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Tuesday, 21 November

17:33

Williams v Craig appeal Your NZ

The appeal in the Jordan Williams v Colin Craig defamation case started today. RNZ: Colin Craig defamation case back in court In September last year a jury in the High Court at Auckland found Mr Craig had defamed Mr Williams and awarded Mr Williams damages of $1.27 million. However earlier this year the court ruled []

16:26

Hide The Girls, by G Squared Uncensored NZ Blog

Anti-Abortionists are acting to protect The Rights of the child unable to represent itself. It is not the illusion of woman making choices concerning their bodies. It is not THEIR bodies that are at issue. But this is the level of their ignorance and arrogance. And then we had the problem in Ireland where Catholic []

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15:46

Sara Boland At Tutere Kapiti Independent

Red List, Red Thread By Kate Hartmann A new exhibition by Waikanae textile artist Sara Boland entitled Red List, Red Thread opened on the weekend in Tutere Gallerys exhibition space. In this body of work Sara Boland explores the colour, texture and pattern of five critically endangered birds that are currently listed on the IUCN []

14:30

Word of the day Homepaddock

Chemiluminescence  the emission or production of light as the result of a chemical reaction.


Filed under: language Tagged: chemiluminescence

12:19

Pike River Re-Entry: Is The Government Lying? Uncensored NZ Blog

A newly seated government stalling on election promises? Hardly news really, is it? The butt of political jokes for decades. But its not so funny when lost lives and family closure and justice are involved, as is the case with the Pike River tragedy. A promise of re-entry to the mine to find answers and []

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12:00

Matt Kings maiden speech Homepaddock

Northland MP Matt Kings maiden speech:

Ko Matt King Toku Ingoa

No Te Noota Ahau

No Reira 

Tn Koutou, Tn Koutou, Tn Tatou Katoa

Mr Speaker can I start by congratulating you on your election to the prestigious role of speaker.

I look forward to your many positive rulings over the next 3 years in our favour.

Members of Parliament, ladies and gentlemen, friends and family, I stand before you filled with pride as the representative of the people of Northland.

Im proud to be a National Party MP in the most powerful and united opposition this Parliament has ever seen.

Today is my opportunity to introduce myself, share my journey and what I hope to achieve while Im there.

I come from the mighty Northland a truly beautiful place steeped in history.

I live a short distance from the harbour where Kupe first landed on our shores. 

A short distance from the site of our first Maori settlement and the region with the largest Iwi Ngapuhi.

Our electorates largest town is Kerikeri and its also the site of our first permanent European settlement and NZs oldest surviving building The Stone Store.

In the beautiful coastal town of Russell we have NZ first capital and across the water at Waitangi the grounds where the Treaty was signed.

These factors taken together make us the birthplace of our nation. 

The vast Northland electorate stretches from Cape Reinga and 90 mile beach in the North across to the beautiful Whangaroa and BOI harbours in the east to Dargaville and the mighty Tane Mahuta Kauri in the west then wrapping around Whangarei and extending past Wellsford and Mangawhai to the south.

We have 1700kms of coastline and the best scenery in the country despite what my colleague Tamati Coffey might try and tell you.

We enjoy the countrys highest average temperature, we have 3.6 per cent of the population and just over 5% of the land area.

We are a region with many challenges but I am incredibly positive and optimistic about our future.

Its a true honour to be voted in by the people of Northland to represent them and its...

11:00

Rural round-up Homepaddock

Wool gains dream come true Sally Rae:

Watching the volume of wool growing for Lanacos healthcare products and seeing lambs being born from specifically bred genetics is a dream come true for Nick Davenport.

Mr Davenport is chief executive and founder of the Auckland-based company, previously known as Texus  Fibre, which specialises in fibre innovation and developing functional materials derived from wool.

Wool from sheep developed by Wanaka man Andy Ramsden, from the Dohne, Cheviot and Finn breeds, and trademarked as the Astino breed, is used in healthcare products. . . 

Familys top two places a show first Sally Rae:

Not a bad show is how Will Gibson dryly describes his familys record-setting feats at last weeks Canterbury A&P Show in Christchurch.The Gibson family, from Middlemarch, won the prestigious Senior Meat and Wool Cup with their yearling supreme champion Hereford bull and were runners-up with their 2-year-old Santa Gertrudis cow with calf at foot.

It was the first time in the shows history the same exhibitor has won the top two placings and it was well-deserved recognition for a family who work hard, are passionate about their livestock and also about exhibiting at A&P shows.

