until after the 2020 election.

But a Labour led government would still add the water,  regional fuel and visitor taxes; reverse the income tax cuts that every party but Labour voted for; and bring farming into the ETS.

And if they dont introduce new taxes their Budget will have a bigger hole.

A Taxpayers Union media release points out:

The Taxpayers Union says Labour cant have it all ways, pointing out that Labours manifesto is costed at $23 billion over the next Parliamentary term, second only to New Zealand First.

Labour have done the right thing in committing to put any capital gains or land tax to the vote, says Jordan Williams, the groups Executive Director. But without new revenue, and having promised new spending of $13,287 per New Zealand household, Labour need to explain what spending theyll cut in order for Grant Robertson to keep to the Partys debt targets.

Two plus two doesnt equal five.  Labour cant credibly promise to hike spending, keep to their debt limits, but also say they wont hike taxes.  It just doesnt add up. . . 

The only way to spend more without taking more in tax is to increase debt.

Labours fiscal plan shows it would reduce debt more slowly than National would.

The plan also had a hole, unless you believe a Labour-led government would run zero Budgets.

Ruling out a Land and Capital Gains Tax in the next term is the right thing to do but it will make the hole in Labours budget bigger.

 


Filed under: politics, tax Tagged: Labour Party, New Zealand Taxpayers' Union,...

01:30

Wagners $2m Road Maggot bribe "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Associate Tourism Minister Nicky Wagner today announced a funding boost of more than $2 million for safety improvements on four Great Rides in Waikato, East Coast, Hawkes Bay and West Coast. The funding is part of a $25 million investment announced in Budget 2016 to further enhance and extend the Great Rides of Nga Haerenga, []

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01:00

Rural round-up "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Politicians blame dairy farm villains for water pollution Peter Jackson:

One of the more disturbing aspects of this election campaign is that we are being invited to vote for, or against, future taxes that will not be quantified until some time after the next government has been formed.

Casting a vote always involves an element of trust, especially under MMP, where proposed policies come up for negotiation in the process of forming a government.

This is wonderful for politicians, who know full well that come September 24 they will be able to trade away what they promised 24 hours earlier. . . 

Composting barns can be a dairy solution Keith Woodford:

There is increasing recognition that 24/7 paddock wintering of cows is not the way forward for New Zealand dairy. The challenge is to find solutions. These solutions need to achieve good environmental management, they need to be animal friendly, and they also need to make economic sense.

Over recent months I have been on a personal journey of learning about composting barns. That journey is ongoing and I have more to learn. But I am now at a point where I am confident that composting barns can be a major part of the strategic solution for New Zealand dairy. They can be win-win-win for the environment, for animals, and for profitability.

There is one important qualification to the above statement. It is that none of us yet have all of the answers for New Zealand conditions. Also, there is evidence that some farmers are going into composting barns with a poor understanding of the critical factors for success. . . 

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00:30

NRT on Labour news site smear job against Nat MP "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Newsroom, a news organisation filled with failed old journalists and also rans, but funded by major Labour party donor Selwyn Pellet has run another shabby hit job on a National MP. The major accusations are that he was investigated by the SIS and was once a Communist party member. Well so whatIve been investigated by []

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00:17

Quote of the Day: On politics and crime "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"


"In power politics there are no crimes, because there are no laws."
~ George Orwell

00:00

A nurse responds to our last two articles about nursing in New Zealand "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Guest Post: I was interested to read the two articles posted on Whaleoil about nursing, how it has changed and the experience of care both women received while patients in hospital. I felt quite incensed when reading the first one of their experiences, while being treated with breast cancer. Although I believe there is some []

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23:53

I Can't Work Out......... "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

........ how Jacinda Arden thought she could win an election by taxing the shit out of middle NZ.

Can any student of political history point to the last time a western democracy elected a leader on a platform of a vast array of new taxes, the amount of which would all be decided after the election?

Yes, I know the election is still a couple of weeks away and the writing on the wall so far is 'only one poll' but the riddle remains unanswered.

I have a theory.

I reckon it's the poofter coward plotter up to his old tricks.  Remember how he was in like Flash Gordon to nominate the filly as Labour leader?  After she lost the election, he was going to slide effortlessly into the leadership and be assured of an easy win in 2020.

Of course, never in a million years did he think her popularity would take off the way it did, so he suddenly needed to knock her down a peg or two.  What better way than to persuade her that his taxation policies are election winners?     Aaaaaaaaah.   All he has to do now is sit back and wait for the post election caucus meeting at which he can move for a spill on account of her losing the unloseable election.

Mind you, the unions might have something to say about that mightn't they?

Hell, with any luck they'll reinstall Little.

Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha

23:30

Will Labour answer Bills challenge over charter schools? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Labour wants to shut down charter schools, despite clear evidence that the schools are working to address dramatic shortfalls in state sector education solutions. Bill English has challenged Labour to personally tell students that their charter schools will be closed and why. A visibly emotional Bill English has laid a direct challenge to Labour politicians; tell the []

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23:29

Prue Hyman Party Vote Green "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Jacindas scared of frightening the horses. So vote Green for real change ! By Prue Hyman I said last month that I ought to be writing about the election with Jacinda Arderns accession to the Labour leadership and Metiria Turias benefit stretching revelations (that was before she resigned the co-leadership) but that I couldnt []

23:03

Latest News from The Bookseller "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"


The debut novel by York bookseller Fiona Mozley has made the cut for the 2017 Man Booker Prize shortlist, along with debuts by George Saunders and Emily Fridlund.
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23:00

What industry will Labour throw under bus for Korea? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

We reported yesterday that Labour will renegotiate our Free Trade Agreement with Korea. This is all so they can chase their populist policy of banning foreigners from our housing market. There is now growing concern at the implications of this decision. New Zealand Institute of Economic Research deputy chief executive John Ballingall said the ban []

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23:00

How much more do you want to pay for food? "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

We dont know all the details but we do know that a Labour-Green government would impose new taxes on farming:

Green Party and Labour Party policymakers want to hit dairy farmers with a trifecta of environmental taxes that could cost an average of $18,000 per year for each farm, and for those farmers that draw water for irrigation the cost would be in excess of $63,000 per year, says DairyNZ chief executive Dr Tim Mackle.

