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Saturday, 17 February


World watch Sunday Your NZ

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


February 18 in history Homepaddock

3102 BC Epoch of the Kali Yuga.

1229 The Sixth CrusadeFrederick II, Holy Roman Emperor signed a ten-year truce with al-Kamil, regaining Jerusalem, Nazareth, and Bethlehem with neither military engagements nor support from the papacy.

1268 The Livonian Brothers of the Sword were defeated by Dovmont of Pskov in the Battle of Rakvere.

1478 George, Duke of Clarence, who was convicted of treason against his older brother Edward IV of England, was executed.

1685 Fort St. Louis was established by a Frenchman at Matagorda Bay thus forming the basis for Frances claim to Texas.

1745 The city of Surakarta, Central Java was founded on the banks ofBengawan Solo river, and became the capital of the Kingdom of Surakarta.

1797 Trinidad was surrendered to a British fleet under the command of Sir Ralph Abercromby.

1814 The Battle of Montereau.

1841 The first ongoing filibuster in the United States Senate began and lasted until March 11.

1846 Beginning of the Galician peasant revolt.

1861 Jefferson Davis was inaugurated as the provisional President of the Confederate States of America.

1861 King Victor Emmanuel II of Piedmont, Savoy and Sardinia assumed the title of King of Italy.

1873 Bulgarian revolutionary leader Vasil Levski was executed in Sofi...


365 days of gratitude Homepaddock

Yesterdays sore throat is still here and its been joined by a runny nose.

People say its only a cold but theres nothing only about feeling like youve swallowed razor blades and have a tap on your nose.

But Ive eaten three oranges over the course of the day.

Whether or not the vitamin C is effective, I felt marginally better after each one and Im grateful for that.



Mueller: Russians entered U.S. to plot election meddling (But no US collusion!) Uncensored Publications

There is no allegation in this indictment that any American was a knowing participant in this illegal activity, Rod Rosenstein Democrats say the indictment proves Russian meddling is no hoax, while Trump allies say charges of Trump campaign collusion with the Kremlin remain baseless. By MICHAEL CROWLEY and LOUIS NELSON (Politico) Special counsel Robert Mueller []

The post Mueller: Russians entered U.S. to plot election meddling (But no US collusion!) appeared first on Uncensored Publications.


Black Caps Squander The Advantage Kapiti Independent

Big score, poor bowling By Roger Childs The T20 matches are the most exciting form of cricket. This is crash and bash stuff and not for the purists. There is plenty of hit, miss and snick, and consequently runs aplenty. You havent got time to play yourself in and need to make the big hits []


Word of the day Homepaddock

Pornification  the prevalence and growing and acceptance and normalisation of sexual themes and explicit imagery in popular or mainstream culture; the perceived pervasion of society in general or an aspect of it by the imagery, language, and attitudes associated with pornography.


Is a list leaning Government an issue? Your NZ

Does it matter that the Government has more list MPs that electorate MPs? Alasdair Thompson @ajthompson13 asked: Interesting, but does it matter? NZ Govt consists of 34 List MPs & 29 electorate MPs. Opposition consists 15 List MPs & 42 electorate MPs. All MPs have equal voting status within the parliament. I dont think that in []


Rural round-up Homepaddock

Disease has two hubs Annette Scott:

Cattle disease Mycoplasma bovis has been in New Zealand for at least two years and is spread wider than first thought, Southland veterinary clinic Vet South says while Biosecurity Minister Damien OConnor says there are now two infection hubs.

The Winton practice sent an email to clients on Thursday urging people whose stock or properties might have been linked to Southern Centre Dairies to come forward.

Southern Centre Dairies, the hub of infected properties in Southland, is owned by Gea and Alfons Zeestraten.

Vet South director veterinarian Georgette Wouda said Ministry for Primary Industries surveillance work indicated the disease was limited to a relatively small group of farms but more needed to be known.

Down in our region all of the infected properties to date have links with Alfons Zeestratens farms. . .

Lamb and wool marketers confident Sally Rae:

Farmers visiting Alliance Groups tent at the Southern Field Days had mostly one burning question how long could lamb prices be sustained.

And the response? We feel market fundamentals around the world give us some confidence, chairman Murray Taggart said.