The yearling bull Foulden Hill Mustang was unbeaten in his classes over the two days, both in the Hereford and all-breeds classes, and he also won the Junior Meat and Wool Cup. . . 

Alternative proteins on the verge of  mainstream:

Alternative proteins are on the verge of becoming mainstream and stealing growth from traditional meat products as they play a growing role in meeting consumer needs and preferences, according to a recently-released global research paper.

The report, Watch outor they will steal your growth by agribusiness banking specialist Rabobank, examines why alternative proteins including plant-based meat substitutes, emerging insect or algae-based products and lab-grown meat products are starting to successfully compete for the centre of the plate.

Report author, Rabobank global sector strategist for Animal Protein Justin Sherrard, says it is the growth rather than the current market size of alternative proteins that is of greatest significance....

10:40

Israeli journalist Gideon Levy is coming to Auckland Sunday 3 December GPJA's Blog

We invite you to a public lecture by world-renowned Israeli journalist and author, Gideon Levy.
Gideon has been hailed as an heroic journalist for outspoken criticism of Israeli government policies and his honest journalism.

GIDEON LEVY LECTURE

3pm SUNDAY 3 DECEMBER

Free entry koha/donations welcome

MOUNT EDEN WAR MEMORIAL HALL

489 Dominion Rd, Mount Eden Auckland

hosted by NZ Palestine Solidarity Network

Facebook Events page:

https://www.facebook.com/events/1899427033652269/


10:37

The Reserve Bank and the government have made renters' lives more difficult Not PC


Here's a question for you: What happens when the Reserve Bank and the government make it harder for investors to buy and own homes?

And the answer, dear reader, is in the news today (and should be no surprise to anyone, except perhaps the Reserve Bank and the government and their voters):

RNZ NEWS: Renters caught out as supply falls
Too many would-be tenants are chasing too-few rental homes...
Who would have thunk it.

As Murray Rothbard might have commented,
It is no crime to be ignorant of economics, which is, after all, a specialised discipline and one that most people consider to be a dismal science. But it is totally irresponsible to have a loud and vociferous opinion on economic subjects while remaining in this state of ignorance.
Let us now add the Reserve Bank and the government* and their voters to those in that benighted state.

* Yes, Virginia, since successive governments have and will follow almost identical populist policies in this respect, they and their voters are both to blame.
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09:59

Japan: Soccer v Rugby Part 2 Kapiti Independent

To read part 1, scroll down to  November 19. School based structure By our Japan correspondent, Neil Smith Sport for school students was all co-coordinated by athletic associations for primary, junior high, and high schools respectively, all under the auspices of the Ministry of Education and Sport. Each primary school had its own team participating []

09:40

Tributes to Michael Spaans Homepaddock

Michael Spaans, a former director of Fonterra and chair of DairyNZ has died.

Fonterra chair John Wilson paid tribute to him:

Sadly, today our Co-operative has lost one of our strongest people with former Director Michael Spaans passing away last night. He is survived by his wife Kristina and children Olivia, Logan and Harvey.

Earlier this year, Michael decided to step down from the Fonterra Board and focus on trying to recover from cancer. He and I go back many years and I saw him approach his illness in the same way he approached everything in life. He was resolute and determined and did his utmost to continue on as normal. It was a brave fight and I am sure that will not surprise those of you who knew him.

Michael was a proud dairy farmer with a passion for our Co-op and our industry. I have often talked about the importance of having leaders developing within our ranks and Michael is a very fine example. Michael served on the New Zealand Dairy Group Shareholder Council, before joining the Fonterra Shareholders Council at the time our Co-op was formed. He was also part of the first intake for the Fonterra Governance Development Programme, and later built his governance experience outside the industry including directorships with ASB Bank, Shoof International, DairyNZ, Manuka SA, Waikato Innovation Park, Innovation Waikato and Ospri New Zealand.

He then brought this experience, along with a huge level of energy and commitment to our Board, and won the respect of his fellow Directors and farmers for his willingness to listen and engage. Michael was a man who knew the importance of detail. He made sure that he knew this business extremely well, understood our strategy and was completely across the detail of the numbers. He always looked for constructive solutions and thought deeply about our Co-ops governance and his role in the evolution of our business.

His insights and experience along with his genuine interest and inquisitive mind were also invaluable on Fonterras Milk Price Panel, the Co-operative Relations Committee, and the Audit and Finance Committee.

