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Saturday, 18 November

22:43

Apology to Lord Eggbutt "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Hi Lord Eggbutt

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

I didn't actually read your comment before checking out the deletion button.
You are welcome to comment anonymously on my posts but please don't expect me to bother engaging in a response.


If you wish your views to be more
widely known why don't you start your own blog. It's not like there is a lot of competition on the Left so you could do quite well.

To get you started I've found a logo for you

Cheers
Lou

22:30

Rural round-up "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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

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

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

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

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

Safes distortion of harmless farming practice Jon Morgan:

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

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

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

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

Wool sale best in a long time Alan Williams:

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

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

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

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

Shearing: Tony Coster wins national title at Canterbury Show:

...

22:30

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

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

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22:00

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

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

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21:30

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

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

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21:24

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


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

WhenSaturday 25 November

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

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

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

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

We are looking forward to see you on November 25.


 


21:18

Sydney Writers' Festival "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"


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

21:16

The Roundup with PW "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"


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

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

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

21:00

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

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

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21:00

Mining personal grief for political ends "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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

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

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

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

National, rightly, put lives before politics:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

20:30

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

Chris Trotter has some sound advice for the student politicians of the Green party: WHAT DO THE GREENS think theyre playing at? Their response to the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) has done themselves, and the government theyre ostensibly part of, a huge disservice. Honestly, its the sort of reaction one might expect from a []

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20:28

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

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

20:13

Trump pot mocks Franken kettle "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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

20:00

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

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

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19:45

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

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

19:39

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

By  Amanda Froelich Truth Theory

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

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

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

19:30

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

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

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19:15

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

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

19:09

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

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

19:00

Whaleoil General Debate "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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

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19:00

Sunday soapbox "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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

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


Filed under: soapbox Tagged: Albert Einstein

18:30

Face of the Day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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

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18:15

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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

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18:00

Daily Proverb "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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

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17:20

General chat "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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

17:15

Media watch Sunday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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

17:10

Open Forum Sunday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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

17:00

New Zealand v Scotland "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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

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12:05

World watch Sunday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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

12:01

November 19 in history "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

1095 The Council of Clermont, called by Pope Urban II to discuss sending the First Crusade to the Holy Land, began.

1493  Christopher Columbus went ashore on an island he first saw the day before. He named it San Juan Bautista (later renamed Puerto Rico).

1600 King Charles I of England was born (d. 1649).

1794 The United States and Great Britain signed Jays Treaty, which attempts to resolve some of the lingering problems left over from the American Revolutionary War.

1805 Ferdinand de Lesseps, French diplomat and Suez Canal engineer, was born (d. 1894).

1816  Warsaw University was established.

1847 The  Montreal and Lachine Railway was opened.

1863 American Civil War: U.S. President Abraham Lincoln delivered theGettysburg Address at the dedication of the military cemetery ceremony at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.

1881 A meteorite landed near the village of Grossliebenthal, southwest of Odessa, Ukraine.

1905 Tommy Dorsey, American bandleader, was born (d. 1956).

1916 Samuel Goldwyn and Edgar Selwyn established Goldwyn Pictures.

1917 Indira Gandhi, Prime Minister of India was born (d. 1984).

1930  Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow committed their first of a large series of robberies and other criminal acts.

1933 Larry King, American TV personality, was born.

1941 World War II: Battle between HMAS Sydney and HSK Kormoran. The two ships sank...

10:33

Been a while "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

It's raining out and I've got a free hour.

Firstly to my fellow bloggers on No Minister. Well done in keeping up the daily grind of posts. Its a worthy effort.

To the election.

As a contender for "The South Pacific Island Banana Democracy" prize, NZ has hit the jackpot.

MMP has finally delivered a coalition of losers. It was really just a matter of time and there can't be any bitterness as it was the inevitable outcome of our chosen system.

But National blew a fourth term.

John Key resigned without having ever spent a dime of his political capital to push real change. Then in handing over the reigns to English he set National's election demise in stone.

English, to his credit, actually did a better job as leader second time round, but at the end of the day, he remains a two time election loser, heading a party that came across more interested protecting their "comfort zones" than producing a real vision for NZ.

They may have got us through the Crash/Earthquake but that was just prudent day to day governing stuff.

What about the the vision stuff?

The world is changing. Even though human nature remains the same, the next generation of NZers have their own way of looking at things. The pressures of population growth and competition for resources/technology opportunities ensure that outcome. We all rely on the next generations ideas.

Against a totally disorganised Labour opposition under the leadership of Little, they may have had a chance.

But the arrival of Comrade Ardern (helUN II) put paid to any chance of that outcome.

The true puppet master of the 5% strategy, Peters, seized his revenge and before we knew it we had the ex President of the International Union of Socialist Youth as PM and a bunch of complete noddies in power. Just witness their opening week in Parliament.

The fiscal holes are already appearing like clouds on a sunny day.



The "pressing" issues they have seized upon- child poverty, refugees, climate change, planting trees, building houses, telling other countries what to do, free stuff for their voter base etc are all smoke and mirrors. Nothing will ever be resolved as they are all moving targets. With the added threat that the worthy concept of personal responsibility will be even more diminished in society.

We will end up billions more dollars in debt and the sam...

09:56

STUPID AS, STUPID BE "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The comment by Adam Blair, Kiwi Captain, after being bundled out of the RLWC Quarter Final by Fiji.

"We won't be taking too many negatives out of this game".

FFS ... there isn't any real League competition in Fiji.   WTF does that say about the Kiwis and New Zealand League.

Ar least 'Bluey' McClennan, ex Kiwi and Warriors coach and Sky League commentator, had it right when he said Blair's comments were dumb as was the Kiwi team.