But unlike winning the trifecta at the horse races, theres nothing for New Zealands dairy farmers to celebrate, says Dr Mackle.  Our economists calculate that the proposed carbon tax would add an average of $6,850 to each farms costs, the nitrogen pollution tax would add $11,232 per farm and then theres Labours proposed water use tax which would add a further $45,000 average for farms irrigating.   He notes that of New Zealands 12,000 dairy herds, 2,000 use irrigation.

The tax trifecta would severely reduce dairy farm profitability, and possibly require additional borrowing for some farmers to meet expenditure.  It would impact the success of our rural economy, and put at stake the livelihood of our rural communities. 

It would also inevitably lead to an increase in the cost of food, and thats without a land and capital gains tax.

Dr Mackle says if a political party had asked him what the dairy sector wanted from Government, he would have said an economy-wide plan outlining the emission reduction expectations for each sector over the longer term.

Targeting farmers this severely and swiftly does little to incentivise mitigation, and ignores the hard work farmers have been voluntarily doing themselves to lessen emissions.

Dairy farmers have been operating in a climate of uncertainty with no indication of when they would be faced with a charge for agricultural emissions. Despite this, we have put the Dairy Action for Climate Change plan in place so that all farmers now know what they can be doing right now to reduce their carbon emissions.

He says the Greens leader James Shaw welcomed the climate change plan when it was announced in June.

Hes well aware of the work currently underway. However, what might be a surprise to him is that we support the concept of a climate commission, and the idea of clear carbon budgets so the dairy sector can plan for the future.

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23:00

The Roundup with PW "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"


Man Booker Prize 2017 Shortlist Announced
The Man Booker Prize has announced its shortlist for the 2017 Man Booker Prize for Fiction, and it includes Paul Auster and George Saunders. The winner will be announced on Tuesday, October 17 at a ceremony at Londons Guildhall, to be broadcast by the BBC.
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22:58

The Scotiabank Giller Prize and Audible Announce Exclusive Audiobook Sponsorship "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"



September 13, 2017 (Toronto, ON)

Elana Rabinovitch, Executive Director of the Scotiabank Giller Prize, is pleased to announce that Audible, the world's largest seller and producer of digital audiobooks and other spoken-word entertainment, will be the exclusive audiobook sponsor of the prize. Audible will launch its dedicated Canadian service, Audible.ca, today at Union Station. Actress Elisabeth Moss and author Margaret Atwood will join Audible CEO Don Katz on stage for a live performance of Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale.

"We are so glad to be collaborating with Audible," said Rabinovitch. "It's exciting to be at the forefront of a medium that's exploding onto the marketplace."

"Audible is committed to supporting talented Canadian writers and voices, and as part of that commitment we are delighted to be the exclusive audiobook sponsor of the Scotiabank Giller Prize," said Audible founder and CEO Don Katz.

Audible's initial sponsorship will begin in 2017 and last through the end of the 2018 awards.

This year's Scotiabank Giller Prize longlist will be announced at The Rooms in St.John's NL on Monday, September 18 at 11:00 a.m. (NT), 9:30 a.m. (ET).

ABOUT THE PRIZE

The Scotiabank Giller Prize, founded in 1994, highlights the very best in Canadian fiction year after year. The prize awards $100,000 annually to the author of the best Canadian novel or short story collection published in English, and $10,000 to each of the finalists. The award is named in honour of the late literary journalist Doris Giller by her husband, Toronto businessman Jack Rabinovitch, who passed away in August 2017.

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22:55

Publishers Lunch "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"


Today's Meal


Mark Warren will join Random House as vice president and executive editor starting October 16. He was previously an editor at Esquire for two decades, and co-authored former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's memoir, The Good Fight. Editor-in-chief Andy Ward says: "Mark has the skills and intuition of a great editor, as well as the firsthand experience of an author--perspective and empathy that have earned the respect of the authors with whom he has worked."

Brian Geffen has joined Holt Children's as editor. Most recently he was associate editor at Philomel.

Cordelia Calverthas been promoted to senior publicist for Liveright.

Scholastic Trade has announced a number of promotions and new hires.
Lisa Sandell...

22:54

Arts Journal - Words "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"


 Buruma Talks About Launching A New Era At The New York Review Of Books

Ian Buruma Talks About Launching A New Era At The New York Review Of BooksSome shoes are harder to fill than others. Robert Silvers .. ran the left-leaning intellectual magazine with single-minded fervor from the time he co-founded it in 1963 until he died at 87 in March. His shoes may as well be Shaquille ONeals. But Buruma is up for the challenge, and, as he tells John Williams, hell do his job differently: It was a monarchy, and I think perhaps it will be a slightly more democratic operation. Certainly I think Ill be more collaborative.
Read the story at New York Times

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22:51

Man Booker Prize announces 2017 shortlist "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"


Man Booker Prize announces 2017 shortlist
 
@ManBookerPrize | #FinestFiction |#ManBooker2017
 
 
         Two first-time female writers shortlisted Emily Fridlund and Fiona Mozley, the youngest authors from the longlist
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22:43

This Is Still A Fight: Some Thoughts On The Newshub-Reid Research Poll. "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Enough of "Let's do this", Jacinda. It's time to say "Let's do them!" Labour thought it could bluff its way through this election with warm fuzzies and vague promises. They assumed that these would be enough because the electorate has grown weary of the National Government. Well, the Newshub-Reid Research Poll has reminded them in no uncertain terms that this is still a fight.

FIRST OF ALL, its just one poll. And, one poll does not a Labour election loss portend. RNZs Poll of Polls which averages out the results of the three or four most recent polls, presents a considerably calmer picture. In a nutshell, National and Labour are level-pegging; NZ First and the Greens are drifting dangerously close to the 5 percent MMP threshold; the Maori Party looks set to take two seats; Act just one; and the rest (including The Opportunity Party) simply arent in the race.

Even so. The latest Newshub-Reid Research Poll has delivered a pretty solid kidney-punch to the Centre-Lefts morale. What had begun to feel like a smooth escalator ride to certain victory has been brought to a sudden, stomach-lurching halt. The Nats are sitting pretty on 47 percent enough, with the Greens out of the running, to let them govern on their own.