As late as last month, Michael was working for the betterment of New Zealand farmers in his capacity as Chairman of DairyNZ. He has also remained an ambassador for Fonterra on the international stage and in Wellington, recently speaking at the United Nations in New York on behalf of the Global Dairy Platform and all farmers.

We have lost a close friend, leader and an advocate of our industry much too soon. Our thoughts and deep gratitude for all that he contributed go to...

09:21

Reality check on renewable energy Not PC

As activists talk up the market penetration of so-called renewable energy (i.e., energy that generally consumes more resources in its production than it produces*), Bjorn Lomborg offers an update on just how much (or how little) of it is out there in the wild.

Excitement for wind and solar PV. 
But remember, in total, they provide less than 1% of total energy supply.
(In 2040, it will be less than 3%.)



* Hence the continuing need both for subsidies, and for bans on other forms of energy.

08:30

National Ag Day needed here too Homepaddock

Its National Agriculture Day in Australia where the rural urban divide is widening:

The traditional divide between city slickers and their country cousins has turned into a yawning chasm, with 83 per cent of Australians convinced agriculture and farming have no or little relevance to their lives.

A new survey commissioned for the first National Agriculture Day tomorrow also found only 4 per cent of Australians correctly identified agriculture as the fastest-growing sector of the Australian economy, while fewer than half had met or talked to a farmer in the past year.

The National Farmers Federation, which commissioned the survey, believes it proves an urgent need for agriculture to promoted nationally as an exciting, hi-tech industry vital to Australias economic future, to reverse the misperception it is a dull, outdated sector of the past.

NFF president Fiona Simson said few Australians are aware that the nations once-quiet agricultural sector is now producing more than $64 billion of food and fibre products annually, provides 1.6 million Australians with jobs, grew at a phenomenal rate of 23 per cent last year and single-handedly prevented the economy from reversing into recession over the previous two quarters.

This is an industry that is powering ahead and which was the largest contributor to national economic (GDP) growth in the last two quarters, but no one in the cities knows that any more, Ms Simson lamented yesterday.

In the old days, everyone knew a farmer and understood what farmers did and where their food came from, but city people are now so geographically distant and disconnected from the broader agriculture and food industries, that all that understanding and interest has been lost.

It doesnt help that increasing urbanisation means fewer people in the media understand farming and wider rural issues, nor that this has allowed the radical green movement to dominate the debate with arguments based on emotion rather than science.

The 2016 census revealed that 49 per cent of Australians today were either born overseas or have foreign-born parents, while 70 per cent live in the eight capital cities.

The number of farmers has also shrunk from 320,000 to fewer than 90,000 in the past 35 years according to the Au...

07:08

The Roundup with PW including 'Watership Down' Author's Auction Beattie's Book Blog - unofficial homepage of the New Zealand book community


Clemmons Ditches Lenny Letter: Novelist Zinzi Clemmons has left Lenny Letter following a harassment scandal surrounding 'Girls' writer and executive producer Murray Miller.

'Watership Down' Author's Auction: Richard Adamss books, going to auction in December, include a first edition Austen and Shakespeares Second Folio.

LeGuin On 'Writing Nameless Things': Ursula K. LeGuinwhose second and third Library of America collections are now outon what she shares with Philip Roth and more.

07:06

Publishers Lunch Beattie's Book Blog - unofficial homepage of the New Zealand book community


Today's Meal


At the National Book Awards on Wednesday evening, 15 of 20 finalists were women and three of the four awards went to women as well. The fiction prize went to Sing, Unburied, Sing (Scribner) by Jesmyn Ward, who won also won in 2011 for Salvage the Bones. In her speech, Ward said, You looked at my poor, my black, my southern women, and you saw yourself. I am deeply honored to each and every one of you who looks at my work and sees something in it.

Masha Gessen's
The Future Is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia...

07:04

LEADING PUBLISHER KEVIN CHAPMAN TO JOIN MASSEY UNIVERSITY PRESS BOARD Beattie's Book Blog - unofficial homepage of the New Zealand book community

 

 
One of this countrys most experienced and successful publishers has joined the Editorial Board of Massey University Press. Kevin Chapman has worked in book publishing for over thirty years, in New Zealand, the UK, Canada, the US and Australia. He has worked in general trade publishing and book packaging, and prior to starting Upstart Press was Managing Director of Hachette NZ (previously Hodder Moa Beckett) for over fifteen years. Kevin has been heavily involved in publishing industry activities for many years, including as a former president of PANZ.