09:26

New Zealand lose to Fiji in League World Cup "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Last week New Zealand lost to Tonga in the league World Cup. Tonight they lost to Fiji in the quarter final. They couldnt score a try the final score was 4-2 to Fiji. Good for them, woeful for the Kiwis. Thats a terrible outcome, but the whole tournament has not been riveting. I guess []

07:07

Memorials On The Western Front "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Reminders from souvenirs By Howard Chamberlain In my first article for Kapiti Independent News I wrote about my trip to the Western Front as being a series of daily adventures and spoke a little of Paris, of Clairire de lArmistice (where the Armistice was signed on 11 Nov 1918) and Arras where the New Zealand []

06:00

Whaleoil Backchat "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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

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05:40

Ardern interview on The Nation "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Headlines from the Jacinda Ardern on The Nation this morning: Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says discussions have already begun on how to bring climate change refugees into New Zealand under a Pacific seasonal employment plan. Ardern says for now doubling the refugee quota is enough of an increase, as the country doesnt have the resources []

05:17

Peter Pan the Pantomime! "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Outstanding entertainment for all the family                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Get hooked this Pantomime season with one of the most loved stories of all times. Peter Pan and the troublesome Tinkerbell whisk Wendy away to the wondrous world of Neverland. Without Google Maps, their only directions are: Second on the right and straight on til []

04:30

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Utepils (Norwegian) a beer that is enjoyed outside on a sunny day, especially the first hot day of summer; outdoor lager.


Filed under: language Tagged: utepils

04:30

Iraq follows the example of the Prophet Mohammed "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Following the example of the prophet Mohammed, Iraq is set to allow the forced marriage of nine-year-old girls. The bill includes provisions that would legalise marital rape and child marriage and ban Muslims from marrying non-Muslims Human rights activists are warning that a new Iraqi law could legalise marriage for children as young as nine []

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04:00

New Zealand relishes new role as sanctimonious little **** that tells the rest of the world how they should live "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

I know voters didnt really vote for this government, but MMP made it possible.  But how many of those voters expected their new government to start working hard for them? First Jacinda Ardern turns into a school maam telling Australia how to run its border security, and now we have Jimmy Shaw coming along with all []

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03:30

Hilarious: leftie journalist complains about right-wing bias of media "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Gordon Campbell cant stand the easy ride that National is getting Like clockwork, the old nanny state criticism has been wheeled out this week by the National Party and lapped up just as predictably by the mainstream media. Youd almost think it was 2005 again. That was a time when the rugged individualists of the centre-right []

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03:28

Little softening on Pike River re-entry "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The reality of Government responsibility may have set in as Andrew Little commits to a decision on re-entry of the Pike River mine, but he wont commit to re-entry, citing safety is a priority. NZH   Andrew Little: No absolute guarantee of Pike River Mine re-entry Pike River Mine minister Andrew Little says he cannot []

03:22

Denise Lees maiden speech "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Thanks for posting this

Homepaddock

Denise Lees maiden speech has been widely praised for good reason.

I think it is worth reading in full, but have bolded the part where she describes the sudden death of her son, the aftermath and how that influenced her.

Tena koutou katoa

E tau nei tetahi pirere no Tikapa Moana.

Na ka kopangia maitia e te aroha o Maungakiekie, Maungarei hoki

Ka irihia ki a wai a Tamaki Herenga Waka

Ka irihia ki a wai a te Manukanuka Hoturoa

Na ka ungia nei ahau, hei mangai, hei taringa, hei kanohi mo te hunga ra,

No reira

Aroha ki a ratou kei te Tupou o te Tini

Ka mihia ki a tatou

Kia ora mai tatou katoa

Greetings to you all

A bird (fledgling) from the Coromandel has alighted here

Enfolded by the mana of Maungakiekie & Maungarei

Christened with the sacred water of Tamaki

Christened with the sacred water

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03:10

Lack of environmental safeguards highlighted in Cooks legislation "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Radio New Zealand | 17 November 2017 

The Pacific Network on Globalisation says claims environmental costs would stop seabed mining in the Cook Islands would be thwarted by a lack of safeguards in the countrys laws.

PANG co-ordinator Maureen Penjueli says the Cooks Seabed Minerals Act dates back to 2009 when deep-sea mining was believed to be low risk, high return.

She said in 2017 the risks to the environment were still little understood.

The countrys Seabed Minerals Authority Commissioner Paul Lynch said earlier this week that mineral extraction will likely not go ahead if the environmental cost is too high.

Ms Penjueli said there was nothing in the legislation to stop prospecting or mining on environmental grounds.

When you consider that our economies are heavily dependent on the ocean our people are heavily dependent on the ocean for livelihoods, food secu...

02:30

Swedish police unable to cope with volume of sexual crimes by Migrants "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Above is the face of a Lesbian Swedish woman who was totally let down by the Swedish Justice system. She was raped in her own home by her Syrian neighbour while his mate stood watch in her bedroom doorway. Despite plenty of evidence the police did not prosecute and closed the investigation. In the meantime, []

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02:00

01:30

Poor form all round "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Jane Patterson at RadioNZ discusses the hopeless performance in the house last week from figures on both sides: Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and her deputy Winston Peters were back in question time after a week at APEC and the East Asia Summit, where new ministers were put through their paces. The Labour-led government is pushing []

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01:00

Where is Bill English? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

A number of readers have noticed how quiet and in the background Winston Peters has been since Labour became the government so I looked out for his name in the headlines yesterday. As I read through the NZ Politics Daily headlines, Judith Collins name popped up three times, Winston Peters name popped up three times, []

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00:30

Another election promise being walked back by gobby minister "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Looks like another of Labours promises has been walked back after Chris Hipkins was altogether too gobby with his promises. Labours election promise to reinstate post-graduate student allowances has no set start date and wont be introduced until at least the 2018 second semester. During the campaign, Labour pledged to restore allowances for post-graduate students. []

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00:00

Saturdays smiles "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Helium walks into a bar,
The bar tender says We dont serve noble gasses in here.
Helium doesnt react.

Silver walks up to Gold in a bar and says, AU, get outta here!