The North Canterbury farmer acknowledged that his position was a bit easier than what it was when he first took on the role.

The mood among farmers was pretty positive and, despite climatic conditions, he was really chuffed with market prices.

Youve done a bloody good job, a long-time shareholder told Mr Taggart on the way past, but Mr Taggart said the company was not resting on its laurels. . . 



Saturdays smiles Homepaddock

Pete had an awful day fishing on the lake, sitting in the blazing sun all day without catching a single one. On his way home, he stopped at the supermarket and ordered four gurnard fillets.

He told the fish salesman, Pick four large ones out and throw them at me, will you?

Why do you want me to throw them at you?

Because I want to tell my wife that I caught them.

Okay, but I suggest that you take the orange roughy.

But why?

Because your wife came in earlier today and said that if you came by, I should tell you to take orange roughy. Shed rather have that for dinner tonight.



Struggling To Find A Leader Kapiti Independent

Desperately Seeking National By Roger Childs Even the most diehard Tory supporter would be dismayed at the field lining up to replace Bill English as leader. Judith Collins has a lot of baggage; Simon Bridges is not easy to listen to; and Amy Adams had a flawed run as Justice Minister. There is nobody to []


Judith Collins maiden speech Homepaddock

Three MPs have entered the race to be the next National Party leader.

Who are they and what do they stand for?

Some of the answers to those questions are in their maiden speeches.

I am posting each of them this morning, in alphabetical order.

JUDITH COLLINS (NZ National-Clevedon): Since this is the first time that I have spoken in Parliament, I take this opportunity to congratulate the Speaker on his
appointment, an appointment, I note, that was made with the full support of this House.

I am proud to represent the electorate of Clevedon on behalf of the New Zealand National Party. Clevedon is a diverse electorate, located both to the south and to the east of Auckland. It is 80 percent urban and 20 percent rural. Included in its boundaries are the historic township of Papakura, the rural areas of Clevedon, Orere Point, Kawakawa Bay, Brookby, Alfriston, Whitford, and Ardmore-which, incidently, is home to the busiest airport in New Zealand. It encompasses the coastal townships of Maraetai and Beachlands, and to the north, New Zealands fastest-growing residential areas: Dannemora, Somerville, Shamrock Park, Point View, and Shelly Park.

The people of Clevedon are ethnically diverse. The population includes European New Zealanders. Maori New Zealanders, Pacific Island New Zealanders, and, increasingly, New Zealanders who have migrated mainly from Taiwan, Korea, India, China, South Africa, and Fiji. It is an electorate of schools with the highest decile ratings, and schools with the lowest decile ratings.

Clevedon is an electorate of old and new traditions, of Christian churches and Buddhist temples. On the one hand it is the home of the present Minister of Justice; on the other hand it was the home of Michael Choy until he was brutally slain. It is New Zealand as it is today.

I am the youngest of six children born to Percy and Jessie Collins of Walton in the Waikato. We were dairy farming people. We were not wealthy people but we were not
poor. We were and are middle New Zealand. In a way, we were very privileged. We had two parents, discipline, responsibilities, plenty of love, and, more than anything else, we had security-a family in reality, not just in name. I decided to become a lawyer. I did not know any, but I had seen them on television and I knew that lawyers could, if they wanted to, do a lot of good for people.

That vague ambition was made solid when someone made the mistake of telling me that I could not do it. The exact words were: You wont be a lawyer. Youre a nice girl; youll get married.&#822...


Simon Bridges maiden speech Homepaddock

Three MPs have entered the race to be the next National Party leader.

Who are they and what do they stand for?

Some of the answers to those questions are in their maiden speeches.

I am posting each of them this morning, in alphabetical order.

SIMON BRIDGES (NationalTauranga) : Nearly every maiden speech that I have read has begun with the member congratulating Mr Speaker on his appointment to high office, and I congratulate you, Mr Deputy Speaker, and also Mr Speaker, the Hon Lockwood Smith. I congratulate the Hon Lockwood Smith not only as a matter of professional courtesy but because of our personal friendship, going back to a beer we shared at Auckland Universitys Shadows bar when he was getting a hard time as education Minister and I was a pimply young Nat.