We are so delighted that Kevin has agreed to join our board, says MUP Board chair Associate Professor Anna Brown. He brings enormous business acumen, a love for publishing and great energy and enthusiasm to the board table, and will assist us in building further on the impressive achievements of this new Press.

I have always had an interest in academic publishing, says Kevin Chapman. And as an alumnus I think that I can offer some value to a university for which I have a great affection.

Massey University Press was established in 2015. Its publisher, Nicola Legat, former Publishing Director of Random House New Zealand, came on board in August 2015. The Press will have published thirty-two books by the end of 2017. It also publishes for Te Papa Press, under an agreement between Massey University and Te Papa.

07:00

Bring back rabbit boards Homepaddock

Moeraki, which is best known for its boulders and the delicious seafood served at Fleurs Place, is suffering from a plague of rabbits.

Rabbit numbers on the Moeraki peninsula have  skyrocketed and are at plague proportions, residents say.

The township of Moeraki is just crawling with rabbits this spring, locals say,  and dozens  can be seen  at the local camping ground, on roadsides, in gardens and anywhere they can find food.

Not permitted to shoot or poison rabbits in urban areas, locals are left waiting for the release of a new strain of the rabbit haemorrhagic disease virus to help control them.

The Otago Regional Council says it is the landowners responsibility to control pests, but residents spoken to by the Otago Daily Times say they have grown weary of the fight to control them.

Waitaki District Council Waihemo councillor Jan Wheeler, who lives on a farm on the peninsula, said the problem there was shocking despite her husbands  efforts at rabbit control, and it was worse in the Moeraki village, which was just crawling with them this year.

For every pair theres been, theres about seven babies running about. Its a shocking problem. Its been like this for about six years and its growing every year, she said.

Retiree Brian Todd, of Hampden, last month began hunting, freezing and selling rabbits killed near Moeraki as pet food to a Timaru business.

In the middle of one day, he stood in the same spot on a Moeraki farm for  two and a-half hours and shot 46 rabbits, he said.

Theres more rabbits in town than on the outskirts. The last thing I want to do is lose my firearms licence, but I reckon I could take out 1000 around town in a couple of weeks. . . .

Moeraki retailer Leanne French said the village provided an ideal environment, particularly given there were many areas where landowners were not in a position to control them.

Theyre up in the   holiday homes, where nobody lives   they are just happily hanging out on the front lawn.

As an example, we live where there are nine 12-acre [4.8ha] blocks, and theres only three permanent people that live here. There are so many other pieces of land where nobody ever comes, so nobody can look after it. That causes trouble. . . 

An appl...

06:56

Latest from The Bookseller Beattie's Book Blog - unofficial homepage of the New Zealand book community


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Bonnier Publishing UK has made a raft of promotions in its senior management team as it prepares for further growth under the leadership of c.e.o Perminder Mann.

06:40

Read to Succeed - well known Kiwis back the book Beattie's Book Blog - unofficial homepage of the New Zealand book community



What do a Shortland St star, three reality TV stars and four media broadcasters have in common? They know how important it is to love reading.

 Today the New Zealand Book Council launches their advocacy campaign #ReadToSucceed.

We published research earlier this year that found almost 400,000 Kiwis didnt read a book last year. The increasing demands of society and work mean more than ever New Zealanders need to be able to read to function effectively at work and everyday life. The #ReadToSucceed campaign is the first of many that the Book Council will run to inspire more Kiwis to read, and to buy and borrow more books, says Book Council Chief Executive Jo Cribb.

From now until Christmas, the Book Council will share how much reading matters. Their Kiwi book ambassadors will help spread the word about where a love of reading can take you. The public will be encouraged to join in as well they can post photos of themselves reading with friends and whnau online for a chance to win a bookshelf of books for the family homethis Christmas.

 
Here are what the Book Council Kiwi book ambassadors have to say about reading:

...