Two chemists go into a restaurant.
The first one says I think Ill have an H2O.
The second one says I think Ill have an H2O too and he died.

What did the scientist say when he found 2 isotopes of helium?
 HeHe

A proton and a neutron are walking down the street.
The proton says, Wait, I dropped an electron help me look for it.
The neutron says Are you sure? The proton replies Im positive.

Online money has recently been discovered to be a not-yet-identified super heavy element.
The proposed name is: Un-obtainium.

The optimist sees the glass half full.
The pessimist sees the glass half empty.
The chemist see the glass completely full, half in the liquid state and half in the vapor state.

 What do chemists call a benzene ring with iron atoms replacing the carbon atoms?
A ferrous wheel.

If H2O is the formula for water, what is the formula for ice?
H2O cubed.


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23:59

Michael King Writers Centre 2018 Residency Recipients Announced "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"


Next year New Zealands largest writer-residency organisation will host its largest-ever number of residencies, offering opportunities to 15 emerging and established writers historians, memoirists, essay writers, fiction writers, poets and dramatists.

Established writers include Courtney Sina Meredith (Early Summer), Fiona Samuel (Winter) Jacquie McRae (Mori residency), Tracy Farr (Spring) and Mark Broatch (Late Spring).

The six-month University of Auckland Residency at the MKWC has been awarded to acclaimed playwright Victor Roger who will work on a novel and a collection of short fiction. Having written an essay last year for the Academy of New Zealand Literature about the state of Pasifika fiction, Victor says, its very clear that New Zealand is lacking Pasifika novelists. One of the huge drivers for me to finish this work is the desire to add another voice to the canon.

The newly established Pasifika residency will be held jointly by historian Trevor Bentley and poet Serie Barford who will each spend two weeks at the centre in Devonport.

The first recipient of a Pasifika residency for emerging writers is radical accountant Pala Malisa, son of former Vanuaaku Pati cabinet minister Sela Molisa and civil servant and the writer Grace Molisa.
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23:52

Invitaton to instore event Unity Books Wellington "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"


Author Signing | Daniel Falconer, Weta Workshop designer & author of Middle Earth: From Script to Screen | Saturday 2nd December, 1pm | In-store at Unity Books Wellington


Author Signing | Daniel Falconer, Weta Workshop designer & author of Middle Earth: From Script to Screen | Saturday 2nd December, 1pm | In-store at Unity Books Wellington

Unity Books is delighted to be hosting an author signing with

Daniel Falconer

Weta Workshop designer and author of Middle Earth: From Script to Screen


Saturday 2nd December, 1pm
Unity Books Wellington, 57 Willis St.

For the first time ever, the epic, in-depth story of the creation of one of the most famous fantasy worlds ever imagined, a richly illustrated compendium that reveals the breathtaking craftsmanship, artistry, and technology behind the magical Middle-earth of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit Motion Picture Trilogies, directed by Peter Jackson.
Middle-Earth: From Script to Screen tell...

23:49

From The Bookseller "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"


...
Industry bodies are holding urgent discussions on tackling the issue of sexual harassment in the trade, following publication of the findings of The Booksellers survey on the issue last week.

23:42

Publishers Lunch "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"


Today's Meal


Molly Ker Hawn has been appointed director of the Bent Agency UK.

In Germany, Constanze Neumann takes over at
Aufbauand the imprint Blumenbar as editor-in-chief for literary fiction on December, replacing Gunnar Cynybulk. She was editor-in-chief at Hoffmann & Campe until 2016, and has been working as a literary agent.

At Catapult, Morgan Jerkins has been promoted to associate editor of the magazine, while Megha Majumdarmoves up to associate editor for the magazine and books.

It was early August when we
reported...

23:34

Only In America "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Those who have been keeping abreast (pun intended) of American politics will know that alleged sexual assault and peccadilloes are the latest cause du jour.

Those who don't need only google Moore or Franken.

The Democrats seem to have the front running here with an illustrious history.  Some of their top performers were John Kennedy, Teddy Kennedy and Bill Clinton.  In a memorable quote JFK complained 'If I don't get a bit of stray ass every few days, I get migraines.'

In a bizarre twist, a Democrat candidate for the position of Ohio State Governor has pre-empted all the nonsense and publicly boasted of fornicating with over fifty women.  This fellow just happens to be a state supreme court judge, no less.   Pity any woman who has him sit in judgement on her sexual assault case!

Adolf eagerly awaits revelations from female nymphomaniac Democrat candidates of their bedroom athletic achievements.

Oh well, it has been obvious for some time that a successful Democrat needs to have a dick bigger than his brain.

23:30

Headline of the Week "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Talk about self-interest, youd think with 8 houses and millions of dollars of taxpayers money over the years she would have got around to fixing her own teeth: Former Prime Minister Helen Clark is making a plea to the Government to consider universal free dental care.   This morning Clark praised the Revive a Smile dental []

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23:13

A Song For The Times - "The Perilous Night" by Drive-By Truckers. "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"



Something's got a hold of our feel alright
out of control in the appetite.
We're moving in to the perilous night, Amen.


Video courtesy of YouTube


This posting is exclusive to Bowalley Road.

22:34

Select committee membership "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Select committees Much of the work of the House of Representatives takes place in committees made up of a small group of MPs.  These committees examine issues in detail, from government policy and proposed new laws, to wider topics like the economy. There are 12 subject select committees and 5 specialist committees.  Select committee business items []

22:30

Rural round-up "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Fruit early but shortage of workers Yvonne OHarra:

Cromwell and Roxburgh orchardists are intending to start harvesting cherries this week, which is up to 10 days earlier than usual.
However, there is also a shortage of workers.

Orchardists spoken to by Southern Rural Life said at this early stage of the season, the regions crops of cherries and apricots were shaping up as some of the best there had been for a few years, thanks to the milder spring.