Indeed, I joined the National Party at a young age, not because of any longstanding family connection to the greatest political party in the history of our nation but because then, as now, I believed in less not more government, in individuals doing as much for themselves as possible, and in reward for hard work and enterprise. Then, as now, I was generally economically dry and socially conservative, but never unthinkingly or uncaringly so. We need to do what works, not what sounds good in theory. In human affairs matters are often shades of grey, and not simply black or white. In economic times like these, rigid adherence to orthodoxies may not solve things for ordinary Kiwis. World-class health and education systems are essential. New Zealanders clearly understand this, and voted on 8 November for a John Key led Government and the fresh approach to our nations challenges that it brings; they voted to move away from a slavish adherence to ideology, towards a new style of politics that is inclusive, dignified, and decent, and that believes that politics can be noble and deliver greater justice.

Can I today in this hallowed hall acknowledge my wonderful family and my amazing wife. My mother is from Waih dairy-farming stock and my father from Frankton in Hamilton. Like so many in this nation, my mothers ancestors came from England, while my fathers mother, Naku Joseph, was Ngti Maniapoto and came from rural prure, near Te Kiti. She remained in an unhappy relationship with her hard-living husband, Alf Bridges, because in those days early last century she thought that marriage to a Pkeh man was bettering herself and her childrens prospects. She continually told my father that she wanted her children and grandchildren to have letters behind their names, without really understanding what that meant. The dysfunction my father grew u...


Quote of the day: "The gravest danger to the west ... " Not PC

"The gravest danger to the West has come not from hardworking Latino farmhands, [Indian students] or conscientious Chinese engineers, but from the import of postmodernist European intellectuals.
...."Offshore citizens have risked even death to escape tyranny. Individuals must be free to move, but governments are not instituted to secure the individual rights of citizens not their own.
...."Human beings have a conceptual and rational faculty that determines the content of their minds. Many read and absorb the ideas of the Enlightenment and move themselves to a mental state compatible with the values of Individualism; indeed, those who have done so despite their culture could well be stronger in their convictions than those born into such values. They also have raw negative emotion tied to a fear of, and memory of, a culture that alienated them.
...."The culture they bring with them is the content of their minds."

~ Vinay Kolhatkar, from his post 'The Case for Unbounded Immigration'


Amy Adams maiden speech Homepaddock

Three MPs have entered the race to be the next National Party leader.

Who are they and what do they stand for?

Some of the answers to those questions are in their maiden speeches.

I am posting each of them this morning, in alphabetical order.

AMY ADAMS (NationalSelwyn) : It is with a great deal of respect that I rise to present my maiden speech in this Chamber, and I offer my congratulations to you, sir, on your election. I stand before this House as the representative for the newly formed Canterbury seat of Selwyn, and I am conscious of the great debt that I owe to the people of my electorate for the faith they have shown in me. I would like to begin today by pledging to them my commitment to work in their interests and for their advancement for the time I am here.

I would also like to pay a personal tribute to the Prime Minister, the Hon John Key. Our Prime Minister is a man of great honour and real charisma, and a man with a heartfelt empathy for the people of New Zealand. He has been an inspiration to me, my electorate, and all New Zealand, and I am especially honoured to be serving in his Government.

We seem to raise strong politicians on the Canterbury plains. I come from the same part of the country as the great Sir John Hall, a farmer, and former Premier of New Zealand, who in the 1870s formed and maintained a Government in a period of great change and instability. Sir John is particularly to be remembered for one of his final acts of public life, which was to successfully shepherd the womens suffrage bill into the House in 1890.

In the passage of time we seem to have lost sight of the enormous contribution Sir John made, and, as a woman now representing his home area, I take a moment to acknowledge his legacy. As a farmer, he and his brothers formed one of the first large-scale sheep runs in the South Island, which later became Terrace Station. As a politician for the original Selwyn seat, he was respected for his integrity and huge contribution to the developing nations landscape. Sir John was a staunch conservative who felt that women would bring more decorum and civilised behaviour to politics, and who would be least likely to countenance official extravagance. Women, he noted, instinctively possess a far keener insight into character than men, and the result of giving them a vote would be that a candidates chance at election would depend more on his character, for trustworthiness, for ability and for straightforwardness than on mere professions made on the hustings. He said: A clever ready-tongued political adventurer may cajole a set...