06:08

Blog moderation musing and amusing Your NZ

Blog moderation is difficult and relentless. You can never please all of the people all of the time, but the general aim is to please most of the people most of the time. Ive had a few challenges here, in particular a couple of years ago when there were deliberate attempts to disrupt and shut []

05:10

Mugabe may now be impeached Your NZ

Robert Mugabe has refused to step down as president of Zimbabwe, so an attempt at impeachment is under way. CNN: Zimbabwes ruling party plots Robert Mugabes impeachment Zimbabwes ruling party has set in motion a plan to impeach President Robert Mugabe, who has refused to answer repeated calls to step down even after effectively being []

05:03

Little to make decision on Pike River Your NZ

Pike River re-entry will ultimately be a political decision, with Pike River Minister Andrew Little having the final say.  After saying there would be definite re-entry during the election campaign it has morphed into a maybe. NZH: PM Jacinda Ardern: Pike River re-entry the goal but not at any cost Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and []

05:00

Quote of the day Homepaddock

It is the generation of the unemphatic. Steal, kill, lie, fornicate, but beware of indulging with conviction.  Beryl Bainbridge who was born on this day in 1932.


Filed under: quotes Tagged: Beryl Bainbridge

04:50

Backroom chat becomes international news Your NZ

If she has learnt anything from the last few days Jacinda Ardern will be now much more careful about what she says, and to whom. Casual chat in private has become international news. The Guardian: Not that orange: New Zealands Jacinda Ardern regrets gossip about Donald Trump The New Zealand prime minister, Jacinda Ardern, has expressed []

04:31

Charles Manson dead Your NZ

Charles Manson, convicted of masterminding a series of murders in 1969, avoided the death penalty but spent the rest of his life in prison, He has just died, aged 83. LA Times: Charles Manson, mastermind of 1969 murders, dies at 83 Charles Manson was an unlikely figure to evolve into the personification of evil. A few []

04:12

German coalition talks collapse, EU and the West vulnerable Your NZ

There were complaints about New Zealand political parties taking several weeks to work out who would be in the new government. The German election was at the same time as ours, but their coalition talks have just collapsed. The green FDP party walked away from talks, but they are not the only party to blame []

03:20

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.

03:15

Media watch Tuesday Your NZ

21 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 []

03:10

Open Forum Tuesday Your NZ

21 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 []

Monday, 20 November

23:04

Australia, New Zealand officials discuss screening for Manus refugees "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Charlotte Greenfield

22:05

World watch Tuesday Your NZ

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

22:01

November 21 in history Homepaddock

164 BC Judas Maccabaeus restored the Temple in Jerusalem, an event commemorated each year by the festival of Hanukkah.

235  Pope Anterus succeeded Pontian as the nineteenth pope.

1272  Prince Edward became King of England.

1620 Plymouth Colony settlers signed the Mayflower Compact.

1694 Voltaire, French philosopher, was born (d. 1778).

1783  Jean-Franois Piltre de Rozier and Franois Laurent, Marquis dArlandes, made the first untethered hot air balloon flight.

1787 Samuel Cunard, Canadian-born shipping magnate, was born (d. 1865).

1789  North Carolina ratified the United States Constitution and is admitted as the 12th U.S. state.

1791 Colonel Napolon Bonaparte was promoted to full general and appointed Commander-in-Chief of the Armies of the French Republic.

1863 Maori surrendered at Rangiriri.

 Maori surrender at Rangiriri

1877  Thomas Edison announced his invention of the phonograph, a machine that can record and play sound.

1894  Port Arthur massacre: Port Arthur, Manchuria fell to the Japanese, a decisive victory of the First Sino-Japanese War.

1897  Mollie Steimer, Russian-American activist, was born (d. 1980).

1905  Albert Einsteins paper, Does the Inertia of a Body Depend Upon Its Energy Content?, was published in the journal Annalen der Physik. This paper revealed the relationship between energy and mass which led to the massenergy equivalence formula E = mc.

1910 Sailor...

16:54

ON THE BRINK RADIO #223 A SACRED PLACE OF GUIDANCE FROM WHALES AND DOLPHINS Uncensored NZ Blog

The Latest From Jeff Wefferson, who is currently touring New Zealand. Hopefully I will catch up with him when he gets to Christchurch. Please visit Jeffs main site (Link below) and see his amazing art work. Jeff is a man of many talents. Martin H https://soundcloud.com/jeff-%20cyanobacteria/on-the-brink-%20radio-86-rod-ngawaka-kawa-%20marae-new-moon http://tutunui-wananga.blogspot.co.nz/2012/08/we-are-not-aloneyet-how-we-are-waging.htmlJ Jeff Weffersons Main Site: http://dolphinmatrix.com/Jeff Purchase some genuine []

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15:40

Mysterious energy appearing on Tennessee seismographs MAJOR fireball over So Cal! Uncensored NZ Blog

  MrMBB333 Published on Nov 19, 2017 Update on the football field size asteroid approaching earth. Yet ANOTHER large fireball spotted by 100s of citizens in Southern California. (11/18/2017) Two Tennessee seismographs are displaying very odd energy signatures that are not consistent with earthquake energy.