Cromwell orchardist Mark Jackson, of Jacksons Orchard, said everyone he had talked to was pretty happy with the season so far and with the way the crops looked. . .

The new post-quake normal for south Marlborough NZs biggest cul de sac Oliver Lewis:

In a pair of towns straddling a major highway, the sound of engine noise at night has become a curiosity.

People prick up their ears from inside earthquake-damaged homes, wondering about a noise that until a year ago was a near-constant hum in the background.

Any road big enough to matter is called arterial, but for the south Marlborough towns of Seddon and Ward the description is particularly apt for State Highway 1.

Winding its way through the surrounding vineyards and gold-coloured rolling hills, the highway pumped through a steady stream of travellers and trade lifeblood for businesses in the area. . .

Mustering courage Alex Cook:

Stretching along both sides of the Clarence River and straddling the Clarence Fault, which runs between the seaward and inward Kaikura Ranges, is Muzzle Station.

Its New Zealands most isolated high country station, and when the Kaikura earthquake struck, its most precariously placed.

No time to read? Listen here now

Its also the home of managers Fiona and Guy Redfern, and when the 7.8 quake hit just past midnight on 14 November, the couple could hear the horrific sound of rock walls around the house tumbling down, and the house cracking with the movement. . . .

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22:30

Hooton on the government having to face the tough stuff now "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Matthew Hooton explains that play time is over for the government, they must now get down to tin tacks and start governing. Labours poor performance in parliamentary question time and the shambles over the election of the Speaker is merely the public evidence of a Beehive not yet even properly staffed. Some ministers have not []

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22:00

Of the 150 men how many of them are pedophiles? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Would you take a handful of lollies if you knew that some of them were poison? PM Jacinda Ardern when she was unable to pressure Australia into giving her the leftover dregs ( the worst of the worst) of the illegal migrants left on Manus instead handed over three million dollars of New Zealand taxpayers []

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21:30

Will it be the Greens or Labour who introduces this law in NZ? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Will it be the Greens or Labour who introduces this law in NZ? Breitbart reports on Scotland introducing legislation to stop poor people drinking. Britains Supreme Court has allowed Scotland to become the first country in the world to set a minimum price for alcohol, after a five-year legal battle. The measure is intended to bring []

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21:10

On Chloe Swarbricks maiden speech "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The youngest MP in Parliament is Green Chloe Swarbrick.It is very early days in her political career, she has a lot to learn and perhaps a lot to achieve. Here is her maiden speech in Parliament. Transcript: http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA1711/S00099/chloe-swarbrick-maiden-speech.htm Some responses to this from Reddit, which includes references to Golriz Ghahraman. ProVagrant: The message I took []

21:00

Embarrassing u-turn from Nash "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Stuart Nash has been forced to back-down over his claims the government is absolutely going to bring in an Amazon tax: Revenue Minister Stuart Nash has admitted he jumped the gun on Wednesday when he said the Government would introduce a so-called Amazon tax on internet shopping. He said it remained correct that the Government []

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21:00

Denise Lees maiden speech "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Denise Lees maiden speech has been widely praised for good reason.

I think it is worth reading in full, but have bolded the part where she describes the sudden death of her son, the aftermath and how that influenced her.

Tena koutou katoa

E tau nei tetahi pirere no Tikapa Moana.

Na ka kopangia maitia e te aroha o Maungakiekie, Maungarei hoki

Ka irihia ki a wai a Tamaki Herenga Waka

Ka irihia ki a wai a te Manukanuka Hoturoa

Na ka ungia nei ahau, hei mangai, hei taringa, hei kanohi mo te hunga ra,

No reira

Aroha ki a ratou kei te Tupou o te Tini

Ka mihia ki a tatou

Kia ora mai tatou katoa

Greetings to you all

A bird (fledgling) from the Coromandel has alighted here

Enfolded by the mana of Maungakiekie & Maungarei

Christened with the sacred water of Tamaki

Christened with the sacred water of Manukau

Sent here as the mouthpiece, the ears & the eyes for the people there.

Therefore

I acknowledge those who have gone before

I mihi to us

Mr Speaker, greetings to us all. And congratulations on your new role; you are one of seven members here in the 52nd parliament who sat with my father back in the 80s & 90s.

Many of us have had family precede us here, fathers, grandfathers, cousins, but unusually two of my colleagues fathers taught me in primary school, one of them moving on to become an MP, the other, my favourite teacher of all time. Well, now he happens to be in the building because his son is about to deliver a maiden speech.

No matter where you are in NZ, we are all somehow connected, somehow local, we inevitably know each other.

I drov...

20:57

Not Quite An Act Of War: Analysing Australias Push-Back Against Jacindas Manus Island Outreach. "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Real Human Suffering: In the face of the extraordinary Australian push-back against the government of Jacinda Ardern, it is important to remember the people at the centre of this controversy - the appallingly-treated victims of Australia's "Pacific Solution" who remain trapped on Papua New Guinea's Manus Island.

YOU HAVE TO GO BACK A LONG WAY to find anything remotely resembling Australias current treatment of New Zealand. For a supposedly friendly government to deliberately inject inflammatory disinformation into the political bloodstream of its supposedly closest neighbour is an extraordinarily provocative act. Not quite an act of war, but the sort of intervention that can all-too-easily provoke a catastrophic loss of trust.

Its the sort of thing that the Soviets and the Americans used to do to one another all the time during the Cold War. Except, of course, those two superpowers were ideological and geopolitical rivals of the first order. It takes a real effort to re-cast the relationship between New Zealand and Australia in similar terms. Nevertheless, its an effort we are now obliged to make.

So, what is it that Australia has done? Essentially, its national security apparatus (presumably at the instigation of their political leaders) has released, mostly through media surrogates, a number of related stories calculated to inflame the prejudices of a certain type of New Zealander.