Labour moves to legalise abortion Your NZ

New Zeaslands laws that cover abortion are a sham they are effectively largely ignored, although they make women go through a demeaning process. But they may soon be addressed by Parliament, something thats long overdue. Past governments have chosen to sweep the sham under a big rug. Newsroom: Labour moves to legalise abortion Andrew []


A silly ACT Your NZ

David Seymour getting desperate for attention? Stuff Below the Beltway: The ups and downs of the political week DOWN David Seymour  The ACT leader is going to be on Dancing With The Stars. He needs to find 15 hours a week to train, which will no doubt cut into the time he has for his []


Cyclone Gita warning highly impactful likely in NZ Your NZ

Metservice Severe Weather Outlook Cyclone Gita is expected to approach New Zealand from the northwest early next week.There remains uncertainty with regards to the speed and track of Gita, but the passage of this system across New Zealand on Tuesday and Wednesday is likely to bring a period of highly impactful severe weather. There is []


13 Russian nationals indicted for interfering in US elections Your NZ

The FBI investigation into Russian interference in the US elections in 2016 has made a major move. From Fox News: 13 Russian nationals indicted for interfering in US elections A federal grand jury in the District of Columbia on Friday indicted 13 Russian nationals and three Russian entities accused of interfering in U.S. elections, a []


Has Turei paid back the WINZ money? Your NZ

Metiria Turei promised to pay back the money she received (allegedly fraudulently) from Work and Income NZ (WINZ) in the 1990s. The self revelation blew up on Turei in July 2017 and led to her resignation as Green party leader, and her decision to withdraw from the Green Party list. She stood in the Te []


Saturday soapbox Homepaddock

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

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More on US school shootings Your NZ

Following yesterdays post: Florida school shooting (PartisanZ): Open letter from shooting victims aunt: We dont want your prayers NZHerald Powerful stuff My friends and fellow citizens, your guns are not protecting you. Your guns are killing our kids Why is your hunting hobby more important than my nieces life? Dont you []


Anonymous Patriots: Truth News Headlines -- February 16, 2018 "IndyWatch Feed World"


FEBRUARY 16, 2018 | 8:06 AM

Source: Aim 4 Truth | By ANONYMOUS PATRIOTS

To our friends in New Zealand. We are counting on wide-awake patriots to get the word out to your citizenry about these crazed tech lords.



Check out other great Romney memes at this website created by a fellow patriot who knows Romney is not good for the restoration of the Republic.




Media watch Saturday Your NZ

17 February 2018 Media Watch is a focus on New Zealand media, blogs and social media. You can post any items of interested related to media. A primary aim here is to hold media to account in the political arena. A credible and questioning media is an essential part of a healthy democracy. A general []


General chat Your NZ

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.


Open Forum Saturday Your NZ

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

Friday, 16 February


World watch Saturday Your NZ

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


February 17 in history Homepaddock

1500 The Battle of Hemmingstedt.

1600 The philosopher Giordano Bruno was burned alive at Campo de Fiori in Rome for heresy.

1801 An electoral tie between Thomas Jefferson and Aaron Burr was resolved when Jefferson was elected President of the United States and Burr Vice President by the United States House of Representatives.

1809 Miami University was chartered by the State of Ohio.

1814 The Battle of Mormans.

1819 The United States House of Representatives passed the Missouri Compromise.

1848 Louisa Lawson, Australian suffragist and writer, was born  (d. 1920).

1854 The United Kingdom recognised the independence of the Orange Free State.

1864  Banjo Paterson, Australian poet, was born  (d. 1941).

1864 The H. L. Hunley became the first submarine to engage and sink a warship, the USS Housatonic.

1867 The first ship passed through the Suez Canal.

1873  Emily Hancock Siedeberg-McKinnon, CBE MB ChB BSc, first woman to graduate from the University of Otago Medical School, was born (d. 1968).

Emily Hancock Siedeberg


1873 The editor of the Daily Southern CrossDavid Luckie, published a hoax report of a Russian invasion of Auckland by the cruiser Kaskowiski(cask of whisky).



Australian venomous spiders, new research "IndyWatch Feed World"

This 2015 video says about itself:

Australian hospitals are in desperate need of live funnel web spiders to make anti-venom. Spider expert Stacey Denovan shows the safest way to catch them.