The cynical genius of the Crosby-Textor pairing has armed the National Party with a pretty serviceable baseball bat and they are swinging it hard. Frustratingly, that Nat bat has been carved out of Labours errors. In a fine example of Crosby-Textors standard operating procedure. Nationals fightback strategy zeroes-in on Labours point of maximum vulnerability: their MPs abiding fear of stating clearly what it is that they intend to do and how they intend to pay for it.

Instead of responding to Nationals Lets Tax This jibe with a resounding Hell, Yeah!, Jacinda has been persuaded to double-down on the Little-led Labour Partys keep it vague until the el...

22:30

Jacinda uses her grandfather to score political points "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Its a variation on the dont you know who I am playthis time using her sick grandfather, who has now managed to get an apology simply for being the grandfather of the Peoples Princess. It is a dangerous step though for Ardern to take, using family members in a  political way. Because if she hasnt []

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22:00

Looks like relentlessly positive didnt last a day past a bad poll "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Jacinda Ardern has repeatedly stated that her campaign would be relentlessly positive, she has also stated that she would never lie in politics. It certainly looks like both of those statements are dead in the water after she went whiny and negative on the campaign trail yesterday. Jacinda Ardern has hit out at National, calling []

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22:00

Facts on tax cuts/increases "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The tax debate has ramped up a few notches, with National claiming Labour will increase income tax, and Labour claiming that National is lying. Here are the facts. Announced in the budget in May: IRD Budget 2017 From 1 April 2018, the $14,000 income tax threshold will increase to $22,000, and the $48,000 threshold to []

21:32

Slater implications on Peters Super leak "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Cameron Slater continues to make vague accusations and implications about who leaked information about Winston Peters superannuation overpayments, claiming to know who leaked but also saying he is unable to say who it was. Given his changing claims in reaction to news it sounds most likely to be bluster and bull. But yesterday Slater went []

21:30

A perspective on Jacindas grandfather "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Guest Post Im a health professional very familiar with hospitals, both in emergency departments and on the wards. There is so much I could say about the inappropriate use of heath and emergency services by people who should know better, including going to the emergency department instead of going to their GP, to after hour []

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21:00

Quote of the day "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

 The most effective way to save the threatened and decimated natural world is to cause people to fall in love with it again, with its beauty and its reality.  Peter Scott who was born on this day in 1909.


Filed under: quotes Tagged: Peter Scott

21:00

Whaleoil General Debate "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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

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20:46

The Jian Yang story "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

I have serious concerns about the the revelations about National MP and list candidate Jian Yang published 10 days before election day advance voting has already begun opened. Newsroom published this story. They also broke and drove the Todd Barclay story. The timing is very questionable, especially with the Jian Yang story, as are []

20:34

Examining the Russian media war "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

A very interesting article by Jim Rutenberg in the New York Times that claims Russian influence in what has become known as fake news, used to promote discord and protest and to interfere in elections in countries around the world. Examples are given of interference in Germany over immigration, in the UK over Brexit, and []

20:30

Face of the Day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Labour party leader Jacinda Arderns boyfriend keeps voluntarily inserting himself into the media.  Heres a pro tip:  A closed mouth gathers no flies feet.  This isnt PM Idol its politics.  And now that the Labour party are looking to be on the backward slide, things are going to get ugly fast.

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20:15

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The word for today is funster (noun) (informal) A joker; an entertainer. Source : The Free Dictionary Etymology : The origin of the English suffix -ster, as in funster, is the Old English suffix -estre, which was used to form feminine agent nouns corresponding to masculine agent nouns in -ere, e.g., bcere baker and []

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20:03

Poll: The Big Issues "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

In their recent poll Newshub/Reid Research respondents were asked to rank the issues most important to them in this election, from seven major subject areas New Zealands top election concerns This is a simplistic result the issue ranked most important to voters: That is a limited list, and gives no indication how much []

20:00

Daily Proverb "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Proverbs 14 14 Backsliders get what they deserve; good people receive their reward.

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19:20

General chat "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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

19:15

Media watch Thursday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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

19:10

Open Forum Thursday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

14 September 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 []

15:57

United States junked by Juncker as preferred EU trading partner, no mention of China or Russia "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The head of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker failed to mention the United States in the list of countries Brussels wants to conclude trade agreements with in the coming years, during his speech to the European Parliament on Wednesday. "With the help of the European Parliament, we have just secured a trade agreement with Canada that will provisionally apply as of next week. We have a political agreement with Japan on a new economic partnership. By the end of the year, we have a good chance of doing the same with Mexico and South American countries. And today, we are proposing to open trade negotiations with Australia and New Zealand," Juncker said. The European Commission's term of office runs until October 31, 2019. Before Donald Trump's election as the US President, Washington and Brussels were actively negotiating the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) trade agreement. Trump canceled the TPP agreement with Asian countries as he dislikes multilateral trade agreements. Talks on TTIP have stalled, too.

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

September 14 in history "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

81 Domitian became Emperor of the Roman Empire upon the death of his brother Titus.

786  Harun al-Rashid became the Abbasid caliph upon the death of his brother al-Hadi.

1180  Battle of Ishibashiyama in Japan.

1607 Flight of the Earls from Lough Swilly, Donegal, Ireland.

1682  Bishop Gore School, one of the oldest schools in Wales, was founded.

1752  The British Empire adopted the Gregorian calendar, skipping eleven days (the previous day was September 2).

1769 Alexander von Humboldt, German naturalist and explorer, was born (d. 1859).

1812  Napoleonic Wars: French grenadiers entered Moscow. The Fire of Moscow began as soon as Russian troops left the city.

1829 The Ottoman Empire signed the Treaty of Adrianople with Russia,  ending the Russo-Turkish War.

1847  Mexican-American War: Winfield Scott captured Mexico City.

1862  American Civil War: The Battle of South Mountain, part of the Maryland Campaign.

1864 Robert Cecil, 1st Viscount Cecil of Chelwood, English lawyer and politician, Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, Nobel Prize laureate was born, (d. 1958).

1879  Margaret Sanger, American nurse and activist, was born (d. 1966).

1901 President  William McKinley died after an assassination attempt on September 6, and was succeeded by Theodore Roosevelt.

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11:53

EUs Juncker to seek powers to screen foreign takeovers Protectionism? "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

AFP

AFP | European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker delivers his State of the Union speech at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, on September 13, 2017

STRASBOURG (FRANCE) (AFP)  European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker on Wednesday said he would seek powers to screen foreign takeovers in Europes strategic sectors, amid concern about investment by China.