Like Australia, New Zealand harbours a frighteningly large number of racists. Politically-speaking, such people are easily aroused and have few qualms about setting-off ugly, racially-charged, debates on talkback radio, in the letters columns of the daily newspapers and across social media. These individuals are trouble enough when all they have to fight with are their own stereotypes and prejudices. Arm them with the carefully assembled disinformation of fake news and they instantly become quite dangerous.
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20:40

A plea to Ardern on Paid Parental Leave "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Both Labour and National are playing politics on Paid Parental Leave. Labour insisted legislation needed to be passed under urgency with a plan to increase PPL by four weeks next July, and by another four weeks in 2020 (for a total of 26 weeks). That doesnt sound very urgent. Then National proposed an amendment []

20:30

Aussies muscling up over Jacindas virtue signalling "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Things are getting tough for Jacinda Ardern as she seeks to import 150 child rapists and ratbags from Manus Island, euphemistically calling them refugees: The Australian government has a warning for Jacinda Ardern deal directly with Papua New Guinea over the Manus Island detainees and face diplomatic consequences. The warning comes as an Australian []

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20:03

WHOSE GONNA BLINK FIRST? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Saint Jacinda has let her heart rule her head in seeking to embarrass Oz over their refusal to accept the NZL offer to take 150 'refugees' from Manus Island.    Her arrogance on the issue could well have severe implications for the Oz-NZL relationship.

This from the Australian Immigration Minister (paraphrased) ... 'It is your (NZL) sovereign right to negotiate direct with the PNG Government to take those refugees off their hands but should you do so you will be putting at risk the right of New Zealanders to enjoy visa free entry into Australia'.

Clearly Oz ain't gonna stand by and let queue jumper 'refugees' enjoy back-door entry into their country via New Zealand.

Ardern is now a prisoner of her own rhetoric.   Anyone wanna bet on who blinks first?

p.s.   And lets not even mention that Winston First doesn't want them anyway.




20:00

Collins gives Twyford and Ardern another hiding "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Judith Collins continues to hand out the spankings. Yesterday on the AM Show she spanked not only the utterly smug and condescending Phil Twyford, but also Jacinda Ardern. Judith Collins has launched a stinging attack on Jacinda Ardern, saying the Prime Minister needs to understand our relationship with Australia isnt student politics. Ms Ardern has []

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19:36

New Zealand: Muslim migrant rapist not deported, soon to be back on the streets "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The Quran teaches that Infidel women can be lawfully taken for sexual use (cf. its allowance for a man to take captives of the right hand, 4:3, 4:24, 23:1-6, 33:50, 70:30). The Quran says: O Prophet, tell your wives and your daughters and the women of the believers to bring down over themselves of their []

19:30

Greens disappoint one of their most loyal voters "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

  It has been interesting watching Martyn Martin Bradbury take to blogging in support of the government.  I told people that the leftie blogs would have a huge decision to make if they were to survive.  Be honest or perish. Seems that Bradbury doesnt want to perish. (excuse the language, but it has to be []

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19:17

A problem with Kelvin Davis "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

There is no doubt that Jacinda Ardern stepped up into the role of Labour leader, and stepped up further in post-election negotiations, as new Prime Minister and generally in her role in international politics (Manus aside). Not so Kelvin Davis. It seemed to be a good idea to appoint him deputy to Ardern, he had []

19:15

Our Unique Fuchsias "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Kotukutuku (Fuchsia excorticata) By Cushla McGaughey Kotukutuku is the worlds tallest fuchsia. It is a tree reaching at least 13 metres in height, with a trunk up to 30cm or more in diameter. It is common in lowland and lower montane forests, growing at forest margins and along banks of stream. Easily propagated from seed []

19:00

Saturday soapbox "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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

Image result for margaret atwood quotes images

A word after a word, after a word is power. Margaret Atwood.


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19:00

Whaleoil General Debate "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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

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18:30

Face of the Day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

A remarkable situation has developed over the Manus Island stand-off Immigration Minister Peter Dutton has opened the door to a potential refugee resettlement deal between Papua New Guinea and New Zealand, acknowledging it is a decision for the two sovereign states that Australia could not block. But he warned any arrangement would be against Australias wishes and []

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18:15

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The word for today is nocent (adj) Causing injury; harmful. Source : The Free Dictionary Etymology : Nocent derives from Latin nocent-, the stem of nocns, present participle of nocre to harm. The widespread Proto-Indo-European root nek-, nok- underlies Latin nocre and its derivatives noxa, noxia harm, injury, and the adjective noxius harmful, noxious. []

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18:00

Daily Proverb "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Proverbs 18 16 Giving a gift can open doors; it gives access to important people!

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17:20

General chat "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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

17:15

Media watch Saturday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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

17:10

Open Forum Saturday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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

12:05

World watch Saturday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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

12:01

November 18 in history "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

326  Old St. Peters Basilica was consecrated.

1105 Maginulf elected the Antipope Sylvester the IV.

1210 Pope Innocent III excommunicated Holy Roman Emperor Otto IV.

1302 Pope Boniface VIII issued the Papal bull Unam sanctam (One Faith).

1307  William Tell shot an apple off of his sons head.

1421 A seawall at the Zuiderzee dike broke, flooding 72 villages and killing about 10,000 people.

1477  William Caxton produced Dictes or Sayengis of the Philosophres, the first book printed on a printing press in England.

1493  Christopher Columbus first sighted Puerto Rico.

1626  St. Peters Basilica was consecrated.

1686  Charles Francois Felix operated on King Louis XIVs anal fistula after practicing the surgery on several peasants.

1730  Frederick II (Frederick the Great), King of Prussia, was granted a royal pardon and released from confinement.

1785 David Wilkie, British artist, was born (d. 1841).

1793 The Louvre was officially opened.

1803 The Battle of Vertires, the last major battle of the Haitian Revolution, leading to the establishment of the Republic of Haiti, the first black republic in the Western Hemisphere.

1809 In a naval action during the Napoleonic Wars, French frigates defeated British East Indiamen in the Bay of Bengal.
1836...