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14:30

Word of the day Homepaddock

Noctilucent  bioluminescent; shining, luminescent, visible or glowing at night, especially of high altitude clouds; night shining.


Filed under: language Tagged: noctilucent, Robert Macfarlane

14:05

Calligraphers Of Kapiti On Show! Kapiti Independent

Wonderful exhibition at the library By Pam Kessler Wow! It really is something to see. The Art Space at the Paraparaumu Library has been transformed into a calligraphic wonderland! It is three years since the Calligraphers of Kapiti had their last group exhibition and from the amazing collection of work on show you can tell []

13:49

Slaughterbots: Do You Want This? Time To Take Action! Uncensored NZ Blog

Reminiscent of the satirical Robocop movie. This is horrible! If this isnt what you want, please take action at http://autonomousweapons.org/  

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13:39

Small tsunamis detected in New Caledonia and Vanuatu after magnitude 7 undersea quake Uncensored NZ Blog

A powerful magnitude 7 undersea earthquake struck east of New Caledonias Loyalty Islands in the South Pacific on Monday, sending small tsunamis towards New Caledonia and neighbouring Vanuatu, where authorities ordered evacuations. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center (PTWC) in Hawaii issued a tsunami warning for coastlines within 300 kms (186 mile) of the epicentre, but []

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12:42

Norfolk Island economy headed for disaster following Australian Government intervention, new report claims "IndyWatch Feed World"

An independent report on the economic situation on Norfolk Island following the Australian Government takeover of governance of the island last year, released today, warns the islands economy is heading for disaster as a result of spiralling costs and inappropriate regulation. Problems include the widespread imposition of Commonwealth and NSW regulatory regimes; the planned introduction of Australia's Modern Award System; the failure of the Australian Government to take up the responsibilities previously held by the Norfolk Island Government, such as for the promotion of tourism; the loss of direct passenger airline services between New Zealand and Norfolk Island; restrictions placed on primary producers and agricultural pursuits; and the removal of the general revenue raising powers of the Norfolk Island Government.


Written by economist and former scientist Dr Chris Nobbs, On the Brink of Disaster: The Impact of the Australian Government Reforms on Norfolk Island Businesses provides a detailed analysis of the impact of legislative and regulatory changes imposed on the island during the past 15 months.

Dr Nobbs concludes that the growing crisis is the direct result of flaws in the intervention by the Australian Government in Norfolk Island's governance and economy from 1 July 2016.

The report outlines the impact of substantial cost increases facing businesses, including double-digit price rises for incoming freight, a 15 per cent rise in telecommunications costs, a 12.7 per cent rise in regional council fees, along with regulatory changes that will see wage costs jump more than 35 per cent next year.

Based on a detailed examination of the current economic situation and the impact of significant legal and regulatory changes, it is projected that Norfolk Island will suffer a very large rise in prices, a steep downturn in tourism, a slump in business, a rise in unemployment, and widespread community distress, Dr Nobbs said.

By requiring both that Norfolk Island pay its own way and that Norfolk Islanders become like mainland Australians in terms of their obligati...

12:25

Guest Review: "...the most important political book in recent memory." Not PC




GUEST REVIEW
By Suzuki Samurai

Hard to believe that its only been a year since the orange twat took the throne. A year of sound and fury.

In his new book on the old forces the twat has released into the wild, Jeffrey Tucker turns down the volume, sharpens the focus, and delivers what I think is perhaps the most important political book in recent memory.

PJ ORourke touched upon the voters decisions in his book How the Hell Did This Happen?. And JD Vances Hillbilly Elegy, while an enjoyably disturbing read, didnt give us much more than what we already knew. But, if you really want the meat on the current situation then Tuckers new book, then Right-wing Collectivism: The Other Threat to Liberty is what you really must chew, and chew thoroughly.

Tucker has taken the most important aspect of the recent and ongoing political pantomime, the emergence of the Alt-right, and shows us from which sewers this phenomenon emerged and where it may take us if we dont grasp its danger.

Better than that, he demonstrates to the left (and to us) how they in no small way were the creators of this bastard group. And he shows the right (and us) why they have so far been unable to curtail (or even properly identify) the emergence of new thinkers of an old-school nationalism, nor prevent being smearing by them with an associative layer of filth.