We are not naive free traders. Europe will defend its strategic interests with an EU framework for investment screening, Juncker said in his annual State of the Union speech to the European Parliament in Strasbourg.

If a foreign, state-owned company wants to buy a strategic port, or part of our energy infrastructure this must be done transparently, with scrutiny and debate, Juncker said.

It is our responsibility to know what is happening inside our countries so that we are in a position to ensure our collective security, he said.

The plan fulfils a request by French President Emmanuel Macron, backed by Germany and Italy, that Brussels draw up a strategy to counter a wave of takeovers by Chinese companies in Europe.

German concerns were sparked by recent acquisitions in the tech sector, most notably household goods maker Mideas takeover of industrial robotics firm Kuka last year.

German leaders were alarmed to see valuable knowhow being transferred abroad, especially as robots become increasingly critical in the countrys crucial manufacturing centre.

Macron has blamed Europe for forgetting EU citizens who are worried about the effects of globalisation, so helping stoke the populist sentiment that brought on Brexit.

Reports said that Junckers plan would however be non-binding, amid concern in smaller EU nations about losing Beijing investments in their economies.

Juncker however insisted that Europe remained open for business and would seek to complete trade deals with Australia and New Zealand by the end of his mandate.


10:47

Are Elite Controllers a fantasy? Read this. "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

  by Jon Rappoport September 11, 2017   We rarely get a chance to see a smoking gun that proves elite controllers are running the show from behind the curtain. Thats why there is a curtain. So Im republishing a conversation between two members of the Rockefeller Trilateral Commission (TC) and a US reporter. First, []

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10:46

Ardern has failed the left, apparently "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Ive seen comment in various places along the lines of how Jacinda Ardern could have embraced Metiria Tureis sacrifice and led the revolution that would rescue new Zealand from a calamitous era of neo-liberalism. Much of this is encapsulated here: For there really was a window. An opportunity. Instead of playing her part in the []

10:26

Top Scientist Tells CBS, HAARP Responsible For Recent Hurricanes "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Published on Sep 9, 2017 World renowned physicist Dr. Michio Kaku made a shocking confession on live TV when he admitted that HAARP is responsible for the recent spate of hurricanes. Source: http://yournewswire.com/scientist-haa SEE ALSO: Texas Flooding: Has Weather Modification Played A Part? SMOKING GUN UPDATE 1/9/17!

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09:30

Iran Prepares for U.S. To Pull Out of Iran Nuclear Deal "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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TEHRAN (FNA)- Geopolitical analyst James ONeill says Washington will kill the nuclear agreement with Iran as part of its hawkish policy of threat to the country that is a heavy weight actor at the center stage of political equations and developments in the Middle East.

Iran is uniquely placed to be a significant force for good in a volatile and rapidly changing region. It is this unique role that is a major reason why the US continues to make threats, uses proxy forces such as the Mojahedin-e Khalq (MEK) to destabilize Iran, and will undoubtedly resile from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), ONeill said in an exclusive interview with FNA.

The analyst further added that the US animosity towards Iran has pushed the latter towards stronger ties with other world powers. Irans growing links with China and Russia are its best defenses against US aggression, he said.

James ONeill is a geopolitical analyst and a former academic who since 1984 has practiced as a barrister, first in New Zealand and since 2002 in Australia. He has appeared on international media outlets such as RT and Press TV. He is also a regular contributor to New Eastern Outlook, an online expert opinion journal.

FNA has conducted an interview with James ONeill to discuss Syria and its allies in the war on terrorist groups, the possible geopolitical implications for regional and trans-regional players and the geopolitical trends in the Middle-East.

Below you will find the full text of the interview.

Q: From time to time we have been hearing about the so-called US-led coalition and Israel coming to help the terrorist groups operating inside Syria, the financial support coming from the US and its allies and the ideological support from the Wahhabi regime in Saudi Arabia. Why do you think with all that support, these days we keep hearing about their proxy forces failing and losing ground in Syria?

A: The US, Israel and Saudi Arabia will continue to support terrorist groups in Syria while pretending to be fighting terrorism.  This is because they are pursuing disparate goals, not....

09:13

YES! Magazine: Ho-Chunk Nation takes lead in recognizing the rights of nature "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Indian Country could see an end to nonconsented infrastructure projects if they follow New Zealands Maori and the Ho-Chunk Nation in achieving legal protection for natural entities, Kayla DeVault writes for YES! Magazine.

08:00

Labour v National on income tax "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Labour and National are making claims and counter claims on income tax. They are both sort of right, but its not something that Labour probably want a lot of publicity about. National have already put in place legislation that will bring in tax cuts of up to about a thousand dollars a year for anyone []

08:00

Whaleoil Backchat "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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

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07:30

Guess who dont like the idea of free doctors visits? Doctors "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Cheaper or free GP visits sound like a great idea, but some doctors in Marlborough fear the pre-election promises could put extra demand on already strained practices. Marlborough has long suffered from a lack of GPs, with some clinics having to turn away new enrolments while others have struggled to hire new doctors. And just []

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07:05

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Twizzle to spin, twirl or twist; cause to spin around;  form by twisting; a maneuver in which a skater performs rapid, continuous rotations on one foot while skating forward or backward over the ice.


Filed under: language Tagged: twizzle

07:00

Morrinsville farmers to protest the Traitor in their midst "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Waikato farming leaders are rallying their rural reserves for a protest against what they call continued attacks on rural New Zealand in Labour leader Jacinda Arderns home town of Morrinsville. The protest on September 18 is being organised by Federated Farmers Waikato provincial president Andrew McGiven and Morrinsville farmer Lloyd Downing. McGiven said farmers were []

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06:30

Jacinda Ardern says that Neoliberalism has failed: Time for a history lesson "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

[] Neoliberalism traditionally describes the political shift in the 1980s towards privatisation of government services, a focus on individual freedoms over collective good, and a general glorification of market principles. [] New Zealand has been served well by interventionist governments. That actually its about making sure that your market serves your people its a poor []

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06:09

The third edition of New Zealands only Mori literary journal Ora Nui goes on sale this week "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

 

The third edition of New Zealands only Mori literary journal Ora Nui goes on sale this week, after an Auckland launch at the Tim Melville Gallery on 19 August.  Ora Nui 3, Going Global takes Mori literature into an international space by including literature, art and photography from not only Mori writers and artists, but contributors from Asia and Europe.