09:19

ON PARLIAMENT AND OTHER THINGS "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Been an interesting week and I was fortunate enough to be in Parliament for a number of maiden speeches and the after-match hospitality.     It is my experience that you get to see new members at their best in making their maiden speeches ... before they get ground down by the very institution of Parliament and the caucus machine.

There were good speeches from across the political spectrum and I'm loathe to single out any particular one (or two) but I will ... the speeches from Denise Lee (National, Maungakiekie) and Paul Eagle (Labour, Rongotai) where they laid bare personal tragedies in their lives were particularly moving.   I commend them for their courage in sharing those moments with us.     I wish them and every new MP well ... Parliament is a fishbowl and not for the fainthearted.   Some will leave the House having made a name for themselves; others will leave disappointed.

We're now seeing the result of National's bluff when, on the first sitting day of Parliament, Labour folded and agreed to increase the number of seats on Select Committees to 108.    Of the thirteen Committees constituted National has parity of numbers on eight of them.

For the record those Committees comprise Economic Development, Science and Innovation (10 members - Nat 5, Lab 3, NZF 1, G 1);  Foreign Affairs, Defence & Trade (8 members - Nat 4, Lab 3, G 1); Governance & Administration (8 members - Nat 4, Lab 4); Health (8 members - Nat 4, Lab 4); Justice (8 members - Nat 4, Lab 4); Maori Affairs (8 members - Nat 4, Lab 2, NZF 1, G 1); Primary Production (8 members - Nat 4, Lab 3, NZF 1) and Regulations Review (six members - Nat 3, Lab 3).   That's going to make it 'interesting' ... especially for the Government Whips.

I wear my political bias on my sleeve and so here are a couple of messages for those who would argue that the Government ain't legitimate ... get over it; it is.   It's a product of MMP and, while MMP is a bastard system, its our system and it ain't gonna change anytime soon.    National should treat the next 2 years, ten months as a gift to renew and reinvigorate.    When you're the Opposition the grass roots membership can have a huge say in policy development ... it's much easier to advocate new ideas outside government rather than when you oc...

09:00

Kapiti Coast Strawberry Festival "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The proceeds from our Hospice Strawberry Festivals go towards paying for all the services our patients need doctors, nurses, pain-relieving medication, counselling, home visits and much more. Saturday 18 November 9am-3pm This year its all happening in the grounds of Kapiti School on Rimu Road, opposite the Council Buildings and the Library. As well []

08:15

Action for Manus Island refugees Sunday 19 November, 1pm @ Aotea Square "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Jacinda Ardern announced today that it could take up to 5 months to come to a deal with Australia to take 150 of the 600 men stranded on Manus whilst the Australian government has effectively abandoned them, demolishing parts of the detention center and cutting off water, power and food supplies in a situation the UNHCR describes as "desperate".

We demand that our new government negotiates directly with the Papua New Guinea government to BRING THEM HERE.

Please join us on Sunday @ 1pm at Aotea Square & lets lift our voices for peace & justice. Please share the Facebook event with your friends & family.

Cant make it on Sunday?

There is plenty you can do. Here are four ways you can take action on this urgent issue:

1: Sign & share the petition demanding the NZ Government #BringThemHere on Facebook or Twitter, and forward this email to a friend.

2: Tweet at our PM @jacindaardern and/or Immigration Minister @IainLG and/or @TurnbullMalcolm here are a couple of suggested tweets:

Hundreds of refugees on Manus in desperate situation. @TurnbullMalcolm needs to evacuate now. We need to bring them here @jacindaardern @iainLG

Refugees on Manus Island in danger as detention centre shuts. We need to urgently #BringThemHere! #RefugeesWelcome @jacindaardern @IainLG @TurnbullMalcolm

3: Call or email your MP, Jacinda Ardern and Iain Lees-Galloway directly: jacinda.ardern / 04 817 9370 & iain.lees-galloway / 04 817 6967

4: Send a message of solidarity directly to refugees on Manus & let them know we stand with them and want them here. Iranian journalist Behrouz Boochani is being held on Manus & is reporting the situation there tweet at him @BehrouzBoochani or use #BringThemHere

Thanks for taking action today!

Auckland Peace Action


06:08

Council defends use of fluoride in water supplies "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The South Taranaki District Council has a duty to fluoridate its water supply, as residents in the area have poor oral hygiene and a high level of tooth decay, the Supreme Court has been told.

A group opposed to fluoridation, New Health New Zealand, has taken legal action against the Council which has now reached the countrys highest Court.

Earlier the Court of Appeal and High Court threw out legal challenges by the group, rejecting its suggestion that fluoridation of the water breached the right to refuse medical treatment.

However South Taranaki District Councils lawyer, Duncan Laing, told the Supreme Court today that health legislation places a duty on local authorities to improve and promote health in their areas.

He said a doctor had suggested that fluoridating the water supply was a much better way of improving oral health in the area, than other possible methods targeting dental hygiene.

In Patea it was a doctors opinion that if the toothbrush and toothpaste were free there was no reason to believe they would be used.

He said the doctor suggested other measures such as banning sugary snacks in schools would not be as effective as fluoridation even if they could be introduced.

Mr Laing said the Local Government Act also empowered the council to fluoridate the water supply and regarding its safety, he said the Ministry of Health had reviewed scientific papers on fluoridation and also commissioned its own studies on the issue.

He said the merits of fluoridation had also been considered by other bodies over many years.

As far back as 1957 a commission of enquiry [was held] and also [later] the New Zealand Human Rights Commission [considered fluoridation], so its interesting its come up again at this time.

It was put to bed by the Royal Commission in the 1950s and by Privy Council case but now its reared its head again.

Mr Laing said local councils had three separate duties relating to water supplies, including ensuring an area had an adequate supply of water.

[And] to take all practicable steps to ensure water supply meets with the standards and to take all reasonable steps to ensure the water supply is wholesome.