For me, his most important observation is for the libertarians tempted by this primitivism which Ill leave for you to read for yourself. Because you must read this book about one of the very great dangers of our time.

12:00

Lawrence Yules maiden speech Homepaddock

Nationals Tukituki MP, Lawrence Yule delivered his maiden speech last week:

Ki te iwi o Ngati Kahungunu, tena koutou

To all the people of Ngati Kahungunu, greetings

Ki nga hapu whanui o Heretaunga tena koutou

To all the hapu of Heretaunga, greetings

Ki nga kaumatua o Heretaunga tena koutou

To all the elders and leaders of Heretaunga, greetings

Kia ora mo te aroha, me te manaaki ki au mai ra no

Thank you for the love and support you have given me over the years

Tena koutou, tena koutou, tena tatou katoa

Mr Speaker it is a tremendous honour to speak for the first time at the beginning of the 52nd Parliament. It is a privilege to represent the people of Tukituki in this house and I thank them for voting and bringing me here.

Mr Speaker I acknowledge and congratulate you on your appointment, the appointment of former Hawkes Bay resident Hon Anne Tolley as Deputy Speaker and other presiding officers.

I acknowledge the sanctity if this house, those that have gone before and all members of this 52nd Parliament. Regardless of your political convictions, I know you all enter this place to make a difference.

I acknowledge the leaders of all political parties and respect their seniority and mana.

Congratulations to Prime Minister Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern, Deputy Prime Minister Hon Winston Peters and all Ministers.

I acknowledge the Rt Hon Bill English and Hon Paula Bennett as Leader and Deputy Leader of the National Party. On behalf of all National MPs, I wish to thank both members for their outstanding performance across the nation in the election campaign. I am incredibly proud to be elected as a National MP and I thank them for their time in Tukituki during the campaign.

I acknowledge Party President Peter Goodfellow, the Board and National party staff led by Greg Hamilton. I offer a particular vote of thanks to Central Region Chair Bernard Cleary for his support, advice and personal help.

It is an honour to join my fellow Hawkes Bay MPs Stuart Nash and Meka Whaitari who, although across the political divide, I regard as friends after working with them for many years. I welcome a working relationship with my National Wairarapa MP Alistair Scott as we wo...

11:20

Quote of the Day: "The trouble with political jokes..." Not PC


"The trouble with political jokes is that they often get elected to office."
~ Tony Pettito
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10:00

Rural round-up Homepaddock

Out fishing while his cows milk Mark Daniel:

Dairy farming was always a likely career path for Graham Barlow, of Fermanagh Farm, in the Piako district of Waikato.

The farm name gives a clue to the family heritage: a great-grandfather came to New Zealand from County Fermanagh in northwest Ireland many moons ago.

Milking 320 Jerseys calving in March (75%) and November (25%) on 90ha, Barlow went straight from schooling to dairy farming, soon realised he hated milking but was interested in all things technical; he describes himself as a techno-geek. . .

62 years and counting:

AI technician Don Shaw (79) has been surrounded by dairy cows his entire life, bringing many calves into the world.

Raised on an Ohaupo farm, Shaw is a fourth generation New Zealand dairy farmer. For the last 62 years hes worked as an AI technician, inseminating about 250,000 cows.

Although now retired from a sales consultant role at CRV Ambreed, Shaw is still an AI technician, working October and November on four Waikato farms, inseminating cows. . . 

First and second wins for southern family in Mate & Wool cup  Pat Deavoll:

The Gibson family of Foulden Hill, Middlemarch earned a quinella when their cattle took out first and second places in the Meat & Wool Cup at the Canterbury A&P Show.

Yearling hereford bull Foulden Hill Mustang narrowly pipped its two-year-old santa gertrudis colleague to take the title. 

Whats more, Mustang had earlier won the Junior Meat & Wool Cup over a charolais heifer owned by the Fisher family of Banks Peninsula. . . 

Open Gates:

The whole country cares about whats happening with our waterways, including us.

And we want to show you what were doing to protect them. Things like planting, fencing to keep cows out of the water and managing nitrogen. So, come and visit one of the 40 farms were opening.

Open Gates is a chance to talk first hand to farmers, walk around their farm and see what theyre doing to care for the environment and their animals. Its also an opportunity to ask them about their fa...