Ora Nui continues to evolve as a space for experimental Mori literature, says editor Anton Blank.

What we see in this edition is an increasing diversity of Mori voices from Aotearoa New Zealand and abroad. There is no template for the Mori identity anymore. These writers are all influenced by traditional cultural markers like tikanga and te reo Mori. But there are also new forces at play.

Many come from multi-cultural backgrounds, and the influence of travel is very present. They are also digital natives so social media and the internet are very present. Mori writing feels very layered. Culture is more complex, nuanced and shifting.

By juxtaposing Mori prose with Asian and European writing, similar...

06:07

NZ poet Sam Sampson writes about the great American poet John Ashbery "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"



NZ poet Sam Sampson writes: The great American poet John Ashbery died on September 3, 2017. I really liked his work. He was a touchstone poet for me and someone I always headed to for inspiration. I know he wasn't for everyone (I'm thinking of C.K.Stead's 1992 review in the London Review Of Books'O Harashbery!') but it was mesmerising how he made the world strange and exciting through poetry. I had the opportunity to read a new work A Question of Brightness in homage to John Ashbery, on the BFM Saturday morning show: 7am Swim with Sperber Dan (September 9).


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06:04

Kids/Artists/Ng Manu Combine "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

HE KKANO (SEED) BOOK LAUNCH RAUMATI SOUTH SCHOOL He Kkano (Seed), the book produced as a result of two terms work between Mahara Gallery, Ng Manu Nature Reserve and Raumati South School has been launched at the school. The book highlights over 100 students artworks and poetry, as a reflection of their experience []

06:00

Labour insults Maori with Jacindas republic plans. "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

  Maori are upset with Jacinda Ardern floating her republic ideas out loud. Labour leader Jacinda Ardern has upset the Maori Party by saying shes a republican and there should be a debate about New Zealands status. Britains The Times newspaper, four days ago, reported Ms Ardern as saying she would seek to encourage a []

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05:30

Is the baby boomer generation truly the happy generation? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Guest Post:  From The Social Report 2016 Te prongo oranga tangata These graphs are from a report published by the Ministry of Social Development. The first graph shows that suicide rates peaked around 2000. In both relative (suicides per 100 000 people) and absolute terms, the total number of suicides are lower than 2000. Figure []

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05:00

Mental Health Break "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Wanderlust:Plose from FilmSpektakel on Vimeo.

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04:34

The Housing Guy "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

No housing crisis, just a housing boom Nathan Guy Labours Otaki candidate Rob McCann says he was shocked and disappointed when Otaki National MP Nathan Guy reportedly told a packed public meeting that there wasnt a housing crisis, it was a housing boom. I was astounded, so were the audience and the other candidates, says []

04:30

Is it possible to decimate the Greens? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

While many of you would have been popping the bubbly after the latest poll thinking that you are out of the woods now and National will get in, I was more excited about the possibility of the Greens getting below 5%. When you look at the poll you have to ask yourself where the support []

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04:22

Poem of the Week "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

  The Other Guy By Judith Bryers Holloway There is a Guy Not Fawkesbut who? I cant recall Help me, please, can you?   Hes a country boy. He wears a grin To show hes rather kindly, Deep inside his skin.   Farmer he is, born and bred. As he knows from days of []

04:00

Map of the Day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Map of the Alpha and Beta quadrants from Star Trek Click here for larger view

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03:51

Spammers now appealing to the existentia "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Spammers now appealing to the existential crisis-ridden http://ow.ly/i/yzFxp


03:45

Food in schools? A possible solution "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Guest Post I was listening to Red Radio on my way home from work and heard John Campbell referring to an interview which aired earlier in the day about the charity Kidscan and children being fed at school. Mr C read out the feedback of one listener who said that it shouldnt be left to []

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03:30

Mardi Langwich week: Te Ray-Oh Mowe-re Orah "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Guest post  CONTROVERSY ALERT! ITS MAORI LANGUAGE WEEK and Im a supporter of Maori language. I always have been; ever since a Ngai Tahu kaumatua took an interest in my interest in ancient Maori culture sitting there at the Canterbury museum drawing intricate Maori carvings hour after hour into a sketch book on my lap. []

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03:01

This is why were #backingbill "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Yet again Ele summarises key issues in this campaign. Concern over Labours wedge political strategy and their attacks on key drivers of our economy and the rural sector may well explain last nights TV3 result, which while devastating for Paddy Gower was good news for others.

Those of us who live in the real world and talk to people who work very hard for their living and own small businesses know just how they are worried by Labours tax plans which appoint to confiscation of effort and of negating aspirations to get ahead.

Labour seeks to increase inequality not to reduce it. Many of their measures are based on envy of effort and of success.

Homepaddock

Prime Minister Bill English had a very clear message in Ashburton yesterday:

. . .We want to achieve higher environmental standards and apparently no ones thought of this until about six weeks ago. Its all new, apparently, lifting the quality of water in our rivers  brand new idea, he said.

All that tells you is they [opposition parties] take no notice of you. They have no idea what you do, how you do it or why youre so good at it.

Were backing you.

Farmers were being lectured by people who did not understand the regions and National was committed to both raising productivity and environmental standards.

Any politician who does not know about the intensive, difficult, critical, collaborative work thats gone on around water quality must be living on another planet, he said.

It will be cash sucked out of your business, taken out of this region, sent off to Wellington and people

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03:00

Gower on Labours bad poll result "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Patrick Gower is spot on with his analysis: It is official: Labour has been swallowed up by a tax vortex of its own making. The latest Newshub-Reid Research poll showing a rise by National shows its relentless attacks are beating Labours relentless vagueness. Nationals scare tactics are working. Labours vagueness on tax is not working. []

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02:50

Not Just A Raving Socialist Lunatic....... "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

....... but a poofter kiddy fiddler as well.   Not bad for a Democrat.

This is the genius who introduced an income tax for the citizens and companies of Seattle, only to see his city's largest employer, Amazon, immediately relocate its head quarters to another state where such folly does not prevail..