Duncan Laing said nothing in that was contrary to fluoridating a local water supply.

He also rejected the appellants claim that the fluoride used in water supplies could contain a whole range of nasty chemicals.

The drinking water standards are a very comprehensive set of standards as to what can be put into drinking water and its simply not credi...

06:01

New Zealand, Invasive Species & Gene Editing "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

1920

Thanks to Ed Yong and his editors at The Atlantic for this story on one countrys approach to rats:

New Zealands War on Rats Could Change the World

The nation wants to eradicate all invasive mammal predators by 2050. Gene-editing technology could helpor it could trigger an ecological disaster of global proportions.

The first thing that hit me about Zealandia was the noise.

I was a 15-minute drive from the center of Wellington, New Zealands capital city, but instead of the honks of horns or the bustle of passersby, all I could hear was birdsong. It came in every flavorresonant coos, high-pitched cheeps, and alien notes that seemed to come from otherworldly instruments.

Much of New Zealand, including national parks that supposedly epitomize the concept of wilderness, has been so denuded of birds that their melodies feel like a rare gifta fleeting thing to make note of before it disappears. But Zea...

06:00

Whaleoil Backchat "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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05:30

Blasphemy "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Sunfed chicken-free chicken was launched in July and now the company was planning to release two new products: Sunfed beef and Sunfed bacon. While the chicken is made from yellow peas imported from Canada, Lee would not divulge the key ingredient in the beef and bacon products. She said there was no other product like []

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05:10

Supreme Court tackles medication angle of fluoridation case "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The Supreme Court looks set to tackle the issue of whether adding fluoride to water supplies amounts to medicating the consumer to reduce tooth decay.

The court has reserved its decision on an appeal by a group that opposes fluoridation of water supplies, New Health New Zealand.

New Health appealed against a decision that South Taranaki District Council should be allowed to put fluoride in the water supplies of Waverley and P?tea, two areas with poor oral hygiene.

One of the planks of New Healths appeal was the Bill of Rights Act guarantee that anyone had the right to refuse to undergo medical treatment.

Fluoridated water supplies delivered medication for a therapeutic purpose, New Healths lawyer, Mary Scholtens, QC, said.

The right to refuse medical treatment was subject only to such reasonable limits prescribed by law as could be justified in a free and democratic society.

For the minister of health, Crown lawyer Austin Powell argued fluoridated water was a public health measure, not medical treatment.

But there was point at which treatment and dietary additions came close to diverging, he said.

If the court found that adding fluoride was authorised, reading several provisions together, then it would be prescribed by law and the real issue would become whether it was justified, Powell said.

The council has defended the science behind fluoridation and said fluoridated water was not medication, its lawyer Duncan Laing said.

Fluoridating water was not delivering medical treatment, but even if it was medical treatment, it was legally allowed and was a minimal intrusion, he argued.

The Ministry of Health encouraged local authorities to fluoridate, after evaluating the scientific evidence and commissioning its own studies. It had been looked at on human rights grounds, and by a commission of inquiry.

There is a substantial body of evidence that fluoridation is a safe and effective way of reducing widespread disease, Laing said.

New Health has said that fluoride added to the water is not the same as medical-grade fluoride found in fluoride tablets and toothpaste.

New Health said the water additive was a product of the fertiliser industry, but Laing said that was not always the case.

Additives to drinking water had to comply with comprehensive water standards and it was not credible to say it added dangerous or inappropriate elements from the fluoride. New Health said contaminants such as mercury and arsenic came from the fluoride added.

Until 2002, l...

05:00

Political History tales: Having the PM for dinner "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

  Which country was it that found a politician good enough to eat and how long ago did it happen? It looked just like a funny facebook meme but it piqued my interest so I went looking for articles to back up the story and discovered that the tale was based on fact. In 1672 []

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05:00

Vomit Inducing Crap 1 Z Energy Faux Greens "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

There are many things that make Adam want to vomit. Suspect it comes with getting older. However, some are more offensive than others.

Looked for a video to exemplify my dislike, but could not find one.

My pick today is Z Energy, their sanctimonious faux Green ads really piss Adam off.


04:30

Whaleoil History Channel: Posts from the Vault "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Headline: ACT: Davids Dilemma [UPDATED] The post from the vault today is only a year old but knowing what you now know you can read Cams words with new eyes. This morning, I ran a story suggesting ACTs performance through David Seymour this year is noticeably less impressive than last year. A number of Whaleoil []

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04:30

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Nescience lack of knowledge or awareness; ignorance; agnosticism.


Filed under: language Tagged: nescience

04:00

Political pundits have enjoyed delivering easy to digest soundbites disguised as analysis "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The road transport industry is realising that the Greens are now in charge, and it has given them the willies. Political pundits have enjoyed delivering easy to digest soundbites disguised as analysis during coverage of the recent election and the formation of a new Government, but to declare it to be a victory for road []

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03:30

After the apology, theyll want cold hard cash "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Children taken from their parents by the New Zealand Government during the 1950-1980 period want their lives examined and the current Government to apologise. The first-person accounts of abuse were chillingly similar to those survivors whod shared their stories with me bashings, stompings and sexual abuse were woven through them all. Many had never []

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02:30

David Seymour in the Rear View mirror "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

How I tried, and failed, to make Act leader David Seymour fall in love with me -thespinoff.co.nz   Own Your Future book Review   [] Based on market research, we ultimately narrowed our campaign toward issues of housing, education, youth crime, and government waste. But there simply wasnt enough of a match between the existing brand, []

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02:00

01:45

New Zealand cartoons about refugees "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

These cartoons tell a history of New Zealand's response to the refugee crisis over the last few years. The most recent cartoons are first.