07:58

Remembering John Murray Kapiti Independent

Man for All Seasons deserves a Kapiti Memorial By Alida Van der Velde, a long-time friend of John Murray You probably remember that our friend and teacher the Very Reverend John Stewart Murray, John, died on the 17th February this year. Since then several tributes in KIN have described what  he has done for people []

07:00

Birds and people pooh too Homepaddock

Water quality in Canterbury rivers is improving:

Recreational water quality sampling has found that, of the 52 monitored freshwater swimming sites, 12 have improved a grade, and four declined.

During swimming season (November to March), Environment Canterbury assesses the health risks from faecal contamination at popular swimming sites around the region.

We test and grade popular places that people swim in Canterbury.  This year 12 sites have improved.  The year before, 10 sites improved and the year before that only five improved, so the trend is going in the right direction, said Tim Davie, Chief Scientist.

The improvement demonstrates the hard work of landowners to exclude stock and protect waterways by planting and fencing.  Reduced runoff from two dry summers has helped as well. . . 

Its good to see farmers getting credit for the work theyve done to protect waterways.

Too often farm animals get all the blam but birds and people pooh too and now the blame for some of the problems is correctly being laid on birds:

. . . Hurunui District Mayor Winton Dalley said large numbers of birds near the Hurunui river were likely to be a major contributor to faecal contamination at the popular swimming spot by State Highway 7, which is the main route to Hamner Springs.

There is no logic that it is farm related, but we do know there is considerable bird life in the river just upstream of the site, he said.

But Mr Dalley said he was unsure what could be done to move them on.

I dont know what is feasible in terms of whether they can be moved to somewhere elsewe will have to talk to bird experts, but we will first have to determine that is the cause, he said.

Mr Davie said the regional council was continuing testing at the Hurunui site, but it did blame birds for the faecal contamination at Lake Hoods main swimming beach.

Its fundamentally to do with birds and the lake circulationthere was a raft there and the birds sat on itwe had a lot of faecal contamination there, said Mr Davie.

This isnt the only place water pollution is caused by birds.

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06:07

Toll prompts call for crisis meeting Your NZ

The Associate Transport Minister has called officials to a crisis meeting over the road toll https://t.co/H6RivCfcmn Newshub (@NewshubNZ) November 19, 2017 The Associate Transport Minister has called officials to a crisis meeting over the road toll. Its passed a grim milestone 328 dead on our roads so far this year. Thats the same []

05:48

Climate related trends Your NZ

NASA has several interesting trend animations in their Climate Time Machine. Carbon Dioxide September 2002: This time series shows global changes in the concentration and distribution of carbon dioxide since 2002 at an altitude range of 1.9 to 8 miles. The yellow-to-red regions indicate higher concentrations of CO2, while blue-to-green areas indicate lower concentrations, measured []

05:09

Farce news, when comedy becomes the headline Your NZ

There are enough problems with passing comments on social media becoming news stories, but now claims by a comedian have hit the headlines. Click bait headline at NZH: Did Trump mistake Jacinda for Justin Trudeaus wife? The question that no one seems to have asked apart from the Heralds headline writer is answered in the []

05:00

Quote of the day Homepaddock

Truth isnt always beauty, but the hunger for it is.   Nadine Gordimer who was born on this day in 1923.


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04:52

Labour MP files defamation papers Your NZ

Another political defamation  case, this time Labour MP Raymond Huo , who has filed papers against Peoples Party president Steven Ching and his wife Ailian Su. NZH:  Raymond Huo says he was falsely accused of corruption & criminal record Labour MP Raymond Huo claims he was the target of a nasty campaign leading up to []

04:38

Eagle wants rewrite of adoption law Your NZ

Ex Wellington councillor has been elected to take over Annette Kings Rongotai electorate. He wants a rewrite of adoption laws to make it easier for adoptees to find their birth parents. He talked about this in his maiden speech in Parliament. In 1973, the late Norman Kirk and the then Labour Government introduced the domestic []

04:19

US nuclear general discusses illegal order to strike Your NZ

This seems to be hypothetical musing but it is seen as significant that a US General involved in nuclear strike decisions openly discussed what he would do if given an illegal order to launch nukes. Reuters: U.S. nuclear general says would resist illegal Trump strike order The top U.S. nuclear commander said on Saturday that []

04:08

Mugabe sacked as party leader Your NZ

The ousting of long time leader Robert Mugabe progressed in the weekend with Zimbabwes governing party voting to expel him and his wife. His resignation as President has also been demanded, or he will be impeached. Mugabe is scheduled to address the country shortly and is expected to resign. Guardian: Zimbabwes ruling party fires Robert []

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