What is it about socialists that makes them think people who create wealth are a golden goose which can be raped at will to buy votes from the ignorant masses who wouldn't know a day's work if it bit them on the arse?

As we speak, one of them is trying to gain access to the ninth floor in the Beehive.

To be charitable, Mayor Murray of Seattle showed a thousand times more class than did Mayor Brown of Auckland.  One is left to wonder why Brown failed to introduce an Auckland City income tax.

02:30

Quote of the Day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Steve Joyce comes good: To believe it wouldnt be any higher than that youd have to believe firstly that a Labour Government would spend less than a National Government, youd have to believe that Labour would deliver two $0 budgets and youd have to believe that all these proposed taxes would have no impact []

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02:00

Rural round-up "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Election stunt doomed to fail Pam Tipa:

The Greens proposed nitrogen tax is a vote catching policy which is highly unlikely to see the light of day, says Federated Farmers vice-president and dairy farmer Andrew Hoggard.

However the problem with such an election stunt is that it perpetrates misconceptions, he says.

The best way of improving waterways where they need to be improved is by a catchment focus basis, he told Dairy News.

With the Greens policy, they are focusing on just nitrogen and only from one source. If a catchment has an issue with nitrogen you need to focus on it from all sources.

Nitrogen is not the issue in all catchments; if swimmability is what people are after then its E.coli they need to be looking at; sediment may be a big factor. . . 

Penalize abusers not users of water Tim Cadogan:

Before I write another word, I need to make two very clear points.

Firstly; I am outraged that New Zealands waterways have been degraded over the last decade or two to the point that many are unswimmable and/or devoid of wildlife. This should never have happened and, as a nation, we must work together to fix this.

Secondly; I am apolitical. Any comments I make here in relation to Labours proposed irrigation tax/royalty would be made by me whether the idea was coming from Labour, National, Greens or whoever. My job is to stand up, as I see best, for Central Otago, no matter who is on the other side.

On that basis; I wrote a letter to Jacinda Ardern pointing out what I saw as the unfairness of the irrigation tax/royalty as proposed by Labour, but set in a tone of something needs done. I stand by the comments I made in that letter. . .

Lamb prices reach record highs  Jemma Brackebush:

Farmers say its been a fantastic season for lamb, as a global shortage of the meat is pushing up the prices.

Ewes are being sold with new season lambs, fetching up to $170 at sales.

Chilled export lamb prices have reached histori...

02:00

Photo of the Day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

This is Not a Love Surgery  Warning this story may make you feel uncomfortable. James Caird Burt is a former American gynaecologist who was sometimes nicknamed the Love Surgeon. One of his patients recalled: after he delivered my baby, I did not wake up for 2 days, and he kept me hospitalized for a week. []

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01:30

Does Jacinda Ardern really want Jeremy Corbyns endorsement? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

A few days ago Jacinda Ardern was ecstatic about an endorsement from Jeremy Corbyn: Jacinda Ardern has received a message of support from her British counterpart Jeremy Corbyn. The UK Labour leader endorsed Ardern in a video posted on Twitter by TVNZ broadcaster Jack Tame. Jacinda, all the best in the election, Corbyn said. Make []

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00:53

An Astonishing Memoir "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"



The Book of Emma Reyes
Emma Reyes
Hachette New Zealand |28 August 2017
TPBK $37.99 RRP | EBK $19.99 RRP

This astonishing memoir of a childhood lived in extreme poverty in Latin America was hailed as an instant classic when first published in Colombia in 2012, nine years after the death of its author, who was encouraged in her writing by Gabriel Garca Mrquez. Comprised of letters written over the course of thirty years, it describes in vivid, painterly detail the remarkable courage and limitless imagination of a young girl growing up with nothing.

Emma was an illegitimate child, raised in a windowless room in Bogot with no water or toilet and only ingenuity to keep her and her sister alive. Abandoned by their mother, she and her sister moved to a convent housing 150 orphan girls, where they washed pots, ironed and mended laundry, scrubbed floors, cleaned bathrooms, and sewed garments and decorative cloths for church. Illiterate and knowing nothing of the outside world, Emma escaped at age nineteen, eventually coming to have a career as an artist and to befriend the likes of Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera. Far from self-pitying, the portrait that emerges from this clear-eyed account inspires awe at the stunning early life of a gifted writer whose talent remained hidden for far too long.
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00:30

They Warned Us Thered Be Hate "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Well, its happened. They warned us. Ever since Tony Abbott announced a plebiscite on same-sex marriage in Australia, opponents have hysterically warned that it would unleash a tidal wave of hatred and bigotry. And they were right. They just forgot to tell us that it would be them. Australia will be one of the only Western []

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00:29

Anyone Can Vote in Advance "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

A healthy democracy depends on people taking part. It is in everyones interests that we all vote. Chief Electoral Officer Coastlands or Electoral Headquarters By Roger Childs Advance voting in the past was largely done by people knowing they would be out of their electorate on polling day. This all changed in 2o11. Anyone can []

00:03

The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 88 "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The latest challenge.   Remember that no correspondence, computers or cell phones may be entered into!   Answers on Sunday.   Alpha and omega are the first and last letters in which alphabet?   Which New Zealander singer and composer wrote the lyrics for Dont Dream Its Over?   Which country has Helvetia on its []

00:00

In defence of the White Male "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

We live in a civilised country where there is a democracy and equal rights and free speech and we have mainly white males to thank for those privileges. White males went off to war to defend democracy and paid with their lives. White male politicians supported Kate Sheppard and her suffragettes. New Zealand was the []

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Tuesday, 12 September

23:30

The true scale of Labours lies "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Guest Post Most of us will lie; sooner or later, for one reason or another. Its the scale of the lie that matters and Labour are lying: Bigly. Why would they do that? How would they expect to get away with lying to the public? Well, a certain Austrian fellow once said something on the []

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23:15

NASA Pointed out a Threat That Could Wipe out Humans (No, Its Not an Asteroid) "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The Mind Unleashed,
Waking Times

If you think about a global catastrophic event, what comes in your mind first of all?

I bet you imagine a nuclear war and a deserted landscape left as a result of it. Well, in the troubled times we live in, something like this is a possible scenario. But there is another force we constantly neglect  our planet itself.