01:30

Media isnt catering for older people "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Im not quite sure why media doesnt provide older people with the content they like to consume.  There is a huge demographic with money, and somehow they are just left to their own devices. After a long, hard day at work and raising kids, moms and dads like to kick back in their favorite chair []

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01:00

Collecting hate crime data has no purpose other than to support a predetermined political narrative "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The New Zealand Human Rights Commission is promoting once again for the collection of data on hate crime. Hate crime is a label that has not been defined and is almost impossible to define as it is incredibly subjective. The quoted article states seem that collecting the data is the first step but they do not []

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00:41

Hamish Walkers maiden speech "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Hamish took over from Barcaly. Hopefully he will do better.

Homepaddock

Hamish Walker, Clutha Southland MP delivered his maiden speech yesterday.

Mr Speaker, it is the greatest privilege to be standing before you today as a Member of Parliament, elected by the people of Clutha-Southland, to represent their views, hopes and dreams for their region and for New Zealand.

People in Clutha-Southland are pioneering, hard-working and community-focused.

The rest of New Zealand can learn a lot from Clutha-Southlanders.

Its a place where people still look out for each other, people still know each other, and most importantly people still talk to each other whether it be across the fence or in the supermarket aisle.

Its where I regularly see carefree kids riding their bikes around their neighbourhood, and where local people still rally together to support a good cause.

I intend to be a strong voice in Parliament for Clutha-Southland.

I believe in the core National Party values of strong families

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00:39

Andrew Falloons maiden speech "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Excellent speech and thanks to Ele for drawing my attention to it. Sets out why National is a great party.

Homepaddock

Rangitata MP Andrew Falloons maiden speech:

Thank you Mr Speaker. Congratulations on your election, and congratulations to your fellow presiding officers.

I stand here today the proud son of Shirley and John, and grandson of Ron and Joan, Arthur and Eva.

My family have sacrificed much for me to be here.

My paternal grandfather contracted polio as a child, making farming a struggle for my fathers family on their farm just outside of Waimate.

My maternal grandfather passed away at a young age, leaving my grandmother to raise three daughters on her own.

Gender equality was borne out of necessity she did the work of two men, and raised three strong and independent women.

She was a formidable woman, and had a huge impact on me growing up.

My father spent much of my childhood growing his small business, so much of the heavy lifting of raising my

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00:37

Labours got wrong priority for education "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Labour and education, an oxymoron

Homepaddock

The biggest priority for education spending is the long tail of under-achieving children, especially those who dont manage even basic literacy and numeracy.

The National-led government spent a lot of money working with young people who were destined for a lifetime on benefits knowing investing more now would save much more in both financial and social costs over their lifetimes.

This approach ought to be taken with education, giving one-on-one help to the children who arent school-ready when they turn five.

Thats the children who cant speak English or have poor language skills, even if English is their first language; those who come to school hungry and with other health needs; those who havent had the emotional, intellectual and material support all children deserve and need to ensure they are ready and able to learn when they get to school.

At the same time, children already at school who are

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00:30

Did Phil Twyford mislead parliament? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Phil Twyford claimed the other day in parliament that he and Labour had consulted extensively with business over the cancellation of the East-West link. Turns that may have been a porkie. NBR reports: The Auckland Chamber of Commerces chief executive rejects government claims that business received extensive consultation before Labour decided to scrap the East-West []

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00:00

Fridays answers "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Teletext gets my thanks for posing Thursdays questions and can claim a virtual bunch of peonies for stumping us all by leaving the answers below.


Filed under: diversions

00:00

Photo of the Day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The Horrible Jameson Affair While on an expedition into Africa during the late 19th century, James Jameson, heir to the Jameson Irish whiskey empire, reportedly asked to witness cannibalism in action. To this end, he purchased a slave girl and handed her over to men who murdered her and feasted on her flesh. While the []

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Thursday, 16 November

23:41

Zimbabwe: "classiest coup ever" "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"


A friend posts from downtown Harare, where murdering thug Robert Mugabe appears to have been (finally) overthrown, to observe :

"You gotta give it to Zimbos! They even coup in style. People are out shopping, coffee shops and restaurants are occupied by relaxed smiling people. Even the city of Harare staff are out fixing potholes. The only absence is that of traffic police harassing road users. Even the army which is very present at shopping malls and the CBD are watchful but friendly. That is the classiest coup ever!"
And the opposition's Morgan Tsvangirai posts that Mugabe must now formally stand down, that a "roadmap" be set in place for free and fair elections, and that "SADC, the African Union, the UN and the broader international community be the underwriters and guarantors to the roadmap to free and fair elections."
This is the only assurance to an irreversible path to national freedom, happiness and economic prosperity.
   To our neighbours, you now all know the simple choice you face; either support our rights or our refugees.
Nicely put.
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23:30

Awesome, Auckland Council set to go on cat killing spree "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Auckland Council wants to go a cat cullingexcellent, the first good thing Phil Goff has done. Cats without microchips found roaming in sensitive environments will be killed under Auckland Councils new pest eradication programme. Auckland Council is proposing to spend $307 million over the next 10 years to rein in the regions pests and protect its ecosystems and []

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23:08

These 35 cities in China are as wealthy as some countries "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

https://www.rt.com/business/409592-china-cities-gdp-countries-economy/

Decades of skyrocketing economic growth have resulted in some Chinese cities having economies as big as many countries.

An infographic, made by Visual Capitalist, compares some cities in China, which has a population of 1.4 billion people. The numbers are gross domestic product (GDP) by purchasing power parity (PPP). Have you heard of the cities of Suzhou, Wuhan or Tangshan, which are as wealthy as Austria, Israel or New Zealand?

These Chinese towns are not isolated, and are connected creating megaregions like the Northeast US, in which New York City, Philadelphia, Boston, Baltimore, and Washington, DC are close to each other, creating a mega economic zone, Visual Capitalist explains.

In China, there are three important megaregions.

Yangtze River Delta

With a combined GDP of $2.17 trillion, the region unites cities like Shanghai, Suzhou, Hangzhou, Wuxi, Ningbo, and Changzhou, and is economically as b...

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