From San Diego State University in the USA:

Worlds most venomous spiders are actually cousins

Study finds the deadly Australian funnel-web spiders and mouse spiders are more closely related than previously thought

February 15, 2018

Two groups of highly venomous spiders might be seeing more of each other at family reunions. A new study led by San Diego State University biologist Marshal Hedin has found that two lineages of dangerous arachnids found in Australia long classified as distantly related in the official taxonomy are, in fact, relatively close evolutionary cousins. The findings could help in the development of novel antivenoms, as well as point to new forms of insecticides.

The spiders in question are those from the families Atracinae and Actinopodidae and include Australian funnel-web spiders and eastern Australian mouse spiders, respectively. One member of Atracinae, Atrax robustus, is considered by many to be the most venomous spider in the world.

A reasonable number of people get bitten every year, but basically nobody dies from it anymore because of the wide availability of antivenom, Hedin said.

Historically, the spiders were thought to have diverged from a common ancestor more than 200 million years ago and therefore were only distantly related. Based on their anatomy and other traits, funnel-web spiders and mouse spiders closely resemble other species of spiders known to be distantly related. Yet based on their highly similar venom the same antivenom can treat bites from both Atricinae and Actinopodidae many biologists suspected these spider groups might be more closely related than previously thought.

The funnel-webs always were an uncomfortable fit in their taxonomic place, Hedin said. I could see the writing on the wall.

So he and colleagues, with help from biologists in New Zealand and Argentina, collected new spiders from both branches throughout Australia, sought out museum specimens...


School Shootings in The USA Uncensored Publications

A recent study of World Health Organization data published in the American Journal of Medicine that found that, among high-income nations, 91 percent of children younger than 15 who were killed by bullets lived in the United States And the trends are only growing more dire. On average, two dozen children are shot every day []

The post School Shootings in The USA appeared first on Uncensored Publications.


Laser scanning reveals lost ancient Mexican city had as many buildings as Manhattan Uncensored Publications

Archaeology might evoke thoughts of intrepid explorers and painstaking digging, but in fact researchers say it is a high-tech laser mapping technique that is rewriting the textbooks at an unprecedented rate. The approach, known as light detection and ranging scanning (lidar) involves directing a rapid succession of laser pulses at the ground from an aircraft. []

The post Laser scanning reveals lost ancient Mexican city had as many buildings as Manhattan appeared first on Uncensored Publications.


Newly elected President Cyril Ramaphosas acceptance speech Uncensored Publications

The National Assembly has elected African National Congress president Cyril Ramaphosa as the President of South Africa. Business Day South Africa Sees Fresh Start for Economy, With the Same Challenges In the nearly quarter-century since apartheid ended in South Africa, the dominant African National Congress party has lost some of its moral authority as a []

The post Newly elected President Cyril Ramaphosas acceptance speech appeared first on Uncensored Publications.


365 days of gratitude Homepaddock

The science isnt settled on whether manuka honey is helpful for sore throats or not.

Im not ruling out the placebo effect, but have been sucking pure manuka honey lozenges today, am finding theyre reducing the soreness and Im grateful for that.



Greens may have to support waka jumping bill Your NZ

The Greens have long been staunchly opposed to the waka jumping (party hopping) legislation, but due to their confidence and supply agreement commitments they may be obliged to back the bill prompted by NZ First. They have been caught out because NZ First did not campaign on this policy (voters would have good cause to []


Bridge Building At Whareroa Farm? Kapiti Independent

Needs but no action By Roger Childs Back in May 2015 the Kapiti area suffered severe flooding and several houses had to be evacuated. Less well known was the damage caused in Whareroa Farm. Near the start of the Farm Road that runs inland from the Shelter, a stream began running across the road, and []


BCL wants to bully Bougainville into reopening Panguna "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

Has BCL not learnt from history that Bougainvilleans do not like being bullied!

BCL takes Bougainville Govt to court over licence non-renewal

Radio New Zealand | 16 February, 2018

Mining company Bougainville Copper Ltd is taking an arm of the Bougainville government to court.

This came after the autonomous government in the Papua New Guinea region announced late last year a moratorium on mining at Panguna, which had been abandoned in 1989 after the civil war started.