Did you notice how many natural disasters have been happening all over the world lately? It may seem like if our planet is rebelling against the parasite species that is destroying the natural environment  humans. While hurricanes and earthquakes can be incredibly catastrophic, wiping out whole cities and taking thousands of lives, they strike only specific locations. But there is something here on Earth that could cause a global disaster. And this a supervolcano eruption.

There are around 20 supervolcanoes on Earth, but luckily for us, all of them are currently sleeping. According to the estimates, the last eruption of a supervolcano took place at Lake Taupo in New Zealand around 26,500 years ago.

Now, NASA scientists say that a supervolcano eruption could prove much more catastrophic to the human civilization than any external threat, such as an asteroid impact. Fortunately, they also have a plan on how to prevent it.

I was a member of the Nasa Advisory Council on Planetary Defense which studied ways for NASA to defend the planet from asteroids and comets. I came to the conclusion during that study that the supervolcano threat is substantially greater than the asteroid or comet threat, Brian Wilcox of NASAs Jet Propulsion Laboratory told BBC.

W...

23:15

Bad year for sheep: Mysterious forces seem to have gotten the taste for mutton "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

It's been a bad year to be a sheep. Maybe there's never been a good year to be one, but 2017 has proved especially hard on sheep worldwide. From unexplained mass sheep mutilations in New Zealand and the Scottish highlands to reports of the Chupacabra reportedly picking off sheep in India, it seems dark forces have gotten the taste for mutton. Maybe that's why hundreds of sheep mysteriously committed suicide in France a few months back. Whatever is stalking and devouring these sheep, it seems as if it's gotten better at hiding its tracks.

23:07

LIKE HELL WE NEED SUCH RUBBISH. "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"



In yet another "captains call" the NZ peoples princess is now promising to set up a new TV station using the nest of socialist vipers presently inhabiting Radio NZ as the basis.
As if state owned and funded TVNZ is not doing a splendid enough job already in advancing the progressive agenda

Does this little country needs any more fake news purveyors? of course not
The pretty little thing wants it modelled on the BBC and the ABC although so far has not told us whether it is the Australian Broadcasting Corporation presently federally funded with over a billion tax dollars a year, or the US one.
I suspect the former as it does such a splendid job of advancing progressive politics. It was a serious factor in the  demolition of Tony Abbott but is somewhat restrained in its attacks on Turnbull as he is deemed almost acceptable. No surprises  there.

New Zealand is smaller than Yorkshire or Queensland in population, and needs for another state funded and politically directed  television network are nonsensical.
Will any media person presently employed either by state or commercial entities critiscise, of course not, they will only see expanded opportunity to do the socialist bidding as they train for the lucrative jobs as media managers to get the message out whether as  copy writers or presenters.

The Australian Broadcaster is very biased towards socialist crim hugging, Islam supporting ideology and totally in the pocket of the union dominated ALP.

In serious defiance of its charter obligations to be fair and balanced,  it is a rare event to hear a right of center opinion and when they do succumb to a minimal degree of possible even handed approach there is a veritable cavalry like panel to launch attacks on the hapless person before any damage occurs.

Do we need it, no, but when it comes to pass they could use excerpts of Ardern's address to the World Socialist Youth (Communist) gathering as Chairman in 2009 one year after she became a NZLP list MP, as introductory footage.
After all by then she will be well on her way to succeed President Helen Clark as "President"of the most successful agricultural source of food for the world, as it follows the nation with the largest petroleum reserves into liquidation.

23:00

This is why were #backingbill "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Prime Minister Bill English had a very clear message in Ashburton yesterday:

. . .We want to achieve higher environmental standards and apparently no ones thought of this until about six weeks ago. Its all new, apparently, lifting the quality of water in our rivers  brand new idea, he said.

All that tells you is they [opposition parties] take no notice of you. They have no idea what you do, how you do it or why youre so good at it.

Were backing you.

Farmers were being lectured by people who did not understand the regions and National was committed to both raising productivity and environmental standards.

Any politician who does not know about the intensive, difficult, critical, collaborative work thats gone on around water quality must be living on another planet, he said.

It will be cash sucked out of your business, taken out of this region, sent off to Wellington and people who dont even know what you do or how you do it will be deciding how to make you do it better. And thats a ridiculous waste of time and money. . . 

Thats so true   it will be cash sucked out of your business, taken out of this region, sent off to Wellington and people who dont even know what you do or how you do it will be deciding how to make you do it better.

This is what happens when parties dont have MPs in the regions.

They are out of touch and have no idea whats happening.

National knows, understands and values the regions.

But the PM and the party arent just pushing farming :

National leader Bill English has strayed from the expected me...

23:00

More dodgy Labour spending plans "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Labour announced their light rail plans to the adoring lefty media luvvies. They were instantly proclaimed geniuses for proposing light rail down the middle of one of Auckland busiest thoroughfares. Now there is a snagLabour actually has a $6 billion hole in their funding plans for the railand actually want Auckland Council to pay for []

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22:30

So, if it wasnt IRD then who was the leaker "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

IRD has confirmed that no leaks came from them regarding Winston Peters private tax and superannuation arrangements. Inland Revenue has concluded an investigation and found its staff members were not the source of a leak of Winston Peters private information. The department said it does not hold the information about Peters superannuation that became public, []

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22:15

Comment of the Day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Mikev wrote So Ardern claims Neoliberalism has failed & Interventionist governments have served NZ well. This is a timely reminder how green & lacking in worldly experience she is. She was 4 years old when arguably NZs most interventionist Government was kicked out of office. Under Muldoon, telephones took 6 months to connect in some []

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22:11

Te Wiki o Te Reo Mori 100 Mori words "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

From NZ History: 100 Mori words every New Zealander should know The marae Hui meeting, conference, gathering Marae the area for formal discourse in front of a meeting house; or the whole marae complex, including meeting house, dining hall, forecourt, etc. Haere mai! Welcome! Enter! Nau mai! Welcome! Tangihanga funeral ceremony in which a body is mourned on a marae []

22:00

No Ban For Home Buyers With Chinky Sounding NamesFor Now "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

When Labour announced it would ban foreign nationals from buying homes in New Zealand, it was pointed out they couldnt actually do that. New Zealand has Free Trade Agreements with Korea, China and Singapore, as well as possible other countries, that preclude us from banning their citizens from our housing market. It cant be done. []