Two companies are vying to re-open Panguna but Bougainville President John Momis said to get the nod, the successful company must first win the trust of the people and BCL is yet to do this.

Meanwhile a mining wardens meeting in central Bougainville in December turned down BCLs request for its exploration licence to be extended.

But the company is not...


Word of the day Homepaddock

 Interstices  intervening spaces, especially a very small or narrow ones, between things or parts; tiny gaps; the cracks and crevices of life.


Oral health expert Robin Whyman slams claims made by fluoride critic Paul Connett "IndyWatch Feed Health"

DHB clinical director for oral health Dr Robin Whyman says evidence shows fluoride can help reduce dental decay. Photo / File

DHB clinical director for oral health Dr Robin Whyman says evidence shows fluoride can help reduce dental decay. Photo / File

Fluoridating drinking water is about protecting the health interests of the wider population, a dental expert says.

This comes in response to a Fluoride Free meeting held on Wednesday, where prominent critic Dr Paul Connett told a 100-person audience about water fluoridation and the harm he argued it posed to health and the environment.

However, Hawkes Bay District Health Board clinical director for oral health Dr Robin Whyman said the board supported fluoridation as evidence showed its effect on reducing dental decay, particularly in children.

We think its good for our community, and we think it has a positive health benefit which will reduce peoples need for treatment and reduce cost both to the DHB and to peoples pockets.

Their position was consistent with that of the Ministry of Health, and other DHBs around the country. It was based on research which had been repeatedly backed up in both national and international studies, he said.

The Wednesday meeting was part of a New Zealand speaking tour featuring Dr Connett, a retired professor of environmental chemistry and toxicology at St Lawrence University, as the guest of Fluoride Free NZ.

His presentation touched on a number of ar...


Fridays answers Homepaddock

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


Ayn Rand advises the National Party Not PC

Ayn Rand offers advice on choosing a political candidate:

In view of the general confusion on this subject, it is advisable to remind prospective voters of a few basic considerations, as guidelines in deciding what one can properly expect of a political candidate, particularly of a presidential candidate.
....One cannot expect, nor is it necessary, to agree with a candidates total philosophy only with his political philosophy (and only in terms of essentials). It is not a Philosopher-King that we are electing, but an executive for a specific, delimited job. It is only political consistency that we can demand of him; if he advocates the right political principles for the wrong metaphysical reasons, the contradiction is his problem, not ours.
....A contradiction of that kind, will, of course, hamper the effectiveness of his campaign, weaken his arguments and dilute his appeal as any contradictions undercut any mans efficacy. But we have to judge him as we judge any work, theory, or product of mixed premises: by his dominant trend.
....A vote for any candidate does not constitute an endorsement of his entire position, not even of his entire political position, only of his basic political principles
....It is the basic and, today, the only issue by which a candidate must be judged: freedom vs. statism.
....If a candidate evades, equivocates and hides his stand under a junk-heap of random concretes, we must add up those concretes and judge him accordingly. If his stand is mixed, we must evaluate it by asking: Will he protect freedom or destroy the last of it? Will he accelerate, delay, or stop the march towards statism?
So, a serious question: is there any candidate for National Party leader who you could support? Or are they all little more than a junk-heap of random concretes.


Disturbances in Whitianga 3: Who Assaulted Whom? Kapiti Independent

We continue our series on the bizarre events in the Coromandel back in late 2017. Next week the trial begins of a man who was assaulted but then charged with assault! (To read 1 and 2 scroll down to February 14 and 15.) A Kafkaesque Turn of Events By Stephanie McKee Then in November 2017, []


Rural round-up Homepaddock

Drought, disruption undermines farmers confidence:

A marked drop in farmer optimism and growing concern about the ability to recruit suitable staff are stand-out features of the Federated Farmers Mid-Season Farm Confidence Survey.

For the first time in two years, farmer optimism has decreased, including negative perceptions of the economy, farm profitability, farm production and farm spending. Farm debt levels have also increased and fewer farms are now debt-free.

The Federated Farmers survey is conducted by Research First twice a year (January and July) and 1070 farmers responded to the questionnaire last month. . . 

Time to get real about forestry Graham West:

Last year I commented on the high returns from current harvesting, however I dont believe this is being translated into significant interest in new planting, certainly not at the rate of the governments aspirational target of 50,000ha per year. The Crown Forestry action is clearly around doing deals to secure land for leasing and other deal makers, like Toitu Te Waonui, and various forestry consultants, are doing the same, good on them.