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21:46

Greens versus Labour "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Tensions are rising in the Green camp with them hovering around the threshold in a number of polls. There are efforts being made in social media to rescue the Greens from parliamentary oblivion. Its common to see things like if you want a Labour led progressive government volte Greens. This is annoying some Labour supporters. []

21:30

Latest from The Bookseller "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"


Small publishers have expressed anger and dismay over extortionate fees charged to enter the Womens Prize for Fiction, which they believe risk the coveted award becoming elitist and exclusionary.
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21:30

Latest Newshub poll good for Nats, not so much for Labour "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Newshubs latest poll has the National party well in front with Labour 10 points behind. The real bad news for the left though is that the Greens are below 5% and possibly out of parliament. The latest Newshub-Reid research poll* shows that National has climbed to 47.3% an increase of 4% from just over []

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21:29

Hurricane Update "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Several Florida Bookstores Open; Big Binc Donation 
Shelf Awareness
 
Much of Florida has no power and will likely continue that way for days and maybe weeks, and many people are coping with flood and wind damage as well. As a result, reports about how bookstores are faring are sparse, but we have learned of several stores that are open today.
Patrick Paperbacks, Indian Harbour Beach, was undamaged by water but has no power. Still, owner Elva Rella said on Facebook that the store will be open today and "be old school--no computer, everything by hand! Luckily I AM old school!"
Inkwood Books in Tampa has power and will be open today, the store reported on Facebook. "Thinking about how it was so much worse elsewhere and grateful that this little house is strong in high winds."

Inkwood owner Stefani Beddingfield also made a plea that residents shop local: "Small businesses need your business to get through these next few months. Beer, books, pasta, booze, coffee, pizza, pastries, wine, music, flowers, cards, gifts, yoga pants, bourbon, and more can all be found at local shops that make Tampa such a great place to live. I'm no climate scientist but I'm pretty sure not getting any of the above items delivered to your doorstep in bubble wrap and boxes may also be better for this paradise we're lucky to call home."

In other hurricane news, in a st...

21:26

The Roundup with PW "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

After Irma, Some Florida Stores Reopen
While the full extent of the damage caused by Hurricane Irma is still unknown, some bookstores in Florida are reporting that they are open for business. Others, however, are dealing with power outages and uncertainty about if, and when, they will be able to turn the lights back on.
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Hillary Explains 'What Happened': In her new book, Hillary Clinton opens up with candor, defiance, and dark humor, Jennifer Senior writes for the 'New York Times.'

21:23

Arts Journal - Words "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Words Matter: Artists Growing Embrace Of Gender-Neutral Latinx

Words Matter: Artists Growing Embrace Of Gender-Neutral LatinxAt the very moment that Latino and Chicano art are poised to make a big splash, some curators are pushing to replace those masculine words with new genderless terms they find more inclusive: Latinx for anyone in North America with roots from Latin America male, female or gender-nonconforming and Chicanx for anyone of Mexican descent.
 
Read the story at The New York Times

21:20

Publishers Lunch "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"


Today's Meal


The National Book Awards longlists will roll out Tuesday through Friday this week, and the actual finalists will be announced on October 4. Winners will be named on November 15. First up is Young People's Literature longlist, which includes two previous nominees (Reynolds, the only man on the list, and Williams-Garcia) and current top bestseller Angie Thomas. Five of the titles are from HarperCollins imprints:

Elana K. Arnold,
What Girls Are Made Of (Carolrhoda Lab)
Robin Benway,
Far from the Tree (HarperTeen)
Samantha Mabry,
All the Wind in the World (Algonquin Young Readers)
Mitali Perkins,
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21:18

Who should NZ First go with? "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The big question that Winston Peters wont answer is how NZ First would go into coalition with, if given the opportunity to decide by voters and by National or Labour. There is a chance they wont get to decided, if they miss the threshold (they have dropped to 6% in the latest Reid Research poll), []

21:00

Quote of the day "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The trouble with human beings is not really that they love themselves too much; they ought to love themselves more. The trouble is simply that they dont love others enough.   Mary Midgley who was born on this day in 1913.


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21:00

Whaleoil General Debate "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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

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20:56

What now after another poll shock? "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

With the way polls have swung over the past six weeks, they only certainty this election is uncertainty. There is no way polls (or poll of polls) can be used to opredict the election outcome. Two recent Colmar Brunton polls put Labour in the lead and National appeared to be sliding, after a dramatic virtual []

20:30

Face of the Day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The damage caused to the Green party by this woman and her insane colleagues shows no sign of being forgiven. The Green Party has been in every Parliament since 1999, but unless the party can turn Newshubs latest poll result around, this year its streak could end. The latest Newshub-Reid Research poll has the Greens []

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20:19

Dont feel sorry for farmers "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

On Rachel Stewart at NZH:  Dont feel sorry for farmers The urban/rural divide. Is it as wide and deep as the Grand Canyon? Or just a small hop across a watercress-filled ditch? Lets explore. Ten days to go and what does National do when theyre anxious about losing power? Why, play to their rural base []

20:15

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The word for today is fructify (verb) To make fruitful or productive. To bear fruit. Source : The Free Dictionary Etymology : Mid-14th century., bear fruit, from Old French fructifiier bear fruit, grow, develop (12th century), from Late Latin fructificare bear fruit, from Latin fructus fruit, crops; profit, enjoyment (from PIE root *bhrug- to []

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20:00

Daily Proverb "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Proverbs 13 14 The instruction of the wise is like a life-giving fountain; those who accept it avoid the snares of death.

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19:20

General chat "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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

19:15

Media watch Wednesday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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

19:10

Open Forum Wednesday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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

16:34

Dead whale found adrift near d'Urville Island, New Zealand "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

What was initially thought to be the upturned hull of a boat has proved to be a 15-metre long dead whale, floating near d'Urville Island. Sealord skipper Peter Connolly said he was out fishing when he spotted it off the western side of d'Urville Island north of Nelson. "It was so bloated it just looked like the hull of a boat upside down... when we got close I realised what it was," Connolly said. He said at first he thought sharks were feeding on it. "But it wasn't. It was those big black petrels ... they're like an albatross size bird. They were just feeding on it absolutely profusely." Connolly said he couldn't see any obvious injuries to suggest the whale had been hit by anything.

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