But this doesnt really raise the general awareness of the forestry business opportunity for land owners and investors. The challenge is how to create a pipe line of prospects who are considering land use change. The target group must be the approximately 25,000 drystock farmers in New Zealand, owning 9.5m hectares. The timeline is also important, seedlings for next winter are already booked, but the deadline for orders to secure plants for the following winter (2019) needs to be placed with nurseries by Oct-Nov 2018. . . 

Minister needs to step up as drought worsens in Coastal Taranaki:

The Minister for Primary Industries needs to step up and listen to the rural sector in the face of the worsening drought in Coastal Taranaki, Nationals Rural Communities Spokesperson Barbara Kuriger says.

Mrs Kuriger reached out to Agriculture Minister Damien OConnor last week to discuss ideas put forward by the Taranaki Rural Support Trust, but the Minister has not accepted the invitation to meet.

It would seem that the response by the Minister since initially declaring the drought has been to bury his head in the sand on the Coastal Taranaki issue. . . 



Question of the Day: "The proper question is, 'What share of its legal monopoly on the use of force should the government share with its citizens?'" Not PC

"To see why it is proper for a government to regulate weapons and to understand the principles by which it should, we need to go back to some fundamental principles of moral philosophy, political philosophy, different kinds of rights, and the nature of government... You have a natural right to defend yourself against an attack, using unlimited force if necessary. But it still might rightly be illegal for you to own or carry a gun...
    "Remember, the proper question is not, 'Why can the government restrict my access to guns?' The proper question is, 'What share of its legal monopoly on the use of force should the government share with its citizens?' The proper answer is, 'Whatever is needed for those citizens to protect themselves when the government cannot.'
    "Unfortunately, this principle is not articulated in the [US] Constitution and we are stuck twisting the Second Amendment into service. Things would be better if we didn't have to." 
~ John McCaskey, '
Natural Rights, Civil Rights, and Guns'


If only thered been a teal deal Homepaddock

The governing coalition is all at sea over fisheries monitoring:

Evidence given to the Environment Select Committee from the Department of Conservation (DOC) today just goes to show the deeply divided factions occurring within the Coalition Government, Nationals Fisheries spokesperson Gerry Brownlee says.

Speaking at DOCs annual review, the Director General Lou Sanson was asked what input his department has had on the new Governments decision to firstly postpone and then, this week, cancel the introduction of cameras on fishing boats.

Mr Sanson and DOC have always been spirited advocates of on-board cameras as one of the best practical measures needed to protect our declining marine bird species.

He told the committee that DOC absolutely maintains its position that cameras on fishing boats are essential if we are to reverse the decline in the sort of seabird species we see in our waters.

Its therefore quite extraordinary that his Minister, Eugenie Sage, has so quickly and thoroughly distanced herself from Stuart Nashs decision to cancel the roll-out that the National Government initiated.

It doesnt take a rocket-scientist to work out that Mr Nash is being leant on by Coalition partner, New Zealand First.

Im surprised that as a junior Coalition partner, the Greens have allowed themselves to be side-lined in this way, Mr Brownlee says.

The Green Party has had to swallow a lot of dead rats in its agreement to support Labour and New Zealand First in government.

Had they been able to countenance a deal with National last year, there would be no compromise over on-board cameras.

If the Greens could moderate their radical left economic and social agenda, they could sit in the political middle, able to go left and right.

A teal deal would have been better for both the economy and environment than what weve got a red and black one with a weak green off-shoot.


Florida school shooting Your NZ

Another horrific mass shooting in the US, this time at a school in Florida. Reuters: FBI was warned about alleged Florida gunman, could not locate The Federal Bureau of Investigation was warned last year about an ominous online comment by the 19-year-old man accused of killing 17 people in his former high school but was []


Academic researching China burgled Your NZ

There may be a couple of coincidences here, but this does deserve some scrutiny. NZ Herald:  NZ academic who made headlines researching Chinas influence links break-ins to her work A New Zealand academic who made international waves researching Chinas international influence campaigns has linked a number of recent break-ins to her work. University of Canterbury []

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